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Backing Black Caps By Jacob Page As New Zealand cricket fans dare to dream that their team could be on top of the world come Sunday, the Hebberd family are packing their bags for the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Keiron, Rachel and nine-year-old son Chris got their tickets to the 100,000-seat stadium during the opening game of the tournament between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. “I had my laptop and iPad going during the game trying to get three tickets,” Rachel says “I managed to get one on the laptop and one on the iPad and was like ‘Oh well, Chris can’t come’ but then I thought that wasn’t fair. “At the end of the game I gave it one last try and there were three tickets that came free.”

Continued on page 2. Chris Hebberd, 9, Dad, Keiron and Mum, Rachel, booked their tickets for the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday during New Zealand’s opening game against Sri Lanka on February 14.

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Once in a lifetime trip to Cricket World Cup final Continued from page 1 “It was more a once in a lifetime opportunity to go,” Keiron says. “Yes, it is expensive but it’s cheaper than going to England or India to see the final and seeing New Zealand in it will be great.” Self confessed cricket fanatic, Rachel admits, Tuesday’s penultimate ball win over South Africa was an emotional roller coaster. “By the 40th over, I was going to bed, I couldn’t take any more.

“I paced up and down the hallway waiting for the next ball to be bowled. “When (Dan) Vettori hit his four (in the final over) we thought we had a chance.” Rachel is a former Marlborough Girls’ College first XI cricketer and her father John Litchfield played for Marlborough as a top order batsman in the late 1950s through to the 1960s. Chris is in his first season of cricket in whites for Wairau Valley and is a pace bowler who enjoys the batting of

Martin Guptill and the all-round skill of Corey Anderson. Rachel says what separates this Black Caps team from past ones is their ability to handle pressure and being the favourites for most of their matches. The family would like to see Australia beat India overnight. “There’s more feeling when Australia plays New Zealand,” Keiron says. “We might be dots in the crowd at the MCG but it will be great to be there,” Rachel says.

Mitch takes talent to Wellington By Jacob Page The annual grape harvest is the last ‘gig’ for 2014 Marlborough’s Got Talent winner Mitch Alderlieste as he takes his talent to Wellington on a fulltime basis. “That’s pretty much why I’m doing vintage this year to try to get some money behind me.” The talented musician says he has wanted to pursue a music career for the past five years and believes Wellington is the best place to start. “The culture in Wellington with music is great.” The 18-year-old is in the hunt for a $10,000 prize with a www.audience.co.nz competition which has been running this month. People vote for the song and if you’re at the top of the wild card charts at the end of the month you win $10,000 to go towards recording the song. The tune titled ‘Take me on’ was one Mitch uploaded at the request of his girlfriend. “It’s one of my catchier songs and it’s way stripped back to what it would sound like with a band.” Mitch says he has been influenced by Kiwi bands like Shihad and The Mutton Birds. “When I left school after Year 12 and went to work for Ken Ham that gave me

Marlborough's Got Talent 2014 winner Mitch Alderlieste is set to try to take Wellington by storm at the end of the grape harvest.

the chance to earn the money to buy the equipment I needed.” After playing the local scene, Mitch feels the time is right for a move. “I’ve always wanted to make the move where the culture of music is really good. “Blenheim is close and Auckland is just up the road.” Mitch says he is becoming a more well

rounded performer as he listens to new music. “I listened to a lot of rock music through my Dad…But as I’ve grown up and explored a few different genres I’ve began to incorporate those into my style. Mitch has four weeks left before the move across Cook Strait.

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By Adam Poulopoulos A 16-year-old male student has been arrested and charged with causing damage at Whitney Street School and Marlborough Boys’ College earlier this week. Whitney Street School students went to school on Wednesday morning to find vandalism and widespread damage to school buildings. Principal Lisa Lissaman was

informed of the damage by someone passing through the school on Tuesday evening, with the damage thought to have been done in the late afternoon or early evening. Glass doors, windows, picnic tables and a fire hydrant were damaged, while tagging was also reported. There was no damage to the inside of the buildings.

A wall at MBC was also tagged. Police spokesperson Barbara Dunn says there was a strong response from the public in relation to the damage. The youth has been referred to the Blenheim Youth Aid Section. While an arrest has been made Whitney Street School acting principal Lisa Lissaman says repairing the damage has been an inconvenience to the staff.

“It is caretaker time taken up cleaning and replacing things. “It’s time-consuming for everyone. People are being directed to clean up instead of doing their normal jobs at school. “It’s a waste.” The exact cost of the repairs is unknown. Lissaman says the school has not been targeted since damage to their edible garden area in 2013.

Havelock urged to conserve water Domestic water users and industries in Havelock are being urged to cut back water use immediately after a spike in saltwater levels in the township’s water supply. Stricter household water restrictions come into force immediately; the use of all garden sprinklers is banned and gardens may be watered by hand-held hoses only. Industries which use large volumes of water are being asked to cut back on their water use as much as possible. Most such businesses are based on reclaimed land owned by Port Marlborough and

the port company is contacting its leaseholders to relay the message. Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney says the salinity level in the Havelock water supply recorded yesterday was the highest it’s been all year and possibly the highest that has ever been recorded. An immediate reduction in water use is necessary in order to comply with the conditions of the resource consent for extracting water for the town’s supply, says Mr Rooney. The daily average conductivity

measure (which indicates saltwater) was 64mS/m. Once that measure rises above 60mS/m, the resource consent requires water supply to be restricted to an average of 624 cubic metres per day for the township. Water use had much reduced after the initial warnings about salinity levels but the level of use, coupled with the rate of saltwater incursion, meant the restrictions were necessary, he said. Havelock’s water source is a shallow aquifer which, like all coastal aquifers, is naturally prone

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to drawing in saltwater. When freshwater is going out faster than it can naturally replenish itself, the saltwater content increases, raising the risk of corrosion of pipes and plumbing and affecting the taste of household water. Mr Rooney says that it is quite likely the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme would be cut off again soon as the Wairau River was dropping again. That cut-off may happen next week, depending on whether weekend rainfall arrives.

Travellers on TripAdvisor say Blenheim is the third best place to visit in New Zealand. The town placed behind only Queenstown and Auckland in the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations, and two places ahead of Nelson.

DAYLIGHT SAVING ENDS SOON Clocks will be pushed back one hour on Sunday April 5, when daylight saving officially ends. The time will move from 3am to 2am. People are also reminded it is a good time of year to check that smoke alarms are working.

LOOMS FAMILY REUNION The Centennial of the Looms family arrival in Blenheim will be celebrated with a reunion during Queen’s Birthday weekend. The event is to celebrate the centenary of Frederick and Susan emigrating to NZ on the Ionic SS. The couple with most of their eleven children settled in Marlborough mainly in the Okaramio area Valley. The majority of the family came out to NZ in 1915

CASH KEEPS COMING The Marlborough Assists Vanuatu givealittle page has raised more than $2500 for relief efforts in the country following Cyclone Pam. A 40ft container continues to be filled with equipment and tools as it prepares to be sent to the region to help with aid efforts.


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LIVING TREASURE AWARD Nominations close on March 31 for this year’s Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure Award. The award was founded to recognise recipients who have demonstrated a lifetime of excellence in cultural endeavour.

A lunchtime barbecue was held at PAK’nSAVE Blenheim yesterday as the store celebrated its second birthday. Prizes were also given away throughout the day. Bottom Left: Phil Barnes and Paul Murphy on the barbecue. Middle: Hazel Mortimer and Val Hale. Right: Michelle and Tessa Elliott, 3, stopped at the sausage sizzle after their shop.

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SPCA FUNDRAISER The Marlborough SPCA’s fundraiser set up to help feed the centre’s puppies closes at the end of the month. The organisation’s Givealittle page closes at 9pm on March 31.

SPEED NETWORKING Supporting Families Marlborough will be hosting a speed networking event on Wednesday, April 1. The event is being held at the Marlborough Convention Centre from 1-4pm. The event sees Marlborough workers in the social, health, education and Maori sectors exchange ideas for three minutes before moving on to the next person.

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EASTER MARKET A Marlborough Artisan Easter market is being held on Thursday, April 2. The event starts at 4pm on Market Street.

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Picton business Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours has become the first Sustainable Marine Mammal Actions in Recreation and Tourism Operator in the country. The initiative was developed by the Department of Conservation to increase the protection of marine mammals. SMART Operators lead by example by committing to activities that have minimal disturbance on whales, dolphins and seals. Commercial operators are able to achieve this by undertaking training around the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations, guarantee responsible advertising and undergo regular evaluations. Department of Conservation partnerships ranger Wendy Sullivan of Waitohi/Picton office is excited to have a company of Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours’ calibre as the first

Owner Glen McNeilly from Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours becomes a SMART Operator

SMART Operator. “Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours already have a strong environmental ethos, and this is a way of recognising that. “The public is inundated by

images in the media and on the internet of boating behaviour that is actually detrimental to marine mammals. “Most people think this behaviour is acceptable and don’t

realise that they may be harming the very animals they enjoy viewing. SMART Operators will be able to help DOC get the correct message out there to reduce this impact.” Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours office manager Tash Luxton says they have been supportive of the programme from the start. “We are super proud to be the first as it’s such a great initiative”. Interest from other businesses in Marlborough is high and DOC is also aiming to provide the programme elsewhere in the country. “It is our goal that the SMART Operator programme will become recognised and targeted by ‘green-tourists’ - tourists who look for reassurance that their experience is eco-friendly and sustainable,” Sullivan says.

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By Adam Poulopoulos A busy two weeks in Blenheim bodes well for accommodation providers across town, but tourists can still grab a room if they’re lucky. The Forrest GrapeRide and the Classic Fighters Air Show has seen accommodation fill up almost entirely for the next two weekends. Knightsbridge Court Motor Lodge co-owner Amy Dickens says the motel has been full since she and husband Richie took over about four months ago, save for any last-minute cancellations. She says most visitors were for the two big events, and most establishments in the Marlborough Motel Association were in a

similar position, with only a few rooms available. Scenic Hotel general manager Adrian Clifton says they are also busy. “It’s a busy time of year. There is space available because there are a few rooms to sell for this weekend, but we are mostly full on Easter weekend.” He says business has been good over summer. “It’s always busy, but it’s been slightly busier than last year. “There are more people travelling in New Zealand, both domestic and international tourists. The early harvest has helped in March and it’s always good to have the likes of the air show on the calendar.”


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COUNCIL NEWS Council Services Easter Holiday Hours

Marlborough District Council, Blenheim office will be closed from 5.00 pm Thursday 2 April 2015 and reopen on Tuesday 7 April 2015 at 8.00 am. All Transfer Stations, the Resource Recovery Centre and Greenfingers Compost Facility will be closed on Good Friday 3 April.

Transfer Stations

Blenheim Saturday 4 April 2015 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Easter Monday 6 April 2015 - 8.00 am to 4.30 pm Picton Saturday 4 April 2015 - 8.00 am to midday Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 - Midday to 4.00 pm Easter Monday 6 April 2015 - 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Havelock Saturday 4 April 2015 - Midday to 4.00 pm Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 - Midday to 4.00 pm Easter Monday 6 April 2015 - 8.00 am to 2.00 pm Seddon Saturday 4 April 2015 - Midday to 4.00 pm Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 - Closed Easter Monday 6 April 2015 - Closed Wairau Valley Saturday 4 April 2015 - Midday to 4.00 pm Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 - Closed Easter Monday 6 April 2015 - Closed Rai Valley Saturday 4 April 2015 - Closed Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Easter Monday 6 April 2015 - Closed

Resource Recovery Centre

Saturday 4 April 2015 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Easter Monday 6 April 2015 - 8.00 am to 4.30 pm

Greenfingers Compost Facility

Saturday 4 April 2015 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Easter Monday 6 April 2015 - 8.00 am to 4.30 pm

Kerbside Rubbish Bag and Recycling Collections Good Friday Rubbish bags and recycling crates normally collected on Fridays will be collected on Thursday 2 April instead of Friday 3 April. Easter Monday Rubbish bags and recycling crates normally collected on Mondays will be collected on Tuesday 7 April instead of Monday 6 April. Please make sure your bags and crates are out on the kerb by 7.30 am.

Library Hours

Marlborough District Library Blenheim and the Picton Library and Service Centre will be closed on Good Friday 3 April, Sunday 5 April and Monday 6 April. Marlborough District Library Thursday 2 April - Open 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Saturday 4 April - Open 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Tuesday 7 April - Normal hours resume Picton Library and Service Centre Thursday 2 April - Open 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Saturday 4 April - Open 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Tuesday 7 April - Normal hours resume

Bus Services

Passengers are advised that during Easter weekend the Blenheim Bus Service will not operate on the following statutory public holidays: Good Friday 3 April 2015. Easter Monday 6 April 2015.

Queen Elizabeth II Music Award This year’s recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Music Award is Blenheim teenager Hannah Zydenbos, a Year 13 Marlborough Girls’ College student who is an accomplished pianist and going into her fourth year as drummer of the Marlborough Girls College Jazz Band. At the presentation ceremony, from left, grandparents Judith and

Owen Fisher, Hannah’s music teacher Linda LLoyd, brother Jonty, Mayor Alistair Sowman, Hannah, parents Rachel and Frank Zydenbos and grandmother Maria Zydenbos. Awarded annually, the QEII Music Fund Award is administered by the Kaikoura and Marlborough District Councils to help recipients continue their musical training.

Consulting Marlborough about upgrading our small towns The character and amenities of the townships and settlements dotted around Marlborough are important to those who live in these places and to the visitors they receive. Council’s Growing Marlborough Strategy recognised that the townships need investment if they are to remain attractive and liveable. Previous public consultation on this Strategy confirmed the wish to see improvements to such things as streetscapes and safe walking and cycling

paths. Council wants action on its plans for the smaller Marlborough townships over the next decade with improvements including:

• More public toilets • Improved signage • New footpaths, walkways and cycleways • New street trees and reserve plantings • Possible parking limits, traffic calming devices and pedestrian refuges. More detailed design options and costs would need to be settled after more discussion with the individual communities. But it’s proposed to allocate $10M over 9 years for this work, paid for through general rates across the district.

• More information about this plan to enhance our townships will be available in the Consultation Document supporting Council’s Long Term Plan 2015-25, coming out soon. Public submissions on the Consultation Document are invited from 2 April to 7 May 2015. What do you consider the priority for your township? Please be sure to tell us what you think.

Neighbours Day 2015 – last weekend of the month Everybody needs good neighbours so the song line goes – and you never know when you are going to need help. Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a good opportunity to start making connections with those who live around you. Two years ago there were about 40 neighbourhood groups, today there are 62 coordinators leading neighbourhood support groups all over the district. There are resources and advice available through Marlborough’s Emergency Services Management – Ph: 03 520 7490. Connected neighbourhoods make people feel safer in their homes; some

Positive ageing There are many channels open to older members of the community who want to communicate with the Marlborough District Council. • The Older Persons Forum meets each month at the Council chambers. Representatives from groups which provide services for the elderly attend this meeting. The forum provides a communication channel between the Council and the community to address any issues that relate to the well-being of the elderly in our community. • The Access & Mobility Forum meets quarterly with representatives of groups working in the disability sector including consumers. This

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social contact with neighbours is good for our sense of security. This weekend - March 28 and 29 – is an opportunity to mark Neighbours Day Aotearoa. Have a street BBQ or a backyard gathering, take a moment to introduce yourself or to help a neighbour. More ideas at www. neighboursday.org.nz Marlborough Emergency Services and More FM are running a “Meat Your Neighbours” competition this week where people can win meat packs for a neighbourhood BBQ. Help your street to become a neighbourhood

Communicating with Council

forum helps the Council with feedback and advice on matters such as access for mobility scooters, walking tracks on Council reserves, design and accessibility of public toilets and footpaths and pathways. • Mayor Alistair Sowman meets regularly with the leadership of Grey Power Marlborough to discuss issues that its members have raised. • Council meetings, including committee meetings, are public meetings and any member of the public may attend. The meeting schedule is on the Council website www.marlborough.govt.nz or contact the Council or a councillor directly. People may report matters that

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need attention (such as a footpath in need of repair, a missing sign or a Council tree that needs trimming) by using a ‘Fix It’ request form. They’re available from the Council website or at the Council front counter. For an urgent issue that needs immediate attention, call our 24hour number, Ph: 03 520 7400. Councillor Jenny Andrews takes a particular interest in matters relating to older residents. Contact the Council, Ph: 03 520 7400, to speak to our Customer Service staff who help the public with a wide range of enquiries.


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The Sun Putting kids at risk Absolutely disgusting, following a white flashed up van, seven people in it, one holding up a newborn baby, as it was flying. Driver all over the road. Not indicating. No brake lights, other kids not wearing seat belts. Maybe that’s your custom. But not in this country. Not only are your kids at risk, but so are mine and others. How disrespectful to all.

Tact please People of the older generations sit there and wonder and complain about teenagers these days no jobs hanging around the streets etc. I have worked where I was treated badly and now I am in a situation where I’m asking for work at a supermarket and the manager sits there and says I don’t have the right attitude and presence. Well just because I’m a bigger girl I can still do things just as good or better than others. This is why teenagers are out all the time. One bad experience is all it takes to knock your nerves. Now I’m a bit worried about applying somewhere else. It’s not always our fault and people need to remember that.

Thanks Air NZ Blenheim Big thanks to Air New Zealand Blenheim, esp Sandy for organising a smooth international transfer for my daughter and two kids. You made it a stress free trip back home for them. Without you they would have missed their flights!

Sherlock Holmes would be proud! Immensely grateful to the family who found my cellphone in Renwick & returned it to me via excellent detective skills (Sherlock Holmes would be proud!) Thanks, you’ve earned good karma. K Brown.

Accident waiting to happen Coming out of Riverlands industrial area heading towards town. Apparently improved intersection , so where is the merging lane gone for the trucks so they can get up to speed ?

‘Sugary Drink- School Gala’ I was disappointed recently to see these fizzy drinks on sale! Suggestion school hire a Juicing Machine and parents, grandparents supply carrots, apples etc!! We have to look after children’s health and take sugar out of their diet. Would welcome comments please. Signed Nana

Thanks LLMC Thanks to the LLMC for putting on such a good poker run and meal during an after it, thoroughly enjoyd it . Peter. B

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Pedestrian crossings Pedestrian crossings in Blenheim please put stripes on them to show visitors where to cross safely and to warn drivers where to look out for people. Come on council think outside the box.

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Great tidy up Great to see a tidy up of the intersection of State Highway One and the Riverlands Industrial area. Maybe now cars and trucks will stop pulling out in front of traffic doing 100km as if they had the right to do so! Can’t help thinking that the sign there should be a stop sign and not a give way sign though.

NZ Post Post Office hours & staffing levels are dictated by the Govt- complainant probably helped vote them in! Absolutely disgusted with NZ Postal Service. Recent claim for gifts lost in post refused because no PURCHASE RECEIPT for family hand knitted jerseys. Refusal by telephone, no paper trail or no confidence in their own postal service?

Fantastic we are getting space for more passengers but has the parking and drop off area been thought of?

Street signage Some street signs around Blenheim cannot be seen due to tree branches covering them, who is in charge of monitoring this?

Who’s the hoon?

Dog rego rise to subsidising rates

Who’s the hoon that speeds round town about 5.15am a couple of times a week? Must be in excess of vehicle noise levels as well as speed limit. PLEASE traffic police try to put a stop to this antisocial moron!

How can MDC think they can do this. Its an illegal use of funds collected for DOG control central. Goverment made the law, MDC obviously above NZ law. Reduce their salaries to keep rates down.

Firewood hard yacka In regards to firewood measurements, not sure where you are from, but firewood always and only has ever been sold as a “thrown” load not stacked! If you are going to complain I suggest you go source, cut split & deliver your own supply. We’re lucky enough to have a supply of firewood so know what a backbreaking job it is. Wouldn’t complain at prices, some folk don’t have a clue what hard work is.

Approved repairer? My son had a car repaired by IAGs ‘approved repairer’ & the work was less than sub standard. Wrong parts fitted, parts not fitted & left in boot, bad paint work & other damage done by bad workmanship. I even took the car to IAGs Chch office to complain, without satisfaction. Then car failed wof test due to bad chassis repair done by said Co. Fixed it myself in the shed out back & got a tidier result. Son changed insurer after that.

Bad attitude I can’t believe the cheek of the prices of some things at our dump shop and the attitude of the woman who runs it. Horrible for stuff they get for free its disappointing.

Speed signs It’s not exactly rocket science... If you’re going to Picton, it’s 80km/h. If you’re going the other way, it’s 100km/h. No warning to slow down? That’s exactly what speed signs are for. The sign at western end of Rapaura Road is indicating that you are leaving an 80kph area and entering a 100kph on SH6. Any roaduser should be able to understand that basic fact or they shouldn’t be a road user. Simple isnt it?

txt talk of the week Congrats to the Black Caps for creating history at the Cricket World Cup. Riveting game, I was on the edge of my seat. What a heart stopper.

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Spill the beans I know it’s a busy time with the vintage, but could the truck drivers please slow down when going through roundabouts. I have literally seen the grapes spilling in front of me. You would be in big trouble if I was the Police.

Dog poo McCallum street ...seems there is a dog poo owner who uses green bags ..... If you can manage to put it in a bag carry it home, its not rocket science.

New regional controller With the MDCs most powerful & influential man stepping down in December lets hope for more open and clear contract process with local businesses with an out of town replacement!

Great service Thanks to Glen Lisa and staff at Mckendry Ford for the good work repairing our A C. Many thanks. JOHN A.

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Electricity options plentiful by Jacob Page Marlborough consumers have more choice than ever with four new electricity retail brands starting-up in the region during 2014, making a total of 14 brands for consumers to choose from. The Electricity Authority’s latest figures show that Energy Online, Glo-Bug, Simply Energy and Opunake Hydro all signed-up customers in the Marlborough region for the first time during 2014. Most of these new players are now actively marketing for new customers. Electricity Authority chief executive

Carl Hansen says competition is growing throughout the country. “Last year we saw significant expansion of retailer brands all across New Zealand, which is great news for electricity consumers on regional networks. Generally these new brands are being set up to target niche markets or consumer segments, so this is a good indication of intense competition in the market and that retailers are seeking ways to differentiate themselves.” In the Marlborough region Trustpower remains the largest electricity retail brand with 10,000 connections, but its market share

has decreased each year for the last four years with new brands entering the region and other retailers marketing hard for customers. Mr Hansen says consumers now have more choice than ever. “New Zealand’s electricity market is one of the most competitive in the world, with two-thirds of Kiwis being approached by rival retailers at least once in the previous two years with offers to switch.” “It’s also important that all consumers remember to regularly check that they are on the best electricity deal, rather than just keeping on paying their monthly bills without

questioning them. Obviously electricity usage tends to go up in winter, so it’s a good time for Marlborough consumers to jump on to www.whatsmynumber.org.nz and check their options.” The Electricity Authority has made it significantly easier for new retailers to enter the electricity market in recent years, by promoting a more active hedge market, reducing the level of prudential capital required as retailers expand, and altering customer switching rules recently so all retailers can be confident they’re competing on a level ‘playing field’.

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5 minutes with: J Dellebeke CEO Hospice Marlborough

Q A Q A Q A

My last meal on Earth would be... Tomato Soup.

One of my best holidays was... At Okarito in a small batch with my children, sister and her children. My guilty TV pleasure is...

World Cup Cricket.

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I’m inspired by...

Thinking outside the square. What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? My MBA - present to myself after a life changing event. Who would you love to have a meal with?

My father.

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What would you spend your last $100 on? Books for my grandson.

What’s next on your wish list? To spend my next holiday at home in Moenui Bay. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? I cannot go to sleep at night before I finish the Hard sudoku in the Press.

Could you be the winner? Deadline for Marlborough art awards approaches

Alice Schofield and Shannon Hewetson were serving up their handmade sushi to students as part of the Social Science Market Day at Marlborough Girls’ College last week.

Clever sales pitch Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk The quadrant at Marlborough Girls’ College was transformed into a market on Tuesday, showcasing a huge variety of products designed, made and sold by year 10 and 11 students. The project was run by the Social Sciences department as part of the term curriculum which saw student being given $10 to start a business. In groups they were tasked to create a business idea, design and make prototypes, set budgets and market their chosen product. Each group had to pay back the $10, pay taxes which were donated to a charity, and aim to make a profit. For the year 11 students, the focus was on setting a business plan and marketing their product. Stalls were set up with promotional signage and the groups then had to sell their products to other students during the lunch hour. There was everything from potted succulents and fresh sushi, through to ‘feel good’ cards with special messages make you smile. More photos in next Wednesday’s Sun.

Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk The anticipation is building for the Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards, with artworks flooding in ahead of the cut off date of April 2. Awards convenor and Marlborough Art Society president Peter Davidson is currently receiving entries from as far as Southland and Auckland, and with new artists appearing on the list he says the countdown has become “really exciting”. “So far I am the only person who has seen the entries and from what has already arrived, it’s looking fantastic. “I’ve even been blown away by some of the entries, the calibre is high and there is a good range of mediums. I really think people are going to enjoy seeing the final selection this year,” he says. To date around 40 entries have been received, but there is still time enter. “Don’t miss out, get in your entries and be part of this great event,” Peter says. The judging panel will select around 60 ‘final’ entries which will be exhibited in the Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery from May 3 to May 31. The opening of the exhibition and presentation of the awards will be held on Saturday, May 2, where the final

Who will submit the winning art entry? Marlborough Art Society president Peter Davidson and Peters Doig Chartered Accountants director Tiim McKendry are eager to find out who will win this year’s Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards.

winners will be announced. Last year’s opening night attracted a large crowd and from looking at what has already been entered, this year will be another great success, Peter says. Major sponsors Peters Doig Chartered Accountants directors Anton James and Tim McKendry, who are art enthusiasts themselves, are proud

to again be supporting the awards. This is the company’s 15th year being involved, donating the $3000 cash prize for the overall winning artist. “Both Anton and I are really looking forward to seeing what has been created for this year’s awards, and judging by what Peter has said it’s starting to get exciting,” Tim says.

Shave for a cure Kody North and Divan Jansen Van Vurren before having their heads shaved at Farmers Blenheim on Wednesday. Farmers are fundraising nationwide for Leukaemia and blood cancer as part of Shave for a Cure, and had the head shave as part of their campaign. Farmers are taking donations until April 7.


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Natural burial a milestone for Myra Marlborough’s first natural burial, at Fairhall Cemetery, was held on Wednesday with the interment of Rarangi woman Myra Giese. Mrs Giese was an officeholder in Grey Power Marlborough and an active lobbyist for elderly people on health matters. Marlborough District Council reserves and amenities officer Nic Crous says although this new area of the cemetery is not quite complete, Myra had been a strong advocate of the concept of natural burials and had expressed a wish to be interred there. The MDC has created a natural burial section, certified by the not-for-profit organisation Natural Burials

Association. Nic has been working with Natural Burials for several years, planning the new amenity for Marlborough. The new area is still under development but Nic says requests can now be accommodated. Natural Burials has promoted the concept in New Zealand for 15 years, certifying and monitoring cemeteries, casket makers and funeral directors and advising the public on the matter. Nic says there are certain rules which apply including the requirement that there is no embalming, and the coffin and any burial garments are of natural materials.

A plot may be purchased through the council when required, with the option to purchase a second adjacent plot. The shallow plots are slightly larger than the regular plots and a choice of shrub or tree is included. A timber marker is also supplied but no other memorials are allowed and non-natural items cannot be buried with the body. Nic says the idea of natural burials is to enable the body to return to the earth quickly and naturally. “We have created this new area to offer choice to those families who, for environmental or personal reasons, favour this type of burial.”

Myra Giese pictured was an active lobbyist for the elderly.

Muddy with a buddy Organisers are expecting more competitors this year as they prepare to host the Muddy Buddy this weekend. The event is at the Havelock Estuary on Sunday, with the race beginning at 1pm. Online entries close at 2pm today, but pairs or families can also enter when registration begins from 11am on the day. Event organiser Jane Miles says there have been about 100 entries online already, about 30 more than at the same time last year. She says there have been several factors which have contributed to the rise. “Last year was a postponed event after the sewage spill, and we’ve probably been

savvier with our promotion which always helps. “Once people have done it once, hopefully they start coming back. A fine day is always good too.” This year competitors can expect four obstacles – two slippery slides, a zigzag and a cargo net. Miles says spot prizes have been given for the Blenheim and Havelock communities to be distributed on the day. From left, Kirsty Brown, sisters Kate and Molly Wilkes and their mum Nicola Poswillo, all from Blenheim, at last year’s Muddy Buddy.

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- weekend event guide Friday 27 Mad Hatters Night @ the “Razza”!! Wear the maddest hat and win a prize! Music by ‘Mystic’, it will be a hoot! 7pm kick off!! Blenheim Library Book Sale Good quality used books including adult books - hardback, paperbacks and children’s books - Great Value. From .50cents to $4.00. 9.30am-3.30pm at the library. Marlborough Squash Open Come and watch the Top of the South’s top squash players, including New Zealand’s second ranked woman player, Megan Craig. 5pm- 11pm, Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000. Sara Scott - Full Circle Last year, Sara was a finalist in New Zealand’s premier ceramic award, The Portage Ceramic Awards. Full Circle embraces her New Zealand experiences and is her first solo exhibition. Millennium Art Gallery, Seymour Square. On now - 26 April. New Urban Realists The featured artists, Ruth Cleland, Gary McMillan & David Woodings, are painters who specialise in photo-realism, and each offers images that confront the viewer with familiar aspects of contemporary urban reality. Millennium Art Gallery, Seymour Square. On now - 26 April. Picton Museum 10am - 4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Ph 573 8283. Marlborough Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park, Daily 10am - 4pm. The Diversion Gallery Open 12pm - 5pm Wed – Saturdays 10 London Quay, Picton, Ph 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or www.thediversion.co.nz. Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery Open 10.30am - 4.30pm daily, 204 High St. Ph 577 6784 or www.marlboroughartsociety.com. Hot art in Havelock The Gallery Havelock, open from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. Come and have a look in the friendly little gallery at 60 Main Road Havelock. The Edwin Fox Ship Visitor Centre open every day from 9am, a great all weather and family friendly activity. Come and explore the decks and the depths of the ship. Dunbar wharf, on Picton foreshore. Check out our Facebook or Trip advisor pages.

If you have an event email Tash at The Sun frontdesk@blenheimsun.co.nz

100 Days for 100 Years Marlborough Brass Bandsman Denis Teeling is sounding the Last Post for 100 days from 15 January until 24th April 2015, each evening at 1800 hours at the Blenheim Cenotaph in Seymour Square. The public are invited to lay poppies to the fallen. Seymour Square, 92 High St, Blenheim, 6pm – 6.15pm.

Saturday 28 Eastern States Speedway Farmlands/Gulf Oil Street Race Series Final Round, also saloons, production open champs and sidecars. Gates open at 5pm, racing starts at 6pm. Pre Season NBL Basketball Giants vs Saints Curtain Raiser 11.30am tipoff: Nelson Sparks vs Canterbury Wildcats Women’s NBL teams, come along and see four top NBL teams in action. It doesn’t get much better than this and it’s a great chance to bring the whole family along to watch live Basketball. Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000. Forrest GrapeRide The standard 101km course is a ride through what can only be described as a picture postcard of some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery. Smaller rides available, Forrest Estate Winery, 19 Blicks Rd, Renwick, 8am – 3pm. Havelock Market Day Nuggety Farm pork products, prize winning olive oil, Cranky Goat cheese, plants, toys and clothing all available. In addition the Havelock Petanque group will be there, Havelock Domain, Peel Street, Havelock. 9am - 1pm. Star Salsa Showcase 2015 Dancers showcasing Salsa and Latin Rhythms with high energy performances, also the top local Salsa and Latin dance talent, with Star Dance Academy and Salsa Groove Marlborough. Floor Pride Civic Theatre, Corner of Queen and Arthur Street, Blenheim, 7pm – 9.30pm. Easter Gala Bring your loose change for all the fun and excitement you would expect at a School Gala.... but with an Easter twist! Riverlands School, School Rd, Blenheim, 10am – 2pm. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am – 2pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd, Ph Andy 578 2272 or 021 842 928. Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillon’s Point Rd opens 9am - 12pm Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1 - 4pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry 578 1835.

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WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Purchase from The Floor Pride Civic Theatre or Take Note, Picton PHONE (03) 520 8560, book@mctt.co.nz Prices include booking fee Some Fees May Apply

Tue 7th April 10.30am, 1.30pm Wed 8th April 10.30am, 1.30pm, 6.30pm Thur 9th April 10.30am, 1.30pm Admit One $13.50 Family 4x tickets $45.00

Saturday 18th April @ 7.30pm Sunday 19th April @ 4.00pm Tue 21st – Fri 24th April @ 7.30pm Adult $29.50 Conc (65+) $26.50 Student $22.50 Groups (10+) $26.50

Vintage Farm Machinery 10am - 3pm, Open Every Day. Brayshaw Park Guided tours available, Sunday Thomas Tank Engine rides. Ph Doris 579 4357. Marlborough Artisan Market Wynen Street Carpark Wynen Street, Blenheim, 9am – 1pm. Highlighting the best of Marlborough art, crafts, food and produce. Come along and browse our stalls, salmon, cheese, strawberries, tomatoes, veggies, blueberries, cherries, bread, ibiccis, your jam and preserves.

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Petanque 10am and 1pm Wednesday, 65A Weld Street – John Ph 577 9789. Tramping Club We go on tramp’s Wednesday & Sunday, please confirm for travel Ph Mary Ph 572 8762 or mjsrusty@kinect.co.nz. Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club Brayshaw Park, Come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and books. Free Admission. Associated Modellers Society Miniature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm 4pm $2.

Muddy Buddy Adventure Mud Run Creative team uniforms are highly encouraged! Shoes are compulsory (we suggest combating the shoe-sucking mud with duct tape, that should keep them on nice and tight). Bring a change of clothes and towel to dry off after the fire brigade hose off. Havelock Estuary, Mahakipawa Rd, 11.30am – 4pm.

Simply the Breast Dragon Boat Team Training on the Wairau River - Sunday mornings from 9.30am from Blenheim Rowing Club, off Jones Road. Have lots of fun and get a full body workout at the same time. Ring Sue Bason on 578 9110 for more details.

Great Outdoor Expo From camping and fishing through to cars and spas as well as a community focused Recreational Marquee. Marlborough A&P Showgrounds, Cnr Maxwell and Alabama Roads, 10am – 4pm.

April 1st Quiz Night, Senior Class of Havelock School as a fundraiser for our camp to Totaranui. Start at 7:30pm, $40/team of 4, At Havelock School Hall, Piers@havelock.school.nz to register a team or get more information.

Ulysses Ride Ride to Portage for lunch at the Hotel. Meet at the railway stn (south end) at 10.45am leaving at 11am.

April 3 - 5 Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, 79 Aerodrome Rd, Blenheim.

Marlborough Motor Scooter Group. Get-together at Cafe DeVour (formerly Annies) at 10.00am. Special guest from Christchurch. All Motor scooter riders & interested people welcome. For more info email bill.nicki@xtra.co.nz.

April 9 School Holiday, Pottery Workshop 10 - 12 year olds. How to book: phone the Gallery 579 2001 or email marlpublicart@xtra.co.nz.

Up & Coming

Soul Food Cafe Join us for coffee, company and a chat! @ St Ninians Church Hall, 1 Riley Cres, Redwoodtown. 7.00pm - 9.00pm. No charge! Farmers Market Summer Season Marlborough A&P Showground’s, Cnr Maxwell and Alabama Roads, 9am – 12pm. Buy Local - Cook Local. Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm - 3pm All welcome. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am, Murray Ph 578 9199 or Tony Ph 577 9776.

Sunday 3rd May 2015 @ 7.00pm Adult $61.00 Child (u13) $32.00 Groups (6+) $56.00pp

Saturday 28th March @ 7.00pm Adult $27.00 Conc (65+) $17.00 Child (u16) $17.00 Infant (u10) $9.00

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Curtain Raiser : Nelson Sparks Saturday 11.30am tipoff Women’s NBL ats ldc Wi ry rbu vs Cante teams.

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Early electronic computers, developed around the 1940’s, were the size of a large room and consumed huge amounts of electricity. They were vastly different to the modern computers we use today, especially when compared to small and portable laptop computers. A computer program can include as little as a few instructions to upwards of millions of instructions depending on the complexity of the program. Modern applications such as word processors, web browsers and graphic editors take large teams of programmers a long time to complete. A computer’s memory stores numbers in huge amounts of cells that are addressed and can be quickly accessed by the CPU to perform calculations. There are two main types of computer memory, ROM (read only memory) and RAM (random access memory). ROM contains pre-written software and data that the CPU can only read, while RAM can be accessed and written to at any time.

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Supplies keep coming

Linda Thompson is aiming to remove plastic bags from Picton.

Plastic bag group meeting The group ‘Plastic Bag Free Picton’ is meeting at Mariners Mall tomorrow from 10am to 2pm to sell cloth bags. They are also looking for help. If you are able to lend a hand, visit the ‘Plastic Bag Free Picton’ Facebook page for more information.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) sealift and amphibious support ship HMNZS Canterbury has arrived in Port Vila carrying further aid to support Vanuatu’s recovery from the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam. HMNZS Canterbury will off load 150 tonnes of food and other supplies at Port Vila before loading aid including hygiene packs and water purification equipment, destined for Epi Island and others in the

The group is also holding their public meeting at 7pm on Monday night at the Dolphin Watch Building. The group is helping to reduce waste by supporting reusable biodegradable shopping bag alternatives in Picton.

co-ordinators and carrying out reconnaissance flights to assess damage and help plan relief efforts. “Our aim is to really support the people of Vanuatu and now that HMNZS Canterbury is here we have the supplies to address immediate needs such as, providing clean water, materials to repair buildings and the ability reassure the local people,” says Commander of the New Zealand Task Force, Colonel Glenn King.

Crusaders Academy set-up for Makos

Black Caps gear hard to get It appears Blenheim is not immune to a nationwide shortage of Black Caps Cricket World Cup shirts. The official playing strip was hard to come by in Blenheim yesterday, with only child sizes left in both Rebel Sport and Mitchell’s Sports World. Canterbury Clothing Company make the shirts which have proven extremely popular after New Zealand made

Shepherd Islands group about 100 kilometres north of Port Vila. A C-130 Hercules from Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Auckland at Whenuapai is due in Port Vila later today, carrying medical supplies and telecommunications equipment to replace and repair installations damaged by the cyclone. An RNZAF B200 King Air from 42 Squadron in Ohakea is also busy in Vanuatu, transporting aid

The Crusaders organisation, in a three way partnership with Tasman Rugby Union and Canterbury Rugby Football Union, has formed the ‘Crusaders Academy’ in Tasman and Canterbury. The idea around this newly formed Academy is to retain and develop our current up and coming talent, whilst attracting new talent to both regions. With both Tasman & Canterbury Boards fully backing the new initiative, exciting times are ahead with more resource being able to be put into the young players of the Crusad-

their first ever world cup final by beating South Africa on Tuesday at Auckland’s Eden Park. Even the Black Caps official website has sold out of the playing strip as fans clamber to get one ahead of the final on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The shortage is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon according to a source.

ers region in a coordinated manner. In Christchurch, Aaron Webb leads the way as the Manager of the whole programme whilst at the Top of the South, Chris Goodman will be the Coordinator for the Tasman Region. Leading the recruitment drive for both regions is Dave McLennan. Goodman was unable to comment and directed all questions to Canterbury and Crusaders management. Using the existing foundations and staff of the now disbanded Provincial Union Academies, Aaron, Chris and Dave aim to develop the regions

rugby players along the pathway to becoming a Super Rugby players for the Crusaders. This pathway includes the Under 19 teams for both region. Greater focus and resource is being put on these teams as the national Under 19 tournament is becoming more and more important. The next step is to play for respective representative teams in the ‘South Island B’ competition, then for those most talented, higher honours at ITM level and Super Rugby for the Crusaders.

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Death Notices ALLEN, Robin Leslie: March 18, 2015 BINNIE, Barry Donald: March 24, 2015 BONNER, Jan: March 22, 2015 GIESE, Myra Florence: March 23, 2015 GIFFORD, Barry Michael: March 17, 2015 MARSHALL, Anne Stewart (nee Clent): March 17, 2015 MILLEN, Eva Winifred: March 22, 2015 NASH, Sydney Eric (Eric): March 20, 2015 PARKS, Archie Roy: March 12, 2015 PETERS, Daphne: March 23, 2015 SHAVE, Alasdair Edward Graham (Alf): March 21, 2015 SIMPSON, Fay Mavis (nee Robertson): March 19, 2015 SMITH, Mark (Smithy): March 22, 2015 THOMPSON, Jennifer (Jenny): March 21, 2015 WILSON, John Richard: March 20, 2015 VINCENT, Valmai Elaine (nee Howey): March 20, 2015

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BEACH, Russell Jack (Rusty): Passed away at Hospice Marlborough on Wednesday March 26 2015. Aged 85 years. Loved husband of Pat, loved Dad of Kristine and Ken, Lesley and Graeme and Colin and Jan and loved Poppa of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Messages to 15 Beach Place Havelock 7100. At Russell’s request a private cremation has been held at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z. Tel (03) 578-4719 www.sowmans.co.nz STRINGER, Margaret Rose (nee Cunningham). Aged 78 years. On March 20 2015, at Springlands Lifestyle Village Blenheim. Loved wife of Norman, loved mother of Wayne, and Leah, Glenn and Mary and Sara and Kevin, loved nana of Evan and EmmaLee, and Dylan and Bec and Laura, loved great grandmother of Elise and Esmee; Olivia and Isabella. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Norman and Nyra, Ngaire and Claude, Bill, and Alan and Shirley. Grateful thanks to all the staff of Springlands Lifestyle Village and Presbyterian Support caregivers, who took wonderful care of Margaret. Messages to 8 Boyce St Blenheim 7201. In accordance with Margaret’s wishes a private cremation service has been held. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z. Tel (03) 578-4719 www.sowmans.co.nz MARSHALL, Anne Stewart (nee Clent): At Balclutha. Unexpectedly. Dearly loved only sister of Lesley Ayson, sister-in-law of Ross, and treasured aunty of Michelle and Chris, Jack and Sam Sharp; Vaughan and Diane; Kirsty, Andrew, Abigail, and Toby McDonald.


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It still seems surreal to put Black Caps and world cup final in the same sentence. Tuesday’s game was undoubtedly a show of the Black Caps’ cricketing skills, but it’s the team’s mental transformation which has seen them progress from directionless rabble to world cup finalist. It’s difficult to pick out a nadir for the Black Caps. One that stands out as lower than the others occurred just over two years ago, when they were bowled out before lunch for 45 in a test against South Africa. It was embarrassing to watch our team play. Even then, we knew about the

Rugby Central began their division one rugby campaign with a nail-biting 29-22 win over Waitohi at Endeavour Park in Picton last weekend. In the other game, Moutere outclassed Renwick 59-5. The second round of matches takes place tomorrow. Harlequins begin their campaign against Renwick at the Renwick Domain after having the bye last weekend, while Central plays Moutere at Lansdowne Park. Both matches begin at 3pm. Waitohi have the bye this week.

Karting The Cresswell Electrical Raceway hosts the final twilight meet of three tomorrow evening. Racing begins at 3pm.

Dragon boating The Simply the Breast dragon boating team will be competing at the National Championships Dragon Boat Regatta this weekend. The event is being held at Lake Pupuke, on Auckland’s North Shore.

Croquet The Marlborough Croquet Association is holding a golf croquet handicap event this weekend, which is set to attract players from Nelson, Richmond, the West Coast and Wellington. There will be a doubles tournament held tomorrow and a singles tournament on Sunday. Both events are being held at the Brooklyn Croquet Club.

Netball With all the action on the court about to heat up, Blenheim players and teams at all levels are being asked to come forward and apply for support as part of the ANZ Netball Grant Scheme. The programme is offering $100,000 worth of grants. School teams, social teams, individual players and fans are all eligible to apply. Visit anzcourtside.co.nz by June 7 for the chance to receive a share.

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talent the side possessed. McCullum’s always been destructive. Guptill has always played the straight drive better than anyone. Vettori’s revered the world over. The list goes on. What was missing then was a desire to take responsibility for the team and to absorb pressure. Nobody stood up to Steyn, Philander and Morkel that day. Their surrender pointed to a laissez-faire attitude which angered fans – at the very least we wanted a team who cared. On Tuesday, the Black Caps hit the same trio of South African fast bowlers for 298 in 43 overs to win a world cup semifinal.

The cerebral transformation has been on display in this world cup as, at different stages, everybody has stepped up. McCullum’s captaincy and fearless assaults at the start of each innings, Vettori’s leadership and consistency, Williamson and Boult against Australia, Southee’s burst against England, Guptill’s back-to-back centuries and Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson in the Eden Park cauldron. It’s great to see a team which dives around in the field, takes control and is mentally stronger than other teams. It’s been great to fall back in love with our cricket team. Bring on Sunday.

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Scholarship winner takes title at Hampton Downs Brook Reeve won the New Zealand Formula First Rookie championship with one round remaining after taking an unassailable points lead at Hampton Downs. The 17-year-old teenager from Blenheim continued to notch up more podium placings at the south Auckland race track to add to a season that has so far seen him finish in the top three on nine occasions. Reeve is the first driver in the 14-year history of the SpeedSport Scholarship program to win the rookie title at the penultimate round. “Only two of our Scholarship drivers haven’t won the rookie

title but no-one has won it before the last round of the season,” says co-founder Dennis Martin. Driving for Martin’s Sabre Motorsport team, Reeve is 247 points clear of rival Elliot Andrew in the rookie stakes and can not be beaten with the final round still to be contested at Taupo over Easter weekend. At Hampton Downs, Reeve crossed the finish line second in the first race but was later given a 10-second penalty for crossing a white line on the track. However he ended the weekend’s racing with two third placings. “The team has given me a

very good car and I was close to getting another race win,” says Reeve. “Racing three and four [cars] wide is pretty exciting stuff and this very close racing is really valuable in developing my racing career. “I’d love to get at least one more win before the season ends,” he added. Not only is Reeve a new driver to the Formula First class, he is also in his rookie year of motor racing. His move from racing karts to cars came after winning the annual SpeedSport Scholarship last May. Brook Reeve. Photo credit: Geoff Ridder.

Rowing eight makes waves The Marlborough Boys’ College under-18 coxed eight are making a big impression at the Maadi Cup at Lake Karapiro this week. The crew, made up of under-17 rowers, has made the final, while the under-17 coxed four was scratched from their repechage by management, as they endeavour to keep them fit and firing for the big eights final. Both MBC and Marlborough Girls College’ have sent crews away to the meet, with the MGC under-15 double sculls and under-16 coxed quad sculls crews both qualifying for ‘A’ finals later in the meet.

The MBC rowing eight, here in action for the Blenheim Rowing Club. File photo.

The crews are just some of the local college teams away for Sum-

mer Tournament Week this week. The Marlborough Boys’ College

softball team is playing in the New Zealand Division One Secondary Schools’ Championships north of Wellington. MBC won two out of their seven matches over the first three days. The competition finishes up tomorrow. MBC’s futsal team is attending the New Zealand Secondary Schools Futsal Champs, which started yesterday and conclude today, while MBC, MGC and Queen Charlotte College are all sending teams to the South Island Secondary School Touch Championships in Christchurch over the weekend.

Harper scales it back By Adam Poulopoulos Last year’s Forrest GrapeRide mammoth winner is taking things a little easier for this year’s event. Blenheim-based builder Craig Harper won the 1010-kilometre mammoth event at last year’s GrapeRide, cycling ten times around the 101km loop in a time of 37 hours and 20 minutes, more than four hours faster than his nearest competitor. This year, he is supporting wife Kate as

she completes the one-loop race. He says a bout of pneumonia over Christmas, which laid him low for “a month or two” also played a part in his decision. “I pulled back from doing anything too serious. My wife’s been doing quite a few events and I’ve been supporting her. “It’ll be nice to do it without any pressure. Just good to enjoy it and have a good ride.” It is Craig’s sixth GrapeRide altogether. He cycled in two of the earlier editions, before

completing the two-lap, five-lap and ten-lap versions in the last three years. He says first-time riders need to remember to enjoy the experience. “It’s quite easy with a lot of people around to get nervous and carried away but at the end of the day you have to enjoy it. “There’s a good atmosphere and after the event there’s a good buzz at Forrest Estate.” Roads are open for the event, but race organiser Pete Halligan reminded motorists to

obey normal road rules and directions given, and not to park along the side of the track. This year’s GrapeRide has no ten-lap or five-lap race. The magnum two-lap course begins at 6am, with the taster, the final race getting under way at 9:30am. The grape-crushing, where the crushed grapes will be included in bottles of wine given to competitors next year, is scheduled for just before 3pm, with prizegiving shortly after.


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