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Why the change? “He (Matthew) is the true victim; he’s a guy who’s not going to have a family......he deserved to have safety in his country and he didn’t get it.” - Pat Heagney, Matthew Heagney’s father By Chris Tobin Why the turnaround after three years of pain and agony and why do you want to apologise now when you could have from the start? These are some of the questions Pat and Pam Heagney, the parents of Matthew Heagney, 24, want to ask Kevin King, 52, a former Blenheim bar manager. King has admitted to a charge of manslaughter over the death of Matthew Heagney outside King’s Shapeshifters Bar in the early hours of August 23, 2009 - over three years after the incident. On Monday, the first day of a 10 day retrial in the Wellington High Court before Justice Stephen Kos and a jury, King had denied the charge. However, in a surprising reversal on the third day, Wednesday, he changed his plea to guilty. Continued page 2.

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Three years and now King wants to apologise By Chris Tobin Continued from Page 2. “It’s been such a long time, three years and I can’t understand the turnaround when up to now he’s completely denied any involvement, Pat Heagney said yesterday. “In three years he’s never apologised to the family and now he wants to: I can’t understand that. King had not approached the Heagney family. His desire to apologise has come via his lawyer. “Why didn’t he do it three years ago? Mr Heagney asked. “He would have saved a lot of pain and heart-break.”

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Police alleged King rendered Matthew Heagney semi-conscious in a headlock after Mr Heagney was removed from the bar. During subsequent events, Mr Heagney was dropped on his

head and later died. Mr and Mrs Heagney attended King’s earlier trial as well as King’s subsequent appeal and Mr Heagney was in Wellington for this week’s retrial. However Mrs Heagney could not attend. Her mother died on Monday and she had to remain in Blenheim. Mr Heagney said the court case had been an ordeal. “It’s hard to see your son outside a bar dead. They showed the CCTV (closed circuit TV) in the court room. To see him (Matthew) coming out of the bar and next thing lying on the ground motionless,

practically dead was very hard.” Mr Heagney said he and his wife were relieved but they still felt they had lost a son unnecessarily. He did not like the focus being on King either; it was his son who deserved justice. “We’re victims but he (Matthew) is the true victim; he’s a guy who’s not going to have a family and his father and mother. “He is the true victim and he deserved to have safety in his country and he didn’t get it.” Mr Heagney believed King should be imprisoned “which I don’t think he will get,” he said.

Connected: Sergeant Shaun Moore, left, and Privates Waihaere Mahare and Damon O'Connor at Lansdowne Park on Wednesday. Photo by Chris Tobin

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Platoon camps at Lansdowne By Chris Tobin Rugby changed to military matters at Lansdowne Park on Wednesday. A signals platoon from 2/1st Battalion of the Royal NZ Infantry Regiment based at Burnham Military Camp was stationed there temporarily as part of a week long military

exercise in the Nelson/Marlborough area. Platoon commander Sergeant Shaun Moore said most of the unit’s training away from Burnham was done at Tekapo so it made a change to come to Blenheim. “It’s more challenging here with the hills too,” he said.

That's a bargain: Pauline Hesketh checks out one of the books for sale at the Friends of Marlborough Library's annual book sale at McKendry's corner, Blenheim, yesterday. At left is Vera Knowles. The group's secretary, Sheila Waters said all money raised would go back to the library. The sale continues today from 10am to 4pm and tomorrow from 10am to 2pm.

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Major conference coming to Blenheim By Chris Tobin The first ever international conference on domestic violence hosted by Women’s Refuge NZ will be held in Blenheim later this month. Overseas expert speakers at the conference include Professor Michael P. Mitchel, an emeritus professor from Penn State University in the United States, whose work has helped shape his nation’s

response to domestic violence at state and national level. Marlborough Women’s Refuge manager Rachel Black said the conference would follow the national annual meeting that would be held at Omaka Marae. The conference will be held at The Winery Riverlands. “It’s great for the Marlborough community and I know a lot of people will stay on and have a look

around,” she said. “Hopefully it will heighten everyone’s enthusiasm for the work and it’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded people.” Other keynote speakers comprise Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan, a UK-based national organisation dedicated to challenging violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee women and girls; Professor Bob

Pease of Deakon University in Australia, Professor Julia Tolmie of Auckland University and Judge Peter Boshier, the principal family court judge. Mrs Black said the public were welcome to attend the conference to hear the various speakers. The conference, Whanu of tomorrow – Building Safer Futures, will be held on October 26, 27.

Language and ethnicity holds no boundaries By Annabelle Latz Ethnicity, age and background proved no boundary for a wonderful day at Mistletoe Bay last Sunday. The Marlborough Newcomers’ Network and migrant families spent a day in the sun and water, thanks to a first time joint initiative between Zonta and Spring Creek Lions Club. More than 120 people, representing 23 nationalities, attended the excellent day. “The day’s outing was an outstanding success and will be talked about as a memorable and educational trip in terms of a visit to a sustainable Eco Village facility and a valuable opportunity for our newcomers to make new friends and engage with the sponsoring entities,” said Margaret Western from Marlborough Newcomers’ Network. As community relations and co-ordinator for the network, she said it was wonderful to bev moore from Zonta enjoys the sun with one of marlborough's newest families; have the support of Zonta and Spring Creek Lions Club, as azusa mojzisek with her children avatar, 1, (left), aika, 5, and amelie, 3.

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Police release KaiKoura fire victim’s name

Police have released the name of the man they believe died in a fire in a vehicle parked near Kaikoura. Police believe he is Adam Toleman, aged 28 years. Mr Toleman is a citizen of the United Kingdom who has New Zealand residency. His next of kin have been advised. Formal identification is expected to take some time. The post mortem has also been completed and indicates that there are no suspicious circumstances and the death appears to be the result of an accidental fire.

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An additional 400 homes in Burleigh, Springlands, St Andrews, and Dry Hills will receive kerbside recycling services following a decision made at Marlborough District Council’s assets and services meeting yesterday. Annual rates will increase to $103.57 from a targeted rate of $102.17, and the service will now reach 13,400 homes.

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House prices up

According to data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) the national median house price increased by $1,000 from $370,000 in August to $371,000 in September; an increase of 0.3%. Auckland’s median house price moved up 1.9 per cent compared to August to a new record median price of $515,000. Nelson/Marlborough also reached a new record median price of $353,000. The national median house price is up 6.0% compared to September last year and is $1,000 below the record median price set in June this year.

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Electronic card spending in the core retail industries fell 0.9 percent in September 2012 according to Statistics New Zealand. This follows an increase of 0.9 percent in August 2012. Consumables (down $10 million or 0.6 percent) was the main contributor to the fall in core retail, but there were also smaller decreases in all other core retail industries. The total value of electronic card spending decreased 0.6 percent. This follows an increase of 2.1 percent in August 2012.

pip widdon, university of canterbury student and cpa australia Big Break competition creativity and innovation award winner. photo by duncan shaw-Brown.

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By Robbie Parkes A Blenheim woman has made big steps in establishing a successful business career after winning a top award in an Australasian competition. University of Canterbury student and former Redwoodtown School pupil Pip Widdon, 25, won the creativity and innovation award in the final round of the CPA Big Break Project in Melbourne last week. The Australasian tertiary business competition pitted teams against one another in a Dragon’s Den-style environment, presenting their cases to an expert panel. The panel included representatives from Make-A-Wish Foundation, the company that entrants were tasked with creating a business report for on how to develop a sustainable business model. The ‘dragons’ however, were not as fierce as Sir Bob Jones or Annette Presley from the New Zealand version of the popular television show. “It was quite different because we were actually looking at a business model to help improve their company rather than pitching an idea and looking for investments,” said Pip.

“They were really appreciative of all our support.” Pip represented New Zealand in the Australian-dominated competition, after she came out on top in the national stage of the event earlier in the year, beating 144 teams to make the finals. The competition, organised by accounting group CPA Australia, was run for the first time in New Zealand this year. Pip said the win had given her more profile in kickstarting her career. “It’s just great to be recognised and represent New Zealand, and have that opportunity to compete with Australia. “I’m really into consulting and looking at businesses and how a business can improve.” She said she is also interested in the not-for-profit sector, and helping to improve those causes, so the MakeA-Wish Foundation challenge was a fairly suitable project. Queensland University students Samuel Senior and James Roberston won the top prize of $20,000, with another $50,000 going towards their institution.

Cultural Centre to open in December

By Robbie Parkes The Rangitane Cultural Centre in Grovetown is on target to be completed for Labour weekend, but will open on the first weekend of December. “We’re looking good, we’re all very happy, but we’ll be working up to the date,” said Robinson Construction Ltd contracts manager Mark Watson. Robinson Construction has been undertaking the $1.7 million project since early April. There is still a lot of subcontracting work to do, he said. Rangitane chairperson Judith MacDonald said there had been some initial confusion about the opening date as the building contract for the project would end on Labour weekend, but the facilities still had to be prepared for use. The centre still requires exterior landscape work, and the building needs to be fitted out with equipment, including tables, chairs, plates as the facility could sleep 45 people. “We just don’t want to open it too early,” she said. In terms of an opening ceremony, Judith said they are not quite sure what shape it will take at this stage, but they think there will be a dawn blessing to meet the cultural needs of the tribe.

the rangitane cultural centre in grovetown is nearing completion and is set for a december opening date. Photo supplied.

She said, before the Grovetown Community Hall on the land was demolished to make way for the centre, Labour weekend had been discussed as an opening date, timed to coincide with a Rangitane festival. The area holds strong cultural significance for Rangitane. The tribe cemetery is in Grovetown, and the land has been heavily involved in Treaty of Waitangi settlements. “It’s part of the heartland. “Part of the vision was to build a meeting place and open it to service ourselves and

NZ Car of the Year finalists

The Automobile Association and the New Zealand Motoring Writers Guild have announced the 10 vehicles they have selected as finalists for the prestigious 2012 New Zealand Car of the Year award.

In alphabetical order they are: BMW 3 Series; Ford Range; Honda Civic Euro; Hyundai i40; Mazda BT-50; Mazda CX-5; Range Rover Evoque; Subaru Impreza/XV; Toyota Prius C; Toyota 86. The AA and the Guild have

the community. “It’s only now that we’ve got a place that we’ve been able to fulfill that.” After Treaty of Waitangi settlements in 2010, the land at 3 Fell St could be developed, and the move was made to establish the cultural centre. “It was to replace the old Grovetown Community Hall and also to ensure, as out kids grow up, they have those connections. “It’s about community and ensuring that we have a place to share in those happy occasions.”

also announced there will be a safety award and nine separate vehicle category awards: Small Car, Compact Car, Medium Car, Large Car, Sports/Performance Car, SUV Small/Medium, SUV Large, Luxury, and Utility.

The winner of the 2012 New Zealand Car of the Year Award, and the winners of the nine separate vehicle categories and the safety award, will be publicly announced in Auckland on 12 December.


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Home schooled students take to the stage By Annabelle Latz Song, dance, action and fun will create the vibrant musical production on stage next week. School children representing Marlborough Homeschool Players will present ‘How the Grinch Found Christmas’ at the Nativity Hall, Alfred St. As an adapted version of the Dr Seuss book ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ this musical production will involve a cast of children representing 15 homeschool families in Marlborough. “We have taken the general concept of the book,” said Blenheim homeschooling mum Linda Lloyd, who has written and produced the

play with fellow Blenheim homeschooling mum Ana Pahono. “We have written in parts that use all of the children’s talents,” said Linda. The production has been a term-long project involving weekly rehearsals, and full time rehearsals during these school holidays. Niki Boon, who homeschools her children in Rarangi, praised all the young ones for working so hard together, to help make all the props and costumes. “They’ve all done the most insane amount of work, it’s just great,” she said. Niki said homeschooling families network well together to share their skills

Toby Lloyd, 14, as the Grinch, (left), Johanna Lloyd, 10, as Max the dog, and Iona Panoho, 10, as Cindy Lou, perform their musical production 'How The Grinch Found Christmas,' at the Nativity Church hall next week.

and spread education. Within families, there is also huge support when it comes to daily tasks. “Because you can’t do all the chores, and homeschool all yourself!” she said. Ana said this production was all about getting the children involved as much as possible, which happens easily with homeschooling. “It’s covered so many areas of the curriculum.” She said all everyday activities are educational, that

transform into her family’s ‘school system,’ from feeding the goats to doing daily chores. “It’s a lifestyle choice,” she said. Ana said homeschooling was about having flexibility throughout the day, and building education around learning together as a family. “It’s holistic,” she said. Her husband Andrew, who teaches part-time design classes at Marlborough Boys’ College, said people

choose to homeschool their children for a variety of reasons, with each family tailor-making an education system that best suits their own children. “It’s about quality education, and there are so many positives,” he said. There are about 40 families involved in the homeschooling community in Marlborough, and parents swap talents to groups of children focused education in different sporting and

cultural areas. “The kids don’t miss out on anything,” she said. The musical production will be on at the Nativity Hall next Thursday, October 19, at 10.30am and 6pm, and next Friday, October 19, at 7pm. Tickets are $2, children under five years-old are free. Programmes will be $5, and ice creams will be available for purchase during the evening performances at the interval.

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Net setting Dear Ed, There is an odd link between the King Salmon case and the recreational set net ban along the South Island’s east coast. Set netting is banned not because of, but for fear of, dolphins getting entangled. Here’s the link. Dolphin entanglements have happened at Marlborough Sounds salmon farms. There was evidence in June 2012 presented to the EPA hearing describing the deaths of two dusky dolphins (1999) entangled in King

Salmon’s farms, then a Hector’s dolphin (2005),two dusky dolphins in 2011 and a dusky dolphin in 2012. King Salmon admitted also that two seals were trapped inside their salmon farm for several months. If government bans recreational set nets on the imagined possibility of dolphin entanglements, shouldn’t it ban salmon farming because of actual proven dolphin deaths? R McMillan Kapiti

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Children at the Conservation Kids New Zealand Seal & Sea Lion Day on the weekend. Inset: Children form one of the animals. Photos supplied.

what is normal for a seal or sea lion. It is normal for New Zealand fur Sseals to snort, cough and regurgitate food, to look like they are

crying and to drift in the waves. These behavious typically cause a lot of concern from children when watching the seals. Pup also happily spend time

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Everything seal and sea lionrelated was in the programme for Conservation Kids New Zealand’s latest workshop at the weekend. More than 60 children attended the Seal and Sea Lion Day at the Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours office in Picton on Sunday. Two groups of children, from junior ages to senior, took part in the day’s activities. These included an education slideshow about the animals, a fur seal game to catch chocolate fish, and even producing some playdough versions of the mammals. Highlights included the seal conga line where it was compulsary to bark and waddle like the animals - parents included. The day ended with a ‘What’s the Answer’ quiz where the kids worked as a team to answer questions on what they had learnt. At the end of the day, all the children took home a seal colouring competition and The Seal Deal posters and brochures provided by the Department of Conservation. A few misconceptions were cleared up by teaching the kids

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Colin and Lois McMaster represent Ashwood Park Retirement Village at the dance.

Wati Raisua takes Heather Gray from Ashwood Park Retirement Village out on the dance floor.

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Bethsaida Rest Home residents Eleanor Smith (left) and Jean McMullan enjoy the afternoon of dancing. Beach volleyballer Micah Lindsay-Brown and husband Greg Lindsay-Brown will be holding beach volleyball coaching sessions and workshops to help grow the sport in the region.

Jean Watson, (left) Olive Cameron, and Betty Hope from Bethsaida Rest Home taking some rest from the dance floor.

Together for a good time Story and photos by Annabelle Latz Trips down memory lane were plentiful at the combined rest home dance last Friday afternoon. Held at the nurses’ hall next to Wairau Hospital, the annual event has just reached its tenth birthday. About 100 participants from Bethsaida Rest Home and Hospital, Ashwood Park Retirement Village, Springlands Lifestyle Village, Redwood Lifestyle Care and Village, and Waterlea Resthome all joined for a midday session of dancing and socialising. It coincided with the Interna-

tional Celebration of the Older Person. Caregivers and residents enjoyed Fox Trot tunes like ‘Send me the pillow’ and ‘Your cheating heart’, and The Gypsy Tap tunes of ‘Marching through Georgia’ and “Isle of Capris.’ They were performed by Pam and Terry Price, who were playing the piano and piano accordion. “It’s the first time I’ve been, it’s really good,” said Harold Heffer from Waterlea Rest Home. Heather Gray from Ashwood Park was enjoying the day out. “Well, just the music, and seeing everyone joining in is great, it’s

that sort of thing that everyone can enjoy.” Eleanor Smith used to perform as a dancer at rest homes as a youth living in the United States. “There’s life in this old girl yet!” she said. Betty Hope from Bethsaida Rest Home and Hospital said being at the dance reminded her how healthy she is. “It made me realise how lucky I am.” “It’s good to all get together,” said Lois McMaster, who was there with Colin McMaster, they were there from the Ashwood villas.

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By Chris Tobin Blenheim and Marlborough people are among those who want to join Prince Charles for his birthday party in the ballroom at Government House next month. Government House spokesman Antony Paltridge said people from Tasma n a nd Marlborough were among the more than 1000 who had applied for 64 invitations to attend the party at Government House, Wellington, on November 14. “They’ve come from all over New Zealand,” he said. Those attending were not required to bring gifts but they would have to pay their

own travel and accomodation costs if they were coming from outside Wellington Mr Paltridge said the oldest who had applied was over 100 years of age. The age requirement was 18 years and above. The Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are visiting the country between November 10 and 16 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae’s birthday is also on November 14. The successful party attendees will be decided by a ballot which will be held later this month. Applications closed at 5pm on Wednesday.

Grant set to boost beach volleyball By Robbie Parkes Beach Volleyball in the region is set to grow after Marlborough Volleyball applied for and have been granted a funding partnership with KiwiSport. The grant is part of a national incentive to inject funding into the regions, aimed at getting more school-aged children participating in organised sport. Marlborough players and international beach volleyball representatives Greg and Micah Lindsay-Brown have been heavily involved in the sport in the region. Funding will go towards coaching and workshops hosted by Greg, a coach at a national level, with Micah assisting where she can. Micah said there is a specific amount of money being granted, but it depends on how many hours they estimate they will train people for, and how much they will actually need. “The purpose of it is so we can get younger people involved in schools. The aim is to provide younger generations with a solid base for them to start playing, but also players and parents looking to get involved in the coaching side. “If we’re the only two people who know how to train others, it’s not going to grow.” Micah said interest is growing in Marlborough.

“There’s a big big pool of players now, we can sort of pick and choose who we play with.” In November 2010, two volleyball courts at Lansdowne Park were established to meet a growing need for new facilities. “They’re phenomenally good. “We’re really lucky for a small region to have such a good facility.” Micah said the courts, having very deep sand, can be challenging. But if you can play in that sand, you can play anywhere, she said. The proposed development of Lansdowne Park to include more facilities to support growing sports such as softball, will only add to beach volleyball, said Micah. She said Marlborough Volleyball have been crucial to the growth of Beach Volleyball in the region. “They’re excellent, they’re probably the most proactive club I’ve been associated with.” “I think Nelson is considered the beach volleyball capital in the South Island, but we’d like Marlborough to be the best.” A schedule of the practices and coaching sessions being taken by Greg and Micah are available. There is a player muster on Monday, October 15 at 4pm, upstairs at Stadium 2000.


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Tomato season How to grow your best tomato crop this year . Tomato seeds germinate readily. Sow seeds in trays, punnets or pots, either indoors or in a glasshouse from late August or from now on in pots outdoors. In trays, sow 5cm apart. If using plastic punnets, sow 6-8 seeds in each. Or sow in individual pots, with a 5cm layer of seedraising mix on top of potting mix. Always buy fresh seedraising mix, it's worth the investment to ensure your plants get off to a good start. Seed-raising mix is sterile and is a blend of peat/fine bark and pumice for drainage. Plus soil fungicide to prevent diseases and enough fertiliser for early growth. Press down the seed-raising

Ingredients; 2c cherry tomatoes 1/4c very fine chopped red onion 1/3c finely chopped fresh basil 1-2 green onion chopped finely 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper How to make it: In medium bowl combine everything. Use a blender if desired. Let it stand at least 10min to let flavours blend Serve with corn chips, crackers, tortilla chips or pita bread triangles toasted after brushing with garlic and olive oil. Enjoy.

mix and moisten with a spray mister before sowing. As tomato seeds are large, they are easy to handle. They don't need to be buried, just set on the surface with a light sprinkling of seed-raising mix to just cover. From now on, your seeds only need two things - moisture and warmth. You can cover trays with a clear plastic bag to create a glasshouse effect, but ensure the plastic isn't touching the seed-raising mix. Tomato seeds take on average 10 days to germinate. They hate getting a chill, so starting them off inside your house may be a good idea. Seedlings need light as well as warmth, so windowsills are a good spot if you don't mind the look!

Hot nights and cool salads on the menu By Robbie Parkes Keen foodies looking to make the most of their gardens will find inspiration when guest chef Ruth Pretty heads a masterclass for Hunter’s Garden Marlborough next month. The Te Horo-based chef and author has attended the annual event before, and is giving Marlburians insight into how to best utilise ingredients grown in their own backyard. “Hot Nights, Cool Salads,” takes heed of the summer feel, making the most of fresh salad greens and herbs. “And we will be utilising the best of what Marlborough has to offer,”

she said. “I think people will come away with dishes that will be reasonably simple to prepare and will definitely have that ‘wow’ factor.” The food will be matched with nice, “summery” wines from Hunters. Of course, New Zealand King Salmon will not be left off the menu either. “It’s beautiful, it’s the salmon we use all the time. “It’s exported all over the world, and in many countries it is the salmon of choice.” She has used it in Japan, China, the

UK, New York, to much praise. Despite being a garden festival, Ruth said cooking and gardening are a good mix. “It seems to go hand in hand, anyone who’s interested in gardening usually likes to cook too.” Ruth hosts “Hot Nights, Cool Salads” on Friday, November 9 at the Marlborough Civic Theatre. This is followed by a garden fete at Seymour Square on Sunday, where Ruth and her team will sell products, and herbs and plants from the Ruth Pretty Kitchen Shop.

Ruth Pretty will be hosting a cooking Masterclass as part of Hunters Garden Marlborough festival in November. Photo supplied.

Plant potatoes now for Christmas Gardening Christmas is only months away so if you want home grown new potatoes ready in time, now is the time to get them planted. Potatoes are a meal in themselves - they are high in fibre, rich in vitamin C and B and have more protein and iron than any other vegetable. Plus, they are not hard to grow, especially with new varieties that mature quickly and are disease resistant. How to grow: Choose a very sunny sheltered area in your garden where the soil is well drained. Add plenty of compost, peat or well rotted organic material before planting. Plant your seed potatoes in furrows about 10cm deep. Early maturing varieties are spaced 25cm apart and main crop varieties 35cm apart. Space the rows between furrows 80-100cm apart, lay the sprouted seed potato in the furrow and cover with soil, taking care not to damage the shoots. As shoots appear, mound soil around them to protect the new growth. Mounding is essential as potatoes form on the stem of the shoots. Mounding the soil prevents

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developing potatoes from “greening”. Continue mounding until the potatoes start to flower and growth slows down. Mounds should be kept weed free. Keep the soil moist, especially at flowering time and water between the mounds rather than on the foliage as potatoes are susceptible to blight which is spread by water splash. Early varieties are ready for harvest when the flowers are fully open, approximately 3-4 months after planting (add another month for sprouting before hand). Main crop varieties should not be dug until the foliage has completely died down.

Use a fork to dig potatoes, taking care not to damage the tubers as damaged tubers will not keep for long. As soon as the potatoes have been dug, store them in a sack or paper bag in a cool, dark, well ventilated place. Do not leave potatoes exposed to light after they have been dug. For new potatoes at Christmas time, the best varieties to plant now are Swift, Rocket, Cliffs Kidney, Jersey Benne, Maris Anchor and Ilam Hardy. So, start sprouting now! And don’t forget to plant your peas at the same time!

While you say tomato, we say... carnation! Try growing a few flowers amongst the veggies. Tall, attractive, leggy bloomers will attract bees, helping the uglies in the garden (eg: beans and tomatoes) to hook up! With such rich diversity, orchids are truly spring favourites. Remember to split crowded plants and re-pot. Dose those roses! Spray for fungal diseases as roses experience new growth.


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FrIdAy 12th OctOber

Marlborough district Libraries book Sale Mckendry’s car corner showroom 10am till 4pm. Friday 10am till 2pm. SuperKids School holiday Programme at the elim centre 26 Burleigh Road 9am-1pm $10 per child per day. 5 to 12 year olds. For further information, Tracy: 578 9053. the dharma bums club Presents Henpicked. Sometimes known as folk country dubsters. Show starts 8pm Open 7pm for dbc sign up/ hang out. Wairau Valley www.dharmashed.wordpress. com or henpicked.org Lochmare Art Workshop Sculpture painting with artist Caroline Trevalla. $30 including materials. Children 6+. 12.30 to 2.30pm. Allanah 573 4554 revolver circus (R15) General seating $40. Concession $35. Friday – Sunday 7.30pm-9.30pm daily at the Marlborough Civic Theatre. blenpex Stamp & Postcard exhibition Marlborough Lines Stadium. Friday – Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday 9am-4pm. Dealers, selling and buying. the Muslim Association of Marlborough Inc Friday (Jummah) prayers every week between 12pm – 2pm, upstairs meeting room at Marlborough Community Centre, 25 Alfred St, Benheim. (Space for ladies also). For details contact: Br Zayd 027 644 979 or Br Fouad 021 0253 1275. the edwin Fox Maritime centre, Picton Open everyday from 9am Great wet weather day activity and child friendly. Come check out the amazing history and facts. Kids under 5 free! Sit and be Fit with Jeanette. Free exercise for all ages at Crossroads, 2 Redwood Street. At 10am Phone 578 5395. Quest Intermediate age youth group, 3.30pm-5pm, Picton Baptist Church, 293 Waikawa Rd, Picton. Text Bronwyn 021 046 2434. tango Lessons Improvers, 7pm, Basics 8.30pm. Nurses Hall, Blenheim. Monica: 572 2667. Pastel Painting Marlborough Art Society, 10am till 3pm, Prue: 578 8888. tai chi Today and Mondays. 10am, 11.30am and 1pm. Liz 027 748 6666. tunes for tots Preschool music sessions. Morning tea. 9.30am and 10.30am. Nativity Church Hall. $2 Family. 578 3909. Kidzone Riverside Community House, 3pm till 5pm (Closes school holidays).

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Marlborough district Libraries book Sale Mckendry’s car corner showroom 10am till 4pm. Saturday 10am till 2pm. Pelorus Scenic reserve turns 100 Camping half price Friday and Saturday. Free bouncy castle, $1 tip-top ice creams, free glow worm walks Saturday and Sunday at 8pm and free guided bush walks today and Sunday at 10am. Picton Spring Market day Rain or shine, 9am till 1pm Picton Toy Library, Market St (parking at rugby ground) Nelson Social dancing Club Dance at Broadgreen Intermediate School Hall, Nayland Rd, Stoke, Nelson. 7.30- 11.30pm. Ballroom, Latin, Rock ‘n Roll and sequence dancing, live music. Members $8, non-members $12. (03) 544 7408. Glitz & Glamour in the Vines 7.30pm The Winery Riverlands $85 per person. All proceeds to the Hospice, Marlborough. Walk for hope A fundraising walk/run for A Girl Called Hope aiming to raise awareness for eating disorders, depression, abuse, and unplanned pregnancies. Meet at the Elim Centre. Registration walk@agirlcalledhope.org.nz Plunket baby & child Gear Sale 9am to 1pm, Marlborough Convention Centre, Gold coin entry (donation to Plunket). Adie 578 5019. NZ Veterans & Women’s Motocross championships Sat and Sun, 14 Fabians Valley Rd, Northbank. Major national championship event. Veterans 30+ years, junior and senior women racing from 9am. havelock theatre Group Presents Radio Gaga, 2pm Matinee, adults $18, students & senior citizens $15, children (under 14) $10. Mini Putt & Merry-go-round Picton foreshore, 10am every day during school holidays, today and Sunday, 10am. Awatere and Flaxbourne Quilters Exhibition at Chamaine Hammond’s Hampshire Gardens on Marama Rd, Seddon. 10am-3pm, gold coin donation. country Gardens Wairau Valley Anglican Parish presents Country Gardens. Sat 9am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm.Tickets $20 from Islington Gardens, Renwick Dairy, Selmes Garden Trust Nursery, and Springlands Garden Centre & Café. 511 Brancott Road. Church Service Sunday 9am, sausage sizzle, plants, and tea available, free entry. redwood Market 8am-noon, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants produce and crafts. Vintage Farm Machinery 10am till 3pm, Open every day. Brayshaw Vintage Farm, Guided tours available, Doris 579 4357. Picton Museum 10am till 4pm daily, 9 London Quay. 573 8283. Pelorus Gallery 70 Main Rd, Havelock, open daily 10.30am till 4.30pm, 574 2128.

Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park. Daily 10am till 4pm.

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on!

SuNdAy 14th OctOber

Marching Association Marlborough Local competition field/opening day 11am, Lansdowne Park. Come along and support our girls. We are always looking for marchers, coaches, judges and helpers. Come and see what it’s all about. MX5 car Group Second Sunday each month. Brent 574 2787 Marlborough bunch riders Every Sunday 9am from Cycleworld, Charles St. Catering for cyclists of all abilities. For a social ride for two hours or less, and a coffee and chat to finish, just turn up. ulysses club Decide destination on the day. Meet at the railway station (south end) at 12.45pm ride departs at 1pm.

raries Marlborough district Lib ca r ’s ry nd ke bo ok Sa le, Mc till corner showroom 10am am 10 y da 4pm. Friday & Satur till 2pm.

Pony club Pony Club Grounds, New Renwick Rd. 10am every 2nd Sunday of the month. Grant 578 2100 Michelle 572 8984. Kaikoura cycling club Weekly from the Kaikoura West End car park. 9.00am. People’s Sunday Market Every Sunday, Noel Leeming carpark 10am-1pm. Whitebait, plants, free range eggs, perennials, shrubs, asparagus, apples, woodware, handcrafts, jewellery, preserves, chutneys, vegetable plants. Marlborough Farmers Market 9am till noon every Sunday. A&P show grounds corner of Maxwell and Alabama Road.

Awatere and Flaxbourne Quilters exhibition at chamaine hammond’s hampshire Gardens on Marama rd, Seddon. 10am-3pm, rail Sail Picton Foreshore 10am-4pm – Miniature trains and yachts. gold coin donation. Model Aero club ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Murray 578 9199 or Tony 577 9776.

Petanque 10am 65A Weld Street – Phone John 577 9789. tramping club Mary 5728762. buddhism for Modern Life 10am, 573 5379. blenheim bonsai 2pm-4pm, 7 Hale Street. Dave 577 8679. Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1-4pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. Malcolm: 578 8809. Marlborough rock and Mineral club 10am-4pm every Sunday at Brayshaw Park. Come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and book. Free admission.

Petanque , Sunday 10am 65A Weld Street Phone John 577 9789.

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have input into how it is managed. There will be four public meetings in November, in Hanmer Springs, Nelson, Blenheim and Christchurch, hosted by the steering committee. ‘Management of Molesworth integrates protection of its natural, historical and cultural values and recreational use with its pastoral farming operation. The draft management plan outlines proposed measures for how this will be achieved and balanced.” ‘The draft plan and its proposals build on the good working relationship between DOC and Landcorp developed over several decades. The plan proposals aim for

further protection and enhancement of its farming, conservation, recreation values, and biodiversity. DOC Nelson Marlborough Conservator Neil Clifton said public access has increased since Molesworth became a reserve and is managed to co-exist with its farm and protection of its natural, historical and cultural qualities. The draft plan can be found on the DOC website www.doc.govt. nz . Printed copies of the plan are available at DOC offices in Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury or people can contact DOC’s South Marlborough Area Office, ph (03) 572 9100 or email southmarlboroughao@doc.govt.nz , to be sent a copy on CD.

Building a fire prevention culture in Marlborough Marlborough Kaikoura’s principal rural fire officer Richard McNamara wants to build a ‘prevention culture’ into fire safety attitudes in Marlborough; one of the hottest, driest parts of the country. “There is a good understanding here of the impact of fire and we have some great teams of volunteer fire fighters across the region. But it is easy for a community to get a bit blasé about fire safety,” he said. The last big fire in the MarlboroughKaikoura region was the dramatic Boxing Day fire which swept across the foothills of the Withers on the edge of Blenheim in 2000 burning off almost 7000ha of grassland. This summer has the potential to be another hot, dry season, says Mr McNamara, with temperatures forecast to be average, or maybe even higher than average. “There’s a bit of uncertainty about the climate but spring usually brings hot dry winds here and that’s the kind of weather that firemen hate. So we’re asking people to think about fire safety – and it’s a particularly important message for people who live outside the urban area,” he said. He says people living on rural properties need to face the fact that it takes emergency services longer to reach

their properties in the event of fire. “Distance means a house fire in the country can have disastrous consequences, especially if no one is around when it begins. Serious damage or even total loss is a far more likely outcome for a rural house fire unless property owners have taken all possible steps to minimise fire risk.” The NZ Rural Fire Authority’s FireSmart Manual has a good checklist which every country property owner should consult. He stresses the importance of ensuring properties are easily accessible to appliances. “Low hanging trees or parked vehicles make it very difficult to get a 10-tonne tanker up a narrow driveway,” he said. Smoke alarms are absolutely essential but he also urges anyone building a new house in the country to seriously consider installing a sprinkler system. “For about $350 per sprinkler head (a typical 3 bedroom home would require perhaps 12 sprinklers) you get a fire fighter in every room.” With summer weather not far away, Mr McNamara says anyone with dry vegetation piles to burn should be getting on with the job – before fire bans come into force. In most parts of the

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Buzzing with goodness Story and photo by Annabelle Latz They call themselves apiarists, but their job has nothing to do with apes. From the bush and farmland, to lifestyle blocks and back yards, Matt Wells and Catherine Gordon look after nearly 170 beehives throughout Marlborough, and areas of Nelson Bays. The busy season has started buzzing, and at the moment they spend lots of their time making the beehives taller, so bees have room to make their honey. This is done by stacking up boxes of frames of recycled wax, which the bees use as their ‘foundation’ to make their honey on. The boxes, or ‘honey supers’ are placed above where the queen lives in her brood nest. As the population of bees increases, more bees bring in honey, so more supers need to be added to contain it. “It’s about the whole conservation of bees,” said Matt, who has been bee keeping for 20 years. Matt and Catherine are based in Picton, and call themselves Urban Bees. “A lot of people have beehives just to have the bees – the harmonic thing in their garden.” Catherine said people who love their gardens and producing their own goods off the land, need to have beehives. “It goes hand in hand with self sufficiency,” she said.

There is quite an involved structure to the simple looking stack of boxes. The bottom box houses the queen bee, and with her live thousands of ‘workers,’ sterile females, and ‘drones,’ fertile males. During winter, the boxes are minimised, as bee numbers in the hives naturally reduce, and less activity takes place. As the weather warms up, reproduction takes place, with the queen laying up to 200 eggs an hour, night and day, without sleeping. An ‘excluder’ stops the queen moving up to the supers and producing brood, (eggs and larvae) in the honey. “Drones are bigger, they have to carry the strong while mating in flight,” said Matt. The temperature inside the beehives sits at 37 degrees Celsius all year-round, which is the human body temperature. A bee’s wings will buzz in different directions, causing air flow to heat or cool the atmosphere, depending on the air temperature needed. Matt and Catherine have to constantly monitor the hives, checking there is enough room for the bees, that the queen is present and laying healthily, and that there is no disease. Catherine said we are lucky in New Zealand not to have suffered Colony Collapse Syndrome, (CCS) which has happened in many other parts of the world, caused in part

by excessive transport of bees for pollination, with lack of welfare. But varroa mite has caused bee farmers problems for a decade now, so disease control takes place every spring and autumn, where strips of miticide are placed in the beehives, to manage the risk. Catherine said varroa mite has caused the loss of many wild beehives, so people are enjoying their own beehives as a way to encourage pollination. “Because of varroa, it’s a lot harder to pollinate plants these days, so bees need intervention to survive.” Surviving daily interaction with thousands of bees comes down to good rearing skills. “I raise my own queens,” said Matt, who puts much attention and time into producing good temperament, and bees that have a tendency not to swarm, or fly away from the hive too often. “Now and then we get the odd sting, but generally, if you carry on they ignore you because they are busy doing their own thing,” said Catherine. www.urbanbees.co.nz Come to the Picton Spring Market Day this Saturday, to learn all about beehives and honey. Organised by the Picton Toy Library, the market day is a joint effort for some community fundraising. There will be 35 stalls representing many community groups in Picton. It will be held at the Picton Toy

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Matt Wells and Catherine Gordon from Picton are buzzing about the Picton Spring Fair on Saturday, where they will teach people a thing or two about bees and honey.

Library, next to the Scout hall, between 9am and 1pm. A good family event, it will be on rain or shine, with art, craft, homemade goods, food, pre-loved goods, local specialities, and buskers. “We are hoping to raise money for a lot of local organisations,” said Haylee Milham, the market organiser. “If we are really well organised we will be able to do this again.”

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Dealing with those nasty frosts Frost season continues on, and the best way to deal with it is to keep your ear plugs handy, and spare a thought for the vineyard managers. Nadia Crighton, from BNC Viticulture Contracting, said that although spring has been fairly kind so far with only a couple of hard frosts causing frost fans to be turned on, people always complain about the noise. She admits it can be hard to put up with the noise, especially when young children are woken up. But she wanted to remind people it is only for a couple of months per year, and without it, there would be no wine industry. Nadia said infrastructure and facilities we get in Marlborough are hugely benefited by the wine industry. “We get to enjoy the spoils, and get some of the best wine in the world here.” Nadia remembers the heavy frost of 2007, when many growers suffered fruit loss. That year, she measured icicles hanging from the vines on her property in the Wairau Valley

measuring 50cm long. “It was the biggest frost we have ever seen.” A lot has been learned since then, using methods such as water protection to prevent loss. “Water protection is like putting a wetsuit over the buds,” she said. Nadia said forward thinking systems are prevalent today in the wine industry, both in terms of protecting crops from adverse atmospheric conditions like harsh frosts and using water protection, to using spray techniques that have minimal consequences on the environment. “Innovations such as the Recycle Spray Unit can immensly reduce chemicals used on vineyards while still achieving the same great results. They also greatly reduce drift and chemical waste.” Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand (SWNZ) introduced a sustainable policy in 2007, promoting participation in SWNZ and

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Mount Riley and Villa Maria Estate were jointly awarded ‘Champion Wine Producer’ at the 2012 Spiegelau International Wine Competition last Friday. Champion Wine of the Show and Champion Wine Producer was awarded jointly. Villa Maria achieved seven gold medals, six silver and 15 bronze. Mount Riley were awarded a medal for

every wine they entered; three gold, three silver and four bronze. They also won the trophy for Champion Pinot Gris. Now in its second year, the Spiegelau International Wine Competition attracted over 1100 New Zealand and offshoreentries including wines from Spain, Portugal, France, South America and - and Italy.

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also recognises other environmental-based programmes such as certified organic and biodynamic production. Nadia said frost season was a good time to remind everyone in Marlborough that vineyard managers do the best they can to look after, and manage the environment. “So keep in mind that if you are not in the vineyard industry, have a think for the vineyard managers out in the cold during the night, when we are snuggled up in bed.”

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‘Reel’ good time By Robbie Parkes Bragging rights will surely be abused when keen fishermen size up each other’s catches at the annual Renwick Arms Country Club Fishin’ Competition next weekend. Organiser and Club manager Allan ‘Ferg’ Ferguson said it is a great family event with $7,000 worth of prizes in total. “It keeps growing every year, it’s complete word of mouth.” More than 100 people entered last year, with about 40 children heading along too. He said there are some really good sponsors again this year, with Marlborough Hunting & Fishing supplying a large portion of the prizes. One of the major prizes is a $1,200 fishing charter trip from Fin Fishing Charters, and a wide variety of spot prizes are up for grabs too. Anyone who enters is eligible for the main prize. Last year, it went to a father son team after they caught a “great big seven gill shark.” He can’t recall any unusual catches or standout tales from all the years the competition has run, but was adamant anyone out there on the day would have a yarn or two to tell.

“Everyone’s got stories of course, and everyone talks about the one that got away.” However, it is not all about the glory. “What we’re trying to do, as well as get people to go out fishing, is really encourage kids to fish. “It’s really good for them to get outside, get a bit of fresh saltwater air and catch a fish.” Whether they get on a boat, catch a spotty off the wharf, or head up the creek and get an eel, when it comes to the weigh-in, they will get a prize bag, said Ferg. “In case they’ve missed out on a fish, we’ll give them a chocolate fish as well.” The final weigh-in at the Club takes place from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday. Ferg said they eventually get boxes filled with fish, and even crayfish that are either taken home or put up for auction. “We had a few guys go out last year just to fish for auction.” All the proceeds went to Renwick Kindergarten, and Ferg said they will do something similar this year. “So it’s a little fundraiser for someone else.” The competition kicks off Labour weekend, October 19, 20, and 21. Entries close Thursday, October 18 at 9pm.

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Near new, centrally located, only minutes to CBD Large 4 bedroom home - ensuite with luxury bath Separate TV lounge, study and laundry Internal access double garage Electronic security gates and alarm system Op Opawa river boundary, offers extra living space and landscaping options Web Ref No: MB233 Contact Pauline Earle: 03 572 9939 or 027 825 1777 Open Home Sunday 2.30-3.00

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VINEYARD SUPERVISOR Thornhill Horticultural Contracting is a well-established, large supplier of labour to the Viticulture industry in Marlborough. Thornhill is a registered Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) recruiting specific staff from New Zealand, Thailand and the Pacific Islands, to fulfil the needs of its valued vineyard clients.

We currently have a position available for a Vineyard Supervisor. Applicants must have the following: • At least three years experience • Be able to report to management and complete paperwork on time • Reliable and have a tidy work ethic • Preference will be given to an experienced Supervisor, but is not essential as full training will be given. • Be able to work long hours when required • Have excellent communication skills • A good understanding of RSE policy • Clean drivers license In the first instance, please forward a brief email to john@thornhillnz. co.nz no later than 20th October, 2012 explaining previous work history and contact details.

Accounts Payable/ Administrator - Top performer wanted - Exciting opportunity - Great location As a leading company in the Marlborough Region, KJ Morgan Plumbing Ltd is seeking an exceptional person to join their Blenheim based team. This exciting opportunity is a permanent / full time position and will appeal to someone who enjoys variety, wants to work with a great team and is passionate about delivering exceptional service. The primary functions will include taking responsibility for the Accounts Payable process including reconciling bank statements, processing invoices, and payment processing all using our Nimbus integrated computer system (full training will be given on this). Also required will be other general office duties including answering the phone, customer service at the counter, typing and general contract administration. The ideal candidate will possess the following: • Previous experience in an Accounts Payable role (intermediate to senior level). • Previous experience with integrated computer system • Previous experience with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) • Exceptional data entry skills with a high level of accuracy and a keen eye for detail • The ability to communicate effectively with all levels in the business • Passionate about customer service • A well presented self starter • Enthusiastic and motivated • Looking to be part of a great team Remuneration is geared to attract a top performer. If this sounds like you, then please call in to our office at 11 Purkiss Street in Springlands for an application form or visit the ‘Downloads’ section on the ‘Contact Us’ page of our website www. morganplumbing.co.nz .Then send it along with your current CV to our office attention Neal Young. Alternatively email neal@morganplumbing.co.nz Your application will be treated in confidence Applications close 24 October 2012


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WEBBY, Alan Richmond: On October 9, 2012, suddenly at home. Aged 77 years. Dearly beloved husband of Dianne, much loved father and fatherin-law of Graeme and Kirstie, Phillip and Florrence, Bryan and Elke, and Christine. Adored Poppa of Ben, Nic, and Alex, Tyler and Alyssa, and Blaire. There is so much we are going to miss about you ... Your cheeky smile and that cheerful laugh. The shuffle you made while walking along whistling a merry tune. The light in your eyes, showing us how your heart was filled with so much love. So many fond memories we will keep close to our hearts. Messages to 4 Manor Place, Blenheim 7201. In lieu of flowers, donations to Life Flight Trust would be appreciated and may be left at the service or sent to PO Box 14-448, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241. A service for Alan will be held in the Mayfield Chapel, corner Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 1.30pm Monday October 15, followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN BLENHEIM FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz

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BUDGEON, Deila Aileen (formerly of Blenheim): 26 September, 2012 CLARK, Doreen Carol (nee Wadsworth): 6 October, 2012 COURT, Peter Mervyn: 20 July, 2012 DALZELL, Ian James: 8 October, 2012 FEATHER, Richard Alexander: 7 October, 2012 HAMILTON, Alice May (Mae) (nee Perham): 3 October, 2012 HOUNSELL, Bessie Doreen: 4 October, 2012 LESLIE, Peter Robert (Pete): 7 October, 2012 POPE, Judith Hellen: 8 October, 2012 ROBINSON, Lorraine Jannette: 3 October, 2012 WINFIELD, Elizabeth Margaret (Beth): 3 October, 2012

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Monday, October 8 At 12.05pm a 25 year old male vineyard worker was arrested for Breaching his Release Conditions. He was held in custody to appear before the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday. At 1.20pm a 26 year old male vineyard worker was arrested for Shoplifting clothing from The Warehouse, Blenheim. At 4pm a 13 year old male student and a 14 year male student were arrested for Burglary after they allegedly entered a property on Redwood Street and stole a scooter. They were disturbed by the home owner and fled on a bicycle, Police were called and the youths dumped the bicycle in a property on the corner of Muller Road and Houldsworth Street before fleeing on foot. The pair were located a short time later. They have been referred to the Youth Aid Section. At 8.25pm a 14 year old male student was arrested for Assault after he allegedly punched his 9 year old brother during a domestic related incident at a Maxwell Road address. He has been referred to the Youth Aid Section. There were no arrests on Tuesday. Wednesday, October 10 At about 4.25pm a 17 year old unemployed male was arrested for Shoplifting and Breaching his Bail after he allegedly stole clothing from Cotton On. He was held in custody to appear before the Blenheim District Court on Thursday. At 10pm an 18 year old unemployed male was arrested on a Warrant for his Arrest for Failing to Appear in the Christchurch District Court. He was held in Custody to appear before the Blenheim District Court on Thursday.

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Blenheim swimmers in medal haul Story and photo by Annabelle Latz The talent displayed by the young Marlborough swimmers at the New Zealand short course championships in Wellington earlier this month caused heads to turn. The three swimmers from Blenheim who attended the meet; Sara Gane, Toby Lloyd and Rebecca Hull, brought home a number of records and medals. Sara Gane can now call herself New Zealand’s ninth fastest breast stroke swimmer over 200m, in the open age

group. The 14 year-old displayed a golden performance, winning three gold medals, in the 50m,100m, and 200m breast stroke – the first two of those races earning her open records, and she broke three age group records. “I just wanted to get good times,” she said, so was thrilled with her results. She is now concentrating on improving her medley performance. “I’ve always loved swimming, I love being in the water,” she said.

sport inbrief

Reid and nelsen unliKely foR TahiTi Winston Reid and Ryan Nelsen are unlikely contenders in the All Whites world cup qualifier in Tahiti on Saturday night. Reid and Nelsen are currently in England recovering from injuries from their club matches for West Ham and Queens Park Rangers respectively.

TeammaTes TesTify againsT aRmsTRong Eleven former teammates have stood up as key witnesses against cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in his case against the US Anti-Doping Agency. Armstrong challenged the USADA to name names and provide evidence against him, which they produced in a report of more than 150 pages.

Rebecca Hull, 15, gained two open records, in the 50 metre backstroke and 50 metre freestyle. Along with Sara, they won bronze in the regional age group 14 year-old medley relay. Toby Lloyd, 14, broke three Nelson Marlborough records, in the 100m individual medley, 200m freestyle, and 200m butterfly. He had a fantastic campaign in the butterfly, where he was ranked about 20 going into the race, was seventh after the heats, and finished fourth

fastest. “Butterfly is my favourite stroke. Toby has been swimming for three years. “I thought I’d give swimming a go, and ended up enjoying it.” He hopes to get to the Commonwealth Games in the next few years. These youths dedicate at least 16 hours to the pool each week when they’re in full training, and their coaches Jenni Gane and Liz Peipi said this recent medal and record haul proves Toby lloyd and sara gane made a strong mark in the pool there is plenty of swimming at the short Course national age group Competition in talent here in Marlborough. wellington earlier this month.

sports talk

Lance Armstrong, hero or rogue? Sport is a little like life. There are rogues in life and they’re out there in sport also....the Ben Johnsons, the Marion Jones. There’s been baseballers who have thrown the World Series as part of a gambling rip-off; cricket has been rife with corruption. And the bigger they are the harder they fall. I’ve been thinking this as it looks like we can now add the great, or should that be not so great, Lance Armstrong, to the parthenon of sporting rogues, vagabonds and cheats. If he stays true to form Armstrong, the winner of the Tour de France seven times, will place his hand on

his heart and say ‘I’m not guilty your honour.’ But the evidence has grown substantially and how can he deny what has just come out? Yesterday it was revealed that The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) alleges that Armstrong was at the heart of a sophisticated doping programme – in fact the most sophisticated in history. The USADA would not go out on a limb and say these things lightly. They have some hefty evidence to back up their allegations – a more than 1000 page document and the testimony from 11 former teammates.

maKos in semifinals The Tasman Makos have made it through to the semifinals of the provincial rugby championship after beating Counties Manakau this week. Taking out the match 28-19 in Pukekohe, the Makos have kept alive hopes for a home semifinal.

King in semifinals New Zealand squash player Joelle King has made it through to the semifinals of the US Open in Philadelphia. King upset English world number four Jenny Duncalf in a 8-11, 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 11-5 victory.

Chris Tobin chris@blenheimsun.co.nz

Speaking of rogues – stay home Mike Tyson. Clean up your act, say some nice things about women before you think of coming to New Zealand to act as a role model for our disadvantaged youth. And go the Tasman Makos! Great to see them beat Counties Manukau on Tuesday. All they need is a win over bottom placed North Harbour in Nelson tomorrow to secure a home semifinal in the ITM Cup.

Egnot-Johnson takes Optimist title

JunioR Kiwis Team named The Junior Kiwis team to play the Junior Kangaroos in Townsville this Saturday has been named. Five members of the team that beat the Junior Kangaroos 28-16 in Newcastle last year have been included, while last years captain Carlos Tuimavave has been named as co-captain along with Jason Taumalolo from the North Queensland Cowboys.

I don’t know if former top New Zealand cyclist Stephen Swart is among those 11 but I always remember Swart saying six years ago that Armstrong was a drugs cheat. Swart had been on the same Motorola professional team with Armstrong back in 1995 and the future Tour de France winner was heavily into the drugs then, taking erythropoetin (EPO), a banned red cell booster which improves endurance. So from Lance Armstrong, the guy who licked cancer, the super hero, to Lance the sporting rogue? What do you think? Email me at chris@blenheimsun.co.nz

Representatives from the Queen Charlotte yacht Club: Polly Powrie, nick egnot-Johnson, Jo aleh, alistair gifford and hamish Clark. Photo courtesy of John Adair.

Morrison and Dredge birds win races The Blenheim Pigeon Club flyers raced from Christchurch (235km) on Saturday 22nd September. The weather was clear and calm at 7:30am when the 85 birds from eight lofts were liberated. Shirley Morrison’s bird was first home to her loft at 11.12.47. Re su lt s ; 1st S Mo r r i s o n 1095.843mpm, 2nd D Dredge 1091.135, 3rd S Kirkwood 1089.232, 4th C Kirkwood 1088.824,5th J Webb 1080.723, 6th A Cooper 1069.131, 7th Morrins Hollow 1044.516, 8thTumbledown Loft 1021.455,9th J Mcilroy 1020.538, 10th Nearo Lofts 869.623. Blenheim Pigeon Club lofts are spread from Seddon to Spring Creek so this can make for some

close results. Last weekend 83 birds from eight lofts were liberated from Kaiapoi at 8.00am in clear windy conditions with the first bird home to its perch at 11.20.55am. Results; 1st D Dredge 1122.090, 2nd Morrins Hollow 1109.798,3rd S Kirkwood 1108.640, 4th Nearo Lofts 1108.617, 5th Equal J Mcilroy 1093.707 ,J Webb 1093.707, 7th S Morrison 1081.682, 8th C Kirkwood 1078.962 , 9th A Cooper 1023.238, 10th Tumbledown 982.927. This race was the first leg of the clubs Triple Crown race. Each flyer nominates one bird to fly three races and the bird with the best average velocity wins the overall trophy.

Seven Queen Charlotte Yacht Club sailors competed at the Stack Interiors Auckland Winter Champs at the weekend, with good results. The Queen Charlotte team were the largest representation of any South Island yacht club at the competition the first major sailing event of the year. The event, held over three courses and a number of days, usually attracts 300 or more sailors from Junior Green Fleet Optimists to Olympic Classes. Murrays Bay Sailing Club hosted the regatta Hamish Clark of QCYC lead the Optimist Open Fleet at the end of three races for the first day with Alistair Gifford not far behind. Henry Gibbs likewise led the P Class Fleet. The wind was building and the forecast looked ugly for the second day, Saturday. With winds blowing at 35 knots and

forecast to increase, the decision was made to cancel the days racing. Sunday had four races scheduled and the fleets set sail for their various courses in light and shifty conditions. Alistair Gifford popped into 2nd overall with Hamish Clark settling for 3rd. Nick Egnot-Johnson took out the Optimist title with a very close finish from the two QCYC sailors. Oliver Cowley came 30th, Max Gibbs, 57th, and Jack Tripe, 58th in their first Open Fleet major regatta. Henry Gibbs convincingly won the P Class Fleet by 14 points, taking home one of the most impressive trophies on NZ Yachting. Taylor Burn, in his first event back in a Laser Radial since January, finished 6th in a very competitive Fleet comprising of the Wonens Olympic Laser rep, the World Masters Champion and the National Champion.

Yachting results

Racing at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club on Saturday was the Short Course Championship with four races in total Sailing conditions were very windy Northerly, 20 to 25 knots to start the first race, swtiching to very light Southerlies for the second. The wind swung backwards and forwards between the two directions for the remaining two races. Nineteen boats took to the water

with a good intermediate Starling Fleet making good numbers. Green Fleet Optimist; Emily Overend 1st; Jasper Hopkins 2nd; Bob Marr 3rd. Open Optimist; Nico van Beek 1st; Iolo Adams 2nd; Alice Overend 3rd. Starlings; Callum Radford 1st; Seren Adams 2nd; Nicholas Gardinar 3rd. Laser; Stuart Burrough 1st; Jason Anderson 2nd; Peter Bush 3rd.


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