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Dramatic rescue at Molesworth Kat Pickford Reporter

A tramper hiked through the night to get help for his paralysed friend after a day’s walking turned

into a dramatic rescue bid. Experienced trampers Anthony Oakly and brother-in-law Ian Hunt were in Marlborough’s rugged and remote back country earlier this year. Ian fainted during the middle of

the night at Severn Hut in the Molesworth, damaging his spinal cord and paralysing himself from the neck down. But the Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) Anthony usually carried with him was at home with a

dead battery. “There was no way I could move him myself, luckily I’d done some first aid courses which covered spinal injuries,” Anthony says. The pair knew their only hope was for Anthony to leave and find help.

“It was a hell of a call to make, to leave my mate there like that, but the hut book showed hardly anyone visited, so there was no point sitting there waiting for


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See page 2 for full story. Janelle Wilkey wrote and illustrated a book about a hen in Fiji. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

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A Marlborough writer and illustrator has won two top literary awards for her work – inspired by a hen with attitude. Janelle Wilkey from Blenheim has been awarded a Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text and the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for an unpublished illustrator. And she says it’s all down to a “ferocious” hen named Curry who laid her eggs in unusual places. The Storylines Literature Charitable Trust announced the winners at its annual awards ceremony in Auckland recently. Janelle says she was delighted when her story Mrs Brook’s Chook which she wrote three years ago was chosen. “It wrote itself really because it wasn’t hard to come to the conclusion that this hen was very

entertaining to children. “She was a bit of a terror but could also be amusing at times. She lay her eggs on the roof, in people’s cars, in trees and she once lay four eggs in a suitcase of friends of ours. “As we lived in a remote area, finding fresh eggs smashed on the ground as they had fallen out of a tree was quite gutting really,” she says. The win means the tale that she penned while living in Fiji will now be published. Janelle grew up in Nelson and is a nurse with a background in public health. She worked for 20 years in remote Indigenous communities in Australia before moving with her husband and son to Fiji in 2015. It was there that she found more time to follow her love of art and writing, says Janelle. The story was written to entertain

her son Nelson and his cousins. Janelle moved with her family to Blenheim two years ago. She continues to write and paint and works as a community nurse in the health hub in Blenheim. The book is due to be published by Scholastic next year and Janelle says she is going through the edit process with renowned writer Joy Cowley. “It’s lovely working with Joy, she’s been helping me with the manuscript. “She says that even when she’s edited herself, there’s always another level and has helped me see things I wouldn’t have ordinarily. “She’s a seasoned professional,” says Janelle. Curry fell victim to the might of Cyclone Winston which hit Fiji and surrounding areas in February 2016. ‘At least this way she’ll always be remembered,” says Janelle.

Janelle Wilkey created the book to entertain her son. Photo: Paula Hulburt.


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Severn Hut in the Molesworth back country, where Ian Hunt fell off the deck while relieving himself and landed on his head, damaging his spine. Photo: Anthony Oakly.

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Dramatic rescue in the Molesworth FROM PAGE 1 someone to turn up,” Anthony says. “I made him as comfortable as I could … and set off towards some farm sheds, where I hoped to find help.” Using a map by the light of the moon, Anthony says he had to cross five rapidly flowing rivers before he came across some farm sheds around four hours after setting off. But, he says, to his horror, they were empty. “That’s when it really hit me, I had no idea whether Ian was alive or dead at that stage, I had to keep going.” About 5kms later Anthony made it to the Molesworth Station Road, empty and stretching out for miles in either

direction. As he was trying to decide which way to turn, he saw a cloud of dust kicked up by an approaching 4WD. “It was a bit of a miracle, no one is usually on the road at that time. I flagged him down and convinced him to drive me to the closest Department of Conservation hut.” The ranger at the hut contacted Molesworth Station, who called the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. At 11am that morning in January, Anthony heard his mate was being choppered to Christchurch Hospital. “I was so relieved, because I knew then that he’d be ok,” Anthony says. “Then I threw up. I think I must have had some delayed shock.

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Deputy mayor to quit council Paula Hulburt Marlborough’s deputy mayor has called it quits on council, revealing he will not be standing again. Blenheim councillor Terry Sloan has declared he will not stand, opting instead to spend more time with his children. The hotel owner says his “gut instinct” means it is time to allow new blood on to the council. “It feels right in the guts. This is the most settled council I’ve been part of and there are parts of it I will definitely miss and others not so much,” he says. His decision comes as WairauAwatere councillor Cynthia Brooks indicated she needs time away from the council to “reassess her life” before deciding. Should she opt not to stand again there could potentially be three vacant positions up for grabs. “This is an extremely important role and carries a heap of responsibilities which I have happily carried for the last six years. “Before committing to a further three years I need to be very sure I can continue to operate at the level I and my community expect of me,” Cynthia says. A replacement for Terry will be needed and one for former

Deputy mayor Terry Sloan is proud of the three terms he has served on council. Photo: Peter Jones. councillor Larissa Shenfield who left Marlborough for Australia last year. At the time of going to press, councillors Jamie Arbuckle, Gerald Hope, David Oddie, Mark Peters and Nadine Taylor have confirmed their intentions to stand. Blenheim Councillor Jenny Andrews says she was undecided. Marlborough mayor John Leggett

says he will stand again. “My role as mayor has been a real privilege and I am committed to standing for a further term. I’m fortunate to have a great support network in place, in particular my partner Anne who is 100 per cent behind me. “There’s a lot to be done and I’m determined to get stuck in and do all I can for our district,” John says.

Councillor Gerald Hope says there are community projects such as the Flaxbourne Heritage Centre and the region’s new library he wants to see completed during the next three-year term. Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close at midday on 16 August 2019. The election is scheduled for 12 October 2019.

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NEWS Love, life and eyeshadow: Picton Little Theatre is set to stage comic character Alexander Sparrow (‘de Sade’, ‘DJ Trump’, ‘The President’) and his story of the world’s greatest Casanova: Enigma. Described as a seduction guru and motivational speaker, the show is a tongue in cheek look at how the audience can improve their love lives. Packed with demonstrations, jokes, and more than a little eye shadow, this award-nominated comedy is for those aged 16 plus only. Tickets for the hour long show on 19 April are available from Take Note in Picton and Alyssums in Blenheim for $20.00. Door sales are available on the night for $25.00.

The write stuff: Along with Anne Kennedy and Kate Duignan, announced earlier this year, Marlborough Book Festival organisers are delighted to reveal that personal essayist and memoir writer  Chessie Henry, novelist  Pip Adam,  and bloggers Emily Writes and Eleanor Ozich  will be joining the line-up for the 2019 Marlborough Book Festival, along with ten others being announced soon. Book Fair: Havelock Lions annual 3-day booksale begins in Havelock Town Hall on Saturday 20 April at 9:00am -3pm. Books in many categories including children’s, comics, novels, technical books, gardening and cook books. The art of the matter: A new exhibition featuring two local friends opened on Friday, bringing more than a splash of colour to Marlborough’s art scene. Liz and Val Do Colour opened at The Marlborough Art Society’s gallery at 204 High St in Blenheim. Picton artists, Liz Kempthorne and Val Griffith Jones, collaborate in this joint survey exhibition of their expressive paintings, based in landscape and colour. The free exhibition will run until 28 April from 10:30am – 4:30pm.

Boat owner Shannon Doidge has begun to rebuild the damaged interior. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

Blaze ‘blunders’ a safety concern for boaties Paula Hulburt The owner of a boat gutted by fire has hit out at the fire brigade who he accused of a series of blunders Shannon Doidge from Havelock managed to bring the fire on his 30ft boat, the former Stella Miro almost under control when Havelock Fire Brigade arrived. What happens he says, “beggars belief.” The furniture upholsterer, who was living on his nearby house bus with cat Roxy, says his relief quickly turned to horror. “On a boat, the only causes of fire are going to be petrol, diesel or an electrical fault and those need powder to put them out, yet they showed up with water. “The hose was too short when they got there and when they eventually got that sorted, they tried to sink my boat by filling it with water “It was someone from the marina who thought to bring a pump down. “I was so excited when they turned up, so relieved. But it was obvious they didn’t really know what to do and my heart sank. I thought I was going to

lose the boat completely. “I realise these are volunteers, but it just wasn’t safe, and I’d hate to think how they’d cope with anything bigger,” he says. The fire broke out last Monday around 10.15am. Crews from both Havelock and Rai attended, with Havelock first to arrive. “They arrived quickly, but that’s about the only thing they did do right,” says Shannon who has already started to rebuild the $30,000 boat, which was not insured. Shannon says it was friends, marina staff and neighbours who were the real heroes. “To be honest, I think the brigade made the whole situation about ten times worse. “I just hope lessons have been learned as a result,” Shannon says. Neighbour and fellow boat owner Hugh Cameron says the brigade’s response has made him wary of ever calling for help. ‘If a fire broke out on my boat, I wouldn’t call the fire brigade, it’s as simple as that.

“They did more harm than good. Boat owner Ed Johnson says he had been ready to untie nearby boats in case the fire spread. He has also contacted the marina with a view to boat owners doing drills with the fire brigade. “In terms of first response the whole thing was over in five minutes, the volunteers were very quick. “The important lesson to be learned is that we have drills. “Fires on a jetty are very different from, say, a house fire. The local fire brigade need to understand and know where valves are and think of including it in their training exercises,” he says. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesperson says no complaints have been officially made. “We have not received any complaints about this incident, but if we do we will investigate. “We would encourage any members of the public with a complaint to contact us directly via https:// complaints/.

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Landmark decision: A historic Blenheim landmark will be demolished and not repaired following an independent inquiry by a commissioner. The derelict grandstand in the A&P Park showgrounds will be bowled despite opposition from Pouhere Taonga Heritage New Zealand who wanted to see it kept. Conditions attached to the decision will see parts of the park, including old animal pens, preserved.


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Farmers workload warning in wake of gun reform Paula Hulburt Reporter

Marlborough farmers face a growing burden of workload pressure it has been warned. A local landowner says the fall out for farmers in the wake of gun reform will increase strain on an already onerous work load. Farmer Scott Adams from the Wairau Valley is supporting independent rural advocacy organisation Federated Farmers who are contesting the passage of the Arms Amendment Bill. The pastoral and viticulture farmer says while he is an advocate for reform, there should be exceptions made for some farmers. They need to be looked at on a case by case basis, he says. “I never thought New Zealand would witness the kind and scale of attack that happened in Christchurch on 15 March. “I understand why we need to put in place additional restrictions on the kinds of firearms owned and

used in New Zealand,” he says. Scott says the ban will make it tougher for those who farm large properties in the hill and highcountry areas of Marlborough to keep pests under control. Pests on his 1600-hectare land include deer, feral goats, pigs and rabbits. Federated Farmers is asking that rural landowners who can demonstrate a genuine need to use these firearms as part of their business be eligible to apply for an exemption. “It’s difficult enough to keep numbers of these pests down in hard country even with the access to centrefire semiautomatic firearms with large capacity magazines that farmers currently have. “These pests do a lot of damage.  They are people shy, and quickly scatter into cover at any disturbance.  “We need the ability to quickly get away shots at a number of animals before they can disperse,” Scott says. Scott, who was in Wellington last

Federated Farmers general manager policy and advocacy Gavin Forrest, rural security spokesperson Miles Anderson, farmer Scott Adams and senior policy advisor Ewan Kelsall outside the Beehive. Photo: Supplied. week to express his concerns to parliament, says there are safety concerns over having contractors come into farms. He says landowners with significant pest problems will no longer have access to one of the tools they need to effectively manage their land. Farmers will have to rely on contractors who are unlikely to

be available when required. Scott says a lack of local knowledge regarding local terrain puts visitors at risk. “They don’t know the terrain as well as the farmer … nor the most likely places to successfully hunt the pest animals. “Strangers are unfamiliar with the slippery and steep danger spots on our farms are at greater

risk that someone who knows the property well. “Pests don’t wait around for contractors to turn up,” he says. Scott has had his category E endorsement on his fire arms licence for almost ten years. He uses a semi-automatic centrefire rifle and shotguns with large magazine capacity to control pests for primary production and conservation purposes. “We are not saying all farmers should have continued access to centrefire semiautomatic firearms, only those who could demonstrate a genuine need to the authorising agencies, including the police,” he says. Federated Farmers Rural Security spokesperson Miles Anderson says some of the decisions are “illogical.” “Farmers and landowners are being loaded with more responsibility to look after the native biodiversity on their properties than ever before. “At the same time the Government is taking away one of the tools necessary to do so,” he says.


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Learning curve as council bats for NMIT Marlborough needs to be seen an identity in its own right to help safeguard the future of tertiary education, warns the mayor. Mayor John Leggett says council have worked closely with the community to give a unified response to government reforms which could threaten the future of NMIT’s Blenheim campus. And he says it’s time for the government to stop thinking of Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough as one entity. “Whilst we understand the drivers for change at the national level, the risk for Marlborough is that any rationalisation of NMIT’s activities in Nelson might threaten the future existence of the campus here in Blenheim,” he says. The mayor said that the Government needs to consider Marlborough as a region in itself, rather than as part of a wider Top of the South group with Nelson-Tasman, because there are significant differences between the two areas. “For example, Marlborough is the obvious location for a national Centre of Vocational Excellence focusing on viticulture and wine making,” he says. Almost 80 per cent of New Zealand’s wine cultivation and manufacturing takes place in Marlborough. The region is home to more than 140 wine companies, 500 growers, 4,850 direct, full-time equivalent employees, and 28,000 hectares of grapes. “The proposed reforms risk reducing the presence and positive impact of institutes of technology and polytechnics in the regions. “This is of particular concern for Marlborough, as we host a satellite campus of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT),

which has been very successful. “NMIT, the Marlborough Research Centre and New Zealand Winegrowers are already in the process of creating a Marlborough Hub of Excellence for viticulture and oenology, located at the NMIT campus in Blenheim,” John says. NMIT’s Marlborough campus hosts wine-related tertiary qualifications, up to a three-year Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking (NCEA Level 7). This academic year, NMIT’s viticulture-related enrolment was 120, equating to 50 full-time equivalent students, including 31 from overseas, primarily China. “But we want any changes to current tertiary and vocational education structures to enhance the delivery of vocational education in Marlborough. This includes any changes to NMIT and its campus in Blenheim, and to the various industry training organisations here too.” The submission also says there is potential for aquaculture teaching capacity to be located at the campus in Blenheim and for some aviation industry teaching capacity to be established at RNZAF Base Woodbourne and the adjacent Airbus facility.

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Two sisters who joined forces to help spread some joy have teamed up with the Marlborough Weekly to recognise our region’s good sorts. Blenheim Sisters Ngaia Gill and Natasha Vincent launched their Blenheim-based business The Gift Sisters three years ago. And they want to hear from the public about people who deserve their day brightened with a special

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Hard yards for chopper challenge Paula Hulburt Reporter

The service once helped save his dad’s life, now a Blenheim business owner is preparing to put in the hard yards to help save more lives. Bikefit owners Brent Ackroyd and Cassandra Smith have signed up for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust’s Chopper Challenge. Together with their talented team of staff, the pair are pledging to complete 50km every day throughout May to raise vital funds. Brent’s father, who lives in Upper Moutere near Motueka, fell last year while pruning a tree and damaged his back. “They were there to save the day for my family, and it sounded like a fun thing to do and a good cause to support. “You just never know when you

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Lighter crop yields great quality vintage Kat Pickford Reporter

December rain and a hot and dry start to the year has seen smaller yields of grapes in Marlborough this harvest but growers say the vintage is still going to be great quality. Forrest Wines general manager Beth Forrest says early ferments show 2019 has the potential to be a great vintage. Marlborough’s grape yield may be down this year, but according to industry sources, what vintage 2019 lacks in volume it more than makes up for in quality. Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens says the combination of poor flowering due to rain in December and the extended period of hot, dry weather

from January to March had an impact on most yields throughout the region. “The majority of growers’ yields have been affected by the adverse growing conditions this season, and a very small portion have been severely affected in terms of massive yield reduction,” Marcus says. “I have heard a lot of people saying quality is seriously good across the board this year, so I’m curious to see what the wines are like. “Growers generally get paid per tonne, growers may not have won necessarily this year, having a great quality vintage is not a bad thing for the industry.” Growers had a challenging season this year with one of the hottest Marlborough summers on record. Irrigation was cut off to

consent holders in the Pelorus, Rai, Waihopai and Wairau Valleys, forcing grape growers without backup water to weigh up the cost of getting water trucked in to keep the vines alive or risk losing entire crops. Renwick organic grape grower Callum Linklater says there was less disease pressure this year due to drier conditions, and compared to the last two years, harvest was a breeze. “It’s how we always hope harvest will be, the fruit was ripe, in good condition with no pressure from Mother Nature, it was a dream really.” While yields might be down compared to previous years, it was not as bad as first feared, Callum says. “Yields, particularly in sauvignon blanc were higher than anticipated. Put it this


way, growers have had a lot worse than this year.” Forrest Wines general manager Beth Forrest says the poor flowering and hot, dry growing conditions had a direct impact on berry and bunch size, reducing yields overall. But the smaller sized berries packed a big flavour punch, Beth says. “We may have had a lighter crop, but the ferments are all looking really good in the winery, with nice, ripe, intense aromatics across all varieties. “I think there’s great potential for 2019 to be a great quality vintage.” Despite the lighter crop, Forrest Wines had just enough fruit to meet demand. “We’ve got enough for what we need, but no more,” she says.

Work has begun on earthquake-damaged sewer pipelines across central Blenheim, beginning with the recent relining and strengthening of High Street’s stormwater pipe. Council Operations and Maintenance Engineer Stephen Rooney says the original pipe, thought to have been installed in the early 1900s, was cracked in many places after the 2016 earthquake. “There is a risk that it will collapse entirely if there is another earthquake. It’s fortunate that technology has improved dramatically since that first pipe was laid 100 years ago,” says Stephen. “Today we repair a broken 750 mm pipe by inserting a new 600 mm pipe inside the old one. The new pipe expands once it is pushed along the old pipe and any gaps between the two are filled with granite.” The repair work was completed in just a couple of days, rather than digging up the entire pipe which Stephen says would have taken weeks. This job is the first in a series of pipe renewal projects around the region. A contract has recently been awarded to Reline NZ Ltd for the improvement of over two kilometres of sewer pipeline around Blenheim. Eight Blenheim sites are set to undergo the upgrade including Park Terrace, Lybster Street, High Street, Arthur Street, Pitchill Street, Henry Street and Grove Road. Stephen says the damage ranges from large cracks where small sections of pipe have fallen out, to pipes with hairline cracks that aren’t currently causing issues, but would likely fail completely if there was another earthquake. The pipes will be relined with a structural PVC liner which requires very little excavation. Most access to the pipes will be able to be undertaken from manholes or gulley traps within properties. Over the next few weeks Reline NZ Ltd will contact the property owners affected. This first phase of work will complete 2.5km of a nearly 20km repair programme over the next ten years between Blenheim and Picton. “We are planning to rehabilitate approximately 12.5km of sewer pipeline in Blenheim and 6km in Picton progressively over the next ten years, or earlier if possible,” says Stephen.


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Marlborough Chat The control and eradication of wilding conifers and pines in Marlborough’s back country is a difficult and important issue. Farmers in the Waihopai and upper Wairau valleys have been warning about this problem for decades and it is good that the wider community is now taking an interest. Invasive trees are not just a pest on farms: their spread will permanently alter South Marlborough’s sensitive mountain land-

scapes and impact recreational use. I have raised this issue with my colleagues in caucus and asked written questions of conservation minister Eugenie Sage. These relate to the mitigation of wilding spread in the Waihopai Valley and how the minister proposes to control wildings in the Leatham Conservation Area, including the Wye River. Her answers were that the Department of Conservation

(DOC) is working with Marlborough District Council (MDC) and other stakeholders. However, MDC’s Regional Pest Management Plan 2018 did not include high-risk conifer species, as proposed programmes were deemed insufficient. I have requested information under the Official Information Act on advice provided by DOC to MDC as part of their programme to control the growth of wilding conifers.

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Obituary: Lloyd Hanson - a real fishing and hunting kiwi bloke Tony Orman

Lloyd Hanson was a well known and much respected outdoorsman. Photo: Supplied.

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strong opponent of 1080, described Lloyd as “determined, steadfast and fearless.” Laurie Collins of the Sporting Hunters


Search And Rescue. With a strong moral belief about Recently Lloyd Hanson of respecting and protecting the Blenheim passed away. His environment, Lloyd took on a funeral with an estimated 30-year crusade against the aerial attendance towards 500, reflected dropping of poison. the high esteem of the man. It was as a staunch public One local gasped to me, “It’s the opponent of the ecosystem biggest funeral I’ve ever been to!” poison, known as 1080, that The attendance comprised thrust him into the local and people from several walks of often national spotlight. life. Lloyd’s career life centred Both his work and recreational on the automotive trade and in passions gave him contact with the last decade with Repco as a many farmers particularly high representative salesman. country ones. Many were present His friendly but tireless loyalty at his funeral as were numerous to customers established strong anglers and hunters. rapport with clients. I’ve hunted with quite a few but As one work colleague said  Lloyd was in the top bracket “Lloyd was so loyal and would as a hunting companion. His fight for what his customers humour was always lurking needed, even if it took a dozen and then springing out with phone calls and twice as many dry, wry comments and quips. swear words to make it happen.” He was totally generous, Off duty his love was the considerate and unselfish. The outdoors, both sea and trout only blemishes were sometimes fishing as well as hunting deer or getting his 4WD bogged in a pigs. But he gave willingly back to swamp just on dark which then the sports by serving in various entailed a long walk - by me - to positions - as a councillor on the get assistance. Marlborough Acclimatisation However, underneath the Society, the predecessor to wisecracking was Lloyd’s strong today’s Fish and Game councils, side - the serious Lloyd when Marlborough NZ Deerstalkers he was battling bureaucracy. Association secretary, His commitment and energies Marlborough Recreational propelled him to extremely high Fishers’ Association president regard with many. and actively volunteering in Carol Sawyer of Wanaka, another

Outdoor Trust said Lloyd’s passing was a deep loss. “While political apathy afflicts too many, Lloyd was always there,

contributing to the maximum,” he said. Lloyd’s generosity was reflected in his extreme willingness to give to others. He developed his love of the outdoors early, with his grandfather “Granty” teaching him hunting safety. As he matured into an adult hunter, he returned the gift, encouraging youngsters into the outdoors. His father Ken taught Lloyd gold panning and to fish, which he revelled in. Lloyd Hanson, born 30 August 1951, was the younger son of Ken and Jean Hanson of Renwick. Lloyd grew up in Renwick, his father owning the local garage, immediately next door to their home and the pub immediately across the road. Lloyd shared a particularly close relationship with his mother, Jean. She would routinely stand on the deck and bang on a frying pan to call the boys home from the pub at dinner times!  Lloyd’s ultimate legacy however is his family, his passing leaving behind his beloved wife Eileen, two daughters, Corinne and Aimee, along with four much loved step-children and 13 grandchildren. He was never prouder than when he was talking of his family.



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Action from last year’s Yealands Classice Fighters Airshow. Photo: Geoff Soper.

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n the late 1990s, a group of passionate locals had a dream to create an aviation museum which is known today as The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. “We had to find a way to gain attention and to raise money so we thought, ‘we’ll have an airshow – that’ll be good,’” says Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre CEO, Jane Orphan. “So, we ran our first Classic Fighters in 2001 and have held it every second year since.” Subsequently, they opened the AHC in 2006 and have been continuing to run the event because there’s always more they want to do for the museum. “Currently we are in the middle of trying to raise funds for a major extension,” says Jane. Thousands of people from all over New Zealand and the world flock to the event and this year’s Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow 2019 (April 19th to April 21st) will once again be a big drawcard. “It’s a friendly, relaxed event where people can get up close to things; the Omaka Aerodrome is a big grass airfield, ideal for heritage aircraft, where it’s fun to watch the aircraft taking off. We theme our air shows

which is quite unique and we always have something different, so this year we are ‘Saluting women in Aviation.’ “A guy on our team came up with it and we thought it was a fabulous idea. It covers every nation and achievements throughout aviation history; we have the early women who were flying such as Harriet Quimby, the first woman to fly across the English Channel (1912) then not long afterwards you’ve got the women who pioneered long distance flights such as trailblazer Jean Batten who was the first person to fly from England to New Zealand and other famous aviators such as Amelia Earheart.” Jane also mentions how in WW2 women flew in air transport auxiliary, “doing ferry flights such as picking up aircraft which had been repaired in factories and delivering them to the guys in their squadrons. When they first started in 1939, they were only allowed to fly Tigermoths but by war’s end, they were flying everything.” At this year’s Classic Fighters, an event marquee will be set up where entities such as Air NZ, Airbus, RNZAF, NMIT and the Marlborough Aeroclub will

especially be looking at recruiting women who perhaps want to consider a career in aviation. You will love coming along to the action-packed family friendly event - Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow 2019, with over 100 display aircrafts, mock airfield attacks and ground theatre scenarios, a Kid’s Fun Zone, food stalls and more! For more information, visit www.classicfighters.

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Irish Dance performs to dazzle

It is the first time the show has been back in New Zealand since its sell out tour in 2010. Photo: Supplied.

Ireland’s most celebrated show, The Rhythms of Ireland, returns to New Zealand in 2019 bringing their worldwide 10 year anniversary Tour to Blenheim. The critically acclaimed show will take to the stage at Marlborough’s ASB Theatre. Direct from Dublin, the show returns for the first time since their sell-out tour in 2010. The international cast will features six of New Zealand’s best Irish dancers who will join the 10th anniversary tour. Described by concert goers as “awe-inspiring” and “innovative”, the show has played to critical acclaim world-wide. The Rhythms of Ireland has been seen by over two-million people worldwide and has gained a welldeserved reputation for “stunningly executed performances”. Traditional Irish dance, music and song enhanced by stunning costumes, lighting and sound

have captured the attentions of audiences across New Zealand and further afield. A spokeswoman says how the production successfully blends the old with the new. “The incomparable quality and pure unadulterated spectacle of their work perfectly blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with the innovative and flawlessly choreographed production values of contemporary Irish excellence. “Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, New Zealand is privileged to welcome back Ireland’s most outstanding and elite company of dancers to perform this awe-inspiring production,” she says. Tickets are available from the theatre direct or through Ticketek. Adult prices start at $82, children aged 15 years and under from $62.40, senior citizens from $77.90 and a family pass for two adults and two children is $262.

Lead dancer, ex-pat Kiwi Ashleigh John - now based in the UK and Ireland where she teaches and performs. Photo: Supplied.

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A stylish new café is opening soon after Easter next to Kmart called ‘The Catalyst Eatery,’ featuring numerous Marvel coffee blends including the popular variety - ‘Catalyst.’ Marvel is the sister brand to CPR in Blenheim, which has been owned by Deborah and Domenic Romano since late 2015. Deborah says the new café is an entirely new build designed by local architect Chris Nott together with Robinson Construction and is based on their brand Marvel’s black and gold coffee colours, with wood and concrete floors featured throughout. The café will seat around 40 to 50 people inside and out, with the option to enjoy its lovely outdoor area on warmer days. “People can expect the same great coffee and service at Catalyst, where a la carte breakfast will be served, a lunch menu and cabinet


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The all new The Catalyst Eatery next to Kmart is due to open after Easter weekend. Photo: Sarah Hodgett. food will be available, with beer and wine options too,” says Debo-

rah. “Customers can come and enjoy our fabulous Catalyst coffee blends either in the café or buy it take away. Since starting the business we’ve introduced nutritional lattes, different kinds of speciality milks and more variety in our food such as having gluten free options available. “We are also going to be serving ready-to-eat ice-creams and scoops, as well as one or two flavours of gelato. “My husband, Domenic is Italian, so our menu will feature some of

his father’s and mother’s recipes which are more southern Italian, as his family is from the Amalfi Coast.” Another big plus is there’s plenty of parking outside the new cafe and the owners are planning to have a wee children’s nook, so parents can have a really relaxed dining experience. Deborah says tentatively, they hope to be able to open The Catalyst Eatery on the Wednesday after Easter but it depends on whether the construction work is able to be completed by then. The

new café’s normal opening hours will be Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5pm and on the weekends from 8am to 4.30pm. In other exciting news, Deborah and Domenic have also bought the old Curves building opposite Farmers which they are renovating to become their new CPR Headquarters. This will have the same format as the Catalyst Café and will host their wholesale bean roastery.

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Men in Business

I started my career as an electrician in 1991 with Murray Brown Electrical. After gaining experience in the trade and when Murray decided it was time to retire in 2005, I bought the company and have been running it ever since. We’ve seen many changes over the years, such as deregulation of the industry and the old apprentice scheme is now a shadow of its former self. We all knew this would have a negative impact on the industry, which we are seeing today, with a shortage of people coming through the ranks to meet the ever growing demands. I believe it’s important for a trade-based business to have a constant flow of apprentices and I’ve been involved with well over 30 people becoming trade qualified. Being an employer is very rewarding and I believe it’s very important to look after your employees. As quoted by Richard Branson, "look after the people that look after your people." Buying into the Laser franchise back in 2001 was the best thing for us as a locally owned and operated company. We definitely enjoy the benefits of our wider laser network with continued backup and support.

For over 20 years, Marlborough Tour Company Ltd has been successfully operating in the Marlborough region. “Our company’s combination of accommodation, water transport and tours is designed to make the most of all Marlborough has to offer its growing visitor market,” says General Manager (Sales and Marketing), Scott McKenzie. Scott loves being apart of the Marlborough Scott region and being surrounded by the wineries, the Marlborough Sounds for boating, kayaking and fishing, Kaikoura for diving and native bush, tracks and hunting. Scott also enjoys joining the cruises such as the Greenshell Mussel cruise or Seafood Odyssea cruise and highly recommends the Icons Tour. With Marlborough Tour Company purchasing Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove and more recently, Cougar Line, Scott is kept very busy creating incredible packages for locals and visitors to bask in the glory of the Queen Charlotte Sounds. “Cougar Line has a great reputation and a great team of people, which are all factors that fit very well with Marlborough Tour Company and I love being apart of it.

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Marlborough marksman SportS on target Peter Jones Reporter

An attitude change “four or five years ago” has shot Marlborough marksman Andy Peter to a whole new level in his sport. The 53-year-old Awatere clay target shooter enjoyed success in New Zealand for many years, representing his country and picking up plenty of national titles. However, a few years back he decided to raise the bar. “Four or five years ago I decided to give [skeet shooting] a really good crack and I got myself a serious gun, the best of equipment. I got a gun-fitter to fit that gun for me, got involved with a physical coach –basically the best coach in the world - and a mental coach. “I thought, ‘I’m going to everything right for once in my life’, because I believed that if I kept doing what I was doing I could expect a whole bunch of the same … I was always a handy shot but I just wanted to take it to another level.” To further his skills he decided to make an annual trip to the United States to compete against the world’s best skeet shooters in a series of events, culminating at the world champs in San Antonio, Texas during October, at the end of the American season.

“I was a reasonably big fish in the New Zealand pond but if you go to America you are just a little, little fish, there is a lot of very good shooters there,” Peter explained. Last year he made his fourth trip to the United States and enjoyed his best season, picking up his first major title. “I won the biggest shoot I had ever won,” he explained. It was staged in Houston and called “The Best of Texas”. “The company I was among was the main thing … the crème de la crème were there and I got to be top dog for the day. “The ducks all lined up on that day and since then my game has grown considerably.” He backed up his Houston victory, the first at that event by a New Zealander, with overall victory in the 2018 New Zealand championships decided over five days of shooting. “I was runner-up [at the NZ champs] the previous year,” said Peter. “That was a little disappointing because I had it won but lost in in the last moment. But anyway this year I dug in and, with the experience and training I have had in the States, took it out.” His domination continued with victory at the recent North Island championships, continuing a resurgence aided by a man he had to better to

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Otway on top: Jade Otway claimed the main awards when the Marlborough Tennis Association held their annual prizegiving at the Marlborough club pavilion on Wednesday. The 15-year-old rising star on the NZ tennis scene was named overall player of the year and also took out the top junior award. She is currently representing New Zealand at the junior Federation Cup qualifiers in Thailand.

College triathletes shine: A group of Marlborough Boys’ College students showed fine form at the national schools triathlon champs in New Plymouth. Cameron Anderson finished third in the under-13 section, Ryan Marfell came 9th and Joe Coldwell 18th among the under-14 group, Fergus Greer finished 8th and Gus Marfell 11th in the under-15 section while Joseph Westend came 19th in the under-19 grade. The under-14 tag team of Anderson, Ryan Marfell, Coldwell and Finn Mackenzie (Bohally) claimed top honours against all their national rivals. Andy Peter with the spoils of victory at the 2018 NZ champs. Photo: Supplied. claim his biggest prize. Todd Bender, accepted as the world’s best skeet shooter, is Peter’s coach and the man he came up against and beat over in two rounds of double skeet in Houston. “It was great to beat him for the first time, especially with his reputation,” recalls the Awatere farmer. Although Peter travels the world to tackle the best he still rates the local club highly, suggesting, “the Marlborough Clay Target Club down the Wairau Bar is a safe environment for anybody who wants to have a social shoot”. Peter leaves for another stint in the USA soon and is “looking forward to another big season”.

“Ultimately I would like to achieve at the world champs but that is a dream. Who knows? … I’ll be there giving it hell anyway,” he added. Dodson also doing well Peter is not the only Marlborough shooter hitting his targets in the new year. Stalwart fullbore marksman Malcolm Dodson competed in January at the National Fullbore Rifle Association’s week-long championships in Trentham. At the completion of that, the world long range event was hosted by New Zealand. Dodson was not only the NZ president and chief organiser of the event, he also placed 10th overall among 300 of the world’s top shooters and finished as the top veteran.



Squash déjà vu: If spectators experienced a certain feeling of déjà vu about the winners of the Marlborough Squash Open titles, there is a very good reason why. Men’s winner George Crosby took out the men’s title for the 11th time, while women’s victor Megan Graham (nee Craig) picked up the trophy for the 12th time. Graham showed she is returning to form after last year’s maternity leave by taking out the women’s section without dropping a set, then provided tough opposition for Crosby in the men’s final. She beat rising star Leonie Marshall 15-5, 15-8, 15-3 in the semifinal then took on Amelia Wadsworth, who beat Dorothy Boyce 10-15, 15-12, 15-5, 15-11. In the decider Graham prevailed 15-9, 15-4, 15-5. Marshall beat Boyce in the play-off for third. Crosby, now based in Auckland, had three relatively straightforward wins on his way to the men’s final, downing Nick Burns 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 in a semifinal. Graham took on her father Grant Craig in the other semi and came away with a 13-11, 11-0, 11-0 win when Grant was forced to withdraw through injury after a close first set. In the men’s decider Graham’s fitness kept her in the game, winning the first set 11-7, before Crosby’s speed and accuracy saw him take the next three 11-5, 11-8, 11-5.

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Waitohi ‘pretty rapt’ with win over Stoke Peter Jones Reporter

Waitohi player/coach Jimmy Giles admitted he was “pretty rapt” with his charges after they spared Marlborough’s blushes on Saturday. During the fifth round of the E’stel Tasman Trophy rugby competition the Picton-based side tipped over Stoke 31-25, providing the only victory for teams based this side of the Whangamoas. Giles was quick to admit his side were far from perfect, the game often getting a bit niggly and disjointed as both sides struggled with cohesion and adapting to some of the referee’s decisions. “It didn’t feel like either team was well on top at any stage … and it was touch and go at the end,” he suggested. Two of the local players, Giles included, were sent to the sin bin and they made do with a threeman bench, but there was enough resolve and grit shown by the local lads to get the job done. “We did reasonably well with a lightweight pack and a short lineout,” said Giles, “I’m pretty rapt with the effort given [the line-up] we had.” The game, at Endeavour Park, was close at halftime, Waitohi ahead 15-10. The home side surged out to 31-13 then repelled a late surge by the visitors who closed to within six points with 10 minutes to go, then laid siege to the Waitohi line. However, staunch defence created turnovers and the Tohis survived to pick up their second win of the season. Giles said his side had plenty of

heroes on the day but singled out a few for special mention. “Tuli [Paea] at fullback had one of his better games for us, young Taine [Cragg-Love] at flanker was outstanding again, into everything, Corey [Bovey] with his goalkicking was very sound, plus the frontrowers Taimi [Fangatua] and Manu [Mataele] put in a lot of work. “The heart all the boys showed was awesome … we are going out there with no massive expectations except to play a decent 80 minutes and see what happens. They are playing hard for each other, the club and the supporters.” Less happy with his side’s efforts on Saturday was East Coast skipper Seymour Lambert, whose side went down 33-24 in Seddon to a resolute and dangerous Kahurangi outfit. The visitors led 21-12 at the break, taking advantage of a stiff wind at their backs and some defensive lapses, then frustrated East Coast, who made too many errors, both on attack and defence. “They got a head start and we were not good enough, not clinical enough, that’s all it comes down to really,” said the uncompromising tighthead prop. The Coasters were chasing their third home win in a row but were always behind in the game, being locked in their half for most of the first quarter, then conceding two quick converted tries to trail 14-0. Kahurangi’s play-making quartet of No8 Hana Corbett-Burrows, flanker Tim Sail, halfback Aaron Coe and first five Ben Corston were highly influential, Corston kicking astutely to pressure East Coast’s defenders into errors.

East Coast first five-eighth Myles Hamilton takes on the Kahurangi defence in Seddon on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones. When the home side finally got some field position they scored from a trademark rolling maul, but the visitors came back immediately to bag their third. A touchdown by the hardworking Steve Crudis just prior to halftime saw the home side close to 21-12 and they came out firing immediately after halftime. However a straightforward penalty attempt was missed and Kahurangi regrouped, adding two more tries to stretch the lead to 33-12 and, although the Coasters picked up late tries to Jordan Judge and Michael Ryan to bag a bonus point, the home side were always playing catch-up. Lambert said his side were focused on playing finals football this season but added, “with a performance like that we can’t do it. It’s back to the drawing board this week.” The third game in Marlborough saw Moutere take on the unbeaten Marist side at Awarau Park. At

halftime the visitors led 22-5 and doubled their advantage in the second spell, their attacking prowess too hot for the Magpies to handle. In Nelson, Central and Renwick featured in a Trafalgar Park double-header and met the same fate. In the highest-scoring encounter of the weekend, the Blues were swamped 53-28 by Nelson, who led 31-7 at the break, while the Green Machine went down 4919 to Waimea Old Boys in the curtainraiser. Division one Kakurangi 33 (Stein Schreiber 2, Tim Sail, Ryan McKay, Vito Lammers tries, Aaron Coe 3 con) East Coast 24 (Stu Campbell, Steve Crudis, Jordan Judge, Michael Ryan tries, Myles Hamilton 2 con). HT: 21-12 Kahurangi Waitohi 31 (Fetuli Paea, Sosaia Tokai, Taimi Fangatua, Corey Bovey, Bovey 4 con, pen) Stoke

25. HT: 15-10 Waitohi. Nelson 53 (Chris Kerslake, Conor Rhind 3, Asher Wells, Ethan Blackadder, Saul Lewis, Matthew Soper tries, Mitchell Barry 5 con, pen) Central 28 (Timoci Tavatavanawai, Jesse MacDonald, Mitchell Smith, Chapman tries, Smith 2 con, Trance Poa 2 con). HT 31-7. Waimea Old Boys 46 Renwick 16 Marist 51 Moutere 12 Division two Waitohi 10 Pelorus 6; Moutere 24 Renwick 19 Division one standings (provisional): Waimea Old Boys 23, Marist 20*, Nelson 15, Kahurangi 15, Wanderers 13*, Waitohi 11*, East Coast 11*, Central 10, Stoke 8*, Moutere 2, Renwick 2. * team has had a bye. Thursday’s matches: Central v Waitohi at Lansdowne Park; East Coast v Renwick in Seddon; Marist v Nelson in Nelson; Waimea v Wanderers in Nelson; Kahurangi v Stoke in Riwaka.

for scoring rep centuries - Lamb, Ben Wheeler (169no against Canterbury Country) and Prabodha Arthavidu who racked up three tons – 198 v Buller, 116 v Nelson and 107no v Horowhenua Kapiti. Two rep players claimed bags of five wickets or more, Lamb and Wheeler, who picked up 5-7 against Country to complete an astonishing match double. Prabodha scored the most rep runs (566 at 56.60) while Lamb claimed the most wickets (24 at 14.13). The Jack Laird senior batting cup for club play went to Arthavidu with 465 runs at an average of

33.21, while Celtic, Dolphins and Marlborough allrounder Josh Poole won the Mick Jellyman senior bowling cup with 34 wickets at 10.12 runs per wicket. The Renwick club had a table laden with silverware at the end of the evening. They won the 40over third grade competition, the 40-over second grade title, the second grade challenge cup, the senior challenge cup, plus the much sought-after Rudd Shield for the highest win percentage across all their teams. Wairau picked up both the second and senior grade T20 trophies while Wairau Valley won the third grade T20 title.

Jerrym Lamb in action for the Dolphins. Photo: Shuttersport.

Lamb voted cricketer of the year Peter Jones Reporter

Celtic, Dolphins and Marlborough all rounder Jerrym Lamb was named the province’s cricketer of the year at the annual Marlborough Cricket Association awards evening recently. Lamb had a stellar 2018-19 campaign with both bat and ball, scoring a century against Nelson in the vital Hawke Cup zone three final, after claiming the startling figures of 7-4 against Buller in an earlier qualifying match. The Knowles Cup, presented to

the province’s leading under-21 player of the year went to Wairau and Falcons keeper/batsman Ma’ara Ave, who made his first class debut for Central Districts during the season. The Queen Carnival Cup, for services to cricket was awarded to MCA board chairman Greg Stretch while Renwick, Dolphins and Marlborough keeper/ batsman Luke Frankland was recognized by the umpires for his positive attitude to the game. Lamb also took out the Greg Stretch Medal, awarded by his fellow rep players on a game-bygame basis. Three players were recognized


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Rangers keep Pirates at bay Peter Jones Reporter

Rangers AFC and Blenheim Valley MBC maintained their perfect start to the Marlborough division one football season to remain locked together at the head of the Mayfield Motorworld division one table. Both teams are five points clear at the top after beating Central Pirates and BV Cobras respectively on Saturday. At A and P Park Rangers AFC got up 4-2 over Central Pirates in a topsy-turvy encounter. Pirates had the better of the early stages, going ahead 1-0 through Chris Turkington and seeing one of Rangers’ key players, striker Sam Pearson, sent off for dissent. Although Rangers went to the break on level terms, courtesy of an Andrew McCaa own goal, they were outplayed by Pirates in the first 45. However the second spell belonged to a 10-man Rangers outfit. An Adam Rose penalty, plus goals to Ollie Saunders and Sam Patterson on the break, saw Rangers home, although Sam Boyce pulled one back for Central late in the piece.

Rangers’ coach John Denmark said that while there were some good individual performances from his players, “when the team come down to 10 men for the majority of the game it’s only fair to praise the whole squad for their efforts”. Best of the Pirates’ crew were midfielder Jordy Columbus, Nick Rayner and Boyce. Meanwhile, at Athletic Park, MBC prevailed 3-0 over Cobras, after the match was scoreless at halftime. The students raised the tempo in the second 45, and within 20 minutes had scored three times. The first came from a welldirected corner by Caleb McKay which Ben Ivory-McCullum powerfully headed in. The second was scored by Phurim Paensuwan who followed up after Shinji Mikame hit the woodwork for the second time. MBC’s final goal, Paensuwan’s second, came from a delightful long-range chip over the keeper from inside the centre circle. Coach Gareth Pugh mentioned the efforts of Sid Knobben, who was outstanding in his work rate, and Ryan Palmer, who controlled the game well and showed his tenacity in the tackle.

Call Care Trojans’ striker Blair Hantz closes in on goal during his side’s 3-0 division two win over Central Buccaneers at A and P Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones. “The back five can again be pleased with a second clean sheet in a row. “The whole squad are beginning to realise their potential, playing good football but at the same time matching up in the physical challenge,” added Pugh. The third match was taken out by BV Masters, who accounted for the winless Rangers Clubs of Marlborough 3-1.

In Mayfield Motorworld division two action Redwood Masters underlined their dominance with a 3-2 win over Picton Crow Tavern Masters in Picton. The other Picton side, Novus Picton produced the highest score of the day with a 9-0 win over Spartans, while Call Care Trojans accounted for Central Buccaneers 3-0 after leading 1-0 at the break.

Division one standings: Rangers AFC 9, BV MBC 9, Central Wolves 4*, BV Masters 3*, BV Cobras 1, Central Pirates 0*, Rangers COM 0. * Team has had a bye. Division two standings: Redwood Masters 9, Novus Picton 6*, Trojans 6, Picton Crow Tavern Masters 3*, Rangers Masters 1*, Central Buccaneers 1, Spartans 0. * Team has had a bye.


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Malimali, halfback Saia Tokai and centre Daniel Samita are newcomers attracted by Island connections to Fangitua and Paea, plus through the work of former coach Tonga Taumoefolau, and will add explosive pace and depth to the squad. Giles has also been heartened by the addition of several younger players to the mix with strong local connections, notably the Love cousins Enoka and Taine, although he admits he is starting to feel old given he previously played alongside their fathers. Although he would dearly love to pick up back-to back premier titles, Giles stresses that it is a “new year and a new team”. “Everyone is buying in to what we are trying to do down here. We have always been about family,

The Waitohi division one team celebrate their 2018 Marlborough sub-union championship title at Lansdowne Park. Photo Peter Jones.

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Waitohi Rugby Club president Jimmy Giles admits it has been a battle to put a premier side together this season, but feels the Picton-based side are on the right track to defending their Marlborough sub-union title.

Last season Waitohi overcame Renwick in an emotion-laden final at Lansdowne Park, the win dedicated to former teammate Bevan Moody. However, after the high of a successful season came the realization that, with a large group of players on the move, numbers were looking low for 2019. However, the Waitohi rugby

community rallied and put in some hard work, meaning that by the time the season kicked off on March 16 they were able to put a very competitive team on the field. “It was always going to be a big ask,” said Giles, “we only had about six players for the first weeks of pre-season so we have come a long way. Now we are


Tim O’Malley, with ball, and Corey Bovey have been key playmakers for the Tohis in recent times. Photo Shuttersport. just taking it week-by-week.” Some key players have returned, including goalkicking ace Corey Bovey, rugged front-rower Taimi Fangitua, the versatile Jack Evans, young loosie Taine Cragg-Love, Tohis favourite

Manu Mataele, player-coach Giles and former international fullback Tuli Paea. Mako player Tim O’Malley has been plying his trade overseas but is due to return in midMay, while imposing midfielder

Stefan Roguski and classy halfback Karlos Tautari are also expected to re-enter the frame later in the season. The arrival of a group of accomplished Tongan players has helped the cause. Prop Losi

involving our partners and kids … and it’s great to see so many longtime supporters and sponsors at the games.” Waitohi will field a division two side, under the guidance of Jason Hebberd and Lionel Hamlin, plus an under-16 team, plus at least eight junior sides. Crafar Crouch Waitohi: Manu Mataele, Taimi Fangitua, Matt Burgess, Losi Malimali, Rocky Leofo, Luke Bergman, Mike Tino, Enoka Love, Dylan Burns, Jack Evans, Taine Cragg-Love, Corey McCaffery; Jimmy Giles, Saia Tokai, Corey Bovey, Mike Hillgrove, Tiare Tairua, Daniel Samita, Marty Baller, Tuli Paea, Eugene Taylor, Tim O’Malley, Stefan Roguski, Karlos Tautari, Duane Aholelei. Player/coach Jimmy Giles.

Waitohi’s remaining 2019 schedule April 18: v Central at Lansdowne Park April 27: v Nelson in Nelson May 4: v Moutere at Awarua Park May 11: v Marist in Nelson May 18: v East Coast in Picton May 25: v Kahurangi in Riwaka June 1, June 8: Tasman Trophy

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‘Sophie’s choice’ followed by international return Sophie MacKenzie, wearing Wairau colours, in action at the 2019 national champs. Photo Art of Rowing/Rowing NZ.

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Former three-time world champion Sophie MacKenzie doesn’t view her return to toplevel rowing as a comeback, suggesting that mentally she has “never been away” from the sport she loves. “I never retired,” she quickly points out, “I just took some time away to get my health in check so once that was good I thought ‘OK, I can do it now and do it better’”. The 27-year-old lightweight sculler was recently named in the New Zealand elite squad to campaign in Europe this year, 30 months after she announced she was taking a break from rowing,

after being heavily involved since 2007. A world under-23 lightweight double sculls champion with Zoe McBride in 2014, MacKenzie paired up with Julia Edwards later that season, winning the world elite title, then repeated the dose in 2015. The duo travelled to Rio for the 2016 Olympics, finishing fourth in the A final, after which MacKenzie opted to step away. The Marlborough Sportsperson of the Year in 2014 and 15 said she always planned a return to rowing, the decision to put her hand up for national consideration this season being prompted by a trip to Vanuatu in January 2018. “[Returning to rowing] was always in the back of my mind, I just hadn’t told anyone. Whenever

I got in a boat I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face so I thought that was a tell-tale sign that I still love it and had better give it another crack while I can. “I went to Vanuatu for a Pacific Islands coaching camp and absolutely fell in love with rowing and coaching again. It was part of a process to select crews to go to the Youth Olympics and I had to teach 16-year-old boys and girls how to row in a week. Most had never even seen a rowing boat so it was very entertaining, but one of the most humbling, enjoyable experiences I have had around rowing.” With her rowing fires rekindled, MacKenzie began training in earnest with the Waikato Rowing Performance Centre. She trialed for the Central RPC and was

admitted to the 2019 Summer Squad, based at Lake Karapiro. A couple of injuries slowed her progress but she headed for the nationals in February in good heart, up against fellow lightweights McBride and Jackie Kiddle, her rivals for a spot in the NZ lightweight double, an Olympic-class boat. MacKenzie picked up a bronze medal in the lightweight single and also competed in the premier single, winning the B final. “It felt different, but good. I still didn’t have my racing pants on because that was my first racing of the season. It took me all week to be able to feel like I used to feel in a race so it’s exciting to know that I can progress much more.” Despite not being part of the rowing scene for 18 months,

MacKenzie hasn’t been far from the action, living among a community of rowers, known affectionately as “the bubble” in Cambridge. She and partner Nathan Flannery, also a national elite sculler, “have a home and a dog now and are pretty settled”, she suggested. “It doesn’t take long to slip back into the old routines.” Qualification of the Kiwi lightweight double for the Tokyo regatta next year is the prime objective of the NZ camp and MacKenzie, while wary of getting too far ahead of herself, admits her aim is to be involved in that boat at world champs and Olympic level again. In the meantime though, she’s just thrilled to be back on the water, working hard and going fast.



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NORRISS Stanley David Passed away Saturday 13 April 2019, aged 88 years. Dearly loved husband of Joy. Loved father of Mike, Robyn, Julie, Pamela, Tania and David. Adored Grandad to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A funeral service for Stanley will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, Blenheim at 1.30pm WEDNESDAY April 17, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.



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Bethlee Evelyn (nee Horrell) Peacefully on 13 April 2019 aged 87 years at Wairau Hospital. Loved Wife of Bruce and Mother and Mother- in- law of John (deceased), Anthony, Mark and Kate, Ian and Sheryll, Suzanne and Alan. Adored Grandma of Jonathan, Maxine, Stuart, James, Lucy, Sarah, Nicole, Emily, Daniel and Beth, and Great-Grandma of Sydney and Madison. Loved sister of Isobel, Lesley and Ruth and daughter of John and Emily all deceased. Loved sister-in-law of Helen Heaps. Messages for the family to C/- P O Box 9 Blenheim 7240. A special thank you to Maxwell Life Care for their care and support of Bethlee during her final illness. At Bethlee and Bruce’s request a private funeral and cremation will be held. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

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Community Notices BLENHEIM METHODIST PARISH presents a variety concert Sun 5 May at the Wesley Centre 2pm. Featuring the Richmond Handbell Choir from Christchurch and the Marlborough Singers, bagpipe and organ duo and visiting organist. All welcome. Admission $10. MARLBOROUGH RED CROSS In conjunction with the Marlborough Golf Club welcomes all golfers to the 48th annual ANZAC Day Golf Tournament. 12.30pm. Thanks to the support of Marlborough businesses there will be an excellent prize table, raffle and sausage sizzle, great golf and friendship. All proceeds to be used in Marlborough. THE ROADHOUSE BREAKFAST is for car enthusiasts of all genres. Held the first Sunday of every month at the Riverlands Roadhouse .Coffee cart on site and the cafe serves great food. Over 100 cars at each of first two events. BEGINNER’S LINE DANCE CLASS Tuesdays, 6pm until 25 June at Fairhall Hall. No partner needed so come along for some friendship, music, dance and fun. Dance to all genre off music. First night free for new beginners then $5 a class. Judith - 578 7554. BLENHEIM CROQUET CLUB welcomes new members to come along and have a go 1pm Parker St. Pollard Park on Sun, Tues & Thurs. Golf Croquet, Wed & Sat. Association Croquet, Friday Ricochet. PICTON SOCIAL EUCHRE Waikawa Boating Club, 1pm Wed. Afternoon tea provided. $2 to play. CHESS every Sat at Joocy Loocy Café 10am-1pm. 35 Queen St. Wed at Clubs of Marlborough Bridge room at 6.308pm. Bring your own board and pieces.

QUIZ NIGHT Wed at Clubs of Marlborough. Join us for Marlborough’s most popular quiz. Register from 6:30pm. Teams consist of any number up to a maximum of 8. All materials supplied. LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Meets last Thurs of the month at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim). Next meeting Thurs 2 May, 6:30 pm. Bring a book along to discuss with the club. April’s reading theme is biographies and memoirs, although you’re welcome to read anything of your choice. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING 7.30pm on a Wednesday, Picton Little Theatre. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. WAIKAWA & PICTON TABLE TENNIS Tues. 10am - 12 Picton Little Theatre, 9 Dublin Street. Thurs. 10am - 12 Port Marlborough Pavilion, Waikawa Road. Adults of all ages welcome. $3 includes morning tea. All equipment supplied. Ernest 0275 888 453. MARLBOROUGH NEWCOMERS group has regular activities in Blenheim & Picton, come along to one of our coffee mornings, craft groups, pot luck dinners or movie nights, plus much more! We would love to meet you! Ph 579 6410. SENIORNET brings older adults and technology together in a friendly, fun and stress-free way. Small, organised classes, with volunteer tutors, the same age as their students, courses ranging from the very beginner courses up to the more advanced courses in Word Processing, Photoshop Elements, Excel etc. Bryan at 574 1311. MARLBOROUGH TRAMPING CLUB A very active club, holding mid-week


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STEADY AS YOU GO falls prevention group. Picton, Thursdays 1.30-2.30pm. Marina Cove Village Communal room, 53 Waikawa Rd. Involves slow and gentle stretching exercises and balance control for 65+ age group. Especially for those who have fallen in the last year. STAMP COLLECTORS CLUB at Brawshaw Park Club rooms 7.30pm on Mondays. All welcome. Rick 579 3475. BLENHEIM BUDDHIST GROUP Mondays 7.00-8.30pm, sharing teachings and support with meditation practice. All welcome. Maree 027 634 9045 COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS a casual catch up for all parents and caregivers 10.30-12pm every Wed at the town Plunket Clinic, 16 Henry St. No charge. MARLBOROUGH MIGRANT CENTRE Morning tea gathering Wednesdays 10.30am. 21 Henry St. Our aim is to ensure that migrants, newcomers and local people can celebrate their diversity in a safe and welcoming community. MARLBOROUGH MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB is committed to seeing mountain biking continue to flourish in Marlborough. We hold regular rides suitable for all levels of fitness and ability. These include back country expeditions, easy local rides and more serious mountain bike races. We also build and maintain tracks in the region. MARLBOROUGH HOSPICE volunteers needed. Opportunities include assiting in the in-patient unit, sitting with patients, reception duties and more. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 03 578 9492. MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS COMMU-

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