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Long haul home By Celeste Lodewyk Truck driver Aurora Blackmore-Adair has left behind the long and dusty roads of Western Australia to return to New Zealand. She is currently driving in Auckland but plans to return to Marlborough where she will be travelling on a 800km route from Picton to Christchurch and back. Returning home has been a huge relief for the nearly 24-year-old who says she is surprised more women aren’t truck driving.

Continued page 2 Aurora Blackmore-Adair has returned from Australia where she was truck driving.

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Relieved to be home Continued from page 1 “I wish more women and younger people were truck driving, it’s actually a really great industry to be in. “Some days are hilarious. When I am in and out of yards and on the road people do a double take when they see me driving. “It’s surprising how many people have looked at me and didn’t think I could do this job. I might have the best nails of all truckies in NZ, but I’m a good driver too,” she laughs. Aurora arrived home in June and spent time with family and her horses in Marlborough while deciding what to do next. “I had forgotten what being happy and having friends was about. My work load was huge in Australia and I got stuck in a routine of work and sleep with no downtime.

“NZ started to seem like it was so far away and I was missing my family and friends. “So I sold everything, packed my life into three suitcases and came home,” she says. Aurora received a glowing reference from the haulage company she worked for which she says really helped her find work in NZ. Now she is working for company Fitchett Linehaul in Auckland working a 12 hour shift driving a variety of trucks including Scanias, Mercedes and an International which she loves for it’s horse power. “But overall my favourite is the new 700 Volvo, it’s so roomy and powerful.” “For the first time in years I am smiling in my job and I haven’t had that before. It’s great to be home,” she says. RIGHT: Aurora Blackmore-Adair with one of the trucks she is driving in Auckland. Photo provided. E-mail: Address: 72 High St, Blenheim P.O. Box 634 Blenheim Fax: (03) 577-7863

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Black Stick Anita returns to ‘second home’ By Jacob Page Black Sticks New Zealand hockey player Anita Punt spent a fair chunk of her time playing in Blenheim but this weekend’s games against Argentina will easily top them. Having grown up in Nelson, Anita regularly played games in Blenheim both at club and representative age-group level. Now with more than 200 international caps to her name, she will return as College Park plays host to the first game of top level hockey in Blenheim since 1958. “We had two clubs from Blenheim that played in the Nelson competition and I was on the opposition teams that went over the hill and played in Marlborough so it’ll be like playing in a second home,” she says. Anita says the matches against the South American side will be another step toward the Rio Olympics next year, where the team will look to atone for their frustrating fourth in London in 2012. “These games will be a great chance for us to gel some new players into the setup which is always exciting. Argentina are ranked third in the world, with the Kiwis sitting in fourth position. Both have qualified for the Games in Brazil. “It’s hard not to think about Rio but I’m trying to focus on small goals,” she says. “It’s this series and then it’s Oceania Championships.” As well as some new blood, Anita will welcome back close friend Charlotte Harrison, who has been out of favour for three

inbrief Free GP visits for homeless The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation has agreed to supply homeless people with vouchers for a free GP visit. Key groups from around the community met to discuss the issue last week. The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation also agreed to provide homeless people with vouchers so their first visit to enrol with a doctor was free.

Marlborough wine export boost Marlborough wine exporters will find it easier to get into the South Korean market after a bill was passed that brings the elimination of tariffs a step closer. The Trade Amendment Bill is part of the implementation of a free trade agreement with South Korea that was made in March this year. Under the agreement, tariffs on New Zealand wine will be eliminated, but that will not happen until some amendments are made to New Zealand and South Korean laws.

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Anita Punt will be a key figure when the New Zealand women’s Black Sticks face Argentina twice in Blenheim on the weekend.

years. “I’m really excited to have Charlotte back, we get on well and have a good understanding and we are both fast.” Former captain Kayla Whitelock is also back in the fold but will not play in the Argentina series. Anita says she will continue to do some sprint meets this season but they will be few and far between as she chooses to focus her

energy on hockey. “The sprinting is a different kind of fitness but clearly my hockey helps in some ways. “I’ll continue to do some training with my partner and see how the season goes.” She says many of the senior players know they have the ability to be gold medal contenders however, failures at sudden death penalty strokes had cost them in

big games. “We definitely feel like we can compete… “It’s fair to say we have struggled with the shoot outs,” she says. “I’m not sure why that is as we feel confident going in to them… My theory is let’s just win and avoid them all together.” The matches will be played at College Park tomorrow and Sunday with both games starting at 2pm.

Renwick will host next year’s National Scout Jamboree, which will boost the town’s population dramatically in late December. Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman signed an agreement with Scouts New Zealand confirming the 10-day gathering in Renwick from December 29.

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Garden tours The St Andrews Presbyterian Church are running their ‘Around the Garden Tour’ on October 9 and 10. Tickets are $15 and are available at Springlands, Roselands and Selmes Trust Garden Centres and Cresswell’s Shoes. The Awatere Community Centre and Picton’s Take Note will also have ticket sales.

Work is underway on the upgrade of Bythell Place as the first stage in the upgrade of Blenheim’s central business district. The removal of the raised grass areas on the west side of Bythell Place began on Wednesday. Council approved the project after input from the Blenheim Business Association and Marlborough Roads. A spokesman for the Business Association Michael Fitzpatrick says it’s exciting to see Council and business community working together to make the improvements. “We’re aiming to raise the quality of the streetscape and create a family-friendly vibe – which should benefit the town’s businesses by encouraging people to enjoy their town,” said Mr Fitzpatrick. The Marlborough District Council has committed to upgrade infrastructure and public spaces in the town centre over the next two years.

Wine Festival tickets on sale Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. The event will be held on February 13. Ladi6 has already been announced as one of the musical acts for the day.

Wine destinations take flight Sounds Air look set to put on flights to other wine destinations in New Zealand from November. Sounds Air will start flying between Blenheim and Napier from November 5 with an emphasis on lower prices and a faster journey for passengers.

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street works, there will be some noise and inconvenience but the working area will be screened from the public and this stage of the work should be completed within a week”, said Councillor Terry Sloan. The next phase will be the removal of the three grassed

Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk After winning a national award, the staff at the Health 2000 store in Blenheim could barely hide their excitement. The store was awarded the Top Shop Award for 2015, topping all of New Zealand’s stores within the chain, for the second year in a row. Manager Corinne Hanson attended the conference and awards event last week and says while she was hoping for a win, it still came as a surprise. “It was incredible to win again. Our goal was always to win two years in a row, now that’s achieved we want to win again next year,” she says. The awards were based on a number of criteria including staff training and education, compliance with Health 2000 policies, magazine distribution and sales. “We just want to say a huge thank you to all our customers for supporting us in the three years we have been here,” she says.

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It’s hoped the project will encourage others with a stake in the town centre to also invest in revitalisation. The project was approved after the Association made a submission during the Council’s Long Term Plan process. “Unfortunately, as with any

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A cricket legend is joining forces with the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, boosting confidence for growing Sri Lankan student numbers in the region. Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene will become NMIT’s ambassador when he comes to New Zealand to play for Central Districts this season. NMIT chief executive Tony Gray says the partnership was exciting for the institute given its increasing numbers in Sri Lankan students as well as the level.

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pods from the other side of Bythell Place. The overall plan for Bythell Place will see the installation of removable bollards and planter boxes so the area can be a daytime public space or be opened up for bigger events by closing the bisecting road. Although the existing grass is being removed, retailers’ wish to see a grassed area incorporated into the redesign has been acknowledged; the water fountains will be removed and one large grassed area established. Planted areas will soften the Maxwell Road corners and a wide, level tiled area will connect one side of Bythell Place with the other. Five parking spaces will be removed to develop the area into safer, more easily accessible area. While the minor work is underway now, the bulk of the work will not begin until after this summer to avoid disruption during the CBD’s busiest season.


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COUNCIL NEWS Notices Renwick Smart & Connected public meeting Summer is not far away and that may mean water shortages for Renwick residents. The Council has a work programme under way to manage the issues that will determine how to secure an improved water supply for Renwick but, despite the recent rain, sprinkler bans may well be necessary again this summer. Renwick residents are invited to come to a meeting organised by Renwick Smart & Connected next week to hear more about the township’s water supply from Council staff and to learn ways to manage in a water shortage: • Where does Renwick’s water come from? • Planting water efficient gardens • Water conservation ideas for Renwick gardeners • The future of Renwick’s water supply Public meeting: Monday 5 October, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm, at the Woodbourne Tavern

Pool inspections

Compliance with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 All pool owners have a responsibility to keep children safe from drowning in swimming pools. All pools including spa pools must be registered with Council and comply with The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987. Pool owners must maintain pool safety at all times. Council will begin its annual pool inspections in November; pool owners will be notified in early October. The biggest area of non-compliance is the gate. Gate latches must be secure with enough tension on the gate spring that gates self-close and latch firmly. Please check your fencing to make sure it works properly. Remember your pool is your responsibility. Inquiries; Building Control Officer, Phil Eves Ph: 03 520 7400 or email

Seniors Victory Dance A Step in Time

Marlborough Seniors Victory Dance will be held at the Clubs of Marlborough on Sunday 11 October 2015, 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and entry is by ticket only. No door sales, all enquiries to Age Concern Ph: 03 579 3457. Tickets are available from: • Combined Clubs • Grey Power • Age Concern Marlborough • Ken Ham Music Works Live entertainment from Janet’s Old Time Band and others. Afternoon tea and juice will be provided. The bar will be available. Spot prizes, leading lady and leading man of the dance floor. Prize for the best themed outfit. Lots of fun and frivolity

Lighting up Picton Picton’s foreshore was bathed in light for the first time when Picton Councillor David Oddie gave the word to flick on the switch for the foreshore’s new lighting system last week. The lighting project was approved by Council to improve safety on the foreshore and to make it easier for ferry passengers walking from the terminal into the town in the evening. The lighting will mark out a pedestrian path from the aquarium to the foreshore steps, at the same time up-lighting the palm trees and war memorial.

Council amenities officer Nic Crous says the $240,000 project had a few challenges along the way. “We had to think about such things as preventing the glare on the water, finding products that were power-saving and durable, and find the right designs to deal with all the different locations from the walkway itself to the war memorial steps.” “Because much of the foreshore was originally a very low-lying area which has been filled in over the years, it wasn’t the easiest place to be putting in trenches and the weather

didn’t always help. But the contractors have done a great job.” It’s also been an opportunity for Network Tasman to install fibre

optic cabling through the foreshore via the underground trenching required for the lighting project.

Thanks for the bus shelter Passengers waiting in Springlands for the Blenheim Bus have a sheltered seat thanks to the generosity of Blenheim’s 41 Club. The shelter is directly outside Ashwood Park Retirement Village and the retirement home owners have allowed the shelter to be sited inside their boundary so there’s still good footpath access. As the Blenheim Bus has

steadily become established, community groups and individuals have helped meet the cost of some of the shelters on its route. Three other new shelters have also been built this month, on Hutcheson Street and in Wither Road. RIGHT: Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman with 41 Club members

ShakeOut Day

Marlborough is in one of the more seismically active areas of New Zealand and is home to the major set of faults known as the Marlborough Fault System. This system is the northward extension of the Alpine Fault. The Alpine Fault is a significant fault with potential for generating a ‘great earthquake’ of Richter Magnitude 8 or greater. Scientists say there is a significant possibility that the Alpine Fault will rupture in the next 50 to 100 years. The Marlborough Fault System is estimated to have the potential for events up to a magnitude of 7 to 7.8 on the Richter scale. All Marlborough settlements

are located close to the Alpine Fault or to other active faults. Most, if not all, settlements are also at risk from hazards associated with large magnitude earthquakes, including

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liquefaction, tsunami, landslides and ground surface rupture. The 2013 Seddon earthquakes produced more than 100 km of surface rupture on the Awatere fault. Sign on now to ShakeOut Day Marlborough organisations, businesses and individuals are urged to sign up for a nationwide earthquake drill next month - at 9.15 am on Thursday 15 October. More than 8500 Marlborough people and groups have signed on so far but that’s way fewer than Nelson-Tasman or the West Coast and nowhere near as many as Canterbury. Marlborough Emergency Management officer Gary

Spence says it’s easy to understand why Canterbury people want to be prepared. However the Seddon quakes were a very sharp reminder as to why Marlborough cannot afford to be blasé. “We had no loss of life and that was a blessing. But no one knows what’s ahead and this is a chance for us to underline how important it is for everyone to know how to respond to a big quake.” About 12,000 local people including 45 local businesses took part in the first national ShakeOut exercise in 2012. New Zealand Shakeout is part of a global earthquake drill, the International Shakeout Day of Action, October 15.

A chance to chat conversation, some entertainment, perhaps a game of cards, and for those who’re interested and able, even a chance to do some light gardening. It provides a stimulating morning in the company of others for those who’d normally be living in fairly dependent circumstances, probably with family at home. At the same time it allows those who care for such people some respite time. Transport to and from home can be provided and morning tea and a

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home-cooked lunch is served. • Families can talk to their GP or NMDHB Support Works (Ph: 03 579 2187) if they have an elderly relative who might benefit from attending the Totara Programme. • More information is also available from Presbyterian Support’s Enliven Positive Aging Services, Ph: 03 577 9005.

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Windy recycling day?

Obviously from a contractor unable to get staff! Fails to realise that many people who come here are out of work not by choice. Experienced and highly educated, not simply taught how to recognise a grape! We pick our own career path.

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Thank you Kelly and the Council works team. We told Council about a busted water toby at It is obvious the author of last weeks comment our property. has absolutely no clues or knowledge of the The next day we got back home from work to known poisons up to the level of asbestos ratfind the toby fixed completely. ings being used even a move to use paraquat, Keep up the good work Council. thankfully quashed by the industry. Many affected will not see their grandkids grow up. People are really trying for healthy productive A day out work. Thanks to the organizers and St. Andrews Care to inhale the secretive air? Yeah right! church for giving us “Platinum hair set” a great Sunday afternoon entertainment with Local Do you have any idea what pay rates are like talent and Stoke Celtic pipe band. With the dancers and the duo of Olivia Burns in the vineyards?? It works out well below minimum wage most and Thornton Church the talent was noticeable of the year unless you are working your butt off all round. from dawn till dusk seven days a week....then ps A must to watch violinist’s pre Xmas. there’s the large number of dodgy contractors, eg. the ones that dont pay, the ones that fire the Kiwis to get their quota of foreign RSE workers that they can pay peanuts (then take Bike Safety rent and fuel from their wages). No wonder so many Kiwis won’t work in the To the cyclists that ride side by side up Waikawa Rd going up Port Underwood Rd. vineyards! I had my three year old in the car trying to get Some people have enough pride in them- past you with a truck coming around the corner selves to expect an honest pay for an honest you do it all the time it’s dangerous, arrogant for days work. other people’s safety. I ride a bike there is no need for this stupid act Get your head out of the clouds! play safe. Concerned parent

The tens of thousands of young fit men we see running from defending their homelands; but where are all the children, girls, women, mothers? Dowry to ISIS or Taliban! Reminds me of a most famous NZ painting by Von Tempsky-’Spoils to the victors.’ A scary but realistic. Blenheim is our undervalued little paradise on the planet.

Inconsiderate jet boaters To the two very inconsiderate jet boaters on the Wairau River on Sunday morning 27th September, you had no respect what so ever for all the rowers who were terrifed by your actions. I was a spectator and feared for their saftey. Do you not know you are only allowed to do five knots in this area. We can all live without you on this awesome river.

Communication I was struck by the distinct lack of cell engagement by patrons at a fund raising charity dinner last night! No phones on tables, no one checking phones slyly, just focussed attention on the people in the room and the cause! Maybe some of us still remember face to face communication.

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The safety matting in the fenced in area for under fours becomes so ‘extremely’ hot in summer it BURNS our babies!! A notice of ‘warning!’ is even on the gate! Why not some imitation grass on top! Come on councillors.

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New Zealand vs Argentina I don’t think the hockey tests between New Zealand and Argentina this weekend have been well promoted. This is a big deal for Blenheim and someone has dropped the ball on it. Hopefully they get a great turnout because our girls could win gold at Rio.

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Festival back for another successful year By Celeste Lodewyk If you love fun and spring, you will love the Wairau Youth and Family Trust Spring Festival that is being held in Blenheim on October 10 at the St Ninian’s Hall from 9am - 1pm. This event follows last year’s highly successful festival which saw Riley Crescent closed off and a number of stalls set up. It will be the same again this year, but with some new and exciting additions, says Trust fundraising committee member Trish Robertson. “It will be a really great family day. We are encouraging people to bring along their families and come down for brunch or lunch. “There will be food stalls, whitebait


and hot chips and a big barbeque as well as Mr Whippy and a cafe serving Devonshire tea,” she says. A Christmas shop will be set up with everything from decorations to gift ideas, while for the children there will be bouncy castles, face painting, ‘pot the shot’, performances by Star Dance and games. Proceeds from the festival will be coming towards the Trust’s employment of a community children’s worker, a Christian education programme and children’s holiday programmes. Right: Highland dancers Gabriella Reidie, Alexandra Reidie, Charlotte Thomas, and Emma Thomas at last year’s Spring Festival. File photo.

Sunday Skate Jam By Celeste Lodewyk Take your scooters and skateboards along to the Blenheim Skate Park this Sunday for a fun supervised event. Orgnaniser Bec Moorehouse says there will be music sound system set up by Duncan McKenzie to entertain the crowd, while a coffee cart and sausage sizzle will be available for refreshments. The most exciting part of the event is a new feature introduced by Bec, a number of professionally made ramps to be used for skateboards and scooters. Bec purchased the ramps for the purpose of the regular Skate Jam sessions, and for larger events she plans to organise in the near future. As the popularity of the Skate Jam events grow, Bec is looking to form a small committee to help with fundraising and event co-ordinating, so anyone interested is encouraged to contact her via the Scoot Skate & Ride Marlborough Facebook page or see her on Sunday. “My next project is to fundraise to purchase helmets, scooters and skateboards so children who don’t have any can use them at events and join in the fun. “Plus I have a couple of bigger projects coming up and need some help organising them, so I would love to hear from anyone willing to help out,” she says. Sunday’s Skate Jam will run from 11am - 1:30pm. If it’s raining the event will be postponed and held the following Sunday. RIGHT: Local skateboarder Aaron Barrett pictured at a recent Skate Jam in Blenheim. File photo.

Blenheim extends lead in sunshine race By Jacob Page Blenheim has increased its lead as the sunniest town in New Zealand for 2015 despite a colder than usual September. Despite a soggy finish to the end of the month, Blenheim still had plenty of sunshine. According to the Blenheim Meteorological Station located at the Grovetown Park campus of the Marlborough Research Centre, Blenheim had 225.3 hours sunshine for September which was 33 hours more than the historical average. Blenheim has extended its lead on Whakatane as New Zealand’s sunniest spot during September by a further 16 hours, to now be 33.4 hours ahead. The average daily maximum temperature for the month was 14.7 degrees Celsius which was 1.6 below average. The average daily minimum temperature was 4.8°C; 1.2°C

below average. Liaison scientist Rob Agnew says September was much colder than anything on recent record “September 2015 was much cooler than in any of the previous 17 years (1998-2014). “We have to go back to September 1997 to find a cooler monthly mean temperature.” Rainfall total of 54.4mm was just above the average of 51mm.

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Stop fly at docks The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will work closely with the cruise ship industry this season to manage biosecurity risk, especially fruit fly. The cruise sector is expecting a record season, with passenger numbers forecast to jump 33% to 267,800. “This, coupled with the enhanced fruit fly threat across the Tasman and other parts of the Pacific, has brought MPI and the cruise industry together to improve biosecurity,” says Stephanie Rowe, MPI’s Head of Intelligence and Operations. “We’ve done a lot of work with the cruise ship industry to identify which vessels we want to target, based on their history, where

they are coming from and who the passengers are.” One of the areas of focus will be working with cruise ship companies to ensure vessels carry stores that don’t a pose biosecurity risk, she says. “Fruit fly host items, like apples and bananas, account for more than 75 percent of the biosecurity risk items our officers seize from cruise ship passengers coming ashore.” “If we know this food doesn’t pose any biosecurity risk because it has been sourced from New Zealand or from a reputable supplier, we can actually reduce the amount of intervention by our quarantine officers,” she says.




Enquiries: David 0274 356 690 | Email: Spraying, Mulching, Trimming, Mowing, Sowing, Cultivation, Earthworks, Post Driving, Weed Spraying, Rotary Hoeing, Rolling, Under Row Sweeping, Direct Drilling Rapaura Road, RD3, Blenheim.

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Government accused of ignoring crisis Farmer horrified at refusal to help with Silver Fern Farms ‘issues’ The government has been accused of lacking priorities and of ignoring a crisis with the meat industry. Dave McGaveston, Tapawera farmer and Alliance meat company shareholder, is horrified at government’s refusal to get involved in the issues around the Chinese take-over of Silver Fern Farms (SFF). “With Finance minister Bill English and Primary Industry Minister Nathan Guy saying it’s up to the shareholders, it’s an absolute cop-out,” he said.

Dave McGaveston said government was not showing any leadership and at a critical time for the meat industry’s future. “In contrast, the Chinese government will invest serious money in their red meat supply chain through Shanghai Maling, the Chinese equivalent of an SOE, whereas our government refuses to contribute a paltry $300,000 to enable the NEWCO proposition.” He cited millions of dollars being spent on the flag referendum, suspect Saudi Arabian farming ventures, purchasing pandas and

propping up Kiwi Rail as examples of government’s misplaced priorities. “It seems government is unconcerned about the meat industry, our second largest export earner’s future,” said Dave MCGaveston. He admitted to being “very nervous” at the effects of a cashed-up Silver Fern Farms with excess capacity and that other meat companies must be nervous, with the likelihood of a procurement war. “The National government - once the farmers’ friend - has now turned its back on

this sector and is being actively obstructive as shown by its refusal to support the New Zealand First party’s Meat Industry Restructuring Bill.” As a consequence the bill was forced into the parliamentary ballot process where it became superseded by the National initiated debate on the flag. Instead and sensibly the bill should have been rushed through under urgency and not suffered the fate it did said Dave McGaveston.

Rates club rebrand This year marks the tenth anniversary of the formation of Federated Farmers $10k Rates Club – an informal grouping of members who share the unwelcome bond of payment more than $10,000 a year in general rates. “The club has been a way for us to capture stories, gauge the trends in general rates and add another string to our lobbying bow,” says Senior Policy Advisor Nigel Billings. The club remains strong but times have changed – and, as Nigel admits, it might be time for a rebrand. “Unfortunately, $10,000 rates notices are not as rare as they used to be for those in our rural communities. We’re thinking we might need to change the name to the $15k Rates Club. It may even need to be $20k.” “It’s our very firm belief that property owners shouldn’t bear the cost of community services alone, and local government should be funded by a share of GST revenue.” To help Federated Farmers make this important decision - $10k, $15k or $20K? – you can help us gauge the latest trends by joining the club yourself. All you need to do is take a photo or scan of your general rates notice and email it to nbillings@

Matt Oliver of Biologic Soils.

Healthy soil pure logic Healthy soil and healthy plants lead to healthy animals and healthy people, says Matt Oliver of Biologic Soils. 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 to improve their soils and increase productivity. "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, using the natural soil ecology and natural processes to give farmers

the yields and products they want to achieve," he says. As an independent soil consultant, Matt would include soil testing and analysis, tailored recommendations to suit farmers, vineyards, lifestyle blocks and even backyards. He also offers farm planning and design to help make the farm function better as well as project management for the likes of organic vineyard conversions and composting programmes. "It’s not about applying fertiliser and forgetting, it’s about managing for healthy soil biology, sufficient soil nutrients, productive plants and animals with vitality." For more information refer to Biologic Soil's website

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- weekend event guide Friday 2

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The Last Heart By Rick Edmonds ‘cow-flying comedy’ 7.30pm at Havelock Town Hall, phone 574 1256 for tickets. Cafe style seating.

The Last Heart By Rick Edmonds ‘cow-flying comedy’ 7.30pm at Havelock Town Hall, phone 574 1256 for tickets. Cafe style seating.

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.

A Night in Italy Five course Italian Dinner and auction to support the work of the Cancer Society Marlborough Renwick Giesen Sports & Event Centre, 7pm Tickets: $90-$95pp call 579 4379 or email to book.

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.

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

Picton Museum 10am - 4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Ph 573 8283. EcoWorld Picton Aquarium Meet the locals up close with amazing New Zealand animals. Touch a living fossil (Tuatara), Little Blue Penguin, have fun discovering animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Up Close Encounters at 11am and 2pm daily. Open daily from 9.30am. Picton Foreshore. phone 573 6030. 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. Modern Maori Quartet Floor Pride Civic Theatre. 7.30pm. An evening with the Modern Maori Quartet is a celebration of humour and heavenly harmonies. Phone 03 520 8560 to purchase tickets. Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 The multi-purpose Stadium, incorporates facilities for squash, basketball, tennis, volleyball, a state-of-the-art gymnasium. Indoor lane pools, leisure pool, childrens’ pool, lazy river, sauna, steam room and spa/hydrotherapy pool. Kinross Street, Blenheim, ph 577 8300. Renwick Domain Skate Park Renwick Domain is home to a 1300 m2 concrete skate park featuring a spine, wedge, fun box, one-quarter pipe, drop in and grind box. Access: Uxbridge Street, Renwick.

If you have an event email Tash at The Sun

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 Green 021 469 191 or Bill Rogers 573 5507 for more information. Marlborough Artisan Market Wynen Street Carpark Wynen Street, Blenheim, 9am – 1pm. Highlighting the best of Marlborough art, crafts, food and produce. Come along and browse our stalls, salmon, cheese, strawberries, tomatoes, veggies, blueberries, cherries, bread, ibiccis, your jam and preserves. Marlborough Beekeepers Association welcomes everyone with an interest in bees to our workshop ‘Summer is Nearly Here...’. Venue: Marlborough Community Gardens (off Budge Street) 10am - 12pm. Contact MBA secretary Silke Powell 0212684149. Marina 2 Marina London Quay, Picton. 9am – 1pm. Fun for every member of the family. 13km Snout Run. 9km Marina2Marina track follows the Picton to Waikawa track along the base of the Snout and is aimed at both runners and walkers. For the youngest members of the family there is the 2km kids dash.

The BMG Slush Cup Rainbow Ski Area, Wairau-Hanmer Springs Hydro Rd, Blenheim. 9am – 4pm. Ski or board through the pit of Icy slush in your best outfit for prizes. Sausage sizzles on the BBQ! Toboggan and snowman competitions (prizes) from 11.30am. Raffle ($2 per ticket). Sausage sizzle from 12.30pm. BMG Slush Challenge 2pm ($5 to enter - dress-up prizes to be won). Please check the Rainbow Ski Area website before leaving home for the latest snow and road conditions. “Water, Ink & Oil” Ben Woollcombe, Peter Davidson, Graham Taylor. Opening Preview, Exhibition Season: 26th September to 11th October. Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery, 204 High St. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm during exhibitions. Black Sticks Women vs Argentina College Park, Stephenson Street. 2pm. The Black Sticks Women play against a superpower in world hockey in their lead up to the Oceania Cup being held in Stratford at the end of October. Tickets on sale at www. and start from just $8 with discounted family tickets also available.

Sunday 4 ‘It’s all about the coffee’ Recreational bike ride - all year round departs at 9am from AvantiPlus Blenheim, 61 Queen St. Everyone welcome. Register your interest Farmers Market Showcasing the best of Marlborough some of the stalls are Picton Bakery, Koromiko Eggs, Banjo Brews, Traditional Country Preserves, Nuggety Creek, Riverina, Garden Bee Honey, Spudz n Greens, Kaikoura Cheese. Marlborough A&P Showground’s, Cnr Maxwell and Alabama Roads, 9am – 12pm. Buy Local - Cook Local.

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Up & Coming 9th October Meditation Class Breathing meditations and mind training techniques . Alzheimers Rooms 8 Wither Road. Supported by the Blenheim Tibetan Buddhist Group. Phone Maree 572 2774 or Sue 578 5214 9th & 10 October 2015 Around Town Garden Tour 10am - 4pm, $15 pr person in aid of St. Andrews Hall. Tickets available from Springlands, Roselands & Selmes Trust Garden Centres, Cresswells Shoes, Awatere Community Centre Seddon & Take Note Picton. Includes garden books, plants & food stalls. 10 October Buddhist Teachings Geshe Jampa Tarchin will give a public talk on “Overcoming Depression and Loneliness”.Alzheimers Rooms 8 Wither Road. Supported by the Blenheim Tibetan Buddhist Group. Phone Maree 572 2774 or Sue 578 5214. 11 October Queen Charlotte Track ‘Fun Day’. There will be complimentary water taxis between Anakiwa and Picton as well as Blenheim to Picton with locations like Lochmara and Mistletoe Bay. A number of companies will also have discount hire rates as well as food and refreshments available. events/2015/queen-charlotte-track-funday.

Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm - 3pm All welcome. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am, Murray Ph 578 9199 or Tony Ph 577 9776. Petanque 10am Sunday 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 marlboroughtrampingclub@gmail. com. Black Sticks Women vs Argentina College Park, Stephenson Street. The Black Sticks Women play against a superpower in world hockey in their lead up to the Oceania Cup being held in Stratford at the end of October. Tickets on sale at www.

Photo Wyesguy Photography. Marlborough Artisan Market Wynen Street Carpark Wynen Street, Saturday 9am – 1pm. Highlighting the best of Marlborough art, crafts, food and produce. Come along and browse our stalls, salmon, cheese, strawberries, tomatoes, veggies, blueberries, cherries, bread, ibiccis, your jam and preserves.

Skate Jam Blenheim Skate Park. 11am - 1.30pm. Music, food and coffee will be available.

RENWICK HOME WANTED – I’M SELLING , ARE YOU? Downsizing from the country, genuine buyers need warm, modern home with section big enough to accommodate their two much loved dogs. Will pay up to $420,000.

Call Debbie Webster today in confidence 021 797 454 or 03 578 3760.

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What meal do you never get sick of eating? BBQ ribs cooked low and slow in the smoker for a good five or six hours. One of my best holidays was..... My first wedding anniversary, cruising the South Island with my wife in a campervan. My guilty TV pleasure is... The Walking Dead. I feel it’s best to do some research in preparation for a Zombie apocalypse.


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The best thing in your life right now? My wife who is due to have our first baby in November. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? I graduated from Canterbury University with a jazz degree majoring in vocals. What’s next on your wishlist? A wood-fired pizza oven would be awesome...and world peace.

Art and craft on show by preschoolers Pelorus community Preschool will hold their third Art and Craft Expo on Sunday October 11. This is a community event where the amazing art work the children have worked on over the year is displayed to the public. Teacher Aleeze Toombs says the event is an important part of life at the preschool. “An integral part of the philosophy at Pelorus Community Preschool is that art and craft is a key element of the learning programme. “Exploring a variety of craft mediums encourages children to scaffold learning in many areas, not just their imagination”. This year the children have produced work which includes pottery, weaving, sculpture using recycled materials, felting, tiling and paint. Each collection of art is accompanied by photos and a story of inspiration and production; together with a teacher review of what learning has taken place. At the same time as viewing the children’s work we have invited local art and crafts to sell their produce. These

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A sculpture using recycled materials. Photo provided.

range from driftwood Christmas trees, ceramics, quilting and many others. There will also be a refreshment area and all this activities being backed by a group of local buskers. The event will run between 9.30am to One of Pelorus community Preschool’s children making spinning paint art. 3pm at Havelock Town Hall.

Laser tag finds home patch By Jacob Page Laser tag looks set to be a regular fixture in Blenheim over the summer with a pop-up business set to take over the Vines Village. Nelson Pro Karts and Laser Tag will use a 1000m squared field to run the operation in association with Vines Village. The debut will be on Tuesday October 6 and then Saturday October 10. Owner Nick Fowler says while there are dates scheduled for November and December they would be using the month of October to see how much interest there is.

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“I’m really happy we’ve found a space and hopefully it allows us to show what we can offer here in Marlborough. Nick says he had been looking at the business model for a while and was happy to finally find a piece of land. “We think it’s something different for the market and with school holidays being here we thought it was a good opportunity to give it a go. Nick says the game allows children and adults to play a combat style game with no mess and a low risk of injury. He says special deals will be on offer for anyone wanting to try it.

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2014 ToyoTa RaV4 gxl fWD 2.0p

A great 7 seater car without having to go to a people mover. Can also be used as a station wagon or a 5 seater hatch with loads of luggage space.

$9,995 2012 ToyoTa CoRolla glx SeDan - SignaTuRe ClaSS


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

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

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.

DEAL NOW ON - this Rav 4 includes a ✔ fRee Platinum Warranty extension AND a ✔ fRee 2 year/30,000km scheduled service plan.


CHURCH SERVICES 10:00am Every Sunday

2015 ToyoTa CoRolla gx Wagon

Signature Class Toyota including a 3 year unlimited km warranty, 3 years of AA roadside service plus a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection.

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2015 Corolla Wagon GX manual. Travelled under 1,000km, this car carries the balance of it’s Toyota New Vehicle warranty. Loads of space, the added safety of a near new car.



2009 ToyoTa lanD CRuiSeR pRaDo Vx 3.0TDi

2013 ToyoTa HigHlanDeR limiTeD aWD


Sat ~ 10 Oct ~ 9 am to 1 pm Stalls, Food, Garage Sale and much more Cnr. Alabama Rd & Riley Cr Fun for Everyone!

Fundraiser for Wairau Youth & Family Trust

2014 ToyoTa Hilux SR5 4WD - SpeCial eDiTion

2004 ToyoTa Hilux 2WD exTRa Cab flaT DeCk

Special Edition - manual featuring 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a stunning traction system for on-road safety and off-road performance.

Only the one owner and in great condition with extremely low kms. Comes equiped with a tow bar and flat deck so it is all ready to go. Act quickly to secure this opportunity.



2007 ToyoTa Hilux 2WD Double Cab

2011 ToyoTa Hilux 4WD Double Cab

Ever reliable 2WD double cab ute - looks great with 16” alloy wheels. Practical with towbar and tonneau cover. Very nice to drive family wagon.

Excellent condition, low km. Full service history, all-terrain tyres, and tow bar are included. Facelift model from this year which includes updated audio, audio controls from the steering wheel, new bumper and grill design

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Ph/txt Christine 021 703 020 / 579 5267 Same day service Blenheim

Winners of Redwoodtown School Carnival Raffles. Grocery Raffle 1, Bronw yn Grant. Grocer y Raffle 2, Ron Harris. Firewood Raffle 1, Kelly Hampton.Firewood Raffle 2, Vicky.

Blenheim Judo Beginners Course $35 Tuesdays - 13th Oct to 17th Nov 7yrs – 12yrs 5pm 13yrs – Adults 6pm Instructor Shayne Jacks, 2nd Dan Ph: Judy (03) 571 6373 Facebook –Blenheim Judo Club

Intro Hoop Fitness Classes (Upstairs rugby grounds pavilion) 4 week Beginner classes from 14th Oct. Wednesdays 10.00am and Wednesdays 7.00pm Cost $80…early bird price $60 if paid by 7th Oct. Adult and 1 child (over 10 years): $120… early bird $80. Limited spaces. Hooping burns calories, builds cardio, stimulates the core and tones the whole body, including the arms. Work Out! Have Fun! Spice it up for summer! To register - 5729180 or

…fitness with a spin on it

Redwoodtown School would like to thank all of the businesses that gave generously toward their Spring Carnival


2008 ToyoTa Hilux SR5 4WD Double Cab

2011 ToyoTa HiaCe Zl 3.0TDi - nZ neW 5 DooR

Ever popular 4WD SRS double cab with very little off road use. If you are looking for a well maintained and well cared for 4WD ute. Well worth cheeking out.

One owner vehicle ex rural post. Excellent value for money here plus the added bonus of a 3 seater which is no longer available new. Ideal multi purpose vehicle with 2 sliding doors, air con and a lot of motoring left.

$23,995 21 Main Street, Blenheim Phone: 578 4319 After Hours: Colin 027 481 6867 | Pete 027 431 1706 | Malcolm 027 450 0353 Blenheim Toyota proudly supporting our community ...

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P RIVATE SALE 2 bdrm unit in Redwoodtown, concrete block, spacious,heat pump, own garage, handy to all amenities. Good investment property. Owner now living overseas. For sale at $175,000. Enquiries or to view phone 0274304460.

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Fantastic opportunity to purchase a high quaity one owner vehicle. Looks stunning in dark red mica, which is no longer available. Very popular as a 7 seater with full leather trim including heated front seats.

This Prado is one of those special vehicles that come around every so often. Good service history. Towbar already fitted.

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Enquiries: 027 721 8727

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DEAL NOW ON - this Prado includes a This registered new Corolla Hatch has been enhanced with the addition of 18’ TRD alloy wheels and tinted ✔ fRee Platinum Warranty extension AND a windows. Save on brand new pricing, check it out!! ✔ fRee 2 year/30,000km scheduled service plan.


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Only $3 Shop, Vets on Alabama, Allan Scott Wines, Wratt - Milk Vendor, Automotive, Blenheim Round Table, Beyond the fringe, Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre, Blenheim Testing Station, Bridgestone, Bronwyn Brown, Cabello hair design, Café Velvet, Cerise Home and Giftware, Cherubs Childrenswear Ltd, City Fitness, Countdown Redwoodtown, CPR Coffee Company Ltd, Dolce Café, Drylands Wine, Fire, Flowertime, Foodstuffs Community Trust, Footloose, Framingham Wines, French Essence Café, Furniture Gallery, Gibbos Barber Shop, Giesen Wines Cellar Door, Golden Sun Takeaways, 23 Grove Road Coffee House, Guthrie Bowron, Hair Studio @217, Harcourts Marlborough, Harvey Norman, Blast Entertainment Hire, Hendersons LTD, Hirepool Blenheim, Illusions Hair, InFusion Coffee Shop, Jaycar, Jewllery of New Zealand, Kinzetts, Life Pharmacy Blenheim, Lynfords Furniture, Makana Confections, Mark Stevenson First National, Mathews Eyecare, McDonald’s, McKendrick Event Hire, Mitchell Sports Power, Moa Brewing Company, MTF Blenheim, Blenheim Night ‘n Day Foodstore, Nite Spa, No.1 Family Estate Ltd, The Old Bank Bar & Café, Pak n Save, Pav’n’ Pie Shop, Placemakers, Popeys Placing, Poswillo’s Pharmacy, Prices Pharmacy, Rebel Sport, Redwood Bakery (2001) Ltd, Redwood Service Centre, Redwoodtown Pharmacy Ltd, Rennaisance Brewery, Ritual Café, Rosie Fielding, Salsa Groove, Sanford Limited, Simcox, Snap Fitness, Solutions Hair, SPCA, Specsavers Blenheim, Stay On Stephenson B & B, Street Dance Federation, Subway, Super Cheap Auto Pty Ltd, Super Liquor, Stadium 2000, Talleys LTD, The Clip Joint, The Hits, Honey Collection, Thomas’s J E Limited, Thymebank, Top Town Cinema 3, Top Shots Photo Lab, Trents Wholesale Ltd, UFS Dispensary, Vamp Hair Studio, Vogue Hair Stylists – Hayley Nicholls, VTNZ, Wadsco Motor World, Wairau Pharmacy, Wairau Youth & Family Trust, Westpac, Wino’s, X’foliate Beauty Salon, Z Energy Redwoodtown, Claire Falvey Facepainting, Marlborough Netball, Against All Odds Paintball, Monster Madness, Ryan Bowater – Eastern States Speedway, Asguard Vehicle Recoveries, Jean Scott Storyteller, Greg Harris, Omaka Classic Cars, Magical Pony Memories, Countdown Blenheim, New World, Westmeat, Joy Cowley – Author, Beta Electrical, Lotto Redwoodtown, Sollys Lollies, Couplands, Whittakers, Real Foods, Redwoodtown School Pacifica, Redwoodtown School Kapahaka, MGC Pacifica, Ava Elsmore – Highland Dancing, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Grant Burnett, Butt drilling, Prosper bbq.

Stylized Yoga

Including Soft Stretch, Wild Yoga, Power Class and Theme Classes Giesen Centre, Renwick (Upstairs rugby grounds pavilion)

New Open Classes Wednesdays 9.00am Wednesdays 6.00pm Starting 14th October

Concession cards available or casual drop-in. All other classes continue on at the clinic Incl. 1 on 1’s, Groups, Private Therapies: Breathing, Pain Relief, Stretching Deep Relaxation, Alignment etc. Enquiries: Contact Manager/Director or 5729180. …for-eva-fit


DAY TradeZone & Bluelight would like to invite you and your kids to

a fun filled day of fishing When: Saturday 10 October 2015 Time: 10am - 12.30pm with prize giving at 12pm Where: Waikawa Bay Foreshore & Wharf, Picton Meet TradeZone Fishing Guru Graeme Sinclair. Great a FREE day out with your kids. Bring along your own rod, limited number of free handlines available.

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wanted to rent LANDLORDS!! Please don’t sell! Iam in URGENT need of a home for my small family of humans and animals. I have references for all of us (going back 30years) and we will be good tenants. Somewhere quiet - I will go from Seddon to Renwick or Picton (and anywhere in between) Please ring or text on 027 677 0087 Thank you.

Private buyer looking for a townhouse or similar in the CBD. Must be walking distance to town. Up to $350k approx. If you are considering selling please give me a call. Ph 0274250422.

I’m Selling – are you? Genuine buyers wanting… Redwoodtown, Springlands, Central areas 2-3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms ideally but not essential Garaging on easy care section Price ranges $350,000 and up to $420,000

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BOAT windscreens repaired and replaced. Call Carl Gratton, Boat Windscreens Ltd 021 471 292. Dog kennel with run, suit medium to small dog. Excellent condition. $ 295.0 0. Phone 578 6790.



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Housekeeper Kitchenhand

Are you reliable, hardworking and friendly? We require a helper for laundry, ironing and cleaning. Must be flexible as hours include lunch times, evenings, weekends and public holidays. Starting September 2015 – May 2016 (min. 20 hrs per week) Hans Herzog Estate Please call Vanessa on (03) 572 8770

LAWN Mowing person available. Phone Brian 570 5731. Competitive rates. R22 helicopter based in Blenheim available for frost protection work 0274942894.

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Automotive Technician

Onestop Brake & Auto is seeking a qualified automotive technician. The ideal applicant will have • Authorised WOF certificate or ability to obtain one • NZ full drivers licence • Trade certificate • Own hand tools Apply in writing to

WAIK AWA R d Picton. Sign at gate. Near Baptist Church. Saturday 9.00am.

161 Dry Hills Lane This Saturday 3rd O c t - o p e n fr o m 8.30am. Includes large selection of household items, large camping gear items, including large 4 room tent. camp chairs, Colemans gas hotwater system, sleeping bags, kitchenware, large table, brand new caravan electricity power cord, gardening items, hifi system, videos, cds, plus much more. 161 Dry Hills Lane (at end) off Alabama Rd, past Mitre 10.

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BLOOD & Bone 10kg bags $16.00 delivered. Lawn fer tiliser 10kg bags $16.00. Lime 10kg bags $10.00. Phone 5786353.

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Friday October 2, 2015

Production Planner

Roofer required We are looking for an experienced Roofer to join our enthusiastic team. Someone who likes variety in their work with a broad skill set as we provide a range of services from general roofing, roof spraypainting, steel portal shed construction and seimic joint installation. There is a great potential for adding to your skills. A team leader with LBP in steel or membrane is preferable, but training can be given. Wages or Contractor. Ph 021 764 586 or


Casual on-call Housekeeping Position We are looking for an experienced reliable housekeeper to maintain the quality of cleaning expected from our international guests. Responsibilities will cover both upstairs and downstairs housekeeping duties. The position would involve approximately 4-5 hours per morning and commence from late September through to Easter. Character or previous work references will be required. For further information please contact Debra Gillett on 572 8276 or email your C.V to Applications close on Friday 9th of October 2015

Marlborough Softball Association

Coaching Vacancies

MSA has vacancies for Coaches and Managers for Representative Teams in the 2015/2016 Season. U13, U15 Boys & Girls, U17, U19 & Senior Men. Please forward a letter of application stating previous experience and qualifications to MSA by Friday 9 October 2015 PO Box 5101, Springlands, Blenheim 7241 or email to marlboroughsoftball @

WineWorks is experiencing an exciting period of change and expansion and we are currently seeking applicants interested in joining our Logistics Team as a Production Planner at WineWorks Marlborough. This is a full time position working Monday to Friday. The successful applicant will be a key contact person for our valued clients and will be responsible for placing bookings for production runs and liaising with the Production Team to ensure ultimate efficiency is achieved. You will become a key member of our dynamic Logistics team and will enjoy a busy, but fun, working environment. WineWorks is proud to be able to offer a stable future supporting an important local industry. Applicants for this role must have the following abilities, skills and experience: • Have the ability to build great rapport and relationships with our clients • Be a practical and logical thinker, able to place production bookings in the calendar, utilising the production space for greatest efficiencies within the given limitations. • Have exceptional communication skills, written and verbal • Be prepared to work in a fast changing environment and be able to work well under pressure • Thrive on challenges, be able to prioritise tasks and bookings to meet deadlines • Be able to recognise and resolve issues as they arise, be able to pre-empt problems and provide solutions as required • Be prepared to go above and beyond when required • Have a good work ethic, no absenteeism issues, willing to work extra hours when required • Have an eye for detail, be able to scan documents and identify errors • Have intermediate Microsoft Word & Excel computer skills • Previous experience in the wine industry or in a Production / Packaging environment • Capable of self-managing, following verbal and / or written instructions • Able to follow procedures • High standard of personal presentation Applicants MUST have New Zealand Citizenship or Permanent Residency. WineWorks has a drug and alcohol policy and the successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment screening. To learn more about us, visit our website Please apply on line via the employment tab on our website, completing the WineWorks’ application form in full and attaching a current CV. Applications close October 14th 2015

Operations Supervisor (FULL TIME)

ADMINISTRATOR RECEPTION 20 hours per week – Attractive hours We have a role available Monday – Friday from 9am to 1pm. In this role you will be the first point of contact based at our reception area and as such need to enjoy interaction with others. You will have strong computer skills being competent in Microsoft word, excel and experience in MYOB would be an advantage. You will have a high level of accuracy, attention to detail and most importantly enjoy working in a team environment. Please forward your CV and a covering letter to Applications close 03 October 2015

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Kahurangi Blenheim

Kaiako Vacancy The person we are looking for must have these following attributes,

 Fluent in Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga.  Passionate about working with tamariki aged from 0-5 yrs.  Competent Team Leader for kaimahi & whanau  Be energetic, motivated and able to work as part of a team or independently when required.  Can think on your feet.  Excellent communication skills.  Excellent planning and organisation skills.  Excellent time management skills. To apply please send in your current CV to

Kim Ruri Kaupapa Kaimahi Te Tauihu o te waka a Maui Te Wai Pounamu 0276878958. Email :

Applications to be in by October 10th 2015.

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

You will be responsible for a dynamic 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 12 October 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


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Births This Week ALTSCHWAGER: Freya (3.42kg) September 23, 2015. TEBBUTT: Casey James (5lb 11oz)September 22, 2015 NICHOLSON: Benjamin Leslie, Charlotte Jane (stillborn) September 5, 2015 SANDBROOK: Hazel Elisabeth (7lb 15oz) September 2, 2015

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Death Notices ALFORD, Kevin Arthur: September 27, 2015 CHATFIELD, Anthony John (Tony): D81906 Corporal RNZAF: September 20, 2015 CRAWLEY, Rewa Yolande, QSM: September 26, 2015 DAVENPORT, Marion: September 28, 2015 GAMBITSIS, Pearl Christine: September 23, 2015 JACK, Peter William: September 26, 2015 MAY, James Trevor (Trevor): September 24, 2015 MOONEY, Barbara Ann (Bam Bam) September 27, 2015

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WEBB, Elizabeth Mary (Betty): Passed away on Thursday September 24 2015 at Aberleigh Rest Home. In her 93rd year. Loved wife of the late Bill, loved mother and mother-in-law of Dianne and the late Peter Ryan (Auckland), Peter (Auckland) and Judy and Peter Moran, loved Grandma of Matthew, Megan, and Anne-Marie; and Daniel and loved great grandmother of Emma and Kate. Messages to 3 Argosy Place Blenheim 7201. At Betty’s request a private cremation has been held. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

In Memoriam Remember your lost loved one on their anniversary.

The deadline is Monday 5.00pm. Please contact the Sun for further details. 72 High Street, Blenheim, email or phone 577 7868.

Friday FACT All about Spring This season was originally called ‘Lent’ in Old English. In the 14th century, this time of year was called ‘springing time’ and was shortened in the 15th century to ‘spring-time.’ In the 16th century it became just “spring.” The original “springing time” came about in reference to plants “springing” from the ground.

NIXON, Helen Elizabeth: September 23, 2015 PIDGEON, John Winton: September 29, 2015 WILLIAMS, Mostyn George (Mot): September 28, 2015

Countdown makes progress The new Countdown supermarket in Redwoodtown continues to take shape with more of the walls up standing. The new supermarket will create an extra 60 jobs with the current Countdown premises to be converted into retail shops.

Blenheim company Redwood Development Ltd, which owns the Redwood Tavern, are in charge of building the 3500-square metre building at the corner of Weld St and Alabama Rd. It is hoped the new Countdown will be open by March 2016.

NMDHB to hold public meetings By Jacob Page The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board will run a community engagement meeting in Blenheim on October 7 as the organisation looks to analyse the regions health and well being. While the Marlborough region has a higher life expectancy than most othere NZ regions, people in the Marlborough have a higher rate of coronary disease. People aged 15-to- 24-years-old are more likely to end up in the accident and emergency department. NMDHB general manager for strategy,

C R O S S W O R D Puzzle CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. One who studies language developement (11) 7. Saviour (7) 11. Plentiful (5) 12. Distressing experiences (7) 13. Its capital is Katmandu (5) 14. Formal interviews (with authority) (9) 15. Spacious (9) 16. Nearly (6) 18. Annual handbook (7) 21. Small island (4) 23. Foolish chatter (3) 25. Short sleep (3) 27. Colour (4) 28. Injured parties (7) 30. Barrel maker (6) 32. Look (3) 33. Snow runner (3) 34. Closer (6) 35. Some (7) 36. Ballad (4) 37. Insect (3) 39. Garland (3) 41. Whirl (4) 43. Ungenerous (7) 45. Traps (6) 48. Funds official (9)

funding and alliance support, Andrew Lesperance says the meetings will provide a unique opportunity to hear directly from the district health board about the current health of our population (through data in the health needs assessment) and the overall intended direction of current and future service provision to the community. The Board Chair Jenny Black and Chief Executive Chris Fleming will present on the findings and the strategic planning for the region’s services. The meeting will be at the St John Ambulance rooms at 6pm.

By Russell McQuarters 49. Advocate (9) 51. Indication (5) 52. Bet takers(coll) (7) 53. Presses (5) 54. Ornamental staff (7) 55. Takes back property (for non- payment) (11) DOWN 1. Public square (5) 2. Things that hinder progress (11) 3. Style of lightly fried egg (4-4) 4. Science of vision (6) 5. Prayer leaders(in mosques) (5) 6. Japanese seafood dish (7) 7. Band member (8) 8. Parhelion (3,3) 9. Hinders (7) 10. Punctured (5) 16. Frequents (7) 17. Inns (7) 19. Wood-turning machine (5) 20. Giggles (7) 22. Angers (7) 24. Baked dish (3) 26. Maori dance prop (3) 29. Makes acquaintance of (5) 31. Deed holders (11)

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SOLUTION Wednesday solutions For April 27, 2005

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The NRL judiciary circus Once again the NRL judiciary has proven how much of a circus it is. Brisbane Broncos captain Justin Hodges should be suspended for the NRL final against the North Queensland Cowboys this Sunday. Take the emotion out of it, which the judiciary has failed to do it seems, and his part in a dangerous tackle last weekend deserved a one week ban. However, it seems because he’s been a champion player who is playing his last game in an allQueensland final, it seems the romance of the occasion got the better of common sense. Conspiracy theorists will argue that if it were a Kiwi player or a Warriors player, they would have

been suspended. Heck, it has happened to Isaac Luke when he was playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. It’s understandable that the competition wants its best players on the park for their pinnacle match; however, the NRL judiciary has been an inconsistent joke for years. Too many times Kiwi players have been suspended on the eve of an Anzac Test. It’s time the NRL looked at using the sin bin more. At times, it looks like you have to kill a person before you get sent off. While rugby hands out too many yellow cards, it seems rugby league don’t do it enough. Too often a player stays on the


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field and gets a later suspension. That offers no advantage to the team the penalty was awarded to and gives more power to next week’s opponents. Either way, it should be a great final. I got on the Cowboys with a sneaky bet after they lost to the Broncos in week one of the finals. They may have timed their run to perfection and while Brisbane will play with emotion for their departing skipper, you can bet the Cowboys will be doing all they can to ensure Johnathan Thurston gets an elusive NRL title with the franchise he is the face of. And to cement his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time.

Jayawardene a Central Stag

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Sri Lankan batting master Mahela Jayawardene has been signed by the Central Stags for the domestic Twenty20 cricket competition He will join them for the final six games of the Super Smash, and finals weekend in New Plymouth in December if they make it. The 38-year-old is a veteran of 149 tests and 448 one-day internationals.

Makos look to bounce back

Tasman face a stiff challenge in table-topping Canterbury in Nelson this weekend. The Makos have lost two straight games while Canterbury was pipped by a gutsy Taranaki side in the last round so a win for both sides is vital as the top four race heats up.

Kennard key in ‘rally of corners’ By Jacob Page Hayden Paddon and Blenheim’s John Kennard face new challenges at this week’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event on the French island of Corsica. Dubbed the ‘rally of 10,000 corners’, Tour de Corse is renowned for its tight, twisty mountain roads and never-ending sequences of turns. The 1-4 October event sees the French WRC round return to the island after seven years of absence from the Alsace location where Paddon and Kennard have competed twice previously. Fresh from their fourth top-five finish of the season in Australia, Paddon has been preparing for the French event with an intensive schedule of testing with the Hyundai Motorsport team and additional coaching to improve the specialised skills he needs to be more competitive on tarmac rallies. “It will be a very challenging rally,” Paddon said while en route to Corsica. “It’s no exaggeration to call it the rally of 10,000 corners; it’s a very twisty, non-stop rally made

Blenheim-based co driver John Kennard will be a key factor in the twisty corners of Rally Corsica.

particularly challenging this year with the unique but long itinerary. Being on an island, the weather can be quite changeable particularly as the stages climb high into the mountains, but the biggest challenge is that most of the stages are around 40km long, and the twisty roads here means those are 40 long kilometres.” During the pre-event test with the team, Paddon was happy to

find some new tarmac settings compared to those he used in Germany and get more miles on tarmac. “The biggest thing for me is to adapt my driving style, and after a recent day at a racing school and two days training with exWRC driver Nicolas Bernardi, I feel I now have a much better understanding for the technique required.

New paddles, top results By Jacob Page The Simply The Breast rowing team decided to mix things up at the South Island Masters Games in Nelson. They took part in the novice division of Waka Ama. The team made up of breast cancer survivors took part in the 500 metre sprint, the 2½ km and the 5 km races. Team STB was placed second and team STB1 was placed third overall picking up the silver and bronze medals. Team member Wendie Partner says with a new season of paddling getting underway they were keen to Julie Ham, Wendie Partner, Margaret Hockey and Jude Goodall from Simply The Breast 1 recruit more women. “Ideally, we want to recruit course, however we are keen ested in the sport to join us as breast cancer survivors of to invite ladies who are inter- support paddlers,” she says.


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Paddon and Kennard are noted for their ability to quickly pick up new stages, being used to New Zealand’s one pass reconnaissance for making pace notes. “This ability will help to some extent. As this event has not been on the WRC calendar for quite some time, the majority of the route is new for everyone. This event will certainly be the most crucial of the year for the role of the co-driver and pace notes. With so many corners and long stages, it’s impossible to remember the stages as we can sometimes on events we have done before, so it’s a matter of writing really good notes during recce, then trusting and driving to them 100 per cent in the rally.” Paddon’s aims are to try and show some improvement throughout the rally. “My goal is to learn as much as we can and improve my tarmac driving technique. We’ll try and bring home a top ten finish. There are a lot of tarmac specialists here for this event, with 17 WRC entries in total, so the competition will be hotter than ever.”

Tasman Under-19s through to decider Tasman Under-19s will meet Counties-Manukau in the secondtier final after stealing a 26-20 semifinal win over Hawkes Bay at the Jock Hobbs Memorial national under-19 rugby tournament at Taupo’s Owen Delaney Park on Wednesday.

Tasman women unbeaten The Tasman women’s rugby team finished two-game programme unbeaten after a 25-12 win over the Wellington Samoan women at Wellington’s Petone Rec on Saturday. The win followed a 32-7 win over the Canterbury secondary schoolgirls representative side at Hanmer the previous weekend.

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