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Multimillion dollar marina PAULA HULBURT

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A $30 million state of the art marina has officially opened its gates. After a decade of planning the Waikawa North West Marina build is finished- offering a massive 850 berths. The milestone move means more berths available to boaties - some of whom have been on the waiting list for years. Announcing the marina’s completion, Port Marlborough’s CEO Rhys Welbourn says hurdles had to be overcome along the way.

He says he is delighted to see the opening happen just in time for summer. “… It’s just in time for the boating season, and for what is shaping up to be another beautiful summer in the Sounds.” Started just as the global pandemic unfolded in March 2020, the build dealt with Covid-19 lockdowns and disruptions to the supply chain. Predictions estimate an annual $2 million boost to the local economy. Support businesses like mechanical repairs, hospitality and maintenance services are anticipating a surge in demand.

The Waikawa North West Marina expansion has been completed. Photo: Supplied.

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Marlborough Sounds Marinas’ customer service manager Louise Collier says while many berths are already spoken for there are some still available. “The team have put a lot of heart into making this place special, and it’s wonderful to see that effort paying off.” The Port’s Manager of Infrastructure and Environment Gavin Beattie says the marina’s design is cutting edge. New to the country, the infrastructure team have used steel piles with precast concrete panels fixed onto the piles to form the breakwater. Manawhenua iwi of Waikawa, Te Ātiawa o te Waka a Maui, worked with the port’s infrastructure team to bring various contextual cultural elements into the design. “It’s an exciting moment for the community,” says Rhys. We are so pleased to deliver this important asset to our boating community, and we would like to extend our gratitude to the residents of Waikawa, the marina’s neighbouring residents, existing berth holders, marinas team, engineers, contractors, and all who contributed to this project.”

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INSPIRING: Blenheim Choral singers Gemma Amsler, Margaret Hastings and Rien Wagenvoort are looking forward to their upcoming Christmas concert on Saturday. See page 5. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

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Police have spoken to two primary aged children, with investigations still in process on a spate of vehicular vandalism attacks. Vehicles were wrecked after a vandalism spree on Battys Road in the early hours of last Sunday evening, but victims say community support is helping them deal with the aftermath. Selmes Garden Centre charitable trust staff were left without their ute and neighbour Marlborough Turf Professionals had two tipper trucks smashed up. Selmes representative Rebecca Goodall says shocked staff do not have the means to replace the ute straight away. “We’re quite glad they didn’t go in because they could have done way more damage to our shop or greenhouses, but we can’t just replace and repair something like this instantly.” Ultraquip Blenheim has lent one of their vehicles to the Selmes team, while Glass Repairs Marlborough has stepped up to assist with the automotive glass. “It’s really just a senseless act, and clearly wasn’t directed at us since our neighbouring businesses were impacted as well”, says Selmes General Manager Angel Cooper. “It’s our understanding that it was done by a couple of youths, and I hope they understand

Rebecca Goodall from Selmes Garden Centre says the vandalism has hit them hard. Photo: William Woodworth. these acts have negative impacts and ultimately it affects the entire community, causing fear. “I would like to highlight the offers of support from generous Blenheimites, in particular Daniel from Ultraquip hire and Jeremy from Glass Repairs Blenheim. “We are all very appreciative of all of the support and kindness”. M+R Forestland had their glass front door and windows smashed with rocks before alarms scared away the intruders from the premises. Marlborough Turf Professionals suffered similar damage to their trucks, with glass smashed and signs of an attempted break in. Managing Director Brent Crouch branded the vandalism as “senseless.” “Our CCTV got good ID, and we’re working with the police,

but two of our tipper trucks are out of action and we just don’t need it right now. “The glass is such an annoyance because we have to wait on glass, but there’s dents from a hammer and marks from a crowbar. Brent says the business is insured, but having to work out of Ute’s makes the run to Christmas harder. “This is smashing for no reason other than anger which makes it harder for everyone when it’s just not needed.” A police spokesperson says police received reports of a burglary are talking to two people in connection with the incidents. Some damage to the building and business property were reported. “We’re speaking with two youths in relation to this incident.”

Crash fatality A person died and six other people have been injured in a crash on SH1. One person died following a crash on Friday involving two vehicles on State Highway 1, Kekerengu, north of Kaikoura. The crash was reported shortly after 1:30pm and the road was closed for almost 10 hours while emergency teams responded. Police say one person died at the scene. Two people were airlifted to Wellington Hospital, one with serious injuries, the other with moderate injuries. The Serious Crash Unit attended and an investigation into the circumstances of the crash is underway.

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There’s a new team on board at Marlborough’s visitor promotion agency after a challenging time led to changes at the top. Destination Marlborough have four new fixed-term commissioners, appointed by bosses at Marlborough District Council. The move comes in the wake of a mass resignation at the end of September following an employment dispute. Deputy Mayor David Croad, Councillor Barbara Faulls, Trevor Hook and Tracy Johnston will help Interim General Manager Tracey Green with day-to-day decision making, liaise with and report back to council. Spokesperson and Deputy Mayor David Croad says the Trust is in good shape overall. “Destination Marlborough has come through a challenging period, particularly with all the difficulties the pandemic brought on to our tourism industry.” “Tracey Green is doing an excellent job, and her team are working hard to deliver a great experience for our visitors.” Destination Marlborough’s chairman, General Manager and board all collectively resigned in late Sep-

Acting Destination Marlborough GM Tracey Green is “doing an excellent job”, with new backing from four commissioners replacing the board. Photo: Supplied. tember due to an Employment Relations Authority dispute. The fixed term organisation provides extra stability throughout summer. Despite the lack of an overseeing board since September, Destination Marlborough has been able to progress with campaign plans and day-to-day operations unaffected. Deputy Mayor Croad is encouraged by Marlborough’s tourism future. “Visitation to Marlborough is on the up - we have a bumper cruise ship season underway and new in-

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itiatives such as Queen Charlotte Track’s mountain bike summer trial and the construction of the Whale Trail shared pathway from Picton to Kaikōura”, says David. “International and domestic visitor spend is up significantly on last year - I’m confident the future for tourism in Marlborough is very positive.” “Business events are also trending up with many confirmed bookings for 2024.” “We will also take this opportunity to consider what structure long term could best suit Marlborough’s visitor promotion functions.”

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Millennium cut short

There is a big space on Seymour Street where the Millennium Gallery once stood after demolition got underway on Friday. The former art gallery, which was also home to Blenheim’s public library, was constructed in 1958 and after several

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conversions became home to the gallery in 1999. Deputy Mayor David Croad said the building posed an earthquake risk and it was no longer safe. With the new library and art gallery now complete, the time was right to remove the old building.

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Young dragons join boating team WILLIAM WOODWORTH

division while James was recruited to join the Northern Phoenix open team – and both were given glowing appraisals from organisers. “I wanted to wait to get into the boat until Haley could, so we both only started in October on the water, but it’s been fun and challenging so far,” says James. “The racing with the Phoenix was

“James joined our premier mixed team and paddled his heart out Two young paddlers have been for all 6 races – helping us achieve making a name for themselves, 3rd place in the ‘A’ finals for both soon after jumping on board with 200m and 500m distances. their first ever team. “An executive member/paddler Brother and sister duo James and from another team even made a Haley Goodwin, 13 and 12 years point of telling James how well old respectively, have been trainhe had been paddling, very high ing with Marlborough’s Simply praise, and the fact that he was the Breast’s competitive dragon being watched by other teams is boating team. awesome. And after only a few always good to “I was able to get in the boat “It’s months of paddling the have the younger memfor my 12th birthday as a bit bers of our community duo are already showing huge promise. on board our of a birthday present, but It’s been a dream come teams, they are the now I’ve started doing the true, Haley says. future of our wonder“I was able to get in the drumming for the team as well. ful sport and we try to boat for my 12th birthencourage a mentoring Dragon boater Haley Goodwin day as a bit of a birthday attitude, within our present, but now I’ve team, to keep that adstarted doing the drumming for a step up to something new. diction for dragon boating going.” the team as well. “It’s just like any sports team, be- After being the two youngest “There’s lots of responsibility be- cause they’ll have different tim- competitors at the Ice Breaker, hind that because you’re the only ings and patterns but that was a James and Haley hope that other one looking back at the team and level up in intensity.” kids across the South Island pick getting them to keep the timing. Northern Phoenix president Jul- up the paddles. “We didn’t get to use the drums ie Robinson says that she and the “We’re hoping that Marlborough racing in Christchurch, so I just team were pleased to have new schools might be interested to spent the weekend shouting tim- faces from new places aboard. start doing some dragon boating ing at people.” “We view Simply The Breast as because the Sunday’s out on the The pair tackled their first regatta, our sister team, providing female water are so nice,” says Haley. the Ice Breaker in Christchurch paddlers to help fill their boat at “It’s a great level for anyone with last month. Haley and Simply the regattas in the past so it was nice such a cool team, and there’s defiBreast claimed a 2nd in the 200m to have it the other way around,” nitely some family competitiveand a 3rd in the 500m in their says Julie. ness involved too.”

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Blenheim Choral singers Gemma Amsler, Margaret Hastings and Rien Wagenvoort put in some practice ahead of their upcoming concert. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

Blenheim choir shares Christmas tradition

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A Christmas singing tradition dating back six decades is set to take to the stage once again. Blenheim Choral has been sharing Christmas joy every festive season. And this year talented songbirds have turned to Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria to entertain the audience alongside more traditional carols. For Rien Wagenvoort, a choir member for 50 years, being part of the choir is a Christmas joy. He says a real highlight was when Blenheim Choral joined forces with choirs from Nelson and Golden Bay to sing the full score of the Messiah with around 100

singers. Fellow chorist Margaret Hastings has been a member for 45 years and says she always looks forward to the festive season. “I just love singing and have kept coming back over the years as I got involved more. Basically, I just love singing and am looking forward to the concert, it will be special.” Gemma, a relative newbie with three years under her belt says the team work well together. “I joined as I love singing and singing with others is more fun.” Both Margaret and Rien have sung under many conductors through the decades. Under the current musical director and opera singer Robert Tucker,

the choir has taken on increasingly ambitious works. This year’s Christmas concert will feature Blenheim local Rosie McAllister, who is studying at Otago University, will be the soloist for Gloria. Music from the Messiah will include the Hallelujah chorus and For Unto us a Child is Born, and carols will include many favourites and an arrangement of The Lord is My Shepherd, instantly familiar as the theme music from the Vicar Of Dibley television series. Carols by Candlelight will be held at Nativity Church at 7.30 pm on Saturday 16 December. Door sales are $20 and $5 for children.

Festive fun Festive fun, songs and even Santa popped by for a visit as hundreds of people enjoyed a free festive concert at Pollard Park. Photo: Matt Brown. The annual Mitre 10 Mega Marlborough Christmas in The Park is being hailed as a huge success as people flocked to Churchill Glade. From the Marlborough District Brass band to the Mitre 10 Mega Children’s Choir,

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Shining a light on Scottish settlers WILLIAM WOODWORTH

Renwick’s Scottish roots are being celebrated as a new exhibition shines a light on settler families. The new show tells the story of Scottish families who settled in the town. Examining the early history of those who chose Renwick and the surrounding areas as home has seen some interesting stories come to light, says genealogist Sharon Evans. “Settlers arriving in Nelson were promised a plot in town, a 50acre plot close to town and 150 acre plot further away. “Dr Renwick had 21,000 acres in

the Wairau and some in the Awatere, but settlers were held back until after the Wairau Affray until the mid-1850’s when Dr Renwick founded the town from when we have quite comprehensive records.” The arrival of Scottish immigrants to Renwick was a gradual move. Sharon says, with families arriving in Nelson first from all across Scotland. “As more land was settled Marlborough was perfect for farming so you can almost imagine Dr Renwick recruiting early Scots off the ship in Nelson who he guessed mostly would have had animal husbandry experience at Local genealogist Sharon Evans, working with archivist Megan Ross, has done a deep dive into Renwick’s Scottish roots. Photo: William Woodworth. home. “Many of the families would have lived on farms instead of in Renwick, but through all my research I only found one Scottish celebration – a Lodge dinner in the 1870’s for St Andrew’s Day – but that Scottish identity was lost quite quickly.” “A key early family at the time was William and Johanna Brydon who were the first Waihopai settlers at their homestead Comely Bank, farming and host-

Members of the Gibson family. Photo: Supplied.

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Sharing Marlborough’s story with the world A collaborative effort between Council and Destination Marlborough has seen the launch of a revamped regional website: www.marlboroughnz.com Displaying the recently refreshed Marlborough brand, the website is the official online presence for the region aimed at visitors, people interested in events and those thinking of moving to Marlborough to live and work, do business, or film. The project has involved a variety of agencies including Destination Marlborough, Business Events, Follow-ME, and Council’s Economic Development Team including Screen Marlborough. “This has been a highly focused collaboration to get the brand and platform aligned between the different teams

working on behalf of the Marlborough region,” said Marlborough Mayor Nadine Taylor. “The new one-stop shop website reflects our refreshed brand and highlights the uniqueness of Marlborough and the many reasons people choose to come here.” “The website is critical for both Council and Destination Marlborough to achieve their strategic priorities. It is a hub for regional promotion and vital to encourage people to explore, live and work, run their business, invest, or film in Marlborough,” Mayor Taylor said.

The revamped regional website www.marlboroughnz.com – has been launched

Destination Marlborough Acting General Manager Tracey Green said the website was “our flagship website that takes Marlborough to the world.” It had been designed to ensure a better user journey and more opportunity for visitors to connect with tourism operators, investors, and businesses, she said. “All Destination Marlborough's marketing work, both domestic and international, will drive back to www.marlboroughnz.com which provides the platform for people to plan their visit or be inspired to live, work, film or invest in the region,” Ms Green said.

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Marlborough Emergency Management has been working with rural communities for the past three years to develop community plans. There are currently six plans in place with another three in development. Outgoing Senior Advisor Welfare and Planning Officer with Marlborough Emergency Management Catherine Coates says the real value of a community plan is in identifying the strengths that are in communities that can be drawn on in an emergency. “Although every emergency is different, knowing what to do with the things and skills that we have is critical,” she said.

Catherine emphasises that the most effective community plans really reflect the level of input that a community is willing to put into them. “I’m always humbled by the willingness of communities to participate in this process and by the depth of skill and knowledge that is out there.” “The process of working together with communities also increases the knowledge of Marlborough Emergency Management about the people and places that make up our region,” Catherine said. While the team has been working mostly with small rural communities,

there is also a need to look at emergency planning for more urban areas as well as for cultural communities. If your community is interested in developing a community emergency plan, please get in touch with the Emergency Management Team at Marlborough District Council on Ph. 520 7400. You can find the existing plans here: www.marlborough. govt.nz/civil-defence-emergencym an age m e nt / c d e m - pl ans - and publications

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CHATS TO LOCALS AND ASKS... What’s one must have and one thing you avoid on your Christmas plate?

Hannah MacDonald

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There has to be a roast, we rotate what roast we have every year normally with Mariah Carey in the background too!

Well traditionally I’d have fish and mashed potatoes, but I’m interested in seeing what New Zealand has. It has to feel Christmassy though, like sausages aren’t Christmas food.

Nick Hunt

Betty Clatworthy

Christmas for me must have a glazed ham. Not a massive fan of ambrosia though.

I have to have a variety of roast veges, but I’m not really a fan of Christmas Pudding.

ACCESS TO NORTHBANK

To Whom it may Concern It was with considerable dismay that I found access to historical forestry and gold mining sites on the Northbank and Mt Richmond Forest Park unlawfully closed by locked gates. These roads were paid for by the New Zealand taxpayer when they were put in by the NZ Forest Service in the 1970s. They were then maintained by the New Zealand Department of Conservation another NZ Taxpayer funded organisation. Then several other forestry organisations took over and they also kept access to the NZ public open. Now we have an Australian company, namely Onefortyone, stopping access to our heritage and camping/tramping sites which I believe cannot be legal. If they continue in this vein, are we next to see the Blenheim/Nelson highway also sporting a locked gate? Apparently, they believe that we can go up the paper road . . . one of the reasons the taxpayer funded companies put in the roads was to improve our access without destroying the rivers etc. Our family have been using these historical areas and keeping history alive since 1980 and now without any taxpayer input Onefortyone puts gates on our road. Surely this cannot be legal. Up in the Quarts Creek native bush is the remains of a Dennis engine that some historians wished to transport to Brayshaw Park but DOC would not let this happen, so we had to take people up to see it and explain its history. Then along come some Australians who obviously do not care about NZ history . . . and no doubt do not want to be aware of it. Also, the only fires that I have seen up that way were all started by forestry operations. Campers and trampers are respectful people. Kevin Andrews, Blenheim

SWIMMER’S SINKING FEELING AFTER EEL BITE

Unluggggy!! We use to swim with the eels at Lake Rotoiti when we use to go camping & never got bitten. Must admit they were well fed eels. Theresa Bird I’ve never heard of anyone being bitten by an eel! Very unlucky. Sharon Knight


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A new role for Ruth PAULA HULBURT

Awatere has a new parish nurse ready to help some of the most isolated people in the rural community she has always considered home. From a small island off the West Coast of Scotland to the rolling hills and understated grandeur of the Awatere, District Nurse Ruth Cameron is no stranger to the region. Born and bred in the region, and back on the family farm, Ruth is taking over the reins from Rachael Westenra as Awatere parish

nurse. The experienced Registered Nurse hopes to also make a positive contribution to the community she grew up in, and the people she cares for. But she says she knows she has big shoes to fill as Rachael leaves the role she has had for 10 years. The pair are currently job sharing as Rachael prepares to go solo in the New Year. “There’s a handover period to the end of the month and I start in the New Year. Rachael is a very hard act to follow. “Everyone’s been very welcoming

The Awatere parish nurse has a large geographic area to cover, stretching from Molesworth to Dashwood and from Seddon to Kekerengu. Photo: Thaddeus Roan.

but I’m sure they will miss her heaps.” Working part time for Te Whatu Ora as a District Nurse, Ruth, who trained in Nelson, says when the job came up, she gave her decision to apply a lot of thought. Ultimately, she knew she wanted to help and ensure the vital community role continued. “It’s very important to have that back up, an extra person who can say ‘yes, you need to see a GP,’ the loss of such a role would have been a bad thing. “It’s a privilege to be in someone’s home.” The role is funded by the Awatere Christian Joint Venture (ACJV) which came about after the merging of the Anglican and Presbyterian churches of the area in 1992. Anyone in the community aged 65 years plus can access help if they need it, Ruth stresses. “It’s about advocacy, getting people the services they are entitled to and letting them know what’s available. Sometimes that’s become quite hard, it could be easier. “Patients are different [in the community], they are more re-

Ruth Cameron hopes her new role as Awatere parish nurse will continue the positive work done already done by her predecessor. Photo: Paula Hulburt. laxed and show more of themselves when they’re not in hospital. “District Nursing is very task orientated and I’m really looking forward to this role as it’s more social.” With experience in medical, surgical, cardiac, dialysis and neurology, Rachael has worked across almost all nursing specialities. Following her Scottish husband to his home isle of Lismore, she was a District Nurse in the Highland town of Fort William on the mainland.

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Returning to Marlborough to care for her parents, Rachael says she is happy to be back in the region where she was born. Geographically, her role spans from Molesworth to Dashwood and from Seddon to Kekerengu. It is a big role but one she believes is a good fit with district nursing. “The two roles should work well together,” she says. “There might be a patient with a wound that’s healed and their being discharged but might need some extra help. “I’m there to help.”


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Fire risk warning as danger levels rise PAULA HULBURT

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Call for stricter sentences for poachers PAULA HULBURT

Federated Farmers are calling for harsher penalties on those convicted of illegal hunting and killing livestock. Federated Farmers rural policing spokesperson Richard McIntyre is urging court judges to get tougher when it comes to sentencing. Responding to the recent findings of the Federated Farmers’ 2023 Rural Crime Survey, Richard also called for members to keep Government accountable by reporting all rural crime. Nearly half of those farmers hit by crime had not reported it because they thought police were too stretched or wouldn’t be interested, he revealed. “All crime, and even suspicious vehicles and activity, needs to be reported. “Police have told us time and again it helps them pick patterns of offending that boost the chances of an arrest. “More importantly, unreported rural incidents mean a vast extent of the cost and disruption of criminal activity gets no notice, and the Government is off the hook on adequately resourcing police. “Just 15 per cent of farmers who experienced crime in the last two years said police had investigated and prosecuted the offender. “It’s only when we have more police dedicated to rural areas that we’ll boost that figure,” he says. Of more than 1000 farmers who responded to the questions, 67 per cent said they had experienced a crime or suspected they had, in the instance of hard-to-prove

incidents such as livestock killing or theft. This is a 14.7 per cent increase from the 2021 survey, and a 26 per cent rise from the federation’s first survey in 2016. This year’s tally was boosted by the inclusion of a question on illegal street racing, reported by just under 62 per cent of farmers. Richard says there is a marked overlap with ‘boy racer’ burnouts and dangerous driving, and instances of road and fence damage. “The often-dangerous antics of sometimes hundreds of boy racers in isolated rural areas is very intimidating for families. Too many farmers are having to keep stock out of road-adjacent paddocks because animals are being spooked and injured.” The number of surveyed farmers reporting single incidents of crime has dropped slightly since the 2021 survey. But the number of farmers hit by five or more criminal incidents has nearly doubled to 33.4 per cent. After illegal street racing, illegal hunting or poaching is the next highest reported crime at 47.1 per cent and property theft at 35.5 per cent. Richard says the high rates of illegal hunting, as well as theft and killing of livestock (at 33 per cent and 23 per cent) are especially worrying. “With people hunting illegally, or looking to steal livestock, that whole safety element is out the window. “We’ve got people shooting semi-randomly about the place without any understanding of the safety risks.”

Fire bosses are warning people to be extra vigilant about fire risks this festive season and beyond. A hotter summer is on the cards for Marlborough which means the fire danger is higher this year than in the past three years. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) are urging people to take precautions now and help prevent a possible disaster. FENZ Group Manager Nelson Marlborough District Chris Hayles says staff are gearing up for heightened dangers. “As for summer in Marlborough, all indications we are receiving from NIWA, who are our weather provider, look like a return to a more ‘normal’ Marlborough summer. “What we should see is the return of warmer North Westerly winds, lower than average rainfall, and above average temperatures. The difference from the previous few is we won’t get away with some of the activities we have got away with over the last two to three summers.” Specific areas of concern for fire crews include old burn piles, drying grass careless use of fireworks. “Now is the time to check old burn piles, ensure they are spread out and apply water if any heat is still showing,” Chris explains. “Careless use of fireworks is also a great concern heading into the dryer months, and in fact any spark generating activity

El Niño brings with it more frequent, dry westerly winds which heightens the risk of drought. Photo: RNZ/Sally Round. needs to be carried out on cooler, more overcast days or early morning when the humidity is generally higher.” NIWA say the summer will soon be turning warmer, with drier weather and above average temperatures on the way. An atypical El Niño will see the swings in weather prevalent in Marlborough in Spring continuing to the middle of December. Strong winds and lower soil moisture contents across the region means grasses are drier, amping up the fire risk factor, Chris says. “From a fire danger point we are seeing lower soil moisture contents across the district, and along with the grasses natural reproductive cycle we are starting to see grass curing figures rise, i.e less moisture in the grass. “In essence the grass is drying and turning brown.”

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indicating a 10-15% price drop for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It’s only “signaling” at this stage and price offers won’t get confirmed until early in the new year. If yields are looking light then, maybe the signals get changed. From the wineries point of view, they will be hoping that the almost 25% drop in export volume for the October quarter is due to “supply chain repositioning” rather than a structural change in the demand for our flagship variety. Those sorts of numbers get people very nervous, especially when it means that companies will likely go into this next vintage holding more wine in tank than they have over the last few years. From an industry perspective maybe a slightly lower yielding year doesn’t look so bad after all. Wine companies have also been absorbing their own increases in staff, packaging and freight costs over the last few years, as the grape price has lifted. Increased wine company costs have been partially offset with movements in exchange rates and the lifting of wine prices in overseas markets however wine is usually a great example of price elasticity – the higher the wine price to consumers, the lower the demand. It’s a fine balancing act. For our grapegrowers though, lower yields and lower prices combined with higher operating costs and higher borrowing costs starts to put the squeeze on.

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Marlborough’s senior rep cricket side made an underwhelming start to their 2023-24 Hawke Cup qualifying campaign at Nelson’s Marsden Rec over the weekend. They met Nelson in the first zone three qualifying match, losing to the home side on the first innings by a considerable margin. Nelson batted first and scored 400-7 from 101 overs, making the most of favourable batting conditions to declare late on Saturday. Marlborough ended the day at 15-1, confident they could mount a decent challenge to Nelson’s total on Sunday. However, morning rain added moisture to a low drying pitch, creating inconsistent bounce which the visiting batters were unable to cope with. They were eventually dismissed for just 147 after 64.4 overs, handing the home side first innings points. Leading by 253, Nelson enforced the follow-on, putting Marlborough in again, but they found the going much easier the second time around, reaching 53-0 when stumps were pulled after 18 overs. On day one, Marlborough were immediately under pressure after the home side won the toss. Nelson openers Nic Clark (97) and Jonty Raxworthy (92) combined for a first-wicket partnership of 185 to set the foundation for a sizeable score. When they were dismissed, along with dangerman Greg Hay, Marlborough looked to push on, but a fourth-wicket partnership of 76 between Thomas Zohrab (60) and Ryan

Renwick’s Corey Bovey was in fine batting form for both his club side and the Marlborough reps. du Plessis (40), plus an unbeaten eighth-wicket stand of 65 between Mike Olsen (59*) and Sean Neal (25*) saw the home team reach a formidable 400. It was a tough day in the field for Marlborough, whose spin trio of Tom Sutherland, Josh Poole and Matthew Stretch, making his 100th senior rep appearance, stood out. Poole, plus medium pacers Sam Boyce and Luke Pannell bagged a brace of wickets each, Stretch snaring the other. Marlborough’s reply began badly. Opener Hunter Ruffell was dismissed before stumps on Saturday, nightwatchman Jaden Adams and Boyce quickly following him back to the pavilion when play resumed on Sunday. When player/coach Andrew McCaa was adjudged lbw to spinner Matthew O’Sullivan first ball Marlborough were in immediate trouble at 414. Stretch and number six Corey Bovey looked likely, but when Stretch (16) fell with just 56 on

the board and new batsman Josh Poole was dismissed from the very next ball the end appeared nigh. Fortunately, Bovey had other ideas, battling on with the help of the lower order to his highest score for Marlborough. The in-form Renwick batter scored 83 from 160 balls, showing patience and a solid technique. However, his defiance was merely enough to push the visitors to 147, he and Stretch the only batsmen to reach double figures. Bovey and Boyce opened when Marlborough batted a second time in improved conditions, pushing the score past the half century. Boyce finished unbeaten on 35 and Bovey 13. There will be little time for Marlborough to dwell on their below-par effort, with Buller awaiting in Westport next weekend, the Coasters losing by 10 wickets to Canterbury Country at the weekend.

Twenty20 Celtic and Wairau picked up victories in the latest round of Friday night T20 cricket. Celtic claimed a four-wicket win over Renwick on the Horton Park one ground, while Wairau beat Wairau Valley by 81 runs on the adjoining wicket. The Celtic v Renwick clash came down to the final over, Celtic needing four runs from the final two balls. Happily, for the Green and Golds, incoming batsman Jaden Adams hit a four to get the job done. Stranded at the other end was opener Tom Sutherland, who batted through the innings for an unbeaten 63 from 47 balls, guiding his team out of trouble after they were perilously placed at 5-18. Keeper Joel Logan then joined Sutherland for a 119-run partnership that took the Celts to the brink of victory. Corey Bovey, 2-16, and Piers Landon-Lane, 3-16, did the early

damage for Renwick. Earlier, 52 from 40 balls from the in-form Bovey helped Renwick to 140-8 off their 20 over allotment, Liam Young and Luke Holdaway each bagging a brace of wickets. In the other match, Wairau batted first and put a formidable 198-3 on the board. Andrew McCaa continued his recent hot streak with an unbeaten 94 from 58 balls, Mike Hood adding 33 not out to set a target that proved too high for Valley. Tim Abrahams got their chase off to a good start with 28 from 17 and, although Chris Coull scored 30 from 27 down the order, Valley never seriously threatened Wairau’s total, being dismissed for 117 in the 19th over. Baxter Croad, with 3-29 and Griffin Carter, 4-20, were the chief destroyers. Second grade Meanwhile, in second grade action, Wairau claimed the early season 40-over title with a comprehensive victory over Celtic Gold in the final at Horton Park on Saturday. Batting first Wairau amassed 247-5, number three batter Max Ruffell hitting a superb 134 to dominate the scoring. Josh Harris chipped in with an unbeaten 35 to add icing to the cake. Veteran John Diamanti picked up 2-13 from his eight overs. In reply, Celtic were bowled out for 85 in just 28 overs. Niko Russell took 3-24 from eight overs while Teagan Birkett picked up 3-13 from five overs to be the leading wicket-takers as Wairau finished in complete control.

Wairau second grader Max Ruffell scored a superb century in Saturday’s 40-over final. Photos: Peter Jones.


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Tight tennis final looms PETER JONES

Rapaura Wairau River Blanc set up an enthralling premier interclub tennis decider this week, beating Marlborough Forrest Wines Whero, who have led the way all season, in a nail-biting clash on Wednesday evening. The two top sides, who met at the Pollard Park courts, played out a tie that was ultimately decided by a countback of games won after matches were shared 3-3 and sets levelled at 6-6. Blanc eventually got the nod, winning 59 games to Whero’s 58, on a night where every game and every point counted. The doubles were shared. Whero’s Chris Nott and Hamish Morrow defeated Jared Bell and Stu Campbell 6-3, 6-4, then Blanc’s

Clyde Sowman and Heidi Stenhouse-Allen overcame Mieko Kimura and Owen Dodson by the same score. There was an upset at the top of the singles, Bell downing Morrow 6-3, 6-4 to give his side a crucial point, while Stenhouse-Allen beat Kimura 6-4, 6-3 to provide Blanc’s third win. Nott beat Sowman 6-2, 6-4 and Dodson downed Campbell 7-6, 6-4 to level the scores before the final countback. Although Blanc won on Wednesday, Whero narrowly finished top of the log after the preliminary rounds. The sides will meet for the fourth time this season in the competition final on Wednesday, at the Marlborough Tennis Club courts. In last Wednesday’s other match,

with both sides out of running for the final, Rapaura Wairau River Noir flexed their muscle with a commanding 6-0 win over Marlborough Forrest Wines Ma. Three of the matches went to a super tiebreaker. Glen Cameron defeated Jaco van Hensbergen 1-6, 6-2, 10-3, Max Sowman outlasted Koos Richter 7-6, 1-6, 13-11 while Oscar Sandford-Jury and Sowman edged out Dan Clarke and van Hensbergen 3-6, 6-4, 10-7. In the battle of the number one singles players, Sandford-Jury accounted for Clarke 6-2, 6-0. Points after round robin play: Whero 51, Blanc 49, Noir 32, Ma 12. WK+ Presidents Grade Results, December 5 Division 1: Renwick Netsetters

3 Renwick Four Strung 1; Marlborough Chilli 2 (28) Renwick Racketeers 2 (21); Rapaura Masters 4 Marlborough Power 0; Rapaura Just Move 3 Rapaura Triple Fault 1. Division 2: Marlborough Tennis the Menace 3 Rapaura Mavericks 1; Renwick Miss Hits 1 Rapaura Matador 3; Rapaura Pinot 0 Renwick Rookies 4; Marlborough Volleyeurs 1 Rapaura Newhawkes 3. Division 3: Rapaura Hākinakina 2 (32) Renwick Chardonnay 2 (24); Renwick Racquets 0 Renwick BTL 4; Renwick Rebels 3 Grovetown Grove Tavern Turf & Tackle 1; Renwick Re-Strung 4 Renwick Raptors 0. Division 4: Renwick Rascals 3

Jared Bell was in top form for his Rapaura Blanc side. Photo: Peter Jones. Rapaura Spring Creek 4 Square 1; Grovetown Grove Tavern Platters 0 (D) Rapaura Shiraz 4.

Rugby league crew showing the way PETER JONES

Rugby league is navigating a bold new path in Marlborough. After many years with little or no league activity in the region the Marlborough Navigators, a community-initiated sporting organisation established in Blenheim by Nav Pasifika Marlborough, have reinvigorated the sport at grassroots level. In mid-November, the Marlborough Navigators crew headed down to Christchurch for the annual South Island Pacific Series rugby league tournament. Fifty-two Navigators youngsters were involved - along with a team of supervising parents, coaches and managers. Charlie Tikotikoca, one of the main drivers of the organisation, said the Navigators were formed “to keep our youth occupied, physically fit and socially engaged”. “Using sports as a vehicle to mentor our youth with life skills, we envisage a generation of young men and women equipped with self-confidence, positivity and initiative. Hence the decision to play rugby league. Something most are not familiar with and will have to adapt to.” This is the second outing for the Navigators, having initially participated in last year’s tournament, which was “a baptism

of fire”, according to Charlie. “This year saw our contingent turn up with a purpose and a mission to showcase our talent. We managed to field under-12, under-14 and under-16 teams, who showed a lot of talent, heart and determination to come away with a few wins across the three grades. “The trip was entirely self-funded through the hard work of our kids with their sponsorship fundraiser.” Charlie also acknowledged sponsors, Woodbourne Tavern, Marlborough Glass, Marlborough Security, MTF Finance, E & E Vineyard Contractors, The Barber’s Chair, Dodson’s, Pak n Save, plus RNZAF base Woodbourne Pasifika Group. Although the trip south involved plenty of work and organisation, Charlie says the group plan to raise the bar in 2024. “We intend to fill in the gaps in our sporting calendar starting with a Tag module this summer, the Pasifika 7s in February, Marlborough Youth 7s in March and back to rugby league after the rugby season next September. “Our mission is to create more interest among our youth and to use these platforms to expose and promote the talent we have in the region. We never know who’s watching.” There has already been some interest in Marlborough players from those in higher plac-

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The Navigators at the recent Christchurch tournament. Photo: Supplied. es. Vilikesa Nawaqavonovono represented the New Zealand Fijians U15s league team at the NZ Warriors-organised Pasifika Youth Cup, Sam and Josh Vularika were selected to represent the New Zealand Fijians U16s at the Moana Pasifika 7s while Jairus Tikotikoca helping his Renwick school team become the first Marlborough school to win the Simon Mannering Cup in Nelson where he was named player of the tournament. “We hope that our communities can come together and support this initiative, which will give our kids an opportunity to establish themselves, especially when sport is also a career nowadays,” added Charlie.

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Clarkson called up to NZ side PETER JONES

Former Marlborough cricketer Josh Clarkson is poised for a step up to the big time. Earlier last week he was named in the Black Caps for the first time. Josh, who played age grade and club cricket in this province before moving to Nelson College, will join the ODI squad to play Bangladesh in a threematch series later in New Zealand this month. The star of last summer’s Ford Trophy championship win, Josh received his maiden New Zealand A selection to play Australia A several months

Josh Clarkson in action for Central Districts. Photo: Shuttersport. ago, and now gets a chance to make his Black Caps international debut if selected in the starting XI in Dunedin, Nelson or Napier.

The first match in Dunedin starts on Sunday 17 December, then it’s off to Nelson’s Saxton Oval on 20 December and the final match at Napier’s McLean Park in the lead-up to Christmas on 23 December. “I’m absolutely stoked,” says Clarkson who says it would be a very special feeling if he gets to play on his home grounds in Nelson and Napier - where he smashed his match-winning unbeaten century to win the 2023 Ford Trophy Grand Final in March this year. “But I think my old man’s even more excited than I am,” he added.

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Silva; Most Improved Player Marcell Kovacs Under 15 Girls - Most Valuable Player - Sophia Nicholas; Most Improved Player - Jaye Wiapo Under 15 Development Girls - Most Valuable Player - Izelle van der Westuizen; Most Improved Player - Luca McMillan Under 17 Boys - Most Valuable Player - Aki Collins; Most Improved Player - Tyson Foote Overall awards Junior Male Basketballer of the Year - Aki Collins Junior Female Basketballer of the Year - Sophia Nicholas Most Improved Referee - Matt du Plessis Rookie Referee of the Year Jake Clark Intermediate Referee of the Year - Maui de Wildt Senior Male Basketballer of the Year - Dan Page Senior Female Basketballer of the Year - Heidi Stenhouse-Allen Representative Player of the Year - Brodie Materoa Outstanding Contribution to College Basketball - Chris McMurtrie Bruce Atkinson Trophy for Volunteer of the Year - John Ihaka

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The Marlborough Basketball Association took time to acknowledge and celebrate their 2023 achievers at a prizegiving on Friday, November 24. Aki Collins and Sophia Nicholas claimed the junior basketballer of the year awards, while senior male basketballer of the year was Dan Page, with Heidi Stenhouse-Allen named senior female basketballer of the year. Brodie Materoa was voted representative player of the year. One of the major awards was presented to John Ihaka, who was named 2023 Volunteer of the Year. He has been a committee member, a coach, a referee, and an integral part of MBA Marlborough Basketball Association. This year John coached the Under 15 Development Boys team, arranged practice opportunities in Nelson and Kaikoura and went the extra mile for his team when at tournament. He has assisted in running many competitions over the years, 3x3 and Senior league comps and has refereed both in Marlborough and away for many years.

Other award winners SIPT Year 7 & 8 Boys - Most Valuable Players - Iwi MacDonald, Jack Wickens, Dylan Gifford; Most Improved Players - Taine Hunter, Shaydon Streeter, Cooper Murray, Hunter Ward SIPT Year 7 & 8 Girls - Most Valuable Players - Aurelia Daly, Maddie Thomas; Most Improved Players - Lexi Thompson, Georgie Fissenden Under 13 Boys - Most Valuable Player - Dylan Gifford and Jai Cootes; Most Improved Player - Fionn Heagney Under 13 Development Boys - Most Valuable Player - Kale McMillan; Most Improved Player - Daniel Baker Under 13 Girls - Most Valuable Player - MacKenzie Haronga; Most Improved Player - Alyssa Haronga and Georgie Fissenden. Under 13 Development Girls - Most Valuable Player - Lexi Thompson; Most Improved Player - Ali Senior Under 15 Boys - Most Valuable Player - Brodie Materoa and Couper Robinson; Most Improved Player - Louis Thomas Under 15 Development Boys - Most Valuable Player - Enzo

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Notice of Election

Notice of Annual Reporting Meeting

Under the Marlborough Electric Power Trust Deed of Trust notice is given that on Monday 25th March 2024, an election will be held for three (3) trustees of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust under the First Past the Post electoral system by postal and online voting.

The Trustees of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust advise they will hold the Trust’s Annual Reporting Meeting for beneficiaries on Tuesday 19th December 2023 at 7.00pm, to be held at the Whitehaven Room, ASB Theatre Marlborough, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim.

The Marlborough Electric Power Trust was established by Deed of Trust dated 28 April 1993. The Trustees hold the share capital of Marlborough Lines Limited in trust for the company’s electricity consumers. The Trust Deed provides for three of the six Trustees to retire on the 1st of April each second year.

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Nominations are therefore invited from the public for three positions on the Trust. Candidates must have a principal residence in the area served by Marlborough Lines Limited and be eligible to hold office under the terms of the Trust Deed, copies of which are available on our website mept.co.nz, or at the offices of Blenheim Accounting Ltd, 36 Maxwell Road, Blenheim. Each candidate must be nominated on the nomination form available during normal business hours from: • the offices of Blenheim Accounting, 36 Maxwell Rd, Blenheim; • by phoning 021 1200 737 to have one posted out; • by accessing www.mept.co.nz Completed nomination papers can be lodged to the above address, completed online, or posted to Marlborough Electric Power Trust, PO Box 1025, Blenheim 7240, but must be received no later than 5pm Thursday 25th January 2024. A non-refundable fee of $120.00 is required to be forwarded with each nomination, along with a candidate profile statement and photograph for sending out with the voting papers for consumers. Brenda Munro, Returning Officer

(Pursuant to sections 100-102 of the Electricity Industry Act 2010)

The meeting is to: • Report on the operation of the Trust and Marlborough Lines Limited (the Company) during the preceding financial year and on the financial statements of the Trust and the Company for the financial year ended 30 June 2023. • Confirm appointment of auditor and set their remuneration. • Enable general discussion and information to beneficiaries of the Trust. Copies of the Trust’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 30 June 2023 will be available from Tuesday 5th December 2023 at the offices of Blenheim Accounting Ltd, 36 Maxwell Rd, Blenheim (office hours 9am-5pm, Monday to Thursday) and can be viewed on our website www.mept.co.nz. Brenda Munro, Trust Secretary

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PROUTING, Gerald Edward Passed away peacefully at Wairau Hospital after a short illness on Saturday December 2, 2023. Aged 87 years. He leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Marlene, former wife Ariel, and his four children: Ken, David, Susan and Colin, and his stepchildren Nikki and Christine, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lived a long and enjoyable life travelling around the country in his caravan, hunting and fishing in his retirement. A celebration of Gerald’s life was held at the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, Shelley Beach, Picton yesterday, Monday December 11. R.I.P. Respectfully cared for by Geoffrey T Sowman FDANZ Phone (03) 578 4719 | www.sowmans.co.nz

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Passed away peacefully at Waterlea Lifecare, Blenheim on Saturday December 2, 2023. Aged 86 years. Loved wife of the late Leon, and much loved mother and mother-in-law of Peter and Annette Thompson, and Robert Thompson. Treasured nana of Lawrence (deceased), Kate and Hannah. Loved “STEP NANA” of Melissa and Nerolee. Loved “Bunny” of her sisters and brothers. Special thanks to Waterlea Lifecare for their loving care. A gathering to remember Noeline was held last Thursday December 7.

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Passed away on Tuesday December 5, 2023, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village. Aged 92 years. Loved father of Elise and the late Mitford, loved cousin of Ian and Jan, Pauline and Tim, and their families. Loved grandfather of his six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Special thanks to Ian, Jan and Pauline for their years of care. Messages may be sent to the Taylor Family, 58 Effingham Street, North New Brighton, Christchurch 8083. In lieu of flowers a donation to the RSA would be appreciated and may be made at the service or bank account 01-0598-0019901-01 Ref. TAYLOR. A service for Bob will be held at Sowman’s Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, Blenheim at 1.30pm on Friday December 15. Respectfully cared for by Geoffrey T Sowman FDANZ Phone (03) 578 4719 | www.sowmans.co.nz

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MADSEN, John Terence Passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at Wairau Hospital Blenheim. Aged 83 years. Loved husband of Kathleen, loved dad of Jaqueline, Patrick, Nicola, Burnetta, Paul, Peter, Philip, and Perrin. Loved stepdad of Cheryl, Lynn, Ian and Shane. Loved grandad and great grandad to a very large family. Special thanks to all the medical staff involved in John’s care and all who provided support along the way. Messages may be sent to the Madsen Family, Flat 1, 103 Weld Street, Blenheim 7201. A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Blenheim Elim Church, 26 Burleigh Road, Blenheim at 1.00pm on Saturday, December 16. Respectfully cared for by Geoffrey T Sowman FDANZ Phone (03) 578 4719 | www.sowmans.co.nz


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MARLBOROUGH WOMEN’S CLUB MAHJONG 1-3.30pm $4. 12 Battys Rd. Ph Gail 0272214121. CHEESE & CHEERS is part of the Silent Book Club Aotearoa and we are hosting our first meeting this Wed 5.30pm at Vines Village, 193 Rapaura Rd. Ph 03 5727170. WAITOHI SOCIAL CLUB meet 10am Picton Library, every 3rd Wed of the month for fun & friendship. Gold coin donation for M T. After meeting we go for lunch if you wish to join us. PICTON LIONS Join a worthwhile volunteer group, both female & male members wanted, good fellowship, all money raised goes back to Picton community. First Wed of the month. Ph Norman 0274336242

na@stchristophers.co.nz MARLBOROUGH MULTICULTURAL CENTRE hosts newcomers 10.30-12noon Henry St. Opportunities for Newcomers & Marlburians to make friends, practice English & support each other. Ven y practica tu inglés. Te esperamos.

MARLBOROUGH WOMEN’S CLUB AVO 2-4p.m. Guest speakers. $5. AT. 12 Battys Rd. Ph Dianne 0212147757.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS casual parents/caregivers catch up. 10.30-12pm Town Plunket Clinic, 16 Henry St.

PICTON DAWN CHORUS Checking volunteer trap lines, walking through native bush. Contact Esther 03 928 4957 ext 1. volunteering@pictondawnchorus. nz

MARLBOROUGH CHINESE FELLOWSHIP Chinese Christian group. Interested in the Bible or Christianity, desire to grow in the faith or would like to meet new friends, we welcome you. Wed 6-7.30pm, St Christopher’s Church. 92 Weld St. Ph Guan 0221642782/ Mandy 022 4326886. DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP 10-11.30am to support each other. Regular speakers, outings, share in a safe environment. Ph Alistair Crawford 0272883032. MARLBOROUGH VINTAGE CAR CLUB MUSEUM Sun & Wed, 1.30 – 3.30pm, Brayshaw Park, Arthur Baker Pl, Blenheim. Donation appreciated. Other times by arrangement. Ph Bill 0275 784 322. BLENHEIM PETANQUE CLUB Games held at courts, 65A Weld St, Wed 1-3pm & Sun 10am-12pm. Ph/Text John 021979323. LIONS’ CLUB OF BLENHEIM Serving the community over sixty years. Would you like to know more about the Lion’s club or are interested in becoming a Lion. Tea meetings held 1st & 3rd Wed (Feb-Nov). Ph Delphine Lee 0299425004 or Helen Williams 0211458572.

THURSDAY PICTON BRIDGE CLUB 6.50pm Port Marlborough Pavilion. Ph Judy 021685348. KEEP U MOVING Gentle Walking Exercise for Seniors. 11.30am-12.30pm St Christopher’s Church Hall. $3. 92 Weld St. Last class will be Thurs 21st Dec. Ph 0273852333. Email donna@stchristophers.co.nz COMPANIONS Ages 65+. 1st Thurs of the month. 1pm. Harvest Life Church, 22 Nelson St. Ph Avon 035792440, Lorraine 035781240, or Shirley 035783728. COPD SUPPORT & EXERCISE GROUP Tailored for people with breathlessness. Every 2nd & 4th Thurs 1.15pm. Redwoodtown Community Hall, Cnr Weld & Cleghorn St. Ph Diana 0272105780/Gillian 0274545102. SOCIAL BADMINTON Thurs morning 9am-12noon Simcox Stadium Batty’s Rd. $6. All adults welcome. Ph Cathy 021503348 PICTON TABLE TENNIS for adults 10am-12pm. Port Marlborough Pavilion, Waikawa Rd. $4. Morning tea included. Ph Ernest 0275888453. MARLBOROUGH AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 2nd Thurs of month, 7.30pm, EOC, 4 Wither Rd. For all interested in Amateur Radio, Electronics & Emergency Communications. KNIT & NATTER Blenheim Library every 2nd & 4th Thurs of the month. 10am-12noon. All welcome. Bring your yarn & have a yarn. For info ph Sue 5785317.

FRIDAY BOLIVIA CARD GAME Fri afternoon. Redwoodtown. Ph Mal 0273157675.

BLENHEIM PROBUS CLUB Retired/semi-retired? Meetings 1st Wed of the month. 10am. Wesley Centre. Ph Ann 5787046/Jan 0226353919.

NATIVITY TUNES FOR TOTS music, food & fun for pre-schoolers & caregivers. 9.30am. Wesley Centre, 3 Henry St. During term time. Ph 5783909.

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PICTON - SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING 7.30pm. Picton Little Theatre. No partner needed. Beginner’s welcome. Ph Lynda 0212600860.

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STRETCH & BREATHE Class for Seniors. 10-11am, St Christopher’s Church Hall. $3. 92 Weld St. Last class will be Wed 20th Dec. Ph 0273852333. Email don-

PICTON NEWCOMERS NETWORK ‘SUNDOWNERS’ 5-6pm at Café Cortado on the waterfront. New to town? Need help to settle in? Interested in local activities? We can help! Ph Cathy - Coordinator 0210451799 or email picton@newcomers.co.nz

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UPBEAT ORCHESTRA All ages. Instruments. From beginner-grade 5. St Ninians Church Hall, Alabama Rd every Fri 5-6.30pm. E: upbeatorchestra@gmail. com

HEART HELP SUPPORT Community group dedicated to the well-being of those who live with a heart condition or experienced a heart attack. Offering support to whanau. Meet 3rd Wed of the month, 10am. Ph Jenny Goss 0211629102.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL 7.30pm. Blenheim Bowling Club, 65 Weld St. Ph Erin 027 234 1709.

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lounge at Nativity Centre, 76 Alfred St every Fri 1pm. Gold coin donation appreciated. Ph 5783909 for info.

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MARLBOROUGH QUILTERS meeting 2nd Sat of the month at Marlb Vintage & Farm Machinery, Brayshaw Park 10am-4 pm. Join us to learn quilting or bring your own projects. Sewing Machines available. Newcomer’s welcome. Liz 0212067382. BAHÁ’Í DEVOTIONS 1st & 3rd Sun, 10.30-11.15am, Marl Community Centre, 25 Alfred St, 12th Lane. Blenheim. Cnr Farmers carpark. www.bahai.org THE ROADHOUSE BREAKFAST for car enthusiasts of all genres. 1st Sun of month, Riverlands Roadhouse, coffee cart on site, cafe has great food. 100+ cars at each of first two events. BLENHEIM ROTARY BOOTSALE MARKET Railway Station carpark, Sat 8am-12pm. Blenheim Rotary Bootsale operating over 25 years, funds to local/ international projects. New or used items, plants, food, coffee carts welcome. See bootsalemarket on Facebook. MARLBOROUGH STROKE CLUB a voluntary organisation dedicated to the wellbeing of those who have experienced a stroke, and to the support of their caregivers. We offer support, friendship & education with various meetings held each month. Ph Vyvienne Dunlop 5783837 or 021929955.

12noon. 4th Sat of the month. John’s Kitchen, 2 Redwood St. Donations accepted.

GENERAL GROUPS CRAFT FAIR Havelock town Hall. Sun 31st Dec and 1st & 2nd Jan. 10am-4 pm daily. Free entry, lots of crafts and plants. Supporting Simply The Breast Dragon Boat Team. LEARN TO ROW Give rowing a go, or get back into rowing, with the Blenheim Rowing Club. From 8.30am Sun, or from 4.45pm on Tue & Thu. We’ll teach you the basics and get you on the river with experienced rowers to get you started. Other details at blenheimrowing.co.nz. CUDDON CYCLING MARL Track cycling, end of Brewer St. Mon & Fri 5.30-7pm. Loan bikes, coaching & tuition available. Contact Chris 03-5780433 or Warren 021663910 for more info. www.cyclingmarlborough. co.nz SIT AND BE FIT Tues & Thurs 1.15pm $2. Riversdale Community House. Ph 5780469 / 0223007342. MARLBOROUGH GUILD OF WOODWORKERS Mon 9am-12pm, 7-9pm. Wed 9am-12pm. Sat 9am12pm. wooden toys, projects. 1st Sun monthly 1-4pm. Brayshaw Park. Ph Philip 5705188. WORKING BEE – TE WHANAU HOU GROVETOWN LAGOON plant/weed/mulch Wed 9.30-11.30am. Thurs 1.30-3pm. Ph Rosanne 0210709267; & every 2nd Sun (12th Nov) meet at Wairau Rowing Club, Steam Wharf Rd, Grovetown. 9:30am-12pm followed by a BBQ. E: Justine Johnsonmarlborough@ gmail.com ULYSSES CLUB Coffee 10am every Sat, at The Runway Café. For info on other rides, E: marlborough@ ulysses.org.nz or visit marlborough.ulysses.org.nz. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Thurs /Sat 7-8pm. Riversdale Community House, 131 Budge St.

MARLBOROUGH MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB committed to seeing mountain biking flourish in Marlborough. We hold regular rides suitable for all levels of fitness & ability. Including back country expeditions, easy local rides, more serious mountain bike races. Marlboroughmountainbike@gmail.com.

WEEKLY STEADY AS YOU GO CLASSES Mon 10.3011.30am The Foundry, John St. Tues 1.30– 2.30pm, Union Parish, 40 Broadway, Picton. (2 doors down from Police Station). Tues 11.30am-12.30 St Christophers Hall, Redwoodtown. Wed 1.30-2.30pm, Marlborough Community Centre, 25 Alfred St, Blenheim. For more info ph Age Concern office 5793457. Cost Blenheim $2 per class. Picton $3 per class.

BLENHEIM FAMILY HISTORY GROUP Interested in Family History Research & building your Family Tree? Contact us for advice & assistance. Informal gatherings held 3rd Sun of month, 1.30–3pm, Family History Rooms, Brayshaw Park. Ph Lauri 578 8385.

MARLBOROUGH COMMUNITY VEHICLE TRUST Have difficulty getting to medical appointments in NELSON? This trust was created to carry people to Nelson for medical appointments. Email soundsvehicle@gmail.com or Ph 5741311.

MARLBOROUGH FARMERS MARKET A&P showgrounds, 9am-12pm Sun, local fresh & seasonal produce & products.

AA MEETINGS Marlborough area. Ring alcoholics anonymous for help to stop drinking. Ph 0800229 6757. www.aa.org.nz. Meetings: 7.30pm Mon, Plunket Rooms, 21 Bythell St / 7.30pm Wed Picton Model Railway, 1 Picton Wharf / 7.30pm Fri St Luke’s Church Hall, 20 Ferry Creek Rd, Spring Creek / 7.55am Sat Salvation Army Rm, 35 George St / 7.30pm Sun at Church, 54 High St, Renwick.

REDWOOD MARKET Redwood Tavern car park, Cleghorn St. Sat, 8am-12pm. Plants, garden products, flowers, crafts including handmade soaps, cards & jewellery. Raising money for your community. PICTON RAIL & SAIL on the Foreshore. Mini train rides & yachts from 20 cents. Every Sun & the school holiday’s, subject to weather. BLENHEIM RIVERSIDE RAILWAY Runs 1st & 3rd Sun of the month. We have Eftpos. Facebook / Riverside Railway. MARLBOROUGH TENNIS CLUB Parker St. Every Sun 3-5pm. Social Tennis Non-Members $2 All welcome. Ph Joanna 0275786436 BARNABAS CHURCH BLENHEIM 4pm Sun service. St Ninians Church, corner Riley Cres & Alabama Rd. barnabas.org.nz. MARLBOROUGH ASSOCIATED MODELLERS SOCIETY miniature train rides $2. 1st & 3rd Sun of month. Model yacht & boat sailing Sun, 1pm-4pm, Brayshaw Park. KETO SUPPORT GROUP meet Sat fortnightly (approx. beginning & mid-month) 10am. Revival Café, Springlands. Informal gathering of folk interested in this dietary practice. No charge, no obligation but the coffee’s great! For info Ph 0275057774. REPAIR CAFÉ Note - We will be starting again on 27th Jan 2024. We’ll fix your small repair on site. Sewing, darning, bikes, small furniture, wooden items, toys, electronics & mobile phones. 9am-

RENWICK MENZ SHED 54 High St Renwick. Left of church. MT provided. Tues 8.30am-2pm. Fri 8.30am12. Ph Dave 02102282592. PICTON MEN’S COMMUNITY SHED 2 Market St. Wed 8.30am-2.30pm. Sat 8.30am-12pm Ph Bill Rogers 5735507 or Rex 021469191. A place of welcome for Picton’s menfolk. BLENHEIM MENZ SHED 4 Dillons Point Rd, Bright Centre Complex. Where men of all ages meet to just chill out or do projects for themselves or the community. We provide equipment, tools & workspace for most woodwork & metalwork projects. Open Sat 9am-12noon. Mon & Thurs 1-4pm. Ph Dave 0212340057. SENIORNET MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS Linkwater Hall, Queen Charlotte Drive. Tutors for people 50+ needing assistance with computer/smart phone. Ph Ian Cameron (03)5742558 to arrange. BROOKLYN CROQUET CLUB Tues, Thurs, Sat, 1pm Golf Croquet, Whitehead Park grounds, Brooklyn Dr. Mallets supplied. MARLBOROUGH TRAMPING CLUB A very active club. Mid-week, Sunday trips, overnight & extended trips. Info at www.marlboroughtrampingclub.co.nz or marlboroughtrampingclub@gmail.com

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