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By Celeste Lodewyk and Kristy Martin Lisa Willis (pictured) was walking her dog Ruby down the Taylor River late last year when Ruby was knocked down by a cyclist who didn’t make any attempt to slow down or go around her. The cyclist was female, in her late teens. “This girl just hoofed down at speed on the path and I didn’t even have time to tell her to slow down, or tell her that Ruby was partially-blind and couldn’t see her coming. “The girl went straight into her. “My nearly-40kg dog was knocked down and the girl went over her handlebars. Continued page 3
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Heavy crops lead to thinning By Adam Poulopoulos Action has to continue being taken if the quality of Marlborough’s wine is to be preserved, according to one vineyard owner. Advantageous conditions before Christmas has seen heavy crops everywhere, to the extent most vineyard owners are thinning grapes signifcantly to help the fruit ripen. Peter Yealands of Yealands Estate said this crop could be Marlborough’s biggest ever. He estimated Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc harvest will be between 250 - 260,000 tonnes, about 40000 tonnes up on 2013. He said if crops were not thinned, the April weather could see grapes unripened
and susceptible to bunch rot. “I feel those who aren’t taking fruit off, with these heavy yields, are taking a gamble.” He said those who did not thin would experience a “short-term boom, but a long term-bust,” after harvesting a large amount of low-quality grapes. At the moment Yealands Estate is thinning at least 50 per cent of its acreage, and in some cases 50 per cent of the fruit on the crops. “It’s not unheard of but it’s not something that happens every year,” Mr Yealands said. Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens said no two vineyards’ crops were the same, and grapegrowers were making some tough decisions about thinning.
“People are intervening to get the balance right in the vineyards. “There’s a lot of caution there - thin too dramatically and it’s hard to put back on.” He said signs for the crop were pretty encouraging overall. “They’re in a much better space than in the last two or three vintages. “The markets are strongly positive about Marlborough wine. “Getting the crop in early helps to avoid the Autumn weather.” Mr Pickens said harvest was about 10 days ahead of schedule, and the first sparkling wine grapes would probably be picked at the end of the month.
Jimmy Iarabia thins the crops at Yealands Estate.
Epic 288km walk to aid earthquake fund By Adam Poulopoulos A 288km City Mission walk raising money for the Marlborough Mayoral Earthquake Fund is well underway. The 10-person group ‘On a Mission for the Mission’ are midway through their epic walk from Seddon to Christchurch. T he g roup includes Christchurch City Mission staff and Kaikoura MP Colin King. The walk got under way last Friday with a ceremony at Seddon school. Donations raised will go towards those affected by the Seddon earthquakes, and the Christchurch City Mission Earthquake Fund. City Mission staff mem-
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Pathway causes angst in community inbriefThe Sun Continued from page 1 “It happened purely because she did not slow down or take into consideration that dogs and people can move unpredictably. “Ruby got up and ran away and fortunately she wasn’t hurt.” Mrs Willis also has a Chihuahua, but says she will no longer take the tiny dog down to the river, because it is not safe. Her concerns echo those of other walkers in the community, and the Sun has received numerous text messages from those who say cyclists using the popular river pathway are too aggressive. Meanwhile, bikers want dog owners to have better control over their animals. Some even say there should be separate paths for walkers and cyclists on either side of the river. Two daily walkers, who did not want to be named, said they often felt intimidated by cyclists. “We think there should be one side for walkers and one side for cyclists,” said one woman, aged 27. “The worst is when they come up behind you and you don’t even know it and then they expect you to move.” Her friend, a mum with a pram, said it was a lot more difficult for her to move than it would be for a cyclist to go around. “Why do they have to ride on the footpath?” she said. “It’s called a footpath not a bike path.” Another daily dog walker also weighed in on the argument, but said she didn’t want her name or photo published, as she didn’t want to become a “target”.
Woman falls 2m A 61-year-old woman suffered a serious head injury after falling up to two metres from a viewing platform in the Marlborough Sounds. At about 8.45pm last Thursday, the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mahau Sound to arilift the woman, after she was found unconscious on the ground. She was assessed and stablised at the scene, by the helicopter’s onboard intensive care paramedic, before being flown to Nelson Hospital.
Regular dog walkers Carol Bell, Chris Norfolk, Rhyanna Culley and Carl Frost have an opposing opinion, saying they never have any issues on the Taylor River walkway.
“My dog almost gets hit (by bikes) and it can be quite intimidating.” They all agreed that part of the problem was a lack of alternative walking/cycle paths. “There’s not many tracks or anything in Blenheim, and you can’t exactly walk dogs in town, so there is really nowhere else to go.” Mrs Willis said the path should be for everybody and that it was about common courtesy. “I am now seeing families enjoying cycling
down the river but parents need to be teaching their kids to watch for walkers and dogs, and to share the path. “I see more runners and walkers moving onto the grass than cyclists. “It’s unfortunate because the Taylor River is such a beautiful place and should be enjoyed by families, but cyclists need to understand it’s not safe to cycle at high speeds past people and dogs.”
Regular walker Claudia Marie Wiesner, with two-year-old daughter Sophia, says she wants to see more cycleways in Blenheim.
Dog walkers Linda Johnstone and Martin Smith say there is no issue with bikes.
Dog walkers report no issues By Kristy Martin There are plenty of regular users of the Taylor River walkway who never experience any problems. The Sun approached several dog walkers in the area earlier this week, who all said they never have issues when using the popular track. “This is the only place we can let the dogs run without a lead,” said Chris Norfolk, who uses the river walk ‘religiously’. “Walkers and cyclists have a choice – we don’t. “Some dog owners don’t pick
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up after themselves, but generally there are no issues.” Fellow dog walker Rhyanna Culley agreed. “If you don’t like dogs, why walk in a designated dog area?” she said. Dog walkers understand each other, and know that their dogs will approach others out of curiosity. If any tensions occur, the owners will generally just separate the animals. “We come here every couple of days and we’ve never had any
problems,” say Linda Johnstone and Martin Smith, who have two dogs, Gypsy and Willow. Daily dog walker and mum Claudia Marie Wiesner said she’d never come across an aggressive cyclist and would like to see even more bikes out on the river path. “The cycling here is lovely,” she said. “I think the cyclists have more problems in town. “I just wish there were more tracks provided for them.”
AGGRESSIVE CYCLISTS - YES Over a 2 hour period Thursday morning with many walkers doing the Rotary River walk I saw cyclists riding the paved walkway often at speed and way too often expecting right of way. Most cycles were suited to off road, well able to take to the grass.
Walkers, runners and cyclists should all be able to share the Taylor River pathway if they are considerate, according to a council spokesperson. Road safety coordinator Robyn Blackburn said the council encouraged all cyclists and pedestrians to use sustainable transport, and everyone should be able to use it without separating it into lanes. “If we share the path and consider each other, we won’t have a problem. “We adopt this ‘ride social’ type philosophy that we all take care of each other. “Please keep left, and move off the path if you stop.” She said seven signs showing some rules of the track would be going up along the path during the next two months. Ms Blackburn said in the event of a cyclist coming up behind a walker “the cyclist should be able to go past the pedestrian.” She added dog walkers should pick up their dog’s waste and dispose of it responsibly. Rubbish bins are located in the carparks near to the path. Dogs had to be on a leash within Riverside Park, but were allowed off within the Taylor River Floodway Reserve.
To the dog walkers from the cyclists. Please keep yor animal under control. There is more than the path to use and room for everybody. There are two sides to the river reserve as well. I do not enjoy pushing my pram with uncontrolled dogs running up to me either.
Taylor river walk is an asset to all! Cyclists and walkers as well as dogs can all work together to keep the peace, we r lucky to have it, small minority please dont ruin it 4 others!
The large Blenheim water reservoir at the top of Redwood Street is being cleaned as part of regular maintenance activity. A chlorine-based disinfectant is used and then flushed out to waste – not reticulated into the water supply. The chlorine dosage levels are very low but some consumers near the Weld Street/Wither Hills reservoir may detect a faint change in the taste or the odour of their water for a few days. There should be no effect on water supply pressure during this maintenance. Enquiries should be directed to Council on 03 520 7400.
BRRA meeting The next meeting of the Blenheim Residents and Ratepayers Association will be held on Monday February 24. All Blenheim residents are welcome to attend the meetings, at the new venue – Dodson Street Bar and Restaurant. The meeting will begin at 7pm.
Scam alert A Blenheim man wants people to be on the lookout for scammers after a man claiming to be a roof painter knocked on his door and offered cheap labour. The man, who lives on Weld Street, said the seller who came to his house on Monday was driving an unmarked van and had no credentials. The resident had heard of similar incidents where people were offered cheap labour and then charged exorbitant fees after the work was completed. These scammers also used water-based paints that ran off in the rain.
Record broken Brendon McCullum became the record-holder for the highest individual New Zealand Test score during the second test against India at the Basin Reserve yesterday. The New Zealand captain scored 302 in 559 balls in just under 12 hours, beating Martin Crowe’s 299 back in 1991. The innings came during New Zealand’s highest-ever test score, 680/8, which put the Black Caps back on top. It was the first triple-century by a New Zealander since we began playing test cricket in 1930. At the time of writing India were 12/2, needing to survive 60 overs to deny New Zealand an improbable win.
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Beach Day big success About 800 people turned out on a fine Sunday afternoon for the More FM Beach Day at Whites Bay. Prizes were available for both the sandcastle competition in the morning and the beach dig in the afternoon. Parking in the campground was made difficult by the number of cars, with many having to park several minutes’ walk from the beach. More FM’s Natasha Knox said there were over 100 families entered for the sandcastle competition, along with other groups. “It went really well. “It was a really good day. “The beach was packed! “It was great to see families there.” The beach dig prizes were headed by a scooter bike package from AvantiPlus and return fares for the Interislander ferry, while several other local businesses also got on board. More photos on page 16. Left: The beach dig is a free-for-all. Inset: Finn McLaren, 4, in his Formula One car.
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Tamworth names McNeilly in top awards Former Blenheim country music artist Matthew McNeilly and his Australian fiance Amelia Richards have been announced as the most popular new independent duo at the Independent Country Music Awards at Tamworth. Matthew said he was excited to be nominated alongside of some of Australia’s best duo’s and groups and the be named the winner was an “incredible feat”. This polished off an exciting start to the year for Matthew and Amelia who recently released their debut
five track EP which is already gaining popularity and playing on radio stations all over the world, including New Zealand. The duo, called NeillyRich, will be returning to Blenheim on March 2 and will be performing at Mikeys Bar in Picton on March 7. Right: Former Blenheim man Matthew McNeilly and his fiance Amelia Richards are blitzing their way through the Australian country music scene. Photo provided.
Wendy says thank you By Adam Poulopoulos A local woman is thankful for the support she received after falling from her mobility wheelchair on Sunday afternoon. Wendy Humphrey was at the intersection of Eltham Road and Stratford Street when her wheels did not align perfectly with the lip in the footpath. “I was sort of blank, not really thinking about whether my wheels were straight,” she said. “I heard traffic and cars stop, and all of a sudden people were around me trying to help. “I would like to thank all those very special, kind people who came to my aid...Thanks Blenheim people for your caring hearts.” Mrs Humphrey said she did not know any of the people who helped her. She said she was not wearing her seatbelt at the time, but that may have ironically saved her more pain than the jarred shoulder she sustained. “The footplate held the chair back, so it fell beside me and not on top of me. I was very lucky.” Mrs Humphrey reported her ac-
Ex- Blenheim bloke on TV Wendy Humphrey is thankful for the support she received.
cident to Marlborough Roads, and manager Frank Porter said the pram crossing would be lowered slightly to help make movement easier. Mrs Humphrey has been in Blenheim for 6 years, and has spent 5 of those in a wheelchair. It was the first time she had lost her balance.
A former Blenheim man is enjoying his time in the spotlight, after landing the lead role in a new TV series. Jono Kenyon, who lived in Marlborough from the time he was 13 and attended Marlborough Boys’ College, plays a bartender who hooks up with an older woman in the comedy-drama series Step Dave. The show is screened on TV2 at 8.30pm on Tuesdays.
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Following its latest issues, the Interislander ferry Arahura is back operating normally. A crack in the boat’s stern has been repaired and new lifeboat wires installed, so the vessel has been deemed safe enough to start taking passengers again. A crack was found in the Arahura’s door on Friday, which led to the cancellation of a freight-only service the next day. Passenger journeys on the Arahura were cancelled after a lifeboat cable broke during routine testing on February 10. The fleet will resume full operations after the Aratere returns from drydock repairs in Singapore in early May. Until the Aratere returns, the Stena Alegra will continue transporting passengers. W h e n o n ly t h e b e s t W i l l d o !
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ASB Blenheim turns 20 By Adam Poulopoulos Staff past and present joined customers to celebrate ASB Blenheim’s 20th birthday this week. They gathered at the Blenheim Club for the ceremony on Monday night. ASB’s general manager of product and strategy Shaun Drylie was branch manager when it opened in February 1994, and he flew in from Auckland for the occasion. He said the branch had grown a lot since opening with five staff two decades ago. “Setting up the branch 20 years ago was a different experience.
“We had nothing - no presence, but we had some great support from local businesses and it grew from there. “It’s a bit like being the proud parent who comes back after a while.” Mr Drylie said the branch’s growth came down to its traditional small town values. “You can have the right product and interest rate but you need to have an empathy with people. “You’re there for a long game not a short one, and people remember your mistakes. “We’ve had a wonderful growth trajectory and I think it comes from that small
town feel.” Current manager Chris Mitchell said employee happiness also played a factor in the growth. “You can pick up the phone and it almost feels like a flat leadership structure.” He said he had seen the branch diversify its operations during his six-year stay. “We’ve seen our work with our Blenheim customers evolve as the Marlborough community has grown and changed and we are now providing a strong business and rural banking service.” ASB Blenheim has loaned about $700 million to homeowners since it opened.
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Local economy performs well By Kristy Martin Marlborough’s economy outperformed the New Zealand average in many categories over the past decade, according to a new report. A report on the performance of the regional economy between 2002-2012, prepared for Marlborough District Council, shows a resilient local economy. When it didn’t outperform the national average, it still beat out closest neighbor Nelson-Tasman. Marlborough’s diversity meant it had some protection from the worst effects of the downturn and was showing signs of increased economic efficiency, Mayor Alistair Sowman said. “Overall the economy is looking positive. “I wouldn’t say it is strong, (but) it’s improving all the time.” Labour productivity is rising, even though it has dropped at a national level. In fact, Marlborough is ahead of the New Zealand average GDP growth. In comparison with its nearest neighbours, Marlborough outperforms Nelson-Tasman in terms of GDP growth and in output per employee. Employment growth is actually running ahead of the national average and even though the last 12 months have shown a decline, that decline is much less than that of the rest of the country, including the Nelson region. “Too often Marlborough is lumped in with Nelson, Tasman and even the West Coast, when central government makes it assessment of how
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Hammer used in Z Energy raid By Kristy Martin Staff at a Blenheim petrol station are set to beef up security following a break-in by two men armed with a hammer. Police are trying to track down the two men who smashed their way into Z Energy at Redwoodtown and attempted to raid the cigarette cabinet in the early hours of Monday. The two left empty handed following the attack on the Scott Street business, about 12.15am. The offenders, who were caught on CCTV camera, were only onsite for about four minutes and in the store for about 40 seconds. Once inside, they jumped over the counter and then tried to use hammers to break into the tobacco cabinet, said Z Energy spokeswoman Christine Langdon. They caused minor damage to the tobacco cabinet but when they couldn’t get into it they fled empty handed, she said. Police have since released the images
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and are asking for help from the public to identify the men. A hammer was found at the scene and forensics police were onsite dusting for fingerprints later on Monday morning. Ms Langdon said it was believed to be the first time the store had been targeted. “It’s the only break-in we can recall at Redwood, and we’re just pleased that
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Firefighters attended a blaze at Riverlands yesterday.
Three fires in two days Three fires on Monday and Tuesday were attended by the Blenheim Rural Fire Brigade. Just after 2pm a grass fire started at Riverlands near Vernon Street. Two rural fire appliances, a Blenheim urban fire truck, a tanker and a helicopter attended the blaze, which was fanned by a strong westerly breeze. At the time of writing the blaze had been contained, but the helicopter was monitoring the area. There were no reports of damage. In Port Underwood a cookout was lost to a small structural fire. The Picton and Koromiko Fire Brigades and the Blenheim and Rarangi
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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: Is convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby innocent or guilty?
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I think she was guilty, but as far as getting paid for her story, I say go for it! She’s spent nine years in that hell hole so go have a new life.
I’ve been a fence-sitter on this one for a while. I think she’s innocent. She can have the money because she did the time so she deserves it.
Guilty. I just feel like she is. I think it is ridiculous that people can come out of jail and make money on their crimes.
I thought she was innocent. She has always maintained her innocence and usually when you are doing the time you’d admit it. I think it was the baggage handlers.
She’s guilty. But I think the media are portraying her as a hero and she shouldn’t be allowed to make money off her crime.
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Swing dance cancelled The Cancer Society Marlborough’s 1940’s Charity Swing Dance which was set for this weekend has been cancelled by organisers. The number of tickets sold for the dance were not enough to make the fundraiser viable. “Thank you to all the wonderful businesses who supported us but unfortunately we had to make the difficult decision to cancel,” Cancer Society fundraiser Zoe Gray said. All the auction items donated for the event will be auctioned off at a later time.
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Dear Ed, I saw your article on Conservation minister Nick Smith’s plan to drop even more 1080 poison. Smith is ignorantly accepting DOC’s word. Can he not understand their is no science to DOC’s claims? For many years government, DOC and Forest and Bird claimed there were 70 million possums. Now proven wrong. For good reason, DOC’s spin doctors are known as the “smoke and mirrors brigade.” Now DOC, through Minister Smith,
are telling us 25 million native birds die each year from the hordes of predators. No scientific facts supplied, just a figure plucked from the air. Now TB Free/OSPRI are telling us herbivore possums are predators and scavengers. No science, they just say so. I live near beech forests. I’m fed up with DOC, Nick Smith and this government. My party vote is going to NZ First who so far are the only party to oppose destructive aerial topdressing with 1080. R.E. St Arnaud
Defence for the defenceless Dear Ed, I write this one letter as a father and a parent watching every day as my daughter is mercilessly crucified by the social media, radio and newspapers. I love my daughter and that love triumphs in the good and especially the difficult times. She is defenceless, unable to respond to the uninformed and inaccurate commentary. The police instructed her to make no comments while the investigation continues. Her mistake was not a crime by our laws, it was a moral breach. It was a momentary lapse of her moral compass, which has deeply wounded family and friends. I thank all those brave real friends who have supported her and challenge anyone who themselves never made an incredibly dumb decision in their lives. If blameless, then by all means cast the first stone. The video was a very poor character decision, not a crime. It has offended people. It was wrong. The crime reported to police related to
Katie O’Docherty Blenheim I guess she was guilty. She tried to appeal the sentence a few times but was never let off. I think it’s wrong to give her the money.
the savage, unrelenting avalanche of hate language on social media. The emotional damage and scarring is lifelong. The Police report includes physical assaults and abusive calls to our home. As a society we have crossed the threshold. We have no moral values nor forgiveness. Comments, including in the press, are full of inaccuracies and fuelled by speculation. The Police Case Officer has said more than once “the comments in a paper on Tuesday are inconsistent with the evidence”. The real story underneath is the danger of predatory people and websites luring vulnerable teenagers. This should be a lesson and education to parents to monitor their teens. It is happening now globally. The words we speak and write are like a gun or a match - they can destroy or even kill. The power is in your hands. I love my daughter and I will stand by her. Her Dad
Hope & romance Dear Ed, Last week on the front page you tell us the good news that love is in the air. When I read it I thought what more could I wish for! Then I remembered my wish for a pedestrian crossing. I turned the page and lo and behold there was hope expressed, that work on Middle Renwick Road would be starting soon. What a splendid edition of your paper! Romance and Hope on the first two pages! Congratulations! Marygold Miller
Beer battle Dear Ed, I have to agree with Mike Pink’s letter re wine sellers get better treatment than beer sellers. It seems that wine’s the thing and there are different rules for them than beer. An old example, we had a real great New Year’s Day outing called the Marlborough walk, where walkers walked from Blenheim to Picton and other years it was Picton to Blenheim. Thousands took part, but they canned it - the reason being too much traffic on the road. Hello 20-odd years later, we have the bike ride-race. They use the same route, but go further and its sponsor is a winery. Now tell me if that’s double standards or not. Crazy aye. Neil Wilson
A dog’s life Dear Ed, My lovely dog has now got his second deep cut in his front paw from a piece of broken glass. He should have picked it up and put it in the rubbish I know...but hey try telling him that. He will not be able to go swimming in that lovely clean Taylor River for at least 2 weeks the vet said, dressed and sowed his wound, gave him a pain killer and charged me $260. My dog will be very sad for 2-3 weeks now. Maybe I should buy him some shoes so people could throw more glass bottles on the ground. Well what do you know maybe his skin will stop itching at least... Maria Boss
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Adventures in Africa Sun journalist Kristy Martin celebrated her 30th birthday by taking on the Serengeti. “Jambo! “Jambo bwana, “Habari gani, “Mzuri sana…” Our driver sings loudly in Swahili, attempting to teach us the lyrics to the song as our beige 4WD Land Cruiser rattles and bounces its way along the bumpy dirt roads of the Serengeti. Nico is our driver’s name and he is determined that we learn the catchy tune, which translates to “Hello! Hello mister, how are things going? Very well...” The roof of the Land Cruiser is popped open and the wind whips our hair across our cheeks and into our eyes. Outside the vehicle is a flat expanse of green, with only the odd tree dotting the horizon. Animals are in their element, frolicking, stretching, grazing. We see gazelle, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe and zebras. So many zebras it is like being inside a Maurice Escher drawing. The Serengeti surprises me. Not so much the arid desert I’d imagined, but more a neverending green meadow sprinkled with life. I’m on a 10-day Nairobi to Zanzibar tour with G Adventures. Kicking off in the Kenyan capital, the tour takes us across the border into Tanzania, home of the famous Serengeti National Park. We also visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater and the island paradise of Zanzibar, where the white sand beaches and turquoise waters are postcard perfect. Since I travel often, I’m used to spending my birthday in foreign countries. But this was a milestone, so I wanted to make it count. The morning of my 30th birthday is spent soaring above the Serengeti at sunrise in a hot air balloon, making me feel like the luckiest person in the world. The day becomes even more special as friendly strangers sing happy birthday to me and I get to indulge in a champagne breakfast underneath an acacia tree. I am spoiled with sightings of pink hippos, monkeys, giraffes, zebras and a cheetah perched majestically on a rock. Then, in the evening, our tour guides sing ‘Jambo Bwana’ and present me with
unexpected gifts – a Masai blanket and a specially-made cake that says ‘Happy birthday Kristy’. I am touched by the effort they’ve gone to. Later, an elephant wanders into our campsite and our tour leader, Edmond, acts like witnessing Dumbo hanging out by the shower block is the most normal thing in the world. But these type of strange happenings occur when you’re on safari. The previous night I had an unexpected encounter with three hyenas that had wandered hungrily into our campsite. There they were, meandering between our tents, and when I got up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night my torchlight found six beady little eyes staring back at me. Yes, it was terrifying. This was the night we were sleeping in the open plains of the Serengeti and kept getting told to stay in pairs, in case dangerous animals wandered into our campsite. As we sit around a campfire telling tales, laughing and drinking Kilimanjaro beer, we hear the nearby growling of lions. It only takes a few days to tick the Big Five off our list - African elephant, cape buffalo, black rhinoceros, lion and leopard. We are told that it is rare to see a leopard up close, but we are lucky enough to catch one lounging lazily underneath a tree. The tour provides an eclectic mix of camping and hotels, along with wilderness, wildlife and the beach. The Nogorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera, is a beautiful, other-worldly plateau with vibrant colours and an abundance of wildlife. At the Maserani Snake Park, I get to hold a baby crocodile and see the world’s deadliest snake, the Black Mamba. In Zanzibar, the beaches are so pretty it’s hard to do anything but stare. I visit Prison Island, where I get to feed and pat giant tortoises that are over 100 years old. I view stunning beach sunsets, learn how to drive a jet ski and dance the night away at a floating nightclub. So many unforgettable experiences packed into such a short trip. Now, only one question remains. How am I going to top this for my next birthday?
Sun reporter Kristy Martin and hot air balloon pilot Mohamed catch up on the Sun news in the Serengeti.
Meeting the locals at Meserani Snake Park Singing and dancing greeted us on a visit to a Masai village. in Arusha.
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Youth services need help By Kristy Martin Youth groups across the region are suffering because they are unable to attract adult leaders. This was one of the issues to come out of the first Youth Expo Festival of Opportunities at Blenheim’s Stadium 2000 on Sunday. Girl Guides district coordinator for Blenheim Helen Ashworth said two units had been shut down recently because they didn’t have leaders. And St John divisional manager Louise Fowler said they were also desperate for leaders to help run the popular St John Cadets programme. Ms Fowler said the St John Cadets meet every Tuesday night from 6pm in the St John rooms on Seymour Street. It is a programme for eight to 18-year-olds and currently has 45 cadets. “It teaches skills and discipline, cookery, arts, hobbies,” Ms Fowler said. “We do a badge every term; we take them away for camps. “The youth do drill, first aid and go away for competitions.” Expo coordinator, Val Heggie from Youth Services at Marlborough Community Colleges, said there needed to be a greater push for leaders in the community, but that the expo had helped provide some much-needed exposure for some of these groups. The expo, designed to encourage local youth to get involved in extra-curricular activities, featured over 30 stall holders, with interactive displays and sports, plus entertainment from a kapa haka group, Tempo and the Star Dance Academy. “As far as our small committee was concerned, we feel it was successful due to the positive feedback we received from stallholders and attendees. “The numbers weren’t great, but we had competition from the Beach Dig.” Ms Heggie is looking to make the expo an annual event. People interested in becoming Girl Guide leaders can call Helen on 021 170 0401 or to assist with St John Cadets, phone 578 0797.
At the Girl Guides stall were (L-R) Helen Ashworth, district coordinator for Blenheim, Amber McMullan, 10, from Picton Girl Guides, Katrina Gander from Springlands Girl Guides and Wairau Brownies, and Megan Gander, 13, from Springlands Rangers.
St John Cadets Joshua Thompson, 13, Hayden Frew, 14, and Laurie Duncan, 13 at Sunday's youth expo.
No waste for Opawa River A new $17 million sewerage project for Blenheim will stop the discharge of waste into the Opawa River, Council says. In what is being described as an ‘enormous advance in environmental standards’, the commissioning earlier this month of the Blenheim sewerage project is the biggest advance in sewage treatment in Marlborough in more than a decade. It means waste from Blenheim and sewage from nearby towns is now being treated with new pump stations, pipelines and treatment ponds. Council says Blenheim’s industrial estates west of the town, along with the sewage from Renwick, Grovetown and Spring Creek, is now being treated in new wetland ponds stretching across 20 hectares adjacent to Hardings Road. Project manager Bruce Oliver said there was still some work to be completed but the bulk of the work was now finished and the new ponds in operation. From now on, highly treated sewage will be discharged off the coast on the outgoing tide through a buried outfall pipe in the Wairau estuary. The extended treatment processes mean only very highly treated wastewater is being sent out to sea. When weather and soil conditions permit, the treated wastewater will be applied by an irrigation system onto surrounding pastureland to reduce the outfall discharge. The upgrade replaces a waste system put in place about 40 years ago which had allowed treated sewage to be discharged direct to the Opawa River.
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Child abuse stats ‘appalling’ Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) spokesperson for the Prevention of Child Abuse Nadia Crighton, who is based in Marlborough, hits out against the latest findings by the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation report on child abuse. According to Nadia, the SST is outraged by the findings which states that children continue to be violently and sexually assaulted at a disturbing rate in New Zealand with a shocking 68 per cent increase in reported cases in the past five years. “This just confirms one thing,” Nadia said. “What we have been doing to date has failed to address the problem, the Government really needs to tackle this head on and make preventing child abuse and sexual abuse a major political campaign.” The report confirms what the SST has feared; a massive increase in the number of sexual assaults and violent acts against the next generation of kiwis. Facts show that over the past five years, recorded assaults on children have doubled from 1328 to 2667 while reported sexual offences against children rose by a shocking 43 per cent. “This only reflects cases which are reported,” Nadia said. She also suggested that inequality could possibly have nothing to do with child abuse and that the lack of personal responsibility and accountability could be the key contributor. “It’s horrific to think that people are more inclined to report the abuse of a dog compared to the abuse of a child.
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Local woman Nadia Crighton is the Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesperson for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
“If you ignore child abuse, then you should be an ‘accessory to child abuse’ and incur fines and possible jail time. “SST also believes that our judicial system is letting down children by imposing light sentences, and allowing abusers to hide behind name suppression. “It’s about time our judges, that I believe have become desensitized to the abuse New Zealand kids are exposed to, become accountable for the ‘slap on the wrist’ sentences they impose.”
Ten enormous orange tractors will arrive in Blenheim this weekend as they make their way around the South Island to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation. The restored tractors have been shipped over from Australia and will be the mode of transport for a very unusual 2500km trek around the entire South Island, organised by a group of Aussies from the Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club of Western Australia. While the tractors and drivers have come across the Tasman, cash raised during the event will assist children with cancer in New Zealand. The trek loops around the entire South Island, starting in Christchurch today and heading up the east coast to Havelock and then down the west coast. It finishes 25 days later in Methven on Saturday March 15. Tractor Trek organiser Ron Bywaters had visited New Zealand and decided it would be the ideal location.
“The scenery is spectacular, the people friendly and as our speed will be 30-40 kmh, we will have time to ‘smell the roses.’ “Our club has been raising funds for charitable organisations since its inception and over that time some $140,000 has been raised. “With cancer being such a diverse problem area, the Child Cancer Foundation ticked all the boxes for us.” The 9G (named because of its nine-speed gearbox), is an icon in the Australian tractor world, and most of the group has previous trekking experience around Mainland Australia and Tasmania. The trekkers will stay mainly at holiday parks and will be hosted by Child Cancer Foundation branch members and children along the way. Members of the public can support the tractor trekkers by texting ‘tractor’ to 206 to make a $3 donation. Further details about the location of the tractors will be available later this week.
Bradley B-Man Simmonds and the Beaver, aka Peter Chapman, take centre stage.
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Gettin’ down with Gigatown By Adam Poulopoulos #Gigatownbln’s latest promotion, a theme song and music video, is now online. About 30 members of the public turned up to help film the video at the Amphitheatre last Thursday. The song encourages Blenheim to take part in the gigatown promotion, with the winning town
to be the first in the southern hemisphere to get one gigabyte per second high-speed internet. Promoter Peter Chapman, who dressed in a beaver suit for the clip, said he enjoyed making it. “It’s good fun, but it’s got a very serious outcome. Rapper Bradley ‘BMan’ Simmonds came up with the lyrics, and said he was happy to help
Blenheim’s Gigatown cause. “They approached me and asked if I’d like to help, and I said ‘Of course I do.’ I’d do anything for Boomtown!” He said we still had hope of a win despite being off the pace on the table. “You never know. If the video goes viral of course we’ve got a chance.”
Sk8 Jam on this weekend The Renwick SK8, BMX and Scooter Jam is on again for 2014. The event, held this Saturday, will finish with a special performance by Blenheim band Arm the Reckless.
Cost is $10 to register (includes sausage sizzle and drink), with check-in at 10.30am. No helmet no ride. To register, phone Keita on 577 8935 or 027 546 7059.
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Rodeo returns By Adam Poulopoulos It’s been going for nearly 60 years, but the 2014 Tua Marina Rodeo promises to be as popular as ever. People from as far away as Invercargill are heading to the event at the Tua Marina rodeo grounds on Sunday. New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association President Grant Sheridan said even though the event was a community institution, newcomers were always there on the day.
“We’re still getting people who haven’t been to the rodeo and love it, and people who’ve been coming for 30-40 years and wouldn’t miss it. “There’s something for everyone, right through from one to a hundred years old.” He said the event was more than just a rodeo. Funds raised will go mainly to Tua Marina School and Residents Association. For the first time in the event’s history, there will be monster trucks at the rodeo, while six
newly-bought broncos. They would be joining other machines like the ferris wheel, go-karts and the vintage machinery, along with events like the children’s dress-up competition. Adult tickets are $10, primary school children $5 and children under 5 are free. Mr Sheridan said locals wanting a go could enter on the day. Entries begin at 10am on a firstcome, first-served basis.
Leaps and Bounds picnic Leaps and Bounds Early Learning Centre held a picnic at Horton Park last week as part of its 5+ A Day challenge. Children made their own healthy food, juices and smoothies for the centre’s adaptation of the national healthy eating promotion.
Staff said this was about getting the children to take an interest in healthy foods and making it fun for them. All children were encouraged to wear red for Heart Week. Pictured are Ellie Beansley, 4, and Archer Keown, 4.
New donation boxes turn heads By Adam Poulopoulos Those heading to the Tennyson Inlet for a boat ride may well see a new addition steel penguins collecting donations. People launching their boats are encouraged to donate by placing money in the penguins’ mouths, one at Duncan Bay and one at nearby Penzance Bay. Tennyson Inlet Boat Club committee member Mike Maher designed and built the penguins after the old donation box at Duncan Bay was constantly vandalised. He said not only were they safer, but donations were up too. “We’ve discovered we’re getting a bit more money because people are really noticing them. “A lot of kids want money to put in the penguin’s mouth.” Mr Maher said donations were about $700 up from what is usually collected at this time of year. The penguins were built from steel tube, before being galvanised and painted.
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Infants will amaze you In the very beginning, it may seem that your baby does nothing but eat, sleep, cry, and fill her diapers. But your infant is learning too. She can see and hear what is happening around her and can communicate her needs and interests to others. Parents can help their babies learn by playing with them. Infants have the ability to see faces and objects of different shapes, sizes, and colours. They can tell the difference between the voices of their parents and others. We’re surprised when they mold their bodies into our arms or shoulders. We marvel at how they came into the world able to suck, communicate certain needs by crying, and, at times, calm down on their own. Most infants can do all of these things as soon as they are born.
You are your baby’s most important teacher First experiences have a very important effect on the future. That’s why you are so important to your baby’s growth and development. The growth of your baby’s brain is affected by the care and experiences you provide. Loving attention helps new brain cells connect in ways that help infants feel secure and confident, make sense of new ideas and information and grow healthy bodies. A strong start for life Infants spend the first year learning to feel secure about being loved. Love, expressed in the ways mentioned above, and in many other ways by you will give your child the physical strength to fight illness, the emotional strength to feel confident, and the ability to learn new things.
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Locals descended on Whites’ Bay in numbers for the annual More FM Beach Day on Sunday. Families took the time to construct sandcastles or other artwork in the sand, while later on the beach dig left some others walking away with prizes.
Abbey Lammis, 8, Ge orgia Perno, 13, Van Stevens, 2 and Tyneal Sta cey, 13.
Alex Hood and Kane Arthur on lifeguard duty.
Maria Batista, 5, with her parents Eginei and Moema.
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Riley Lomax, 9, flanked by Patrick and Spongebob Squarepants.
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Computing for Seniors. Taught by Seniors. SeniorNet Marlborough at Marl Club Flat, 6 Russell Terrace. Phone 579 2248 (Mornings). Housie Thursday 7pm Blenheim Bowling Club, 40 houses, 2 supers, raffles and meals from 5.30pm. Proceeds to Te Rerenga o Te Ra. Family/Whanau - or information/advocacy/support for families living with mental illness/addictions please contact– Supporting Families in Mental Wellbeing - Cheryl or Lyn on 577 5491 or visit us at 4 Scott Street.
Field Trip Blumine Island 23 Feb. Departs Picton 9am returns 5pm. Members $40, non members $50 School Children $20. Bookings/Payments Marlborough Museum Havelock Lions Market Day at Havelock Domain Saturday 22 Feb 9.00-1pm. Sites available. Ph Ian 574 2558.
Learn to play Bridge 12 week course starts Wednesday 19th March at Marlborough Bridge Club, Clubs of Marlborough. Cost $40. Phone Chris 578-3735 or Alison 577-6554
Mental Health Consumer - Advocacy Service. Our Advocates will take up your cause to ensure your rights are respected, listen to your concerns and support you in the actions you want to take to gain resolution. Ph: 579 5304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St. The Blue Door is open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.30pm. Saturday 9.00am - 2pm. Item surplus to your requirements we would gladly accept. We can deliver. Phone 579 4353. The Hospice Shop, Cleghorn Street, Redwoodtown. Come and see our wide range of Bric Brac, Linen, clothing etc. Always something new in!
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ALLAN, Margaret Violet, (aka Stevie, to her friends): Passed away peacefully at Wairau Hospital. Wife of Doug for 64 years, mother to Tony (deceased) and Barbara, mother-in-law to Lu and Christopher, grandmother to Pamela and Penelope and great grandmother to Aiden James. “You come, you live, you go” A private service is to be held, at Margaret’s request. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz
Martin, Jerrod David: Passed away Saturday February 15 2014. Aged 56 Years. Dearly loved son of David & Josephine; brother of Denise; treasured husband of Jill; adored father of Eddy and Katharine and father in law of Daniel. Messages C/- P O Box 110 Blenheim 7201. A service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Garden Terrace Picton, on Friday 21st of February at 2 pm. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz
BROWN, John Hone: On February 16th 2014, surrounded by his daughters, John Hone Brown passed away. At the age of 73, a long hard battle was won as he is now at peace. He joins his son Patrick and his Mum and Dad, Te Ruahine and Paddy. He leaves behind many family, Whanau and friends especially his daughters Sharon, Marilyn, Maxine, Renee and Jaklyn. A private service and cremation has been held as John wished. Any messages can be sent to 6 Julian St, Blenheim 7201. And thank you to all who helped John in the last year. Goodbye Dad. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz
McMANAWAY, Marjorie Doris (Marj): On Saturday February 15 2014, peacefully, at home in Picton. Dearly loved wife of Colin and the late H.C. McCallum, much loved mother and motherin-law of Marlene and Andrew (Picton), Norman (Whangarei), and Lorraine and John (Picton), loved nana of Tracee and Matt (Christchurch), Andrea-J and Nathan (Auckland) and beloved Taxi Nana of Katya and Lachlan (Christchurch). Loved aunt of Lin. Messages C/- 60 Kent St Picton 7220. In lieu of flowers a donation to the National Heart Foundation of NZ would be appreciated and may be left at the service or sent to P O Box 535 Nelson 7040. A funeral service for Marj will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church Otago St Picton at 1.30 pm Wednesday February 19 followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz
BROWN, John Hone: John Hone passed away on February 16th 2014. Cherished father and father in law of Jaklyn and Clayton Nicholl and much loved Granddad to Timothy and Emma Nicholl. We miss you and I love you Dad, Jaklyn. EVANS, Robert William: Passed away peacefully at Hospice Marlborough on Monday February 17 2014, after a long illness. In his 84th year. Long time husband and very best friend of Maureen, best Dad in the world of Vivienne, Terry and Vanessa, very respected father-in-law of Ian, much loved “Bob” of Terrie, Harley and Sian. Peace at last for a patient sufferer. Special thanks to the staff of Wairau Hospital and the marvellous help from Hospice Marlborough. Correspondence to 4A Eltham Rd Blenheim 7201. By request a private family service will be held. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.n
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Picton Historical Society Special General Meeting Saturday 1st March 2014 4.30pm at the Picton Museum. Purpose is to elect the Society President
PICTON HEALTH TRUST Administrator of the Trust
Picton Health Trust is a Registered Charitable Trust with the object of providing for the health and welfare of Picton people. Applications are invited for the position of Administrator of the Trust. This is a part time paid postion which requires skills in Secretarial and Financial matters, together with the desire to help build a growing Community asset. Apply to P.O. Box 288, Picton 7220
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Dominion Salt is New Zealand’s largest producer and refiner of processed salt products. It supplies major industry (dairy, pulp and paper, tanning, food etc) and specialist markets (pharmaceutical, animal health) with 25kg and 1.2tonne packs. Applications are invited for this position responsible for operating the retail packaging plant and solar salt refinery at Lake Grassmere. The position involves 8 hour days, Monday to Friday Key attributes you will possess are: • A high degree of motivation • Forklift operating experience • Mechanical experience and aptitude • Logical thinking with problem solving ability • Product testing and record keeping • Experience operating packing machinery (desirable) Training will be provided to augment your skills and provide knowledge required for salt processing. A competitive remuneration package including allowances is offered as well as subsidised superannuation and medical schemes after a qualifying period. Dominion Salt operate to a drug and alcohol policy. Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing will apply.
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OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR The above part-time position (16hrs/ week, with 40hrs/week for holiday periods and sickness cover) will soon become available for a person to join our dedicated, compassionate and friendly team at Geoffrey T Sowman. A suitably experienced person would need to be compassionate, possess a high level of initiative and accuracy, excellent skills in computer, spelling, literacy and numeracy, along with a flair for graphic design. Must be able to calmly achieve time lines, and have the ability to multitask.
Please submit your Curriculum Vitae, along with a hand-written letter of application, to: The Manager Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240 Applications will be treated in confidence and will close Friday 7 March 2014.
CELLAR DOOR MANAGER – FULL TIME We are seeking a professional and enthusiastic leader to manage our internationally acclaimed Cellar Door and Visitor Experience at Yealands Family Wines in Seddon. Attracting over 10,000 visitors a year, the Cellar Door and Visitor Experience has been awarded the Great Wine Capitals – Best of Wine Tourism, 3 consecutive years. The Cellar Door Manager will set the strategy and budget, manage a motivated team and deliver outstanding customer service. The role is full time Monday – Friday, but will require weekend work and suit a customer orientated individual with staff and operational management experience. Wine industry and proven experience managing a retail or hospitality business is preferred. Applications including CV can be sent to email@example.com by close of business 17 February.
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community services Marlborough After Hours GP Services: Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 520 6377. Office 520 9980.
Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm, 7 days. Ph 5782271. Diabetes Marlborough Inc: 5775549, Office hours 9am-3pm, Monday - Friday Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline.
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577 6172, 8 Wither Rd. Open Monday Friday, 8.30 - 4.30pm Hospital Visiting Hours: Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-Noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward.
Doctor: Phone weekend doctor 573 6092 or Marlborough After Hours GP Service 520 6377. Office 520 9980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist:Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat-Sun 9-3pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm.
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Positions available in Blenheim C B Norwood Distributors Limited is a leading tractor and machinery distribution group and represents a portfolio of global brands through separate operating divisions. Norwood showcases three national dealer networks which include 17 company owned retail farm machinery centres. Established in 1948, we have grown to be one of the best known names in New Zealand agriculture and today we supply one in every three tractors sold in New Zealand.
The branch at Blenheim supplies some of the world’s leading tractor, farm, horticulture and viticulture machinery brands. Due to a continued commitment to providing only the very best parts support we are seeking an additional person to join our team. This is your opportunity to actively manage key accounts, showcase your sales experience by selling parts to our valuable customers both over the phone and in the showroom, while leading the Parts Department with your exceptional inventory control and internal relationship management skills. Position Requirements • To be considered for this role you will need to have: • Evidence of key account management • Evidence of successful relationships and alliances • Experience managing people • Knowledge of the intricacies of how to run a parts department would be advantageous • Mechanical knowledge would be advantageous • Sales experience would be advantageous • Drive and ambition
Due to expansion this opportunity has become available. The Blenheim Branch is the latest addition to the Norwood network. We are seeking to build on the experience of our current team and continue to provide them and ultimately our customers with only the very best level of service and support. This is your opportunity to lead the Branch Service Department by having an emphasis on exceptional communication with our customers and branch staff, proactively market the Service Department, and take responsibility for the flow of work through the workshop. This position may also suit those applicants who are looking to move off the floor into a management role. A very competitive salary is offered to the suitable applicant. Position Requirements • To be considered for this role you will need to have: • Minimum five years in agricultural machinery or closely related industry • Qualified Automotive Technician advantageous • Ten years in either service or parts • Experience managing a team of people • Thorough knowledge of farming and ground care practices • Sound understanding of client/dealer expectations in relation to technical support
If you are seeking a position with a well-established company, then this could be the role for you. Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Blenheim is one of 17 company owned retail outlets throughout New Zealand. As part of the C B Norwood Group we represent world leading brands such as New Holland, Kubota, Vaderstad, Lemken and Horsch. This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys administrative type duties including processing accounts payable, receivable, parts and service admin support and being the happy voice at the end of the phone, you will also be providing general administration support to the Regional Branch Manager. This position is for someone who has drive and ambition, a great sense of humour, and the ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment where team work and communication are paramount.
If you have a great sense of humour, the ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment where team work and communication are paramount, then apply now!
Service Technician Norwood Farm Machinery Centre is one of 17 company owned retail outlets throughout New Zealand. As part of the C B Norwood Group we represent world leading brands such as New Holland, Kubota, Vaderstad, Lemken and Horsch. Due to the recent acquisition and subsequent rebranding of Williams Service Centre we are seeking an additional experienced Service Technician to join our busy team. We are committed to growing our presence in the Marlborough / Tasman market and are seeking additional team members to be part of the growth. Ideally you will have extensive experience in agricultural diesel equipment or a related field, have excellent organisational skills, be a great communicator and have a genuine willingness to provide solutions to our customers. This position is field and workshop based, you will be provided with a modern well equipped service vehicle and full on-going product and personal growth training will also be provided. Position Requirements To be considered for this role you will need to have: • Qualifications or extensive experience in agricultural diesel equipment or a related field • Minimum three years as an agricultural mechanic preferred, but not essential • Excellent customer service, organisational and communication skills • Experience working with farm equipment is desirable i.e. tractors, harvesting equipment • Ability to work unsupervised • Experience with Combine harvesters, Forage Harvesters, round / square balers, agricultural equipment would be an advantageous.
Sales Representative If you are seeking a position with a well-established company, then this could be the role for you. Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Blenheim is one of 17 company owned retail outlets throughout New Zealand. As part of the C B Norwood Group we represent world leading brands such as New Holland, Kubota, Vaderstad, Lemken and Horsch. Due to expansion we are seeking an enthusiastic self-starter preferably with an agricultural sales background who is looking to join a strong sales team. You will have the chance to work alongside the service / parts and warranty department which guarantees you the best in sales and after sales service in all our brands. You will manage your territory including sales, customer service and relationship management, and maintain a high and visible profile in each regional market, proactively marketing both the company and its product lines within your territory. We also welcome applications from the Tasman area. Position Requirements To be considered for this role you will need to have: • Experience implementing sales plans • Experience in implementing annual marketing plans in conjunction with the Regional Manager • Evidence of successful relationships and alliances • Experience with agricultural equipment and knowledge of modern farming practices and trends are essential • The ability to set, pursue and attain achievable goals The successful applicant will be provided with very competitive remuneration, ongoing product training, a modern sales vehicle and all the support needed to excel in this position. The opportunity for overseas travel and training also exists.
Position Requirements To be considered for this role you will need to have: • Five to ten years office administration experience • Experience processing accounts payable and accounts receivable • Customer service experience • Advanced communication skills • The ability to quickly build rapport with people • Intermediate knowledge of the Microsoft Suite ie Outlook, Word, Excel
For additional information please visit our website at http://www. norwood.co.nz/blenheim/.
All Applicants Please send your covering letter and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close Friday 21 March 2014
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We are seeking Renwick houses to rent over the harvest. Houses to be available from early March till the end of April. Houses will be checked and cleaned daily. Fully furnished would be a plus.
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Winery Engineer Supervisor PRNZ Marlborough Winery – Blenheim, Marlborough It’s now more than 30 years since we introduced the world to the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – today, our Marlborough wines are still making history. At Pernod Ricard, we maintain an exceptional focus on premium products as well as results. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced engineer to work with our innovative, Blenheim-based, team at our Pernod Ricard New Zealand Marlborough Winery. Experience within a winery is desirable but not essential for an applicant demonstrating technical aptitude and a willingness to learn. This role requires a dynamic and motivated person with solid time management, strong interpersonal and team skills, and with attention to detail. You’ll be skilled in effectively supervising a team, which means you are a good communicator, you are approachable and confident in managing staffing issues when they arise. For the right candidate this role has the potential to get involved in contractor management. Additionally, applicants will have a self-starting attitude with the energy and drive required to be effective in a challenging and rewarding workplace. During the annual vintage (approximately mid-March to mid-May) there will be a requirement to work weekends, with hours significantly in excess of 40 per week during the peak of this period. For more information or to apply please contact Hayden Martelli, HR Advisor, 09 570 8732 or email@example.com Applications close 24 February 2014. Please apply online at
DOMINION SALT LTD PROCESS OPERATOR
Dominion Salt is New Zealand’s largest producer and refiner of processed salt products. It supplies major industry (dairy, pulp and paper, tanning, food etc) and specialist markets (pharmaceutical, animal health) with 25kg and 1.2tonne packs. Applications are invited for this position responsible for operating the solar salt refinery and packaging plant at Lake Grassmere. The position involves 8 and 12 hour day and night shifts on a set roster. Key attributes you will possess are: • A high degree of motivation • The ability to work with limited supervision • Forklift operating experience • Mechanical experience and aptitude • Logical thinking with problem solving ability • Product testing and record keeping Training will be provided to augment your skills and provide knowledge required for salt processing. A competitive remuneration package including allowances is offered as well as subsidised superannuation Dominion Salt operate to a drug and alcohol policy. Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing will apply.
Applications and CVs should be sent to: The Production & Dispatch Manager Dominion Salt Limited, PO Box 81, Seddon Applications close Friday 28th February
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Production Supervisor (Night Shift) Fixed term (Harvest 2014) New Zealand Extracts Ltd is looking for a Production Supervisor to play a key role in the manufacture of their innovative health products from grape seeds during Harvest 2014. The successful candidate should have experience with plant typical of a winery or similar industry, be able to work independently as part of a small team supervising staff and would need to be able to work night shift (12 hours) during the Harvest period. New Zealand Extracts has competitive wages and a main meal is provided each day. The successful candidate would take up the position from early March and the position would be for 4 – 6 weeks.
Amy Cannon and Maureen O’Connell of the Marlborough Federation of Women’s Institute, pictured at a past event, would like past members to attend a special celebration this weekend. File photo.
Institute to celebrate 80 years The Marlborough Federation of Women’s Institute is appealing for past and present members to attend their 80 year celebration this Saturday. The event is titled ‘Garden Party’ and is being held at current president Maureen O’Connell’s property. Members who are attending are invited to dress to the
1930’s period theme when the Marlborough Institute was first established. There will be a gold coin admission. Refreshments and activities will be organised on the day. For more information or to register your interest contact Amy Cannon on 578 3361.
Production Assistants Fixed term (Harvest 2014) New Zealand Extracts Ltd is looking for four Production Assistants for the manufacture of their innovative health products from grape seeds during Harvest 2014. The successful candidates would ideally have experience with plant typical of a winery or similar industry and be able to work independently as part of a small team on 12 hour shifts. Two of the positions are for the night shift. New Zealand Extracts has competitive wages and a main meal is provided each day. The successful candidates must be able to start mid-March and the positions would be for 3 – 5 weeks. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for job application forms or contact Glenn Vile on 021 734 706.
PAK’nSAVE BLENHEIM BAKERY STAFF REQUIRED Due to the outstanding success of our Bakery department, we are seeking a Full time Baker and a Full time Packer to join our dynamic team. The work environment is busy and will require the successful applicants to be able to work fast and efficiently whilst maintaining excellent customer service. To succeed in this position you will need to: - Demonstrate a high standard of workmanship - Be able to work well under pressure - Be a team player - Be able to effectively communicate Previous bakery experience will be an advantage. If you are interested in joining our team, and believe you have the knowledge, ability and enthusiasm to fit either of these roles please apply by sending your CV and cover letter to email@example.com Overseas applicants must hold New Zealand Citizenship, New Zealand Permanent Residency or a Valid New Zealand Work Permit.
Applications close Wednesday 26th February 2014
Marlborough to benefit from solar scheme The Top of the South is perfectly placed to benefit from the Green Party’s new Solar Homes scheme, which will mean cleaner, cheaper power for homes, Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said. “With average annual electricity bills up $403 in the last five years, and among the highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand, the Nelson/ Marlborough region stands to gain a lot from the policy,” said Mr Hughes. “People are paying too much for their power, and the Greens want to make it easier for people to benefit from solar and save money. “Our Solar Homes initiative will help free Kiwis from the worry and stress of rising electricity prices.” Under the scheme, announced this week, households will be able to get low-cost loans from Government to install solar panels so they can tap into affordable green power and generate their own electricity.
The loan will be repaid through their rates. Any excess power generated can be sold back to the grid. Availability of finance is currently seen as one of the key barriers to the uptake of solar in New Zealand and Solar Homes aims to remove this barrier. “Power prices have risen 22 per cent since National came to power, which means energy companies are making big profits while ordinary New Zealanders struggle to pay their bills,” said Mr Hughes. “Solar Homes lets Kiwis take the power back, and break free from the big energy companies. “This policy is about cheaper power, energy freedom and creating local jobs.” The typical system will leave people about $100 better off a year – producing $1,000 of electricity a year at current prices, but only costing $900 a year, over 15 years, to pay off. After that the system will continue to produce free electricity for the lifetime of the panels.
Wednesday February 19, 2014
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Scott McDermid with fiance Anna Gellatly and race director Robin Judkins after the race.
McDermid goes Coast-to-Coast By Adam Poulopoulos The months of preparation and hard toil paid off for one Blenheim man in the Speights Coast to Coast over the weekend. Scott McDermid finished 45th in the individual men’s event, and 31st in the open men’s class, with a time of 14 hours, 46 minutes and 59 seconds. The event was 243 kilometres long and split over the cycling, running and kayaking disciplines. He said he was delighted with his achievement.
“It was such an awesome feeling to have done that race in one day. “My aim was to finish in under 15 hours, and I was really nervous about the mountain run, so I was just trying to manage myself during the race.” The race began at 6am at Kumara Beach, near Greymouth, but for McDermid, the day actually started with breakfast at 3:30am. He said he felt the most energy during the transition points and at the finishing line, where he was greeted by his support crew,
including fiance Anna Gellatly and friend and training partner George Baxter. “You’re full of energy at that stage, but 10 minutes later you’re out on your own in the South Island wilderness, and it can get a bit lonely.” He said he wanted to do the race again, but was unsure whether he would compete next year. The men’s individual event was won by Wanaka-based athlete Braden Currie in a time of 11 hours, 18 minutes and 37 seconds.
Supercup to supercharge Speedway on Friday night By Darrell Bate Eastern States Speedway at Renwick will come alive on Friday evening as the club hosts round five of the ELF Supercup Super Saloon Series. The ELF Supercup will start at 7pm on Friday evening at Eastern States Speedway, and at Nelson Speedway on Saturday night for anyone that needs a second night of thrills and entertainment. Since kicking into life in December, this season’s series has visited Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin and Cromwell, with the local track holding a round before
Summer Runners Marlborough Harriers’ latest summer run is on the Mapp Track tomorrow at 6pm. Runners are asked to meet at the Wither Farm car park at the top of Redwood Street. The runs are non-competitive and open to anybody. The cost for one run is $2. It is $20 for the season and $25 for a family.
heading to Nelson Speedway for Saturday night to bring the series to an end. 22 competitors have been involved in the series with local Paddy North hopeful of a weekend ahead filled with good performance and a little bit of good luck. North started the series with a wheel working loose, costing valuable points, but recovered well in the next couple of rounds, taking a first and third place feature win, jumping him up the points ladder. He currently sits sixth with very little points dividing most ahead of him.
Club president Stuart Coutts is delighted to be hosting the series round this weekend. “It just delivers a remarkable show every year and feels great knowing we have a local right up there coming into his home track round. “Many of the cars are now close to the 900 horsepower level, meaning the pace that the cars are capable is something not to be missed by anyone enjoying motorsport, especially in a large field of some of the country’s best.”
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The Marlborough Volleyball Club’s late-summer competitions kick into gear in the next two weeks. All College year 9 and 10s are invited to join the summer social volleyball muster tomorrow at 4pm at Stadium 2000. Players must bring the registration form and $30 subs. Registrations for the Fairweathers’ Senior Social and BusinessHouse Summer Volleyball League are due on Friday evening. The competition begins on Thursday, February 27 at 6pm at the same venue. For more information contact Nicky on 5729488 or 0221200573.
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Falcons It appears the NZ King Salmon Nelson Marlborough Falcons just cannot stop winning. They walked away with their seventh consecutive victory, a 2-1 triumph over Heartland Wairarapa in Masterton. The result means they are the only team in both divisions to have won all seven games. The Falcons had to overturn a half-time deficit again to win the game, with Dan Grimshaw and Sam Maxwell scoring the goals. Josh Moffat spent Saturday night in a Masterton hospital after a head knock, but returned to Nelson yesterday. The Falcons need one point from their last three games to win the southern conference. They play Team Wellington in Wellington on Sunday.
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