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By Jacob Page The family of former Marlborough Boys’ College head boy PJ Lupi is ‘overwhelmed’ more than $120,000 has been raised for his medical care in just over 24 hours following a scooter accident that left him in a coma in a Thailand hospital. The accident happened on Monday, the day before the 28-year-old was due to return home from holiday in Phuket. The family has set up a Givealittle page in an effort to raise $150,000 to take care of his hospital treatmrnt for the next fortnight at least and a potential flight home. PJ Lupi is in a coma after a scooter accident in Phuket.

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Community rallies for well-known family Continued from page 1 Family spokesperson, PJ’s older brother Joe, says his brother and father are at his bedside ensuring he gets the best possible care while Joe coordinates financial efforts from home. PJ was the only one involved in the accident and he was wearing a helmet. A friend he met up with in Phuket was with him when the accident happened and performed emergency CPR “which likely saved his life”, Joe says. PJ was under the impression his New Zealand medical insurance would cover him in the Thailand holiday spot but he was wrong. His care is costing the family $6000 a day with the prospect of a $90,000 bill to ensure he has the appropriate medical team with him when the time comes to fly him home “It’s fair to say I haven’t slept since the accident,” Joe says. Joe says PJ’s condition was no longer thought to be life threatening and he was now stable. They are hopeful of being able to bring him home in a fortnight. PJ has showed encouraging signs like

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moving his limbs regularly and has squeezed his brother’s finger on demand. “It’s been very hard to get accurate information out of the hospital over there. “When he arrived they put him in a

room with six other people all in the Intensive Care Unit and it was very cramped so we have moved him to a private (facility) to ensure he gets the best possible care.” Joe says his brother was the kind of person who would do anything for anybody and he hoped the Marlborough community would rally for him and the family in their time of need. “We reflect on what a fun, generous and well liked gentleman PJ was, he was extremely well known for being head boy of Marlborough Boys’ College and for his generosity. “We love PJ very much and are all doing everything we can to get him the best possible care in Thailand and then to get him home to his mother and family.” Joe says people need to be aware of their travel insurance needs. “Parents, family and friends please, check your loved ones insurance covers you for travelling offshore(travel insurance), its a detail thats so easy to overlook, please check.” Donations can be made at http://

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US-bound modelling party has Marlborough links By Adam Poulopoulos A group of Christchurch-based models will not only be representing New Zealand, but also Marlborough in the United States later in the year. Hannah Braddick, 15, Brenna Wadsworth, 18 and Laura Williams, 16, are travelling to Florida to audition with several agencies the week before Christmas. They will audition with agencies like Disney and MGM, and many of America’s top model agencies. The auditions take place through the Applause Rising Talent Showcase programme. Hannah currently attends Marlborough Girls College, Breena is at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Laura, whose mother Rachael was born in Marlborough, is at Christchurch Girls’ High School. Laura and Brenna are cousins. The trio will be joined by two male models from Christchurch at the auditions. They are the first Kiwis selected to appear at the showcase. All three women model with Denyse Saunders Model Management in Christchurch. They auditioned and compiled portfolios in Christchurch for a judge from Melbourne.

The photos were taken by Denyse’s son James, an award-winning fashion photographer who attended Witherlea School. Denyse, who was born in Blenheim, says she is excited about the opportunity the three are getting. “It’s very prestigious for New Zealand and we think it’s great there’s this Blenheim connection.” The models have to audition for more than just modelling to appear at the showcase. Hannah will be auditioning as a jazz dancer and Laura will be following her goal of becoming a television presenter by taking acting auditions. Brenna will also take acting auditions. Denyse says the real work begins now. “They will be competing against other models, dancers, singers and actors from all around the world. So between now and then we will be training hard. “The highly competitive and lucrative American market can take years to break into. This way it can literally be overnight.” Right: Brenna Wadsworth is one of three models with Marlborough connections heading to the USA for auditions in December.

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inbrief Police more engaged in region - survey The fifth annual New Zealand police workplace survey shows Marlborough police officers are feeling engaged with their work than the national average. Almost a third of Marlborough police, 32.8 per cent, said they were engaged, 55.3 per cent said they were ambivalent, and 11.9 per cent said they were disengaged. Those numbers are higher than last year, when just 13.6 per cent of Marlborough police said they were engaged with their work.

A joint study between Oxford, Auckland and Otago Universities has found a tax on fatty and salty foods coupled with subsidies on fruit and vegetables could save the lives of more than 2000 New Zealanders a year. Heart disease currently contributes to 30 per cent of deaths in New Zealanders each year. The research bases their findings on a potential 20 per cent tax on fatty and salty foods and a 20 per cent subsidy on fruit and vegetables.

the Blenheim town centre. One is the sunshine hours – we’re number one or number two in the country – and the other is we have a river running through the town. We don’t make use of either of them. “We need better linkages to the river…people like sitting outside and it creates vibrancy. People who drive past are more likely to want to stop if they see people sitting outside. “It’s not just about visiting the businesses; it’s about socialising, like kids going out for a bike ride or with the potential new pocket park (part of the proposed

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Serving up al fresco dining By Adam Poulopoulos A desire for more al fresco dining was one of the main threads to emerge from a recent meeting of Blenheim business owners. The Blenheim Business Association met last month to discuss forming a Business Improvement District, encompassing the area set out by the Marlborough District Council’s central business zone. Several business owners agreed al fresco dining would help add vibrancy to the central business district. BBA chairman Tim Thomas says more al fresco dining would

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Wheeler winging it to Africa Marlborough pace bowler Ben Wheeler has been included in the 16man Black Caps squad for the limited overs tour to Zimbabwe and South Africa in August. After making a strong debut in the coloured clothing, Wheeler looks set to see more action, especially with Trent Boult (injured) and Tim Southee (rested) being out of the squad. The Black Caps will play three 50-over matches and a Twenty20 fixture in Zimbabwe before facing the Proteas in two Twenty20 games and a threematch 50-over series.

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CoM staff take scholarships Two Clubs of Marlborough staff members have been awarded scholarships from Clubs New Zealand to help them continue studying hospitality. Caterer Andrew Irvine won the Club Achiever scholarship, while bartender Gareth Assink took the Club Step Up scholarship.

Bunnings workshops Bunnings Warehouse in Blenheim is hosting workshops for children during the school holidays. The first, the Kids Paint it DIY Workshop, began on Tuesday and finished yesterday, and the second, the Kids Build it DIY Workshop, is on Tuesday and Thursday next week. Bookings are recommended. For more information and to book, contact Bunnings Warehouse in Blenheim.

Triton arrives National hearing healthcare chain Triton Hearing has set up in Blenheim. The business, located at 141 High Street, had an opening morning tea on Wednesday.

‘Whale Years’ presentation Poet and artist Gregory O’Brien will be holding an intermedia presentation to mark the launch of his book ‘Whale Years’ later this month. The presentation will be held on Friday, July 17 between 7-9pm at Le Café Picton. Following the presentation Under Bare Poles will be performing live.

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By Adam Poulopoulos The Picton Village Bakkerij in Blenheim is set for a change in both name and ownership, and it is a familiar face behind the counter. Dianne Gregg and Barry Fitzgerald have bought the Queen Street business from Rachel and Peter van Beek, who have decided to focus their attentions on their Picton bakery. The Blenheim store will now be called The Village Bakery, and the first day under new ownership is today. Dianne and Barry moved to Marlborough 15 years ago, and Dianne worked in the Blenheim bakery from when it opened in 2010 until 2013, when they left for Christchurch. They returned late last year around the same time the opportunity to buy came up, and Dianne says she is happy to have the chance to step back into the

breach. “I’m getting excited. I’m not nervous at all.” The Village Bakkery will continue to use Picton Village Bakkerij products, but Dianne is planning to add a few creations of her own. She also hopes to begin a catering service in due course. Rachel says she knew Dianne would be the perfect person to take over. “We knew she was ideal. She knows how the business operates and the quality of our products. “We know a lot of our customers by name and when she left a lot of people were saying ‘where’s Dianne?’ “Dianne is like a hive of bees. She’s always busy and on the go.” She says demand for the Picton bakery is increasing. “We’re extremely busy over the summer with the tourist trade, and we want to have more hands

New owner Dianne Gregg and employee Abi Cross.

on deck.” The Village Bakery has new opening hours.

Designers have an eye for Marlborough By Adam Poulopoulos A Blenheim couple are hoping the local touch can help their design business continue to grow. Sam and Jenna Kilpatrick run and operate Sam Kilpatrick Design or SKD out of their Adams Lane home. Sam founded the business shortly after the pair moved to Blenheim in late 2010. The pair moved to be closer to family, and to raise their children. Jenna gave up nursing to run the sales, marketing and accounting sides of the business last year. The pair’s move was threatened by the Christchurch earthquake in September 2010. “We were about to put the house on the market on the Monday and then the earthquake happened on the Saturday before…we were lucky. Our house didn’t have much damage,” Jenna says.

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COUNCIL NEWS The Great Drain Game Expressions of Interest Havelock Holiday Park – Sub Lease with the Havelock Community Association Located just off SH 6, between Blenheim and Nelson the Havelock Holiday Park is in the historic township of Havelock at the head of the Pelorus Sound which is a part of the famous Marlborough Sounds. Expressions of interest are now invited to sub-lease the Havelock Holiday Park which operates 50 powered sites, 40 tent sites and 4 basic cabins from the 1st day of October 2015 (or a date agreed on between the successful sub-lessee and the Havelock Community Association). This is a sub-lease for a period of up to 10 years. Application Process Expressions of interest must be submitted no later than 4.00 pm on Friday 31 July 2015. Please email expressions of interest to: lauren. or post to: Attention Lauren Hunter APL Property Ltd PO Box 185 Blenheim 7240 Ph: 03 577 7780

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman gets a lesson on water care with the pupils of Blenheim School using a working model of an urban drainage system created by Blenheim’s Southern Water Engineering for Council’s environmental educator to use in local classrooms. The model demonstrates how water travels into the town’s stormwater system, showing how pollutants affect our rivers and streams. Supporting Marlborough as a leading “Enviroschool” region, the Council helps deliver a range of school education programmes ranging from edible gardens to earthworms and composting and the ‘fish on drains’ clean streams project. From left, Mayor Alistair Sowman, Southern Water Engineering managing director Stephen Leitch and Council freshwater educator Anna Crowe with Blenheim School pupils.

Rose Pruning Demonstrations - Pollard Park Garden staff of the Marlborough District Council will be rose pruning in the Centennial Rose Gardens of Pollard Park. Please feel free to come along for hands on demonstrations

Council’s Water Supplies – Plumbosolvent

Many water sources used for public water supplies in New Zealand are plumbosolvent. This means that the water is slightly acidic and can dissolve metals such as lead and copper out of brass fittings, if the tap has not been used for a period of time. Council’s water supplies for Blenheim, Picton, Renwick and Havelock are plumbosolvent. The Ministry of Health requires the following notice to be printed six monthly to advise consumers of this: Ministry of Health – Public Notice Some plumbing fittings have the potential to allow minute traces of metals to accumulate in water standing in the fittings for several hours. Although the health risk is small, the Ministry of Health recommends that you flush a mug full of water from your drinking-water tap each morning before use to remove any metals that may have dissolved from the plumbing fittings. We are recommending this simple precaution for all households, including those on public and private water supplies.

Notification of Meetings

July 2015 The Marlborough District Council hereby gives notice pursuant to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 of the following meetings: 1. Assets & Services Tuesday, 21 July 2015 at 1.30 pm 2. Community and Finance Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 9.00 am 3. Environment Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 1.00 pm The above-listed meetings will be held in the Council Chambers, 15 Seymour Street, Blenheim. The times and dates may be subject to alteration and confirmation thereof prior to the meetings is advised by contacting Nicole Chauval, Committee Secretary, Ph: 03 520 7400.

and questions. Monday 13 July - Wednesday 15 July 9.00 am-12.00 pm and 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm If wet pruning will continue the following day.

Wet wipes are clogging our pipes Wet wipes, commonly used on babies or to cleanse hands, are proving disastrous to the town’s sewerage system. They’re clogging together and binding up the underground pumps that keep the sewage flowing through the pipes. Wet wipes are widely advertised as ‘flushable’ but they should NOT be flushed down the toilet. Marlborough District Council Operations and Maintenance Engineer Stephen Rooney says the wipes don’t break down like toilet paper and they bind together around the pump mechanism causing it to seize. The pump

then has to be lifted out of the ground and cleared. Wet wipes are causing two or three blockages a week in urban Blenheim. The most recent problems have been at the Nelson Street pump, which serves the wider Mayfield and part of Springlands, but problems are not confined to this area. Watch what you flush – the toilet is not a rubbish bin. Please don’t dispose of wet wipes down the loo. Nappies and sanitary products should not be flushed away either. If it won’t dissolve in the waste water stream, it should be wrapped and placed in a Council rubbish bag.

Positive ageing Council has two options that may help some older people who find themselves in serious difficulty with their rates payments. If you are a ratepayer aged 65 or more it’s possible to apply to Council to postpone payment of all or part of your rates. Postponed rates are paid back when the property is sold or from the deceased estate, or at a time that is

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of hardship. Each case is individually assessed and conditions apply. • For more help on this issue, or to get a copy of the rates postponement policy, ring Council on Ph: 03 520 7400 Blenheim or 03 520 7493 Picton, or see the rates section on the Council website .

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The Sun Shame on you Lister Court, Francis Street Medical Centre & After hours GP service. SHAME, SHAME on you. Totally disgusted on the stance you have taken on under 13 yr old free dr service. 96% of country have taken the option. PLEASE reconsider and think of the little ones.

Tsunami siren? On Mondays at 7pm in Picton we hear a fire test siren. Whats the Civil Defence alarm for a tsunami? I’ve lived here all my life and wouldn’t know it if I heard it.

Regos for the rich? Is it me or has the new system for car registration now segregated the rich from the poor? And the poor as always subsidizing the rich due to not being able to buy expensive up to date safety standard vehicles, at low cost regos and those of us that are on low incomes pay higher price regos! Every one on the road should pay the same price as everyone can cause an accident no matter what car or truck you drive or how safe it’s built! !!! Come on ACC don’t try pulling our legs to spite our faces, face the facts, a driver behind a wheel in a flash car will drive faster knowing they are safer, can create just as much mess as a person behind an old car doing the speed limit. .......

Bus shelter Great to see grant for improvements. Obviously some councillors who objected need to be named in time for the elections, as they are too disconnected or well paid, than know how normal folk use a bus.

Illegal A bar allows people to smoke in an area where there is a fixed roof, and the plastic roll down walls are all fully down and make it enclosed. It stinks, it’s illegal, and there’s not even a divider between this area and the non-smoking area. It’s not outside at all, how arrogant is that bar manager, and where’s the enforcement?

Find out the facts I am replying to the mean text about my employer Farmers in the Sun last week. That person needs to get their facts right. We get paid time and a half on public holidays and also get a day in lieu. (extra day off) I love my job at Farmers they really look after us...this uninformed judgmental person needs to find out all the facts before they write nasty things.

What is the council thinking? The rates are going up yet again as they do every year. I don’t see the wages going up the same every year. Without consulting the rate payers they go and put more money into the theatre which most of the people did not want. Shame on you. Rates hike alert. Lookout folks, it’s coming, you thought we were immune! Suddenly the ‘Plug’ is $3.1m short, blaming earthquake costs, oh come on, we’re not stupid! Designers knew this! How much more rates then for the new MDC town complex? no doubt needing earthquake work added for the brand new plans. Where’s all the big ASB and Floor Pride so called funding gone? Consultants.

Disgusted Marlburian How does this work? If someone gets in trouble with the law how does someone get away with what they have done! WAKE UP JUSTICE SYSTEM!

Raw deal Feel sorry for the dogs around town that are tied up 24/7. Owners don’t do anything with them, get them from SPCA. Why have them? Not fair on the dog.

Upgrade the bins I agree, not only is it progressive, it will stop all my trash/recycling blowing down the street! They say don’t overflow bins, but that won’t help.

Do your job To the staff in Glassons, you are paid to help people in store. Four times I have been in the shop and no one anywhere to be seen, took six minutes before anyone bothered to come out from the back room. Luckily your shop and till wasn’t robbed. Do your job properly.

Cheaper travel Booked and paid $106 for 1 adult and 1 child on Bluebridge as return leg of trip to North Island. Interislander fare was only $83. Seems they don’t charge adult rates for children. Guess who I will travel with in future.

Cowboy driver If the sharp eared concerned resident of Rapaura road is aware of the inner workings of a hpmv then maybe they will be in a position to criticize on a drivers ability and judgement as to when and where an engine brake is necessary to slow the vehicle down.

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If the central post office is under constant video surveillance then how come nobody notices the long queue and lack of tellers?

Kind young man To the very kind young man who took the time to stop his vehicle, pick up my eftpos card, and drive down Nelson Street to return it to me, luckily he saw it drop out of my pocket, thank you most sincerely.

The Wood Guy As a Havelock resident of 15 years I have watched with some interest the procedings over the past few weeks. Let me assure SCOTTY that this “businessman” has a history of this behaviour. We have had the local police at our business looking for him immediately prior to his recent convenient “disappearance” his stock, once proudly displayed on the footpath has now “disappeared” as well. Magpie.

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I have just come from a knock out rugby game against two teams and I am absolutely appalled by the language of the Pelorus team. Foul mouthing the other team and the judge just because you were loosing and they ended up loosing, it’s not the way to go. We ended up winning but sadly didn’t earn enough points to go through to the semis, although that try the ref didn’t accept cause he was still halfway up the field would have got us there. But come on there were kids there. There is NO reason for it. Well done Awatere! You had a great season and made your club proud.

Two incomes I find it unreal how at the age of 70 plus people are still working holding full time jobs and collecting the pension, and yet complain about unemployment for the young people and how they hang around town. Just unfair for the generation wanting jobs, who can’t get them cause old people over 65 plus are working claiming two incomes. Let the young ones have your job and retire at 65, don’t be greedy ah.

You’ve got mail I had a birthday and got over 20 messages on Facebook. No cards in the mail, cost to buy and send a card, two dollars and yet our mailey jobs are going. Very sad.

Look after the elderly New Countdown supermarket to open at Redwood. Please don’t forget the elderly on their mobility scooters when it comes to parking spots close to entrance. Lots of elderly people will shop there. With retirement homes close by etc. Look after the precious old folk at Redwood.

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Someone’s going to get hurt Police need to sit down Dillons Point Road. Also another fed up neighbour thats sick of cars hooning up and down Dillons Point road all hours of the night. Its inconsiderate. There’s no need for that sort of carry on. How much longer until someone is hit or worse a car through a house? Islington resident.

Grinch? And Marlborough Lines stopped putting up the xmas tree in Market Street because its too expensive? Yeah right. Who’s the grinch?

Roaring cars Thank you Snowden Cresc resident for sharing re roaring cars. Sadly not an isolated case in Blenheim. In “Grow up” you dealt with the driver. Have you wondered how these cars come to be legally on our roads. Surely the ‘powers that be’ have let us down badly on this issue. One wonders,are the monitors at testing stations faulty or are they also ‘turning a blind eye’ (or deaf ear) to the problem. Fellow sufferer.

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Letters to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even when a nom de plume is provided for publication.

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Catching the TB possum Dear Ed, OSPRI’s Peter Alsop proposes that domestic herds will be free of TB by 2026 and that TBFree will continue to poison possums until 2055 at a cost of $80 million per annum (probably increasing in cost each year). Let us say that there are 30 million possums in the country and you wanted to kill the lot of them after 2026 you would have 30 years at $80 million per year equals $80 per possum. But TBfree is only interested in the portion of those possums which are in TB affected areas. About one third of the total? Maybe

less. So we are talking about 10 million possums = $240 per possum. But only 0.04% if those 10 million possums are infected as Ospri state equals 4000 possums equals $600,000 per infected possum. With Ospri’s top 8 salaried people earning in excess of $100,000 pa each, I too would be loathe to fix the real problem (TB comes on trucks) ban trucks! Let the gravy train keep rolling and suckers keep paying. Lloyd Hanson

Flag Dear Ed, I am not a supporter of a flag with the stylised silver fern on it. Reason, 90 per cent of the world thinks it is a white feather. On a recent trip to the UK I was approached by a person who asked, ‘Why do NZ sports people wear a white feather on their uniforms?’ I explained it was a representation of the silver fern, our national flower. He went saying ‘Oh: It still looks like a white feather to me’. At the start of WWII NZ military used to have the fern on the TACT signs, it was changed to the Kiwi because, when the NZ DIV. was moved out into the desert a dispatch rider from GHQ turned up with messages, and was asked ‘How did you find us?’ Reply, “I just followed the TACT signs with the white feather on them”. Also our Airforce asked if they could put

a kiwi in the middle of the roundel; were told by the then ‘SISE’ Government to put in the silver fern instead and were promptly called “The white feather mob’ by the other airforces. The RNZAF now have a kiwi in the roundel. Even today I have heard non-NZ people ask, ‘why do your sports supporters wave a black flag with a white feather on it?’ Probably could find more instances. So let’s just leave the silver fern (white feather) to the sporting codes. It has been brought to my notice that when our troops were in Bosnia and flying our current flag they were thought to be UK troops because of the Union Jack on the flag, so they flew a flag with a kiwi on it, so locals could tell the difference. Let’s just put a KIWI on the flag under the Union Jack and there will be no confusing it with the Aussie one. R Hansen

A Joke for sure Dear Ed, Cycling and cycle ways are the “new golf” according to our Deputy Mayor, one Cr Terry Sloan. Now let’s see: one has 18 holes, is played at a leisurely pace (sometimes from a fourwheeled electric powered golf cart,) has a considerable membership fee and a cost per round, is not the preserve of older players to be sure but in Marlborough that’s most likely the case (as is everything else,) is played on manicured fairways and greens and is highly sociable when played and enjoyed over a refreshing drink afterward in comfortable and relaxed surroundings.

This all new “cycle” thing he pronounces as the “new golf” is a family affair, undertaken on rough tracks and occasionally extreme dirt pathways, has no membership fees, no comfortable after-game lounges to enjoy with a refreshing drink and no electric gizmos, just good old pedal power, fresh air and boundless energy, is undertaken at speed (sometimes extreme) and one can get filthy dirty enjoying it. I seem to think Cr Sloan cooked up his fanciful term for this activity by venturing first to the 19th. That’s known as cheating! Fore!!!

Teachers in pay negotiations The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, which represents secondary school teachers is still in the process of ‘good faith’ negotiations with the Ministry of Education, bargaining for improvements to their pay and conditions. Negotiations for the renewal of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement began on May 26, and the PPTA’s message is simple. “We want to ensure that the profession attracts and retains great teachers.” Reporter Celeste Lodewyk spoke with Marlborough Girls’ College teacher, and PPTA regional chairperson Cheryl Nesbit about the reasons behind the claim, in particular the struggle to attract and retain highly skilled, qualified teachers. According to Cheryl, the PPTA is remaining positive about the process. “Education Minister Hekia Parata has made signs of understanding the importance of attracting teachers to the profession and keeping them there. “She has publically said she wants to see teaching up with being a doctor or a lawyer in terms of career prospects, so we hope this bodes well for negotiations,” she says. According to the PPTA, since 2009 teacher pay has fallen almost five per cent behind inflation. “When earnings fall behind other comparable jobs and decrease compared to the median wage, fewer people are attracted into teaching, so schools suffer recruitment problems. “We often struggle to fill some positions, especially in maths. We have also struggled for many years to attract and retain excellent Maori teachers,” Cheryl says. She also points out that the government’s pressure on secondary school teachers to meet its achievement target “by making them do more with less”, has come at a cost to teachers and students. “Every year the Ministry decreases schools budgets and the ability to provide resources In summary 1 - 4.1 per cent for the catch up 2 - An additional 1.2 per cent for the 2015 school year 3 - A SAM of 30 per cent CPI change and 70 per cent LCI for any subsequent years of the term Other points the claim will cover are providing part-time teachers with non-contact time to allow time for things such as marking, preparation etc, and payment of teachers practising certificate fees to come from central funds. “There is the misconception about teachers

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for students, however, teachers’ workloads continue to increase. “At the same time the government has asked us to work harder, threatened larger class sizes and given us Novopay, which has been problematic since its introduction. “What we are asking for is a modest claim. We are not asking for a rise to reflect the increased demands, we are simply expecting to catch up with where we were in 2009,” she says. What the PPTA is asking for There are three elements to the pay claim. 1 - The catch up from December 2009 to the end of 2014. This is based on inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index, less the pay rises teachers had during that period. 2 - The claim for 2015 uses an automatic salary adjustment mechanism which is the combination of projected CPI and Labour Cost Index (LCI), less the small increase teachers had in January. This the PPTA calls their ‘salary adjustment mechanism’ (SAM). 3 - To continue the same SAM for any further years of the agreement which may cover up to three years. But using independently established objective measures the PPTA wants to avoid a positional bargaining or haggling approach to determine what is a fair and reasonable pay increase for secondary school teachers. that we only work 9am - 3pm and get many holidays, when in fact there is more to the story. “With the increase in workloads teachers are having to do a lot more unpaid, out of school hours with administration, extracurricular duties and assessment. “This claim is reflecting the need to raise the status of teaching and to negotiate a fairer pay rate,” Cheryl says. For more in depth information about the negotiations and claims, visit http://www.

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In reply to: Ancestors Dear Ed, Another one! Kiwi Ken has made it clear he does not get the culture/ethnic thing. What I don’t understand is how he can say it “does not matter who our ancestors were”. Does Kiwi Ken not have a mother, a father, or grandparents? As he shows a lack of respect and understanding of his own culture, it’s no wonder he cannot respect anyone else’s. As for Kiwi Ken’s opinion that the Treaty

of Waitangi and settlements are becoming racist, it is ignorant comments like his that will continue to keep New Zealand divided. I suggest he does some factual research on the subject, and with a bit of luck he might become better informed, and that goes for anyone else who has an opinion based on injudicious information. L.NaeNae

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My last meal on Earth would be... Pancakes with genuine maple syrup or with lemon juice and a sprinkling of sugar. One of my best holidays was... Norfolk Island, a paradise now but once a penal settlement. Incredible ruins of old buildings but the island is filled with sadness for the convicts banished there. My guilty TV pleasure is... Coronation Street. I don’t mind admitting it as it has been part of my life since the first screening, so why give up now.


I’m inspired by... My late husband’s first cousins, twins Janette and Shirley. Their boundless love for their immediate and extended family ensures no member is ignored. What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? My old Papanui High School journals. Treasured memories of teachers and old friends. Who would you love to have a meal with? Jo Seagar. We are related but so far haven’t sat down to a meal together. She would cook of course.


What would you spend your last $100 on? I’d try to buy that elusive money tree. Once I have it I will buy food and gifts for those children who I believe are needing help. What’s next on your wish list? Time to clear the weeds from my garden before they seed and prepare it for summer’s blaze of colour. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? Long, long ago it was said I had an enviable figure and face and way back then I did a lot of stage work and modelling.

Learning to love the piano By Jacob Page David Neild admits it was not love at first sight when he started playing the piano at six at the request of his parents but now it’s turned into a passion. The Blenheim lawyer will do a duet performance with his 17-year-old sister Sylvia and Janet Dunn at St Andrew’s Church next Sunday in an effort to raise money for John’s Kitchen. “We all have similar experiences where we had parents who said we must learn the piano. “I don’t think most children want to practice something every day but as a teenager I certainly enjoyed doing chamber music. “What I really enjoy is playing with other people. David then helped Sylvia learn the piano. “We enjoy chamber music, the same composers and like playing together,”

Sylvia says. “Getting together and rehearsing are the most fun,” Janet says. Sylvia has just returned from playing with the National Youth Orchestra. She plays the viola, piano and violin. The acoustics at St Andrew’s lend themselves to musical performance and the chance to play on the church’s Steinway grand piano is also exciting. “I’ve been told it’s very even so that’s something I look forward too. The concert will have plenty of variety with flute, viola, violin and piano. Pieces by composers Faure, Bach, Iebrt, de Falla and Hoffmeister will be played. “It’s a short programme of about an hour and it is easy listening and mostly French.” The concert begins at 3pm on July 19 and tickets are $10.

Musicians Janet Dunn (left), David and Sylvia Neild will put on a concert at St Andrews Church next Sunday with proceeds going to John’s Kitchen.

Rare baby humpback whale sighting A baby humpback whale spotted in Cook Strait yesterday by a Department of Conservation whale research team is only the second one reported in New Zealand waters. The first newborn humpback calf was seen in July 2010, also during the annual DOC Cook Strait Whale Survey, which is timed for humpback whales’ migration from the Antarctic to South Pacific breeding grounds. The exciting encounter with the newborn humpback calf with its mother came just two days after the whale survey team had the remarkable sighting of rare white humpback whale identified by comparing photos as being the famous Migaloo that is usually seen off Australia. Whale survey leader, Nadine Bott, says seeing the newborn calf

A baby humpback whale has been spotted in Cook Strait for only the second time in history.

was a special treat for the survey team. “We marvelled at how lucky we were to witness such a miracle as a

newborn whale. We hope it travels safely to warmer waters. “The two calves we have seen were likely to have been born pre-

maturely in our waters. The former whalers who work with us on the whale survey assure me they never saw newborn calves in their day.

“The calf we saw yesterday still had faint foetal folds and was about 3-4 metres in length. It was probably several days to a week old but it is hard to be sure. The mother was relatively small and the calf was possibly her first.” The annual whale survey, a DOC partnership with OMV New Zealand, has so far spotted 136 humpback whales, the highest number in its 12 years with three days of the four-week survey to run. The previous highest tally was 106 in 2012. The research is assessing humpback whale recovery since commercial whaling ended in New Zealand in 1964 and also aims to estimate the size of the humpback population in our waters. Nadine says the higher number of humpback whales being seen indicates their New Zealand population is ‘bouncing back’.

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- weekend event guide Friday 10 The Marlborough Poultry, Pigeon and Cage Bird Association show will open to the public today from 2pm to 6pm and tomorrow 10am to 3pm. Entry is $2 per adult or $3 a family so as much as the show is for the over 500 entries the public are the winners to be able to come and see show winning birds. Two Armed Men and a Twisted Bandit New CD Launch, free entry. Famous band from Hokitika! Dodson St Cafe, 1 Dodson St, Mayfield, 7.30pm – 11pm. Alfetto Affetto play on the most beautiful old instruments – cornetto & baroque trumpet (Peter Reid), viola da gamba & baroque cello (Polly Sussex), theorbo (Philip Griffin), harpsichord (Rachael Griffiths-Hughes), combining seamlessly with the divine soprano voice of Jayne Tankersley. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 5 Henry St, Blenheim, 6pm - 7.30pm. 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. The Edwin Fox Ship Visitor Centre open every day from 9am, a great all weather and family friendly activity. Come and explore the decks and the depths of the ship. Dunbar wharf, on Picton foreshore. For more information call Karen on 573 6868 or check out our Facebook or Trip advisor pages. Picton Museum 10am - 4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Ph 573 8283. Marlborough Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park, Daily 10am - 4pm. The Diversion Gallery Open 12pm - 5pm Wed – Saturdays 10 London Quay, Picton, Ph 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or Rainbow Ski Area See for more details. Painted Stories Illustrations from books written by Joy Cowley and published by Gecko Press. Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and has written for children for over 60 years. Joy lives in Featherston, but has a special relationship with Marlborough. Millenniom Art Gallery, Seymour Square,

Monochromatica A selection of monochrome artworks in a variety of medium...Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery, Open 10.30am 4.30pm daily, 204 High St. Ph 577 6784 or

Saturday 11 Radio Control Car Club Grand Opening, Blenheim RCCC is thrilled to officially open its new Off Road track located at the RoadHouse Truck Stop on 3535 SH1, Riverlands. The Club members will welcome you and share information on the club, track and RC car hobby, if you own an RC car bring it for a spin! 10am to 4pm, contact, Facebook. Sounds, Salmon & Songbirds Cruise Depart from Picton for a trip to Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary where you can take a guided stroll around the reserve to spot the native birds and wildlife. Back onboard, cruise to New Zealand King Salmon’s Ruakaka farm. Learn how the Marborough salmon are farmed, visit the farm and feed the fish. Bookings at or phone 577 9997. Ulysses Club Meet for a coffee and a catch up Saturday mornings from 10am at the Old Orchard Cafe, The Vines Village, Rapaura Road. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am – 12.30pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd, Ph Andy 578 2272 or 021 842 928. Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillon’s Point Rd opens 9am - 12pm Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1 - 4pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry 578 1835. Mini Putt & Merry-Go-Round Picton Foreshore, 10am every day during school holidays, Today and Sunday, 10am. Redwood Market 8am - 12pm, Redwood Tavern car park, Plants Produce and Crafts. Vintage Farm Machinery 10am - 3pm, Open Every Day. Brayshaw Park Guided tours available, Sunday Thomas Tank Engine rides. Ph Doris 579 4357. Picton Men’s Shed “Where men can do what men do best” 9am - 12pm and Wednesday 9am - 4pm. Phone Rex Carson 021 469 191 or Bill Rogers 573 5507 for more information. HOB Boar Slaying Heaviest Boar, Heaviest Stag, Young Guns & Junior sections. Major spot prize - a CANAM 500cc 4 wheeler. Weigh in 12pm - 3pm at Waterlea Racecourse.

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Sunday 12 Riverside Railway Train departs from Brayshaw Park Station at 1.45pm for Beaver Station central Blenheim and return followed by a 3.00pm return trip to Omaka. Fares Adults $10 Child $5 (Omaka $6 and $3) CASH ONLY Ulysses Ride Longer ride to Cheviot for lunch. Meet at the Railway Station (south end) at 9.45am ride departs at 10am. ‘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 Farmers Market Showcasing the best of Marlborough some of the stalls are Harwood Produce, Lime Rose Grove, Nourish, Banjo Brews, Traditional Country Preserves, Nuggety Creek, Riverina, Garden Bee Honey, Spudz n Greens. Marlborough A&P Showground’s, Cnr Maxwell and Alabama Roads, 9am – 12pm. Buy Local - Cook Local. Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm - 3pm All welcome. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am, Murray Ph 578 9199 or Tony Ph 577 9776.

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Up & Coming 13 July Indoor Bowls Open Day, 1pm at Clubs of Marlborough, friendly games and practise. New Players Welcome Phone Glen 579 2574 for more details. 15 July Wicked Pirates, Millennium Public Art Gallery, Seymour Square. School Holiday event with the Marlborough Children’s Library, come dressed as a pirate and take part in lots of wicked pirate activities, all welcome - adult supervision required, 10.30am. 14 & 15th July Walnut Ranch Animal Farm Park Open Days, 70 David Street, Blenheim, 10am – 3pm. Bring the kids along to Walnut Ranch these school holidays with plenty of animals for them to meet and cuddle along with pony rides. Weather permitting. $6 entry. 2 August Havelock Fit n Free Outdoor Community Gym Fundraiser brunch, Guest Speaker.......Jane Butler (Out-Of-The-Rut), Contact Carol 021 065 6789

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. For more info contact Jim 578 8974 or Rod 579 4601. Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club Brayshaw Park, Come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and books. Free Admission. Associated Modellers Society. Miniature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm - 4pm $2.

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panies, developing a variety of projects and managing electrical teams for the likes of RX Plastics Ltd and Silver Fern Farms. David moved to Marlborough to join Boyd Wilson Electrical Ltd, but with his vision of operating his own business, he went out on his own in February of this year. While a large portion of his work is in the industrial sector, he is readily available for commercial and domestic call outs. This includes heat pump installation, electrical maintenance,

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SALES de CASTRO D r i v e . S a t u rday 11th. 8am to Noon. Single beds plus bedding lots of tools, bits and pieces. Outdoor furniture. KARINA CRESCENT. Saturday 11 J u l y 9 a m noon. Wall unit, long cabinet, teddies and dolls plus others.

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First place winner 2014 Sara Bishell with husband Simon.

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Wednesday July 10, 2015

By Celeste Lodewyk The cut off for bride entries is looming for the Beavertown Blenheim Lions Bride of the Year Show, and organisers are encouraging the get in quick before they miss out. Brides have until next Monday, July 13, to get their completed entries in. This year’s bride categories are: • First, second and third • Lucky Bride Draw, sponsored by Bernadette Thomas • Mrs Photogenic, sponsored by the Sun Newspaper • Mrs Personality, chosen by the brides themselves • Groom of the year The show itself is set for July 18 and is gearing up for what the committee says will be a ‘surprise new format’. “There will be plenty to see with some surprises along the way. It’s going to be a fabulous event,” committee member Noeline Stewart says. Tickets are still on sale for $40 each at the Clubs of Marlborough, and tables of up to eight and 10 can also be purchased, however the positions of tables cannot be prebooked. Benefitting from proceeds from this year’s show will be the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter and LANZ Search and Rescue Marlborough. “Help us to support these fantastic organisations by purchasing a ticket. It will be an enjoyable evening for all,” the committee says.


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Dog owners It’s Dog Registration time. All dogs over the age of 3 months must be registered. Forms for re-registering your dog have been sent to your last known address. Please ensure that all details on your registration form are correct. Online registration services are now available. Dog owners can pay annual dog registration fees, and can apply, advise and update other information by going to Council’s website ‘Online Dog Services’. Please note: The payment option online is credit card only (transaction fees apply). Part payments cannot be accepted. Alternatively, dogs can be registered by internet banking and telebanking or in person at: Animal Control Office, 56 Main Street, Blenheim (opposite Smith & Smith Glass) Between mid-June and mid-July office is open from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday Between mid-June and mid-July office is open from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm Saturdays At all other times office is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday It is important to have your registration form with you when registering your dog

We require a part time receptionist to join our busy private practice. We are looking for some one with the ability to work well within a small team, friendly, customer service orientated, professional and can learn new skills quickly. Previous experience is highly recommended but not necessarily essential. Competitive rates and a fun friendly workplace! Contact Emily for more information or to apply


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BRIdES gET yOuR ENTRIES IN NOW! entries close July 13th Open to all brides living or married in Marlborough between July 12th 2014 and July 13th 2015.

Be in to Win faBulous prizes Full-Time Window Cleaner

Due to one of our valued team members heading away to University we have a vacancy for a full-time window cleaner 35-40 hrs per week Monday – Friday with occasional Saturdays. Applicants must have a mature attitude, be well presented and able to work un-supervised. Driving licence is essential. Previous applicants need not apply. If you would like to join an energetic, hardworking and friendly team call: Christian or Linda on 5796349

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Births This Week GIBBONS, Phoebe Neve (7lb 3oz) June 30, 2015 OLIVERIA, Benjamin (3.29kg) July 1, 2015

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Death Notices BURNS, Yvonne Patricia (nee Norton): July 5, 2015 COE, William (Willie): June 30, 2015 CURTIS, John Alton DUKE, Peter Lee: July 5, 2015 Eagle, Murray Warren: July 3, 2015 HIGGINS, Susannah (nee Walker): July 2, 2015 JONES, Norman Andrew: July 4, 2015

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Warren set to speak on health matters TED Talk speaker and leading New Zealand nutrition and holistic health expert, Ben Warren, is coming to Blenheim on Wednesday July 22 to hold a seminar on how to live a happy and healthy life in the modern world. Founder of the Be Pure revolution which has transformed thousands of people’s health, weight and energy levels, Ben Warren is holding a nutritional seminar with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging people to start looking at what they are eating and their current lifestyle choices. “Spreading this message is what gets me up in the morning. Educating adults, children and communities about quick, simple food and lifestyle habits that can completely transform their health and in turn, their ability to enjoy life at its fullest,” Ben says “It’s not as hard as people might think, you don’t have to go vegan or eat sprouts to be eating well, there are just a few basic principles we need to go by, the problem is is that a huge chunk of New Zealanders don’t know what they are.”

Over 35,000 people have attended Ben’s seminars and his dynamic and unique approach to health and energy has been featured on 60 Minutes, TVNZ’s Good Morning and in a TED Talk in 2014.

PASK, Reverend David James: July 3, 2015

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PERANO, Nola Lucy (nee Neal): July 7, 2015 SIMMONDS, Lillian Annie Joan: June 30, 2015 SKUDDER, Alice Nancy (Nan): July 1, 2015 SOUTHON, Lyell David (Rolly): July 4, 2015 WHITTA Jean: June 30, 2015

Tyrese, 7, and Ataalia Bristowe, 4, fed the alpacas at the Walnut Ranch Riding School and Animal Park on Wednesday. The park, at 70 David Street, is open over the school holidays, including on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, from 10am-3pm. For more information, like Walnut Ranch’s Facebook page. More photos on Wednesday.

In Memoriam The largest ever snowflakes were 38cm in diameter! According to Guinness World Records, the largest snowflakes on record were 38 cm in diameter and 20cm thick. They fell on Fort Keogh, in eastern Montana on 28 January 1887. Nearby ranchers described the flakes as “larger than mild pans.”

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Hurricane Nick strikes Record temperatures, fainting ball boys, upsets, glorious defeats and a Grand Slam attempt – this year’s Wimbledon has had it all. Through it all, a male Australian has stolen the headlines for his brash, outspoken behaviour, and no, it’s not Lleyton Hewitt or Bernard Tomic. Twenty-year-old Nick Kyrgios has given reporters at SW19 endless material, having to consistently defend his behaviour. There’s been the on-court frustration - the bad language, flying racquets and confronting fans. He has also denied not trying to win, or ‘tanking,’ during his fourthround loss to Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Off-court, some of his antics have

been downright strange. He scaled the railing outside an outer court to try and get a glimpse of his compatriots, Hewitt and Thanasi Kokkinakis, playing a doubles match, then he encouraged his followers to support him by posting photos of themselves with different spreads (think: vegemite) coating their faces. All of that culminated in former Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser saying he and Tomic should “go back to where their parents came from,” citing their lack of suitability as role-models. Kyrgios responded, calling Fraser “blatantly racist” on his Facebook page. Fraser apologised for her comments. Kyrgios has been labelled ‘too honest’ and a brat by different


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people, but there is no denying his talent. He reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and his home Australian Open while still in his teens, and he is currently ranked in the world’s top 30. Tennis seems to attract, and accept, big personalities. Players like John McEnroe and Hewitt have cobbled the path Kyrgios is walking on. Some think to succeed and be recognised on the ATP Tour now, you need a persona. Kyrgios may grow out of his ‘petulance,’ but he shouldn’t want to leave it behind altogether. It’s about harnessing his passion into performance, not becoming a robot.

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The McKendry Cars men’s and ladies singles championship was held at Simcox Stadium on Saturday. The ladies event was won by Witherlea’s Judith Hyndman after holding out a late challenge from her team mate Kate Newport to win 10-8. The men’s title was won by Brian Stewart when he defeated Simon Hitchcock by 13 –4 in their final. The Rai Dale Farms Closed triples event held at the Stadium on Sunday was won by the Henson trio, with a come-from-behind 8-7 win.

Jet boating Blenheim’s John Derry has flown out to Canada to compete in the 2015 World Jet Boat Championship. About 60 teams from New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and Canada will compete at the event in Alberta and British Columbia from July 16-25.

‘Dr Bray’ successful in first fight


Blenheim-based fighter Brayden Graham has taken out his first fight at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Amateur World Championships in Las Vegas. Graham, aka ‘Dr Bray,’ defeated Mohammed Sohail of India by technical knockout two minutes and nine seconds into the first round of their fight yesterday morning (NZ time.) Graham is the flyweight (116-125lb) representative in the eight-strong New Zealand team competing at the championships. His next fight, against Iurie Bejenari of France, was scheduled for this morning (NZ time.) To see live updates of the championships visit the IMMAF Twitter feed. Graham is the co-owner of Kustom Fitness and is coached in Brazilian jiu-jitsu by Marcelo Lopes. To get to Las Vegas he choked out Logan Price at the Road to Vegas MMA Fight Night in Auckland in April. Right: Brayden Graham throws Lucas Lopes in training as Marcelo Lopes looks on.

Marlborough trio take silver Marlborough and Black Sox scorer Ian Ditfort and pitcher Kurt Schollum and have had to settle for second at the ISF Men’s World Softball Championships in Canada. The Black Sox were beaten 10-5 by the host nation in Monday’s final, despite leading 5-0 at one stage. The Black Sox squad also featured pitcher Nik Hayes, who was formerly based in Marlborough but now plays in Wellington. New Zealand qualified directly for the gold medal game after they beat Canada 9-5 on Sunday, while Canada beat Venezuela 10-0 in the semi-final to make the final.


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The New Zealand under-21 men’s and women’s rowing crews, including Marlborough-based Jack O’Leary, both came out on top against their Australian counterparts at their TransTasman regattas in Sydney. New Zealand took out the regatta by 166 points to 116. The crews row in the return leg from August 27-29 to decide who takes the trophy.

Craig hits top 40 Megan Craig has broken into the top 40 in the world squash rankings for the first time. Craig was ranked 38 in the rankings released at the start of the month, a personal high. She was also awarded the Professional Squash Association player of the month for June. She has played in three New Zealand tournaments this month, winning in Christchurch, reaching the final in Invercargill and the semi-final in the Manawatu.

Rugby The Tasman Makos will play Wellington in an ITM Cup pre-season game next month. The game will be played at Lansdowne Park on August 6, the final hitout before the season proper begins on August 14. The Makos begin their pre-season campaign against Manawatu in Palmerston North on July 29, and also play Otago in Nelson on August 1.

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Friday July 10, 2015

Koru Institute of Training and Education

Taking Enrolments for July/August 2015

Enrol to upskill Thinking of study options or upskilling in the New Year? Blenheim-based Koru Institute of Training and Education Ltd (KITE) is taking enrolments as of January 19 for its February and March intakes. What makes KITE unique is its ability to offer free tertiary courses to students wanting to upskill or transition to new work, while also using its charitable status to provide funding and support for countless community groups, chief executive Monique Gemmell says. “The Maori values governing the institute create an effective working dynamic, where students and teachers are treated like family which make continuing education less daunting,” she says.

Last year KITE had over 300 students studying full and part time courses such as computing, business administration, te reo, social services and Treaty of Waitangi training. KITE also unveiled its newly refurbished building on Sutherland Terrace last year, showcasing its three new classrooms, two furbished classrooms, a smaller employment room and a classroom and garage space for its new Cable Logging programme. This was a welcome change for students who attended last year, enjoying all the comforts and amenities at their disposal. For more information, contact KITE or call in and see one of the friendly team at 5 Sutherland Terrace, Blenheim.


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Certificate in Computing and Business Administration Including the National Certificate in Computing & Business Administration If you want to learn administration and computing skills or are self-employed, then this is an excellent programme to help enhance your skills in office administration. This programme focuses on the daily tasks that occur in an administrative workplace. You can use your skills to gain a career in administration, or you can use them to do administration work within your own business. What you'll study In this programme, you'll learn about: • computer maintenance • email and digital communication technology • data entry and word processing • spreadsheets • customer service • financial records, calculations and cash transactions Career opportunities Skills gained in this programme will prepare you for a career as: • an office administrator • an administrative assistant • a personal or executive assistant

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About the CEO Monique Gemmell is known for her untiring dedication to KITE, pouring her heart and soul into what she describes as “a role close to my heart”. With a busy family, three businesses to run, directorships and a massive extended family, Monique still goes into work with the same passion as she had right from the beginning. “The people side of the job is very important to me. Everything I do relates to helping people,” she says. At KITE, the team helps people in various ways from tertiary education, career planning, employment opportunities, youth at risk and what ever else is needed to be done. “At KITE we have a great team who can adapt to the individual needs of all our students.

“It’s about making education work for you,” she says. KITE was established by Te Atiawa Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust in 1998 to provide educational opportunities for Te Atiawa. But in 2003 it was bought out by charitable company Te Rau o Te Aroha Ltd and set up for the community at large.

National Certificate in Tourism Maori Hei Manaaki Level 4. Duration: 18 Weeks Programme overview This foundation programme is designed for both those already working in the tourism industry and those considering a career in this field. It equips students with a wide range of transferable skills and provides a thorough grounding in tourism. The programme uses a combination of delivery modes. This includes one weekly three-hour tutorial, marae-based workshops, online tutorials, site visits by tutors, one-to-one tutorial support, industry-based workshops and self-directed learning. Students also receive a programme pack, which includes workbooks, readings and assessment tasks. The range of delivery modes and the amount of professional tutorial support provided ensures a high achievement rate. Core components are: • Knowledge of the tourism industry • Manaakitanga and tourism • Kaitiakitanga and tourism • Basic te reo Maori • The legal environment • Communication skills • Maori culture and history

Entry requirements Entry is open to applicants who meet the following requirements: • Minimum Age: • 16 years • Additional Qualifications: • Participants must: • Be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents; • Have a desire to learn about tourism within a Maori context; • Have a desire to work in the tourism industry. Further Study: • Te Umanga Papatahi: Certificate in Business Administration (Level 5). • Tertiary study at Undergraduate level: • Te Tohu Toi Tangata: Bachelor of Humanities. Career Opportunities: • Customer services, Sales, Sales and marketing, Small business tourism operator, Tour Guide, Tourism industry

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