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Free mail pick-up axed By Kristy Martin He’s the friendly postman who dresses up at Christmas time and brings a cake on your birthday. Collecting the mail from Blenheim businesses each day, he always delivers a friendly smile. But from the end of this month Kevin Hart will find himself redundant as New Zealand Post discontinues its free mail collection service for businesses in the Blenheim CBD, stating it is no longer viable to keep the initiative running. Continued page 2 Business people will soon have to post their own mail after a complimentary pick-up service, undertaken by Kevin Hart, is discontinued.

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Upcoming art awards Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk What does it mean to be an artist? Ask any artist and their answer will be simple. Joy! Joy, passion and self expression are what create beautiful art which will be celebrated in the up and coming 2014 Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards in May. The awards are organised by the Marlborough Art Society and the art work selected for final judging will be exhibited at the Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery. Invitations have already been sent out to artists all over New Zealand who will now be working on their pieces to submit to judges in photograph form. The judging panel then chooses 60 artists from the approximate 220 sent in, these will be hung in the gallery from where the winners are chosen. Seven prizes will be awarded and the winning artist will receive the ‘premier’ $3000 cash prize sponsored by Peters Doig Chartered Accountants in Blenheim. Peters Doig Chartered Ac-

Marlborough Art Society president Peter Davidson (centre) with Peters Doig Chartered Accountants directors Tim McKendry and Anton James, who are sponsoring the premier prize for this year’s Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards.

countants has been a strong supporter and sponsor of the awards for 14 years, something directors Anton James and Tim McKendry are proud to be part of. “I developed an interest in the arts from when I previously worked in Wellington and London firms, so I enjoyed coming to Marlborough and carrying

Continued from page 1 Nelson/Blenheim mail centre leader Rodney Laing said low utilisation of the complimentary service had made it ‘uneconomic’. “A significant and irreversible decline in letter mail volumes is impacting on our core business and free mail pick-up is no longer viable on a commercial basis for New Zealand Post,” he said. Mr Laing, who is based in Nelson, said the service had already been widely phased


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out across the country and Blenheim was one of the last remaining townships. Another reason for the move was that from the end of the month the mail sorting centre would be shifted to Christchurch. This was part of nationwide consolidation and would also mean a loss of local jobs. “It is unfortunate, but it’s the way of the times,” Mr Laing said. Local businesspeople yesterday expressed a lack of surprise that the service was being discontinued, as many deemed

it a “luxury”. Most said they would miss Mr Hart’s friendly demeanour, and one receptionist said he had even brought her a cake for her birthday. From next month, business people will have to drop their mail off at the Forum post box by 5.15pm or the mail centre by 5.30pm, for small volumes. Larger mail volumes can be collected by a local CourierPost driver, which is a service that is paid for.

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Royal tour plans revealed By Kristy Martin Members of the public will have opportunities to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in person at Seymour Square and Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, but will be sorely disappointed if they try to greet them at the airport. Prince William and wife Kate will fly into the RNZAF base at Woodbourne from Wellington about 10.45am on April 10. They will not be bringing baby George with them, and it is understood the little prince will remain at Government House in Wellington under the care of a nanny. Once grounded, the royal couple will travel by motorcade to Seymour Square, where they will remain from 11-11.30am to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. “At the conclusion of the wreathlaying, they will do a public walkthrough of Seymour Square,” said Allen Walley from the Depart-

The royal couple, Kate and William will make two public appearances in Blenheim.

ment of Internal Affairs, media manager for the royal couple’s nine-day New Zealand tour. Roads surrounding the square will be closed for the duration of the ceremony. Mr Walley said the couple would

then head off for a ‘private lunch’, but would not reveal where. From 1.15pm-2.15pm William and Kate will tour Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with film director, Sir Peter Jackson, who will walk their Royal Highnesses

through his collection of aircraft and memorabilia, accompanied by museum chief executive Jane Orphan. The popular young royals will then take some time to look around the grounds at the old planes and hangars. The museum’s Flying Day has been scheduled to coincide with the royal visit, even though access to the museum itself will be restricted. After their tour of Omaka, the couple will head back to Wellington. The visit is set to attract a huge media contingent from the UK and across New Zealand, but only a select number of accredited journalists will be allowed to escort the couple on both public appearances. All plans were subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseeable circumstances, Mr Walley said. A detailed itinerary is due to be released early next week.

Blenheim missing Chinese tourist dollar By Adam Poulopoulos Blenheim’s hotel room price reduction in 2013 is in part due to a lack of Chinese tourists, according to a official. The website’s latest Hotel Price Index shows Blenheim’s average hotel room price fell five per cent in 2013, down from $172 to $165. Despite the fall Blenheim was still the 6th most expensive area in the country, ahead of all the five main centres. regional marketing director Katherine Cole said Chinese tourists generally spent the most on accommodation. “Potentially it means you’re not getting a piece of the inbound Chinese tourist dollar. “That is what is driving tourism in the rest of the country.” The survey showed Chinese visitors spend an average of $172 a night, $2 more than Americans. Overall, New Zealand saw a rise in Chinese

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travellers due to targeted marketing campaigns and China’s middle-class economic growth. Scenic Circle manager Adrian Clifton said Chinese tourists should not be the only focus. “Chinese tourists are usually in New Zealand for a short period of time so they tend to sway

toward the main centres. “We’d like more visitors full stop.” Mr Clifton added attracting more business during the down months was also an issue. “The winter period’s especially hard for Blenheim - all the hotels are competing for a small amount of businesses. “The conference side of things we need to push in order to get more business in during that period.” He said that Destination Marlborough and Tourism New Zealand were already working on attracting more Chinese visitors to Blenheim. Blenheim bucked the general New Zealand trend, which showed a nationwide five per cent increase in prices. The worldwide increase was three per cent. The survey included motels, and all accommodation with a rating between two and five stars.



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Ferries running The Cook Strait ferries have resumed travel after being cancelled in Wellington on Wednesday. Giant waves and high winds in Wellington prevented the ferries running on Wednesday morning. The ferries were running on a slightly delayed schedule yesterday as the backlog was cleared. The Kaitaki and Arahura both resumed travel on Wednesday, while the Stena Alegra restarted operations yesterday. Kiwirail senior communications advisor Sophie Lee said conditions on the Cook Strait were “significantly better” yesterday.

Mussel Festival The tenth annual Havelock Mussel Festival is almost upon us. The festivities at the Havelock Domain begin at 10am on Saturday, March 15. MC Paul Ego will be joined by special guest, chef Chelsea Winter, and entertainment from The Hollywoods, Frenzi and Little Oceans. Kids entertainment includes a bouncy castle and face painting. Tickets for the day are still available from TicketDirect.

Members’ Exhibition The Yealands Gallery is hosting their annual autumn members’ exhibition this month. The exhibition opens tonight and concludes on Sunday, March 30. About 60 paintings of different genres are included in the collection. Artists include Walter Scott, Dave Langham and Jennifer Jones. The gallery holds two members’ exhibitions each year.


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Business Business inbrief

Top floor vacant The top storey of the old cinema building on Maxwell Road remains untenanted. Marlborough Movies moved out of the building in 1997, and the top storey has been vacant in the intervening time. Landlord Diana Handley said the space would remain unused until somebody rented it out. The bottom storey of the building is currently occupied by Dick Smith Electronics, Underground Coffee and Tiny Mighty Power.

Trust boost Blenheim’s new 700-seat Civic Theatre received a fillip yesterday as the successful Lottery Significant Projects Fund applicants were announced. The Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust Board will receive $500,000 of the $28 million allocated across the country. Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board Hon Peter Dunne said the grants helped to build on the vision of communities, and create a legacy for future generations. The biggest grant, $6 million, will go towards rebuilding Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal.

Small Business Group Anyone who has started a small business is invited to a Small Business meet and greet get-together. The meeting will be held at Dodson Street Beer Garden on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30pm. It is the first Small Business Group meeting of 2014. To RSVP visit the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce website.

Fulton a finalist By Adam Poulopoulos A Blenheim-based interior designer is one of five New Zealanders selected as finalists in the Australasian Dulux Colour Awards. Alex Fulton has been selected in both the commercial and residential interior categories, with the results to be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday, March 27. Her design at her own home, a 1903 Blenheim villa, has been selected in the residential category, while her commercial work at Astrolabe Wines’ new working space has also been recognised. Mrs Fulton, whose design style is described as bright and playful,’ was delighted with her nominations. “I’m pretty stoked. I’ve been a finalist twice before, but this year I have two finalist pieces. “It is recognition enough to be a finalist but winning would be great.” Mrs Fulton is the only New Zealander nominated in the 20-strong commercial interior category. She moved to Blenheim from Christchurch 18 months ago, and these are her first nominated pieces since then. Of the four other New Zealand finalists, two are from Wellington, one from Auckland and one from Christchurch. The Dulux Colour Awards are in their 28th year.

New oven for New Marlborough grant Quest caterers Quest Catering are enjoying the use of a new toy which they believe can markedly boost business. The firm has just purchased a ten-tray Blue Seal combi oven to replace their existing machine, which only holds two trays. Quest owner-operator Linda Grace said the old oven was “pretty knackered” after three years of service. She said she hoped the new oven would take the business to the next level, allowing them to cook more food with greater variety. “It should enable us to grow our business capacity, and it means we can cater to bigger numbers.” Ms Grace said the oven “sounded like a train” on Wednesday after the fan came loose during transportation. It was fixed and ready for use yesterday. Quest caters mostly for the elderly, but anyone is able to place orders.

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A new grant, aimed at helping future Marlborough business leaders, has just been announced. IQ-M will financially assist people looking to attend chosen Leadership Development Programs. The idea for IQ-M came from Asset Insurance Brokers owner Stephen Doecke, and the grant also has

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Say cheese! A Tapawera-based lamb and dairy company with links in Marlborough will become a lot more famous on Saturday night. Wangapeka Downs, who sell Wangapeka cheese in Marlborough through Pataka Foodstore, will appear on Country Calendar tomorrow night at 7 on TV 1. Pataka, who shares a site with St Clair cellar door on Selmes Road has been selling Wangapeka cheese since opening in July last year. Pataka owner Nina Huria-Bryce said her mind was made up as soon as she sampled the product. “I tried their cheese and I just wanted to range it.” Ms Huria-Bryce said Wangapeka owners Karen and Daryl Trafford liked to think outside the box. “They are interested in putting a Kiwi stamp on them. “She’s quite keen to experiment a lot to give it that Kiwi flair.” Obscure varieties include cheese with mint, flavoured fetas and a variety made with horopito pepper. Ms Huria-Bryce said she would also consider stocking other Wangapeka dairy products in future.

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Annual Plan – 2014-15 Adoption Process

New rates effective from 1 July 2014 Annual Plan adopted and rates set for 2014-15 rating year - 26 June 2014

Council considers submissions on Draft Annual Plan - 9 June 2014

Submission hearings 3 – 4 June 2014, possibly 5 June if more time needed to hear all submitters

Submissions close - 8 May 2014

Submissions open - 3 April 2014

Draft Annual Plan adopted for consultation - 3 April 2014

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The Sun Traffic lights/roundabout Does MDC think we driver’s are dumb and stupid. Of course we know how to use the traffic lights all us driver’s have driven to Nelson and Christchurch and the north island wherever there is traffic lights. So we do know how to use the traffic lights, or is it MDC that don’t know how to use them? One point I have miss most driver’s here don’t know how to use roundabouts properly they panic on them

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Good samaritan A big thanks to the person(s) who have been leaving veges in a box outside St Lukes to anyone. Really very nice and i sincerely thank you. L.Nicholas.

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ocal just like you Blenhem plse get with the times! Traffic lights aren’t that hard to follow. I’m amazed no of drivers who can’t use roundabouts! Green means GO and red means STOP!! U can’t get much clearer!

Hiding police Yes where r our police hiding.Renwick seems 2 have no speed limit or Blenheim streets. Boy racers r out of control in town plus outside Fairhall cemetery. No respect at all.

Use a lead! riverbank was dog reserve b4 it was cycle lane oh thats right u hav cycle lanes n twn how bout using as were not alowed our dogs n town now r we cause i wont b moving off the (FOOTPATH)4 a bike

I am a regular user (walking) of the Taylor river walkway and have always found it a beautiful spot and great place for everyone to use. I am not upset that every now and then I have to give way briefly to another user. It is a great place for families to ride along as it is not easy or necessarily safe to take little ones out on bikes on the road and it’s nice for dog owners and dogs alike. I have travelled and lived in other towns both in NZ and overseas and find nothing noteworthy to complain about here.

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RATES GOING UP. R U CRAZY!! This is greed. Come on Marlb Council think abt it. We as a country hv kids goin thr school wif nuffn to eat. Elderly will suffer more, one income families feeln the pinch wif lack of jobs here for the local. Good luck 2 bk packers on hols coz they seem 2 get the work MDC YOU MST LOOK AT THE PROBLEM HERE. How r the locals pose 2 achieve this. Plz dnt raise the rates AGAIN ths is complete maddness

Ive been watching the Sun letters about Walkers v cycle riders down the Taylor im a cyclist and a walker and can understand both sides of the argument... my concern is the cyclists who ride from the road onto the footpath infront of the homes before the Burleigh bridge on New Renwick Road. A day does not go by when I don’t have a filthy look directed at me by a cyclist as I’m going foward so I can see pedestrian’s on the footpath as I leave my driveway in my car. Perharps before the debate is continued over the path down the river maybe safety on the footpath needs to be addressed.

ob is to get to know your business ecommend the right Leave river frontage alone calling plans, The whole Noel Leeming area site should be re built as a library on ground dbandfloorand mobile solutions to help + several floors of car parking above which could be used for winter you rock covered usage..its such a central And area business succeed. what’s more Dear Jordan. Thank you so much for not to be wasted on a single usage... telling us what happened to Tracy. loved come on MDC..leave our river frontage the show you guys rock, as always’ve got your fancy theatre.. dvicenowtosomething youof general is FREE. public daily needed usage..

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Good job Dear Ed, Full marks to The Sun for publishing the 2014 NRL fixture list for those who

think there’s more than Super 12,14,15 (or whatever it’s called this year). Steelsporran

Vital bees threatened Dear Ed, So the council have more wild notions. This time it’s to use the land that the Bush Honey people need to keep and study how humble honey bees and what they need to survive. With all the pesticides and spray at the vineyards no wonder they are battling to survive. It doesn’t help having the Council destroy any stray hives or do they ring the Bee

Keepers to come and get it. Bees are vital for production of fruit, vege seeds and flowers. Without the bees we would not have fruit also. It took many years of debate before the Powers that be decided no to developing Clifford Bay. Don’t let this out of hand issue be treated the same way. Bide A Wee

The Bible - basis of society Dear Ed, Bible in Schools. One parent overturns entire school and board. In defense of the Bible it is the biggest selling book of all time. We derive our morals and values from it. Thou shalt not kill, steal, covet or bare false witness, respect your parents. It provides our Judicial system of Judges and Witnesses. In fact the entire Westminster System is based around its Teachings. Stories such as the Prodigal Son, Good

Samaritan are great teachings to a wayward society. If Christ’s Sermon on the mount inspired Gandhi, King and Mandala, why should it not inspire a new generation? Jesus is an historical figure with 10,000 modern manuscripts more than Julius Caesar. I prefer a God, a supreme being, over any human authority and facts over evolutionary theories which make up today’s belief systems. Michael

Falcon habitat Dear Ed, Re the txt talk in the Sun, Friday 28th yes, Falcons are out of their natural habitat which is high country and forests. Of course they eat birds, mainly Waxeyes which eat grapes. Waxeyes also eat insects, aphids, spiders, flies etc. Falcons are considered uncommon and

protected. Waxeyes are common and are protected. Also, in ‘The Tetley Affair’ by Helen J Loftus, I read that circa 1866 the government passed a bill preventing a run-holder at Clarence from releasing 2 foxes. We do get lucky sometimes. Clarkie

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locals do! &we strangers are treated very badly- shud b ashamd of that - not all Gangstas are bad- i speak from experience cos im protected by numerous gangs includin Notorious &Mighty Mongrel Mob & they be Hearty Doggs..&iv found that people who arnt affiliatd with gangs &this includes sum proffesionals can be devious,cruel,cons,rapists,murderers,st alkas &the list goes on &Gangstas hav had 2protect me from all the plz dont judge gangs till u have walked in ther shoes!Only God has the power &place 2 judge anyone.

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Beautiful flowers Dear Ed, I was in town the other day and went past Seymour Gardens, they are wonderful as always. Thanks to Council and the skilfull gardeners.

How do they keep the colours matching? It’s always puzzled me. But thank you again as flowers lift our spirits in our stressful lives. Bide a Wee

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Street gets community makeover By Kristy Martin Residents of Churchill Street in Blenheim are set to feel safer and more connected to their neighbours following a week-long street clean up that began yesterday. The biannual Street Intensive, run by Safer Communities Marlborough, is aimed at promoting community spirit and helping residents complete various chores. Residents and volunteers band together to tidy up a street by painting, repairing damage, removing rubbish, trimming trees and hedges and other odd jobs. Paul Johnson, Safer Communities Marlborough manager, said the initiative, supported by police, had

numerous benefits for residents and the wider community. The Ministry of Justice contributes some funding, after studies of the pilot project in 2009 found a 44 per cent reduction in crime in the streets cleaned up. “We look for streets with higher than normal levels of crime,” Paul said. “Streets with not a great sense of community. “We turn up with tools and we work alongside residents, loan them the tools. We aim to get residents working together and getting to know each other.” The project also helps break down the barriers between residents and

police. “People start caring about their place, start caring about their neighbours and are less likely to start committing crimes.” Yesterday, the first group to pitch in were the guys from the Salvation Army Employment Plus Construction for Youth programme. Trades tutor Ashley Sword said the group, aged between 16-19, were heavily involved in community projects and had even visited Seddon and Ward last year to help clean up in the aftermath of the earthquakes. Tomorrow from 9am-3pm will be the street’s big working bee and barbecue lunch, which will see up to 100 volunteers involved.

The Salvation Army Employment Plus Construction for Youth group, (L-R) Harley Bugle, Callham Shott, Marcus Thorp, Andrew Yorke, Logan Styles, Bailey Sadd and Josh Rea were among the first to help out at the street clean up yesterday.

s g n Support for i v a s o t ! earthquake bill Say Olé The Earthquake-prone buildings Amendment Bill strikes a balance between protecting people from harm and managing the cost of strengthening buildings, says Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson. Mr Williamson welcomed the passing of the first reading of the Building Building and Construction (Earthquake-prone Minister Maurice Williamson. buildings) Amendment Bill on Wednesday. “This Bill will ensure earthquake-prone buildings are dealt with in a timely manner by way of a nationally consistent system and will require information about earthquake-prone buildings to be made available to the public,” he said. “It strikes a balance between protecting people from harm in an earthquake and managing the costs of strengthening or removing such buildings. “The Bill is broadly in line with the recommendations in Volume 4 of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission. “It also takes account of the views of the many New Zealanders who gave us their feedback when the Government consulted on its proposals last year.” The legislation: • Sets a national timeframe of 20 years for buildings to be strengthened or demolished, by requiring territorial authorities to assess buildings within five years and for work to be completed, or buildings to be demolished, within 15 years of assessment. • Requires a publicly available national register on the seismic capacity of buildings to be established. • Prioritises work on certain buildings, including buildings of particular significance in terms of public safety, and buildings that could, if they collapsed in an earthquake, impede a transport route of strategic importance in an emergency. • Enables local councils to issue building consents for required work on earthquake-prone buildings without requiring other upgrades in certain circumstances. • Owners of Category 1 historic places may apply for an extension of up to 10 years. • Owners of other buildings will also be able to apply for exemptions from the national timeframe for strengthening. This provision is intended to apply where the effects of failure are likely to be minimal, and could for example include low use rural churches and farm buildings with little passing traffic. The Building (Earthquake-prone buildings) Amendment Bill has been referred to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

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What is your favourite food? I enjoy pretty much any food, although Spaghetti Vongole (with extra chillies) is a dish I like on special occasions. What makes you smile? Working out in the garden with kereru, fantails and tui around and wekas keeping me company. What’s your pet hate? Inconsiderate behaviour towards others and racial intolerance.


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Punakaiki ending up at Wild Foods Festival in Hokitika.

What’s your favourite music? I enjoy tunes from shows, like Chess, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, also always have a Queen DVD handy.

At the age of 19 I contemplated training as a Fruit and Vegetable buyer before joining the Courts.


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By Kristy Martin It doesn’t matter if drivers are local or not, the issues arising at roundabouts and traffic lights come from inattention. This is the view of Sergeant Barrie Greenall, team leader of Marlborough Highway Patrol, who believes it’s not the infrastructure causing the problem, but rather individual driver behaviour. “There are always going to be issues with people, whether they are local or not, if they don’t look at the signs or lane markings when they are approaching a roundabout. “The same goes for traffic lights. “People have to pay attention to the road signals and markings and drive accordingly.”

Sgt Greenall was responding to debate within the community about whether drivers knew how to navigate roundabouts and if they could learn how to use traffic lights, should they be implemented. A comment from Marlborough Roads highway manager Frank Porter published in the Sun last week that local drivers would find it difficult to learn how to use traffic lights because there are none in the region sparked outrage, with many drivers taking offence at the notion. Mr Porter was discussing the plans for two new roundabouts in Springlands and this was one reason of many as to why traffic lights were not considered the preferred option.

His comment prompted others to come forward, arguing that local drivers did not know how to use roundabouts either. “I don’t think traffic lights will be any worse than a roundabout for anyone not paying attention,” Sgt Greenall said. The most confusing roundabout for drivers, according to police, is the double lane Main Street and State Highway One intersection, which includes a railway crossing. “Fortunately because of its design, it is a relatively slow patch of road,” Sgt Greenall said. He said he hopes people will take due care and pay attention when the new roundabouts are constructed at Springlands.

Five concerts in one night By Kristy Martin Music fans might be spoilt for choice, but the fact there are five concerts in Marlborough tonight gives weight to the argument that there are too many competing events each weekend. New Zealand’s Got Talent 2013 winner Renee Maurice kicks off her national tour with a live concert at the Clubs of Marlborough at 7.30pm, while next-door at the Blenheim Club the Bitches’ Box and Mel Parsons will be performing their one-night-only music and comedy theatre show. At the same time in Picton, former Blenheim man Matt McNeilly and fiancée Amelia Richards, who were recently honoured at the Independent Country Music Awards in Tamworth, Australia, will hit the stage at Mikey’s Bar. Also tonight is the Framingham Harvest Concert from 6.30pm and from 7pm at Blen-

The Bitches’ Box and Mel Parsons.

heim’s Wesley Centre, TEMPO young performers will host a ‘Playin’ Favourites’ variety concert with guests The Hummingbirds and Sarah Meys. “Marlborough as a region is quite good at planning when we host events but I guess there is always more that can be done to ensure events are spread across our calendar,” said council’s events coordinator Susie Witehira.

“In particular it would be great to see more events taking place from April through till October.” But, she says, having too many events is not necessarily a bad thing. “All of these performers will appeal to slightly different audiences, at different price ranges and locations, so I am not worried about them competing with each other.

“This is a good problem to have, as it shows that Marlborough is becoming a destination for performers, which is something we want to encourage.” Marlborough 4 Fun chief executive Katrina Lange said her organisation did its best to schedule events that would not clash with others, but sometimes this was unavoidable. She also said that on the other hand, it was great to see such a wide variety of events occurring in our region. A new online events calendar being developed for Marlborough District Council might help to ease this doubling up of events. This website, which will link in with Marlborough 4 Fun, is due to come online in late May. In the meantime, event organisers can contact Susie at council for advice or check out the event planner on the MDC website.

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Cycling for charity By Adam Poulopoulos A former fisherman stopped in Blenheim this week as part of his cycle ride for charity around the South Island. Jimmy Griffith parked his bike and collection box on Tuesday and Wednesday after his tour began in Nelson on March 1. The ride is more than 3000 kilometres long and takes him down the South Island’s East Coast, onto Stewart Island and back up the West Coast. He is expected to return on April 27. He said he was grateful for the Blenheim people’s charity. “They have been fantastic. “I got $212 yesterday for a few hours, just standing in one spot.” After a long time on the boat Mr Griffith saw the chance to do something different. “I was a commercial fisherman for 20 years and worked my way to the top...there’s more to life than sitting on a boat. “I sacrificed a lot of my life on the boat, and wanted to do something different.” He began by selling shortbread biscuits in Nelson, and money from his ride will be going to the Shortbread Trust. The charity works to provide clean water, farming and shelter equipment Jimmy Griffith is continuing his ride in third-world countries. around the South Island

Scallop quota could ‘deplete Sounds’ Local fishing groups are angry at what they claim is a last-ditch effort to increase commercial scallop quotas in the Marlborough Sounds. The Marlborough Recreational Fishers Association says scallop fishery in the Sounds could be under threat from company-backed commercial boats wanting to move in on the fishery, leaving in their wake depleted scallop beds in Tasman and Golden Bays. Worsening the crisis is government introducing an ‘eleventh hour’ third option favouring a much greater commercial quota, says association spokesman Laurie Stevenson. He said recreational groups fear that if the third option is adopted, it will spell the end of the public’s fishery. “It seems very likely that third option was introduced under pressure from the big companies,”Mr Stevenson said. “It’s outrageous, undemocratic and totally unfair.” The scallop fishery has been a hot topic between commercial and recreational groups,

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as with the depletion of the Tasman and Golden Bay scallop stocks commercial boats want more and more access, he said. The government was already taking submissions when, one day before the closing date, it then introduced the third pro-commercial option and extended closure of submissions. The two original options were for the status quo to remain and second, a proposal to allow 46 tonnes for commercial. The last-minute third option

proposes raising the commercial quota to 416 tonnes. The NZ Sport Fishing Council has warned Fisheries Minister Nathan Guy of the fragile nature of the Marlborough Sounds scallop beds and the threat of overfishing. “Years of commercial dredging has contributed to the massive collapse of scallop stocks in Golden and Tasman Bays, the lack of regrowth and the acknowledged poor survival of spat and lack of adequate habitat in these areas,” it said.


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Police inbrief Two charges, same day

Fail to appear

At 9.30am on Tuesday a 30-yearold female was arrested and charged with using a document to gain pecuniary advantage. She was again arrested at 1pm and charged with using a forged document at The Warehouse. She was released on bail to appear in the Blenheim District Court on March 17.

At 12.40am on We d n e s d ay a 37-year-old female labourer was arrested on High Street in Picton on a warrant to arrest for failing to appear in court. She was held in custody to appear in the Blenheim District Court.

Cash pinched Overnight on March 3 a house in Rogers Street was entered and $40 taken from a wallet. The offender has searched the house but taken no other items. Thief in the night In the early hours of Wednesday a house in Budge Street was entered while the occupants slept. Two stereo speakers and a lap top computer were taken from the home.

Gotcha Four cannabis plants were located at a Riversdale address by Police who had gone to the address on another matter. Police have interviewed the property owner.

Owners reunited with bikes By Kristy Martin Five people have been reunited with their missing bicycles thanks to a Blenheim Sun article drawing attention to the large number of bikes turning up at the police station. Blenheim Community Constable Russ Smith said the story, published on Wednesday, had generated huge interest and that police had received numerous phone calls that very day. As a result, five people had been reunited with their stolen bikes. Constable Smith said the number of bikes turning up at the police station on a regular basis far exceeded the number reported stolen. It is believed people use insecure bikes to get across town and then dump them in parks, front yards and driveways. Honest members of the public

Blenheim Community Constable Russ Smith is urging anyone who has lost their bike to check if it is at the police station.

who find them hand them in to police. Police are required to keep the bikes for three months before they are auctioned off or given to

charity groups who provide them to people in need. Anyone who has lost their bike can contact Blenheim police on (03) 578 5279.

Protest against child abuse Lucky escape A couple has had a dramatic escape after their 40-foot launch became engulfed in flames and sank near Nelson on Wednesday. The Auckland couple and their cat had to abandon ship after their boat caught fire and sunk near Pepin Island. The historic boat the Tarapunga was built in 1942 in the United States and worked for many years as a harbour defence launch in the United States and served as a harbour defence launch for the New Zealand Navy. The owner said the fire appeared to start in the front of the wooden boat near the exhaust system about 12.45pm. It is understood the couple and their cat are now safe.

A peaceful protest addressing the issue of child abuse is heading to Blenheim soon. The Sensible Sentencing Trust is organising the protest, which will begin at noon on Sunday, April 5. The protest will probably begin on Market Street, although this is subject to change. Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesperson for child abuse prevention Nadia Crighton said she believed Governments should stand up and face the issue. “Enough is enough, this is a global problem and New Zealand has some of the worst statistics out there.

“The public are crying out for tougher sentencing for those who choose to abuse the next generation of New Zealanders.” Ms Crighton said it was important to “rip our blinkers off.” “I hear many times that people just don’t know what they can do about the problem. “It’s time we faced the issue head-on. This is one way people can really make a difference and give an innocent child a voice.” Protests will be held at the same time around the world.

Super time The Redwoodtown Kindergarten Trikathon and Mini Gala took place on Tuesday. The children had a sponsored run / obstacle course / bike or scooter ride, as well as a best decorated helmet competition to raise money for resources for the kindergarten. “The children tackled the course with enthusiasm. It’s great to see that “can do” attitude in our little ones; watching them challenge their co ordination and balance – and loving every minute of it” said Glenis Duffield, head teacher. Pictured is Oliver Clarke, aged three. Photo provided.

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in and around Marlborough

Get the right transport for the job When you’re in a business where you require the transportation of heavy, delicate or specialist items, it’s important to find the right transport operator. Fortunately Marlborough has a wide range of specialist transport companies, each with their own unique service to offer. Deans Lifting Services Ltd

Hydralift Crane hire

Broadbridge Transport Ltd

Deans Lifting Services Ltd has a dedicated team on your side that can do all of the heavy lifting for you. We provide professional lifting & transport services throughout New Zealand for a variety of products and can pick up and deliver all of your equipment and machinery siteto-site, lending a helping hand to a range of clients in various sectors.

Hydralift Crane hire has been operating in Marlborough more than 25 years and can service anything from vehicle recovery, powerline work, general construction, wine tanks, boat lifting and garage and granny flat relocating.

Broadbridge Transport Ltd is a livestock and log cartage business with vast experience in logging and rural haulage. Broadbridge Transport Ltd takes immense pride in being reliable and providing top quality service.Their main depot is located in Renwick but there are also trucks based in Nelson and Christchurch which allows the Broadbridge Transport Ltd to service those regions effectively.

Lift N Shift

Boomtown Bus

Lift n Shift has been working in Marlborough for the past seven years. Based in Nelson, we specialise in moving pretty much anything around the top of the South Island We can shift anything you need, from spa pools to large vehicles to construction site buildings. As well as crane trucks, we have personnel buckets and semi-trailers available.

Party on the bus! Boomtown Bus is a pink Bedford Bus all set up for parties complete with dance floor, stripper pole and pumping sounds. Your awesome host Huggy can take you on a pub crawl for any occasion including birthday parties, hen's nights, stag do's, and any other reason you can think of! Don't want a pub crawl? We also do transfers. We drive, you party!

What to ask when choosing a transport company You have the order so the next step is to arrange a transport operator to deliver your products to the customer direct, or to have your order collected from the supplier. Naturally you will be looking for the most time and cost effective transportation option which offers you a professional, safe and no hassle service. But how do you know who to chose and what questions to ask? - The first thing you want to do is make certain the company you choose is willing and able to deliver to the timeframe you have set. This is important, especially if you have customers who are used to receiving their orders within 48 hours for example. - If it’s personal items that you are wanting relocated, ask the transport companies what options are available including container hire and what sizes are available. - Don’t choose a company based on price alone, but rather on reputation and its ability to provide the services you require. It’s better to pay a little bit

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Party on the bus! more for a reputable company rather than run the risk of potentially losing customers. - If you are unable to meet with personnel of the transport company, speak with someone who has used their services. Many companies have recommendations from other companies that they can provide.


Marlborough Ltd “We’re there when you need us” For your lifting & shifting needs we have a crane available to lift in close 12000kg & 500kg @ 26m.

Bookings essential

Call Huggy now 027-698-9936

We have a hiab truck with a winch set-up, that allows us to operate like a crane. Containers • Vehicle Recovery • Wood/Steel Frames • Site Offices • Sleep Outs • Household Effects • Spa Pools • Boats • Motors • Nets • Machinery • Concrete Pipes • Panels • Dairy & Wine vats

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Contact your local Renwick owner/operator for all your lifting and shifting enquiries and container hire and sales.

Warren Oliver 021 2844891 Phone 572 8579 Fax 03 572 8808

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- weekend event guide Friday 7 March 2014 Renee Maurice (Winner of NZ’s Got Talent 2013) Live in Concert Clubs of Marlborough Hall. Doors open 7pm show starts 7.30pm. Tickets $15 available from reception. TEMPO ‘Playin’ Favourites’Tonight at Wesley Centre 7pm, Families $7 or $3pp A youthful variety concert with guestsThe Hummingbirds and Sarah Meys (Flute), plus featuring young local musical talent.

Marlborough Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park. Daily 10am till 4pm. The Diversion Gallery Open noon-5pm Wed – Saturdays 10 London Quay, Picton. 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery Open 10.30am till 4.30pm daily, 204 High St. 577 6784

Vintage Farm Machinery 10am till 3pm, Open every day. Brayshaw Vintage Farm, Guided tours available, Doris 579 4357. Picton Men’s Shed Every Saturday 10am to 1pm and Wednesday 9am-4pm. Plants and garden furniture sold Saturday and Wednesday 10am to 1pm. Kapahaka for Youth Blenheim School 6pm - 8pm. All welcome.

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Mickeys Bar Picton NEILLYRICH play 7.30-10.30pm A night of old and modern Country Western. Remember Matt McNeilly ex Blenheim & Amelia Richards, well they are over from AUSSIE!

Eastern States Speedway Stock Car & Street Car Best Pairs. Gates open 6pm. Raffle to WIN a passenger ride in a rally car.

Fundraising Flying Day Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, $10 entry for adults. 03 579 1305

The Bitches’ Box & Mel Parsons Are coming to Blenheim for one night only… shaking off their usual farm venues and presenting their hilarious show at the Blenheim Club, 92 High St 7.30pm. Don’t miss the show that has taken rural NZ by storm!

The Marlborough Multicultural Group International Night St Andrews Church Hall 5 Henry St. 5.30pm Potluck dinner bring enough for each person attending plus a bit more. $2 admission. Guest speaker Mr Rajen Prasad (MP). Ph Stuart 5796476

Framingham Harvest Concert 6.30-11.00pm. Framingham are once again hosting an intimate concert in their picturesque winery courtyard. The concert features some of the country’s up and coming bands and this year The Nudge will be performing. Tickets: From Framingham’s cellar door or WINO’s Grove Road Blenheim Ph5728884

The Marlborough Sounds Barbershop chorus Annual concert Havelock town 7.30pm. Gold coin donation Popular songs, good entertainment with proceeds going to a local charity. Contact for further information 578 5789

The Edwin Fox Maritime Centre, Picton Open every day from 9am. Great wet weather day activity and child friendly. Come check out the amazing history and facts. Kids under 5 free! Sit and Be Fit with Sue Exercise for the not so mobile while sitting down! 1pm Monday and Friday afternoons at 131 Budge Street. Plenty of parking. $2.00 per session. Phone Sue: 578 0469 Sit and Be Fit with Jeanette Free exercise for all ages at Crossroads, 2 Redwood Street. At 10am Phone 578 5395. Picton EcoWorld Touch a Tuatara see a Penguin, get up close and have fun discovering some amazing animals that live on Middle-earth making New Zealand, “the youngest land in the world”, Unique. Open every day from 9.30am. Quest Intermediate age youth group, 3.30pm-5pm, Picton Baptist Church, 293 Waikawa Rd, Picton. Text Bronwyn 021 046 2434. Pastel Painting Marlborough Art Society, 10am till 3pm. Prue: 578 8888. Tai Chi Today and Mondays. 10am, 11.30am and 1pm. Liz 027 748 6666. Picton Museum 10am till 4pm daily, 9 London Quay. 573 8283.

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Purchase from The Floor Pride Civic Theatre or Take Note, Picton PHONE (03) 520 8560, Prices include booking fee Transaction fees apply for phone and internet bookings

St Mary’s School Gala A fun time to be had by all with the famous chocolate wheel, lots of fabulous food stalls, motorbike trailer rides, the bouncy titanic & slide and more! 10am - 2pm, 3 Stephenson Street phone Tracy 021 487 903. Marlborough Artisan Market 9.30-1.30pm Wynen Street Carpark includes a range of stalls, including fruit and vegetables, woodwork, handicrafts, pottery, soaps, lavender products, toiletries, oils and wines, nuts and flowers. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am – 2pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd, Phone John 578 3918. Marlborough Embroiderers’ Guild First Saturday of the month at 1.30pm 4.30pm St John Rooms, Seymour St Ph Roz 5782471 Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillons Point Rd open 9am to 12 noon Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1 - 4pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry 5781835 Pregnancy Yoga 9.15am-10.15am. For information call Huia: 021 0724 107 Mini Putt & Merry-Go-Round Picton Foreshore, 10am every day during school holidays, today and Sunday, 10am Redwood Market 8am-noon, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants produce and crafts.

Blenheim Gymnastics Club and The Scouts Fun Day Taylor River Reserve (behind gymnastics club) 11am - 2.30pm. Canoes bouncy castle water slide and gym equipment. All welcome. Marlborough Kennel Assn. Ribbon Parade Aerodome Rd Omaka Entries 10.15 Judging 11am. All purebreeds accepted by NZKC welcome. Wet or fine, canteen available all welcome. Ph Sharon 5785311 Hospice Classic Car Display At Waterlea Racecourse. Cars for display welcome from 9.30 ($5 entry fee) Public welcome from 10 a.m. (gold coin donation) Sausage sizzle, cold drinks, coffee cart, hot chips. All proceeds to Hospice Marlborough.

Pony Club at Grounds New Renwick Rd. 10am every 2nd Sunday of the month. Grant 578 2100 Michelle 572 8984. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Murray 578 9199 or Tony 577 9776. Petanque 10am 65A Weld Street – Phone John 577 9789.

Ulysses Ride to the Park Cafe, Marahau Meet at the Railway Station 9.45am ride departs at 10.00am.

Blenheim Bonsai 2pm-4pm, 7 Hale Street. Dave 577 8679.

Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm - 3pm All welcome Renwick Anglican Community Church 54 High St Renwick. Morning worship 9.30am Rev Steve Allcutt ph 572 8850 Summer Farmers’ Market 9.00am - noon A&P Showgrounds. Showcasing the best of what Marlborough has to offer. St Luke’s Anglican Church Ferry Road, Spring Creek. Join us for Christian worship every Sunday 9.30am. Ph Rev Derek 5785050 Picton Rotary Club Car Boot Sale. Picton RSA carpark from 9am1pm every Sunday. Contact Sheira 5737390

Tramping Club Mary 5728762. Buddhism for Modern Life 10am, 573 5379.

Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1-4pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. Malcolm: 578 8809. Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club Book sale today 9am - 4pm. Come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and books. Free admission. Associated Modellers Society Minature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Prk, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm till 4pm $2

UP AND COMING EVENTS Tues 11 March CWCI Summer Speaking Tour. Marg Livingstone 7.30pm Wesley Centre Tickets $10 Christian Book & Music Centre. Ph Ruth 579 3565

If you have an event contact Liz at The Sun on 5777 868

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tHe ABBA SHow Monday 14th April @8pm Adult $51 Child (u13) $32

Saturday 15th March 10am – 6pm Adult $28 Child (5-14) $12 Family (2a, 2c) $58 Child under 5 free

sn. Marlborough Kennel As e Ribbon Parad aka Entries 10.15 Sunday, Aerodome Rd Om ds accepted ree reb pu All Judging 11am. e, canteen fin or by NZKC welcome. Wet . me lco available all we Ph Sharon 5785311

International Women’s Day breakfast Marlborough Zonta club is holding their annual International Women’s Day breakfast at Drylands Winery at 10.00 am. The guest speaker is Lesley Elliott from the Sophie Elliott Foundation. For information and tickets please phone Lynley McGowan 5788662 or Shirley Marinovich 5776798 All welcome

Wednesday 19th March @ 8pm Admit One $61

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Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on!

FreSH-up reAl NZ coMedy tour Ben Hurley, Dai Henwood, Vaughan King Saturday 22nd March @ 8pm Adult $36.50 Group (8+)$ 30.50 Student $30.50

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CBS Canterbury Arena Thursday 20th March @ 7.15pm

HugH lAurie ANd tHe copper BottoM BANd Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Wednesday 16th April 2014 @ 8.00pm

pAul pottS Aurora Centre Christchurch Tuesday 29th April @ 7.30pm • • (03) 520 8560

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Mathew Harvey (front) with Opouri Patsy Riggins, and Greg and Adele Woolley line up for the cattle competition.


Ryan Adams shows his stuff competing in the Rai Challenge.

Rai Valley A&P show draws crowds Rai Valley AMP Show spokesperson Natasha McQueen says there was a fantastic turn out for the 80th annual event last Saturday, and stunning weather had topped it off. A major highlight was the Rai Challenge, which was for the kids only this year.

“This involves shooting a dead possum with a nerf gun, then the kids pick up another possum and do an obstacle course with it, including going through a tyre, a broom tunnel and over a hay bale. “The fastest time wins.

“Massive thanks to Tracy and Andy Billingsley for sorting this event. “We had a great trade site entries and the band Helter Skelter came back to entertain us with some great sounds.” Hall section entries came from all around

Blenheim and Ken Barr had a great vintage set up, she said. “Many many thanks to our fantastic sponsors. “Looking forward to next year – March 7, 2015.”

Vineyard owners on notice over bird scarer operating times A zero tolerance approach to errant bird bangers may be introduced next year by Marlborough District Council Compliance staff. Vineyard owners are responsible for ensuring that bird scarers are working within the allowable hours. Each season the District Council gets approximately 30 complaints about devices going off outside hours or firing more often than the rules allow. “Most complaints get resolved after council contacts the vineyard manager or owner, although a follow-up visit has been necessary from time to time,” said Council Environmental Health Officer Gina Ferguson. Most night-time problems arise where a gas gun malfunctions or there is a gas leak – not because the equipment has been deliberately set to go off outside the allowed hours, she said. However, she said, the onus was on all vineyard owners to ensure their equipment was functioning

correctly at all times. All properties should also have a notice at their road frontage giving the name and telephone number of the person responsible for the operation of the device. Council has the power to issue an infringement notice, carrying a $300 fine, where a council compliance officer has found the rules have been breached. “In the past we have preferred to

get the problem resolved but we’ve now reached a point where the industry well understands its obligations and we think it’s reasonable for people to be able to expect not to be disturbed during the night-time hours,” Ms Ferguson said. The industry would be getting advance notice once council has confirmed when the zero tolerance regime would come into effect. Ms Ferguson said a council Compliance officer would have to be satisfied that the gas gun was in breach of the plan rules before an instant fine was given. However, complaints where there was only vague information about the possible location of a mis-firing bird banger were very difficult to deal with, she said. Without specific information from a complainant it was very hard to locate the source of a problem during the hours of darkness when noise carried over large distances, she said.

Searching for local treasures Do you know someone you consider a living treasure? Somebody who had inspired others through a lifetime of excellence in their chosen field? Well now is the time to nominate them for the Marlborough Museum’s 2014 Living Cultural Treasure Awards. Marlborough has three awarded living treasures – 97-year-old weaver Peg Moorhouse, director and creator of Marlborough Children’s Theatre Duncan Whiting and world-renowned children’s

writer Joy Crowley. The Living Cultural Treasures Programme was developed by the museum to honour the people who have helped created a stronger community through their contribution to the cultural life of the region. “Cultivating community spirit is part of generating a creative, vibrant and successful community,” says Marlborough Museum chief executive Steve Austin. “Identifying, celebrating and documenting our people now be-

comes an important and inspiring resource for the future.” Nominees can include authors, musicians, conservators, entertainers, writers, singers, poets, wine and food experts, dancers, historians, broadcasters, artists, academics and actors. Nominations close March 17, with the winner will be announced at a special ceremony on April 11. Nom i nat ion for m s ava i lable at Marlborough Museum, Marlborough District Council office and Bookworld Blenheim.

Beavertown Blenheim Lions members Margaret Marfell and Linley Wetton, pictured with charge nurse manager Lisa Livingstone (centre), have spruced up the mobility garden at Wairau Hospital.

Bloomin’ good effort for patients By Kristy Martin Patients re-learning to walk at Wairau Hospital will now have something pretty to look at, thanks to some green-thumbed Lions members. The mobility garden for rehabilitation patients has been spruced up with four wine barrels filled with colourful flowers and plants. Beavertown Blenheim Lions members Margaret Marfell and Linley Wetton bought the plants from Bunnings, enlisted the manpower of a few friends and family members and got to work on the garden patch. They also donated two watering cans to the hospital. Clinical nurse coordinator of the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation unit, Natalie Hope,

had thrown support behind the idea and had also organised for some of the patients to take care of garden maintenance. Greenfingers generously donated the soil, Ms Wetton said. The project was the brainchild of patient John Hipkins, who encouraged the Lions to fill the empty wine barrels with some bright plants, giving patients with leg or back injuries a more pleasant environment to manoeveur around. Nurse charge manager Lisa Livingstone said it worked, and had also sparked other ideas. “The patients have absolutely loved it. “We are now looking at painting some murals out here, anything to brighten it up for the patients.”


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Grapes unharmed Locals may have thrown on blankets and slept in onesies this week but it seems the grapes have been a bit more comfortable. Blenheim’s cold snap has seen temperatures drop as low as three degrees since Monday. Fromm Winery winemaker Hatsch Kalberer said the cooler weather, minus the frosts, would help delay the vintage. “As long as it doesn’t go below zero we’ll get warmer again, and at the moment the season’s a bit ahead anyway. “If I’d had the choice I’d rather have it a bit cool now and delay the vintage.”

He said a later vintage would help to produce more flavour-intensive fruit. The harvest is about two weeks ahead of schedule. Meteorologist Nicole Ranger said temperatures were not expected to get as low again in the foreseeable future. She said the weather in Blenheim was not that unusual. “This happens. We had a low come in from the south, and that brought a southerly flow along with it.” Blenheim can expect showers and warm nights this weekend, before a fine start to next week.

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Doug Avery will be speaking at the event.

Family farming roadshow

Doug Avery, Landcorp Communicator of the Year in 2013, will kick off a series of nationwide farming roadshows with a keynote speech on his experiences turning around his failing Marlborough drylands farm. Mr Avery’s speech is just one of the features of the Rural Women NZ - International Year of Family Farming roadshows travelling around the country this month and next. The roadshow, which hits Rai Valley’s Carluke Domain on March 30, also features a series of succession planning sessions led by Coach Approach about passing the family farm on to the next generation. This a process that can be fraught with difficult conversations and tough decisions, says Rural Women NZ national president, Wendy McGowan. “Succession planning on the family farm can often be a challenge,”she said. “Stresses can be caused by parents not knowing what to do, who to get advice from, and putting off

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MEDALS wanted sporting military and fire brigade modern and old any medals considered. Ph 0800 559 922.

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AA Defensive Driving Course Next course begins 17th March, 6pm

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Redwood Market. Site Free for Community Groups. Redwood Market every Saturday 8amnoon. Redwood Tavern Carpark. All proceeds to Hospice Marlborough.

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Window Cleaner & Experienced Cleaner Required We have several permanent and casual positions available. Window Cleaners – full-time Experienced Cleaners – Various hours (includes evenings and weekends) Must have a mature attitude, able to work un-supervised and be well presented. Previous applicants need not apply. If you would like to join a vibrant, hardworking and professional team. Call Christian or Linda on 572 8897

2 IC, Front of House Staff Head Chef, Chef Apprentice Chef, Kitchen Hands We are seeking a full kitchen team and front of house team for a new bar and bistro opening late March. The 2 IC and Head Chef role will require a minimum of 2+ years in a similar role. Wages will be relevant to experience and skills. Staff must be available nights and weekends and be a NZ Citizen or have current work visa. If this sounds like you or you would like to know more email resume to or call Joe 021 535208






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OSCAR Casual Relievers And Volunteer Drivers Have a passion to work with children ? • Be available on call when necessary. • Work time generally between 2.30-5.30pm week days. • Work in a team with other staff. • Ability to get to Woodbourne, Springlands, Blenheim or Redwoodtown. Come and join our friendly OSCAR staff. Send brief CV or phone 03 5781355 ext 4 - Colleen Applications close 4.00pm, Wednesday12th March 2014.


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A snail needs moisture to stay alive. If it is too hot and dry, snails can find a place to hibernate for up to three years until the climate is suitable for them. Snails can live for fifteen years.



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SIMONSEN, Lloyd: On Thursday March 6 2014, peacefully, at home. In his 79th year. Dearly loved husband of Margaret, much loved father of Sharon and James, Keith and Lynn, Nicola, and Kristen and Gary, and to Paul, Louise, Fiona and Timothy. Loved Poppy of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Special thanks to his many carers over a number of years. Messages may be sent to the Simonsen Family, c/- PO Box 110, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240. A service for Lloyd will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, Blenheim at 1.00pm on Tuesday March 11, followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

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IOANE MAU: Elben John Misimoa (7lb 5oz) February 24, 2014

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Death Notices CLARKSON, Patricia Joy (nee Berriman, nee Foster): March 4, 2014 DAVIES, Bruce Hugh: March 1, 2014

LONG: Michael Janes Lee (7lb 11oz) February 13, 2014

PERANO, Jean Josephine: February 27, 2014

MOORE: Niko Peter (8lb 3oz) February 22, 2014

REEVE, Milton Roger: March 5, 2014

OLIVER: Austin Edward February 17, 2014

SCOTT, Keith Stephens: March 4, 2014

TAPPING: Kahu Andrew January 29, 2014

STEER, Gerald Earl (Pop): February 27, 2014 WAITE, Leighton Thomas Hanita: March 2, 2014

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Sport inbrief

Nelson to Christchurch The 25th running of the Printhouse Nelson, Nelson to Christchurch bike ride begins tomorrow. The event begins at 12am on Saturday, March 8. Competitors can enter as individuals or as three-person teams. To enter and for more information visit

Muay Thai Blenheim Muay Thai Kickboxing hosts sessions every week on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Boxers meet at 7pm at the Renwick Community Hall. Each session is $10, and participants can turn up as often as they like. Muay Thai is known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ as competitors strike their opponents using their fists, elbows, knees and feet.

Golf Day The annual Red Devil Golf Classic, marking the start of the Marlborough club rugby season, is coming up. The event will take place on Friday, March 14 at the Rarangi Golf Club. Teams of four enter the event, and spot prizes will be handed out on the day. You do not have to be a member of a rugby club to play. To register your interest visit the Tasman Rugby Union or call them on 578 4070.

Support a sport Tickets are still available for Picton’s support a sport black tie dinner this weekend. The event will be held at the Port Marlborough Pavillion on Saturday, March 8. NZ Got Talent winner, Picton’s Renee Maurice, will be appearing, as are Makos coaches Kieran Keane and Leon MacDonald. The event is preceded by the Support a Sport day at the same venue earlier in the day. For more information on tickets and activities ring Dale on 027 223 6900.

MacDonald to Munster Tasman Makos and New Zealand Maori hooker Quentin MacDonald has finally secured his short-term playing future. He has been signed by Irish club Munster on a three-month contract. He is expected to make his debut for the Munster ‘A’ side on Saturday New Zealand time. MacDonald was not signed by any of the five New Zealand Super Rugby franchises.


Friday March 7, 2014

The happy place We’re back to that comfortable place. The NRL is on again. 26 rounds of Australians smashing other Australians - what could be better? I think ‘this is the Warriors’ year’ has to be the most overused phrase in New Zealand sport, but are they for real this time? Are they? Time will tell but dare I say it, the signs actually look alright. In Sam Tomkins, the Warriors have a genuinely world-class player, ready to set the comp alive. If him and Shaun Johnson forge

any kind of understanding, they will cause mayhem, no question. The team will be looking to put their insipid final-round display against the Dragons last year to bed, so there’s every chance they’ll start the season with fire in the belly. Finally, those forwards. The majority of them have been together for a while now. They have the size and physicality to match it with anyone, so a year’s more experience may be just what they need. We may love the big hits and the spectacular tries in the NRL, but perhaps even more important is

the fact the Footy Show is back on our screens. So crack a beer, grab some chips, sit yourself on the coach on a Thursday night and enjoy. It’s been too long. Too long without the crude hilarity, the passing references to rugby league, the so-bad-they’re-sogood sketches, the fart jokes... There were some memorable segments on the show last year. Who could forget James Maloney’s reference to ‘barbecuing alone,’ any Beau Ryan segment, the player probes etc. Can’t wait to see what Fatty and the boys dish up this year.


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Local driver finishes third Story by Darrell Bate Blenheim’s Paddy North made a spectacular comeback over two nights of racing, both at Eastern States Speedway and Nelson’s Top of the South Speedway, to claim third overall in the ELF Supercup series. The six-round series started in Christchurch in November and worked its way through the South Island’s major tracks, finishing in Nelson on Saturday February 22. Nelson’s Ian Burson took top honours in the series, finishing narrowly ahead of runner up, Richie Taylor of Christchurch, and North. Paddy started the series with an equipment failure in the rear end, but fortune turned going into the next round in Invercargill, as he took a feature race win that launched him from 13th to fifth on the points ladder. The next few rounds would see him hover around the same spot until a successful night on his home track followed by a clean sweep in Nelson saw him slingshot into a respectable third. The season has been good to North, with a three-way runoff for the 3nz spot at the New Zealand Super Saloon championship, and 4th in the DHL Speedweek Saloon Series in December. It has also been a busy one, as he has competed in 3 classes over the season, trav-

Paddy North, in 46e gets the better of Mark Grocott in a pole shuffle challenge at Eastern States Speedway. Photo: Shane Best

elling almost 12,000km in the past 5 months. “It has been an awesome season, giving the Sprintcar and Saloon classes a go when the Super Saloon calendar permitted,” North said. “I am really looking forward to getting back into the Sprintcar this weekend!”

The Super Saloon will be back on the track in Christchurch on March 14 and 15, as Paddy makes up a strong South Island team in a North versus South Championship. Twenty competitors have been selected to battle it out.

Riders galloping to Christchurch By Adam Poulopoulos A quartet of Marlborough riders are on their way down to Canterbury for the South Island Endurance and Trail Riding Championships this weekend. Blenheim-based Linda Harmon is one of those participating in the competition, which is being hosted by the Canterbury Endurance and Trail Riding Club. About 70 riders, mostly from the South Island, are likely to make their way to the competition. Harmon will compete with horse NS El Marees in the main event, the 160 kilometre, or ‘100 miler’ endurance ride. Linda Harmon is all set to race this weekend. She said she was feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement. as my arm. during the race, a rider has a “I’m feeling good. I probably “When I get on the road I’m 40-minute break used to check got nervous on Monday because usually alright.” the horse’s vital signs. I had a list of things to do as long Every time a loop is completed Competitors can be disquali-

fied if a horse pulls up lame or if its heart rate climbs above 64 beats a minute. In preparation for the race, both Harmon and NS El Marees have been putting in the hard yards. The horse has been running between 20 and 25 kilometres in the Waihopai Valley hills every two days. In the last two weeks the focus had shifted to speed work and recovery before the race. Harmon said she would relish the competition. “Nobody wants anyone else to win. Its pretty serious. “You can be friends off the horse but when you get on the horse its pretty competitive.” The race is spread over six different loops between 20 and 38 kilometres long, and begins at Springfield at 1am on Saturday.


The Sun

Friday March 7, 2014

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