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H oliday Issue


Summer 2011

HERE’S TO SUMMER: Toasting to the start of the holiday period at the Boathouse on Wakefield Quay is from left; Tina Coleman, Allan Barron, Dennis Creed and Sophie Jones-Williams. Nelson is the perfect holiday location. It has sun, beaches, fantastic wine and food and great locals! Photo: Andrew Board.

Nelson, the perfect summer city With Christmas out of the way, Nelsonians and visitors to the city can get on with the serious business of relaxing. Nelson is the perfect summer location; sun, beaches, shops, great wine, food and markets. Despite the recent floods, the

region is still attracting thousands of holiday-makers to the city and its camping grounds. This Holiday Issue of Nelson Weekly is packed full of things to do, places to see and activities to keep the kids amused.

Whether you are here from elsewhere in the world or a local who’s keen to see what our region has to offer this summer, this issue has it all for you. So once you’ve cleared out the Christmas tree and thrown away all the used Christ-

mas wrapping, sit back and enjoy this last issue of the Nelson Weekly for 2011 and get planning your perfect summer holiday right here in our beautiful region. And from the team at Nelson Weekly, happy holidays.

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The Nelson Fire Service hopes that every• In a caravan, velcro a smoke alarm to one in the Nelson Tasman area has a very the ceiling so it can be removed when cooking. enjoyable and safe break over the Christmas and New Year period. • Ensure furniture and fittings are at least a metre from any heater. In order to assist in the enjoyment of the holiday time here are some simple fire • Always have an escape plan and an alsafety considerations: ternative exit, such as a window. • Water a real Christmas tree regularly • Before using a gas BBQ check the connection between the gas bottle and the to prevent from drying out and if it does, Tim fuel line doesn’t leak. Apply soapy water and starts shedding needles, remove it Bennion. from the house. to all connections. (If you’ve got bubbles, you’ve got troubles!) • Turn tree lights off before going to • Keep looking while you’re cooking. sleep or going out. • Dispose of hot coals properly, douse with plen- Christmas Greetings and wishing you all a very ty of water. Happy New Year, deputy fire chief Tim Bennion.


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Camp celebrates 50 years Quinney’s Bush Camp in Motupiko is celebrating its 50th birthday this month – but it might never have opened if the founder hadn’t received a “sign from God”, says Mark Quinney. In 1961 the late Ray Quinney proposed starting a campsite on an area of family farm as a means to raise funds for a new vicarage at Tapawera. Ray decided to put an advertisement in the local paper to announce the opening and it was all set to go. However, later that day when walking around the overgrown and dry area Ray had a change of heart and called the paper to cancel the advert because he thought the risk of fire too great. Fate intervened and the advertisement ran in the next edition, and

thanks to that error generations of Kiwi families have enjoyed summering there ever since. “Dad (Ray) had already started thinking about plan B, but meanwhile the advert went in the paper anyway. We are Christians so we see that as Gods way of saying ‘no, you’re not backing out of it, you’re going to have a campground here’,” says Mark. Mark says Quinney’s Bush Camp aims is to provide an experience here that will help draw families together, and if customer retention is anything to go by it seems they have achieved that goal. “Grandchildren are coming here now when it was the Grandparents who used to come with their parents as children. It’s been round for a while now, and people seem to really like it,” he says.

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The Peasants’ drummer Chris Phillips is predicting big things for Trafalgar Square Countdown. The National Smokefreerockquest winners will be headlining Nelson’s hottest New Year’s Eve concert, and they’re chomping at the bit to perform in front of thousands of people in their hometown. Following a whirlwind 2011, The Peasants have become one of New Zealand’s top young indie-pop acts, and will soon be heard all over the country’s radio stations. Their debut single Let It Go is due for a February release, but its some of their latest songs that will be heard for the first time down Trafalgar St. “We’ve been writing a whole lot of new stuff, so one thing that people can expect is new songs,” says Chris. “We’re hoping to surprise people with a performance they’ve never seen before.” The New Year’s Eve concert is expected to pull around 3000 people and Chris says it is “awesome” to be able to play in front of crowds that size when they have just finished, or are still, attending secondary school. “We love it eh, we entered rockquest... and now we’re jumping straight into it.” The Trafalgar Square Countdown begins at 8:30pm on December 31. It is alcohol free. The band features Garin College students Georgia Nott, Chris and Abbey Phillips, Joseph Corban-Banks, Clark Hinton, Holly Tippler and Rupert Wockner. The Peasants have also been included in the Sundial Square Summer Sounds lineup. To check out The Peasants, visit them at

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Outdoor movies back for summer

The Anderson family of Nelson at the Summer Movies last year. They are from left; Mike, Hannah, Laura and Jo.

Experience the nostalgia of some significant but almost forgotten movies on the flickering screen in the great outdoors at the SolarCity Summer Movies. SolarCity Summer Movies coordinator Antony Hodgson says the enduring and simple appeal of SolarCity Summer Movies has been vital to the success, now part of Summer in Nelson for 16 years. “I think the simplicity is a big part of the appeal - it’s a low key event, where people can just spread out their blankets and relax as night falls and the movie begins,” he says. Summer Movies this year will be screened on a new brighter projector. “It means a brighter image that will allow us to start the

Beaches are back Nelson’s most iconic landmark is also its most popular summer destination. Where would the region be without Tahunanui Beach? Well we were close to finding out following the big flood, but it has now been given the all-clear by council, giving thousands of holidaymakers their perfect summer spot back for 2012. Tahunanui Beach has everything you need, the sand, the people, the water. It has summer in New Zealand written all over it. The location of Tahunanui Beach offers much more than just a swim and a tan. There are cafes, bars, restaurants, tennis courts and the Tahunanui Fun Park. The park features a hydroslide, mega slide, bumper boats, mini golf and miniature trains. There is also a barbecue area. But Tahunanui Beach isn’t the only beach within

Nelson’s reach. Rabbit Island is only a short drive outside of Richmond and offers a similar experience with plenty more space to barbecue. Rabbit Island is often the first port of call for picnickers, and with its own cycle track and equestrian facilities, there’s plenty to see and do. Kaiteriteri Beach is the beginning of the golden sand. The small township of Kaiteriteri wouldn’t be anywhere without its luxurious beach that brings in thousands of Christchurch residents, and visitors from other regions, every year. Kaiteriteri is the gateway to the Abel Tasman and is one of the most popular destinations for summer in the country. All three beaches topped a Tasman District Council report for the most popular swimming areas in the Nelson/Tasman region, along with the Lee Valley River and Roding River.

movies before it’s completely dark, which will be great for younger children,” Antony says. “We’re advising people to come early to have a picnic, listen to some fine Kiwi music and play giant board games.” This year’s movies are The Five Pennies with Danny Kaye, National Velvet starring the young Liz Taylor, The Misfits with Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable and SilentAntics – a medley of silent clips. SolarCity Summer Movies run from Wednesday January 4 to Monday 30 January, from 9pm to 11pm. Cost is $2 adult, $1 child. Pack a picnic (BYO welcome), bring a rug or your couch, wear warm clothes and enjoy. For showing details,

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Nelson club captain Chris Pugh, left, gets ready for the re-enactment clash of the very first game of rugby to be played in New Zealand. With him from left; Jack McNab, Nelson College principal Gary O’Shea and Nelson College’s Mitchell Drummond.

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A year packed with news, for good and ill To do this year-in-review piece I spend the better part of an hour scouring through this year’s issues of Nelson Weekly. When I finished, one thing was clear, it was action packed. In February we mourned for our neighbours in Canterbury in one of the most difficult moments in the history of our country. The earthquake was hard for many in our region as we have such a close tie with Christchurch. Yet in September and October we partied with the biggest event to ever hit our shores, as our heroes won the Rugby

World Cup and we hosted three games at Trafalgar Park impeccably. Then, earlier this month we watched as mud came pouring off the hills and ruined the homes of more than 100 families in Nelson and Tasman, bringing a natural disaster to our own doorstep, for many very literally. But Nelson has once again proved to be a great city. Our community spirit through the year has been outstanding, from rallying to help Christchurch, to putting out the welcome

mat for RWC visitors. Just last week police issued a statement praising the “community spirit and will” of the community. 2011 has been a tough year, but a good year. As a newspaper we’ve had plenty to celebrate as well. We are now 16 months old and going strong, we won the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce award for emerging business of the year and we’ve been able to hire more local staff to help grow the paper.

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We feel honoured to be welcomed into your homes, workplaces and hear you stories, help grow you business and be a part of such a strong and healthy community. Some of us will endure a tough summer, with uncertainly still around scores of Nelson homes, but on the whole I hope most are able to relax this summer and enjoy a break before ripping back into 2012! Nelson Weekly will take one week off before returning to your letterbox on January 10. Our Town is written by Nelson Weekly editor Andrew Board.

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Local band to jazz it up at festival

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Johnnie Cameron is grateful for his spot on the Woollaston Nelson Jazz and Blues Festival line-up; he just hopes the region’s residents can come out en mass to see the country’s leading jazz musicians at work. The Kaiteriteri resident is a former Garin College and Nelson College student and has landed three performances during the festival with his band, the Johnnie Cameron Trio.

Johnnie is a former Nelson Smokefreerockquest winner and will be joined by former NMIT bass tutor Sam Atkins and one of the region’s most promising drummers, Sam Edmonds, of pop punk band Recommended By Your Mom. “It’s quite cool because Sam is probably the best bass player the region has to offer and he’s a great vocalist as well, so the biggest thing I’ve liked about it so far is that everyone

is so vital about the music and it comes across in the performance,” says Johnnie. The 2012 Woollaston Jazz and Blues Festival will celebrate its 21st birthday with a six day musical party. There will be music in parks, in bars, on Nelson’s city streets and events right across the Tasman region to Golden Bay. The festival will feature more than 200 musicians, 50 events and an audience of over 30,000.

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ping heartland, Richmond. In Richmond, the Mall claims to be the centre of it all and it’s hard to miss. The Richmond Mall is the biggest shopping centre in the top of the South Island and has more than 70 stores from clothing to food to jewellery and supermarkets. A shopping visit to Richmond cannot be made without visiting the Mall. It runs next to the town’s main street, Queen St which is also a vibrant shopping strip. Queen St has stores running along both sides and offers the relaxed setting of Sundial Square to sit back and enjoy a break between your purchases. Richmond is the region’s second largest shopping centre after Nelson City and is a wonderful place to relax after all that swimming and sunbathing at the beach.

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Tahunanui beach is one of the most dangerous beaches in New Zealand says Ed Steenbergen, club captain of the Nelson Surf Life Saving Club. “It’s because of its accessibility. A family could come down to the playing fields or playground and it’s very easy for a child to go wandering away towards the water hazard,” says Ed. Compared to a notorious stretch of water like Piha, with its big waves and rips, you might think Nelsons beaches are placid. “Piha, sure you’ve got a lot of dangerous features but you have to make the conscious effort to drive there to go swimming, here the danger is accessibility”, says Ed. Nelson’s Life Saving Club is out patrolling the beach every Sunday in summer, but they would certainly like to increase the time when the can ‘hoist the flags’, as it were. Ed says with more funding and more members, the club could increase the time they spend on the sand. The message for beach goers this summer, as always, is “swim between the flags”, but when the life savers aren’t on the beach, Ed says the local community and swimmers need to look after each other. “Luckily we’ve got a good contingent of people on the Tahuna hills that keep an eye on the water. Let the police know if there’s a problem Tahunanui life savers Tim Ward and Greg Young (right), with Jayd Cosmatos (far left) prepare for another busy summer at Tahunanui Beach. Photo: Jonathan McKeown. and we get called out to them,” says Ed. The club prowess as life-savers has received international stuck in a tree was played on CNN in Canada. “It’s not our Alongside training as a life guard and rescue training, acclaim, with a rescue in the Maitai Valley during the re- normal rescue situation, when we’re in rivers we are un- there is a growing competition element to surf lifesaving cent floods shown around New Zealand and as far afield der the control of the police rescue, but we have the best in the top of the South. Four clubs from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough are as Canada. Footage of two senior guards rescuing a Ca- equipment to handle those conditions,” says Ed. beginning to get together to compete which may eventuIn a huge improvement on past years where the number of nadian and a German tourist from flood waters while guards has been as low as six the club now has 26 trained ally lead to entering a team in the national championships lifeguards but they are always looking for more members. in Mt Maunganui.



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is one bike that holds a special parts for the bike has lead him all over the place but he is thrilled place in his motorbike heart. to AM have it finally finished. Bill first laid eyes on a cambox PROOFED 11/29/2011 9:19:46 for the 1936 Excelsior Manxman The bike is one of only about five at AD an ID old 4206173AA workshop near the Manxmans in the country says Christchurch square when he Bill. “But probably only three are was in his early 20’s. Earlier this mobile.” month he finished restoring and Bill and his bike will be at the Nelson Classic and Vintage Morebuilding it. The journey to find all the parts torcycle Club’s show and display has seen him buying gearboxes at the Stoke Hall on January 7 in England, petrol tanks in Wa- and 8. nagnui and having its exhaust The NCVMC is one of the bigpipes made in the Lewis Pass. gest classic/vintage clubs in New The story started in Christch- Zealand, and boasts a membership of around one hundred and urch though, says Bill. “I saw a cambox for an Excelsior fifty. To have a qualified bike it Manxman under a desk in the must be 25 years or older. workshop. I asked the guy where There will be a wide range of it came from. The cambox had bikes on show, the earliest excome off a Manxman engine ample is a 1915 Triumph all the which had been in the shop hav- way up to 1986, originating from ing repairs so I tracked down the UK, USA, Japan and Europe. owner, bought the engine – and Popular makes include Trithe non-original bike attached umph, BSA, Indian, MotoGuzzi, to it, a Norton – and began try- Honda, AJS, Ariel and many more. Nelson man Bill Urwin with his 1936 Excelsior Manxman which took him 43 years to build and finish. ing to find more parts.” Bill says he gradually acquired For more information contact The bike will be at the Nelson Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Club Show at the Stoke Hall on January 7 the other pieces over the years and 8, 2012. Photo: Andrew Board.



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Camping in Nelson bonds families over the decades It may sound like a bit of a contradiction but over the next few days many families who live in Westport, Christchurch, Oamaru and Dunedin will be coming home for Christmas, in Nelson. At capacity, Tahuna Beach Holiday Park will hold 3000 people enjoying a traditional Kiwi summer holiday. “We’ve got some families who have been coming here for four generations. They go to the same site every year, park next to the same people and a lot of them say it’s like coming home,” says Ann Cumpstone, park manager. Arthur and Glenys Tyler (“the original team”) have been coming from Westport to spend Christmas in Nelson for 45 years and Arthur, now here with his grandchildren, swears it’s only ever rained once during Christmas dinner. Arthur says it has become more than just a camp ground, with around five families coming back year after year and they have made lifelong friends here. “That’s the beauty about camping, it’s the people you meet. It’s like coming Three generations of the Tyler family patrons of the Tahuna Holiday Park for 45 years. From left Scott, the kids, Arthur, Glenys and home for Christmas for us, because I Colette. Photo: Jonathan McKeown. haven’t been at home for Christmas for about 30 years. We have Christmas dinner ily camping grounds that wants to exceed ronment thanks to the great work that is providing buses on New Year’s Eve so the with the families we’ve met here.” says Ar- peoples expectations, say Ann. They spend Carol Wood and her team at the Maitai merry-makers don’t drive while intoxicatthur. the whole year building up and getting Valley Motor Camp does with youth. ed. “It’s a lot of work for us but the youth Now living in Australia, Arthur’s son ready for the three or four week period Carol provides a safe environment where are always very thankful. It’s somewhere Scott brought his young family to Tahuna around Christmas and New Year, mak- the 16-20 year olds can camp and carry on they can come and have their New Year’s for Abigail, Alana and Sophie’s first Kiwi ing sure the facilities are pristine and all while being monitored by 40 staff includ- celebrations and know there are plenty of camping experience. “I remember the the family activities and entertainment is ing security, nurses and DJ’s. staff to keep them safe. camp as a small boy, you know, living in ready to go, including a live show at the Carol says the local community and busi- “It’s better than them walking the streets the tent, going to the beach, flicking out a amphitheatre every night. nesses get involved as well, with the Edge and the reserves, and it gives the other line – it was magic,” says Scott. The family focus suits Tahuna Park, and providing music and police hosting a bar- camp grounds the chance to have the famThe Tahuna Beach Holiday Park is a fam- Ann says they are able to keep that envi- beque day on the 30th, while Burger King ily environment,” says Carol.


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Richmond Park Race Course will come alive next month with the Interislander Summer Festival Nelson Harness Races, a two day event for the whole family. Large crowds are again expected to attend the races, hosted by the Nelson Harness Racing Club, which has been putting on events like this since the turn of the last century. Some of the best drivers from the South Island will be in attendance, including Dexter Dunn, Mark Jones and David Butt. Johnnie McKenzie has taken on the Nelson Harness Racing Club presidency, and is happy with the amount of support shown to the Club from other trainers and drivers, especially from the Canterbury region. If previous results are anything to go by, local trainers can expected to be provide several of the winners, predicts Bill Monk, a long time committee member. There is something for everyone on both Friday January 6 and Sunday January 8. The gates open at 12pm on Friday and 10am on the Sunday, with the races beginning two hours after. There are 10 races each day, sponsored by local and national businesses. Interislander


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Come down to Richmond racecourse on January 6 and 8 for the fun, fashion and racing of the NHRC’s Interislander Summer Festival. Ferries have again been the major event sponsor for the second year running. For finalised race times check the website in the days leading up to the event. Though the harness races are a great attraction, it’s not all about the horses, with fun entertainment and activities for all age groups. Chris Phillips and Joseph Corban-Banks of

The Peasants will be providing live music, and for the kids there is face painting, balloon animals and bouncy castles. There will also be novelty events and races in between races, such as kid’s cart races, in pony drawn carts, sack races and the sun smart hat toss. On the Friday, come along wearing your best crazy or couture hat and you’ll be in the run-

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Arts fair back for New Year's Day Tahunanui playing fields will be transformed for the annual Arts and Crafts Fair on New Year’s Day. The Lions Club has been organising this event for about thirty years, and it is always a big success. It is a win – win – win affair as holidaymakers get to enjoy local ware, the artists and craftspeople get a chance to present and sell their works and the local Lions club makes a few thousand dollars. All of this money goes to charity. Over recent years we have been able to assist the Nelson Rescue Helicopter, Riding for Disabled, the SightFirst Campaign and the new Ronald MacDonald House. The free barbeque in Tahuna was the




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Luminate Festival Cycle trail tastes great reviews back for 2012

The “earth-friendly” Luminate Festival is back for 2012, bringing its mix of music, dance, art and culture with a focus on environmental sustainability, intentional community, knowledge sharing, creativity and inspiration to Golden Bay. This year the line-up includes The Barons of Tang, Wild Marmalade, Oka, Ganga Giri, (all from Australia), Newtown Rocksteady, Pacific Curls, Taos, the Nomad, Nigel Gavin & Richard Adhams, Amiria Grenell, Samba del Sol, and many more live bands. Electronic producers include OTT (Twisted), Emok (Iboga), James Munro (Flying Rhino), Phony Orphants (Iboga), Loud (Nano), Hedflux (UK), Merkaba (Aus), Grouch, Tom Cosm and Isaac Chambers. Jamie Janover (USA) also returns to host several presentations on quantum science. With a solid reputation for delivering a stunning line up of international and New Zealand artists, offering a broad diversity of live and electronic genres, it’s safe to say that music and dance is an important feature of the atmosphere at Luminate. However the vision for Luminate runs even deeper and manifests as an incredible array of activities on offer throughout the week, providing an authentic and diverse festival experience for all ages, say organisers. Luminate aims to meet the traditional human need for people to gather together from far and wide, sharing knowledge, stories, creativity, healing, contemporary and traditional arts & culture, celebration and connection; all of which strengthens community networks, generates inspiration, encourages personal growth and empowers people with new skills to improve their quality of life. Early Bird Summer Special tickets ($155) are available until January 5, after which the Standard pre sales price applies ($185). Youth tickets (14-17 years) are $85. Kids 13 and under gain free admission, and seniors over 75 are free. Entrance to workshops and camping is included. In Nelson, tickets are available from Everyman Records, for more information on the festival visit www.luminatefestival.

Pauline Skelton enjoys a relaxing ride on the newly opened Great Taste Cycle Trail on Rabbit Island. The unique trail features a boat ride across to Mapua. Photo: Phillip Rollo.

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A Tasman bed and breakfast owner says international interest in the Great Taste Cycle Trail on Rabbit Island encouraged her to check it out over the weekend. Pauline Skelton and her husband John cycled the beginning of the track so they could give a better review when fielding calls from Australia. “I’m doing the biking trail so I know what I’m talking about to my guests,” says Pauline. “We’ve got a couple of websites that are always contacting us and giving us updates and it’s very much out there. I think it’s going to be good for tourism.” Pauline says some sunny weather on Sunday motivated her to get the bike out of the garage. “It’s always in the news so I thought we better check it out. We haven’t got time to do the boat but it’s a fantastic idea.” The unique link between Rabbit Island and Mapua was opened in October, but has since been a very popular destination for tourists as well as locals. When complete, the whole trail including a section in the Motueka River Valley - will cover a distance of 162-175km and will run from Nelson Airport, to Richmond, out to Tapawera, along the Motueka River Valley to Riwaka, and then back to Richmond through Motueka and Mapua. Pauline and John plan to cycle the length of New Zealand in 2012, starting in Nelson.

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Gr wing Things

With Robyn Hollis

Well folks, white. I know it is the “Season to be Jolly” but sitting here under Bunnings Garden centre was also looking really great with grey skies for yet another morning, with Nelson in Civil a lovely stand of indoor plants at good prices. They also Defence Emergency status my thoughts go out to all those have some new varieties of old favourities. of you who have been affected by this, yet another, natu- “Garinea” is a new winter hardy gerbera. Smaller in flower ral disaster. Many will be spending their Christmas with than the potted hybrids but lovely looking with a good family and friends as they cannot use their homes. This colour range and not a bad price. Maybe even I could can always be a good and happy thing but returning to a keep these going through a season ( I tend to treat them red stickered house is not. All my family as annuals – seem to kill them off somesuffered this in Christchurch and I am so how!) Also a new landscape carnationsorry to see Nelson folk in the same boat. dianthus- called the “Scent of Heaven” We are a resilient bunch, us Kiwis, and Angel series. These are very hardy perenI know everyone will get through with nials with the old fashioned strong perthe help and support of neighbours and fume of cloves. Lovely dotted in clumps friends. along a sunny border or in pots and tubs When this issue goes to print we will be near a doorway. almost in a New Year and I truly hope Bay Nurseries was busy as ever and had that 2012 brings sunshine, happiness and the best display of lovely healthy lookgood things for our beautiful little couning hanging baskets. The fuchsia stand try and our wonderful region. is also looking magnificent with literA pot of Gerberas flowers. Back to the garden… the photo this isally dozens of colours and flower types sue is just a simple pot of Gerberas but I really loved the to choose from. These are a really excellent standby to colour and have always liked the simplicity of these lovely brighten a shady spot and with a good cutback after flowflowers. As a start to the New Year I thought I would do ering will provide pleasure for many years. They also a bit of a tour around some of the local garden centres and stock an excellent range of Hydrangeas in many different see what was new or different in the shops. colours and flower types from the oakleaf to the lacecap Mitre10 had a lovely red and white Christmas display and and they are very healthy plants. Bay also stock a good looked very festive. The two new plants for me were Lil- range of perennials and annuals, many of which are grown lium “Blackout” – not black but a deep reddish lily which by them so you know they will do well in our local garlooked amazing. Also a new leuchanthemum “Paladin”, dens. Indoor plants are well displayed here also – you are a tall white Shasta type daisy, which would look stunning spoiled for choice. If you are hunting for Wally Richards in a mass at the back or middle of a border. They had a products Bay have a good range of these also. great selection of petunias including “Black Velvet,” a true I will get out and about in January to some of our other black which would look stunning teamed with orange and garden outlets, just to try to bring you an overview and update on what’s new and who has been “Growing Things” to excite us keen garden folk.

Tidy up over the Holidays

in the base of the saucer so the roots of the plants are not sitting directly in the water. If you do this with all pots at time of planting you could save having to lift and reposition large heavy plants down the track. • Keep pinching the laterals out of tomatoes and take some of the lower shoots from tall varieties to keep the weight of the plants more balanced. • Watch plants for mildew and fungus after all this wet weather. Roses, strawberries, petunias etc all suffer from this so a spray with skim milk mixed 1 part to 10 with water is a good deterrent or a Natures Way fungus spray is also good. New leaves on Vireya rhododendrons can also get powdery mildew at this time of year.

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More questions from last week that I did not have room for. Q: How do we get rid of Ivy and Wandering Jew invading our property from next door? A: This stuff is a menace. The Convolvulous cure mentioned the other week could work on the Wandering Jew but I would use Amitrole instead of Roundup. Please be careful when using and do not let it touch other loved plants. Another idea to try for the Ivy ,with the same warning, is Vigilant Gel. Trace the Ivy to a fairly thick stem (I know – there will be many!). Cut the base of the stem and use the gel as per the instructions. You will have to do this several times along the plant and if you are on good terms with the neighbour it may pay to go and find the source on their side also. This will carry the poison back to the roots and in time it should kill the plant. It will also kill any other plant it touches so use with caution! Q: How do I control Passionvine Hoppers, they are on everything!!! A: These are the scourge of Nelson gardens. They are also very hard to get rid of. The juvenile “fluffy bums” and the adult lacewigs both have one thing in common apart from eating your plants – they can jump! Rudd says they came from Australia but I can’t be sure!! Spraying really does not do much – they seem to just jump out of the way. If you can collect the egg masses from under the leaves in late Autumn and winter and burn them then you have a good chance of stopping the cycle. You could try also try a flyspray – that has been known to work as it is a finer mist. I would recommend that you use Neem Oil spray which should make them sick for a week or two and also put Neem pellets around the base of your plants, the smell can act as a deterrent also. I do hope you had a Happy Christmas and wish all our readers a very happy and safe New Year.


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Skate tour rolls into town

The Tasman Skatepark Tour is back and better than ever. The tour showcases the best boarders and bikers the region has to offer. It is now open to scooter riders as well, which has become increasingly popular within the past 12 months. It’s free to enter and there are plenty of hot prizes up for grabs thanks to Cheapskates, Village Cycles and The Edge. The first stop on the tour

is Mapua on January 4. It will be followed by Takaka on January 7, Tapawera on January 11, Motueka on January 14, Brighwater on January 18, before concluding at the Richmond Skatepark on January 21. Master Pilot will be performing live at many of the skate comps. For more info visit or phone 543 8525.

President of the New Zealand Children’s Athletics Association, Jan Cockeram, says Saxton Oval pavilion is in need of plate and cup donations as they prepare to host 2000 people for the South Island Colgate Games. Photo: Phillip Rollo.

Pavilion sources cups and saucers More than 2000 people will hit Saxton Oval when the South Island Colgate Games reaches town in the middle of January next year, but the organisers are in need of cups and plates to help feed them. With 120 officials coming from all over the country, the pavilion has discovered a bare cupboard for kitchenware and are seeking donations of old cups and plates that can be used for the games and to be kept in the pavilion for future events. “Anybody that has got spare ones that want to get rid of them, we’ll gladly take them and we’ll keep them in the pavilion,” says Nelson-based president of New Zealand Children’s Athletics Association, Jan Cockeram. “It’ll help out cricket as well; they’ll just be in the

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Tasman’s premier cycling tour, featuring the top riders from around New Zealand, is set to return this summer with four stages of action around the Waimea region. The Tour de Vineyards is one of New Zealand’s premier cycling events and is held over five days through the scenic beauty and magical setting of the Tasman District. The tour starts on Tuesday December 27 with the final stage going around Richmond on Saturday December 31. Below are the times and locations, so get out and support these top riders.

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• Hope Circuit - sign on from 9:00am at Hope School with race briefing by Tour Manager for all competitors and supporters 10:00am at Hope School. • Parking at Hope School, no parking on the course. Toilets available at the school. • Stage 1 prize giving at the end of each race at the Finish line • Esquires Sprints at the Start/Finish line on laps 1, 2 and 3 • Village Cycles KOM/QOM on laps 4 and 5 The stage starts on Aniseed Valley Rd, turns left into Paton Rd, left into Clover Rd East, left into Haycock Rd, left into Aniseed Valley Rd. Each lap is 4.7km.

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Race 1 - Men (Senior U23, U19): 9:30am Race 3 - Masters Men: 9:35am Race 2 - Women: 9:40am

• Richmond to Takaka Hill 128km sign on from 8:45am at The Stables, Sundial Square, Richmond • Parking in Sundial Square or Mall car park across the road. Toilets at The Stables. • Stage 2 prize giving at the Finish line • Esquires Sprints at Wakefield, Valley Road and Tapawera • Village Cycles KOM and QOM at Raeys Saddle and Takaka Hill Summit

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Edwards Rd and repeat the circuit through Ngatimoti and Neudorf. At the end of Lap 2 the women’s race turns right onto Moutere Valley Highway; the Masters and Men’s races turn left onto Moutere Valley Highway, left onto Edwards, left into Central Rd, right into Moutere Valley Highway, finish in the Upper Moutere Village.

Stage 4 Saturday 31 December - 9.30am

Race 3 - Masters Men: 9:00am - 16 laps - 35km Race 2 - Women: 10:00am - 16 laps - 35km Race 1 - Men (Senior U23, U19): 11:00am - 28 laps - 60km

• Hill St Circuit, Richmond - sign on 30 minutes prior to your race at the start line, • Parking on Hill St North or Queen St. No parking on circuit. • Each lap is 2.2km • Each race will start with a neutral lap in addition to the laps in the table below • Stage 4 prize giving at the Finish line • Esquires Sprints at Start/Finish on laps 1, 2 and 3 • Village Cycles KOM and QOM at Hill St on laps 4 and 5

Wild Tracks owners John and Maree Squire show how much fun can be had at the Tapawera track. Photo: Jonathan McKeown.

Wild Tracks proves to be plenty of wild fun

Wild Tracks is a full-throttle buggy adventure surprises, laughs John. that will leave you dusty, muddy and gasping for Safety is a big feature at Wild Tracks. They promore. vide all the gear needed, including wet weather John and Maree Squire look forward to welcom- gear, but it’s still recommended you bring a Race Stage Details ing you to their playground in Upper Stanley change of clothes, for one reason or another. Brook Rd, Tapawera, where you will find a day of John and Maree say that people often remark it Prologue Tuesday 27 December 2011entertainment 4pm for the whole family and a buggy was much more than they expected, and that it’s adventure that will have the ‘big kids’ laughing not just a drive around a paddock on a quad bike. and screaming. “It’s similar to a quad-bike in that it has four • Lord Rutherford Road Heslington- sign on from 9:00am • South/Mt Hope Circuit at Hope School witharace briefing by Tour John, the chief guide, leads team of three bugwheels but that is where the similarity ends. This • Sign on from 3:30pm at Lord Rutherford Rd South Manager for all competitors and supporters 10:00am at Hope School. • 10km for Race 1, 2 and 3 gies – complete with independent suspension machine is a good all-rounder, it’s wider, longer • Time Trial bikes are•permitted Absolutely no warming up on circuitand a roll cage – around the 6km purpose built and more stable. 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Marty's Kain to play in Coming Soon front of home crowd Saxton Road seems like a fitting nickname for the wicket at the home of Nelson Cricket, Saxton Oval. And Nelson's Marty Kain hopes the spinner's paradise will help his chances of playing for Central Districts Stags when they host the Otago Volts at Saxton Oval on January 2, in the region's first and only HRV Cup game of the season. The 23 year-old left arm spinner, who relocated from Christchurch over the summer, might just get his chance to make his HRV Cup debut on home soil if coach Alan Hunt opts for two spinners. Marty is a former Waimea Intermediate School and Waimea College pupil, but finished his final years of secondary school in Christchurch. He moved there for the opportunities, gaining selection in various Canterbury age-grade representative sides, before making his debut for the Canterbury Wizards. But it's now new opportunities that have lead Nelson's top cricketer back to the region for good, as well as escaping the earthquakes. "I guess it's the opportunities. My parents are here, and also after the earthquake I thought Nelson would be a nice place to move back to." Marty was involved in pre-season Spin bowler Marty Kain is keen to see some action for Centraining with the Stags in Napier, tral Districts this summer. Photo: Phillip Rollo. Marty has aligned himself with Athletic College and had one appearance in the fourday series, more recently being used as 12th man. Old Boys, making three appearances so far. He He knows his chances will come but he would says the reason behind the move to the club was love nothing more than to play in front of 3000 the appointment of head coach Gary MacDonNelsonians. "It'd be absolutely fantastic if I got ald, whom Marty was mentored by in Christchthe opportunity. Here in Nelson it's a good spin- urch. "He coached me for about 10 years now. ner's wicket, so it depends whether they take in He's brought my career on a long way so I felt obliged to go and play with him. He's helped me two spinners or how they see the game going." While he is yet to play domestic Twenty20, Mar- so much, so it's great." ty says it is "more suited" to his game. "I'm quite a Marty's main goal is much more team orientated negative bowler so I'd love to get the opportunity than individual. If CD can win the HRV Cup they are one step closer to qualification in India's there." He expects a bumper crowd with holiday num- Champions League Twenty20. "Hopefully there bers to spike the region's population during Jan- will be an opportunity go over to India on spinning tracks." uary.

Tanee Whaanga feeds a scrum to Teranui Rapata, Tasman Mako's sevens player Willis Scott and Cooper Grant. Far left Lauren Gilchrist and Hayley Scott enjoy the activities at Victory School. Up to 150 children will take part in the Nelson YMCA's holiday programme over the summer. Photo: Jonathan McKeown.

SOBA (Society of Beer Advocates) will meet at The Moutere Inn at 6.30pm on Wednesday 4th January. A chance to taste some new beers. Shared transport from Nelson available. Bill Fennell. 0211012084 Isel House in Stoke is open to the public this summer from 11am to 4pm daily, Tuesdays to Sundays exclusive. We will be closed on Christmas Day but open on Boxing Day, and also on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Nelson Railway Society: from Boxing Day, Monday December the 26, the railcar or train will be running from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm daily, weather permitting. Art and Craft Fair Sunday January 1st 9am to 4pm Tahunanui Beach Sports Field Nelson. Art, Craft, Food stalls, Entertainment for all the family. A Nelson North Lions Club Community Fund Raising Eve Nelson Tramping Club. 31st Dec till 5th Jan, Arthurs Pass Area, 6 day trip, tents required. Fit/ Hard $72 ph 544 0870 or 544 0570. Monday 2 Jan, Courthouse Flat Walks, Easy. $20 ph 538 0064. 7 Jan, Pearse Resurgence, Medium, $14. Ph 547 3356. The Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition ‘Been There - Made This". Refinery Gallery, Halifax St, 9 Dec - 22nd Jan. Celebrating the first 5 years - a selection of student and tutor work, including a wooden surfboard, acoustic guitars and fine furniture. Waimea Tramping Club Dec 31-Jan 4, Westport day walks, easy to moderate, ph Robert 544 0142. Nelson Women’s & Children’s Refuge are looking for volunteers to assist support the out of hours Crisisline, remotely / from home, using a ‘pager’ system. Police checks required & volunteer must be 2 years violence free. Full training given and full support provided. T 03 548 3353/0272512338 for further info. REGULAR EVENTS Duck Soup will help you expand your social life & build fresh friendships with other Nelson singles over 30 years old. Join in every first Sunday of the month from 7.30pm. More details on or call Adrienne 544-2088. Tennis at Tahuna Drive courts. Saturday 1pm to 5pm tennis for all levels come along or contact Mike 5476562 Kids n Koffee a free playgroup held during term time, Tuesdays 9.45-11.45am at All Saints Lots of activities, great outdoor play area and music session and story time. Creche, 30 Vanguard St. Ph Lois 5487438 Tahunanui Walking Group: Thursdays 10am meet at the Centre 61 Muritai Street, phone 548 6036 for details Tahunanui Garden Group: Meets 1st Wednesday of the month 7pm at the Centre, 61 Muritai Street Tahunanui 548 6036 for details Nelson Male Voice Choir. Meeting Monday evenings, 6.45pm at the Nelson School of Music. New members very welcome. Come along and enjoy the unique sound of a male voice choir, or contact Ernie Tarling, 548 7291. Create cooking group. Every Fortnight on Fridays at 10am. This Friday we are learn-

ing how to make finger food. Ring Sharyn on 0274435507 or 5478108. Breastfeeding Support Nelson (LLL) Meetings held last Tuesday each month, 1.30 – 3 pm @ Tahunanui Community Centre, Muritai St. Meet other mothers and babies. Free access to our library... Fathers, Grandparents, Toddlers, all welcome. For support ph Ruth 546 9029 or Michelle 548 6998 Tuesdays 10-10.30am –Story Craft and Music Time. If you want to give your preschooler the opportunity to learn about Christian values outside of regular church, join us for some great Bible stories and songs. Haven Community Centre- Corner Collingwood & Grove Street. Free. Migrant English Group - Mondays 14.0015.00 Meet other people new to New Zealand, practice your English and enjoy a chat and a drink. Haven Community Centre, corner Collingwood and Grove Street. Free Kids Fit Club-Wednesdays 4.30-5.30pm join our Kids Fit Club to get that exercise and learn about staying healthy! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothes and bring your water bottle. Haven Community Centre. Corner Collingwood and Grove Street. Ages 6-14. Free. Pilates- do you want to feel leaner this summer with easy to follow mat pilates held on Wednesday lunch hours in central Nelson upstairs at the New Hub on New Street from 12.10 to 12.50pm during school terms . To book your mat phone Sue on 538 0318 Mums & Bubs Group every Tuesday 10.30am at Columbus Coffee, Fashion Island. Meet other parents with children, share ideas & receive product demonstrations from stores. Contact 548 9191 or register at www.fashionisland. Multicultural Fitness Sessions with Angela Baker: circuit training & gentle core exercise to tone & strengthen. Mondays 11am – 12pm at “Athletics Nelson” building, Pioneer Park, Hastings St. opposite Spotlight. Cost: Gold Coin. Phone Evey 5390030 for more information. Nelson Community Market at Tory St. Every Friday 10-1pm Fresh Garden produce available Social Table Tennis Monday & Friday - 9am noon Monday & Friday - 9am - noon Wednesday Club Night - 7pm - 9pm$4 per person or $10 per family Bats provided Non-marking footwear essential ph Stadium 5479479 or Karen - 5473005 Nelson Morris practice every Thursday at Trafalgar Street Hall from 7.30 pm. New dancers and musicians welcome. Contact: Jan King 545 2546. (NOTE: We will be having a break over Christmas/New Year. Last practice on Thursday 15 December. Recommence on Thursday 19 January 2012.) Choose to Lose Trying to lose weight, join us for support, weigh-in, coffee, chat with like minded people. Gold coin donation only. Every Thursday at the Centre, 23a Salisbury Rd, Richmond Contact De Ross: 547 4717 or 027698872 Meditation Monday to Friday 6–6.45pm at Nelson Buddhist Centre, 87 Nile Street (opposite Central School). Gold coin donation at the door. Contact Keith 546 8419,

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Holiday Issue 2011/12  

Nelson's local newspaper

Holiday Issue 2011/12  

Nelson's local newspaper