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By Adam Poulopoulos For 27 years Adrian Withers and his father ran the Spring Creek Four Square. When his father decided to sell his search for a new career took him in an unexpected direction – beekeeping. Adrian has been training with Apitech NZ and The Honey Company on Taylor Pass Road for the last 18 months.

Continued page 2 Adrian Withers and Laura Foster tend to their hives.

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Beekeepers wanted Continued from page 1 “I love the variety of it. Every day is a new adventure,” he says. Adrian has learned new skills like driving trucks and forklifts, and says there is more to beekeeping than there appears. “A whole world has been opened up to us, and there is a shortage of beekeepers, so we’re never short of work. “It keeps you fit – in summer you find some new muscles.” Laura Foster is another of the company’s trainees. Working as a travel agent, she says she wanted a job that would allow her to work outdoors. “I didn’t know anything about bees. I had an interview and two days out here, and I

loved it after that. “We get to go around Marlborough and see the region, and you wake up wanting to go to work – you don’t dread it.” Laura is completing her correspondence course from Telford, and is about nine months into her training. Apitech NZ manages over 6500 hives around Marlborough, and are currently searching for new trainee beekeepers. Apitech NZ managing director Darren Clifford says after the correspondence course, trainees are taught the practical side of the job. Practical tasks include preparing hives for harvest, harvest itself, loosening honey from the flow frame and extracting honey

from the comb. The training period for a beekeeper is between three and four years and there is an opportunity to progress from trainee to team leader in five. Darren says he wants to change the perception of beekeeping from the “one-man-band who sleeps under the tree.” “It’s physical and rewarding work. It provides the opportunity to work outdoors and have lunch at a different place every day.” He says the company is also making an effort to embrace new technology to ease the burden on staff. If you would like more information about a career as a beekeeper email careers@

Rock and Roll ready to ‘hop’ By Jacob Page The Top of the South Rock and Roll Club’s mid-winter hop is set to get Blenheim moving and grooving. The event at the Clubs of Marlborough will be a celebration of the 30th anniversary of its formation Since the club was formed in 1985, more than a dozen couples have gone on to compete at the Rock & Roll Nationals, held annually at various locations around New Zealand, and with a good measure of success. The social side of the club was just as important as the dancing itself. This group are still close friends, most not dancing so much these days, but meeting up for lunches and coffees on a regular basis. Some though are still dancing regularly, and are considered the stalwarts of the club. They pass on their knowledge willingly, and always seem

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to have a dance move or two up their sleeves. There are currently 60 members at all dance skill levels. In April and May this year the club held a series of lessons for beginners, a total of 24 people started with about half of those choosing to become full members. The club promote sthe ‘family’ that is the club, they regularly hold social functions in addition to their weekly Thursday club evenings. The common thread is of course the dance era of the 50s rock and roll, but it’s members all choose to be a part of the club, and its activities. Tickets for the Mid-winter hop are $10 the event will begin at 7.30pm on July 25. RIGHT: The Top of the South rock and roll club will hold their mid-winter hop next weekend.

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A Marlborough vineyard contracting business was ordered to pay $6500 in penalties by the Employment Relations Authority for failure to provide employment records to the Labour Inspector. NZX3 Vineyard Contractors Ltd hires seasonal workers to work for winegrowers. It was operating on a Marlborough vineyard during a joint audit by the Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand, both part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The audit was to check for compliance with employment and immigration laws. Labour inspectorate regional manager Kevin Finnegan says an initial investigation showed that a number of employees found working on the day had not received employment agreements.

It also appeared they were being paid below the minimum wage. The inspector requested the employer provide employment agreements, time and wage records for inspection. “The Employment Relations and Holidays Acts require employers to retain these employment records and produce them upon request by a labour inspector.

“We take breaches like this very seriously as it means we are unable to ascertain whether the workers are getting their lawful entitlements around pay and leave,” Finnegan says. When the employer failed to comply with this request and with a subsequent Improvement Notice, the case was taken to the Employment Relations Authority.

Dancer on high after victory at nationals By Adam Poulopoulos A group of Marlborough highland dancers walked away with silverware from the national championships last weekend. Grace Owen became the champion of champions in the under-18 category, the highlight of Marlborough’s results from the meet. Grace danced in 10 events altogether, comprising of highland, Irish and sailor’s dances, and placed top in the Irish jig. Grace only dropped below sixth in one of those dances, and that consistency led her to the title. Other podium dancers included Bella Rose, who was champion in the under-14 section and Poppy Parkinson, who placed second in the six-and-under division in her first national championships. Bella also placed sixth in the under-16

division despite only dancing seven of the 10 dances. In total Marlborough sent 28 dancers to the championships in Ashburton, with each dancer placing in their categories. Highland dance teacher Robyn Simmons says the dancers’ efforts followed in the footsteps of Marlborough’s previous success at the championships. “Marlborough dancers always do well but they did particularly well this year. “It all comes down to a lot of hard work and practice.” In all 200 dancers from around the country attended the championships and they were judged by a panel of five adjudicators. RIGHT: Grace Owen, Bella Rose and Poppy Parkinson with their trophies.

NZX3 asked the ERA to postpone the case. However the ERA declined, stating that “NZX3 had ample opportunity to engage and has simply not prioritised the matter as it should have”. The employer was ordered to comply with the Inspectorate’s Improvement Notice and pay a fine of $6500. The ERA Member James Crichton says; “It is completely unacceptable that statutory officers such as labour inspectors have their efforts in support of vulnerable workers ignored by those employers responsible for the offending breaches.” The ministry encourages anyone in this situation, or who knows of anyone in this situation, to call its contact centre on 0800 20 90 20 where their concerns will be handled in a safe environment.

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inbrief Cold, frosty starts If you thought Marlborough was having chillier morning’s this winter, you’d be right. The weather station at the Marlborough Research Centre in Blenheim has already recorded 32 ground and 15 air frosts compared with 2014 when just 22 ground and 11 air frosts were recorded up until the end of July.

Moli confirmed a mooloo As expected, former Marlborough Boys’ first XV captain Atu Moli has been named in Waikato’s ITM Cup squad for the 2015 season. The prop captained New Zealand to the Under-20 World Cup crown earlier this year and is likely to get a decent amount of game time in what could prove to be a break-out season for him.

Donated goods reach Vanuatu A 40-foot container of supplies donated by Marlborough residents to cyclone-hit Vanuatu has made it to the country’s capital Port Villa. The container full of all sorts of supplies from hand tools to builfing and roofing equipment left Auckland in May and arrived in Vanuatu last week while it cleared customs. Almost $40,000 was raised for the relief effort by Marlburians with the region welcoming several Vanuatu residents to work in the vineyards each year. Vanuatu was hit by Cyclone Pam in March and has been trying to recover ever since. The donated building materials, including nails, cement and roofing iron, will be used to finish off the medical centre on Tanna Island.

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Hunter’s basketball partnership Hunter’s Wines have become the official wine sponsor to the SKYCITY Breakers for the upcoming 2015/2016 Australian National Basketball League season. Further to this, Hunter’s Wines have also announced a partnership with Basketball New Zealand as their exclusive wine supplier for events across the country.

Facebook workshop Beth Barnes of Button Help is hosting a workshop on business uses for Facebook later this month. The event is on Thursday, July 23 and lasts for three hours. For more information and to register, see the Button Help website.

Community awards open Entries for the Trustpower Marlborough District Community Awards are open. This awards programme is an opportunity to recognise local voluntary groups’ contributions to their communities. Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation into the running, including volunteers themselves. Entry forms are available at council offices or service centres, or online at the Trustpower website or Facebook page. Entries close on August 14.

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Soil logic ‘simple concept’ Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk Blenheim man Matt Oliver (pictured) says his ultimate goal is good health for everyone. A big task for just one man, but with his new business Biologic Soils he hopes to help make a difference from the ground up. He launched his business at the beginning of the year and has spent the past few months setting it up. The idea behind his concept is simple he says. “Healthy soil and healthy plants lead to healthy animals and healthy people. “What farmers are interested in is growing good food,” he says. Biologic Soils offers a full range of soil and plant management services to all kinds of farmers. Whether they have 5000 hectares or 500 square metres, Matt will work alongside farmers as an independent consultant to help them improve their soils and increase productivity. Matt has been managing vineyards for 12 years including time at Grove Mill, Huia and more recently the Loveblock as estate manager.

During that time he spent a lot of time upskilling, training in organics, bio-dynamics, permaculture and holistic management. “I come from a scientific background, but also embrace these fringe techniques, I think they have a lot to offer. These are all good and useful tools for the farmer. “My focus is on soils and how to manage them biologically,

Bpm Disco, owned by Matt Flight was created 10 years ago in Blenheim when the band scene was very high. With over 20 years’ experience as a wedding and party DJ under his belt, Matt has entertained around New Zealand and even in Australia. Here in Marlborough Matt has also been the MC for many large events in the Marlborough region. One area that proves popular is weddings which sees Matt travel all through the region and the Sounds, from Kaikoura to Furneaux Lodge.

In addition, Matt has expanded the business into small photography, which has become a very popular part of the business. “The photobooth and pre reception photos are great little features to add to your day that entertain people just that bit more,” he says. For more information look at the Bpm Facebook page, phone Matt on 02168990 or email Bpm Disco Music, Photobooth and Prep has many specialities, including a photobooth and props for weddings. Photo provided.

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November and create jobs A new liquor store is to open in Blenheim creating up to six - eight new jobs. Maurice McQuillan, the owner of Super Liquor on Grove Rd, is behind the new store at the corner of Lakings Road and Boyce Street. Maurice told the Sun he was pleased the resource consent and licence was finally approved and he could get on with business. “With everything going to plan we hope to be open by Maurice McQuillan November,” Maurice says. The new liquor store at the called Boyce Street Liquor. former Hirequip site will be Maurice says the new store

will have an expansive range of wines, spirits, beers and RTD’s available. The Boyce St Liquor store will open Monday to Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-10pm and Sunday 9am-6pm. A one-way traffic system would operate around the store where vehicles would enter off Boyce St and exit on to Lakings Rd. Grove Road Super Liquor will still run as per normal with Boyce Street Liquor being a more convenient option for those living in the area.

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COUNCIL NEWS Notices Notification of Meetings August 2015

The Marlborough District Council hereby gives notice pursuant to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 of the following meetings: 1. Council Thursday, 6 August 2015 at 2.00 pm 2. Community & Finance Tuesday, 25 August 2015 at 9.00 am 3. Regional Planning & Development Thursday, 27 August 2015 at 9.00 am The above-listed meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, 15 Seymour Street, Blenheim. The time and date may be subject to alteration and confirmation thereof prior to the meeting is advised by contacting Nicole Chauval, Committee Secretary, Ph: 03 520 7400.

Temporary Road Closure Friday 31 July 2015 Marlborough Malaya Veterans Commemoration Service NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN under Section 342 of the Local Government Act 1974 that Seymour Street from the intersection of High Street to Alfred Street will be closed to all vehicles between the hours of 10.30 am and 12.15 pm on Friday, 31 July 2015, for the purpose of the Marlborough Malaya Veterans Commemoration Service. Also please note that there will be no parking in Seymour Street from the intersection of High Street to Alfred Street from 9.30 am to 12.15 pm. Any enquiries should be addressed to Sandra Boyd, Marlborough Roads, Ph: 03 520 8330. ALISTAIR SOWMAN MAYOR

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: or post to: Attention Lauren Hunter APL Property Ltd PO Box 185 Blenheim 7240 Ph: 03 577 7780

Barrel of Fun promised for this year’s Nelmac Garden Marlborough Members of the 2015 Committee of Nelmac Garden Marlborough, Councillor Jenny Andrews, at the launch of the programme for this year’s Garden Marlborough, along with immediate past committee chairman Jeremy Jones (left) and fellow committee member Richard Macfarlane. Supported by about 200 local volunteers, Garden Marlborough is one of the biggest events on the regional calendar bringing hundreds of visitors into the region to take part in a programme which,

this year, covers about 30 events over four days 5 to 8 November. Returns from Garden Marlborough are put toward ‘promoting the pleasures and benefits of gardening and to enhance Marlborough’s environment’, including support for Council-led projects such as: • Establishing edible gardens at local schools • Donating trees and organising planting in public spaces • Plantings at Marlborough Airport’s winter Brrr...illiant Marlborough Events, the winter season events guide, is out, showcasing more than 100 events around Marlborough in July and August. There’s plenty to take you out of the house – including library activities, markets, cruises, sports, exhibitions and the Marlborough Book

Funding for the Tui to Town project, which encourages natives plantings Councillor Andrews says Nelmac Garden Marlborough is a wonderful

example of collaboration with passionate gardeners, community volunteers, Council and the hospitality sector working together to ensure that the region is showcased at its best.

Festival later this month. Pick up a free copy of the Winter Events Guide from the Marlborough District Libraries, Marlborough District Council, Marlborough i-SITES or the Millennium Public Art Gallery. All the information is also available online at

The site of Picton’s new library This is the site where the new library and Council service centre will be built in Picton. The block of land has a corner frontage on High Street, running back to Dublin Street. It’s the halfway point between the waterfront and the retail and business area around Mariners Mall, effectively linking one end of Picton’s High Street with the other. Sounds Councillor David Oddie says Council has supported the Picton community’s preferred location. Council has also bought the two adjoining properties in

Dublin Street. Councillor Oddie says this is a land banking decision by councillors allowing scope for future development of another visitor activity or facility that would be compatible with the libraryservice centre. “We don’t have anything specific in mind but securing these sites gives options for the future,” he said. In the coming months, the existing houses will be removed and the sites temporarily converted into parking space for Picton. “The extra space will be very welcome, particularly over the holiday season, as

Positive ageing Doing repairs and maintenance around the house can be overwhelming for elderly people but the cost can be even higher – to personal health and safety – when a house is cold, uncomfortable or unsafe. The Good Homes Project has created three practical checklists to help people to assess what repairs or maintenance work is needed on their property. These checklists are available free -

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it will ease the pressure on downtown parking,” said Councillor Oddie. A design brief has now been prepared and

architecture firms shortlisted for the project have now been asked to prepare concept plans to present to Council.

Keeping up with the house maintenance print them out from If you don’t have a computer, go to your local library and ask for help at the information desk. There’s also a ‘solutions’ section with tips about getting repairs done. The Good Homes Project suggests: • Talking to family or friends about who they use and the quality of their work • Going to Citizens Advice Bureau, RSA, Age Concern or Grey Power

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The Sun Up in smoke Why do I have to park my bike in the Countdown staffs ashtray on Henry Street? Smokers your butts stink. Clean it up or shift the bike stand.

Central hub Instead of an arts centre and library, why not use the land for a central hub of entertainment ..cafes, bars, boutique shops. Which brings in revenue and attracts tourists. Every main tourist town has a central hub where people go in Blenheim. ..everything is too spread out .... Let’s bring the town to life!

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50 kmh road work signs at Havelock have been there now for a week and no sign of any road works starting, and they wonder why people don’t slow down for them.

To the two older ladies that thought discussing the roster was more important than tending to customers on Saturday . We finally got your attention when we walked away towards the checkout. Did you wonder why YOU were ignored? Disgraceful, shame a 30 year customer service person cannot get the service they give. Customers first ALWAYS! Let’s not forget younger staff will be learning from your example.

Two incomes I wonder if this person has ever gone without. Don’t judge people until you know facts. It’s very hard to make books balance on super only. By time you pay rates, phone, power, insurance, etc there is very little left to buy food. Certainly not enough to visit a doctor!

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Under 13 health care Pedestrian crossings While I agree pedestrians shouldn’t walk straight out onto crossings. Drivers should be driving defensively and scanning footpaths when approaching crossings. You should be ABLE to stop. Most drivers in Blenheim know where crossings are, and the painted diamond warns you one is near.

Thank you! Thank you to lovely person who gave my phone to library. What a relief !

Firewood This year I have bought four lots of dry firewood from four different merchants. Rapara timber, dry. Centraland, dry. Other two over 40% moisture. If you buy firewood buy yourself a moisture meter and keep these cowboys honest.

Mamma mia Great to see the pink and blue Mamma Mia car around town. Can’t wait to see the show in the new theatre next year.

Council’s theatre Dead right! Theatre trust are broke. Need bank funding. Council to pay interest. Council has no money, only ratepayers money. Soon ratepayers will be paying for dammed theatre. Shame on all of you.

I agree with the comment concerning the bad decision made by some marlborough doctors surgeries refraining from joining the new children up to 13 free health.... IT IS SHAMEFUL. Think of those in a financial situation less than years, its a struggle!!You ought to be helpful, not a hindrance Imagine doctors not having access to proper health care for the lack of cash ? For those concerned it must be terrible. Be responsible, help them, you have power to do so. Absolutely agree regarding Francis St Medical, Lister Court & After Hours GP opting out of free care for under 13s. If they have any compassion they must reconsider.

Overtakers It’s time some people got their head around the fact, that regardless of what ones mode of transport, from plane, boat, car, bike or foot, the overtaker has to give way. So to the cyclist who barged through a group of people standing with their dogs on the riverside footpath, and shoulder two of the people it’s time you learnt to ask if you could be given room and then you’d get some respect!

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Empty streets CBD access is the problem in Blenheim. Waiting up to 20mins at the Main St roundabout. Stupid also the one way at the rotunda one way Market St wide foot paths with no one walking on them. Old Blenheim was always full of shoppers day and night.

My son in Auckland tells me he got a ticket from Police for “operating a vehicle without a ‘tamper proof’ exhaust”. Is this some sort of new ‘added security option’ that we, the public, know nothing of ? After all, we’re only talking Holden Commodore here, not Ferrari etc. Ridiculous Police State, ticket quota, or do they simply make them up on the day?

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I would like to wish Janette Walker well in her new position. I feel she will do an amazing job. I dropped in some apples that were given to me, more than I needed. So if there is surplus fruit and vege in your backyards why not give it to Johns Kitchen and full some empty tummies. We welcome your texts on 027 242 5266. Limit to 70 words please. Name supplied please. We reserve the right to publish at our discretion. Please note the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sun management.

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I would like to say THANK YOU to Rob who lives in Seddon, for dropping my family a load of fire wood on Friday for free. You have a kind heart. Very much appreciated.

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Warning to people visiting St Arnaud Cafe, I returned a milk shake with a unpleasant gunk at the bottom of the paper cup, to be told by a very rude manager that no refund will be given and asked not to return, thanks to this experience I now have a very upset tummy. I will be notifying the health authority.

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A news report the other day said we are in for a mini ice age in 15 years. So what happened to global warming? Does this, at last, mean an end to carbon credits, carbon trading and taxes? Govt site talks about ‘the science’ of global warming. Is this the same science that now presents the new ice age? Poor show from our ‘scientists.’ These weather patterns are natural phenomena and man’s arrogance around his ability to change the weather is staggering. Best break out the sunscreen and get a new coat, just to be sure!

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Weekend pay To the Farmers staff member....with that info received from was a staff member on a long weekend, on a Sunday,. My commenting to them, hope you get paid double time or at least time and a half....SHE said no, afraid not....not these days....its just normal working hours.... My comment was not nasty....It’s not the shop it used to be....different management, new policies....they’re trying to be like Myer in Australia, but fall short, different policies, not consumer friendly....pleased that staff member enjoys her job....great they’re good to you.

You’ve got mail You were lucky to get those loving wishes on Facebook! I sent cards to my grandson, my son in law, and my daughter, all of which took ten days to go from here to ChCh. So you may not have got anything if loved ones had to rely on NZ Post. My mother posted two cards from Hastings for my children in May and they have never been delivered. Thanks NZ Post.

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5 minutes with: Graeme Barsanti Councillor and retired police officer


My last meal on Earth would be... Roast vegetables and roast mutton. One of my best holidays was... My very first visit to Japan in 1991. My guilty TV pleasure is...

Only watch the news, I very seldom watch tv.


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President Obama.

What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? My old policeman’s helmet. Who would you love to have a meal with?

Mr John Key.


What would you spend your last $100 on? I would give it to a good cause. What’s next on your wish list? Trip to Italy to follow up on family tree. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? I hate reading books and have to read all the council papers. Never liked reading.

Arson investigated Blenheim Police are investigating two separate incidents where letterboxes were set on fire. The first incident was overnight on July 10-11 on South Street and the second incident was overnight on July 11-12 in Covent Garden. The offenders used accelerants in both incidents.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage in the areas and have recovered items of interest from the scenes for further examination. It is unknown at this stage whether the two incidents are linked. Sergeant Graham Single says in both instances the fires were extinguished before further damage could be done.

“This sort of behaviour has the potential to cause significant damage to property and risk to others and we are very keen to identify those involved before someone’s life is put at risk.” Police would like to hear from anyone who has information that may help identify the offenders.

Something new is happening in Seddon!

Ethan Mills 5, entered in his colourful creation for the Sun’s colouring competition. Entries close on July 20, so it’s not too late to get yours in. Simply colour, write your name and contact number and bring it into the Sun office on High Street, and be in to win some great prizes. Photo by Celeste Lodewyk


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Residents of the Awatere are getting together to focus on ‘warming the heart’ of their community with two new groups. The Awatere Community Crafts, Activities, Recreation and Sociality Fun Group and the Beautifying Seddon Group have been founded in recent weeks. It has come about because people wanted more connectedness and bonhomie with others in their community to make new friends, share skills, ideas and have fun together. There will be craft working, indoor bowls, darts, board games, puzzles, light exercise, laughing, dancing and chatting. The groups are open to anyone in the community. Organisers want people to come, have a look and a try at something. The CARS Group has two sessions a month, Ruth Dalley and Robyn Dawson play cards. the second and fourth Thursdays from 11am Seddon. Surroundings are important and to 3pm at the Awatere Memorial Hall. affect morale, not just our own but travellers The Beautifying Seddon Group is com- passing through. A Tui to Town project will prised of locals with a desire to be proud of be getting underway soon, with planting

happening in September. For more information on either group contact Charmaine on 5757459.

Matariki disco fun On Friday June 26 Blenheim Early Childhood Centres Te Kupenga Preschool celebrated another very successful and fun Matariki disco at the Omaka Marae hall. Guests included their own Preschool community, as well as children, teachers and families from John Street and Uptown Preschools and Nga Puawai Kohanga Reo. Fun beats were provided by a DJ that encouraged everyone to get down and ‘boogie’, as well as families and guests joining in on a shared supper. The disco’s theme was ‘In the beginning’ and children came dressed in a variety of fantastic costumes relating to this. FAR LEFT: Kahu Tai Rakena (3). LEFT: Marley Kopua (2).

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what’s on in marlborough

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Scoot, Skate & Ride Marlborough Supervised Sessions, all ages are welcome, bring your skateboard, scooter or BMX and show us your tricks and moves. Check out their FB Page for more details. Blenheim Skate Park, 1 Horton Street, Blenheim. 6pm – 8pm.

Bride of the Year Stunning local brides and (some) new husbands will be showcasing their lovely attire. Tickets are available from Clubs of Marlborough $40 per person. The proceeds of this years event with benefit the Land Search and Rescue Marlborough and the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. Clubs of Marlborough, 42 Alfred St, Blenheim from 7.30pm.

Strings Attached An eclectic mix of Scottish, Irish, Appalachian, Ragtime and Bluegrass. We like it - we play it. Strings attached are Bruce (guitar, banjo and vocals) and Helen (fiddle, banjo, bodhran and vocals. Dodson St Cafe, 1 Dodson St, 5pm - 8pm.

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

Sounds, Salmon & Songbirds Cruise Depart from Picton for a trip to Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary, 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 Marlborough salmon are farmed, visit the farm and feed the fish. Bookings at or phone 577 9997. Karaoke Evening This is to be a fun fill evening to help raise funds for the Fit n Free Outdoor Gym for Havelock. There will be a door charge of $5 dollars, raffles and Pay not to sing...come and enjoy the fun. Havelock Hotel, 54 Main Road, Havelock, 7.30pm – 10.00pm.

Bikefit Cyclocross Marlborough Series CX-4. Largely flat, weaving and meandering around a spectator friendly loop, a number of obstacles such as barriers to hurdle, slopes (or stairs) to climb carrying or pushing your bike, short sharp pinch climbs, off camber slopes, grassy paddocks and hopefully muddy conditions to ride through to test the skills. Harling Park, Witherlea, 10.30am – 3pm. ‘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

Ulysses Club Meet for a coffee and a catch up Saturday mornings from 10am at the Old Orchard Cafe, The Vines Village, Rapaura Road.

Farmers Market Showcasing the best of Marlborough some of the stalls are Harwood Produce, Lime Rose Grove, 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.

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.

Ulysses Ride Short afternoon ride, destination to be decided on the day. Meet at the Railway Station (south end) at 12.45pm leaving at 1pm.

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.

Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm - 3pm All welcome.

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.

If you have an event email Tash at The Sun

Mountain Bike Enduro Sunday 23rd August

3 courses to choose from for primary schools, recreational riders and full-on racers. 3 to 6 hours of fun on two wheels for individuals or teams. Get a team together and alternate laps while you enjoy the company of everyone in the start/finish area. More info and entry at Join our Facebook page to keep up with what’s going on.

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! Associated Modellers Society Miniature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm 4pm $2.

Up & Coming 23 July Older Person Seminar 10am. St Christopher’s Anglican Church, 90 Weld Street, Blenheim. Focus is on Mobile Phone and iPad training with boys from Marlborough Boys College. 25 July An Evening of 50’s and 60’s Rock N Roll Music and Dancing. Clubs of Marlborough, 42 Alfred St. 7.00pm – 12.00am. Gather your friends together for a great night out, and dress in 50’s gear if you wish, we will be. Tickets only $10 per person, which includes supper! For Tickets contact 021 257 3283. 2 August Havelock Fit n Free Outdoor Community Gym Fundraiser brunch, Guest Speaker. Jane Butler (Out-Of-The-Rut), Contact Carol 021 065 6789.

Sunday Ulysses Ride Meet at the Railway Station (south end) at 12.45pm leaving at 1pm.

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.

Saturday Karaoke Fundraiser for the Fit n Free Outdoor Gym for Havelock. There will be a door charge of $5 dollars, raffles and Pay not to sing...come and enjoy the fun. Havelock Hotel, 7.30pm – 10.00pm.

Picton Cinemas Minions (PG) Inside Out (G) Terminator Genisys (M) Jurassic World (M) Marshland (R16) Noble (M) @ EcoWorld Picton Aquarium P: 573 6030 |

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Friday July 17, 2015

Senior Living


enjoy your retirement

Fund your lifestyle Let’s say you plan to retire at 65. You need to save or have another plan to provide the income you want for your retirement years. And remember, things may not go the way you hope. For example, you may get sick or have some other reason for not working as long as you expect. Look at what sort of retirement lifestyle do you want then ask yourself what will your cost of living be in retirement? Some of your costs may go up (like healthcare) while others (such as education, clothing, housing, work-related

travel) may go down. If you have children, they will probably be financially independent. You also need to think about what your goals might be in retirement – travelling to new places? Joining clubs, going out to dinner and shows? There there’s the important question of will you live in your own home or rent. If you rent, you’ll need more savings to cover the cost – but on the other hand, you won’t have money tied up in a home. However, owning the place you live in, debt-free, will reduce the risk of rent

increases or being asked to find a new place to live. You will have more control over your finances, but you will have to take care of maintenance and rates. Being mortgage-free by retirement is a great goal to aim for. The reason many people currently in retirement are able to manage financially is because they no longer have the burden of mortgage repayments. Tip: Paying off debt in retirement is very hard. So make it your number one priority to be debt-free before you retire.

Old-fashioned but delicious By Celeste Lodewyk Growing up I have fond memories of a couple of recipes my mother made, one of them being ‘sago pudding’. I understood it was a recipe she was taught by her grandmother, and being that it was relatively cheap to make it appeared periodically at the dinner table. Memories of this prompted me to find a traditional sago pudIngredients: • 4 cups full cream milk • 1 pinch coarse black pepper • 3ml ground cinnamon • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 1 cup sugar • 80ml butter • 4 medium eggs, separated • 80ml smooth apricot jam

Marlborough District Libraries (Blenheim and Picton) have an extensive collection of large print books (fiction and non-fiction), talking books - on cassette and CD, music CDs, magazines and jigsaw puzzles.

ding recipe to share with others. In my search I found that there are recipes that date back to the 1800 and 1900’s, although the ingredients put with the sago have changed slightly since then. It all comes down to individual taste so experiment, but until then here is an old-fashioned sago pudding recipe for you to try. Method: • Preheat oven to 160C. • Grease a large baking dish. • Heat milk to just below boiling point. • Add salt, sago, cinnamon and vanilla and simmer gently until sago turns transparent (20 mins). • Add half of the sugar and butter, stir well. • Quickly beat egg yolks into sago mixture and set aside.

• Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form, then add remaining sugar gradually, until all sugar is used. • Fold egg-white mixture through sago and pour into baking dish. • Dot with apricot jam and bake for 40 mins, or until just set but still slightly wobbly in the middle. • Allow pudding to cool for 20 minutes before serving.

Hearing loss Hearing loss can affect your life in many ways. Sometimes hearing problems can make you feel embarrassed, upset, and lonely. It’s easy to withdraw when you can’t follow a conversation at the dinner table or in a restaurant. It’s also easy for friends and

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family to think you are confused, uncaring, or difficult, when the problem may be that you just can’t hear well. If you have trouble hearing, there is help. Start by making an appointment with your local friendly audiologist or hearing specialist.

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Bethsaida Retirement Village

A simple life support system What is a Life Tube?

Noel Templeton


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Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and blue-violet light with Crizal Prevencia multicoat. The world’s first lens to reduce the risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration and Cataracts. Talk to the friendly team at Noel Templeton Optometrist to find out more.

Noel Templeton Dip Opt. Cert Ocular Pharm, Therapeutics


122 High Street, Blenheim Mariners Mall , Picton

A LIFE TUBE is a plastic cyllinder that contains a sheet with your vital health information. The tube is kept in a prominent, easily identifiable and accessible place such as your refrigerator. You could also keep another one in the glove box of your car.

LIFE TUBE is endorsed by New Zealand Police and St John Ambulance and is supported by emergency and medical services throughout New Zealand. Enquire now at AGE CONCERN MARLBOROUGH for your LIFE TUBE PH: 579 3457 Room 5 Community Centre 25 Alfred Street, Blenhim

Rest Home Care · Hospital Level Care Bethsaida Retirement Village is set on 2 hectares of landscaped parklike grounds providing a relaxed & comfortable atmosphere. We offer both Rest Home & Hospital level care so that if your level of independance changes we can increase the level of assistance we provide. Our friendly competent staff will ensure you are well supported. Bethsaida, where care comes first. Owned by a local non-profit organisation


66 Litchfield Street, Blenheim · Phone 578 3341


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Let’s travel Top NZ summer destinations New Zealand is a country that is stunning to visit at any time of the year, but now that we here in NZ are enjoying the Southern Hemisphere summer here is a list of the top 10 summer destinations. Bay of Islands Is a favourite of all travellers, you have the beach there as well as surfing, swimming, sailing and dolphin safaris. Only another four hours drive away and you’re at New Zealands most northern point, Cape Reinga, the big massive sand dunes and the giant Kauri trees. The Bay of Islands is also home to one of New Zealand’s major historical events, where the Europeans and Maori people signed the Treaty of Waitangi. Hot water beach People reckon this is just a beach, but in fact it is an awesome place to be, where else in the world would you have a beach, an awesome beach side campsite and a natural spa? At this beach all you need to do to get to a free spa in the natural springs is dig into the sand and make yourself a little pool. Raglan This place is known as the ultimate surfing capital of New Zealand. Raglan is such a small town you could walk from one side to the other in 20 Seconds. Make sure you stay at the Secret Karioi Lodge, located in the middle of the bush, but has everything you need - TV, stereo, pool table, flying fox, a beautiful deck to see the sunset over the ocean and even a place to hire and learn to surf.

Adam and David Scoon with some of their machines.

Arcadia up and running Taupo Lake Taupo is found in the middle of the North Island and is a must see, along your New Zealand trip. Taupo has so much to offer but one of the things that it’s most famous for is the skydiving. Jumping out of plane, at 15,000 Ft and seeing Mt Doom, (Mt Ruapehu) in the far distance and seeing the coast to coast of New Zealand - perfect. Queenstown The ultimate place to visit in the winter but equally as good in the summer. Experience adventure with everything from jet boating, to bungy to skydiving. These are some must do experiences for any adrenaline junkie. Queenstown is a base for anyone and with the amount of things to do there, you can never get bored.

Lonely Planet guide to Kiwi-isms Choice aye - all good As - use to intensify the preceding adjective eg ‘sweet as’, ‘hungry as’ Bro - short for brother, term of friendship used with alarming regularity Chur - Kiwi for thanks, cool, sweet as, etc. A more relaxed version of ‘cheers bro’. Can also be used as a NZ version of ‘ta da!’ Yeah nah - technically means no. Defined by user; purposely vague. Yeah right - means ‘I don’t believe you at all’. Not even - to be used when the facts of a conversation are wrong.

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By Adam Poulopoulos An 18-year-old Blenheim man and his father have fulfilled a long-held dream and opened up their new arcade in Blenheim. Adam Scoon and father David have set up Arcadia in the old Oscars site on Scott Street. Adam manages the business and is the machine technician, while David is helping him out. The business’s first day was last Wednesday, and David says the business has been “flat-out” during the first week. David says the pair has thought about opening up an arcade for several years. “We looked at the site five years ago and we decided if we ever opened an arcade in Blenheim, this would be the best place. “We didn’t want to be in the centre of town. We wanted a destination building.” Oscars closed down and sold their remain-

ing stock in the last few months. David, who has owned amusement arcades, video stores and movie theatres in the past, says arcades are gaining popularity again. He is currently involved with arcade machine sale company Spacies, which is based in Auckland. He sees arcades mounting a recovery as rental video falls by the wayside. “In the last five years there’s been a resurgence in the sale of arcade machines due to the increase of man-caves at home. “We’re selling so many more and instead of one machine being able to play one game, now you can fit 2000 games onto one.” The arcade was opened quickly to coincide with the school holidays, with the front still to be repainted. The pair plan to expand their selection of machines in the near future.

An extra month to get free influenza vaccines The 2015 seasonal influenza immunisation programme will be extended from 31 July to the end of August. The Ministry of Health surveillance suggests that influenza has not yet peaked this winter. To help ensure people have the protection they need, the funded vaccination season was extended. The A-H3N2 strain, which is covered by the vaccine, appears to be the predominant type. This strain affects the elderly and very young more severely than other strains.

The influenza vaccine is free for people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, people with long term health conditions such as severe asthma, and children under five years who have been hospitalised for a respiratory illness. People with down syndrome and those with cochlear implants are now eligible for the vaccine. Influenza vaccine is also available for purchase from general practices and many pharmacies for those who are not eligible for the free vaccine.

Kiwis love to Great deals at Guyton’s fly far New research amongst New Zealanders has shown that Kiwis love of travel and desire to visit far-flung destinations is still as strong as ever. The research conducted by Flight Centre (NZ) has shown that 83 per cent of New Zealanders travelling by aeroplane in the past two years have flown internationally, with a whopping two-thirds of those travelling to long-haul destinations such as Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Asia and North and South America. The frequency with which New Zealanders are travelling continues to show growth as well. Of those surveyed the majority of international travellers (60 per cent) had flown long-haul more than once in the last two years. Of those, just over one in 10 travelled long-haul four to five times and six per cent travelled long-haul more than six times in the past two years.

Oysters: a poor supply of Bluff oysters this season is now being balanced by a strong supply of local oysters: both Kono’s new Okiwi Bay branded pacific oysters (harvested fresh out of the Marlborough Sounds) and the local Cloudy Bay flat (or dredge) oyster (the same species as the Bluff oyster but caught from the other end of the South Island) with more to come (croisilles Pacific oysters – also harvested out of the Sounds.) Although some choose to snub the pacific oyster as lesser than equal to the flat oyster, they do so at their own loss as many are now talking up the new breed of Pacific oysters as an equal or (dare I say it) superior oyster. Guyton’s will be offering this amazing range of oysters fresh in store all July and August with great specials to add to the mix! Clams: Guyton’s will now supply live clams year round. Phenomenal special to promote this. Queen Scallops: an exciting new product,

more info at queen_scallops.php Guyton’s smoked fish: great for winter recipes, best smoked fish prices in the country. Hoki: Hoki season special – unbelievably fresh, unbelievable price.

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Wednesday July 17, 2015


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business for sale

The Fastest Way to Positive Change. www.scopehypnosis. c o m. Proven Te c h niques, call NOW 021 758 648.

St Lukes’s Anglican Church, Ferry Road, Spring Creek. Join us for Christian worship every Sunday 9.30am, Contact 0273432814.

2000 Honda CRV, maroon, manual 5 speed. $2000 ono Ph 578-1992 after 5pm.

FRIDGE/FREEZER, Fisher&Paykel, 8yrs old, 1.59H X 52W, excellent order $350 Ph 578-8132.

2 BEDROOM warm, sunny flat, heat pump and solar hot water. No pets. Reference please, ph 578-8981 or 021-1621727.

Expol underfloor insulation

TRIMMERS Mobile Hairdressing. Haircuts specials for July. 027 925 0889

Nativity Anglican Church 76 Alfred Street, Blenheim. All welcome to our services Thursday - 10am Eucharist Service, Sunday - 8am Traditional Eucharist Service 10am - Family Service 7pm - Night church.

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Another Time - Another Place Art Gallery

MARLBOROUGH Freshwater Angler’s Club.

Open - Mon/Sat 10am - 4pm Sunday - Is as the crow flies 269 Alabama Road - Riverlands Ph: 027 249 8418

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WORK WANTED Painter & Decorator

Qualified tradesman • Renovations • New houses • Wallpapering Water blaster for hire

AGM, Tuesday 11 August 7.30pm, Whitehead Park Bowling Club. All Welcome


John Mills Ph 021-469-873 Evenings 574-2466

Picton Sea Scouts

Nu-Look Clothing

Tuesday 21st July 6-9pm

Alterations and Repairs

If you are interested in above district average prices for 2016 with no yield restrictions then call Nick on 027 609 0009. We are offering very favourable terms to suit the grower. Call Now.

All interested people are invited to a meeting at the Picton Sea Scout Den in Market Street Picton. We need more Leaders and parent helpers in order to restart Keas, Cubs and Scouts in Picton.

Quality tailoring at competitive prices Ph/txt Christine 021 703 020 / 579 5267 Same day service Blenheim

Come along and meet the Leaders over a coffee or tea. Bring your children and learn more about Scouting in Picton.

Ph: 0800 500 123

Authorised by John Welch (Group Leader Picton)

situation vacant

SENIOR STYLIST We are seeking a senior stylist to join the team at our busy Renwick salon. This is a part time role with the potential to become full time. You will need to be available for a late night during the week and Saturday mornings.

Debbie Webster

03 578 3760 • 021 797 454 New Office - Bythell Place (next to Scotch Wine Bar)

2 bedroom unit Redwoodtown – offers over $199,000

Phone for further details on this property today!

Debbie Webster

021 797 454 or 03 578 3760 New Office - Bythell Place (next to Scotch Wine Bar)

Mike Pero Real Estate Ltd. Licensed REAA (2008)


FREE temporary board available for a Female Adult in family home, no pets please Ph 027 310 2735.



Supply & installation business for sale $11,500 Ph 0274 331 997

situation vacant

Estate Busters monster garage sale! Household lot, books, linen, furniture etc reasonably priced. All must go. Free stuff. Signs out 8am Rata Place. ELISHA Drive from 8am Saturday, workshop stuff, fishing gear, electric motors, outboard, 50 1lb preserving jars, 4X4 Honda, car fridge.

part time receptionist 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

Operations Supervisor (FULL TIME)

This role provides supervision for efficient and safe delivery of skilled labour within the Works & Operations Team (WorksOps)

You will be responsible for a team providing day to day (24/7) reactive and proactive maintenance response capabilities and associated services to maintain plant and equipment for water, sewerage, stormwater drainage networks and general Council duties. Applications for this unique opportunity close at 5.00 pm on 29 July 2015. Applications should be made online via our website, Careers/Current-Vacancies, where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact

CV and covering letter must be posted to: Cabello Hair & Beauty 76 High Street, Renwick

Marlborough District Council

Dog owners

Trainee Beekeeper – Blenheim

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



Glazier, Fabricator, Joiner or Glazing apprentice We have a position available in our small but busy team. Applicants MUST have the following skills and attributes: • An eye for detail and a high level of workmanship together with excellent customer service skills • A quick learner with a positive can-do attitude • Must be able to work alone or as part of a team • Excellent written and spoken English • A full current NZ driver’s licence • Applicants for this position should have NZ residency If this sounds like the job for you, we want to hear from you! Apply with cover letter and CV to: or drop it in to 44 Main Street, Blenheim

Located in Blenheim, Apitech NZ is a leading Apiary business managing over 6,500 hives throughout the Marlborough region with great plans for future expansion. We are seeking an enthusiastic, physically fit person with the right attitude to join our experienced team as a Trainee Beekeeper. In this role you will be: • Working with the team to manage our hives and honey crop • Working across multiple locations throughout Marlborough from the Sounds to remote high country stations To be successful in this role, you will: • Be keen to work as part of an innovative and enthusiastic team • Be ready to learn all aspects of the industry • Hold a current, clean drivers licence • Be physically fit and able to lift heavy honey boxes • Able to work extended hours over peak periods What we can offer you: • Full training • A career path with development opportunities • Interesting and varied work • Opportunity to experience the latest technology and modern techniques in beekeeping • A strong safety focus and excellent working conditions This permanent role is a great opportunity to join our team and we would welcome people ready for a change of career or a fresh start. If this sounds like you then send your CV and a covering letter to Applications close Tuesday, 28th July 2015.


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Friday July 17, 2015 situation vacant

Hardings Road Irrigation Plant Operator This role has responsibility for the operation of the Blenheim Wastewater Treatment Ponds (BWTP) Effluent Irrigation Scheme.

The hours for this role are variable depending on the season and as such would be well suited to a person wanting to be flexible with their hours of work over a year. Applications for this unique opportunity close at 5.00 pm on 29 July 2015. Applications should be made online via our website, Careers/Current-Vacancies where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact

Water Reticulation Serviceman Plumber (Full Time) The principal duties of this position are water reticulation mains and services lines maintenance, including backflow device and water meter testing and servicing.

This role provides skilled labour to enable the effective maintenance of Council’s water supply network. You will be part of our works operations team and as such you will be part of a roster that provides after-hours service. Applications for this unique opportunity close at 5.00 pm on 29 July 2015. Applications should be made online via our website,, where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact

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death notices

Births This Week FUNAKI, Olivia Suzann (9lb 6oz) May 27, 2015 HANTZ, Carson Oliver (10lb 4oz) July 8, 2015 WENDEN, Clover Brooke (4lb 4oz) July 5, 2015

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Death Notices ANNAN, Sheila Frances Anne (Anne), (nee Boyd): July 9 2015 CHOOQUE, Dulcie Edna: July 14 2015 CORSKIE, Zoe B (Peg): July 11, 2015

MURDOCH, Mervyn David (Mouse): CHOOQUE, Dulcie Edna: On Tuesday July 14 2015, peacefully, July 14, 2015 NYBERG, John Edward (Jack): July 13, 2015 PATCHETT, Violet Ellen May PATERSON, Janet Eveleen Mildred (Jan), (nee Smith): July 11, 2015 PERANO, Nola Lucy (nee Neal): July 7, 2015 SOWMAN, Stephen (Stevo): July 11, 2015


WILKES, Timothy John (Tim): Passed away June 26, 2015. Mandy, Jackson, Benjamin, Cameron, Daniel, Andrew and families wish to express their deep appreciation to those who have offered such kindness, support, flowers and messages of sympathy and

comfort in our bereavement. It’s heartfelt to see so many people at Tim’s funeral, especially those who had travelled so far to attend. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement for your love and care.

McCALLUM, William Gordon (Gordy) died unexpectedly on July 9 2015 on SH 1 north of Kaikoura. He was 77. Gordy, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Owaka on October 10 1937. Gordy worked as a shearer and farmer in Owaka before retiring to Blenheim in 1973 with his wife, to raise their children. Unable to be idle, Gordy taught himself to lay blocks and he began his second career. Gordy loved inventing, his most successful invention was his fly trap that has sold over 50,000 around the world. People came to Gordy for help in fixing those items that no one said could be fixed. He took great pride in solving those challenges, and loved helping. Gordy is survived by his wife Elaine, their six children Susan, Russell, Kerri, Nadine, Lindsay, and Jennifer; their spouses Mike, Kellie, Hans, Stew, Emily, and Ian; and brothers Lew and Phil. Gordy will be greatly missed by his 19 grandchildren Rheana, Kelsey, Kaitlyn, Cody, Ahlden, Elle, Heath, Quinn, Benjamin, Lukas, Mitchell, William, Angus, Grace, Charlie, Edward, David, Owen and Isabel. The funeral will be held at the Clubs of Marlborough, Alfred Street, at 2pm Wednesday July 22 followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN, FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

ANNAN, Sheila Frances Anne (Anne), (nee Boyd): Passed away on July 9 2015, after a long illness. Aged 66 years. Loved wife of the late Allan Annan, cherished Mum of Daniel, Dwayne and James. Loving Gran of Tyler, Joshua, Hayden, Michael, Ryan, Charlotte, Mitchell and the late Panapa. Much loved daughter of Sheila and Frank Boyd. Loved sister of Dallas, and Barney Boyd. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Maxwell Care Home and Waterlea Rest Home. Messages may be sent to the Annan Family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Starship Children’s Health would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to Private Bag 92024, Auckland 1142. A service for Anne will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 10am Monday July 20, followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery. “Sadly missed, rest now Mum”. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN, FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

SQUIRE, Esme (nee Templeman): July 10, 2015 VOLLEBREGT, Maria Cornelia (Mary), (nee van Haastert): July 3, 2015 WASHINGTON, Brian Neil: July 8, 2015

at Springlands Lifestyle Village. Aged 90 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Harold Lincoln Chooque. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Jill and Ken Small, loved Granma of Julie and Stuart Smith, Michelle and Steve Mauger, and Jane and Pete Roberts. Treasured Great Granma of Hugo, Louis, and Fenella; Thomas and George; Alice, Henry and Amelia. Messages may be sent to c/- 21 Pine Hill Rise, RD 2, Blenheim 7272. A funeral service for Dulcie will be held at The Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 3pm Saturday July 18, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN, FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

C R O S S W O R D Puzzle CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Stuntman,(9). 6. British P.M.1976-79, James ...(9) 11. Rough wool fabric. (5) 12. Baffle. (7) 13. Terra ... , dry land. (5) 14. Unwanted. (8) 17. Excluded from society. (10) 18. Auspicious occassion, ... -letter day. (3) 20. Whirlpool. (4) 22. Loss of memory. (7) 24. Strictness. (6) 26. Australian bird. (3) 28. Tribunal. (5) 29. walk leisurely. (7) 32. Under(poetic). (5) 33. Officers’ servant, (3) 34. N.Z. bird. (3) 35. Eggs. (3) 36. Saunter (5) 37. Facial feature. (7) 38. Impish dwarf. (5) 39. Prosecute. (3) 41. Delirium. (6) 42. More robust. (7) 44. Cow-house. (4) 47. Escort on departure, ... off. (3) 49. Sprite,(Irish folklore). (10)

McLATCHIE, Roger Hugh (Mac): On Tuesday July 14 2015, unexpectedly at Nelson Hospital. Aged 75 years. Loved father of Tony, and Pop of Aidan. Respected brother of Don (Titahi Bay). Treasured stepfather of Melanie and Rebecca O’Sullivan. Messages to 51D Tireti Road, Titahi Bay, Wellington 5022. A funeral service for Mac will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 2pm Monday July 20, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN, FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

By Russell McQuarters 51. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59.

Aquatic mammal. Delete. (5) Illicit relationship. Hawaiian farewell. Jewel set by itself. Last day .(9)

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DOWN 1. Easing of hostility between nations. (7) 2. Male ruff. (5) 3. Cheat. (6) 4. Morning star (5) 5. Fast time (4) 6. Large statue(pl). (7) 7. Sheen. (6) 8. Loving. (12) 9. Standard frequency unit. (5) 10. Early species of man. (11) 15. Solid carbon dioxide. ... ice.(3) 16. Dutch cheese. (4) 19. Disprove. (6) 21. Lasting. (7) 23. Collection of peacocks. (6) 25. Rhetoric. (7) 26. Theft by an enployee. (12) 27. Graze. (6) 28. Timidity. (11) 30. Small lump. (3)

31. 40. 43. 44. 45. 46. 48. 50. 52. 53. 54.

Long,vehement speech. (6) Constellation, ... minor. (4) Fawn upon. (7) Turkish governer. (3) Rapture. (7) Hot sauce. (6) Colourless,odourless gas. (6) Small medicine bottle. (5) Joins (5) Haughty. (5) Catch sight of. (4)

SOLUTION Wednesday’s solutions

For November 10, 2004

The Sun


Friday July 17, 2015

Column to replace Watson at In this age of social media saturation and cavalier keyboard warriors, nobody is safe. Just ask Shane Watson, the 34-year-old Australian cricketing scapegoat who is copping the flak for his side’s first-test Ashes defeat. ‘Watto’ has been playing oneday cricket for Australia since 2001, when he was 20, but it is for his decade-long test cricket career he has been pilloried most. A nomad of the batting order, he has opened in half of his 59 tests, but has batted in every position down to number 7. Currently he is batting at number 6. He is also from the Chris Cairns and Jacob Oram school of injuries, his status

as a fast-bowling all-rounder taking an understandable toll on his body. He has a reasonable record of reaching 50 (28 times in 109 innings) but has only made 100 on four of those occasions. He was out LBW twice in the recent test match. In fact, Watto’s susceptibility to LBW is unusually high. In those 109 innings he has been out that way 29 times, 14 against England. His LBW percentage is the highest of any batsman to play 100 test innings. He is overzealous with reviewing decisions too. He has the secondworst success rate of turning over incorrect decisions. The jokes have been numerous – for a while there was a campaign

sports talk

for random objects/people to ‘replace Watson at 3.’ Some say the only fruit he eats is ‘plum’ (LBW.) Others say Watson being dismissed LBW is the third certainty in life, after death and taxes (see the Internet for more.) Despite his flaws, Watson is not the only Australian who underperformed in Cardiff. The team was not good enough as a whole – nobody stood up under pressure to win them the game. Some athletes are prime internet troll fodder (LeBron James is another) while others are less scrutinised. Why that’s the case is hard to know.

With ... Adam Poulopoulos

decider 15-10. He also played in the under-13 boys’ category, finishing fourth. Sophie also claimed silver, in the under-15 girls division, but lost the final in straight sets 15-5, 15-7, 15-12. Kiriana, Quinn and Nikki all claimed bronze in their respective grades. In all, 14 Marlburians participated in the championships. The event attracted players from around the South Island, some from the North Island and a group from the United States. Several Marlburians are heading to the North Island age group champs in Wellington this weekend. Kiriana Andrew.

Sport inbrief Basketball Both the Tasman boys’ and girls’ teams finished 12th at last week’s under-17 national basketball championships on the North Shore. The under-15 national champs tipped off in Wellington on Wednesday.

League The Wairau Taniwha has their final home game of the 2015 season at Oliver Park tomorrow afternoon. They play Wanderers Wolves, and kick-off is at 2:30pm.

Swimming About 120 swimmers from around the Top of the South will be attending the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Winter Meet this weekend. The meet will run over four sessions tomorrow and Sunday. Eighte en s wimmer s will b e representing Blenheim Swimming Club, and entry for spectators is free.

Marlburians hold court Five local players won medals at the South Island Junior Age Group Squash Championships over the weekend, with Tom Marshall coming the closest to winning gold. Tom, Sophie Whittal, Nikki Kennedy, Kiriana Andrew and Quinn Udy finished on the podium in their respective grades at the championships, held at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000. Tom beat two opponents to reach the under-11 boys grade final, but was beaten in five sets by Freddie Jameson. Tom won the first two sets 15-13, 15-10 but lost the next two 15-6, 15-4 and the


Up the mountain The Summit Batty Cup Races are being held at the Rainbow Ski Area later this month. The event starts at 9am on Sunday, July 26. Enter on the day to receive your race bib, and check the Rainbow Ski Report before travelling up. Quinn Udy.

Marching in the Forum The Marlborough Marching Association is holding an event tomorrow encouraging those who have never tried marching to give it a go. The event is being held in the Forum between 10am and 2pm, with the ‘mass maze march’ scheduled for after 2pm. Prizes will be on offer. LEFT: Sorelle in action during the Canterbury Championships earlier this year. Photo supplied.

Squash This year’s Heaphy Shield event is being held at the Marlborough College Old Boys Squash Club this weekend. The event starts at 6pm tonight, and continues through Saturday and Sunday.

Duathlon The Marlborough Duathlon series reconvenes for another event this Sunday. The event starts at the Seddon Domain. Evernt registration is at 8:30am but the event itself begins at 10am. It is the third round of five in the series.

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Maori Fishing Guide by Bill Hohepa

Awatere ladies triumphant The Awatere Golf Club ladies’ team have won the ladies Marlborough District Pennants for the first time in 17 years. Six teams competed in the competition, which began in March and

finished last week. They now head to Kaikoura to represent Marlborough against Nelson and the West Coast in the Tasman regional finals at the end of next month.


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Friday July 17, 2015




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