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Home brew By Adam Poulopoulos A chance to be involved with his first Blues, Brews and BBQ’s festival in a decade is bringing Matthew McNeilly back to Blenheim. McNeilly and his partner Amelia Richards, who together form Sydney-based country music duo NeillyRich, have been signed up to perform at the returning festival later in the year.

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NeillyRich to return for festival Continued from page 1 The duo confirmed the announcement via their Facebook page earlier this week. It is Amelia’s first Blues, Brews and BBQ’s festival, and Matthew’s first since he played with his old band Red House in the early 2000s. Matthew says he enjoyed playing there last time, and expects more of the same this time around. “To me Blues and Brews was always a staple for music culture in Blenheim. When it all dissolved, the same open-air festival atmosphere as Blues and Brews was not accessible any more. “It was a great festival and it always had potential, and to be able to come back and reawaken it is pretty special.” He says he is excited this year’s event has no age restriction. “It doesn’t exclude people just because they don’t have children.

“Last time I remember the crowd was really into it. Everyone up front was having a good time. “I remember looking up, seeing all the people and thinking ‘this is special.” Matthew and Amelia will be playing country-rock music, as well as incorporating some blues elements for the festival. Currently, NeillyRich is touring New South Wales, working towards releasing a new album at the end of the year. Recently they released a single ‘Together with You,’ which has spent six weeks on the Australian country music charts, and were nominated in the top country music group/duo category at the New Zealand Country Music Awards. Blues, Brews and BBQs will be held at A&P Park on November 28. Last year’s event was cancelled due to declining interest.

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As New Zealand shivered in one of its coldest night’s in history, Blenheim also took a lashing yesterday morning. The temperature dropped to as low as minus five overnight yesterday and it was still minus four at 8am in the Blenheim CBD. The cooler weather was expected to last until Thursday, with a lack of cloud cover and southerly conditions the main causes of the dip in temperature. Pukaki, near Mt Cook, recorded the minus 20 degrees temperature early on Tuesday. Ironically, that is cooler than most domestic freezers. New Zealand’s coldest temperature on record was minus 25 in Ranfurly, Central Otago, in 1903.

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‘Wood Guy’ woe continues By Jacob Page Rosanne Anderson says she has also been duped out of money by Robin Georgeson who promised her a wood seat. Robin, also known as The Wood Guy in Havelock, appears to have gone to ground after Christchurch man Ross Langford went to The Sun to claim he was left out of pocket $825 after paying a 75 per cent deposit for furniture in January. Roseanne says she paid a $375 deposit to Robin for a wooden bench worth $500 in March and has not heard from him since April. She was going to donate the bench to the Grovetown Lagoon Restoration Group where she is the volunteer co-ordinator. “I organised it in March and in April he said everything was going good and he was just waiting on a top coat and it would be done. “Since then, I’ve heard nothing… It’s really disappointing. “I’m surprised this sort of thing can happen in small towns. “I had hoped people would be able to sit and enjoy the hidden secret of Marlborough that is the Grovetown Lagoon.” Roseanne says she would write a letter to Havelock Police to



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Car floats away Blenheim Police have arrested a man for unlawfully taking a vehicle after an incident on Saturday morning in which a car was seen floating out to sea before disappearing under the water. Police received the report from a member of the public about 11am of a red car floating out to sea with its hazard lights on near the Wairau Diversion. The car then disappeared under the water. The witness also reported seeing a man standing on the bank nearby. He was close to what appeared to be a pile of household rubbish. The owner of the car, who is known to the offender, was located and there is no information to suggest anyone was in the vehicle when it entered the water. A view of Grovetown Lagoon.

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Liquor operation nabs two underage liquor sales

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By Jacob Page A underage liquor sting by police saw two Marlborough businesses caught selling alcohol to minors. A controlled purchase operation in Marlborough on Friday evening saw two 17-year-old volunteers visit 16 premises during the operation and 14 of those refused to sell the minor alcohol. However the youths were served at two separate premises. Both of these prem-

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ises asked for ID which was produced and clearly identified the pair were under age. Despite this the sales were made. The two sales were made at Countdown in Blenheim, in Seymour Street and Seamus’s Bar in Picton. Police will now hold meetings with the managers of the premises to discuss what further action will be taken. Marlborough Prevention Manager Senior Sergeant Peter Payne says all licence holders

had a responsibility to ensure they and their staff were fully aware of their obligations when selling alcohol. “The fact that we continually find businesses failing in their duty is disappointing.” As a result of these incidents both businesses will have some level of enforcement action taken. Senior Sergeant Payne says all businesses and bars should be checking the age of anyone who looked under 25.

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By Adam Poulopoulos More Marlborough residents expressed their concerns about broadband and mobile connectivity at a meeting on Monday night, as the deadline to submit for government funding approaches. Marlborough residents placed pins in council-provided maps to indicate poor connectivity, having done the same in a previous meeting on May 25. Digital Development Associates digital strategy associate Chris O’Connell says locals needed to continue to make their concerns heard. “The squeaky wheels get oiled. “Leaping up and down and making a case helps. “If the Government money wasn’t there, how would we go about solving these problems anyway?” Residents say the poor connectivity is a social, economic and health and safety issue.

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Rarangi residents complained of being unable to access broadband during the day or in the evening due to high online traffic, which made doing schoolwork and business difficult. Canvastown residents are concerned about properties which have only dial-up internet and

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O’Connell finished the meeting by showing the example of Whangarei, which has been provided ultra-fast broadband by far north electricity provider Northpower. O’Connell says the project was finished under-budget and one year ahead of schedule, and with Whangarei now having the highest UFB uptake in the country, looking outside the main providers was an option to consider. The Marlborough District Council’s broadband steering group has until Friday, July 3 to make a submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to improve connectivity. The Government announced a $360 million fund to expand urban and rural broadband, and fix mobile black spots, in last month’s budget.

Health grants boost region The Canterbury Community Trust has announced $152,300 in grants into the Marlborough region for its Health and Wellbeing funding sector. The Trust received funding requests totalling over $562,000. According to Chief Executive, Louise Edwards, applications in this area over the last three years are almost double the amount of the Trust’s available budget for this sector, with grants approved totalling $738,000 against $1.8 million in funding requests. Two high health needs groups have been

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: Where does Marlborough Netball’s future lie?

Barbara Faulls Linkwater From what I understand Lansdowne Park will be fantastic for sport, and fantastic for Marlborough. It should give them the opportunity to modernise facilities and attract more teams from outside the region.

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It’s pretty good here I reckon. I’ve just got the girls into it and it’s pretty strong here.

It’s a tricky decision with so much mixed emotion. They need to look at where is best for the future. They really need to update the facilities, no matter how they do it.

I suppose as long as there are courts for them to play netball they don’t really care where it is.

It’s really dependent on parking. Whenever we go to Lansdowne Park and watch the kids play rugby it’s a helluva job to find parking there.

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Fairfax Mogul Dear Ed, Well said Les Whiteside in your article on the decline of daily newspapers. Your views were most interesting and perceptive and underline the stupidity of the decision which lets the corporate mogul Fairfax get an all-dominating stranglehold on our newspapers. With it has come a lack of investigative journalism and absurd front-page stories more befitting of a tabloid rag. As to the Marlborough Express the lack of proofreading results in a sub-standard paper. Last week an article on ‘Retirement Bosses’ by Alan Wood started off with ‘tive of Metlifecare—’ then after several paragraphs ended up last line with ‘The survey showed as chief execu——’ Get what went wrong? Very basic, so shoddy. Poor Alan Wood to have his journalism emasculated. It has not been the only cock-up either. Don Coyote

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Picton library Dear Ed, I see that a council offshoot group called Smart & Connected is asking for suggestions on a name for the new Picton Library. Why, how, by when and what they intend to do with the list of suggested names is not clear. The appropriate way to choose the most popular name would be to pass the suggestions on to Picton’s forum who, in the meantime establish a pre-selection sub-committee of their member representatives, which would

in due course select the best five or six names. These would then be put to the vote of ratepayers purchasing goods at say three designated local shops by their dropping a disc in to a glass vessel thereby indicating their choice. This method has been used before in voting for charity funding preferences. The most popular name(s) being submitted to council for its final choice. Gary Riggs

Exceptional Care Dear Ed On the May 31st at 6.30pm my wife Barbara was admitted to Wairau Hospital where she stayed until June 4, when at 11.00am she was transferred to Maxwell Care Home in Maxwell Road. The object of this note is to thank those two establishments for the exceptional care bestowed on her and the care and respect given her husband and family whilst in their

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Official languages Dear Ed, How many of you are aware that New Zealand has two official languages - and English is not one of them? My local MP Simon Bridges confirmed it There is no legislation that enshrines English as an official language of New Zealand. He suggested I start a petition to the House of Representatives. He will present my petition to Parliament and the wording has been approved by the Clerk of the House. The two official languages are sign language made official in 2006 and the maori language in 1987. I have launched the petition in Tauranga and it is doing very well locally. Some local shopkeepers have it on their counters as does the local RSA. Perhaps you belong to a walking group, a garden or craft group or even a service or Probus club - could you take it along to your meeting? I hope that the people in your area will be willing to sign this petition, you can contact me on or 027 233 1595 or on this website - use the printer or download icon to print. English is our common language and we must ensure it becomes an official language of our country. With your help, it can. Robin Bishop

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Heritage, history and honour Prue Matthews received a Queen’s Service Medal for services to heritage preservation. Prue talks to Sun reporter Alice Peacock about her years of commitment to the uncovering and preservation of Marlborough’s history.

It seems unlikely that anyone knows the history of Marlborough quite as well as Prue Matthews, who has been recognised by the Queen for services to heritage preservation. Prue has always had a fascination with “all things old”. She has spent her years immersed in the history of Marlborough since her family moved to the area from Christchurch in 1958. “I love the books, I love the history, and I love working for the people to assemble any history that they want to learn or preserve.” The heritage preservation work that has brought Prue commendation include restoration work on the ex-convict ship Edwin Fox, the cob cottage at Riverlands, and the Whites Bay Cable Station. The avid historian is also behind restoration work at Brayshaw Heritage Park, and has been a contributor to the establishment of several Marlborough museums. Prue’s passion for the past started

off as a family affair. Close friends of her parents owned a farm north of Canterbury, where Prue used to enjoy exploring and fossicking with her sisters. “We used to spend a fabulous amount of time on the farm. The evidence of the Maori having had been there, that was always fascinating to us.” Prue married fellow historian Neville Matthews in 1959, gaining a companion for her journeys into the past in doing so. She was swept up in the field trips that he regularly took place in as a member of the Marlborough Historical Society, and the two would spend their spare time learning more about the region. “We’d get in the car after work, and would head out and explore the area. “We really became immersed in the history here.” Alongside her heritage preservation work, Prue has co-written several books documenting the lives of Marlborough’s people and events. She wrote the obitu-

aries for the Marlborough Express for over ten years, fulfilling a fascination with the older generation. Prue’s second, but not secondary passion is for art. She has been a member of the Marlborough Art Society for 40 years, running workshops and contributing to exhibitions. The mother-of-three currently teaches a pastel painting class: “Pastels with Prue” every Friday, as well as continuing to express herself through painting in her spare time. That, she says, is how she expressed her excitement about receiving notice of the Queen’s Service Medal. “I didn’t scream about it, I just put it into my art.” Prue says she will carry on with her historical work, but will stick with examining the history of those who passed before her: “old history, rather than new history”. The history of today, she said, she will leave to historians that follow in her footsteps.

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Colin Martin Instant Auto owner Colin Martin says since the business opened in May, the response has been excellent and the workshop is humming. “I’m starting to see a lot of repeat business come through, more trade workers and people from out of town. “Our point of difference is the fact that we do your vehicle servicing while you wait and no bookings required which people seem to be enjoying,” he says. Colin, originally born in Marlborough, says he and wife Jo had always wanted to return. After looking at a number of business opportunities, Colin recognised something he felt the town didn’t have; Fast-While-You-Wait-Vehicle-


Roger Abernethy


If you’re looking to get rid of infestations of ants, rodents, wasps and other pests, Roger Abernethy at Flybusters Antiants Marlborough is the person to call. Roger and wife Abby bought out the Marlborough franchise in 2007, and were awarded Flybusters franchise of the year in 2014. Operating out of Renwick, Flybusters services the entire Marlborough region. They use the latest odourless, colourless products and technology available to create a safer environment for you and your family. Roger says doing a good job for his customers is what keeps him in the job.

Recover and repair of lounge suites, dining chairs, antiques, boat squabs

We stand by our work and we take pride in the finished job Murray Holmes Unit 2 / 6 Opawa St Ph 03 921 2221 Cell 022 061 2909

Harris Best PanelBeaters 88 High Street, Renwick

Phone: 572 8037. Email: A/H: Trevor 027 246 4108

When it comes to panel work and painting of vehicles, there is a business that has been going strong for many years - Harris Best Panel & Paint. Owned by Trevor Harris, the business is based in Renwick but regularly provides services to customers from all over the region. After a car accident last year, Trevor is back in the full swing of things and says all areas of the business are busy. “Both the paint booth and workshops are busy doing everything from panel beating and wheel alignments, through to restoration work on classic cars. “We are even doing a lot of plastic welding on vineyard spray tanks and grape bins,” he says.

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into an old chair... no job is too big or small,” he says. In addition to furniture, Murray can also work on caravans and boats. “I am happy to go out to see people and give quotes and look at furniture people have as well as pick up and deliver it back to them,” he says. For those considering a change, Murray welcomes them to visit his showroom where they can view recent restorations and browse through the fabric samples.

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“It’s the satisfaction of helping others. It’s a service industry. “If we go into a house that is black with dead ants after we’ve been in there it’s pretty satisfying.” Roger and Abby are both fully insured and certified by the Pest Management Association of New Zealand. The Marlborough Flybusters franchise is one of only two in the South Island, and 16 nationwide. For any help with your pest needs, give them a call on 0800 83 70 70.

Glenmurray Murray Holmes Ad Editorial Upholstery 7x3.5 Do you have a lounge suite in need of updating, a headboard in need of repair or an antique chair at odds with a newly decorated room? Before you rush out to buy new furniture, contact local upholsterer Murray Holmes. Murray is the owner of Glenmurray Upholstery based on Opawa Street. The business specialises in the recovering, repair and restoration of furniture upholstery. This includes the resetting of coil springs, replacement of foam and putting in deep buttoning on antique pieces. “Perhaps you want to match the furniture to your decor or simply breathe some new life

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Servicing. “The system we use is well established in America, in fact our early customers were from overseas. “Quite simply, Instant Auto is not like any other vehicle service provider in town,” he says. Instant Auto is the only express operation in Marlborough covering all vehicles, cars, 4x4 and light commercial. “If we can fit it in the workshop we can service it,” Colin says. Open Monday - Friday and Saturday mornings, call in and see the Instant Auto team on Main Street, Blenheim.

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In the workshop, wheel alignments are carried out on the Hunter four-wheel alignment machine, while painting is done using the European Mipa water based paint system. “The Mipa system is more environmentally friendly and its colours are cleaner and new cars are being painted in it,” he says. A courtesy car is available and Trevor is happy to offer quotes, so for your next restoration project or panel repair work, call in and see the Harris Best Panel & Paint team on High Street, Renwick.

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Wednesday June 24, 2015



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After over 20 years of being in business, Caltex Main Street Station owner Grant Stubbs has decided to pull back and employ a manager to take care of the day-to-day operations. Introducing Paul Fletcher, known to many people as Fletch. Paul joins Wayne, Pete, Bonnie and Wingy who have been ‘fantastic’ long serving staff members. Paul took on the manager’s role earlier in the year and has since made a big impression on the day to day running of the business. His humour, friendly demeanour and people skills have made him a great asset to the team. As the point of contact, Paul encourages cus-

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tomers to say hi. “The best part of my day is the interaction with customers, and in this position you get to know them quite well,” he says. Caltex Main Street station is Blenheim’s only locally owned service station, property and business. Inside the Fix convenience store, there are all your basic grocery items, food and drinks right through to car accessories. Customers also continue to benefit from the AA Smartfuel loyalty card, so see in-store for more details.


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Will Power Electrical Ltd also specialises in data cabling for businesses and all commercial and industrial electrical work. “What ever your request and whenever you need it, we are available 24/7 to deal with any job or electrical emergency, big or small,” Will says. “Give us a call to discuss what electrical work you need done and we will provide you with the best solution.” Will Power Electrical Ltd offers Greypower discounts.


Whether you’re building, renovating or in need of electrical repairs, hiring an experienced and reliable company like Will Power Electrical Ltd makes all the difference. The business is owned and operated by Will and Nicole McGruddy who have their office based in Blenheim. Will and employee Nick Barnett will however, travel anywhere in Marlborough, including the Sounds areas. This work includes everything from heatpump servicing and installation through to electrical checks, new wiring and repairs.

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BEVEN: Maggie and Joel are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their beautiful baby girl, Sienna Constance (9lb 2oz) on June 5, 2015 at 7.44pm. We would like to say a huge thanks to midwives Rhianne Lamb and Shona Wills. And a massive thank you to all the Maternity Ward staff. Photo provided.

DOYLE: Tash and Patrick welcome beautiful Abigail (2.73kg) on June 18, 2015 at 10:55am at Wairau Hospital. A sister for Anna and Mikey. A very special thank you to Sue Hudson and Helen Crampton, and all the lovely staff in the Maternity Ward.



HEGGLUN: Greg, Rochelle and big sister Keira are excited to announce the arrival of their baby girl, Neive Lily (8lb 10oz) on June 8, 2015. Special thanks to Cathy Middleton and all the staff at the maternity ward. Photo provided.

Babies course offered Blenheim Playcentre will run its popular Babies Building Blocks course again in July and expects places to go fast. The ten week course, for six-12 month old babies and their parents / caregivers, offers a chance to experience what a playcentre is like, and to learn from others who have navigated that first year with a baby. “Playcentre is run by families for families. Parents learn from each other in a supportive environment,” course facilitator Poz Poswillo says, a team leader from Blenheim Playcentre. The Babies Building Blocks course is for all parents, whether younger, older, ‘first timers’ or those with older siblings in tow. “People enjoy exploring different types of play with their babies and find it helpful to ask questions,”Poz says. Gemma Franken, first time mum to toddler Nico, was sceptical about playcentre before she joined the Babies Building Blocks course. “I heard there’s lots of work involved with playcentre and that kids run wild. I wasn’t sure how that would get them ready for school.”

Since completing the course Gemma has stayed at playcentre and is working her way through the free courses on offer. Training includes how to deal with challenging child behaviour, and how to help children learn to their fullest potential. “Nico loves playcentre and coming here has built my confidence as a mum. Children explore through play and the adults join in, helping them make the most of the learning opportunities. “Kids don’t run wild, they have fun and gain confidence while adults become friends. “We always welcome people who want to find out more,” Poz says, “At playcentre children develop the curiosity and courage to try new things, and the motivation to extend themselves. These skills are some of the essential building blocks that prepare them to succeed in later years”. To register for the Babies Building Blocks contact Blenheim Playcentre on 577 5216 or email The course costs $30 and starts on Tuesday, July 21.



Mum of The Week

VERVAART: Carey and Katie of Brisbane Australia (formerly Blenheim) would like to announce the arrival of Carter James Vervaart at 6:28pm on June 11, 2015 weighing 8lb 10oz. A brother for Lily and Chloe. Photo provided.

Tel: 03 520 9030 | Fax: 03 520 9080 Email:

Congratulations to TaSh DOYLE 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.

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ENGLEFIELD MILANO ELITE BACK TO WALL TOILET SUITE • Vitreous china • Quiet close, quick release metal hinge seat 3624395

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• Hand finished vitreous china • 4 Star WELS rating • 5 yr guarantee 3660278/79

• Solid acrylic tray • 1 pce acrylic 2-sided flat wall liner • Glass meets NZ safety glass standards • Sturdy, quick-release rollers • Over sized glass door panels eliminate water splashing 3610978

LIFE SERIES ACCESSORIES TOWEL RING 3690604 $20.28 TOILET ROLL HOLDER 3690607 $20.79 DOUBLE ROBE HOOD 3690605 $16.68 600MM TOWEL RAIL 3690606 $36.49 NILE 1700 X 300 X 300MM TOWER WENGE




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Offers valid Wednesday 24th June 2015 - Friday 31st June 2015 or while stocks last. Offers only valid at PlaceMakers Blenheim. No special orders or rainchecks. Offers not valid in conjunction with other promotional offers or trade discounts.




Wednesday June 24, 2015

More FM Mid Winter swim

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out & about

Brave swimmers turned out in their droves for the More FM Mid Winter Swim on Sunday afternoon.

 Adrienne Bennett, Charlotte Gorman, 5, Ethan Potbury, 9, Judi Potbury and James Potbury, 11.  The Gilhooly kids: Joseph, 3 and Hannah,

 The McGowan family: Ro


bert, Libby, 6 and Jessie .

 Vanessa Beck, Imogen Beck, 5 and Allan Beck.

Gymnastics festival Marlborough students were put through their paces at the schools’ gymnastics festival at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 on Friday.

 Shani Tilbury, 8, of Riverlands School.

 Hayley Wratt, Isyiah Fag

 Karen and Bren t Christie.

an, 7 months and Megh an Birtles.

 Natasha White, 8, of Springlands School tries the floor exercise.

 Full of concentration on Redwoodtown School stude the skipping rope is nt Logan Robb, 11.

Any of our “out & about” photos can be purchased at the Sun Newspaper office. How to get your day off to the perfect start in three easy steps... 1. Morning sun warming the room. 2. Good cup of coffee, just the way you like it.

3. Peace and quiet to enjoy your Favourite newspaper. Twice weekly - Wednesday and Friday. Phone 5777 868 for advertising and news.

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w community notices 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

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

10am - 2pm. Good selection of vegies, clothing, linen, walnuts & general goods. Surplus items accepted. Stall sites $5 Ph 572 9511

Sheets ‘n’ Things Looking for a bargain? New handmade fabric bags for sale. Between The Warehouse carpark building & Johns Kitchen. Ph: 578 1356 Ext 5 or 021 178 8337.

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.

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.

St John Community Shop Springlands We require donations of lemons, seasonal produce and good quality shop items. Thank you for supporting your ambulance service. Ph 578-1754

The Blue Door 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

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.

death notices HEMMING, Sheila Marie: Died peacefully, on June 19 2015 at Blenheim. Aged 81 years. Dearly loved wife of Ron, beloved Mum of Gay and Susie. Cherished Nanny of Sam, Pete, Sarah, Laura and James; loving Great Nanny. Messages to F1, 86 McLauchlan Street, Blenheim 7201. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to P O Box 411, Blenheim 7240. A service for Sheila will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets at 1pm TODAY Wednesday June 24, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN F.D.A.N.Z. Tel (03) 578-4719

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


• 150 Seat Mayfield Chapel • Sowman Catering Lounge • Marlborough’s only cremation facility • FDANZ Pre-pay and pre-planning funeral options

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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.

acknowledgement JELLYMAN, Nola Fay (nee Cowman): Trevor, Eric, Ian Lex, Noel, Philippa and families acknowledge and appreciate the care and support our mother had in her final years. Our appreciation and grateful thanks is extended to the Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village management and staff for the care and attention they gave Mum during her time there. To those family and friends who visited Mum in her time in the rest home, thank you for making her feel special. To family and friends who supported us in our time of grief, sent cards, food, attended her funeral, and/or gave a donation to the Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village Activity Fund, we express our grateful appreciation and thanks. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement.

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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 June 24, 2015

Trades and Services AUTOMOTIVE

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If it is still working, you could recycle it with us.

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Cecilia & Darryl Norman are excited to be the new owners of Marlborough’s Harrisons Carpet One. With years of flooring experience, Cecilia & Darryl are looking forward to delivering their famous ‘second to none’ service to the local market.



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MOLE checks - for a thorough skin check u s i n g d e r m o s c o py. Call the Skin Clinic 578 1665.

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Marlborough Bluelight AGM Blenheim Police Station, Thursday 25th June 2015, 7pm.

CANCER support and information. contact The Cancer Society in the Forum. Open Mon - Frid 9.00am - 4.30pm. Ph 579 4379. TRIMMERS Mobile Hairdresser. Haircuts specials for June! 027 925 0889.

E AR Health . Removal of Ear Wax using microscope and suction. Phone for an appointment 578 8310 at Physiotherapy Centre, 11 Francis St.

TE N PIN Bowling. Open 7 days. Phone 5784851 to book a lane now.

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Kids school holiday WorKshops July 8th,13th,15th. • iPad holder • Pencil roll • Upcycled Jeans bag Cost $30.00 per class including materials. 193 Rapaura Road • Ph 572 7240 Late night Tuesday 8.30pm

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This FREE NZQA approved 20 week part time evening programme is held in Blenheim on Monday evenings starting July for people looking to: Get out of debt Save money Stretch your $$$ further Learn the secrets of investing in property and shares

Open to all NZ permanent residents aged 16+. INFO EVENING: Thursday 25th June @ 5 pm

Available by the hour Marlborough and beyond

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Any cars, vans, trucks, 4x4's. In any condition.

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R E C TA N G U L A R Table with glass top + 4 chairs in excellent condition, $250 ph 578 6898

WHITE CHIP & white rocks. Ideal for pebble gardens, paths, driveways. Phone Thomson 5756885.

HOUSEHOLD Cleaning work wanted, has experience and references, Ph 578-4286 or 027365-9957.

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Too much sugar As kids, we were taught that too much sugar would rot our teeth, but today we know that the ramifications of a lifelong sugar splurge are scarier than a finger-wagging dentist. Yes, sugar can cause cavities, but of much greater concern is sugar’s link to bodywide inflammation. Sugar can contribute to cellular inflammation, which is like a continuing series of paper cuts that compromise cell function. Deep inside the body, these microscopic wounds fester below the pain threshold. Because many of us don’t see or feel the damage, there is little incentive to cut back on the inflammatory diet that is causing this constant cellular damage, so the party continues. That is, until the body blows a gasket. Left unchecked, inflammation can unleash dozens of different diseases. Here are just a few of the malfunctions related to a lifetime of sweet indulgence: Heart Disease People on the high end of the sugar spectrum were also more likely to have dangerously high levels of blood fats called triglycerides. Cancer Scientists have long known that cancer cells

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Alcohol harm debate welcomed Injury Prevention Aotearoa welcomes the debate around reducing alcohol-related harm, sparked by clinical toxicologist and ED specialist Dr Paul Quigley’s statement about the relative safety of pure ecstasy (MDMA) over alcohol. “The suggestion that an illegal drug could be safer than the country’s favourite beverage will make people think twice about their drinking,” says Injury Prevention Aotearoa drug and alcohol spokesperson, Papa Nahi. “For too long, alcohol has been the elephant in the room, but we need to take a fresh look at reducing alcohol harm and raising awareness.” Screening of patients at Wellington A&E has shown alcohol accounts for two-thirds of late night and weekend admissions. The links between alcohol and domestic violence, anti-social behaviour and depression are also well known. Now evidence is coming to light of the increased risk of certain cancers, as presented at an alcohol and cancer conference in Wellington this week, the first of its type in New Zealand. “We are at the same point with alcohol as we were with smoking 50 years ago, when people were just becoming aware of the links

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Sport Moli makes good to lift trophy By Jacob Page Former Marlborough Boys’ College captain Atu Moli became the fifth New Zealand captain to lift the Under-20 World Rugby Trophy after a 21-16 win over defending champions England in the final, in Italy. The prop, who now plies his trade with Waikato played an instrumental part in ensuring New Zealand’s forward pack was able to match it with an English pack that had been the benchmark all tournament. Moil says post-match his team had kept their focus and kept to their structures and gameplans despite England’s fast start. “It was very physical, big ups to the


boys. “They came out and executed the stuff we needed to. “The plan was to build phases and get ourselves into the game but England played well and put us under pressure early. “I’m just really proud of the boys. New Zealand was the only undefeated team at the tournament. Tasman Makos assistant coach Leon MacDonald was an assistant coach with the team.

UC Championship The NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV were pipped 27-25 by Lincoln High School in Christchurch on Saturday afternoon. They welcome Timaru Boys’ High School to Blenheim this Saturday.

RIGHT: Former Marlborough Boys’ College head boy and first XV captain Atunaisa Moli. File photo


MacKenzie takes silver Marlborough-born rower Sophie MacKenzie has won a silver medal at the Rowing World Cup in Varese, Italy. MacKenzie and crew mate Julia Edward finished second in the lightweight double sculls final, in a time of six minutes and 54 seconds, about a quarter of a second behind Charlotte Taylor and Katherine Copeland of Great Britain.

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The New Zealand crew had made the final after winning both their heat and a semi-final race. MacKenzie was returning to Varese, where she and Zoe McBride took lightweight double sculls gold in last year’s under-23 world championships. Other Marlburians rowing at the tournament included Karl Manson, whose quadruple sculls

crew finished third in the B final and Tom Murray, who was part of the men’s eight which finished fourth. Axel Dickinson and Patrick McInnes were third in the C final of the men’s pair. Overall, New Zealand crew took four golds, a silver and a bronze at the event.

Gymnastics Cricket weekend a success About 750 Marlborough students from 16 primary schools took part in Friday’s schools’ gymnastics festival at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000. They were joined by gymnasts from around the country competing in the Marlborough Gymnastics Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

Ben Wheeler had a strong all-round game but it was not enough to win the deciding one-day international against England. The left-hander hit 39 not out off 28 balls as New Zealand finished on 283-9, and took 2-33 off five overs bowling first-change. England won the match by three wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis method to take the series 3-2. The series concluded this morning with a twenty20 international.

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