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Anzac heroes remembered

By Jacob Page Record numbers turned out to Anzac Day commemorations in Marlborough to mark 100 years since the Anzac legacy was forged

at Gallipoli. War veterans have been urged to tell their stories so future generations can continue making the day significant in years to come. Continued page 2.

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Record crowds show respect a century on Continued from page 1. More than 6000 people turned up to services across Marlborough, with many people attending more than one. Blenheim saw record numbers, as did Picton and Renwick. Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman congratulated people for their tremendous turnout. Renwick RSA president Anthony van de Water at Saturday’s service. He says while Gallipoli was not a successful campaign, it was a privilege. “It is an honour to give thanks for the service given and the lives sacrificed. “It is an anniversary we have come to commemorate, not as a military triumph, but more a triumph of human spirit in the face of terrible times.” Sowman says Marlburians were keen to do their part for the war effort. “When 30 men were called from Marlborough, 76 stepped forward.” He described Kiwi deaths as “New Zealand’s lost generation”. Marlborough RSA president John Forrest says the men were deprived of things in life now taken for granted, like marriage, children and grandchildren. “They were denied what every person who serves beyond our shores desires most, to return to the life of these much blessed islands.” Royal Australian Air Force flight lieutenant, Steven Heriban says he was heartened by the amount of younger generations who showed their respect. He says it was the sacrifice of those soldiers which had allowed young people to enjoy the freedoms they have today. More than 4000 people applauded the parade of veterans and military as they arrived and departed the ceremony. Sowman acknowledged the record numbers as well as the efforts of Denis Teeling who played ‘The Last Post’ for 100 consecutive nights to honour Marlborough’s A piper plays at the dawn service in Picton. Poppy Lane carries a photo frame of her great grandfather during the Blenheim Anzac parade. fallen service men and women throughout all wars.

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Muzzleloaders get helping hand By Adam Poulopoulos February’s Onamalutu fire incinerated the Marlborough Muzzleloaders Club’s lawn mower, but some community generosity is helping them to replace it. The Blue Door have donated the club $1500 to help replace the lawn mower. The ride-on mower was sitting at the end of the club’s shooting range, on Northbank Road, when the fire struck. After the fire Muzzleloaders president Selwyn Law made an application for funding to the Blue Door, as the club is not covered by third-party insurance. He says the mower is important because the bullets fired on the range have a patch of cloth around them, which can smoulder and catch fire if the grass is too long. He says the club is grateful for The Blue Door’s assistance, but the search for a second-hand mower has not been successful yet. “We’re looking on Trade Me and by word-of-mouth. We’ve got nothing specific in mind yet. “If someone knows of any mowers

available let us know. That would be wonderful.” He says the mower had been built up by club members. “In the end it was a really good mower after a lot of work from our club members. “There’s a very talented lot of engineers out there.” Trees on the range were burned, and the butts, a backstop made of tyres, was also affected. Law says the damage could have been worse still. “Our clubrooms survived. Everything on the range was burned apart from the building. “It was a great save from the helicopters and rural fire. They came and doused the building down. “It was to the extent that flaxes on the tin of the building burned but the building didn’t.” The Blue Door’s donation is part of the $24,750 in approved grants they are giving this year. The remains of the old lawn mower.

MDC wins innovation award By Jacob Page Marlborough District Council’s building control team and the lead it has taken in using information technology has won it national recognition for innovation. At the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand, the Council received the Carter Holt Harvey Innovator of the Year Award. The award recognises a building control professional or team working in building control activities who has demonstrated commitment to innovation in

engineering. The MDC’s success in developing and successfully using new technology to increase efficiency clinched the award. MDC has created a new mobile building inspection solution which allows its building inspectors to complete digital building consent inspections. All the necessary information from the relevant building consent can be downloaded to a building inspector’s device so there is no need to take physical files out

in the field and inspectors no longer need to spend time writing up field notes after inspections because automated updates can be fed into the council systems. It has enabled the council to speed up the turnaround time for customers needing a building inspection and it means all inspection data and photographs can be made available immediately to customers. MDC building control group leader Bill East says the system has been well accepted by the

local construction industry and building owners and was working very smoothly with council’s new on-line applications system introduced at the beginning of this month. MDC chief executive Andrew Besley says this latest award confirms that, inside local government, the Marlborough District Council has led the way in the use of technology to benefit the region and it is very satisfying to see this recognised by a national body like BOINZ.

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Wet windy weather caused some problems in Picton. This boat ended up on the Picton foreshore.

WET WEATHER WELCOME Marlborough is in the midst of some decent rainfall for the first time in months. Blenheim received 18.2mm of rain on Monday, according to Metservice and received more yesterday. The fine weather is set to return for the remainder of the working week but temperatures will remain cool as winter approaches.

LUCKY ESCAPE Two men were admitted to Wairau Hospital with minor head injuries after a motor vehicle accident on Monday. The incident occurred at Weld Pass shortly before 4pm. The men, 28 and 27, have since been discharged.

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Government back recycling Blenheim’s new recycling facility will be receiving Government funding, with environment minister Nick Smith announcing the grant during a visit on Friday. The government is providing $776,000 for the Commercial Industrial Sorting Facility, which will sit on the current Blenheim Transfer Station site on Wither Road. The funds have been taken from the government’s Waste Management Fund. The $2.95 million facility is due to start operating in October next year. The Marlborough District

Council hope the facility will divert material from the landfill. Smith says the facility will take Marlborough to the cutting-edge of waste management in New Zealand. “Marlborough is important to New Zealand’s clean, green brand, being the main home of our wine and mussel exports, and a popular tourism destination with the stunning Marlborough Sounds. “However, the region’s current management of waste needs to be stepped up. I commend the Marlborough council on this initiative,

which will place it at the forefront of better waste management in New Zealand.” He says he hopes Marlborough pushing the boundaries will encourage other similar areas to step up in the same way. The sorting facility is projected to take approximately 13,000 tonnes of waste per annum and successfully divert 60 per cent of this for recycling. The recycled materials to be recovered include cardboard, plastics, metal, glass, plasterboard, brick, rubble, wood, textiles and soil.

Work continues on World War Two camp By Adam Poulopoulos The journey to convert The old Air Training Corps buildings at Omaka into a working World War Two military camp has begun. Historical preservation group The Garrison Society took possession of the derelict buildings in November, and have been fixing them up ever since. Plumbing has been repaired in the buildings, windows have been fixed and wiring for about 60 per cent of the building has been completed. Soon, the society will be receiving several old huts from Dip Flat, the Royal New Zealand Air Force training facility in the Wairau Valley. The huts will be set up facing each other with a walkway in the middle to emulate how they were arranged in wartime.

The Garrison Society commanding officer Adam North with a Ford F60 CMP truck at the Omaka site.

The group also housed jeeps, trucks and other vehicles for the Easter Air Show, while many society members spent the weekend camping in the buildings. When complete, the working camp will be the only one of its kind in the country. It will contain a museum wing, workshop, functions lounge and more. No date has been set for completion. A Givealittle page, titled ‘Garrison HQ restoration’ has been set up, raising funds to replace old weatherboards.

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Marlborough District Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil.

Omaka Marae call for new members The fire has officially been relit and is once again burning brightly at the Omaka Marae Maori Women’s League in Blenheim. A highly anticipated visit by the President of the National Maori Women’s Welfare League recently was a welcome opportunity for the league to share past and future events. The energy, drive and passion of a newly invigorated membership, many of whom signed up through their involvement with the Omaka Marae Kapa Haka group, combined with the guidance of founding

members, has already resulted in a number of successful initiatives. These include the popular “Frozen” Outdoor Movie Night fundraiser, the Tiki Lounge at the Sweet-Az Sun Festival on Waitangi Day and the launch of Pa Kids, a marae-based kaupapa Maori programme which nurtures cultural identity. Ongoing activity includes the Maorithoners, a training group whose first event will be the St Clair Half Marathon. There are plans for another outdoor movie night, a Pa Kids fundraiser is already in motion and a ball/awards evening has

also been proposed. League president Tineka Smith says she hopes other like-minded women will be inspired to join the organisation. “We are driven to do good things, with good outcomes for lots of different people, firstly within our own whanau and in the wider community as well.” The Omaka Marae Maori Women’s League meets at Omaka Marae in the Blue Room at 6.00pm on the first Monday of the month. For more information visit the Omaka Marae Women’s Welfare League Facebook page.

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: We asked Riverlands School students what Anzac meant to them.

Jasiah Jones Blenheim

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Fergus Cairns Blenheim

It’s been a chance to remember all of the brave men who went off to fight to keep us safe.

It’s a chance to remember not only New Zealanders but Australians who went away and never came back.

To show how much we appreciate what those soldiers did so that we can live in peace.

It’s a chance to remember and I attended my first Anzac Day service at Seymour Square which was good.

It’s about learning about the Great Grandparents that went off to war and hearing their stories.

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Dear Ed, Last week I was in a line of traffic heading north on Redwood Street, backed up past Resene Paints. This week the same thing. WE NEED A BY-PASS. I would ask councillors and retail owners if they decided to go to Ashburton, leaving Blenheim at 9am do they turn into Kaikoura shopping centre or BY-PASS it.

Do they drive into Christchurch City or use the BYPASS. Council need to take their heads out of the sand, they should have done the Grovetown to Montana by-pass decades ago. There was no need to demolish the High Street bridge, build a new bridge, not had to worry about extensions or traffic build-up on

1080 for what

Dear Ed, 1080 is a controversial subject and with interest I read Percy Parker’s letter about TB-

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Hazel Howard Blenheim It’s about reflecting on those people who went to war and didn’t come home.

River Precinct the Grove Road bridge. Now they are suggesting that drivers, on a State Highway, could look over to see this wonderful “hub centre” whilst coming out of or going into the infamous Railway Roundabout. Yeah Right. A distraction and pile up waiting to happen!! Colin Geertson

Free dropping 1080 in the Kaikouras where there are naturally occurring low numbers of possums. I recall some years ago, 1080 being aerially dropped for possums near St Arnaud. Survey lines before the drop showed results like no possums or very few. Mr Parker is quite right. He raised an interesting point about DOC prosecuting Tb-Free for “knowingly killing native wild life.” I am concerned at the pointlessness of it all too. If 1080 kills birds and insects as “1080 was initially an insecticide” as Mr Parker says, well what is going on. What a waste of wildlife and public money. Frank Henry. W h e n o n ly t h e b e s t W i l l d o !

Dear Ed, Re your article from last week, do these current Councillors like having their heads patted and being tickled under the chin so much that they do not evaluate the work of Kobus Mentz before using him again. An analysis of the Grow Marlborough document would see that large portions had to be discarded or have not been implemented (remember liquefaction has been around for millions of years). The people of Seddon are being asked to bare the lions share for the water upgrade; surely those who benefit most from Kobus’s latest plan should pay the lions share for similar benefits. The council’s must distinguish between must haves and would like to haves. It is more important to have safe drinking water in Seddon than it is to have a second (third) theatre, a second library and a third art gallery. What would Councils level of culpability(if something bad happened) be for knowing supplying dangerous water to its residents while undertaking grandiose plans and edifices that benefit only a few selected privileged groups and individuals. Concerned Marlburian


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Music mission Singer/songwriter Mel Parsons initially turned heads in Marlborough pulling double duty in a comedy show and then as a solo musician. She talks to Sun reporter Jacob Page about cold calling her idol, getting Anika Moa to take a backseat and why bars and clubs just aren’t her thing. Mel Parsons rarely slows down. As an independent musician who made waves at the top of the South Island, she is hands on with most aspects of her career. From advertising to interviews to actually performing, she plays a part in all of it. It’s that work ethic that won her friends in Marlborough in 2012 and now one of the region’s most recognized wineries, Allan Scott, is helping her get through a 23-show national tour in a month to promote her third album Drylands. Mel says playing a national tour allows her to play in all different types of venues. “It’s always interesting…Sometimes we walk out and think that was a bit tougher to perform in than we thought.” Mel says the smaller venues help her connect with people. She says she enjoys being an independent performer and accepts the way people listen to music is constantly evolving. “Because I don’t have that pop Top 40 type of sound and it’s more folk-grassroots, you have to try to make it on your own. “I wouldn’t change anything, it’s been a great journey so far.” Mel managed to get one of her idols, Canadian

singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith to be part of the album simply by plucking up the courage to email him. “I was nervous because I really respected him but I thought to myself the worst that could happen was that he’d say no. “However, he was very gracious and it was great.” She also has well-known Kiwi artist Anika Moa as a backup vocalist on the album. “It’s hard to push her into the back-

ground because everyone knows her as this very forward front person in her own right, “We are really good friends and we’ve worked together in the past.” Mel says performing so many shows so quickly is second nature to her. “It’s like anything you train those muscles to a certain point. “I won’t go in a noisy bar or anywhere that I need to shout to be heard just so it’s easier on my voice. “I’ll have a couple of glasses of Allan

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Blenheim Anzac Day commemorations

RNZAF unit marches in Blenheim’s Anzac parade.

Sophie MacDonald with grandfather Peter Snowden, holds her great grandfather, Norman Snowden ‘s medals.

The crowd at the Seymour Square Cenotaph.

LEFT:Graham Moseley played The Last Post. Blenheim Police paying their respects. Veterans and RSA members marching.

Noel deBoo remembered the fallen by placing a poppy.

Cooper Murray with his Grandfather Laurie McGuire.

Kapa haka group Te Rerenga o Te Ra.

Lest we forget The Gallipoli Campaign was fought by allied forces from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain (including Ireland), Newfoundland, France and India, against the Turkish ‘Ottoman’ forces. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) began landing just before dawn on April 25 1915 at Anzac Cove, and engaged the Turkish defenders on inland ridges. By the end of the day, more than 16,000 Australians and

New Zealanders were ashore. The Anzac plan had been to swiftly move across the Gallipoli Peninsula and capture the Straits of the Dardanelles. Approximately 14,000 New Zealanders and 50,000 Australians served at Gallipoli. By the end of the eight-month campaign, 2,779 New Zealanders and 8,709 Australians had died with thousands more being casualties.


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Picton Anzac Day commemorations

Mark, Anne and Louisa Clarkson, Graeme McArthur and Olga Fuentes.

Russ Gathercole-Smith and Trevor Woodhouse. Both served in Vietnam, Russ as an infantryman and Trevor in the artillery.

Julie and Robin MacDonald. Robin is the son of ‘Nugget’ MacDonald who served in the 28th Maori Battalion during World War Two.

George Moore, and Kathryn Brown from Base Woodbourne.

The Blenheim Nativity Scouts and Marlborough Venturers at the Picton RSA after the service.

Trevor Perry and Bunty Bunt. Trevor served in the tanks, and Bunty as a spitfire pilot, during World War Two.

New Zealand troops disembarking at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Images courtesy of the New Zealand National Army Museum.

A group of unidentified Australian and New Zealand soldiers in a front line trench on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Alex Clapshaw, Taff Cottrell and Shane Hall from the Royal New Zealand Air Force Woodbourne base.

A view of troops landing from ships’ boats onto the beach at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. The men are thought to be New Zealand soldiers.

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Renwick Anzac Day commemorations

Renwick’s Anzac Day service began with a street march.

Lachlan Noble. Councillor Cynthia Brooks with her grandaughter Fern Russell.

Members of the Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade marched. Renwick School students with their handmade poppies. The firing volley that ended Renwick’s service.

Mark Gumbrell with son Henry. Rob Chee with daughter Amy and wife Michelle.

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Marlborough’s 100-Day Tribute to 100-Year Anniversary of Gallipoli Friday 24 April was the last night that the sound of the cornet rang out the Last Post from the steps of Blenheim’s war memorial at 6pm as the special 100-year tribute to Marlborough’s fallen servicemen reached its 100th day. Blenheim bandsman Denis Teeling has played the notes each night in the brief ceremony at which the names of Marlborough casualties are read aloud. Numbers have continued to build since the first evening and the ceremonies have brought visitors from Tauranga, Hamilton, Wanganui and Christchurch who have made the trip to hear the names of family members recalled. Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman who has been present several times each week, says it was an original concept that has captured the interest of, not only the direct families, but the

wider public and visitors to Blenheim. The gesture by one man has grown into an evening ceremony drawing hundreds of people; families, descendants, visitors, school children. “Denis has created Marlborough’s own special opportunity to mark the 100 years since Gallipoli in our own original way and he has shown great commitment to come out for 100 consecutive evenings,” said Mr Sowman. “Even more importantly, Denis has achieved what he set out to do; acknowledge that each and every one of our casualties were individuals who were lost to our province.” Marlborough RSA President John Forrest says there had been some very touching moments; the woman from Hamilton who was three months old when her father was killed, who travelled down for the ceremony, and

the little family reunions that have occurred as various relations have gathered to hear a family member’s name read out. Family stories and family connections discovered were being re-discovered as a result of the event, he said. Each night, the Ode was read after the names and a poppy pinned onto the cenotaph to represent each serviceman. Blenheim kapa haka group Te Rerenga o Te Ra, lead by tutor Nan Kahu, attended every night. Their performance added greatly to the atmosphere of the very moving ceremony The last night, Friday 24th April, the night before ANZAC Day, the names of the last seven servicemen, W to Y, were read out. Defence and diplomatic dignitaries in Marlborough for the ANZAC Day ceremony were in attendance.

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Sun Easter colouring competition winners

 Maggie Lonergan (4) won third prize in the 0-5 year category.

 Stephen Adam-Watty (10) won first prize in the 6-10 year category.

Thai Games

 Three year old Tony ,Tad and Awiirut.

Ale House celebrations

er Pauline Gibson.  Graeme Hawtin and sist

 Mia Lasenby with her Easter colouring-in 2nd prize.

 Riley Wood with his Easter colouring-in competition 2nd prize.

 Mariia Dyenisova won third prize in the 6-10 year category.

 Ella Meys (3) won first prize in the 0-5 year category.

Marlborough’s Thai vineyard workers celebrated the end of harvest with a sports day at Spring Creek on Friday.

lee an Seerit and Surasak Tsu Seksan Intsison, Atthap  Anantachat Inprusit, from Alapa.

 Nan and Parb from Grapeworx Mar lborough.

Twins Shirley Hawtin and Janette Simmons recently celebrated their birthday at Speights Ale House.

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DAVIDSON: Brent, Kathryn and big sister Alexis are delighted to announce the arrival of Felix James Davidson, born Saturday April 4 2015, weighing 9lb 12oz. Special thanks to Cathy, Toni and the team at Ward One. Photo provided.

JENNER: Kelly and Peter are very happy to announce the safe arrival of their first baby, Maria Rose (6lbs 12oz) on April 20, 2015 at 5:20pm at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to midwives Toni James and Cathy Middleton, and all the amazing staff in the Maternity Ward. Also thanks to our supporting family members who were present at Maria’s birth.

HARRISON: Gav, Tracey and big brother Liam are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Mackenzie Bess (9lb 3oz) on April 8 2015, 2:37pm at Wairau Hospital. A big thank you to midwife Sue Hudson, Jenn Laing, Carmen Brown and all theatre and maternity staff. Photo provided.

Important vaccination for pregnant women

JAMIESON: Dan and Sarah Gill are pleased to announce the arrival of their first baby boy Charlie Richard (3.4kg) on March 21, 2015 at 6.45pm at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to Gwen Costello, the nurses at Wairau Hospital and Neo-Natal Wellington for Charlie’s full recovery. Photo provided.

Pregnant mothers are encouraged to get vaccinated against whooping cough and influenza to protect mother and baby, says Nelson Marlborough District Health Board’s Associate Director of Midwifery, Debbie Fisher. Mrs Fisher, who is 34 weeks pregnant with her first baby, says; “I want to do everything I can to protect our babies and mothers. “Our babies are precious, and as a mother, I want to make sure that every mother who is carrying their unborn child gets this message to get vaccinated and know that it’s free.” “Getting vaccinated against flu and whooping cough will protect mother and her baby in the first weeks of life, and it is is free for pregnant mothers. Vaccinating against these contagious illnesses also helps stop the spread of influenza and whooping cough in the


community,” she says. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the New Zealand Ministry of Health recommends that pregnant women should be given the highest priority in the seasonal influenza vaccination programme, due to additional risks for pregnant women if they contract influenza during pregnancy. This year’s flu vaccine covers two new strains that were not in last year’s vaccine. Pregnant women who get the flu during pregnancy are 18 times more likely to end up in hospital due to pregnancy complications, Debbie says. To get vaccinated against whooping cough and influenza, pregnant mothers and their families can talk to your midwife or GP to make an appointment to get both vaccines at no cost.

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

Carolyn Jackson and Tony Chapman were married on February 28, 2015 by Celebrant Jenny Andrews in the lovely garden of Mrs N Robinson in Springlands. Photo by Carolyn’s grandaughter Chantal Painter.

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

Divorce Care

Support group for broken relationships. Find understanding, gain personal awareness, information and tools for coping. Starting 4th May at Nativity Centre 578-3909

Family/Whanau for information/ advocacy/support

Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Service

Our Advocates will take up your cause to ensure your rights are respected, listen to your concerns and support you in the actions you want to take to gain resolution. Ph 579 5304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St.

for families living with mental illness/addictions please contact Supporting Families Marlborough - Cheryl, Lyn, Karina or Sandra ph 577 5491 or visit us at 4 Scott Street.

Blenheim Healing Rooms - open 1st & 3rd

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At Sheets ‘n’ Things Between The Warehouse carpark building & Johns Kitchen Mon - Fri 9am - 3pm, Sat 9.30am - 12 noon. Winter sheets, all types of bedding & so much more!


Thursday 7pm, Blenheim Bowling Club, 40 housies, 2 supers, raffles and refreshments available. Proceeds to Te Rerenga O Te Ra.

community services Marlborough After Hours GP Services: Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 520 6377. Office 520 9980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm, 7 days. Ph 5782271. Community Care Pharmacy: Within the Blenheim Warehouse, open 7 days 9am-8pm. Only closed Christmas Day. Diabetes Marlborough Inc: 5775549, Office hours 9am-3pm, Monday - Friday Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline. Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital 520 9999, for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Overeaters Anonymous: For more information. Ph 570 5137 Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 5777651, Harvey 578 8125. Citizens Advice Bureau - Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm. Phone 578 4272.

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

Open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm. Saturday 9.00 - 2pm. Items surplus to your requirements we would gladly accept. We can deliver. Phone 579 4353.

St Christopher's Goodwill. Friday 1st May 9 AM - Noon. at the Church Hall Redwoodtown usual bargains good used clothing, household goods and books.

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Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. Ph Margaret 578 4690 or Cilla 570 5335. Alzheimers Society Marlborough: 577 6172, 8 Wither Rd. Open Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4.30pm Hospital Visiting Hours: Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-Noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. Marlborough Family Budgeting: - Free confidential budgeting advice. Monday-Friday. Phone 578 2006. Marlborough Lupus Support: For more information phone Katrina 572 4333 or 021 502 451 PICTON Doctor: Phone weekend doctor 573 6092 or Marlborough After Hours GP Service 520 6377. Office 520 9980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist:Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat 9-2pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm.


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


death notices AVERY, Joyce Winifred (nee Field): Passed away on April 22 2015 at Blenheim. Aged 106 years. Beloved wife of the late Charles Henry Avery, loved sister and sister-in-law of Maurice and Myrtle, Tom and May, Leo and Evelyn, and Kathleen and Richard O’Neill. Loved aunt of all her nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Naomi and all the staff at Springlands Lifestyle Village for their loving care. Messages to The Avery Family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240. A Requiem Mass for Joyce will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road, at 1.00pm on Thursday April 30, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z. Tel (03) 578-4719 MEARS, Sherrill Lillian: On Sunday April 26 2015, passed away peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village. Aged 68 years. Dearly loved wife of Nelson, much-loved Mum and Mum-inlaw of Chris and Ed, and Caroline and Gavin. Loved Nana of Tyla and Saffron. Heartfelt thanks to the staff in the Oaks and Hospital Wings for their loving care. Messages to The Mears Family, 163A Scott Street, Blenheim 7201. At the rest of the family, a private service for Sherrill will be held. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z. Tel (03) 578-4719

In Memoriam

Remember your lost loved one on their anniversary. The deadline will be on Monday 5.00pm. Please contact the Sun for further details. 72 High Street, Blenheim, email frontdesk@ or phone 577 7868.

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Wednesday April 29, 2015


Paddon and Kennard crash into spectators Sport By Jacob Page Hayden Paddon and Blenheim’s John Kennard had a frightening crash during their 16th place effort at the World Rally Championship’s Rally of Argentina at the weekend. Near the start of stage nine, on Saturday, a small kicker jump caused Paddon’s car to land on its side on two wheels close to the edge of the road. Neither Paddon or Kennard were injured in the incident, however six spectators were injured and received immediate medical attention at the scene, following the officials’ halting of this stage. “It wasn’t a nice incident. Our best wishes go out to everyone who was involved.” While the Kiwi duo managed top-five quickest stage times at various points during the weekend, they were unable to stay out of trouble on either of the first two days. “It was obviously a difficult day, but good to get back in the car and get some miles, and try to build on some confidence again,” Paddon says. “Obviously it’s a short day with just two stages, so today it was just important to bring the car home which we’ve done and now we can try and Hayden Paddon and Blenheim's John Kennard had plenty of challenges during their look forward to Portugal.” Rally of Argentina efforts at the weekend.

Christmas gift proves a winner Don Morrison’s Christmas present to his wife Shirley in 2010 paid a handsome dividend on the first day of the Marlborough Harness dual meeting on Friday. Don gave Shirley a Christmas card with a photo of their broodmare Lindauer Lady showing a positive pregnancy test to standardbred stallion Christian Fire. On Friday the horse, now named Christian Knight won the third race at the Marlborough Shirley and Don Morrison (trainer) with first day winner Christian Harness, the Clem Costello Knight at Waterlea Racecourse. Memorial Mobile Pace, paying

a win dividend of $25.80 and a place $5.40 in his fifteenth life time start. Christian Knight is the first winner for his sire Christen Fire. Shirley took a liking for stallion Christen Fire. During his racing career he was trained by the Morrisons good friends Carla and Robbie Holmes from North Canterbury. Shirley says when Christen Fire raced at Blenheim we would stable him and I considered him to be a very good racehorse.

By Adam Poulopoulos About 350 Thai workers from vineyards around Marlborough gathered in Spring Creek for the second annual Thai Games on Friday. T h e g a m e s we r e o rganised by Grapeworx Marlborough, Vinepower, Alapa and Thornhill, and were held at Awarua Park in Spring Creek.

Employees from the four companies, and those not affiliated with a company, were all present. The event was held to celebrate the end of the harvest season. The day included threelegged races, water bomb relays and cheerleading displays. Grapeworx Marlborough owner Susy Pouwhare says

after the success of last year’s inaugural event, organisers decided to make it a yearly occasion. She says late-April is a good time to host the event. “A lot of them came in November and go home in a week’s time, and a lot have arrived recently and are staying for the winter season.” More photos on page 13.

CLUB RUGBY Central and Moutere were the only Marlborough clubs to record victories in the first round of Tasman Trophy crossover matches with Nelson clubs over the weekend. Central beat Stoke 41-10, and Moutere won 40-31 over Marist. Harlequins suffered a home loss to Nelson, while Waitohi and Renwick were both beaten in Nelson.

FOOTBALL The Marlborough Development team were beaten 3-1 by the Nelson College First XI in Nelson on Anzac Day. They play Fresh Choice Richmond at A&P Park in their next game on Saturday. Central Pirates, Biddy Kate’s Rangers and BV Development all picked up victories in local division one football over the weekend.

UC CHAMPIONSHIP The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV have made a flying start to their UC Championship campaign, thumping Roncalli College 48-16 in Timaru on Saturday. They scored six tries to two in the win. Their next game is on Tuesday, May 5, at home against Shirley Boys’ High School. The game is part of a wider sporting exchange with Shirley Boys’.

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