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Wednesday October 12, 2011

Festival success RWC festival gets glowing praise from former All Black Justin Marshall, and others.

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Motel visitors down Aston Court Motel manager Noel Noble is one of many moteliers to report lower numbers during Rugby World Cup.

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On the ball Picton volunteer fire brigade member Rod Thomas looks back on his days as a prominent Marlborough sportsman.

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New bigger Countdown for Redwoodtown

The current Countdown supermarket in Weld St, Redwoodtown. Inset: TH Barnes wants to build a new generation Countdown on the site similar to this one in Manukau, Auckland.

New covered mall proposed By Damian George Resource consent for a new Countdown supermarket in Redwoodtown and the expansion of the town’s shopping centre has been applied for by Blenheim construction company TH Barnes. The development, which has been in the pipeline for about 15 months, would see a 3500-square-metre supermarket built on the corner of Weld St and Alabama Rd, with the

existing supermarket partitioned for retail tenancies at a later date. TH Barnes director Ian Barnes told The Sun the company officially applied to the Marlborough District Council for resource consent ten days ago. A resource consent hearing is expected to take place within six to nine weeks. Mr Barnes told The Sun the proposed move is

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a result of Progressive Enterprises, who owns Countdown, wanting a larger premises for its supermarket. “You can’t efficiently alter their existing building and keep it trading at the same time, so it seemed logical to build a stand-alone one on the same site rather than alter an existing supermarket building for retail purposes,” he says. Continued Page 2.


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Blenheim Morris dancers Ann Vallance, Jenny Willis, Heather Lamb, Stephen Vallance and Tom Willis celebrated their group’s 25th birthday celebration on Saturday. The group was ‘out and about’ around Blenheim dancing for the public while showcasing what the dance is all about – fun and laughter! The group practices most Thursday evenings at St Andrews Church Hall on Alfred Street from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, so for more information contact Heather on 578 2177 after 5:30pm or Miriam on 578 4391. Photo by Celeste Lodewyk

Rugby legend Jonah Lomu has been released from hospital. The former All Black was discharged from Auckland City Hospital’s renal unit on Monday, 16 days after being admitted with kidney failure. He had been undergoing intensive daily dialysis and other treatment to repair the kidney he received in a 2004 transplant, donated by ZM radio announcer Grant Kereama.

New supermarket likely Robbie Moore From Page 1. Mr Barnes says he feels there is a good chance the project will be given the green light. “It’s no good being over-enthusiasitc about these things in case it doesn’t happen. But we’re pretty confident it will - we wouldn’t have gone this far if we didn’t think it could happen.” He says the company will probably get a better feel for how the project is going to be received once the resource consent hearing gets underway. Details of the number or size of buildings in the additional retail complex are not yet known, he says.

A public meeting to discuss the accessed by a one-way existing car park. For peoresource consent process and advise entry from Alabama Rd, ple in three to four houses, locals of the plans was held in Redis also Real planned, as well getting access onto the road Mark Stevenson first national Estate woodtown on Sunday. as the Estate removal of three at certain times could be Robbie Moore has been a residential property Limited is a Among was local spaces very difficult, because they consultantthe withcrowd Mark Stevenson FirstpropNationalon-street Real veryparking family-focused erty investor Robbie Moore, from First accommodate turning will have people coming at Estate Limited for four years now, after many to years and sincere work place, in the hospitality industryin andBlenheim, management roles in goods which vehicles. makes it easier National Real Estate heavy them from both sides. the meat both concern him and his who has industry. concerns about proposed “The for main is “People would like to But client hasflow always what clients feel relaxed. changes to care traffic in been and inherent out of in coming fromto people in see the flow in and out the does.Whether they are first home buyers Robbie the theRobbie supermarket. Alabama Road said who are same as it is now.” or long time investors, he said it was so important work can be quite The proposed development would see worried about big trucks Robbie Moore He says the concern is to look after his client right through the transaction demanding, with a two dual entry and exit points, rather coming in and making a lot one that can be easily rectiprocess. variety of challenges than one entry one exit. of noisemaking in the middle of theindustry to work in. fied, and most people in “People are all and different and want different things, it an exciting Proudly sponsored by... Abutheavy vehicle servicing arealocation, at night we look at their budget, the the to offload stock,” Mr Moore says. the area are in favour of the “quite thestructure side of ofthe the newwhether supermarket, “The other one is the egress out of the impressive” project. house, it is low maintenance or not, what is nearby, like schools, shops ...” He stays in contact with his clients and lets them know of any homes that might be suitable for them. “We might show a buyer 12 houses before we sell them one. I understand this is emotional for people so I take care with my clients.” This also includes guiding them through the process with builders reports and valuations. Robbie said Mark Stevenson First National Real

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Marshall gives festival ‘thumbs up’ Former All Black Justin Marshall with Hunter’s Wines representatives Sarah McDermid and Jenny Hodges at the Marlborough Wine and Cuisine festival on Thursday.

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Story and photos by Damian George Former All Black Justin Marshall was among the many people to heap praise on Marlborough’s premier Rugby World Cup 2011 festival last week. The Sky TV commentator was one of several notable guests at the REAL NZ Festival Marlborough Wine and Cuisine show on Thursday, which included the region’s top winemakers and chefs. Also present at Brancott Vineyard on a cloudy but calm day was IRB Scottish Rugby Union representative Bill Nolan, and a group of international guests being hosted by the NZ2011 office. But the biggest raps came from Marshall, who had always wanted to attend the annual Marlborough Food and Wine Festival in February during his playing days. Training commitments with Super Rugby franchise the Crusaders meant he was never able to do so. “I can get a feel for what it must be like in February, when there’s three or four times as many people, “Marshall told The Sun on Thursday. “I love my wine, I love my food, I love to socialise – why wouldn’t you want to be here?” Marshall has been actively promoting the Marlborough region to overseas travellers during the World Cup, an area where he holidays often. “I’ve travelled the world, I’ve

been very lucky, and I’ve never seen something like this area – the views, the natural environment. “You can’t replicate what the Marlborough area and the Sounds has to offer.” Wine Marlborough event manager Andrea Craig told The Sun 50 per cent of the event’s guests were from overseas, with a strong Irish and Welsh contingent making up a large chunk of that. “The feedback so far has been very positive. “Everyone enjoyed a really relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to talk to people about the wine and the cuisine on offer.” Mrs Craig says she is not sure whether the event, created specifically for the World Cup, will feature on Marlborough’s event calendar again. “People did like the event concept and we will have a look at it and see how we can incorporate parts of it into other events in the future.” Musical acts on Thursday included London-born blues guitarist Paul Ubana Jones, New Zealand indie pop artist Anna Coddington, local singer-songwriter Sarah Brown and Wellington pop-rock band Supermodel. A Chef’s Table featuring five leading New Zealand chefs attracted a keen audience for much of the day.

will not need to be called in. “It’s going to vary for everybody in terms of when helicopters are used - it obviously depends on how vineyards are spread,” he says. “We’d probably get them out at -2C. The lowest temperature so far here has been -1.5C.” Forrest Estate Wines vineyard manager Tim Alexander says the company has been using frost fans and gas-powered frost machines for the last two weeks. He says the lowest recorded




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$ What guests had to say: Carol and Barry Mills, from Blenheim: “It’s a bit like going back to the classics – the way we used to have the [Marlborough Wine and Food] festival before it just became your regular. We couldn’t believe it when we saw the tables and chairs.” Michael and Brenda Foggo, from Manly, Australia: “This festival is fabulous - similar to the Hunter Valley Semillon and Seafood Festival. The whitebait and scallops were beautiful.” Ernie and Fran Hopkiss, from Austin, Texas: “I think this is great. What’s interesting is it wasn’t really publicised as well as it could have been. We have a number of friends travelling in the North Island who didn’t even know it was on.” Bruno Chapelle, from Marseille, France: “The price [of wine] is cheap, and the wine is excellent.” For more festival photos, see page 16.

Frost fighting underway By Damian George Marlborough vineyard owners are beginning to take frost fighting measures to protect grape buds as low morning temperatures hit the region. Brancott Estate viticulturist Andrew Naylor says frost fans have been in operation on the most susceptible areas of the company’s vineyard recently. He says using frost fans on vulnerable areas is the most effective way of protecting grape buds at this stage and hopes helicopters


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Motel bookings down during Cup By Damian George A struggling economy, the Christchurch earthquake and perceived ‘price gouging’ are among reasons cited by Marlborough motels for lower than usual bookings during Rugby World Cup 2011. A nationwide survey conducted by the Motel Association of New Zealand [MANZ] recently shows nearly half of the motels which took part are experiencing fewer bookings than normal during the tournament. Marlborough is no exception, with more than half of the rooms across the region unsold for much of the tournament, the survey shows. Aston Court Motel manager Noel Noble told The Sun numbers at his motel had dropped dramatically since the beginning of the global tournament. “The last three weeks of September were significantly down on last year,” he says.

“The media has reported on supposed price gouging, particularly in main centres where rugby matches have been scheduled, and this has been perceived as being endemic throughout the country.” Mr Noble says this is not the case in Marlborough. He says wineries and vineyards appear to be the only busy businesses in Marlborough, as they have benefited from an “endless procession” of campervan traffic passing through the region. “On the whole, the accommodation sector has missed out throughout the country.” Commodore Court Motel owner Bruce Huffadine says his motel has been down 10 per cent in guest numbers during the World Cup period. “This hope that we were all going to have a bonanza and be able to go on a world cruise after the World Cup, that was just a dream by somebody. It certainly

hasn’t happened here,” he told The Sun. He says the low numbers may be partly due to the Christchurch earthquake in February, as many cancellations came shortly after that occurred. “And also the economic climate [is a factor],” he says. “Last January, in the school holidays, we had only one family with children stay in the whole of the month.” Spring Creek Motels manager Erica Ticehurst says her motel has been down 50 per cent on bookings on previous months during the World Cup. She agreed inflated prices in the North Island had not helped, with campervans perceived a cheaper option, and people were also struggling economically. Fifteen per cent of MANZ members took part in the survey across the country. The survey had a margin of error of two per cent.

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[from left]: Australian rugby supporters Nicole Hetherington, Courtney Dober and Nathalie Bruno take a break at Wither Hills Winery on Wednesday on their Great Crusade tour across New Zealand. Photo supplied.

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By Damian George Any reported claims of trans-Tasman hostility during Rugby World Cup 2011 have certainly not reached two Australian travellers touring the country as part of The Great Crusade. Jason Hegarty and Amanda Jeffs, from Brisbane, made their way through Kaikoura and Blenheim last week as one of 25 pairs of Wallabies supporters taking part in the Qantas tour, which follows the national side. Jason and Amanda were preparing for a visit to Wither Hills Winery when The Sun spoke to them on Wednesday. “Everyone has just been so friendly, the shopkeepers - everyone,” Amanda says of the tour to date. “We’re having a chat with everyone we’ve come across, and there’s just been really good vibes. “You get the odd person yelling ‘Go the All Blacks’, but you expect that.” Jason and Amanda won the oportunity to take part in the second of the two Great Crusade tours - the 12-day South Island Adventure, which ended in Wellington on October 10.

They sent a series of 12 videos into Australian morning television show Today explaining why they were the country’s ultimate Wallabies supporters. “We’ve travelled to New Zealand a few times and we can’t speak highly enough of the diversity and just the scenery and everything,” Amanda says. “It’s just really so beautiful. You don’t get a lot of that back in Australia.” Marlborough’s renowned sunny climate has not quite lived up to its reputation during the pair’s visit, but its cuisine certainly has. Amanda says Kaikoura’s crayfish has been the highlight of the pair’s culinary experience so far. Jason may not win himself too many more friends though with comments like these: “I know New Zealand’s had a bit of a knock with [Daniel] Carter being out - hopefully, that’s going to be their Achilles heel.” Australia will play the All Blacks in the tournament’s second semi-final in Auckland on Sunday night.

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Chi Chi welcomes talented chef Marlborough is now home to a very talented Thai chef who has travelled to New Zealand for the first time to join Chi Chi Restaurant as head chef. Pudpong Piasupan has been working at Chi Chi for one month now, and already his Thai dishes have left lasting impressions on diners. H i s 2 0 ye a r s of experience which i ncludes work i n fou r-st a r hotel kitchens, combined with h i s ex t e n s ive travels throughout Asia have enabled Pudpong to add some exciting and innovative additions to the Chi Chi menu. “We are very lucky to have such a talented chef and already we have had great feedback from his dishes. “Our diners love that they reflect the Thai cooking traditions while being bright, vibrant and pleasing to the eye,” says Chi Chi Restaurant owner Matt Wu.

What makes Thai cuisine unique is the emphasis placed on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. Dishes are created from fresh herbs and produce and at Chi Chi, no dishes contain MSG and there are Gluten free options. “We invite the people of Marlborough to come and try our menu. “For lunch we have a range of exciting chef’s specials which include popular dishes such as curry and rice and noodle soup, and for dinner choose something from our extensive menu which has something to please everyone,” Matt says. LOOK OUT FOR THEM: Chi Chi Restaurant chefs will be serving a Thai buffet at the Marlborough A&P Association’s 139th annual show on November 4 and 5.

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Blenheim’s new Burger King property in Main St has been sold to a locally-based couple in an off-market deal. The sale was made by real estate company Bayleys Marlborough. Bayleys Marlborough commercial and business agent Grant Baxter told The Sun he approached the Nelsonbased owner-developer soon after the fast food restaurant began trading in May. The couple does not wish to be named.

Bayleys Marlborough was recently involved in the sale of Blenheim’s Mitre 10 Mega property in Alabama Rd. That property was listed by Bayleys Marlborough and sold in conjunction with Bayleys Nelson. Mr Baxter says the Burger King sale is another encouraging sign for Marlborough business. “There is a strong underlying confidence in the commercial business sector for well-maintained properties that are well leased to excellent tenants.”

A tasty job Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk Marlborough chefs Phil Smart and Heath Naylor had the best job in the world as they sampled and judged over 105 baking entries in the Great Kindergarten Bake-Off held recently. Hosted by Redwoodtown Kindergarten the Bake-Off was a huge success and managed to raise around $1400 for the kindergarten’s technology and outdoor equipment. Open to the public, all ages took along their mouth watering entries including decorated cakes, which saw an incredible display of talent put on display. After the decorated cakes were auctioned off, those who stayed to enjoy the kindergarten Copthorne Hotel Marlborough head chef Phil students’ entertainment Smart was given the best job in the world recently, were able to sample the taste testing all the baking entries at the Great baking for themselves. Kindergarten Bake-Off. For those who samproducing a fundraising cook book pled the baking and felt inspired, the Redwoodtown Kinder- which is set to be released at the garten committee is in the process of beginning of December.

Cold September for Blenheim Blenheim has experienced its third-coldest September since records began in 1932, National Climate Centre statistics show. Figures released in the centre’s monthly report show the average minimum air temperature in Blenheim in September was 2.3C, 2.5C lower than normal. Average temperatures for the month were also lower than normal in Nelson, West Coast, Fiordland and South Canterbury, and much of the North Island.

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RaRe “collectoR’s edition” beeR Marlborough craft brewery Moa has launched its latest beer, but it’s urging people not, under any circumstances, to drink it. Well, for the next decade at least. The Moa Ten Year Beer is a barrel-aged cherry lambic made in a unique traditional Belgium style. Just 180 specially labelled bottles have been produced, and Moa founder Josh Scott says those lucky enough to get their hands on a bottle should take their hands off the bottle and put it into a cellar, pronto. “Our Ten Year Beer already tastes great, but the complex nature of the brew means that it’s designed to taste best after a decade of cellar aging. Only 180 collectable 750ml bottles of the Moa Ten Year Beer have been created; “but for god’s sake, don’t bloody drink it,” Josh says.

compensation foR aRthuR devine Blenheim hairdresser Arthur Devine has been awarded $20,000 in compensation following the wrongful eviction from his High St premises. Mr Devine was evicted from the premises on August 5, after an overdue rent payment was not picked up by landlord William Yates’ law firm at the time, Hardy Jones Clark. Mr Devine has since been working out of his Picton salon, but plans to re-open business in Blenheim in the future.

‘Simply the Breast’ on the water Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk Blenheim’s “Simply the Breast” Dragon Boat team celebrated a special day recently, the official launch of their new dragon boat ‘Wahine Morehu’ (Woman survivors). The boat was placed in the Wairau River for the first time on Sunday, October 2 and was blessed by Rosemary Powell. Despite the miserable wet conditions, spirits were high as team members prepared to paddle their new boat after three years of fundraising for it. The boat is a new competition fibre glass model built to international specifications and was purchased for $13,000, says Simply the Breast dragon boat team secretary Les Barrow. “This boat is lighter and more stable in the water and having it means the team will be training with the boat they will compete in,” he says. Headed by coach Walter Waaka who will be in his second year of coaching the team, is made up of local women who have come together from all walks of life with one thing in common, a diagnosis of breast cancer. A Dragon Boat seats 20 paddlers in pairs as well as a sweep on the stern and a caller/ drummer at the front. In NZ Dragon Boats can be paddled by any combination of men, female or mixed teams. However to enter as a breast cancer blessed: it has been three years of hard fundraising, but the blenheim’s survivor team, all members must be breast simply the breast dragon boat team were finally able to trial their new $13,000 competition boat which was officially blessed on october 2. cancer survivors.

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Poem added to writers’ walk Redwoodtown School has become the second school to add its contribution to a water-themed writers’ walk launched last year alongside Blenheim’s Taylor River. The walk was sta r ted by Springlands School in December last year, when student Fynn Sawyer’s poem was unveiled at an official launch. It is designed to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the area’s water. Springlands School invited other schools to add to the feature this year. Re dwoodtow n School student Travis Kendall’s poem Water’s Life was selected to be engraved on a rock near Blenheim’s Beaver St bridge.

nine year old poet, Redwoodtown school student travis Kendall, right, and springlands school students sam morgan and Yazmin shipley with mayor alistair sowman at the unveiling of travis’s plaque on the taylor River. the plaque was donated by Geoffrey t sowman funeral directors.

Baby loss week In the 43 days it takes for 48 games of rugby to be played and the Rugby World Cup to be won, 86 babies will die in New Zealand. This is the message of this year’s Baby Loss Awareness Week which runs from October 9-15 and culminates in International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15. Here in Marlborough the local S.A.N.D.S group will be holding a memorial service on Saturday, October 15 at Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors from 6pm. Baby Loss Awareness Week will also be an opportunity to let the public know about S.A.N.D.S and

the work it does in the community. It is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that provides support to the many families who face the death of a baby or infant. “Once again we will try to attract the attention of the general public in acknowledging that while our babies may have been tiny, their lives were not,” says president of S.A.N.D.S Marlborough Anna Simpson. Information about the week is available on the S.A.N.D.S website and any enquiries can be made to Anna on 577 7765 or Lloyd Bush at Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors in

Blenheim on 578 4719. Between 800 and 900 babies die in New Zealand every year, aged from 5 months gestation to a year of age. Baby Loss Awareness Week is the time that parents and families stop and acknowledge their precious and much loved babies who are missed and remembered with love.

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Rateable values Dear Ed, I wouldn’t be too worried about the recent round of rateable values being lower in Marlborough. I think in 6 months time we’ll have a clearer picture of where house values are really at, and in 3 years they won’t matter anyway. There will always be demand for good quality properties that make sense to prospective buyers. Home Owner

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Theft, wilful damage and a stolen sheep Auckland offender arrested A 20-year-old male vineyard worker was arrested in Blenheim on Friday morning in relation to an aggravated robbery in Auckland on July 25. Later, a 40-year-old self-employed man was arrested for possession of cannabis and receiving a stolen sheep. At 6pm on Fr iday, a 24 -yea r-old unemployed man was arrested on a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in Blenheim District Court.

Disqualified drivers behind the wheel Two men were arrested for driving while disqualified on Saturday and one also charged with drink driving. The dual offender, a 33-year-old painter, was arrested at 4.35am. The second man, a 22-year-old vineyard worker, was arrested at 10.25pm. A 20-year-old unemployed man was arrested and charged with wilful damage after allegedly smashing a letterbox at a house in Picton on Saturday night. Earlier, a 43-year-old female receptionist and 42-year-old male road worker were arrested for offensive behaviour following an incident on Scott St, Blenheim.

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Also on Saturday, a 33-year-old male labourer was arrested for offensive behaviour, and a 41-year-old unemployed man was arrested in relation to a burglary at a Mayfield property shortly after midnight on Friday.

Spate of drunken-related arrests Three people were ar rested for drunken-related incidents and two people charged with breaching the liquor ban on Sunday afternoon. Four people were arrested at 2.30pm. They were: two unemployed men, aged 44 and 47, for disorderly behaviour after being found in an “extremely” intoxicated state on Alfred Street; a 42-year-old unemployed woman for breaching the liquor ban and for breaching her community work; and a 59-year-old unemployed man for breaching the liquor ban. A 41-year-old male sickness beneficiary was arrested five minutes later for breaching his bail conditions after being found intoxicated, also on Alfred St. At 11.55pm, a 20-year-old female barista was arrested for wilful damage after allegedly smashing two windows at an address in Townsend following a domestic-related incident.

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Team player Rod Thomas talks to Damian George about his days as a first-class cricketer and his current life as a volunteer firefighter.

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Former Central Districts cricketer Rod Thomas fears cricket is “a dying sport” in New Zealand. The Picton-based former fast bowler, probably better known to people in the area as a member of the Picton volunteer fire brigade, will be a part of the Picton Cricket Club’s 150th anniversary celebrations at the end of this summer. It is expected to include names such as former New Zealand international Lance Cairns and Sky TV rugby commentator Tony Johnson. Rod, who played 16 first-class matches between 1975 and 1978, says cricket’s popularity appears to have waned since his playing days. “It seems to be a dying sport,” he says. “I think that’s because of the time it takes to play a game and the commitment you’ve got to put in. “Like most sports, what you put in is what you can get out of it.” Rod, who picked up 38 first-class wickets for CD, says the standard of club cricket has certainly dropped across the country, but it

is moving in the right direction by playing and the Neal brothers, Dave and Ross, while more one-day games. current Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman “For guys working seven days a week, being was in the side as an off-spinner. available to play two days a week becomes Rod says the team came close to winning a quite hard,” he says. few times, but could not quite crack the men “By playing one-day matches, it means from the capital. they can play one day and, if He says he is slightly jealthey’re working the following ous of players who get to Saturday, it doesn’t affect the “If Marlborough play cricket’s shortest format, side too much. twenty20, these days. doesn’t get “Times have changed from “I think it would be an when we were playing back out and get adrenalin rush. then, when you worked Mon“I think some of those guys day to Friday and had the rest sponsorship like Lance Cairns, and myself, of the time spare to play.” were probably born in the A s a m e m b e r o f t h e for the rep wrong era.” Marlborough team in the 1970s, Last season, Marlborough Rod was one of half a dozen sides, they’re won the Hawke Cup for just first-class cricketers in sides the third time in its 100-year which took on a strong Wel- buggered.” history. Rod had been conlington outfit in an annual venor of selectors and former pre-season match. New Zealand coach Denis Aberhart the Names in the Wellington team at that time team’s coach up until that season. included Jeremy Coney, Bruce Edgar, John “We picked that they would win it that Morrison and Robert Vance. season, and they did.” The Marlborough side included Cairns Rod says Marlborough cricket is in a reason-

able state, but needs to get some money in the bank to remain competitive. “Money rules the roost. If Marlborough doesn’t get out and get sponsorship for the rep sides, they’re buggered. “[Administrators] have got to concentrate on the grassroots of cricket - the schools. “If we haven’t got anything in the bank, we sure as hell ain’t gonna get any further up the chain.” As for his time with the volunteer fire brigade, for which he was recently awarded a Gold Star for 25 years of service, Rod says it was his way of giving something back to the community. He is also part of the Critical Incident Stress Management [CISM] team, which helps brigade members after traumatic events. Rod, 57, says he will continue with the brigade “until such time as I get to my use-by date”. “We’ve got a good little brigade here. To me, we’re invincible as a team. “We’re family first, then employees - without the support of both, you wouldn’t be a volunteer brigade.”

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Garden tour aims to inspire Sharing ideas and seeing how local gardeners have created their own piece of paradise will be on the agenda for the 20th annual Wairau Valley Anglican Parish Country Garden tour this weekend. This year 11 property owners have opened their gardens for the tour, one of whom are Lois and John Roadley of ‘Evelyn Downs’ in Fairhall. Retired farmers, Lois and John turned their once gently sloping hillside property into a haven for the bees and birds with fruit trees, native trees and bushes, fragrant blossoming gardens and extensive lawns. Throughout the two day tour there will be food and refreshments, brick-a-brack and plants available. Tour programmes are $20 and they have a ticket on the inside. They are available from Devon Nursury, Renwick Dairy, Islington Gardens, Selmes Garden Trust Nursery, Springlands Café and Garden Centre and Roselands Pets and Plants.


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 IRB Scottish Rugby Union representative Bill Nolan was hosted by Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston. Bill was visiting for the first time since 1996, when he was part of Scotland’s team management on their New Zealand tour. Scotland played a South Island Select team at Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park on that tour.

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Mental Health Awareness week this year falls just after the Rugby World Cup 2011 quarter finals and ends during the semis. So, to embrace and celebrate team sports, the week’s theme has been titled;

“Get in the game – Training for happiness” Whether or not you are a die-hard rugby fan, a New Zealander or an international visitor during September and October there are things you can do to support your wellbeing. If you are a rugby fan, this could be vitally important come the results at the end of October.

As any top coach would say, training makes you play a better game, and it’s no different for your mental health. By consistently incorporating the winning ways to wellbeing in your life, you can improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Strategies for happiness: Introduce these simple strategies into your life and you will feel the benefits. Remember to start small and work at it - good things take time. 1) It feels good to give. Everyone has something to offer so how will you play your part? 2) Do what you can, enjoy what you do, be active and move your mood.

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3) Take notice of the world around you and savour the moment. Find the simple things that bring you joy. 4) Keep learning throughout your life. Seek out new experiences and challenge yourself. 5) People are stronger when they pull together, so think about who could you connect with today.

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C.A.R.E Marlborough activities co-ordinator Wendy Caughley:

Taking time out just to relax, listening to music, long hot baths, sitting in the garden, walks on the beach with the dog all make me happy.”

SF Marlborough field worker Lyn Caughey:

“Time out from work means time in the garden, time to read a good book (preferably a funny one). “Other priorities are time with friends and family at home, in cafes, going for walks or shopping.” • October 10 to 16 there will be a library display in Blenheim for the public to view and find out more information about local services. • Today there will be an open day at C.A.R.E Marlborough from 10am – 4pm. The centre is open to the public and there will be a morning cooking class and sketch group as well as an afternoon poetry session at 26 Percy Street, Blenheim.

SF Marlborough manager Cheryl Thompson:

“Mowing my lawns, meeting up with friends, time with family, laughing and taking off for a weekend. I make sure I stop working at the weekend and plan nothing.” C.A.R.E Marlborough support manager Katrina Martin:

“A garden full of flowers and vegetables and cooking with whanau and friends on the weekends makes me happy.”

C.A.R.E Marlborough activities assistant Carol Toms:

“Visiting friends who you have not seen for a while, listening to my favourite radio station, sitting or lying on a mattress in my special spot in the garden with a drink, something to eat and a good book. I also enjoy writing a poem in my diary or a letter to myself about all the family and friends in my life who I am grateful for.” Hapai Te Ora manager Ricky Feather:

“I am really passionate about mental health work and I love my job and being part of such a great team. Having this passion and working alongside such nice people brings me a lot of happiness. Also I enjoy working on things in my garage, including an old car I have restored. “Having this hobby helps me keep a great balance between my work and personal life.”


Come and have a look at this Community Mental Health Service at: 26 Percy Street between 11 and 3.30pm.


• Pizza making for lunch $3 • Sketching Group • Poetry Reading

Supporting Families in Mental Wellbeing

We provide Advocacy, Support, Education and Information to the families of the Marlborough community who have a family member experiencing a mental illness. Advocacy may be: going to appointments which can be difficult at times if going alone Support may be: group meetings with other in similar situations or 1 to 1 Education may be: Strategies in enabling family to cope with day to day living Information on: mental illness, medication or other relevant services in the community.

To contact Cheryl, Lyn and Hiria phone:

(03) 577 5491

SF Marlborough Supporting FaMilieS in Mental Wellbeing


C.A.R.E. stands for: Consumers Assisting Recovery Everyday


SF Marlborough

Sourcing Mental Health Advice, Resources and Treatment

Mental Health Week 10-16 October 2011 Is supported by

Te Rapuora Health Services 69-71 Grove Road Blenheim

for people experiencing HelpHelp for people experiencing a mild to moderate that will will benefit benefit moderate mental mental illness that from short term interventions. term interventions.

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CROUCH: Kimberley and family are delighted to announce the early but safe arrival of tiny wee girl Kamryn-Jae (4lb 5oz) on Wednesday 7th September at Wellington Hospital. A much anticipated super cute cousin for proud Kynan. Special thank you to the staff in Blenheim especially Shona, Helen and Lyndsay for the weekly monitoring and support. To all the staff in Wellington, especially the “Tuohy Team” for the regular heart monitoring, the NICU ward, Life Flight and Ronald McDonald House. Gold Stars to all family and friends for their efforts, love and support throughout this time. We are finally home, healthy and starting our next adventure. Photo provided.

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PORTER: Mike & Heather thank God through our Lord Jesus Christ for the precious miracle and blessing of Naomi Fern, born on Tuesday 20th September at 2.07pm at Wairau Hospital, 7lb 1oz (3.2kgs). A beautiful sister for Joel. Many thanks to Angela White (midwife) and Danielle Williamson (student midwife), Paediatric Neonatal Team and to all our family and friends for their love, support and prayers. Photo provided.

SPENCER: Lance and Malinda are very pleased to announce the arrival of their handsome baby boy, Couper Graeme Spencer (7lb 12oz) on September 27th at 7.40 am at Wairau Hospital. A little brother for Sam and Jess. A special thank you to Gerry Lawson, Emily Saul and Tina and Graham from the Maternity Ward. Photo provided.

KARA: Ana and Arnold are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their 1st son, Cruz Kara (8lb 3oz) on the 25th September at 3.03am at Wairau Hospital. A brother for Isaiah and Irihei. Special thanks to midwife Cathy Middleton, Ashleigh, and all the staff on the Maternity Ward. Photo provided.

MACKLE: Craig and Karen would like to announce the safe arrival of Olivia Grace Jamie, (9lb 12oz) on October 2nd, at 3.59pm, (Being held by Aunty Imelda). Special thanks to Cathy Middleton.

CLARKE: Cameron and Kylie are proud to announce the safe arrival of their healthy baby girl Danniella Cassidy Clarke named in honour after her Great-Grandaddy Danny Deighton who we greatly admire and love. Born 29th September at 1.37am, weighing 6lb 9oz. Thanks go out to the staff at Wairau Hospital, and a special thanks to midwife Angela White, also Kylie’s Mum Katrina Macky, who saw the birth through. “Mama” and baby are both happy, strong and well. Photo provided.

MuM OF THE WEEK Congratulations to Karen Mackle this week’s lucky winner of the New World $25 voucher to spend at New World Blenheim. Our winner is invited to bring her ID in to claim her prize when she next visits New World Blenheim.

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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

Blenheim Healing Rooms Open 1st & 3rd Saturdays every month. 11.00am - 1pm. Stonewood Homes Office, 68 High Street. Free Christian healing prayer available to anyone. Phone 578 9704

Desex Your Cat Its spring and SPCA reminds owners to get cats over 6 months of age desexed by a vet NOW! SPCA can help those on low incomes. Phone 572 9156

Housie Every Thursday 7pm Blenheim Bowling Club, Weld St. Light meals available. Bring a friend for a good night out. Proceeds to Special Needs Children of Marlborough

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: 579 5304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St.

Nelson Mediaeval Faire Knights, archers and fair maidens, mediaeval encampment, stalls and entertainment. Sunday 16th October, Maitai Valley Motorcamp, 10am-5pm. $5, children shorter than the gatekeeper’s sword free., 021 292 2048

SF Marlborough (supporting families and 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.

Sunday morning market Wynen St carpark. New laid free range eggs-special price. Vegetable, flower plants, produce, jewellery, crafts, bric-abrac, bbq food. Sites $5

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


WALKER, Robert Charles (Bob): Nicholls, Geoff & Dot Nicholls, Ivy On October 7, 2011, peacefully Nicholls, Winsome & Ron Bishell, but suddenly, at Wairau Hospital Isobel & Steve Stuck, Pat & Pam Blenheim. In his 84th year. Nicholls, Peter & Helen Nicholls. Cherished husband of Peggy Loved Aunt of her many nieces & for 44 years. Father of Stephen, nephews. much loved stepfather of Andrew, REEKIE, Moira Terese: Passed David, Monica and Beau, and away on October 5, 2011 in their families. Treasured brother of Blenheim. Loved wife of the late Elaine, Geoffrey, Noeline and their Raymond Andrew, and loved mother families. Messages to PO Box 4067, of Trevor. “I held her hand and told Blenheim 7242. At Bob’s request, a her not to be afraid. The last five private service has been held. weeks have been a cherished gift; GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ God Bless, and Peace”. Messages 03 578 4719 to The Reekie Family, c/- PO Box BOYCE, Joyce Frances Louise: 110, Blenheim 7240. Peacefully on Monday October GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 10, 2011, at Springlands Lifestyle 03 578 4719 Village. In her 93rd year. Loved wife HUTCHEON, Dorothy Baxter: of the late Bert Boyce, treasured On October 4, 2011, peacefully, at Marlborough After Hours Hospital Visiting Hours mother and mother-in-law of Lynda Hospital, Auckland. GP Ser vices: Wairau Wairau Hospital: Daily and Robert Montgomery, cherished Middlemore Aged 90 years. Loved aunt of Hospital campus, after 6pm. 11.30am-7.30pm, children Grandma of Amelia and Richard Shirley, Raymond, Linda, Murray, Reception 5206377. under 12 may visit parents Booth (Auckland), Pamela and Judith and Graham and loved sisterInglis (Upper Hutt) and in-law of Isobel. Special thanks to Office 5209980. only. Maternity Ward: David Annabel Montgomery (London), the staff at Franklin Village for their Ambulance: Urgent 111. 10am-Noon, 4pm-7pm. and Great-Grandma of Riley and Non urgent 579 4870. Children's Ward: Daily Cooper Booth, and Max, Zoe care of Dorothy in the last years of life. Messages to The Hutcheon After Hours Chemists: 10am-8pm. Visiting at all and Ollie Inglis. Messages to 77 her Family, c/- PO Box 110, Blenheim Springlands Pharmacy times is subject to the Dillon Street, Blenheim 7201. A 7240. A graveside service will be 9am-6pm 7 days Ph discretion of the nurse in funeral service for Joyce will be held at Fairhall Cemetery, 1.00pm held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian on Thursday October 13. 5782271. charge of the ward. Church, Henry Street at 11am, Diabetes NZ Marlborough: M a r l b o ro u g h Fa m i ly Friday October 14, followed by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 5775549, Office hours Budgeting interment at Omaka Cemetery. Tues,Wed,Thurs 9am-3pm. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ NEAL, Thurza: On October Free,confidential budgeting 03 578 4719 4, 2011, peacefully, at Wairau Lifeline Marlborough: advice. Monday -Friday. Hospital. Aged 91 years. Dearly 577 8668, 24hr helpline. NICHOLLS, Hazel Jean (nee loved wife of the late Frank, much Phone 578 2006. SPENCER): 25 October 1932 – 6 loved mother and mother-in-law Marlborough Women's Citizens Advice Bureau October 2011. Dearly loved wife and of Gwen and Ted Collins, Eric Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Free, friendly, confidential friend of Jock (married 58 years). and the late Heather Peterson, Mother to Ngaire & John Lesley and Owen Amos, Paul Crisis line, phone Wairau advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am - Incredible Russ, Mike & Melody Nicholls, and Carole Gilchrist, Karen and Hospital 520 9999, for 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Kathryn (Kate) & Bruce Hanna, the late Errol Peterson, Douglas Picton Women's Refuge contact Trevor & Ingrid Nicholls, Alastair Doctor: Phone weekend & Sue Nicholls. Wonderful Gran Neal, and Anne Busch. A beloved numbers. Nana of all her grandchildren, great Overeaters Anonymous: d o c t o r 5 7 3 6 0 9 2 o r of Phillippa & Cameron Grant, grandchildren and great great Cameron & Anna Russ, Karl and Marlborough After Hours Red Cross Rooms, 33 grandchild. Messages to 4 Dodson Nicholls, Toby Hanna, Gretta Street, Spring Creek 7202. Redwood St. Every Tuesday GP Service 520 6377. Office Jared & Shawn Waugh, Brodie Hanna, GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 5209980. at 7.30pm. Ethan Nicholls, Jeremiah, Joel, 03 578 4719 Ambulance: Urgent 111. Victim Support: Timothy, Adam and Katie Nicholls. Awesome Great Gran of Mitchell EMMERSON, Susanne Jeanette: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist:Picton Healthcare and Keighley Grant. Will be missed On October 2, 2011, suddenly, at 846) home, after a long struggle. Alcoholics Anonymous: Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 by all that knew her. Mother to many. her Mum, we’ll see you later Aged 44 years. Dearly loved mother Rose 5777651, Harvey Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat-Sun Thanks The family of Hazel Nicholls of Alychia and Chris, David, and 9-3pm, Queen Charlotte Gran. 5788125 invites you to a celebration of her Caroline. Loved Nana of Harmony Al-Anon: Help for families Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat life at Lake Rotoiti Community Hall, and Ngatahlia, much loved Main Road, St Arnaud, 2.30pm daughter of Messines and the late & friends of alcoholics. Ph 9-1pm. Margaret 578 4690 or Ross Seddon Health Clinic on Thursday 13th October 2011, David Emmerson, beloved sister to Christine, Amelia and Shirley, M o n d a y 1 0 a m - 1 p m ; followed by afternoon tea. 578 5896. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ and a loved aunty of all her nieces Wednesday 5pm-7pm;. For an Alzheimers Society 03 578 4719 and nephews. Messages to The Marlborough: 577 6172, 8 appointment Ph 575 7757. 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health & beauty ADRIENNE'S Beauty Den. For all your beauty treatment. 85 Lakings Road. Ph 578 8862 DENTURES - Advanced Prosthetic Treatment. Premium Dentures. Natural looks thanks to digital precision at Blenheim Denture Studio. 71 Alfred Street. Ph 578 4344 E AR Health. Removal of Ear Wax using microscope & suction. Ph for an appointment 578 8310 at Physiotherapy Centre, 11 Francis St. M OLE checks - for a thorough skin check using dermoscopy. Call the Skin Clinic 578 1665. SYSTEM: Slim lose weight the easy way, food designed for NZ'ers by NZer's. Ph Jean Rooney 577 8686.

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TE RAWA RESORT Wilson Bay Pelorus Sound. Restaurant & Bar. Right at the waters edge, accommodation, Shop, On & Off Licence, petrol on wharf, LPG & moorings. Private functions & small conferences. Ph 03 579 8285

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AGM Historic Places Trust Sunday 16 t h O c t o b e r 2 p m Marlborough Museum Auditorium, Brayshaw Park Guest Speaker Neil Morris Seismicity and Earthquake Pr o n e B u i l d i n g s i n Marlborough. Public Welcome

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Phone Robin & Lisa 03 570 5198 027 289 2808

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Catering Van VAN GO FARE • Public Events • Private Functions • Self Sufficient • Mobile

for sale WHITE CHIP & white rocks. Ideal for pebble gardens, paths, driveways.

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house for sale

CAMPERVAN HOUSE FOR PRIVATE FOR SALE SALE ISUZU diesel, 2.8lt, $175,000 4 berth. 1 owner, low kms,excellent condition. Canopy, 3 way power. Separate shower & toilet.

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2 bedroom home, logburner on wetback, single garage,garden sheds, walking distance to Horton park & CBD. The perfect first home. Phone 021 502 144 Open Home Sunday 11am- 2pm

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boats wanted

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public notice

BOATS wanted to buy. Up to approx 7 metres. Power Boat Centre. 72 Grove Road. Phone 578 0569 or 021 328 241

C LOW N Fun ! PomPom enter tains with bubbles, balloons and magic. Phone 577 7393

Why buy, when you can call Mr Rental?

ART/ANTIQUES Birthday sale. 25% off most stock. Limited time only so do come in this week, Monday-Saturday. Phone 5796046. 50 Grove Road (200 metres North of Railway Station) Blenheim.

Fitness equipment, Fridges, Washers, Furniture, Gaming and more! Appliances available from $10 pw. Conditions apply.

public notice F U R N IT U R E sale. Quality, variety and good prices at Souchebys Antiques, 50 Grove Road Blenheim

Local Asparagus • Saturday Redwoodtown Fleamarket • Sunday Ethnic Forum Market

199 Batty’s Road

Ph: 578 4644 Jamie Arbuckle

Wairau Valley Anglican Parish Proudly presents 20th tour of

COUNTRY GARDENS 15th and 16th October

$20 Programmes $20 On sale from Islington Gardens, Renwick Dairy, Selmes Garden Trust Nursery, Roselands Pets and Plants, Devon Nursery, Springlands Garden Centre & Cafe Close to town around the Ben Morven Loop and New Renwick Road Sponsors: Renwick Nic Nacs Renwick Dairy Renwick Transport Ltd Rosco Hydraulics Ltd


Call Mr Rental Nelson 0800 111 313


International Baby Loss Day A public remembrance service will be held on October 15th at Geoffery T Sowman Funeral Directors, 14 Hutcheson Street, Blenheim, at 6pm in the Sowman lounge. You may wish to bring a photo, poem or something in memory of your baby to share in the service. A balloon release and light refreshments will follow. Contact Anna Simpson 57 77765

blenheim indoor sports


Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre Monday Oct 10th to Friday Oct 21st All sports and games provided 9am - noon each day $10 per session Bookings essential, limited numbers Phone 578 4851

Ten Pin Bowling also available Bookings advised Open 9am to late each day Simcox Stadium 50 Battys Rd Phone 578 4851 or Email:

RENWICK MEMORIAL COMMUNITY HALL NOMINATIONS FOR COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES FOR HALL COMMITTEE The 1984 Deed requires three members of the hall committee be householders in the Renwick School District. Nomination forms available from the Renwick School office. Please phone: 572 8158 or email: Nominations close 12pm, Wednesday 19th October. Elections will be at a public meeting to be held in the Renwick Memorial Community Hall on Tuesday 8th November, 7:30pm. Brian Roughan, Board Chair Renwick School, P.O. Box 48171, RENWICK 7343

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Speed issue Top tennis Editor. players denied? Dear “Getting There Slowly” is right, the Dear Ed, I am aware there are issues around the participation of top tennis players in the Marlborough Premier Tennis Competition. It appears, despite their best efforts, and that of other concerned parents and supporters, that these kids are being denied their right to join a club and compete, I believe, due to their previous support and association with a trespassed coach. Surely, as South Canterbury coach Steve Dries said, these administrators need to get the chip off their shoulder and administer tennis for all who live in Marlborough and not just an elite privileged few. Concerned Player.

speed limit around Blenheim is 50 km/h. Except in the centre of town, where it is 30 km/h. Not respecting this limit would cause severe damage to your vehicle, because of the speed bumps. The traffic is rather fluid and speedy, given that there are hardly any pedestrian crossings. There is only one on HWY 1 between the entry and the exit of town and very few drivers bother to slow down for it. There are none on Nelson street despite the fact there are over a thousand school children crossing it twice daily and only two on Redwood street. The lack of pedestrian crossings makes it very hazardous for children and older people to even consider attempting going on the other side of the street.

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We pay for streets and roads with our rates and other taxes but we are not given the opportunity to walk safely across them because of drivers’ selfishness and intolerance. Maybe a few more pedestrian crossings and some traffic lights would satisfy “Getting There Slowly”? There is no local 30-40 km/h club, just people respecting the speed limits and keeping up with traffic. By the way the average car occupancy rate is only slightly above one person. Which means one car equals just one person. What a waste! There are enough parking spaces in this town, only too many cars. If you are not happy with the way it is, then leave your car at home and walk or cycle. You’ll save money and get there quicker. Alain Bassin, Senior citizen, Cyclist.

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Halfback holds key for All Blacks Piri Weepu is the Pero Cameron of New Zealand rugby. The two New Zealand legends [yes – legends] may be chalk and cheese physically, but their attributes and big-game t emp era ment have m a ny parallels. Just as former Tall Black ‘PC’ could innocuously knock down a three-pointer, produce a miracle pass without looking or pull off something special just when his team needed it, so too can Weepu seemingly pull out the big plays at crucial moments. The halfback’s performance for the All Blacks in their World Cup quarter-final win over Argentina on Sunday was as crucial as it was masterful.

As he had done for the Hurricanes in this year’s Super 15, the halfback took on the responsibility of kicking goals with consummate ease. Sunday was classic ‘finals football’ and, though the All Blacks expectedly pulled away from a spirited Argentina in the last 15 minutes, it was Weepu’s goal-kicking which put them in a position to do so. Six penalties in a row, and then a seventh later on, made sure this match was not closer than it needed to be. And the best part is Weepu does it all with such a minimum of fuss - much like Cameron. Weepu has all the skills, but, more importantly, has quickly

By Damian George Disabled Italian distance swimmer Salvatore Cimmino has successfully completed his epic crossing of Cook Strait. Salvatore entered the water at Makara at 8.47am on Monday and reached Perano Head at 5.05pm – 8 hours and 18 minutes later. He is the first amputee to swim the Strait and the first person to complete the crossing in October. “I’m exhausted but very, very happy. We have built another bridge and are now closer to a world without barriers,” Salvatore said immediately after the swim. “This is about disability awareness and people should know disability is no barrier to great achievement, as it is no barrier to everyday life.” New Zealand distance swimming legend Philip Rush, who supported Salvatore through the race, said conditions were challenging.

“The air and water temperature are the reasons why this hasn’t been done in October before,” he said. “It was very cold out there. This is a hard swim at the best of times and Salvatore has put in a truly champion effort. The water temperature is approximately 12 degrees has been averaging between 12 and 14 degrees outside the water. Former All Black and Italy rugby coach John Kirwan, a good friend of Salvatore, says he was sad not to be celebrating with him but incredibly proud of his achievement. “He was so determined to conquer the Cook Strait - you only have to meet him to understand what he is doing this for,” Kirwan said. The Cook Strait crossing is part of Salvatore’s Swim the Seas of the Globe campaign to promote disability awareness.

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grown into the role of a leader within this New Zealand team. Sunday’s semi-final against Australia will be a mental game and, as usual, about making correct decisions. This is the one we have been waiting four years for – the grudge match against a World Cup bogey team. Australia showed against South Africa on Sunday they can win despite being outplayed. It is something the All Blacks have not mastered at World Cups. But with the astute and calm figure of Weepu in a crucial decision-making position, the All Blacks have a better chance than ever before of quelling emotion and getting the job done.

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He has already completed swims in Israel, Italy, Slovenia, Mexico and Canada as part of the project. Salvatore had his right leg amputated at the age of 15 due to cancer and began swimming later in life for therapeutic reasons before turning it into a passion for raising disability awareness. Because Salvatore made the crossing in a wetsuit, it will not be recorded as an official Cook Strait record.

feeling a little stronger and fitter already. So this week I am well and truly on track with my t r a i n i ng a nd my body measurements are also showing a great improvement. After four weeks of Celeste Lodewyk training with Brayden, I have shed 7.9cm off my stomach, which, for me, has been the most noticeable difference, and my healthy eating plan is beginning to feel ‘normal’ - less cravings for sweets and eating six small, healthy meals a day. Bring on the next week! PS: There is a donation box set up in The Sun office, 72 High St, Blenheim, for sponsorship for myself and colleagues Damian and Maree [also doing the 10.1km run] which are being donated to the Marlborough Life Education Trust.


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