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Neighbours in the dark over solar plans WILLIAM WOODWORTH

Bemused neighbours of a new proposed solar farm installation claim developers haven’t been careful enough when it comes to due process. The solar installation, proposed for a paddock at 712 Dillons Point Road, is due to start construction

work once council consents have been approved. However, neighbours say the land, purchased for $1.3million by Energy Marlborough, a subsidiary of Marlborough Lines, is unsuitable for the farm installation. Concerns include environmental, ecological, and financial factors

which developers will have to contend with, neighbours claim. “Energy Marlborough’s persistence with this project is strangely puzzling, given the obvious drawbacks of the site”, says concerned locals in a letter to the Marlborough Weekly. “Not only will access be difficult in winter, but also there will

have to be a considerable investment in infrastructure such as upgrading of the lines on Hardings Road. “After the massive amount of work and disruption it will take to get the solar farm running and when it has issues or doesn’t perform as expected, who pays the bill of getting the panels removed

or do they just rot?”, said one, speaking to the Weekly. Neighbours say they feel left in limbo since plans were announced and contest developer claims of open and early planning engagement.

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All on board Choristers Dave Barnett and Derek Harding with violinist Ana Panoho, flutist Camilla Nilsson and, front, violinist Sophia Speedy and chorist Gemma Amsler find their “sea legs while Musical director Robert Tucker steers the boat. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

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Gazing on greenstone WILLIAM WOODWORTH

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Treasured taonga hosted in Marlborough has prompted a promising start to 2024 for Marlborough’s Art Gallery, with more artistic treats to come this year. The Kura Pounamu – Our Treasured Stone display on loan from Te Papa and Ngāi Tahu has attracted thousands of gallery guests to Te Kahu o Waipuna since early December’s opening. Art Gallery Director Cressida Bishop says the combination of the holiday break, local interest and the multi-media approach to the exhibition has led to great success. “We have had thousands of people come through the ‘Kura Pounamu’ exhibit, with so much support from locals and tourists, and heavy backing from local iwi,” she says. “The display is part of a living history, containing everything from historic hei-tiki (human symbols), mere (weapons) and toki (tools) that date as old as 800 years, through to contempo-

Marlborough Art Gallery staff hope their crafted variety of displays for 2024 will pique the same interest as the Kura Pounamu – Our Treasured Stone exhibition has. Photo: William Woodworth. rary pounamu pieces, examining the natural geology of the stone, interactive touch stones, and details of stories behind the pieces where possible.” Full backstories are available for many of most highly-prized taonga, but also many that have been handed in and recovered without background. Cressida says each piece brings their own story and add their own mana to the collection.

“Pounamu is so historically significant for Māori for tools, weapons and art, and having a touring exhibition in the South Island is a homecoming for many of these artifacts. “I’ve just been astounded at the amount of support this collection has had from artists joining us to impart some of their wisdom on us, to the popularity it has had from the public. “When we look at the security

cameras, you can see how much guests admire the pieces – some people stand in front of the wall of hei-tiki like they’re just mesmerised.” With the Kura Pounamu exhibition coming to the end of its run in central Blenheim and the collaborative Don Binney – Flight Path exhibit touring collaborator galleries in Nelson and Timaru, Cressida is eager to present the variety of displays curated for 2024. “Looking forward, we’re hosting Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist starting this February, which has been touring New Zealand and we had to wait on having Te Kahu o Waipuna ready to host. “However, we’re also wanting to balance between touring or collaborative exhibitions and our own curated displays, with the bi-annual Youth Folio Show showcasing young local artists and our JS Parker collection, who was a massive fan of the region, this spring. “It’s a very exciting present and future for the Gallery,” she adds.

Water restrictions ease for Picton and Waikawa residents PAULA HULBURT

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Picton and Waikawa residents can use sprinklers and hand-held hoses again but with a warning to keep watering to a minimum. Marlborough District Council last week announced an easing on water restrictions which have been in place since the beginning of the month. People can now flush out boat motors and wash boats lightly, but these activities should be kept to a minimum. The popular water play area on the Picton Foreshore will also reopen on weekends and public holidays from 9am to 9pm. Council’s Operations and Maintenance Engineer Stephen Rooney says people still need to make efforts to conserve water. “We thank the community for their efforts over the past few weeks but do encourage continued conservation of water to avoid a return to tighter water

restrictions. “With warm and dry weather still ahead of us it makes good sense to still make every drop count,” he says. Water restrictions have been in place in Picton and Waikawa since early January when water stopped flowing over the Essons Valley dam. Low rainfall, high levels of evapotranspiration and high summer demand, meant the township was reliant on the Speeds Road supply and reservoirs at the Elevation and Victoria Domain. Water levels in reservoirs must be kept at adequate levels to allow for power outages at Speeds Road and for firefighting purposes, Stephen explains. “Since then, process modifications have been made to the Essons Valley water treatment plant which enables the treatment of lower quality water. “This change has been possible due to recent changes in the

Water restrictions which have been in place since early January have eased. Photo: Supplied. Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules allowing a change to the UV dose process,” he says. Reduced Council irrigation continues at Endeavour Park. The revised restrictions are: • Hand-held hoses permitted for watering gardens

• A property with an even numbered street address may use sprinklers only on even numbered calendar days • A property with an odd numbered street address may use sprinklers only on odd numbered calendar days • Only one tap may be used at a time to run a sprinkler or sprinkler systems • The term sprinkler means any hose which is not held and directed by hand • Boat motor flushing and light boat washing is permitted but should be kept to a minimum • Reduced Council irrigation at Endeavour Park • No water use by cruise ships The restrictions apply to all properties on the Picton and Waikawa supply until further notice. For more information go to: www.marlborough.govt.nz/services/utilities/water-supplies/ picton-water-supply/2024-pictonwaikawa-water-restrictions


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Neighbours are concerned a proposed Dillons Point Road solar farm installation may become an economic and environmental disaster on their doorstep. Photo: William Woodworth.

Neighbours concern over solar plans From the front Without proactive actions on the consenting website, or curiosity asking contractors doing preparation work, locals wouldn’t have known about the project on their doorstep, they say. Subsequent concerns about their “little oasis against the oncoming tide of viticulture” have left residents feeling dismissed by Energy Marlborough after meeting with representatives in person and online. Marlborough Lines is owned

by Marlborough Electric Power Trust on behalf of electricity users in the Marlborough region. Locals say that despite promised mitigation efforts, having an industrial installation in a rural zone, and adding electricity and metal to a place where, water, wind and salt are prevalent makes an unsuitable combination for the proposed 3.5-meter-tall solar installations. The paddock regularly floods and has standing water on it throughout winter, residents say. It is situated in an orange tsunami

warning zone, a very high wind zone and a liquefaction prone area with almost 40 meters of unstable silty soil beneath the site. The proximity of the farm to the ecologically important Wairau Lagoons is also worrying to nearby residents. Fears of leaching metals and plastics into environmentally valuable and vulnerable areas with the farm on the doorstep of the Wairau Lagoons, “Our experiences dealing with Energy Marlborough do not give us hope that our concerns will be

taken seriously,” continue neighbours. “Their attitude of ‘We’re prepared to take that risk’, their professed transparency, their claims of construction time, and the comparisons with the Taylor Pass installation and with vineyard development are facile and superficial.” When approached by the Marlborough Weekly, Marlborough Lines Commercial Manager Scott Wilkinson said they are aware of the concerns of the involved Dillons Point Road residents and have held discussions with them.

“EML, like for any site, is undertaking necessary investigations and studies to mitigate technical and commercial risks”, Scott says. “We will follow the process required under the local authority’s (Marlborough District Council’s) Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan”. You can have your say through the Marlborough District Council’s Resource Consent Submission Process available at https:// www.marlborough.govt.nz/services/resource-consents/publicly-notified-resource-consent-applications

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News in brief All on board for stage show collaboration DONATION DELIGHT

Selmes Garden Centre are delighted to have raised almost $5000 towards a new vehicle after their ute was wrecked by vandals last year. Staff are saying thank you to everyone who has donated including Beavertown Blenheim Lions. Ultraquip Hire have been helping with a loan vehicle until a replacement can be found. To make a donation visit http://tinyurl.com/29w9rtbm GREENHOUSE GAS

Council’s Climate Change Sub-committee have revealed green house gas emissions from council-controlled operations is down. In 2023, emissions totalled 38,761 tonnes, down 14.7 per cent from a peak in 2020. The largest sources of emissions are the Bluegums landfill (30,426 tonnes) and wastewater treatment (3,998 tonnes). The report shows a step in the right direction, says Councillor Gerald Hope. “While it shows improvement, it also shows where we can do better,” Gerard says. “We are in this together and that’s why we’re taking a coordinated approach to reduce our emissions.” TRANSPORT TIPS

New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi has launched a new Facebook page to give accurate updates about traffic, and help you plan your travel across the top of the South in real time. Follow the New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi - Nelson, Tasman & Marlborough page at https://www.facebook.com/nztantm

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Performers from some of Marlborough’s most wellknown creative ensembles are jumping on board for an extra special show. For the first time in known memory, Blenheim Choral, Marlborough Civic Orchestra and Marlborough Academy of Dance will collaborate to bring Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera HMS Pinafore to stage. Musical Director and acclaimed opera singer Robert Tucker, who has been with Blenheim Choral for nine years, says the idea for the collaboration came about from a desire to stage something fun. “I’m always looking for new things to do and to do them a bit differently. “I got chatting with to someone in the orchestra and thought wouldn’t it be great if we could join together, and the collaboration came pretty easily.” Robert will be musical director and conduct both the choir and the orchestra for the show. But with decades of experience to call upon, the thought doesn’t daunt him at all, he says. “I did look at singing too,” he laughs. “But I looked at the logistics and it just wasn’t

Musical Director Robert Tucker, back, with choristers Dave Barrett, Derek Harding, and Gemma Amsler plus violinist Sophia Speedy, flutist Camilla Nilsson and violinist Ana Panoho. Photo: Paula Hulburt. going to be possible.” The much-loved satire about love, honour, class, politics and duty will be staged at ASB Theatre on 7 and 8 September 2024. Local dancers, musicians, soloists, a chorus and narrator Ken Hippolite will bring to life the story of Josephine, the daughter of Captain Corcoran. Torn between her love for lowly sailor Ralph and her father’s desire for her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty, the story is a comic opera of two parts. Together, more than 100 performers will help bring the popular classic to life.

Two professional Auckland singers, Chris McCrae and Joanna Foote have also been cast. The move helps keep things fresh, Robert explains. “The parts are just a bit harder, and you need quite an operatic voice for them. I also like to bring in people from outside and it shows people who are not familiar with operatic what can be achieved. “New Zealand is a small country and everywhere you go there are people who surprise us [talent wise] but I’m not surprised about the level of talent here.” More singers, especially men, are needed to help swell Blen-

heim Choral numbers says Robert, but he hopes anyone interested will find out more. “Anyone can come along. If they can hold a tune and enjoy singing, they should come along. “The musical is interesting and a fairly good length in that it’s not horrendously long. Those who don’t know it will come along and enjoy it.” A preliminary rehearsal and information evening for all intending singers will be held on February 13 at 7pm at the Wesley Centre on Henry Street in Blenheim. To find out more contact marlboroughsingers@gmail.com

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Seddon blaze investigation under way PAULA HULBURT

An investigation into the cause of a 25-hectare grass fire near Seddon is underway to help discover the exact cause. Ten fire trucks, 30 firefighters and three helicopters and support vehicles rushed to the scene of the fire as the first call came in shortly before 11am on Wednesday. Tinder dry conditions and winds saw the blaze spread quickly, growing from an initial four hectares. Group manager Fire and Emergency New Zealand Chris Hayles says there was a real danger the fire could have spread even further. “Without fire crews and helicopters attacking the fire it would have most definitely spread further. “Fortunately, the wind was blowing a light South Easterly but there was plenty of dry grass that the fire could have continued in. “Given the dryness in Marlborough the fire could easily have been larger than it was. “Fast response by crews and helicopters definitely stopped this happening.” It took three hours to contain the blaze which threatened nearby Yealands Estate Winery. Staff were evacuated as a precaution. Plumes of smoke from the blaze could be seen from the Weld Pass. The last of the fire crews left the site at about 5.30pm, fed onsite by vol-

The scorched ground as seen from above after the blaze which spread to 25 hectares. Photo: Supplied/FENZ. unteers with the Blenheim Rapid Relief Team. Chris says he is delighted with the result, paying tribute to the crews for their hard work. “Definitely pleased with the result as fast-moving grass fires are hard to contain. “Helicopters do a great job stopping the spread of fire but the ground crews do the hard work mopping up every last little bit of fire to ensure it can’t spread.” Initial investigations, which Chris says are part of a normal process, point to an old burn pile on Yealand’s property. Having an accurate cause of the fire is crucial, he says.

“It’s a reminder for anyone who has old burn piles on their property to ensure they are opened up or raked out and put water on them. “Just because the burn pile looks like it is out often, they retain heat and can reignite weeks or months later. “Again, another reminder for the public to be extra careful when doing any activities that could generate a spark.” All members of the public were advised to avoid the area as not to hamper firefighting efforts. Fire trucks and support vehicles from Seddon, Awatere, Blenheim, Blenheim Rural, Flaxbourne, and Rarangi attended.

Wings and Wheels a winner

Photo: Matt Brown. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre roared to life for their Wings & Wheels weekend, as historical squadrons of planes and classic cars shimmered in the Sunday sunshine. Young and old alike were thrilled seeing the iconic lineup of planes, with the world’s only flying Yak-3 “Steadfast” flying alongside a Harvard, an Avro Anson and more. For especially

eager attendees, joyrides saw keen flyers take to the clear blue skies under ideal flying conditions. While those slightly less brave flying admirers kept their feet on the ground and eyes in the air for the mesmerising performances and the display of classic cars from similar eras from around the world. See more on Out & About.

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Highland dancers making all the right moves WILLIAM WOODWORTH

Marlborough’s highland dancers’ impressive moves have greeted Picton’s cruise ships this summer. Members of the Marlborough Academy of Dance (MAD) highland troupe have been welcoming visitors to the Top of the South in unique style. And every time they don their kilts, the team take a step closer to getting to the Paris International Highland Gathering Championship at Disneyland, Paris. The fundraising efforts have been a big success on two fronts, says Academy director Robyn Simmons. “One of the families that live in Picton suggested the cruise ship day performances as a fundraiser in 2019. “I think it’s been so successful because the children are directly involved in doing the work themselves and getting extra practice in for their dancing in front of crowds. “The dancers and bagpipes add vibrancy to Picton’s Foreshore on busy days, and it means we’re also fundraising from one-off donators that come to Marlborough…” The Paris International Highland Gathering Championship returned from hiatus last year

Marlborough Highland Dancers have been entertaining cruise ship visitors and locals alike while they fundraise to go to France. Photo: William Woodworth. but at such short notice MAD decided to wait for another opportunity. Robyn is driven to get dancers to this year’s October competition, as it also may be a final opportunity to attend. “From what I understand Disney weren’t keen to continue hosting these competitions,” she says. So, the fact this might be the last chance means it’s one we really want to jump on the opportunity

to be a part of. “We are still waiting on costs for the packages, so at this stage we’re just aiming to fundraise as much as possible, so whatever the costs are we have made this trip as accessible as possible for our dancers.” The competition sees solo, duos and group dancers choreograph dances to Disney songs. Robyn says the dancers are doing their homework by watching Dis-

ney films for inspiration. “The dancers have been planning what songs and characters they are keen to dance as, and so our preparation is about to start and I’m eager to see what they come up with. “The competition is very different from the usual idea of highland dancing which is usually very structured. “But we have such a blend of styles all in one place and do

our Academy-wide production including choreography which they are definitely capable in taking on.” Robyn says comparing themselves to other studios entering is difficult to do before arriving, but she says she has faith the effort and dedication shown during training, dancing or fundraising efforts is a positive sign. “The event has been dominated by Northern Hemisphere studios because it’s on their doorstep, and I’m under no illusions - it will be a very high standard of choreography and dance. “We need to get the fundraising done first so we can get as many of our dancers to Paris as possible, but they work really hard and have a great reputation in New Zealand, so I know they’ll do us proud.” And spectators had nothing but compliments for the dancers last Thursday. “I just sent a video to my daughter who used to do highland dancing and told her to get her son into it – it’s just lovely to see kids out here dancing,” said one spectator. “I heard the pipe music and saw the crowd watching which drew me in, and I’ve been thoroughly impressed and entertained,” said another.

Road resurfacing and maintenance: night road closures Weld Pass 18 to 20 February 2024

Whangamoa Saddle 11 February to 1 March 2024

State Highway 1 Weld Pass, between Awatere Valley Road and the Riverlands truck stop, will be closed overnight on Sunday 18, Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 February, from 8pm to 6am for maintenance of this critical highway link. The road will be opened twice each night, once to Blenheim at midnight and again at 3am to let queued traffic through. For more information, contact Karl Burt at karlburt@ Road closed marlboroughroads.com Weld Pass or phone 03 579 4253.

State Highway 6 Whangamoa Saddle, between Rai Valley and Hira will be closed overnight from 11 February to 1 March from 8pm to 5:30am, Sunday to Thursday nights. No work will be undertaken on Friday and Saturday nights. The road will be opened once each night. To travel overnight you will need to be at the closure points by 12:30am: • Rai Valley straight closure point • Hira weighbridge outside Rai Engineering & Mechanical For more information, contact Mario Lunjevich at mario.lunjevich@fultonhogan.com or phone 03 547 9789.

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Wither Hills Farm Park remains closed The Wither Hills Farm Park remains closed due to the hot and dry conditions. Council made the decision following discussion with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) in the interest of public safety. Due to the mixture of dry grass, steep slopes and warm and windy conditions, a fire would spread very quickly, placing people at extreme risk. Council is also warning people to be very careful when walking or biking in the Taylor River Reserve (pictured) especially between the Burleigh Bridge and Taylor Dam. The vegetation is super dry and a spark could cause a quickspreading fire. Reserve users should think carefully about their route and ensure they have a plan to exit the reserve quickly in case of fire. Early morning and late evening walks are recommended when the danger level is a lower.

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A drop-in clinic for help with applications is being held on Thursday 7 March from 10am to 11.30am at Te Kahu o Waipuna. The fund is now open and closes at 8am on 13 March. For more information go to www.creativenz.govt.nz/fundingand-support/all-opportunities/ creative-communities-scheme For further information please

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Rural sports funding open If you’re involved with a rural sports club or school sports team, you may be eligible for funding. Council makes funding available through the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund, which was established in 2003 to remove the barrier of cost to participation for those in rural communities. Its purpose is to encourage rural youth aged 5 to 18 to get involved in local sports despite their

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Roaring into the New Year WILLIAM WOODWORTH

As the Year of the Rat ends and the Year of the Dragon approaches, preparations to celebrate Chinese New Year in Marlborough are well underway.

Blenheim’s Bamboo Garden Restaurant is excited to host Marlburians this Friday and Sunday February 9 and 11 to help share this special cultural highlight. Marlborough’s Chinese community are counting down the days

Bamboo Garden Restaurant staff are ready for Year of the Dragon celebrations this weekend. Photo: File/Summa Donald.

Bamboo Garden will host traditional Chinese performances over the celebratory weekend. Photo: Supplied.

to celebrate, while adding to an already action-packed weekend of events throughout the region. Bamboo Garden’s Bunga Krataitong says sharing what the occasion is all about is a way to broaden cultural horizons in a meaningful and fun way. “Chinese New Year is like Christmas for Chinese people across the world, where everyone comes together with their family to celebrate,” she says. “We’re looking forward to sharing all of the joy and love that comes with Chinese New Year with our neighbours and Marlburians as a

Chinese New Year Celebration Join us for a spectacular Chinese New Year celebration at Bamboo Garden, in collaboration with the New Zealand Chinese Association Marlborough (NZCA). Experience the mesmerizing Dragon Dance and the rhythmic Traditional Drum Performance by NZCA.

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whole.” Plans for the occasion include performances from the Marlborough Chinese Association and local Chinese community, including a special dragon dance and drum performance. Alongside, there will be plenty of information on hand for people to discover more about Chinese

culture. With delicious special dishes, dragon dance performances at 6pm on Friday and Sunday and a drum dance performance on Friday at 7pm, plus the renowned Bamboo Garden hospitality, the Year of the Dragon celebrations promise plenty of food and cultural fun for Marlburians.

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Marlborough Airport is looking to an eco-friendly future, and wants the public’s input. Photo: Supplied.

Marlborough Airport bosses pledge greener future PAULA HULBURT

Airport staff are working with Air New Zealand to trial battery powered planes on the Blenheim-Wellington route. The route is on a shortlist with Auckland/Hamilton to trial next-generation planes. If the proposal is accepted, an electric plane could be flying freight to Wellington as early as 2026. The move comes as part of a wider bid by Marlborough Airport to explore greener options for the future. Future sustainability is key, says Marlborough Airport Operations and Safety Manager Steve Holtum. “We’re looking at the airport through a lens of future sustainability, including its financial and environmental future – we already have some multi-year initiatives underway.” One of the most visible projects was the planting of more than 4290 natives on a soil embankment surrounding the new car park. It was designed especially so contaminated soil, an environmental issue throughout the Woodbourne

site, didn’t have to be taken off-site for disposal. A reduction in road noise and beautification were an added benefit. Steve says money made from the car park could help boost future environmental projects. “The revenue from the car park will help us with financial sustainability, but we’ll also have more potential funding for green projects in the future.” The airport is also exploring green options for the next runway reseal, which is due out for tender this year. Steve says one of the challenges for Marlborough is limited green infrastructure solutions. Other green initiatives include the monitoring of airport waste and greenhouse gas emissions at the airport, where the biggest source is fuel. “Options are available in other regions, such as using recycled asphalt or asphalt mixes requiring lower temperatures, therefore reducing emissions,” Steve says. “But these solutions are taking time to reach Marlborough.

“This year we’re spending time understanding our biggest opportunities to make meaningful change. “We’ve been talking with other airports to understand what types of initiatives we can undertake for environmental sustainability.” Ongoing smaller initiatives include switching out apron light bulbs with LED lights (the big light towers) and formalising a more comprehensive sustainability strategy this year to embed into operations. “Solar farming is also a possibility but the challenge for our airport is we only employ four full time operations staff, so we can’t do everything at once,” Steve says. The public can help by providing their views on the airport’s sustainability journey by completing a short survey, at https://links.marlborough.govt.nz/airportsustainability The survey closes on 13 February. The public can help by providing their views on the airport’s sustainability journey by completing a short survey, at https://links.marlborough.govt.nz/airportsustainability The survey closes on 13 February.

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Summer market showcases Marlborough’s finest A selection of Marlborough’s finest market artisans is bringing Blenheim CBD to life this Friday with the CBD Summer Market. The Summer Market, held on Market Street and Market Place is open from 9am to 4pm. There will be about 80 stalls showcasing honey, cheese, jewellery, clothing, wooden furniture, garden sculptures, art and crafts. The Friday market will show-

case the variety of Marlborough made products for locals and visitors to the region for Food & Wine Festival weekend. Pure Events general manager Katrina Lange says its exciting to be bringing the popular market back. “We will have a wonderful selection of approx. 80 new and old favourite stalls showcasing Marlborough products, musicians and entertainers.”


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News

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Power payments to the people PAULA HULBURT

Power customers are set for a $75 boost to their accounts it has been revealed. Trustees of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust, who hold all the shares of lines company Marlborough Lines on behalf of local power users have confirmed the payment. The credit should appear on either Februay or March bills. Each year, the trustees consider approving a distribution to beneficiaries, and this in addition to the discounts advanced by the Lines company. Trust Chair Nicki Stretch says the Trustees are delighted to distribute $75 to each beneficiary this year. “This will be paid through electricity retailers, so the distribution should appear as a credit on

Marlborough Electric Power Trust chair Nicki Stretch with CEO Tim Cosgrove and Marlborough Lines chair Phil Robinson in 2022. Photo: File your electricity account, either in February or March, depending on your retailer’s billing cycle.” Beneficiaries should also look out

for voting papers from 29 February, for the upcoming Trust election which will be mainly online this year.

The move online will make voting a much simpler process, Nicki says. As most people already get their power accounts emailed

to them. If an electricity consumer gets their electricity bill through the post, then the voting papers will also come through the post. There will still be paper versions available for any beneficiaries who are unable to access voting online. This change reflects advances in technology and in the way retailers and customers interact with each other, she says, and will greatly reduce the costs associated with an election. “With financial and environmental sustainability in mind, we have worked with ElectionNZ to offer a seamless process via an online platform. This will make it more convenient and accessible for our community to vote.” Trust elections are held every two years, and each time, three of the six Trustees are up for election for a four-year term.

Sure to rise: Toroa a recipe for success Finn Mackenzie says he has found the recipe to a brighter future, thanks to the Toroa Career Navigator programme. Here, he explains why it helped. Toroa Career Navigator is a free programme run by the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough for youth aged 15-25, who are not in employment or training, but keen to be. Graduate Finn says everyone was made to feel welcome. Together, he and his peers went through a journey to build self-confidence, develop knowledge and employability skills. They got the chance to see a broad range of career opportunities, benefit from mentoring, and connect with their community through a volunteer Community Project. Finn Mackenzie is a graduate of the free Toroa Career Navigator progranme. “To me Toroa was a place to Photo: Supplied.

connect with people, and the course was useful to gain skills for getting work. “It gave me knowledge with job applications – which I had never considered was important.” His father, Duncan, notes that “since Toroa his confidence has grown dramatically. He now has his restricted [driver’s] licence, he has DJed some major community events - and has secured employment. “I love that what Toroa is doing is more than just about employability. It’s building our next generation of good citizens. “They’re looking out and around themselves and de-

veloping a full community vision. “I think it’s an incredibly valuable resource.” These days Finn’s up bright and early, working full-time as a bakery assistant at Pak ‘n’ Save - a job he’d “never considered before” but is now thoroughly enjoying. Finn says it has given him more optimism for the future. The Toroa Career Navigator programme is accepting students for the next intake right now. Anyone interested is encouraged to reach out to the Graeme Dingle Foundation team via email to: marlborough@dinglefoundation. org.nz

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Motoring

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Motoring Vintage vroom visits Marlborough WILLIAM WOODWORTH

The Marlborough Vintage Car Club is hosting the country-wide Vintage Only Rally this week at Brayshaw Park and on roads across the region. Photo: Supplied.

A 1930 Ford Roadstar Pickup with a soft-top roof. Photos: William Woodworth.

Some of New Zealand’s oldest vehicles gathered in Marlborough for a two-day display of motoring history this week. The Marlborough Vintage Car Club played host to the national Vintage Only Rally this Waitangi Day, with opportunities to admire some of the region’s oldest living vehicles. Forty-five rally entries, all dating from before 1931, were at Brayshaw Park on February 6 as part of the Vintage Car Club’s Heritage Day display. The rally took to South Marlborough’s roads on February 7. Outside of the local club’s collection of the Model T, the Model A and Roadster Pickup and the collection of motorcycles, most of the vehicles attending were privately owned, coming from as far as Auckland and Dunedin. “There was some pretty interesting cargo on the ferries over this weekend,” says Marlborough Vintage Car Club secretary Chris Bull. “These vehicles have so many interesting stories behind them

and it’s great to see them still out there on the road.” Veteran vehicles describe pre1919 creations while vintage vehicles are those from 1920 to 1931. One story includes the Club’s Ford Model T, which club members suspect was part of a shipment of 13 Model Ts that were shipped up the Ōpaoa River to Blenheim in 1913. “A few of the features in our model are aligned with the model they produced in 1913, so we think we still have possession of one of the region’s oldest vehicles – and she was still carrying Father Christmas at the A&P Show last year running nicely,” Chris says. “It still uses the old acetylene gas lights, dripping water onto calcium carbide to produce gas for the headlights on the side, so it’s wonderful to have still everything in running order.” With a variety of cars and motorcycles on display on Patchell’s Green alongside the wider open day across Brayshaw Park, it promises to be a hive of activity for the whole family.

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Tuesday 6 February 2024

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Love is in the air, and we want to help make Valentine’s Day extra special. Let your special someone know how much they mean to you or perhaps there’s someone out there you’d like to get to know better? Send us a message and we’ll publish it in the Marlborough Weekly newspaper on February 13, just in time for the big day. Messages should be up to 50 words and include a contact name, though we will consider leaving names off if you’re feeling a bit bashful. Send your messages to paula@ topsouthmedia.co.nz by lunchtime on Friday 9 February.

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Marlborough Wine and Food Festival ADRIENNE MATTHEWS

The 2024 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival marks the 37th year the event has been held. Photos: Supplied.

It is time to bring out the party gear, the sunhats and sunscreen and prepare to indulge in a day of pleasure and entertainment at NZ’s longest-running wine and food festival. Marlborough produces some of the best wine in the world and this festival is an opportunity to get out and enjoy the delicious results of all the hard-working, passionate vineyard owners and wine producers and celebrate its success along with some of the premium food produced in the top of the south. Loren Coffey of Wine Marlborough reports that preparations are going brilliantly. “This is the second time we’ve held the event in the heart of the wine country at the Renwick Domain in Uxbridge St but the 37th time the event has ran,” she says. “This year has been much smoother for us to design and

build the site, giving us time to implement improvements to the event.” “We had such positive feedback from our attendees following the first festival in Renwick and are building on that positivity. “One major benefit is the space we can use to create discrete zones and different types of offerings such as music.” The Groove Garden is back with its Vinyl in the Vines, an opportunity to enjoy classic soul, dance and groove from Marlborough native Mr Slice, DJ Dai from the UK and Dublin’s very own DJ Boom. There is also an acoustic area on site, all to complement the headlining acts on the main stage, Sons of Zion and Drax Project. “Other improvements include far better site access with onsite parking and mobility access along with bus turn-around and drop-off taxi points right to the door.

“The view back to the Richmond Ranges really frames the site as classic Marlborough,” says Loren. Brain child of the late Ernie Hunter who was determined to spread the word about Marlborough wines, the first Marlborough Wine and Food Festival took place in 1985 with five wineries opening their doors including Hunters, Montana, Te Whare Ra, Daniel Le Brun and Corbans. Buses took attendees to the vineyards where they could sample wine and taste locally-produced food. The event was so successful that the decision was made to make it an annual event but have everything on one site. The number of wine companies in Marlborough has grown to 160 and the region remains the world’s capital for sauvignon blanc while also producing a diverse array of wines, many available to sample on the day.

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Kiwi band Drax Project will be performing at the 2024 Wine and Food Festival from 3.35pm to 4.35pm. Modifications to this year’s event include more shade for attendees. The event’s programme is available online, giving attendees more functionality to search for their favourite wines and the food menus onsite so they can pre-plan their day. “We have really elevated the wine education element by expanding our Masterclass offering from two to four as well as a free interactive Wine Sensory wall in collaboration with NMIT,” says Loren. “We’ve also brought in a 360 degree photobooth that takes a

panoramic photo of you and your friends. For the first time two local popup restaurants will extend the food offering.” Gramado’s Restaurant & Bar will serve dishes incorporating its signature Brazilian flavours, paired with Giesen wines and Frank’s Oyster Bar and Eatery which will showcase some of Marlborough’s best produce. The Culinary Pavilion is where leading NZ chefs can be seen in action preparing local ingredients.

These include social media chef sensation Andy Hearnden taking the stage with his best friend and local legend Sam Webb from Frank’s Oyster Bar and Eatery. Well-known Pacifica chef Michael Meredith and internationally acclaimed Matt Lambert will be demonstrating their skills. The event is now a major annual drawcard for people to Marlborough with around 60% coming from the Top of the South and the rest from elsewhere in New Zealand and the world. “We often hear from international visitors specifically travelling to Marlborough for the event. That makes it really special,” says Loren. “Our overarching objective is to put Marlborough on the map as a great wine region and we feel this event contributes to that. “It is well known to max out accommodation and fill restaurants and hospitality venues while also supporting other local businesses from taxis to tours around the region including of the Marlborough Sounds. “Many people come for more

than the day of event which really helps the local economy.” Because of the event’s popularity it is essential to book tickets prior and on the day there is the excellent Wayver banking system available. When you scan your ticket in

on entry you will receive a wrist band which can be topped up at any time during the day and will be scanned wherever you purchase food and beverages. “It is going to be another great Marlborough day to remember,” adds Loren.

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Sport

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Reader family’s ‘field of dreams’ PETER JONES

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“Build it and they will come”, was the oft-quoted mantra in the movie Field of Dreams. In the 1989 blockbuster a farmer builds a baseball ground in his cornfield which attracts the ghosts of former sporting legends. Now, Marlborough cray fisherman John Reader has replicated the film’s premise, with a little help from Mother Nature - but without the ghosts. Over the past eight years John and his family have created and nurtured an international-size polo ground on his ‘Meriburn’ property, near the Clarence River. The picturesque seaside venue was a product of some creative thinking by John’s eldest son Ash, who is heavily involved in the family’s various businesses, as well as being a talented polo player. The 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake brought construction teams to the East Coast, with major repairs required on State Highway One and the Main Trunk Rail line. Alert to an opportunity, Ash solved a problem for the reconstruction team, who needed a place to put their excess soil. He offered them the opportunity, which they gladly accepted, to dump their excess soil on the family’s 350ha, mainly forestry, block on the seaward side of the main road, thus providing the

An aerial view of the Clarence polo field. Photos: Supplied. foundations for a top-class polo park. John vividly recalled the chain of events. Within a few days of the earthquake NCTIR representatives, who had scouted the area by helicopter, landed at the Reader homestead. “They told us they were looking for a dump site and asked if we had somewhere they could dump the clean-up material, as we were only three kilometres away from where they first started having to clear. “We said we did, then Ash popped up with ‘we’ll give you a dump site if you leave us a polo field’ and they said ‘show us the dump site’.

“So, it all fell into place. There was no other way we could afford to put an international-quality field in here, you just couldn’t do it.” John is the groundsman, happy that the grass they used “goes to sleep in the winter” meaning he only has to look after it from October until April. The choice of grass for the newly-formed field created some debate. Couch grass is the gold standard of polo surfaces but rarely thrives in the South Island. However, Ash was determined to go ahead, as couch grass grows well in sandy soil and drains quickly after rain. His perseverance has paid off,

with a superb surface eventuating. He envisages the new ground’s first outing being a tournament in December, as part of the South Island League. Polo is very much a Reader family affair. John began following the sport when daughter Zoe, plus sons Ash and Jak, took it up at boarding school in Christchurch. Ash travelled the world playing polo for five years, before re-

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turning to run the farm, and has represented New Zealand at the demanding sport, while Zoe is a current NZ rep. John, who began crayfishing in the 1970s, moving his operation from Kekerengu to Waipapa Bay in 1991, the same year he purchased the 600ha Meriburn farm, providing opportunities for all his family to become involved. Like their father, and mother Tonya, the younger Readers have a happy knack of making things happen. Ash runs the farm and owns the Karaka Lobster Café, sited at Okiwi Bay on SH1. Jak is heavily involved on the fishing business, alongside John, while Tonya and Zoe, who is into horse-breeding for polo ponies, help out at the popular roadside Café. Having survived the ups and downs of the crayfishing business for many decades, plus the devastating 2016 ‘quake, John knows only too well how fragile the environment can be, but is relishing the opportunity to bring polo, a game he loves, to the East Coast. “I’m sure the ground will be an asset to the area and the local community,” said John. “It will be much more than just a polo ground,” he added.


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Wairau cricketers at the double PETER JONES

Wairau were the big winners on the local senior cricket scene last week, claiming victories in both Twenty20 and 40-over competitions. On Wednesday they tipped over Renwick in the T20 league, then, on Saturday, accounted for Wairau Valley in the 40-over format. In Saturday’s clash at Oliver Park, Wairau batted first, working their way to a modest 168 all out in the 39th over. Opener Nick Weaver scored 33, George Burton featuring further down the order with 26 while Colin Wood chipped in with an unbeaten 15 near the end. Jethro Moran, 3-26 from seven overs, Matthew Stretch, 2-15 from eight, and Richard Moran, 2-27 from six, were the pick of the Valley attack. Valley’s replay began promisingly, the first wicket falling at 30. However, dismissals were frequent after that. Greg Stretch, with 31, led the way as his side were dismissed for 66 in the 23rd over, handing Wairau a 102-run win. Baxter Croad picked up the stunning figures of 3-5 from six overs, Griffin Carter claimed 3-9 from four and Weaver bagged 2-28

Wairau paceman Nick Weaver fires down another delivery at Oliver Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones. from eight to ensure the competition front-runners stayed on top of the table. On the adjoining Oliver Park ground, Renwick took on the newly-formed Falcons, eventually winning by 22 runs. Renwick batted first and put 203 on the board, showing application on a difficult wicket. Luke Frankland, batting four, was top scorer for the Green Machine, putting together an unbeaten 59. Rikki Bovey added 47 and Luke Zillwood scored 45 to ensure Renwick had a decent target to

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the match completed. Twenty20 The Marlborough senior T20 competition entered its ultimate stages last week, with Wairau and Celtic picking up wins as the competition moves towards a final on February 9. Wairau met Renwick on the Horton Park one ground, both sides coming off recent wins. Renwick batted first and struggled for momentum in their innings, losing top-order batsmen at key moments and eventually able to post just 125-8 from their 20 overs. The Bovey brothers were again major contributors, Rikki scoring 37 from 30 balls, Corey 21 at a run-a-ball. Luke Frankland added 17 but it was the Wairau

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bowlers who finished on top, Griffin Carter bagging 3-25 from four and Harry Boyce 2-15 from four. Wairau’s reply was hardly inspiring but they got the job done, scoring 128-7 in 18 overs to win by three wickets. Opener Nick Weaver scored 30 from 20 balls, Andrew McCaa a steady unbeaten 30 from 34, Boyce 22 from 14 and Carter 29 from 26. Rikki Bovey’s 2-21 from four, and Cody Golding’s 2-11 from two highlighted the Renwick bowling effort. On Horton three, Celtic batted first, scoring a mediocre 108-8. Luke Holdaway, 32 from 29, and Aidan Conroy, 24 from 19, were the top scorers. Greg Stretch, 3-12 from 3.1, and Sam Boyce, 2-14 from three, led the Valley attack. Chasing a small target, Valley were well placed at 48-2 in the 10th over before the wheels fell off. Openers Stretch and Boyce were dismissed, sparking a steady stream of dismissals. Despite a solid knock from top scorer Matthew Stretch, who made 53 from 38 before being run out in the final over, Valley’s quest for 16 runs from the final six balls came up well short. Greg Knowles took 4-22 from four overs, while Josh Poole claimed 2-20 from his full complement as Celtic prevailed by nine runs.

The third round of play in the Wine Brokers NZ Super Series tennis competition was contested at the Marlborough Tennis Centre on Wednesday evening. Eight teams, split into two divisions, are taking part in a six-round league, played in a shorter format than the preXmas premier league. Teams consist of just two players, who both play a single then combine for a double. Sets are shorter too, being the first to four games, instead of six. On Wednesday’s division one action, All Boks (Stephen Dempster and Koos Richter) beat Spring Blacks (Chris Nott and Michael Kamson) 2-1 while Net Ninjas (Ant Walk-

enhorst and Issy O’Brien) beat Team Sowman (Clyde and Max Sowman), also 2-1. In division two, Mattelle (Matt Sutherland and Jo Campbell) downed Papa Pow-Pow (Emily Preece and Josephine Walkenhorst) 3-0 while Triple Fault (Scott Booth and Adam Balasoglou) overcame Ben and Leon (Ben Preece and Leon Marusaki) by the same score. The previous week Mattelle beat Ben and Leon 2-1 and Triple Fault downed Papa PowPow 3-0. In division one, Net Ninjas beat Spring Blacks 2-1, with the Team Sowman v All Boks match to be played at a later date. WK+ President’s grade results, January 30 Division 1: Renwick Netsetters 2 (25) Rapaura Wairau River 2 (24); Rapaura Just Move 4

Marlborough Power 0; Rapaura Masters 4 Renwick Racketeers 0; Renwick Four Strung 3 Marlborough Chilli 1. Division 2: Rapaura Pinot 4 Rapaura Matador 0; Marlborough Volleyeurs 3 Renwick Rookies 1; Marlborough Swallows 4 Marlborough Tennis the Menace 0; Renwick Miss Hits 2(30) Rapaura Mavericks 2(30). Division 3: Renwick BTL 2 (29) Renwick Rebels 2 (29); Renwick Racquets 3 Renwick Chardonnay 1; Rapaura Floorpride Interiors 3 Rapaura Hākinakina 1; Renwick ReStrung 4 Grovetown Grove Tavern Turf & Tackle 0. Division 4: Rapaura Shiraz 3 Rapaura Mainfreight 1; Grovetown Grove Tavern Platters 4 Rapaura Spring Creek 4 Square 0.


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Action from the final day of polo at Rewi Murray Park. Photos: Peter Jones.

Polo park farewelled in style PETER JONES

The Blenheim Polo Club bid farewell to their headquarters at Rewi Murray Park in fitting style in late January. In their final hit-out before moving to an alternative venue, which is yet to be decided, the club hosted a two-day tournament. Labelled the “Rewi Murray Polo Park grand finale”, competition was fast and furious across both the A grade 6-goal and B grade 2-goal divisions. The A grade winners were Burnett Electrical, comprising Pete and Max Dormer, plus Argentinian players Emi Wagner-Henin and Agustin Wagner-Henin. Runners-up were the Crafar Crouch team of Matthew Geddes, Oscar Power, Rinsten Oldohk and Garth Mackenzie who led by two goals early in Sunday’s final but were unable to hold off

the fast-finishing Burnett combination. B grade winners were the Farmlands quartet of James Reid, George Andrews, Jess Reid and Ru Barlow. Runners-up after a thrilling final were Vet Marlborough, comprising Brett Harris, Bridget O’Sullivan, Charlie Sommerville and Matt O’Sullivan. Matthew Geddes was named the most improved player, while awards were presented for the longest-competing men’s and women’s player at the Rewi Murray venue - Garth Mackenzie and Ange Norrie taking the honours. Past-president John Reader said that the move from Rewi Murray Park was necessary, given the club’s lease with the Marlborough District Council was due to run out. “[The move] was inevitable,” said John, suggesting the club would be based at his private

ground near Clarence in the interim, with the council investigating the formation of a ground near the Marlborough Equestrian Park at Spring Creek. “It is up in the air where we will permanently end up, but at the moment we will be down on the East Coast so we have a ground to carry on playing on.” He described the weekend as “one of our better tournaments in the last six years”. “It was well supported. We had a good turnout of 10 teams, from as far away as South Canterbury. It was a really-good send-off,” John added. The Blenheim Polo club was officially formed in 1973. In the early days of the club, they played at Tyntesfield farm in the Waihopai Valley and then at Jordans’ property on Old Renwick Rd, before shifting to Rewi Murray Park in 1980-81.

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PICTON - SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING 7.30pm. Picton Little Theatre. No partner needed. Beginner’s welcome. Ph Lynda 0212600860. 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 donna@ 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. 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. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS casual parents/caregivers catch up. 10.30-12pm Town Plunket Clinic, 16 Henry St. 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.

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SATURDAY / SUNDAY ALPHA COURSE Dessert & Coffee Information evening. Sat. Feb 17. 7pm Salvation Army Lounge, Cnr. Henry & George Sts, Blenheim. This course explores life, faith and meaning. Free and open to all. Come check it out! Enquiries to Anna: harperanna@yahoo. com SOCIAL CARDS ‘500’ at Redwood Tavern. 1-4pm. Free. Contact Moira for more info 0284213163. PICTON DAWN CHORUS Checking volunteer trap lines, walking through native bush. Contact Jen - 03 928 4957 ext 1. volunteering@pictondawnchorus.nz 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. 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. 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 FARMERS MARKET A&P showgrounds, 9am-12pm Sun, local fresh & seasonal produce & products. 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 Starting again 27th Jan 2024. We’ll fix your small repair on site. Sewing, darning, bikes, small furniture, wooden items, toys, electronics & mobile phones. 9am-12noon. 4th Sat of the month. John’s Kitchen, 2 Redwood St. Donations accepted.

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DEATH NOTICES BURNETT, June Noeline (née Hill) Passed away on Tuesday January 30, 2024, at Hospice Marlborough. In her 95th year. Loved wife of the late Ian, and former wife of Ray Barlow. Much-loved and respected Mum of Dianne, Grant, Craig, Nick, Jeff and Julie. Muchloved and respected Granny of her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Special thanks to the staff of Nurse Maude who cared for June over a few years. Messages may be sent to the family of June at 16 Grange Street, Hillsborough, Christchurch 8022. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made to a/c 03-13690365207-00 Ref. BURNETT. A private family service for June has been held. Respectfully cared for by Geoffrey T Sowman FDANZ Phone (03) 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz

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HAMMOND, Anthony John (John)

On January 30th, 2024, after a sudden illness, at home with her family. Much loved wife and soulmate of Scott. A treasured Mum and Mother-in-law of Gemma and Jared, David, Rosanna and Cooper. Adored Nana of Braxton, Madelyn, Charlie, Rusty and Baddie. Loved daughter of Angela and the late Ron Dixon. Loved sister of Steve and Parisa Dixon. Loved daughter-in-law of Cyril and Dorothy Heywood. A loved sister-in-law, aunty and great aunty. Dearly loved by all family and friends. “Our bright shining light has gone out. Be good, stay safe xxx.” Messages to 14A Penny Street, Mayfield, Blenheim 7201 or www. cloudybayfunerals.co.nz. A Funeral service for Toni will be held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street on Wednesday February 7th, 2024 at 2.00pm followed by private cremation.

On 31 January 2024, peacefully at Aberleigh Rest Home after a long battle with alzheimers, aged 82. Dearly loved husband and friend of Heather, loved and respected father of Warren, Lyndon and Marcus and their respective partners, Becs, Paula and Tracey. A special grandad to Rylee and Ellen. Messages to c/- PO Box 9 Blenheim 7240 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Aberleigh for their loving care of John and support of Heather over the past four and a half years. In lieu of flowers a donation to Alzheimers Marlborough (Acc. No. 02 0600 0112284 00) would be appreciated or may be made at the service. A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce St, Blenheim on Wednesday 7 February at 10:00am. At John’s request a private cremation will be held prior to the service.

Cloudy Bay Funeral Services FDANZ Phone (03) 578 2004 www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz

MITCHELL, Ian Balfour Passed away peacefully at home on Sunday February 4, 2024, surrounded by his four girls. Much loved husband of Keren. Father, father-in-law and grandfather of Sally, Mike, Sam, Will and Henry Tayler, Nic, Dave, Pippa and Georgie Fissenden, Sarah, Tom, Nina and Kit O’Connor. Special thanks to Hospice Marlborough for their wonderful care of Mitch. In lieu of flowers, a donation made at the service or online to Hospice Marlborough a/c 03-1369-0365207-00 or Marlborough Stroke Foundation a/c 02-1269-0023111-004 (both Ref. MITCHELL) would be appreciated. A celebration of Mitch’s life will be held at Brancott Estate, Riverlands on at 2pm on Monday February 12. The service will be livestreamed and details may be accessed via our website www.sowmans.co.nz/upcoming-funerals

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 31, 2024 at Redwood Lifestyle Care and Village, Blenheim. In his 93rd year. Dearly loved son of William and Lilian Cox, loved brother and brother-in-law of Jocelyn and Alan (both deceased). Loved uncle of Diane, Christopher, Stephen, and Adrienne, and their families. Very special friend of Dot, John and Darren Capill. Heartfelt thanks are expressed to the staff at Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village for their outstanding compassionate care of Bill. Messages may be sent to 245A Otipua Road, Timaru 7910. A service commemorating Bill’s life will be held at Sowman’s Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, Blenheim at 11am on Friday February 9.

Respectfully cared for by Geoffrey T Sowman FDANZ Phone (03) 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz

Respectfully cared for by Geoffrey T Sowman FDANZ Phone (03) 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz

Cloudy Bay Funeral Services FDANZ Phone (03) 578 2004 www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz

COX, William Hardy (Bill) McCARTY-PLANT, Megan On January 31st, 2024 passed away peacefully after a brave fight at Hospice Marlborough, Blenheim, aged 56 years. A much loved wife and soulmate, mother and Maimeo; daughter, sister and friend of many. Messages to c/- PO Box 9, Blenheim 7240 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz. In lieu of flowers a donation to Hospice Marlborough (A/c 03-13690365207-00 Ref: McCarty-Plant) or may be made at the service. On Megan’s instruction a private family cremation will be held with a Memorial Service in Cambridge to be advised at a later date. Cloudy Bay Funeral Services FDANZ Phone (03) 578 2004 www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz


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