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By Jacob Page Lionel Woodhouse has no known grave but the impact and sacrifice he made on World War One will not be forgotten by his family in Blenheim. His family, which includes great niece Mary Butler, still have postcards sent from his time at war. “They paint quite a cheery picture – like he is on an adventure,” Mary says. Lionel was a shepherd in the North Bank and was one of eight siblings. He was sent overseas with the 3rd reinforcements as a Trooper in 1916. He ended up in Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula, and joined the Imperial Camel Corp. Continued page 2.


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Postcards to home put positive spin on war Continued from Page 1. He was killed in action at the Battle of Amman on March 30, 1918 aged only 24-years-old. Another great niece, Elizabeth Grant says Lionel often masqued the horror of war with humour in his post cards. “He always was very funny. “Many of the postcards were to his youngest brother Sed-

don and he made it sound like he was a globe trotter having this wonderful life experience when the reality was much different.” In one letter he says to Seddon he will bring him back all sorts of bugs and reptiles to keep as pets. In another he talks about bringing home a turtle in his backpack but then says maybe

he could bring him home a plane. “The conditions must have been terrible,” Elizabeth says. “In one letter he says ‘there is sand everywhere, sand in my clothes, in my boots, in my sandwiches, in my rifle’. “He still remained very positive in his letters which is amazing.” While Lionel’s body was

never recovered a medallion from the then reigning King George and a letter was sent to his family acknowledging the sacrifice and commitment he showed to the cause. Lionel’s name was one of the last of more than 600 read out during Marlborough’s 100 Days for 100 Years, when it was read out last night.

Frustration over WOF ticket By Jacob Page A Blenheim man is frustrated by the actions of a police officer when he was stopped for an expired warrant of fitness when he was on his way to the testing station to get it renewed. Alister Nicholson was pulled over on April 11, as he was driving his 1991 Toyota Hilux to get its Warrant of Fitness updated. He received a $200 fine which was later cleared up once he went to the police station after getting the WOF. He said the female officer’s attitude was ‘unacceptable’ and he wanted common sense to prevail. Alister says he owns many cars that often aren’t used for months at a time and get their WOF’ when they are needed to be used on the road. “It was clear that I was going to get my warrant, the car had some damage to a door and the replacement parts were in the

Alister Nicholson believes common sense should have prevailed when he was fined while travelling to get his 1991 Toyota Hilux its warrant of fitness.

back ready to be put on,” he says. “But when I was pulled over and told the cop that I was going straight there she just said “that’s what they all say’. “If she had only followed me a few hundred metres more she would have seen that’s where I was going. “If I was driving the car and was caught doing personal business around town then fair suck of the sav, I would have taken it on

the chin and saved ourselves all this paper work.” A police spokesperson says Alister would have been issued with a suspended fine which gave him a grace period to get the WOF and avoid the financial penalty. The spokesperson says it was a good way to ensure motorists actually stick to their word as taking them at their word had often been abused in the past.

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EARTHQUAKES FELT Seddon was jolted by two earthquakes in the space of six minutes yesterday morning. The first happened at 10,36am and was a magnitude 4.4 at a depth of 23km. The earthquake was 20km east of Seddon. The second was much stronger, a 5.1 at a depth of 24km, just 15km east of the township. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck in the same area in 2013, causing moderate damage in the wider Marlborough region

YOUNG WOMEN AWARD Former Marlborough Girls’ College pupil Rosie Argyle, 19, was awarded the Zonta Club of Marlborough’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award in a ceremony at the Marlborough District Council The award recognises young women between the ages of 16 and 19 who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organisations.

By Jacob Page The Riverside precinct’s concept plans for Blenheim have been shown to the Marlborough District Council with an emphasis on the Taylor River. Following a public consultation, Councilappointed consultant urban planner Kobus Mentz revealed the concept plans to a meeting of council’s community and finance on Tuesday. The new public library which has $14 million set aside for it as well as the $2 million art gallery will be the main focal points as well as the Taylor River. The Wynen-High St plan would be built

around the double storey building on the site of where the Liquorland, Warehouse Stationery and PCMedia building currently are. The benefits for the site are it will provide visibility to both State Highway One and visuals of the Taylor River. Mentz has also said a Riverside Park is viable and the library and art gallery should have views over that park. There is also the need to greenscape the car parks so they are attractive for market activities and at the same time there is a need to upgrade the landscape of the streets so that there are connections back

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into the CBD. Marlborough District Council executive projects manager Jamie Lyall says the budget for the library, art gallery, Riverside Park and greening of car parks is likely to total $18 million. Jamie says efforts to try to beautify Taylor River would be a juggling act between the environmental needs and the reality of trying to make the river look visually appealing but was not something he controlled. The MDC will decide on whether the project continues in June. If it does go ahead the MDC will call for expressions of interest for the project.

BINNEY ARTWORK TO BE AUCTIONED Guests at a charity lunch in Marlborough are in for not only the food treat of their lives but also a unique visual indulgence – an original Don Binney artwork. The fundraiser at Gibbs on Godfrey in Blenheim is in aid of the Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary. The Binney work was one of two created by late artist a few months before he died in September 2012 to raise funds for the sanctuary.


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pelorus sounds field day The next Cawthron Enviornment Award winner to host a field day will be the Gerard Farm in the Pelorus Sound. A tour of the sheep and beef farm is being held on Wednesday, April 29, from 9am-3pm. For more information, contact the Marlborough District Council.

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Forrest Estate is hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast and Bubbles function in conjunction with the Marlborough Vintners Hotel next month. The function will be held on Sunday, May 10, with money being raised for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Tickets are available on the Forrest Wines website.

seddon meeting A further meeting to discuss the treatment of Seddon’s water will be held next week. The informal workshop will be held in the Awatere Community Hall from 4-6pm on Wednesday, April 29.

Ace Removals up-and-running

By Adam Poulopoulos The Trading Post owner John Firks has added another string to the business’s bow by starting a furniture removal business. Firks has founded Ace Removals, and hopes to offer both household and commercial removals. John had been thinking of incorporating the new service for three or four months, and three weeks ago, he found an appropriate truck, based in Nelson, on Trade Me. Now, the truck has been resprayed, and soon, two new staff members will be hired to help with the service. He says it allows him to offer a more complete service. “Quite often we’re asked to move furniture as well, but we have always declined. “We just thought it was a good opportunity to add value to what we already do. “We’re not looking to take over the other furniture removal businesses in Blenheim. It’s a sideline operation for us.” John will also look to run a trip to Kaikoura every couple of months in due course.

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“People come here to buy products from other places and they need to get them back there,” he says.

John has also been approached by a company asking him to help deliver kitchens.

Anzac window display at Hospice shop By Adam Poulopoulos A well-timed donation has contributed to the Redwoodtown Hospice shop’s Anzac day window display. Store manager Christine Law says the store recently received four pins commemorating the Anzac’s attempt to take up the

Dardanelles early in World War One. “Someone put them in a purse and we found them when we were going through donations. It was amazing.” A group of shop volunteers put the display together on Sunday.

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Back to his roots By Adam Poulopoulos Marlborough-raised Colin Martin has been the principal of a Manawatu primary school for the last decade. Now, he has returned to Blenheim to start his own vehicle servicing business. Colin and wife Jo are the co-owners of Instant Auto, at 15 Main Street. They open their doors for the first time on Tuesday, April 28. Colin, Jo and their three children Hospice shop volunteer Ann MacDonald with one half of the were based in Feilding, where Colin window display.

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was principal at Colyton School. Colin says the family had been thinking of coming back “for three or four years.” “We looked at other opportunities of what to do in town but we kept coming back to this.” Colin has always been interested in all things mechanical, and worked for Croads between 1996 and 1998. He says his service can be completed in ten minutes or less, with no booking necessary. “It’s a growing industry in New Zealand. Out biggest point of difference is we can service the car while you’re having a cup of tea. “It’s kind of like the difference between a hairdresser and a barber.” Working with him is Mark Lay, who has 42 years of experience in the mechanics trade. “Mark brings a wealth of experience and contacts to the business,” Colin says. “Between us we have all the bases covered.” The store’s final fit out is being completed before opening day.

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Saturday 25 April and ANZAC Public Holiday Monday 27 April 2015

Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April 2015 NOTICE is hereby given under Section 342 of the Local Government Act 1974 that the following streets will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic on Anzac Day, Saturday, 25 April 2015. BLENHEIM From 10.00 am to 11.00 am. Arthur Street from Queen Street to Seymour Street Seymour Street from Arthur Street to John Street, including the Alfred/Seymour, High/ Seymour and Charles/Seymour Street intersections. From 11.00 am to 12.30 pm High Street from Queen Street to Henry Street Seymour Street from Charles Street to John Street Alfred Street from Henry Street to Market Street Hutcheson Street from Alfred Street to John Street Russell Terrace from Alfred Street. Notice is also hereby given that parking will be prohibited and cars will be removed from 6.00 am to midday in the following areas: Arthur Street from Queen Street to Seymour Street Seymour Street from Arthur Street to John Street High Street from Henry Street to Queen Street Alfred Street from Henry Street to Market Street including Russell Terrace. PICTON From 4.15 am to 8.00 am. London Quay from Auckland Street to Wellington Street and High Street from London Quay to the intersection of Dublin Street/Waikawa Road/High Street. Notice is also hereby given that parking will be prohibited and cars will be removed from 5.00 pm on Friday 24 April to 8.00 am on Saturday 25 April in the following areas: London Quay from Auckland Street to Wellington Street and High Street from outside properties at 1–10 High Street. Note: Free parking will be available in Blenheim at the Alfred Street parking building. The barrier arms will not be in use they will be left open on Anzac Day only. Limited parking will be available on Henry Street and John Street and also the Blenheim School grounds. The wet weather venue for the Blenheim United Memorial Service will be the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 in Kinross Street. ALISTAIR SOWMAN MAYOR

Marlborough District Council, Blenheim office will be closed on the ANZAC Day public holiday Monday 27 April 2015. The District Library in Blenheim and the Picton Library and Service Centre will be closed on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 April. Kerbside Rubbish Bag and Recycling Collections If your rubbish bag and recycling crate is usually collected on Monday, it will be collected the following day Tuesday 28 April. Transfer Stations, Resource Recovery and Re-use Centres and E-Waste – ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April: • The Resource Recovery and Re-use Centres, and E-Waste will be open from 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm. • Blenheim, Havelock, Seddon and Wairau Valley Transfer Stations will be open from • 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm. • Picton and Rai Valley Transfer Stations will be closed. Transfer Stations, Resource Recovery and provide new granite plaques for the Reuse Centres and E-Waste – ANZAC Public Holiday Day Monday 27 April: base of the memorial. Meanwhile, Marlborough Lines is • The Resource Recovery and the Re-use Centre, and Blenheim Transfer Station will replacing the two adjacent power be open from 8.00 am – 4.30 pm. supply boxes to make them less • Picton Transfer Station will be open from obtrusive. Council Reserves and Amenities • 8.00 am – 4.00 pm. Officer Nic Crous says when all • Havelock Transfer Station will be open from the work is complete the rotunda • 8.00 am – 2.00 pm. will have watertight roofing, new • E-Waste and Rai Valley, Seddon and Wairau Valley Transfer Stations will be closed. spouting and a fresh coat of paint Greenfingers: on all surfaces including the seats will be open from 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm on and floor. ANZAC Day, Saturday 25 April and from 8.00 • The Rotunda was officially opened am – 4.30 pm on ANZAC Public Holiday in August 1903 as a memorial to Dr Monday 27 April. Cleghorn, a prominent local doctor The Landfill credited with performing the first will be closed on ANZAC Day, Saturday 25 April appendectomy in New Zealand. More and will be open from 8.00 am – Midday on information: www.marlborough.govt. ANZAC Public Holiday Monday 27 April. nz/Our-Community/Arts-Culture- Bus Services and-Heritage/Heritage-Profiles/ The Blenheim Bus Service will operate as normal on Saturday 25 April. The bus will NOT Cleghorn-Rotunda. The first rotunda was built over operate on Monday 27 April. the old well in Market Square that served the town’s fire fighters and a fire hydrant was incorporated into the original design. The first official use of that rotunda was Christmas Eve 1889 with a performance by the Garrison Band. The ornate new rotunda was paid for largely by public donations given in memory of Dr Cleghorn. Almost every Marlborough man who embarked overseas for the Boer War and the two world wars marched through Market Square past the rotunda, those who returned were welcomed home from its platform and the community danced and sang around the rotunda when peace was declared.

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Community interest and generosity has been poured into the renovation of Blenheim’s charming band rotunda, a memorial to the highly esteemed surgeon at Blenheim’s first hospital. Deteriorating lead-headed nails and a touch of rust discovered on the Cleghorn Rotunda in Market Place prompted the Council to call in Wellington conservation specialists for advice. Great care was taken to ensure only the right materials would be used on the Category 2 listed structure. Local property manager Bob Boyes was put in charge of the project, with historian John Orchard contributing his expertise. Original latticework was taken to a Christchurch foundry which recreated new sections to replace the broken pieces while Blenheim’s Classic Gates zinc-coated the surviving sections. Resene Paints researched paint colours of the period and donated the paint for the new green/black/ gold colour scheme. T h e r o of t i l e s p r o v e d e x t r a challenging; a three-month worldwide search established that the original tiles had come from a Canadian company no longer in business. Cuddons stepped in to manufacture the means to create replicas. Having previously funded previous restoration work on the rotunda, Aerial Weed Control Programme funeral directors and monumental With the onset of wetter weather it has been decid- masons, Geoffrey T. Sowman, is ed to complete the 2014/15 aerial weed spraying. meeting a significant part of the Weather permitting this will commence on Wednes- cost of the restoration and will also day 29 April and will be confined within the Quail Stream Catchment. To minimise public exposure Quail Catchment will be closed to the public from midnight Tuesday 28 Now is the time to tell councillors what you think of the projects and priorities Counthrough to 4.00 pm Friday 1 May. If the spraying is completed earlier the area will be cil is planning for the next decade. Submissions on the Long Term Plan 2015-25 close on 7 May 2015 so there is just a short time left for people to make their views known. re-opened immediately. Councillors have been promoting awareness of the Consultation Document by If spraying is not completed the closure will roll getting out amongst the public, at markets, supermarkets and the libraries. over from midnight Tuesday 5 May to 4.00 pm There are two opportunities left to have a chat with them. Friday 8 May. Tuesday 28 April Picton Library 10.00am-noon Signs will be posted. Monday 4 May Blenheim Library 1pm-3pm. Thank you for your co-operation. Submissions on the Consultation Document will For any queries please contact Vern Harris. be accepted until 5 pm on 7 May 2015. 0272 510 097

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Clean Taylor River Why don’t PD worker’s clean Taylor River, weeds or picking up rubbish? I’ve been on and off PD for 20 years, in the last 10 it has become a joke. Its just driving around, keeping out of view from the public. We pick rubbish up along out of town rivers while the Taylor looks more like a dump site.

Since when can you dictate to your neighbour, because they have their fires going, older people tend to feel the cold much more than you, that has not long moved into the neighborhood. You should have looked at all the chimneys before you moved. WOW guess what smoke comes out of Young criminals chimneys! Bullying the older people is NOT good. The age of children. Is it now time to change the age of criminals with 14 & 15 year olds now seasoned ram raiders. Recycle shop Abolish assault on female and create all Went to dump shop wkend, shopper (obvi- humans equal and throw out archaic unlawful ously foreign) asked if he could buy $2 item taking. Vehicles are stolen for profit and use. for $1, assistant replied no it will be $5 now! We are so lucky here but things will change. If you try n bargain will cost you more! He walked away in dismay. Assistant then said to other worker ‘that will teach him’, how rude Water users New Renwick Rd you are lady!! Thank you for clearing up this issue, as 3 towns You get stuff for free a simple reply of its $2 struggling for water due to lack of council would have been fine, I wonder what’s behind insight over the years with our rates money for your attitude?? major projects that needed priority, any water now being used around Marlborough needs to be accountable if used by any one, your Big thanks uses is justified thank you & won’t bring it up The Lone Legion Motorcycle Club would again - concerned rate payer like to thank all that attended the Top of the south poker run in march & thanks for all the sponsorship from local businesses. Missing great music A great day had by all. Donation of $800 went What has happened to the great music from to Renwick Fire brigade, so thanks again to all Whisper FM being played at Brayshaw Park? Pip who attended.

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Veteran attack These children who attacked the veteran poppy day collector, need to be found and held accountable for their actions, police action when they are caught and community work supporting our veterans. Shame on them. Disgusted ex serviceman.

Fobbed off Was appalled to be fobbed off when I required help at the warehouse by steve for another ‘more attractive’ lady, was very rude. Will be taking my business elsewhere. Unhappy customer.

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Lovely window display What a lovely surprise I got on monday morning on my visit to the hospice shop. Anzac window displays. Awesome. Well done ladies. Happy customer.

Missing great music So it is ok for Blenheim Parking Wardens to issue tickets to those breaking the law, yet one breaking the law herself? Jay walking meters from Maxwell Rd pedestrian crossing Tuesday 7th April. Of course did not take a photo whilst driving for that would be breaking the law?!

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Theatre Stunning modern building new theatre... yeah rite. Wont b painted because finished price is double. No money left. BUT hey flog the ratepayer again. No wonder no referendum, anyone with half brain wud have ticked the no box. Shudnt hv gone where it is. Now trying to compete with Clubs Marlb on the conference front. Gonna b interesting this one. TJR

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My last meal on Earth would be... Nasi Goreng. My love of this dish started during my naval career when we used to have shore leave in the far East stations of Singapore and Hong Kong. One of my best holidays was... Hawaii last year with my wife and friends. My love of Hawaii started in 1966 when we used to spend three months training there with the American fleet before tours of duty to the far East. My guilty TV pleasure is... WWE Raw.


Marlborough RSA vice president I’m inspired by... The Wheel Blacks (New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby Team). Despite their handicaps they all give it their best effort. What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? My favourite turning chisel that my father gave me when I was 11. I still use it today. Who would you love to have a meal with? My naval shipmates. We all formed a bond together on the old frigate of New Zealand on its maiden voyage in 1972 and we hold reunions every few years. The friendships we formed are very strong.


What would you spend your last $100 on? Will be on the RSA bar for those who come to farewell me. What’s next on your wish list? Off in my van alone next month to wander the beaches of the West Coast for some quiet time. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? That I’m probably not as organised as most think I am.

Large numbers expected for Anzac services A wreath-laying service to mark Anzac Day will be held at the War Memorial Clock Tower in Seymour Square tomorrow. Veterans and the families of those who fought in past conflicts will be joined by personnel from RNZAF Base Woodbourne in the parade through the town’s streets to Seymour Square. At 11.00am, Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman will open the An-

zac Day service and an address will be delivered by the guest of honour, Flight Lieutenant Steven Heriban, Royal Australian Air Force, Australian High Commission. A large crowd is expected this year as the commemorations focus on the 100 years since Gallipoli. Half a dozen smaller wreathlaying ceremonies are being held in the run up to Anzac Day itself, at schools, communities and at

Wairau Hospital, and the brief 6.00pm service at the War Memorial Clock Tower in Seymour Square will continue each evening until the eve of Anzac Day. On Anzac Day itself, the dawn parade will be held at Picton, beginning at 6.00am. The street closures will include London Quay (from Auckland Street to Wellington Street) and High Street (from London Quay to

the intersection of Dublin Street/ Waikawa Road/High Street) from 4.15 am to 8.00 am. The Mayor will attend the Dawn Parade at Picton and the 9.00 am service at Renwick before the 11.00 am service at Seymour Square while Deputy Mayor Terry Sloan will attend the Dawn Service at Seddon. In Renwick the service is held at the War Memorial on High Street

and the main road along High Street, from Inkerman Street to Alma Street, will be closed from 8.40 am to 9.40 am with traffic diverted to an alternative route. The Blenheim service will begin at 11.00 am and Blenheim’s central streets will be closed for an hour from 10.00 am and the area around the War Memorial from High Street through to Alfred Street will not re-open until noon.

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Renwick war memorial.

Honourable work for Anzac By Celeste Lodewyk In the lead up to Anzac Day and the historic 100 year centenary, there has been a local long-serving company working hard behind the scenes to restore and in some cases replace the plaques on these memorials - Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors, founded in 1869. Ken Rooney, manager of the monumental team, and his staff, are today applying some finishing touches to the war memorials in Havelock and Rai Valley, two of several restoration jobs carried out this year.

The first was the war memorial at Torea Bay which had a number of inaccuracies and spelling mistakes. The plaques were rem ove d , r e s u r fa c e d , then all the names were re-inscribed under the guidance of veteran and Sounds resident Alastair MacKenzie. The same work was also carried out on the Renwick war memorial which too was missing names. Three new plaques were provided, inscribed and installed by GT Sowman Funeral Directors. In Grovetown the school

proudly unveiled the newly-restored war monument in March, which had received a coat of paint and new plaque, and more recently in Seddon the war memorial received a new plaque with the wording ‘Lest We Forget’ and an upgrade was done to the damaged letters on the existing plaques. All of the labour and materials, including the granite for these new plaques, has been donated by GT Sowman Funeral Directors. According to Ken, who has had the “privilege” of heading these projects

says it has been an honour to be involved. We are local people, supporting our local community; ‘actions speak louder than words’. “For years we have been donating and upgrading plaques and monuments around Marlborough as part of our long term commitment to the community. “Some of our larger projects include the soldier at Fairhall Cemetery, the $10,000 sponsorship for the water fountain at the riverside amphitheatre, and restoration work to the band rotunda in town,” he says.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) welcomed 46 new graduate recruits at Woodbourne, on Wednesday. The graduates from Command and Recruit Training Squad ron ma rched onto the parade ground at Base Woodbourne to be reviewed by the Assistant Chief of Air Force, Group Captain Colin Marshall, in front of family and friends attending the graduation from all around the country. Base Commander of RNZAF Base Woodbourne, Wing Commander Mike Salvador says the graduates had earned the moment “Recruit training is designed to prepare new enlistees for service in the RNZAF. “The recruit course is not easy and it challenges those who complete it. “The self-confidence, discipline and responsibility that the course instils in our airmen

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Mural a team effort “That’s why all the poppies look a bit different, but poppies all look a bit different when they’re in the field anyway.” Pescini says despite the project’s success, constructing the mural was not without the occasional hiccup. “We attached the poppies with doublesided tape, and the next day we came back and they’d all fallen off!” The poppies have since been pinned onto the mural. A few residents will attend the Picton dawn service tomorrow, depending on weather, and a service will be hosted at Miriam Sullivan and Noeline Barker in front of the mural at the Seaview rest home in Picton. the home at 11am.

By Adam Poulopoulos The manager of the Seaview rest home says their Anzac mural was a great way to bring the residents together. Each of the rest home’s 27 residents, and staff members, had a hand in the mural, which features poppies, a cross and reference to the 100th anniversary of Anzac troops landing at Gallipoli. The mural was completed earlier this month after work started in January. Manager Mary Pescini says it had been a great project. “It’s not often we find something the whole home wants to do. “Normally there are one or two who are not all that keen. Picton residents have made it clear they want their new Library-Council service centre in the upper High Street, not the waterfront. Urban designer Kobus Mentz says it would not be economic to renovate the existing building in Upper High Street. The cost of converting it into a modern library would be high and not a good use of public money. The Picton community’s clear preference was for the site on the corner of Dublin Street and upper “A feestful High Street, he said. of Pesos.” No decisions have been made about the urban design or the buildings themselves at this stage. However the MDC has called for initial expressions of interest in the project from architects and landscape designers, at the same time continuing to seek public feedback on the projects by way of public submissions on its Long Term Plan which sets out the proposed budgets for each project.

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- WEEKEND EVENT GUIDE Friday 24 Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Linkwater Hall and School – Field of Remembrance placing 10am, MRSA Representative is Mr Steve Holmes.

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Awatere-Flaxbourne-Ward, Ward

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.

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Blenheim, corner Arthur and Seymour Streets, assemble – Library 10.40am

Jazz in the Vines Welcoming the Stefan Nagler Quar-

Domain 2pm, afternoon provided at Ward Hall, free Bus from Blenheim Ph Ross 572 9965 or Pip 575 6885.

tett, graduates from Osnabrueck Jazz School, Germany for an afternoon delight of lounge jazz. $25pp includes a glass of wine upon entry . Hans Herzog Estate, 81 Jeffries Road, 2pm – 4pm.

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Blenheim Cenotaph. Final 100 days for

Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am – 12.30pm at the

Blenheim Library Book Good quality used books including

Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillon’s Point Rd opens 9am - 12pm

Railway Station car park, Grove Rd, Ph Andy 578 2272 or 021 842 928.

100 years sounding the Last Post, assemble 5.45pm.

Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1 - 4pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry

adult books - hardback, paperbacks and children’s books - Great Value. From 50 cents to $4.00. 9.30am-3.30pm at the library.

578 1835.

Marlborough Racing Club Annual two day gallops meeting being

Mini Putt & Merry-Go-Round Picton Foreshore, 10am every day

held at Waterlea Racecourse, Main entrance McLauchlan Street, 11am.

during school holidays, Today and Sunday, 10am.

Hot art in Havelock The Gallery Havelock, open from 10am

to 4pm, seven days a week. Enjoy browsing some of the excellent art on show from talented local artists. Come and have a look in the friendly little gallery at 60 Main Road Havelock.

Redwood Market 8am - 12pm, Redwood Tavern car park,

The Edwin Fox Ship Visitor Centre open every day from

shaw Park Guided tours available, Sunday Thomas Tank Engine rides. Ph Doris 579 4357.

Plants Produce and Crafts.

Vintage Farm Machinery 10am - 3pm, Open Every Day. Bray-

9am. Come and explore the decks and the depths of the ship. Dunbar wharf, on Picton foreshore. Check out our Facebook or Trip advisor pages.

Saturday 25

Picton Museum 10am - 4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Ph

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Picton War Memorial London Quay,

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

Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery Open 10.30am - 4.30pm daily, 204 High St. Ph 577 6784 or

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.

If you have an event email Tash at The Sun

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assemble – BNZ, High Street 5.45am.

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Awatere-Seddon War Memorial, Wakefield Street, Seddon, assemble – Fire Station 6am.

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Renwick War Memorial, High Street, assemble – War Memorial 8.50am.

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Spring Creek Hall, Ferry Road, Spring Creek, 9.30am.

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Havelock Town Hall, assemble – Bowling Club 9.30am.

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service Rai Valley War Memorial, State Highway 6, Rai Valley, 11am

Marlborough Racing Club Annual two day gallops meeting being held at Waterlea Racecourse, Main entrance McLauchlan Street, 11am

Marlborough Motor Scooter Groups next together is on Sunday 26th April at Cafe Devour (formerly Annies SH1) at 10am all scooter riders and interested parties are welcome. Additional information contact

Indoor Bowls Mixed Fours (Cresswell Trophy) Simcox

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Farmers Market Marlborough A&P Showground’s, Cnr Maxwell and Alabama Roads, 9am – 12pm.

Showcasing the best of what

Marlborough has to offer Fresh, local and Marlborough grown sold by the producer. Abundant with seasonal fruit, vegetables, baking & more.

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.

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

Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1 - 4pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. Malcolm Ph 578 8809.

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. Minia-

ture steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm - 4pm $2.

Up & Coming 23rd May Stand Up Comedy show at the Picton Little Theatre Inc. Tickets are now at Take Note Picton - $25. Show is strictly +18. Theatre bar and theatre doors open at 7pm.

Picton Cinemas

Stadium 9 am start.

Ulysses Ride Decide on the day ride, meeting at the

Railway Station (south end) at 12.45pm departing at 1pm. Come join us!

‘It’s all about the coffee’ Recreational bike ride - all year round

departs at 9.00am from AvantiPlus Blenheim 61 Queen St, Everyone welcome. Register your interest

Anzac Commemorative 100 yr Service The Sounds Soldiers’ Memorial Located in the saddle between Portage

Avengers: Age of Ultron (M) new Daily 12.30pm, 5pm, 7.15pm The Age of Adaline (M) new Daily 11.30am, 5.15pm Woman in Gold (M) new Mon - Fri 1.30pm, 3.15pm, 7.45pm Sat & Sun 3.15pm, 7.45pm Fast & Furious 7(M) Daily 10am Infinitely Polar Bear(M) new Daily 10am, 3.30pm Cinderella (G) Sat & Sun 1.30pm at EcoWorld, Picton Foreshore P: 573 6030 |

Bay in Kenepuru Sound and Torea Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound, 11am

Floorpride civic theatre

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Whitehaven Vineyard Manager Whitehaven is a family-owned Marlborough winery, producing quality regional wine. An opportunity currently exists for a Vineyard Manager, responsible for the company vineyard located near Rapaura Road and a managed vineyard in Renwick. Future expansion of the vineyard area is likely. Reporting to the Viticulturist and working in with a small, dedicated team, this role is hands-on and varied. The successful person will be responsible for managing the 24 ha company vineyard, a 9 ha Renwick vineyard, winery wastewater plantation area, ground keeping, light maintenance and general assistance as requested. A harvest role managing hand-picking and assisting with grape sampling is also required. Previous vineyard management and vineyard establishment experience is required. The successful applicant will have excellent time management and problem-solving skills. An ability to prioritise, negotiate, manage staff and contractors is essential. Familiarity with industry software (eg Grapelink, SWNZ) and appropriate qualifications (Growsafe, Heavy Trade Licence), and a range of practical skills is also important to this role. A written application accompanied by a CV may be sent to: The Viticulturist Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd 39 Pauls Road, RD 3 BLENHEIM 7273

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Phone (03) 572 7588 A Position Description is available upon request. Applications close 13 May 2015.

Vineyard Pruners and Wrappers Thornhill Horticultural Contracting Ltd. is a well established large supplier of labour to the Viticultural Industry in Marlborough. We require experienced pruners and wrappers, 2 years minimum preferred will consider self motivated people willing to learn. Please reply to:

Large scale hedge & tree trimming services for vineyards, farms, roadsides, driveways & large gardens Don Mitchell | 021 318 622 Brian Wells | 021 288 5752

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We are looking for a motivated, customer focussed team player to assist our Airport Managers to maintain Landside operational areas, car parks and associated infrastructure.

The role is required to work Thursday to Sunday with some split shifts. The successful applicant will be a detail and process orientated person with experience and skills in security and safety management and demonstrated ability in working in a small team. Excellent IT and technical skills with a flexible, positive attitude will be essential for this position. Previous experience in an airport environment and with security and health and safety would be desirable. As part of a small, experienced and supportive airport management team you will be committed to providing high quality service and meeting our customers’ needs. Applications for this unique opportunity close at 4.00 pm on Friday 1 May 2015. Applications must include a completed MAL Application form and should be sent by email to Full details of the role are available on the Marlborough District Council website www.marlborough.govt. nz/Your-Council/Careers. For further information you are welcome to contact:

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The Department of Conservation will be conducting a possum trapping project in the Wairau River bed from the 28th April to 8th May. The operation will entail the use of traps to monitor possum populations. This will occur on both the North and South banks of the Wairau River, over a reach from Wairau Valley Township to 10 km downstream SH6/Renwick Bridge. The public are asked not to interfere with the traps or any animals encountered. For further information please contact Mike Perry Ph: 027 601 4173

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Cool gear for cold weather motorcycling When we talked about this last year, we noted that motorcyclists in Marlborough are blessed with a climate that lets us ride all year. But without some preparation and forethought, winter conditions can sneak up on us quickly and with nasty results. What’s different about winter is obvious – short cold days and dodgy road surfaces. A shady corner, some loose grit, a foggy visor; these can all spell trouble especially when compounded by cold hands or a low sun. Let’s look at what’s available to help keep us safer for winter riding. First priority is staying warm. Keeping your body core and hands warm goes a long way to ensure safe riding. There is no shortage of good cold weather riding gear and for the serious rider, you may want to consider heated equipment. All heated gear will be either direct plug-in to your bike’s electrical system or battery-powered. To plug in, you will need a dedicated DC outlet which can be purchased separately from the supplier. If you go this route, make sure that it can handle any other gear you may get later as many of the DC systems are proprietary and only fit their gear. The big advantage of DC heating is you won’t have to worry about recharging which will obviously be an issue with battery-charged apparel. If you go the battery route, it’s getting a lot better than the old AA or C alkaline batteries which if you were lucky lasted 3-4 hours. Much of the latest equipment now runs on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and will provide up to 10 hours of use between charging. None of this gear comes cheap with gloves ranging anywhere from $190 to $450. DC plug-in wiring kits run up from $100 depending on number of outlets.

Most suppliers also have matching jackets and pants that will use the same DC system but the price can quickly get over $1000 for a full set. A good in-between option would be a heated vest which most brands have and runs in the $300-400 range. Some good brands to look at are Tourmaster Synergy, Oxford, Mobile Warming, Firstgear, AddHeat and VentureHeat. Underneath it all, good merino thermals, lots of layers with nothing too tight and a neck warmer to keep out the wind. To make your bike a more comfortable ride during winter periods, consider installing a windshield or another type of wind deflector that will divert wind around the hands and legs. Handlebar gauntlets, heated hand grips or heated seats also add to the comfort level on those cold winter rides. Once up and riding, give your tyres lots of time to warm up. Cold tyres are much harder causing them to provide less traction than they can in warmer temperatures. So be cool; stay warm and remember that the right gear works even better with the right attitude. On the road think ahead, signal early and double down on your margins and distances.

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Best seller Vincent Van Gogh only sold 1 painting his whole life and that was to his brother, the ‘Red Vineyards at Arles ‘ pictured left.

Friday 24 April 2015 Ward 2.00 pm Ward War Memorial SH1. 100 Days for 100 Years’ Sounding the Last Post 6.00pm War Memorial Clock Tower Seymour Square. Saturday - 25 April 2015 Picton - 6.00am Soldiers’ War Memorial Picton. Awatere - 6.30am Seddon War Memorial. Renwick - 9.00am War Memorial Spring Creek 9.30am Spring Creek Hall. Havelock 10.00am Town Hall. Rai Valley 11.00am War Memorial SH 6. Marlborough Sounds 11.00am Sounds Soldiers’ Memorial. Kaikoura 11.00am Kaikoura War Memorial Esplanade. Blenheim 11.00am War Memorial Clock Tower Seymour Square.

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Births This Week COOKE: Leon Mackle (9lb 6oz) April 9, 2015 DOWNES: Jaxson Charles (7lb 15oz) April 11, 2015 HAMILTON: Skyla Rachel (8lb 5oz) April 12, 2015 ROBERTSON: Anika (3120gm) April 9, 2015 SULLIVAN: Mason Mark Coby (9lb 1oz) April 5, 2015 UNDERWOOD: Reuben Kane (7lb) April 10, 2015

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Death Notices ARMON, Neil Thomas: April 17, 2015 HASSALL, James Cedric: April 12, 2015 HURFORD, Thomas (Tom): April 22, 2015 PAGET, Jessie (nee George): April 19, 2015 MACDONALD, Donald Bruce (Cobber): April 20, 2015 MOORE, Leslie, 455197, Cpl, J Force: April 13, 2015 NICHOLAS, Alison Mary (nee Matthews): April 15, 2015 WRIGHT, George Robert Hunter (Robbie): April 15, 2015 death notices

HURFORD, Thomas (Tom): Passed away, peacefully after a short illness, at Wairau Hospital on Wednesday April 22 2015. Aged 89 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Nola, much-loved father and father-in-law of Denise and Rob Murfitt, and John and Cathy Hurford. Loved by his many grand and great grandchildren. Special thanks to the medical and nursing staff at Wairau Hospital. Messages to the Hurford Family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Blenheim South Rotary would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to P O Box 437, Blenheim 7240. A service for Tom will be held at the Wesley Centre, Henry Street, at 1.30pm Tuesday April 28, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z. Tel (03) 578-4719

Group in action Some exciting developments will be coming from the Renwick community in the near future now that the Renwick Smart & Connected steering group has been formed. A meeting was held last Thursday where 12 people came together to form the steering group. This group will be led by chairperson John Kelly and deputy chairs Nigel Taylor and Belinda Jackson. Eight working groups were set up with a number of people allocating themselves to each, although more people are encouraged to join.

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Rugby threatened


New Zealand’s first match in the Rugby World Cup is still several months away, but already, there looks to be a long roll of players destined for the departure lounge following the tournament. All Blacks Daniel Carter, Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu head a burgeoning list lengthened further by Colin Slade’s recent announcement. Slade heads to Pau on a reported $800,000 a season after the World Cup. The inside back stocks seem to be the worst hit. Crusaders Carter and Slade have been joined by Tom Taylor and Tyler Bleyendaal in heading for pastures new – four players who can play first-five-eighth from

HARNESS RACING The Marlborough Racing Club is hosting their annual two-day meet this Anzac weekend. Racing will be held today and Sunday at the Waterlea Raceway.

LOOP THE LAKE Robbie Barnes was the first home in the 50-59 age group at the Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake event held at Lake Rotoiti on Saturday. Barnes finished in 14th overall in just over two hours, but the fastest Marlburian was Billy Hebberd, who clocked one hour, 53 minutes and 35 seconds for seventh place overall. A field of 366 took part, and 29 were Marlburians.

the same franchise all leaving at roughly the same time. In the centres Nonu and Smith leave a big hole – a combined 179 international caps is difficult to replace. The All Blacks have coped with departures before, but this time is a little different – players are now choosing financial security over the All Black jersey before they reach their peak. Charles Piutau, Francis Saili and Frank Halai, who have all played for the All Blacks but are not regulars, are going for big money. Overseas clubs are targeting the next wave of players and snapping them up. Another example is loose forward Fritz Lee, who


By Adam Poulopoulos Five Marlborough riders will be in action when the 2015 South Island Moto Trials Championships come to town. Rounds three and four of the series will be held at The Barracks, in the Omaka Valley, on May 9 and 10. Five Marlborough riders will be competing overall, including Jason Baker, who is equal-top in the expert class after two rounds.

ROLLER DERBY The Boomtown Brawlettes Roller Derby League starts its Fresh Meat intake on Sunday. Those interested in signing up are invited to meet at 4pm at the Stephenson Street skating rink.

MAKOS SIGN TEENAGER The Tasman Makos have signed Alex Nankivell, the 18-year-old Lincoln University midfielder to a two year deal. He was a stand out for Christchurch Boys High School in the 2014 Press Cup competition. The Makos coaches are of the firm belief that if you are good enough you are old enough to play and believe he will fit in well with the team’s systems and players. Alex will join the Makos squad in early July.








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won back-to-back titles with the Chiefs before heading to France in 2013. At 26, he’s now in the running for the European Player of the Year award, and is ineligible for All Black selection. There’s another side-effect to this – the quality of international rugby is suffering. European clubs are stacked with foreigners now, many of whom are ineligible for their international sides. They’re taking up space which could be reserved for European talent coming through. International teams on both sides of the world suffer when foreign players block the development pathway for home-grown youngsters in the northern hemisphere.


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The Marlborough indoor bowls team will play for the McNabb trophy against Nelson in Nelson on Sunday, May 3. Fours, pairs and singles events will be held.


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Ploughing through By Adam Poulopoulos After thirteen unsuccessful tilts at a national ploughing title, Ian Woolley looked at his options. Now, he is a back-to-back New Zealand champion. The Spring Creek resident won the conventional class title at the New Zealand Ploughing Championships in Palmerston, in central Otago, last weekend. The title adds to his first victory, which he secured in Marlborough last year. Woolley’s wins mean he will travel to Denmark in October, then England in September next year, to represent New Zealand at the World Ploughing Match. He says to win back-to-back is satisfying, after a series of close finishes left him thinking about his next move. “I was going to refocus on what I wanted out of life. I’d been second twice and third three times, and I

kept knocking over the door but I couldn’t get over the line. “This year is satisfying, knowing I can do it away from home.” Woolley won this year’s tournament by five and a half points, after winning by 45 and a half points a year ago. His preparation was complicated when a month before the event, he changed tractors, and had to fit out the tyres, wheels and rims before the event. He says the southerly storm which swept through the South Island the week of the event did not hide the effects of the dry summer. “We kept digging up big blocks of dirt that were hard to break up. There were quite a few breakdowns.” Ian is currently booking freight to transport his tractor and plough to Denmark. He will have about a month acclimatising to conditions before the competition is held on October 3 and 4.


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