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Wednesday March 17, 2010

New Ford owners Lindsay goes green Lindsay Thomason is celebrating both St Patricks Day and his birthday.

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Crusading principal Wayne Hegarty is an outdoors man at heart.

Page 10 DRIVE ON BRO: Paul and Andrew McKendry in the driving seat at the Ford dealership in Nelson Street. Photo: Richard Miller.

McKendry brothers win takeover deal

Marlborough’s great axeman A tribute to Geoff Hocquard.

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By Richard Miller Local car dealership McKendrys Motors has revved up business by taking over Blenheim’s Ford dealership in Nelson Street. Managing director Paul McKendry said he was delighted to have clinched the deal that will see brother Andrew and himself become owners of McKendry Ford on April 1. “I have had my eye on it for some time and I am delighted that we have been successful,” said Paul. “We intend to grow the business with more stock, more staff and more selection of Ford products.” He praised the “loyal staff” of ten and said

they would remain and more would be added as the business expanded. “It will increase our opportunity to have more market share and is really pleasing as it will give another string to our bow.” He said nothing would really change either for customers or staff except he personally would be moving to head the new Nelson Street premises while the rest of McKendrys 18 staff would remain at its High Street base. He said it was especially pleasing that a local business with more than 40 years experience in the motor industry in Blenheim was taking over from out-of-town owners.

“It has been a very amicable arrangement and it needs to be that way to ensure a natural transition for all staff and customers so that they can carry on business as normal.” He said the motor industry in Blenheim faced a difficult time for the balance of the coming year but he wanted to concentrate on the positives of developing an exciting new business. MS Nelson Ford boss Alan Kirby, who has managed the Blenheim Ford dealership since 2006, said it had been “really challenging” running the business from Nelson.

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Residents lash out at notices By Celeste Lodewyk Blenheim residents Leigh and Ted Worthington are ‘appalled’ at a $60 fee from the council to trim back a small garden strip between their fence and the council footpath. The couple recently received an Overhanging Growth Notice from the council stating that a portion of their 42cm long garden strip had grown over the footpath by 15cm, and the charge for someone to trim it back would be $60. “We appreciate that they have public safety in mind but what annoyed us was the ridiculous charge for them to do it. “We inquired what the fee was for and they said they had to pay someone to trim back the garden as well as supply a truck to take the trimmings away – but the amount of trimmings would have fit in your back pocket,� Mr Worthington laughed. Mrs Worthington said she had tenderly cared for the garden for nearly 20-years despite the fact it’s on council land. “We have always kept the garden nice and tidy with small flowers and now we receive a letter to say six plants are over the footpath slightly. “Surely a wee garden outside the fence is nicer than a bed of weeds or dead grass, 15cm over the edge is just so picky,� she said. In response Marlborough District Council Reserves and Amenities Officer Robert Hutchinson said the notices sent out were ‘in response’ to the many complaints fielded by the council each week. “We average four or five complaints per week from people who come across overhanging growth throughout Marlborough which has proved to be a nuisance and safety risk. “It’s about keeping footpaths safe for the

disabled, handicapped, elderly and blind, and generally 95 percent of the population is very good but there is five percent who need to be served with a notice. The Sun has received many letters and phone calls about this issue during the past weeks with residents furious at the fees stated in their notices. Mr Hutchinson said the council plays no part in the fees charged and says the council is simply a customer of the contractor who carries out the work. “To carry out this job we have employed a contractor who has to charge for the use of their truck, machinery and man power and like any contractor they have their set call out fee. “If the resident does not comply with the notice within the 10 day period stated then the contractor carries out the work, bills the council and then it’s up to us to recoup the money from the property owner. “People need to understand that the notices are not against them personally. We have issued 360 notices for half of the town so as you can see we are not picking on individuals, everyone is given the same treatment,� he said. Since receiving the letter the Worthington’s have decided to pull the garden out and leave it up to the council to care for. “No more garden for us outside the gate now, let the council look after its’ own land from now on. “It’s the principle, if they are going to treat you like this and charge absurd amounts for a handful of insignificantly overgrown plants then why should we look after their property,� Mrs Worthington said. Pointing out that their garden strip is council land, Mr Hutchinson said it was the resident’s

GOODBYE GARDEN: Leigh Worthingon prepares to pull out her garden which is on council land.

responsibility to either maintain the area or reinstate it to how they first found it – in most cases lawn. Re-inspections are due to be carried out in Blenheim as of next week.

Donations made in wake of Plunket burglary rooms where they stole a cash tin containing money raised for the purchase of new infant car seats. To date, the community has banded together to donate around $700 to the carseat rental scheme, made up of small and large contributions from members of the public. “I am completely blown away - we all are by the phone calls, do-

By Celeste Lodewyk Tears well up in the eyes of Plunket carseat rental scheme co-ordinator Maureen van Gelder (pictured) as she praises the many kind donations made following the recent burglary of the Blenheim Plunket rooms earlier this month. Thieves removed a plane of glass to gain access to the

nations and cards sent by people, I can see how this has really touched the community,� she said. Upon speaking to the Sun Maureen opens a card sent by an anonymous person containing ‘beautiful words’ and a $100 cash donation. Wiping the tears from her eyes Maureen stammers, “I just can’t believe how generous people really

are at a time like this. “I want you all to know that this money is going toward something really good and because of your generosity you have made it possible for us to reach our goal of purchasing 10 new car seats.� “We had a bad start to last week but this week is getting better and better, so I wish to say a big fat thankyou to the community.�

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Extra post boxes for SuperValue In last weeks Sun we ran the story about Supervalue coming to the rescue to provide a postal service at Redwoodtown. Supervalue owners Daryl and Cecilia Norman tried to convince NZ Post to also provide Kiwibank and bill-paying services but New Zealand Post refused the offer, saying it was a commercial decision. However they have been able to get NZ Post to increase the number of post boxes to 150. “We regret that we were not given the opportunity to continue the bill paying facility but New Zealand Post has now moved that service to their town centre operation along with the Kiwi Bank services.� says Cecilia. THUMBS UP: SuperValue owners Daryl and Cecilia Norman.

Ford starts new ownership Happy St Pat’s Day “Erin go bragh� Erin go bragh - Ireland forever! Today Lindsay Thomason has a double celebration, St Patricks day as well as his 63rd birthday. Every year Lindsay dresses up in green and heads down to one of the local Irish pubs for a beer - or two!

“Today is the only day in the year I have a guinness and because it’s my birthday I might have a couple,� he jokes. Today Lindsay is playing in the St Patricks Bowling Tournament before enjoying a long awaited frothy guinness. Photo: Celeste Lodewyk.

Continued from page 1 “I decided to sell because I believe that someone locally could do a better job of running it. It is always hard running a branch operation in our business when the ideal scenario is to have an owner-operator on site.� He said having local identities taking over “would be so good for that business.� “I have known Paul personally for 20 years and as an outgoing dealer I couldn’t wish for a better person to take it over,� he said. The deal had happened “really

quickly� and was set to be finalised on April 1. “Paul is doing due diligence with the staff this week and I am literally keeping my fingers crossed that we get all the stuff done by April 1.� He did not wish to discuss the price for the business but said he was very pleased. “We are genuinely happy with it and with McKendrys – this is how business should be done.� He admitted that it had been a “tough old world in the car business during the past 18 months� but said

that had not influenced his decision to sell. The primary motivation had been a pragmatic decision to concentrate on expanding and improving business interests in Nelson. If he was totally honest there would be a “wee bit of regret� on a personal level at the sale. “Of course I will miss it a bit. It’s a bit like your daughter getting married – you are losing her but she is marrying a really nice guy.� The business had “fantastic, loyal clients� and he was delighted that the present staff would remain.

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Mr Ten Broeke, who is 78-years-old and has lived in Blenheim seven years, said the discolouration is not sediment and has a milky appearance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It started just a little bit a few inches wide and has now spread from bank to bank in a few weeks. You can barely make out the bottom of the creek now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a substantial flow of water which you would expect to clear it but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? He believes the source of the discolouration stretches a fair way back up the creek and could originate from one of the vineyards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am surmising the origin of this crap in the river could be some sort of chemical or herbicide spray from a vineyard but I am not a chemist and until an investigation has been done I have no idea.â&#x20AC;? Mr Ten Broeke said the council had done a great job in looking after the reserve which was used by â&#x20AC;&#x153;quite a little communityâ&#x20AC;? of walkers, joggers and their dogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They put in bridges and concrete walks and I was one of the first to go down to the council and thank them personally but I do think they need to be more vigilant about this sort of thing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially as it is in a reserve.â&#x20AC;? Marlborough District Council communications coordinator, Julianna Dilrew, said the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compliance team was investigating the complaint.


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Helicopter a hit with students Imaginations were alive at Riverlands School on Monday when a UH-1 Iroquois Airforce helicopter landed to visit students. Flying officers were on hand to show students around the helicopter while describing itsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; operating abilities to the many eager little minds. Principal Dave Parsons said students were thrilled with the visit and commended RNZAF for the presentation and hands-on demonstration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction showed what a great experience it was for them and in one way or another it means something to them all, whether it be a future career or just knowledge on how helicopters work â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they thoroughly enjoyed it!â&#x20AC;? Year 8 student Corban Church was among the first to jump into the helicopter for a closer look. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so cool,â&#x20AC;? he said with a grin ear to ear. The Iroquois helicopter from No. 3 Squadron RNZAF conducted two visits to schools in the Blenheim area including Rapaura School.

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Liquor ban leads to arrests On Friday at 9:45am a 25-year-old male builder was arrested for breach of liquor ban. At 12:15pm a 17-year-old male student was arrested for shoplifting electronic goods and clothing from The Warehouse. At 9:15pm a 41-year-old male was arrested on a warrant to arrest for failing to appear in court. At 10:05pm a 21-year-old male was arrested on a warrant to arrest. Shortly after at 10:55pm a 19-yearold female sickness beneficiary was arrested for driving whilst disqualified. At 11pm a 34-year-old female beneficiary was arrested for intentionally obstructing a constable following an incident in the Redwoodtown area. Another 26-year-year old female student was arrested for assaulting a male and obstructing police in the same incident. On Saturday at 1:20am a 28-year-old male labourer was arrested for assaulting a female in Scott Street.

At 2:25am a 19-year-old mother was arrested for obstructing police while an 18-year-old female unemployed was arrested for breach of the peace following an incident in Hutcheson Street. Shortly after at 3am a 44-year-old male carpenter was arrested for disorderly behaviour in Scott Street. At 5:50am a 42-year-old male beneficiary was arrested for driving whilst disqualified and warrant to arrest in Kent Street at Picton. Later that day at 4:30pm a 26-yearold unemployed male was arrested for breach of court bail conditions. At 5:15pm an 18-year-old male painter was arrested for assaulting a female on the Taylor riverbank after he allegedly pushed her over. At 6:20pm a 20-year-old male student was arrested for driving whilst disqualified. On Sunday at 3am a 19-year-old unemployed male was arrested for breach of liquor ban in Market Street. At 3:05am a 17-year-old male fac-

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Sun readers have their say...

What do you think of raising the age limit for driving licences?

Natt Taylor Blenheim I agree with it, drivers will be more mature and I hope there are less accidents.

Michelle Wilson Blenheim One year wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do much difference.

Michelle Johnston Blenheim Good move, 15 is not mature enough.

Maurice Yealands Blenheim Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to lower the road toll. They are putting it up for the wrong reasons.

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Letters to the editor The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or e mail them to news@blenheimsun.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.



Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a name? A brief history: Battys Road With Mark Stevenson First National

Battyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road is named after John Batty, who arrived in Nelson from Burnley in Lancashire on December 14 1862. He had been born at Bell Busk in Yorkshire. John and his wife Elizabeth had seven children. He was one of the founders of the Springlands School and sat on the first committee. All their children attended the school. He was also a member of the Blenheim Garrison Band. John owned and farmed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yelvertonâ&#x20AC;? property starting at Middle Renwick Road and finishing about halfway along Battyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road. In 1895, however, hard times meant the mortgage had to be repaid. John leased it back for two years. It is interesting that Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Elizabeth was also an independent landowner in name at least, in 1897 buying 167 acres at Blind River near Lake Grassmere. She is also known to have signed the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suffrage Petition in 1893 but given the spirit of the times, it seems unlikely that Battyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road is named after her. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Thomas also emigrated from Lancashire and was a local cabinet maker and undertaker. At the early age of 43, he was killed in an accident at the Vernon Bluffs in Blenheim.

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Makarena Cooper Blenheim Yes, it is too young.

Dear Ed, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have all the facts at my fingertips but wish to advise the site for sale was occupied by W. B. Girling and Co now displaced at Brayshaw Park during the 1960s. Later to become Wrightson Stephensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who had several businesses around town, covering a wide range of products. They later merged with Hays of Christchurch to become Haywrights, then after a few years merged with Farmers Co-op Canterbury. They opened two stores in town and

it was their oldest store on the site of the Civic Theatre that burnt down in January 1979. The business only lasted in the new building for a short period of time when Farmers Trading of Auckland took over, closing the Queen site and keeping the Market Place site. Hence the reason for the Civic Theatre in Queen Street. Mark Reid â&#x20AC;˘ All details regarding the building were supplied in printed sale particulars from Colliers International.

Who is the worst offender? Dear Ed, Further to my comments on Marlborough District Council, I wish to draw the attention of residents that this council is in the writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion very dictatorial. Why just read their advertisement in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marlborough Express, top of page 5 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trim back your treesâ&#x20AC;?. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blatantly dictatorial ship; you will

do what we tell you. Not do as we the council, do. There many many trees on council berms that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comply with this order. So Mr Sowman when are we going to see the council trees compiling with your orders? Robert McDowell Chairman M.C.C Inc

Concerned about tennis Dear Ed, The Michael Mooney/Marlborough Tennis Association affair is of great concern to me personally. The 10 seasons of effort that Michael has put in to his coaching business is plainly obvious. The unusual, to say the least, methods of the local tennis association to dispense with Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services leaves a lot to be desired. It is however, a fact, that any employer has the right to hire and fire at any appropriate time but having said that, it is beholden on the employer (particularly a sporting organisation) to wherever possible seek a fair settlement of any employment issues by way of arbitration before feelings reach the possible point of no return. NZ Tennis Inc. have been approached, they being the appropriate body to act in these situations, their lack of response is disgusting but not surprising. For 16 years as Canterbury Coach, I enjoyed 100% support working with a brilliant chairman and supportive committees, made up entirely of parents. During this time our province enjoyed great success.

It was also during this time that Michael learnt his tennis and as a result, won many provincial and national titles. The standards of sportsmanship, discipline, fair play, hard work set by Canterbury Tennis at that time, with those involved at that time, Michael being a prime example. A top tennis coach is not just a person who is good at this game, you do not become a top coach because you have a great backhand, forehand and serve, these are just part of the package. You need discipline, a strong sense of self, combined with humility, you require a taste for hard work, self criticism and last but not least a strong desire to extract the best out of your pupils. Michael, in my opinion, is a complete coach having all the required attributes. Marlborough simply have not the ability to keep up with the standard of play required. I recently was quoted as describing the local tennis scene in Marlborough as a quiet â&#x20AC;&#x153;backwaterâ&#x20AC;?, maybe â&#x20AC;&#x153;stagnantâ&#x20AC;? would be a tough but appropriate term. Sam Clarke Patron of Canterbury Tennis Retired Canterbury Coach


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Outdoors Man Another side of MBC Principal Wayne Hegarty talks to Celeste Lodewyk news2@blenheimsun.co.nz Sporting his beloved Crusaders colours, Marlborough Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; College principal Wayne Hegarty rides into the Wither Hills Farm Park on his trusty mountain bike flushed from his recent physical exertion. It is evident by his elated grin that Wayne is proud of his sporting background and enjoys the similar sporting interests as the students at the college. Since taking the reins at the head of MBC at the beginning of 2010 Wayne has comfortably slipped into the principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role, relishing the many challenges of his role despite it being his first appointment as acting principal. Looking for a new challenge Wayne finished last year as deputy principal at Rangiora High School where he worked for seven years before making the move to Marlborough with wife Joan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was keen to work in an all boys college and was in Europe when the job was advertised. I had followed what was happening last year at the school with interest and thought the job would be an interesting challenge,â&#x20AC;? he says cheerfully. Born and bred in Christchurch Wayne attended Hillmorton High School where he later left at the end of six form (known as Year 12 today) and completed pre entry work for a Diploma in Horticulture. Throughout his school years Wayne was rarely seen far from a rugby ball, a sport which has since presided as a strong presence in his life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always loved rugby and rarely miss a Crusaders match, sport has always been important to me especially when I was younger, where I won several awards for athletics, swimming and rugby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And rather than being a really high achieving student I was more diligent and even went on to be the first member of my family to ever attend university,â&#x20AC;? he says smiling. Dreams of becoming a landscape gardener are a stark contrast to where he is now, though Wayne shakes his head and laughs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I absolutely love every bit of my job as principal.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had worked in nurseries from the age of 12-years before taking up teaching in my earlier years. Then, leadership opportunities were not a major consideration but as my family began to leave home I began to search for more leadership opportunities in schools,â&#x20AC;? he says. Beyond the formalities of MBC is a content family man who loves nothing more than an afternoon barbeque in the sun matched by quality one on one time with his five children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;FFOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are a standing joke in our family. FFOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (or forced family outings) generally involved walking - often further than the kids liked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But even though our relationship is now a more long distance one, family still remains very important to me,â&#x20AC;? he says. When the sun is out and the birds are lazily singing in the trees, Wayne is burning up energy either on his bike and heading for the Wither Hills or out swinging a golf club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have run and biked more since being here than I ever did in the past two years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The climate is just fantastic and when I can Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go along and support students in their own sports - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the perks I love most about his job,â&#x20AC;? he grins. Talking about the students and staff at MBC, Wayne lights up at the mention and immediately starts chatting about his first impressions and aspirations for the future of the college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My biggest challenge is to not expect too much too soon. At the moment my primary focus is on reinvigorating existing structures and to support teachers and the students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But so far I have greatly enjoyed the first few weeks and I am enthused by the positiveness of the staff, while at the same time completely blown away for the variety of opportunities offered to students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The students even have a philosophy club - I have never seen this before and to always see the teachers involved and supporting the students makes me really proud to be part of MBC,â&#x20AC;? he says. What Wayne finds intriguing about an all

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boys school is that students participate in more activities that boys may usually shy away from in co-educational schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never taught in an all boys schools but already I have seen the vast benefits. A graphic example I immediately observed was a group of 20 boys singing on stage in a choir. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is something you would not see often,

so although there will always be pros and cons for both single sex and co-ed schools, there are definite advantages to the all boys structure,â&#x20AC;? he says. As for any future plans for the college? â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this stage Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not making any changes. But for now my goal is to make myself more visible in the classrooms and act as a support person for teachers and students.â&#x20AC;?

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Ready for harvest The 2010 Marlborough grape harvest is an exciting and busy time of year and while vineyards are gearing up, owner David King and his team at King Contracting Ltd are busy preparing machinery for the busy season ahead. Specialising in vineyard management and contracting, King Contracting Ltd plays an important part in all aspects of viticulture whether it be harvesting, spraying, trimming, mowing, plucking, weed spraying or earth works â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just to name a few of their services. And with an assortment of equipment at their fingertips including heavy roller equipment, harvesters, gondolas, tractors, mowers, sprayers (and herbicide sprayers), trimmers and pluckers King Contracting is ready and capable of tackling any job. David first started his business twelve-years ago as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;one man bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and has since grown his business to itsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; level today supported by a great team skilled to cope with all viticulture requirements. Previous to owning his own business, David was involved with a lot of vineyard development, earth moving and farming before deciding to do his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;own workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with vineyards he owned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was through this work that I decided to go into contracting and managing vineyards for absentee owners, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really rewarding and enjoyable work,â&#x20AC;? he says cheerfully. Once the last vineyard has been harvested David will be on call during the winter months ready with his full range of cultivating equipment and considering any work both in Marlborough and

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Careers in Agriculture and Viticulture Onsite Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training pathways involve a range of programmes designed to gain, train and retain employees in the agriculture and viticulture industries The NZQA registered and accredited training provider has programmes aimed at school leavers and young adults needing an edge Sharon Blount, Onto gain that first full time site Education job or people already in employment and wanting career advancement in the agriculture or viticulture sectors. Onsite Education offers an alternative option for people wanting tertiary training and is accredited to teach its own certificates and National Certificates from bases in Marlborough, Hawkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay, Taranaki and Taupo. A mix of theory and practical NZQA unit standards are taught in all programmes, which range from pre-employment qualifications to higher level certificates. Onsiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agriculture â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pathwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; steps secondary school-leavers and young adults into fulltime training then onto employment, with an opportunity to continue their studies and achieve National Certificates in dairy, sheep and cattle. Agriculture certificates are at levels 3 and 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d encourage school students wanting a farming career to get onto a gateway programme in their final year(s) at school to gain some unit standards, then start our cadet programme when they leave school,â&#x20AC;? says Onsiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agriculture Operations Manager Keith Roberts. Onsiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Viticulture (vineyard production) certificates range from Level 3 to Diploma level 5. Vineyard workers with little experience or those wanting to get into this industry can start with our free level 3 programme, covering fundamentals required by the industry, then move up through the other programmes, which are also suited to those with more experience with no qualifications or wanting to further their knowledge. Onsite Education is also available to run â&#x20AC;&#x153;in houseâ&#x20AC;? block courses as part of the on-going training of staff in the agriculture and horticulture industries, such as Introductory Growsafe ÂŽ, Health and safety, chainsaws, ATV and Tractor driving as this all keeps workers up-to-date with any knowledge-advancement in their industry, plus assists companies with their Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) Contact Sharon Blount at Onsite Education for more information of programmes on 579 5591 or email sharonb@ilp.ac.nz

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OPEN DAY: Locals Jo and Gary Barnett (pictured) mixed cropping farm will host this years Federated Farmers Farm Day.

Farm day open to public There is just over one week to go until the Federated Farmers Farm Day which is being held March 28, at 132 Kaituna Tuamarina Road, RD 3, Blenheim. Hosts for Marlborough this year are Gary and Jo Barnett who will open their farm gates to the public throughout the day. The main theme for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event is the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;green gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but the Barnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will explore different aspects of their farm life. One of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attractions will be a tour of their property including a short walk up a hill for a breathtaking view of their mixed crop farm. Gary and Jo grow process crops for Talleys including corn, peas and beans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as well as producing red clover seed. The Barnett family has owned the 600 hectare property since the 1860â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and is proud to carry on the family farming tradition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love it here, the area has the perfect balance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a river, flats, hill and bush and on the

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SPCA Centre Manager: Carol Scofield describes the new animal care unit as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dream come trueâ&#x20AC;?.

The opening of the new Ingram Animal Care Unit at Marlborough SPCA has been a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dream come trueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for staff as who now have their own dedicated facility to house sick and injured animals in need of care. With several speeches made on the day, the opening celebration kicked off with wine and nibbles for the group of around 40 supporters including Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman. Making it possible for the unit to be built were a list of people, â&#x20AC;&#x153;too long to mentionâ&#x20AC;?, says Carol. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making the largest contribution were the late Jim and Kay Ingram who were members of the SPCA and often helped to collect donations during our appeal weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was their generosity along with many others which has brought forth the completion of this vital unit, I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what we would do without it,â&#x20AC;? she says. Once a week a local veterinarian visits the clinic to care for sick and injured animals and now with the facility fully up and running, SPCA can now keep animals onsite who are in need of hospitalisation. Put to use at Christmas time, the care unit has been a $30,000 community project which has been dedicated to the memory of Jim and Kay.

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Earl: Roger and Fallon are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their baby girl Olivia Sadie Earl (7lb 10oz) on March 10 2010 at 3.52pm. Special thanks to midwife Cathy, Ruth and Helen Crampton and all the staff at Ward One. Both well.

Plunkett: Craig and Tamara thank God for the safe arrival of their precious baby boy, Murphy Winton (8lb 4oz) on February 10 2010 at 5.31pm. A little brother for Lily. Many thanks to midwives Ruth and Cathy, Dr Helen Crampton and the Ward One staff. Photo provided.

Kumari/Yadav: Anita and Birjesh are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Samiksha Yadav on March 11 2010 at 8.12am (7lb 1oz). A little sister for Ashish and Dimpy. Special thanks to midwife Shona Wills, Carol Johnson and all the staff at Ward One. Freeman: Nathan and Vanessa are happy to announce the safe arrival of Charlie James (7lb, 11½oz) on March 5, 2010 at 8:11am, Wairau Hospital. Thank you to Tai and Sue (midwives), Dad, for your support, Nana Nicky for taking care of Georgia, and the great staff at Ward One. Photo provided.

King: Mike & Tracey are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Jayden Lee King (7lb 11oz) on March 4 2010 at 3.35 pm. A little brother for Riley. Special thanks to Ruth, Cathy & Ward One staff. Photo provided.

Turkington: Steve, Tessa and big brother Max are stoked to announce the arrival of their little girl, Zaidee Jay on the February 23 2010 at 6.28pm weighing 6lb 12oz (3.070kg). Huge thank you to our wonderful midwife Gerry, Dr Helen Crampton and Dr Owen Jennings. Also to the great Theatre and Ward One staff. Photo provided.

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Dell: Jason and Anita (nee Ridley) are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their first baby son, Connor Jonathon (9lb 3oz) on February 12 2010 at 10.52am at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to Tai, Sam and all the staff at Ward One. Photo provided.

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Gifford: Tim and Anna are thrilled to announce the safe and speedy arrival of Brea Quinn (7lb 13oz) on March 4 2010 at 3.16am. A lovely sister for big brother Seth. Special thanks to our fantastic midwife Shona Wills and all the staff at Ward 1. Photo provided.

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Strachan: Andrew and Ngaia are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their first baby boy, William Andrew Strachan (7lb 14oz) on February 1 2010 at 3.46.

Mehrtens: Bart and Rose are pleased to announce the safe arrival of our first baby , Fredrick Temeihana 5.10lb arrived at 10.28am on January 28 2010.

Cassidy-Robertson: Amco and Chan announce the arrival of their boy born at 10.25pm on February 20 2010 (7lb 1oz).

Giles: James and Dailee would like to announce the arrival of Livvy Paige Giles, born February 8 2010 at 11.45am, (10lb 4oz.) Photo provided.

Gray - van der Geest: Phil, Jacqui, Lachie and Maddie announce the arrival of Elle Louise (7lb 14oz) on February 13 at 7.20pm at Wairau Hospital.

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Gilsenan/ Laugesen: Daniel and Cathy are excited to announce the safe arrival of a baby sister for Flynn. 8lb on February 8 at 4.05am.

Perrin: Zoe Elizabeth finally arrived, very quickly and safely on Wednesday January 27 2010 at 9.29am (8lb 1oz).

Allen: Nick and Gemma are pleased to announce the arrival of Molly Emma (10lb 12oz) on January 15 2010, 7.38pm. Photo provided.

Moore: Dean and Denise are pleased to announce the arrival of Taylah Leigha Moore born February 3 2010 at 34 weeks, (4lb 4oz) at 4.15pm.

Clark/Harris : Sarah and Roger are delighted to announce the arrival of Claudia Holly (3.41kgs) on February 2 2010 at 10.32 pm.

Pretorius: Shane and Elaine are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Kean Marcel Pretorius on February 3 2010 at 9.12am (3.3kg, 7.5lb).

Parmar: Simer Parma - a family born on February 4 2010.

Taylor : Travis, Mayumi and Sienna are pleased to welcome Luca Cruz Taylor (3.5kg) on Wednesday January 20 2010 at 6: 03pm. Photo provided.

Gleeson: Phil and Anna are pleased to announce the arrival of Erin Helena Joan on February 14 2010 at 9.24pm. (8lb 13oz).

Burgess: Matthew and Kirsty are finally pleased to announce the arrival of Taylor Paige (9lb 10oz) on February 18 2010 at 9.24pm.

Fernandez: Bridget and Dave are thrilled to announce the arrival of Poppy Rose (8lb 2oz) on Friday February 12 2010 at 9.30am. Photo provided.

Smith: Hamish and Rebecca are pleased to announce the arrival of Neve Jacquetta Olive on February 10 2010. Photo provided.

Wilson: Pie, Donna and big brother Jacson would like to announce the arrival of Cassius Chase on February 5 2010.

Jordaan: Michiel and Janine are pleased to announce the arrival of Tessa (9lb 3oz) on February 4 at 5.26pm.

Harrison: Gavin and Tracey are very pleased to announce the late but safe arrival of Liam Michael (8lb 6oz) at 11.55pm on February 2.

Wairama: Aralea and John are happy to announce the slow but safe arrival of Ezekiel Hezakiya (7lb 2oz) on 28 January 2010 at 11.53am.

Bibby: Rhys and PJ are proud to announce the arrival of Hudson Reeves (7lb 4oz) on January 23 2010 at 12:09pm at Wairau Hospital. Photo provided.

Buckley: Andrew and Christine are thrilled to welcome Rhys Timothy, February 8th 2010 - right on time! Born 9lb 1oz, a handsome wee brother for Reuben and Sara. Photo provided.

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Keen - Miedema: Proud parents Michael and Samantha welcome to the world, Izaak Gerrit Keen on 22.01.2010 weighing in at 8lbs 15ozs. Photo provided

Sweeney: Demelza and Nigel would like to announce the arrival of a baby boy, Keegan Tyla (9lb 10oz) on January 22 2010 at Wairau Hospital.

Bennett: Grant, Philippa, Jessica and Aidan welcome to their family Charlie Philippa (6lb 11oz) on 1 Feb 2010 at 12.44am at Wairau Hospital.

Ditfort: Chris and Jenna are pleased to announce the arrival of Hayden Francis (9lb 9oz) on February 14 2010, at 2.24am. Keenan: James and Kiley Templeman wish to welcome Stella Elizabeth Mary Keenan into their family. Born on January 21 2010 (9lb 6oz). All well. Photo provided. Duncan: Heath and Melanie are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Vespa Marie (7lb 9oz) on February 14 2010 at 1.28am. Photo provided.

Crafar: Michael and Melissa are thrilled to announce the safe arrival of Brett Robert Crafar (8lb 1oz) on Feb 15 2010 at 10.44am. Photo provided

Davies: Wayne and Rochelle are pleased to announce the late but safe arrival of Mariska Paige Davies on January 31 2010 at 9.15am (7lb 2oz). Photo provided.

Sampson: Katrine and Tony along with Jordan and sisters Rachel and Mackenzie, announce the arrival of Greer Victoria (6lb 2oz) and Hamish Murray (7lb 1oz). Born February 10 2010 at 4.42pm and 4.58pm. Couper: Coup and Kallie would like to announce the arrival of daughter Janaya Ada May Couper, born on 13th February at 9.05pm. Weighing 7lb13oz.

Young: Andy and Paula are happy to announce the arrival of their third child, Kate Louise (9lb 4oz) on February 18 2010 at 3.13pm.

Cornelius: Gray and Kylie are delighted to announce the arrival of a sister for Jed. Abbie Pleiades Cornelius was born on January 30 and weighed 7lb 4oz. Photo provided.

Elkington-Boock: Mark and Andrea are delighted to announce the safe arrival of a baby daughter, Leila Therese Elkington, born February 17 2010, weighing 9lb 3oz.

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Marlborough College Mid-50’s Reunion

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Stuart Hammond, Helen Hammond, Barbara Humphrey, Melva Neal.

Marlene Cresswell, Kathleen Schollum, Rosemary Ballintine-Scott, Maurice Kennedy.

Janet Tisch, Gerald Tisch, Margaret Wright, Alastair Dianne Martin, Adrienne Morgan-Lynch, Juliana Wright. Husheer.

John Pilcher, Christine Pilcher, Pam Crump, Paul Crump.

Jan and David Poswillo.

Bev Woolley, Joan van Asch, Shirley Neal, Annette Lyford.

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death notices WEST, Nellie Kathleen: (formerly of Blenheim), 21.10.1929 - 8.3.2010. Passed away peacefully in Paddington, Sydney. Aged 80 years. Loved wife of the late Walter, loved mother and motherin-law of Diane and Neil Strawbridge, Graeme and Averil, Lyn and Colin and the late Robin, grandmother of Danielle, Abbe, Amanda, Rebecca and Grace and great grandmother of Aiden, Marlon and Oscar. Messages c/- P O Box 110 Blenheim 7240. Family and friends are invited to attend Nell’s funeral service to be held at the Church of the Nativity, Alfred St, at 11 am Friday 19 March followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz

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community services After hours doctor: Phone after hours GP Services at the Wairau Hospital Campus on 520 6377 after 6pm. There will be a charge for any consultation. Redwoodtown Doctors: 9am-noon Saturday morning. Redwoodtown Doctors' patients requiring A/H consultations please phone 5780470. Marlborough Afterhours GP Services : excl. Redwoodtown Doctors patients) at Wairau Hospital campus, 5206377 Reception. 5209980 Office. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm 7 days Ph 5782271. Diabetes NZ Marlborough: 5775549, Office hrs Tues,Wed,Thurs 9am-3pm. Lifeline Marlborough: 5778668, 24hr helpline. Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital (5209999) and ask for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Victim Support: Blenheim 578 5279, Picton 573 6439. Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 5777651, Rhys 577 5307. Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. Ph Margaret 578 4690

or Ross 578 5896. Hospital Visiting Hours Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-Noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. Marlborough Family Budgeting Free,confidential budgeting advice. Monday -Friday. Phone 578 2006. Citizens Advice Bureau Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Picton Doctor: Phone weekend doctor 573 6092 or Marlborough After Hours GP Service 520 6377. Office 5209980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Nonurgent please phone 5794870. Chemist :Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat-Sun 9-3pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm. Seddon Health Clinic Monday 10am-1pm; Wednesday 3pm-7pm; Friday 10am-1pm. After hours: Marlborough GP Services Ltd 520 6377 Reception.5209980 Office. For an appointment phone 578 1665 or Seddon Plunket Rms 575 7194 during clinic hours.

LOW, Ganene Bianca: On March 9, 2010, suddenly and unexpectedly at Wellington Hospital. Aged 34 years. Loved partner of Warrick, loving mother of Paris and Hunter, loved daughter of Shirley and Ross, loved sister of Sonya and sister-in-law of Zack; and Maria and Moses and family; loved daughterin-law of Karen Starkey. Messages to 35 Uxbridge Street Renwick 7204. Donations to the NZ Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be left at the service or sent to PO Box 4060 Redwood Village Blenheim. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz

WOOLF, Royd Allan: On 10 March 2010, after a courageous battle, surrounded by his loving family. Very dearly loved husband of Janet, loved and respected father and father-inlaw of Carolyn (Richmond), Joanne and Colin, Tony and Angela (Wairau Valley), Rodney and Gael (Wakefield), Sam and Janet and Angie and Glen and special grandad to Nick, Ben and Alex Buckendahl; Daniel and Pamela Kearns; Hayley, Amber-Leigh, Julian and Rowan Woolf; Thomas and Lucas Woolf; and Arielle and Lachlan Mackie. Messages to 41 Purkiss St Blenheim 7201. A special thank you to the doctors and wonderful nursing staff at Hospice Marlborough for all their help and care of Royd. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be sent to P O Box 411 Blenheim 7240. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz

MACKIE, Sandra Fenella Hine: On March 11, 2010, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Hospice Marlborough. Cherished wife and soulmate of Merv, beautiful mother of Merv Junior and Fiona, Paul and Mel, Mike and Jen, Glen and Angie, Phill and Jess. Adored by all her mokopuna. He wahine toa, He wahine ataahua. He anahera, he whetu marama. Ma nga tupuna e manaaki koe mo nga wa katoa. Haere ki te kainga tuturu o to tatou tupuna ki te rangi. Aroha tino nui ake tonu ake. Messages to 98 Rarangi Beach Road RD 3 Blenheim. No flowers by request please but donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be sent to PO Box 411 Blenheim 7240. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz JOHNSON, Ross Grover: On 11 March 2010, peacefully at Wairau Hospital after a short illness, surrounded by his family. Dearly loved husband of Anne, much loved father of Rozanne, loved grandpa of Kassandra Phlean (KC). Much loved brother of Beverly Reid, loved uncle of Margot. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be left at the service or sent to PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240. A funeral service for Ross will be held at the Mayfield Chapel cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets at 1pm Wednesday March 17, followed by interment at the Fairhall Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz HARPER, Fay Gertrude (Mother): On March 12, 2010, at Hospice Marlborough surrounded by her loving family, after a long illness. In her 78th year. Loved wife and friend of Ron, loved mother and mother-in-law of Ashley and Barbara (Timaru), Janice and Willie Gulbransen (Nelson), Brian and Hella (Denmark), Kathleen and Chris Bull (Christchurch); loved Grandma of Jeff and Kate Harper, David and Mary Harper; Jayne, Amy, Tracey and Tim Gulbransen; Richard, Christina and Thomas Harper; George and Brigette Bull. The family would like to thank Hospice Marlborough for their loving care of Fay. No flowers by request, but donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be sent to PO Box 411 Blenheim 7240. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz

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HUETING-VAN DEN BERG, Elizabeth Christina “Bep”: Passed away on 12 March 2010, suddenly aged 79 years, at Kaikoura Hospital. Loved wife of Chris Hueting, Mother of Ireen and Bruce Barwick and loved Oma to Christina and Deanna. Many thanks to Dr Andrea Judd and all the caring staff at Kaikoura Hospital. At Bep’s request a private cremation has been held. Memorial held at a later date. Messages to 114 Factory Rd Hapuku RD1 Kaikoura 7371. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz

SADD, Brian Raymond (of Tua Marina). Reg. No. 13119 RNZN & RNZAF: On 13 March 2010, at Wairau Hospital Blenheim, peacefully, after a long illness. Aged 76 years. Dearly loved husband of Pauline for 49 years, beloved father and fatherin-law of Warren, Lauree and Derek, and Raymond, much loved grandad of Dylan and Nikita, Jethro, and Liam; Jeremy and Angela, Chris and Ariana, Joshua, Kyle, Bianca, Devon and the late Michael and loved great grandad of Chrystelle. Messages to PO Box 47 Tua Marina 7246. A special thank you for the loving care he received at Alexander Hospital Nelson and Redwood Care Village Blenheim A service for Brian will be held at the Church of the Nativity, Alfred St, Blenheim, at 1p.m. Wednesday 17 march followed by interment at Fairhall Services Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz

FISHBURN, Florence Helena (Flo): On Monday 15 March 2010, peacefully, at home, surrounded by her family. In her 90th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Jim, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Jim and Colleen (deceased), Barbara and Pol, Jill and Tony, Margaret and Bruce, and Paul and Heather and a much loved nana and great nana. Messages to 10 Lester Place Blenheim 7201. A funeral service for Flo will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson & Parker Sts at 2pm Thursday 18 march followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z Tel. 035784719 www.sowmans.co.nz

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public notice USE our layby service to get that new Autumn outfit. Only at Jean Jones in the Forum, Blenheim. BIG -FUN Entertainment. Pom Pom the magic clown etc. Ph 577 7393 REDWOODTOWN Social Badminton Club. AGM 1st April 2010, 9.30am. The Stadium USE our layby service to get that new Autumn outfit. Only at Jean Jones in the Forum, Blenheim.

rental FULLY furnished six bedroom two bathroom house for rent. Suit group of six vintage workers. Close to town, clean and tidy. Tracy 5795297 021579162 GROUPS of 6 to 8 people wanted for furnished 4 bedroom houses. Rates negotiable, RSE approved. Call 021474588 after 3pm Daily.

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Close to Mall/City Ph 03 389 9952. 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 www.terawa.co.nz USE our layby service to get that new Autumn outfit. Only at Jean Jones in the Forum, Blenheim.

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

Open Day - Central Badminton Club Sunday 21st March 10am-2pm & MBC Gym. Give Badminton a go. Racquets available. for further info call 5779890

Riverside Railway Running this Sunday 21st March. Train departs Brayshaw Park Station at 1.45pm, 3.00pm & 4.15pm for Beaver Station, Riverside Park central Blenheim. Return Fares: Adults $8 Child $4. Sorry no EFTPOS.

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Most Valuable Player Local touch rugby player Mhicca King (pictured) may have returned from the National Touch Championship empty handed, but instead full of pride and praise for her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. The 19-year old sole Marlborough representative touch player was selected earlier this year to play for the Nelson Bays Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open Touch team which travelled to Auckland two weeks ago to compete in the national championship. Coming eighth out of eight teams, Nelson Bays fought to take lead in the points but in the end were no match for the top representative players throughout the country. Despite their loss, Mhicca says she has no regrets and commended her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played really well considering we only trained together once a week and for eight weeks before

the championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we lost we felt more privileged than upset as we were able to play with some of the top NZ players â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I loved it and was just happy to get back to nationals again,â&#x20AC;? she says cheerfully. The team competed in between

four and five games per day over the three day competition, each of which Mhicca scored at least one try, winning the Most Valuable Player award for the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played really hard and did the best I could for my team so it was really great to receive the award, I was really chuffed,â&#x20AC;? she says. Prior to the championship Mhicca fundraised locally to raise the $650 needed to cover costs, an appeal which was encouragingly met by local businesses and members of the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The support shown has been amazing and I just want to thank everyone who helped me along the way as every dollar counted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pam at House of Travel, Christina at CPR, Annie Gleeson and the two ladies who gave me very kind cash donations - Nell Moss and Denise Chirnside.â&#x20AC;?

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QRZ Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participants in the Hipkins Cup Historic Ocean Swim. Photo supplied.

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hipkins Cup Historic Ocean Swim this Sunday will kick off on a celebratory note - it will be the 50th swim in its history, and is being run by the Rarangi Surf Life Saving Club. Coinciding with the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary organisers are encouraging the public to take part in the 2km swim from Rarangi Beach to Whites Bay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The event is open to anyone to take part providing they are

strong swimmers,â&#x20AC;? says club patrol captain Richard Norton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ocean swimming is very popular and we see a broad range of ages take part from 10-years right up to 60-years. Traditionally the event was a handicapped swim from Rarangi Beach to Whites Bay but this year organisers decided to hold a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;scratch raceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, where everybody goes into the sea together. There are a variety of spot prizes

on the day as well as trophies for the fastest, the first home, the youngest swimmer and first place female. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just turn up at 12 noon on Sunday, register for the race and pay a $10 fee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just get in and have a go, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about fun and participation,â&#x20AC;? Richard says. After this years event Richard hopes to see the ocean swim held annually.

Jono is race favourite This Sunday (March 21) Marlboroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s triathlon and duathlon athletes will contest the Michael Huntley Memorial Hunt at a new location. The start and finish of the main race of the summer race calendar will shift from the Delta Lake to the Outward Bound Jetty at Anakiwa. Poor water quality is the main reason for the shift to

the Queen Charlotte Sound. Athletes, individuals or team-members, can compete in duathlons over 5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run or 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run and triathlons over 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run or 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. The race starts at 10.00am with a race briefing at 9.45. It is possible to enter on the day

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Marlboroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest axeman Renowned Marlborough axeman Geoff Hocquard, who has died after a long illness, was one of the most influential New Zealand has ever produced. He grew up on an isolated farm in the Marlborough Sounds to win world and New Zealand titles as well as to captain the world team. A measure of his prowess is that thirteen of the 22 national chopping and sawing records he set were still held at the end of last year. His teacher mother taught young Geoff, who was of French descent, at remote Te Puru in Pelorus Sound along with other local children. A shy, country boy, according to daughter Susan, he hated his time as a boarder at St Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College in the Hutt Valley, and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get back to the farm at aged 14. His isolated situation thwarted a love of rugby but in 1945 at a Sounds sports day he first took notice of the sport that was to become such a large part of his life when he saw axemen competing in a woodchopping event.

He was soon hooked and competed in the chopping event two years later, taking third place in the maiden event. He was soon training seriously and making a name for himself in contests around Marlborough and Nelson and from the 1950s competed further afield winning open championship events. He married Lorraine Murray, the daughter of a fellow wood chopper, and they had six children, four of whom grew up to represent New Zealand at woodchopping. Geoff was selected for the first New Zealand team to compete against Australia in 1960 and from then on became a regular in internationals at home and abroad. National and world titles came his way and he captained the world team in 1970 and 1974. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1969 and the NZ Axemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association most outstanding axeman award three times. After farming on part of the family farm at Beatrix Bay, Pelorus Sound,

FAMOUS FACE: Geoff Hocquard was one of Marlboroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest sportsman and a modest, family man.

he moved with his wife and family to a smaller farm at Riverlands near Blenheim in 1965 and created an Angus stud, retiring ten years ago. Geoff died after a long illness, aged 82.

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Warehouse charity By Celeste Lodewyk The Blenheim Warehouse store has successfully raised enough funds to purchase a new heart defibulator and second wheelchair. Money from donation boxes at checkouts, sausage sizzles and purchases of plastic carry bags have gone toward the two purchases which will see first aid trained staff members able to aid someone experiencing cardiac arrest. The storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising co-ordinator, Eileen Garlick says the defibulator costs $3,800 and in the past six months enough money was raised to make the purchase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the money was made up of community donations we decided to give it back by purchasing the defibulator so we and any surrounding businesses can have it on hand to use in an emergency.â&#x20AC;? With the left over money a second wheelchair for the store will also be purchased. Ten cent sales from plastic bags at The Warehouse have contributed considerably to the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising efforts with $2,800 alone raised in the last six months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rubbish and sometimes get angry that they have to pay for plastic bags but we want people to know that every cent goes to charity and back to the community in one form or another,â&#x20AC;? she says. Last year The Warehouse fundraised for Hospice Marlborough and up to now the defibulator. Their next project is raising funds for Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marlborough.

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