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Abundance of blueberry beauty Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Blueberries are a summer beauty, and Marlborough is a great place for smacking your lips around these blue bundles of goodness. Rex Lawrence and Ngaire Thomas are nearing the end of their first bumper season. On Middle Renwick Rd, next to Argosy Restaurant and Café, they’ve had locals and passers-by flock to their property this summer, to pick their own berries, or buy from the shop, where they also sell their own grown raspberries and strawberries. Last year’s crop was quite small, after planting the three year-old plants just two years ago. Plants can take up to seven years to mature fully. “In the long run we’ll get between three and four tonne,” said Rex, who works at Marlborough Lines. Rex and Ngaire used to grow root stock for grapes, but two years ago decided to have a change of land use on their half hectare block. Wally and Glenda Prescott are friends of theirs, who had Marlborough Blueberries with their daughter Mandy until recently when their lease ran out on Old Renwick Rd. “They said we should try growing some blueberries,” said Rex. With about 800 plants, and the old Marlborough Blueberries sign out on the road, their spot of berry bliss is getting noticed.

Ngaire Thomas and Rex Lawrence are just finishing their first big season of blueberries, and say they have proven popular with locals and visitors.

“But we are still quite unknown, and they can only get better,” said Ngaire, who is a hair stylist at Vogue Hair Stylists. “We do lots of after hours work,” said Ngaire, although they enjoy it. Being spray free makes day to day tasks easier, and birds cause the biggest threat so nets are a must. “The biggest thing is having the ground right,” said Rex, adding that acid-based soil is best.

The height of the picking season, which falls around Christmas time, means family gatherings are always well utilised. “I love them on my breakfast with yoghurt,” said Ngaire. Rex likes to eat them fresh off the bush, and said they freeze really well. “They seem to be a bit of a health fruit,” he said. They contain rich sources of antioxidants and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Rex said in the early war days pilots ate blueberries for health benefits. “A customer once dropped in some muffins she had made with them, they were great,” said Ngaire. She said pickers need to be careful to only select ripe ones from the bush, because unlike some berries, they do not continue to ripen once they have been picked. “They’re getting better each year,” said Rex.

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This week Crafar Crouch has been clearing the Springlands Ale House site. Over the next three weeks Crafar Crouch will prepare the site for building and prepare the carpark, developer John Derry said. The building consent for the Ale House was lodged with the Marlborough District Council on Friday. “The council should have an answer for us in three weeks, then we will be able to name

the builder and get started on the building in early February,” Mr Derry said. Construction should take five to six months with an opening date in mid-August. “It has been a long road to get to this point,” Mr Derry said. “I can’t wait to pour the first pint,” he told the Sun. John Derry, Ale House developer, shows the proposed Ale “Now we are advertising for a chef to take House plans. The Springlands site has now been cleared by control of the restaurant.” Crafar Crouch.

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Mates gather for ‘Heag’s’ memorial duathlon Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Sam Webster will be knocking off his tractor work early this Friday. He’ll be swapping his work boots for his running shoes, and taking part in the Matt Heagney Memorial Marlborough Men’s La-Z-Boy Duathlon. Sorry girls, you’ll just have to watch, this one is for boys only. “Just get out there and do it, it’s a lot of fun and you have nothing to lose,” said Sam. It won’t be an entirely new experience for the 28 year-old, who last year donned his black Heagney t-shirt while taking part, and the year before painted himself black. “It’s quite hard running fully painted. I got really hot, I think it blocked up the skin’s pores!” This Friday Sam plans to go topless, and paint ‘Heags’ across his chest and back. “It’s a really great way to get people



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together,” said Sam, who is looking forward to doing the 800m run, 5.5km cycle, 5km run, 5.5km cycle, and 200m run with local friends. “It’s a good bit of fun, to have a run and then have a few beers afterwards with everyone, parents as well.” Charity ride completed Participants can walk or run. Cyclist Andrew Bates, who was Sam, who keeps himself fit to enjoy featured in an article in the Sun, his hunting, said this event was a great completed his 2080km challenge way to remember the energetic Matt last week, two days ahead of schedHeagney who was a fun and outgoing ule. good guy. Mr Bates said he was stoked to “It’s about mates getting out there and make it from Cape Reinga to Bluff having a laugh.” in twelve days on a fixed wheel On Friday, compulsory briefing is at bicycle. 5.15pm inside Clubs of Marlborough Mr Bates is grateful to thoseshows who you Main Hall, and the race starts at This proof CARPET COURT donated towards the challenge, and 5.30pm, at the Taylor River’s Henry said it is not tooaccordance late to do so. with your St Bridge. MARLBOROUGH final quality, colo He has raised just print over $1500, Prizegiving is at Clubs of Marlborough for which will go to St the print dim Main Hall, at approximately 7.30pm. Carpet & Vinyl Retailers details carefully. To re For more details, and race entry This proof shows your final advertisement, prepa Customer Name CARPET COURT Customer Proof forms, visit Clubs of Marlborough Sam Webster Yellow® inIt shows writing will swap the tractor with your instructions. layoutb 80107 - KA PETER KINGwheels for bike wheels this accordance Cooking main desk. Directory MARLBOROUGH Friday afternoon, when he takes part in the Matt Heagney final print quality, 0800860200 no later t colour or scale. Please see www Entries are accepted on the day. fordemonstration the final print dimensions for your Ad releva Size. Ple Memorial Duathlon. the date that the 400703305 Classification 15/01/2013 Carpet & Vinyl Retailers details carefully. To request corrections or change sooner). you The former chef for Yellow® in writing by TVNZ’s emailOtherwise atGood Arthelp@yello Rep Name 80107 - KA PETER KING 0800860200 no later than publish 5Watson business will days the Morning show Laurel S4UHW Y-7569027/03 may thefrom adver the date that the relevant directory is closed for publ Date Printed 15/01/2013 Cust. ID 400703305 be presenting an evening of cooking sooner). Otherwise you are deemed to have approved demonstrations and tastings onfurther cha Ad Size S4UHW Ad ID Y-7569027/03 may publish the advertisement without Friday at The Old Barn, Blenheim. The evening will feature 14 recipes Changes required? Please email or fax to 0800 860as200. (conditionsdrinks, above) as well complimentary sales, a raffle and supper. Tickets are $35 per person with the proceeds going to 15-yearold organiser Fiona Blue’s World Challenge trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in December this year. To book call 035757371.

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BackpackersChanges required? Please email or fax to 0800 860 200. (co say they’re owed money By Chris Tobin Ripped off. That’s how three German backpackers feel after they worked in the Marlborough vineyards last month. Julian Kornet, Daniel Martens and Lennart Hinz worked nearly 50 hours and received $800 among the three of them. They said the contractor who they only know as Joe still owed them $1000. “We started travelling and we expected him to pay the money into the bank account of one of us (Hinz). “On the 11th of January he paid $800 into Lennart’s account but this

isn’t even half of what we should get.” The backpackers called and texted him. “He admitted in one of those messages that he still owes us some money and that we’ve worked at least 35 hours each but he didn’t even pay the 35 hours per person.” The Sun also called Joe several times and left a message but he did not respond. Mr Kornet said they did not know Joe’s surname. When they arrived in Blenheim they saw a job advertisement on a list at Blenheim Backpackers in

Summer volleyball Unhappy: Germans workers Julian Kornet; left; Daniel Martens and Lennart Hinz.

Budge St with a cellphone number listed which they rang. “He (Joe) told us to meet him next morning at 6am at the i-SITE in Blenheim.” The three men worked in vineyards near Seddon. “On our first day he didn’t give us a contract so we didn’t sign anything. We never got payslips.” The three men took their concerns to the police. The German backpackers case is

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For a good yarn and a beer Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Catching up with mates and trying a few local beers. This is why Tony Wytenburg goes to Blues, Brews & BBQs every year. He will have two decades worth of these festivals after this year’s event which will be held on February 2. A real intergenerational event, Tony’s dad Peter has gone in previous years, and his own children go too. “The crowd has got younger,” said Tony, remembering back to the very first one. “It used to be during the week, on a Thursday. You could go along in the afternoon and taste the beers at a leisurely pace,” he said. “Take it easy, just enjoy the day,” he said, with wisdom on his side. Tony always has two or three beers in mind he wants to try on the day, then just goes with the flow, and enjoys the food. “A bacon butty is not too bad, neither is a steak sandwich.” It is not likely you will see Tony dancing though. “It’s the only time I catch up with some people all year.” Despite a strong tradition of loud costumes, Tony wears the same one every year, and it never fails him. “I dress up in my t-shirt, my hat, my

shorts and my sunblock.” About 3000 people attended last year’s event, slightly down on previous years. This year will see a few younger people at Blues & Brews, as tickets are available for people under 18 years-old too. Jim Scholfield will be attending his seventeenth Blues & Brews this year, and is one of the organisers as part of Blenheim Round Table. “The focus is the youth of Marlborough, to support our up and coming kids.” Jim said opening up ticket sales to the younger crowd will generate more interest, and teach young people about responsible drinking. “We are trying to make it more of a family event this year,” said Jim. Water and soft drink will be available. A number of youth groups receive money from Round Table each year, including an annual sum going to the children’s programme at Stadium 2000. This year Jim expects a crowd of between 3000 and 4000 people. “The reason to have Blues & Brews is to raise money so we can give it back out to the community.” There is a competition for the best leaner, and a competition for the best home brew. Bands include ‘Ratbag,’ ‘Jack Derwin,’ Tony Wytenburg and Jim Schofield are both long-time supporters of Marlborough's Blues and Brews, and are confident this year's event will be a great one. ‘Laura Sonneveldt’ and others. Clifford Bay, Seddon

Temporary command Marlborough’s top police officer, Area Commander Inspector Steve Caldwell has been offered the opportunity to relieve as Superintendent, District Commander Southern starting this week. Inspector Caldwell will be in charge of the largest police district in the country which spans the lower South Island from Oamaru to Stewart Island and Wanaka.

The district is broken into three areas and has about 650 staff spread across 45 police stations. Relieving in Inspector Caldwell’s absence is Detective Inspector Ross Grantham. Detective Inspector Grantham has been based at Police National Headquarters in Wellington and he is expected to be in Marlborough until late March 2013.

Mayor wants minister to release report Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman has asked Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, to release a report prepared by Covec Limited on the likely economic impacts on Marlborough of a new ferry terminal at Clifford Bay. “I am concerned that the Government has underestimated the economic impact of a move to Clifford Bay on the Picton

economy in particular,” Mr Sowman said. “ T here se em s to b e a n assumption within Government that Picton will be able to transform itself into a Queenstown of The Top of the South. “However Picton has to rely on a summer tourism season only and Marlborough lacks critical infrastructure such as an international airport compared to

Queenstown,” Mr Sowman said. The council is holding public meetings on February 11 and 12 to discuss the impact of Clifford Bay on the region. The Covec Report would be a useful resource for these meetings. Feedback from the meetings will be collated into a report for council which will also be forwarded to the Government.

Protest letter likely by mail A protest letter that was to be handed to the officer in charge of the Waihopai spy base on Saturday is expected to be delivered by mail. On Saturday approximately 40 protesters were outside the spy base. “We said we’d deliver the letter to the officer in charge and 20 went to the outer fence to do so,” protest organiser Murray Horton of Christchurchbased Anti-Bases Campaign said. “We were met by reasonably antagonistic police. I went up to a policeman; I wanted to hand it over to an officer. It was made plain they wouldn’t have that.

“One cop snatched the letter out of my hand, screwed it up and threw it on the road. If he’d had brains he’d have taken the letter and ensured it went to the commander.” Mr Horton said they wanted to make the point that even stricter security was being enforced since prior to the 2008 protest when three Ploughshores peace activists deflated one of the base’s two domes, the public had been allowed closer to the facility. Since the letter had not been handed over he said, “we’ll now think about that and if necessary we can deliver it through the mail.”

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Country music awards ‘brilliant’ By Emily Elliott Blenheim’s annual Country Music Awards were held for the 22nd year on the weekend, bringing competitors from all over the South Island and some from the North Island. According to convenor, John Galloway, the whole weekend, was a success, even though numbers were down slightly. “The whole show from start to finish was absolutely brilliant.” As far the organisation of the event went, Mr Galloway believes there wasn’t a part where they could have bettered it. The karaoke nights held at the Clubs of Marlborough on Friday and Saturday evenings were a hit,

Mr Galloway believes. “I t h in k t he Clubs of Marlborough could do the karaoke night more often. “It gives people an opportunity to get up there, it was absolutely brilliant, and has to be looked at again.” Mr Galloway believes the competitors in the awards were very talented, with entries coming from Blenheim, Nelson, Buller, Timaru, Ashburton, Wellington, and even Gore. According to Mr Galloway, the young children were “just magic”. “The young ones were into it, it doesn’t have to be about the cowboy hat thing. “The whole scene has become

more modern, which doesn’t worry me.” According to Mr Galloway, next year he wants to see the whole thing really up and running and make it a huge success. The standard this year was very high, and the gap between the winners was very close, Mr Galloway believed. The overall winner was Vicki Downes, from Blenheim, who originally entered to please Mum and Dad and keep them happy. The runner up was L & P (Luke and Paula Conner) from Nelson. There were 21 categories in the awards all together. Planning for next year’s awards will start in early February.

Raft race run aground For the first time ever in Marlborough history, the annual More FM Raft Race with Henderson’s will be held on the riverbank this Sunday January 27. “With the river so low and little rain forecast, people will have trouble paddling but we still want to run the event,” More FM Breakfast’s Natasha Knox said.   Inspired by a dry land boat race held in Alice Springs Australia, The More FM Raft Race with Henderson’s will go ahead this Sunday alongside the Taylor River where participants will run along the river bank with their homemade raft.   “We know people have spent a lot of time working on their rafts and we appreciate not every raft will be suitable for a land race,” More FM’s


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Thursday January 17 At 3.45pm a 17 year old unemployed male was caught shoplifting by staff at the Countdown Super Market on Henry St. He tried to take a packet of beef jerky valued at $1.98. He will appear in the Blenheim District Court on 04/02/13. At 8.50pm a 17 year old labourer was arrested for operating a vehicle in a manner causing a sustained loss of traction. The young man had been showing off to his peers at a party in Litchfield St by doing a burn out in front of the property. He will appear in the Blenheim District Court on the February 4, and his vehicle was impounded. Incidents and accidents Police assisted Housing New Zealand staff to evict a group of youths from a vacant Housing New Zealand property in Elizabeth St. The Youths had broken into the address and used the place to hang out with mates. Friday January 18 At 1.30am a resident of Springswood

Glenn Kirby said. “But there will still be a prize for the best water raft and we expect some new lightweight vessels will appear which should make the race entertaining”. The event will still begin at the Beaver Road bridge, registrations will be open from 12.30pm and the race will start at 2pm as previously planned.   Everyone that registers is in to win a spot prize including the major prize of a Heritage FeatherLite 14 Foot Tandem Kayak, worth $2000 from Henderson’s. Listen to MORE FM on 92.9 Blenheim, 94.7 Picton & 89.9 Kaikoura for more information plus visit the event page at

Grove observed two males breaking into a vehicle parked on the street. He confronted them and the two male s ran off towards Purkiss St. A dog unit tracked the pair to the Taylor River reserve at the end of Purkiss St and along the River bank to the High St, Bridge before losing the track. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. Police would like to remind people to keep all vehicles and property secure at night and to report all suspicious behaviour to Police immediately. At 2.30pm a unemployed 27-year-old male was arrested on a warrant after failing to appear in the Blenheim District Court. He was held in custody and appeared in court the following day.   Saturday January19 At 2.30am an 18-year old unemployed male was arrested for breaching the peace outside the Loft on Kinross St after being observed by police acting in manner that would likely cause a violent incident to start.  The same male was also arrested at 11.55am after police were called to a Litchfield address where he again was acting in a manner that would likely cause a violent incident to take place.  He was warned and later released. At 3.10am an intoxicated unemployed male was arrested outside Fairweathers. The door staff had been trying to close

Vicky Downes was awarded the overall winner for Blenheim's annual Country Music Awards, held over the weekend.

the premise when the intoxicated male continually harassed and abused them for closing. He was arrested by police for breaching the peace to prevent a violent incident taking place.  He was later released when sober. At 2.10pm a 18-year-old unemployed male was arrested for breaching his bail.  At 11.50pm a 34 year old male was arrested on Kinross St for disorderly behaviour.  He was held in custody until sober and was released with a pre charge warning.   Sunday January 20 At 12.15am police were called to a single vehicle  accident on the Port Underwood Road.  The 38-year-old driver rolled the vehicle and required assistance to extract himself from the up turned vehicle.  He was taken to Wairau Hospital to have his minor injuries checked.  At the hospital he refused the medical officer’s request for blood to be tested for alcohol.  He has been charged with careless driving and refusing to give a blood sample.  he had his licence suspended for 28 days and will appear in the Blenheim District Court on the 04/02/13. At 1am a 17 year old male was arrested in Alabama Rd after police were called to a party.  The male had thrown a glass bottle onto the property and then fled the scene.  He was tracked and located by a police dog unit and arrested.  He was held in custody until sober and released with a pre-charge warning.

At 3pm a 23-year-old unemployed male was arrested on Main St near the police station for fighting. The male had an altercation with a group and was knocked to the ground.  As the others tried to walk away the defendant ran up and hit another from behind.    He is appearing in the Blenheim District Court on the 11/02/13 At 5.28pm a 41-year-old male was arrested and charged with being unlawfully on property after being found in his landlord’s house. At 3.55pm a  44-year-old female escort was arrested in Redwood St after being found driving a motor vehicle after being disqualified.  Her vehicle was impounded and she will appear in the Blenheim District Court on the 28/01/12 charged with driving whilst disqualified.   Monday, January 21, Overnight arrest: ·At 3.55pm a 35-yearold female was arrested for breaching her bail.   Incidents and accidents: At 2.45am police were called to a Litchfield St address when  an intoxicated female associate of the residents of the address  smashed a window and a cell phone and refused to leave.   All those at the address had been consuming alcohol during the night when a argument started resulting in the breaking of the window and cell phone.  No charges have been laid by police. All parties intend sorting out the damage when sober.

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: Do you know how to swim, and is it important to know how?

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I’m still learning with school this year, but I love the beach.

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Letters to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. 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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Maritime festival Dear Ed, To the committee, organisers and hosts of the Picton Maritime Festival a huge “thank you”. The Seabourne Odyssey in port, thousands around the foreshore, stalls in the streets, kids entertained, food in abundance and displays of some amazing clinker boats all lovingly restored by locals for the enjoyment of all. Just fabulous and it just goes to show what Picton and the Sounds can turn on when doomsayers like Graham Gosling, chairman (we hope past) of the Picton Business Group stays away. So much for Mr Gosling’s prediction that no-one will come to Picton if and when the ferries move to Clifford Bay. The festival just goes to show what a positive attitude, willingness to set goals and get the community behind you can pull off. I can only imagine that if I had ventured back in the evening to enjoy the live entertainment it would have capped off a wonderful day for one and all, old and young. Credit where credit is due so thanks for the great day and you deserve to be congratulated. Happy festival attendee 

SPCA ‘unhelpful’ Dear Ed, After reading the cover article on Friday’s newspaper (Blenheim Sun, January 11) I thought SPCA should tell the full story of how they operate instead of trying to make themselves appear to be the saviour of stray animals. My husband and I found SPCA to be most unhelpful when a stray kitten turned up to our door step in early 2012.   The stray kitten, no more than six weeks old, was skin and bones, when she turned up eating the cat food from our own cat’s bowl.   We contacted SPCA immediately, but were told that they were full and were unable to take on the kitten. They adviced us to keep the kitten while they look for a foster home for the kitten, but most of all they strongly advised us to look for a new home for the kitten ourselves.  The arrival of a new kitten caused

a lot of stress to our own cat, but we didn’t want to abandon her. While we waited to hear back from SPCA, my husband built a temporary enclosure for the kitten to reduce the stress of our own cat. We waited for a week and still didn’t hear anything from them during which time our cat was very unhappy. For this reason we couldn’t keep the kitten ourselves.   My husband and I started asking around friends, family and colleagues, to try to find her a home. Eventually, one of my colleagues saw the photo of this kitten and decided to adopt her. We were so pleased everything worked out in the end, and the kitten has made a great companion for my colleague. SPCA has not been helpful at all in our case and we had to take full responsibility looking after the stray kitten and finding her a new home.  Kitten concern

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Dear Ed, Your correspondent’s experience with the Marlborough SPCA is most regrettable and not usual practice. Better assistance should have been received and at the very least, a follow up telephone call from the branch advising of the situation and enabling any current concerns to be addressed. We sincerely apologise for their unsatisfactory experience. We would also like to thank those concerned for their care of this kitten and for being proactive in finding her a loving home. At the time of this incident the branch was struggling to cope with the sheer number of animals being surrendered to the shelter (69 kittens alone in Dec 2012) as well as resolving animal welfare issues within the district.

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Playcentre to hold open day Early childhood education is an experience for both children and their parents, where family and community is a key focus. Blenheim Playcentre is having an open day next Wednesday, inviting parents and their young children to come along and find out more about Playcentre. According to Torri Stewart, publicity and promotions officer manager for Blenheim Playcentre, a key difference about Playcentre is that you have the opportunity to play an active role in your child’s learning and development - don’t drop your children off. “It’s great fun because you get to attend Playcentre with your children. “It’s about adult learning too, and being able to educate adults building on our skills to create the best possible experience for our children.” Playcentre acknowledges and supports parents as the first and most important educators of their children. The environment at Playcentre includes a wide range of both indoor and outdoor activities, enabling children to develop the curiosity and courage to try new things. Blenheim Playcentre offers children halfday weekday sessions of mixed age groups, allowing siblings to attend together, as well

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Be proactive with pest control By Annabelle Latz If you see ants and spiders in your house, act quick. This is the message from local pest control companies. All it takes is a couple of ants or spiders in a home, and a problem can soon get out of control. Allan Robinson, owner operator of Spiderman, said it has been a busy January so far. Cockroaches and spider spraying has been keeping him busy, and fly numbers are picking up with the warmer weather. Allan said because white tail spiders are


traditionally outdoor-based, when they get inside they tend to wander a lot, and eat other spiders. He said spraying for all spiders will help keep white tail numbers down. “If you find them, get someone to spray them. “Some people get really freaked out by them. They can be scary and give nasty bites.” Greg Pilkington, owner of JAE Pest Control, has noticed ants are very active at the moment. “They are usually on the wing this time of the year, so they produce queens, fly around,

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and produce colonies.” The warmer weather means there is more food around for the ants, which also increases numbers. “People need to be vigilant about where the ants are coming from. They could be coming from the neighbour, they can travel a long way.” Baiting can be an option for pest control if the numbers are not too big, but as soon as lines of ants are seen, spraying is the only real option. “The main message for pests is to keep on top of them.”

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By Emily Elliott Stores in Blenheim are trying to help the ache in your wallet as you check off more and more items from the Back to School stationary list. Warehouse Stationery currently has an up to 90% off sale on exercise books, meaning some exercise books are selling for as little as five cents. The stationery store is making sure it is doing its best to help with the Back to School crunch, by also offering free delivery for all online orders. According to Emma Kennedy, manager of Warehouse Stationery Blenheim, people are being more careful about how much they are spending and buying this year than previous years. “People are just shopping for what they need, as opposed to what they want,” she said. “If they have some stuff left over from last year, people are tending to reuse that.” Ms Kennedy believes the sale is helping people to some extent, however she is aware that most years they run Back to School sales to help families prepare for the year.

“We’ve seen a few more people come through the doors this year, just because the prices are so good.” Similarly, Paper Plus is offering Back to School ‘kits’, which are personalised for each school. According to Karen Gibb, manager of Paper Plus Blenheim, the amount of people coming into the store is around the same as years gone past, however parents are taking more time to look around for the best possible price. “Most parents are buying the kits, because they’re cheaper than shopping around the store,” Ms Gibb said. “Plus, the schools get the rebate, and the parents see the savings.”

One thing Ms Gibb noticed when shopping around town was that the Back to School crunch was affecting the rest of Blenheim. Ms Gibb was in a woman’s clothing store this week when the owner mentioned it had been quiet, due to money being spent on Back to School items. “[Parents] aren’t really shopping for themselves at the moment,” Ms Gibb believes. According to Ms Kennedy and Ms Gibb, this year’s Back to School crunch has meant parents are more cautious about finding the cheapest deals , and the stores in Blenheim are trying to help them with that.



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Hobby became John’s job Marlborough vineyard owner John Kennard is a well known figure in rallying and spends much of his year competing in exotic locations around the world. Sun reporter Chris Tobin caught up with him. The tranquillity of a vineyard is a long way from the high speed, nerve tingling action of rallying around the world but it suits John Kennard. The soon to turn 54-yearold lives with his partner Satu on the outskirts of Blenheim running his own vineyard Vicarage Lane Wines and managing several vineyard blocks on behalf of friends. John is well known as the co-driver for Hayden Paddon, the rising young international rallying star. The pair won New Zealand rally championships in 2008 and 2009 and in 2011 took out the Production World Rally Championship. Last year they won the Rally of New Zealand and contested the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC), a feeder class to the top tier World Rally Championship. “It was an up and down year after we started very well leading the championship after three rounds,” John says of that campaign which cost $1 million. They are now raising sponsorship money for another campaign this year. “We’re trying really hard to put together a budget. “The latest we can enter the championship is later in the year. “April is the aim and we’ll pick six or seven events we’ll do. “You can choose six rounds of the 13 round championship. “Where Hayden’s won both times, Portugal, is a good place to start. “Guys with the money will go to Mexico where there’s less strong opposition. “Finland late in the year is a lot stronger competition.

“Hopefully we’ll be out there this year. “We’ve got 20 percent of the budget but raising $1 million in New Zealand is not the easiest thing.” John says Hayden has wanted to be the world champion since the age of six. For him, however, rallying is a hobby that turned into a job. When he started out it was motorbikes and motocross but after breaking his knees in a crash, he moved to four-wheelers and began rallying in 1979. “I realized I didn’t have the money or talent to rally at the level I’d like.” During a trip to Europe he ended up in a world championship event in Finland which whetted his appetite for the sport. On a later return to Europe he became involved in the management side of shifting rallying teams around the world, working for Mitsubishi and then Subaru. “It was one of those ‘who you know.’ “I knew how the rally ran when working in the national rally here; you had to organise mechanics around the country and all the rest, so it was turning that into a job on a bigger scale “The first event I did with Mitsubishi was in Kenya. It was open road rallying instead of here where the roads are closed. So you’d be in helicopters in front of the cars. It was really exciting stuff.” From 1995 to 2000 he was team co-ordinator for Subaru working with the team manager. He had to solve some ticklish problems on occasion. “Colin McRae was caught speeding in a tunnel in Italy once and he lost his licence, my job

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likened to that between The Karate Kid and Mr Miyagi. “We’re different people but we seem to get on and we’re quite similar having a thirst for knowledge and wanting to make things happen” says John.

John Kennard with the impressive display of trophies he has won in car rallies around the world. “As long as Hayden is happy, I’m there.” And of course away from the high octane world of rallying there’s John and Satu’s quieter times back in Marlborough. Through contacts, they market their wine in Satu’s home country, Finland. “When we first got into it 50 percent of the wine was going into Finland but the big guys have gone out and looked for niche markets, so we’re doing 28,000 to 30,000 bottles a year there now, Savvy and Pinot.”

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Wednesday January 23, 2013

Picton Maritime Festival The Picton Maritime Festival drew a big crowd on Saturday, where entertainment staged on the Picton Foreshore included acting, music, and kids entertainment. Craft and food stalls and cooking demonstrations also kept the crowds occupied.

 Serenity Sewell, 8, and Tom Nevin, 12, bouncing around at the Maritime Festival in Picton on Saturday.

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Green leafy vegetables: Leafy vegetables are typically low in calories and fat, but high in dietary fibre, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, and therefore are ideal for weight

management, and for reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. Poultry and fish: White meats such as chicken and fish are more preferable than red meats such as beef and pork. It is generally acknowledged that red meats have a higher cholesterol level.

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Aging doesn’t mean you have to sit back and watch life go on. As your children grow up and become independent, it can be an opportunity to see the world or visit relatives in various towns, cities, or countries. In 2011, just under sixty thousand New Zealanders aged 75 years and over travelled overseas, most to Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr Kathy Powell is a Dunedin GP who has recently completed postgraduate training in travel medicine. Dr Powell compiled a number of suggestions for older travellers. It’s a good idea to discuss your detailed travel itinerary with your GP well in advance of travelling, as well as ask your GP to perscribe you plenty of medication for any existing medical conditions you have and carry it in your cabin luggage. Be aware that travelling through multiple time zones can be a challenge for people who need to monitor their medication level frequently. Dicuss the prevention of leg clots with your GP - moving around the airline cabin is not recommended by the airlines as the risk of injury if the airplane hits an air pocket outweighs the benefits. Often certain travel socks will be sufficient for

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Retirement planning - think now If there is ever a critical time for retirement planning, it’s when you hit your 50s. You still have ten to fifteen years left in the workplace, and you’re entering your peak earning years. With many of your larger expenses hopefully behind you or winding down, it’s time to do some serious number crunching and figure out what it’s going to take to live comfortably in retirement. Most likely, there will be a gap between the income NZ Super provides, and the income you want in retirement. So you will need to have other sources of your own such as: - Your savings - Income and lump sums from retirement savings schemes like KiwiSaver, other pensions and workplace savings, investments, and cash deposits - Employment: You may prefer and be able to keep working, either full-time or part time (as long as you have the skills and capacity). Around a third of Kiwis continue some form of paid work past age 65. Other sources of income could include investment income from the sale or rental of property, the sale of a business or an inheritance. If you’re close to retirement, work out a detailed budget. Think about what your weekly


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community services Marlborough After Hours GP Ser vices: Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 5206377. Office 5209980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm 7 days Ph 5782271. Diabetes NZ Marlborough: 5775549, Office hours Tues,Wed,Thurs 9am3pm. Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543 354, 24hr helpline. Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital 520 9999, for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Overeaters Anonymous: For more information Ph 570 5137 Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 5777651, Harvey 5788125 Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. Ph Margaret 578 4690 or Cilla 570 5335.

Alzheimers Society Marlborough: 577 6172, 8 Wither Rd, Mon,Wed,Fri 9am-4pm / Tue, Thurs 9.30-3pm. Hospital Visiting Hours: Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, 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. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist:Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat-Sun 9-3pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm.

HAMPTON, Wilson William (Willy), JP: Died January 21 2013.  Aged 73 years.  Dearly loved husband of Judy (nee Wotton) (Renwick), loved father and father-in-law of Brian and Susan (Reefton), Karen  and John Brian (Kaikoura), Graeme and Melanie (Renwick), beloved and cherished grandfather Willy of Matt and Gemma, Bodie and Dominique, Tyla, and Jake; Craig, Amy and Chris; Nicole and Pete, Caitlin and Sean, and Melissa and beloved great grandfather of Koen, Habana, and Mason.   Life member of the Ikamatua Fire Service.  Messages to 1/65 Havelock St Renwick 7204.  In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be left at the service or sent to P O Box 411 Blenheim 7240.  A service for Willy will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson & Parker Sts Blenheim, at 2 pm Friday January 25, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.

HAMPTON, Willy: Loved grandfather of Tommy, Billy, Joey, Bobby, Jimmy, Sally, Mary, Charley and Biddy and loved great grandfather of Micky, Barney and Paddy.



MATHEWS, Margaret (Alwyn): Peacefully, at Nelson Hospital on January 17, 2013, after a long illness. Aged 71 years. Dearly loved wife of Anthony Stephen (Tony), loved mother of Jason and his partner Jannelle, and the late Rochelle. Adored grandmother of Oliver and Edward Roozen. Messages to 1A Leitrim Street, Blenheim 7201. In lieu of flowers, donations to CanTeen would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to PO Box 56-072, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446. A service for Alwyn will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, corner Hutcheson and Parker Streets, Blenheim at 2.30pm Wednesday January 23, followed by private interment.

acknowledgement THOMPSON, Margaret Lillian: Keith, Craig and Kathy, Raewyn and Dale, Anita and Ian, Blair and Lindy and their families wish to thank everyone who attended Margaret's service and for their love and support through this difficult time. Thank you for the baking, cards, condolence messages and offers of support. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement of our sincere thanks. God Bless you all.

Acknowledgements The Sun Newspaper now offers an acknowledgement service to its readers. You can submit acknowledgements following family bereavements. The deadline will be on Mondays at 5.00pm, with a limit of 50 words for $15.00. You can submit acknowledgements by bringing them to the Sun office at 72 High Street, or posting them to PO Box 634 Blenheim 7240. You can also email them to Please include your contact details: Name, address, email and phone numbers, including your mobile number if possible.


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Silvers for cyclists Marlborough cyclists Callum Saunders and Quinn Karwowski are busy in Invercargill preparing for the national under 19 track championships after a successful meeting in Sydney. Competing in the Australian Youth Festival Saunders won silver meals in the keirin, 7.5km scratch race and team sprint. Karwowski also took a silver medal in the team sprint. Karwowski, Zac Williams (Auckland) and Jeremy Presbury (Southland) contested the sprint final. Saunders rode the qualifier but did not contest the final. “We changed the combination around a little bit for the final because it was a short turnaround and we had an improved ride which was good to see,” said BikeNZ junior sprint coach John Rastrick.

Quinn Karwowski, left, and Callum Saunders.

“We’re certainly going in the right direction. We went faster than we went at the Oceania Championships last month and the guys are looking pretty good at the moment.” The four Kiwi sprinters have each showed potential on the track and are being earmarked for the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Glasgow later this year. “The four riders that we brought over here are the four boys we are looking at for the Junior Track World’s so we made sure to use all four riders and they all got on the podium, so we have certainly got what we came for in terms of times and results so far,” said Rastrick. The under-19 and elite track nationals start on January 31 and run through to Sunday February 3.

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Jeremy was not disappointed with his effort. Testing conditions included a rough lake swim, hail and rain on the cycle, and hot conditions for the run. “I was second non-pro, that’s a pretty good effort!” He completed the swim in 1.07.35. The head wind on the bike had him suffering the second loop, finishing the cycle in 5.22.00. Feeling strong going into the run meant the first part of his marathon was a bit fast, not leaving him quite enough in the tank for the final loop. He competed the run in 3.28.22. Nutrition was a huge part of the event,


Jeremy McKenzie see it slipping away. I tried really hard to pull it back, but didn’t quite have it.”

and seeing pro athletes in his race collapse, summarised the massive day. Jeremy said it was a big learning curve, and very different to Coast to Coast, his main sporting strength and passion. “You’re on your legs all day. There are no rivers or gorges, or cooling from the natural surrounds like in Coast.” He has gained him free entry into the Roth Challenge in Germany later this year. “I definitely want to go under 10 hours. I don’t know whether it will be there, or Wanaka.” Jeremy is undecided on next month’s Coast to Coast.

“I’m supposed to be smoking salmon at Marlborough Wine and Food Festival that weekend. There’s always something on!” Fellow Marlborough Ironman Anthony Clark finished in a 11hr04min44sec, placing him 38th overall and fourth in the 40-49 age group. His splits were 1.20.40, 5.47.23 and 4.02.12. In the half Ironman event, Anna Gellatly, who featured in The Sun last Friday just before her first ever attempt, was thrilled with her total time of 6.37.15. “I had a super day, I absolutely loved it,” she said after the race. Marianne Aitken, Murray Hunt, and Andy Julian all finished their half Ironman races in 6.31.29, 6.38.25, and 7.22.35, respectively.

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Sport inbrief Swim winner Thomas Moore won the Rarangi to Whites Bay ocean swim on Sunday from a field of 13. Moore also won the event when it was last held two years ago and for his efforts he took out the Hipkins Cup. Peter Colbert was second and Yasmin Gee, the first woman, was third. The oldest competitor was 63, the youngest 13.

Campbell in solid form Michael Campbell appears to have picked up where he left off with a top-20 finish at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to start his 2013 European Tour campaign. Campbell finished 2012 with four top-15s in his final 10 starts - his best form in five years - and was solid all week at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Lots of medals New Zealand’s 156-strong team ended the Australian Youth Olympic festival in Sydney with 69 medals at the weekend. Medals were claimed in rowing, wrestling, cycling, golf and swimming to conclude the five-day extravaganza as the Kiwi contingent tallied 11 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals from the 1700-athlete, 30-nation event.

Possible promotion In-form New Zealand batsman BJ Watling will be promoted to opener in the second one-day cricket international against South Africa today, provided he is fit. Otherwise, there will be no changes to the team which took a surprising 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Wednesday January 23, 2013


Spectacular golf at Rarangi’s ‘spec’ tournament Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Ben Godsiff only started playing golf about four months ago. Taking it all in his stride, he is enjoying every minute. Although admitting that playing to a 24 handicap for this tournament was a bit of a stretch from his usual 29, it never wiped the smile from his face. Conditions were blustery when the 28 year-old teed off at the Rarangi Summer Spectacular Tournament on Saturday afternoon with his partner Rodney Merkel. “It’s really exciting playing here, it’s really well organised,” said Ben, having just finished the fourteenth hole. The pair had a final combined score of 227. There were 110 pairs at the two-day tournament, which involved a four best ball on the Saturday and a combined nett on the Sunday. As Marlborough’s largest tournament, $15,000 worth of prizes were at stake. “We are really pleased with the level of support

from the businesses around Marlborough,” said tournament convenor Bev Hansen. The winning women’s pair was Pat Olliver and Gwyneth Pilling. Scoring a total of 208, they were happy. “It’s not bad for a couple of old girls,” said Pat, stating they are both in their seventies. Pat, who started playing golf at Rarangi in 1983 for the first time, said 12 months ago she was ready to put the clubs away, after a series of health complications. But after hard work at the gym, practicing golf once a week, and using a motorised golf cart to save energy, she’s having a ball again. Winning the trophy was significantly special for playing partner Gweneth, as it was won by her late husband John 25 years earlier, to the day. “We got a really warm reception for our win,” said Pat. Pat wanted to thank Pip Looker, the greenkeeper, for his excellent work. “He and his team just did a magic job with the

Ben Godsiff started playing golf just a few months ago, and had a great time competing at Rarangi Golf Club's 'Spec' tournament last weekend.

course,” she said. Lindsay Brooks and Terry Hemi, from Waahitaakaro, near Nelson, won the men’s competition, with a combined score of 202. They have been attending this tournament for 18 years, and have finally taken home the silverware.

Iconic event still proves popular By Annabelle Latz Conditions were near perfect for the Honey Company Anakiwa Triathlon on Saturday. Mark Grammar, Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club member and organiser of the race, said everyone raced well and sensibly. Due to traffic management compliance issues, there had been consideration to not run the event this year. “But we can’t give away such an iconic event.

Once you don’t do an event for a year, do you still own it?” said Mark. Over 40 athletes took part in the various events, including the kayak triathlon, the swim triathlon, the duathlon and the team competitions. In the swim triathlon, Dave Grono was fastest man and Almuth Waechter was fastest female. In the kayak triathlon, Dan Busch was fastest male and Lucy Noble was fastest female. In the duathlon, Andrew Curnow had sole representation for the men’s

duathlon, and Megan Craig was first across the line in the women’s section. This race, and the Quadrathon at Waikawa Bay in April, are Marlborough’s longest-standing multi-sport events. “There is a lot of heritage to protect there,” said Mark. Dave Grono was the first individual competitor across the line at the Honey Company Anakiwa Triathlon on Saturday, in the swim/bike/run triathlon.

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Wednesday January 23, 2013

Red Cross needs volunteers Can you help? This is the message from Red Cross in Marlborough who are on the look-out for new members to boost the ranks of their volunteers. “We’ve got our three services running short,” Gayle Chambers, Red Cross’ service centre co-ordinator said. “We’ve had a great surge of people going out and not coming in.” Gayle said people who had been volunteers for many years wanted to step back. Some of them had spent 35 years with the Meals on Wheels service, “We’ve 190 volunteers for Meals on Wheels and we’re always looking for new volunteers. The commitment is two hours a month.” Each year Meals on Wheels makes 25,000 deliveries to people in Blenheim, Renwick and Picton. The meals are cooked at Wairau Hospital and then delivered every weekday. Red Cross operates a community van which is driven by volunteers also. “We take senior citizens, the stroke group and we pick up passengers from the rest homes and take them where they need to go,”

Gayle said. “A lot of our passengers can’t go in their own vehicles and some are wheelchair bound.” Gayle said several volunteers had retired and one of their drivers passed away unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago. The third service needing volunteers is the visiting service. “It’s volunteering to visit a particular person in rest home care. “The residents get very few visitors.” Gayle said volunteers gained a lot of enjoyment from the work. “Some are retired, some are mothers with young children, some are semi-retired.” For those who might want to become a volunteer Gayle said, “We’re looking for people from any age. “I have a discussion with them and we decide what is the best service to volunteer for.” Anyone interested in being a Red Cross volunteer can ring Gayle at 578 6134. Gayle Chambers, the Red Cross service centre coordinator in Marlborough, and Graeme Faulkner, the Red Cross area manager for Tasman.

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