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‘Shock of my life’ By Chris Valli

Blenheim’s Kerie Skelton got the shock of her life recently – in a good way. Australian-born Kerie, 72, has been living in New Zealand for 42 years and has been writing to her American born pen-pal Pat, 68, for 57 years. Kerie’s daughter Tania lives in Darwin, Australia and made out to her Mum that she was coming home with a friend of hers from America. Tania had made out there wasn’t enough room in the car (for pickup) at the airport, so Kerie waited at the motel and got the ‘shock of her life’ when Pat walked in. Continued on page 2. Kerie (left) shows Pat the Kaikoura coastline after their long-awaited catch up.

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'It was finally my turn to meet her' Continued from page 1. “She wasn’t who I thought it was going to be,” says Kerie. “They had arranged for the best part of the year for her to come as a surprise. My other daughter and husband Gavin knew about it and they kept it a secret as well.” The moment – which was caught on video – left Kerie with her mouth wide open and tears from both of them. The opportunity to connect with a pen-pal in North America (Pat lived in Connecticut, nowadays Virgina) came about Kerie recalls when she had her name and address placed in an Australian teen magazine. “We both started writing quite often and discovered we had quite a lot in common and we got on really well. We’ve got children similar ages and now that she is here, we’ve got more in common than what we ever thought we did. We found out we both like doing word puzzles and we like reading books, going to the movies.” In recent years and advancements with technology, Kerie says using WhatsApp – an instant messaging and voice service – has allowed for that instant connection and a far cry from using a Croxley Pad, envelope and 20c stamp, to canvass and share written thoughts. “Technology certainly has made it easier,” she says.

THE POWER OF THE PEN: American Patricia (Pat) Chipko and Blenheim’s Kerie Skelton met each other for the first time in 57 years recently. The long awaited catch up was a surprise that was kept secret by Kerie’s family for over one year.

Kerie had come to New Zealand as a 20-year-old on a working holiday visa and met her future husband – Bill – and got married. Pat says the highlight has been getting along so well in person while being able to experience the

Kiwiana like making pavalova and seeing places Kerie frequents like Nelson and Picton. “I met Danielle her older daughter about 15 years ago when she came to New York while my best friend spent a month in New Zealand

and met Kerie and her husband six years ago. So it was finally my turn to meet her and I never thought I would.” Pat is in Blenheim until Saturday before she flies to the North Island and back home to the States.

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Love – ‘strong, unwavering, unconditional’ By Chris Valli

As Marlburians wake up this morning to their alarm clocks and social media platforms, just a friendly wee reminder chaps, it’s Valentine’s Day. Apparently, the Romans loved roses, the flowers of Bacchus, god of wine and joy, of Cupid and of Venus, so it is easy to see how they became symbols of romance. So how did Valentine, a Catholic priest, get in on the act? He was a bishop during the time of the Roman Emperor Claudius the Goth, who outlawed marriage as he felt young men would refuse to go off to fight to maintain his empire if they had wives. Rumour has it, Valentine started marrying couples in secret and word got back to Claudius, who condemned the bishop to death. The prisoner supposedly began exchanging notes with the daughter of his jailer and his last message before he was beheaded in AD 270 ended, ``From your Valentine’’. Who says history was a boring subject? For a Blenheim couple, Valentine’s Day holds special significance, they got engaged on February 14 and have been married for 15 years. Melanie Stephenson-Old and husband Blake met in all places, at the Palmerston North Speedway. The power of motor sport connecting like-minded individuals. Melanie says Blake was in his first year of university doing a Bachelor of Engineering, while she was work-

ing as an office manager and they meet through mutual friends. The couple got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2009 and were married 10 months later in Palmerston North. The couple have four children; Amelia 11, Emily 9, William 7, and Luke, their ‘lockdown baby’ who will be 4 in March. Blake works as a programmer for New Zealand Electrical Services (NZES). So how would the couple describe love and do we need such a day as Valentines to remind, the more forgetful? “The hubby says yes,” laughs Melanie. “I would describe our love as strong, unwavering, and unconditional,” Melanie says. “It’s about being able to effectively communicate about all aspects, and being best friends.” When asked what their plans were to recognise the occasion, Melanie sums it up through a practical, domesticated, realistic lens. “After all the after school activities, once the children are all fed and in bed, we play a very competitive game of Ticket to Ride Europe (a railway themed board game),” says Melanie. Mind you, if you’re reading this tonight after work and you get it completely wrong and miss celebrating St Valentine on February 14, the Catholic Church has several other saints of that name, so there could be an opportunity to break out the red roses on November 3, feast day of Valentine of Viterbo.

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Search warrant executed in Marlborough Marlborough Police executed a search warrant at a Canvastown address at the weekend. Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan confirmed the search relates to Operation Largo, the continuing investigation into the disappearance of Jessica Boyce from Renwick in March 2019. The investigation has been active since Jessica disappeared and the search is the latest phase of their ongoing enquiries. To protect the investigation, police are unable to comment on the nature and outcome of the search. Police have kept Jessica’s family up to date with these latest developments, and investigators remained determined to bring justice for Jessica.

Water incident fatality, Clarence River Police have confirmed a person has died following a water related incident on the Clarence River on Saturday afternoon. The person is understood to have been rafting and passed away at the scene. WorkSafe have been notified of the incident and police are making enquiries on behalf of the coroner.

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: Melanie says love is about being able to effectively communicate about all aspects, and being best friends. The Blenheim couple have been married for 15 years and have four children.

Correction: Grey Power Marlborough will host a Prostate Cancer information evening at the Nativity Church Hall in Alfred Street, Blenheim on March 19th, not February 19th as reported in last week’s Grey Power Newsletter. The information evening will be open to the public, both men and women, and will commence at 7.15pm.

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Tradies golf day giving thanks to his tradies who have supported him. “We will probably do this every year and I’d like to do something on a bigger scale in the future,” he says. “It’s going to be really good fun.” About 45 Blenheim based tradespeople (painters and plasterers) are taking part on the day and Bruce says, there’s quite a few of them,

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FENZ – ‘Call us if fireworks let off’ By Chris Valli

Fire and Emergency New Zealand wants Marlburians to give them a call if they see fireworks being let off. Lunar New Year celebrations started at the weekend amid continuing hot, dry conditions across many parts of the region. The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of China’s most important festivals, falling on Saturday, February 10. Fireworks and sky lanterns are banned in many areas including the Top of the South. National Wild-

fire Manager Tim Mitchell says the public needed to be vigilant, particularly with the current dry conditions and urged people to call 111 if there was legitimate fire risk or, if not, people should ring their local FENZ district office. FENZ is also concerned many individuals are stockpiling fireworks. Fireworks are available to buy in New Zealand only between 2 and 5 November in the lead up to Guy Fawkes.. However, other events such as Lunar New Year, Matariki, Diwali and New Year’s Eve, as well as Guy Fawkes, are cause for concern.

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Mitchell says fireworks are a form of explosive, and FENZ recommended people do not store them. Meanwhile, New Zealand Chinese Association Marlborough celebrated the Lunar New Year at the Wesley Centre/The Foundry in Henry and John Streets on Saturday. The zodiac animal for the 2024 Lunar New Year is the Dragon, the fifth of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac. The last year of the Dragon was in January 2012, which marked the year of the Water Dragon. This year, however, is the Wood Dragon.

President Xuemei Zhang says the association had another very successful Chinese New Year celebration with more than 200 community members joining including Heather Barnes from the Marlborough District Council’s Welcoming Communities, Ewa Zielinska from the Marlborough Multicultural Centre, and Natalia Vasquez from Blenheim’s Redcross. Committee member Mandy Li says happiness is shared amongst generations and they would like to thank their friends from other ethnic groups in Marlborough who joined and shared their culture.

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A Marlborough MyLotto store has sold a $12,965 Lotto Second Division ticket at the weekend. The ticket holder joins 20 lucky Lotto players. One lucky player also won Powerball Second Division, taking their total winnings to $30,837.

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With higher electricity charges and the increased cost of living many consumers are really going to suffer this winter. On behalf of the consumers I represent from throughout the province I respectfully request an explanation for this drastic reduction. Philip Taylor Blenheim

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World-leading technology will aid Tory Channel mariners A groundbreaking visual aid providing real-time guidance for mariners on current and tide conditions in Tory Channel/Kura te Au is live on Council’s website and Marlborough Cruise Guide. The world-leading technology is the result of more than two years of work as part of Council’s Tide and Current Project, run in conjunction with marine and oceanographic survey experts Oceanum, Calypso Science and iXblue. Tory Channel/Kura te Au, the main trunk line for ferries travelling between the North and South islands, has long had a reputation amongst mariners as a complex waterway, Harbourmaster Captain Jake Oliver told the Environment and Planning Committee recently. “Actual currents and expected currents are not always the same which means mariners cannot be certain of the conditions until they have entered the channel. The tide and current model ‘nowcasts’ real-time information on the actual flow conditions at the entrance to the channel and is free to use,” he said. “There is a high degree of accuracy, and

we have confidence in the model. We can project 24 hours ahead and look back at the previous 24 hours as well.” Council owns the model, but Oceanum who have developed the product, mathematical models, and visual aids will be able to use the technology developed for other applications around the world. “The technology has the potential to be much more than a navigational safety tool,” Captain Oliver said. The work has been made possible due to the detailed bathymetric data collected during the HS51 multibeam survey of Queen Charlotte Sound/ Tōtaranui in 2016/17. “Without this data we would not have been able to understand the shape of the channel. Now we will begin looking at the feasibility of expanding the project to encompass the whole of Queen Charlotte Sound/ Tōtaranui.” For more information go to: www.marlborough.govt.nz/environment/ harbours/tory-channel-current-and-tidemodel

Seniors’ Expo coming up Are you interested in activities or advice targeting the over 65 age group? The Marlborough Seniors’ Expo, on Tuesday 5 March, is a day designed for the whole community to help create awareness of services, groups, and activities available for older people. While aimed at the over 65s, the Expo is not solely for them, so if you have an older relative or friend or are simply interested to know what support and activities are available for older people, you are welcome to head along. It’s a perfect opportunity to get vital information for whānau and family members. Whether it’s helping them to maintain an active lifestyle or meeting

other people in a bid to reduce loneliness, the Expo can help. Even if it’s just wanting to know where to access advice and support, the Expo is a valuable starting point. There will be information available about health issues in the elderly, mini health checks and representatives from support and legal agencies and health organisations will be on hand. The expo runs from 9am to 1pm at the Marlborough Events Centre, next to the ASB Theatre, and is free to all. More than 50 stallholders will attend and refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Council on Ph: 03 520 7400.

A welcome drink for street trees It’s been a hot summer which is great for holidaying, but it can make life hard for our street trees. While watering of younger trees is carried out regularly by contractors, the trees also appreciate a helping hand from residents over the hot summer months. Please keep an eye on the tree outside your home - if it’s looking dry then feel free to give it a drink with a hand-held hose or a watering can, either early in the morning or in the evening. We – and the tree – appreciate this help! You can help care for our street trees by: • Keeping lawn mowers and grass clippings away from the trunk to prevent bark damage • Not spraying, but weeding around the base of the tree • Not parking over the tree’s roots • Reporting any vandalism or wind damage to Council

World-leading technology will provide boaties with real-time guidance on the complex tides and currents of Tory Channel/Kura te Au and has potential for applications far beyond a navigational tool

Council plants smaller, drought tolerant street trees, maintained by professional arborists who are responsible for their care. Please contact Council on Ph: 03 520 7400 if you notice a problem with a street tree.

Pollard Park in full bloom Summer is a busy time in Pollard Park for both visitors and garden staff. Locals, tourists and busloads of visitors from cruise ships have all enjoyed the wonderful flower displays with many making positive comments to staff. The centre bed at Pollard Park is filled with flowers specifically for butterflies including blue salvia, white and pink alyssum and a yellow and red swan plant. With summer planting finished, Council staff are currently working on routine maintenance including weeding, trimming and dead heading. With the Wither Hills Farm Park closed, Pollard Park makes a great alternative.

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Technicolor for Kingi whanau Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will take the stage at the ASB Theatre in May. Spencer Kingi plays the lead of Joseph and spoke to Chris Valli about sharing the stage with his two daughters and the young talent in the children’s chorus. Amateur operatic and theatre is a pretty intense business at the best of times. Handy then, Havelock’s Kingi family share a unified passion for performing and the arts. An ‘emotional shorthand’ if you will, that can be used in rehearsals to speed up the process of character and relationship development. While this shorthand is usually something that takes place behind the scenes, there are instances where it comes through in the performance itself. Dad Spencer, 45, and his girls’ Alice (12) and Amelia (10), have shared the stage before with Te Tauihu Peforming Arts Dance on Grove’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Blenheim Musical Theatre’s Les Miserables and Havelock Community Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. In 2024, they will be involved again with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The May production at the ASB Theatre runs from May 8 – 18 including 10 shows with three matinees. Amelia and Alice Kingi are in the children’s chorus/ensemble for Joseph and the sisters say they enjoy all parts of being involved with the production, notwithstanding the singing, dancing and acting. “Our favourite part would be singing with our Dad in Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do. We also love dancing and are currently learning some of the choreography.” “We love being on the stage with our friends, each other and our Dad. We have so much fun up there and we feel so proud when all the hard work comes together after all of the rehearsals. It makes us feel proud of what we have achieved. And it’s great to see and hear the audience’s reactions,” says Amelia. It’s no surprise Spencer has the lead as Joseph. The humbled thespian is world

class and is a credit to the Marlborough arts scene and audiences who have seen his repertoire of characters from Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (1997) to Phantom in Phantom of the Opera (2019) to Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (2022).

“We love being on the stage with our friends, each other and our Dad” The seasoned veteran says it is already sounding amazing. “The cast are very excited to bring this show to life. I am looking forward to delving deeper into the character of Joseph and developing his personality and charm,” he says. “It is a classic, well known and loved show, it has great catchy songs and a very talented cast. The young talent we have in the children’s chorus is also a must see, to watch the kids develop and grow is remarkable.” Amelia says her Dad ‘looks so professional on stage’ and becomes a completely different person. “He makes me want to do more shows,” she says. Alice agrees adding her ‘Dad is amazing and that ‘he is such a great singer’. “I want to be able to perform like that too,” she says. Amelia says she can remember her Dad perform as Rooster in Blenheim Musical Theatre’s production of Annie (2017). “He had to come on stage squawking like a Rooster, it was very funny,” she recalls. Meanwhile, Alice says she can recall when Dad played Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. “In one part I had to run up to

him and he swung me around, I loved this. I also remember him in Phantom of the Opera, I only watched it once as he made me cry, he was singing ‘All I Ask of You’ where Christine was dancing with Raoul, he looked really sad.” The girls are fundraising this year to travel to the United States to be part of the Kiwi All Stars team who are performing in California in February, 2025. The duo auditioned in Auckland and was so excited when they got selected to be part of the team, with around 30 kids chosen. “We get to go to the Junior Theatre Festival in Sacramento, perform a 15 minute musical theatre piece and attend acting, singing and dance workshops, learning from some of the best in the theatre world. We then travel to Disneyland to take part in the performing arts workshop. We feel so lucky to have been selected for this life changing trip,” they quip. Meanwhile, a Bingo Night hosted by the Havelock Lions Club is on Friday February 23 at the Havelock School Hall from 7pm. All proceeds will be going to support Amelia and Alice. Spencer says watching his girls grow from strength to strength was a huge incentive for Joseph. “It was great to see them gaining more confidence every show and watching their journey of musical theatre. Being given the opportunity to perform alongside my girls is very special and I’m hoping they feel the same enjoyment as I do.” Spencer’s late father Joe Kingi was one who treaded the boards locally and from all who knew him, had a natural disposition for acting. Joe had a close rapport with the late Duncan Whiting. He says he hopes that his Dad would be happy that ‘we still continue to enjoy musical theatre as he did.’ “His efforts with me at an early

The Kingi family is all involved with Blenheim Musical Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the ASB Theatre in May. Dad Spencer says being given the opportunity to perform alongside his girls is special and he hopes they feel the same enjoyment as he does.

age were worthwhile. I think he would be very proud of his Granddaughters.” As for what advice he would give him? There are three words which sum up any actor wanting to develop and nurture a character. “Don’t Be Yourself’. Mum Louise has joined the creative team for Joseph as Production Manager. She says with Spencer being so heavily involved in performing, ‘she knew that she too wanted to be involved in some capacity... although not on stage’.

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Mutant variant impacting Marlburians By Chris Valli

A highly mutated Omicron variant has been responsible for more than nine in 10 New Zealand coronavirus infections with Marlborough people been hit by the recent viral strain and businesses in the CBD closed on Monday due to sickness. The variant makes it easily the most dominant strain in more than a year. Covid-19 modeller Professor Michael Plank says a single variant hadn’t caused such an impact since the Omicron off-shoot BA.5 caused a mid-winter wave in mid-2022. ESR’s latest surveillance showed the JN.1 variant accounted for 93 percent of coronavirus detected through wastewater sampling, along with three-quarters of sequenced samples from hospitals. Blenheim’s Manu Ora GP Dr Sara Simmons says they have seen an increase in coronavirus symptoms. She says while there seem to be less people suffering with very extreme symptoms, there are much more people experiencing significant illness which can wipe them out for several days, usually taking a minimum of two weeks to fully recover. “This continues to have an impact

Blenheim’s Manu Ora GP Dr Sara Simmons says they have seen an increase in coronavirus symptoms. A single variant hasn’t caused such an impact since the Omicron off-shoot BA.5 caused a mid-winter wave in mid-2022.

on not only our health, but the productivity of our community. We continue to encourage people to get their booster vaccinations, and help limit the severity and spread of Covid-19. We absolutely need to prevent an outbreak such as this in winter,” says Dr Sara. First picked up here in October, JN.1 was making up about one in 10 cases by the start of December and at least half by the end of that month, before becoming the driving sub-variant in New Zealand’s summer surge. Its rise marked a dramatic shift from local Covid-19 patterns over the last year and a-half, in which

cases have been caused by a “soup” of Omicron sub-variants circulating together. “We always knew this was a possibility, but we didn’t know for sure whether it was going to happen or not,” Plank says of JN.1′s dominance. The sub-variant emerged from a similarly-mutated Omicron strain, BA.2.86 - of which JN.1 was separated by just a single mutation in the spike protein the virus used to enter our cells. “Although this is the first time in 18 months that we’ve had a variant sweep through, it hasn’t had anything like the health impact that

BA.5 did,” Plank said. “It’s clearly got a growth advantage and some degree of immune advantage, but it’s not causing the same level of severe illness that we saw in the past.” The difference partly owed to more people having been exposed to the virus since 2022, he said. While surveillance showed Covid-19 infection rates remained elevated across New Zealand, there were indications the country was past the peak of the wave, with hospitalisations and wastewater detections trending downward nationally. Just as JN.1 helped add momen-

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‘The gem in the heart of Blenheim’ By Chris Valli

A recent refurbishment has transformed Blenheim’s Hotel d’Urville into a must do experience for those that live in Marlborough. The November upgrade to the Queen Street location redefines hospitality. Within the historic walls of Hotel d’Urville you are transported to spaces that are cleverly designed to host and entertain guests. There’s live music every Friday night featuring local musicians in Bamboo Tiger, Blenheim’s

award winning Cocktail bar. Then step into the newly refurbished restaurant, Taika (Maori for tiger) Pacifica Asian Tapas, and experience the natural flow on to the outdoor bar Tiki Hut, available for events and functions. Hotel Manager Michelle Bradley says the refurbishment was about creating a cohesive, sharing, friendly dining experience for all their guests. With the newly refurbished Restaurant Taika sitting in between Bamboo Tiger Jazz & Cocktail Bar and the outdoor bar Tiki Hut, its Jungle Lux theme looks amazing and provides a cool

setting for the Tapas styled menu. The new, exciting Taika menu is nothing short of tantalizing. Paua fried rice (dairy and gluten free) is one to savour, Taika signature dumplings, Seafood Tom Yum and the Oyster Bar menu are but a few of the taste sensations on offer. “It’s that Pacifica/Asian fusion of flavours and sharing plates that arrive to the table fresh as it’s cooked, instead of the traditional starter, entrée and main” she says. Michelle says for locals, who haven’t experienced Hotel d’Urville, it’s like being transported

into another world, including a life-sized tiger. “You walk into a beautiful 100 year-old heritage building of which there aren’t many in Blenheim. Then the spaces we have created like Bamboo Tiger Cocktail Bar and Taika are an opportunity to escape, getting away from work to enjoy time with friends, have a cocktail and quality food. That’s Hospitality” she says. The ten room boutique hotel also offers a point of difference. A referral on the website is testimony to this with a satisfied

guest saying, “this gem in the heart of Blenheim township was a real joy. A beautifully restored old bank complete with original vault doors.” “When someone visits you whether that is at home or in the environment we have created here, it’s all about welcoming the guest and providing an experience. It’s called hospitality for a reason, to make people feel welcome and have an enjoyable time in all our spaces.” Book your next dining experience at Taika, Hotel d’Urville at 52 Queen Street.

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NZ Certified Builders (NZCB) is encouraging Top of The South apprentices to get their entries in before the March 25 deadline for its annual Apprentice Challenge sponsored by ITM. The regional heat of the competition will be held in Nelson on April 6, with great prizes up for grabs.

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House prices 2024 – what we can expect? Hold on to your hats, house prices are set to rise again in 2024 - but by how much? Independent economist Tony Alexander is among the most optimistic pundits, tipping prices to jump by up to 10 per cent next year. He also expects price rises to continue beyond next year. “Welcome to the upward leg of the house price cycle. It usually runs for about six years, and we are now entering month six,” he says. However, Westpac and Kiwibank economists are forecasting 7-8 per cent rises, while analysts at CoreLogic expect slower, “patchy” growth around five per cent. Here are a few factors to keep an eye on in 2024. Migration and demand for new-build homes New Zealand has had 100,000-plus more people enter the country than leave over the past year. That’s the highest surge in population growth in decades. At the same time, fewer new homes are being built, with Alexander saying the number of building approvals for new houses has been steadily dropping since October last year. “In an environment of strong population growth, this decline in new house supply can do only one thing to prices – push them higher,” he says. Kiwibank chief economist Jarrod Kerr says New Zealand will not build enough homes for the influx of new migrants.

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Home loan interest rate rises It’s been a wild ride in the housing market over the past three – four years and interest rates have played a key role. When rates dropped to record lows in early 2020, it triggered a market boom as home buyers rushed to get loans in a frenzy that drove prices to record highs in 2021.Then, when the Reserve Bank began raising rates to fight inflation, it put pressure on home buyers and led to 18 months of falling house prices. Now most pundits believe interest rates have stabilised. But interest rates are already high, with many Kiwis finding

it difficult to pay back their home loans. That pressure makes it unlikely there will be a surge of new buyers anytime soon, most commentators say. Inflation and unemployment Home loan interest rates are typically affected by inflation, but economists are undecided on which way inflation will track next year. Kiwis are suffering under tough cost-of-living pressures, but Kiwibank’s Kerr believes the worst is behind New Zealand. He tips inflation will dip below the Reserve Bank’s 3 per cent target early next year. That could lead the central bank to cut the official cash rate

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Mountain bike event moved to Picton By Chris Valli

A national mountain biking event has been relocated from Blenheim’s Wither Hills due to fire risk. Round Four of the Mountain Bike New Zealand National Cross Country Series 2024, hosted by The Marlborough Mountain Bike Club, will be held instead in Picton’s Victoria Domain. “It’s always fantastic to see a national event like this come to Marlborough and the change of venue gives us a great opportunity to showcase Picton,” Council Parks and Open Spaces Officer Kiri Whiteman says. Mountain Bike New Zealand (MTBNZ), together with Cycling New Zealand, collaborates with affiliated clubs and venues around New Zealand to run the national downhill series and cross country events throughout the country from January to March. Several walking and biking tracks in

and around Victoria Domain will close to the public from 7am to 5pm on the day of the event. “The track closures are just for the day and are for the safety of the riders and the recreational users of Victoria Domain. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate the public’s support and cooperation to allow us to host this important national event,” Kiri says. The tracks closed are: • Picton - Waikawa Track from Leicester Street to Ranui Street • Leicester New • Ridgeline • Westside • Kanuka Trail • Grandads • Annex • Sues • The Doctor The Victoria Domain Road will also close for the duration of the event.

Picton’s Victoria Domain will host a national mountain bike event this Sunday, February 18 with several tracks closed to the public for the day.

Sheep station name steeped in history By Chris Valli

Glen Ashworth (Vicar of Nativity), Shanan Barnett (Pastor of Connect), Anna Harper and Justin Tweeddale (course facilitators). The local course is for the community, wherever they stand, including atheist, agnostic or adhering to other faiths, and is free of charge.

Churches combine to explore and discuss By Chris Valli

A group of Blenheim churches are combining to once again support and run the internationally successful Alpha Course. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring life, faith and meaning from a Christian perspective but without the need for any church attendance or prior spiritual commitment. The local course, which was run successfully in 2023, is for the community, wherever they stand, including atheist, agnostic or adhering to other faiths, and is free of charge. Literally millions of people around the world have attended and enjoyed Alpha in over 100 languages says course facilitator Anna Harper. “Globally or nationally little is getting easier for most people,” says Anna. “Disastrous climate events, wars,

racial and political tensions, housing and cost of living stresses, to name just some, have brought increasing concern. So why not come and have a look at what a different perspective on life has to say?” she says. Anna says questions and discussion are welcome. “You don’t have to agree, believe or commit to the material presented. Just enjoy the catchy videos, some coffee and food and frankly reflect with others on the various topics shown.” This Saturday, February 17, an open dessert and information evening is to be held in the Salvation Army Lounge, Henry Street at 7pm. Thereafter Alpha will be run weekly both on Sunday evenings at St Christopher’s and Wednesday evenings in the Salvation Army Lounge. Participants can choose which time and venue suits them best.

Marlburians would be familiar with Lansdowne Park but what about Lansdowne Buildings? Blenheim’s Nigel Perry, QSM, has conducted historical homework and got hold off the Sun last week to give readers a delve into local history. Nigel says in 1848, one Charles Watts, a Nelson Surveyor was allocated land in the Wairau Valley and ran a sheep station which he named Lansdowne Station and which proved to be a lucrative business. In 1870, he moved back to Nelson to live and left his youngest son George to run Lansdowne. Nigel says, George was an astute businessman with the stations profits in good stead. Fast forward, 57 years later, the A & P Association in 1927 decided to build a brick wall along the Maxwell Road boundary, right up to the Alabama Road corner, where the Alabama Hotel used to be. The wall would include two vehicle entrances and a small building to include a ticket box and four turnstiles.

When George heard about this he approached the A&P Association and said that if they would include the word Lansdowne on the building he would make a large donation to the project. As it turned out, the association agreed and the name was painted on the Maxwell Road building and is there for all to see. The wall was completed in time for the 1929 show and required over 50,000 bricks. Nigel informs that local rugby games were always played on Hulls Paddock, now A & P Park, so George, a keen supporter purchased land north of Blenheim near the Ōpaoa River (correct) and offered it to the Marlborough Rugby Union as a donation if they would keep the name of the sheep station in their promotions. The offer was accepted and Lansdowne Park was born. The first game of rugby at the venue was between a combined Marlborough/ Nelson team against a touring British side on August 12, 1930. George Fowell Watts died in 1937.

Blenheim’s Nigel Perry says Wairau Valley sheep farmer George Watts approached the A&P Association in 1927 and said that if they would include the word Lansdowne on the building he would make a large donation to the project.


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Community Quilt Collective Marlborough meets again I nterested i n seei ng quilt-makers in action? Then look no further t ha n Con nect Chu rch Blenheim this Saturday, February 17 where members of the Community Quilt Collective Marlborough are meeting for a work day. A collaborative effort bet we e n qu ilt e r s a nd quilting clubs from across the district, the Collective held its first work day at Havelock last year, hosted by Pelorus Quilters. Some 40 sewists and 15 quilts were distributed throughout Havelock and the Sounds This time it’s the turn of the Marlborough Quilters to host the day and see that quilts completed are distributed as comfort to people in need of some joy in their lives. Picton Quilters will be the next hosts later in the year. Benef iciar ies of this work day will include folk in the care of Idea

Services and the Awatere Early Learning Centre who had a need for cot quilts. A pool of quilts is retained to be given between work days to worthy organisations or individuals and families. As an example, two recent house fires saw quilts gifted those who had lost their homes. The Collective has also identified a number of organisations who until now tended to fall between the cracks in terms of being given quilts to distribute and this is its main focus. “We’d welcome anyone interested in the art of quilt making to pop along and watch the various stages of making quilts as they unfold across the day. “Special thanks to Connect Church for gifting the use of their building to us for the day,” says Marlborough Quilters convenor Eleanor Cole. The doors open at 9.30 and close at 4.

Admiring the quilt to be raffled on the day from left: Liz Jarvis, Liz Johnson and Eleanor Cole. The blocks were donated to the Collective and made into a quilt by Eleanor and quilted by Venice Langrope.

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Opportunity for local dancers By Chris Valli

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is holding open classes for young dancers around Aotearoa and lucky for locals, they are holding a class in Blenheim this year. Classes are being held in Hastings, Oamaru, Tauranga, Wānaka, Blenheim and Nelson. The Blenheim class is on Saturday, March 9 at Te Tauihu Performing Arts Dance On Grove’s Youth Centre Studio. Director Elly Molloy says the RNZB have offered this opportunity for many years as they tour across the country with the class to be taught by Ballet Master, Laura Schultz. “It’s a fantastic way for young dancers to enhance their technique and experience working with the RNZB Artistic staff first hand,” she says. Elly says the RNZB reach out to local dance schools or theatres they are performing at who

offer ballet training at their school. “We spread the word around our dancing community,” says Elly. “There will be one junior/intermediate class; we had 21 students in the class in 2021 when tutus offered the same thing.” Tutus on Tour will feature excerpts from former Artistic Director Russell Kerr’s beautiful production of Swan Lake, ahead of the company’s full-length Swan Lake season in May 2024. Featuring dazzling designs by Kristian Fredrikson, created in 1996, the performances will include the ‘Black Swan’ pas de deux (dance for two), the famous ‘Cygnets’ quartet (for four), the graceful Pas de Trois (for three) from Act I, and the grand Hungarian and Spanish dances – a special highlight of Act III. Tutus on Tour is on Sunday, March 10 at 7pm at the ASB Theatre. Tickets are available at asbtheatre.com/events/ tutus-on-tour.

”It’s a fantastic way for young dancers to enhance their technique and experience working with the RNZB Artistic staff first hand,” says Te Tauihu Performing Arts Dance On Grove Director Elly Molloy.

Outward Bound and Mt Takorika Track An Outward Bound Watch of 14 young men and women worked on the ‘Town View’ Track of Mt. Takorika, Havelock, on February 9th and 10th. Their purpose was to define the track and to make it easier for both trampers and mountain bikers. This latest track was completed in August 2023 and is the latest of a series of tracks on Mt Takorika that are great for all levels of walkers and mountain bikers. They did an absolutely fantastic job after two days hard graft. Photo: John McLean.

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Great to hear The Sun is staying in good hands - I enjoyed seeing all the local faces in last weeks issue. The Sun is still my fave weekly read... love it every Wednesday.

So what happened to the Passport that the kids used previous years? Two clubs I belong to in the Park had reduced numbers of visitors especially children. Gold panning was average and the Stamp Club had TWO children only. Park Administration and Museum didn’t talk?

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I see the Sun has been sold. What a great paper the Whiteside’s created here all those years ago. I for one read it every week still online having previously lived in the region. My wife and I wish you both all the best.

It will never happen in Blenheim It’s been tried before to get them together. Too much in house B/S.

Recently I borrowed a book from the library. It appeared brand new and I thought how lovely be the first person to read it only to discover on turning the pages someone had already read it and much to my dismay instead of using a bookmark had folded the top corner of the pages down to mark where they were up to. If you are the person who does this please don’t deface books in this way. Get yourself a bookmark, even a docket from the supermarket will do, rather than ruin a perfectly good book.

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Shocking to read about people not washing new clothes before they wear them. As an ex textile worker there are a lot of chemicals go into making garments. I always wash and hang outside in the sun before using them.

Wheelie bins Having seen the introduction of wheelie bins in Christchurch, I observed a good nor’wester on rubbish day blowing empty bins everywhere. If they end up on the road they can be struck by passing traffic. Not a great neighbourhood look!

Where’s the deterrent? The recent attack by young offenders on an essential Picton business and subsequent Court case, highlights again our dysfunctional justice system. The offenders’ names and photos, should be all over town so an eye can be kept out for them. The Court delivers neither justice for victims nor consequences for young offenders. Knowing the community is watching could be the deterrent these criminals-in-waiting need.

Humourless When has telling a story, especially stories with humour in them frowned upon by some. A friend said he told a story to a group of regulars at one particular bar in town, which he said, would have brought the house down at the London Palladium, they gave him this look as much as to say, is that it, can we now get back to our boring lives.

Oh here we go “the temporary ferry terminal” may become PERMANENT is the latest announcement re the ferries saga I almost wish I could be around in twenty years to see the chickens come home to roost and the mess being cleaned up by a hopefully progressive government of that era

Meticulous I have always found public toilets in Blenheim to be meticulously cleaned by a team of willing workers when they have completed their shift It’s the uncaring users who can’t be bothered to bin the paper towels, can’t aim straight and forget to flush. Last weeks criticism of the cleaners was horrible and cruel. Would you do their job. And would you wear your “Sunday Best” to clean up the unpleasantness left by judgemental people who feel entitled to make such a verbal attack .

Re: Vineyard spraying Tried many times, but no success. I know council have hands tied due to weight of investment here. Many people experience the spray effects, but no-one wants to go through this process. Just saying.

Track overgrown What a great job has been done at Spring Creek Reserve car park. Just wish the council had cut all the grass along the track as they used to, it is now a jungle and almost impossible to walk through. It was always a favourite walk with my dogs but not now.

Stadium pool I’m finding great difficulty understanding in the middle of summer the outdoor pool is open for 1 hr during the day!! And on the hottest day of the year, they are closed! Then they have the audacity to put prices up ! What’s the matter with local business? It’s astounding!

Re: Public toilets Very unfair! The gentleman that cleans the public toilets works for a 3rd party contracted by Council. He is paid, probably minimum wage, to clean the toilets ONCE A DAY. Not to KEEP THEM CLEAN. There is a difference. I’m sure if you go in there after he’s been in, they will be spotless. But people use them and make a mess, which he cleans up on his rounds the next day. There is no need for personal attacks.

Sort it Yes sort it out softball I have 3 children in different grades and I have never seen it this bad before. What happened to that nice old grounds man, he kept it looking nice and made it safe to play on.

How long? How long is the orange cones going to be at sheps park where the picnic table was, they’ve been there for weeks and weeks, also where rotten seat was looks awful, come on council.

Talk of the week Personal thanks A massive thanks for the countless messages and calls Les and I have received since the sale of The Sun. We have been overwhelmed and appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time to contact us. We are so proud of The Sun and know it’ll continue in great hands going forward. Katrina Whiteside

Not unnoticed Thank you to all the staff in the children’s area at the Library. We always enjoy our trips there. Especially appreciate all the effort that goes into the craft activities during the school holidays and the kindness you always show us. It doesn’t go unnoticed, thank you!

Yealands fire Great story on emergency staff, but what about the Yealands staff that found the fire, reporting it and started fighting the fire before emergency services arrived? 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 written Govt hypocritical on sustainability priorities article was a well written article by a school age person who I thought had it down pat. Good on them for calling it as they saw it. I agree with what was said and try to do my best to not to buy synthetically made products especially if there is a natural alternative. Made me think about how I can do more to reduce my synthetic made product usage.

Public toilets Firstly re cleaners, perhaps you should put your hand up. Disgusting comment. Secondly not poorly cleaned. I agree that some people’s toilets and walls at home must be atrocious. Amazed at how many can’t even flush them.

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the ocean), Wallys Unlocking your Soil (minerals from ground up rocks), and Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL, minerals from prehistoric times) could make a difference to my health. I was in my 50’s at that time, I was feeling my age plus a heavy smoker as I had been since an early age. Even though I tended to look after my health to a point, it was more to balance out what I was doing that was not so good. I purchased a manual juicer as I knew that the common electric juicers would reduce the goodness of the wheat grass by 40%. I could have grown the wheat in a raised garden or normal garden but I wanted better control over it so I obtained a few polystyrene boxes from a local wholesale fish supplier to grow the grass in. The trays have a good depth of about 18cm and this is important for good root development as you are sowing the wheat seed very thickly. A few holes in the sides of the tray for drainage and filled two thirds full with Daltons or Oderings Compost. No possible green waste herbicides which are just more poisons. Then a sprinkling of Ocean Solids and Unlocking your Soil over the compost followed by another 20-30mm of compost. Next the wheat grass seeds sprinkled so they are about touching each other but not so thick that they are sitting on top of each other. Then a good spray drench of MBL at 20ml at per litre to soak the seeds and compost. Next the seeds are covered either with more compost or sand then lightly watered with non chlorinated water. A sheet of glass over the tray will keep birds and mice from eating the seeds as well as keeping moisture in. Leave the glass with a little gap to allow excess moisture to get out. Place the tray in a good light situation but not in direct sunlight unless it’s winter time. Lift glass off daily and give the contents a good watering with non-chlorinated water. It is a bit hard having good drainage, to over water but be sensible. You will find that the seeds around the edges of the tray will germinate in a good number but less in centre of the tray because the water sheds off to the sides. They catch up later. When the early grass reaches the glass, remove it and then place some curtain netting over the tray to keep birds off. This is the right time to start off a second tray also. You can water with non chlorinated water daily to keep moist. Once you have a good show of grass,

remove the curtain cover and allow the grass to have either morning sun or late afternoon sun in summer or full sun in winter. When the grass gets up to about 12 to 16cm tall you can start harvesting. With sharp scissors cut the grass just above the growing medium, the amount you cut will depend on how many people you are going to juice for. One person about a couple of handfuls. Squeeze the juice out through your manual juicer to obtain about 30mils. Drink straight away on an empty stomach, best time is first thing in the morning. If you have serious health issues or you’re on chemo then have 3 or more shots a day leaving 20 minutes before having food or other drinks. The green juice should be very sweet which indicates its high in goodness. Wheat grass that you sometimes can buy from a Juice bar is often bitter as it is not mineral rich. Dried wheat grass which is sometimes sold is also a poor substitute for the real thing. The alternative to juicing is to use a very high speed blender (40,000 rpm) along with other green plant material to make a green smoothie. The wheat grass can be cut fresh and added to salads also. Once I started having my wheat grass shot every morning my health took a good change for the better, I felt like a new person even though I was still smoking. It was some years later that I finally kicked the smoking habit and now have been smoke free for about 15 years. I have over the years promoted a number of people to grow and juice wheat grass and the reports back from them with health improvements are very notable. Even very fit people have far greater stamina. Some kidney dialyses people have increased the period of time between treatments. Some have reported new vigor in their lives in and out of bed. The key is regular (daily) shots of juice to reclaim your bodies health by providing the minerals and elements it needs to be healthy. Growing mineral rich wheat grass could be the most important gardening you do health wise. Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy Food. Products mentioned including wheat grass juicing kits are at www.0800466464.co.nz link is Wheat & Barley Grass products Use the same high mineral and elements products when growing your food crops to obtain maxim health benefits.

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It has been a big week for croquet players in the Top of the South with two big tournaments coming to a close. The first was the Don Reyland’s to decide the best singles player in the Marlborough region who will travel to Dunedin to play in the nationals against the best from the other 14 regions throughout New Zealand. Don Reyland was a Croquet New Zealand Life Member and a leading figure promoting the game. The other tournament was the Harcourts Invitational Doubles Event held by the Blenheim Club. The Don Reyland tournament has the first round played internally at each club to pick their best player. Round two has all the clubs in a designated region playoff to decide who will travel from the region to the nationals. The Brooklyn lawns saw Dave Grigg from the Blenheim Club and Peter Burt

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Death notices CLARKE, Lorna Valerie (née West): Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Waterlea Lifecare. In her 100th year. Loved wife of the late Bruce. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Graeme and Elizabeth, Geraldine and Graeme, and the late Deborah and Jim. Loved grandmother of Scott and Jo, Kristin, Samantha and Stan, Joanne, Travis and Deena and the late Scott. Great grandmother of Elyssa and Ashton. Special thanks to all the staff at Waterlea Lifecare for the wonderful care and attention they gave to Lorna. Messages may be sent to the Clarke Family, PO Box 935, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Marlborough Art Society would be appreciated and may be made at the service or to a/c 03-0599-0243403-00 Ref. CLARKE. A service for Lorna will be held at The Gallery, 204 High Street, Blenheim at 1.00pm on Friday, February 23. The service will be livestreamed and details may be accessed via our websitewww.sowmans.co.nz/ upcoming-funerals T: 03 578 4719 E: sowmans@funerals.co.nz W: www.sowmans.co.nz

HADFIELD; Robert John. On 6th February 2024 Robert, in his 80th year, passed away peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village Blenheim, surrounded by his loving Family. Dearly loved Husband of Anne for 57 years. Much loved Father of Gavin and Fiona, and their respective partners Stacey Grainger and Michael Fleming (Woody). Robert was known affectionately to many people as ‘The Man from Langwoods’. Messages to c/- PO Box 9 Blenheim 7240 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz The Family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care Ashwood Park gave to Robert. Also, the support given to Anne and Family during the past 5 months. The Family would also like to give thanks to the St John Ambulance for their care of Robert over many months. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the St John Ambulance Blenheim, would be very much appreciated (a/c 12 3167 0165142 00 Ref: Hadfield) or can be made at the service. A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street on Wednesday 14th February 2024 at 2pm followed by a private cremation. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed and can be viewed on the Cloudy Bay Funeral Services website www. cloudybayfunerals.co.nz

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MOORE; Alison Jane. Tony and Maria, Sue and Gordon, Deb and Kevin and their families wish to thank everyone who showed such love, care and support at the sad loss of a much-loved mother, motherin-law, grandmother and great grandmother. Thank you for all the flowers, cards, phone calls and baking. Your kindness and support has been a comfort to us all. Please accept this as a personal thank you from us all.

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‘We’re never going to be congratulated’ By Chris Valli

Blenheim rugby referee Ben O’Keefe says criticism of his performances at the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup in France last year has made him stronger. Ben talked to Newstalk ZB radio host Jason Pine recently about the levels and volume of abuse himself and fellow international rugby referees endured during the world cup last year. French captain Antoine Dupont was fairly outspoken about Ben’s performance after their quarter final loss to South Africa. The halfback was openly critical in post-match comments saying he ‘didn’t think the refereeing was up to the challenge’. A World Rugby review into the performance highlighted five major errors with Ben’s decisions, most of which went South Africa’s way, that were material to scoring events during the game. Ben says he understood the situation and the environment with the host nation exiting in the final eight after high expectations. “Leading into that game I knew there was going to be pressure and I just had to take it and take the

learnings. A lot of it was emotion, it would have been heart-wrenching to lose by one point in those circumstances. That’s the role of the referee - we are never going to be congratulated after the game. I took a lot out of it.” Ben received abuse from online keyboard warriors during and after the tournament “We’re living in a time where it’s prevalent and happening,” he concedes. “It was interesting, it was nice to escape the attention in Paris and get back home to normality. I have to accept that, when you are the man in the middle in a quarter final at the world cup you do have a responsibility and those sorts of things come with it.” Ben says the 2023 year was an amazing season, culminating in the world cup, which was a personal goal for him to be there. “To experience it was incredible,” he says. “To have the challenges I was faced with in the three pool games, then the quarter and semifinal, both one point games was incredibly massive for me in terms of my learning.” “It took a few weeks to get back home. I needed a good break as it took a good mental and physical toll. I had a really good summer

Coast to Coast two-day individual winner Finn McKenzie at the finish. Photo supplied.

Finn Up By Chris Valli

Blenheim and New Zealand rugby referee Ben O’Keefe says when you are the man in the middle in a quarter final at the world cup you have a responsibility and ‘those side of things (criticism) come with it.”

off, I needed it.” Ben says the 2024 season is about continually improving his own game, as the game changes. He says what fans are crying out for is to increase and enhance the spectacle of the game. “Increasing the flow and the spectacle of the game is a goal so that people can say that referee added value because they enjoyed the game…that’s a big part of it,” he says. “We need to make the game

enjoyable for all involved and what is going on in front of them.” Ben grew up in Blenheim and attended Marlborough Boys’ College where he was head boy in 2006. He then studied a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Otago graduating in 2012. He is recognised as one of the top match officials globally and was selected to referee the second test of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021.

Marlborough Boys’ College deputy head boy Finn Mckenzie has won the two day Kathmandu Coast to Coast in a time of 11:39:51, beating 150 rivals to claim the title. Finn’s win was in the newly-formed elite youth (23 and under) title after winning the schools section and finishing fifth overall in the two-day individual in 2023 as a Year 12 student. Sam King finished second and Campbell Gray, third. Funn, 17, claimed gold in the Skoda National School MTB Championships under-20 boys’ solo cross-country race early October in Blenheim last year

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Jameson backs Denver – and ‘any other team playing the Chiefs’ By Chris Valli

While no doubt there might have been some yawns at the office workplace on Monday after the fanfare of the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, Blenheim’s Fairweathers in Scott Street had a small but parochial crowd glued to their bar leaners on Monday afternoon. The occasion was the Superbowl and the highly anticipated matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs which was shown in over 190 countries on Monday afternoon (NZ time). There were juicy ribs on offer, the beer was cool and there were various tips being left, albeit not on the table(s). Monday’s game was Super Bowl LVIII. For those not in the ‘Superbowl know’, there is an offense and a defense with 11 players on the field on either side. If you play offense, you don’t play defense, and vice versa. The quarterback is the leader of the team, getting the ball more than anyone else. Kind of like a Mako equivalent of Mitch Hunt. Like a number 10 in rugby, the

quarterback runs the plays and usually dictates the team’s success. It was Patrick Mahomes who threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with three seconds left in overtime to give the Kansas City Chiefs a 25-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas. The Super Bowl is the final game of the NFL season in which the top teams from opposing conferences (AFC and NFC) compete for the ultimate prize, the Vince Lombardi trophy. “The Kansas City Chiefs are our rivals in our division so anybody but them…which means San Francisco needs to beat them,” explained an enthused Jameson Nelson, originally hailing from Denver. And just like his whiskey namesake, it was quarter back Patrick Mahomes who smoothly guided the Chiefs on a timeless 13-play, 75-yard drive after the 49ers had settled for a field goal on their overtime possession. The Denver Broncos have three AFC West rivals – Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers. Jameson’s own team, the Denver Broncos, are based in Dove Valley in Colorado.

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Picton Golf Club Jameson Nelson from Denver, Colorado was part of a small but parochial crowd glued to their bar leaners at Blenheim’s Fairweathers on Monday afternoon to watch the Superbowl.

Jameson says his girlfriend bought him to Marlborough and while here was doing the ‘whole tourist thing’ around the south island including Milford Sound and Queenstown. “This island is beautiful, I love it,” he says. “And the Chiefs just take the lead…hmmm, I’m not sure if I love them” he says about the Chiefs, as he slurped into

another rib. Jameson says he loves the game, notwithstanding the attention in the stands of a certain Taylor Swift, girlfriend of tight end Travis Kelce (offensive position). The victory made Kansas City the first team to win back-toback Super Bowls since the New England Patriots in the 2002-03 seasons.

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