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Kamate! Kamate! Alex Rowe of the Redwoodtown Kindergarten gets into some foot stomping action performing a haka in the annual Maori Performing Arts Festival, Taiopenga, at the Clubs of Marlborough

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yesterday. Performances involving 36 groups from kohanga reo, early childhood learning centres, primary schools and colleges are being held over the two days of the festival which ends today.

Other children in the photo are, from left, Ryan Webb, Ana Wood (at back), Couper Bampton and Tyrell Barnett-Law. Photo by Chris Tobin

Terminal expansion ‘urgent’ By Chris Tobin Due to congestion, the future development of the Blenheim Airport terminal is now a matter of some urgency says Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman. “The Chamber of Commerce has put pressure on council and I think council has to look at it now. “We looked at it a year ago but because of the large cost spent on the runway and apron ($3 million), it was put on the backburner. Continued page 4

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Council ‘financially very strong’ By Chris Tobin The Marlborough District Council’s financial position is “very strong,” says the council chief executive Andrew Besley. The council has assets of $1,310.8 million, and liabilities of only $37.7m, Mr Besley said in his annual report which will be considered at a council meeting tomorrow. The council’s debt to outside parties “net of investments” is $7.9m. “The impact of the global economic

downturn continues to be felt, particularly in low numbers of consent applications,” Mr Besley said. “However the restructuring undertaken in 2010-11 has improved the matching costs and resources against revenue in this area.” Mr Besley said progress on a number of projects over the year had been slower than expected. These included Blenheim sewage treatment, the Picton sewer outfall and the Civic Theatre.

The Marlborough Regional Forestry had shown an increase in value of the forests and this would bring increased cash flow for the council, he said. “Overall 2011-12 has been a year of careful financial management which sees council well placed to meet the ongoing financial challenges to the district.” Marlbrough mayor Alistair Sowman said the council had come through testing times with solid achievement in the past year.

Passion for fashion for sisters By Robbie Parkes A passion for fashion has driven the establishment of Blenheim’s latest boutique clothing store, bringing some well-known international brands to the local market. No 4 Boutique in the Market St Forum opened its doors to eager shoppers last Thursday, featuring a variety of women’s fashion brands including Lorna Jane, Adidas Originals, Mimosa and Honey and Beau. Sisters Hayley MacDonald and Anna Armstrong head up Marlborough’s latest fashion Mecca, a venture that has already proved rewarding. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Hayley. “My children are now all at school and it seemed like the right time.” It is her first retail shop, but she said her mum and sisters have been a great help in setting it up. With twelve coffees drunk between them, and a full day of business on the books, Hayley said their first day had gone really well. “I love it, I’d say it was a really good response, which is pleasing to see.” She said their biggest strength is their customer service, something customers commended them on on the day. “We’re just happy, friendly people people.” It was a bit of a sleepless first night she said, with lots of winter ordering to do. “But that will all settle down really.” The store stocks designers from around New

Hayley MacDonald (right) and her sister Anna Armstrong opened their women's fashion store, No 4 Boutique last week to a great response.

Zealand, and even Australia. “We stock clothing that has not previously been sold in Blenheim, and is exclusively sold to No. 4.” A lot of it is clothes people can only get when they are on holiday, she said. Lorna Jane for example, is exclusive to them in the

South Island, only one other small shop in Auckland sells the range. Hayley said a variety of customers came through the door on Thursday, both young and old. “It’s actually a really wide range, it’s what we aimed for.”

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Story and photo by Annabelle Latz It was a great display of history at the Omaka Flying Day Fundraiser on Saturday, where such aircraft as the Focke Wulf 190, (Fw190) the Yak-3, the P-40 Kittyhawk, and the Avro Anson bomber – the only one of its kind in the world still flying, graced the ground and filled the sky. Kevin Wilkey was a flying instructor at Omaka for 17 years, until a year ago when he took the flying seat for the first time in the Boeing Stearman. He said flying the former training plane for WWII American pilots was a bit different to the modern planes he was used to flying when he was an instructor. “It’s big, noisy, it’s just a fun aeroplane,” he said. His love for planes began in 1969. “And they have kept me poor and happy ever since, with an emphasis on the poor,” he said. Wayne Chapman remembered having the last flight of the century with Kevin, as the clocks were soon to tick into the new millennium. It was in a Tomahawk, and Wayne said they were just checking to see if the world was going to blow up or not. Other heritage aircraft included on Saturday were the Sopwith Pup and Nieuport 11 from WW-I, the Russian WW-II Yak-3 fighter, vintage Boeing Stearman and Fleet 16 biplanes, Harvard, Nanchang, and more. Graham Orphan, one of the organisers of Saturday’s event and big events like Classic Fighters Omaka 2013, informed the crowd about the A4 Skyhawk, which has been at Omaka for more than a year; they first flew in New Zealand in 1970.

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“This has been used by the US Navy, The Royal Australian Navy, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. She’s definitely retired now,” said Graham. The Fw190, at Omaka since last Easter, was a crowd pleaser, as was the top German Luftwaffe WW-11 fighter, shipped over from Germany. Graham said a surprise ar-

rival and great addition was a Messerschmitt Me108, flown down from Tauranga by Colin Henderson who was keen to visit Omaka. The WW-II German Me108 flew alongside the Omaka resident Focke-Wulf Fw190 over the Awatere Valley. “It was the first time that two Luftwaffe aircraft from WW-II had flown together in Australa-

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Youth website launched By Robbie Parkes Five years in the making, the Marlborough Youth Council’s website ‘My Voice’ was officially launched on Friday, taking the next step in youth development in the region. Details of the website were presented to members of the youth council last week, as well as Mayor Alistair Sowman and Cr Jessica Bagge, by a subcommittee made up of Logan Anderson, Hayley Millard, and Jonathan Cash. “There has been a lot of planning and a lot of thought put into it,” said Logan.

All three had spent a considerable amount of time developing ideas for the website, including spending time with the Tasman regional youth council and discussing how its website was set up. “The aim of it was to really pull as much information together for youth as we could,” said Hayley. The website includes information about driving codes, preparing for your learner licence, SADD (Students Against Drink Driving) details, health, drugs, alcohol, sexuality, sports, bullying, future careers and education links to university websites, and other important

resources. Jonathan said the easy access makes everything readily available for youth looking for information. “We encourage people to dive in and around the website,” said Logan. It also includes a monthly competition where youth are quizzed about information that can be found on the website, and go into the draw to win an iPod Touch, for example. Over the years we have just kept adding content, Hayley said. The trio said they are always looking for feedback and they will keep adding to the website as more ideas are developed.

Members of the Marlborough Youth Council, Max Bicknell, Gabby Mark, Callum Saunders, Hayley Millard and Jonathan Cash.

Terminal expansion ‘urgent’ By Chris Tobin Continued from Page 1. “Now there’s some urgency with the bigger planes coming in.” In recent weeks larger aircraft have replaced Air NZ’s Beech 1900D aircraft which has impacted on the airport and resulted in long queues. “People wa iting outside is unacceptable,”Mr Sowman said. He discounted the possibility that a new airport terminal could be built on the southern side of the airfield as suggested in a Blenheim Sun article last week. “It’s not a consideration.” The Air Force base is down-sizing and room for expansion is not an issue. “The cost would not be practicable,” he said. This month MDC Holdings, the Marlborough District owned company which runs the airport, announced plans to double the size of the existing terminal to include a meeting room

and lounge. How this work would be financed has not been decided. Marlborough Chamber of Commercie general manager Brian Dawson has suggested a $5 departure tax. Mr Sowman did not think the ratepayers should be paying. “I believe it should be user pays,” he said. The airport company is surveying all airport users covering a range of topics including the terminal, the parking system, pick-up and drop-off zones, taxi/shuttle services, and visability of road signs. The survey started yesterday and continues to the end of November. Mr Sowman said design work on the expansion would not be determined until the survey results were considered. Survey forms are availabe at the airport or they can be filled in online at

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Good catch, great fun for fishing contest Story and photo by Annabelle Latz The clock had just struck 4.30am on Saturday when Judy Anderson took off to Pelorus Sound with family members, to land the biggest fish of the annual Fishin’ Competition, based at Renwick Arms Country Club. It was a 8.35 kilogram snapper, caught by Judy, her son Malcolm Anderson who was skipper of the boat, and a handful of other family members. They were all aboard their family boat, the Kiwi Craft named BJM, after family members Bruce, Jimmy and Malcolm. “I had to be up early and ready to go with my skipper, or I’d get left behind!” she said. It was just after 8am when they caught the big snapper. “He wasn’t easy to pull in, he did all sorts of things out there. There was a bit of panic on the boat.” There had been a good frost that morning.

“I said I didn’t want to go overboard to get him, it was cold!” Judy enjoys her two days of fishing competitions each year, as she also attends the one in Picton. She said it was a great family event. The early start meant her four year-old granddaughter Lusia had to miss the action, but was excited all day about going to the weigh in that afternoon. Julie and the team had a good day of catches, and winnings, which including a rod and reel, a portable chair, and a lifejacket. Jeanette Anderson, Lusia’s mum, said it was one of her daughter’s highlights. “Lusia said to me, ‘Gran’s winning a lot of prizes, isn’t she mum?’” Allan Fergusson, (Ferg) manager of the club and organiser of the competition, said fish numbers were down on last year, which was partly due to the ban on cod fishing at the moment.

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Citizenship was granted to 26 people in the Marlborough District Council chambers on Friday. Mayor Alistair Sowman swore in the new residents who came from Britain, South Africa, the Philippines, Brazil, Canada, Israel and the United States. Those who received citizenship with their country of origin in brackets were: Clare Cameron (Britain); Daniel du Plessis; Georgina du Plessis (both South Africa); Roy Jariel; Judith Jariel; Ronnel Jariel; May Jariel; Jonnel Jariel (all Philippines);

“It was a magnificent weekend, everything went really well,” he said. Three boxes of fish, with greenfish weight of 25kg, including crayfish, scallops, trout and a mix of other catches, were put up for auction at the club on Sunday afternoon, bringing in a total of $180 for the kindergarten. With the money, a new playpit will be built. “The support of the event was amazing, and we can never speak highly enough of our sponsors and the contenders,” said Ferg. He said lots of people just came down at weigh-in times to have a look, and Sunday afternoon was a great crowd pleaser with the auction and prize giving. “It was wall to wall yesterday.” Other big catches of the weekend was a six kilogram eel in the kids section, caught by Cooper Nott from Renwick, and a 2.7 kilogram john dory, caught by Wal Johnson from Renwick.

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I love whitebait. I was bought up on the West Coast, back then there was so much whitebait we even used it as garden fertiliser. I buy it now and again, usually for Christmas lunch as a whitebait fritter.

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Garden tours a great fundraiser Dear Ed, In reply to Val B – Regarding Parish Garden Tour, Oct 17th. I’m very sorry Val that you feel this way. Did you know that the ‘Culverden Christmas Country Fete’ also costs $20.00 per person plus the cost of petrol to go there. The main reason we go to these fundraisers is for a great day out with family or friends, but most of all is to support the great charities that these funds go to. If it wasn’t for the great generosity of people supporting these events then there would be a lot of people deprived of the help that they get from these organisations. So I find it very helpful to focus on the spirit of giving than what the tickets cost. Lyn W

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New airport terminal not required yet Dear Ed, Re: Possibility of developing a new airport terminal in Blenheim (Blenheim Sun, October 17) To start with I am in favour of sticking with the present site. Why? The Air New Zealand frequency of flights does not warrant such expense. The population here in Blenheim and around does not sustain such an idea! Think of the consequences. Who would in the end pay? The public and as it is fares are

astronomical enough because of not enough competition. We have it from good authority that the present terminal is enough to handle all flights. We are living at a time of economy restraint and a terminal size has to contend with a small rate of flights each week. So until bigger planes and flights are needed, then such an idea may have some value. (Mrs) D Greenslade

Country Fair in time for early Christmas shopping Support the Beavertown Blenheim Lions Country Fair next month. Taking place in the Market St forum, it will take place on Friday November 9 between 8am and 4pm, and on Saturday November 10 between 8am and 1pm. There will be a range of items, from denim wear, underwear, dolls wear, and fabric, to plants, skin care, sweets and spices, and much more. Carol Taylor, publicity liaison of-

Rex Simpson Blenheim Yes I do, when I was younger I used to catch my own. But it’s too cold for that now. I buy whitebait 4-5 times a season. Best way is as a paddy in a sandwich.

ficer for Beavertown Blenheim Lions, asked anyone who would like to have a stall at the fair to contact Wynnis Phillips, 577 7788. “There will also be a raffle, and lots of Christmas gift and decoration item ideas.” She said there is something there for everybody. “Support the Lions, because all the money raised stays in Marlborough, and goes to local charities.”

Pathetic Post Dear Ed, Recently I posted a letter using an old 50 cent stamp from a book of stamps I discovered. A week later it came back, “not delivered, insufficient postage by 20 cents.” I saw the attitude of NZ Post both pathetic and wrong. Firstly when the book of stamps was purchased it was basically a contract to deliver a letter for 50 cents. As for the pathetic attitude, by the time the letter went to Christchurch before despatch to Hamilton, was rejected and sent back, rehandled here, it probably cost NZ Post $20. What a miserable, miserly attitude by NZ Post. Whatever happened to the spirit of public service? Or did that disappear with the profit ethos of SOEs? Shelby Wright Blenheim

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Marlborough has a great network of advisory groups committing themselves to reducing the amount of abuse and neglect that happens in homes in our community. CYF works alongside a number of Bronwyn Hutcheson, Differential Response Coordinator,Child, Youth and organisations in the MVIP project, all Family (CYF), talks to Annabelle Latz of who have the joint aim of working about support available to Marlborough together to keep children and young families and the importance of us all people safe, they include Women’s working together to keep our children Refuge, Police, Barnados, Maata Waka, Marlborough District Council, Rural and young people safe . Combating abuse and neglect is like Education Activities Programme, putting together pieces of a puzzle (REAP) and more. Bronwyn said between the groups together and everyone in the community has to communicate to help create the involved, lots of advice and help is on offer, and it is for everybody in the full picture of what is going on. Bronwyn Hutcheson is also a group community. There are a lot of pressures on families member of the Marlborough Violence Intervention Project (MVIP), working nowadays and most families experience alongside other local organisations stress regardless of their income and background. to raise awareness I s s u e s t h a t m ay and combat abuse “We want to contribute to stress on and neglect in our families include such community.. encourage things as isolation, Bronwyn has been in lack of supports such Marlborough 19 years, everybody to as family and friends, working in various roles within the social look out for their housing, health and relationship problems, work sector, is a mother financial strain and of three, and knows neighbours, raising teenagers. that communication is essential for a dropping friends and family” “People are under a whole heap of different rate of neglect and stresses, and when they are all happening abuse. “It’s about raising awareness in the all at once, that’s when abuse and neglect community of healthy positive parenting may happens” “It’s up to our entire community to use and relationships.” Bronwyn advocates a holistic approach the resources that are available to them.” Any families who are struggling to dealing with abuse. “We are all part of the community, and with raising children, getting along as everybody needs to take responsibility. a family unit, or those who just need We all need to raise awareness of the some advice, are all welcome to use community facilities and organisations. power to be a healthy parent.” “We want to encourage everybody to Last year Child, Youth and Family’s Blenheim site received just over 1200 look out for their neighbours, friends reports of concern, covering from and family. If you are worried about a Rai Valley and the Sounds, down to family that is not coping be prepared to offer support or get help.” Kaikoura. If people are more proactive about There are 9 social workers based in the Blenheim office, with one based getting advice and support, struggling families will be better off. in Kaikoura.

Bronwyn said causes of neglect and abuse are not simple, it comes in many forms, and it cannot be blamed on one simple reason. “It’s about giving everyone the resources and support they need to become better parents.” The substantiated rate of sexual and physical abuse, and neglect, have not increased as dramatically in recent years as the reports of violence, which means that people’s intolerance for this happening in the community is increasing. “If we as a community know where we can go to get support, and have the right kind of support, hopefully a lot of the neglect and

abuse can stop.” “It’s about providing support to families early on, before the damage is done.” Bronw y n sa id be cause Marlborough is a reasonably small community, organisations are able to give more detailed and specific help to families. “We have a really connected community, and organisations work really well together.” Active Dads Marlborough is a newer initiative in the community, creating more events where dads and children can spend time together. I believe that everyone in our

community can make a difference. Key dates throughout the year provide opportunities to for well respected speakers such as Norm Hewitt and Pio Terei to educate the whole community, and World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children is happening on November 19, which Bronwyn said everyone can be aware of, and use it as an event to help out someone who may be struggling with their family. If you are worried about a family who is struggling, or if you want advice about where to go for help for someone you know, call 0508 Family (0508 326 459).


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Friday is World Teachers’ Day By Dave Paterson (teacher at Canvastown School and Past President of Marlborough NZEI) It is an opportunity for us to think about those special teachers that have made a difference in our lives, and in the lives of children that are special to us. Despite the best efforts of those in power in Wellington to paint the education sector as in crisis, we in Marlborough know differently! Our centres, kindergartens and schools in Marlborough deliver World Class Education, overcoming the many challenges put in front of us.

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Sadly not all of our children come from homes where even their basic needs are met. These include basic needs such as living in a dry and warm house, being read to, nurtured, and fed enough to be able to get through the day. The fact that the teachers in Marlborough can continue to produce outstanding results despite

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Frustration is building within the marching community in Marlborough. Marrianne Fenwick has been a marching coach for more than twenty years, and has seen plenty of talent in the district. With the New Zealand Championships in December, she, and fellow coach Kim Oliver, urgently need to put together a full team. “We only have one month to get the new team on the field,” said Marrianne. The South Island championships are in Christchurch on November 17 and 18, and the team must compete there to qualify for the big competition in December, being held in Dunedin.

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“It’s frustrating, there are lots of people out there who have and do march. “And there would be people that are interested in learning to march.” The team, called Avant-Garde, which is part of Marching Central club, has seven members, but will need at least 10 to compete this summer. “We are not prepared to blow the whistle, and have this team not happen. Part of the meaning of our team’s name is that we are innovative and we are risk takers.” Last year, a group of Marlborough marchers had to join Nelson marchers as a way to go to the national competition, as there was not enough interest here. “We want a team here, the girls want this team to happen.” “It’s not a dying sport, we are still very much alive.” A group of marching girls will be at the Market St forum this Saturday, handing out pamphlets and answering questions about the sport. There is a static display of marching information in the Blenheim Library this week, and posters have been put up around the town. “We want as many marchers as possible for our team, as one of our goals is to be in the position to field two senior teams, as we have absolutely no other senior team to compete with or against at the top of the South Island.”

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Weekend arrests and incidents Friday, October 19 At about 1.50pm on Friday a 42 year old unemployed male was arrested after a altercation on a bus outside the I-Site on Grove Rd, BM. He was formally warned and released from Police custody. At about 8.40pm on Friday a 41 year old fisherman was arrested for possession of cannabis after he was stopped by Police carrying out a routine vehicle stop. When they spoke to the occupants of the vehicle a strong smell of smoked cannabis could be smelt coming from the vehicle. He will appear in the Blenheim District Court on the 12/11/12. A single vehicle accident occurred in a forestry block in the North Bank where the driver of the vehicle rolled the vehicle onto it’s roof. The driver and his passenger extracted themselves and from the vehicle and were taken to Wairau Hospital with minor injuries. Police are investigating the cause of the accident alcohol is believed to be a factor. Food items believed to have been stolen from Countdown Super Market were located at the Blenheim Plunket rooms. Police are following positive lines of inquiry into the theft. Saturday, October 20 At about 4.20pm on Saturday a 37 year old unemployed female was arrested for disorderly behaviour in Falkland Drive, Bm. She received a Pre Charge Warning for her behaviour and was released when sober. At about 4.20pm on Saturday a 39 year old unemployed female was arrested for disorderly behaviour after an incident in Weld St, BM. The woman was warned a number of times by Police that her behaviour and language was unacceptable she continued this behaviour and was arrested. She will appear in the Blenheim District on the 21/11/12. At about 5.10 on Saturday a 17 year old unemployed male was arrested for Disorderly

behaviour on Lybster St, BM (media release completed at the time) he will appear in the Blenheim District Court on the 23/11/12. Four rural burglaries were reported to Police over the weekend. A vineyard near Renwick was targeted with 2 chainsaws and fuel containers being taken from locked shed. (Police would like to remind rural property owners to secure all sheds, garages, vehicles and storage sheds and report all suspicious vehicles and people to Police immediately). Sunday, October 21 At about 12.30am a 23 year old male was taken into Police custody due to his level of intoxication and his inability to look after himself. He was released when sober. At 11.30am a 21 year old male vineyard was arrested for a historic theft matter which related to property being taken from an address that he been living at in June this year. He will appear in the Blenheim District Court on the 05/11/12. Monday, October 22 At 4.30pm a 21 year old male vineyard worker was arrested and his vehicle impounded when he was stopped Police and was found to have been previously forbidden to drive as he did not have a drivers licence. At 7pm a 21 year old male labourer was arrested for failing to appear in Court. he has been held in custody to appear in the Blenheim District today. At about 7.30pm a 43 year linesman was processed for excess breath alcohol after Police were called to the address of his ex partner after a verbal altercation. Police Located the 43 year old male driving his vehicle from the address, he was process for drink driving and his licence suspend immediately. At 9.25pm a 26 year old unemployed male was arrested for breaching his bail. He was held in custody to appear in the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday. At about 6.30am a single vehicle accident occurred about 6km North of Renwick on State Highway 6. The vehicle rolled and came to rest in the middle of the road. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured but the road was block until it was able to be recovered.

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Red Rose Day There are occasions when it’s ok to buy a rose for yourself. Red Rose Day is one of them, which is being celebrated in Marlborough this Friday. A day organised by Red Cross, 2000 roses will be dotted around nine sites in Blenheim, which can be purchased for a gold coin donation. The annual event has been running for eight years, and each year helps Marlborough Red Cross provide its services. Edith McKay, Marlborough Red Cross treasurer, said the day has always been well supported in Blenheim, both by collectors and the public.

“There will be lots of smiling faces selling the roses,” she said. Red Cross provides wheelchairs for people in their homes, and provides vans to take rest home residents to elderly seminars, stroke group, arthritis group, care and craft, and senior citizens group. Red Cross organises Meals on Wheels, which involves 180 volunteers delivering meals to people’s homes in Marlborough. “Volunteering for Meals on Wheels is very rewarding, people really look forward to us coming,” said Edith. Red Cross also provides first aid courses. ‘The People Savers’

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Quilt artist makes quick stop in Blenheim By Robbie Parkes An internationally renowned quilt artist made a quick stop in Blenheim last week to talk about her craft and the creative process behind her work. Rosalie Dace presented a lecture at the Marlborough Convention centre as guest of the Marlborough Quilt Club. She answered some frequently asked questions about her art, but also enlightened attendees on the aesthetic and technical aspects of quiltmaking. The first question she said she always gets asked is: ‘Where did you get your inspiration?’ “Inspiration is not this amazing thing that lands on your head with a thud, you have to look around.” Hailing from Durban, South Africa, Rosalie said her homeland does play a big part in her work, but so do her entire life experiences. “You can’t help but be inspired by the concepts and attitudes, design, decorations and colours around you. “I like my work to express where it is in life. “It’s such an extraordinary tradition and contemporary art.” She said New Zealand has a vibrant and creative knitting community. “The funny thing is, I’ve taught all over the world, it doesn’t matter what language it is, once you meet those people you all speak the same language. “It’s a huge leveller, you get people from all sorts of amazing backgrounds who just want to do something creative. “I’ve literally had a rocket scientist, and a woman who worked on the Alaskan pipeline.” Blenheim was a short stop for the expert, who has taken three weeks out of a five month United States tour, to


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Quilt artist and international teacher Rosalie Dace stopped in Blenheim to do a lecture as part of her tour of New Zealand.

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babies TIMMS: Karen and Chris are grateful to God for the safe arrival of their baby girl Grace Elizabeth-Anne (8lb 2.5oz) on October 9th, 2012 at Wairau Hospital. A sister for George, Lucy and Harrison. Special thanks to my wonderful midwife Ruth Johnson, student midwife Rihanne and all the wonderful staff at Ward One. Photo provided.

FORD: Krista and Michael are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their first baby girl, Layla Isobel (8lb 5oz.) on October 22 2012 at 7.05pm. At Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to Midwifes Sue Hudson and Rhianne Lamb and all the staff on Ward One.

CLEMETT: Malcolm and Rebecca are pleased to announce the arrival of their "little girl" Jemma Jayne Elizabeth (6lb 4oz) on October 15th 2012 at 11.56am. A sister for Brendan and Cory. A huge thank you to Angela, Melissa and the Maternity Ward staff. And a special thanks to our amazing friend Liz Miller for all her support.

KEOWN: Hamish and Hayley along with big brother Cam are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Violet Blanche (8lb 6oz) on October 4th. A huge thank you to Ange, Dr Helen Crampton, and Ward one staff. Photo provided.

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MoleChecks Mole Checks or digital dermoscopy is is theequipped TheMoleMax Skin Clinic Marlborough analysis of high powered microscopic images of the skin allowingdigital early detection of with high resolution mapping melanoma and other skin cancers. technology detection Dermoscopyallowing can detectearly melanomas before of they are obviousand with other the naked eye. melanomas skin cancers. Make an appointment Early today diagnosis to haveand you prompt treatment can family’s skin cure from skin cancer. resultandinyour achecked. complete The clinic provides a comprehensive range of treatment options and is now approved by Southern Cross as an affiliated provider. Phone 578 1665 24 George St Blenheim Make an appointment today to have you and your family’s skin checked.

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Good time to check your skin

With summer approaching and the risk of melanoma, it is a good time to check out your skin. Detecting (finding) skin cancer as early as possible is the key to successful treatment. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. If detected when they are thin and at an early stage most melanomas are curable. Skin cancer often develops from an existing spot, freckle or mole, but it can also develop on what was once normal looking skin. It is recommended that people regularly BAY AUDIOLOGY check all areas of their skin, including skin BAY AUDIOLOGYOFFERS: BLENHEIM OFFERS:not normally exposed to the sun, like the BLENHEIM soles of the feet. BAY AUDIOLOGY BLENHEIM OFFERS: You may need to ask a family member • FREE Hearing checks. or friend to check difficult-to-see areas, • FREE Hearing checks. • Diagnostic hearing tests. such as: your back, scalp, and the back of • Diagnostic hearing tests. • Latest hearing technology. your neck. • Latest hearing technology. Advice assistance on funding What to look for when checking • • Advice andand assistance on funding and options. andfinance finance options. your skin • • Full and and repairrepair serviceservice Fullwarranty warranty Get to know your skin by regularly checking for any change in the shape, Call us on 03 579 4769 or call colour or size of spots, freckles or moles. Call us on 03 579 4769 or call in to 54 Scott Street Blenheim. Look for a new lesion(s) that has uneven in to 54 Scott Street Blenheim. (patchy) colour, is growing larger quickly or is itchy or bleeds easily. Look for scaly, red patches (that may bleed easily), ulcers or sores that do not heal, especially in areas often exposed to the sun. See your doctor if you notice changes. If a freckle or mole is growing larger,


or changing in shape or colour, see your doctor straight away.

People over 50

For people over 50 the risk of melanoma increases with age, so it is especially important for those over the age of 50, particularly men, to check their skin regularly. In New Zealand, more men than women develop melanoma and more men die from melanoma. This may be because men do not notice skin changes or they may delay seeing their doctor. Do people with naturally dark skin need to check for skin cancer? While people with naturally dark skin, such as many Maori, Pacific and Asian people, have less chance of getting melanoma, it is still important they check their skin.

Which doctors do skin checks?

General practitioners. Although general practitioners (GPs) are not specialists in skin cancer, they are trained and qualified to check skin lesions, and are able to recommend the best approach for treating any unusual skin lesion. A study showed that New Zealand GPs were skilled in diagnosing skin lesions and identifying which lesions should have biopsies (removal of a sample of tissue which is examined in the laboratory to check if it is a skin cancer). (Information from the Cancer Society)


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Beat hay-fever this season It is hay fever season and antihistamines seem to be the only well-known preventative medicines, but there are many natural therapies available. With hay fever season almost in full swing, there are many natural therapies that may alleviate irritation and pain without the need to go to the pharmacy. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids help the part of the immune system related to allergies and histamine release. Vitamin A and carotenoids are good for the maintenance of healthy mucous membranes of the nose, throat and eyes. Good sources of carotenoids include apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, and collard greens. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body. They can be obtained from fish oil or flax seed capsules. Horseradish, Garlic and Fenugreek help to dry up discharge and relieve hay fever

symptoms Taking a horseradish supplement during the hay fever season, helps to alleviate hay fever or reduce the severity of the symptoms. Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water, three times a day can also be an effective treatment for hay fever symptoms. The vinegar and honey help digestion and reduce the formation of mucous.

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Cancer Society Marlborough Contact us for support and information on any aspect of cancer • Support services for people diagnosed with cancer • Information & support for partners, families & friends • Education to promote prevention and early detection of cancer Email: Website: Forum Building, Market Street, Blenheim, or Ph: 03 579 4379 Fax: 03 579 4381 Hours 9:30 - 4:00pm Mon to Fri

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Wednesday October 24, 2012

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Omaka Flying Day

The on Saturday drew big crowds, enjoying aircraft displays and good weather.

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 Bill Lacey and Pete Anderson

Stearman for about been flying this Boeing  Sandy Sandilands has ts in WWII. pilo can eri Am g aircraft for six years, a former trainin

 Graham Orphan, organi ser Chapman, both informing of the flying day, and Wayne the crowd about differe nt aircrafts displayed on Saturday.

Fishin’ Competition

A few good catches were reeled in for the at Renwick Arms Country Club held at the weekend.

 Graeme Hampton weighs in a snapper, caught at Pelorus Sound.

 Melanie Hampton with a Spiky Dog shark, caught at Pelorus Sound.

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 Allan Fergusson shows some of the crayfish that was donated for the auction, to raise money for Renwick Kindergarten ’s playpit upgrade.

Brayshaw Park

hosted a collection of veteran and vintage vehicles on Saturday as part of a south island tour, and local enthusiasts took the opportunity to buy and sell various parts and pieces.

 Bruce Rumble, the ‘Spanner man.’

 David Bruce selling a range of goods from car magazines and fans to wheels and a hurricane lamp.

 John Sigley and Trevor May looking at some second hand good s.

 Stuart Johnson looks at some of his model cars with Wayne Henderson

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community notices The Community Noticeboard is for non-profit organisations. For $10.00 you can publish up to 25 words. No AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. Community Notices must be pre-paid. Call into our office at 72 High Street, Blenheim

Housie Thursday

3 SUPER houses.Thursdays 7pm Blenheim Bowling Club, Weld Street. 40 houses, 1 special. Raffles and loads of food. Proceeds to Te Rerenga o Te Ra

Housie Saturday

6.30pm at the Racecourse Hall. Entrance down Linton Street. 50 games, 2 super houses, raffles and food for sale.


Sunday and Monday. Noel Leeming carpark 10am - 1pm, stall space available for selling, crafts, bric. abrac, general goods, plants, food. $5 car space.

Mental Health

Consumer Advocacy Service. Our Advocates will take up your cause to ensure your rights are respected, listen to your concerns and support you in the actions you want to take to gain resolution. Ph: 5795304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St.

SF Marlborough

(supporting families in mental well being) For information/advocacy/support for families living with mental illness please contact Cheryl or Lyn on 577 5491 or visit us at 4 Scott Street. All Welcome

Sheets ‘n’ Things

Good used linen for sale! Open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 12 noon at Bread of Life, 14b Stephenson Street (opp Boys College) Phone: 577-5423.

The Blue Door

Is open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.30pm. Saturday 9.00am - 2pm. Item surplus to your requirements we would gladly accept. We can deliver. Phone 579 4353.


community services Marlborough After Hours GP Ser vices: Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 5206377. Office 5209980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm 7 days Ph 5782271. Diabetes NZ Marlborough: 5775549, Office hours Tues,Wed,Thurs 9am3pm. Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543 354, 24hr helpline. Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital 520 9999, for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Overeaters Anonymous: For more information Ph 570 5137 Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 5777651, Harvey 5788125 Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. Ph Margaret 578 4690 or Cilla 570 5335.

Alzheimers Society Marlborough: 577 6172, 8 Wither Rd, Mon,Wed,Fri 9am-4pm / Tue, Thurs 9.30-3pm. Hospital Visiting Hours: Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-Noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. Marlborough Family Budgeting: Free confidential budgeting advice. Monday-Friday. Phone 578 2006. Citizens Advice Bureau Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Picton Doctor: Phone weekend doctor 573 6092 or Marlborough After Hours GP Service 520 6377. Office 5209980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist:Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat-Sun 9-3pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm.

HOSIE, Peter Guy: On October 19th 2012, suddenly, nearly home from his walk in Ngakuta Bay. Dearly loved husband of the late Denise, father and father-in-law of Sally, Ian and Kirsty, David and Liz and Grandfather of Simon Hosie. We will miss you, your kindness, laughter and love, every day. Messages to 107 Milton Terrace, Picton. In lieu of flowers, donations to St John would be appreciated and may left at the service or sent to P O Box 467 Blenheim 7240. A service for Peter will be held at the Waikawa Boating Club 43 Beach Rd Waikawa Picton at 1.30 pm Thursday October 25 followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.

EXTON, Rodney Thomas, Ex. RAF- L4261310; Rtd Flight Sergeant, RNZAFN84836: On October 18, 2012 at Fairview Hospital, peacefully, after a short illness. In the presence of his loving wife and daughter. Aged 71 years young. Soulmate of 50 years and the best husband to Judi, father and father-in-law to Kate, Sue and Peter, grandfather to Rachel, Nicole and Sophie. Will be sorely missed but forever remembered and cherished. His wicked sense of humour will remain with us forever. Messages to 2/16 Brian Bary Street, Blenheim 7201. Garden flowers only please but donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240. A service for Rodney will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Henry Street, Blenheim at 1.30pm Thursday October 25, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.


NICOLL, Helen Margaret (Margaret): (nee Jacobs). Passed on peacefully on October 19 2012 at Bethsaida Retirement Village Blenheim. In her 101st year. Beloved wife of the late David, mother and mother-in-law of Robert (Bob) and Suzie, Alistair, Don, Winston; Nana of Brent and Jenith, Kirsty, Stuart and Mika, Craig, Sam; great grandmother (Nana) of Dylan and Abby, Sheehan, Ethan, Cullen, Leigh, Zion. Our very heartfelt gratitude to the people of Bethsaida who gave her so much love and care. A lovely, wonderful lady, much loved and treasured. Will be forever in our souls and fondly remembered. Safe travels. Messages to 2 Elzy St Blenheim 7201. A service for Margaret will be held at St Christopher’s Anglican Church Redwoodtown Blenheim at 10.30 am Thursday October 25 followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.


HEWITT, Larry: Passed away on October 14, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Edith (Faye), brother-in-law of Stan and Mary, Mervyn, Moira, Lynda, Carol and Robin, Lesley, and Janet; and the late Rae, Lucy, Gordon, Nancy, Claire and Adrian. Loved uncle of Leanne, Steven, and Adam, Many thanks to the staff at Fairview Rest Home for all their special care. Messages to 74A Alabama Road, Blenheim 7201. A private cremation has been held at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719

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THE BLUE DOOR Extraordinary General Meeting

15th November 2012 4.30pm Nativity Church Lounge 1/: Audited a/c 2011/2012 2/: Adoption of rules

The Wairau Presbyterian Parish is seeking a sole charge Office Administrator/Treasurer. The ideal candidate will have:  Excellent communication skills  Be compassionate, empathetic, honest, reliable and trustworthy  Ability to work unsupervised and prioritise  Experience with Microsoft Office programs  Good accounting knowledge and familiar with QuickBooks or similar program  Good organisational skills etc. Job Descriptions are available from: St. Ninian’s Church Office, 1 Riley Crescent, Blenheim from 9 am–3 pm Tuesday to Friday. Written applications including a CV close on Friday 2 November 2012. Post to: ‘Office Administrator’, 6 Riley Crescent, Blenheim

Monday October 29: Marlborough Anniversary day.

Monday November 5: In Picton meeting with constituents and community groups by arrangement. Tuesday November 6-8: Primary Production & Education and Science Select Committee meetings.

B LEN H EIM OF F ICE CON TAC T P.O. Box 130, The Forum, Market Street, Blenheim Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm PHONE (03) 579 3204 0800 COLIN MP (265 466) FAX (03) 577 6934 EMAIL Contact us for Colin’s email newsletter.

BLENHEIM Do you want to work as a leader in our new “state of the art” supermarket? Do you want to take the opportunity to develop your potential as a manager? Do you thrive in a dynamic work environment? Are you up for the challenge?

Bakery Manager Dairy / Freezer Manager

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Saturday November 3: Visit the QEII conservation area at Geoff and Liz Evans property, Stronvar, Waihopi Valley.

Send applications to 31 Scott Street Blenheim or email:

We want you to apply for one of our management roles:

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Friday November 2: In Blenheim meeting with constituents and community groups by arrangement.

Must have experience with Asian cuisine Preferably 1 year experience Position is in Blenheim

Our people will have the right attitude and abilities to perform their role at the highest level and have a track record for delivering results and leading effective teams.

Tuesday October 30-31: Recess Week, Colin in Blenheim attending meetings. Thursday November 1: Meetings on the Awatere and East Coast.


Grocery Manager Inwards Goods Manager Service Deli / Seafood Manager

Certificate in Computer Technology (level 2 or 3) Certificate in Community Support services (Care for the Older Person) NMIT level 4 National Certificate in Retail (level 2 or 3)

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For more details call 578 0215 Ext 587 email: Or call or text for Computing Julia 0275 363 707 for Caregiving Programme Eleanor 022 077 1957 and for Retail Angie 021 0303 243

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Forklift Technician Based in Blenheim, Forklift Hire Services is a locally owned and operated business specialising in forklift hire, sales and service. Due to a retirement, we require an experienced and qualified, skilled technician to join our team. If you are a motivated person with a solid employment history and have experience in mechanical diagnosis, repair and maintenance, then we would love to hear from you. The successful applicant will possess: • Ability to work unsupervised • Relevant industry experience an advantage • Honest, reliable and well organised • Current, clean, full drivers licence • A positive attitude and outlook • Electrical experience an advantage This is a full time permanent position and remuneration will be negotiable based on experience. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Please apply in writing enclosing a cover letter with your CV to: Forklift Hire Services, 21 Redwood Street , Blenheim, 7201 Email: Applications close Wednesday 31st October 2012

• Either Nelson or Blenheim based, 32 hours per week This is your chance to work with one of New Zealand’s leading and high profile brands. This is a brand new role which will be based in either Nelson or Blenheim working with and visiting retailers in the upper South Island and West Coast. This is no ordinary Territory Representative role. You will work closely with a diverse group of retailers, supporting them to maximise in store opportunities and bring growth to the business. We are looking for: • A relationship expert – no selling required! • Confidence in presenting to small groups • A personable, practical and positive outlook, with a ‘can-do’ attitude • Experience working with a diverse range of people • Previous experience in a retail environment Jobs like these are hard to find, don’t delay! To apply for this position, please visit and refer to reference number 15952. For further information, please contact Lucy McLernon on (09) 368 7300. All applications will be acknowledged by email.


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Wednesday October 24, 2012

Operation Christmas Child reminder Last year the Marlborough community filled about 250 shoe boxes with festive goodies, making Christmas special for children living in very poor countries around the Pacific. The Shoebox Appeal is an annual event. This year shoeboxes will go from Marlborough to Papua New Guinea. Items needed most are jandals, underwear, school supplies, toothbrushes, hard soap, sunglasses, a baseball cap, a comb. People can bring the box to the Blenheim Sun office by Thursday, November 1. Shoeboxes and guidelines are available from the Blenheim Sun office, and from Cresswell’s Shoes.

Nakita Parish, age 7, among the Christmas shoeboxes.

Rapaura School pupil Alastair Gifford and his grandfather and former Rapaura School pupil Ian Gifford, 1943-1950, planted an oak tree at Rapaura School on Sunday at the school's 150 year celebration. The original oak tree was planted by Ian's father Clarrie, who was at Rapaura School 1915-1920.

Flora Litchfield, (nee Gane) 94 years-old, cut the cake with the youngest pupil RIley Neal, who turned 5 years-old earlier this month.

Memories shared at Rapaura School’s birthday celebration share happy memories. “What came through was the community spirit, and everyone pulling together for Rapaura School.” For example, building the school swimming pool. “They would carry on after the work, until the small hours,” she said, which also created strong friendships. Helen has been principal since 2008, and was deputy principal before that. She said community and school spirit is still a big part of Rapaura School. “I’ve had lots of positive feedback, especially about the children, they were just fantastic.” A new oak tree was planted next to the adventure playground by Ian

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Gifford, who started at Rapaura School in 1943, and his grandson, current pupil Alastair Gifford. It was learned on the day that Ian’s father, who attended the school between 1915-1920. “It was just one big birthday party,” said Helen, who wanted to thank Lindsay Parkinson, who led the Jubilee committee, for the amazing job. Photos of the celebration will be available on the school’s facebook page, and on the website. Some great stories were collected on the day, but Helen would love to have more. Helen is asking people to send in their memoirs, either by posting them to Rapaura School, 349 Hammerichs Rd, RD3 Blenheim, or by emailing

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Three Marlborough triathletes had a taste of world class competition at the weekend, when they took part in the Barfoot and Thompson World Triathlon grand final in Auckland.

By Annabelle Latz Tales were told, and laughs and memories were shared at the weekend, as Rapaura School celebrated 150 years. About 200 past pupils attended the dinner on Saturday evening, which included speakers Norman Gane, Ian Gifford and Mike Bonic. Saturday’s day time events included a singing performance by pupils Kate Harper and Fran McCulloch, a welcoming haka by the school, and highland dancing. Murray Robinson, who attended Rapaura School from 1947-55, was MC for the day. “People had come from a long distance,” said principal Helen Williams, summing the whole event up as a wonderful opportunity to rekindle friendships and

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Strong line-up for sports awards By Chris Tobin The Marlborough Boys’ College Sportsman of the Year event will be hotly contested this year with a strong line-up of nominees. Head of sport at the college and organiser of the event Gray Cornelius said six students had been nominated but they would not be announced until the evening of the event on November 6. Marlborough boys excelled at national and international level this year. Rower Tom Murray was part of the New Zealand under 17 coxed four which won gold at the world junior championships in Bulgaria while Corey McCaffrey was in the under 19 coxed quad which placed sixth. Kurt Schollum played for the New Zealand men’s softball team, the Black Sox, captained the first XV and led the college to the national secondary schools’ softball title earlier this year. Cyclists Callum Saunders (under 17) and Quinn Karwowski (under 19) took out national secondary schools road race championships. Cornelius said awards for every sport available at the school would be

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Former All Black captain, Sir Wilson Whineray died on Monday, aged 77. Sir Wilson died surrounded by his family at Auckland Hospital having been there for the past month. He made his All Black debut at 21 in 1957, playing 77 matches, including 32 tests, and was made captain at 23 years-old.

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Wallabies player Scott Higginbotham has been suspended for two weeks after he pleaded guilty to striking All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup match. Footage showed the Australian player headbutting McCaw and striking him with his knee over the course of the 18-18 drawn game.

williAms vs BothA Bout set Sonny Bill Williams will face South African Francois Botha in the boxing ring in Brisbane on November 24. Williams confirmed the fight date and venue on Monday, putting aside speculation that it would take place in Durban.

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ian Ferguson, guest speaker. presented at the function. “We present 70 odd trophies for those who are high achievers but also for those who have contributed to refereeing and coaching.” The three main awards are for best team, best all-rounder and then the overall sportsman of the year. There’s a glitter of gold about the guest speakers also with New Zealand’s most successful Olympian kayaker Ian Ferguson coming for the event. “His nephew attends the school; he has family links here,” said Cornelius.

Joe sullivan, guest speaker also. Ferguson won three golds at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Games and a gold and silver at the 1988 games in Seoul. The other guest speaker is Picton’s pride, Joe Sullivan, who won an Olympic gold medal in the double sculls at the London Olympic Games this year. The function will be held at the Clubs of Marlborough. Tickets are available from the college.

World class triathletes

By Annabelle Latz Marlborough’s top triathletes showed solid form at the weekend’s Barfoot and Thompson World Triathlon grand final in Auckland. On Monday three triathletes raced in their age group category for a punt at the world championship title, taking on a 1500m swim, a 40km bike, and a 10km run. Conditions were dry and windy. Jeremy McKenzie finished in eighth place in his 35-39 age group race, in a time of 2:11:31. “I was over the moon, it was above my expectations,” he said, completing his first world championship competition. He was a fairly strong contender in the swim, which required a gutsy effort in the choppy conditions. The dry weather allowed for a hard effort on the bike. “It had so much technical down hill and cornering, and there was a wicked hill.” “And the atmosphere was awesome, there was so much yelling and screaming.” The run was technical, with footpaths, railway lines and cobbles to contend with. “It wasn’t your straight line stuff, but it was just a nice run, and really interesting.” Almuth Waechter finished in 27th place in her 45-49 age group race, in a time of 2:45:07.

She said her bike and swim were a bit slower than expected, but her run went very well. “I like to race that way, with a lot in the tank at the end,” she said. It was her third world champ event, and Almuth said the crowds and number of athletes was amazing. “And the transitions was the longest ever, the number of bikes was mindblowing.” She said the choppy swim made it hard to see the landmarks at times. Mark Grammer, who finished in 37th place in his 45-49 age group race, in a time of 2:23:06, said the hilly bike meant it was less likely for riders to try and draft. “It split everybody up,” he said. Being a stronger swimmer and biker than runner, Mark said adrenaline took over when he entered the water, which was only 14 degrees Celsius. Auckland was his third world championship event, and he said everyone in his field was very experienced, and competitive. “It was difficult to know where you were in your field, as we were let off in waves of 100, at five minute intervals.” Mark said the event was really well organised. “It’s a big mission to put 2500 people on the road at the same time,” he said. Ian Shapcott was entered in the 6569 age group race, but did not end up competing.

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Flock race win On Saturday the Blenheim Pigeon Club flew two races from Timaru, with 87 birds released at 7.10am. The first flock bird arrived home to its perch by 12.49.54pm. They also flew their annual Ladies race. One bird is nominated by the flyers wife, the winner of this race was D Dredge from Seddon with his bird arriving home at 12.22.50. Flock Race Results; 1st Morrins Hollow 12.49.54 Velocity 1138.501mpm, 2nd J Webb 1134.488, 3rd J Mcilroy 1125.960,4th S Morrison 1112.799, 5th

D Dredge 1091.479,6th S Kirkwood 1091.170,7th A Cooper 1090.500, 8th C Kirkwood 1077.640, 9th Tumbledown Loft 1034.574. Ladies Race Results;1st D. Dredge 12.22.50 1186.058 mpm, 2nd S Morrison 1147.787, 3rd J Webb 1106.245, 4th C Kirkwood 1091.479 , 5th A Cooper 1068.869, 6th Morrins Hollow, 7th J Mcilroy 1029.788, 8th S Kirkwood 946.674 , 9th Tumbledown Loft 767.515. Next weeks race is from Oamaru and is the second leg of the clubs triple Crown.


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