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Tower climb By Celeste Alexander On September 11 three local firefighters, James Cowie, Scott Henry and Steve Smith, will join a number of firefighters from all over the country for the 2019 Firefighter Memorial Climb up the Sky Tower in Auckland. This memorial climb honours every New Zealand firefighter lost in the line of duty since the late 1800s. The date, 9/11 was chosen as it falls on a tragic time in the United States’ history when a terrorist attack took place 18 years ago, claiming thousands of lives. This was the worst firefighter tragedy in recent history. For this event, firefighters from NZ and the United States will come together in Auckland to remember and hold a personal tribute to the 343 firefighters from the New York Fire Department as well as the nearly 60 NZ firefighters lost. Continued on page 2. Local firefighters, Scottie Henry (Rarangi), James Cowie (Rarangi) and at the front, Steve Smith (Blenheim) are heading to Auckland next Wednesday to take part in the 2019 Firefighter Memorial Climb up the Sky Tower. Photo provided.

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Next Wednesday will see the Firefighter Memorial Climb up the Sky Tower in Auckland take place. The event honours every New Zealand firefighter lost in the line of duty since the late 1800’s and coincides with the date of the worst firefighter tragedy in recent history – September 11, 2001.

Continued from page 1. What makes it even more special is that three FDNY chiefs are making their way to NZ for the climb to read the names of firefighters killed while doing their duty. It’s a sobering and emotional event, according to Scott and Steve who have previously taken part in the memorial climb. “We all love what we do but to do this is both sobering and a privilege in that it reminds you that some people who were probably not too different to yourself, who had families and mortgages, appointments planned for the following week and so on, went off to a job one day and did not come home,” Steve says. Scott adds; “Although I’d never met these people, it makes you think about them when you hear their names, ages, ranks and see their pictures up the height of the stairwell and all around the base. “You are really taken with the emotion of it all as they ranged from youngsters through to senior commanders… it’s one hell of a shock,” he says. James, who joined the Rarangi crew three months ago will experience the climb for the first time, going up 50 floors and taking 1100 steps while wearing full gear. “I had the opportunity to go through the training with the guys who took part in the Sky Tower charity climb, so when this

event came up I jumped at the opportunity. For me being new to firefighting it’s a chance to go up and pay respects to those who paid the ultimate price,” he says. For Scott and Steve however, after walking to the top of the tower they will return to the ground and repeat the climb. “We do this in full gear and breathing apparatus while carrying the full weight. It’s about 20 minutes for one climb from the base to the top, then a five minute ride down in the elevator, and with no break we head back up again,” Scott says. Prior to the actual stair climb, there will be a parade which finishes at the base of the sky tower where the names of every fallen firefighter from New York on 9/11 are read out followed by a prayer. Firefighters then carry a special tag with the name of a firefighter lost in the line of duty, as a way of dedicating their climb to the memory of that person. Steve says to help prepare there has been training throughout winter involving numerous walks up the Wither Hills, Monkey Bay and using stair machines, all while wearing weight vests to simulate the 25kg weight they will carry on the day. The Firefighter Memorial Stair Climb first began following the 2009 coolstore fire in Tamahere, Hamilton, where firefighter Derek Lovell lost his life and several NZ firefighters were injured.

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Crinoline Bridge closed The Crinoline footbridge near The Quays-Riverside Park is closing from Monday for repairs. Some of the bridge timbers are wearing thin and need replacement. The work is expected to take up to a week. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use the Henry, Alfred or Sinclair street bridges to cross the Taylor River.

Ken Forrest retiring

The Friends of the Barn quilters with a couple of their creations. From left: Jenny Fagan, Gayle Orchard, Heather Cooper, Gerardine Frost, Carolyn Carr, Kath Maher and Raewyn Thomas.

Quilts made to give away By Bill McElhinney Made with love, stitched with joy – the Friends of the Barn quilting group are a caring bunch of crafters. The ladies meet at the Vines Village Quilters Barn on the first Wednesday of every month to create beautiful quilts to give away. “We have a lot of fabric gifted to us,” group member Jenny Fagan says. “And we also get quilts that have been partly done, so we finish them off.” Their creations are gifted to various local causes such as Hospice Marlborough, Bread of

Life, Women’s Refuge and many others. Their latest bunch of 18 quilts is going to Fostering Kids NZ, and will be distributed to Blenheim children. In the past the group has made quilts for East Coast families hit by the devastating 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, and more recently Spring Creek School were given quilts to use in the school sick bay. “Needy families, people who are going through a crisis – anyone who needs some comfort in their lives can get one of our quilts,” Jenny says. “They’re a labour of love – each


one is stitched with a lot of love in it,” quilter Kath Maher says. The group has been quilting together since 2008, and many of them are also members of other local quilting groups. “We’ve made hundreds of quilts over the years,” Jenny says. “Each year we give away more than 40 quilts to various deserving local causes.” So who does the designs? “It’s quilting by committee,” Jenny says with a laugh. “We all come up with ideas then some of us will make the top, some will do the binding – we all pitch in.” The group of up to 12 women

make special quilts for children, for premature babies and the elderly. The eye-catching creations can take weeks to complete but can also last for years. “During the summer season we often have cruise ship visitors who come into the Quilters Barn come and watch what we’re doing,” Jenny says. “Some of the overseas visitors are really intrigued, and some of them are quilters as well. “And we’re all grateful to Fiona Higgins at the Barn who makes the space available for us and also provides some sewing equipment!”

Marlborough Lines managing director, Ken Forrest, has announced that he will be retiring in December. Company chairman, David Dew, says Ken is leaving Marlborough Lines in a very strong position with quality assets and a strong financial base. Marlborough Elec tric Power Trust owns the company and other investments on behalf of its consumers, and distributes benefits from the shares to the consumers as a credit on their power bill. Marlborough Lines was established in 1998. Before that, the region’s electricity was provided by the Marlborough Electric Power Board. During Ken’s leadership shareholder wealth has been substantially increased to the extent Marlborough Lines now has assets with a value upwards of $650m. It owns 50 per cent of Nelson Electricity, which delivers electricity to the city of Nelson, and 100 per cent of Yealands Wine Group, one of New Zealand’s major wine exporters.


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Wine collector says it’s time to downsize! By Bill McElhinney A lifetime in the liquor industry and a love of wine has led Humphrey Meyers to amass an impressive wine collection. Humphrey worked as a wine and spirit merchant in Christchurch and began collection international wines in the 1970s. The family also had a property in the Heathcote Valley, on the outskirts of Christchurch, where they established the Villa Nova winery. Humphrey stored his wines in a cellar cut into the side of a hill, eventually turning it into a wine museum. The Christchurch winery also dealt in spirits and imported Scottish whiskey for distribution "right throughout the whole of the South Island". In 1990 Humphrey, who had also been a winemaker, and wife Jennifer moved to Marlborough and the Malthouse at Riverlands where they set up a collection of vintage winemaking equipment and whiskey barrels which they had brought with them from the

Heathcote winery. However, it proved not to be a good location for a wine cellar, so Humphrey moved his collection to a container. “I’ve collected the wines I’ve enjoyed drinking,” Humphrey says, “and I have hundreds, but now it’s time to downsize. “So I’m going to sell some then drink the rest!” Humphrey started this latest downsizing project at the recent monthly meeting of the Beefsteak and Burgundy Club, of which he is the president. The Beefsteak and Burgundy Club was started in South Australia in the 1950s, with the aim of creating an environment where members could share knowledge and experience great wine, food and fellowship on a regular basis. “It started off when winemakers got together socially and brought a bottle of wine in a paper bag to share in a friendly competition, and it grew from there.” The Blenheim Club meets monthly and often invites guest

Humphrey Meyers and his wife Jennifer with a $10,000 bottle of Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet.

speakers from the local wine industry. Humphrey brought some wines from his collection to the club

meeting, including rare New Zealand award-winning vintages and some French wines worth thousands of dollars.

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This will bring back memories for Baby Boomers. Humphrey Meyers with a bottle of 1972 McWilliams Bakano, a light dry red wine from Hawkes Bay.

By Bill McElhinney There wasn’t much wine in New Zealand in the 1960s and 70s. If you went to a restaurant that served wine (and there weren’t a lot of those) it was mainly Blue Nun, a semi-sweet white wine from Germany, or the light red Chianti from Tuscanny in its distinctive straw basket. Neither wine was challenging, but they probably helped thousand of Kiwis, including me, begin their wine exploration journey. Among the collection of wines brought to the Blenheim Club by collector Humphrey Meyers were a couple of bottles of McWilliams Bakano, 1972 vintage, which immediately sparked some

flashbacks! McWilliams of Australia decided to set up in New Zealand in the mid-1940s, and established their first vineyard in 1947. In 1961/62 they bought the vineyard of Tom McDonald at Taradale, and Tom headed McWilliams New Zealand. In the 1950s McWilliams came up with a dry red that conformed a little more to international expectations of the style. Named Bakano, the wine was launched in the mid-1950s, and eventually became New Zealand's most reliable and popular dry red as wine-drinking gradually became an accepted (if minority) part of life in New Zealand. It was at best pleasant

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drinking, no doubt depending on exactly how much cabernet was added in the particular year. Its quality as a red wine was seen to be endorsed by its wholesale adoption both by the Italian tunnellers then working on the Turangi power scheme, and also by the 1964 vintage being selected as house wine by the touring French rugby team of 1968. I probably wouldn’t thank you for a glass of Bakano now, given the excellent range of wonderful red wines produced in New Zealand. But Bakano did help awaken an abiding interest in red wine for me and many others, so thanks to Humphrey for bringing back those memories!

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Crinoline Bridge closed from Monday 9 September Pedestrians should use the Henry, Alfred or Sinclair street bridges to cross the Taylor River into or out of Blenheim’s CBD,

as the Crinoline Bridge is being repaired. The work is expected to take up to a week.

Meet the candidates meetings There are local election candidate meetings coming up this month, arranged by the respective organisations in the lead up to

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Picton Smart & Connected

11 September

7.00 pm

Picton Library and Service Centre/Waitohi Whare Matauranga

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Federated Farmers

12 September

7.00 pm

Rapaura Hall


Awatere Hall Opening

15 September

All day

Awatere Hall Awatere Domain

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Sport Marlborough

17 September

7.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Marlborough Football Clubrooms A&P Park


Renwick Smart & Connected

19 September

7.00 pm

Wairau Anglican Church Hall

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Picton Tourism Group

23 September

7.00 pm

Endeavour Park Pavilion

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Marlborough Chamber 24 of Commerce September

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ASB Theatre

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Wesley Centre Auditorium

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2.00 pm

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Linkwater Hall Committee

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7.00 pm

Linkwater Hall

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Marlborough Chamber 02 October of Commerce

1.00pm to 3.00 pm

Havelock Town Hall

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Marlborough Chamber 03 October of Commerce

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Positive Ageing – Protecting your personal information In this digital age, it’s important to understand that some people can use your personal information for illegal purposes. Be careful about the way you protect the details of your personal information. Here are some tips to help you keep you safe: Always promptly report the loss of any personal identity documents like a passport or ID card. Carry only what you need on a daily basis - don’t carry all of your personal charge cards or ID cards in your wallet or handbag.

Be careful about putting personal information out in the rubbish. Make sure you cut up expired bank cards and shred invoices and bank statements before you throw them out. Never give out your credit card details on the telephone and be sure to store personal identity documents like a passport in a secure, locked place. Secure your computer from online attacks with up-to-date security, and be careful about the personal information you give out online.


Roll-out of Pay by Plate to Picton and rest of Blenheim Following hot on the heels of Pay by Plate parking in Blenheim’s CBD, Council’s Assets and Services Committee recently agreed in principle to begin phase two of the project. This will see Picton’s off-street pay and display meters upgraded to Pay by Plate, followed by the conversion of the remaining 160 Duncan ‘lollipop’ meters in Blenheim to Pay by Plate terminals. Parking times and tariffs will remain the same but Pay by Plate allows people to move between kerbside parking spaces and use unspent parking credit during the day. Project Manager Robyn Searle says the roll out of Pay by Plate in Blenheim’s CBD over the past few months has been successful, and it’s important to keep the momentum going. “The next phase of the project will be in two steps. The first will involve the replacement of Picton’s seven pay and display meters prior to Labour Weekend, followed by the replacement of the remaining Duncan meters in Blenheim after Easter next year,” Robyn said. Some kerbside parks will change from two to four hour parks, and others to a time limit system. This will occur in certain areas where it is uneconomical to install a Pay by Plate terminal due to the low use

of the car parking spaces in that area, or to ensure consistency with nearby parking areas. For example, 13 kerbside parks in Russell Terrace will be converted to a four-hour time limit to match the adjacent Clubs of Marlborough car park, and in Scott Street, three kerbside parks outside Wairau Pharmacy will be converted to 10-minute car parks. Pay by Plate is easy to use; you simply enter your plate number, select your parking time, press ok, pay and walk away. The ticketless system means there’s no need to return to your vehicle after you’ve paid for your parking, and the ‘Pay my Park’ app allows drivers to pay for parking and top up remotely using credit/debit cards or internet banking.

Funding approved for local projects Council has approved just over $2.5 million to fund local projects though its Land Subdivision Account, which is funded by levies charged to developers for reserves and community facilities. The following projects have been approved for the year ending 30 June 2020, subject to ratification at the full Council meeting on 19 September: Awatere Memorial Hall – Car park and landscaping - $130,000. Ward Domain – Completion of car park - $11,350. Waterfall Track, Havelock – Track upgrades - $45,000. Essons Valley, Picton – New signage and interpretation panels - $30,000. Victoria Domain – Track upgrades $50,000. Picton Foreshore Reserve – New tables, seating, rubbish bins and water fountain - $85,000. Picton Skate Park – New skate park equipment - $45,000.

Okiwi Bay – New playground, seating and shade sails - $50,000. Pollard Park – Three new upgraded car parks - $745,000. A&P Park – New signage - $15,000. Harling Park – New Japanese garden entrance - $10,000. Taylor Pass dump site – Design and concept development - $25,000. Taylor River – New walkway connecting the Taylor River walking path - $120,000. Taylor River – Upgrade of the Monro Reserve car park - $200,000. Dublin Street, Picton – Redevelopment and upgrade of the streetscape - $100,000. Athletic Park – 100-metre running track feasibility study - $120,000. Seddon Domain – Tennis court fencing - $60,000. Dalton Reserve – Elizabeth Street reserve picnic tables, seating and river edge access - $100,000.

Creative Communities Scheme Fund Applications for financial assistance by way of grants under the Creative Communities Local Arts Scheme are now being invited by Marlborough District Council. The scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within the Marlborough community.

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Money found Money found on Daffodil Day near Paper Plus and C B D Cafe. Contact Sun Newspaper.

Do we care enough? Shame on you Shame on the male who viciously beat and punched a lovely golden retriever along the walkway near Oakwood Lane at 5.15 Thurs (Aug 22) we would not want to go walking with you either!!

Donor services I recently gave blood in a donor centre whilst on holiday. The centre phoned NZBS and asked why not in Blenheim? The answer is not because of the road, it is the aeroplane that takes the blood to chch. Airnz planes could but the small planes now going Blenheim to Chch can not because of refrigeration air pressure and other factors. My thought would be get the staff from chch by road and fly the blood to Wellington?

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People banding together have the power to make change as shown by a group in Keynsham who, on 15 September,​started an annual ‘leave your plastic at the supermarket’ day. With this date approaching, can we find the courage to take on the supermarkets in this country and make them accountable for the overuse of plastic smothering a majority of our food products. The challenge is, do we care enough.​Do we understand that as a united community, we can without a doubt create change.​ Refer youtube Plastic Attack

Needs maintaining Harling Park. New bamboo fence feature probably a nice touch. However the lookout on top of rise in need of maintenance as is shabby and the tracks especially around base of hill could do with more gravel and drains fixing as its wet and muddy. Sadly all a bit second rate.

Wimpish effort C’mon Air NZ... Witnessed the full version of our national Airway’s latest ‘safety’ video recently. What a wimpish turnoff effort from our aging, somewhat portly rugby reps. And on such an important subject. Why not upgrade to the flavours of the times? Lisa Carrington, Sophie Pascoe, Valerie or Steven Adams, the Senior Women’s Football Team.... or the real biggie (& probable Halberg winner this year... our true national game’s genuine sporting professionals... The Black Caps?

Hidden gem Re: Grovetown Lagoon. Don’t overhype the cleanup project, those of us who have worked in the area and shot gamebirds there already knew of and appreciated the great diversity of bird life present. Numbers naturally fluctuate but it’s always been a hidden gem of an area. My perspective after 50+ years. Well done on the replanting project, would be nice to see more Kahikatea planted as that was predominant tree type historically.

Thanks Spiderman Shout out to local business Spiderman. Great professional job at our place spraying for pests. Can highly recommend. Thanks guys

Stars In Their Eyes Wonderful show and lovely refreshments but oh the crowd. May I suggest people be allowed into the theatre much earlier thus thinning the crowd and allowing people to sit who are unable to stand for long. The crowd is always a problem. Maybe the stage could be ready earlier and the theatre opened earlier.

Amazing show Stars in your eyes contest was an amazing show, thank you for the beautiful pre show entertainment and nibbles. As a proud supporter of one of the acts, the so called “yelling out” is what gives these performers encouragement to step it up a notch!! The Blenheim crowd were sitting around barely tapped their feet, but wait... that’s what Blenheim crowds are renowned for.

Terrible acoustics Airport announcements. Used the airport last week and observed some pax missing their flight due to the poor acoustics within the terminal. They are terrible when the terminal is full. When will improvement occur?

Expensive damage To the person who slammed their white Ford Ranger door into my left passenger door in the Brayshaw Park car park on Sunday (Aug 25), you caused over $800 worth of damage and I can’t afford to get it fixed. Deliberate or not, I hope you damaged your door as well.

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Great community spirit Wow blown away by the generosity of CBD Cafe on Daffodil Day offering me a hot drink while doing my hour of collecting outside their cafe on Friday – thank you so much. Always such a pleasure to collect for the cancer society, such a worthy cause. We welcome your texts on 027 242 5266. Limit to 70 words please. Name supplied please. We reserve the right to publish at our discretion. Please note the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sun management.

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Ridiculous Kmart open 24hrs! How ridiculous. Easy for people to say yes with no idea of the impact on staff in our town. And also they would be first to moan when there are no specialist shops left in the CBD. And certainly no good old customer service.

Get over it The poor person having their bag checked at Bunning’s and a sticker put on. What was the problem? Guilty conscience? We are greeted and made welcome and advised which area to use for what we want. Which saves time. Staff are efficient and competent. Other businesses in town should follow Bunning’s example and attitude. Get over it.

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Beware Air NZ! Baggage check in time of 30 minutes now being enforced....now on way to Dunedin via Auckland....hope they plant some trees!!!

Very loud vehicle To the person who roars down Eltham Rd & Lee St. at 5 a.m. Just wonder if you could drive past next Thurs. We have a plane to catch and it would save us setting our alarm. Thanx.

Highly recommend The next time you’re in Picton I highly recommend you go to Scoozi. Their pizzas are really delicious and flavoursome and I got to try dairy free cheese for the first time. The staff were really friendly too!

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Save a life! We don’t need traffic lights on Nelson St by MGC. We need white paint! Make this and other courtesy crossings legal crossings. Save a life!

Re: singled out. Bunnings are doing the bag checking as they must have had stealing. Kmart in Australia NSW check your dockets when you leave the store too.

Bunnings policy I disagree with ‘there for you’ who wrote in. Of course the staff are there to help. But that’s not the humiliating issue that offends & embarrasses honest people. Why can’t a huge chain like Bunnings spend some money and have the doors coded to beep loudly if or when an item has not gone through the till. Or like M10 employ a secret shopper who prowls the floors to catch the odd thief.

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Top concert, top rugby – you won’t miss either one! By Bill McElhinney World-class rugby and a premier musical event – you can have them both in one night! For the first time, Marlborough’s three premier musical organisations are combining to perform a spectacular super-concert in the ASB Theatre on September 21 and 22. A Rugby World Cup Pool B game, New Zealand vs South Africa is on the same Saturday night, September 21, but the organisers have made sure the events won’t clash. “The rugby starts at 9:45pm NZ time, so we decided to start the Proms concert at the earlier time of 7pm to accommodate those fans who wish to attend the concert and also see the game,” organiser Brian Nicholas, of the Marlborough District Brass Band, says.

“We’ll make sure the concert is finished in plenty of time for the fans to get home to watch the rugby.” The Marlborough District Brass Band, the Marlborough Civic Orchestra and the Marlborough Singers (previously known as Blenheim Choral Society) are joining forces to present two performances based on the popular BBC Last Night of The Proms concert series. “We’re excited to work together for the first time to bring this special event to Marlborough audiences, with the combined talents of the Orchestra, Choir and Band involving over 110 musicians on stage at the peak of the show,” Brian says. “Each group will perform individually in the first half and we have a dramatic buildup to the interval. The second half will have all the popular patriotic music, including a

few surprises just to kiwi-ise the event, and we’ll be inviting the audience to become promenaders.” The original proms concert series is an annual eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical concerts and other events predominantly held in the Royal Albert Hall in central London. The Proms was founded in 1895 by Sir Henry Wood as a social and artistic experiment to extend audiences appreciation of a wide range of music from popular to classical. On the last night of the series ‘promenaders’ in the audience would join in with singing popular British patriotic choral numbers, waving flags and balloons. The concerts will be held on September 21 at 7pm and on Sunday, September 22, at 2:00pm. Tickets are on sale at Ticketek and the Theatre box office.

Brush up on your bike skills Spring is here, the weather is warmer and drier, the days are longer and more motorcyclists are dusting off their bikes and getting back out on the roads. It’s not surprising then, that September is Motorcycle Awareness Month in New Zealand. ACC spokesperson Dave Keilty says Motorcycle Awareness Month aims to increase awareness of motorcycles among all road users, and encourage motorcyclists to take a Ride Forever course. “Spring is the time when motorcyclists tend to take their bikes out of winter hibernation,” Dave says.

“Riders’ skills may be a bit rusty and other road users aren’t used to sharing the road with them, so we want to remind all road users that now is the time when motorbikes start reappearing, and to look twice for motorbikes.” Statistics show an uptick of deaths and injuries among older riders over the past 20 years, but all motorcyclists were more vulnerable than other motorists, which is why ACC encouraged riders of all ages and abilities to register for a Ride Forever course. According to ACC, studies show that riders are 27% less likely to crash and submit a claim to ACC if they’ve

completed a Ride Forever course. “In other words, Ride Forever-trained riders crash less often, and the injuries they suffer if they do crash tend to be less severe,” Dave says. Wearing all the bike safety gear all the time and investing in the best bike safety technology, such as ABS brakes gives riders the best chance of avoiding injury, he says. “The most frequent, serious motorcycle crashes happen from losing control,” Dave says. Riding a bike with ABS will reduce your chance of crashing by 30%.” PBA.

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WOMEN today Photography is Michelle’s passion Photography is a huge passion of mine and I am so lucky to be able to call it my career. I photograph maternity, newborns, children and families. Birth and fresh 48 hour sessions (brand new babies still in hospital) are also sessions I specialise in. I am constantly challenging myself, I am a member of APNPI - Accredited Professional Newborn Photographer International, which required me to submit information and images to pass the judging by world renowned Newborn Photographers to become a qualified Newborn Photographer. This included a mandatory 100 percent pass rate of their safety certificate for Studio and Newborn Posing. I am very lucky to have my own studio now, where I can capture beautiful

memories for all my clients rain or shine. Capturing memories that will last a lifetime is so important, I love that I can do that for my clients.

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farewell them with you. I endeavour to bring comfort and strength to those in their time of need and I always ensure my services are of the highest standard.

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Fifty bold, brave and brilliant women have collaborated to publish a brand new book aimed at educating, guiding and inspiring other women, and Blenheim author Trilby Johnson is one of them. Trilby is the only New Zealand author invited to be part of this book titled ‘Voices of the 21st Century’, which is being released next week. Each woman has shared their own story, and for Trilby it has been an opportunity to write about racism. Her chapter, ‘Antidote to Racism’ was inspired by the mosque shootings in Christchurch, as well as growing up in South Africa experiencing the Apartheid. “It’s been an honour to be part of this book,” she says. A book launch and signing event will be

“Before taking part in Chris Steadman’s Virtual Gastric Band hypnosis therapy, I was battling what I thought was overeating and sugar addiction. After just one session it became apparent that there were underlying issues which we needed to first address. Now two years later, I’m thrilled to say the hypnosis therapy has made a huge difference to my life. Thank you Chris!” The best thing you can do is to address these issues which in turn will enable you to begin your journey towards a healthy body. This is where Chris Steadman of Ntrance Hypnosis can help. Chris says she has had huge success with her Virtual Gastric Banding, Quit Smoking and Rapid Change therapies. “It really is the most amazing experience to see the change in a client, so to learn

held in Blenheim on 18th October. Trilby also operates her business, Trilby Johnson - The Connective, as a breakthrough mentor and healer, author and speaker. Contact her today.

how you can take back the control of your health, call me today.”

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“Jeannine has gone the extra mile and helped us so much, she saved our business and does a great job, I would recommend her to anyone looking for professional yet personal service”. This is just one example of what people are saying about Jeannine Roodakker, director of First Class Accounts in Blenheim. Jeannine is proud to provide a wide range of accounting services for small to medium sized businesses and often plays a supportive role when it comes to making those tough business decisions. It takes passion to excel at what you do which is why Jeannine can work alongside business owners to help foster success and take away the accounting and tax headaches; “Leaving you to do what you do best… running your

Vicky Wiblin has been a saleswoman most of her life! At the age of 11, Vicky was credited with the sale of her family’s first home after convincing a young family that a kid like her would love the home. Today Vicky is a passionate and successful Licensed Salesperson for First National Marlborough specialising in selling homes and sections, having recently managed the process of selling an entire subdivision. Helping her clients to find a new home or a section to build on for families to grow and enjoy, gives Vicky great satisfaction. If you are looking to buy or sell or needing a fresh approach to selling, give Vicky a call for a friendly chat and a free, no obligation appraisal, and marketing plan.

business,” she says. First Class Accounts works with clients right throughout Marlborough and offers a fixed price accounting packages, transparent set or customised fees and the latest cloud accounting software.

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WOMEN today Beautiful bridal wear specialist

Is stress affecting your life?

Bernadette Thomas has spent more than three decades specialising in creating beautiful bridal wear. The years have seen her become a highly respected bridal designer and seamstress featuring regularly in the NZ Bride and Groom magazine, and even on their front cover! Over the years she has accumulated a beautiful array of exquisite fabrics and laces from all around the world giving her brides some lovely choices. Although Bernadette specialises mainly in creating bespoke one off gowns for her clients she also, when time permits, helps out brides who need gowns they have already purchased to be altered or personalised. Veils are also a popular item that she enjoys creating for those magic photo

Is stress affecting your life and relationships? The body responds to emotional/mental stressors – anger, fear, worry, grief - the same way it responds to physical stress – You may not have injured yourself, yet your body shows symptoms of physical injury or illness, or just feelings of overwhelm, fear, anger, sadness and frustration. During stress, the heart beats faster, blood pressure raises, more cortisol and insulin is released, more cholesterol is released protecting the blood vessels and brain to reduce effects of unused cortisol and insulin, the immune and digestive systems either turn right down or off - these two systems require rest and relaxation to operate efficiently. When the body is not burning off the chemicals of stress, muscles tighten up,

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Giving back to the community

Sarah makes property transfers simple

Cynthia Brooks has chosen to spend the last six years giving back to the people of Marlborough as an elected member of Marlborough District Council in the Wairau Awatere Ward (rural). Cynthia has channelled her life experiences into the role of governance and decision making, with the best interests of Marlborough, its people and their future at heart. Making a difference to the way in which Council interfaces with the community it serves has been her priority, as well as being open to the views, needs and aspirations of residents. While remaining mindful that the input of Council policies, fellow councillors, budgets and experienced staff also require thoughtful consideration, Cynthia looks back on outcomes from

When buying or selling a property there is an alternative to having a lawyer involved. Sarah Gatjens is qualified in the field of conveyancing. She was offered the opportunity to contract to company Key Conveyancing and works from her rural home. Not only does she take care of the legal process that transfers ownership of property from one person to another, but she can also help people wanting to refinance their mortgages. “The other benefit is that Key Conveyancing offers fixed fees so people know what they are paying in legal fees,” she says. Sarah can manage a property transaction from start to finish and likewise make refinancing a simple

her time on Council with a deep sense of satisfaction. Cynthia looks to a potential third term with a view to rounding off on some unfinished business before finally settling into retirement.

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process with her prompt and efficient service. “Clients appreciate the convenience and simplicity of what I offer, so call me to find out how I can help you,” she says.

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Beautifully hand-crafted jewellery of the highest quality Glittering stones, eye catching gems and unique jewellery designs that make a statement – it’s what Gina Botham and Amelia Pask are all about! Gina is the owner of GMW Jewellery located at Redwoodtown’s new Retail Hub where she puts all of her experience, ideas and artistic flair into creating exquisite handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces. Gina had previously operated her business from home but since opening at her new premises, customers have been able to benefit from the free parking, handy location and ever-growing retail selection. Working alongside her is Amelia Pask who enjoys using her skills in retail and jewellery manufacturing to work with customers on design and fashion trends. Complimenting their jewellery design and manufacturing, in-store there is also a

beautiful retail range with something for all ages. Gina and Amelia will also take care of jewellery repairs and provide expert advice. What’s more, GMW Jewellery is a member of the Nationwide Jewellers group which enables them to source top quality materials including Sterling Silver, all carats of gold and platinum, as well as sourcing diamonds and other precious stones. Whether it’s a gift, a treat for yourself or you would like Gina and Amelia to create a bespoke piece using existing jewellery or heirlooms, make sure you visit GMW Jewellery.

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Back to earthworks for King Contracting Bulldozer available for: • Farm track maintenance • Pipe Laying • Fence Lines • Land Development • General Earthworks


David King is well known in Marlborough through his viticulture contracting work, but two years ago he stepped away from the tractors and harvesters and back onto a bulldozer. His business, King Contracting Ltd, has a new focus and it’s seen David go back to the earthworks side of contracting which he specialised in prior to the viticulture. “I’m doing something I used to do years ago,” David says. “I have over 30 years of experience in this area and I’ve really enjoyed getting back into it.”

With his bulldozer, a digger and truck, he concentrates on farm tracks and roading, firebreaks, putting in fencelines, laying water pipes, buildings dams, landscaping, drainage and land contouring. David can also put in access tracks for beehives as well as installing the pads to put the beehives on. “I can also prepare land for vineyard development and provide scrub clearance and stump removal,” he adds. When dealing with King Contracting Ltd,

the phone is answered by David and the work is also carried out by David. “This is the benefit with being a sole operator. I have other people I can bring in on jobs where necessary, but it’s me clients are dealing with right through the whole process,” he says. For people with projects in mind, David is happy to visit the site and have a discussion with the client. “I can provide advice and quotes, so give me a call and we can meet for a chat,” he says.

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Fish & Game fishing licences now on sale Freshwater anglers are eagerly anticipating the start of the new trout and salmon fishing season with Fish & Game’s 2019-20 licences now on sale. “Another great season of sports fishing is about to begin - don’t miss out on the action,” Fish & Game New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Taylor says. “The new fishing season begins on October 1 and early reports indicate there is some excellent fishing to be had this coming season. “Buying a licence signals that winter is almost over, spring is coming, and our favourite little stream, lake or river will soon be open for fishing.” Ten different types of licence are on offer, including those catering for families, older anglers, and people who want to try their hand at freshwater fishing for the first time. Martin says that this is the perfect time to plan out how much time you can put aside for freshwater fishing and where you plan to fish. The best value are the whole season and family licences. “These two types of licence provide superb value and flexibility - a year’s worth of fishing anywhere in the country, except for Taupo. “The family licence, in particular, allows

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trout. In the South Island you can also fish for salmon in many places. “On top of the recreational enjoyment, you can put a meal on the table for your family.” The 2019-20 season licences are available now in accredited sports shops and other outlets, or online through the Fish & Game website www.fishandgame.org.nz.

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Young viticulturist wins second at national level Local viticulturist Ben Richards of Indevin has managed to take out second place in the prestigious Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019. Ben only narrowly missed out on the top spot which was won by Central Otago man Simon Gourley. This is now the second year running that the trophy has been taken down south, and the third time in total since the competition started in 2006. The practical day took place on Monday, August 26 at Te Awa in Hawke’s Bay and the winners were announced at the Bragato dinner in Napier the following night. National co-ordinator of the competition, Nicky Grandorge, says the calibre of the finalists was “incredibly high this year”. “They too showed great leadership and viticultural skills and all six contestants have started making a name for themselves in the wine industry. “We threw a lot of different things at them, which they all tackled with great professionalism,” she says. The finalists had three weeks prior to the competition to complete their AGMARDT project which was to research and write a biosecurity plan for their vineyard. Dr Ed Massey, Biosecurity Manager at NZ Winegrowers, said the reports were of an

The top three winners of the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019. Local man Ben Richards of Indevin (2nd place), Central Otago man Simon Gourley (1st place) and Wairarapa man George Burnnett (3rd place). Photo provided. Ben Richards of Indevin in action at the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 finals recently where he won second place.

extremely high standard containing valuable information which he plans to share with the industry. All six finalists made a huge impact with their speeches which they gave to the large wine industry audience at the national Bragato conference. Their topic was “The year is 2050 – what does the wine region look like in your region and what does your average day at work look like?”

They all approached this from different angles, but seemed positive about how the NZ wine industry would look in the future. The winner takes home a prize package of a Hyundai Kona for a year, a $5000 Ecotrellis Travel Grant, Bahco golden secateurs, a leadership week and cash. He will also go on to represent the wine industry in the Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition in November.

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The MP says... I was recently contacted by a Marlborough horticultural crop grower whose tree species is ineligible to be part of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The current rules prevent the claiming of New Zealand Units from any tree “grown primarily for fruit or nuts”, even if, like Pinus radiata, that tree is also capable of producing usable timber. Since that contact, I have highlighted the

issue publicly, and I am pleased that fruit and nut trees will now be considered as eligible for the ETS. But it’s not enough. The potential for carbon storage in pastures, soil and riparian plantings, too, have been noted but are not being considered. Instead, the focus continues to be placed unfairly on methane emissions from farms, which are impossible to measure, rather than tackling the real but

difficult issue of reducing the truly harmful and long-lasting carbon emissions from transport. No wonder farmers are feeling like the scapegoat.

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Police chase fleeing drivers By Blenheim Community Constable Russell Smith Police in Blenheim were involved in their second pursuit in less than 24 hours of a vehicle that failed to stop early on Wednesday morning. The latest pursuit involved a Subaru Impreza station wagon and began in Seymour Street at around 4.40am on Wednesday. The driver is alleged to have driven at relatively low speeds, but failed to stop for the police patrol following with lights and siren activated. The vehicle travelled to Dodson Street, out to Rapaura Road via Jacksons Road, drove out to Spring Creek, and then back to Blenheim

via State Highway 1. Police successfully deployed road spikes at the Opaoa Bridge on the outskirts of Blenheim, but the driver of the Subaru continued right into Dodson Street again, driving to Colemans Road, into Middle Renwick Road and Nelson Street. The driver allegedly tried to navigate the large Main Street roundabout when a deflated front tyre fell off, preventing the vehicle from moving forward. A 30 year-old Blenheim man was arrested and will face charges of reckless driving, failing to stop, driving while disqualified, resisting police, possession of an

offensive weapon, possession of paraphernalia for drugs, and using a document for pecuniary advantage. He was to appear in Blenheim District Court on Wednesday. Three others, who were allegedly passengers in the vehicle, were arrested as well. A 29-year-old Blenheim woman, a 21-year-old Blenheim woman and a 21-year-old Blenheim man each face charges of possession of an offensive weapon and possession of paraphernalia for drugs On Tuesday at about 11.45am, a green Toyota Carina car failed to stop for a police patrol car lights and siren in Weld Street, Blenheim.

This vehicle drove at speed into Maxwell Road, then drove the wrong way around the Alabama Road roundabout into New Renwick Road, allegedly dangerously overtaking a large truck, and driving at speed in amongst other traffic. Police abandoned this pursuit around a minute after it started. The vehicle was later located at Wairau Bar Road and was impounded. A 36-year-old Blenheim female believed to have been in the fleeing vehicle was located and interviewed and Police are following a line of enquiry regarding a second occupant.

Blenheim Police have been involved in two vehicle pursuits this week.

Suzanne Prentice and local choirs set for stage next week By Celeste Alexander Close to 800 local primary school students will be taking the stage next week to sing as part of the Kiwi Can Jam event, being held at the ASB Theatre in Blenheim. This year’s festival which features the region’s primary school choirs, has a slightly new twist! They will be joined by well-known signer

Suzanne Prentice who will lead the choirs and better yet, this year a portion of the ticket prices will be going towards supporting the Graeme Dingle Foundation. Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough regional manager Kelvin Watt credits the support from Andrew Scott and Katharine Overend from the ASB Theatre for

bringing Suzanne Prentice back to Blenheim after seven years to front the show. “We are excited… she will be singing with the children and there will also be solos sung by Suzanne and by some of the children,” he says. “Financial support in the form of grants from ASB Bank, Harcourts

Foundation and Pelorus Trust has also helped with costs.” Tickets are selling out fast, so get in quick to make sure you don’t miss out on this event which runs from Tuesday, September 10 to Thursday 12. Different schools will perform over the three nights so make sure you book the correct tickets from

the theatre. Tuesday - Bohally, Springlands, Seddon, Ward, Rai Valley and Mayfield. We d n e s d ay – W it h e rle a , Blenheim, Tua Marina, Richmond View and Rapaura. Thursday – Fairhall, Redwoodtown, Waikawa, Picton, Whitney Street and Riverlands.

The Kiwi Can Kiwi spent some time at Witherlea School on Tuesday holding a combined choir practice in the lead up to a very special event being held at the ASB Theatre next week.

Brought to you by Mitre 10 MEGA Marlborough. Delicious food cooked on new Everdure Barbeques created by celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal. The night will involve entertainment, balloon pop prizes to be won, and a live auction with all proceeds going to Life Flight. Drink and continuous canapes will be included. All in the name of saving lives. We hope to see you all there! Date: Time: Venue: MC: Dress: Tickets:

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Tomatoes need adequate moisture but hate wet feet, so your watering of the plants while in containers must be done carefully.

GARDENING THIS WEEK Tips for healthy tomatoes: By Wally Richards Tomatoes were once called ‘Love Apples’ (Pomme D’Amour) and the fruit were believed to be poisonous when first introduced to Europe from South America. Related to potatoes, the leaves of both plants are poisonous as is another plant in the family, nightshade. Tomato growing is a love/ hate relationship for many gardeners who just love harvesting lots of ripe tomatoes as early in the season as possible, but hate it when things don’t pan out that way. The big secret of success is fairly constant temperatures, adequate moisture and the right type of tomato food. Tomatoes are a warmth loving plant. Coming from South America, they are a sub tropical. Cold winds and cool temperatures make the plants sulk. Early plants are best placed in a very sheltered situation that receives ample sun if you do not have a glasshouse. The best way to achieve this is to plant the seedlings into 6 inch pots using a good compost and then grow them in a glasshouse or in a sunny, sheltered spot outside. Pots are easy to move and on calm sunny days they can be placed out in the open. As

the day closes in you bring the plants back onto a sheltered area. When the plants fill their pots and the roots start to come out the drainage holes, re-pot into a larger container. This process can be repeated until the weather is favourable to plant in open ground or grow in a final larger container. Tomatoes need adequate moisture but hate wet feet, so your watering of the plants while in containers must be done carefully. A young plant in a 6 inch pot needs little water to start with, just enough to moisten the compost. When the roots begin to fill the pot the water needs and frequency increase. Tomatoes grown outside in open soil do not need this attention till the soil becomes dry later in the season. A common defect in ripe tomatoes is blossom end rot, where the base of the fruit is black. This is caused by insufficient moisture in the growing medium as the flowers are setting. This is common in container grown tomato plants because the mix has become too dry between waterings. White fly and later the tomato worm (caterpillars)

can be a problem for tomato plants. I have found that placing Neem Tree Granules near the base of the plants every 6-8 weeks has kept both these pests at bay. Even in summer in my glasshouse whitefly is not such a problem when using the granules. There are two problems that you need to watch out for: letting disease enter the plant when you remove laterals and the tomato psyllid. Laterals are removed on the tall growing type tomato plants to prevent a massive tall bush and to increase the size of the fruit. On dwarf type tomatoes such as Scoresby Dwarf and Russian Red you do not remove the laterals, just let them grow. These plants grow about a metre by a metre and produce good sized fruit. They are ideal for 45 litre sized containers. If you let all the laterals grow on a tall growing type, you will have to use many stakes for support and the size of the fruit will be smaller than otherwise, as too much energy is going into the growth. Hence we remove the laterals or side shoots. This should only be done on a sunny day when there is low humidity,

as a disease can enter the wound causing collar rot on the trunk and the loss of the plant. The biggest problem facing gardeners growing tomatoes used to be whitefly now it is the psyllid. Using Neem Granules at planting time along with yellow sticky whitefly traps can help greatly in the control of whitefly. The same will also assist in psyllid control in the beginning when populations are still low, but after a few seasons the granules are not anywhere near enough. A program of cell strengthening that I developed a few seasons ago solves the problem. Three products are used: Wallys Silicon and Boron Soil Drench used twice around planting time. Then there is Wallys Silicon Cell Strengthening Spray combined with Wallys Silicon Super Spreader: use every two weeks from planting time through to maturity. Even if you have a bad psyllid problem you can in one season wipe them out and have a great crop. I know, as that is what happened in my case a couple of years ago. P roblems r ing me at 0800 466464

Jenn Ruffell Marketing co-ordinator First National Marlborough and a Volunteer Firefighter, Blenheim Volunteer Fire Brigade  If you could donate $1m to any charity who would you choose and why? Life Flight. They are a charity providing 24 hour emergency air services. Every six hours someone urgently needs their help.  When you have had a bad day, what do you do to feel better? Do something physical – hit the gym, go for a walk with the dog and kids then have a long hot shower.  What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? Queenstown – the view from Coronet Peak is absolutely breath-taking.

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Friday 6 St Christopher’s Goodwill: Plenty on offer with bargains, good used clothing, household goods, tools and books. 9am-noon. St Christopher’s Church Hall, 92 Weld St, Redwoodtown. Under 5’s Story And Crafts: Come along and share favourite or new picture books and construct simple crafts. Make sure your little person wears clothes you don’t mind getting messy. Designed to enhance the library experience for two-five year olds. No need to book. 10.30am11.15am. Picton Library and Service Centre, 2 Dublin St, Picton. A Taste Of Ireland: Told through Irish music and dance. A Taste of Ireland explores magical tales spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture. Featuring world, all Ireland and national champion Irish dancers, and musicians from around the globe. 8pm, various prices. ASB Theatre Marlborough, 2 Hutcheson Street. Madsen Promotions Beatles Tribute: Madsen Promotions brings you their Tribute to the Fab 4 with all the Beatles greatest hits packed into one show. A show guaranteed to keep the dance floor packed all night long. 8pm, Tickets $28.62. Clubs of Marlborough, 42 Alfred Street. Witherlea School Quiz Night: A super fun quiz night, with loads of extra spot prizes and competitions to win and supper provided. Get your team of eight together for an awesome night of fun and support Witherlea School. Supper provided. Please note this is an R18 event. Witherlea School, 214 Weld 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. The Gallery Havelock: If you’re in the area drop by and check out all the artwork from Marlborough’s amazing artists. Open 10am-4pm, seven days a week. The Gallery Havelock, 60 Main Road, Havelock. The Diversion Gallery: Open Wednesday to Saturday, 12-5pm. 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 7 Love Tennis Weekend: A fun, free event for all ages who would like to try out or get back into tennis. With a BBQ, games, prizes and giveaways. Tennis racquets and equipment supplied, Today and Sunday 1pm-4pm. Marlborough Tennis, Parker Street. A Pacific Theatre Production ‘Mafana’: A dynamic story including themes of cultural identity and heritage. With an exciting variety of drama and Pacific

Join the volunteers at the Grovetown Lagoon on Sunday for tree planting, weeding and mulching, with a cup of tea and a sausage sizzle to follow. Meet at 9.30am at the Wairau Rowing Club at the end of Steam Wharf Road. music and dance, by local youth in Marlborough. Don’t miss out on an epic night of culture, creativity and community. 7pm. Various prices. Marlborough Boys College, 5 Stephenson Street. Latin Glow Party: Get your neon on and have a glowing good time dancing the night away to Latin music. $5 including free glow sticks and DIY glow in the dark face painting. Please BYO drinks. 8pm. Harlequins Rugby Club, Lansdowne Park, Lansdowne Street. Millennium Public Art Gallery: Exhibition on show ‘Collection’. A selection of contemporary works from the Gallery’s permanent collection accompanied by works from the Johnson Collection, Marlborough. This exhibition is developed in memory of the late Ted Johnson (1936-2018). On until September 22. Millennium Public Art Gallery, corner of Alfred and Seymour Streets. Koha appreciated. Chess: Every Saturday at Delicia Ice Cream Café, 4 Scott Street, 10am-1pm. Also Wednesdays at Clubs of Marlborough, Bridge room, 6.30pm-8pm. Please bring your own board and pieces.

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Redwood Market: 8.30am-12pm, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants, produce, cards, jewellery, flowers and hand crafts. Marlborough Art Society Gallery: Members Annual Exhibition on show until September 15. Open every day from 10.30am-4.30pm. 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. Blenheim Menz Shed: 4 Dillons Point Road. Open 9am12pm 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 8 Grovetown Lagoon Planting Day: Come and volunteer at the Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon. Work includes tree planting, weeding and mulching at the Lagoon. Stay for a cup of tea and sausage sizzle afterwards. Meet at 9.30am at the Wairau Rowing Club at the end of Steam Wharf Road, Grovetown. Duck Hunt - The Hunt For The Black Duck: Hunt the Ducks and get the answers for a chance to win prizes. With lucky draws and one top prize to give away on the day. 11am-2pm. $5 per person or $10 per family (two adults and three children under 13). Pollard Park. Entry forms available from Mico Plumbing, 16 Herbert Street or will be available on the day at Pollard Park. A Make-A-Wish fundraising event with all proceeds going directly to Make-A-Wish.

Picton Spring Clean: Join local community groups, have fun and make Picton shine. 9.30am11.30am. Meet by the Coathanger Bridge (town side) at 9.30am, please bring BYO water bottle and gloves. Picton Foreshore. Marlborough Duathlon Series: With road and mountain bike options. Run, walk, crawl or grovel your way around the course. As long as you have a safe bike and a helmet you’re good to go. Enter as an individual or a team of two/three. 10am. $5-$25. Wither Hills Farm Park. Ulysses Club Ride: Ride to Happy Valley Café for lunch. 10.30am 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. Marlborough Associated Modellers Society: Miniature train rides at Brayshaw Park, first and third Sunday each month, 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. Blenheim Petanque Club: 10am Sunday and 1pm Wednesday. All welcome. 65A Weld Street.

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Do you want to work in one of the most beautiful and environmentally diverse destinations in New Zealand? Are you passionate about the marine environment and want to play a part in ensuring its long-term sustainability? Then the Marlborough District Council’s Harbours Team has an exciting opportunity for you. The Harbours Team is looking for a Harbour Protection Officer to provide high quality technical and procedural advice in accordance with legislation governing safety, the environment, and local government. Based at the Harbourmaster’s Office in Picton, this role will be key in protecting our vast harbour that stretches across approximately 4200km² of water space including all of the majestic Marlborough Sounds and d’Urville Island. The mission is to keep these waters safe and navigable and free of oil pollution. The Harbour Protection Officer must have efficient and robust compliance and decision making capabilities as they will be involved in educating, motivating, and inspiring others to comply with maritime rules and regulations. When maritime safety incidents and accidents occur, or there is oil pollution in the harbour, the harbour protection office will lead the investigation and compliance action. This role will also include providing strategic planning assistance to the Harbourmaster, as well as dealing with the day to day harbour operations. We are looking for someone with the following qualifications, skills, and experience: • A relevant tertiary qualification and experience in fields such as compliance, enforcement, education, or a legal role will be an advantage. • 5 years relevant maritime/environmental experience. • Experience in enforcement of legislation such as the Maritime Transport Act 1994, the Resource Management Act 1991 or the Marlborough Environmental Plan • Proven project management, planning and organisational skills. • Capable of working in remote outdoor environments and in particular on vessels at sea. • Capable of safe vessel operations. A Skipper Restricted Limits Certificate is desirable or at a minimum the willingness to obtain one. • A reasonable level of physical fitness. If this is the opportunity you have been waiting for then please apply Applications close at 5.00 pm on 19 September 2019. Applications should be made online via the careers page www.marlborough.govt.nz/your-council/careers/current-vacancies where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact Luke Grogan on luke.grogan@marlborough.govt.nz.


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By Bill McElhinney Young Remy Bourgeois, aged six, “He just loves it,” Mum Lisa says. loves fishing “If you ask him what he wants to do, he’ll always say: ‘Let’s go fishing!’” And Remy recently landed a fish at the Wairau Diversion that would be the envy of many – a 13lb (6.5kg), 74cm long sea-run a seasoned angler Remy caught and landed the fish, salmon. which was nearly as big as him, all by himself. Continued on page 2.

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FIREWOOD Ready to burn now Pine $180 GRAPE HARVEST TRUCK Macrocarpa $230 DRIVERS Pine/Mac Mix $205 Heagney Bros Ltd requires drivers for the 2019 grape harvest. You must now be prepared Order green variety’s for to work extended hours and shift work. next year before the Class 4 or 5 license required. Experience is preferred but not necessary as full training price increase will be provided to the right applicant. Wattle and gum Please phone 578 1878 Phone 578 4664 Email heagney.bros@xtra.co.nz admin@heagneys.co.nz

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BISHELL, Kevin David: The family of Kevin deeply appreciate and gratefully acknowledge your kind expressions of sympathy. Thank you for the cards, flowers, baking, phone calls, visits and attendance at his service. Kevin much appreciated all the support from family and friends and the amazing care provided by Anna and Chris and the Oncology team, also the wonderful support provided by Hospice Marlborough. Thank you also to Terry Terrill and Cloudy Bay Funeral Services. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement of our gratitude to you all. David, Dot, Terry, Joanne and Gemma. Wish you were still here 'Keep smiling BISH'.

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Death Notices BENSEMANN, Codie Max: August 27, 2019 BLACKIE, Barbara Jean: QSM. August 30, 2019 COLEMAN, Bruce Lewis: August 28, 2019

ROUSSEL, Wyomie Marie Dampier: August 30, 2019 Molly our Maine Coon girl has been missing from 30a Lakings Road since Friday the 23rd of August. Molly is a very large fluffy tabby and white girl with an enormous fluffy tail. She is seven years old and has been spayed and microchipped. She is shy and is scared of dogs. She has not been seen since she went missing which leads us to suspect she may have been adopted by someone or else has been accidentally shut in a shed or garage. So we are asking local folks to please check out their garden sheds and other buildings. If anybody has any information please contact us on: Ph 578 3875 or 021 405 995 or email: lizdavidson@xtra.co.nz.


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Births This Week HOOPER, Amelia Grace: August 30, 2019 JONES, Mila: August 27, 2019 MORROW, Walter James Dunning: August 29, 2019 BABY STEPHENS: September 2, 2019


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SPORTS TALK With Jacob Page

This is the summer of Stokes It’s been one of those English summers hasn’t it? I say that knowing full well they probably have not had one this good in their history. And it’s all thanks to a Kiwi in Ben Stokes. That’s a slight right jab at our friends from the motherland but this has been the summer of Stokes.

While they didn’t win the Cricket World Cup - they didn’t, they didn’t, they didn’t, it was Stokes who got them to the tie. Who would have thought, the man born in Christchurch could top that feat within a matter of two months but that’s what he did with his unbeaten 135 in the third Ashes test last week. Yes, he had help from a stubborn

No 11 Jack Leach and another terrible missed decision from Joel Wilson to achieve one of the most dramatic test wins in recent memory but it was deserved. It seems like no matter how poorly the English play, no matter the injury to James Anderson, the poor form from captain Joe Root or the out of this world batting from his Aussie

counterpart Steve Smith, it seems 2019 was and is destined to be one for the English. The cricketing Gods seem determined to give them and their fans all their hearts desire. I will freely admit, I’m still a little sour on the World Cup “loss” and I use that term as loosely as possible but at least now the Aussie’s know a

similar pain. It appears only Smith stands between the English and the most stunning Ashes win since 2005 and as amazing as that series was 14 years ago, the 2019 edition is already close to eclipsing it. There will be more sleepless nights to come watching this series and it will be worth it.


Six-year-old Ollie Payne and nineyear-old William Ruffell pictured at the Kartsport Marlborough track last weekend getting ready to race in the club’s points round.

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Cuddon Cycling events Cuddon Cycling Marlborough meets tomorrow, Saturday, at 1.30pm at Northbank Rd for the open grade 50km handicap (Okaramio Hotel Challenge Cup) and the junior under-17 grade 20km handicap (Pelorus Cup). Open $5 Junior $3. Please assemble at 1pm. All welcome. For more information phone Graham 03 5789921.

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Mikayla Neiman,13, has just started her training at Kartsport Marlborough. Her dad got Mikayla involved and they enjoy spending the time together.

Results from Wairau Valley Golf Club matches played on Saturday. Mens stableford: B. Boon 39 (cb), R. McGarry 39; R. Bruce 37; Bevan Roughan 37; S. Shallcrass 37; B. Watene 36; Bruce Roughan 36; J. McLauchlan 36. Ladies: F. Price 39; M. McKenzie 36; R. Pupich 36; M.Hampton 33.

Marlborough Veteran’s golf

Lead changes again in table tennis The lead has changed yet again after the sixth round of the Marlborough Table Tennis competition. JNR beat MSB 9-3 with three of the points coming from wins in the fifth set. Nathan Watson was again in great touch, winning his three singles and pairing with his teammates Rory Osborne and Joseph Ruwhiu for doubles wins. Joseph beat Barbara Burkhart in the last single of the night. For MSB, Matt Millar won two singles and Steve one. Unorthodox Rubbers are only a point behind following an 8-4 win over Lost in the Woods. Jeff Sawyer won his three singles and played a great match against Va-

nessa Wood-Lin, who was playing at number one in the absence of Jacqui Wood. Nathan Cross, filling in for Simon Bishell, won two singles and showed pretty good form considering he hasn’t played regularly for two years. Vanessa won her two remaining matches, the last being by 11-9 in the fifth over Nathan. David beat Malcolm for his team’s third point. Team Zac beat Ken’s Team 25 games to 21 after matches were drawn 6 all. Unusually, there were four players who finished on two wins each. Zac Cowdrey gained his second win when he beat Ken Thompsett. Rob Honour had earlier lost to

Ken in five sets, but came back attacking strongly to beat Billy Hebberd and Peter Welsh. Billy beat Zac with his unorthodox but effective backhand shots finding their mark. Peter Cowdrey won a vital five set double with Ken. Peter Welsh won a single and a double for Team Zac. PJ’s beat Combination Fried Rice on a points count back after matches and games were drawn. Jason Kennedy and Josh Sim were again consistent, winning two each for PJ’s. Josh had a win over Warren Haszard and Peter Wells as usual was good value in the doubles. Ping Muanwong won his three singles comfortably for the Com-

bination team and is really starting to find form. Alex’s Team beat Gone Loopy 9-3, with three of the wins coming in the fifth set. Alex Kennedy won his three singles and both doubles. Fill-in player Kristin Ruwhiu was involved in one of the matches of the night when she beat Kylie Hurren. Kylie did well to save four match points in the fourth set, before just losing out in a very tight fifth set. Points: JNR (Nathan) 47; Unorthodox Rubbers (Simon) 46; Ken’s Team 45; Alex’s Team 41; Gone Loopy (Matt Pigou ) 39; Lost in the Woods (Jacqui) 38; PJ’s (Jason) 38; MSB (Matt Millar) 33; Team Zac 32; Combination Fried Rice (Ping) 31.

Results from the Marlborough Veterans Golf Association tournament played at Blenheim Golf Club on Tuesday. Individual: 1 Werner Pluss (Marlborough) 42 points; 2. Stuart Parker (Marlborough) 41 points: 3. Grant Aickman (Picton) , Brian Chippindale (Marlborough) 40 points; 5. Robin Whiting (Marlborough) 38 points; 6. Mike Guillimont (Blenheim), Ken Bennett (Marlborough), Mike McKenzie (Wairau Valley), Mike McConnell (Blenheim) 37points. Team: 1st Marlborough #2: Arthur Dovey, Robin Whiting, Graeme Parker and Stuart Parker 115 points; 2nd Marlborough #3, 107 points; 3rd Marlborough # 4, 106 points. The next tournament is on Monday, September 16, at the Picton Golf Club.

Blenheim Golf results Results from recent matches played at the Blenheim Golf Club. Monday, 9 hole stableford: Hay Montgomery 19; David Waters 18; Don March 17; Ray Welsh 17; Allen Knight 17; Roy Lilley 16; Clive Drummond 16; George Addis 16; Dan Crawford 15; Brian Burgess 14; Paddy Couchman 14. Women: Jenny Adams 9; Chris Currie 9; Bernice Arnold 9. Coming events: Wednesday, women’s stableford, back to 10am start.Thursday, mens stableford, 7th round CV Ritchie Memorial, back to 10am start. Saturday Sept.7, men’s monthly medal, 7th round Reeves Cup; women, Mabel Mitchell Eclectic second round. Monday Sept. 9, 9 hole stableford, all welcome, 10am start.


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Friday September 6, 2019

Doggy dates tomorrow Got a precious pooch who needs an extra walk, cats in want of cuddles, or rabbits ready for pats? Or are you pet-less and pining? Share My Pet connects pet lovers around the country – and they’re coming to Blenheim tomorrow to host a First doggie Date at Saveur café at 9.30 am. Founded by wife and husband team Lili Wenzel and David Johnson, the online platform that matches up pet owners and pet lovers, already has more than 800 people onboard nationwide. People in Blenheim can go along to Saveur Café this Saturday at 9.30am to find out what pet sharing is all about. Members of the pet sharing community have been contacted and local dogs and people will be meeting up to see if there’s a great connection between pet owner (sharer) and the carer (animal lover wishing to meet a pet to spend time with). Share My Pet gives 50% of profits to registered animal welfare charities, and offers free membership to anyone undergoing treatment for or recovering from cancer. “Being a Sharer or a Carer – or both – can involve things like dog-walking, cuddle-time, extra grooming for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses – it’s all-inclusive! - even feeding and holiday care,” Lili says. “Our aim is to foster lasting relationships between the pets, carers and owners. The platform helps match people who are reliable, trustworthy and caring.”

More Blenheim land being zoned for house building There will be a good supply of zoned land suitable for housing over the coming years, the Marlborough District Council’s planning, finance and community committee was told yesterday. Most of the land is in the north west of Blenheim, with new sections available in 2020 and significantly more available for development from 2021. The council is required to monitor housing and business market indicators each quarter under the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity. The latest report shows an increase in house sale prices and a slowing of rental price increases in Blenheim’s urban area for the first quarter of 2019. Building and subdivision activity is lower than it has been for some time, reflecting the nearcompletion of major residential developments at Omaka Landing and Taylor Pass. In summary there are: 1780 lots (total) zoned greenfield capacity in Blenheim; 152 equivalent lots serviced and available for development now in greenfield areas; 197 equivalent lots in specific locations suitable for infill now; 530 equivalent lots serviced and available for development in 2021; 1080 equivalent lots (timeline undefined) – ‘sequential develop-

Blenheim builders say they are busy, with up to nine months work ahead of them.

ment’, which require planning and infrastructure agreements. Committee chairman, Trevor Hook, says that builders are saying they have up to nine months work ahead of them. “We need developers to get their plans underway for 2021, when over 530 lots will be available for building houses,” Trevor says. “Council is ready to provide the required infrastructure for these lots in the north west development area. “A major sewer upgrade has

been designed and is expected to be under construction in the New Year.” And, after 2021, he says, another 950 lots are likely to become available for development in the north west. “However, some of these areas need to be developed before others – what we call sequential development – and we need the cooperation of landowners and developers to make this happen.” Council Chief Executive Mark Wheeler said the total supply of lots is also subject to the

outcome of the Marlborough Environment Plan. He noted as an example a submission to the proposed plan last year to rezone an area of land adjoining Battys Road. “If this application is ultimately approved it will provide land for hundreds more new houses, on top of the current 1780 lots in zoned greenfield capacity.” Available lots are calculated at 10 per hectare, with demand expected to average around 110 lots per year, over 30 years.

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