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Wednesday October 6, 2010
Car dealer retires Mike McConnell departs with fond memories.
Whacky wedding Ian O’Malley and Karen Boyce marry in theme.
Call for fair play
New tennis club put through hoops Miracle workers Midwives of Marlborough tell their story.
Attempts to form a new Marlborough Tennis Club, The Wanderers, have struck a major roadblock. The club is seeking affiliation with the Marlborough Tennis Association so that players can take part in the association’s competitions, and also compete at regional and national level. Club members have been surprised by the re-
quirements asked of them and a spokesperson for the Marlborough Community Law Centre says questions surround both their fairness and the list of questions the association is asking. “Can they justify the choice or origins of the questions being asked, and secondly, do these questions apply to all clubs in the MTA?” he said. Wanderers is this week applying to Internal
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Affairs for incorporated society status, needed to affiliate to the MTA. This application requires that they have at least fifteen members. Committee member Michael Mooney says however, that two of the five clubs in the association no longer have ten members and therefore their required incorporated society status would have lapsed. continued page 4
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Tickets for the 2011 Marlborough Wine Festival go on sale today and organisers are expecting another sell out. The festival is the largest and longest running event of its kind in New Zealand, attracting wine aficionados for more than 27 years. With a limit on the number of wineries able to take part, there has been a rush by the Marlborough industry to be involved, which has been matched by the enthusiasm of food outlets. More than 30 individual food stands will be available to the public on the day, with a number providing specialist gourmet cuisine. Wine Marlborough General Manager, Marcus Pickens, says the past few years
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have seen a total sell out prior to the event and he is expecting a similar situation next year. â€œWhere else in the world can you get the opportunity to try hundreds of world class wines on one site? Pinot Gris and Chardonnay will take centre stage in the Blushing Bridesmaids tutorial. Often overlooked, these two varieties are adding to Marlboroughâ€™s reputation as a prestigious wine producer. Be led through the subtle differences between these two wine styles, while tasting some of the best Marlborough has to offer.
While wine and food are the backbone of the Festival,the entertainment line-up is equally impressive. With an eye for up and coming New Zealand talent, the festival has in the past featured some of the biggest names in the country, including Gin Wigmore, Liam Finn, The Black Seeds and The Phoenix Foundation. In 2011, Opensouls, The Checks and Sola Rosa will ensure the large crowd is entertained in style. Opensouls, whose debut album Kaleidoscope impressed reviewers and fans, are considered one of New Zealandâ€™s premiere groups, playing a
mixture of soul, jazz and British and American Râ€˜nâ€™B. Sola Rosa a five piece band from Auckland is sure to attract a crowd on their own. Their latest album â€œGet it Togetherâ€? was released in New Zealand a few months back and is about to be released in Australia this week. The Checks are well known for their blues driven and high energy rock â€˜nâ€™ roll, and from supporting such bands as The Killers and REM in recent years. The Wine Marlborough Festival is being held at Brancott Vineyard on Saturday February 12. With only 8000 tickets available, people are urged to get in quickly, to avoid disappointment.
Top of the South directory launched Combine the unique opportunity to create a first time Regional Business Directory, add a chance encounter with a Yellow Pages sales team who had just been made redundant and you have the foundations of MyPages. MyPages is New Zealandâ€™s first comprehensive Regional directory and its being launched this week with free copies delivered to businesses and homes throughout the Marlborough, Kaikoura, West Coast and Nelson Bays areas. What sets MyPages apart from other directories? My Pages offers an affordable alternative to the current monopoly, providing cost effective advertising in full colour. Research has shown that
even competent internet users rely on hard copy directories to find businesses and people. Being a regional directory, MyPages gives local businesses the chance to rationalise print and directory advertising within one publication sent to the whole of the top of the south region. Company spokesperson, Clare Filby says, â€œOne of our objectives is to link the business communities in the Top of the South Island in one publication and provide more in depth information about them. Weâ€™ve added a new depth of marketing to a directory, one of the oldest, most valuable forms â€“ networking. MyPages enables people across the region to contact and
connect with one another. With its extensive tourism information, it is a great car companion if travelling about. MyPages is a family run business based in Nelson and has created over fifteen jobs. The drive and passion from Managing Director, James Gordon, has steered the company towards overcoming the resistance from larger corporate players in the market place. Weâ€™re a sponsor of the Tasman Makos and have been able to give free adverts to local nonprofit organisations, plus supported local Rotarian and Lions groups with our distributionâ€? says Gordon. Your free copy will be in the mail box this week.
Mike Gardiner, left, checks his business advertisement Mikeâ€™s Mowers & Chainsaw Services in the new MyPages local directory. Tom Harrison, (right) from Lions will be delivering the directory to local businesses this week.
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Voters numbers up on last election Final days for voting - votes must be in on Friday... On Monday October 4, 12,359 electors, or 38.15 per cent of a possible 32,395, had voted in the Marlborough District Council election which closes at noon on Saturday October 9. Interest generated by this election appears to be greater than in 2007, when only 50.92 per cent of voters
voted at all, just 12 per cent more than Mondayâ€™s total. In 2004, 62.43 per cent of eligible electors voted. Electors are reminded to post their forms in the free post envelope provided by today, Wednesday, or else take them to any of the councilâ€™s offices by
Friday. In the Blenheim Ward, where eighteen candidates are contesting seven seats, 6968 votes were cast by Monday, 37.96 per cent of the possible total. Wairau-Awatere had 2953 returns, with 38.30 per cent of votes in. Five candidates are
contesting three places there. In the new Marlborough Sounds Ward, 2438 voters, 38.52 per cent, had voted by Tuesday. There are no comparisons with 2007 as the ward is a composite of the old Picton and Pelorus Northern Sounds wards. In Picton in 2007, the two sitting
Retirement beckons Mike McConnell departs with fond memories By Celeste Lodewyk â€œSelling vehicles has been bloody good fun. I have been very lucky to have had a great working life here in Blenheim,â€? says retiring car dealer Mike McConnell. Mike will be hanging up his sales cap this December after 32-years of selling vehicles, and 40-years of being in business. â€œIâ€™m 68-years old now so I feel itâ€™s a good time to sit back and let a younger person with fresh enthusiasm come into the Blenheim car dealer family â€“ well I think thatâ€™s a good enough excuse anyway,â€? he laughs. Initially Mike was in partnership with a building business but in 1978 decided to pursue other areas. He found himself working for Terry Motors as a salesman, which was located on Scott Street where Wadsco Motor World now stands. After two years there, Terry Motors opened a second (commercial) branch on Main Street where Mike operated it alone for three years mainly selling four-wheel drive vehicles. After being bitten by the business bug, Mike gained his own license and went out on his own in 1984 with Mike McConnell Motors, building his own yard at 40 Main Street. There he operated until coming to his current premise on Nelson Street. Looking back Mike recalls the ups and downs whilst contemplating his future retirement.
councillors, Nigel Weetman and Cliff Bowers, stood unopposed so there was no election. Sitting councilor Graeme Barsanti in Pelorus took that seat in the face of opposition from Trevor Hook. This time, there are eight hopefuls in the combined ward, vying for three seats.
Dear Ed... Why is the Marlborough Express increasing its news-stand purchase price from $1.10 to $1.20 (an increase well above the 2.5% GST rise) ? At tops, the paper should be $1.15 rounded up to the nearest 5c. The government said (TV News) that it would investigate traders that used the excuse of the GST rise (refer Express web site today) to increase prices above the GST increase. A blatant breach. I donâ€™t subscribe to the Express as I find it generally a waste of paper (so to speak) except for the cryptic crossword in the free Saturday Express. I assume all NZ owned Fairfax papers will be doing likewise.
Cliff Smith. (more letters pg 8)
RETIREMENT: Mike McConnell is looking forward to retirement in December after 32-years of selling vehicles. â€œThroughout my working life I have had a great time. Times are getting tough now but I have no regrets. â€œI have loved my job from day one and there has never been a time where I havenâ€™t wanted to get up on a Monday for work â€“ itâ€™s always been a passion of mine,â€? Mike reminisces. â€œAll in all I have thoroughly enjoyed being in business, tackling the many hurdles along the
way and meeting different people.â€? Mike will continue to sell his remaining vehicles until December before any remainders are taken to the Motor Centre to be sold. And retirement? Mike says he does not have set plans yet, though he hopes to do some volunteer work along with his wife, spend time at the family bach and enjoy quality family time.
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OPENING: Countdown Springlands customer service representative Linsay Jackson serves Shirleen Badman and her daughters Rebecca and Charlotte Montgomery at the storeâ€™s opening last Wednesday.
After much hype and anticipation, Countdown Springlands has undergone its transformation and re-opened its doors 10am last Wednesday. A crowd of customers eagerly waiting by the locked doors were greeted by the same friendly, familiar staff. Shirleen Badman who went along with her two daughters praised the changes and said she looked forward to exploring the store. â€œThe store looks good so far and itâ€™s great to see the same friendly staff,â€? she said. During the three days that the store was closed, the price ticketing had been changed to reflect the lower Countdown pricing across a range of lines.
Pricing also accommodated the increase in GST. The store has re-opened with the same range though all product lines will be assessed over the coming months to gauge selling patterns, product popularity and customer demand, said Penny Newbigin, media relations manager for Progressive Enterprises Limited. â€œShoppers at Countdown Springlands can still expect the same friendly staff, same great range and lower prices,â€? she said. â€œThe store will be re-racked on Monday, November 8 to reflect the Countdown display model, and this is when customers will really begin to notice a difference,â€? she said.
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