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Arbuckle up for mayor Paula Hulburt Editor

A Blenheim councillor has revealed his plans to become Marlborough’s youngest ever mayor. Just days before the cut off date

for nominations, Jamie Arbuckle, 39, has announced his intent to take the top spot from Marlborough Mayor John Leggett. The move follows an announcement by his wife Sally to run for a seat on council. Jamie, who has run for the may-

oralty three times previously, says he believes his nine years of experience will count in his favour this time. “It is time for decisive leadership on key regional issues. I will deliver action on the issues that need addressing,” he says.

The councillor of nine years is calling for a Blenheim bypass and a reduction in rates. He says financial hardship will be a problem faced by some constituents if rate rises continue. “Rates are not sustainable or affordable. Marlborough has an ag-

ing demographic of 65-plus, and many are on fixed incomes. “With interest rates dropping near nil returns on savings, financial hardship and cashflow will be a real issue for some ratepayers.


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Marlborough Girls’ College Jazz Band impressed the audience at the Southern Jam Festival gala concert at ASB Theatre on Saturday night. Story on page 4. Photo: Matt Brown.

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“Plenty of reports come though council on the impact of increasing council rates but there’s never any action. I will change that.” Jamie says plans for larger ferries will put more of a strain on Blenheim’s already congested main streets. He believes the community needs to be consulted on all options before a decision is made. “We need a bypass for Blenheim. “Larger ferries mean more traffic heading our way. “It is not a central government problem. It is ours. “Removing all the carparks on Grove Road, Main Street and Nelson Street is not a long-term solution. “With a government funded business case we can consult

Councillor Jamie Arbuckle supports a Blenheim bypass. Photo: Matt Brown. with the community on all the options, with all the costs and facts,” he says. Jamie says he has been consider-

ing running for mayor again for a while. Should he and his wife be successful on their election bids, it

would be the first time a husband and wife have both served on council. “Nothing can be taken for granted and in the next six weeks we will find out what is going to happen but we’ve both been very busy already. “It won’t be a conflict of interest to me. Sally will represent Wairau-Awatere and I firmly believe that her intentions are the right ones. “That’s what constituents should be voting on. “There is a sense of urgency in the community on a number of issues. “I feel the time is right for me to lead the region,” says Jamie. Jamie joins current mayor John Leggett and first time mayoral candidate Rick Ireland in the running for the mayoralty.


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Vintage send-off for fireman Paula Hulburt

A former firefighter has taken his final journey – on a vintage fire engine that takes pride of place in a museum he helped start. Peter Tester, 71, died suddenly on 2 August. The proud grandfather dedicated many years of service to Blenheim Volunteer Fire Brigade and was a popular member of the Vintage Farm Machinery Club at Brayshaw Park. At his funeral service at Cloudy Bay funeral home last week a trio of vintage vehicles were there in honour of the man who helped restore them to their former glory. As one of the founding members of the fire museum at Brayshaw Park, Peter devoted a lot of time to ensuring items on display were in good order. Funeral director David Buckley says given Peter’s passion for vintage vehicles it was a fitting and honourable tribute. “When we talk to families, we really try and help them celebrate the life of that person by personalizing a service as much as they need too. “In Peter’s case he was a fireman and it was practical it [the engine] was involved in some way,” he says. A steam roller nicknamed Kate that he also worked on was parked outside the Boyce St fu-

The old Picton fire engine which is on display at Brayshaw Park made a special journey in honour of Peter Tester. Photo: Matt Brown. Inset: Peter Tester will be sorely missed. Photo: Supplied. neral home while family and friends bid farewell to Peter inside. Once owned by Blenheim Borough Council, Kate was given a new lease of life after 50 years by a team of five volunteers, Peter included.

And in a fitting acknowledgement of his commitment, Peter’s family arranged for him to take a last ride on the bright red fire engine. “The fire engine was driven around the perimeter of the funeral home and as it came level

with the steamroller, it stopped and blew its whistle,” says David. Peter was a valued member of the Marlborough Historical Society and Brayshaw Heritage Park. David says that many families chose to personalise services. “It’s one of those situations that

once you start talking about and offering suggestions, it takes off,” he says. “All I have to do is make sure the funeral service is what they want. Anytime someone sees the steam roller, or the fire engine, they’ll think of Pete.”

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A blessing for the community

The Marlborough Boys’ College band performed an original composition. Photo: Matt Brown.

Jazz show dazzles Matt Brown

A sell-out crowd gathered for the grand gala finale of the Southern Jazz Festival at the ASB Theatre on Saturday night. Thirteen schools from across the South Island battled for bragging rights and recognition during the week-long festival that saw the bands performing at schools, pubs and restaurants. Judged by Hollie Smith, Mat Fieldes, Cameron Allen, Dixon Nacey and Stephen Thomas, the

students also attended master classes led by the accomplished musicians. Marlborough Boys’ College student Samuel Lee won the Massey University Conservatorium of Music Award for Most Outstanding Musician on a NonTraditional Jazz Instrument and the Interislander Award for Best Original Composition. Fellow musician Jonty Zydenbos won the Kevin Moseley Award for Most Outstanding Trumpet Player and the Jan

and Malcolm Aitken Award for Most Outstanding Musician. Marlborough Girls’ College Jazz Band won the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Award for Most Promising Band and the Marlborough Boys’ College Jazz Combo scooped the Marlborough 4 Fun Award for Runner up Combo. St Andrew’s College Big Band were the overall winners, taking home the Peter Bargh Trophy as well as the Port Marlborough Trophy for Best Big Band.

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A dawn blessing has marked a special milestone for the Awatere Valley community. As the sun started to rise, voices from Seddon School’s kapa haka group rang out in celebration as the Awatere Memorial Hall was officially blessed. The blessing marks months of hard work to give the hall a huge makeover in the wake of damage done in both the 2013 and 2106 earthquakes.

Councillors Gerald Hope and Cynthia Brooks were at the ceremony which sees the hall open again for future generations. Councillor Hope says the occasion was “emotional”. “What an emotional joyous occasion. Dawn blessing, revival and restoration complete. Awatere Memorial Hall breathes again as a stunning community hub”. The hall will be officially opened on 15 September.

Spy Valley Wines winemaker Emily Gaspard-Clark took the top spot in the regional competition. Competitors in the Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year 2019 undertook a variety of challenges including rolling wine barrels during the Vin Olympics at the Marlborough Research Centre on Wednesday. Photo: Matt Brown.


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Chicken champions

Council’s Solid Waste Manager Alec McNeil. File photo.

Hazardous waste facility gets funds boost A new hazardous waste storage facility will be built to cope with the region’s spiralling rubbish issue. Marlborough District Council has been awarded $320,000 from the 2018 Waste Minimisation Fund. The money is to help to progress two new projects to tackle the region’s waste. Council’s Solid Waste Manager Alec McNeil says the $198,411 grant for hazardous waste will be invested in the development of a new storage facility. The move will see 75 tonnes of hazardous waste processed each year. “Blenheim’s current central storage facility was designed to take 15 tonnes of material each year but is now processing in excess of 40 tonnes annually. “This grant supplements Coun-

cil’s investment in the project ($548,295) which also sees the upgrade of hazardous waste storage facilities at our five transfer stations across the region,” Alec says. Funds will also be used to help find new solutions for hazardous waste like batteries and paint, and grape marc - the grape skins, stalks and seeds left over after harvest and wine making. The second grant of $127,711 will assist a Council-commissioned research project run by Massey University on grape marc. “This research project will consider options for turning this material into a stable, reusable and marketable product, whilst minimising its environmental impact,” Alec says The total cost of the grape marc project is $170,282.

Brother and sister Hugo and Greta Foote are getting ready for some new arrivals. Renwick School pupils Hugo, 8, and Greta, 6, are getting ready for Pet Day as orders open to buy potential champions. And the imminent arrival of eight new, fluffy additions to the household has the pair very excited. “They’re very fluffy and very yellow and like to keep warm in front of the fire,” says Greta. It will be Greta’s second time helping rear day-old Brown Shaver chicks in preparation to show them at the school’s annual Pet Day. Outside on the family’s halfacre section, the clucking of past competitors can be heard, The family keep all the chicks that make it to adulthood. Every year schools across Marlborough get the chance to buy 4 chicks for $26. The goal is to teach children care, compassion and the dedication needed to keep an animal alive. For Hugo, this year will be his fourth time taking part. “I’ll take them to Pet Day and hopefully get a place to go on and show them again. “They love to eat chick crumble,” he says.

Greta Foote, 6, holds one of her feathered friends which she helped raise from a chick last year. Photo: Paula Hulburt. Due to hatch in early September, the chicks spend their first few days in a cage near the fire with an all-important heat lamp to keep them warm. The children complete a daily diary and log the chicks’ weight regularly. As the chicks grow, they get plenty of room to roam says mum Renee Foote. “It’s great for the children to have the responsibility and realise that a lot of effort goes in to

making sure they survive,” she says. Dad, David Foote, who grew up on a farm, says he clips the hen’s wings before they get to enjoy their new home in the great outdoors. “It’s a great learning curve for the kids,” he says. After Pet Day at individual schools, children can enter their chicks at regional events before going on to show them at Marlborough’s A & P show.

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Speed review

Council will soon begin reviewing speed limits on roads across the region. The district-wide review will begin with asking people across Marlborough for their views on road safety issues and speed limits. File photo. The review will not include State Highways managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Public feedback will help draft a speed bylaw that goes before council late this year.

New cafe owners Iain and Helene Marchant brought Greek Orthodox priest Father Michael to bless the business on their opening night on Friday. Photo: Matt Brown.

Blenheim goes Greek Blenheim’s newest café officially opened its doors amidst blessings and celebration on Friday night. Greek café and restaurant Eleni owner Helene Marchant bought Café Home from

Geoff and Nicole Pybus late last month. The rebranding was completed over three days, just in time for the opening celebration. Plates were smashed, Greek

Orthodox priest Father Michael conducted a blessing and traditional Greek cuisine was sampled. An accountant by trade, Helene moved to Marlborough to work in the wine industry with her hus-

band, Iain, from Adelaide 23 years ago. The café will continue to serve the food and coffee that made Café Home so successful, with plans to introduce Greek menu items over time.

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The view from the top With council elections less than two months away, Paula Hulburt catches up with current mayor John Leggett. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett is a man on a mission. Three years in office and there is much he wants to achieve; a legacy still being shaped. On his intention to stand again for the top job, John says it was not a difficult decision. “I think about am I going to be useful or are there others who should step up instead? There are still things I want to do, I want to keep the momentum going,” he says. The Blenheim lawyer won a landslide victory in 2016 and alongside Rick Ireland and Jamie Arbuckle is one of three confirmed mayoral candidates for the upcoming elections in October. After a baptism of fire in the wake of the Kaikōura earthquake, John, a two-term councilor, has his eye very much on the future. But he is quick to point out that none of what he has achieved to date would not have been possible without the support of his council colleagues or his partner, Anne Best. “Anne has been a big supporter in the last three years, and I couldn’t

do this without her. I still have things I want to do, and she gets that.” Under John’s savvy quietude, a cohesive council has thrived. He is proud of what they [council] have achieved, even if he hasn’t always agreed with the decisions made. “As mayor, I get just one vote. I’m a great believer that if you make an informed decision, it’s a good decision. ‘Strong debate and collective buyin means we don’t have the bickering you might see elsewhere. “I’m very conscious about the way I want something to go but you accept it [the decisions] and get on with it”. Getting the Marlborough Environment Plan (MEP) over the finishing line is a top priority should he be elected again. A single-source document to replace the Marlborough Regional policy Statement, the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and the Wairau/ Awatere Resource Management Plan, MEP is a project John feels strongly about. “Hopefully we can come up with something as a council that not only meets our statutory obligations but a plan that  allows the

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett. Photo: Paula Hulburt. people that are affected by it to live their lives and do what they need to do,” he says. Moving forward is a key message for the current mayor. Nine years after he was first elected to council, John is proud to tick-off some of his to-do list. “Almost three years to the day since we went down the Awatere Hall project route it’s opening.

“I’m really keen to keep the momentum going. I’ve spent nine years in council and one of the things I was really hoping to see happen was the lifting of the boil water notice in Seddon. “We’re really close to that.” Infrastructure upgrades in the next ten years will see a half billion-dollar investment. The next Marlborough Mayor

will have some big decisions to make, says John. “As a councillor you’re open to public scrutiny and have to be prepared for the attention you get over a decision you make. “If the community are aware of your decision process it helps. They may not like a rate rise but if they understand why it helps,” he says. A successful campaign will also see John work alongside a new deputy mayor as Terry Sloan will not be standing. While wholly appreciative of the work Terry has done, indeed John is quick to praise all his colleagues, he is not opposed to change. “I’m completely open minded; see who steps up. It’s important to have fresh ideas and fresh people. “It’s important to have new people coming in, it brings freshness to any organisation,” he says. While he still feels he has work to achieve on behalf of the community, John is happy to put his name forward. “You’re privy to some pretty ground-breaking decisions for the community and that’s a privilege”. Nominations for council close on 16 August 2019.



TUESDAY 13 August 2019

Ticket winners


Congratulations to Marcus Pickens who has won two tickets to see Nathan Haines in concert at Theatre Royal Nelson. The comeback concert is Haines’s first in the region since he was treated for cancer.

Daffodil Day Vehicle Display organisers Bob O’Malley and Kelly Landon-Lane. Photo: Matt Brown.

Classic cars for cancer Matt Brown



Organisers behind a successful charity car show hope to beat their previous record when it comes to raising vital funds. Now in its third year, the Daffodil Day Vehicle Display raised nearly $10,000 for the local Cancer Society branch at each of the last two events, and this year organisers hope to raise more. Last year, the show displayed 248 vintage, classic and new cars and trucks and close to 30 vintage motorcycles. Organiser Kelly LandonLane, whose first job was as a “grease-monkey” at Mayfield Motors, says the support they’ve received

displays during the show. “We’re doing it with the whole park,” Bob says. “Dealers give us a good donation and bring their new cars,” Kelly says. “New Zealanders have a fascination with cars, I’ve been hooked from a young age.” Bob says the classic cars take him back to his youth. “The first car I ever had was a Model A, and I have a couple of them now,” Bob says. Members of the public can display their vehicle on the day for $5. A gold coin donation on entry is appreciated. The vehicle display is from 9am to 4pm on 25 August. Kelly says the display is a “bloody good day”.

for the show has been quite humbling. “The selling point of the whole thing is all the money stays local,” Kelly says. “Raised local, stays local.” Organiser Bob O’Malley says the display was coined from a national Vintage Car Club push to fundraise money for the Cancer Society. Initially, the national branch intended to organise a rally, but the Marlborough branch had a better idea. “There’s a lot of work for a rally and hardly any return,” Bob says. Blenheim’s Brayshaw Park, the home of the Vintage Car Club clubrooms, will this year open more of its

Exhibition extended: Due to visitor demand the Millennium Public Art Gallery is extending its exhibition Cook’s Cook – The Cook Who Cooked For Captain Cook for one week. The exhibition of a new picture book by Gavin Bishop follows the 1768 journey of James Cook’s HMS Endeavour with his ship’s cook. The exhibition closes at 4pm on Sunday 18 August. Banned: Burkhart Fisheries has been permanently banned from using bulldozers to help launch boats at an exclusion zone on Ward Beach. The crayfishing company resorted to dragging their boats to the water after the 2016 earthquake put their usual launch area out of use. Forest and Bird complained to the Marlborough District Council about the effect on the bird population. A done deal: A contract to save 70 trees from the chop by moving them underground has been signed. After months of uncertainty over the fate of the 30-yearold oak trees, Marlborough District Council stepped in to fill a funding gap. The move safeguards the Dog Point Rd trees near Renwick which faced being felled as they grew too close to overhead power lines. Marlborough Roads signed a contract last week.


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Salute to church’s half-century Paula Hulburt The pews shine with a honeyed luster, worn smooth by generations of churchgoers; well thumbed hymn books tucked neatly away. St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Blenheim has a proud history and has played a key role in the lives of many Marlburians. Now parishioners are set to celebrate its 50th birthday at its Henry St site and are looking for those with links to the church to help mark the special milestone. Lay preacher Marion Rowe is proud of her connections with the church. “I was married in this church, two of my children were baptised here and both my sisters married here. “It has been a hub for celebrations, sharing both sad and happy times together and a place where friendships for life have been made,” she says. While the church’s history dates back more than a century, fire, flood and the passing of time saw previous buildings disappear. Marion says the support of the

church has been a big part of her life, no matter where it has been situated. “The church community have believed in me and that’s how I have a leadership role. They’ve all nurtured me and it’s the equivalent of my marae, my spiritual home”. The celebrations will be held on 12 and 13 October by invitation to all friends, families and supporters of the church. Celebration committee members Raewyn Buchanan and Kay Ayson have also forged strong connections to St Andrews. Kay’s watched two daughters marry at the church and three of her children were baptized there and four of her grandchildren. Raewyn’s godmother was a regular attendee. “As a child, I always thought it was so dark but then when I came back, I thought how it wraps itself around you,” says Raewyn. Festivities will include a tour of the church, high tea with entertainment, a dinner and presentation and worship followed by a shared lunch. Co-organiser Kay says she is

St Andrews Church parishioners, from left Marion Rowe, Kay Ayson and Raewyn Buchanan. Photo: Paula Hulburt. looking forward to the special day. “The ministers were my friends and because I was a regular attendee, Sunday after Sunday, it was a big part of my life,” she says.

“It’s not just an older congregation. Young people can make memories like we did. “I hope that the next generation will be sitting where we are in 40 or 50 years,” says Marion.

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Opinion Weekly poll: Should schools be able to punish students for their hairstyles?

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I don't understand how a childs hairstyle, uniform etc of any gender can stop themselves and/or others from learning Nicole Mckee

If you can not keep it in a neat and tidy manner the school should have a right to ask you to cut it. Dana McKinley

The way a student looks isn’t a distraction from learning. I think it’s a control thing for adults. Nicole Baker

My son had a lizard hair cut, school said it had to be cut off as it’s a distraction at school... Paulette Alexandre

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Are service clubs still relevant? Blenheim Rotary President James McKenzie-Wiley is Marlborough Christmas in the Park Vendor Manager and a Youth Leader at Harvest Life Church. I am a Millennial, for a long time I didn’t know what that meant. What made me identify as a Millennial? Millennial’s make up the largest generation on earth today. They are the children of the Baby Boomers and soon they will make up 75 per cent of the work force. They were typically born between 1980 and 2000. Millennials tend to be more socially and globally aware. Of course, all generations can be community minded, in New Zealand the “small town” feel is still strong. What makes a service club an appealing option for Millennial’s? Service Clubs have a product that millennials are interested in, but they aren’t lining up to join them. Part of this is due to perception and I had to overcome this perception before joining. I have been a Rotarian for over four years and I’m in my late 30s. When I was asked to join the local Rotary Club, I was curious to see what they actually did. I knew they did some good stuff in town but wouldn’t have been

able to say what exactly - until I was invited along to a free event put on by the Rotary Clubs of Blenheim held at Marlborough Girls College one evening. They had a guest speaker; Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, a Neuroscience Educator who held a seminar for parents, grandparents and many others on the topic of the teenage brain. What I saw here was a service club that was carrying out a project that I could see was helping strengthen and educate hundreds of families in Marlborough who were equipped with knowledge on how connect and communicate with their teenagers. What really impacted me as a Millennial was during the introduction to that meeting, Rotary did a promo about themselves. It was here that I learnt that Rotary International was responsible for eradicating Polio throughout the world. They were the sole organisation working towards complete eradication and vaccination of Polio. I thought this was amaz-

ing, I could be part of a group that was doing some actual good work in the community, I could also be part of something impacting and changing the whole world! Since joining Rotary I’ve been involved in many community projects and we could do a lot more, we just need more people to help us! Anyone can be community minded and volunteer and many of our members are volunteers in multiple organisations in Marlborough. But when you join people together so much more can be achieved. I’ve been privileged to be involved in some really cool projects that I never would have before. It is the service club that has given me the outlet to see some of my own ideas come to fruition so that our town and world might become a better place for everyone! Rotary’s motto in a nutshell is Service Above Self. Can you identify with that? Then maybe a Service Club is the place for you.



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Birthday in New Location A locally owned real estate company which cares about its community For 30 years, First National has been a key player in the local real estate industry. First National is a national brand with wide representation throughout New Zealand and Australia. The current owners of First National Marlborough are Stuart McLean and Owen Norrish, both of whom have been involved in the real estate industry and First National for many years. First National Marlborough’s real estate services range from residential, lifestyle and rural sales, property management to commercial real estate sales and lease. As well as being a real estate specialist for Blenheim and the surrounds, First National Marlborough’s vision is to help groups flourish in the community through establishing a partnership with ‘A Good Foundation’

in Residential, Rural, Lifestyle and Commercial real estate, plus providing a comprehensive property management service to owners of investment properties. The Company also has a dedicated marketing department, which includes a professional photographer.

First National Marlborough’s management team from left; Mariette Knudsen – property management division manager, Owen Norrish – company director and principal officer, Angela Bowers – branch manager and Stu McLean – company director. and providing sponsorship and support. Central, modern offices, onstreet parking “We have been established in our new offices for a year now (64 Queen Street) and are extremely pleased with our brilliant location,” says Company Director Stu

Mclean. “Here, we are more accessible than ever with more onstreet parking available as well as the allure of nearby cafes and restaurants. The modern interior of the building is warm and inviting. We have several private meeting rooms to offer our clients, as well as a larger boardroom and breakout meeting/presentation room.

We would love people to come in and see our team.” Providing the best service possible “We have been working hard here at First National to provide the best service possible, with new innovations and technology that are at the leading edge of the real estate industry,” says Stu. With offices in both Blenheim and Picton, First National Marlborough is a full- service real estate company that has agents specialising

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Birthday in New Location the widest possible reach for sellers and potential buyers.” An award-winning company First National Marlborough has won many awards over the years including top selling office for First National New Zealand every year since 2005. “But the best award we can ever achieve is the reward of helping both sellers and buyers achieve their goals, by following the ethos of ‘we put you first.’ Massive depth of combined experience “As a full-service company, we deal with individuals from tenants looking to rent a home or flat, first or last home buyers, right through to buyers and sellers of any type, rural or commercial, with transaction values from modest to multimillion-dollar transactions,” says Owen. “Some or our people have been in the business for over 30 years, while others have joined more recently, however there is a massive depth of combined experience and team work to achieve the very best outcomes for our clients.” Free Property Analysis First National Marlborough Branch Manager, Angela Bowers says the company offers a free property analysis; this not only estimates your property value in today’s market but also includes an analysis of things that you can do to help improve the value of your property. What’s the process if I want to sell my property? “The first step is to give one of our team a call to help you navigate the process,” says Angela. “Part of our role is to help you take the stress out of it and help you achieve a great result. The process involves education on what the

market is doing – knowledge is powerful. We will help guide you through the paperwork, make sure you are protected and guide you on your getting your home presented for sale – first impressions do count. “Then once all the prep work is done, we start actively marketing the property which involves advertising in the paper and online, not forgetting our database of active buyers. “Then it’s showtime – we bring the buyers to come and fall in love with your property.” Angela says that’s when the real fun happens with a bit more paperwork when they present you with an offer or in today’s market, may be multiple offers. “We use all our skills in negotiation to bring it all together so you can ultimately put up a sold sign and move onto your next venture.” What’s happening in the local market? “We are currently experiencing an exciting property market where there is a lot of buyer activity especially in the under $600,000 bracket with several properties having multiple offers. There is a shortage of stock yet high demand so if you are considering selling, now is a very good time to do this. It is also still a very good time to buy with interest rates remaining low. For more information, visit www. First National Marlborough is also on Facebook complementing the sales team with their individual Facebook pages. To make an appointment with one of the team, phone 03 578 8059, or contact one of the team by phone, text, email or social media. First National Marlborough Ltd is a Licensed Agent under the REAA 2008.

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There has been an exciting development in central Blenheim – a new Greek Cafe called Eleni Café-Kafenio opened its doors for the first time last week, with the opportunity for people to come and experience the warmth of the Mediterranean hospitality, enjoy delectable Greek food and great coffee. Previously known as Café Home, the owners Geoff and Nicole sold their business to Helene Marchant in April this year. “I’m an accountant by profession and after moving here from Adelaide with my husband, I have been heavily involved with the wine industry and the last seven years as general manager for a local wine company. Now I have a slightly different direction as I appreciate that there is no greater way to influence people than through generosity and hospitality. For me, that means having people sit at our own table. So, Eleni café is all about service and hospitality,” says Helene. Proud of her Greek origins,

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Driving mum crazy Barista Harrison Paul, owner Helene Marchant and kitchen manager Kristen Larsen. “Although we are offering some new dishes, the kiwi experience in dining won’t be forgotten. “There is something for everyone, young and old. “All the favourites in the Greek cuisine such as Yemista, Moussaka, Greek Lamb, wonderful salads and platters to make you go OPA!” Helene is thrilled with the team she has onboard. “We have wonderful staff – our kitchen manager – Kristen Larsen, baristas Harrison Paul and Melanie White, also Jo Gibbons, with all her front of house

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The Tasman Mako matched the thunder and lightning rolling around Lansdowne Park on Saturday afternoon with a storming performance to kick off their Mitre 10 Cup season in style. A handy Wellington side was put to the sword in convincing style, the home side defying the inclement conditions to cross for seven tries, while restricting their opponents to a paltry eight points through some bone-crunching defence. As an opening performance, it would be hard to ask for more from the Mako. With players coming into camp from different combinations, with varied mindsets and limited time together, it would be easy to excuse a rusty, error-prone effort. But this was a clinical showing, the home side setting the tone in the first quarter. Their forwards bossed the breakdown, ruled at scrum time and made big metres through lineout drives, leading to tries by Liam Squire, whose physical presence has been missed, Andrew Makalio and Tyrel Lomax. Eager chasers allowed the Mako to employ an effective kicking game, playing ball in their opponent’s territory, forcing mistakes from a clearly rattled capital crew. Just when the Lions began to gain

some belief it was snatched away through a game turning point. After cleverly creating a clear try-scoring opportunity on the right wing the final pass was intercepted by Mako skipper David Havili who sprinted 80m to score a “14-point try”, bagging his side’s bonus point and shutting the door on any hopes Wellington had of heading for halftime with momentum. Interestingly, if Havili had not managed to reel in the intercepted pass cleanly it is likely he would have spent the next 10 minutes in the sin bin as Wellington were odds on to score, but fortune favoured the brave skipper. As expected the Lions came out with renewed determination after oranges, but were again met by resolute defence, led by workhorse Ethan Blackadder who has obviously returned to camp with a desire to play big minutes after being sparsely used by the Crusaders. In the same camp are inside backs Finlay Christie and Mitch Hunt, who both relished their starting roles and opportunity to shift the team around the park with well-placed kicking. It wasn’t a day for outside backs but Havili and Will Jordan did everything asked of them under Wellington’s aerial bombardment. However, it was a day for cohesive, ruthless forward play and Andrew Goodman got just that as he racked up his first NPC win

Midfielder Alex Nankivell cuts back through the Lions’ defence. Photo: Shuttersport. as Mako co-coach. “I thought the boys adjusted well to the conditions … we saw earlier in the week that the rain was probably going to come in so we talked about that contestable kicking game, using our strength up front, with our driving lineout and scrum to really take it to them. The boys up front really laid a good platform.” The home side’s game plan also contributed to a low error rate from the Mako who were content to shift the pressure of ball retention to their rivals. “We were comfortable without the ball … putting them under pressure in the air then trusting our defence, we didn’t try to play long phases with the ball, especially in the first half.” Although well aware that the

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Netball matches go down to wire Sport Rowers thrive in Tokyo: Marlborough rower Pheobe Trolove picked up a gold medal at the world rowing junior championships in Tokyo at the weekend. Trolove, who attends Craighead Diocesan School, was a member of the women’s quad who comfortably won the A final over Germany and Romania. Kobe Miller, also from Marlborough, teamed up with Scott Shackleton from Christchurch to win the men’s double sculls B final, finishing seventh overall.

Peter Jones Tokomaru flexed their premier netball muscle during another exciting night of premier netball at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000. Two of Tuesday’s matches went right to the wire, the losing teams picking up bonus points for finishing within five goals. Toko came away with a 61-58 win over Pelorus in a top-ofthe-table clash, while defending champions SMOG picked up their first victory of the third round, downing Marlborough Girls’ College 50-45. The night’s other match saw Harlequins run away with their clash against Awatere, prevailing 74-30. The evening’s action opened with the Toko v Pelorus encounter, a match many predicted could be a dress rehearsal for the premier final on September 7. If next month’s title-decider provides as good a spectacle, the supporters will go home happy. Tuesday’s clash was tight throughout. Pelorus opened strongly, racing out to a 13-4 advantage halfway through the first quarter as goal shoot Paige Lovell quickly got into her work, eventually nailing 15 of her 17 attempts in the first 15 minutes, most from long range. Trailing by three heading into the second quarter, Toko clawed their way into a onegoal halftime lead, their primary shooter Haze Tepuia landing all 14 of his attempts on his way to a staggering 53 from 54 overall stat. The beginning of the third quarter saw Pelorus rebound and quickly establish a fourgoal lead, wing defence Jordan Peipi showing the way, but the loss of goal attack Olivia Pinkerton with an ankle injury slowed their momentum and once again Toko closed the gap, with the Wilson sisters Hana and Kayla, beginning to find more space in midcourt.

Tokomaru centre Hana Wilson gets airborne during her side’s thrilling match with Pelorus on Tuesday. Photo: Peter Jones. The final 15 minutes saw the score see-saw, both teams looking for a slight edge that would get them over the line. That advantage came in the final few minutes, a couple of missed goals from Pelorus plus a turnover allowing Toko to forge a winning margin and pick up a major psychological boost heading into the business end of the season. Outstanding for the victors were defensive players Michaela Boaz and Savannah Lawrence, but their win was built around the imposing accuracy of Tepuia. Pelorus were well served by Lovell, Peipi, Laura Murphy and Jenna Gilbert and will take some learnings from tonight’s loss. The return from maternity leave of defender Rianna Burger was a welcome sight for a team that have their fair share of injuries. A revitalised SMOG outfit were also caught up in a thriller, but showed their big match experience to outlast MGC. Again, this game could have gone either way. Indeed, when MGC went on an 8-2 run to open the final quarter it appeared the students may have found the formula but SMOG, with reliable shooters Kate


Gaudin and Lucy Barrett to the fore, stopped throwing away ball and outscored their rivals 9-2 to shut the game down. In the end it was MGC who would rue loose passes and poor option-taking as their attempts to play the game at high speed regularly came unstuck. Bonnie Morris, Mereana Ave and Katie Cunningham performed well on defence for the victors, with Katie Bradley again providing the glue in midcourt. Mya Wiapo and Olivia Robinson ensured SMOG’s shooters worked hard for success, while Ella Donald, Eleri James-Sitters and Anna Gardiner shone on attack. The evening’s other game turned into something of a mismatch, especially with Awatere losing the influential Ashleigh Childs to an ankle injury in the first 10 minutes. The resulting reshuffle disturbed the Tussock Jumpers’ rhythm and they never fully recovered, trailing Quins 18-7 at the first break and 43-14 by halftime. The scoring stats demonstrate the game’s flow, Harlequins putting up 101 shots, Awatere just 42 in 60 minutes.

Hayley Lammas and the everimproving Jackson McLaren thrived at the defensive end for Quins while Lauren Murray and Liv Hodson produced high percentage shooting at the other. Bridget Gane, Sophie Robinson and Maighan Watson added to Quins’ overall supremacy. Awatere got their usual wholehearted effort from Demelza Teddy, Aimee Jones and Nicole Witterick, who wore the C, WA, GS and latterly GA bibs. Scores: Tokomaru Crafar Crouch Picton 61 (Haze Tepuia 53/54, Gemma Hika 8/14) Pelorus Edridge Contracting 58 (Olivia Pinkerton 7/7, Paige Lovell 42/50, Laura Murphy 9/12). Quarter scores (winning team first): 14-17, 16-12, 15-12, 1617. SMOG Good Home 50 (Lucy Barrett 24/30, Kate Gaudin 26/30) Marlborough Girls’ College NZ King Salmon 45 (Isabella Rohloff 12/17, Anna Gardiner 20/25, Taila Town 13/19). Quarter scores: 15-16, 12-8, 12-11, 11-10. Harlequins Radich Law 74 (Lauren Murray 38/48, Liv Hodson 24/31, Hayley Marfell 12/22) Awatere 30 (Tracee Lee 4/6, Aimee Jones 21/28, Nicole Witterick 5/8). Quarter scores: 18-7, 25-7, 12-8, 19-8. Round three standings: Tokomaru 9, Pelorus 7, Harlequins 6, SMOG 4, MGC 3, Awatere 2.

Football finals on hold: Marlborough Football’s Knockout Cup finalists must wait at least another week to find out who holds the silverware this season. The match between holders Central Pirates and Rangers AFC was postponed from Saturday due to heavy rain at the A and P Park venue. It will be played on Saturday, August 17, along with the shield, bowl and plate finals as the last of the season’s trophies are decided. Table tennis triumph: The Marlborough under-18 table tennis team, under the tutelage of Debbie Stratford, regained the Angell Shield by beating Nelson 23-17 at Simcox Stadium on Sunday. The girls’ team of Vanessa Wood-Lin, Hannah Smit, Sophie Woodhouse and Jasmyne Henry beat their Nelson counterparts 12-4 in singles and 3-1 in the doubles. Nelson won the boys’ singles 10-6, despite Rory Osborne and Peyton Ritchie winning three out of four singles. The doubles were shared 2-2. The Marlborough boys were Ruwhiu, Ritchie, Osborne and Theo Sandford-Jury. Siblings selected: Marlborough squash siblings Tom and Leonie Marshall have both been selected to represent their country at the forthcoming trans-Tasman exchange. Tom has been named at No 3 in the New Zealand secondary schools junior boys line-up, while Leonie is a non-travelling reserve in the senior girls schools side. Charlie Prince, originally from Kaikoura, was named non-travelling reserve in the junior boys squad. Their selection came on the back of strong showings at the recent NZ secondary school champs in Tauranga. MGC finished ninth, winning the plate. In the boys competition the two Marlborough Boys’ College sides finished 13th and 29th respectively.

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Women’s regatta sets sail Entries are flooding in for the Mud House Wines Women’s Regatta on September 14-15, which is set to be the biggest women’s keelboat event in the country. The Waikawa Boating Club event has drawn boats and women from all over the country and a contingent of Australian sailors as well. From modest beginnings as a “women’s helm” event the regatta has made huge strides and with boat entries over 50 percent ahead of the 2018 regatta the organizers are looking forward to a standout event. For the third successive year Mud House Wines have signed on as lead sponsor. While not a “pure” women’s regatta in that there are males aboard some boats, these individuals are there simply as boat owners to ensure they are covered by their insurers. A number of boats feature a 100 percent female line-up making

Waikawa yacht Bump n’ Grind in action during last year’s event. Photo: Supplied. the event, in terms of actual female participation, arguably the country’s largest. The competition just heated up some more with the entry of current national women’s keelboat champion Sally Garrett of Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Along with her title-winning crew she’s all signed up for a

great weekend of Sounds racing, a terrific opportunity for local and visiting crews to test themselves against the best. With boat and crew numbers increasing daily, the event looks set to establish itself as one of the cornerstone regattas of the Waikawa racing calendar and the national women’s calendar.



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Bernice Mene will participate in this year’s Marlborough Sports Awards. Photo: Supplied.

Former netball star to MC sports awards Peter Jones One of this country’s finest-ever ambassadors for her sport will be on hand to celebrate this province’s foremost sporting achievers at the 2019 Marlborough Sports Awards dinner. Bernice Mene, an outstanding Silver Ferns defender for over a decade and national team captain for three years, will be the master of ceremonies at the prestigious event, to be staged at the Marlborough Convention Centre on Monday November 18. Born into an illustrious sporting family, Bernice’s talent was recognised at an early age, representing Canterbury in her teens then progressing to the Silver Ferns at 17, eventually playing 78 tests from 1992-2002. Her contribution to sport was recognised in the New Zealand honours list of 2002 where she was awarded a MNZM. When she retired from top level netball she showed her all-round qualities as a netball commentator and television presenter. Bernice was also an athlete and career education advisor for the New Zealand Academy of Sport, a Paralympics New Zealand project manager, a secondary school languages teacher, worked on government projects including the Constitution Conversation and most recently is the Manager of the Pinnacle Programme, a teenage mentoring programme funded by Hyundai NZ. The 44-year-old is married to former international cricketer Dion Nash and has three children. The organising committee are currently in negotiations with several

parties with a view to engaging a high-profile guest speaker. The 53rd Marlborough Sports Awards, organised by Sport Tasman, the Blenheim Round Table and Marlborough Media, will follow a similar format to previous years. Five category winners will be named, the House of Travel Junior Sportswoman of the Year, the Redwood Trust Junior Sportsman of the Year, the WK and Advisors Team of the Year, the MoreFM Sportswoman of the Year and the Scenic Hotel Group’s Marlborough Convention Centre Sportsman of the Year. Those category winners will then go forward to vie for the much-prized Marlborough Sportsperson of the Year Trophy, won last year by international rower Robbie Manson. Also presented on the evening will be the Marlborough Medal, designed to recognise someone who has given long-term service to sport in the province. Previous winners have included Graham Thomas, Ian Columbus, Roy Titheridge, Nigel Perry, Denise Lloyd and Tony Quirk. The identity of the recipient will be kept under wraps until the evening. Nomination forms for the various category awards went out to sporting organisations last week, each sporting body able to nominate a male, female and team. Nominations will close on Friday, September 13, with sports bodies urged to be in quickly as demand for seats at the ever-popular event is expected to be strong. Any inquiries regarding tickets or nominations should be made to Rory Crawford at or call 03-5778855.


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Tasman Mako women’s team named Peter Jones

ens mentor says he is “very, very happy” with the 2019 squad. “We have a whole lot of depth this year, good coverage in all positions. There were some very good players who missed out.” He pointed to a few key players who he expected to stand out during their campaign. “Up front, in the loose forwards, Jess Foster-Lawrence is absolutely crucial. “In the backs, the Moutere girls, Hayley Hutana and Wairakau Greig, will be vital. Hayley brings her kicking skills and ability to control a game … Wai offers a huge amount of leadership to the team and a rugged, no-fear attitude on defence.” Binns said despite the fact 18-year-old front-rower Rogers did not play in the Tasman senior women’s grade she had been part of the women’s academy and was given a Mako trial based on potential. “She basically exceeded all our expectations … it would have been hard not to pick her.” The coach said he felt this was a stronger combination than last season’s side, who picked up just one win, with increased depth across the region and the influence of the newly-formed Tasman women’s academy becoming major factors.


Five Moutere players, plus one Marlborough Girls’ College student, have been named in the Tasman Mako women squad for the forthcoming Farah Palmer Cup campaign. Halfback Pippa Andrews, lock Hannah Gillespie, flanker Jordan Foster, plus backs Hayley Hutana and Wairakau Greig hail from the Magpies, while tight head prop Raumati Rogers is a student at Marlborough Girls’ College. The bulk of the 28-strong squad is composed of players from the local club competition-winning Waimea Old Boys side, with three from the Motueka High School side and two from Wanderers. Four of the squad did not play in the Tasman competition, including front rowers Paris Hart and Gabi Dixson from Bay of Plenty, who will be loan players. Former Nelson players returning for the campaign are Sydnee Wilkins, who has been playing in Manawatu, and Rebecca Kersten, who has been in Japan playing sevens. Both were previous Tasman sevens reps. The team’s coach this season is Chris Binns. The former Tasman women’s sev-

Goal-kicking Moutere five eighth Hayley Hutana is expected to be a key member of the Tasman Mako women’s side in 2019 as they contest the Farah Palmer Cup. Photo: Shuttersport. The Mako will play in the championship section of the cup, their first round-robin game scheduled for Blenheim on September 7. The Mako play North Harbour in Blenheim on Saturday September 7, 2pm kick-off, Taranaki in New Plymouth on Saturday September 14 (12.05pm), Otago in Dunedin on Saturday September 21 (2pm), Hawke’s Bay in Nelson on Friday September 27 (5.05pm)

and Northland in Whangarei on Saturday October 5 (2pm). They have a game-of-three-halves against Canterbury and Otago in Christchurch on August 24. Tasman Mako women 2019: Forwards - Anna Bradley, Gabi Dixson, Louise Nalder, Meika Newman, Paris Hart, Raumati Rogers, Steph Mitchell, Courtney Clarke, Hannah Gillespie, Jaunita Thomson, Hannah Beech, Jess

Harvie, Jessica Foster-Lawrence, Jordan Foster, Leah Miles, Tamara Silcock. Backs – Jaime Paenga, Pippa Andrews, Bethan Manners, Hayley Hutana, Alesha Dempster, Demi Salton, Jess Drummond, Wairakau Greig, Amelia Hammett, Anya Schultz, Rebecca Kersten, Sydnee Wilkins. Management: Chris Binns (coach), Bevan Thompson (asst coach), Koren Grason (manager).

a big second half. They totally dominated from the get-go.” Coach Matt MacDougall said it was “a really satisfying win”. He added that there “was no-one who didn’t contribute today”, but singled out a quartet for special mention. Hooker Te Ariki Peipi, returning prop Monu Moli and No 8 Olly Lawson were “outstanding”, both on attack and defence, and paved the way for the other forwards to just concentrate on doing their

own jobs, while Liam Duncan continued to shine in the No 10 jersey and bagged a superb solo try. Scores: MBC 26 (Monu Moli, Liam Duncan, Tino Vakaloa, Olly Lawson tries, Murrell 3 con) ST Thomas 0. Other results: Waimea 25 Shirley 21; Christ’s 55 Timaru 28; Chrsitchurch 36 Lincoln 5; Nelson beat Mid Canterbury by default; Rangiora 31 Roncalli 0; St Bede’s 31 St Andrew’s 3.

Standings, after round robin Nelson 60, St Bede’s 52, Christchurch 50, Christ’s 48; St Andrew’s 48, Rangiora 39, St Thomas 35, MBC 33; Lincoln 29, Timaru 25, Shirley 22, Waimea 13; Roncalli 8, Mid Canterbury 2. Semifinals (home teams first) Championship: Nelson v Christ’s, St Bede’s v Christchurch Plate: St Andrew’s v MBC, Rangiora v St Thomas Bowl: Lincoln v Waimea, Timaru v Shirley.

Falcons’ late-season resurgence continues Peter Jones

The last time the teams met STAC came away with a 30-24 win. On Saturday, MBC did the hard yards in the first half. Playing into a strong wind, in what the coaches described as appalling conditions they defended strongly to keep the halftime score to 0-0, setting them up for a second half blitz. “The boys were absolutely fizzing at halftime,” said manager Ma’ara Ave. “You just knew we were in for

The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV booked a spot in the University of Canterbury Plate play-offs with a commanding 26-0 win over St Thomas in Christchurch on Saturday. The Falcons’ victory, a fourth in a row, pushes MBC into eighth position on the UC ladder, earning them a semifinal match-up with St Andrew’s College in Christchurch next weekend.


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Red Devils beaten in Murchison Peter Jones

The Tasman Red Devils produced a below-par warm-up for their Seddon Shield defence next weekend when they went down 41-26 to Buller in Murchison on Sunday. The Devils will defend the symbol of top of the south rugby supremacy against the Tasman Griffins at Lansdowne Park on Saturday. Although on home turf, they will enter the match as underdog after the Griffins downed Buller comfortably the previous weekend to earn a crack at the trophy, the same weekend that the Devils beat West Coast to retain the silverware. On Sunday, Buller came home

stronger in wet and windy conditions, scoring a couple of late tries to inflate the scoreline which was tilted the Devils’ way until hooker Billy Collins was sinbinned midway through the second spell. In a see-sawing encounter the Devils scored first, through centre Jake Cresswell, before Buller replied to level at 7-7. A Braden Stewart touchdown sent the Devils ahead 14-7 before the lads from Westport took advantage of a defensive error to level again at 14-14. Just before the break midfielder Ben Filipo put the men in red ahead 21-14, Corey Bovey adding his third conversion. Soon after oranges Buller showed their resilience to again pull level,

The Red Devils will put the Seddon Shield on the line against the Tasman Griffins on Saturday in Blenheim. Photo: Peter Jones. before Stewart grabbed his second to put his side ahead 26-21. A penalty to Buller closed the

gap to 26-24 before Collins was carded, reducing the Devils to 14 men at a vital stage, a numerical

advantage Buller’s big pack and strong bench exploited to pick up a morel-boosting win before their Heartland Championship campaign. Red Devils’ coach Baz Henare said Filipo, Jesse MacDonald, Bovey and Mitch Smith played key roles for his side, while youngsters Daniel Van Waas and Jake Collins, Dylan Burns, Michael Tuipulotu and Quinn Harrison-Jones also stood out, the whole bench getting good game time in preparation for next week’s challenge. Scores: Buller 41 Marlborough 26 (Braden Stewart 2, Jake Cresswell, Ben Filipo tries, Corey Bovey 3 con). HT: 21-14 Devils. Tasman Griffins 28 West Coast 17.

Havili happy to get break after Super season Peter Jones A timely four-week break has proved beneficial for David Havili and his fellow Super Rugby combatants, who began their Mitre 10 Cup campaign in stunning fashion on Saturday. The Tasman skipper, a member of the Crusaders contingent that won their third-consecutive Super Rugby title on July 6 in Christchurch, returned to the Mako camp refreshed after an enforced month-long break. That was a far cry from the previous season when the Super Rugby players were afforded only a very brief recovery window before heading into NPC action - a fact not lost on the 24-year-old. “From the Crusaders point of view we have had a month off, compared to last year which was an eight-day turnaround. “It was quite weird actually, we had played with all the Canterbury boys in the Super Rugby final then a few days later we were playing them in the NPC. “That’s why it’s so good this year to have the month in between to get more cohesion in our Mako group … plus having time to get mentally refreshed and to get your body right. Now we are raring to go. It was a great season with the Crusaders and a good

David Havili touches down for the Mako at Lansdowne Park on Saturday. Photo: Shuttersport. send-off for some of the boys … but it’s always awesome coming home. It’s good to be back and to see the [Nelson] sun at last.” Havili described the feeling in the Mako camp as “very exciting times”. “We had a few fellows who were disappointed about not going through to the next stage with the All Blacks, but it’s good to have them back for Tassie. Obviously there is a lot of club players in the mix as well … there’s a real buzz in camp at the moment. “Everyone has come from different campaigns and it’s just about

getting together and all getting on the same page as quickly as we can, and I think we have done that in the last couple of weeks … it’s going to be an exciting season.” Along with the longer lead-in, other aspects of the 2019 Mako season differ from the previous year, including some notable returning players, some fresh faces and new head coaches. Top of the list would be the return of former forward favourites Liam Squire, Shannon Frizell, Jordan Taufau and Joe Wheeler. “It’s awesome to see Liam back …

he’s in really good physical shape and looking forward to this campaign. Hopefully he can set himself up for higher honours later in the year. “It’s awesome that Jordan managed to get through Super Rugby injury-free … he’s set to put it all on the line this year before he heads off-shore.” He said having Squire, Taufua, Frizell, Ethan Blackadder and Sione Havili in the loose forward mix is “creating a really good headache for the coaching staff ”. “It’s great to have Shannon back too, he loves pulling on the Tasman jersey and is looking forward to this weekend [when Tasman open their campaign against Wellington in Blenheim].” Wheeler’s season in Japan ended last weekend so he is due in camp soon, with Havili welcoming the return of a popular team mate. “He’s a good man, I can’t wait until he gets back. He really cares about the jersey and is going to help the young fellows throughout the season.” One of the more interesting newbies is Aussie hooker Hugh Roach. “Hugh has come over from Melbourne and is looking really sharp … with plenty of Super Rugby experience under his belt,” said Havili.


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“He will drive the competitive aspect of Drew [incumbent hooker Andrew Makalio] and has been training well.” Despite the departure last year of head coach Leon MacDonald, with Andrew Goodman and Clarke Dermody stepping up to a co-head coach role, the versatile Havili has noticed little change on the coaching front. “Andrew and Clarke have been around with Leon for the last couple of seasons … their cohesion with the group is awesome. “It’s great to have Goody, another local man, take the reins. It’s good for the region and for himself. It’s awesome to see the calibre of coaches that are coming out of Tasman … there’s a good pathway established now.” Havili, like a couple of his team mates, was on the periphery of All Blacks selection and has had to swallow the disappointment of being overlooked, but is happy to concentrate on the task at hand. “There is always that drive to get to the next level. There’s a wee bit of disappointment there, but now it’s about moving on to the next job. “It’s about performing for Tasman and leading this group around the field … hopefully I can put my best foot forward for this team,” he added.










Kevin David

On 5 August 2019, Kevin passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family, aged 52 years. Much loved and admired son of David and Dot Bishell. Loved Dad to Gemma who always has given him such pleasure and made him smile. Much loved brother and brotherin-law of Terry; Joanne and Myles Gousmett. Special uncle to Brosnan and Addison. “A special kind and respectful soul now at peace. You are now free to continue to cycle the roads and trails and run the tracks.”Messages to 3 Mitchell Street Blenheim 7201 or In lieu of flowers a donation to the Marlborough Hospice c/- PO Box 411 Blenheim 7240 would be appreciated or may be made at the service. A celebration of Kevin’s life was held at the Church of the Nativity, Alfred Street Blenheim on Friday 9 August at 1.00pm followed by interment at the Fairhall Cemetery. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.



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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Nell, Robert, Richard, Marja ands families wish to acknowledge and thank everyone for the kind expressions of sympathy with cards, flowers, baking and attendance at Jack’s service. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement.


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On 20 July 2019 peacefully at Maxwell Lifecare, Blenheim, surrounded by his loving family, aged 69 years. Beloved & cherished husband of Beverley. Much loved father and father-in-law of Rebecca and Craig, Ethan and Steve. Treasured Grandad of Madeline. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Glenda and the late Alex, Roger and Koa, Steve and Marion, and his wider family. Rest in peace. We will miss you, you lovable rogue. Messages to the Ward family C/- PO Box 9, Blenheim 7240 or www. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Marlborough Hospice c/- PO Box 411 Blenheim 7240 would be appreciated. In accordance with Alan’s wishes a private cremation and memorial service has taken place. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

Nicholas (Nick)

Passed away, peacefully, at Hospice Marlborough Blenheim on Friday August 2 2019. Aged 78 years. Loved and loving husband of Heather, loved father and father-in-law of Tim and Anna, Jeff and Alex and Scottie and Pru Adams, loved Grandpops of Isla, Lucy, Violet, Ben, Katie and Will. Messages C/- Fulton family P O Box 110 Blenheim 7240 or emailed to A generous man who gave so much to the Marlborough community including ASB Theatre, Fulton Foundation, Coastguard Marlborough, Barbershop Chorus and the Marlborough Civic Orchestra. Lived and loved life to the fullest. Will be incredibly and sadly missed by so many. A man who had a hat for every occasion. Thanks to the Hospice team for their love and kindness of Nick and his family. A memorial service for Nick has been held. Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719.



Jean Margaret

On Tuesday 6 August 2019 peacefully at Bethsaida Resthome after a short illness aged 77 years. Dearly loved wife of Ian and dearly loved mother, and mother in law and grandmother of Robyn and Richard, Rod and Angela, William and Alastair. Dearly loved sister and best friend of Ken (deceased), Kay, Carol, Graeme and Marion. Thanks to the caring staff at Bethsaida Resthome. Messages to c/- 226 Hammerichs Road, Blenheim 7273 or In lieu of flowers a donation to the Cancer Society, c/- PO Box 233, Blenheim 7240 would be appreciated or may be made at the service. A service for Jean was held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street, Blenheim on Monday 12 August 2019 at 1pm followed by private cremation at the Cloudy Bay Crematorium. “Her smile shines on”. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

Michael John (Mike)

Born Riverton, Southland 25.02.1953 Formerly of Golden Bay, Australia, Nelson & Blenheim. With respect we wish to announce the start of Mikes next journey as our incredibly Special Man is now at rest among the stars after a peaceful passing in Stoke, Nelson at Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care on 02.08.2019, aged 66. Admired & loved 2nd son of Murray & Pat, both deceased. Treasured precious brother & brother-in-law of Brian & Anita, Murray (dec) & Marg, Rose & Terry, Bernee & Tyrone, Pete & Robyn, Maria & Brian. Adored most Special Uncle & Great Uncle to all of his nieces & nephews. Much loved husband and mate of Chrissie, loved dad of Zack, Nikita & their partners. Blenheim and Australia. Mike had a varied and colourful life with experiences well beyond his physical 66 years. Ex Australian Army, Chef Extraordinaire, Gunsmith & Harmonica whiz to name a few. He truly was a Jack of all Trades. Our heartfelt thanks to the entire very special and dedicated team of staff from both Alexander Hospital, Richmond & Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care, Stoke for your continued respect, love, care & encouragement of Mike, all of which made his life so much brighter. Michael keep rowing your boat hard and strong until we meet again. Keep shining full and bright, we promise to keep all the bananas ready and ripe. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX FOREVER. At Mikes request a private cremation has taken place.



June Frances On 5 August 2019, peacefully at Wairau Hospital, surrounded by her family. Loved wife of the late Eric. Loved mother, mother-in-law, nana and great nana. Messages to 1 B Lane Street, Blenheim 7201. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimers Society c/- 8 Wither Road would be appreciated. In accordance with June’s wishes a private cremation has been held. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

Carolyn Dawn (Carol)

On 4 August 2019 at Wairau Hospital, aged 72 years. Dearly loved wife of Steve (Smac) and a much loved mother of Bernette Martin and the late Tania Barker. An adored Nana of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. A loved sister, sister-in-law and aunty of her nieces and nephews. Messages to 54 Nelson Street Blenheim 7201 or www. In accordance with Carol’s wishes, a private service has taken place. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.


FIELDHOUSE Eleanor Carol (Carol)

On 1 August 2019 at Redwood Retirement Village, aged 80 years. Much adored wife of the late Terry, loved mum and mum-in-law of Steve and Lynne, and Andrew, and second Mum of Gemma. Messages to the Fieldhouse family c/- PO Box 9 Blenheim 7240 or In accordance with Carol’s wishes a private service has taken place. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.



Jean Frances (nee Nevin)

Passed away peacefully at home, Saturday 10 August 2019, in her 99th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Charlie Ivamy. Loved Mother and Mother-in-law of David; Peter Michael (deceased); Kathryn (Kay); and Roger Nott (Dovedale); Bryan; Maree and Kalvin Robinson (Blenheim); and Patrick. Loved grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Messages to 5B Lawrence Place, Blenheim 7201 or www.cloudybayfunerals. Special thanks to the St John’s Ambulance staff. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road on Wednesday 14 August at 2pm, followed by private cremation. Rosary will be recited at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 13 August at 7pm. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.


On Saturday 10 August 2019, peacefully at Wairau Hospital, aged 93 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Robert (Bob). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Ian and Jenni (Melbourne), Derryn and the late Paul James, and Leanne and Nigel Melbye (Feilding). Loving Nana and GreatNana of Nicholas and Mandy Warren, Jake and Riley (Melbourne), Miranda Warren (Spain), Mark and Toni Moffatt, Aiden, Caleb and Hannah (Auckland), Richard and Anna James , Harrison and Cameron (Christchurch), Matthew and Bronwyn James, Michael and Andrew, Charlotte and Rob Parkinson (Christchurch), Anna and Ed Laity and Oscar (Christchurch), Natasha Melbye (Palmerston North). Honorary Nana to Nui Sethapun (Thailand). Dearly loved Aunty Gwen to all her nieces and nephews. Special Aunty Gwen of Rob and Vicky Jackson, Blake, Brittany and Riley. Special thanks to the staff of Countdown, Blenheim, the St John Paramedics and HDU Wairau Hospital. Messages to 9 Leefield Street, Blenheim 7201 or www.cloudybayfunerals. A Celebration of Gwen’s life will be held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street, Blenheim on Friday August 16, 2019 at 1.00 pm. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.



Margaret Jean (née Metherell)

On 5 August 2019, peacefully at Bethsaida Rest Home surrounded by family, in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Royce. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Carolyn and Ron Goudswaard; Susan and Mike Steer; Patricia Hird and David Stapleton; Jennifer and Antonie Eggink; Grant and Sarah Hird. Loved and respected Gran of her 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Messages to the Hird family c/PO Box 9 Blenheim 7240 or A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at St Ninians Presbyterian Church, Alabama Road, Blenheim on Saturday 17 August at 1.30pm followed by private cremation at the Cloudy Bay Crematorium. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

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