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Flashback The Sun looks back at the best stories of 2010.
Wednesday December 29, 2010
Glass all go for BBB’s Blues, Brews and BBQ’s convenor Graeme Boon is thrilled to be using glass for the 2011 event .
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by Damian George Wellington band The Hobnail Boots will accompany Blenheim band Recommended By Your Mum as the main acts at the Ignite Marlborough New Year’s Eve event in Picton.
The Picton event will be Marlborough’s major party for 2010, culminating in a fireworks display at midnight, with Blenheim to host the major celebrations next year. The Hobnail Boots have performed at New Year’s festivals in Wellington, New
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THIS MUCH: Civic Theatre fundraising supremo Ross Anderson indicates how much more needs to be raised after a â€˜magnificentâ€™ community response during 2010.
New Yearâ€™s will be a blast Continued from Page 1: Violinist Jo Moir says it will be a â€œblastâ€? to headline the event, and will be made even better by the inclusion of former Waratahs accordian player Alan Norman, who plays with the band only sporadically. The five-piece band have formed a sound based on â€œfolk-rock/country with a celtic overtoneâ€?, but the crowd can also expect some party favourites, she says.
Apart from Moirâ€™s violin and Normanâ€™s accordian, the band features the standard guitar, bass guitar and drums, and possibly a Hammond [electric organ] on Friday. The Hobnail Boots have released four studio albums to date, their 2002 album On With The Show gaining critical acclaim. They will play four sets on Friday between around 10pm and 12.30am at the London
Quay venue. GoMarlborough spokesperson Duncan McKenzie says details of performing bands at Blenheimâ€™s festival were unavailable at the time of printing, but people can check online at www.gomarlborough.net.nz Local band Recommended By Your Mum right will have their work cut out for them this New Yearâ€™s Eve, as they perform at both Blenheim and Picton celebrations. Story page 15.
The year 2010 has seen many positive developments within Blenheim, but one particularly exciting update was the $3million fundraising goal achieved by the Civic Theatre Trust. During the past 12 months, generous Malburians have got behind the fund-raising push for Blenheimâ€™s new $17million Civic Theatre, raising just over $3million. Civic Theatre Trust chairman Kevin Moseley says geotechnical testing is currently underway to establish what foundations the building will require. He says construction will hopefully begin early 2011 once test results are back with a proposed completion date of July 2012.
Former Shapeshifters bar co-owner Kevin Robert King was convicted of manslaughter in the High Court at Wellington on December 2, 2010. Mr King was found guilty of the death of Blenheim man 24-year-old Matthew Heagney in August, 2009 much to the relief of his parents Pat and Pam Heagney. Matt, 24, was socialising with friends at Shapeshifters Bar above the Builders Arms in Blenheim in the early hours of Sunday August 23 last year. He was found with head injuries, thought to be from hitting his head on the footpath outside the bar. He died a few hours later in Wairau Hospital. When the jury delivered their verdict Pam said one of her first reactions was surprise. â€œWe were surprised. The trial could have swung either way especially as no other night club bouncer had ever been convicted, but overall Pat and I are happy with the outcome,â€? she said. â€œThis has been really hard on our family and if it wasnâ€™t for our friends and Mattâ€™s friends we would never have got through this. â€œFor us itâ€™s something we had to see through. Itâ€™s been a hard two weeks so hopefully this can help us carry on,â€? Pam said.
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Blenheim twins meet ACDC Last Christmas five-year-old Blenheim twins Karlos and Maia Gemmell received an exciting and unusual gift, tickets to Januaryâ€™s ACDC concert in Wellington. For some children the gift of rock band concert tickets may seem unusual but for Karlos and Maia it meant a live encounter with a band they love. Making their gift extra special, the twins along with parents Bev and Ken met the band in person before the concert. Ken was tipped off by an industry contact who told the family where they could possibly see the band prior to the start of their Thursday and Saturday concerts.
Unsure if they would get the opportunity, Bev said it was amazing luck that they were in the right place at the right time. Karlos and Maia met with and had photographs with Angus Young and Brian Johnson who also signed their ACDC collectorâ€™s items. At the Saturday concert Karlos and Maia enjoyed watching from a seated area near to the stage and spent a lot of the show dancing and singing along to their favourite songs. One year on and Karlos and Maia can vividly recount meeting the band and watching the concert. â€œIt was our favourite Christmas present,â€? they smile.
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there will always be a niche market for people who want an environmentally sound product.â€? Mr Yealandâ€™s ongoing commitment to sustainable wine tourism practices recently won him NZâ€™s first prestigious international â€˜Best of Wine Tourism Awardâ€™. â€œIâ€™m chuffed to be honest,â€? Yealands Estate founder Peter Yealands says. â€œWe set out with a vision of best practice from the vine to the bottle and weâ€™re delighted to have our commitment to sustainability acknowledged.â€? Yealands held out stiff competition from wineries from Spain, Italy, France, South Africa, the United States and Argentina, and was the only New Zealand entry to win an award from the network.
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Cat hailed a hero Timmy alerts owners to fire Timmy the tabby was hailed a hero after saving the lives of his sleeping owners as fire threatened to engulf their home. The seven-year-old tabby repeatedly jumped up on Bryan and Shirely Kilgourâ€™s bed alerting them to the danger as black smoke from a fire in the kitchen billowed through their Blenheim home on December 19. The fire was caused by a faulty dishwasher. â€œIt was 3.30am and we were sound asleep,â€? said Shirley. â€œTim kept repeatedly jumping up on our
bed, off and on, off and on, until I eventually woke up. Both Shirley and Bryan were in their eighties and woke to find their hallway full of black smoke. As soon as the couple escaped outside they alerted a neighbour and the fire brigade before Bryan received overnight treatment at Wairau Hospital for smoke inhalation. â€œTim is a remarkable cat. We only had him for seven months before the fire which proves how loyal cats can be. We wouldnâ€™t be without him.â€?
New year honours for local men Starting 2010 on a high note, this yearâ€™s New Year Honours announcement in January revealed two local and familiar Marlborough names whose hard work and community dedication have been recognised. Blenheim men Lawrance Saunders and Lawrence Duckworth
were both awarded for their extensive involvement with the community which for both men have extended more than 20-years. Mr Saunders was awarded for Services to the Community with emphasis placed on his many contributions to the Marlborough community.
Since being awarded The Queenâ€™s Service Medal in 1986, Mr Duckworth was this year awarded For Services to Maori and the Community. The honours system is a way for New Zealand to congratulate and thank those who have served and those who have achieved.
Blenheim targeted in spy base protest Activists from all over New Zealand targeted Blenheim on January 23 to stage a protest at both Blenheim and the Waihopai spy base station. The protest was organised by Murray Horton of the AntiBases Campaign who welcomed protesters from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to Blenheim. Speeches and messages of support were read out before a march through the town which saw up to 40 banner waving demonstrators shouting â€œclose
Waihopai downâ€?. It was the first protest since a group of sickle-wielding peace activists attacked the spy base on April 30, 2008 â€œtotallingâ€? one of the balls which cost an estimated $1 million to replace. Samuel Peter Frederick Land, 24, of Hokianga, Adrian James Leason, 42, a teacher from Otaki and Peter Reginald Leo Murnane, 67, a Dominican friar from Auckland, were originally charged following the attack but later found not guilty in March this year.
Mr Horton said he was pleased with the â€œquite good turnoutâ€? and praised the local people that had turned up to protest. â€œLocal Marlburians have got to have a lot of courage to join us because in the past we have been seen as outside trouble makers,â€? he said. The base is operated by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), and at the time of the attack, then Prime Minister Helen Clark condemned it as a â€œsenseless act of vandalism.â€?
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Glass is all go for both Blues and Brews and the Marlborough Wine Festival for 2011.
Events get glass By Damian George Blues, Brews and Barbecues festival convenor Graeme Boon says he is â€œdelightedâ€? at the decision to allow glass into next yearsâ€™ event, following a reversal of the decision to have it banned this year. The Marlborough District Council announced on Thursday glass would be permitted at both the Blues and Brews festival and the Marlborough Wine Festival. A decision last year to allow glass at the wine festival but not at Blues and Brews caused controversy and angered Mr
Boon, who had to leave $30,000 worth of imported French glasses sitting idle in a warehouse. â€œWe are delighted that we got our consent as per the application,â€? he says. â€œFor us, we have a percentage of our patrons asking for it and we also still had all that glass in stock.â€? He says he can understand the opposition to allowing glass into the events - which includes the threat of it being used as a weapon - but says there have been minimal cases of that happening in recent years.
A decision issued by councillors Graeme Barsanti and Graeme Taylor notes there has been a significant reduction in glass-related incidents over the last few festivals. However, it also states they are mindful of the nationwide trend of banning glass for similar events, and that Blues and Brews should follow suit in the future. Councillors Barsanti and Taylor acknowledge the Wine Festival is a professionally-run event and agree no further change was required for this yearâ€™s event.
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Standing up for the working-class Jamie Arbuckle and Jessica Bagge talk to Damian George about their new roles as Marlborough District councillors. Newly-appointed Marlborough District councillors Jessica Bagge and Jamie Arbuckle share a similar goal for the future of the regionâ€™s governing body - to give the working-class a voice. Jamie, who works for himself as a market gardener, says he was driven to apply for a position on the council to break a â€œcultureâ€? which he believes favours only a select few. â€œThereâ€™s definitely a little click that goes on in our community and I think it needs to be a lot fairer,â€? he explains. â€œIâ€™d say itâ€™s easier for certain people to get certain things done - people at higher levels.â€? Councillor Arbuckle says the previous council failed to pick up on how much the Marlborough region was suffering as a result of the economic downturn, and wants to add some perspective to the decision-making table. â€œA lot of what goes on at the council the public doesnâ€™t know about,â€? he says. â€œBeing on the council helps give the younger people a voice because, in the work that I do, you get asked a lot of questions. â€œWe [he and Jessica] know the hardship of living on quite a low budget. I think there are a lot of things that are too expensive, and we need to keep these prices in check and at a manageable level.â€? He cites the amount of compliance costs imposed on businesses as an example of a policy which does not favour the average person, and needs to be streamlined. â€œAt the moment itâ€™s more about our major projects - trying to slow them down to make them more affordable.â€? Councillor Bagge, a housewife and business woman, agrees there is a need for a wider approach to council decisions, and says the board need to share a wholistic vision for the region. â€œWe have the most amazing, talented people in Marlborough and Iâ€™m looking for the council to bring these people together and all move in the
same direction. â€œThere are people on the council who share that view and Iâ€™m excited by that.â€? Like Jamie, Jessica says she realised the only way to pursue this vision was to get involved with a committee who had the power to make changes. â€œIf you want to have an influence on the future, the best way to do it is at a local level. â€œIâ€™ve been on so many different committees over time and all of them rely on somebody further up.â€? Echoing Jamieâ€™s views about the economic state of the region, she says there are an alarming number of people who are struggling to make ends meet. â€œI know of people who are 60 years old and have their own home but have no money because itâ€™s all tied up in one asset, and they canâ€™t afford to pay power and phone bills. â€œThatâ€™s the new client, thatâ€™s whatâ€™s happening to our families in Marlborough.â€? After three months on the job, the pair are aware the hard work is only just beginning, and the perennial struggle of following through with good intentions lies ahead. â€œWeâ€™re going through a honeymoon period,â€? Jamie says. â€œWe will have to make some really hard decisions - especially with the budget - and thatâ€™s when the pressure comes on.â€? Jessica says one of her ambitions is to get people excited â€œThereâ€™s definitely a little click that goes about politics again. â€œIt used to be a big thing. on in our community and I think it needs You used to grow up National to be a lot fairer,â€? Jamie saysâ€?. or Labour â€˜cause thatâ€™s what your parents grew up. â€œYou donâ€™t have that anymore.â€?
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Sun readers have their say...
Q: What would you like to see happen in 2011?
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For myself and everyone around me to be healthy.
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James Sinclair, known as the founder of Blenheim, was an active supporter of Marlboroughâ€™s independence from Nelson, gained in 1859. He was also elected to the first borough council in 1869 serving until 1872. A. Beverley, in â€˜The First One Hundredâ€™ recorded that by August 1879 there were â€œstormy scenesâ€? at council when Sinclair, as the largest ratepayer, opposed the proposal for an annual rate of 1/- in the ÂŁ. He wanted a rate of 6d, but lost. The next year, he was reported as appealing to the magistrate against his rates which he held were the result of faulty valuation. Again he failed. Sinclair was born in Caithness, Scotland in 1817 and moved to Wellington in 1852 with his wife and child and a nurse. Sinclair first set up shop in Nelson then built the first hut at Wairau in 1852, just nine years after the Wairau Affray. The Sinclairâ€™s new home was built in what is now Sinclair Street. As well as building Wairauâ€™s first wooden house, Sinclair built a row of buildings along the edge of the Opawa River including a bank, the Victoria Hotel and a general store. The Saint Clair winery name originates from the vineyardâ€™s main property, originally settled by the Sinclair family. In time the name reverted to the original, Saint Clair. Through his many businesses, Sinclair amassed considerable wealth. He died two years after his wife in 1897 aged 79, with a reputation for always having his door open to both poor and rich. Proudly sponsored by...
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Shakeup needed Dear Ed. I would like to congratulate the couple who spoke out against the mental health system here in Marlborough. I know many people who feel afraid to speak out. I for one have not had a positive experience dealing with them and in
the past have felt let down by our so called professionals who seem only interested in a small minority of our community. I really feel that our health system needs a shake up! Good on you! Renwick mum.
Greed over power prices Dear Ed, Trustpower is squealing like a stuck pig over your excellent articles on power prices. Trustpower is only interested in profits at the expense of consumers and our environment. Drive over the Branch River on the West Coast highway and see the trickle where Trustpower has
Power play Dear Ed Against a lawful democratic community decision made by the respondents, TrustPower have been given permission to proceed with their hydro scheme! And wreck the Wairau River! Here, we are witnessing a milestone in the history of Marlborough, where the Democracy Law of New Zealand has been outlawed! K.O. Lawrence Secretary, Marlborough Concerned Citizens Inc.
neglectfully ignored the river. Who is meant to monitor the residual flow meant to be going down the Branch? The dry river bed is mute evidence of Trustpowerâ€™s greed and neglect for the environment. Consumers should know what to do. Switch! Megga Watt
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