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Life savers By Bill McElhinney When veteran tennis player Mike Hill rocked up to the Pollard Park courts at 10.30am on July 15, he wasn’t thinking about dying. He was thinking about how he might beat some of his tennis mates in their regular round of doubles matches. After the first game, Mike and his partner were one - up. They had just started the second game when Mike suddenly felt dizzy. “The next thing I remember was waking up and hearing the noise of an ambulance,” Mike says. A sudden blockage had stopped the flow of blood to Mike’s brain and his heart had stopped. He was technically dead. Continued on page 2. Bill Taylor with the defibrillator he used to re-start Mike Hill’s heart after the veteran tennis player collapsed on the court.



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Tennis mates get Mike going again Continued from page 1. “He was lying there unconscious and there was no pulse,” fellow player Kent Register says. Kent immediately began CPR, giving Mike chest compressions to try to re-start his heart. Another tennis Veteran, Jim Sampson, began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while club captain Bill Taylor raced to fetch the club’s defibrillator, a device that delivers a dose of electric current to re-start the heart. Their combined efforts were successful. Mike regained consciousness, sat up, and said: “I’ll be ready to go soon – I don’t need an ambulance!” But the ambulance staff bundled him off to Wairau Hospital while fellow player Geoff Griggs ran to phone Mike’s wife. “When I saw him lying there, I honestly thought we’d be dealing with a body,” Geoff says. Mike was taken from Wairau to Nelson Hospital where his condition was assessed and heart surgery was prescribed. On July 30 Mike underwent a

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double heart bypass in Wellington Hospital, just a few days before his 80th birthday on August 2. Back at his Parker Street home the former Air Force Flight Lieutenant and air traffic controller is making a good recovery and looking forward to getting back on the tennis court. He has played tennis since he was 10 years old and has enjoyed playing regular veterans matches since 1982. “I might be right for a light game

in about four week,” Mike says. “We’ll see.” In the meantime he’s grateful that his heart incident happened at a place where he was surrounded by people who knew what to do. “They all jumped in and did what they needed to do for me,” Mike says. “It shows the value of having the defibrillator and people knowing how to use it.”

“Many of us have had first aid training and know how to use the defibrillator,” Bill says. “They’re a marvellous machine – it took only one zap to get Mike going again. “We used to share a defibrillator with the adjacent croquet club, but now we’ve got one each. “And we’ll be running some more first aid training sessions for club members in the future.”

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The first five minutes are critical By Bill McElhinney The first five minutes after a cardiac arrest is the most crucial. If a person receives CPR and the use of an AED or defibrillator in the first five minutes, their chance of surviving is more than doubled. A patient’s chance of survival drops 10 to 15 per cent every minute without help. Approximately 1500 people die following cardiac arrest every year in New Zealand - a number five times higher than the national

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By Celeste Alexander As we count down the days to the Stars in Your Eyes show, which takes place this Saturday at the ASB Theatre, the Sun profiles the

ninth and final contestant – Rose Platenkamp. This event is a joint fundraising initiative for two local charities, Creative Kids Trust and Fulton Foundation Marlborough. Only a few tickets remain so if you haven’t got yours yet, visit the ASB Theatre’s booking office or go online to They cost $73 including fees. When teaching dance, singing and acting, Rose Platenkamp is always encouraging her students to “give it a go”, so when the Stars in Your Eyes show was announced, Rose decided to take her own advice and audition. Choosing a music artist to audition as was an easy choice for Rose as her favourite song was by English singer and songwriter Adele. “I thought that if I had to rehearse a song over and over then I had better like it a lot,” she jokes. “What I love about Adele is that when she sings she really feels it. She sings with a lot of emotion and passion and her

Rose Platenkamp will be taking to the stage as UK singer Adele in the Stars in Your Eyes show this Saturday.

lyrics are so honest,” she says. Originally from the Netherlands, Rose began dancing at age seven, then acting and singing at age 10. It was her father who inspired her. “He was terrible at dancing, but great with acting and singing,” she laughs. Rose came to New Zealand with the intention of traveling for a year, but a certain special person convinced her to stay. “I did the two things my family told me not to do,” she laughs. “They said don’t fall in love with the country or a man. Well… I did both and have since made Marlborough home,” she smiles. With her theatrical background and studies in the arts, musical theatre and acting, Rose established her company StageLab in Blenheim and gives drama lessons for adults and musical theatre for kids aged six to 16 years. Despite all of her experience and confidence, Rose admits there are still some nerves as the show approaches.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the stage and performing. Although, just before I step out on stage I will probably be asking myself ‘why am I doing this to myself’,” she laughs. Each contestant has nominated a local charity which will benefit from any prize money. Rose has chosen the Marlborough Child Cancer Foundation. On the night of the show, the three judges will be Tina Cross, the celebrity host who will also perform an entertainment slot. Tina will be joined by Marlborough Mayor John Leggett and local theatre director and singing real estate agent, Bridget McNamara. For t he audience, f rom 6.30pm-7.30pm there will be a pre-show cabaret in the foyer and Whitehaven Wine Room with complimentary Whitehaven wine and canapes by Karaka Cuisine. Guests are asked to arrive from 6.15pm to enjoy the food, wine and live entertainment, and to listen to the sounds of a pianist on the theatre’s grand piano and the bluesy tones of a jazz trio ensemble.



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Pizza night fundraiser and donations for garage sale Young optimist sailor, Eden Amos, is holding a pizza night fundraiser at Scoozi’s, Picton, this Sunday, August 18, from 6pm until 9pm. $25.00 per ticket, under 8’s free. In order to register, email Stephen and Shirleyanne Amos at amosfamilynz@, or call Shirleyanne on 0274991741. Registrations must be made by tomorrow at the latest. Eden will also be holding a fundraising garage sale at 61 Dillons Point Road Blenheim, from 8am until 1pm, this Saturday, August 17. If you would like to support Eden, feel free to donate any unwanted items towards the garage sale by 8pm, this Friday, August 16. All money raised is set to help fund Eden’s trip (as a member of NZ International Optimist Dinghy Association’s 2019 NZ Girls Development Team) to Noumea, New Caledonia, in October.

One act plays In regards to the ‘One Act Above The Rest’ article in last Friday’s Sun (August 9), tickets will cost $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors to attend the evening of one act plays. Come along to the Boathouse Theatre at 7pm on Saturday, August 17, to watch three vastly different one act pieces of theatre: The Private War Of Corporal Cooper, White Lies, and Me And My Friend. Door sales only, starting at 6pm.

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Nick Fulton at the launch of the Fulton Foundation last year.

Family and friends of Nick Fulton gathered for a special commemoration service last week prior to the public service at the ASB Theatre on Sunday. "Yellow was Nick's favourite colour," wife Heather says, "and he had a hat for every occasion, so the yellow coffin and the hats from Nick's collection were special. And grandchildren also read special tributes to a loving granddad."

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By Bill McElhinney The life and generosity of community philanthropist and arts supporter, Nick Fulton, was celebrated by a large crowd at the ASB Theatre on Sunday. Nick, who passed away peacefully at Hospice Marlborough on August 2, retired to Marlborough with his wife, Heather, about 20 years ago after a career with infrastructure construction, roadworks and aggregate company Fulton Hogan. The company was founded by Nick’s father, Jules Fulton, in Dunedin the 1930s. Jules had been making children’s toys, but decided to branch out and bought a truck and began by asphalting driveways. In 1933 Jules teamed up with Bob Hogan to start their own contracting business. The pair began their partner-

ship with “a repair job” on the road to Mosgiel, using an old sprayer they bought for £5 and a bitumen kettle towed behind their only vehicle, Bob Hogan’s Willys-Knight car. The company grew from there and now has 7500 employees spread across their New Zealand and Australian operations. Nick began his career with Fulton Hogan working on the roads, learning the business from the bottom up, before moving into management. He was based in Dunedin and Christchurch and was involved in all facets of the business, including costing, planning, and marketing. Nick and Heather retired to Marlborough about 20 years ago and initially bought the Vines Village, which is now owned and operated by sons Tim and Jeff.

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A passion for boating in the Marlborough Sounds saw Nick become a supporter of Coastguard Marlborough, and he was instrumental in getting them their first boat. Music was another of Nick’s passions. “He was always musical,” Heather says. “He played the cello, bagpipes and most often the guitar.” Nick was inspired to get involved with the Marlborough Theatre Trust after seeing a road show about plans for the new Marlborough Civic Theatre. “He was a great support as a trust member,” Theatre Trust chairman Kevin Moseley says. Both Nick and Heather have been long-time supporters, both financially and otherwise, of the ASB Theatre, the Barbershop Chorus and the Marlborough Civic Orchestra.

His lasting legacy in Marlborough will be the Fulton Foundation, a generous gift from the family that gives young performers and the performing arts in Marlborough a major boost. The Foundation was set up by Nick with the support of Heather, sons Tim and Jeff and daughter Pru Adams, and was announced at a gathering of arts supporters at the ASB Theatre last December. The Foundation provides financial assistance to groups in Marlborough who may want to bring a performing artist to Marlborough, but don’t have the funds. The Foundation helps youngsters who may need help buying musical instruments or items such as ballet shoes, or may need assistance with tuition travel or membership fees.

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Community ministries social worker, Bridget Nolan (left); Sienna Wheeler; community ministries worker, Liz Whitt; and corps administrator, Leanne Dewson.

Food for those in need By Aimee O’Hagan Remember 11 year-old Blenheim local, Sienna Wheeler? She’s the thoughtful young girl who decided in May that she would go busking on the streets of Blenheim’s CBD. But the money made wasn’t for herself – it was being raised to buy food for hungry Marlburians who don’t have enough to eat. Since then, Sienna has done more than reach her original goal. A few sessions of busking rewarded her with a grand

total of approximately $200, which was then put towards as much food as possible – from cans of baked beans to boxes of crackers. Having bought all of the food from PAK’nSAVE, Sienna opted to write to the supermarket and ask whether or not they would help out by donating food towards her cause. The Bohally Intermediate School student’s efforts to make a difference were eventually rewarded. “[After I wrote to them,] PAK’nSAVE gave us a trol-

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Slow, then fast drivers Dear Ed, Some people drive slow, but driving too slowly can cause frustrated motorists stuck behind them to take risks in order to

pass. But the most frustrating of all slow drivers is when vehicles go slow until they come to a passing lane and then speed up to

100kmh an hour making traffic behind them to go over 100 kmh to pass. If they would only maintain their 70kmh an hour and let

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in the middle of a proposed bus route would include an airport bus stop. OK, it won’t service all flights, but wouldn’t it be great if it helped our residents and tourists have a cheap option to and from the airport, plus

a service to Renwick. I wonder how many others agree it would be stupidity for the bus to drive past the airport without a stop. With local body elections soon, I would like to hear from those standing for Council on this matter.

I live in Renwick and can think of nothing nicer than jumping on a bus and spending a lovely day in town, or taking a trip to the airport, with no parking worries. Greg Colquhoun Renwick

idea which seems logical as outlined in New Scientists edition 29/7/06. Boron is used to split heated water the hydrogen is utilised, and the boron oxide resulting is reprocessed at solar or wind-powered ‘gas stations.’ The boron and water refuelling packs are not much more bulky than our present gas tanks, and

get about the same mileage as that tank. The main holdup I see is the huge investment tied up in the oil oligopoly – the big money would not like to see this sidelined. Remember the Golden Rule: Those with the gold make the rules! Bill Holvey Blenheim

A bus to the airport Dear Ed, The Marlborough District Council is considering a bus service between Blenheim and Renwick. I think twice a day on weekdays was suggested. Surely any council with an airport

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Letters to the editor continued EVS are the way to go Dear Ed, I’m interested in the letter from Keith Adams about EV’s. In particular his image of being imprisoned in your own home waiting for your battery to recharge. The inference seems to be it would be a great inconvenience to change from a ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle to an EV. As an owner of an EV, I would say that it’s a good thing to have a little inconvenience. It helps us to stop taking things for granted. What is the price of continued profligate burning of fossil fuels? There is far too much damage happening to our planet and the ecosystems that are essential to our survival (along with millions of other species) that is the result of humanity’s assumption that everything the planet provides is there for our convenience. People have got to a state of mind where they think a little bit of inconvenience or a need for some extra planning is a bad thing. I would say it’s a good thing. We need regular reminders to use resources wisely, and of whether we are leaving a liveable planet for our descendants. I can assure people that it’s not nearly as bad as Keith would have you believe. Yes, we do think more about when we use our car and we sometimes need to plan ahead. Most people only commute relatively short distances daily so you are not recharging your car every night from a flat battery. So even if you have to go to the PTA meeting in the evening you will still have plenty of charge in your battery the next morning charging at 10amps with a standard 3 pin plug. If you have the 16 amp option,

which is the same as a standard caravan plug, better still. If you are doing a longer trip and have to charge using fast chargers then again you need to plan for it and allow 20 - 30 minutes for each charge, depending on how low your battery is. Not what I would call a very long sit down, just a good time for a little rest or a hot drink. I would make the point that many households in our affluent society run two vehicles. In my opinion it is a no-brainer that one of them should be an EV. You will find your regular day to day running around is done in your EV. And you will love the resulting savings. Believe me, the maintenance costs are minimal. No oils, cam belts, clutches etc to change and very few moving parts to wear out and if you’re fortunate enough to have 90 solar panels like Keith and can charge during the day you can run your car completely fuelled from sunshine like we do. It feels good! I’m right with you Keith when it comes to developing any feasible options for fuelling transport that also reduce GHG’s. Hydrogen as a fuel is looking promising and commercial vehicles are now in the market. Prices will come down as competition increases. I see a place for both EV’s and hydrogen fuel. The research into removing CO2 from the atmosphere and converting it into liquid fuel also looks promising. But EV’s are here now and available on the second hand market at competitive prices. Many more people could be using them for their regular commuting. Budyong Hill Renwick

Drivers and cellphones Dear Ed, Re drivers and cellphones from Safety First last week regarding his comments and buy back scheme. You can still phone and text while driving using an old style mobile as he suggested we should have now.

Some people seem to do it regardless of laws, fines or anything else. You can get hands free kits or pull over to answer a call or simply turn the phone off or on silent and check it when stopped. Safety Conscious Blenheim.

Get tough on drivers It’s time to get tough. Blenheim drivers are obviously happy to flout the law when it comes to cellphone use. So drivers caught txtng or talking should be fined $1000 AND have their phones confiscated! However, they need to be caught first, so c’mon traffic police, bust those lawbreakers. It obviously wasn’t too hard for

The Sun to spot them – there’s plenty of them. And in the meantime Jacinda and Co. can do something worthwhile and introduce some tough new laws. It’s time for action before someone else gets injured or killed by an inattentive driver. Bust ‘Em Blenheim

Well done, RSE workers Dear Ed, What a pleasure to see all the RSE workers busy in our vineyards. With millions of vines to attend to, we should be grateful that these people are prepared to leave their homes and families (and the sunny weather) to come to Marlborough

to work in our premium industry. And the majority are such nice folk – always polite and smiling and happy to share their music and culture with us. Thank you, RSE folk, we’re grateful for your skills! Grandad Blenmheim


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song about a desk with legs that runs away. Her alphabet turns into soup. It’s clear that her ‘imaginitis’ is incurable. What’s worse, her condition is contagious and soon the other kids in her class start showing symptoms of an equally incurable imagination! As ‘imaginitis’ spreads, the teachers are horrified, and the parents begin to protest too. But perhaps imagination isn’t such a bad disease after all? To enter into this giveaway to win one copy of this book, email celeste@blenheimsun. and tell us something

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Eating for a healthier life James Wilson starts each day at home in Picton with a hearty breakfast. “Well I’m a former farmer, so you always start the day with a hearty breakfast,” he says with a grin. He starts with cooking whole oats (not rolled oats) to which he adds fresh fruit, such as apples or blueberries. This is followed up with a vegetable stew of things like mushrooms and spinach, flavoured with his homemade curry paste, and thickened with cashew cream. Dinner in the evening is a selection of lightly steamed vegetables flavoured with a sauce made with home-made vegetable stock and including different types of beans or maybe brown rice.

“Simple. I was afraid of dying.” The fourth generation former Manawatu farmer, who was a dedicated meat eater (“three times a day!”) is now on a WFPB diet. A what? A whole-food plant based diet with no meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or eggs. Or oil. Even olive oil. Whole foods are those that are minimally processed and include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, nuts, seeds, avocados, and certain soy or wheat products that don’t contain added fat (e.g., tofu). So what turned someone who had spent most of his life farming, growing, harvesting and eating meat into an evangelistic vegan? “Simple. I was afraid of dying,” James says. It started around 30 years ago when farmer James snapped an Achilles tendon.

A subsequent operation led to a pulmonary embolism, a clot which threatens to block the blood flow to an artery. “I lay in hospital sucking oxygen into my inactive lungs after surviving an out-of-body near death experience,” James says. Despite this serious health scare, James recovered and resumed his normal way of life. But some 20 years later he was struck by a second minor pulmonary embolism and was told he would have to take the drug-thinning medication warfarin for the rest of his life. “If I didn’t keep taking warfarin I would die,” he was told. By that time James and wife Barbie had sold their farm and moved to the Marlborough Sounds. “I spent a lot of time in the bush cutting tracks and pest trapping and I always had cuts and scratches,” James says. “Because of the warfarin I was always worried about the bleeding and I also feared I could have an internal bleed, which could be fatal.” Then came the life-changing moment. “I heard Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, an American physicist, being interviewed on Kim Hill’s Saturday morning radio programme. “He explained how people could reverse and cure heart disease by modifying their diet. “The effects of warfarin were unpleasant, plus I also used it to poison rats, so I bought his book, read it, and then announced to Barbie, that I was going to adopt a plant based diet. “I asked if she would join me. She said: ‘Who’s going to do the cooking then?’ “I said I would, and away we went.” It took several months to adapt to the new eating regime, but the results

Picton man James Wilson will be launching his lifechanging story in his book, Plant Paradigm, at the Picton Library and Service Centre on August 28.

were obvious and dramatic. “We both lost weight – I lost around 20kg, we both had more energy and the side effects of warfarin disappeared. “And despite the dire medical warnings I’d had about stopping warfarin, I didn’t die! Apart from a welcome weight loss, there were other benefits for Barbie. She had had a hip replacement 10 years previously and had been told she would need another one. Along with a bad hip, she was also suffering from mild arthritis and was taking antacid tablets every day to avoid indigestion. After 12 months on the new diet the arthritis disappeared along with the antacid medication and the hip pain. Inspired by the results, James has now written a book, Plant Paradigm, which he hopes will

encourage others to follow his regime. “It puts the case for whole-food plant-based lifestyle and includes practical answers to many of the questions people frequently ask about changing their way of living,” James says. Many people were critical of him in early days when he became a vegan. “I was accused of being a traitor! Some people were really upset. In the book I want to give them the reasons for my going vegan.” He also became interested in ecology and began to realise the cruelty imposed on farm animals by farmers. He believes a whole-food plantbased lifestyle ensures a longer and healthier life, severely reduces our environmental footprint and avoids the cruelty that livestock

farming causes to animals James is launching his book at a special event at the Picton Library and Service Centre on August 28. Nelsonian Hannah O’Malley, from The Better Base, will host the event, ‘Food Frontiers.’ Researcher Dr Mike Joy will speak about sustainable food systems, lifestyle medicine expert Dr Luke Wilson will talk about the health benefits of eating plantbased, and James will discuss wider issues and intensive animal agriculture. He will finish by answering * some frequently asked questions expressed by people considering a change to a plant-based lifestyle. Light nibbles and refreshments will be on offer from 5.15pm before the event begins. Tickets are available at https://


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Looking forward to their fresh fruit and veges at Seymour Kindergarten are Connor Maxted, Ella Cutts, Aayla Anderson, teacher Debbie WaringJones, Max Partridge and Charlotte Turnball. Every week Countdown Blenheim

sends a selection of fresh fruit and veges to the kindergarten. "It's our way of supporting the community," Countdown manager, Liz Nelson, says. "We also send fruit and vegetables to Johns Kitchen at Crossroads."




"The children really enjoy the fruit and veges," Seymour head teacher, Char Morrison, says. "We want to say a big thank you to Countdown for their generous support!"

A majority of Kiwis want advertisements for prescription medicines to be banned, a Consumer NZ survey shows. New Zealand and the US are the only two countries in the developed world that allow direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines, Consumer NZ head of research, Jessica Wilson, says. “We’ve been calling for these ads to be banned because they don’t provide consumers with good information and they increase the risk of medicines being overprescribed,” Jessica says. Consumer NZ’s survey found 57 percent of Kiwis support a ban on medicine advertising in favour of an independent health information service that can provide advice about treatment options. Just 15 percent thought drug advertising should continue. “Our survey also shows many consumers don’t think these ads are giving them the full picture,” Jessica says. Only 8 percent strongly agreed that medicine ads provided unbiased and comprehensive information about treatment. Many were sceptical about

the motivations drug companies had for advertising. Fifty-nine percent strongly agreed companies were likely to spend the most money advertising medicines that gave them the most profit. While most consumers had a negative view of this advertising, one in eight said an ad had prompted them to ask for a prescription medicine from their doctor or other health professional. Of those, 45 percent got the prescription they requested, while 21 percent received a prescription for another medicine. Jessica says medicine advertising increases the risk of unnecessary prescribing. “These ads sell the promise of a quick fix. However, the best option isn’t always popping a pill. Other treatments or lifestyle changes may be more effective in some cases,” she says. As part of a review of the Medicines Act, the Ministry of Health has been consulting on whether the law should continue to allow medicine advertising. Jessica says Consumer NZ will be providing the results of its research to the ministry and Minister of Health David Clark.



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The Marlborough Girls' College Jazz Group entertaining pupils at Picton School last week. At the rear, from left: Michelle Brown, Lauren Doherty, Jack Banks, Henry Panoho, Frankie Wytenburg, Janet Luka, Amene Inoue. Front, from left: Caitlin Groome, Solomon Panoho, Olivia Elrick, Asuka Hirano. Drummer Amy Bain is obscured.

Young musicians shine in Southern Jam By Bill McElhinney An outstanding array of young musical talent featured in the Southern Jam Jazz Festival gala concert at the ASB Theatre, Blenheim, on Saturday night. Students from all over the South Island travelled to Blenheim last week for five nights to take part in master classes, workshops, public performances and opportunities to be judged in, a week-long celebration of music and young talent. The participating schools all featured in the first half of the concert, with Kiwi soul singer-songwriter Hollie Smith performing in the second half, backed by The Committee Band - Mat Fieldes, bass; Cameron Allen, saxophone; Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival trophy awards. The Mark Lefting Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Trombone Player: Serge Beaton – St Andrew’s College. The Massey University Conservatorium of Music Award for Most Outstanding Musician on a NonTraditional Jazz Instrument: Samuel Lee – Marlborough Boys’ College. The Gibson Crosse Award for Most Outstanding Keyboard Player: Jay Kang – Riccarton High Schoool.

Dixon Nacey, guitar; and Stephen Thomas, drums. The Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges shone in their performances, with the young and relatively new Girls’ College group picking up the award for the Most Promising Band and the Boys’ College taking the Marlborough 4 Fun Runner up Combo award. Boys’ College musicians Samuel Lee and Jonty Zydenbos also featured in the individual awards. The nearly-full house enjoyed a wide variety of music ranging from an original from Samuel Lee to big band arrangements and Latin-influenced arrangements, with one in a challenging but

The Kevin Moseley Award for Most Outstanding Trumpet Player: Jonty Zydenbos – Marlborough Boys’ College. The New Zealand Army Band Award for Most Accomplished Rhythm Section Performer: Amelie Spinks – Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. The Massey University Conservatorium of Music Award for Most Outstanding Guitarist: Max Young – Christchurch Boys’ High School. The Massey University Conservatorium of Music Award for Most

well-executed time tempo. One interesting observation was the number of young women playing the upright double bass, channelling the spirit of Ray Brown with skill and enthusiasm. Oh, and a 13-year-old drummer from Wakatipu High, who drove the band along seemingly effortlessly. While Hollie Smith and The Committee Band were outstanding performers, my personal preference would have been to hear more than one number from the young school groups. However, kudos to Marlborough 4 Fun and their generous sponsors for another wonderful week. Can’t wait for next year!

Outstanding Bassist: Victoria Lee – St Andrew’s College. The Sandy Beverley Memorial Award for Best Sax Soloist: Eliott Allemand – Wakatipu High School. The Massey University Conservatorium of Music Award for Most Outstanding Drummer: Harrison Maguire – Wakatipu High School. The Jan and Malcolm Aitken Award for Most Outstanding Musician: Jonty Zydenbos – Marlborough Boys’ College. The Robin Randall Award for Most Outstanding Vocalist: Mi-


chael Kuresa – Verdon College & James Hargest College Combined. The Marlborough 4 Fun Award for Best Soloist:Flynn Megaw & Serge Beaton – St Andrew’s College. New Zealand School of Music Award for Most Outstanding Big Band Drummer: Logan Edwards – Christchurch Boys’ High School. The Interislander Award for Best Original Composition: Samuel Lee – A Winter’s Affair. The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Award for Adjudicators Choice: Linwood College – for


The Marlborough Boys' College jazz combo performs 'Fly Me To The Moon' at Whitney Street School. Photo by Aimee O'Hagan. group collaboration on composing their original piece “Just Strut.” The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Award for Most Promising Band: Marlborough Girls’ College Jazz Band. The KBB Music Trophy for Best Improvisation: St Andrew’s College. Marlborough 4 Fun Award for Runner up Combo: Marlborough Boys’ College Jazz Combo. Port Marlborough Trophy for Best Combo: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Jazz Combo. The Coral & Tony Thiel Award

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Come along, barbershop fans! By Aimee O’Hagan Two of Marlborough’s best ensembles – male-only group, the Marlborough Sounds Chorus, and Picton’s female-only group, the Acapella Belles – are set to join together this weekend for a special combined concert. It’ll be held this Sunday, August 18, at the Wesley Centre, and will start at 2:30pm. This entertainment-filled concert will give the Marlborough Sounds Chorus a chance to perform for a live audience before they take to the stage at the Barbershop Harmony New Zealand National Convention, which is set to be held in Christchurch, next month. The concert will also feature performances from three quartets (four singers only, singing in harmony) and a

special appearance of a guest saxophonist. Songs featured will vary from traditional barbershop favourites to more modern, up-tempo numbers, including the Beatles’ ‘All My Loving’ and Roy Orbison’s ‘Hello Mary Lou’. “Male or female, if you simply like listening to unaccompanied singing or if you want to find out more about the barbershop style, please come along,” president of Marlborough Sounds Chorus, Chris Young, says. “There will be plenty of willing members who will be delighted to explain more [about how to get involved with the choruses].” “Gold coin donation will be gratefully accepted as an entrance fee to help cover costs.”

Members of the lively barbershop quartet, 'Young At Heart': Nick Hassan (baritone, left), Brian Kirke (bass), Chris Young (lead), and Jim Sampson (tenor). All four men will also be performing as part of the Marlborough Sounds Chorus at the concert on Sunday.

Prescription medicine can impair driving Did you know that one in four prescriptions for medication can impair driving? According to the New Zealand Transport Agency, in the past 12 months two out of three drivers used medication that may impair driving. While this issue affects all drivers, Catherine Donnelly from Age Concern Marlborough says driving on prescription medication is something older drivers in particular need to be aware of. “There’s a huge list of prescription medication known to impair people’s driving ability,” Catherine says. “And while it’s not just driving cars and other vehicles that can be affected by medications, it’s driving when impaired that is of concern to road safety practitioners.”

Some of the prescription medications that can impact driving ability are strong painkillers or medication used for the treatment of allergies and heart conditions. Poor decision making, slow reaction speeds, loss of concentration and dulled senses are all side effects of drugs that can result in serious and fatal crashes. Age Concern Marlborough hosts monthly Confident Driver refresher courses - a free course for older road users who would like the opportunity to know about any road code changes and information about driving in Marlborough. The courses are supported with presentations from local Police who look forward to engaging with the community they work in. For older drivers thinking ahead to life without a driv-

er’s licence, Age Concern Marlborough is also running a Life Without A Car course this year. Catherine says this course provides some practical solutions on planning and adjusting to life without a vehicle and valuable insights on how to stay cost-effectively mobile without a car - such as how to utilise our public transport, and everything you need to know about using a mobility scooter, and how to access other transports options. Both courses contain a short video presentation about the risks of driving with prescription medication because the importance of this issue. For more information about course dates or to add your name to the course waiting lists, please phone Catherine at Age Concern: 03 579 3457. PBA.

Free Confident Driving Course for Mature Drivers With support from Council and the Transport Agency, Age concern would like to invite mature drivers to attend our safe driver refresher course. Stadium 2000 Subway manager Jeanette Anderson and Subman were excited to be celebrating the re-opening of the renovated store on Monday. Subman spent the day walking around the stadium and Blenheim's CBD handing out vouchers, playing games and handing out cake. Jeanette says the day was a great success with a steady turnout of customers enjoying the store’s new look. Photo by Celeste Alexander

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Recreational fishers urge quota management review The Marlborough Recreational Fishers Association is unique, Auckland based recreational fishing advocate, Scott MacIndoe, told the recent annual meeting of the association. Scott and Josh Barclay, of the national recreational fishing advocacy Legasea, were guest speakers at the meeting. “Your association is unique in that it solely focuses on advocacy for the recreational fishing public and the fishery certainly needs a strong voice,” Scott MacIndoe said. He referred to the battles over the Marlborough Sounds blue cod fishery and the need for an independent inquiry into the quota management system. Retiring association president, Peter Watson, said in his annual report the association had written to fisheries minister Stuart Nash on Labour’s pre-election promise to hold an independent enquiry into the quota management system. Stuart rejected the need for a review, saying he had faith in his ministry. “The basic problem is Minister Nash is not listening to the public or even the several scientists who have recently been critical of the quota management system,” Peter said. “Yes minister seems alive and well in Wellington.”

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Peter urged Marlborough anglers to be more active and not to be “afflicted with apathy.” Officers elected were: President - to be appointed by committee. Secretary-treasurer: Jennifer Leader. Committee: Laurie Stevenson, Rod Littlefield, Piero Rocco, Peter Chapman, Ben Sowry, Phil Neal, John Leader.

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Highway rebuild end in sight By Bill McElhinney On a recent trip to Christchurch and back, you could only marvel at the highway and rail rebuild along SH1 north and south of Kaikoura. And the cheery disposition of the workers at the stop-go sites who, despite the cold and damp conditions, always had a smile and a cheery wave. The rebuild is a project everyone could be proud of, Steve Mutton, chair of the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance, says. Travellers along the Kaikoura coast can expect construction delays for another year with work expected to be completed by late 2020, following what will be four years of repairs and over five million work hours into the project. The rebuild of the transport networks followed the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in November, 2016. Steve says the project is now moving into its final phase. “A work package for the remainder of the work was scoped earlier this year and has now been agreed by the Transport Agency and KiwiRail,” Steve says. “These new projects are on the Inland Road (Route 70) between Waiau and Kaikoura and on SH1 north and south of the town.” “We’ve been on the ground in Kaikoura since the earthquake in 2016 and have come a long

way. “The road and rail were reopened in 2017, but since then we’ve been making many temporary fixes permanent. “We are working to leave a safer and more resilient transport network for people to enjoy and travel on safely for generations to come.” Currently the teams are constructing six safe stopping areas, following the completion of the first at Ohau Point last October, and making safety improvements to the route such as realigning sections of road, installing double centre lines to keep traffic further apart and installing safety barriers. Work is also underway at a number of sites to further improve the resilience of the Main North Line. “The works will be delivered within the original Crown-funded budget of $1.2 billion set in July 2017. The Transport Agency and KiwiRail are prioritising the remaining work to temporary detour at Jacob’s Ladder. The area, between Ohau Point and Okiwi Bay, presented some problems following the Kaikoura earthquake. Then, last February ex-cyclone Gita wreaked further havoc on the site, displacing rail and sleepers, and covering SH1 in slip material. Gita brought down 300,000m3 of material along the Kaikoura coast and Jacob’s Ladder was the

ABOVE: A temporary 700 metre bypass at Jacob's Ladder while road and rail is rebuilt in the wake of the huge slip deposited by cyclone Gita. LEFT: The aftermath of Cyclone Gita at Okiwi Bay, September 2018.

largest new slip of 200,000m3. “After ex- cyclone Gita we dug the road out, reinstated the rail and reshaped the basin, and constructed temporary earth bunds in the basin,” project manager, David Larcombe, says. “Now it’s time for a permanent solution, so we can hand this section of road back in good condition to the

maintenance contractor.” The crew at Jacob’s Ladder officially began on-site work on June 14, diverting traffic from SH1 onto the newly finished temporary bypass alignment on the foreshore. This detour allows the crew to dig out SH1, remove 50,000m3 of material from the basin of Jacob’s Ladder, and install a 4x4 culvert underneath

SH1 and the Main North Line. Crews have also been working in their precast yard, adjacent to the site, to pour panels and wing walls for the temporary rail bridge that has been installed so trains can continue running over the work period. The new road layout will be used until December, when SH1 is reinstated.

Please watch for cyclists and motorcyclists Motorists are being urged to slow down and take another look before accelerating through intersections, to avoid collisions with cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Bike Walk Marlborough coordinator, Braden Prideaux says some drivers involved in crashes with cycles report not seeing the bicycle. “We suggest that drivers slow

down at intersections and take the time to look for pedestrians and cyclists, as they are smaller than other vehicles and may not be easily seen.” Cyclists are encouraged to take the lane at intersections to ensure they can see and be seen by other road users, Braden says. However, if cyclists don’t feel safe taking the lane it was recommended they dismount their bike

and walk around the intersection using the footpath. “Additionally, people on bikes can communicate with other road users by using hand signals, making eye contact and thank other road users when they can,” Braden says. “Positive interactions help build a considerate and safe road culture, and makes travelling on our roads more pleasant for

everyone.” John Laing, a long time motorcyclist, long time member of the Marlborough branch of the Ulysses Club of NZ and motorcycle safety committee at the Marlborough District Council, seconds the view that drivers need to double check for oncoming traffic before pulling out. “Motorcycles can be hidden

behind a signpost or lamp post, or behind the pillars of your vehicle - they are much smaller than most vehicles,” John says. “Motorcyclists also need to be aware when they are potentially in another vehicle’s blind spot such as when they are pulled up beside a mini van or bus at an intersection. “Just have a think about what other drivers can see, and proceed with caution.” PBA.

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Adam and Karim are stoked to announce the safe arrival of Jake (8lb 6oz) on August 2, 2019, at 4:40pm, at Wairau Hospital. A little brother for Mia. Special thanks to all the staff at Wairau Hospital. Photo supplied.

BOTTOMLEY: Jayde Toni May Born August 10, 2019 Weight 7lb 6oz Hospital Wairau Ryan, Jess, and big sister Evie are excited to introduce Jayde Toni May (7lb 6oz) on August 10, 2019, at 8:54am, at Wairau Hospital. Big thanks to family, friends, and midwives Mandy and Mehana.

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Special raffle for Father’s Day By Celeste Alexander ‘To the world you are a dad. To our family, you are the world.’ Author Unknown. With Father’s Day fast approaching, a Blenheim business has decided to do something special to celebrate the important role that fathers play, as well as fundraising for a local charity. Details Blenheim, owned by Aaryn and Ange Nicholson, is holding a raffle in conjunction with The Roadhouse Breakfast which takes place on this coming Fathers Day, September 1 from 8am to 11am. The Roadhouse Breakfast is an event for all automotive enthusiasts and features cool cars, bikes and a great breakfast hosted by the Riverlands Roadhouse which happens on the 1st Sunday of

every month. This day holds special meaning for a lot of the team involved so there will be plenty of fun on the day including family orientated fun such as a bouncy castle and concluding with a cruise organised by Alex at A.D.M Refinishing to the Trout Hotel, Canvastown. The Details Blenheim raffle is to raise money for a charity that is close to their hearts – SANDS Marlborough (Pregnancy, Baby and Infant Loss Support). Four years ago on Father’s Day, Aaryn became the father to twins Benjamin and Charlotte, but sadly Charlotte was stillborn. Ten years prior, and again on Father’s Day, Aaryn’s father passed away whilst they were attending an automotive event in Blenheim. So this Father’s Day Aaryn,

Ange and the Details team have decided to give something back by running a raffle with some great prizes up for grabs and 100% of the proceeds are going to SANDS Marlborough. The grand prize is an exterior detailing package from Details Blenheim, including a Ceramic Coating installation with a value in excess of $1000. There is also a huge range of prizes from local and national businesses, with the list growing each day. Tickets will be just $2 each and can be purchased in store at Details at 10 Stuart Street, Blenheim or on the day at the Riverlands Roadhouse. The raffle will be drawn at the Trout Hotel after The Roadhouse Breakfast – Father’s Day cruise.

Aaryn Nicholson of Details Blenheim with his son Benjamin. Aaryn and his wife Ange are holding a special Father's Day raffle to benefit local organisation SANDS Marlborough (Pregnancy, Baby and Infant Loss Support). Photo provided.

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By Celeste Alexander Imagine going about your business, as per normal, and suddenly having your arm go limp and fall to your side. Would you know to recognise this as a transient ischaemic attack (warning stroke) or worse yet, a life threatening event? This is the message of Stroke Foundation NZ, a national charity dedicated to helping stroke survivors back on their feet, supporting their families and keeping all people safe from stroke. Here in Marlborough there is a community stroke advisor, local woman Sarah Arias, who works closely with those who are affected by stroke. Her background is in nursing and working with the elderly, so taking on this role 18 months ago was “a good fit for me”. Sadly though, Sarah says on average she is signing up at least two new clients per week in Marlborough, a number she would like to see decrease. “Typically stroke affects older people but 29percent we see are under 65. In fact we have 17 clients under the age of 65,” she says. Sarah’s role as a community stroke advisor sees her work with stroke survivors, their

family, whanau and carers. This free service supports people to achieve the best possible outcome after stroke. DHB professionals are encouraged to incorporate referral to this service as a standard component of discharge planning, however referrals are accepted from any health or support professional, from a family member or by self-referral. Sarah is supported by her southern region general manager Paul Rout who is regularly campaigning for local health services to prepare for an increase in stroke numbers in the future. “The big issue going forward is the aging and growing population. Within the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, an average of 204 people are admitted every year with stroke, and I’m guessing around a third of those people are in the Marlborough area,” Paul says. “The health system needs to be prepared for this growth and I don’t think enough forward planning has taken place to recognise that growth in stroke numbers is already underway. “It is challenging for the DHB to find resources however I would ideally like to see a clinical nurse and spe-

cialist for stroke be available across Nelson and Marlborough hospitals, specifically to focus on stroke and helping those affected to transition back to home. “The more resources we have to help those affected by stroke, the better the outcomes for them,” he says. Paul and Sarah both believe that a key part of reducing the numbers is through prevention. Addressing issues such as blood pressure, a healthy lifestyle, being smokefree and most importantly, recognising the signs of stroke and seeking help as quickly as possible. “We encourage people to have their blood pressure checked with their GP’s. Any adult should, particularly those over the age of 50,” Sarah says. “Our FAST promotion also plays a key role in prevention. The sooner you get into hospital, the more there is that can be done. “It’s all about a fast response. Some people can get back to their lives in a couple of days while for others, stroke can have a much bigger impact. “If you aren’t sure, it’s better to seek help anyway and to get it wrong than to not call for help at all,” she says.


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EVENT: Meeting the Tasman Makos! Friday afternoon saw two team members of the Tasman Makos - Pari Pari Parkinson and Rupena Parkinson - visit the residents at Springlands Lifestyle Village. Students from the Marlborough Girls’ and Boys’ College’s Career Navigator programme also came along to meet the rugby stars.

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Ben Rodger (left), Harry Nailer, and Max Nailer with Pari Pari Parkinson (centre).

Springlands Lifestyle Village resident, Betty Williams (left), and MGC student, Runa Haszard.

Students from the Marlborough Girls’ and Boys’ Colleges’ Career Navigator programme also came along to meet the Tasman Makos team members. Tasman Mako team member, Rupena Parkinson (left), From left: Jacob Collins, Narimasa Nagata, and Tane Anderson. and Mike Antoniadis.

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EVENT: Marlborough Farmers’ Market Last Sunday saw people from all around Marlborough coming along to the Marlborough Farmers’ Market to check out some locally-made hot food, produce, baking, and more. The market is held every Sunday, from 9am until noon, at Blenheim’s A&P Showgrounds (corner of Maxwell and Alabama Roads).

Wayne Ovenstone (left), Ingrid Ovenstone, and Alison Kelly enjoy some delicious food at the Marlborough Farmers Market on Sunday.

Despite the dreary weather, Glyn Walters (left) and son Dylan Walters had fun at the Marlborough Farmers Market.

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Omaka Aerodrome is a hidden gem in Marlborough, but is well known on the world stage. With its grassy runways, wide open spaces, world class restoration projects on classic aircraft, and one-of-a-kind aeroplanes, it’s a buzzing community. For aviation enthusiasts, you can’t beat the ideal flying weather that the region offers. With facilities like this, it’s no surprise that a small town like Blenheim has individuals from all over the globe coming to check out its heritage. For Classic Aero Machinery Service’s Tony Wytenburg, the Omaka Aerodrome location is essential to his aircraft restoration work. The several grass runways provide ideal conditions for the many classic aircraft which are built and tested by Tony and

his team. “It hasn’t just got one runway, so classic aircraft can take off into the wind,” Tony says. Omaka has become a bit of a hub for aircraft restoration, Tony says. Paul and Pip Hally from PMH Aviation Limited collect aircraft that have a rich history with the region. They’ve brought back to Marlborough a De Havilland Foxmoth from 1947, one of only seven in the world. With two other parties, they are rebuilding a Waco aircraft, which is the only one of its type in the world, and was previously owned by Marlborough Aero Club in 1936. “Whether you like aviation or not these aircraft are very significant to the region,” Pip says.

Graham Orphan has been publishing the Classic Wings Magazine for 25 years out of Omaka. Having lived in three different countries and travelled many more, Graham chooses to live in Marlborough specifically for the airfield. “I can’t think of a place I’ve lived in or visited, or another community with the richness and ability to work together for the greater good than Omaka,” Graham says. From the world-class Omaka Airshow to the Aviation Heritage Museum and everything else in between, the buzz around Omaka still grows. “People from all over the world are drawn to the positive energy and great activities here. “The community is absolutely remarkable,” Graham says.

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The Marlborough Aero Club at Omaka Aerodrome has a long and intertwined history with the Marlborough region and its community. Established in 1928, it is one of the first aero clubs established in New Zealand and the first to own its own plane. Last year the Marlborough Aero Club celebrated its 90 year anniversary in April with an open day, where the public were invited to have a look around the Omaka Aerodrome. The club has over 350 members from all over the country and around the world. The Aero Club teaches students of all ages and stages flying and other vital aircraft skills, whether for recreational or professional

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Omaka Aerodrome is a hidden gem of Marlborough, buzzing with world class engineers, pilots and classic aeroplane restoration. Photo provided. reasons. a quick and easy pick In fact the Marlborough Aero to study at for many as a place unique flying experience, they also pilots from get to enjoy exploring what the Club is held in such high esteem around the world. Marlborough region has to offer. globally that many pilots and People from Hong Kong, GerMarlborough is lucky enough aviation enthusiasts travel to Marl- many, Australia and the United to be home to some of New borough just for the opportunity Kingdom book in to come to Zealand’s top aviation pilots due to fly at the Omaka Aerodrome. Omaka for the course, Due to their speciality training stay for several weeks and often to it being widely known that at a time. Marlborough has the best climate in ‘Bush flying’, the Aero Club is Not only do they get to enjoy the and terrain for flying.

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Marlborough Helicopters Ltd has been working out of Omaka for almost 40 years and helping people in Marlborough and Nelson from the skies. “We have a long history with the airfield,” Owen Dodson from Marlborough Helicopters says. “We utilise all the other skills out there.” Over the years they have provided support in farming, forestry, firefighting and civil defences. By being eyes in the sky and the accessibility a Helicopter


provides, Owen and the team are able to help local farmers with weed control, help develop scrub into pastures, keep an eye on invaisive shrubs and help with spraying. They also contribute hugely to the vineyards and forestry companies locally which keeps all the work local. “We are also one of the first people to call in the event of a fire or civil emergency. “We all work together,” Owen says.



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In Memoriam

BARCLAY Malcolm Neville (Kuna) In loving memory of a much loved brother-inlaw and a loved Uncle who passed away 1 year on the 14th of August 2018 Forever in our memories Always in our hearts Sadly missed, Mary, Shirley, Dwayne, Joy and Cory BARCLAY, Malcolm Neville (Kuna) In loving memory of Malcolm, husband, who was suddenly taken from us one year ago on the 14.8.18. Loved father and in law to Malcolm (Junior), Cindy, Kerry, Beck, Lisa, and grandchildren, Iliana, Marekama, Maddison, Rico, Claeb, Anna, Liam, Zachary, Siobhan and Briana, You are dearly missed by many especially your loved ones, Always in our hearts and thoughts and the memories of our shared times bring both laughter and tears. You live on in our love and love never dies, Molly and our families xxx

COOMBE, Jean: On Saturday August 10 2019, at Hospice Marlborough, peacefully, with family at her side. Aged 92 years. Loved wife of the late John, much loved mother of Hilary, and Nick and Denise, much loved Nana of Rachel and Grand Nana of Jackson and Hayden. Messages may be sent to the Coombe family C/- 71 Grove Road Blenheim 7201. At Jean’s request a private cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned.

ANDERSON, Louisa Margaret (Peggy): On Thursday August 8 2019, peacefully, surrounded by family, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village Blenheim. In her 93rd year. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Mary (deceased), Jeanette and Ian Fowke (both deceased), Cyril and Helen, Lorraine and Barry Baillie, Ron and Gaye, Gail and Rod Sowman, Barry and Lyn, Arthur and Sue, Dave and Irene, and Una and Ewan Baillie. Cherished Nana of 39 grandchildren, 78 great grandchildren and 24 great great grandchildren. Special friend of Ngaire and Jude. Messages may be sent to 46A Colemans Rd Blenheim 7201. In lieu of flowers donations to St Johns (Marlborough) would be appreciated and may be made at the service. Special thanks to the management and staff of Ashwood Park Retirement Village. A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson & Parker Sts Blenheim, at 11 am Wednesday August 14 followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery.

Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

IVAMY, Jean Frances (nee Nevin): Passed away peacefully at home, Saturday 10 August 2019, in her 99th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Charlie Ivamy. Loved Mother and Mother-in-law of David; Peter Michael (deceased); Kathryn (Kay); and Roger Nott (Dovedale); Bryan; Maree and Kalvin Robinson (Blenheim); and Patrick. Loved grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Messages to 5B Lawrence Place, Blenheim 7201 or Special thanks to the St John’s Ambulance staff. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road on Wednesday 14 August at 2pm, followed by private cremation. Rosary will be recited at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 13 August at 7pm.

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URGENT services Urgent Care Centre: Wairau Hospital Grounds. Entry off Hospital Rd, Blenheim, 8am-8pm daily. Phone (03) 520 6377. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday & Public Holidays 10am - 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Ph 578 2271. Community Care Pharmacy: Within the Blenheim Warehouse, open 7 days 9am8pm. Only closed Christmas Day. Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline. Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital 520 9999, for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Citizens Advice Bureau: Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Wairau Hospital: Hospital Visiting Hours: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward.

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Marlborough youngsters win table tennis shield back The Marlborough under-18 table tennis team, under the tutelage of Debbie Stratford, regained the Angell Shield by beating Nelson 23-17 at Simcox Stadium on Sunday. The Girls’ Team of Vanessa Wood-Lin, Hannah Smit, Sophie Woodhouse and Jasmyne Henry beat their Nelson counterparts 12-4 in singles. Vanessa, who is a member of the Under-15 Southern Training Squad, had four comfortable wins in her singles matches. Hannah also attacked confidently in her matches, to gain four wins. Sophie played well throughout the day, winning two singles and took her more experienced opponents, Mandy Lowther and Rosie Armstrong, to five sets. Newcomer Jasmyne won her last two singles matches, including a win over Hannah McDonnell. Marlborough took the doubles 3-1 with the Vanessa/Hannah combination winning both their matches while Sophie/Jasmyne beat the Nelson number two combination. This was good practice for Vanessa, Hannah and Sophie, who are attending the New Zealand Secondary Schools



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Harrier Club events The Marlborough Harrier Club meets at the Oliver Park clubrooms at 6pm on Thursday for a pack/training run or walk. Reflector gear is compulsory. Joggers and walkers regardless of ability are welcome. Everyone is welcome to participate. The Woodbourne Half Marathon is on this Sunday - see times on the Harrier website. This popular local event includes five and 10 km fun run/walk. There is no Marlborough Harrier Club run on Saturday. Also coming up on August 31 is a bus trip to Kaikoura for a pack run. We require numbers as there is a limited number seats. Names to club captain asap.

Picton Golf results The Marlborough under-18 table tennis team with the Angell Shield. From left: Joseph Ruwhiu, Peyton Ritchie, Rory Osborne, Vanessa Wood-Lin, Hannah Smit, Sophie Woodhouse, Theo Sandford-Jury, Jasmyne Henry.

Championships in Tauranga in early September. Nelson won the boys singles 10-6. Of the eight boys, seven are either in the under-13 grade or one year out of that grade. Rory Osborne played at number one for Marlborough and won three out of four singles. In his fourth match, he was up against Finn Brown, who is a rising star on the junior scene in New Zealand. Finn won it in straight sets with some crisp

forehand winners. Peyton Ritchie did very well to also win three singles. In his first match against Neil Wang-Hodgson , he was two sets to love down . After some advice from Alex Kennedy, he came back to the table and started hitting hard to the backhand to win the match. The same thing happened in his match with Joshua Piggott, with Peyton taking it 11-7 in the deciding set following useful

advice from Matt Pigou. Joseph Ruwhiu and Theo Sandford-Jury didn’t win a singles match but both played positive attacking table tennis. Their matches with Nelson number four, Charlie Parker, were very close with the Nelson left hander taking each match by 11-9 in the fifth set. The doubles were shared 2 all, with the Rory/Joseph and Peyton/Theo combinations winning one match each.

Results from recent matches played at the Picton Golf Club. August 3, monthly mug: Billy Reeves 64; Mike McGuire 67; Grant Herbert 67; Jeff Pascoe 68; Trev Gullery 70; Ian Johnson 70; Alan Butland 70. August 6 LGU: Overall winner Lin Stone 70; 2nd Dido Harper 73; 0 – 24- Helen McIsaac 77; Maria McConway 79; 24.1- 28.8 Cushla Brosnahan 76; Ricky Ashworth 80. 28.9- 41.3- Judy Jones 75; Odette Roper 79. Nine hole nett: Lyn Pawson 40.5. August 8: Aaron Wilson 39; Cory Wright 38; Ron Frisken 38; Len Barlow 37; Bill Gatrell 37; Tony Jordan 36; Hyram Taylor 36; Grant Aikman 35. August 9, 9 holes: Odette Roper 21; Beryl Tripe 20; Dido Harper 16.

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Not Lost, they’re in the lead! Lost in the Woods are in the lead by one point following a 7-5 win over Zac’s Team in the second round of the Marlborough Table Tennis competition. Jacqui Wood won her three singles and was always in a good position to hit the ball. Vanessa Wood-Lin beat Zac Cowdrey and went on to beat Rob Honour in four very tight sets. The mother and daughter combination then won the doubles. Zac Cowdrey, Rob Honour and Peter Welsh came away with a win each for their side. Billy Hebberd led Ken’s team to a 9-3 win over Ping’s Team. Billy beat Ping Muanwong in his

first match and was unbeaten in his other two. His backhand shots from all parts of the table were very impressive with a sudden snap of the wrist giving extra power. Ken Thompsett had two wins and lost his third match to Ping. In a family affair, Peter Cowdrey beat son, Bjorn in four sets. For Ping’s team, Warren Haszard added to Ping’s two wins. Going Loopy beat Jnr 24 games to 22 on the count back after matches were drawn 6-all. Matt Pigou and Kylie Hurren won two each for Going Loopy with Kylie unbeaten in the doubles. Marcus Osborne also won a

double and was just beaten by Joseph Ruwhiu in his last match. Nathan Watson dominated his singles matches but was taken to four sets by Matt Pigou. Rory Osborne joined Joseph on one win. PJs beat Alex’s Team 7-5, who were without regular number three, David Smith. It was a real team effort with the reliable duo of Jason Kennedy and Josh Sim winning two each with Peter Wells chiming in with a single and two doubles wins. Alex Kennedy was untroubled in his singles while John Diamanti picked up a single and a double with Alex.


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Unorthodox Rubbers beat Matt Millar’s team 8-4. Simon Bishell, Jeff Sawyer and Malcolm Honour wielded their anti-spin bats to good effect. Matt Millar managed to read the spin (or no spin) to get three wins. Steve Rowsell took two of his opponents to five sets and won a double with Matt. Points: Lost in the Woods (Jacqui) 17; Going Loopy (Matt Pigou) 16; Ken’s Team 16; Unorthodox Rubbers (Simon) 15; Jnr (Nathan) 13; Alex’s Team 12; PJs (Jason) 12; Matt Millar’s Team 11; Zac’s Team 11; Ping’s Team 7.

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Results from recent matches played at Rarangi Golf Club. Wednesday, mens medal, net: Warwick Brice 62; Bruce Curgenven 68; George Illingworth 69; Steven Fagan 69; David Best 71; Terry Lane 71; Mike McConnell 71; John Jones 71; Tony Nichol 71; Mike Garrett 72; Hans Bloemberg 72; Iain Berrie 72. Thursday, ladies 5th round Charters Cup, stableford: Best overall, Patricia Robertson 38; 0-20 Margaret Tapp 33; 21-27 Diane McCarthy 36; Dale McCrindle 33; 28+ Margaret York 37; Pat Olliver 35. Sunday, stroke net, men: Shane Weaver 71; Jerome January 72; Hans Bloemberg 74; Brian Gill 75. Ladies: Carla Heppelthwaite 71; Paula Bavin 71; Bridget Quaife 73. Coming events: Wednesday, men’s midweek golf, 11am start. Thursday, ladies stroke, 10am start. Saturday and Sunday: 36 holes stroke tournament Rarangi Open.


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