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New chief for Renwick By Celeste Alexander In 2003, Scott Randall went along to a fire brigade open night in Blenheim to find out more about becoming a volunteer firefighter. He was working as a mechanic nearby and was keen to be involved. Fast forward 16 years and Scott is now the newly appointed

Chief Fire Officer of the Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade. He takes over from the previous CFO, Murray Neal who stepped down from the position to focus on his role as the St John Marlborough territory manager. Continued on page 2.

Newly appointed chief fire officer of the Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade Scott Randall with his sons Cooper (7) and Toby (10).

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Scott steps up as chief Continued from page 1. Life is busy for the Renwick man who shares his time between his wife Catherine and three children, Jaimee (14), Toby (10) and Cooper (7), his job as a mechanic for Bryant Earthworks and his role with the brigade. His family knows that when they hear the fire siren go off, Scott is usually halfway out the door on his way to respond. “If it’s in the middle of the night and the siren goes, we can hear the thump, thump of dad’s feet going down the stairs,” Toby says. “Life is definitely busy,” Scott says. “It’s always a

juggle and I don’t tend to say ‘no’ to things, which irritates my wife,” he laughs. “But I manage to fit it all in. It’s important to have a good functioning brigade to do what needs to be done,” Scott adds. Last Monday was when the decision was made to appoint Scott to the CFO position. “Last year I took on the role as station manager, and then when Murray finished I had to do some thinking. But I am excited to step up to the role and particularly now as changes take place with the Fire and Emergency NZ bringing together the urban and rural firefighting,” he

says. The Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade is also very involved with its community, helping out at public events and even taking one of the fire appliances to the local school. “We try and work in with the school and kindy as it’s a good way to educate the kids about the fire service,” Scott says. Asked what they thought of their dad being a firefighter, and now the CFO, Toby and Cooper say it’s “pretty cool”. “Yeah, I think it’s pretty cool. I’ve told most of my friends at school that he’s the chief now,” Toby grins. “I want to be like dad, but I want to be a police officer

too,” Cooper says enthusiastically. The Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade has been lucky over the past 10 years to have had a stable volunteer base, but the numbers have dropped and Scott says they are actively looking for new recruits. “We want to hear from anyone in the Renwick community who are interested and would like to join our brigade. We train on a Monday night at 7.30pm so we invite anyone who is interested to come along then. “It’s a great feeling when you can help people and serve your community at the same time,” Scott says.

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Women’s Refuge seeking local women to help its crisis line The Marlborough Women’s Refuge and Sexual Violence Support Centre needs more women to operate its crisis line. These volunteer positions will be part of a roster of crisis line volunteers, working typically between 4pm and 8.30am during the week and on weekends. Manager Rachel Black says the organisation is looking for people willing to contribute their time and energy in the service of women and children who have sought help from Women’s Refuge. She says another eight women are needed to run the crisis line.

They also need to live within half an hour from Blenheim. Picton residents are eligible. “These roles offer the opportunity for people to make a real difference for women and children in the Marlborough region and the Kaikoura District,” Rachel says. The organisation is looking for women with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with sensitivity to the needs of the client base. “Flexibility and the ability to respond to varying needs is also important. “We are dealing with people at different states of emotional stress - sometimes

they are only seeking advice, sometimes they require more intervention. It can be anything from a person in a specific situation seeking advice, which you’ll be trained to provide, through to a situation where intervention is required, and again you will be trained to deal with that. There is always another trained staff member to provide support if needed.” The Marlborough Women’s Refuge and Sexual Violence Support Centre is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation. To find out more cont a ct R a ch el Bla ck on

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Cellblock not safe The cellblock at the Blenheim Police station can’t be used as the results of a seismic assessment. Inspector Gini Welch, Acting Tasman District Commander, says police this week received results a seismic assessment of the Blenheim Police Station which found the station’s cellblock and an addition that sits directly above it are not suitable for occupation. The assessment was done prior to renovations being carried out. Police quickly took steps to ensure the safety of staff and anyone in custody by vacating the affected areas, Gini says. Staff have been relocated to other areas of the station, which all remain safe for use, and the front counter will maintain its regular hours of operation.

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Ross Laybourn (left) and Sam Hayman with a big rainbow trout caught at Lake Argyle.

Young Jaylin Jefford with one of two large rainbow trout he caught recently at Lake Argyle.

More big trout in lake By Bill McElhinney Want to get the kids off the iPad and outdoors these school holidays? Then grab a fishing rod and a day licence and head to Lake Argyle, just a 40 minute drive from Blenheim. Fish and Game have just released another tanker load of large 3kg rainbow trout into the lake and the lower Argyle canal. This has been done in time for school holidays to promote winter fishing for families and young anglers Jacob Lucas, from Fish and Game, says. “Lake Argyle is a great place to

take young anglers. It’s safe and there’s a great chance of catching a fish,” Jacob says. “Some of the rainbow trout in there are huge – up to 10kg. “The fish are also excellent eating and we recommend anglers, if successful, take one home for the smoker.” Lake Argyle is a small lake and can be easily covered from the shore, but it can be cold in winter – so chose a sunny, windless day and don’t get there too early – best to wait a bit till the frost has thawed and the water temperature has warmed up a bit. Trout can be seen and caught

anywhere in or around the edge of the pond. On a calm day the southern inlet end can be a good place to fish. Here there is a shallow shelf where good numbers of cruising trout can be spotted. Spin and fly fishing are the most common methods to catch fish, with spin fishing being the most popular. Lures with a flash of pink, such as the Black Magic rainbow trout enticer lure, work well, Jacob says. Soft baits are also effective and the classic black and gold toby is a proven winner. Woolly Bugger lures in olive or

black are deadly for the fly angler, too. Anglers are reminded that a licence is required to fish for trout, and if they haven’t got one, winter and day licences are available. Whole season licences for juniors (aged 12-17) are just $25, and children under 12 are free. So if parents are wondering what to do with their kids in the holidays, head to Lake Argyle and have a crack – choose a sunny, windless day to have the best experience. “You won’t find easier freshwater fishing in the region, and it’s a great way to beat the holiday blues and get you outdoors,” Jacob says.

Retiring Gisborne mayor Meng Foon has been appointed the new Race Relations Commissioner. Dame Susan Devoy left the role a year ago. He will take up his new appointment on August 26 and will be responsible for leading the work of the Human Rights Commission in promoting positive race relations. He is fluent in te reo Maori, Cantonese and English.

Dog registration due Marlborough dog owners are being reminded that all dogs over the age of three months must be registered. The final date for paying your dog registration without penalty is Wednesday, July 31. A late registration penalty of 50 percent is applied for every dog over the age of three months which has not been registered on or before July 31.

Robert, not Richard In regards to the ‘60 years married’ article in the June 28 Friday Sun, June and Bruce Laurenson’s son’s name is Robert, not Richard. Sincerest apologies to June and Bruce.

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Piano teacher inspired by TEMPO “I remember my first performance 14 years ago, as a shy nine-yearold and still new to piano. I was very nervous, but with my teacher playing next to me and my family supporting me in the audience, it was a great success,” piano teacher and performer Kimberly Jones says. And for the next 10 years, with each passing concert Kimberly’s abilities and confidence grew, as did her wee fanbase of regular TEMPO

audience members. TEMPO (Today’s Emerging Musicians Performing Onstage) is a not-for-profit organisation which puts on concerts for the enjoyment of the public and the encouragement of Blenheim’s musical learners. With an audience ready to listen and enthusiastically applaud whether it be for a five-year-old’s first performance of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, or someone nailing The

Flight of the Bumble Bee, everyone gets the encouragement they need to keep at it. It’s a good thing Kimberly kept beating back the butterflies in her stomach to take to the stage over the years, as she’s now grown to become a well-known and respected member of the local musical community, regularly performing in stage shows and concerts and is a fully qualified piano teacher running ‘Kimberly’s

Piano Room’, inspiring her own students to give it a go. “Because who knows where your future musical potential lies - the only way to become a confident performer is to get up there and perform,” TEMPO spokesperson Jessica Jones says. “Our next TEMPO concert is Friday August 9 at 7pm, at the Wesley Centre in Henry St. The theme is Classic & Cool, and we’ve even got

the Upbeat Development Orchestra as guest artists,” she says. Entry is $3 per person (including performers), or $10 per family. If you want to perform you’ll need to get in touch with tempoconcert@ before Wednesday, August 7. “Lovers of music, encouragers of our young people, and enthusiastic applauders, please come and share the love,” Jessica says.

Kimberly Jones pictured performing recently. Photo by Brya Ingram

Kimberly Jones performing at TEMPO as a 13-year-old.

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Today, Room 6 from Richmond View School went to the Recycling centre. We had someone called Annie from the council show us around, as a tour guide. As she was  showing us around I realized how much plastic was actually going to waste. Today I  will talk to you about why we need to pick up and recycle plastic. How would you feel if you knew that marine animals were getting killed everyday by  plastic, and it’s all from landfills and from people dropping rubbish in local rivers.  Animals are getting killed from

suffocation and from being strangled by plastic and I know that we can fix this. How we can fix this? I believe we can fix this problem by not dropping rubbish in  rivers or anywhere actually, so no littering. If you put your rubbish in the bin it will make a huge difference, it won’t seem like a lot at the time but trust me it WILL make  a difference. Did you know that if we have more people working in landfills and more  people working on making fleeces the recycling percentage (of how much plastic get  recycled a year) could go from 10% to 50-60%. When we went

to the recycle centre today I also realised how much plastic, metals and wood goes to waste. Annie said that there is no real answer to how long plastic takes to break down but it doesn’t actually break down in the time that a human would live, because it only chips down. If plastic did break down I would probably guess that it would take like 500 years. How we can prevent this is by reusing plastic bottles by using them for other liquids. So this is how we can reuse plastic. This is from Alexandra telling you that we need to sort out this plastic problem. Thank you. 

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Parking pays Since the introduction of the Pay by Plate parking meters almost a month ago, Council staff and parking wardens have been out on the streets of central Blenheim helping people to adjust to the system. While most people have got the hang of it, some think that because there is not a meter at each parking space, they don’t have to pay. It’s important to remember that the new Pay by Plate meters are shared meters - that means there’s now one meter shared between every seven parking spaces. One of the benefits of Pay by Plate is that once you’ve parked your car you simply walk in the direction you’re heading, and when you come to a Pay by Plate meter you pay for your parking. The ticketless system means there’s no need for you to return to your car once you’ve paid. Now all parking payments are recorded using your number plate, which means parking wardens can check you’ve

Marlborough wins local government conference paid by scanning the rego sticker on your windscreen. You do however, need to pay for your parking using a meter in the same zone. This means if you’re parked on the street, you need to use a kerbside Pay by Plate meter. If you’re parked in an off street parking area you will need to pay for your parking using the meter in that car parking area. Stickers telling you which zone each meter is in will be placed on all Pay by Plate meters. Zone 1 relates to all on-street, kerb side parking Zone 2 relates to off-street parking areas with a 4 hour limit Zone 3 relates to off street, all day parking areas. You can find out more about Pay by Plate parking on Council’s website: www. or Ph: 03 520 7400.

Ageing Positively – Sandra McLachlan ‘Get on with it’ is Sandra McLachlan’s life mantra, and she certainly does. A busy retiree, Sandra is often out and about, whether it be helping Age Concern with their exercise programme, being an active member of the ukulele group and the RSA entertainers, or sitting on the governance board of the MS/ Parkinson’s Society Marlborough. Sandra was recently recognised for her hard work, winning Volunteer of the Month through Volunteer Marlborough. Before she retired Sandra had a busy and varied working life as a bus driver, a diversional therapist and working in a garden centre. Sandra did it all, while carrying out the very important role of mother and grandmother. After the death of her husband she embarked on a series of adventures including working in the UK for a year as a caring companion. She returned to New Zealand and travelled around in a campervan for four years. But eventually the call of Marlborough and her family drew her back to Blenheim. When Sandra has some down time she enjoys gardening, knitting, going to the Country and

over New Zealand.” “The three-day conference provides the opportunity to foster relationships and create a conference legacy that Marlborough can be proud of,” he says. Delegates include mayors, chairs, councillors, chief executives and senior managers from New Zealand’s councils, along with key players from the private sector, government and non-government agencies, and speakers and thought leaders. To see the new video promoting Marlborough as a business event destination go to: com/watch?v=gdAaG-oMjjM&t=8s

Celebrating 30 years of sister city ties with Japan Last week Mayor John Leggett met with Japanese Ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi to celebrate 30 years of Marlborough’s sister city relationships with Japan. In 1989, former Mayor Leo McKendry formalised a sister city agreement with the Japanese city of Tendo followed by the city of Otari two years later. Hosting last week’s event Mayor Leggett said the first Sister City relationship began with Marlborough’s cherry export industry, which built the link to Tendo City in Yamagata Prefecture. “Two years later our Sister City relationship with Otari Village in Nagano Prefecture was sparked through friendships made in the Outward Bound movement. Otari is home to an Outward Bound School and Marlborough to our famous Anakiwa Outward Bound outdoor education centre. Over the past 30 years, more than 500 Marlborough students have visited Japan as part of the sister

city relationship. Each year Council supports four local students to visit Tendo or Otari, and in turn, hosts four students from each city in Marlborough. “It’s great to see the relationships with Japan and its people that have developed over the past three decades and I look forward to what the next 30 years might bring,” Mayor Leggett said.

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Western club and of course time with the family. Despite a few health issues, Sandra says keeping busy, being positive and enjoying people are the reasons she enjoys life, and the reason she gets up and ‘gets on with it’.

Stepping UP – free computer classes Marlborough District Libraries offers a range of free computer basics lessons including tips and tricks on how to use TradeMe and Google, how to search for you family history online and much more. Come along

The Local Government New Zealand Conference will be held in Marlborough in July 2020, after a ‘Team Marlborough’ collaborative effort successfully won the bid. Business Events Marlborough, a part of Destination Marlborough, led the process with the Council working with venues, accommodation and transport providers. Mayor John Leggett said he was delighted to hear the news. “Marlborough will host 600 delegates from across New Zealand, bringing an estimated $861,000 into the local economy. We can look forward to showcasing our exceptional region to a large group of national, regional and local leaders from all

on Tuesday mornings and some Thursday evenings – everyone is welcome. To enrol, contact Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) Ph: 03 520 7491 or visit https://

It’s pruning time for hydrangeas and Council’s gardening team is holding demonstrations at Pollard Park to offer you some tips and tricks. Come along and learn from the experts on Wednesday 17 July from 9.00 am to 10.00 am and 10.30 am to 11.30 am. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask the team questions. The demonstrations will take place in the hydrangea garden next to the white summer house at Pollard Park. If the weather is wet, the demonstrations will be postponed to the following day.

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The Sun A myth Its a myth to say the Superannuation age should be changed. Inflation (even as low as it is) takes care of that, and as incomes rise (even slowly) more tax is collected. Its the only thing I agreed with Rob Muldoon on!

Dangerous driving To the logging truck driver who overtook two vehicles on double yellow lines coming into the lefthand bend of the rail overpass on SH1, Welds Pass on Friday 28th at 7:15am, your dangerous driving stupidity could’ve had significant consequences.

Maori channel Just to say, the Maori Channel is a much better choice than tvnz 4 on a Friday night, or any night for a movie. No repeats, awesome!

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I was under the impression that a footpath was for walking on. Clearly I must be mistaken as they seem to be used for car parking in Omaka Landing especially on Mustang and Nanchang. Hope no one hits me while walking in the middle of the road. Oh no that’s right, will probably receive a fine for doing so.

Wise words from Constable Russ Smith on Winter driving but he forgot to add “Switch your lights on in dull light conditions”. An amazing number of drivers failing to do this. You may be able to see but others may fail to see you.

Missing report A pal of mine had a diagnostic report done on his car several weeks ago by a Blenheim business and was assured the report which he had paid for would be in the post directly. It’s now into week 3 and no sign of that paperwork. I’ve made several phone calls with empty promises the only outcome to date. Not good business acumen.

Cowardly act Shame on the parent shouting abuse at the referee during the U10 game at Lansdowne park. It is a cowardly act which sets a poor example for kids and deters volunteers from taking part. Have a good hard look at yourself!

Freedom camping Congratulations Jamie Arbuckle for making a stand on Freedom camping. We need more people like you on council, also Mark Peters for backing Jamie.

Deleting cheque books Kiwi bank if you say your looking after NZ clients then why are you deleting cheque books? A lot of elderly still use them. Shame on you kiwi bank.

The recent quakes in California are a sobering reminder of what can hit with no warning. Have you got your emergency kit together? It’s easy to let these matters slide but doesn’t pay to be off guard. We welcome your texts on 027 242 5266. Limit to 70 words please.

To all the car enthusiasts that meet up the Wairau Valley in the weekend. It would be great if you could look after the environment around you as well as you look after your cars. The amount of rubbish you left behind shows not much care.

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So glad the Burleigh pie shop is moving, it causes traffic chaos there at lunchtimes with not enough parking!

Charity Charity does not equate to tolerance. We do not tolerate evil, if a person is a criminal, has hurt people or if someone is a thief, we do not tolerate it. From what I read you say charity is we tolerate and accept everyone and everything. That to me is an error, a wrong rendering of the word charity.

Marlborough roads I agree, the surface condition of the SH 1 from Blenheim to Waipapa point (earthquake repairs still underway beyond here), is absolutely appalling and akin to a third world country. On a recent trip to Christchurch I counted 365 sections of seal that either required repair or had been patched more than once.

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Home fires Ban ALL home fires in Blenheim! They stink atrociously, are filthy air polluters and choke you when you are walking. Time MDC got thinking of our lungs.

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Too pushy Is it just me or is anyone else sick of being asked for a donation when shopping and paying in the Farmers? I’m quite happy to donate to charities when I want to not when asked to by shop assistants. When I was in there today I heard one of them asking an older woman and when she said no the assistant said “ not even a dollar?” And the woman paid. Too damn pushy!

Burnsco parking Don’t know whom had the idea to put metered parking outside Burnsco. Had boat on and there was nowhere to park so did not go shopping. Sorry Burnsco but how stupid when it is a boating shop.

Should prisoners be allowed to vote? No. If they can’t live in society by society’s laws and regulations then no. End of story.

Dangerous Blenheim car enthusiasts large group parked State highway 63, 11pm Saturday night (June 29) past Renwick on grass verge. You set a trap on road, we drove taking passenger to the hospital, your trap ignited, fumes, smoke under our car. All for your own entertainment, dangerous for us. No wonder you have a bad reputation, you are dangerous and unintelligent. Police get them.


Potholes More potholes on the motorway at Springcreek. Whose job is it to fix ?

Get it fixed What on earth is the council doing with our money. Certainly not spent on roading. There has been a large chunk of road that has come apart right by the intersection of Farmar St and the SH1. Outside Placemakers. Its been like that for weeks and yet our council still can’t get it fixed. Are they too busy sorting parking out that streets and roads don’t matter any more. Come on MDC get it fixed and sort out your priorities.

Need strong leadership Renwick water meters? Botched at the 11th hour. Seddon still on boil water notice. The only positive? Elections in October. We need “strong leadership” not platitudes and excuses.

Congratulations Wow... What a pleasant sporting action... Congratulations to Liam Squire on his unavailability for our National Men’s Rugby 15’s as he’s not currently up to international duties. Let’s hope Keiran, Sonny Bill, Aaron & two or three other “upper weight” and/or injury ravaged s rugby squad members follow suit.

I keep hearing about very few rental homes in Blenheim, the ones that are available are so overpriced even a young family on two wages would be struggling. Did you know the community housing trust (HCNZ) are contacting landlords of the overpriced rentals and want to take the rentals as emergency housing for people waiting for state houses, and because landlords want a reliable rental income they are leasing/selling the properties to them. What about the hard worker who has bought their home and want a quiet life but end up with these emergency houses all around them. Yes you have good tenants and not good tenants and what does it end up doing to property values? Brydan on Rose is already affecting property values.

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Why doesn’t she just leave? “Why doesn’t she just leave?” This is a common question that is asked about women who are victims of domestic violence. Leaving a violent situation of abuse can sometimes take time. It’s common for women to make four to seven attempts to leave before they are successful. Here are some common reasons women choose to stay. - Leaving can be dangerous: Abusers often threaten to kill women, the children or themselves if she leaves. Women who stay may be doing what they think is necessary to stay alive and protect their children. - Lack of money: Some women may feel they won’t be able to get a job to support themselves. Going on a benefit may also mean a huge drop in income, and it might not cover all the bills. - Nowhere to go: If family and friends can’t provide a place to stay, moving house can be very difficult for women with little money.

- Fear of losing your children: Abusers often threaten to report that women are bad or abusive mothers. Abusers also often say that if she leaves, they will never let her get the children. Also, the children may not want to leave their father. - A belief in family values: Some women believe that parents should stay together for the sake of the children. The religious or cultural beliefs of some families mean that they pressure women to stay despite the violence. - I still love him: Many women think they can change the abuser, especially if they remember the charming person that the abuser was in the beginning. Abusers often promise to change. Domestic violence is not limited to any demographic. It happens in rural and urban areas, within all age, religious and ethnic groups, and across all socio-economic groups. It can happen between people who are married, in de facto relationships or just dating.

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Sister City links celebrated By Bill McElhinney The Japanese Ambassador to New Zealand, Hiroyasu Kobayashi, loves the South Island. He also enjoys Marlborough wine. Ambassador Kobayashi and his wife visited Blenheim six months ago as part of a South Island tour, and went back to Wellington with several cases of Marlborough wine. Ambassador Kobayashi visited Blenheim again recently to mark 30 years of Sister City relationships between Marlborough and Japan. With a grin, he also made a prediction for the Rugby World Cup, to be played in Japan in September: the final will be a NZ – Japan clash! Marlborough has two Sister City relationships with Japanese cities – Tendo signed in 1989 and Otari signed in 1991. As a result of these agreements, hundreds of young people have spent time in each other’s countries, learning and enjoying the cultural differences. To celebrate this milestone, Mayor John Leggett and invited guests hosted Ambassador Kobayashi at an afternoon tea in the council chambers. Among the guests was former district councillor Graeme Barsanti, who was on the Marlborough District Council for 27 years and was chair-

Former Marlborough Mayors Gerald Hope and Alastair Sowman, long-serving former Marlborough District Councillor Graeme Barsanti, Japanese Ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi and Mayor John Leggett at a special gathering at the council chambers.

man of the sister-city committee that formed links with Otari. He saw more than 550 students between the ages of 16 and 24 go to Japan on working holidays at the skifields of Otari, and as a result of his work, Graeme was made an honorary citizen of Otari. Also present was councillor Gerald Hope, who is the chair of the Marlborough District Council sister city committee. In 1983 Marlborough cherry grow-

ers who wanted to export to Japan sent a delegation to the Yamagata prefecture, a major Japanese cherry producer. During exchange visits by both Marlborough and Tendo growers and agricultural specialists, close friendships evolved, culminating in the signing of a Marlborough/Tendo Sister City Agreement in 1989. Exchange visits by cultural groups and students followed, and the Japanese style garden in Harling Park was

initiated and designed by an architect from Tendo. The first contact with Otari, a small town of around 5000 people located in the Japanese Alps, arose through friendships made in the Outward Bound movement. Otari is home to an Outward Bound School. Following the signing of the Otari Sister City Agreement in 1991, the Otari Village Council approached Marlborough to see if young people from Marlborough could come to

work in Otari during the ski season. An agreement was signed with Otari allowing young people between the ages of 18 and 25 to work in Otari on the ski slopes, accommodation houses and restaurants from mid December to late March each year. This programme was discontinued by mutual consent in 1997. Four local students still visit Tendo or Otari each year, and Marlborough hosts four students from each city each year.

Sounds wilding pine control project will forge ahead By Bill McElhinney The Marlborough Sounds is one step closer to regaining its natural landscape, with funding approved to continue a wilding pine control project. The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust has been working over the last decade to manage an infestation of wilding pines, which destroy native bush and negatively impact biodiversity. A recently-approved grant of almost $50,000 from Rata Foundation will allow the Trust to forge ahead with the next part of the project, which will be carried out over the next three years around Maraetai Bay at the end of the Tory Channel. Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust coordinator, Siobain Browning, says the project is about 40 per cent of the way through.

“When the Trust was set up, they started dividing the Sounds up into management sectors, and each sector has a detailed plan prepared for it as to how it is going to be controlled,” Siobain says. “Now we are nearing the halfway mark and it has already made such a big difference.” She says the project has not only made a difference to the landscape, but has also brought the community together for a common cause. “At first people were skeptical, but now that they’ve seen how other bays have changed because of the wilding pine control, we’ve actually got communities contacting us to help in their area – and that’s exactly what has happened with Maraetai Bay,” Siobain says. One of the biggest challenges is accessibility.

A $50,000 grant from the Rata Foundation will be used to control the spread of wilding pines at Maraetai Bay, at the end of the Tory Channel.

“Working in the Sounds, access and the terrain is a problem, which is why we rely so heavily on paid contractors to do the work. “You need these really skilled, tough guys who are able to work in the remotest areas for days on end doing the control work. That’s why we need ongoing financial support. “The big picture is restoring

the natural landscapes; you end up with the proper bush from the shore up to the ridgeline that’s not destroyed by the pine trees. “By restoring the native bush you also help all of the other native species that depend on that bush for habitat.” Getting rid of the pines also reduces fire risk and sedimentation

into the Sounds Rata Foundation chief executive, Leighton Evans, says enabling community-led projects which directly benefit the natural environment is a priority for Rata. The wilding pines control project has also received support from the Department of Conservation and Marlborough District Council.

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Soft rock phosphate supplies new micro organisms to the soil which carry on breaking down the natural phosphorus, meaning that only one application is needed per year unless you are cropping during the winter as well.

GARDENING THIS WEEK Your plants need phosphate: By Wally Richards We are going to look at the importance of minerals and elements, and this week it is phosphate. Phosphate is one of the three fundamentals of the NPK and is an important mineral for plants. When we buy plant foods or fertilisers for our gardens we see on the products the letters NPK, followed by numbers which indicate the ratio amounts of each of these elements. The NPK stands for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. Nitrogen provides growing power and helps make plant leaves and stems green. Nitrogen is used to form basic proteins, chlorophyll, and enzymes for the plant cells. In short, a plant can’t grow without it. Phosphorus stimulates budding and blooming. Plants need phosphorus to produce fruits, flowers, and seeds. It also helps make your plants more resistant to disease. Phosphorus doesn’t dissolve like nitrogen. The soil will hang on to phosphorus, not releasing it into water.

Pot a ssiu m promot es strong, vigorous roots and resistance to disease. Potassium is a nutrient your plants need for good internal chemistry. Plants use potassium to produce the sugars, starches, proteins and enzymes they need to grow. Potassium also helps your plants regulate their water usage, and better withstand the cold. Of the three elements, it is the phosphorus that is least understood by some gardeners. In the distant past phosphorus was obtained from manures especially bird or bat droppings called guano. Phosphorus is also obtained from Reactive Rock Phosphate, which is a hard phosphatic rock. In most soils it dissolves very slowly. To make the rock phosphate more readily available to plants man discovered a process of using sulfuric acid, back early in the 1900s, and a new agricultural fertiliser was created called Super or Super Phosphate. It became a boon to agri-

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Friday 12 An Evening Of One Act Plays: Don’t miss the Marlborough Repertory’s ‘An Evening of One Act Plays’. Featuring ‘The Private War of Corporal Cooper’ a short New Zealand play set during WW1, directed by Sam Lewis, and ‘Between’, a play that explores the transitions from childhood to adulthood, directed by Jared Wadsworth. 7.30pm. Adults $15, children $10, door sales only. The Boathouse Theatre, 12 Horton Street. Wall Of Green Photographic Exhibition: The Marlborough Camera Club presents the ’Wall of Green Photographic Exhibition’, in association with Marlborough Alzheimer’s Society. 9.30am7.30pm daily. On until July 30. The Wine Station, Blenheim Railway Station, Sinclair Street. Storytime: A special in-exhibition reading of ‘Le Quesnoy - The story of the town New Zealand saved’, written by Glyn Harper. The magical setting of the Knights of the Sky exhibition will make this beautifully illustrated book come to life. Then venture on a child friendly tour of the exhibition specially tailored to young hearts and minds.11am. $10. On until July 19. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, 79 Aerodrome Road, Omaka. Bookings are recommended. New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships: A spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s top Highland dancers, featuring all ages from six year olds through to senior dancers, all vying for National titles. Great school holiday family entertainment with free entry. Drop in anytime and bring the children along to watch a true festival of dance. Today, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am6pm. ASB Theatre Marlborough, 2 Hutcheson Street. Picton Library Holiday Programme: A fun book scavenger hunt at the Picton Library. 10.30am-11.30am. Picton Library, 2 Dublin Street, Picton. The Emanon Duo: Join Monica Chang and John Thomson for an exciting programme featuring Mozart, Beethoven, Saint-Georges, Prokofiev, Schumann and Brahms. 7pm. Tickets adults $20, students free, door sales only. St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 5 Henry Street. Bolivia Cards And Rummy O: Love cards, come and join in. Bolivia cards every Friday 1pm-4pm. Also Rummy O every Monday 12.30pm4pm. Blenheim Bowling Club Hall, 65a Weld Street. Games, Coffee, Gelato And Cakes: What more could you ask for? A variety of games on offer or bring your own to play. Open late every Friday and Wednesday for game night. Delicia Ice Cream Café, 4 Scott Street. The Gallery Havelock: If you’re in the area drop by and check out all the artwork from Marlborough’s amazing artists. Exhibition on show ‘Our Home Of Light And Shadow Art Exhibit’. Showcasing original artwork from resident artists depicting their thoughts on the stunning Marlborough area they call home. On until

1pm-4pm, $2. Model yacht and boat sailing at Brayshaw Park every Sunday, 1pm-4pm. Brayshaw Heritage Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place. EcoWorld: EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Picton Foreshore. Saturday & Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm. Marlborough Vintage Car Club Museum: A variety of unique and rare vehicles, motor bikes and paraphernalia on display. Every Sunday, 1pm. Brayshaw Heritage Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place. The Edwin Fox Ship: Take the opportunity to visit the Edwin Fox Ship and Visitor Centre, and discover this gem of international history. Visitor Centre open daily from 9am. Dunbar Wharf, Picton Foreshore. Marlborough Farmers’ Market: Grab yourself a delicious brunch and fresh produce, with lots on offer. Every Sunday, 9am-noon. Marlborough A&P Showgrounds corner of Maxwell and Alabama Road. Picton Rail & Sail: Open (subject to weather) Sundays, public holidays & everyday during school holidays. Picton Foreshore. Model Aero Club: ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Phone Murray 578 9199.

The casts of Between (Daniel Diamond [top left], Darryn Bishop, Joanne Harper, Ashleigh Hutchinson, and Aimee O’Hagan [bottom centre]) and The Private War of Corporal Cooper (Jaemes Churchward [bottom left] and Alison Dight [bottom right]). Both groups have spent the last two months practising their one-act plays and are ready to perform at The Boathouse Theatre. Hurry, there is still one show left! The last show of ‘An Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon: Evening of One Act Plays’ starts at 7:30pm tonight. Adults $15.00, children $10.00. Door sales only. Thursday 18 July. An evening meet-

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August 15. Open 10am-4pm, seven days a week. The Gallery Havelock, 60 Main Road, Havelock. The Diversion Gallery: Open Wednesday to Saturday, 125pm. 10 London Quay, Picton. Heritage and Whaling Museum: A collection of 2000 items of Maori, whaling, maritime, heritage and textile displays. 10am-4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Picton.

Saturday 13 Pop Up Bouncy Castle Day: Today and Sunday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm sessions available. Under 6 years $8, 7 years and over $12. Food and refreshments available on site. Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre, 50 Battys Road. New Zealand String Quartet National Tour 2019: Featuring two programmes of music with captivating melodies and rhythmic poise by Mozart, Haydn, Ravel, Dvorák, Janácek, Shostakovich, and Chinese composer Gao Ping. 1pm and 5pm. Tickets $5-$52.20. Cloudy Bay Vineyard, 230 Jacksons Road. Chess: Every Saturday at Joocy Loocy Café, 35 Queen Street, 10am-1pm. Also Wednesdays at Clubs of Marlborough, Bridge room, 6.30pm-8pm. Please bring your own board and pieces. Millennium Public Art Gallery: Exhibition on show ‘Cook’s Cook - The Cook Who Cooked for Captain Cook’. An exhibition of a new picture book by Gavin Bishop. Through real recipes from the ship’s mess, events on board and the places the ship travelled on

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its way to the Pacific, the book tells multiple stories. On until August 11. Millennium Public Art Gallery, corner of Alfred and Seymour Streets. Koha appreciated. Redwood Market: 8.30am-12pm, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants, produce, cards, jewellery, flowers and hand crafts. Marlborough Art Society Gallery: Opening hours 10.30am-4.30pm daily. Marlborough Art Society Gallery, 204 High Street, Blenheim. Marlborough Museum: Open 10am–4pm daily. All welcome. Brayshaw Heritage Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place. Round’A’Mini Golf Picton: Picton Foreshore, 9am Saturday and Sunday. Gravel Grind Ride: Open to all, on every Saturday. 3pm, Bikefit Marlborough, 24 Market Street. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale: Every Saturday 8am–12.30pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Road. Vintage Farm Machinery: 10am-3pm, open every day. Brayshaw Park guided tours available, on Sunday Thomas the tractor rides are available. Blenheim Menz Shed: 4 Dillons Point Road. Open 9am-12pm Saturday and 1-4pm on Monday and Thursday. Picton Men’s Shed: “Where men can do what men do best” 9am-12pm and Wednesday 9am-4pm. 2 Market St. Picton. 5km Taylor River Fun Run: Free timed 5km run along the Taylor River, meet at the Amphitheatre, corner of High and Symons Streets, 8am every Saturday.

Sunday 14 Clos Henri Bastille Day: An unforgettable afternoon with a French atmosphere, French food, fine wines and a little rustic French music. With special activities for children this is a family event not to be missed. 11am-3pm. A gold coin donation welcomed to support the Creative Kids Trust. Clos Henri Vineyard, 639 State Highway 63. Ulysses Club Ride: Ride to Foresters Café, Rai Valley. 11am departure from the south end of the Blenheim Railway Station. Please note Sunday rides will be subject to the winter conditions and rides may change on the day. Also Thursday Group rides, meet at Brayshaw Park carpark, 11am. Members and visitors welcome. Blenheim Riverside Railway: Train Departs from Brayshaw Park as follows; 1.15pm and 3.00pm to Omaka and return, 1.45pm to Beaver Station, Riverside Park, central Blenheim and return. Adults $12 Child $6 (Omaka $7 & $4). Sorry no Eftpos, cash only. Also running on Wednesday July 17. Messy Church: This month Messy Questions. What questions do you have for and about God? Present them in a warm environment, you can post messy questions in the church mail box. Discussion, art, music, games and a shared dinner. 4pm-6pm. All welcome. St Luke’s Anglican Church, Ferry Road, Spring Creek. Marlborough Associated Modellers Society: Miniature train rides at Brayshaw Park, first and third Sunday each month,

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Marlborough to host next Local Government conference By Bill McElhinney Six hundred local body delegates from all around New Zealand will come to Blenheim next year for the annual Local Government New Zealand Conference. Business Events Marlborough, a business unit of Destination Marlborough, and the Marlborough District Council made a successful bid for the conference, which will be held here next July. “Marlborough will host 600 delegates from across New Zealand, bringing an estimated $861,000 into the local economy,” Mayor John Leggett says. “We can look forward to showcasing our exceptional region to a large group of national, regional and local leaders from all over New Zealand.” The conference runs over three days from July 16 to 18. Delegates include mayors, chairs, councillors, chief executives and

senior managers from New Zealand’s councils, along with key players from the private sector, government and nongovernment agencies, and speakers and thought leaders. “Bringing these delegates and leaders to Marlborough allows the region to truly showcase its strengths,” Jacqui Lloyd, general manager of Destination Marlborough, says. “It shows key influencers that Marlborough’s business events infrastructure is perfectly suited for medium to large local, national and global conferencing.” At the close of this year’s conference in Wellington on Tuesday, where Marlborough’s winning bid was announced a new Destination Marlborough video promoting Marlborough as a business event destination was shown: com/watch?v=gdAaG-oMjjM&t=8s

Rarangi golf results Results from recent matches played at Rarangi Golf Club. Thursday, ladies stableford: best overall, Dale McCrindle 38; Margaret Tapp 35 on c/b Dianne Betts; Denise Hodson 32 on c/b Tracy Bary. Saturday, mens monthly mug, round three of the Rarangi Trophy, net: Andrew Hickey 59; Brian Gill 67; Tony Nichol 69; Shane Weaver 72; Allan Shutkowski 73; Owen Gibbs 73; Maurice Soper 73. Ladies monthly flute, net: Aroha Minhinnick 72; Wendy Moffat 74.

Sunday, mens stableford: Peter Browning 45; Cyril Dawson 42, Ezra Kahaki 37; Brian Gill 37; Shane Weaver 36; Tony Nichol 36; Bruce Curgenven 35. Ladies putting, best overall: Margaret McLeod 32; Diane McCarthy 33 on c/b Margaret Tapp. Coming events: Wednesday, men’s midweek golf, 11am start. Thursday, ladies hidden holes, 10 am start. Saturday, men and ladies single par, 12pm start. Sunday, mens stableford, 11am start. Ladies, 4th round LGU Cyril Foote Cup, Robertson Trophy.

Blenheim golf results Results from recent matches played at the Blenheim Golf Club. June 27, par: Graeme Daines +5; Jordan Judge +3; Ray Herd +2; Ezra Kakahi +2; Don March +1; Nigel Smith +1; Doug Shaw +1; John Anderson +1; Murray Ingram +1; Dave Menzies +1; Derek Bowman square; Bob Tapp square; Clive Aitchison square; Mike McConnell square. Nine hole stableford: Ivan Neame 19; Jan DeZwart 17; Steve Griffin 17; Ian Hatcher 16. June 29 medal: Brian Yarrall 67; Mike Gardiner 68; Neal Blackford 69; Doug Shaw 70; Bob Penington 70; Phil Starkey 71; Cyril Scammell 71; Trent Davies 73;

Mike McConnell 73; Brian Brown 73. Women: Judith Batty 71. Fairweathers Prize 6/15 NTP Jim Findlay. Geoffrey T Sowman 9/18 NTP for 2: James Brunel. July 1, 9 hole stableford men: George Mitchinson 22; Bob Tapp 19; Roy Lilley 18; Dan Crawford 18; Ian Hatcher 18; Gary Blake 18; Leo McKendry 17. Women: Trees Rewi 17; Bernice Arnold 16; Kay Ayson 15; Colleen McLeod 14; Denise Hodson 14. Coming events: Thursday, mens bisque stableford, 11 am start. Saturday, men medal, second round qualifying Dunlop Cup. Women, LGU medal. Monday, 9 hole stableford, 11am start. Wednesday, women stableford, 11am start.

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Aluminium Fabricator An opportunity has a risen for a person interested in installation of double glazing in existing homes and balustrades throughout Marlborough Successful applicant will require • Good Communication skills • Hard working with a positive attitude • Self-motivated to work unsupervised to a high level • Ability to work in a team environment • Ability to solve problems on the run • Knowledge of Window section an advantage although all training will be provided • Good remuneration available plus work vehicle supplied to suitable applicant Position would suit • Aluminium Fabricator wanting to work outdoors • Or a Builder, Labourer looking for a change or just a handyperson Please apply by email with cv attached to or deliver application to Viridian Glass 47 Grove Road Blenheim


Community Project Co-ordinator

Council is looking for a Community Project Co-ordinator

Marlborough is a globally-connected district of smart, progressive, high-value enterprises, known for our economic efficiency, quality lifestyle and wellbeing, caring community, desirable location and healthy natural environment. Marlborough District Council is investing in Marlborough’s future by striving to provide the people of Marlborough with a great quality of life and a healthy natural environment. Council has a new role in the Economic, Community and Support Service Department to assist the Community Programmes Coordinator to support Smart and Connected community groups and implement the Small Township Programme to improve outdoor public spaces within the district. This role will be involved in supporting communities to implement their strategic plans, communicate with each other and Council and co-ordinate a variety of community infrastructure projects. For this role you will require: • Excellent communication skills and a genuine appreciation for working with people • The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously • Experience in supporting and inspiring people and communities • An understanding how to get the best out of communication channels • A relevant tertiary qualification or experience • Flexibility to work outside standard business hours on occasion If you have a passion for people, a desire to build working relationships between various communities and organisations, and believe that you have the aptitude to manage small community projects then this may be the role for you. Applications close at 5.00 pm on 22 July 2019. Applications should be made online via the careers page where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact Adi James on 027 807 9062 or


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We’re hiring! We’re looking Vineyard Machinery Operators Accountant


Tradesman 30 years experience Free Quotes Ph Gavin 0210 8656 568


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at 5.30pm on Sat 27th July 2019 at Cloudy Bay Funeral Services (cnr Middle Renwick/Boyce St)

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• Young company, growing fast • Great team and workplace culture We are gearing up for our next growth phase and require • Opportunities to grow and develop your skills

a switched-on Accountant to help support the Finance accounts team.

Hortus Ltd is a family-owned labour supply and Team Leader andcompany guidewith ouratalented vineyard management strong reputation in the Marlborough market.

We are seeking skilled and experienced vineyard Qualified/part-qualified Accountant machinery operators to undertake all machinery and vineyard tasks today-to-day a high standardaccounting to deliver desired Manage functions fruit tonnage and quality for our clients.

and team

Flexible start date and permanent flexible hours To be considered for these full-time roles, a full driver’s licence is essential along with the ability to pass pre-employment Drug & Alcohol testing. A This newly created roleendorsement is a great isopportunity to grow Growsafe certificate and Wheels preferable, however training will beskills provided technical and full leaderships in for a dynamic and the right person.


future-focused business.

If you enjoy variety, take pride in your work and thrive working as part of a hard-working and professional For then more please team, we information are keen to hear from you! contact


 House removals  Office relocations  Winz Quotes Available  Furniture removals No job too big or too small

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Mark Witehira on 021 644 883 or 03 578-4681 email or visit

Contact 5777 868

Applications close 5pm Sunday 28th July 2019.

TEN Pin Bowling open 7 days at Simcox Stadium 50 Battys Road Phone 5784851 COOKES Tree Services for tree removal, trimming, thinning, line clearance, stump grinding, hedge trimming, mulch supplies. Fully insured. Free quotes. Call Lance 021-361-912 or 578-0083

PLASMA CUTTING PCProfiling Ltd now has a new Plasma Cutter and can offer a fast, efficient and precision cutting service at reasonable prices. We can handle all sizes and shapes for Steel, Stainless Steel and Aluminium from 1mm to 25mm plate thickness. Call John on 0226758262 to discuss or email

Please register your interest as soon as possible, and we can provide you with more details. Phone: 0800 443 445 or email:

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ALANA Place. Saturday and Sunday, 8am. Moving sale.

FALCONER, James Alexander: July 5, 3:37pm

SATURDAY 13th July, 8am. 104 Scott Street. Assorted items.

FALCONER, Harry James: June 28, 2019

LEE Street. Saturday, signs out 9am. Hugh clean out. Heaps of women’s, children’s and babies clothing and more.

MCCABE, Ella Jane: June 16, 2019

ESTATE Busters Huge sale of garden tools and goods, lawn mowers, rotary hoe, mangle, shed items including hand tools, electrical tools, nuts & bolts & screws, fency gear, Briggs and Stratton motors, assorted bench vises, lots of metal odds & ends, small traditional wooden bilge keeler sailing cabin boat, boating items, landrover trailer, assorted timber, washing machine, small fridge freezer, plus lot more! Percy Street, Not before 8am

MITCHELL, Riley Fiona Sadie: July 6, 2019

THORP-JONES, Ava Marie: July 5, 2019

Have you been involved in our mission over the years? We’d love to have you join us as we pause in grateful recognition. There will be opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, share stories and worship God together.

HOUSE or flat in or around Blenheim 1 or 2 bedrooms ok Ph 021349046

ADAIR, Quinn Ray Curno: July 8, 2019

SCHAAF, Charis Folau Hola: July 1, 2019

Inter-church Trade & Industry Mission (ITIM) trading as Workplace Support is celebrating its 50th Anniversary next year! We would like to invite former staff, board-members and other interested parties to join us for a celebration service and afternoon tea in Christchurch on Saturday 14th March 2020.

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LIGHTHOUSE Christian Fellowship Senior Citizens Hall, 166 High Street. Sundays 10 a.m. All welcome. 5785030.

Nativity Anglican Church 76 Alfred Street, Blenheim. All welcome to our services Thursday - 10am Holy Communion in Barnies Sunday - 8am Traditional Eucharist Service - 10am Family Service Death Notices

MILLAR, Roderick Mathieson (Roy): Peacefully passed away Sunday 7th July 2019. Loved husband and best friend of Tricia. Cherished father of John and Karen Ramsay, Joanne and Brendon Dewe. Loved Grandad/Grandy of Emma and James, Kane, Ruby, Nathan, Bailey and Tayla and Great Grandy of Nikora and Archie. Messages to 32 Magnolia Drive Blenheim 7201. At Roy’s request a private family service has been already held. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

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CARAVAN older type from 1975 to 1990 or campLucy on 021 358668, ervan from 1978 to 1990 Please Phone 021349046 For more information, or to apply, please phone email or visit

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Death Notices AULD, Robert John (Bob): July 2, 2019 BOYD, Jean Daphne (Jeanne) late of Rotorua: July 7, 2019 DAINES, Ellen May: July 3, 2019 DYSART, Keith Mervyn: July 4, 2019 FORDE, Leo Edward: July 8, 2019 GALBRAITH, Kenneth James (Jim): July 8, 2019 GIBBONS, Dexter Graham: July 7, 2019 JUKES, Nellie: July 3, 2019 KETT, Royston Harry (Roy): July 5, 2019 SIMCIC, Herbert: July 5, 2019 TIMMS, Jillian Rae (Jill): May, 2019


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SPORTS TALK With Jacob Page

Marks proves his NBA worth yet again Sean Marks turned back the clock and became the biggest name in New Zealand basketball once again. The Kiwi was a journeyman bench player for much of his NBA career from 1998 to 2011 but he was the first to make it to basketball’s biggest stage from this country so we loved him all the same. He did win a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005 and as an assistant coach with the team in 2014.

Now, he is the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA franchise living in the shadows of the famed New York Knicks. Last week, Marks changed that narrative by landing the game’s best player Kevin Durant and one of the other best free agents Kyrie Irving. Marks had received universal praise before the move by rebuilding the Brooklyn team to be a playoff team last season without any

flashy stars on the roster. It is expected, now the 43-year-old has landed two of the biggest names in the sport, they could contend for a title in the 2019/2020 season. Forget anything Steven Adams has done in the sport, what Marks has pulled off is the biggest achievement by a New Zealander in the NBA. He has enticed two big players to hopefully take his talented roster to

the next level. Marks is regarded as an astute basketball mind. Someone who used his time riding the pine to learn the ins and outs of an NBA team back-office as well as coaching. Famed Spurs coach Gregg Popovich holds the former center in the highest regard and the moves last week is proof why. Marks’ stock has risen dramati-

Women’s Interclub Golf The last round of Marlborough Women’s Interclub Golf was played at Wairau Valley last Sunday. Results: Wairau Valley v Rarangi: Mell Hampton 7.5 v Tracy Bary 10.5; Yvonne Wallace7.5 v Aroha Minhinnick 10.5; Robin Lacey 4 v Rete Kydd 14; Francie Price 8 v Bridget Quaife 10; Wairau Valley 27, Rarangi 45. Picton v Kaikoura: Helen McIsaac 8.5 v Barb Ford 9.5; Kaye Keys 8.5 v Jill Carpenter 9.5; Line Stone 11.5 v Angela Van Rooyen 6.5; Heather Smith 9 v Lyn Schott 9. Picton 37.5, Kaikoura 34.5. Marlborough v Blenheim: Emily Stenhouse 8.5 v Judith Batty 9.5; Marilyn Keenan 8.5 v Jane Ingram 9.5; Pru Jensen 7 v Sue Duckworth 11; Kaye Eggers 7.5 v Sue Greenstreet 11. Marlborough 31.5, Blenheim 40.5. The points for all the rounds are: Rarangi 211, 1st; Blenheim 188, 2nd; Kaikoura 177, 3rd; Marlorough 176, 4th; Picton 172, 5th; Wairau Valley 156, 6th. Marlborough Golf would like to thank everyone who helped make the Interclub and Pennants happen this year. BV Chicks team member, Taylor Lewis, k ick s the ball to her teammates.

cally and his team has now become the best team in the New York area. Marks was a trailblazer as a player, opening doors for New Zealand basketball players and did not get the dues he deserved because he was a bits and pieces player at best. Well, Marks is at it again and he might have had his biggest hand in an NBA Championship in a few years time.


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Marlborough Veterans golf Results from the Marlborough Veterans Golf Association tournament played at Wairau Valley Golf Club on Monday. I n d i v i d u a l : 1 Co l i n M a r s d e n (Marlborough) 41 points; 2 Ken Bennett (Marlborough), Ash Ticehurst (Wairau Valley) 39 points; 4 Gary Duke (Marlborough), Robin Taylor (Marlborough) 38 points; 6. Buck Miller 37 points. Team: 1st Marlborough #4: Brian Burgess, Colin Marsden, Lyndsay Burrow and Gary Duke - 105 points. The next tournament is on Monday, July 22, at the Picton Golf Club.

Cuddon Cycling events

The winning Rarangi team: Tracy Bary, Aroha Minhinnick, Rete Kydd and Bridget Quaife.

Youth, women, and men’s football results Youth 15th – 17th Grade Rangers Rascals 4 : 0 BV Dominators Trojans Strikers 4 : 3 Redwood Wolves Women’s Social – Zydenbos Shield Trojans 2 – 1 Picton Women’s Nelson Division 1 BV Bullets 1 – 1 Richmond Swans Mayfield Motorworld Men’s Div 3 R2 Redwood Masters 1 – 1 Rangers Masters Picton Crow Tavern 2 – 0 Central Buccanneers Winners of Mayfield Motorworld Men’s Div 3 R2 Picton Crow Tavern

Mayfield Motorworld Men’s Div 2 R2 Rangers Clubs of Marlborough 2 – 2 Bottle-O BV Masters Call Care Trojans 6 – 3 Novus Picton (Still one week left for Div 2 Round 3 to finish.) Mayfield Motorworld Men’s Div 1 R2 Central Wolves 3 – 2 Rangers AFC BV Cobras 2 – 1 Central Pirates Winners of Mayfield Motorworld Men’s Div 1 R2 BV Cobras (The Knock Out Cup Round 2 for Seniors will start on Saturday 20th July.)

Cuddon Cycling Marlborough meets on Saturday at 1.30pm on the corner of Dillons Point and Rowberrys Roads for an open grade 36km group handicap event (Vincent Shield). Junior under 17 grade 14km handicap event (Opening Day Cup), Lower Wairau circuit. Not Benmorven circuit as previously advised. Open $5, junior $3. Please assemble at 1pm. All welcome. On Monday meet at 3.45pm at Athletic Park for school cycling training and coaching. Road bike (preferred) or mountain bike. Build up for school events. Year 7 upwards. For details contact Warren Ph 5791991, or Graham Ph 578 9921.

Pool results and draw Results from Marlborough Pool Association Interclub for games played this week. Renwick 1 5vs Jacks 10; Pints 7 vs 12 Oz 8; Phoenix 5 vs Crowsaders 10; Chalk It Up 3 vs Fyrebyrds 12; Hot Tips 10 vs Dads Army 5; The Breakers 8 vs Armadillos 7; Straight Shooters 10 vs Renwick 2 5; Royals vs Sharks 8; Flamingos 7 vs Classics 8. OKI had a bye. Eight balls this week by Lewis Green (Louie), Peter Chandler. Next weeks draw: Phoenix vs Jacks at Clubs of Marlborough; Renwick 1 vs 12 Oz at Renwick Arms; Pints vs Dads Army at Waterfront; Crowsaders vs Fyrebyrds at Clubs of Marlborough; Chalk It Up vs Hot Tips at Redwood; The Breakers vs Renwick 2 at Clubs of Marlborough; Straight Shooters vs Sharks at Pelorus; Armadillos vs Classics at Woodbourne; Flamingos vs OKI at Okaramio.


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