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By Kristy Martin Marlburians are on red alert, with authorities warning of high fire danger over the next six weeks. On Friday, a suspicious fire broke out in the Wither Hills Farm Park just hours after rural firefighters issued a warning for people to stay off the higher slopes during the hottest part of the day. Hot, dry weather and windy conditions have already got firefighters dreading a repeat of the fires that razed 17,000 acres on the Wither Hills back in 2000. Friday’s fire, which began just before noon on a 31C day and with a total fire ban in place, was quickly contained and put out after a walker saw the flames and raised the alarm. Continued page 2

Ian Conway of the Marlborough Rural Fire Authority places a warning sign at the Wither Hills mountain bike park.


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$100k for new falcon aviary By Kristy Martin The Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust will soon be expanding its aviary after being awarded almost $100,000 in funding from the Lottery Grants Board. The $96,789 grant will mean the aviary can double in size in order to meet demand, with high numbers of falcons getting rehabilitated at the Marlborough facility since it opened two years ago. Trustee Amanda Simcic said it was incredibly exciting and work was due to begin in April. The MFCT began looking to expand last year, due to an influx of native falcons. “Our current aviary was built two

years ago with eight aviary pens to house the eight falcons we had making up our breeding pairs, any chicks before release and injured falcons for rehabilitation,” Amanda said. “We sorely underestimated the amount of rescued falcons that would be bought in for care once there was a facility in place that could help. “We could see we were getting close to capacity and we agreed that our trust would always assist an injured falcon in need.” By the end of 2013 there were 14 falcons in residence, along with two chicks successfully hatched in captivity, a pair that were later released. Totalspan, who built the initial aviary on land donated by Brancott

Estate, have been contracted to complete the extension. “The interior will have three aviary pens for breeding or rehabilitation, two quarantine pens and a large open and secure space that will be used for exercising recuperating wild birds and as a crèche following the breeding season, ensuring the juveniles are flight ready before their release into the Marlborough environment,” said Amanda. While the grant will build the aviary, the facility can still use donations of equipment, such as wine barrels and mussel buoys used for nesting boxes. Details will be Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust published on the trust’s Facebook aviary manager Diana Dobson doing some flight training with falcon Fern. Photo page. Facebook.

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Fire hazard a very real danger Continued from page 1 Three fire crews plus a helicopter were deployed to the blaze, which destroyed one hectare and is now being treated as suspicious. Earlier that morning, Ian Conway of the Marlborough Rural Fire Authority had erected signage at the base of the Wither Hills warning cyclists and walkers to avoid the top slope tracks between noon and 6.30pm, when fire danger was at its peak. Principal rural fire officer Richard McNamara said fire would travel very fast uphill and that walkers and cyclists could quickly find themselves engulfed in smoke. “Fire will always run a hell of a lot faster uphill - that’s the nature of it. “In 2000 a lot of damage was done and we don’t ever want a repeat of that. “There are plenty of walking tracks on the lower slopes people can use.” He said a number of recent fires, including some in outlying areas of the Sounds, had been started due to inattention. “We’ve had a number of fires kick off over the weekend and we are just asking people to be careful over the next four to six weeks as we go

Firefighters at the scene of Friday’s blaze.

through the hottest part of the year. “People also need to let friends and tourists coming into the area know that we are experiencing these conditions.” He also warned residents to adhere to the total

fire ban, which meant gas barbecues could be used but no solid fuels. People should also avoid throwing cigarettes, mowing paddocks or using metal grinders outside on a hot day.

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‘Tolerance’ needed on Taylor River pathway By Adam Poulopoulos A long-time Blenheim cyclist believes a bit of understanding between parties is required on the Taylor River pathway if everyone is to get along. Ray Clearwater (pictured right) has been riding bikes in Blenheim for the last 14 years. He said he had never had a problem on the pathway. “It’s probably one lady that’s got a little bit uptight about things. “If people would have a little bit of

tolerance there wouldn’t be a problem.” Mr Clearwater believed the blame was being unfairly shifted. “Cyclists are usually going a bit quicker, so it becomes our fault. “The pathway is there for the whole community to use and respect. “It’s just madness.” The Blenheim Sun recently received several text messages saying cyclists were driving too aggressively along the path. There have also been reports of dogs getting hit by cyclists on the path.

Surrey Street residents Kris Poultney, Karen Sciascia, David Jones and Barry and Yvonne Hammond do not want effluent pumped into the stream near their homes.

was to enable vastly more effluent to be pumped to the treatment plant ensuring that, in most storms, there would be no untreated overflows. Local resident Barry Hammond said he wanted people to know it was effluent going into the stream, and not ‘stormwater’ like it says on the resource consent notice.

The Surrey Street residents say kids often play in the stream and they are concerned about the health risks for everyone. They are also upset that a sevenmetre tall building will replace the current one, which they say they do not have a problem with. Mr Wheeler has assured the

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The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Okiwi Bay in the Marlbrough Sounds at 8pm on Saturday, after a 20-yearold man from Blenheim sustained injuries as a result of a fall from his off-road ATV bike, while out riding. The man was assessed by the helicopter’s onboard intensive care paramedic before being flown to Nelson Hospital for furthur treatment.

group their voices will be heard. But, he said, their proposed alternative site - by the hill in Memorial Park - was not viable. This would involve relocation of existing sewer pipelines and the laying of new outfall lines. “It would be a major project for Picton to move the existing pump station to a completely new site. It would mean an increase in sewer rates levied on Picton ratepayers.” A suggestion that storage tanks for the sewage would be a better option for Picton was also problematic, he said. “Technically it would be possible but the tanks would be extremely expensive and look far worse than the proposed building. “Costs would be very high.” Mr Wheeler said for the last two years council has been circulating information to those directly affected by the project. A total of six submissions have been received on the suite of applications lodged in November 2013. A hearing is scheduled for March 19. “Those Surrey Street residents who have chosen to take part in this process can be assured their viewpoints will be heard.”

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Waste issues still at the fore By Kristy Martin A group of Picton residents upset by a proposed sewerage system upgrade say their foremost concern is that effluent is being pumped into a stream near their homes. The Surrey Street residents have voiced concerns about the redevelopment of the pump station on their street, which is part of a large scale overhaul of the Picton and Waikawa sewerage system. Council’s assets and services manager Mark Wheeler has admitted that untreated effluent does go into the Memorial Park stream, but says the upgrade would help reduce this. “(A) bigger building is needed because we’re greatly increasing the capacity of the pump station to reduce overflow of effluent into the Memorial Park stream. “At the moment, we can get overflows several times a year. “After upgrading, the likely incidence should be reduced to only once every 10 years and that’s going to make a huge improvement to Picton’s marina water quality.” Mr Wheeler says in extreme storms there would still be some overflow going to the stream but the whole purpose of the project

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Another rates rise Marlburians should prepare for another rate rise, as councillors release details of the 2014/15 budget at tomorrow’s meeting. Councillor Jamie Arbuckle told the Blenheim Residents and Ratepayers Association said that if council was to continue its current services, rates would be increased by 1.91 per cent. If all other recommendations were adopted it could a higher increase.

Beer contest The next beer competiton hosted by the Home Brewers of Marlborough will be held on April 5. Following the success of last month’s contest at Dodson Street Beer Garden, the group has decided to hold another event, at Grovetown Hotel from 1pm. The winner of the competition at the end of January was Murray Cheer and the winner of the people’s choice was Jason Walker.

Music festival The Classic Hits Winery Tour comes to Fairhall this Saturday. Performing at Villa Maria Winery are The Exponents, Stan Walker and Breaks Co-Op. The event begins at 5pm.


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Water shutdown Hot, dry weather has led to the shutdown of irrigation water supplies to some parts of Marlborough. Council is advising property owners that water for irrigation is being be shut off to about 5000 hectares of farms and vineyards along the Wairau River. Wairau Class B consents, including all those on the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme, went off yesterday, while Waihopai Class B consents would also be suspended. The shutdown comes slightly earlier than last year, but there has been no real rain since Christmas. A significant fall would be required before the water supplies can be reinstated. All consent holders are advised to monitor the Marlborough District Council website, under the Environment/Rivers and Wetlands/Flows and Levels section. Consent holders are also reminded that the council’s compliance team does spot checks to ensure conditions are being met. In Renwick, hosing restrictions to households are already in place. The shutdown of irrigation water supplies will mean reduced flow through Gibsons Creek and that will begin to affect wells in Renwick. Blenheim itself has no problems due to the multi-million dollar upgrade of the water infrastructure. W h e n o n ly t h e b e s t W i l l d o !

The South Pacific Packard Club is holding a car rally in Blenheim today, going from Omaka Aviation Museum to Nelson. Pictured is a 1947 Packard Clipper Deluxe owned by Blenheim man Geoff Ralls.

Vintage Packards roll into town By Kristy Martin Vintage cars will be rolling through the streets of Blenheim today and tomorrow as the South Pacific Packard Club of New Zealand hosts a Top of the South rally. Packards were American luxury cars manufactured between 1899 and 1958. Today, the national South Pacific Packard Club has 55 members with 125 Packards between them.

A number of these impressive and lovingly restored vehicles will be leaving from outside the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum tomorrow and travelling through the Wairau Valley on their way to Nelson. The car enthusiasts will then head to Greymouth. Blenheim man Geoff Ralls has owned four Packards in his lifetime, including his 1947 blue and white Packard Clipper

Deluxe. He bought the vehicle in 1983 and restored it himself over five years. “I had a modern car that was depreciating and not getting a lot of use,” he said. “You can buy the parts in Packard clubs all over the world.” Mr Ralls uses the vintage car often. “It sure gets a lot of attention,” he said.

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By Kristy Martin One reason Marlborough District Council decided to install roundabouts in Springlands was because local drivers would have difficulty learning how to use traffic lights. This was one factor, which included costs, traffic volume and crash risk, investigated by council in the planning of the $1.4 million SH6 upgrade, according to Marlborough Roads general manager Frank Porter. Not only did traffic lights have installation and running costs, but there was also found to be insufficient traffic levels at the intersections of Boyce Street and Battys Road. Traffic lights also had the potential to create other issues, Mr Porter said, because Marlborough drivers weren’t familiar with them. “For example, drivers would not become easily accustomed to driving as directed by traffic lights if there was only one set of lights in Marlborough – with the attendant safety risk that goes with a lack of familiarity. “Low compliance is a risk to road safety. “Drivers do adapt to changed intersections but, given that there is no established need

for lights to control traffic flow, having only one set of lights would introduce a factor that does not currently exist. “If a driver makes a mistake at a light-controlled intersection, the results are likely to be far more serious than at a roundabout where traffic speeds are slower. “Just as importantly, the introduction of lights would more likely impede traffic flow in Middle Renwick Road and that, in turn, would raise the risk of driver frustration and risk-taking.” The two new roundabouts on Middle Renwick Road (SH6) are being funded by council, after the New Zealand Transport Agency said the project would not meet criteria. Funding of $250,000 was also coming from the developers of the Westwood complex, further along SH6. Mr Porter compared the cost of constructing traffic lights to three sets installed in Richmond for $3.7m back in 2008. “Investigations indicated that signals would not be a significantly cheaper option. “They would require not just the installation costs on-site but also a centralised control sys-

The Boyce St intersection at Springlands.

tem to ensure phasing, which creates additional costs. “Roundabouts, where feasible, are often preferable to lights because they help to improve traffic flow rather than bring motorists to a standstill. “Accidents at roundabouts have been shown to have much less severity than at traditional intersections because roundabouts are designed to slow vehicle speeds as they approach and prepare to turn. “In times of low traffic, roundabouts enable vehicles to keep moving efficiently with minimal delays.” Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman said he was pleased

the project would start soon. “We are often told that this is one of the worst stretches of road in Blenheim. “Councillors have listened to this feedback and they accepted that these intersections were a big worry to many ratepayers, which is why we made the decision to fund the project.” He said council had confidence that Marlborough Roads had drawn on engineering expertise, considered a range of options and developed an excellent design which would greatly improve traffic safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians - and reduce the frustrating delays experienced.


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Fire volunteers extra busy Adam Poulopoulos paid a visit to the small team at the Seddon Volunteer Fire Station who have been four times as busy this year. Seddon Volunteer Fire Station is welcoming new volunteers after the number of emergency calls rose dramatically in 2013. Covering from the Weld Pass down as far as Molesworth, the 11-person crew has been busier during the last 12 months, in part due to the Seddon earthquakes. There were nearly four times more calls made to the station in 2013, up to 111 from 30 in 2012. Thirteen calls have been made this year so far. Five have been medical-related, four after car crashes and the remainder for vegetation fires. Chief Fire Officer Keiron Hebberd said they always appreciated volunteers.

“These guys do exceptionally well actually. We’re always short of numbers. “It’s busier times. We need more help. “We’re the closest thing to everything. The ambulance and police have to come out of Blenheim.” He said both men and women were always welcome to volunteer, and they were happy to receive public input if someone wanted to visit. The team meets at 7pm on Monday nights for meetings and a routine equipment check, which includes examining the fire engine and testing the station siren. When the siren is activated on Mondays it is the only time in the week somebody in the station sets it off. All of Seddon’s emergency calls are routed through the national hub. Mr Hebberd carries two pagers and a cellphone, but he said the siren system was still more important. “Round here is quite notorious for reception black spots.

“We can be in the truck before the pagers even go off. That’s why the alarm system is so important.” The team often stay until after 10pm running scenarios or training. Skills learned include advanced first aid, tactics when dealing with a fire and vehicle operation. “These life skills or of benefit in their own lives, not just for others,” Mr Hebberd said. After their training the team leaves for home, but their responsibilities as a firefighter do not end. If the firefighter can hear the siren sound, they are expected to drop everything and come to the station. “It doesn’t matter if you’re working, at home, in bed or celebrating with family,” Mr Hebberd said. He added the team was grateful for the understanding of loved ones and employers. Seddon Volunteer Fire Station has been running since 1958.

Preparation results can still improve By Adam Poulopoulos Statistics show Marlborough is the second most-prepared New Zealand region for an earthquake, but there is still room to improve, according to the District Council. The survey from the Ministry of Civil Defence show 35.3 per cent of Marlburians have a basic emergency plan, and three days worth of food and water. The figure exceeded New Zealand’s overall figure of 22 per cent. The survey said Canterbury was the most prepared region, with 40 per cent having three days of food and water. Marlborough District Council emergency

services manager John Foley was pleased with the result, but said more could be

achieved. “There’s another 60 per cent of people who could do more work to be prepared. “A bit more planning needs to be done.” He said having household plans in place on where to meet and what to do when a quake struck helped people become fully prepared. Mr Foley said the earthquake kit should be replenished every 6-12 months to replace items that had gone off or been used. The Ministry’s preparedness has been carried out annually around the country since 2006.

Comment from Gary Spence, Marlborough Civil Defence It’s not just earthquakes we need to be prepared for. We need to think about any event that may affect our normal daily lives, especially if your family is in different areas such as at work at school etc. In a major event you may have to evacuate, so you need to have some personal things in a bag that you can grab on the way out. Or you could be forced to remain in you homes without power or water. Shops and supermarkets may be closed so you need to have supplies at home for your family. A good way to get through an event is to look for the Neighbourhood Support group in your area, so as a community you can support each other.


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Renwick voices road concerns Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk A group of concerned Renwick residents voiced their concerns on “potentially dangerous” roading issues at a public meeting held last Thursday. The meeting was held by the Renwick Residents Association and was attended by Marlborough District Council Assets and Services manager Mark Wheeler, councillors Geoff Evans and Cynthia Brooks and Marlborough Roads principal assets manager Steve Murrin. Opening the meeting, chairperson Anthony van de Water expressed his frustration at the ‘lack of progress’ at the Gee Street and Boyce Street intersections and High Street and Pak Lims corner. “A design study for a round about at the Pak Lims corner was done years ago but line of sight was an issue. It’s been going the best part of 30 years but nothing has been done, it’s frustrating. “I haven’t heard of anyone in favour of a second round about in Springlands yet funding can be found for it but not for us,” he said. He added that Renwick had been asking for

clip-on cycleway on the Gibson Creek Bridge since 2003 when the Renwick cycleways were opened up. “Out of the $10million allocated over 10 years for cyclists, Renwick is not featured, but I see money was given to a cycleway in Grovetown. Where are the priorities,” he said. Mark Wheeler replied; “We have to allocate money carefully and State Highway 1 is our highest priority, it’s our busiest road and gives the best value for money.” Following this, a representative from the Boyce and Anglesea Action Group stood up and began a discussion on the volume of heavy vehicles using these two residential streets, and highlighted the safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists. “It appears heavy vehicles are using Boyce and Anglesea Streets like a main highway and we are very unhappy. “We strongly object to these heavy vehicles using our residential street and are seeking a full review to be conducted by the council and a peaceful resolution found locally, easily and quickly,” he said. Steve replied; “I understand where you

This intersection on Boyce Street and State Highway 6 is used by heavy vehicles, something residents are strongly against.

are coming from, and yes trucks can appear scary especially when up close, but kids are safer with log trucks on the road than some

Celebrating diversity By Adam Poulopoulos A Pasifika dance group will be just one of the attractions at the Marlborough Multicultural Festival on Saturday. The festival will be held at Pollard Park, begnning at 11am. The group will include members from several island nations like Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati. Pasifika community co-ordinator Lapu Oliver said it was refreshing to see a Pacific Island community working together under one umbrella. “It’s like one but many. “There’s not many of us, so we’ve decided to work and live together. “They’re not in as people from their own country. They’re all in it together.” The ninth annual festival will also include ethnic food stalls and other displays from around the world. The festival has grown since 2006, when 1000 people attended, to last year’s attendance of 4000.

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: If you could ask the Mayor for one thing to improve Blenheim, what would it be?

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Nothing. I notice Liz Davidson Place is fairly new. I like having places to sit down with a coffee, and I like green areas, so it seems pretty well puttogether to me.”

The streets. they’re too narrow. The seats should sit back from the road more.

Nothing. It’s lovely. It’s nice and open.

I would say there should be more for the youth to do. We had simple things to do when I was younger, and we never really got into much trouble.

It’s all pretty nice. I like it. Maybe just having more shops open during the weekend.

One tiny thing is you’ve got a lot of people on mobility scooters, and some of them can be a bit rude. That’s the only niggle.

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Quick response Dear Ed, We all expect emergency services to respond quickly when we need them, but an incident on the 20th of February makes me wonder what they think. While going to work I stopped at an intersection as two police cars sped past at approx 120kph on Maxwell Road judging by the following distance as per the road code.

The news report later in the day told of an accident caused by fog. My question is –What would have happened if the Police suddenly found fog as they rounded Meaters corner in Maxwell Road, or if someone did not use the Alabama/ Maxwell road roundabout correctly? They would have been glad they had two ambulances following them. Mark Reid

Fluttered away Dear Ed, Isn’t it nice to get our usually hot weather back with us. I suppose eveyone has noticed a real lack of white butterflies and our lovely Monarch Butterflys. I have only sighted one so far this year. Well the Vineyards who think they know everything imported a small wasp to get rid of the white butterfly they also knew that the wasp would attack all butterflys. I’ve known people to actually take the swan plant inside so the caterpillars would be able to hatch. All the pests here in NZ were brought in rabbits, hares, possums, goat, ferrerts, stoats and gorse bushes and blackberry which run wild. But I do miss our Monarch Butterflys. K M Warren

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A Knight’s tale From London to Blenheim via the Merchant Navy, Joe Knight talks to Adam Poulopoulos about living through WWII, being married for 62 years and why Marlborough is so special. There are two distinct parts to Joe Knight’s life, and its fair to say they are as different from each other as possible. Surviving the Second World War, Joe and wife Mary moved to Blenheim, and have stayed put almost ever since. Born near the London docks in 1926, Joe was only 13 when the Germans declared war. On the first night of the Blitz in 1940, his family home was stripped of its roof, windows and doors. On another occasion his brother lost part of one ear trying to stifle an incendiary bomb. His old school, South Hallsville, became a transit camp for refugees before being blown up. He said they feared for their lives at all times. “There were day raids. Jerry came over and hovered about, especially on overcast days, which it usually is in Britain.” Amidst the chaos, his family moved to the East London suburb of Hornchurch, where he met his wife Mary for the first time. “She lived at the top of the turning. She was 14 and I was 15. “I took her to the pictures. She was my first date,” he said. The pair lost touch and when Joe returned, Mary was married - to his friend. Soon after Mary’s husband was injured during a naval battle, and passed away from his injuries. “Poor bugger - he had shrapnel all up his arms,” Joe said. “I thought ‘Hello, I missed her once, I’ll get her the second time.” In 1944, Joe joined the Merchant Navy, and still keeps his logbook handy. He remembers working on the Victoria, which carried 1500 troops a day from Dover to Calais in France. “I’m not saying I did, but many of the soldiers had families on both sides of

the Channel. “The Government passed a law at one stage saying any Belgian or French girl who had a marriage certificate effectively had a British passport - the ship was empty the next day!” After the War Joe spent his career in the building and decorating trade, and he and Mary moved to Marlborough from the English countryside in 1965. He said there were several reasons they chose New Zealand. “Down the street from us there was a young lad who’d been to New Zealand and worked in the freezing works. He said ‘I wish I never left now.’ “Many of our friends moved to Rhodesia or South Africa. They told us they were sleeping with guns under their pillows, so we took the safer option.” Soon after coming to New Zealand Joe and Mary took a world cruise, spending a year back in Britain. Joe said the English and New Zealanders had very different attitudes. “In New Zealand, you shake the person’s hand, but in England, the guy backed off. He thought I was going to hit him. “I thought ‘that’s bloody funny.’ Nobody trusted anyone else. It was awful. Joe and Mary spent time in Rapaura before buying their current property in 1967. Joe said Marlburians had always made them feel at home. “It’s the people. They’ve got a different outlook on life. “They were helpful. and in those days people welcomed you. “I’ve got nothing but praise for Kiwis.” Looking back on his life, he said he had no regrets. “When I leave this world there’s nothing I could say ‘I wish I’d done that’ about. Joe and Mary have a daughter, Jill, who is based in Auckland.

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Let the sunshine in The Solatube Daylighting Systems’ complete roof to ceiling system captures daylight in a small rooftop dome and redirects it down a reflective tube to deliver natural daylight to the inside of your home. It requires no electricity to run and installation is fast, clean and easy. Here are some facts every homeowner should know about the Solatube Daylighting System: - It provides exceptional lighting. The light output is incredible, providing as much light as you would expect from a skylight many times its size. - It is cost-effective. Tubular Daylighting Devices cost considerably less than other daylighting options, such as windows and skylights, including both product and installation costs. - Installing it is fast, clean and easy. They require no structural reframing, tunneling, drywalling or painting. A professional can install the product in less than two hours and most Do-It-Yourselfers can finish the project in one day. - It can go almost anywhere. The compact and flexible design of TDDs allow them to be installed in just about any room, including rooms without direct roof access and smaller spaces where daylighting would usually not be an option. - It is eco-friendly. They allow you to switch off electric lights during the day, which provides savings on energy bills and also reduces environmental pollution. - It is actually good for you. It has been shown in several prominent studies that increasing daily exposure to natural light can enhance mental and physical well-being, boost concentration and energy levels and a variety of other unexpected perks.

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Toxic shellfish in Sounds Members of the public are being advised not to take or eat shellfish from Queen Charlotte Sound due to risk of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Nelson Marlborough Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jill Sherwood said the area affected is all of Queen Charlotte Sound, including Tory Channel. “Routine testing of shellfish in Tory Channel has shown higher than acceptable levels of the toxins that can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. “Testing has also shown increased numbers of the phytoplankton that produce this toxin.” She said symptoms of poisoning were numbness and tingling around the mouth, face or extremities; difficulty swallowing or breathing; dizziness; double vision. In severe cases, paralysis and respiratory failure can occur. “Acute symptoms usually occur within 12 hours of consuming shellfish.” She advised people not to eat kina, mussels, pipi, tuatua, oysters and cockles harvested from the affected areas since February 19, 2014. “Scallops, paua, crab, and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut (and skirt of scallops) was completely removed prior to cooking. “If the gut was not removed its contents could

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Celebrate Children’s Day with fun From their inquisitive minds and cheeky grins through to their infectious laughs, children are a gift and as grown ups we have the job of nurturing our young to be healthy and strong. They are born pure and with mana, and should be treasured by all who surround them. This theme, ‘Treasure our Children’, features strongly this weekend as the country gears up to celebrate Children’s Day. The first Sunday in March is ‘Children’s Day’ and to mark the occasion the Dillons Point Community Playgroup is hosting a morning event from 9am - 12noon on Monday, March 3. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, fun crafts and prizes. The cost is $2 per child or $3 per family.

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SHEFFORD: Brydon and Elisha Shefford welcome baby Alex Mason Shefford (8lb) into the world on January 26, 2014 at 12:34pm at Wairau Hospital. Big thanks to midwife Cathy Middleton and to Elisha’s mum Keryn for being great support on the day. Photo provided.

MuM OF THE WEEK Congratulations to Jennifer Maine this week’s lucky winner of the New World $25 voucher to spend at New World Blenheim. Our winner is invited to bring her ID in to claim her prize when she next visits New World Blenheim.

“Proudly 100% locally owned and operated” Tel: 03 520 9030, Fax: 03 520 9080, Email: blenheim@newworld-si.co.nz

Amanda Bashford and Scott Trueman were recently married by Celebrant Carol Taylor at Hortensia Gardens. Amanda is the eldest daughter of Liz and Stew Bashford, and Scott is the only son of Sue and John Trueman, all from Blenheim. Don Kelly Photography

PLEASE NOTE Wairau Hospital Maternity Ward visiting hours are: DAILY at 10am - 12pm and 4pm - 7pm

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Cancer Society Marlborough Contact us for support and information on any aspect of cancer • Support services for people diagnosed with cancer • Information & support for partners, families & friends • Education to promote prevention and early detection of cancer Email: marlcaso@xtra.co.nz Website: www.cancersoc.org.nz Forum Building, Market Street, Blenheim, or Ph: 03 579 4379 Fax: 03 579 4381 Hours 9am - 4:30pm Mon to Fri

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MoleChecks Mole Checks or digital dermoscopy is is theequipped TheMoleMax Skin Clinic Marlborough analysis of high powered microscopic images of the skin allowingdigital early detection of with high resolution mapping melanoma and other skin cancers. technology allowing early detection Dermoscopy can detect melanomas before of they are obviousand with other the naked eye. melanomas skin cancers. Make an appointment Early today diagnosis to haveand you prompt treatment can family’s skin cure from skin cancer. resultandinyour achecked. complete The clinic provides a comprehensive range of treatment options and is now approved by Southern Cross as an affiliated provider. Phone 578 1665 24 George St Blenheim Make an appointment today to have www.theskinclinic.co.nz you and your family’s skin checked.

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Wednesday February 26, 2014

Norovirus outbreaks on rise Following the reported outbreak of gastroenteritis amongst staff at Waimea College, Nelson the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is reminding the community to ready itself for any more outbreaks. The likely cause was Norovirus which is always present in the community but is particularly prevalent at this time of year, said Medical Officer of Health Dr Jill Sherwood. “This outbreak is a timely reminder to check the readiness of schools, campgrounds, aged residential care facilities and hospitals to respond to such outbreaks.” The main symptoms are diarrhoea and or vomiting. She said a letter had been sent to all schools in the area asking them to check that all toilet facilities have soap dispensers and disposable paper towels and ensuring that there is a protocol for clean-up of vomiting or diarrhoea ‘accidents’. She said if you are sick with diarrhoea or vomiting, you should stay away from child centres, school or work. “If you develop symptoms do not return to school or work until 48 hours after your last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting as with most gastroenteritis bugs people remain infectious up until 48 hours after their symptoms stop. “The best way to avoid infection and to

Total Live in Care Comprehensive Respite or Palliative Care available in the familiar environment of your own home. Home management included. Take that break, knowing your loved one is receiving professional care. A day, a week, a month, no limit. Inquiries welcome Jacqui Mitchell PH: (03) 578 2014 Mob: 021 1500 810

It’s important to thoroughly wash and dry your hands to avoid passing on gastroenteritis bugs to others.

prevent passing gastroenteritis bugs on to others is to thoroughly wash and dry your hands. This is particularly important after using the toilet or before handling food.” If you are concerned about yourself or a family member seek advice from your GP or practice nurse. Dr Sherwood also recommended that if you have gastroenteritis continue drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. “Signs of dehydration can include a dry mouth and tongue, sunken eyes, cold hands and feet, and unusual sleepiness or lack of energy,” she said.

Cosmedical refreshment During the second half of 2013 Dr David Orsbourn of enhanceskin, (Nelson), made history at the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim, by performing Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) for the very first time in Marlborough, thus eradicating his patient’s varicose veins. Dr Orsbourn’s Blenheim clinics have proved so popular that he has decided to extend the services he offers in Marlborough to include Cosmedical Procedures. We asked Dr Orsbourn what results a client could expect from a course of Cosmetic Botulinum, he says, “This treatment gives such a lovely refreshed look, it’s as if you’ve been on holiday. Patients have told me that their friends notice the difference, but can’t quite work out why they look so good!” He continues, “Dermal Fillers instantly fill and lift the wrinkle from underneath the skin’s surface with an immediate visible result. Showing a client the change in the mirror often gives them a “WOW” feeling that is just gold to me.” If you’re short on time, Dr Orsbourn recommends the Liquid Face Lift; this procedure restores the cheeks with youthful volume, lifting the jaw line and naso-labial fold. Results can last up to two years, but the treatment can be performed in a lunchtime! People sometimes have concerns that Cosmedical Procedures will leave them with a frozen mask-like face, but Dr Orsbourn reassures that this is not the case, “Careful consideration of each person’s wishes, followed by an assessment of their individual muscles and requirements, allows me to tailor their treatment ensuring a natural and effective result.” Heading into summer Dr Orsbourn

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Wednesday February 26, 2014

Renwick SK8 Jam People of all ages flocked to the Renwick skate park with their skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes to take part in the third annual SK8 Jam on Saturday. Photos by Celeste Lodewyk

 Daniel McLean, Rion Francis and

Daniel Brooke-Taylor.

 Getting air was part of the thrill.

 There were plenty of tricks on show.

 Brendon Arthur, Ryan Williams and Tom Driffil l.

 Skaters, scooters and BMX riders put their skills to the test.

 Raeden Kamira and Jake Sweetman.

Tua Marina Rodeo Even though the Tua Marina Rodeo has been going for over 60 years, it didn’t disappoint. Families braved a changeable forecast to attend on Sunday. Photos by Adam Poulopoulos.

 The Corban clan, parents Craig and Jen and children Anna, 5, Benjamin, 3, William, 8 and Abraham, 7, enjoyed their first trip to the Rodeo.

a horse.  Riley Lomax, 9, feeds

 Judy Cross and granddaughter Dakota Davenport, 3.

 Tayla Gapper, 11, Maia Van Beek, 12, and Rylan Cummings, 11, splashed some cash.

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The Community Noticeboard is for non-profit organisations. For $10.00 you can publish up to 25 words. No AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. Community Notices must be pre-paid. Call into our office at 72 High Street, Blenheim

Blenheim Healing Rooms open 1st & 3rd Saturdays every month. 11.00am - 1pm. Stonewood Homes Office, 68 High Street. Free Christian healing pray available to anyone. Phone 578 9704.

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.

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

Wednesday February 26, 2014

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. Sheets ‘n’ Things good used linen for sale! Open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 3.00pm at Bread of Life, 14b Stephenson Street (opp Boys College) Phone: 577-5423.

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!

Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics.

Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 520 6377. Office 520 9980.

Ph Margaret 021 0260 7468 or Cilla 570 5335. Alzheimers Society Marlborough: 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. Marlborough Family Budgeting: - Free confidential budgeting advice. Monday-Friday. Phone 578 2006.

Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital 520 9999, for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Overeaters Anonymous: For more information. Ph 570 5137 Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 5777651, Harvey 5788125 Citizens Advice Bureau - Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846)

• 150 Seat Mayfield Chapel • Sowman Catering Lounge • Marlborough’s only cremation facility • FDANZ Pre-pay and pre-planning funeral options

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Marlborough After Hours GP Services:

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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Marlborough Artisan Market 9.30-1.30pm Wynen Street Carpark includes fruit and vegetables, woodwork, handicrafts, pottery, soaps, lavender products, toiletries, oils and wines, nuts and flowers.

community services Ambulance: Urgent 111.

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Picton 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.

acknowledgement The Sun Newspaper offers an acknowledgement service to its readers. You can submit acknowledgements following family bereavements. The deadline will be on Mondays at 5.00pm, with a limit of 50 words for $15.00. You can submit acknowledgements by bringing them to the Sun office at 72 High Street, or posting them to PO Box 634 Blenheim 7240. You can also email them to sales@blenheimsun. co.nz Please include your contact details: Name, address, email and phone numbers, including your mobile number if possible.

Welshman living in Blenheim, Andrew Fogg has organised a fun St David’s Day celebration this Friday in Renwick.

Welsh prepare for St David’s Day St David’s Day is a proud Welsh celebration and will be marked this Friday in a night of ‘Welsh fun’ at The Cork and Keg English Country Pub in Renwick, starting at 6pm. The event is being organised by Welshman Andrew Fogg who has lived in New Zealand for 22 years. Previous to that he was a Welsh steel worker. Andrew previously formed the Welsh Kiwis Club in Auckland which grew to a membership of 183 Welsh expats and is a former member of the national male Choir of NZ which toured South Wales in 2000. According to Andrew, The Cork and Keg has a growing number of Welsh expats from all over Wales, including its own Welsh barmaid who will be serving on Friday night. “We are hoping to attract other people with Welsh connections or just a love of Wales and its culture and music to come along and celebrate our patron Saint’s day. “There might even be enough singers who come along on the night to suddenly burst into song,” he laughed. Dress up is optional, Andrew says, including Welsh personalities through to dragons and daffodils.

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Marlborough Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Society inc. AGM

to be held on Sunday, 2nd March 2014 at 12:15 pm at the Church of Nativity Hall. Finger lunch provided. All members, clients and friends are urged to attend. Sandra Moss Secretary. Ph: 578 7207

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Part-time Kiosk Operators Bluegums Landfill - Blenheim We are seeking two enthusiastic and reliable staff to operate our kiosk which will require computer skills. Other duties include record keeping and grounds maintenance. One position will be Monday to Wednesday and the other Thursday to midday on Saturday. Must be willing to complete a First Aid Certificate. Please send your applications including work history to derekroading@gmail.com

Elder Care Worker Duties Pastoral care & visiting 65 plus in Blenheim South Area. Assisting with monthly Elder Care Seminars. Hours Flexible 20 hours over a 4 week period. Requirements Driving license & own transport ie: Travel allowance paid. Clean Police Check. Person who shares the values, vision & beliefs of our organisation. Apply for a full job description St Christopher’s Anglican Church 92 Weld Street, Redwoodtown Blenheim (03) 578 0139 Email: stcs1@actrix.co.nz Applications close March 10, 2014

DOMINION SALT LTD FORKLIFT/PACKING OPERATOR

Thursday February 27-28: In North Canterbury meeting with community groups by arrangement. Saturday February 29: Attend the 80th Rai Valley A&P Show. Monday March 3: In Blenheim meeting with constituents and community groups by arrangement, such as the Marlborough District Council. Tuesday March 4-6: In Parliament, Primary Production and Education & Science Select Committee meetings. Friday March 7: In Blenheim meeting with constituents and community groups by arrangement. Monday March 10: In North Canterbury meeting with community groups by prior arrangement. Tuesday March 11-13: In Parliament, Caucus, Primary Production and Education & Science Select Committee meetings.

Parent and Child Expo Sites are now available for the Marlborough Parent and Child Expo on Sunday 8th June 2014 at the Marlborough Convention Centre. Earlier bird rate is $110.00 before the 28th February, so get in quick otherwise sites are $135.00. More than 1000 people attended the expo in each of the previous four expos. The Expo now has a good reputation among a wide audience of Marlborough parents with children aged 0-6 years, as well as grandparents and others looking for family related products and gifts. We believe it is a strategically important opportunity for you to promote and sell your products and services to a key target market. For more details contact Rebecca Toms Parent and Child Expo Coordinator Marlborough Parents Centre parentandchildexpo@gmail.com 027 257 2451

PERMANENT

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.

Applications and CVs should be sent to: The Production & Dispatch Manager Dominion Salt Limited, PO Box 81, Seddon Email:-stephen.gould@domsalt.co.nz Applications close Friday 28th February


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Grocery Checkout Position Part time We are seeking a motivated, friendly, person to join our staff. Days of work would be Thursday to Saturday. Approx 27 hours. This is a fixed term contract. Application including CV can be sent to the store addressed to Store Manager Renwick Supervalue 78 High Street, Picton Overseas applicants must hold NZ citizenship NZ permanent residency or valid NZ work visa.

Permanent Paper Deliverers required Leefield St, Brewer St & Stratford St area & Charles St, Arthur St & Poynter St area Suit school aged children. Must be honest and reliable. Younger children must be supervised by an adult. Please phone Liz 577 7868

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AIRFORCE and Army uniforms wanted modern and old any uniform items considered. Ph 0800 559 922.

COINS wanted pennies threepence sixpence any coins considered. Ph 0800 559 922.

M E DA L S wanted sporting military and fire brigade modern and old any medals considered. Ph 0800 559 922.

OMEGA & SEIKO WATC HES wanted Seamaster Cosmic and Geneve going or not any considered. Ph 0800 559 922.

AMMUNITION RELOADING PRESS and reloading accessories. Ph 0800 559 922. BAYONETS swords and milit ar y k nives wanted modern and old. Any Considered. Ph 0800 559 922. BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS wanted fiction and non fiction modern and old small to estate lots. Ph 0800 559 922. CA M E R AS wanted film type any considered. Ph 0800 559 922.

FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION wanted military guns sporting rifles shotguns and pistols modern and old single items to whole collections Ph Benjamin 0800 559 922. FOUNTAIN PENS wanted Conway Stewart and Parker style any considered. Ph 0800 559 922. MASONIC LODGE items wanted badges aprons jewels and regalia all items considered. Ph 0800 559 922.

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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.

Parts Manager

Service Manager

Branch Administrator

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: prendergastj@norwood.co.nz. Applications close Friday 21 March 2014


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Truck Drivers Required Experienced truck drivers are required for the upcoming harvest from Mid March to end of April.

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Phone Vaughan on 0272 464 111 or Tracy on 027 444 1404 for further details.

Solutions Focused Trade Sales Representative ThinkWater Marlborough is a privately owned New Zealand business with the support of a very successful Australasian Franchise. ThinkWater specialises in the design and implementation of the most efficient irrigation and water management systems and products for customers across all sectors. Having recently opened a retail store in Marlborough from an already established irrigation business, we are now looking for a customer centric, solution-focused, retail based Trade Sales Representative. We are looking for someone who has experience working in irrigation, retail plumbing sales or similar field, along with the ability to build strong relationships with our customers. Key responsibilities • Actively seek out new trade and retail customers • Service retail customers and our trade accounts • Tailor quotes specific to the needs of the customer • Implementation and co-ordination of products and services and much more! Key skills • Strong work ethic • Flexible, honest and motivated • Relevant trade or retail sales experience preferably in irrigation, plumbing or similar field • Full and clear drivers licence • Computer literate In return, we will provide a competitive salary, positive working environment and encourage personal growth. Some weekend work required (roster) which will be discussed at interview time. For more information and to apply, please contact nikkiwilkie@vodafone.co.nz or call 021 475 277.

www.thinkwater.co.nz

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 Email:-stephen.gould@domsalt.co.nz

Applications close Friday 28th February

The Falcons celebrate their Southern Conference win at Nelson Airport on Sunday night.

Falcons fly into final By Adam Poulopoulos N Z K i ng Sa l mon Nel son Marlborough Falcons staff past and present are basking in the region’s best footballing achievement in nearly 40 years. The under-20 Falcons sealed the ASB Youth League Southern Conference with a 2-0 win over Team Wellington in Wellington on Sunday. The result, their eighth win in a row, puts them into the Youth League final against Auckland with two regular-season matches remaining. Board member Nigel Thompson said the achievement was the best in the region since Nelson United made two consecutive Chatham Cup finals in the 1970s.

“It’s been a long time between drinks.” Thompson said the potential for a senior team was there, but not in the immediate future. “It’s a big step up from Youth League, so we shouldn’t get carried away. “If these guys stick around for 2-3 years they could form the nucleus of a national league team. “It just shows the talent available in the Nelson and Marlborough area - they’re all home-grown.” The Falcons’ youth league licence is due for renewal in 2016, but with the team winning and breaking youth league crowd records in Nelson, Thompson said he could not see a reason not to extend it. The Falcons’ latest victory was

their first game since striker Omar Guardiola was dismissed from the team by coach Davor Tavich. Guardiola said talent and spirit were both high in the camp. “They can win the title. I hope they can. They’re not looking too bad. “It was always nice to play for them - it sucks I had to leave. “I wish them luck and hope they win the tournament.” Guardiola has moved to Wairarapa United to play in the ASB Premiership. Taine Swete and Carl ConnorMcClean make up the current Falcons’ Marlborough contingent. Their next match is against Youngheart Manawatu in Nelson on Sunday.

Sprinting for success By Adam Poulopoulos The athletics career of 14-year-old sprinter Lucy Sheat continues to gather pace. Sheat is the only Blenheim-based athlete selected for the Tasman team heading to the New Zealand Track and Field Championships in Wellington at the end of March. She is expected to race in the Tasman 4x100 and 4x400 metre teams at the event. The Marlborough Girls College pupil was excited at her selection. “It’s a chance to get improved times and to be noticed nationally.” She said improving her personal Lucy Sheat with the Mawhera Shield bests and breaking club records were and Nick Willis Scholarship Award. her goals for the rest of the year. Her selection in the Tasman team meet’s top performer, and broke a follows her performance at the 21-year-old 200 metre record. Her dream start to 2014 began Mahar Cup earlier this month, when she won the Mawhera Shield as the when she was awarded the $500

Nick Willis Scholarship at the South Island Colgate Games in January. Nelson head athletics coach Greg Lautenslager met Sheat for the first time at the Mahar Cup. He said those in the know rate her highly. “Lucy is such a talented young girl we’ll take her anywhere. “I can see she’ll fit right in.” He said although he expected Sheat to be competitive, the experience she would gain from rubbing shoulders with more experienced athletes would be invaluable. “It’s a big bonus to be there with all the top athletes. “The hope and incentive for them is that one day they’ll be the ones competing in the Commonwealth Games.” The Tasman team for the Championships is made up of 25 athletes.

Teams on the march to Wellington Three Marlborough marching teams had their final competitive hitout on Sunday before heading to the National Champs next month. The three teams are the under-12 Cordeaux Renwick and the under-16 Shontae Allstars and Shontae Excelsior. Overall, 29 girls make up the teams heading to Wellington for the championships, on March 14 and 15.

After arriving in Wellington the teams will have to qualify for the championship march, to be held later in the weekend. Marching Marlborough coaching co-ordinator Anita Ireland said she was happy with the amount of interest from Marlborough. “That’s pretty good for a region like this. “We’re hoping to come home with some awards.”

All three teams heading to Wellington also went to last year’s New Zealand Marching Champs in Dunedin. Shontae Excelsior placed third in the display section on that occasion. The meet on Sunday marked the end of the competitive marching season in Marlborough.


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