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Machine fanatic Bill Reporter Annabelle Latz catches up with Bill Neal on his small farm in Tuamarina, to hear many tales about his busy life in the district. A 1950 Alice Chalmers plough is Bill Neal’s pride and joy. He turned over paddocks with this plough when it was brand new, working at Jack O’Sullivan’s market garden, down the road from his Koromiko home. “I got it back 14 years ago, I bought it off my brother John in Renwick for $1200.” Bill has two sheds behind his house at Tuamarina filled with tractors, engines, ploughing equipment, and an old car. The 1917 Mogel was pulled up from a swamp in Westport. His oldest collection piece is a 1905 Gardner No 2, a stationary engine. Continued on page 14.

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Smoke disrupts business Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Michelle Bowler was half way through a client’s haircut when the lights went out in her Arthur St salon on Wednesday, about midday. She is the owner of 2 Style Hair Design, and called Laser Electric and one of its staff came straight down. They saw smoke coming from the top of the old Alyssums shop room. “I came flying back into the salon and dialed 111, and here we are,” said Michelle. “The girls went out the back and we could smell smoke.” Emergency services quickly turned up, and the entire building was evacuated. The cause of the disruption was a fire from an electrical switch board in the former, now unoccupied, Alyssums and Balloons shop, in the building on the corner of Arthur and Queen streets. Blenheim Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Rob Dalton said the damage caused by the fire was superficial, with the fire only spreading into the walls where the wires were. Because the room was empty, there was nothing to fuel the flames, so the building is still virtually perfectly in tact. “It’s hard to pin point what caused the fire, but it was confined to the boxes and

Above: Michelle Bowler had to evacuate her 2 Style Hair Design salon on Arthur St on Wednesday, because of an electrical fault in the building.

the wall.” Breathing apparatus was used by firefighters to put out the fire, and the building was ventilated. There were four fire engines from Blenheim and Renwick, 20 fire fighters, two police cars and an ambulance. Rob said the whole evacuation process went very well, and no one suffered smoke inhalation. “The fire fighters did it really well, making sure the fire didn’t go anywhere else.” Michelle was hoping to get back into the salon soon. “I’ve got clients I need to ring, I’ve still got my scissors in my pocket!” All situations returned to normal by 2pm, when power was restored and occupants were allowed back into the building.

Police inbrief Arrests this week Tuesday, May 15th A 30 year old male vineyard worker was arrested for breach of bail. A 39 year old male beneficiary was also arrested for breach of bail.

Wednesday, May 16th A 19 year old unemployed male was arrested for unlawfully being on a property.

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Rewarding our nurses

The great job our nurses do was celebrated in Blenheim on Monday afternoon. As part of International Nurses Day celebrations, two Marlborough nurses received NMDHB Nursing Scholarship Awards. They were Sharon North, Charge Nurse Manager at the Emergency Department at Wairau Hospital, and Susie Wendelborn, Clinical Nurse who specialises in Wound Care, and runs the wound care service at Wairau Hospital and Marlborough. There were 19 awards presented within the NMDHB in total, acknowledging innovation and excellence in Clinical Practice. Susie sees patients from a range

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of ages with different conditions, and assisting people in their eighties and nineties is part of the skill

base she has learned on the job. “It’s all about getting the patient the right treatment to get that wound healed.” Susie said without the great team of nurses she works with, she would not be able to make a difference in wound care in Marlborough. “I feel there are a lot of nurses who make a difference to patient outcomes and I am only one of them. I have an extremely supportive district nursing team.” Winners received $1000 to further their education. The awards are funded by the Nelson Marlborough Hospitals’ Trust and NMDHB Maori Health


Directorate. The sponsorship will enable Susie to attend the NZ Wound Care society conference in Auckland next May. “Hopefully it will free up funds to allow another DHB nurse to attend,” she said. Susie has achieved a Graduate certificate in Wound management from the CPIT and now has her Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing. There are currently just over 49,000 nurses practising in New Zealand. International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Fairies for heart stopper challenge Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk As parents themselves, local women Alysha Hutchison, Kelly Hocquard and Nadia Crighton were only too keen to help fundraise for Marlborough children living with congenital heart conditions. These three women are part of team “Flutters” who will be taking an icy plunge this Saturday at the Heart Stopper Challenge being held at the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 from 11am. “I had heard through friends about this event and as a mother myself I felt it was a fantastic fundraiser to be part of,” says Nadia. “With everything the lo-

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gRoup gets donation The Marlborough Area Girls Brigade in Blenheim are one of ten groups to receive $1000 from SBS and HBS Bank’s Star prize draw this month $500,000 has been donated to community groups throughout the country as part of the bank’s Star package.

cHuRcHill tRust Redevelopment Ground work on the site for the new Churchill Trust building at Wairau Hospital is well underway. The successful tender contract has been formalised and the private hospital is expected to be complete by April 2013.

cal community has done for my daughter Honor I wanted to give back, and this seemed to be a really fun idea,” Kelly says. The challenge sees teams don a costume and plunge into a spa pool filled with icy cold (nine degree) water for five minutes. Teams are encouraged to fundraise using an online fundraising site to raise funds in advance of their plunge, with funds used to support Blenheim heart families in the Marlborough region. Team Flutter, which also includes members Grant Herd, Jacob Butson and Te Arahi Pihema-Pohutuhutu is one of 31 teams already registered for the event,

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team members from the ‘flutters’ alysha Hutchison, kelly Hocquard and nadia crighton ready their wands and fairy costumes for this saturday’s Heart stopper challenge.

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ipad app for Businesses The Government has launched a new iPad application online that lets small businesses access tools and tips for growth. A second online product released is the B-Cal business calender that helps to highlight important business requirements. Both are available through the website.

choice hotels in Blenheim Quality Hotel Marlborough (formerly Copthorne Hotel) has joined the Choice Hotels group this month. The compnay has added six new properties to the group in the past year.

emails delayed Telecom says the delivery of emails was being delayed, but it would get through eventually. Telecom is working with its provider Yahoo to resolve the issue. Last week email to and from thousands of corporate customers was held up because of a spam-related issue they said. Some local business are still having ongoing problems with their emails. These issues started more than a week ago.

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Marlborough District Council web administrator Mandy Evans (right) has been recognised for her ‘excellent potential’ with a national award. Mandy beat a number of nationwide nominees to win the Professional Development Award for the 2012 ALGIM Web Awards. The Association of Local Government New Zealand Information Management (ALGIM) use the awards to recognise the best websites in local authorities. The Council’s website service Floodwatch also came in second at the award for Best New Feature Website (under 50,000 population). The website ranked fourth out of 78 councils nationwide.

New tourism partnership to highlight regional produce By Robbie Parkes New Zealand King Salmon and Destination Marlborough’s new partnership aims to promote the region through several international markets. It is not just because of our wine either. The union is aimed to showcase not only Marlborough’s high quality salmon, but our local produce as well. "It'll basically highlight the abundance of the regional produce we have,” said local chef, chairperson of Farmers’ Markets New Zealand and the Marlborough Farmers’ Market, Chris Fortune.

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and visitors that we are one of the leading food pantries in New Zealand. “We’re collectively saying that with a local voice, and that’s part of the partnership,” he said. Chris said that chefs from the region have always been excited about our local ingredients, using them abundantly, and the partnership will give focus to that. “Marlborough is working with ‘food prominence,’ which means being regional and being recognisable for the food in our own region,” he said. "Food tourism is becoming a huge part of people's itineraries

and regal salmon is one of the leading food producers in the region." Like regional France, we would be recognised by our speciality produce - regal salmon, greenlip mussels as well as garlic and shallots. He said up until five years ago our local style of food was everything but New Zealand based, and the growth in our regional market has changed that. “Rather than recognising us as a wine region or a sunshine region, we’re being marketed as a food region, which is pretty good for everyone,” he said.

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The Foodie may have started out as an ice cream shop, but it’s quickly grown into a food emporium. “We started off as just ice cream and then we thought we’d add on food,” said owner Tina Luthra. The shop intially just sold Rush Munro’s earlier in the year but closed to add the likes of kebabs, curry and fish to the menu. The shop has been open again for the past three weeks. Tina said they wanted to focus on freshness, especially for their morrocan kebabs, which will use fresh

meat and daily baked wraps. Tina owns Village India across the road from the new store and said the idea to open a new shop came about six months ago. She said they were quite keen to sell ice cream as nowhere else in town seemed to have it. One thing led to another and they started to sell all manner of food. Tina said the main idea was to open a place that operated during the day which would accompany their dinner service at Village India.

Marlborough Wines receive international awards Two Marlborough wine companies have scooped international awards in May alone, reinforcing the region’s high quality vino. Saint Clair Family Estate won the New World Producer of the Year at the UK’s Sommelier Wine Awards for 2012. Over 80 sommeliers and on-trade buyers judged the competition, now in it’s fifth year, of which there were 1850 wines entered. Saint Clair wines received a further five medals for outstanding quality and two wines were included in the Gold List - the best of the competition. Mud House also received accolades for four of its wines at the 2012 Wine & Spirits Asia, Singapore Expo. They were awarded two silvers, a bronze and a ‘Recommended’ title. The expo featured more than 165 exhibitors, 80% of which were from overseas, across 25 countries and regions.

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New citizens and population increases during the year to March, and there was a net migration loss of 3400. The New Zealand population also continues to age, with people aged 65 years and over exceeding 600,000, up to 14% from 12% in the year to March. Within the older age group, those 80 years or older were the fastest growing group. In the next 40 years, the number of people aged 80 years and over is expected to more than triple from

Pre-budget announcement could hurt education One pre-budget announcement made by Government yesterday has teachers worried. Education Minister Hekia Parata said yesterday the schools funding formula would change, with pupil ratios in the mid-years of education changed, and teachers should be paid in relation to their performance. Instead of the existing range of between one to 23 up to one to 29, there would be a single ratio of one to 27.5, in a change that would save about $43 million a year. Parata said about 90% of schools would either gain or have a net loss of less than one fulltime-equivalent teacher as a result of the changes. She said it is not about investing in more teachers; it is about investing in better teaching. In the past 10 years, pupil numbers had grown by 2.52%, but teacher numbers had grown 12.76%. A range of measures to lift teacher quality, including an extra $60m invested over four years for boosting teacher recruitment and training, a postgraduate qualification for trainee teachers, and a new pre-principalship qualification for school leaders has been discussed.

160,000 to exceed half a million. There were less people aged 15 years or younger, falling from 22 to 20%. Despite the slow growth, Ma rlboroug h ha s re cent ly welcomed new New Zealanders to the district. Amongst the Marlborough community from this week are 24 extra people who can proudly call themselves New Zealand citizens. They were part of a ceremony

held at the Marlborough District Council chambers last Friday afternoon. The new citizens came from Br ita in, South A fr ica, the Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Germany, and Brazil: Emma Downie, Filipina; Greig Driver, British; Simon Lamb, British; John O’Connell, Irish; Mark Wilson, Carol Wilson, Joshua Wilson, Hannah Wilson, Mark Atkinson, Julie Atkinson,



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Spot on Ken. I am profoundly deaf. But not as deaf and dumb as Government with ears that do not hear and eyes that do not see tongues that still speak nonsense while they still talk showing how dumb they can get. Run that past me again Ken? Los Tout (Brother to Miss Tout. Again)


EECA are pretty safe in offering subsidies for winter warming. The people needing dollars most don’t have nincomputers, can’t pay 4 them or pay 4 connection dollars or use them. Miss Tout. Again


Mate got a supermarket docket for 25c off fuel. Saved til end of month. Going to fill wifes car. Emptied the petrol cans for the motorbikes. Loaded car up. Filled car, cans. $165. Woohoo how much discount! None! Lady behind counter says we don’t take those dockets here. Duh - wrong service station! Buga KN


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Support locally owned With the likes of some ‘big boys’ coming to town eg Bunnings, I hope Blenheim folk remember to keep supporting our locally owned businesses eg Mitre 10 Mega and Placemakers. Don’t forget these businesses are owned by locals who live in our community. They support it and spend their $ here. So it’s only right we should support them back.

The same can be said for others coming in too like Rebel Sport. I hope this doesn’t diminish the sports stores we already have here. Even you guys - The Sun - owned by locals, not offshore conglomerates! Keep it local everyone! Joe B

Good luck Matthew Good luck to Matthew McNeilly (story Sun 16 May). Seems like a nice lad who has achieved so much and has the promise of very bright things to come.

All the best for your future. Go get ‘em and put Blenheim on the map. Alice Mary

Petrol prices inflationary Dear Ed, The colluding by oil companies in keeping the price of petrol and diesel up despite regular falls in oil prices shows the sham of the free market. Energy minister Jerry Brownlee was a disaster. It seems Phil Heatley now minister is just as weak.

He was as fisheries minister. Is government looking after the public or big business who probably fund their party anyhow. Petrol prices are fundamental to inflation with high prices driving up the cost of everything from tradesmen to services to food. Shelby Wright

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Win a magazine subscription The special offer of winning a free year long subscription to the Food Magazine has been extended. Thank you to those who have already entered, but please remember that you have one more week to get in your entries along with a photograph of your family or children preparing a meal together. Entries can be mailed to PO Box 634, Blenheim or emailed to To advertise your business, call Jill on (03) 5777 868 Total market coverage in Marlborough

Extensive road repairs Marlborough Roads are proposing extensive road repairs on Scott Street between Muller Road and Alabama Road to strengthen and smooth the road. The old section of road has become unacceptably rough and uncomfortable to travel along. These works, undertaken by HEB Construction, commenced on Tuesday May 15, and are due to be completed by Friday, May 25. The likely cost is $105,000 approx.

The road will be open while the works are underway but there will be traffic delays. Marlborough Roads asks that if possible could motorists avoid Scott Street while the repair works are undertaken. If you require any further information please call Marlborough Roads on 5208330. Marlborough Roads thanks the public for their patience and understanding while this important work is carried out.

Residents urged to change Marlborough residents concerned at the recent increase in their power bill since electricity prices rose are being urged to replace light bulbs with energy efficient ones. A $1 standard incandescent 100W light bulb costs $25 a year to run, while an $8 efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)

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What’s your pet hate? Rude and unreasonable people – fortunately don’t meet too many of these but they do exist!

Your favoured holiday destination? Movenpick Resort in Phukett for total R&R


Your favoured holiday destination? Cruising on a canal boat through part of France enjoying all that’s great about their wine, food and scenery.


Who would you invite to dinner? Paul Henry (he’s naughty but funny), Simon Gault, (to help cook dinner), and Rachel Hunter (husband’s request!) - oh, and friends of course!

What is your favourite music? Fairly varied really, but anything I can sing badly to which might include Meatloaf (Bat Out of Hell) or Neil Diamond (Hot August Night). One of my favourite songs Jeff Buckley, A Satisfied Mind.


What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? That I spent 3 years living and working in Jakarta, Indonesia as part of my 22 year OE that was supposed to only be a 6 month working holiday!!

A saying you like to live by? Dance like nobody’s watching, Sing like n o b o d y ’s listening and Live each day as if it is a gift.

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By Robbie Parkes Marlborough Girls’ College’s International Week has brought a wide array of culture, from Kapa Haka to origami, the school went global for a short time. “It’s kind of a chance for the school to celebrate diverse cultures,” said international prefect Lara Campbell. “It’s awesome, it’s just a chance to have a lot of fun and show people what we’re all about,” she said. Lara, along with a committee full of girls organised the week’s events which began on Monday. Over the next few days the school took on a cultural feel. “Girls from other countries who were interested could share their cultural dance and sing,” she said. “We had the Japanese girls dancing.” “Seriana (the Swiss girl) plays the

piano beautifully.” They had costumes that old students had left behind that the girls could dress up in and take photos. “It’s pretty cool,” said Lara. Thursday was their international mufti day, where students got the chance to come in costume. “Friday we’ve got food, and basically all the girls are going to make a dish,” she said. “It’s the thing that everybody looks forward to do.” Lara said the international week is really important for the girls. “As international prefect I can see one of the biggest problems is a lot of international girls have some difficulty making friends when they get here,” she said. She said it helps them fit in and it pushes the other girls in the right direction too.

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A big thank you to winery truck drivers from Marlborough Roads

Over the 2012 vintage, Marlborough Roads has been called out to just three grape spills on district roads and state highways. This is a dramatic and most pleasing drop in the number of incidents compared with previous years. This years’ clean-up cost for the three spills is estimated at less than $2000. Some of this cost will be recovered through operators’ insurances leaving very minimal costs for the Council or Marlborough Roads. In past vintages, clean-up costs have been about $15,000. The good safety record for this year has saved public money to the equivalent cost of re-sealing about half a kilometre of roading. Marlborough Roads manager Frank Porter says the work the viticulture industry has put into achieving excellent operator practices and providing better vehicles has really hit the mark this vintage.

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Please let us collect your Council rubbish bags from the kerb We’d prefer everyone in Blenheim and Picton who uses our black Council rubbish bags to put them out for kerbside collection - rather than delivering them direct to the rubbish transfer station. A Council contractor does the street collection in Blenheim and Picton. That contract is based on an expected number of bags and covers the cost of both collecting and disposing of the rubbish bags. However, far more bags than expected are being dropped straight to the transfer station by members of the public.

The contractor running the transfer station then has to take them over to the landfill – and that’s incurring a cost. We know it’s easy to throw your rubbish bag onto the trailer if you’re already heading to the transfer station. Some people even assume they’re being helpful by taking their own bags there rather than putting them at the kerb. But we’d respectfully encourage people to use the kerbside service – we want to keep costs down as much as we can and, as ratepayers, you’re paying for the kerbside rubbish collection service Council contractor Luke Brosnan tosses one of the Council black bags through your annual rates. onto the Earthcare truck as it makes its rounds in Blenheim.

A wizard afternoon at the library Throngs of children found their favourite storybook characters at the Marlborough District Library in its Great Book Character Hunt last weekend with Professor Dumbledore (Mayor Alistair Sowman) a crowd favourite. He was joined by a cast of other characters including the Wicked Witch of the West, Tin Tin, Captain Haddock, Skullduggery, Mrs Wishy Washy and some of the Rainbow Fairies. The crowd of about 150 children and their families had fun spotting the characters inside the library before they joined in with the sausage sizzle afterwards, outside on the library lawn. The library’s book character hunt is held every two years to promote the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.

The Marlborough Road Safety Council will hold a free driver training course; On: Tuesday 22 May 2012 At: The Wesley Centre – Henry Street Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm For: Senior drivers and road users Based on: The New Zealand Road Code Please register your interest in attending with Geoff on 578 8143

Mobility Scooter Seminar in Picton A free seminar for existing and intending users of mobility scooters is being held in Picton in May and registrations are invited now. The seminar is being arranged by Grey Power and the Marlborough Road Safety Council. It will run from 10am-noon on Monday 21 May at the RSA in Wellington Street, Picton. Council staff, Police and scooter dealers will be there to answer questions. The seminar will cover • purchasing a scooter • scooter safety and dealing with rough surfaces • maintenance and repair know-how for all skill levels. To attend the seminar please contact Grey Power Marlborough Inc. Ph: 03 578 4950 between 10am and 2pm.

Rating information database Pursuant to Section 28 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 the Rating Information Database of the Marlborough District Council is available for public inspection at the Marlborough District Council Office, 15 Seymour Street, Blenheim and the Marlborough District Council Picton Service Delivery Centre, 67 High Street, Picton between the hours of 8.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. An electronic version of the database is also available on Council’s website www.marlborough.

Queen’s Birthday Kerbside Collections There will be NO kerbside collection on MONDAY 4 June 2012. Instead residents should put out their refuse and recycling by 7.30 am on TUESDAY 5 June 2012.

Dog Owners

Attention Dog Owners - Has your dog: • Changed address? • Changed owners? • Died? Have your contact details changed? If so please advise Animal Control so they can update your records. Having correct information helps avoid delays during registration time in June and July. Animal Control, 82 Seymour Street, Blenheim Ph 520 9033 or Picton Office of Marlborough District Council High Street, Picton – ph (03) 520 3200

Where should the lines be drawn on freedom camping? This is the last chance to make a submission on Council’s plan to introduce a bylaw that will allow freedom camping in Marlborough but impose some limits on the areas where freedom campers may put up their tents or park their campervans. The new bylaw would allow campers to stay at a range of designated spots across the region – so long as the rules about refuse and waste are followed. The new bylaw would also give Council the power to

issue a spot fine of $200 to anyone camping in the wrong place. The bylaw proposes a specific ban on freedom camping inside the town boundaries of Blenheim, Picton, Havelock, Seddon and Renwick, and to rule out freedom camping on Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Drive and the French Pass Road. Council reserves would also be out of bounds to tents, campervans, house trucks and caravans – but there are designated reserves

where some camping is allowed so long as the vehicle is selfcontained (can carry own waste). Previously, Council bylaws banned freedom camping except for designating camping sites. More details of the draft bylaw can be found on Council’s website under Parks & Reserves. Submissions on the new bylaw must be received by Council by the end of the day on Friday 25 May. Submissions by email should be addressed to: Freedomcampingsubmission@

Positive Ageing Good health can add years to your life - and life to your years There are many factors that affect our health as we age but everyone can take steps to give themselves the best chance of staying healthy and active. Physical and mental exercise is vital. Getting attention for any health issues as early as possible is important: • Get regular physical examinations from your GP • Maintain dental health by seeing a dentist, or dental hygienist, regularly

• Keep up to date on any recommended immunizations. Keeping an active body and maintaining social contact are also crucial for an active mind (as well as reducing stress and depression). The brain is like any muscle – it needs regular workouts so keep it busy: • Keep up your social life by visiting friends or joining clubs • Read a variety newspapers, magazines and books • Play games like scrabble, cards

Marlborough District Council PO Box 443 Blenheim 7240 New Zealand

or chess • Take up a new hobby or join a class • Do crossword puzzles and word games. Marlborough District library maintains a database of information about the clubs and groups here. Visit the library or view the Community Information database on the library website: www.marlboroughlibraries.govt. nz and go to the Quick Link to Community Information.

Phone: +62 3 520 7400 Fax: +61 3 520 7496 Email:

Courtesy crossings rely on good manners Courtesy crossings are ‘shared space’ and rely on the courtesy of both drivers and pedestrians. Responsibility rests with the pedestrians to make eye contact with approaching drivers and check they are slowing down before stepping out from the kerb. The crossings rely on consideration from drivers and common sense from pedestrians. Irritation can occur when drivers stop unnecessarily – when pedestrians are still approaching the crossing – or when pedestrians step out when a car is almost upon the crossing. Blenheim’s crossings are in the 30kmh zone in the town centre and also at the Redwoodtown shopping centre. The philosophy behind speed humps in a town centre is that slower vehicle speeds will increase the safety of the environment. The accident rate is very low: the courtesy crossings have a better safety record than ordinary pedestrian crossings.


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Not a moment of regret for Bev

“Yahoo”, it’s Jean’s 90th! Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk The home of Blenheim resident Jean Rodger was full of laughter and smiles yesterday as she celebrated her 90th birthday. Asked what she had planned for the day, Jean’s quick wit and great sense of humour shone through in her response. “I would have been happy to stay home with a piece of bread,” she laughs. “But I’m looking forward to lunch with my granddaughter today and seeing all of my family together at the weekend.” After speaking to members of her family, Jean’s character is repeatedly portrayed as being “hard case” and a very “loving”

woman who enjoys a laugh. “My son told me that because I smile so much I look like a Cheshire cat, but that’s just me,” Jean grins. Jean was born into a rural family in Napier and grew up on a farm in Taranaki. She admits she lived most of her childhood in dungarees and gumboots, but at the age of 19-years she moved to Auckland where she met her husband Jack Rodger. “I kicked off the gumboots and headed to the city where I found myself a nice airman,” she says. The couple married and went on to have four children. Being in the airforce, Jack’s job took them all over the country but the family soon settled in Marlborough 57

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years ago. A keen whitebaiter, gardener, knitter and dedicated mother, Jean has lived a full and interesting life and is well known to many in the community. She also worked at the Springlands Supermarket for 30 years as checkout manager before retiring at 65. “I would have kept going if I could have, I loved that place like it was my own,” she says. Looking back Jean says her life has been full of love and laughter and she looks forward to many more years bo come. “Yahoo,” she says throwing her arms in the air. “It’s my birthday. I can’t believe it’s been 90 years.”

Discovering jewellery with Pamela McCormick

McCormick & Co Jewellers

Value from the Valuation Process Last week Jill Towers, Professional Jewellery Valuer and President of the NZ Gemmologists Society was with us for three days of jewellery valuation. Having Jill in-store is an addition to our regular valuation service and a bonus for staff who increase their knowledge and expertise. As always, I encourage you to have your precious and valuable items checked regularly, and ensure you have current valuations. What I learned this time.

The Verneuil Process A good friend has a gold ring set with a striking red stone which she suspected to be too large for a genuine ruby and “was probably glass”. Instantly intrigued I was rewarded to learn about the Verneuil process, the first commercially successful method of manufacturing synthetic gemstones developed in 1902 by the French chemist Auguste Verneuil. It is primarily used to produce the ruby and sapphire varieties of corundum. Also called flame fusion, the process is considered to be the founding step of modern industrial crystal growth technology, and despite remaining virtually unchanged to this day, this process maintains a leading position in the manufacture of synthetic corundum and spinel gemstones. It was not ‘just glass’ but a fine example of the process, with a significance in its own right.

Costume Jewellery Another customer brought in an item of jewellery recently willed to her, along with similar pieces to other siblings. Because of the number of ‘white’ stones it was assumed to be costume jewellery however on examination and testing it was found that these stones were in fact diamonds, approximately 30 much to the astonishment of our customer. While this is not a regular occurrence it is well worth talking to us about jewellery you have inherited or been gifted. As with the stone above, a piece can gain much more respect and ‘history’.

B r I N G I N G T H e B e S T To M A r L B o r o u G H . . .

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75 Market St, Blenheim Ph/Fax: 03 578 7897

By Annabelle Latz Yesterday was a special day for Bev Lindsay. It marked the 25 years since she lost her father to cancer. Each Wednesday morning Bev works the front desk at Hospice Marlborough. She is one of 15 volunteering smiling faces to greet those who come through the doors, do office work, and run errands. Bev has been doing her weekly three-hour shifts since the facility opened seven years ago. She said it was a sign she should be there, she had always wanted to give something back to those who helped her family. Bev also lost her brother to cancer 14 years ago. “He was so young, he was only 46.” “I just love coming here, I’ve never regretted one minute.” Usually Bev can be found at the Bev Lindsay. front desk at Top Town Cinemas in Blenheim. hospice facilities are popping up in “It’s a nice change.” smaller areas now. Hospice nurses played a huge role in “I would think there would not be her life during the loss of her father a family that wouldn’t have been afand brother, who were cared for at fected by cancer in some way.” Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington. Although, Bev describes Hospice “There’s something about the hos- Marlborough as a happy place. pice nurses, they are just so compas“There is always laughter with the sionate.” patients and staff. It’s about making People discuss topics like cancer lives as easy as they can be, in the more than they used to, and more circumstances.”

Hospice Awareness Week The theme of Hospice Awareness Week is letting people know that a hospice is not ‘a place to die,’ but a place filled with happiness and celebration of life. It has been running from May 14 and ends on May 20. Hospice Marlborough is one of 34 hospices in New Zealand. Trish Holdaway is Volunteer Coordinator and House Manager at Hospice Marlborough, where more than 11,000 hours of volunteer work has been invested each year, by 240 volunteers. “I’m amazed at the number of

hours people out into the service, I find it quite humbling.” There are six beds at Hospice Marlborough, Hospital Rd, which holds an 85% occupancy rate, and 98 patients are being supported by its Community Palliative Care Team in their own homes or care facilities. Donations to Hospice Marlborough are always greatly appreciated, but do not have to be financial. The Hospice Shop is where people can take unwanted or unused belongings, and all money raised goes back into the facility.

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BUYING NOW Geoff Brown and Eric Jackson will be in the Blenheim, Marlborough and Kaikoura areas from Monday, May 21 for 3 days only and are wanting to buy your unwanted or surplus items. Either bring any pieces you may have to one of the venues listed at the bottom of the page for an on the spot appraisal, or if you live elsewhere or cannot make it in to the venues please phone NOW on 0800 700 010 Toll Free to arrange an appointment for the buyers to come to your home. Both Mr Jackson and Mr Brown are both fully licensed Antique, Precious Metal and Numismatic Buyers each with over 25 years industry experience. We carry photographic identification for your security.

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Cig. & Card Cases

Jugs & Mugs

Trays & Baskets

Scientific Instruments

Silver, Pewter & Brass


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Police & Fire

Military Badges


Clarice Cliff

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Carlton Ware



IWC & Tudor

Pocket Watches

Fob Watches

Interesting Watches

Vintage Rings

Sovereign Cases



Commemorative Medals, Tokens etc

NZ & Pacific Artifacts

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Greenstone Items & Jewellery

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Put autumn leaves to good use It has been a weekend ritual in most Marlborough neighbourhoods, the raking and bagging of autumn leaves. This is a repetitive process that occurs week after week until our trees are bare. But instead of creating unnecessary back breaking work bagging up leaves and arranging for them to be disposed of, put them to work in your garden beds. Here are four easy ways to use the leaves in your garden. Compost them; Autumn leaves, especially those that have been chopped or shredded (you can use a chipper/shredder, a leaf vac, or a lawn mower to shred the leaves) are dream additions to the compost pile. Leaves are a great source of “brown,” high-carbon material for the compost. Simply alternate layers of shredded leaves with the regular green materials you’d add to your compost pile (such as vegetable and fruit scraps, weeds, grass clippings, and plants that you pull out in your fall garden clean-up) and let it sit over the winter. Aerate or turn the pile when you think of it, and by planting time you’ll have finished compost. Mulch; Once you’ve shredded your leaves, they can be used as organic mulch in flower beds, vegetable gardens, under trees and shrubs, or in container gardens. Simply apply a two to three inch layer of shredded leaves to your beds, keeping the mulch from directly touching the stems and trunks of your plants. The mulch will help the soil retain moisture, stay cool and limit weed seed germination. As a bonus, the leaves will add nutrients to the soil as they break down, and the worms and soil micro-organisms will work on them as well, resulting in lighter, fluffier soil over time. Hoard them; Brown materials can be hard to come by in spring and summer. But, if you’ve thought ahead and hoarded a garbage bag or two in your garage over the winter, you won’t have any problem making perfect compost in spring. It’s much easier to dump a bag of leaves on the compost pile than to stand there shredding newspaper in an attempt to dry out a soggy compost pile! Mow them; If you simply run over the leaves with a mower (with the wheels set at their highest setting) they’ll break down over the winter, providing your soil with nutrients and shading the soil, which will result in fewer lawn weeds to worry about next year. If you do this once a week until the leaves are finished falling, you won’t have to rake a single leaf, and your lawn will look better for it next spring and summer. Use one, or a combination, but don’t be surprised to find yourself eyeing your neighbour’s leaves once you see the benefits autumn leaves bring to your garden.

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ABOVE: By adding your autumn leaves to your compost you are creating a great source of high-carbon material for the compost.

Kids in the garden



• Old woollen jumpers make excellent liners for hanging baskets.

New, fresh colourful arrivals

“Where gardening doesn’t cost a fortune”

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ABOVE: Mattix-Mor Tipene-Wall is the little boy in this photo, he is two and loves helping his Grandad John Wall in the garden. He also loves the little bugs they both find in the garden.

Children in the garden send us your photos Send in your photo of your child (or grandchild) enjoying time in the garden. Include their name and age. Email your photo to: We’ll publish these on our Gardening page as space permits.

• The secret to a good looking hedge is frequent trimming. Trim lightly and often, rather than cutting back hard. • In order to encourage bushy growth and plenty of flowers, nip out the growing tips of plants regularly. • Zinnias love the heat and make a colourful display. Pick them regularly this will encourage even more flowers to form. • When planting bulbs in containers, put them in layers so you get a succession of flowers over time.

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what’s on

Friday May 18, 2012


in marlborough

- weekend event guide -

FrIdAy 18th MAy

Pink Shirt day Wear a pink shirt to raise awareness, reduce bullying and promote positive social relationships. Sit and Be Fit with Jeanette. Free exercise for all ages at Crossroads, 2 Redwood Street. At 10am Phone 578 5395 Johns Kitchen Koha Café Open from 8.30am. Donation gets you breakfast, lunch and other yummy foods. At Crossroads, 2 Redwood Street. All welcome. 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.

Senior Net Open day An open day will be held at the Senior Net Learning Centre on the corner of Queen Charlotte Drive and Keneperu Road Linkwater from 10am-3pm. All welcome to go along and see what courses are available at 1.30pm, there will be a talk on the different ways that you can save important things like family photos, music and family history.

Championship dog Show Marlborough Kennel Assn (Inc) All breeds championship dog show with an international judging panel and many breeds of dog competing for best in show. Gold coin entry, barbecue and canteen. 7.30am till 5pm today and 8.30am till 2pm Sunday. Boot Sale 8am – 2pm Blenheim Railway Station car park on Grove Rd. redwood Market 8am-noon, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants produce and crafts. taste Marlborough Saturday Market 9am-1pm in The Forum – Ethnic food, local produce, arts, crafts and jewellery. Vintage Farm Machinery 10am till 3pm, Open every day. Brayshaw Vintage Farm, Guided tours available, Doris 579 4357

tunes for tots Preschool music sessions. Morning tea. 9.30am and 10.30am. Nativity Church Hall. $2 Family. 578 3909

Pelorus Gallery 70 Main Rd, Havelock, open daily 10.30am till 4.30pm, 574 2128

Kidzone Riverside Community House, 3pm till 5pm

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

SAturdAy 19th MAy

Kaikoura Schoolyard Market 9am-1pm, Kaikoura Primary School, in the school hall if wet.

heartstopper Challenge 11am, Stadium 2000. Teams take the plunge into an icy spa pool for five minutes as a fundraiser for children who undergo open heart surgery. Marlborough harriers A pack run/walk from Onamalutu Domain at 2:00 pm. Turn left up Northbank Road, the first road after the Wairau Bridge past Renwick heading towards Havelock. The domain is approx. 12 km up this road on the right. Look for the ‘Harriers’ sign. There is an ‘out and back’ course available for walkers and children. Everyone is welcome to participate. Don’t forget to bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. Carpool. For those that need a ride and those that have indicated they have room in the car please be at Clubrooms Cnr Weld Cleghorn Street ready to leave sharp 1pm.

the Secret Garden Café Jo Little - Till the Blue Skies Come Tour with Jared Smith. 7pm-11pm, 30 Maxwell Rd, Blenheim.

SuNdAy 20th MAy

Orca day - Conservation Kids Club Will be held at Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours office, Waterfront Picton for children 5-13 years old. Bookings essential Phone 0800 WILDLIFE or 573 8040 or email 15 Minutes of Glory All are welcome to come along to the Picton Little Theatre and be entertained with 15 minute presentations, starting at 7.30pm. Bar will be open and tea and cake available for purchase. Entry for members free, non-members $5.

renwick Backflips Skateboard Competition Scooter and BMX competition, 11.30am Renwick skatepark in Uxbridge St. Competitions, prizes, lolly scramble, light refreshments, and other entertainment. Entry $10, register Keita. 027 546 7059. Championship dog Show Marlborough Kennel Assn (Inc) All breeds championship dog show. Gold coin entry, barbecue and canteen. 8.30am till 2pm. Kaikoura Cycling Club Weekly from the Kaikoura West End car park. 9.00am

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

Association of Modelers Miniature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1pm till 4pm. $2 People’s Sunday Market Queen Street Carpark 10am – 2pm. Space available $5 Site. Chutneys, Jams, Books, Plants, Crafts, Produce, Jewellery. Marlborough Farmers Market 9am till noon, A&P Park. rail Sail Picton Foreshore 10am-4pm – Miniature trains and yachts.

board Competition renwick Backflips Skate rk, $10 Entry pa 11.30am renwick Skate

ulysses Club Lunch ride to The Store at Kekerengu. Meet at the Blenheim Railway Station, south end, 11am, ride departs at 11.15am. Prospective members welcome. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am – Phone 578 7918. Petanque 10am 65A Weld Street – Phone John 577 9789. tramping Club Mary 5728762. Blenheim Bonsai 2pm-4pm, 7 Hale Street. Dave 577 8679. Blenheim riverside railway Train departs Brayshaw Park Station at 1.45pm and 3pm for Beaver Station, central Blenheim. Return trip takes about 1 hour. Adults $8, Child $4. Cash Only Chris: 578 3211 or John 5781621 Blenheim Swim Club - Stadium 2000 5pm-6pm at the Stadium 2000 Pool complex. $3 per swimmer. For all swimmers who can swim 25m. Games, races, relays, water polo and team swimming. Prizes! Run by the Blenheim Swim Club in association with Stadium 2000.

If you have an event contact Aynsley at The Sun on 5777 868

MASSive Selection of nd book bookS Sheet MuSic And We have one of the largest selections of sheet music in the South Island and are constantly getting new and different books in. We carry everything from learn to play books to contemporary songbooks. Ukulele is really popular at the moment so come if we don’t have the have a look at k you’re after in stock boo our wide range of order it in for you! will we Ukulele songbooks.

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The Comedy Convoy By Annabelle Latz The deep down laugh of recognition is the biggest compliment comedian Simon McKinney can receive. He is one of five comedians touring New Zealand at the moment, as part of the Comedy Convoy – part of the 20th NZ International Comedy Festival. Jeremy Corbett, (NZ), Urzila Carlson, (SA) Marcel Lucont (FRA) Gordon Southern, (GBR) and Simon McKinney will be in Blenheim on Tuesday, May 22, playing at the Marlborough Civic Theatre.


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“I’m the silly voices’ man,” said Simon, who has been described as New Zealand’s best stand up Character Impressionist, taking a particular fondness to little old ladies called ‘Agnus’, ‘that drunk guy’, and ‘the kiwi lady.’ “It’s nice to know that adults can have fun too.” Inspiration for his acts come from characters he meets every day; standing in line at the supermarket or walking down the street. Quality comedy is when humour outweighs offensiveness.

“The trick is to be respectful and observant.” Simon said seeing the faces of disgruntled husbands, who have been dragged along by their wives to his shows, soften into a grin, followed by “an accidental laugh” is always something he likes best. He likes the honest crowds in smaller rural towns. “We know we are on the right track when these people laugh, because they are honest and eager.”



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Life as a machine fanatic Continued from Page 1. “I’ve bought a lot of stuff because it was going to the rubbish dump and I was hoping young people would be interested. I’d give the machinery to them provided they do it up.” Bill turns 78 next month. He married Marie four years ago, they are members of the Tuamarina Vintage Traction and Machinery Club. Marie has her own Farmall Cub, 1950. When Bill was eight years-old he got his first job feeding farm animals and chopping wood, at Speeds Estate at Koromiko. “God help you if there wasn’t any kindling wood,” he said. From an early age Bill learned to drive a plough powered by Clydesdales and station-bred horses. He went to Koromiko School,


and at 13 years-old he got his first job in the moulding room at the brickworks, where the Fonterra factory at Tuamarina is now. He also worked on farms at Waikakoho and Omaka Downs, was a bulldozer driver for the Marlborough County Council, and had a shearing gang for a while. “I had a shearing run with Alec Boyce, and when we weren’t shearing, farmers used get us to chop their wood and do all sorts of fencing.” In March 1960 he went to Air Fields and worked for Pat Reid as a farm hand. “Pat said I could only have the job if I stayed for 10 years. ” In January 1970 Pat Reid was killed in a motorbike accident. “So we never got to see the 10 years, but he had no say in it,” said Bill. Bill went to Safe Air at Woodbourne in September 1972. “I st a r ted off sweeping f loors and emptying rubbish bins.”


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After three months’ of retirement, Bill began working for Errol and Doug Morrison, who farm next door. “I like to keep busy.” Bill was working at Kaituna with a dairy herd until February, when he was suddenly hospitalised and taken in for surgery. “I went in to A&E, was given a CT scan, and was in the operating theatre the next afternoon.” “I have my good days and my bad days, I miss working.” Bill has a good incentive to take it easy for now. “I hope to be back shortly. There’s a couple of ploughing matches I want to go in.” Two years’ ago he won the Vintage Plough finals here in Marlborough, and finished ninth at the World Ploughing Championships in Methven. He qualified for the Ploughing finals in Cambridge earlier this year, but was sick so was unable to go. “I’m hoping I can get to another final, but I have got to get better first!”

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He trained up to be an aircraft engineer. He put the current propellers on the Argosy, the post war transport/ cargo aircraft, at Woodbourne. Bill retired in 1997. This year he received a New Zealand Defense Service Medal, in March, recognising his work with Safe Air. He had a busy family life too; with

his late wife Elaine, who lost her battle to cancer in 1991, they had three children. One of their sons Kevin died three years ago from cancer, he would have been 52. Bill once gave rides on his tractor to raise money for Koru Care Kids. “I would stick her in top gear and give em a thrill, I raised $49 that day in 20-cent bits.”

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No increase in dairy numbers in Marlborough By Annabelle Latz Marlborough is bucking the trend with dairy cow numbers. Statistics New Zealand announced recently that New Zealand now has more than six million dairy cattle. Nationally, dairy cattle increased by 259,000 in the year ended 30 June 2011, according to the annual agriculture production survey, with most of the increase in the South Island. In the South Island the biggest increase was in Canterbury.

In Marlborough, dairy numbers have dropped from 85 farms seven or eight years ago, to 62 farms now. “Grapes have taken over,” said Sharon Parkes, Dairy Spokesman for Marlborough Federated Farmers. Until recently, dairy farmers have been enjoying higher payouts from milk solids. Since April, all commodity prices have seen a drop. This included all of the dairy components, with a 7% fall in the

price of cheese. Milk powder has dropped 6% and butter prices have decreased 5 %. Sharon said the price drop came earlier than expected. “We were expecting it to stay up a wee bit longer, we have just got to work through it.” She said dairy farmers will focus on maximising numbers of cows to land grazed, while maintaining optimum health and feed production. “It’s all about finances,” she said.

Rural Women NZ applauds coroner’s call for action Rural Women New Zealand endorses the call by the chief coroner for it to become mandatory for coroners’ recommendations to be responded to by Government agencies. In March, Transport Engineering Research New Zealand conducted a trial of active 20km/h signs which showed encouraging results. However the signs are still not approved for use on school buses. “We agree with Judge Neil MacLean that coroners’ recommendations need to be considered and acted upon in order to save

Coalclimate ruling West Coast Environment Network is filing an appeal with the High Court arguing that climate change is a relevant factor in coal mining resource consents. Environment groups lost an Environment Court case last month over whether a 2004 Resource Management Act (RMA) amendment exludes climate change from being considered in two coal mining – and by implication any other – resource consents. “Our over-arching environmental legislation, the RMA, should not ignore the greatest threat facing humanity today,” said West Coast Environment Network spokesperson Lynley Hargreaves. “And we don’t believe it does.”

lives,” said RWNZ national president, Liz Evans. The technology is now available, and public support is huge. “As an example, for the last five years Rural Women New Zealand has been advocating for more to be done to remind drivers of the 20km/h speed limit when passing a stationary school bus.” At least two coroners’ reports have recommended improved signage on buses, to remind drivers to slow down, and to alert drivers that a school bus has stopped ahead. “Many school communities

have indicated they would consider fundraising to cover the cost of the active 20km/h signs, but first they must be approved for use. In the 23 years since 1987, twenty-three children have been killed in New Zealand when crossing the road to or from school buses, while 47 have been seriously injured and 92 have received minor injuries. Last year 35 children and the bus driver were injured when a logging truck hit the rear of a school bus near Ruatoki in the Bay of Plenty.

Milk at all time low Prices of dairy products have reached a new three-year low. The average price at the Fonterra’s GlobalDairyTrade auction sales has now shed 4% in the past 12 months. This year prices have declined in eight of the 10 auction events. The decline reflects a broader slide in commodity prices as traders factor in weaker demand from China, uncertainty in Europe that has helped drive up the US dollar and increased supply.

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Tasty decorations There was a great turnout at the Children’s Cake Decorating Competition held earlier this month. It was the first event of its kind, held by the local Cake Decorator’s Guild. The Cake decorators meet every

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• LOGISTICS ADMINISTRATOR The successful applicant will oversee international sample dispatch in addition to assisting our logistics team with the purchasing of drygoods, bottling scheduling, inventory management and freight forwarding. This position will suit someone looking for a challenging but rewarding role, has well developed spreadsheet skills, attention to detail, and an ability to manage multiple activities at once. A minimum of two years experience in a logistics role, ideally within the wine industry, is preferred. • FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT The Financial Accountant will report to the Group Accountant and support the wider management team. Responsibilities will include reconciliation of all balance sheet items and the timely preparation of monthly management reports for companies within the Yealands Wine Group, preparation of annual accounts to audit stage and liaising with auditors as required. The successful applicant will be CA qualified and experience in a mid-tier accounting firm, or a financial reporting role in industry, would be an advantage. Knowledge of IFRS, strong excel skills and experience with accounting systems such as MYOB/ EXO Business is preferred. • PAYROLL/ GENERAL ACCOUNTS CLERK The payroll and accounts clerk will join our growing accounts team and be responsible for the payroll processing of two companies within our Group along with other general accounting functions such as PAYE and FBT return preparation, creditors input and other general tasks as required. Experience in payroll processing, general accounting and attention to detail is essential. All roles will be based at our award winning CarboNZero certified winery in Seddon, and attractive packages, including performance bonuses will be available to the successful applicants. Expressions of interest and CV’s should be emailed to: Applications close 5pm, Friday 25th May 2012

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By Robbie Parkes REVIEW When the orchestra can pull off an introduction that well, you know you’re in for a treat. Blenheim Musical Theatre’s production of Spamalot didn’t disappoint. The grandeur of the opening song, played in all it’s glory pushed the audience head-first into the world of Python. The night was an action-packed adventure, full of twists and turns even the most avid Monty Python fan wouldn’t expect. The ‘budgeted’ look gave the show it’s own spin, enhancing the comedy and giving the production it’s own unique style. From the op-shop inspired curtains to the New World shopping bag skirts, the show thrives on the ‘home-made’, Kiwi look. Only a New Zealand crowd could appreciate swandris and gumboots in a stage show. The cast themselves were brilliant, funny from start to finish, the actors leading us through a night of homage

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Death Notices OLIVER, Rosa Edith: Died peacefully in her sleep at Waterlea Rest Home on May 16 2012. In her 91st year. Survived by her nieces and nephews in the UK and Australia. Dearly missed by her many friends and colleagues. Rosa was a life long campaigner for peace, justice, human rights and other causes. Messages to the MacDonald family 10 Muller Rd Blenheim 7201. In lieu of flowers a donation to Tui Motu InterIslands, P O Box 6404 Dunedin 9059 would be appreciated or may be left at the service. A celebration of Rosa’s life will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Rd, at 12.30 pm Tuesday May 22 followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery. GEOF FR EY T SOW MA N FDANZ Ph 03 578 4719 www.

BANCROFT, Laurel Ella: 12 May, 2012 FORD, Alice Teresa: 15 May, 2012 FROST, Nita Linda: 11 May, 2012 MILLS, Ella Joyce (nee Woolley): 10 May, 2012 PRASAD, Beverley (nee Rowling): 9 May, 2012 SMITH, Monica Mary (nee McKay): 13 May, 2012

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MATHESON, Archie Hamish (5lb): 26 April, 2012 MATHESON, Rose Sarah (4lb 6oz): 26 April, 2012

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New York marathon next for Kevin By Annabelle Latz and Robbie Parkes Running the New York Marathon is a gruelling 42km challenge that Kevin Jourdain is determined to tick off his list. It has been the 24 year-old’s dream since he was nine. Kevin has cerebral palsy, and loves running. “I find it really easy,” he said. St Clair half marathon at the weekend was his third 21km race, where he crossed the line in his best time yet of 1.54.07. He spent the weekend with his mum Leah Mitchell who lives here. Kevin lives in Nelson. When Kevin was nine he heard about Gary Endicott, the runner with cerebral palsy who ran the New York marathon. He wrote Endicott a letter, and the

new-found hero came to Kevin’s house in Christchurch. He did it on foot, and that’s how I’m going to do it too, of course,” said Kevin. Kevin’s mum Leah said it has always been vital Kevin keeps in ‘tip top’ condition. “He’s always been mobile but he’s much better now,” she said. Kevin ran his first half marathon when he was 16. “It’s a real self esteem thing for him,” said Leah. Kevin is aiming to compete in New York at the end of next year. Tickets and accommodation will need fundraising efforts. “He does all this because he enjoys it.” He struggles to judge distance and cars on the road, so Kevin uses the website Map My Run, so Leah

knows where he will be. Kevin was thrilled with his effort on Saturday. “It was good! I had a bit of stitch at the very beginning so walked for a wee bit.” But Kevin wanted to just keep running. “So I ran through it, I ran the rest of the way, it was awesome.” His next aim is to break 1 hour 50 minutes. “I’ll just have to see how fast these legs can go.” Kevin runs three times a week, and goes to the gym three times a week. “I find running really easy, it suits me.” For fundraising ideas contact Leah Mitchell at 0274357219 or


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rugby clash with nelson Marlborough Boys’ first XV rugby match against Nelson College on May 24 as part of the Press Cup is set to be a big one. The game will be televised live on Sky Television’s Rugby Channel and will be followed by the team’s fundraiser known as the Rugby Soiree.

cricketer heads to uk Wairau Valley cricketer Matt McCormick is heading to England to join the Kidsgrove club’s first XI. Matt is the first player to head to the UK as part of the Marlborough Cricket Association’s player exchange.

league update The Wairau Taniwha lost their league match against the Richmond Rabbits 30 - 26 last Saturday. The Taniwha currently rank third on the Tasman Rugby League Competition table.

ropati’s season over Warriors centre Jerome Ropati will be out for the rest of the NRL season following a knee injury. He was initially told he would be out for eight weeks, but further scans show the injury is worse than first thought.

above: alice robb and henry shaw about to compete in the 50m breaststroke for the top of the south ribbon day run by special olympics. phyllis heard, club secretary for Marlborough, said more than 100 spectators and swim-

mers gathered at woodbourne pool last sunday, from tasman, Marlborough, nelson and the west coast. “it went without a hitch. one of the best things about the day was the prize giving, with hugs and affection from everyone.”

Magnum’s Kepes makes Junior Black Sticks performs By Robbie Parkes Former Marlborough Boys’ College hockey player Gabe Kepes has had the call up for the Junior Black Sticks squad. Gabe was playing for the Capital team at the under-21 national tournament in Hamilton last week when he was selected. “Pretty rapt, pretty surprised about it,” he said. “We’ve got training camp at the end of the year and they pick a team from there to go to champs.” Gabe has been involved with hockey since he was about six years-old and has played in a string of reputable teams and competitions.

“ I’ve m a i n ly playe d for Marlborough Boys and then a year for the Under 16 team in 2008,” he said. Gabe has been playing for the Capital team in Wellington for the past 3 years and currently plays for the Harbour City club. He said he has always had aspirations to play at a professional level. “It’s always been the goal pretty much since I was young,” he said. “Definitely, the goal is to make the Black Sticks eventually.” He said another of his goals is to compete at the Olympics. The Junior Black Sticks squad will be preparing for the Junior World Cup next year.

Last Thursday night Marlborough Volleyball Club’s Fairweather’s Senior Winter League got underway with 22 teams contesting 4 grades at Stadium 2000. President’s Grade welcomed back as they took on Clippers, taking all three sets. The next game was Cri Clovers taking Can’t Touch This. The Cri Clovers took all three sets. Can’t Touch This took home The Fairweather’s Fair Play Team of the Week food and beverage voucher for being such good sports. An automatic three points was awarded to Treefellas against Kinoaths who defaulted last Thursday evening. In C grade last season’s champions Westmeat Geriatrics took on Debbie Kidd’s Smash ‘Em Bro (previously MASH) securing the 1st set 25-20, the second set 26-24, and the third set 25-18.

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