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Nurses thanked for vital contributions The nursing profession is highly respected for its commitment and selfless hard work. Nurses (pictured here) from Wairau

Hospital were among the thousands in Marlborough who were celebrated and thanked for their contributions during ‘International Nurses Day’ on

Monday. These two groups represent the hospital’s emergency, high dependency, paediatrics, inpatients and theatre departments.

Rugby tragedy By Adam Poulopoulos Tributes continue to flow for late rugby referee Peter Mills. The 62-year-old Koromiko man passed away on Saturday after suffering a heart attack during a match he was officiating on the weekend. Marlborough Referee Association president Joe Bancroft said Mills had been an integral part of the association, from his time as treasurer to his duties as appointments officer for the last three years. He said he was always willing to take on work others would not. “Peter was not one of those upfront referees. Not a lot of people recognised what he did. “He did a lot of the background stuff, and when he couldn’t find someone

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to do a job or ref a game he’d do it himself. “Without those sort of people this would not be a viable entity.” Bancroft said Mills was a “very social” man. “A couple of people said they talked to him and waved on the way into the game, and for him to not be there at the end was a bit surreal. “He’ll be very sadly missed.” Mills collapsed on the field 10 minutes into the Central v Renwick under-13 game at Lansdowne Park. Attempts were made to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead on the field by St John ambulance officers. The players have been offered counselling following the incident.

Continued from page 1 Sport Tasman events organiser Jane Miles said the adventure race was held on a 700-metre course and had 202 competitors from the very young, to teenagers and lots of family groups. It was gruelling because the wet mud weighed competitors down. “Yes, it was hard and hence why you had to have a ‘muddy buddy’ to help you get out of the mud!,” she laughed. The mud run had to be postponed back in March following a sewage spill in the estuary. Plus there were a number of competing events in Marlborough over the weekend. “We had 202 participants and we are extremely pleased with that considering it was Mother’s Day and

it was colder, but we got a perfect day, plus it was a postponed event,” Jane said. This was the second Muddy Buddy for Havelock and Sport Tasman is looking to grow the event. Local firefighters set up the course and provided the hose down at the finish line, while St John cadets acted as marshals and the Lions Club provided the barbecue. There were also 70 spot prizes, from cruises to bottles of wine, donated by various businesses. “It was really supported by the community, but it would be great if we could get more participants,” Jane said. She thanked Marlborough District Council for granting the resource consent. More photos page 18.

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Wairau Valley School in strife?

By Kristy Martin Student numbers at Wairau Valley School have dropped by almost half and the principal and two long-term staff members have left in the past five months. It is understood parents have been withdrawing pupils, with some now opting to drive up to 100 kilometres each day to have their children schooled in Blenheim and Renwick instead. Student enrolment has gone from 38 in term 4 last year to just 20, meaning close to half the students have left the school. Last month, two long-term staff members resigned to take up positions at other Marlborough schools, and back in February principal Charlotte Whitlow also moved on from the Morse Street school for children in Year 1-8. Parent Donald Stuart is one who shifted his daughter to Renwick School, blaming a “lack of leadership and professional teaching standards” for the move. He claims children leaving Wairau Valley School are going from the best in their class to the bottom of the class at other schools. “I took (my daughter’s) school books to a teacher at a different school and asked for their professional opinion,” Don wrote in a

letter to the ministry of education dated December last year. “The teacher said that the quality of work was substandard.” Another parent, who didn’t want to be named, backed up his claims and said she removed her two kids from the school for similar reasons. She now drives more than 80km a day to have them schooled at Renwick instead. “For three years I have been watching parents pull their kids out (of the school) and it was sad because it was people who have done a lot for the school,” she said. “The teachers lost faith and lost their love of teaching.” In January last year, the school’s board of trustees were replaced by a Ministry of Education-appointed commissioner. The unnamed mum described the school as ‘unprofessional’ and claims it had been let down through a lack of leadership. “I had my son tested and he was three years behind the other kids. “They haven’t just let us (parents) down, they’ve let the community down.” While she claims to have no personal grievances, she says she had to do what was best for her children. “The kids are coming home now and they know there are rules and

Student roll Term 4 Total 2011 50 2012 41 2013 38 Don Stuart with some of the documents he has collected about Wairau Valley School, including letters of complaint written to the Ministry of Education.

consequences. They are coming home and doing their homework and they’re enjoying school. “I don’t want bad press about the school, I just want something done. “We are a proud community up here and we want to see the school

thriving. “(But) I don’t think you can bring back the kids that have left.” Another parent confirmed to the Sun he had withdrawn his children from the school, but declined to comment further.

Other community members said the school grounds were ‘a mess’ and that a botched job on a perimeter fence had left the place in a shambles. The removal of dozens of pine trees had also left the students with little shelter from the elements.

Students thriving, says Ministry of Education The Ministry of Education denies Wairau Valley School is in strife and says the small student population is thriving. “The ERO (Education Review Office) review last year identified areas for development but also noted most students were achieving at or above the national standards in reading, writing and mathematics,” Ministry of Education regional operations manager Erika Ross said in a letter to Wairau Valley School commissioner, Bev Moore, dated April 8, 2014.

Ms Moore said eight of the students had left because they went to high school and denies staff members resigned due to dissatisfaction. One former staff member, Jo Hunt, declined to comment on why she had left. Another, Caroline Abbot, said she was moving on for career and family reasons. “I have worked for eight happy years at Wairau Valley School and am ready for a change professionally. “As a family we are relocating out of

Wairau Valley, into Blenheim. “I would like to make it abundantly clear that I am not leaving due to concerns I have with any recent or current management or governance of the school.’ A school newsletter dated April 2 states that ‘ill-will towards the school’ and ‘misinformation’ in the community had been “demoralising for staff and therefore it is not surprising that two key, long term staff members have tendered their resignation this week”.

One parent, Katrina White, who has a six-year-old at the school, contacted the Sun to say she was satisfied with the education her child was receiving. “My child travels 50km a day to get to school on the bus and I’m really happy with the changes the school has undergone.” Ms Ross’ letter said the school was in a sound financial position and that there was no intention of closing the facility.

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EMERGENCY IN THE DARK An early-morning dash to D’urville Island by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter on Saturday meant the team onboard had to use night vision goggles to assist with visibility. The helicopter flew to a farm residence on the island, where a 30-year-old man from Brisbane was staying with friends and had become unwell. The man was assessed and treated by the helicopter’s onboard intensive care paramedic, before being flown to Nelson Hospital for further treatment.

BOAT THIEF CAUGHT A man picked up by police in Christchurch for breaching his bail conditions is believed to be responsible for a spate of boat break-ins at Waikawa Marina. At least eight boats were raided in the past fortnight with thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen, including marine electronics, petrol tanks and a gas stove. The 42-year-old man has been charged with four of the burglaries after police allegedly found a large quantity of stolen goods in his possession.

Awesome foursome By Kristy Martin Four sisters from different parts of New Zealand and Australia were reunited at the weekend when they came to Blenheim to compete in the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon. Susan Hollis and Wendy Swinburn, who both live in Greymouth, Donna Seiga from Hamilton and Gold Coast resident Robyn Hollis each walked the 21.1km half marathon course on Saturday. Close to 3000 competitors took part in the eight annual Saint Clair Half, which has four categories to cater to different ability levels - dash, run, hybrid and walk. While Susan and Robyn have competed in half marathons before, it was Donna and Wendy’s first time. The sisters, who usually only get together once a year said it was nice to catch up, but they also wished their fifth sibling, Carol Hawes, was with them. (She was holidaying in Rarotonga.) The women also celebrated Mother’s Day with their mum Cynthia, a Blenheim resident, with a lunch at Raupo café on Sunday. “It’s good to have them all together,” said dad Peter Hollis. “I don’t know where the girls get their fitness from, it’s certainly not their father!” he laughed.

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Further wait on college decision By Kristy Martin The Ministry of Education is still in the process of making a decision about how to redevelop the two Blenheim secondary schools. In a report prepared by independent facilitator Janet Kelly in March, six possible schooling options were identified for the Marlborough Boys’ College and the Marlborough Girls’ College, which are both in need of significant building repairs. The boards of trustees at both schools narrowed those options down to three that they believe warrant further investigation. They options being explored are: two single sex colleges co-located either on one site or in close proximity to each other, retaining the status quo with refurbishment and further development on the present college sites or one purpose built coeducational college. Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support, said the options were to be presented to Education Minister Hekia Parata, but no timeframe was given. “The provision of secondary education options in Marlborough requires careful and measured consideration,” she said. “We are in the process of preparing detailed information about each of these options, and will provide it to Education Minister Parata for her consideration.

Marlborough Boys' College principal Wayne Hegarty with the college's dilapidated tech block.

“Decisions on the next steps and timeframes will be identified once the minister has had the opportunity to fully consider the information in our report, and the wider implications associated with a decision of this importance.” MBC principal Wayne Hegarty said while it was difficult having to wait for a decision,

he acknowledged it had to be the right one. But when you had students working in old and dilapidated buildings,it was hard not to get impatient. “Certainly the tech block and the art block are totally unsatisfactory,” Mr Hegarty said, and added that he was keen to see some movement on behalf of his students.


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Mary’s appeal for foster children Story by Celeste Lodewyk Mary Hart (pictured), co-ordinator for Foster Hope’s ‘Kits for Kids’ is launching her annual appeal for donations of essential items for foster children. The charitable organisation provides kits for the children which contain items such as clothing and toiletries which in many cases they do not have when they are placed in foster care. Last year Mary received an ‘overwhelming’ response to her first appeal and said she was humbled by

the many donations. “When a child is uplifted and placed into a foster home they may only have very few, or no belongings with them, so your donations really help and go a long way in helping these kids.” Mary welcomes donations such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrushes, underwear, socks, clothing items, a soft toy to comfort the child and any other items are appreciated. Donations can be brought into the Sun office where a box is set up for Mary to collect.

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Closure of The Loft would shut its doors in five weeks. “The building is due to be extensively renovated and when it finally reopens it won’t be a bar, nightclub or anything like that. “Come in before it closes and have a drink with your friends and the friendly staff.”

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Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk After nine years of owning the Renwick Dairy, Rata Harper has decided to hand the reins over to her daughter Debbie Harper. It’s certainly been a week of celebrations for Debbie who also celebrated her 50th birthday and recent engagement to partner Chris Nally. “It’s going to be great and lots of fun. “Chris’s skills as a professional chef and baker will really add to the business,” Debbie said. Rata said with her spare time

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Rata will continue to own the dairy’s land and building while Debbie leases it, as well as the neighbouring 3 Bears Cafe and the GAS Renwick service station which goes up for tender on May 29. “The land and building of GAS Renwick will be sold by my daughter Pauline Earle of Green Door Real Estate,” she said. The business will continue to trade as normal, seven days a week from 5am to 8pm during winter, and 4am to 8pm during summer.

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By Kristy Martin A Blenheim restaurant owner is taking a tough stance on smoking, asking his customers to refrain from lighting up even when sitting outside. Saulo Camillo Nunes of Gramado’s restaurant and bar says he has had a tough time trying to ban smoking from his premises. He has removed ashtrays from the outdoor tables and erected no smoking signs but some customers just won’t take no for an answer. “It’s not that they turn aggressive, they just don’t like being told what to do,” said Mr Camillo Nunes, who is originally from Brazil but has lived in New Zealand for eight years. “They come inside with that smell and for the customers who don’t smoke I don’t think that’s appealing. “For the non-smoking patrons, it was bothering them.” Some customers still light up before they even get outside, others take no notice when the staff ask them to step away from the restaurant if they want to smoke. Mr Camillo Nunes, who owns the Main Street business with wife Emma, has never been a smoker but grew up watching his mother smoke (she has now quit) and saw his grandfather develop lung cancer from it. He makes no apology for his stance and says it even applies to the restaurant’s only smoking

Owner of Gramado's Saulo Camillo Nunes is asking his customers not to smoke on the restaurant's grounds.

staff member. “There will be a day when it will be no smoking everywhere. It will take time, but it will happen.” Teresa Goza, health promoter for the Cancer Society Marlborough, has commended Gramado’s. “Their smokefree venue means children and other patrons don’t have to breathe in second-hand smoke,” she said. “Although second-hand smoke may seem harmless, in this country it kills an average of 350 people annually - that’s a person

a day. “There are numerous other businesses in Marlborough who don’t stock tobacco and have total smokefree areas. “Each have their own reasons including ethical stances, wanting to de-normalise smoking, having childrens’ areas and the tiny profit from selling tobacco isn’t worth it.” Those who want to discontinue stocking and selling tobacco can contact the Cancer Society for advice.

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Vaccine conspiracy Dear Ed, I support the opinion of the person who wrote in about the Rotovirus vaccine joke (Friday May 2nd). The vaccination schedule we now have for our infants is completely alarming. Not only do they not support a healthy immune system but now there are so many, the total toxic load on such a young body, I feel sure this damages the intelligence of young developing brains. A decade ago, out first child was born in Australia where they paid you around $600 to vaccinate. A million wouldn’t have been enough to bribe us

to potentially damage our child. I encourage more parents to question these vaccines. My children are smart and rarely sick. The ones I know vaccinated frequently seem to get sick. The pharmaceutical companies are behind this push. They make money from sick people. It lines their pockets. The real health of our children is not their priority. There are many great ways to support a young developing immune system, such as natural acidophilus yoghurt plenty of vegies and no sugar. Blenheim mum

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Abusive language Dear Ed, As a paper and pamphlet deliverer, I would like to express my concern over the verbal abuse directed at me while doing my job. No one has the right to abuse anyone in such a derogatory way, using obscene and offensive language is totally unacceptable. I am sure the culprits would not tolerate threatening outbursts like this from me. Just doing my job Editor’s note: We at the Sun newspaper are proud of our deliverers, who do a great job, and we ask that members of the community treat them with respect and courtesy.

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thetic drugs. Alcohol is just as harmful. Answer alcohol is well regulated, moderate amounts are not harmful. Two, if they are banned they will go underground. That may be true but the wholesale access and availability would cut down the horrendous effects. The bottom line according to the US Scientist is that for a new drug to be ok by the FDA in US it takes billions of dollars and at least 10 years of trials. John Key, Peter Dunne and the rest of parliament who voted for the legalisation of synthetic voted to effectively poison or stupefy the most vulnerable. This, in my opinion and many other presenters, is the first step to legalising marijuana. And what steps are the Govt going to make to detox the ticking time bomb of addicts without a legal fix? Michael Mooney

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Up to scratch Self-taught Rarangi artist Karen Neal is making a name for herself on the art scene. Best known for her scratchboarding skills and her stunning wildlife portraits, Karen has won several awards and is a finalist in this weekend’s Peters Doig Art Awards, as Kristy Martin reports. Karen says she has always had a passion for drawing; in fact her mother tells her she used to sit down when she was two and draw all day. But it was not until 2009, when she picked up a pencil and drew a giraffe as a stress relief that she started to take the passion more seriously. She began drawing wildlife illustrations, an interest that was sparked by her travels through Africa in 1991. Starting with pencil and progressing to pastel and then oils, Karen began to develop her skills and confidence, which was boosted by the support of friends and family. They encouraged her to frame her work and exhibit locally, and in 2012 she held her first solo exhibition. Last September, Karen took top honours in the Impressions Art Awards in Nelson with a stunning portrait of her 13-year-old son Jakob. The pastel work, titled Lace Moko III, was described by the judges as “technically brilliant and creatively excellent” and secured Karen the $2000 Supreme Award out of 170 entries from all over New Zealand. “I just love the drama aspect of working with shadows and light,” Karen said. “It was quite surprising to win because portraits are quite personal and you never know how other people are going to interpret them.” The Lace Moko series was drawn from photographs of Jakob posing by a sunny window with a borrowed piece of lace curtain. “Jakob, being a typical 13-year-old he asked if he could get a cut of my winnings,” Karen laughed. Two years ago, when Karen wanted to experiment further with her craft, she began to research the medium of scratchboarding. She was attracted to the drama aspect you could

Above: Artist Karen Neal. Left: Lace Moko III.

The piece White Heron “Okarito Kotuku” is a finalist in the 2014 Peters Doig Art Awards being judged this weekend.

achieve with this black and white medium. Being encouraged by two Australian artists in particular, Lesley Barrett and Patrick Hedges, she was inspired to give the complex medium a go. Scratchboarding involves a hardwood board covered with a layer of white kaolin clay and a layer of black Indian ink. Tools such as scalpel blades, tattoo needles, fibreglass brushes and steel wool are used to scratch or etch the ink off to expose the white. It is a meticulous and time-consuming process, as Karen explains. “The first one I did was a lion, which I did while travelling and that one sold fairly quickly, I guess because it’s a little bit unique still as a medium here in New Zealand. “It’s quite intensive because it’s so intricate,

a lot of trial and error, because the medium is less forgiving. “It literally does take hours and hours.” It took Karen a long time to call herself an artist but these days her scratchboards are selling fast. She is also commissioned for pet, wildlife and human portraits in all three mediums of scratchboard, oils and pastel, through her website, www.wildimpressions. Karen is a member of the Marlborough Art Society and the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) and has been named a Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA) with the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), where there are only 15 artists worldwide having been juried in at master level. Last month, Karen won second prize at the PANZ exhibition in Invercargill for her piece Lace Moko IV.

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She was recently featured in a four-page article in the first issue of the New Zealand Artist Magazine and has also been named a finalist in the BBC International Wildlife Artist of the Year, of which there are 100 artists selected worldwide. Karen has a studio at her beachside home in Rarangi and while she can be found there most days, she also still works a couple of part-time jobs, along with voluntary work for the Marlborough Art Society. She is planning on having a studio open to the public, when moving to Picton later this year. And there is no sign of slowing down when it comes to her creativity. “I love being an artist, it’s the best job. “I can’t believe I’m doing it and actually able to make a living from it. “I’ve got so much stuff going on in my head that I want to try, there’s a huge to-do list, but the passion is wildlife, and the aim is to think outside the square a little more in my art.” Karen’s scratchboard White Heron “Okarito Kotuku” is a finalist in the 2014 Peters Doig Art Awards at Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery.

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$12k for recycling research Tua Marina School has kicked off a new rural recycling project for Marlborough District Council that aims to find out whether recycling services are needed outside of Blenheim. A big blue recycling container has been installed at the school and will remain there for one month as council records the type and volume of recyclables people in the community drop off there. Council has been awarded a $12,000 grant for the project through the Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants, funded by the Coca Cola Foundation in partnership with The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society.

The project will be run in partnership with local schools, with recycling containers expected to also be installed at other rural schools in the region. Each school will host the container for a four week period between May and September. The container is divided into four compartments, with capacity to take up to 12 cubic metres of material, including cans, plastic and glass bottles. “We need to see how these communities will react to having an un-staffed recycling container available for the collection of cans, plastic and glass bottles,” said council’s solid waste manager

Alec McNeil. “It will also help us with information about the level of contaminants we might expect. “We’re asking the schools to come on board in order to give this the best chance of success. “We know from other places that simply setting up un-staffed recycling points doesn’t always work. “While some will use the containers properly and sort their materials, others just use it as a free dump point. With the school community and pupils involved, we’re hoping we’ll get full cooperation.” Councillor Peter Jerram and Tua Marina School students Andrew McGruddy, 9, Dylan Hennessey, 6, Summer Spragg, 8, and Kate Woolley, 7, launch the new community recycling project.

Ferry captains stood down Two Interislander Ferry captains have been stood down following two near-misses on the vessels last week. The incidents, both involving the Arahura (pictured), are believed to have occurred on Friday and Sunday last week, and were referred to Maritime New Zealand. The Crown entity are investigating the incidents, and no date has been specified for the captains to return to work. Until then, it is likely masters will have to be moved between ships to cover for their absence. However, a Kiwirail spokeswoman said the impact on freight and passengers would be minimal, as it was a quiet time of the year. She said any passengers should continue to check the Interislander website for any updates. The incidents occurred after the Stena Alegra’s propeller was found to have been damaged on Thursday last week, leading MP Winston Peters to claim Kiwirail covered up the three incidents, and that in the Stena Alegra’s case, the incident had occurred after the ship struck a wharf in Picton.

Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis rejected those claims, stating the incidents had been subject to normal investigation protocol. All Stena Alegra sailings up to and including the 9am Wednesdsay voyage were still cancelled at the time of printing yesterday. The latest incidents are the latest in a series of misdemeanours which began when the Aratere, the ferry the Stena Alegra is temporarily replacing, suffered propeller damage in November. It is expected to be back in action by the end of next month.

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A Blenheim backpacker hostel has had two burglaries in two days. The first was in the early hours of Saturday, the second in the early hours of Monday. Items stolen included food from kitchen area. Police believe each incident involved the same offender and are making further investigations.

A 30-year-old female was arrested for disorderly behaviour. She was given a pre-charge warning.

Window left open A phone was stolen from a car parked in the carpark at Springlands Countdown last Friday. Police said the thief was able to enter the vehicle via a window that was not closed properly. Police once again urge members of the community to secure their vehicles and to not leave valuables in plain sight.

Bailed up A 20-year-old male was arrested at 1am on Saturday for breaching his bail. He faced court later that morning.

No charge A 24-year-old male arrested for assault on Saturday morning. He was released with a pre-charge warning

Damaged goods A 21-year-old male was arrested at lunchtime on Saturday for wilful damage.

Fuel theft Fuel was siphoned from a large truck parked on Vickerman Street at Grovetown. The theft occurred overnight May 8.

No protection A 27-year-old male was picked up for contravening a protection order. He appeared in court on Monday.

Fail to appear A 24-year-old male was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear. He appeared in court yesterday.

Behave yourselves A 34-year-old male was arrested at 11.30pm on Saturday for disorderly behaviour. He was released with a pre-charge warning. Another man, a 30-year-old, was arrested for a similar incident a short time later. He was picked up at 1:30am on Sunday for disorderly behaviour and he also had a warrant for failing to appear. The man was held in custody to appear in court on Monday.

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Pig hunt preparations on track By Adam Poulopoulos Preparations for the Woodbourne Tavern Pig and Deer Hunt continue as Queen’s Birthday Weekend approaches fast. The event starts on Friday, May 30, and finishes on Sunday, June 1. Prizes are up for grabs in the kids, teenager and open categories. Tavern owner Rowan Ingpen said the event was going ahead after the cancellation of the HOB Boar Slaying Supercomp last week. “People are very confused. We wanted to clarify the hunt is going ahead, and preparations are on track.” He said the event was a chance to recognise the patrons. “It’s the time of the year we give

back to the people who drink here and support us. “We’re giving away free t-shirts to the first 50 people. It’s a good family day.” The event is the second of its kind, after a successful edition was held last year. Last year’s field was headed by Troy Mathieson, who brought back a 112.5 kilogram deer. After the success of last year’s competition, the open category now includes two animals per hunter, and a ‘best tusk’ competition in the open pig category. Entries close on Thursday, May 29. For more information, visit the Woodbourne Tavern website.

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hard work had been worth it. “It’s been a very long road with a lot of twists and turns. It’s something you strive for.” On the first day, Woolley ploughed stubble, a recently sown crop, and 18-month-old grass on the Sunday. He said he only found out about his result at the Sunday evening function, and the suspense had him doubting himself. “There was a lot of emotion. You’re sat there dressed in your number 1s and when they list off third and second, you start to wonder if you got fourth or fifth. “When they read out my name

it was a very good feeling.” Ian ended up winning his category by 34 and a half points, “a lot” in ploughing terms. A member of the finals organising committee, Woolley paid tribute to the local businesses for showcasing the region in a positive light. “Everyone from elsewhere was thrilled with the week, and I think the local businesses were well patronised.” One other Marlburian, Linda Cosgrove, competed in the vintage section at the event.

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Speedy work on tunnel It may seem strange to build a shiny new rail tunnel and then bury it. But that’s all part of the plan to keep motorists safe as part of the State Highway 1 Dashwood Overbridge Realignment project. Marlborough Roads highway manager Frank Porter says a major milestone has been reached with the completion of the rail tunnel that will bypass the ageing Dashwood Overbridge, between Blenheim and Seddon, and enable motorists to pass over the highway on a straighter, safer alignment. Mr Porter says the tunnel, which took 15 weeks to build, will be buried over the next two to three months and then the new road built on top. “The team have done a sterling

job, and they deserve a huge pat on the back for getting the tunnel finished a full week early. “It’s great to see the shiny new tunnel out there in the open, but blink and you’ll miss it - it’ll be under a pile of dirt soon so we can whack the road on top of it.” The tunnel is built to strict KiwiRail requirements, and the work was specially programmed to ensure it didn’t interfere with train schedules. Strong progress is also being made on the 2km realignment of the road, which will ensure straighter, high-visibility approaches to the new overpass and the easing of a number of tricky curves on either side. Work will quieten down over winter and then ramp up again

in spring, with the project due to be completed midway through next year. Mr Porter says the project is the largest highway construction project in Marlborough since the new Awatere Bridge was built in 2007. Tunnel facts The tunnel is made up of 141 steel plates Each plate is 5mm thick Tunnel is 54m long and 8m wide in parts Held together by over 10,000 bolts Tunnel chosen instead of bridge due to sharp angle between road and rail line Earthquake resilient

Rural Women New Zealand Region 3 (Top of the South) is to hold its conference at Havelock Town Hall starting this Friday and continuing Saturday and Sunday. Features of the programme include a gardening workshop with Sunday Star Times columnist and NZ Gardener magazine editor-at-large Lynda Hallinan on Friday at 2.30 pm. Lynda will also be the opening speaker on Saturday morning. Lynda has a 17 hectare property in Hunua south of Auckland where she lives with “two dogs, four cats, five ducks, a dozen hens and a rooster, 12 sheep, four horses, 19 cows and a marvellous man who has no idea what he let himself in for.” Also attending will be Rural Women NZ National President Wendy McGowan. While sessions on cheese and bread making and wine tasting will be popular, there will be more serious issues dealt with. Topics such as the future of elec-

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tricity pricing in Marlborough, rural internet/broadband services, surgical services in Marlborough, wasp biological control programme, spread of cattle ticks (theileria), agriculture in school curriculums and costs of joining new doctor practice reflect Rural Women NZ’s activity to grapple with important issues. Registration opens at 1pm on Friday.

Programme Friday, May 16 1pm: Registration opens 2pm: Artisan bread and cheesemaking at St Peter’s Church Hall 2.30pm: Gardening workshop with Lynda Hallinan 4.30pm-6pm: Wine and cheese tasting in supper room Saturday, May 17 8.30am: Welcome to National

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JEFFRIES: Mark and Melissa are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Cosette Philippa on April 16, 2014 at 6:43pm (3.8kg). Many thanks to all our friends and family for their prayers and support and a big thank you to Shona Wills, Helen Crampton and all the great Ward One and theatre staff. Photo provided. HENSON: Simon, Shelley and big brother Rylan are thrilled to announce the safe arrival of Aydan James Thomas (8lb 6oz) on May 5, 2014 at 2:25pm at Wairau Hospital. A special thanks to Sue, Gary and all the staff at Wairau Maternity Unit.


BEERENS: Leigh, Lyn and Chloe would like to welcome Lachlan Adrian Samuel Beerens (5lb 9oz) on May 1, 2014 at 7:57pm at Wairau Hospital. Thanks to Wairau Maternity unit, Carmen Brown and Helen Crampton, and special thanks to midwives Sue Young and Gwen Costello.

DUNPHY/ROBB: Katherine, Tony and big sister Bailey are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Curtis Liam Robb into their family. Born Sunday April 27, 2014 at 10:35am weighing 8lbs. Special thanks to Shona Wills and the wonderful staff on the maternity ward. Photo provided. FYFE: Hannah is pleased to announce the safe arrival of her first baby boy, Lincoln-Jay Luca (7lb 7oz) on May the 4th, 2014 at 8:46pm at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to midwife Sue Young and all the staff at Ward One. Photo provided.

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White wabbits on windows If you’ve seen chalk drawings on the windows of some Blenheim businesses lately, the chances are Heather Jameson is behind it. Ms Jameson began early this year after friend Lynda Butt got her to draw on the outside of her store, Cherubs Childrenswear. Since then she has also decorated Upcycle with her liquid chalk marker pen. The creative Ms Jameson, who’s brand ‘Follow the White Wabbit’ incorporates several of her ventures, said she stumbled on chalk drawings by chance. “I couldn’t avoid advertising and we were starting the artisan market. “We were trying to work out the brand, so I drew an outline of a rabbit with a arrow on the concrete, and then bombed Blenheim with them. “I call it ‘white-woman graffiti.” As people began to follow the rabbits around town, she realised she could take it further. “I saw one of these pens and thought ‘I could do this on windows.”

People have their say on Draft Annual Plan More than 300 people have made submissions to the District Council over the draft Annual Plan for 2014-15. Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman says this is the main formal opportunity the public has to give councillors a steer on its spending plans so it’s good to see that people have made the effort to express themselves. “I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to give this some thought and send us their opinions. “There’s feedback on a wide

range of issues and that it all helps councillors to form their own views and make their decisions.” Although submission numbers are up by about 30 per cent on last year, Mr Sowman says a large number of the submitters this year have presented single-issue submissions including residents affected by proposed changes to Karaka Point rates and long-term stormwater plans relating to Murphy’s Creek. The Mayor said the first overall impression from the submissions was that there was no push for

council to change its overall direction and there seemed to be good support for the proposal to shift the library as part of a CBD renewal project. “However we have a larger than usual number of people wanting to appear in person this year so we will wait to see what they have to say during those hearings before we make any assumptions about public opinion,” said Mr Sowman. Council will hold hearings on the submissions on June 3-5.

Canine convention Nearly 400 dogs from around the country are bounding into Blenheim for the annual Marlborough Kennel Club championship shows. The shows will be held at the Club Grounds at Omaka on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9am on both days. Seven judges from New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia will be present to judge which dog of each breed is closest to the national breed standards. Some of the more unusual dog breeds will include the affenpinscher, bracco italiano and shiba inu. Left: Rebekah Munro, 4, showing Bella the dalmatian at a recent club ribbon parade.


Concert raises cash The Summer Strings Concert, held in Blenheim last month, was not only entertaining, but raised a significant amount of money too. Violinist Samara Lloyd, left, presented the $1200 check to Yvonne Dazzler of John’s Kitchen on Mon-

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Mother’s Day Market The Vines Village on Rapaura Road was teeming with families on Sunday for day two of the Mother’s Day Market weekend. The event included gift specials, music, sports and games, a pamper room and family portraits.

 Treating herself to a Mother’s Day makeover was mum of two Kym Delahunty, with makeup artist Rachel Lee.

 Lucy Timms, 5, Katie Adams, 6, and Grace Timms, 1, from Renwick had a great spot in the sunshine.

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a Hudecova,  Vintage workers Andre mentier Par lle Kamil Benes and Florie d run and after completing the mu getting cleaned up.

 Keryn Ford enjoyed Mo ther’s Day with her children Tayla, 2, and Kobe, 1.  Sofia Kietzmann, 5, with Nina. The pair were awarded second place in the pooch parade.

y time were Alicia  Enjoying some qualit y, 2. Zanders and daughter Luc

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 Perfect weather for an ice cream Alichia Evers with son Thomas Evers, 7, from Blenheim .

More than 200 people spent Mother’s Day crawling and running through the mud at the Havelock estuary during Sport Tasman’s Muddy Buddy adventure run.

Kevin Paula Harborne, Lee Harborne and bs up. Dean Huxtable gave the event the thum

 Michelle Cheney ‘loved it’ but daughter Molly Hoban, 5, was feeling a little cold and sorry for her self.

 Adriana Strong with daughters Zarah, 6, Thalia , 9, and Ariel, 8, proved they had enough muscle to finish the race.

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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

Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Service - Our Advocates will take up

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

Family/Whanau for 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.

Housie - Thursday 7pm Blenheim Bowling

Manager & Funeral Director

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: 5795304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St.

Predator-Free New Zealand?

Older Person Seminar - 3rd Thursday every month St Christopher’s Hall Redwoodtown 10am to 1pm morning tea, lunch provided Guest Speakers Ph Wendy 579 4446 leave name and number or ph 021 223 0160.

Club, 40 houses, 2 supers, raffles and meals from 5.30pm. Proceeds to Te Rerenga o Te Ra.

Hospice Shop Redwoodtown - Donations of lemons would be gratefully received. Thank you for your support.

community services Marlborough After Hours GP Services: Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 520 6377. Office 520 9980.

Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm, 7 days. Ph 5782271. Diabetes Marlborough Inc: 5775549, Office hours 9am-3pm, Monday - Friday Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline.

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

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.

24 HOUR SERVICE PHONE 578 4719 Cnr Hutcheson & Parker Sts

Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 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 Lupus Support: For more information phone Katrina 572 4333 or 021 502 451

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. Please include your contact details: Name, address, email and phone numbers, including your mobile number if possible.

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.

Landcare Research is holding a meeting on the ‘Predator-Free New Zealand’ concept tomorrow. Andrea Byrom will be making a presentation at the Blenheim School Hall, beginning at 7:30pm. The idea has been discussed in-depth since late scientist Sir Paul Callaghan outlined his vision during the last seminar before his death in 2012. Sir Paul believed in using self-receding traps instead of toxins to kill pests.

Get your flu jabs The Asthma Foundation is strongly advising people with respiratory illnesses to try and stay out of hospital this winter by asking their doctor or nurse about a free influenza vaccination. “The flu season will be kicking in soon and it is important for people with respiratory conditions to get their free flu vaccines this winter,” says Dr Kyle Perrin, medical director of the Asthma Foundation. Last year over 1,000,000 New Zealanders had a flu vaccination – around 23 percent of the population. The flu vaccine is free for: children under the age of five with significant respiratory illnesses, people with chronic health conditions; people with respiratory conditions; people with asthma who use a preventer; and everyone 65 years and over. “People with chronic health conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at higher risk of complications from influenza than others. For the best protection, we advise they get a flu vaccination now as immunisation typically takes up to two weeks to take effect. Influenza is a serious illness, every winter we see people admitted to hospital with the flu who are extremely unwell, and some require intensive care admission.” Dr Perrin says.


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The Marlborough RSA would like to thank the public for their generous donations on Poppy Day to our Welfare Funds. A special thank you also goes to all the volunteers and staff that braved the terrible weather and assisted with the 2014 Poppy Day collection and the businesses that got behind us. Thank you. The total to date is $19,303 which is an amazing effort considering the conditions on the day. Additionally, the Marlborough RSA are now seeking the publics assistance in obtaining information on two names that appear on the Blenheim cenotaph Roll of Honour. They are M. Jaceb from WW1 and L.G. Mace from WW2. These two persons are not in the Commonwealth war graves, Ancestry.Com, Auckland War Memorial Museum or NZ Archives data bases and may well have changed their names or served in other commonwealth services. Anyone with information on these two persons is asked to contact Reception at MRSA 5785230 or with any information.


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SOCIAL WORKER 20 hours per week 20 week position This is an opportunity to work alongside of one-parent familes to provide a home based support service. • Qualification in social work, or be working towards this. • Have an understanding of one-parent family issues • A current drivers licence and own transport is required. Position description and application form available from: Birthright Marlborough Inc Phone: 03 577 9488 Email: Closing date for applications 28 May 2014

Customer Service Representative/ Vehicle Groomer A vacancy exists for a customer service representative to join our busy Budget Rental Cars airport team. You will be able to demonstrate through previous employment, stability, positivity and being prepared to roll up your sleeves to get the job done to ensure customer satisfaction. Computer and administration skills essential. Able to work under pressure and enjoy a team environment essential. Full drivers licence essential. You will be flexible in your work hours as our business is seasonal with the high season over summer. Email applications to the Manager Maurice Johnston By 16th May 2014

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Give your support to people with intellectual disabilities and, in return, we’ll give you all the support you need for your career.That means good training, plenty of opportunities, and a clear-cut career path. We are looking for people to join our casual/ relief team, which means providing cover for leave and being available on an on-call basis. Often people with intellectual disabilities will need support to do tasks such as shopping, community activities, household tasks, personal cares and attending medical appointments. The hours include weekends, evenings and sleepovers. Applicants should be able to work independently and as part of a team, hold a full driver’s licence and have previous experience or an interest in working with people in a support role. Visit our website to submit an application or for more details.

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Marlborough crews sail to success By Adam Poulopoulos Two Marlborough crews, training partners for about eight months, have both walked away with heads held high from the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Sailing Nationals. The Marlborough Boys College crew finished fourth in the 32-team event, held the week of Monday, April 28 in Warkworth. Queen Charlotte College won the bronze fleet trophy, finishing 23rd overall. The event was dominated by runaway winners Kerikeri High School, but the next seven positions below them were closelyfought, with MBC finishing just one point or one win out of the top three. MBC coach David Croad said he was proud of his team’s achievement. “The fourth-place finish is the best result for Marlborough Boys College since the mid-

The Marlborough Boys’ College sailing team. Photo supplied.

1990s. “It was a pretty outstanding performance in an event dominated by Auckland-based teams.” Croad said there had been a bittersweet feeling amongst the team at the end of the regatta.

The team finished one place ahead of last year, but just missed out on a podium place, which would have seen them qualify for the Interdominion Championships with the top three Australian crews later in the year.

Croad added while the nucleus of the MBC team would remain for next year, QCC also had a lot to be excited about. “They are one to watch moving forward. They had a very young team, and for most of them it was their first Nationals.”

Marlborough motocross in good health Marlburians young and old enjoyed a fast-paced weekend at the Croads Honda Peter Brown Memorial Motocross event in the Waihopai Valley last weekend. T he event, coord i nated by t he Marlborough Motorcycle Club, saw about 80 riders from as far away as Dunedin participate, was the 50th of its kind.

Ten local riders participated in a variety of different categories. Jack Dalton won the 12-16 year old 85cc class, while Bjorn Cowdrey triumphed in the national 125cc event. The winner of the Peter Brown Feature Race was Campbell King from Dunedin. At 19, it is thought he is the youngest fea-

ture race winner in the history of the event. While the young showcased their skills Picton-based Des Boyce, who won the first ever feature race, started this year’s edition. The event was run in perfect conditions. MMC president Mike Holland organised and ran the event, while Tommy Dillon prepared the track.

Soup and Bun series continues By Kevin Wilson Three courses were on offer in the Lansdowne Forest at Wairau Valley for the third in the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club Soup and Bun series held last Sunday in perfect weather. There were courses for children, novices and one with a steeper climb for more experienced riders. Thirty-two riders crossed the start line with some new faces, both older and younger. A few competitive riders managed to take a short cut on the well- marked first lap and

created havoc with the timing. That did not stop the rivalry with top riders completing three laps in the allocated time. Joel Madsen-Clarke churned out two circuits on the main course, as did Josh and Tyler Black, with some help from dad Aaron and mum Cheryl. Emma McLuckie and Angus Kopua completed shorter rides with a parent. The morning finished with gourmet pot of pumpkin soup and a giant chocolate cake supplied by Cheryl Black. The next in the series will be Marlborough Mountain Bike Club president Mondo Kopua and son at “Stirling Brook” on 8th June. Angus. Photo supplied.

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Round 11 of Marlborough Volleyball’s Fairweathers’ Senior Summer League was played at Stadium 2000 last Thursday evening. Only one more round robin game remains before finals on the 22nd May, followed the week after with popular Triples on the 29th. The two Woodbourne teams, the Warriors and Wolfpack, faced off, with the Warriors winning in straight sets. Both MBC Senior Gold and Senior blue also won 3-0. There has been serious improvement among the C-Grade teams during the course of the season, none more so than for Mayfield Motors, who beat the A-Team 3-0. Safe Crackers, MGC and the Avengers also won their games. Games were also played in both Social Grades.

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Sport inbrief FOOTBALL The Mariners development side fell to Nelson Suburbs for the second time this season on Saturday. They were beaten 4-2 after Nelson scored twice in the final few minutes. Carl Connor-McClean and Jed Thorpe scored the goals for the Mariners. They play Wakefield at home at 3pm on Saturday.

MIDWINTER SWIM For those interested in a refreshing dip in the ocean, keep in mind the Picton Mid-Winter swim is next month. The event is on Sunday, June 22 at the Picton Foreshore, beginning at 1pm. The prize-giving will follow directly afterwards. Registrations will be taken from noon on the day.

RUGBY Four of the Marlborough teams were involved in Bayleys Tasman Trophy crossover matches in the weekend, with only unbeaten Waitohi able to notch a win. They held on for a 23-20 win over Wakatu Marist at the Waitohi Domain. Central also notched a victory over Awatere. Games in Marlborough at 3pm this Saturday are as follows: Waitohi v Central, Waitohi Domain Harlequins v Moutere, Lansdowne Park Awatere v Taylors Wanderers, Seddon Domain Renwick are away to Wakatu Marist in Nelson.


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No oar-dinary fundraiser By Adam Poulopoulos National rower and Marlborough Girls College old girl Sophie MacKenzie is looking forward to returning to Blenheim this weekend as she takes a break from her hectic training schedule. Mackenzie will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday night, with the proceeds going towards her trip to Varese in Italy for the World Under-23 Championships in July and living costs in preparation for the event. The 2013 Marlborough Sportswoman of the year has been selected for the Lightweight Double Sculls, and she is living full-time at the Rowing NZ headquarters at Lake Karapiro. MacKenzie flies in on Saturday to prepare for the fundraiser, and returns to Karapiro on Sunday night in time for her 7am Monday training. She said she was looking forward to coming back, even if it was only for 24 hours. “I absolutely love coming home to Marlborough, and especially to my parents’ farm where I get to see my animals and walk some hills. “Marlborough has this great community that sticks together and you seem to know most people some way or another and bump into

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them in the street.” MacKenzie is in the middle of a taxing training programme with the focus on getting the kilometres under her belt. She said her focus post-Italy would be on the Olympics in Rio in 2016. “I know that my hard work, determination and desire to represent New Zealand at the

Olympics will hopefully get me there, fingers crossed!” The fundraiser takes place at the Rangitane Cultural Centre in Grovetown, beginning at 6pm. A live auction will be held, with food and wine included in the price. Tickets are available from Raupo Cafe. Mike (pictured with son Dom) and Lee-Anne Freeth are continuing to collect boots and other rugby gear as they prepare to send the first donation parcel to Rarotonga. The couple were encouraged to start the collection after visiting the island and seeing the passion locals had for the game. Mike said he intends to freight the parcel at the end of the month, but donations will continue to be accepted afterwards. So far, they have received an assortment of gear including boots, headgear, balls, rippa rugby gear and referee’s gear. To donate your gear drop it in to Mayfair Pools and Spas on Grove Road.

Funding boost for school Waikawa Bay School students will get the chance to expand their horizons after the school was issued a Sport Tasman KiwiSport grant. The year 1-6 school has been issued $3000 and raised the same amount, which has allowed them to start a new sports programme. The arrangement will see students learn to sail, kayak, mountain bike, orienteer or play golf under the tutelage of a range of specialist instructors from around the area. The activities were chosen after senior students were asked to rank their preferences. Principal Willem Lampe said the kay-

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aking and sailing had proved popular in term one. “We have received lots of positive feedback from families about how much their children are enjoying school and looking forward to Thursday afternoons.” He said if the students enjoyed coming to school it would benefit them. “We want them to develop strong relationships with staff and adults in the community and we want them to experience some of the wonderful opportunities available in our backyard.” The orienteering, mountain biking and golf would take place in terms two and three.



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