12 June 2024 The Blenheim Sun

Page 1

‘A human experience’

An ‘extraordinary opportunity to witness a masterful performance’ and support a vital cause is on offer for locals at the Boathouse Theatre next weekend. A solo play called ‘The Voice of the Departed’ features award-winning Ukrainian actress, director, composer, and singer, Dasha Volga. Dasha’s poignant solo performance is promoted as an ‘emotional rollercoaster’ as she brings to life characters from different times and cultures sharing stories of intimacy and love, solitude and togetherness, war and peace.

Continued on page 2.

Ukrainian and Blenheim based Anastasiia Shumkova says the show is a different type of theatre. “Dasha is representing herself, the audience will be part of the story and it will be an intimate experience,” she says.

Phone us : 03 5777 868 Sun Weather Today 3-12 Thursday 6-13 Friday 5-13 Saturday 5-15
- Woodbourne - Renwick - Havelock - Wairau Valley - Seddon June 12, 2024 | LOCAL PEOPLE - LOCAL VIEWS - LOCAL NEWS 0800 003 176 Marlboroughs rural internet provider FRESH & HEALTHY THAI FOOD ON MAXWELL ROAD. Try our signature dish! Crunchy Chicken With Creamy Coconut Curry Sauce Plant-based chicken available as a vegetarian option! Bookings essential | Gift Vouchers available | 17a Maxwell Road | Blenheim | ph 03 578 4887 Order online at www.thelemongrass.co.nz Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Dine in or takeaway.
Marlborough Sounds - Picton - Koromiko - Tuamarina - Rarangi - Spring Creek - Rapaura

How to reach us

Simon Byrne

simon@blenheimsun.co.nz Sales Manager

Katrina Whiteside

Sales Consultant


Rebecca Sampson

Sales Consultant


Chris Valli

news@blenheimsun.co.nz Journalist

Want to earn money and get fit, become a Sun deliverer!

Ph: (03) 5777-868

72 High St, Blenheim Mon-Thu 9am-4.30pm www.blenheimsun.co.nz

No.1 for readership in Marlborough.

‘We can unite and bring our stories together’

Continued from page 1. Blenheim based Ukrainian Anastasiia Shumkova has been living in Marlborough since 2018 and works as a Health and Safety Compliance Officer with New Zealand Wineries at Riverlands Estate. She says she heard about Dasha through her Mum who says Dasha was a famous director/ actress ‘back home’.

“She mentioned to me, you know she actually lives in New Zealand, Auckland now. How was I supposed to know?” she laughs.

In February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of her home country. Anastasiia says when the Russian invasion happened, ‘all Ukrainians came to be united.’ Especially she says, migrants, being in a different country.

“We soon came to realise our community is not that big,” she says, with a number of her country men and women connecting through social media platforms and networking. “That’s how I came across Dasha through a group chat sharing experiences and information such as fundraising and setting up trusts,” she says.

“We also realised we can unite and bring our own stories together, especially through the arts. The play has only been shown once before in Auckland and was a great success. We talked that it would

be great to bring it to Blenheim and especially in June as she will be turning 50 on June 19,” she says. “There’s no better place to celebrate your birthday than Marlborough.”

Anastasiia, who hails from Slavutych, Chernihiv, in northern Ukraine, says she was asked why Ukraine was not represented in the Marlborough Multi-Cultural Festival in 2023. She admits it just wasn’t the right time.

“I realised this year, it was actually a good time to talk, about our culture our people our identity,” she says. “It’s important to show (locals) our culture about Ukraine and not just about the war.”

Following the show, on the Sunday, a ‘unique acting masterclass workshop led by Dasha will take place from 11am to 12:30pm. The workshop is based on the technique of the iconic European theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski and will teach the art of improvisation and quick reaction.

Anastasiia says participants will engage their bodies and voices, exploring how life experiences are embodied.

“This exercise serves as both a warm-up for professional actors and a chance for attendees from various fields to acquire valuable skills and psychological insights,” says Anastasiia.

“The show is a different type of

Award-winning Ukrainian actress, director, composer, and singer, Dasha Volga. The Voice of the Departed is promoted as an ‘emotional rollercoaster’ bringing to life characters from different cultures, sharing stories of love, solitude, war and peace.

theatre. There is a piano and a microphone yet she is representing herself, the audience will be part of the story and the communication, it will be a close and intimate experience. A human experience.” 50 percent of the profits from the performance will be donated to support Ukraine and the

brave volunteers who are doing the impossible under terrifying circumstances.

Voice of the Departed is at the Boathouse Theatre on Saturday, June 22 from 6 – 9:30pm. For more details contact: shumqo@ gmail.com or call Anastasiia on 027 296 9287.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 2 Same Day Click and Collect timeslots available now faster? Need groceries FS143661 - NWSI_Online 2024 Same Day Timeslots - press advert.indd 1 20/05/2024 3:51 PM Our professional and caring team are here to guide you every step of the way. With our modern chapel and facilities, you can bid farewell in comfort and style. Corner Hutcheson & Parker Streets, Blenheim | 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz Say goodbye to your loved one with dignity and respect Preplan | Prepay

Proposed merger into co-op

Marlborough supermarket shoppers are potentially in line for ‘more value and innovation’ with a proposed merger of Foodstuffs North Island and Foodstuffs South Island into one New Zealand-wide co-op.

Last week, in a historic moment for the 100-year-old, 100 percent NZ-owned co-ops, members voted strongly in favour of a merger. It means the merger can go ahead, subject to Commerce Commission and High Court approval.

In November 2023, the Boards of both co-ops proposed the merger, saying it must deliver meaningful benefits for customers, members, teams, suppliers and communities.

CEO-designate of the proposed national Foodstuffs co-op Chris Quin welcomed the result, which is a major milestone in the merger process.

“This is a great day for our co-ops. New Zealanders want us to deliver more value and innovation. We’re up for this, and as one national co-op, we can do this faster and better,” says Quin. “We have to challenge every aspect of our business model to be as efficient as we can, because our number one job is delivering great prices at the checkout. It’s the right time

after the significant changes over the past four years to make sure we’re doing the best for New Zealanders.”

The two co-ops already share strong values and trusted brands, including PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, and its own brand, Pams as well as Raeward Fresh and On the Spot in the South Island.

“It’s been a lot of work to get to this point. We had to make sure it was the right thing to do for our co-ops and our customers,” says Quin. “There’s still more to be done, as the Commerce Commission clearance process is ongoing. We continue to engage constructively with the Commission.

“We welcome competition and hope the New Zealand business environment enables more, but let’s not lose sight of the importance of a strong, well run, wholly New Zealand-owned and operated co-operative in the mix and what that means for our communities, country and economy.

Across the Tasman, price dynamics have played a big part in supermarket and grocery store performance in recent years. The continued expansion of Aldi and Costco has forced the two established industry giants, Woolworths and Coles, to remain price-competitive on

WELCOMING COMPETITION: Russell McKenzie, Foodstuffs Chair-designate and Chris Quin, Foodstuffs CEO-designate. Chris says Foodstuffs number one job is delivering great prices at the checkout.

the consumer front.

To differentiate themselves from low-cost supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths have leant into attracting customers with improved store refurbishments and expanded online shopping capabilities. These supermarket giants are also relying on loyalty programs and promotions as deceptive discounting practices face heightened scrutiny from regulators.

Blenheim Sun readers who contacted the paper and didn’t wish to be named says it was ‘long overdue’ there was com-

petition for the best prices while another says we were ‘behind the eight ball’ when it came to what is happening in Australian supermarkets.

In April, the Commerce Commission said it was concerned that if Foodstuffs became a single grocery entity it would further reduce competition in the market.

It was concerned there was also potential for a merged Foodstuffs to coordinate with the other large national grocer, Woolworths, to get lower prices and more favourable trade terms from suppliers.

Sun The


Our June 5th issue of the Sun, page 3 story on the The Woody Pig & Deer Hunt contained some errors.

The sponsor of the grand prize, a Mitsubishi Triton ute should have been listed as the Marlborough Motor Centre, and presenting the prize was Ben Norris. The Blenheim Sun apologises for these errors.

Marlborough MyLotto $24K

A Marlborough MyLotto store and ticket was one of 29 lucky Lotto players who will be celebrating after each winning $24,952 with Lotto Second Division from last Wednesday night’s live Lotto draw.

One lucky player also won Powerball Second Division, taking their total winnings to $79,461.

Tasman population growing diversity

The Tasman region is growing quicker than anywhere in the country with the population rapidly becoming more ethnically diverse.

Census results show Tasman grew by 10.3% in 2023, compared to the previous census in 2018.

Crop Swap

Saturday 15th June 2.00-4.00pm, at Crossroads, 2 Redwood Street. $2 koha to our hosts. Sharing abundance from our gardens: fruit, vegetables, preserves, relishes, jams, herbs, recipes, eggs, flowers, seedlings, baking. Giving generously and mindfully taking. Further details ph 027 372 2897

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 3 51 Main St, Blenheim • 03 578 6019 www.bearingsandaccessories.co.nz • INSTANT • RELIABLE • EFFICIENT GET IN QUICK! Only while stocks last. INDUSTRIAL DIRECT FIRE DIESEL HEATER EARLY WINTER SPECIAL! JET FORCE JF21 Fuel Consumption - 2.0L/hr Heating Output - 21Kw Tank Capacity - 13L Effective Heating Area - 160m2 Burning Time - 6hr Net Weight - 19.5kg Limited stock available at last years price! $695.65+GST ($799.99 incl GST) inbrief

inbrief Sun The

Get ready to register your dog

It’s that time of year again when your four-legged friend needs to be registered. The dog registration year runs from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025 and all dogs over three months old must be registered. Forms will be sent to owner’s last known address at the beginning of June. Please contact Animal Control if you don’t receive yours. All dog registration fees need to be paid by 1 July; after 31 July late penalty fees will apply. For more information go to: www. marlborough.govt.nz/services/dogsand-other-animals/dog-registration


Night Market

Whitehaven’s Matariki Night Market is on at the Vines Village Saturday 22 June 4.30pm – 7.30pm. A fun evening for all, explore the Vines Village vendors, night lit gardens with local producers and stallholders, live music, fire dancers, poi demonstrations, face painting, and a special treasure hunt. It will be an amazing encounter around every corner!

Masquerade Ball

The Cure Kids Masquerade Ball is on Saturday 29 June 6pm - 11pm at the Marlborough Events Centre. A black tie fundraiser, all proceeds go to Cure Kids NZ. Get yourself glammed up in your favourite ball gown or stylish suit, accessorise with an elegant mask, and prepare to be entertained by local band Eclectic Fix. Tickets available at ASB Theatre Box Office and online asbtheatre.com

‘A once in a lifetime opportunity’

A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits for Seddon School student Claudia Richmond.

The Year 8 student will be singing at the 27th World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Los Angeles after auditioning and being selected to represent New Zealand at the event.

Claudia is the only child from the top of the South Island chosen to perform at the event and is one of 17 children selected from across New Zealand to take part.

The ten day international event will see performers from up to 70 countries take to the world stage in Los Angeles. Claudia will be performing three songs of her choice from the pop and Broadway musical theatre genres.

The international competition is often cited as the Official “Talent Olympics” for aspiring performers and entertainers.

Highlights of the event will include a Parade of Nations, a Worldstars Boot camp and a global webcast where the Grand Champions of the World will be selected. As part of the event, Claudia will also attend performing art seminars, workshops and classes taken by renowned entertainment experts.

Proud Mum Makaela says they have had wonderful support from the local community along with family and friends who have all helped Claudia to achieve

her dream of performing in Hollywood and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The 13-year-old says she is looking forward to meeting children from different countries who love the performing arts like she does, and is excited to experience singing on the world stage in Hollywood and attend the performing art workshops.

Claudia has performed on stage since the age of three and trained in dance, theatre and singing. She enjoys the excitement that live theatre performance brings and sharing her passion for the performing arts with the audience.

Two of the high profile judges include, Steven Dorff, a music composer with three Grammy nominees. His many songs have been sung by artists such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. Another is Bob Garrett who does vocal coaching and technique work for celebrity artists such as Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore, Hugh Jackman and Channing Tatum.

Special emphasis will be placed on the entertainment and marketing value during judging. They say this in no way takes away from the technical aspect of the performances but simply looks for that ‘special charisma and stage presence’ that top entertainers have.

The World Championships of Performing Arts is held June 28 - July 7.

for The World Championships of Performing Arts. The Year 8 student will be singing at the 27th World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Los Angeles after auditioning and being selected to represent New Zealand at the event.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 4 Stuart Smith MP for Kaikōura Blenheim Office 22 Scott Street, Blenheim stuart.smithmp@parliament.govt.nz 03 579 3204 Amberley Office 103A Carters Road, Amberley 7841 03 314 7441 0800 STUART Authorised by Stuart Smith MP, Parliament Buildings, Wgtn. GREG CROMBIE LEEFIELD STATION FARM MANAGER FARM VISITS AND ENQUIRIES WELCOME PH: 0275 511 011 greg@leefieldstation.co.nz www.leefieldstation.co.nz PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO ATTEND email: kate@marisco.co.nz 1171 WAIHOPAI VALLEY ROAD, MARLBOROUGH 9.30am MONDAY 17TH
SEDDON TO HOLLYWOOD: Seddon School student Claudia Richmond in her Team New Zealand ceremonial attire

Wright choice for Dolores

Amber Wright believes if it wasn’t for karaoke, the thought of auditioning for Stars in Your Eyes 2024, wouldn’t have happened.

Amber will take to the ASB Theatre in August as Dolores O’Riordan, the Irish musician and lead vocalist of the band The Cranberries. Thirty years after a lethal IRA bomb inspired its stark, chilling lyrics, the song she will be singing, Zombie, experienced an unlikely rebirth as a Rugby World Cup anthem for Ireland fans in 2023.

A keen Singstar enthusiast (music video game for PlayStation consoles), it was a Thursday night out at Fairweathers karaoke and a conversation with host and former Stars contestant Chris Lippiatt (Eddie Vedder 2021 and Jack Black 2023) which provided the impetus to give the charity event fundraiser a crack.

“He said ‘go on’, and I thought I’d try it,” she says. “I can’t really copy anybody else’s voice if that makes sense? The lilty sound that she can

do, I found out that I can do that.”

Throughout her life, O’Riordan had to overcome personal challenges. She struggled with depression and the pressure of her own success, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015 and died from drowning due to alcohol intoxication in January 2018. In the months following her death, she was named “The Top Female Artist of All Time” on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.

So how does the 29-year-old feel about portraying one of the most recognizable voices in rock from the 1990s, known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice and strong Limerick accent?

“I’m nervous for sure. I’m a Cranberries fan. If she didn’t show up to be part of the band, they wouldn’t have existed. I feel the same emotion as her when I sing the song. The entire world loves it for a specific reason….they all feel the same way and that’s why I love it.”

Surviving members of the Cranberries said the song’s revival would

have delighted O’Riordan. Amber, a born and bred Marlburian has a number one supporter in five-year-old son Finn. As for homework of Dolores and her physicality and movement, Amber says doing drama at Marlborough Girls’ College certainly helps ‘with a baseline’ or starting point.

“I love to sing and that’s what I’m excited about. Weirdly, I’ve never done anything like this in front of a big crowd and I’ve never had the confidence either. I’m not even sure what has given me the confidence this time but let’s go with it, while it’s here.”

“I like wa tching shows so it will be funny being part of, the people back stage. It’s hard to explain. I can’t wait.”

Stars in Their Eyes is on Saturday, August 24.

Taylor River channel capacity

Improvement works are continuing on the Taylor River either side of the Hutcheson Street Bridge.

Rivers and Drainage Engineering Manager Andy White says the work began at the beginning of May to recover channel capacity in the Taylor River.

The Rivers and Drainage engineering team had been planning this precursory edging work ahead of a larger programme due to start later this year, subject to Long Term Plan approval.

Bumper Winter Events Guide out now

If you want to know what’s on in Marlborough this winter, look no further than the Winter Events Guide.

Amber Wright believes if it wasn’t for karaoke, the thought of auditioning for Stars in Their Eyes 2024, wouldn’t have happened. Amber will take to the ASB Theatre in August as Dolores O’Riordan, vocalist of the band The Cranberries.

Regional Events Advisor Samantha Young says the guide is now available, showcasing Marlborough events from 1 June to 31 August. “This is the biggest Winter Events Guide ever, which is heartening considering the tough time many of our events have had these past few years,” Sam says.

“Our events sector has shown a lot of determination and creativity in the face of challenges,” she said. “You only need look to the inaugural Pride Wairau Festival this June as a great example of a new event and Marlborough’s celebration of Matariki also continues to grow with an array of events and a programme due out soon as well.” Printed copies of the guide are available now from Council offices, libraries, isites and the ASB Theatre.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 5 2012 Toyota Aqua 1.5 Petrol Hybrid S 59,800km, 1.5L hydrid, auto $13,995 SIGNATURE CLASS 4 YEAR WARRANTY & MORE Blenheim Toyota Mon-Fri 8am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm I 21 Main Street, Blenheim I Phone: 03 578 4319 After Hours: Colin: 027 481 6867 I Matt: 021 502 344 I James: 027 450 0353 www.blenheimtoyota.co.nz 2024 Toyota Prius Hybrid Z 950km, 2.0L hybrid, auto 2008 Toyota Estima Hybrid 75,300km, auto, 2.4L hybrid, 4WD $18,995 $55,995 Hey Toyota, got a used car Sure do. Heaps. Just look for ‘Toyota Certified’ imported used vehicles and enjoy extended benefits and warranties. FREE WOF CHECKS 4 YEARS TOYOTA CERTIFIED IMPORTS HYBRID BATTERY WARRANTY 5 YEARS AA ROADSERVICE 4 YEARS + WARRANTY 4 YEARS See the full list of Toyota Certified imports at mcdermidautocollective.co.nz *Toyota Certified Extended Offer ends 30 June 2024. Warranty, AA Roadservice, WOF Checks and Hybrid Battery Warranty available on Toyota Certified hybrid vehicles imported by Toyota New Zealand that have been first registered overseas, excluding vehicles used for fare or rewards, rental, and vehicles owned by businesses and travelling more than 40,000km per year. See the team at Blenheim Toyota for more details. SIGNATURE CLASS TOYOTA CERTIFIED 2018 Toyota Aqua 68,800km, 1.5L petrol, auto $16,995 TOYOTA CERTIFIED 4 YEAR WARRANTY & MORE 2018 Toyota Aqua Hybrid GR Sport 66,900km, 1.5L hybrid, auto $25,995 TOYOTA CERTIFIED 4 YEAR WARRANTY & MORE 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid G 57,400km, 2.5L hybrid, auto $40,995 TOYOTA CERTIFIED 4 YEAR WARRANTY & MORE 2017 Toyota C-HR Hybrid G 58,400km, 1.8L hybrid, auto $29,995 SIGNATURE CLASS 4 YEAR WARRANTY & MORE 2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid G 33,600km, 1.8L hybrid, auto $31,995 SIGNATURE CLASS 4 YEAR WARRANTY & MORE 4 YEAR WARRANTY & MORE 4 YEAR WARRANTY & MORE + + that comes with peace of mind? Toyota Prius
inbrief Sun
2024 World Car Design of the Year

Marlborough occupational and physio therapists are raising funds for motor neurone disease (MND) on June 22. We asked why and how the upcoming ice bucket challenge puts MND in the conversation

Courtney Capener Blenheim

I have worked with clients with MND and have seen first-hand the impact on themselves and their families.

Jasmine Chua (South Island Regional Support Advisor MND NZ)

Imagine, doused in ice, you are momentarily numbed and weak in your upper body and limbs and hands. The shock of the ice makes you lose your fine motor movement or dexterity. For MND you are not momentarily incapacitated; it’s for the rest of your life.

Joanne Harper Blenheim

I’ve always wanted to do an ice bucket challenge and it’s a great cause. I want to support the people we actually work with and in memory of those who have gone before.

Scragged goat to the editor

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. A maximum of 150 words please. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even when a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to

Tell me Mrs Hunt, how do you know it was “pig dogs” that scragged that goat? Did you see them/it?

It could have been Joe Blog’s pet dogs. Pig dogs just look like anybody’s pet dog; in fact a lot of hunting dogs are the family’s pets.

Keeping hope alive

A massive thank you to Chris Valli for another fantastic article supporting Trinity’s fight for life. One day post-surgery, it is the girls hope to be able to meet you and thank you in person.

Not only is Blenheim a stunning place to visit, it is also filled with some truly beautiful hearted people and we are so extremely grateful for all your support. We can NOT thank Chris from the Blenheim Sun highly enough for his support and courage, and his continual assistance in bringing awareness of

abridge letters or withhold letters from publication. Email them to news@blenheimsun. co.nz or present to our office at 72 High St.

Please note that your name and street address MUST be provided with emails.

The majority of pig hunter’s dogs are stockproof, after all they want to catch pigs and certainly not spend precious time chasing goats. It’s not a happy hunter who does that.

Colin Geertson Blenheim

not only Trinity’s struggles with our current health system, but for all that are struggling.

Whilst we as a family acknowledge the growing problem of Mental Health issues in our country this should NOT be used as an opportunity by specialists to deny care or further investigations when standard tests don’t show an issue.

The Blenheim Sun, keeping it real and keeping hope alive.

Lynn Hankey, grandmother Spring Creek

Katya Old Auckland

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Ice Bucket Challenge. It was started by pro golfer Chris Kennedy who poured a bucket of ice over his head for ALS (a type of MND and a term used more commonly in the US).

Andrea Stringer Blenheim

It’s about supporting those we work with and their families, and the devastating prognosis of MND.

in a name?

Dear Ed,

The evolution of Maori and Te Reo is quite confusing. The Blenheim Med Lab for blood tests is now called Awanui Lab.

However Awanui is a rural village just north of Kaitaia. So I cannot see any relevance to that.

Awanui means “large river” according to Reeds “New Zealand Place Names.”

But I still cannot see any relationship to that.

So I went to the Raupo Maori dictionary, which said “awanui” is a trumpet shell. It still does not make sense.

Amidst the confusion, I will stick to MedLab.

Then I see the Whitney Street School has

My work as a physio is about improving health and often those with MND it’s difficult for. This is about bringing awareness.

been translated to Witini.

I am not sure why. What is wrong with Whitney?

The English derived name Whitney may well apply to the name for another school, person or the like somewhere else in New Zealand.

Will it, under Te Reo application there, be Witini or perhaps Whitnui, Whatiti, Watarangi or another?

It’s all so confusing.

I better go and lie down and rest my addled brain,

Tony Orman Blenheim

Answers from central government

Without taking a breath or checking out the ramifications the incoming coalition Government cancelled the iRex InterIslander resilience project.

Dublin Street at the eastern end had been closed for a year as contractors were preparing to build a road overbridge across the railway line.

Soundings were taken, and piles were stacked ready for work to begin.

Since that time all the materials for building the bridge have been removed, but still leaving Dublin Street truncated.

About two months ago the mayor announced that as the bridge project was cancelled, the level crossing would be reinstated by KiwiRail, and that work would start shortly

after Easter.

It is now nearly three months from Easter Monday, and no sign of work starting. Can anyone in authority advise us as to when this work will start, and about how soon can Dublin Street be reopened?

The project was a brilliant solution that would have put the ferry operation on track for 25 plus years.

Something similar will be needed to make the InterIslander operation reliable well into the future.

We are back where we started three years ago with no resolution in sight.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 6
WORD on the Street.
readers have their say... with the
Andrea Barnaby Blenheim
YOUR LOCAL CONNECTION IN CANTERBURY. 027 481 3545 art.devine@harcourts.co.nz 175 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch 03 355 6677 holmwood.co.nz Holmwood Real Estate Licensed Agent REAA 2008 Learn more:

Have you got your wheelie bin?

Nearly 33,000 wheelie bins have been delivered to Marlborough households as part of the new expanded kerbside service.

From 1 July wheelie bins will replace the black plastic bags.

Each eligible household should have received two wheelie bins – a red top one for waste and a yellow top one for recycling.

More than 2,000 maroon crates have also been delivered to households new to the service. These are currently used for general recycling but after 1 July will be used for glass recycling only, Solid Waste Manager Mark Lucas said.

“Rubbish bags won’t be collected kerbside after 1 July,” Mr Lucas said. “The new wheelie bin service provides improved capacity and efficiency, saving 750,000 bags going to landfill every year.”

If you haven’t received your bin yet call Council on 03 520 7400 or email mdc@marlborough. govt.nz

Remember the new bins will not be collected until 1 July - if you notice your neighbour has put one out, remind them the service doesn’t start until then.

After 1 July, bins should be placed on the kerb edge by 7am, facing the road and away from obstacles and overhanging trees. They need to be half a metre apart to allow trucks to lift them.

Any households still holding rubbish bag vouchers can redeem them at Council offices or get a rebate up until 30 June. From 1 July, rubbish bags will not be collected from the kerbside; however they will be accepted at transfer stations, the Waste Sorting Centre or the Resource Recovery Centre.

To make sure you are up to date with kerbside collection days and other specific information be sure to download the Antenno app.

If you are unsure how to do this, get a family member to help or contact Council on Ph: 03 520 7400.

To find out more, including a calendar showing collection days, go to: links.marlborough.govt. nz/kerbside-collections

Demolition of Picton ferry terminal set for June

The landscape of Picton’s port waterfront is about to change, with the demolition of the Picton ferry terminal, scheduled to start in mid-June.

The building’s demolition follows the cancellation of the iReX project, which had originally made provision for the terminal’s replacement.

Constructed in the 1960s to support the passenger and freight service for New Zealand’s first rail-enabled ferry, Aramoana, the terminal building has seen the passage of millions of travellers between the North and South islands during its lifetime, Port Marlborough CEO Rhys Welbourn said.

“Despite changes in the area, inter-island ferries will continue to operate from their usual berths, ensuring minimal disruption to passengers,” he said.

A new temporary terminal building and passenger walkway has been established for the Interislander to handle passenger and luggage services in the medium term and KiwiRail has reported that it is working well since it opened in June 2023. StraitNZ Bluebridge services remain unaffected.

In recent years the building has not been maintained to usual high standards, due to its anticipated demolition under the iReX project.

“The demolition of the terminal building will now clear the site for future port operations and Port Marlborough continues to work closely with government agencies on the next steps for development. The works are being managed carefully to ensure continued service efficiency and safety for our busy port,” Mr Welbourn said.

New guide shines light on Matariki events in Marlborough

A new event programme showcasing the celebration of Matariki in Marlborough is now available.

Council’s Project Lead for Arts, Culture and Heritage Nicola Neilson said Council decided to produce the new guide due to the growing number of Matariki events.

“It is wonderful to see Marlborough embracing Matariki with more events every year. They provide a special chance to come together as a community to learn, reflect on and celebrate the Māori New Year, and immerse oneself in te ao Māori,” Mrs Neilson said.

Events this year range from traditional dawn ceremonies to night light shows.

“The events all celebrate the three major principles of Matariki: remembrancehonouring those who have died since the last rising of Matariki; the present - gathering together with family and friends; and the future - looking forward to the promise of a new year,” she said.

Nine applicants were successful in receiving support from Council’s Mānawatia te Kahui o Matariki/ Marlborough Matariki Event Fund.

The fund was established in 2023 and celebrates and supports the regeneration of mātauranga associated with Te Kāhui o Matariki. The contestable fund aims to support the community in hosting events that recognise not only Te Rā Aro ki a Matariki, the public holiday, but also the wider kaupapa and principles of Matariki.

Matariki is the star cluster also known as Pleiades. It’s part of a larger constellation called Taurus and is one of the earliest recorded groups of stars in human history, with a record that dates back some 17,000 years. For Māori, the rising of Matariki signals te Mātahi o te Tau, the Māori New Year. In 2022 Matariki became an official public holiday in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The guide is available from Marlborough District Libraries, the Marlborough Art Gallery and Council’s Customer Service Centres, and online at www.marlborough. govt.nz and www.follow-me.co.nz

Successful cruise season concludes

Port Marlborough has wrapped up an exceptional cruise season, setting new records and receiving high praise from visitors.

This season, 55 cruise ships berthed at Waimahara and Waitohi wharves, including 10 maiden calls. The 2023/24 season brought 100,859 passengers and 43,876 crew members here, a slight increase on previous years.

Port Marlborough’s GM Port and Marine Ryan Lock said to commemorate the first-time visits, representatives from Port Marlborough and Council presented plaques to the ships’ captains.

“The team at Port Marlborough facilitates the cruise industry for Marlborough through the provision of pilotage and towage services, port planning and administration, and wharf logistics including gangways, security, marshalling and fencing. Our team is proud to play a part in this key tourism trade for our region,” Mr Lock said.

“Our team reported that cruise passengers were particularly impressed by the unique experiences offered in Marlborough, which stood out in contrast to other ports. The proximity to both the natural environment of the Sounds and

being centred in New Zealand’s biggest wine-producing region allows for a variety of engaging activities that cater to the diverse interests of passengers, which was reflected in the positive stories we heard from passengers after their days ashore,” he said.

Winery tours proved to be a major draw, with many passengers taking the opportunity to sample some of Marlborough’s finest at cellar doors. Water taxi tours in the Sounds were another highlight, offering passengers the chance to explore the Sounds up close.

“The local artisan markets which are organised by the Picton Lions Club were also well regarded, and our local hospitality and retail outlets proved popular for passengers to enjoy refreshments, top-notch meals and local souvenirs,” Mr Lock said.

Picton Flower Ladies once again provided a warm welcome for cruise visitors throughout the season.

Nationally the number of cruise visits for next season is slightly down, however Mr Lock said there was no major reduction in numbers for Picton, with around 52 visits scheduled.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 7
Pick up your copy from
KĀhui o Matariki
Marlborough District Council
The Picton ferry terminal soon after it was built in the 1960s Credit: Picton Historical Society

Marlborough’s volunteers

‘the best in the country’

National Volunteer Week 2024 runs from June 16 – 22. There is no shortage of good folk in Marlborough when it comes to giving back to the community. Chris Valli spoke with former Mayor Alistair Sowman about his volunteer role as Chairman of Alzheimers Marlborough.

This Sunday, June 16, marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week which runs until June 22. The week honours the collective energies and mana of all volunteers across the country.

When it comes to Marlborough’s volunteers, there is no shortage of people putting their collective hands up to ‘freely offering’ to undertake a task from sending a team up to Auckland to help in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle in February 2023 to animal welfare group Marlborough Four Paws going above and beyond their volunteer hours of ‘animal care’.

Cue Alzheimers Marlborough.

Manager Catherine Donnelly says they wouldn’t be able to operate the centre the way they do if it wasn’t for the volunteers.

The Wither Road location currently has 40 volunteers and they need more. Among other roles, the volunteers help transport clients to and from the centre, assist with morning and afternoon teas, and enable the running of an invigorating, stimulating programme.

Fourth generation Marlburian and former Mayor Alistair Sowman is currently the Chair of Alzheimers Marlborough, and volunteers accordingly.

In 2009, at the then TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards, Alistair acknowledged the significance of volunteers saying it was important that we ‘publicly acknowledge those people’ who are prepared to give their time and energy in the voluntary work that provides the glue to our community.

“I hate to think what would happen without the volunteers who keep

the sports clubs functioning, those behind the scenes with our cultural groups, those who work without pay at the community Hospice and Barnados, or those who give countless unpaid hours through the service clubs,” he says.

Alistair says Alzheimers Marlborough have 64 day clients plus 93 community clients with dementia.

The progressive brain disease destroys memory with brain cell connections themselves degenerating, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions. No cure exists, but medication and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms.

“It’s because of our volunteers, and the generosity of people”

“When a person gets dementia, it takes two people who also get diagnosed,” he says. “It’s a full time job. You can make their lives more comfortable with the right treatment and with the right people.”

“When I first joined them they used to have clients walk down the road but now there are active walking groups climbing the Wither Hills. We have three vans now which take them out, and we’re starting to get those with dementia at around 50 plus. Diagnosis of dementia is one of our biggest problems, early diagnosis is key and getting the brain stimulated.”

Alistair’s involvement as a volun teer with Alzheimers Marlborough came about during his mayoralty when a ‘couple of board members came into the chambers asking for land, such as at 8 Wither Road.’

“It was when friends from my college days put the hard word on to find some land for them, and finding money to get things up and running that I really got involved. The building is now freehold. We set up a committee and then a board. It’s about being financially stable, like any board, making sure the staff is doing their jobs. If you have good people, it certainly helps.”

“We have a number of people who come in and play the piano or music and give their time, the clients are up dancing, and it keeps them going and stimulates them. We had a quiz recently which got them thinking, it was great.”

At the end of this month, Alistair will step down as chair after six years in the position. The reason he says is ‘because the constitution says six years’. There could be other roles or positions and he says ‘we’re looking at what that might look like.’

He is adamant as a collective community, especially with Alzheimers Marlborough, and after attending an AGM in Wellington recently, ‘we have the best facilities of any Alzheimers organisation in New Zealand.

“We are treating people and forming relationships. Those that are volunteering working alongside dementia clients have had

contact with someone who has alzheimers. Some of the people who started volunteering in 1987 are still here today. There are dedicated funding groups with the likes of the Arts Trail, auctions and golf tournaments. Still here raising money, it’s a huge satisfaction to see people’s faces out there, enjoying it.

“It’s because of our volunteers, and the generosity of people, they are the best in the country. Helping people overcome dementia is what drives us all, and giving them a better quality of life.”

Ph 03 578 0850 47 Grove Road | viridianglass.co.nz Reduce Heat Loss Increase Comfort Maximise Energy Savings

Viridian Retrofit double glazing captures free energy from the heat and light of the sun. It offers greater savings on energy costs creating a more a more comfortable home.

Contact us TODAY! Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 8
homes in New Zealand can be retrofitted in just one day.
installers are fast and efficient, ensuring a minimum of disruption.
the rush -
one on one with the Sun
Fourth generation Marlburian and former Mayor Alistair Sowman is currently the Chair of Alzheimers Marlborough, and volunteers accordingly. “Helping people overcome dementia is what drives us all, and giving them a better quality of life,” he says.

Seaview Home marks a milestone

Thirty years ago, Donna and Jake Kreft left Central Otago for Picton to realise a dream. They could see the potential of the old Picton Hospital, owned by the community under the ownership of the Picton Health Trust. They knew it would need a lot of work to turn it into a modern rest home.

“We wanted to create a home for the elderly who wanted to remain in Picton and we wanted them to be somewhere near family and in a home that had a family atmosphere,” says Donna.

It took six months before they could open in 1994, with Jake working alongside local contractors to establish Seaview Home for 28 residents.

Thirty years later, virtually all those contractors, or their successors, are still available to them.

Donna who was the Clinical Manager, adds that the early residents and their families were supportive to them while the home was extended to capacity.

Jake confirms that the local support for them has been “wonderful”.

On Friday May 31, they held a wonderful celebration, with speeches and a cake cutting ceremony to mark their 30 year journey. It was thirty years ago that the-then Picton Paper recorded the start of it all with the writer, a young(ish) reporter on ‘back to industry’ leave from what was The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

When that same reporter, now local Glenise Dreaver, was invited to record the thirty-year milestone, she was both flattered and incredulous at the way the wheels had turned.

The cat’s jewels

On Monday GMW Jewellery in the Redwoodtown hub starts a two week food drive for Marlborough 4 Paws cleaning jewellery in exchange for pet food donations for the local charity. Owner Gina Botham says having four cats and two dogs herself it’s a charity ‘close to her heart’ saying last year when she delivered the food donations to Marlborough 4 Paws, she left with another kitten to add to her family with ‘Little Gidget’. Customers can bring in up to three items for cleaning in exchange for food. Last year we had so much food we looked as much like a pet food store as a jewellery store.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 9 WINTER SALE 8-30 JUNE Plus Furniture with Style Discover EXPLORE OUR EXTENSIVE RANGE TODAY. www.lynfords.co.nz 43 Scott St, Blenheim Ph. (03) 577 9506
Donna and Jake Kreft, directors of Seaview Rest Home in Picton, celebrated the home’s 30 years of successful service to the community at a recent ceremony.

Whiria Te Tangata Weaving the people together

The Gallery Havelock

‘A dedicated team of volunteers’

The Gallery Havelock is a unique charitable trust located in Havelock at the entrance to the Pelorus Sounds.

A dedicated team of volunteers keep the Gallery operating and open seven days per week, 362 days of the year.

Gallery Director Vicki Parker says their 19 volunteers (including five trustees) are dedicated to the vision of the gallery, a non-profit trust that showcases Marlborough artists and gives away profits back to the community.

“Some of our volunteers have been there from its opening on October 14, 2014. As long as the gallery is open each day there’s an opportunity for a piece of artwork to find a new home. Our volunteers make that possible by showing up every day. Most volunteers do a three hour shift either in the morning 10-1pm or afternoon 1-4pm once per week,” says Vicki.

Vicki thanks the volunteers for showing up every day with profits going back into the community (greater Pelorus area) by way of grants or donations. Examples are donations to local fire brigades, rescue helicopter, art classes at local schools, local food bank, Maud Island trip for Pelorus Cluster of schools, local theatre, and Link pathway to name just a few.

To date some 120,000 visitors have visited the Gallery in Havelock. The Gallery charges the artists a weekly rent and takes a small commission on works sold with profits being given back to the community.

To date, $85,000.00 has been donated to community organisations in Havelock, Linkwater, Canvastown and Rai Valley.

27 artists from the Marlborough area are currently represented in the gallery with a variety of art mediums represented including oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, photography, sculpture, bone and jade carving, woodwork, jewellery and ceramics.

Thank you to our volunteers for being the heart of...

During the winter months the gallery can offer space for current artist’s exhibitions or to emerging artists who can have a Pop Up exhibition for a few weeks.

The Gallery Havelock will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in October 2024.

Crossroads Marlborough provides a community kitchen and cafe where everyone is welcome.

The primary kaupapa is meeting the needs of those dealing with food insecurity, isolation during stressful times, and loneliness

In response to the need within the Marlborough community Crossroads has increased its staff and volunteers.

“We have a Kitchen Supervisor overseeing and preparing the meals and daily menu. But we simply could not operate without our team of Volunteers.

“They are the lifeblood of this place. They collect kai, serve, cook, clean, and are the first friendly face our Tangata see when they arrive.” Crossroads Marlborough and the services it provides is a reflection of “the Magic of Marlborough where we come together to help each other”.

16 - 22 June 2024
Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 10
OPEN Daily 10am - 4Pm 60 main Road Havelock | 03 574 2821
A unique non profit art gallery showcasing Marlborough artists. Left of photo around the table: Mandy McQuarrie (Trustee), Edward Barron, Lindsay Jefferis, George Harbord, Trish Hope, Karen Kellaway, Jennie Johnson, Vicki Parker (Gallery Director), Mo Leggett, Jo Mayes (Trustee), Lucy Jefferis, Jo Downey (Trustee), Beth Fairbairn, Ruth Sussmilch. Not pictured: Nan Buchanan-Brown (Trustee), Ruth Bray, Trish Brown, Marcia Nalepa, Liz Matthews
Crossroads Marlborough

A tribute to our Marlborough volunteers

“As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we reflect on the incredible journey we’ve undertaken, a journey made possible by our dedicated volunteers,” says Hilary Gill, Volunteer Coordinator Cancer Society Marlborough.

“Every day, our volunteers are fundamental in helping us achieve our goals.

“They offer their time, skills, and hearts to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.” Marlborough’s Cancer Society volunteers contribute in numerous ways: providing transport to cancer-related appointments, supporting the centre’s operations, assisting in fundraising efforts, and so much more.

Greg Stretch, Cancer Society Marlborough’s newly appointed Centre Manager says their roles are as diverse as the individuals themselves, yet each contribution is invaluable.

“Additionally, our executive board members, who govern us with unwavering commitment and guidance, play a crucial role in our success.”

As more people are impacted by cancer, the need for volunteers has never been greater.

Volunteers not only make a difference to the lives of those affected by cancer but also strengthen the fabric of Marlborough’s community.

“To our volunteers, past and present, we extend our deepest gratitude.

“Your generosity, compassion, and dedication have brought us to where we are today.

“As we look to the future, we know that

To our amazing volunteers, you are the heart of our team, and we couldn’t achieve what we do without you.

Greg Stretch, nearly appointed to the Marlborough Cancer Society team as Pou Whirinaki/Centre Manager.

with your continued support, we can face any challenge and continue our mission to support those affected by cancer in the Marlborough region.

“Join Marlborough’s Cancer Society this National Volunteer Week in celebrating our collective impact and the incredible spirit of our volunteers.

“Together, we weave a stronger, more compassionate community. Thank you for being the heart of the Marlborough Cancer Society,” Hilary says.

Alzheimers Marlborough | 8 Wither Road, Blenheim | 577-6172

Thank you to all our volunteers for your support for our organisation.

You really do make a difference for people living with by dementia.

Alzheimers Marlborough 8 Wither Road, Blenheim Phone 577-6172

Thank you to all our volunteers for their support for our organisation. You really do make a difference for people affected by dementia.

16 - 22 June 2024
Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 11
Whiria Te Tangata
can give
yO ur T ime
One O f T he greaT es T
T s

Keep calm and carry yarn

The wonderful knitters of Marlborough have come together once again to spin a yarn.

Children in war-torn Ukraine will have some winter woollies from Marlborough to keep warm this winter. The group of volunteers are part of a wider network of volunteers across the country which knits clothes and blankets for orphans in Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Moldova.

Operation Cover Up relies on donations. Hundreds of community volunteers come together to make a little bit of difference - the ladies at Redwoodtown are no exception.

Winter in Eastern Europe can get as low as -25 degrees Celsius and many children and families have little to help them face the harsh cold.

Knitting items such as jerseys, cardigans, socks, gloves and scarves are all needed for the 2024 shipment while non-knitted items such as clothes and shoes for children aged between four - 15-years old are also required.

This year there is also a need for knitted items for babies.

Shipping per container was about $16,000, which was funded by Mission Without Borders donations, but Operation Cover Up relied on its own donations to provide wool to local knitters.

Mission Without Borders director Andrew Wilks says through Operation Cover Up, children, families, homeless and elderly recipients learnt that people on the other side of the world cared about their struggle to survive and wanted to ease their suffering.

“It is putting loving concern into action.”

The Redwoodtown knitting display will be at the St Christopher’s Hall, Saturday June 22 from 10am - 1pm.

Co-ordinator Carol Taylor says anyone wishing to donate items (must be brand new) to drop off to St Christopher’s on Friday, June 21 from 10am - 1pm. Carol also says that any donations of wool will be a huge help.

If any Sun readers would be able to offer the group a trailer

for a few hours on the Saturday morning, please contact Carol on 021 399 649.

Operation Cover Up was founded by Taupō woman

‘Their new normal’

One of the news stories the past week which really hit home as a Dad of an eleven-year-old was the story of a Christchurch family ‘rocked by tragedy’ after the parents of two young girls died from cancer within the same week.

At first glance, I had to re-read the opening intro. Cancer? Two parents dead? Within a week? Nigel and Marjan Joyce died

from brain cancer and breast cancer respectively, leaving behind two young girls, aged 8 and 4. Nigel was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and shortly after, Marjan was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer.

Apparently, once a breast cancer diagnosis has been made using imaging tests and a biopsy, the cancer cells will be checked for certain proteins. If the cells do not have estrogen or progesterone receptors (ER or PR), and also do not make any or too much of


Liz Clark 25 years ago, with Liz writing a book, The Warmth of Love, about her experiences with Operation Cover Up.

the HER2 protein, the cancer is considered to be triple-negative breast cancer.

Reports says Nigel suffered a ‘health crisis’ on Anzac Day and was placed into end-of-life hospice care with two weeks to live. Marjan, after finishing her radiation treatment and being told her breast cancer had gone at the beginning of May, began experiencing vision loss and seizures. She was placed in hospice care and died on Thursday, June 6.

A Give a Little page with more

Honda Marlborough is thrilled to announce that our full range of Honda products is now back, and we can’t wait to celebrate.

You’re invited to a gathering with a free BBQ at the Wairau Valley Community Hall on Tuesday, June 18th.

than $93,000 has been raised to support the couple’s daughters.

It was a week when news of my best friend’s sister was diagnosed with MND (motor neuron disease) and given two – five years to live. Such news stops one in their daily routines and makes one look at the big picture, and not fretting over the impending rates or mortgage payment.

This writer lost his own mother to bowel cancer in 2004 and the hole she left in the family was unmeasurable. It didn’t make

sense. The feeling of her life being cut short when she had so much more to live for.

How precious is life when the stability of parenting and the home is rocked by cancer? It’s truly heart-breaking and puts into perspective the importance of quality time with all the loved ones in our life. To be present. Human. Alive.

The usual hug for my own daughter was held just that little bit longer over the weekend. All parents need to live for their kids and vice versa.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 12
headed your way!
www.hondamarlborough.nz 30 Redwood Street, Blenheim | 03 578 3600 | steve@croads.co.nz Everyone is welcome - please join us! Date June 18, 2024 | Time 10am to 2pm
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Knitters from back left: Carol Taylor, Christine O’ Neill, Ann Saunders, Annette Sowman, Diane Looms, Irene Wilde and Naomi Old. Front: Margaret Marfell, Janet Aberhart, Pam Brown and Dorothy Grocott. OpiniOn

Ice, MND, community

A group of Occupational and Physio therapists who work in the Marlborough community are raising funds by pouring ice over their heads.

To be fair, it’s a bigger picture with the fundraising to support the vital work of Motor Neurone Disease New Zealand, the only charity focused on improving quality of life, funding research and campaigning for people affected by MND in the country.

Occupational Therapist Jo Harper says collectively the therapists have 50 plus years’ experience working alongside those affected by the disease and their family/ whanau.

“We are hoping our colleagues and community will get behind us in fundraising to help towards this awesome cause.”

MND is a cruel, rapidly pro -

gressing disease that affects people from all communities, ethnicities, and occupations. At present, there is no truly effective treatment and no known cure, and the average life expectancy is two to five years.

The name is given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cellsneurones - controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, breathe and swallow, fail to work normally. With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste. The patterns of weakness vary from person to person.

Jo says their fundraising goal is $1000. Sun readers can make a donation at the following link. mndactionmonth.org.nz/ joanne-harper. The ice bucket challenge is on June 22 at Pollard Park, 12pm.

Kiwis have embraced the tradition of the MND Ice Bucket

challenge since its inception in 2014. The initiative began in the United States as a vehicle to raise awareness and much needed funds for MND. While the connection between an icy bucket of water over the head and motor neurone disease is not precisely clear, what is clear is that it has become an extremely powerful tool for spreading information about MND and raising funds to help fight the disease and support those living with the diagnosis.

MND had been in the news recently with Rob Burrow, an English rugby league player hailed for raising awareness of the disease after being diagnosed with it in 2019, died on June, 2 at the age of 41. Burrow banded with his close friend and former Leeds Rhino teammate Kevin Sinfield to raise millions for research and to support people with it, including establishing a care centre in Leeds.

Combating Old Man’s Beard

Native Restorations leads the fight against invasive plants in New Zealand

New Zealand’s unique biodiversity is increasingly threatened by invasive pest plants, which disrupt native ecosystems and degrade habitats. One of the most notorious of these invaders is Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba), a vine that poses a significant threat to the country’s native flora. At Native Restorations, we are dedicated to eradicating these pest species and restoring native vegetation to protect our natural heritage.

“We are hearing a lot of chatter on social media platforms about the prevalence of Old Man’s Beard in bushland and also in local settings,” Terence Stewart, the Founder and Owner of Native Restorations says. “It’s important for the everyday Kiwi to understand how to correctly remove this pest plant, and to seek professional advice for removal to ensure they do not continue the spread.”

Old Man’s Beard is a vigorous climber that forms dense, tangled mats capable of smothering native vegetation. This invasive plant is prevalent across New Zealand and sadly in many homes.

Important Steps to Prevent the Spread of Old Man’s Beard

Terence Stewart, Founder and Owner

of Native Restorations, emphasises the critical need to prevent the spread of Old Man’s Beard, especially when it is in full flower. Here are the steps to properly remove this invasive plant:

• Cut the vine: Cut the vine close to the ground. Do not pull it from the other foliage as this could release flowers and further spread the plant.

• Apply herbicide: Immediately poison the vine at both cutting points—the roots and the tangled vine.

• Leave the vine: Let the cut vine remain off the ground. Wrap it around other foliage to ensure the poison works at both ends.

Terence explains, “By cutting and poisoning both ends, you effectively kill the plant without increasing the risk of spreading its flowers and seeds. Avoid pulling the vine from your foliage until it is completely dead to prevent further spreading into your garden.”

Terence also suggests using Corteva Vigilant Herbicide Gel as the product traces back to the root. “It will need a number of applications over a few months,” he advises. “A good process is to be as thorough as you can and then

check a month later and apply to the vines that are still alive. The dead vines will be obvious by then and will make it easier to find the living vines to be sure that you have got it all, or as much as possible.”

By following these steps, you can help protect New Zealand’s native ecosystems from the invasive Old Man’s Beard.

“This invasive plant outcompetes native species for light and nutrients,” he says. “This often leads to the death of the host plants.”

Its rapid growth and ability to spread through wind-dispersed seeds make it particularly challenging to control.

“At Native Restorations, we believe in proactive and sustainable pest plant management through removal, invasive species control and community education.”

• Pest plant removal – “Essential for restoring native habitats, we employ manual removal and herbicide application to eradicate invasive species like Old Man’s Beard.”

• Invasive species control – “We use a combination of control measures to manage and prevent the spread of these plants, ensuring the ecological balance

is restored.”

• Community education – “By educating the local community, we empower individuals to identify and manage pest plants in their own backyards.”

“Removing invasive plants like Old Man’s Beard is crucial for protecting New Zealand’s ecosystems.”

Native Restorations invites all Kiwis to join our efforts in combating these threats. Here’s how you can help:

• Learn to identify pest plants - Familiarise yourself with common invasive plants using resources such as field guides and online databases.

• Report sightings - Inform local authorities or conservation agencies if you spot invasive species in your area.

• Participate in conservation activities

- Engage in local eradication efforts and support habitat restoration projects. About Native Restorations

Native Restorations is a leading conservation organisation dedicated to preserving New Zealand’s natural heritage. We specialise in invasive species control, habitat restoration, and community education to ensure the survival of our precious native wildlife. PBA.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 13 To order ph 03 972 2799 message us via Facebook or download the Thai9 app Takeaway and Delivery available Come try our range of gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and keto meals! Deliciously auThenTic Thai 31 Scott St, Blenheim | 03 972 2799 | Open 7 Days 10.30am – 14.00pm, 16.30pm – 21.30pm
TAKING ACTION TOGETHER FOR MND are (back) Courtney Capener and Joanne Harper, and (front) Andrea Stringer and Andrea Barnaby. They are hoping their colleagues and community will get behind them in fundraising for motor neurone disease.

dignity and respect

Around the world many countries are experiencing the combined effects of people living longer and having smaller families - an aging population.

Here in Aotearoa, New Zealand the number of people aged 65 and over is projected to be 1.2 million by 2035, along with a 130 percent increase in people aged 80 and over.

Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, financial, sexual, institutional, and also includes neglect.

Unfortunately, the warning signs of abuse are often missed, ignored, or explained away, even by well-meaning people. In fact, it’s likely that most cases of elder abuse go unreported.

The abuser is often someone close to their victim, someone trusted and relied upon like family, a friend, and even neighbours.

Some dementia patients abuse their caregivers. This kind of abuse is a result of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. This can be difficult to manage particularly when the person has had a major personality change and is nothing like their former self.

Our Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS) at Maataa Waka addresses the immediate safety needs of older people experiencing or at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect. The service is for people 65 years and over.

The service can help when a person aged over 65 is being abused or mistreated, we can:

• Act as an advocate, Work with the person and their family/ whānau to prevent or resolve

issues of abuse and help put together a safety plan.

• Link the older person to essential resources and services within the community for example support their access to legal advice.

• Help protect them if they are vulnerable and ensure that their best interests are observed, counsel if support and assistance are needed and provide appropriate options and support to ensure the person is safe and their physical and emotional needs are being met.

Once elder abuse is determined to be occurring or at risk of occurring and we have consent to work with a client, service delivery focuses on ensuring the older person’s safety and ongoing protection while respecting their independence.

Referrals may be self-referrals, referrals from family and/or friends or from people working in a professional capacity with an older person.

A referral form can be found on our website or people can give Maataa Waka a call If the police are involved, they will contact us.

When someone is referred to EARS They can expect to

• be listened to and kept informed.

• be treated with dignity, respect and honesty.

• be supported to make their own choices and decisions.

• have their information kept confidential unless consent is given to us to share this with people named by themselves (unless life is at risk).

What we can all do to ensure greater safety for vulnerable older people

• Understand and address the influences that put people at risk.

• Listen to them and their caregivers to understand their challenges and provide support.

• Report abuse or suspected abuse to elder abuse services, or the police.

• Have no tolerance to elder abuse.

• Understand and protect their rights.

• Encourage them to stay connected to family, friends and services.

• Support them to stay active.

• Discuss information to support them to recognise scams.

• Encourage them to attend regular community events.

• Maataa Waka also offer training in Understanding Elder Abuse to other agencies in the community who work primarily with older people.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 14 June 15, 2024 ContaCt us today for a frEE onsitE Consultation, mEasurE and quotE HOMEPLUS SECURITY DOORS & WINDOWS amPlimEsH • Security Tested 5 Year Warranty suPasCrEEn • Security Tested • Stainless Steel Mesh 10 Year Warranty • Available in a wide range of colours to match your home • Available for windows and doors • Available for Timber or aluminium frames • Custom made for YOUR door HOME PLUS | 44 Main Street, Blenheim homeplus@marlboroughglass.co.nz | ph 03 578 5374 www.homeplus.co.nz "Poipoia Kaumātua" - Keeping our elderly safe Older People Aging Safely We will... Respect and value your views Empower you to be self-determining, independent and confident If you, a whānau member or friend need support we are here to help. We encourage you to contact us on... 0800 Mātā Waka | 0800 6282 9252 | 03 577 9256 | admin@maataawaka.co.nz
Fully MOBILE (GPS) • Showerproof • Fall detectors • Able to connect you directly to ANY EMERGENCY SERVICE
Able to summon a SECURITY GUARD
DURESS ALARM for professionals It absolutely can - let’s talk about what will work best for you! You may be eligible for government funding too. We can help! KARYN DELVES 0273 539 698 Karyn@securityalert.co.nz Can an alarm really make me feel safer? Here to help! marlborough taxis 03 577 5511 2022Ltd www.marlboroughtaxis.nz Marlborough's only 24/7days taxi company Your local total mobility provider Visit us online at blenheimsun.co.nz
Maataa Waka’s Elder Abuse Social Workers, Anthea MacDonald and John Lyons.

June 15, 2024

Women’s Refuge - ‘walking beside their clients’

Women’s Refuge is New Zealand’s largest nation-wide organisation that supports and helps women and children experiencing family violence.

On average around 50,000 women and children were referred to their services each year with 400 women and children being referred in Marlborough last year.

Marlborough Women’s Refuge and SV Support Centre Manager

Rachel Black says while using their services there is much time, care,

and assistance each client needs, and deserves, to build a life of safety.

“Many of the women we work with face seemingly unsurmountable barriers: where to live, how to support themselves, how to re-build lost connections with friends and family, fear of losing their children and, for many, the need to repair a severely damaged sense of self,” she says.

Rachel says there is no time limit to this work and Women’s Refuge advocates help across a wide spectrum, ranging from help accessing healthcare and counselling, support

with MSD and budgeting advice, obtaining a protection order and legal assistance, finding a place to live, helping to fund activities for tamariki and establishing relationships with schools and teachers, even meeting basic needs like food, clothing, and much more.

“Essentially, we support our clients with whatever they need to begin their healing journey. We walk beside them throughout this process and work with them to ensure the new life they may have never thought was possible can be achieved.”

Marlborough Women's Refuge and Marlborough Sexual Violence Support Centre is a non-profit organisation that provides support and advocacy services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Need help? Call our 24/7 Crisis Line: 0800 733-843 for the abused, the hurt, the lonely, anxious, those living with mental illness, those affected by domestic & sexual violence, the LGBTQ A+ community, P.O.C.

Marlborough Women’s Refuge Support Centre Manager, Rachel Black.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 15

Where freshness meets flavour

If you ask a local if one has been to the Harvest Restaurant in Rapaura, it would be intriguing to gauge the reply. If you have, kudos to you - if you haven’t, why not?

Harvest Restaurant is located in the ‘Marlborough Estate’, 16 acres of which is a boutique hotel, restaurant and vineyard. The hotel with 10 unique rooms produces its own estate wine under the label, ‘TM’. Clever.

In all matters of transparency, this was a new experience for a self-confessed Otago chap consumed by a burgers and fries diet with a pint of craft beer. The experience that was a Saturday afternoon lunch combined with a stunning Marlborough winters day was the crisp, ambience of great food, wine and staff.

Organic seasonal vegetables from the onsite gardens are instrumental to what is served on the plate and is freshness and taste personified. Local Marlborough suppliers provide Harvest with what the name suggests, quality harvest, while the menu changes regularly to the season and produce on offer.

As for the menu, the variety of options for what is referred to as ‘small plates’ was tantalising. The Harvest Flatbread with prosciutto/nashi pear/feta which was moreish, causing a desire for more.

As for the Watercress Mills Bay Mussel Croquette with Basil Pistou Crispy, good golly, yes please!

Other entrée/small plates highlights included the Estate Beetroot Salad with plum/rucola/macadamia and finished with local goat cheese (Cranky Goat, no less).

Large plate favourites included the Merino Lamb Stifado with Preserved Lemon, Rainbow Carrots alongside the Purple Potato which was an added education. Indeed, purple is power - the royal shade comes from anthicyanins, disease fighting antioxidants. It was simply delicious. The Harvest Homemade Gnocchi was not only a wonderful texture but had my taste buds singing and dancing!.

Yet, it was so much more than the wine and food which made the experience. The authentic customer service was genuine, conversant and personable, notwithstand-

ing the environment one surrounds one’s self in that is the Marlborough Boutique Hotel and Vineyard. The Marlborough has a philosophy, creating a place where guests are genuinely welcomed and farewelled. We experienced that and then some.

The sense of home, connection and belonging in the restaurant and hotel is all-pervasive. German-born and now ‘local’ Head Chef Wieland Matzig and his culinary team, keep simple taste done well which ultimately elevates the diner’s sensory experience.

The restaurant has been awarded a New Zealand Cuisine Award Winner, a chef hat, awarded for ingredients, taste, presentation, technique, value and consistency. Oh, and that’s just for the food. Get there Marlborough. Treat yourself. The Harvest is a gem in the culinary landscape that is Rapaura.

The Harvest Restaurant’s opening hours are 11:30am - 3pm Lunch (Sat-Sun), 4pm - 5pm Aperitivo Hour (Thu-Mon), 4:30pm - 9pm Dinner (Thu-Mon). PBA.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 16 For people living in Marlborough who are not currently enrolled in a General Practice, phone Marlborough Primary Health on 03 520 6200 and ask to be placed on a waitlist. We will help you enrol in a local General Practice. Not enrolled with a GP in Marlborough? Needing Healthcare? For people requiring urgent care, including people who are not a permanent resident, you may visit Marlborough Urgent Care Centre between 8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday. For people wanting free health advice, information and treatment from a healthcare professional, you can contact Healthline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 611 116. Ph 03 520 6200 | 22 Queen St, Blenheim | www.marlboroughpho.org.nz
Marlborough market fish (Blue Cod) with leek panna cotta, Fennel and Riesling Veloute. Homemade Gnocchi with Estate Rucola, ViaVio Bocconcini and organic Spinach. Harvest Flat Bread with Prosciutto Nashi Pear, Rucola and Thorvald Feta. Merino Lamb Stifado with Preserved Lemon, Rainbow Carrots and Purple Potato. Blenheim Sun journalist Chris Valli savouring a glass of Valli ‘The Real McCoy’ Orange Pinot Gris.
Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 17 Offers valid dates vary. Available while stock lasts. See individual product pages online for details. Terms, conditions, exclusions, and limits apply. Some products on display in selected stores only. Please call 0800 764 847 to check availability. *Credit and lending criteria and fees apply, including a Gem Visa $55 establishment fee and annual fees ($65 Gem Visa (charged $32.50 half yearly) / $65 Gem CreditLine (charged $32.50 half yearly)). Prevailing interest rate (currently Gem Visa 29.49% p.a./Gem CreditLine 29.95% p.a.) applies after any interest free term ends. Paying only the minimum monthly repayment of 3% of the outstanding monthly balance or $20 (whichever is more), will not be sufficient to repay the purchase amount(s) within the promotional period. Amount payable will be shown on your monthly statement. For cash advances, an interest rate of 29.95% p.a. and fees of ($2 Gem Visa/$6 Gem CreditLine) applies. Available on participating Gem Visa or Gem CreditLine credit cards only. New customers must apply and be approved for a Gem Visa credit card. Excludes gift cards and some promotional items. #Discount is off our full retail price. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. ^ 10x 1,000 Airpoints Dollars™ to be won. Promotion terms, conditions, exclusions and eligibility criteria apply. Valid 22 May – 18 June 2024. Visit smithscity.co.nz/gem for full details. ~ Valid 1 - June 31 July 2024. Airpoints terms, conditions and exclusions apply. See smithscity.co.nz/airpoints for details. Smiths City Blenheim 18 Kinross Street, Blenheim Central, Blenheim 7201 Fisher & Paykel 15 Place Setting Freestanding Dishwasher 60000790 DW60FC1X2 $1179 $1699 was OFF# 30% Samsung Stainless 310L Bottom Mount Fridge 9057988 SRL335NLS $935 $1449 was OFF# 35% Hisense 10kg Front Load Washing Machine 60002636 HWFS1015E $949 $1499 was Hisense 8kg Heat Pump Dryer 60002637 HDFS80HE $1049 $1699 was New York Dining, Living & Bedroom Furniture# 50% off Ava Bedroom Furniture# 40% off winter furniture sale. Hurry, limited stock on some items. Stock may vary by store. Enjoy your favourite winter inactivity with these deals. MASSIVE WHITEWARE SALE Save BIG on All Whiteware Russell Hobbs Brooklyn Air Fryer 5.7L 60003325 RHAF57 $139 $299 was OFF# 50% Anaheim 5 Seater Fabric Recliner Lounge Suite - Grey 9076338 $1999 $3999 was OFF# 50% Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Bagged Vacuum Cleaner 60002160 12396510 $679 $949 was OFF# 25% Sleepyhead Matrix & Chiropractic Equalise Beds# 50% off Excludes Pop-up 5x Airpoints Dollars™ on all Mitsubishi Electric Heat Pumps +BE IN TO WIN YOUR SHARE OF Airpoints Dollars™ with Smiths City 10,000^ 60 months interest free* on purchases over $1250 Limited Stock OFF# 35%
Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 18

Driving in winter

BEFORE you hit the road this winter lose the ice on all windows and get rid of fogged up windscreens. Surely, we all know that no matter how far we plan to go we must be able to see clearly. Ice scrapers (and not your bank credit card) and cloths are your friends. Have you got both in your car? Go check.

Hitting the road: We all know that winter driving conditions can affect our vehicle’s handling and braking ability because icy and wet roads are greasy.

What seems a long way away from the car in front on warm, dry roads won’t seem so far when we have to brake in the wet.

Learn to read the road conditions: Black ice is tough to pick, but if there’s been

overnight rain which has cleared to a frosty morning, think about black ice before you set out.

Remember too that even when it’s dry and the ice has gone, grit spread over a tarmac road can be like driving on marbles.

Grip on the road: Go now and check that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressures and have more than the road legal 1.5mm of tread.

Give yourself the best chance of holding the road and/or stopping in time.

Distractions: Steering one ton or more of metal down a road or through a mountain pass is quite a responsibility, and it is a task deserving of our full attention!

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 19
Call Simon today on 03 577 7868 to advertise in our next issue. or email katrina@blenheimsun.co.nz Advertise your business in our MArlborough Motoring
• Learner practical test - $100 • Restricted licence test - $130 • Full licence test - $100 • Refresher rides MOTORCYCLE LICENCE TRAINING AND TESTING Check out the dates on our website and give us a call LEARN
Aluminium Cooling Components • Radiators • Oil coolers • Heat exchangers • Inter coolers 44 Main St, Blenheim Phone 578 8176 anytime DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR FAMILY THIS WINTER... Specialists in all aspects of 47 Grove Rd, Blenheim | P: 578 0850 www.viridianglass.co.nz YOUR TRUSTED LOCAL GLASS COMPANY Broken windscreen repairs Windscreen replacements Emergency service Chip repairs Winter driving changes everything TAKE EXTRA CARE

6. Us (9)

7. Midriff (5)

8. Entourage (7)

9. Quagmire (6)

15. Chicken leg (9)

17. Arbitrate (9)

18. Bad dream (9)

19. Largest ocean (7)

21. Barely adequate (6)

23. Jewish teacher (5)

24. Pine (5)

26. Person who plays online (5)

Across: 1. Prisoners of war, 10. Ounce, 11. Spearmint, 12. Anaemia, 13. Sweeten, 14. Speed, 16. Grievance, 19. Pollutant, 20. Signs, 22. Curtsey, 25. Regatta, 27. Fabricate, 28. Meant, 29. Chicken-hearted. Down: 2. Ring a bell, 3. Steam, 4. Nostalgia, 5. Reeks, 6. Ourselves, 7. Waist, 8. Retinue, 9. Morass, 15. Drumstick, 17. Intervene, 18. Nightmare, 19. Pacific, 21. Scanty, 23. Rabbi, 24. Yearn, 26. Gamer. ado, ALMOND, and, dam, damn, dan, DOLMAN, don, lad, lam, land, load, loam, loan, mad, man, moa, moan, mod, modal, monad, nod, nodal, nomad, old.


Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 20 Nick (Manpreet) Aulakh | Ph: +64 3573 8294 www.steamcleanz.co.nz | E: sales@steamcleanz.co.nz One-time service cleans midweek - we are working 2-4 weeks ahead! • EstAtE ANd tENANcy clEANs • Full hOusE clEANs • All wOrk sitEs • buildErs clEANs • MOuld rEMOvAl • rEgulAr dAily cOMMErciAl Servicing the Sounds & Kekerengu local cleaning experts proud to bring you this puzzle page Mar lborough Continuing to SpeCialize in wallS and CeilingS, removing thoSe flySpotS! SUDOKU Every row, column and box should contain the digits 1 to 9. Each number represents a different letter of the alphabet. Write the given letters into all squares with matching numbers. Now work out which letters are represented by the other numbers. 12345678 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 1617 18 19 20 21 2223 24 2526 27 28 29 CROSSWORD Across 1. Soldiers held by the enemy (9,2,3) 10. Speck (5) 11. Chewing gum flavour
12. Deficiency of red blood cells (7) 13. Add sugar (7) 14. Velocity (5) 16. Complaint (9) 19. Contaminant
20. Indications
22. Gesture
25. Boating event
27. Make up (9) 28. Intended (5) 29. Cowardly (7-7) Down 2. Be vaguely familiar (4,1,4) 3. Vapour (5) 4.
for the past
Stinks (5)
L N A D O M How many words of three or more letters, including plurals, can you make from the six letters, using each letter only once? No foreign words or words beginning with a capital are allowed. There's at least one six-letter word. Solution 251: able, age, alb, ale, amble, bag, bagel, bale, balm, bam, beam, beg, bel, bema, blame, elm, gab, gable, gal, gale, GAMBLE, game, gel, gem, glam, gleam, lab, lag, lam, lamb, lame, lea, leg, mag, mage, male, meal, mega. WordBuilder 252 6 TODAY Good 12 Very Good 16 Excellent 21 WORDBUILDER 352 Decoder Sudoku Crossword WordBuilder How many words of three or more letters, including plurals, can you make from the six letters, using each only once? No words beginning with a capital are allowed. There’s at least one six-letter word. Good 12 Very Good 16 Excellent 21 T H E P U Z Z L E C O M P A N Y All puzzles copyright www.thepuzzlecompany.co.nz

AME Winter Series

Dressage Marlborough Group held their second day of the AME Winter Series at the Marlborough Equestrian Park in Spring Creek recently. Approximately 40 riders of all levels turned up with their horses and ponies.

Marlborough Combined Colleges Formal

Photos - Brya Ingram Photography.

the Marlborough Combined Colleges formal was at the Events Centre on Saturday night with no shortage of fine fare and vehicles lined up for the red carpet event.

Have an event ? Contact 03 5777 868 ...with The Sun your local paper & & Out Ab O ut Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 21
Cadence Dean on her pony Tommy, who won both Lead Rein classes. Nikki Griffith, on her horse SE Gym Bellomi, winning both classes in the non-graded Novice Horse classes. Anita Parnwell on her horse Graeme’s Clover, winner of both Intro Horse classes. Macie Taylor on her pony Jubilee Go Lightly, winning the Intro Pony class. Girls' College student Bess Welbourn looking superbly glamorous. Luke Zillwood arrives in style. Parent Bryan Gilchrist helps out MGC student Isla Read from a Woolworhs delivery truck Younger brother Max Sowman and Sister Ella arrive in true family style. The Glover family arrive with nothing but smiles. From left, George, Molly and Hazel.

5 minutes with... Exclusive Interview!

Sarah Macdonald

Spring Creek School teacher

 Are you a dog or cat person?

Love both, but I think I’m a cat person.

 My friends would say I am…

Very competitive, especially at a quiz.

 The best advice I ever received was?

Hakuna Matata – no worries.

 What would you buy if money was no object?

A belated honeymoon to Scotland to see the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William.

 Local coffee haunt? Ritual.

 Favourite takeaway?

Thai 9.

 The shop you can’t walk past is...? Ruby Tuesday.

 What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?

My husband Blair made me my own birthday gameshow – I won.

 Where is your happy holiday place? D’urville Island.

 Favourite programme or series currently watching?

True Detective.

 What’s one thing on your bucket list? See the Northern Lights from a glass iglo.

gardening this week

Plants in winter: By Wally Richards

Before we get onto this weeks subject; a question that was asked this week from a gardener who has wood ash from a fire place and wants to know if they could be use on the garden.

Wood ash from burning non-tantalised wood is great for the garden and in particular for flowering and fruiting plants. Spread it around it is a nice mild source of potash, hence the name.

You should not be burning tanalised wood in your wood burner as the gases that will seep out into the room are not good for your health and likewise the chemicals still present in the ash are not good for your gardens.

Now that winter is starting to make its presents known it’s important to protect frost tender and cold tender plants, and the easy way to achieve this is a spray of Vaporgard, Spray On Frost Protection.

The film gives down to minus 3 degrees frost protection within 3 days of application for about 3 months.

If there is just an occasional frost every few days this is likely to be the only frost protection you need.

If however there are several frosts in a row, night after night then extra protection will be required from the second night on till there is a break in the frosts.

Your sprayed plants will gain more energy from the sun light which is also a great advantage this time of the year when daylight hours are much sorter.

A lady gardener from the Deep South emaied me recently about her two container planted lemon trees which she has brought indoors because of frosts down to minus 6.

Her question was also what to feed the plants with.

I pointed out that being indoors the plants will suffer from lower light when compared to being outdoors or in a frost free sheltered situation - a glasshouse or conservatory is ideal.

Indoors right in front of a northern facing window would be best and once a week rotate the plant 180 degrees to get even light and prevent stretching.

This indoor light thing is very important this time of the year for your indoor plants.

Another aspect is the watering of the plants, all container plants should be kept a little on the dry side and only given smaller drinks to prevent stress from dry growing medium.

Saucers underneath plants are great to prevent getting surplus water all over the place, but an hour or so after watering any water in a saucer should be removed to prevent wet feet.

Container plants outside where they

are rained on should NOT have a saucer under them this time of the year and have the container raised slightly off the ground to allow water to drain away quickly.

Losses will occur if your plants are wet in the root zone during winter.

If you have plants which require free draining situations you can spray their foliage with Wallys Perkfection to help prevent wet weather diseases.

In door plants need only a fraction of their water requirements in winter when compared to summer.

The reasons are low to nil growth because of lessor light levels with shorter daylight hours.

Which brings us back to light and the amount of light plants receive when they are grown indoors.

For instance my excellent light meter tells me that at my south-west facing window at 1pm right against the window pane I have 550FC (foot candles).

Where my plants are on a shelf 50cm away from the window pane it’s down to 325FC; One meter away 250FC, and at 3 meters 160 FC.

If I take a measurement at the far side of the room we see its only 50FC.

That is where only the lowest light loving plants will survive in winter if they are kept fairly dry in their mix.

A spray of water over the foliage is beneficial at times and ensures that the foliage is dust free as that further reduces the light level available.

A window facing the north will have a much better FC reading at the window pane but once again the FC drops dramatically once you are about a metre or more away from the window pane. Our eyes automatically adjust to light intensity so we do not notice the light levels till they become very low or very high - plants on the other hand do notice.

A general rule of thumb is the plants with the largest leaf surface will do ok in lower light levels where plants such a maidenhair ferns, with very small leaf surfaces, need a much higher light level to grow well.

We can think of ferns in a shady area outside, but outside there is much more light than indoors with light entering only though a window. Not overhead.

In summer time you have long hours of light and that makes a difference to plants that need a good level of light even if they are not near a window.

In winter these plants will look poorly as a result of low light levels and instead of moving the plant closer to the window the tendency is to water the plant which maybe the last straw and the plant dies.

Flowering plants need ample light to form flower buds and open the bud into flowers.

A cyclamen within a metre of a good light window will flower well but if taken across the room you will see both flowers and leaves stretching to the light source.

Too much water in this situation will mean goodbye cyclamen.

A timely reminder to be very careful watering container plants, keeping them a bit on the dry side and where possible move them closer to a good light source. In mansions in Victoria times and the likes of Downton Abbey where lushes ferns, palms and other indoor plants appeared to flourish in rooms that were of low light often with drapes closed to protect furnishings and paintings from UV.

So how come the plants always looked good?

Very simply; they had two of everyone with large conservatories where each week the servants would take the plants out of the house and into the conservatory then pick up its twin to replace inside the house. The plants would not suffer in the week and would be refreshed when in the conservatory.

The answer to the food question back near the beginning I just sprinkle a little Unlocking Your Soil over the mix and dilute either some Mycorrcin to give some mild food.

You don’t really want to encourage growth in winter. Keep warm.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 22 No Job too b ig or Small Email - quotes@zorite.co.nz 03 577 5196 www.zorite.co.nz Your one stop shop for Painting (Interior exterior) • Gib Stopping • Exterior Plastering repairs and repainting Suspended Ceiling - Commercial Fit outs replacement tiles • Roofing New Roofs, Repairs, Fascia Gutters 9 Roofing 9 Suspended Ceilings 9 Painting 9 Exterior Plastering 9 Gib Stopping 9 Fibrous Cornice Freshen up your property

Birth Notices

Good to see a birth notice in this week’s paper. 6.6.24. Was wondering why we don’t see more of them in the Sun paper. Always good to see hope there’s more in future papers

Shopping bags

Re: Inferior Brown Bags at Woolworths Supermarkets.

How about using recyclable bags? There are now many varieties available at a low cost. It is a one time outlay and they are used many times over. Another plus, no concerns of your purchases being damaged and it is also better for your pocket and the environment.

Store all bags inside one and put them in your vehicle, ready for the next shop, easy. Here’s to a better shopping experience !

Thumbs up for Free Speech

Just think what could happen to any protest rally if we didn’t live in a democratic nation.

Sea shells

The little mermaid wears sea shells because A and B shells are too small.


A belated ‘well done’ from me to the Woody! Another awesome Pig Hunt. Was a fantastic weekend, hunting and hanging with me mates at the Woody. Good on ya team!

Well done

$20 SuperGold Card Lunch on Mondays during Winter at Dolce Cafe, Restaurant & Bar. Delicious food and drinks. Thanks Owen and the Dolce Team


Another poor baby has lost its life at just 10 months old. Maybe better than enduring the poor parenting and abuse that it has obviously endured. Incredibly sad. I note it is up North again. These people disgust me.

Honours for Volunteers

Why do honours recognise business people instead of volunteer unpaid heroes? Follow the money trail I guess!

Paper Bags

Here’s a paradox. Years ago paper bags were used, it was then discovered paper comes from trees, and it’s bad for the environment to cut down all the trees.

So, they went to plastic, now THATS considered by the experts to be bad for the environment! Watch this space to see plastic return.

Plus the whole silly argument of paying for your bag is supposed to be good for the environment? Who thinks of these silly things?

Forms from CAB

To the regular “whinger” to your paper please be informed that the CAB has all the tax forms you will probably ever need.

Vote of no confidence

Tax cuts in one hand taken away in the other by council rate hikes. Rate payers losers again. Time rates were linked to cost of living. Vote of no confidence in government and council.

Falcon car

To the person who hit blue falcon car Tuesday 4th June corner Maxwell and Alabama Rds thanks for not letting us know.


Who’d want to live in Auckland? Full of violence. Very disturbing what NZ is coming to and the gangs need to be sorted.


Put the person that violently beat the 10 month old baby to death in prison for ever, or bring back what they used to do.

Thank You

To the caring person who handed my lost Ford keys into the Police Station, thank you, you are a gem.

Cinema Missed

I sure do miss the defunct Picton Aquarium cinema. He always had something interesting on offer for oldies. I despair at what’s generally on offer at the Blenheim one. Occasionally a good one, but mostly so much pulp stuff. It makes one wonder at the average IQ. of Blenheim population.

Rest homes

A North Island case in the news this week. Incredibly sad to hear again of our elderly being mistreated. Whether homes are understaffed is one thing but general compassion is another. And our elderly need and deserve every care.

It’s worrying to think we are only hearing some cases I would suspect. Families be vigilant if you have a loved one in a facility. On the positive side I applaud the many great care workers around our country.

Busy Pak’nSave Sunday

May I please say an incredible thank you to the PaknSave staff for Sunday 9th. With more customers than usual for a Sunday and many staff away due to sickness. You pulled in all the extra staff you could.

Thank you to everyone who helped, and also to other supermarkets and businesses trying to operate smoothly with staff away due to Winter sickness.

Re: To wave or not?

Yes, the PayWave fee is simply a bank tax for something we didn’t ask for. Sure, it’s convenient and fast, but so was the swipe and PIN method.

This a another example of what we have to look forward to if we become cashless. And believe me, the banks are all pushing for this. Imagine, no cash for them to manage. All they do is come up with new and interesting ways of extracting ever increasing fees from us.

Remember, a $50 note is still worth $50 no matter how many times it changes hands, unless it is banked, then it incurs a fee. With electronic transactions, the bank clips the ticket every step of the way. It’s just another tax.

Talk of the week


Great to see the Formal is still a highlight for our teens. Some wonderful attire along with happy faces and laughter.

Baby pic

Lovely to see a good old fashioned baby birth notice in The Sun. Seems the young ones don’t do this much anymore. Facebook has taken over for now.

Thank you

Thank you so much to the wonderful people who helped when I fell on the pedestrian crossing at Cleghorn St last week. Thank you for the blanket which kept me warm. Thank you for the pillow which was so comforting. Thank you for phoning my husband and thank you for phoning for an ambulance. Thank you for slowing the traffic. Just a HUGE thank you to you all.

We welcome your texts on 027 242 5266.

Limit to 70 words please. We reserve the right to publish at our discretion. Please note the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sun management.

Well done

What a huge difference walking along the river by Raupo. It now looks like we take pride in our wonderful asset, the Opaoa River. Well done that man with the weedeater!

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 23
776 Rapaura Rd, Rapaura | Phone (03) 570 5700 | www.harvestrestaurant.co.nz Lunch Sat & Sun 11:30am to 3pm | Aperitivo Thu - Mon 4pm to 5pm | Dinner Thu - Mon 4:30 to 9pm New operatiNg hours Enjoy a 20% discount on food when dining between 4:30pm-6pm Thu to Mon Love our Locals Monday only; Pumpkin Gnocchi & a glass of TM Estate wine 4:30pm-9pm for $28 Special Dish Come see our Revised Wine list Pricing and NeW Winter food menu both dinner & lunch
Got an important issue to share with Marlborough? Text your thoughts to 027 242 5266
txt talk with
Sun The
grant oborne | 027 287 4807 www.bobcattipperservices.co.nz bobcat digger and tip truck available for general earthworks computers Ph: (03) 577 9498 17 Kinross Street sales@bpcomputers.co.nz Call us now! For all your home & business IT needs eArtHWorKs tree cAre Tree Removal Height Reduction Trimming/Thinning Branch Chipping Hedge Trimming Line Clearance Stump Grinding Mulch Supplies Fully Insured FREE QUOTES Ph. 03 578 0083 (Lance) 021 361912 cts@xtra.co.nz cArpet instAll & service Building Air conditioning FOR ALL YOUR PAINTING & DECORATING Ph 0800 080096 or 021 264 8235 steve@premierpainting.co.nz MARLBOROUGH’S ONLY DULUX ACCREDITED PAINTING TEAM RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL Call now to arrange an obligation-free quote decorAting moving / storAge Let us help you get to where you want to be! phone us on 03 579 5154 www.marlboroughmoving.co.nz local, national, international Moves and storage Blenheim’s only locally owned movers! mecHAnicAl • Cylinder head problems? • Broken a timing belt? • Blown a head gasket? • Burnt or bent valve? • Vehicle over heating? • Motor reconditioning and restoration Bring it into THE HEAD SHOP All labour and machining done in-house Machining includes pressure testing, surface grinding, valve & seat work, etc Vehicles kept indoors | Courtesy car available Got Head Problems? PHONE Colin 021 501 994 THE HEAD SHOP louvres & more Grant (Spud) McLeod | 027 540 4412 email: grant@louvresandmore.co.nz • Custom design louvres • Automated louvres with rain sensors • Manual & automated outdoor blinds • Outdoor heaters & LED lighting options • Louvre shutters • Timber & iron fences • Pool fencing • Decks • General landscaping forKlift Hire SERVICES LIMITED Locally Owned and Operated Phone: 579 2921 21 Redwood St, Blenheim www.forklifthireservices.co.nz Casual or Long Term Rentals Maintenance & Repair Services gArAge doors • Sectional Doors • Roller Doors • Tilt Doors • Commercial Doors • Gate Systems • Garage Door Openers GARAGE DOOR SYSTEMS 41 Grove Road BLENHEIM Ph 578 8251 info@dominatorblenheim.co.nz electricAl For all your electrical needs We service all Commercial Kitchen & Laundry equipment. Local agent for Starline Dishwashers. Ph: 579 4445 www.cmelectrical.co.nz plumBer WHETHER YOU NEED GAS, DRAINAGE OR PLUMBING SERVICES, WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED. Call Steve today 021 625 378 BLENHEIM TRUSTED PLUMBERS, GASFITTERS AND DRAINLAYERS property • Project management • Property maintenance • Property development • Property management Renovations, additions, sleepouts, lounges, kitchens, bathrooms, sheds, landscaping and anything to do with your home we can take care of it all Phone or txt Paul on 027 430 9716 or visit our website to book a free consultation www.pro1property.nz concrete for all things concrete Complete Site Preparation and Excavation Services RESIDENTIAL & RURAL concrete placing Driveways • Form Work exposed concrete Concrete Stamping concrete cutting core drilling 027 334 4720 • 03 577 9238 detAiling ExcEllEncE in AutomoBilE DEtAiling • Professional Exterior & Interior Detailing • Upholstery Shampooing • Buffing & Polishing • Pick up & delivery 30+ Years in the Automotive Industry Ph Aaron 027 256 0808 aaron@carspa.page carspa-detailing.com gAtes GATES Classic Gates ENGINEERING MARLBOROUGH POWDERCOATING See the experts for: Sandblasting Powdercoating Gates, Fencing Furniture Pool Fences 6 Nelson St, Blenheim Ph/Fax 578 0374 a/h 021 838 550 contrActor roof painting & repairs gutter cleaning, repairs & drainage solutions. Ph: Waen 027 7222647 Beavertown ContraCting Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 24

We have an exciting opportunity for a part time

Year 7/8 Homeroom or English Teacher

to join our teaching staff at Kuīni Harata/Queen Charlotte College. You will possess the following key attributes:-

Ensure quality of teaching and curriculum delivery is of a high standard

• A good understanding of the NZ curriculum

• The ability to drive new initiatives in a positive manner

• Be forward thinking of upcoming events

• Have a high level of communication with staff, students and whānau

This position is for 10 hours per week, fixed term, starting Term 3 or by negotiation. Please state any areas of strength and interests that you have.

Kuīni Harata is a successful co-educational, Year 7-13 school located at the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

Applications close 28 June 2024. To apply and for information regarding this role, please email: Executive Officer, Debbie O’Connell, doconnell@qcc.school.nz or phone the school office 03 573 6558 ext 743

12th July -7pm onwards

Renwick Community Hall

Guest Speakers

Andy White, MDC

Stephen Rooney, MDC

Michael Porter, Marlborough Police

Marlborough Returned and Services Association (Incorporated)

The Burleigh Memorial Olive Grove

Wish to thank the following for their assistance with our annual olive harvest:

Alan Wilkinson and his ALAPA Viticultural Workers

Pernod Ricard

Mike Newman – Meaters

Calvin Hart – Waterfront Bar and Grill

The Marlborough Olive Press

And our helpers who attended on the day.

The Harvest resulted in 900 Litres of Oil

Many Thanks.



In addition to the normal Agenda items of an AGM there is a proposal for a rule change to simplify the transfer of the assets of the Pharmacy to the 3 Debenture holding Lodges.

If you hold a 2023/24 MUFS discount card you are welcome to attend.

When; 1st July 2024 at 6pm Where; Redwood Tavern



In addition to the normal Agenda items of an AGM there is a proposal for a rule change. Now that the Marlborough United Friendly Society Dispensary is closed the Blenheim United Friendly Society can no longer offer any benefits. At the AGM a rule change is proposed to allow the committee to terminate the membership of any person whose dues remain unpaid after the 1st of May 2024.

If you wish to challenge this expulsion please contact the Secretary, Robin Cox on 5784115 or robincox@xtra.co.nz within 10 days of this notice appearing

If you hold a 2023/24 MUFS discount card and you paid the annual sub of $15 at the Dispensary then you are welcome to attend the AGM.

When; 10th July 2024 at 7pm.

Where; Vintage Car Club Rooms, Brayshaw Park

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 25 Classifieds Advertising Ph 03 577 7868 Public Notices Public Notices Situations Vacant Public Notices CANCELLED
• Residential mowing • commeRcial mowing • Ride on mowing • hedges & PRuning • gaRdening / sPRaying • section clean-uPs • Rubbish Removal • gutteR cleaning • all woRk guaRanteed Beautiful lawns and gardens By your local expert. Call 0800 454 654 or book online www.jimsmowing.co.nz Franchises Available Sunday 16th June 2024, 1pm For further information please go to www.qcyc.org.nz/about-1/ governance-policies All apologies to the Secretary AGM Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
AGM and Community Meeting
For your sewing requirements Quality Service Guaranteed Phone 03 578 1010 or 027 578 1010 Clothing Alterations: by Lynette Atkinson-Parker
Visit us online at blenheimsun.co.nz txt talk Got an important issue to share with Marlborough? Text your thoughts to: 027 242 5266

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 578 0797.

After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy: Monday - Friday 8.30am6pm. Saturday 9m - 5pm. Sunday 10am - 4pm. We will be closed on the following days: Anzac Day 25 April, Kings Birthday 3 June, Matariki 28 June

Community Care Pharmacy: Within the Blenheim Warehouse, open 7 days 9am8pm. Only closed Christmas Day. Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline.

Women’s Refuge and Sexual Violence Support Centre Marlborough: Crisis line number phone 0800 refuge or 03 5779939.

Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846)

Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 AA WORKS - 0800 229 6757.

Citizens Advice Bureau: Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am4pm. Phone 578 4272.

Wairau Hospital: Hospital Visiting Hours: Daily 2.30pm - 8pm, 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.


Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870.

Chemist: Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 8.30-5.30pm, Sat 9-2pm. Medical Centre Pharmacy, Ph 928 4265, Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm

Date: Tuesday June 25th 2024

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: Riversdale Community House

131 Budge Street, Blenheim Election of Officers & Reports

Speaker: Mayor Nadine Taylor All Welcome, Supper to follow

A copy of the agenda can be obtained from the Administrator riversdalecommunityhouse@xtra.co.nz

Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, with just 3.5 people per sq km.

Death notices

FRIZZELL, Betsy Rosina. Died peacefully on Tuesday June 4th, 2024 in Blenheim. Aged 96 years. Dearly loved wife of late Trevor Frizzell, treasured mother and friend of Rosemary and Godfrey (Wairarapa), Helen and Peter and special dog friend Ralph (deceased) (Dunedin), John and Sarah (Bristol), Richard and Rosie (Nelson). Special Nana to Libby, Felicity, Tomas, Nico and Robyn. Many thanks to her friends and Springlands Lifestyle Village staff for their care of Betsy. Messages to Richard Frizzell,18 Brough Terrace, Nelson 7010 and www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz or email: richardtfrizzell@gmail.com In lieu of flowers a donation to Marlborough Forest and Bird, email: marlborough.branch@ forestandbird.org.nz would be appreciated or may be made at the service. A service to celebrate Betsy’s life will be held at the Church of Nativity, 76 Alfred Street, Blenheim, on Wednesday, 12 June, at 11.30am followed by interment at the Fairhall Cemetery. The Service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the Cloudy Bay Funeral Services website.

Cloudy Bay Funerals 03 578 2004 F.D.A.N.Z.

MORTON, Allan Edwin (Snow): Passed away on Saturday June 8, 2024. Aged 91 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Josie. Loved father and father-in-aw of Gary and Susan (Hamilton), Andrew and Robyn (Blenheim), and the late Lisa. Loved grandad and great-grandad. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care given to Snow at Maxwell Life Care in his last 20 months. Messages may be sent to Andrew Morton, 199 Maxwell Road, Blenheim 7201. A private cremation has been held and a private farewell will be held for Snow at a later date.

T: 03 578 4719


TURNBULL, Stephen William (Steve). On 9 June 2024 peacefully at Wairau Hospital after a short battle with cancer, aged 67 years. Loved husband of Deb. Loved Dad and father in-law to Jaron and Rebecca, and Step Dad of Lily and Gemma. Loved Grandad of Asah, Mario and Lucy. Brother and Brother in-law of Marianne and Malcolm Kendell (Perth) Graeme (Chuck)Turnbull (Auckland) Christopher Turnbull(deceased) Allan Turnbull (Perth) Phillip Turnbull (deceased) Messages to c/- PO Box 9 Blenheim 7240 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz A private cremation will take place with a Memorial Service to be held in Auckland and Havelock respectively, dates to be advised.

Cloudy Bay Funerals 03 578 2004 F.D.A.N.Z.

In Memoriam

VERRY, Gwendoline Kate: 1924 - 2024. Passed away peacefully at Springlands Lifestyle Village on Sunday June 2, 2024. Dearly loved wife of the late George, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Bruce and Diana, Paul and Tracey. Loved gran of Louisa, Anna and Craig, Brendan and Shae, Hayden and Anya; loved great-gran of Petra and Violet. Loved sister of Judy and Sue, sister-in-law of Peter. The family would like to thank Springlands Lifestyle Village for the wonderful care of Gwen. Messages may be sent to 6 Scotston Grove, Witherlea, Blenheim 7201. A family farewell has been held in accordance with Gwen’s wishes.


Babies Babies Sun

WEBBER, Anne Theresa: Sadly passed away with family by her side, in her 84th year, at Hospice Marlborough on Wednesday June 5, 2024. Dearly loved partner of Douglas Morrison (deceased), and sister of Patricia, James (deceased), Paul, John, and Clare. Sister-in-law of Errol and Heather Morrison, and aunty and great aunty of many nieces and nephews. Special friend of Barbara and April. Messages may be sent to P O Box 25, Tua Marina, Marlborough 7246. Special thanks for all the care given by Dr Rhondda Turner, the Oncology team at Wairau Hospital, St. John and Hospice Marlborough. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice Marlborough a/c 03-1369-0365207-00, or St John a/c 12-3167-0165142-00 Ref. WEBBER would be appreciated please. At Miss Webber’s “request”, a farewell service has been held.


E: sowmans@funerals.co.nz

W: www.sowmans.co.nz

WILLETTS, Ryan Todd “Chucky”. Suddenly at home, June 5th 2024. Much loved son of Jess and the late Kevin. Loved Dad of Zachary. Loved by all his aunties, cousins and friends. Messages may be sent to 2A Walnut Lane, Islington, Blenheim 7201. A celebration of Ryan’s life will be held at The Pelorus Tavern, 21 Wakamarina Road, Canvastown at 1.30pm on Friday June 14. R.I.P. Ryan.

T: 03 578 4719

E: sowmans@funerals.co.nz W: www.sowmans.co.nz

EDGAR, Marion Levens 21.04.193516.06.2022 Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Greatly loved and deeply missed by Brian and Bronwyn.

HUTCHINSON, Alison Mae (Nee Hills) 29.09.1936-14.06.2021 It’s been 3 long and lonely years since you went to the place where there is no pain or suffering. I look at your picture every day and see your beautiful smile and think how lucky I was to have had you for 64 wonderful years. Always remember, I love you. Brian XXXX Sadly missed by your loving sons, Barry, David, Ross and Neil. Daughter-in-laws Vivian, Claire, Christine and Lauree. Your lovely grandchildren and beautiful great grandchildren. Rest in peace.

Wednesday June 12, 2024 26 Sun The Community notices Share your community events! Havelock Lions annual Shortest Day Market. Saturday 15th June. 9am -1pm A wide variety of stalls in the Town Hall with plants, crafts, preserves, baking and much more. Sites still available $5. Contact Ian 574 2558. Community Noticeboard is for non-profit organisations! For $10.00 + GST you can publish up to 25 words. EXCLUDES: AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. All notices must be pre-paid. Call into our office at 72 High St.
fact of the
03 578
E: sowmans@funerals.co.nz W: www.sowmans.co.nz
03 578 4719
The deadline is Monday 5.00pm. Please contact the Sun for further details. 72 High Street, Blenheim, email office@blenheimsun.co.nz or phone 577 7868. Remember your lost loved one on their anniversary.
In Memoriam Pi NE , 3cu/m $230 Macro 3 cu/m $280. No texting, no computers. 0273267416 WANTED TO BUY- Old tobacco tins, NZ postcards, military items, garden tools, woodworking tools, records from the 1970’s/80’s, old petrol station related items, fountain pens, crystal decanters/whisky & wine glasses, NZ history books, gold jewellery, antique bottles, Tonka, Fun Ho & tin toys, white Crown Lynn vases & swans & all collectables. Collector of NZ / Maori & whaling related artifacts. All of the above are popular & fetching good money at the moment. Free quotes we travel. Rarity, condition & collectability = more $$$. Just Browsing 26 Battys Rd (03)5775402. Fi REWooD : 2.5m3 old man pine / macrocarpa $250, or pallet wood $150. Pinecones $6 large sack. Kindling $5 box. 0275970492 STEEl bath 1500mm long, removed for renovation. Good condition. $50. 02040613326. S UN bURST Yacht, 3 sails, road and launch trolley. Phone 035736574. For Sale Wanted to Buy Public Notices Amanda, Conrad, and big sisters, Wynne and Cara are excited to announce the speedy arrival of Xanthe on her due date. Big thank you to midwife Aiméé for taking such great care of us. Demmocks: Xanthe Ida Joy Born June 7, 2024 Weight 3.14kg Hospital Wairau
Please email your photo and details to babies@blenheimsun.co.nz HAD A BABY? Tell the rest of Blenheim for FREE. RIVERSDALE PROMOTIONS INC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Grassroots rugby show set to return

Marlborough club rugby fans have welcomed the news that New Zealand Rugby Commercial (NZRC) has announced the Grassroots Club Rugby and Heartland Rugby programmes will air on NZR+, You Tube, Sky Sport and TVNZ from late June.

In March, Sky TV dropped the two shows that extensively cover the club and lower-level provincial scenes.

The Grassroots Club Rugby and Heartland Rugby programmes are amongst the longest-running rugby shows on New Zealand television, celebrating the best of Kiwi grassroots community and provincial rugby - the “Country

Calendar of rugby”.

Awatere Rugby Club’s Andrew Lawson says any coverage of grassroots rugby is good for the game and creates a bit of a buzz while former Tasman Rugby Referee Manager Dave Patterson says it is great news as grassroots is at the heart of many small communities and covering these games is important for supporters. Provincial rugby programme, Heartland Rugby (currently known as Mainfreight Rugby) started in 1999 and covers the Bunnings Warehouse Heartland Championship. Grassroots Club Rugby started airing in 2002, covering club and school rugby, showcasing local talent and their communities across the country.

The shows will return in a fresh format with All Blacks legend Ian Jones returning as a presenter, and plans to continue evolving them across new formats for social as well as traditional channels. New Zealand Rugby Commercial CEO, Craig Fenton says grassroots rugby is a story that needs to be told, and it’s best told from the grassroots by the volunteers, coaches, players and clubs.

“I’m deeply grateful for the partnership of our Heartland Provincial Unions, the clubs and communities they represent, for the leadership of the community rugby team at New Zealand Rugby, and especially proud to have the support of Sky and TVNZ, who have united with us.”

GRASSROOTS: Marlborough club rugby fans will once again get the opportunity to see grassroots rugby later this month after the announcement last Friday Grassroots Club Rugby and Heartland Rugby programmes will air on NZR+, You Tube, Sky Sport and TVNZ.

Dressage Marlborough Group held their second day of the AME Winter Series at the Marlborough Equestrian Park in Spring Creek recently.

The AME Winter Series comprises four days where regional and local dressage riders compete against each other during the winter months to practise for their dressage test for more challenging events such as the championships later in the year.

Spokesperson Helen Buitendijk says approximately 40 riders of all levels turned up with their horses and ponies in what was a wonderful event with great companionship and a relaxed vibe.

Helen says a special thanks to local sponsor AME Auto & Marine Electrics for making it possible to run the event. The next day of the AME Winter Series will be held on Sunday, July 7 at the same location. For more information regarding this event or group visit www. sporty.co.nz/marlboroughdressage or follow their Facebook Page Dressage Marlborough Group.

The Woody’s new vehicle for community groups Winter Series in full trot

Locals know it as the ‘Woody’ and soon community groups will get to know it through a logistical lens.

The Woodbourne Tavern and Motels in Renwick have a new vehicle for community groups to utilise to get to sporting or cultural events.

Co-owner Rowan Ingpen says the idea for a vehicle came about when the ‘girls in the kitchen’

Golf Results

who play rugby for Marlborough Girls’ College, asked about using the Woodbourne Tavern’s courtesy van to get them over to Nelson for rugby.

The vehicle, courtesy of the Marlborough Motor Centre, is a seven seater Mercedes V350.

The interior is ideal for group excursions across the region and has plenty of space to throw bags, kit and sporting equipment in.

Rowan says they have already had a few businesses enquiring how they can help out and sponsor the van. As for when community groups can use the vehicle he says it’s a work in progress as insurance needs to get sorted first.

“We are working through the process now as there may be a charity trust that could take it on so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” he says.

Ormsby 20Barry Mosley

Derek Bowman 20 Brain Burgess 19 Mike McConnell 19

Boniface 19 Leo McKendry 18 Ina Hatcher 17 Ladies Jenny Adams 22 Bernice Arnold 20 Yvonne Hore 20 Dawn Walker 20 Elaine Brown 19 Jane Ingram 19 June 5 Ladies 9 hole all in stableford Jenny Adams 23 Yvonne Hore 22 Sue Duckworth 19 Kay Ayson 19 Dawn Walker 19 Odette Roper 18 Trees Rewi 18 June 6 Stableford Stuart McLagan 46 Duncan Cassidy 40 Desz Campbell 37 Graeme Parker 36

Club June 3 9 Hole stableford: Dan Crawford 22 David Horrell 21

Sat 1 June Nett-Jeff Pascoe 71; Nick Wright 72;Phil Hawke

74,Mark Ivamy 74,Ian Johnson 74,Len Barlow 74,Maria McConway 75. Tues 4 June LGUOverall winner Anita McCaffrey 63; Div 2-Lin Stone;Mary Butler 68; Dido Harper 71,Jenny Hart 71; Div 3- Margaret Frisken 72.


37 Brian Yarrall 35 Doug Shaw

35 Mike McDonald 35 Helmut Adendorff 35 Terry Duff 35 Patrick Norton 35 Andrew Stowell 34 Ross Agnew 33 Ryan Windleburn 33 Rau Herd 33 Brent Baker 33 Murray Ingram 33Ladies Sue Greenstreet 36 Robyn Breen 36 NTP Fairweathers 9/18 Ray Herd Sowmans 3/12 Trent Davies and Doug Shaw.

Thurs 6 June S/F-Tim McCaffrey 43;Nick Wright 38,Ant Booker

38,Graham Couldrey 38,Leigh McGlynn 37; Murray Selwyn

36,David Bunt 36;Gary Aldridge

35,Warren Roertson 35. Fri 7 June 9H S/F- Ellie Gillies 20; Judy Jones 19;Lin Stone 17; Trudy McClelland 16.

Sun The Wednesday June 12, 2024 27 sport
Blenheim Golf Club
Picton Golf
Clark 21 Leo Hawkins 21
Doug Shaw 36 Steve Anderson 36 Stuart Parker 36 Mike Gar-
35 9 holes stableford David Horrell 22 Arnold Newman 21 Justin Taipana 20 June 8 Single Stableford Graeme Parker 38 Warren Ingram 38 Don
The Woodbourne Tavern has a new vehicle for community groups to utilise to get to events. Caroline Houghton on her horse RM Limbo, winning the non-graded Small Tour international test at the Marlborough Equestrian Park recently.
Wednesday June 12, 2024 28 Sun The SERVICES LIMITED Proudly Locally Owned and Operated Casual or long Term r en Tals m ain T enan C e & r epair s ervi C es p hone: 579 2921 21 r edwood s t, Blenheim | www.forklifthireservices.co.nz 2023 Member of Proud Sponsors of Whether you need a forklift for an hour, a week or on a fixed, short, or long term lease, we can help you. Your specialist needs and requirements can be accommodated with customised quotations our speciality. Including all Forklift Attachments. We service and repair all forklift makes and models and offer a comprehensive workshop and mobile service. We understand the importance of our clients knowing that they can rely on us to repair their forklift promptly in the event of a breakdown and can offer a temporary loan machine as a replacement if the repair is going to take longer. 91 Weld st, redwoodtown
It’s back… CAN for a CLEAN Up to 3 items of jewellery cleaned in exchange for a donation of food for our furry friends at MarlboroUgh FoUr Paws! Two weeks only 10th-24th June
(right next to Bikes and Scooters)

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.