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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Six American men who were part of the US Airforce assigned to RNZAF Base Woodbourne nearly 50 years ago were reunited again on Wednesday. The men and their wives met over lunch at Highfield Estate to reminisce over past memories and to catchup on where they were all at. John McCoy, Tony Balentine, Richard Crawshaw, Danny Jones, Jim Crowley and Dave Null were all in their late teens and early 20’s when they first arrived in Marlborough where they worked for around three years in electronics at Base Woodbourne. In that time they met and married ‘kiwi girls’ before they returned back to the US.
Continued page 2 John McCoy, Tony Balentine, Richard Crawshaw, Danny Jones, Jim Crowley and Dave Null.
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Airforce mates for 50 years Continued from page 1 While some of the men continued on in the Airforce, others went their separate ways to travel, retrain in other industries before all but one found their way back to Marlborough to retire. Danny says he spent a lot of time travelling to work with the Airforce, including in Europe. He now lives in Marlborough with wife Christina and works at Outward Bound. Richard spent 23 years in the Airforce before retiring and now jokes; “Everyday is a Saturday”. He and wife Linda live in Waikawa Bay. After leaving the Airforce David trained as a teacher and returned to Blenheim to teach at Marlborough Boys’ College for 27 years. He wife Beverly also owned a hazelnut farm for 20 years before retiring to Renwick. Blenheim also beckoned to John and wife Jeannine who returned over a year ago after living in Hamilton, Tokoroa and Auckland. The eldest member of the group Jim Crowley says he was in the Airforce a
Good times were remembered during a reunion of former US Airforce members and their wives.
long time before returning to Blenheim and establishing an electrical business and working at Wairau Hospital. He still works part time now. As for Tony and wife Alyson they still live in San Antonio, Texas where all the men first started their basic Airforce training all those years ago. This week was the first time in 12 years they had been back to NZ. Asked what their best memories of their time at Base Woodbourne, Jim laughed
and said he had never forgotten when Tony cut his Airforce tie in half. “He cut it and handed me the other half back, he owes me a tie. Tony replied in good humour; “I don’t remember why I did it but he deserved it, it seemed right at the time.” The men also recalled the ‘brilliant parties’ thrown by the locals. “The kiwis threw the best parties. They were really great to us,” they all laughed.
Supermarket gets festive Story and photo by Celeste Alexander The staff at Blenheim New World supermarket are feeling rather festive this week as they decorate the store ahead of their Christmas Club Day next Thursday. This is the third year the supermarket is hosting this jolly event which aims to provide all day Christmas fun and entertainment for families. Organised by employee Ashleigh Blick there will be everything from free in-store raffles, face painting, a free sausage sizzle and performances by the Salvation Army choir. “And what Christmas celebration would it be without having Father Christmas visit,” Ashleigh
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says. Father Christmas will be instore all day from 9am through to 6pm, and people are encouraged to take along their children to meet him and take photographs. “He will spend the day walking around, handing out lollies and spending time with the kids, because let’s face it... Christmas is not Christmas without children,” Ashleigh says. Also joining in will be the supermarket’s employees who each will be dressing up in a variety of costumes. Staff at Blenheim New World Supermarket are feeling very festive in “I will be dressed as a Minion the lead up to their special Christmas in-store celebration next week. in full yellow, and we plan to have Disney and famous Kiwi time of year. You should see my there will also be a number of office, it looks like Christmas ‘secret’ specials and deals on characters. the day. “We are all a bunch of kids exploded in it,” she laughs. For supermarket customers here, Christmas is our favourite
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Crews battle forestry fire As of yesterday the forest fire in Marlborough was still burning fiercely with indications the damage and loss will run to at least $3M. Marlborough Principal Rural Fire Officer Richard McNamara says the fire burned very aggressively from the outset, moving swiftly through forestry harvest debris, mature pine trees and some native scrub in the Waikakaho Valley. At times the fire had threatened several properties but losses have been confined to vehicles and forestry equipment as well as timber. Mr McNamara estimated the loss of all machinery could run to a quarter of a million dollars and property loss would be somewhere between $2M and $3M. With nine helicopters mobilised and relief crews from Nelson, firefighting costs were likely to run over $1M, he said. The fire began in an area of forestry operations although the exact cause is still under examination by a Fire Service investigator. Police advised people to leave the area and stay away overnight on Thursday. Half the houses have been vacated however other residents chose to stay at their own risk. Police say fewer than two dozen people choose to remain. The weather forecast remains a source of concern with wind gusting up to 100 kph predicted for last night, said Mr McNamara. “Things are certainly looking a lot better than I had expected at this point, thanks to the huge effort the firefighters have put in. But even after
more than 24 hours on the job, we’re still at risk of extreme fire behaviour given the hot temperatures and gale force winds. However if the weather is kind to us it will give us the break we are looking for,” he said yesterday. Mr McNamara said fire crews working with heavy machinery would carve out containment lines to the north western perimeters of the fire to try and stop the spread. “We will just keep hammering at it and hope we can hold the lines through the worst heat of the day. With luck we will get some weather relief tonight.” Ten skid sites were still burning although Mr McNamara expected that they could be handed back to the Close to the flames. forestry companies to manage within Photo by Wendy McDermott. the next week. An immediate total fire ban has also been imposed across Marlborough for the next five days as fire crews battle the fire. As reported on Wednesday afternoon the fire had travelled down the Waikakaho Valley and by late afternoon had ignited in a few places on the other side of the Kaituna Track. Key Messages Road blocks are in place at each end of the Kaituna Track (also known as the Tua Marina Track) between State Highway 6 and Tua Marina. Waikakaho Road is closed beyond the fire staging area. A total fire ban is now in place in Marlborough and all fire permits have been suspended.
Council’s operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney says action is necessary because the aquifer level at the Renwick water supply wells has dropped so the
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This Sunday another Secondhand Sunday will be held, giving residents the chance to clear out any unwanted items to recycle. Householders can place unwanted but still usable items at their gate so others may take them – at no cost. If you put out goods you are also responsible for removing anything left over after 1pm on Sunday – otherwise you will be at risk of breaching the dumping bylaws. Any leftovers can be taken to a second-hand/charity shop or to the Re-Use Shop at the Resource Recovery Centre in Wither Road. Note: No food or dangerous goods – chemicals, faulty electrical gear, firearms or rubbish.
Christmas parades Mark it in your calendar, Christmas is coming and to celebrate Blenheim and Picton will be holding their annual Christmas parades next weekend. On December 5 the Blenheim Lions Mistletoe Market kicks off from 9am - 2pm, followed by the parade at 3:30pm. On December 6 the Picton Christmas Parade begins at 2:30pm followed by a concert and family fun on the Picton Foreshore.
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Reduce water or face restrictions Renwick’s water supply is dropping and residents are being asked to reduce their water use immediately or face water restrictions from next week.
rate of pumping must be reduced to prevent damage to the pump equipment. Mr Rooney says with the hot dry weather, demand this week has been
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running higher than is desirable. If voluntary reductions aren’t made Mr Rooney says restrictions will have to be implemented next week.
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Festival waste discussed A zero-waste trial for the Picton Maritime Festival in January was among the other working group activities discussed at this month’s Picton Smart & Connected steering group meeting. Also discussed was the trial of recycling bins in public spaces. An annual or six-monthly Picton events calendar is also being developed, as well as plans for community consultation to develop a brand identity to link into council signage and publicity, part of a Marlborough-wide initiative.
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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Who knew cheese could taste great and benefit local charities at the same time? Local cheese making company Cranky Goat Ltd knew it would and that is why it dedicated a special cheese flavour to fundraise for Marlborough Riding for the Disabled. The company is owned and operated by Simon and Hellene Lamb and their daughter Hannah from their base in the Marlborough Sounds. The cheese they created specially for the RDA is named ‘The Nag’, and has been sold at markets in Nelson and Blenheim. Proceeds from the sales totalled $360 which Hannah was delighted to present to RDA manager Roslein Wilkes. According to Roslein the money will go toward sponsoring RDA horse Rocket. “It’s our aim to gain sponsorship for each horse. It costs $3000 to keep a horse at RDA per year, so this money will go toward his hard feed,” she says. RIGHT: Charlie Robinson (7) holding the cheque for $360 donated to the Marlborough Riding for the Disabled.
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Restoring beauty Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Local woman Danielle Sandall is launching a new business called Creating Faces and says with it she aims to restore people’s confidence using cosmetic tattooing techniques. Three weeks ago Danielle returned from Sydney where she privately trained under well known Australian cosmetic tattoo specialist, Zahra Naderi. She has since set up a room which she operates out of Nite Spa on Rene Street and is now set to start seeing clients. According to Danielle cosmetic tattooing is a branch of the beauty industry she has wanted to venture into for many years. “For me it’s a personal thing, I really just want to help people so for a number of years I have researched cosmetic tattooing and looking into the training offered in New Zealand. “I have a really high standard and know exactly how high I want to set the bar so I invested in private one on one training with Zahra to gain the skills I knew I needed,” she says. Through Creating Faces, Danielle says her Danielle Sandall is launching a new busitechniques can help those who have lost their ness venture called Creating Faces, using eyebrows due to ‘alopecia’ (hair loss) and even cosmetic tattooing techniques. women who have undergone breast augmenta- afterwards she uses a medical grade laser tion after breast cancer. that heals the skin in half the time it naturally “I can create natural looking nipple lines, would. create shading on people’s heads if they have To celebrate the launch of Creating Faces, lost their hair and even camouflage scar lines. Danielle is offering one free cosmetic tattoo“For cosmetic purposes I can also do full lip ing treatment to a deserving person who has a colouring, lip liner and eye liner effects, and medical condition that has resulted in the loss of their eyebrows. create beauty spots,” she says. To nominate yourself or a friend, email Danielle uses a feathering technique using a fine needle that produces a 3D effect, and firstname.lastname@example.org
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COUNCIL NEWS Francis Street Stormwater Replacement Request for Tender – Physical Works
Replacement of the existing failing DN600 stormwater main running along Francis Street, Blenheim between Redwood and Scott Streets and to improve the capacity of the system. A new sewer overflow main will also be constructed parallel to the new stormwater main. The works will include supply, installation and testing of DN900/DN1050 concrete stormwater pipe, DN300 PVC sewer pipe and manholes; reconnection of existing stormwater/ sewer laterals and footpath and pavement reinstatement. Closing Time/Date: 4.00 pm Thursday 17 December 2015 Contact Person: Danielle D’Rose Contact Details: Opus International Consultants Ph: 027 480 2306 email: email@example.com Tender documents can be obtained from Marlborough District Council website at www. marlborough.govt.nz/Your-Council/Tenders.aspx
Temporary Road Closures Saturday 28 November 2015 Pursuant to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, notice is given that the MDC Parking beside Smith City, from the new Pocket Park to the Top Town Cinema will be closed from 1.00 pm on Saturday 28 November for 24 hours.
Sunday 29 November 2015
Kinross Street between Redwood Street and Scott Street will be closed on Sunday 29 November 2015 from 5.00 am to 12.00 noon for the purposes of the Women’s Triathlon. During the periods of closure, ordinary vehicular traffic may use the road being closed between events under the supervision and authority of an officer of the New Zealand Police (Traffic Safety Branch). It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person other than under the authority of an authorised permit to use the road for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure. Any enquiries should be addressed to Sandra Boyd, Marlborough Roads, Ph: 03 520 8330.
Renwick water – urgent message to residents Renwick’s water supply is dropping and residents are being asked to reduce their water use immediately or face water restrictions from next week. Council’s operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney says action is necessary because the aquifer level at the Renwick water supply wells has dropped so the rate of pumping must be reduced to prevent damage to the pump equipment. Mr Rooney says the current combined well output is 50 litres per second. That must be cut back by 5 l/s which means the community needs to voluntarily reduce peak water demand from mid-afternoon until 8.30 pm each day, starting today. Mr Rooney says with the hot dry
Diabetes awareness month
Marlborough Mayor and PHO deputy chairman Alistair Sowman is supporting Diabetes Action Month. “It’s one of our most serious health issues with almost a quarter of a million people diagnosed with the disease and the number of new cases reported to be rising at the alarming rate of 50 a day.” Type 2 diabetes - the most
common type - can be delayed or even avoided through healthy eating and daily exercise. • For support and information: www.diabetes.org.nz and www. healthmentoronline.com RIGHT: Mayor Alistair Sowman and Council Administration Officer, Janelle Saunders take the opportunity to hear about diabetes awareness in Market Square last week.
Giving away annuals from Seymour Square Twice each year, the Council gardeners plant out thousands of annuals in the flower beds of Seymour Square. With spring here, the time has come for the annuals to be removed and the garden beds prepared for the summer planting. So next week, the beds will be dug
over and the poppies, wallflowers, ranunculus, parsley and pansies removed. This is a chance for local gardeners to take home annuals for their own gardens. Our gardeners will be on site to give direction and ask that people bring their own garden fork and
containers. We will be removing the annuals from Seymour Square on Monday 30 November from 8.00 am – 10.00 am. This will be postponed to Tuesday 1 December in the event of bad weather.
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Parking review underway
Councillors are conducting a review of Blenheim’s parking strategy, looking at current demand and likely future requirements for CBD parking space. Councillor Laressa Shenfield, along with councillors Brian Dawson and John Leggett, will look at all aspects of Council-managed parking, from land purchases for car parks, to parking charges and the meter and ticketing technology as well as the overall value of parking assets and the level of debt associated with it. Parking charges, even the concept of ‘free’ parking, could also be considered although Councillor Shenfield said the public needed to understand that, in other places, the cost of so-called free parking was actually met by all ratepayers. The aim of the current review is to produce a long-term strategy. Under its current structure Council does not make a profit from parking. The councillors would be interested in hearing from anyone with constructive ideas about how parking could be funded.
Watering of gardens should take place outside the heat of the day; early morning or late evening Use a timer to irrigate after 8:00 pm. Irrigation should be undertaken using soak hoses so that water is placed at the base of plants. Don’t use systems that throw water into the air – they waste a lot of water through evaporation Avoid irrigation water flowing onto concrete or driveways, this water goes to waste and is not benefiting vegetation. Information is available on Council’s web site www.marlborough.govt.nz/Services/ Utilities/Water-Supplies/Renwick-WaterSupply showing the aquifer level at the wells and peak demand versus reservoir level.
weather, demand this week has been running higher than is desirable Currently afternoon/early evening demand has been reaching 60 l/s. “This demand can be met with the current well output and storage but not with a reduced well output. There have been times during this week when storage has been reduced to less than 50 % due to high peak demand. We don’t want to drop below this as this volume is required for firefighting purposes.” If voluntary reductions aren’t made Mr Rooney says restrictions will have to be implemented next week. Mr Rooney is appealing to Renwick gardeners to follow good water use practices:
From left: Andrew Mathieson, Marty Kain, Seth Rance, Kruger van Wyk, Mayor Sowman, Dane Cleaver, Greg Stretch (a member of the Marlborough Cricket Association and the Board of the Central Districts Cricket Association) and Tom Bruce.
Positive ageing Failing eyesight is common with age and some illnesses of later life, like diabetes, may also have a detrimental effect on sight. Maintaining good eating habits is a very important contributor to healthy eyesight. Poor eyesight can lead to accidents through missing a step or not noticing a spill. It can be especially difficult to ensure the right quantity of medication is taken, or even the correct tablets.
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Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman, who is also Patron of the Marlborough Cricket Association, with members of the Central Districts Cricket Association men’s senior representative squad, the Devon Hotel Central Stags. Some of the squad have an affiliation to Marlborough Cricket having played a number of seasons here, a couple rising through the junior development programmes.
Helping to deal with failing eyesight Family should be aware that someone with poor sight may not notice bruising, sores, rashes or changing moles. A loss of vision may also spark depression when it means a loss of independence – where, for example, a person can no longer read or drive. Unfortunately some people shelve their two-yearly eye checks because of cost. There is some financial help, by way of interest-free loans available through Senior Services (WINZ), for people who are on limited incomes
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and need new glasses. An optician can also refer clients with major eyesight deterioration to the Foundation of the Blind for assistance and helpful resources. A representative of the Foundation does visit Blenheim from time to time. Direct enquiries to the NelsonMarlborough Foundation for the Blind office in Nelson Ph: 03 547 6616 - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8.3 0am - 12.30 pm.
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Well done Port Marlborough
Well done Port Marlborough on your continuing support of the community. The un Blenheim School had a fantastic day of marine education on Picton Harbour on Thursday 19th, all thanks to their generous sponsorship. War zone Thank you, from a very grateful Blenheim Do you really think the sound of frost helicop- School parent. ters equates to living in a war zone?!? Pop over to Syria (or any other country that is an ACTUAL war zone)...you will come back Softball park grateful that the sound of choppers here is MDC come on, what a joke, what is up with just for frost and that bangs and booms are the poor work you doing at Softball Park? just fireworks...honestly. Why is the creek not covered over yet? I am happy to hear these noises secure in the knowledge that a bomb is not about to be Are you waiting till something goes wrong dropped on my house...if its really that much before you sort it out. No running water! not good enough. of a problem for you, move! Kids need to keep up water intake and the You’re kidding. old boys. They only go every now and then. Softball park is more like a cow paddock. It’s not as if they are running for weeks at a Very poor work from the MDC. time. Get over it. Porta loo toilets not good enough MDC. Bad look for MDC and Marlborough. In regard to ‘War Zone’ txt, the rules will never change here when the rule makers themselves or their mates are vineyard owners. Garden Spectacular “What conflict of interest? Nothing to see here, Garden Spectacular Letter to the Editor move on thanks......” What kind of person is motivated to write to the Sun and use the success of Garden The choppers get away with it as they are Marlborough as their platform to unfairly under aircraft laws not council laws so the criticise another organisation. council says, so everyone with a boat should A pathetic attack, delivered in a cowardly way, go to a vineyard and start them up, marine hiding behind anonymity. laws may be not noise control laws. All they achieved was to detract from Garden Marlborough and cause their organising committee and staff untold embarrassment. Frost helicopters a few days a year. Think about those people over in a real war zone, can you get their councils to stop them.
Oh no, not another griper over the dulcet tones of early morning helicopter blades. There is no better sound to wake up to especially when follwed up by the sound of the bird guns resonating from the cherry farms. I look forward to them every year especially as I live in Wellington!!
Royals Diana was and will always be an angel. Charles took Camilla into their marriage from day one. Diana never stood a chance with her marriage. Marriage will never work when a third party is involved. Look at Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. Angelina Jolie was a black spider and boy did she wrap Brad up good and tight.
School buses To the lady in the brown hatch heading to Havelock last week, instead of waving your arms in frustration read the road code and check the speed you can pass a school bus it may save a child’s life.
Thanks go to the person who mowed the lawns outside Countdown Redwoodtown . They look really good, hope they keep it up. Its a pleasure shopping there now.
Educate drivers I see that the police in Lower Hutt have a campaign running to educate drivers in how to indicate correctly at roundabouts by handing out picture cards to those that don’t do so. I do hope that the local police pick up this initiative and educate those slack local drivers that we seem to have an excess of.
Missing Cats I cannot believe that you think its acceptable behaviour to kill someone else’s pet because it poops in your garden. Are you going to start shooting sparrows? They crap there too. Hey, take it a step further and head into town. You could wage war on those delinquents who drop litter - good shooting near McDonald’s! What about those people who pee on the side of the road - bang bang eh. I hope you get caught and charged. Get a life for God’s sake.
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So good to have a laugh If your elephant is ‘Made in India’, It will be cheaper than us paying Rates for a section for ‘Nocturnal Abalutions’. Ok I’ll ‘drop’ the subject.
Irresponsible pony riders To the two girls who gallop their ponies (a bay and a grey) on the east-side of the Taylor River Reserve. PLEASE use the Pony Club side! This is an accident waiting to happen. There are cyclists, walkers, dogs and children who should feel safe on their daily outing without trying to keep out of their way! Very dangerous. Think what could happen to your lovely ponies, let alone the other users! Concerned ex-pony rider.
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Story and photo Celeste Alexander The Christmas season is nearly upon us and as per tradition, the Sun likes to support local charitable organisations by collecting donations of gifts for families in need. This year the Sun is pleased to announce that recipients of this year’s collection will be Crossroads Charitable Trust, and Marlborough Women’s Refuge. Crossroads co-ordinator Janette Walker says she sees a number of families who would greatly benefit from Christmas gift donations, particularly for older children aged from fiveyears through to their teens. Marlborough Women’s Refuge manager Rachel Black says the organisation is hugely grateful for the support at Christmas. All donated gifts can be left under the Christmas tree in the Sun’s office foyer, on High Street in Blenheim. The cut off for donations will be Friday, December 18. Gifts can include toys, stationary, clothing, books and beauty items for all ages, including infants through to teenagers. For those who like to leave something for the parents, non perishable food items such as Christmas treats and vouchers.
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What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? My wedding ring, 51 years & still going strong.
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Work ing with the Marlborough members of St John. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? Cooked for a number of the royals, the Queen, Charles and others.
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Volunteers sought to write life memories Story and photo by Celeste Alexander One of Loreen Brehaut’s first experiences of writing a biography was in the outback of Australia, helping a woman who had never been schooled to write a book. Today she writes ‘life memories’ of the terminally ill who spend time at Hospice Marlborough, as well as co-ordinating other volunteers who work alongside her. “In the final months of a person’s life this is often a time they want to share aspects of their careers or share their life stories. “For others it’s an opportunity to share their memories of their own parents or grandparents as they want those family members celebrated,” Loreen says. Life Memories is a special service provided by volunteers at Hospice Marlborough. Volunteers spend time with patients, listening to them talk about their lives and record their memories with a digital recorder. The recordings are then translated into a life story with as little or as much as the patient wishes to share. These Life Memories are then
handed over to the families as well as the sound recording on a disc. “I have met people who have felt they did not have a story to tell, but after a few visits more and more comes out and they soon find that they in fact have an incredible story. “Everyone’s story is unique and there may be things people want to get off their chest or even things about them that they have never shared with family. “As a volunteer helping people to create these life memories, I find it extremely rewarding and very humbling to know they have trusted me with their stories,” Loreen says. Hospice Marlborough usually has a regular number of Life Memory volunteers, but in recent weeks that number has dropped. Loreen is now appealing for more people to volunteer their time for the Life Memories. She is interested in talking to people of all skill levels, including those who feel they are not confident with technology, as plenty of support will be in place, she says. “If you are interested we would love to meet with you to discuss
Hospice Marlborough Loreen Brehaut has been writing the life stories of the terminally ill for 11 years.
the role.” Simply cont act Hospice Marlborough social worker and volunteer co-ordinator Diane
To advertise your business, call Jill or Simon
McMurtrie on 03 578 9492 who will arrange an afternoon tea to meet with Loreen and discuss the role.
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- weekend event guide Friday 27 Weekend Book Sale 3 day sale! Good Quality used books for sale. Marlborough District Library, 33 Arthur St, Blenheim. 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. Heritage & Whaling Museum Picton has a collection of some 2000 items of Maori, Whaling, Maritime, Heritage and Textile displays. 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. 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 www.thediversion.co.nz. Nicolas Dillon - Observing Nature In his paintings Dillon demonstrates an extraordinary empathy with nature. Millennium Art Gallery, Seymour Square.
Saturday 28 Marlborough Artisan Market Highlighting the best of Marlborough art, crafts, food and produce. Come along and browse our stalls every week. Every Saturday morning (weather dependant). 9am 1pm. Wynen Street Carpark Wynen Street, Blenheim. Go West The Marlborough Civic Orchestra presents a musical adventure for all ages. Nativity Church 2pm & 7pm, door sales $15pp, gold coin for 12ys & under.
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Marlborough Kennel Association Public welcome. Refreshments available, Come along and spend a few hours with the dogs. 10am - 2pm each day. Clubgrounds Aerodrome Road Omaka. Enquiries to Sandra 5787996. Marlborough Horticultural Society Flower Show, wide variety of roses, cut flowers vegetable, stalls etc. St Christophers Hall , Weld Street. 9am - 4.30 pm. Enquiries to Sandra 5787996. “Mainstream” A showcase of artwork by students of the “How Great Thou Art” Teen art programme. 28 November-6 December. Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery (Marlborough Art Society) Open daily 10.30am - 4.30pm. Blues Brews & BBQ’s A new format with craft beer, brewing competitions, cider, delicious food and a great entertainment line up. Marlborough A&P Showgrounds, 10am - 7pm. Havelock Market At Havelock Domain from 9am - 1pm. Ulysses Club Meet for a coffee and a catch up Saturday mornings from 10am at the Old Orchard Cafe, The Vines Village, Rapaura Road. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am – 12.30pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd Club Meets Mondays at Clubs of Marlborough. 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. People’s Climate March 11am in Seymour Square, Blenheim. Show your support for addressing climate change. Similar events are being held around the world this weekend, when people will hold placards, hand out postcards, sing songs and encourage each other to do their best to look after the planet.
Sunday 29 Marlborough Kennel Association Public welcome Refreshments available, Come along and spend a few hours with the dogs. 10am - 2pm each day. Clubgrounds Aerodrome Road Omaka. Enquiries to Sandra 5787996. Time for Scotland To celebrate St Andrews Day, Impromptu Piping - Have a go! Pipes and Drums, Highland Dancers, Scottish Country Dancers. Seymour Square, 11am - 2pm. ‘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 www.bikemarlborough.co.nz 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. 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. 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.
Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Up & Coming 1 December Tuesday Renwick Market at Anglican Church, High Street 10am - 2pm. All sized clothing, kitchen ware, crafts and much more. Phone Tanysha 572 9539 for more info. 2 December An evening with local author June Bowen. Launch of her novel ‘Gone, Brother, Gone.’ Marlborough District Library - 7:30pm. Gold coin donation, supper provided. 4 - 7 December Alice in Wonderland. The Marlborough Dance Centre ‘s production. Floor Pride Civic Theatre, phone 520 8558. 5 December Kiwi conservation club Black Backed Gull banding on the Wairau River. Great opportunity to learn about the braided river environment and the birds that live there. For more information ph 0273515428, non members welcome. 3 December Picton PowerHouse Night Market. Maritime Heritage Reserve, 8 Wairau Road, Picton, 5pm - 9pm. 6 December Rarangi Artisans Bazaar Unique Christmas gifts by local artists. Rarangi Community Hall. Sausage sizzle, real fruit icecream, childrens playground and bike track.
Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club Brayshaw Park, Come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and books. Free Admission. Associated Modellers Society. Miniature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm - 4pm $2. ural Society, Marlborough Horticult ow Sh Flower ld Street 9amSt Christophers Hall, We 4:30pm Saturday.
Friday November 27, 2015
Hot-rod winner makes his mark stateside By Paula Hulburt A Blenheim based hot rod owner has left the competition for dust after scooping a coveted award in America. Mark Stead, owner of Big Shed Customs, took his head-turning cab over custom truck to the Good Guys 26th Autumn Get Together in California. And the eye catching vehicle caught the judges’ attention, seeing off competition from thousands of other hopefuls to win a Hot Rod award. Mark, who is in the States with his wife, Tanya, says he was delighted to have won and to meet up with people who share his passion. “We’re having a great time over here and really enjoying ourselves. “It’s great to be able to meet up with so
many people and have a look at what other people have been doing.” Mark built the specially customised vehicle from scratch, spending a massive 3,000 hours perfecting the project. He opted to build one after failing to find one he wanted to buy. Every panel was handcrafted and the unique mixed metallic pain created on site in his workshop. The truck was built on a Hilux chassis and based on an old Ford model COE (Cab Over Engine). It was a definite labour of love for Mark, who has always been interested in custom builds. “We have my father’s 1928 Plymouth in the shed nearing the end of its restoration. It was the car I came home from the maternity
Mark Stead and wife Tanya at the Good Guys 26th Autumn Get Together in California.
hospital in, so you could say it started then! “Custom work is my real passion.” Good Guys is the world’s largest member based Hot Rod Association which attracts
thousands of people from across the world. Mark and Tanya also visited three other events and were in line to win a prize for “Furthest Travelled Hot Rod”.
Stoneleigh takes major award Stoneleigh Rapau ra Ser ies Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 has been awarded the joint Perpetual Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Wine by the competition’s international team of judges. Jamie Marfell, Stoneleigh Winemaker, says hopes were high. “We’ve had high expectations for our 2015 wines, and Sauvignon Blanc is our flagship varietal – so it is immensely
rewarding to pick up the top honour in Sydney. “2015 was the driest year in Marlborough for 85 years. We were working with conditions we had never dealt with before, but the weather meant we could pick all of our fruit at optimum ripeness – and as a result our 2015 wines are showing exceptional quality and outstanding flavour concentration.” Also taking home medals were
Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015, which won a Top 100 award, placing it amongst the highest-rated 5 per cent of wines in the competition; and Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015, which won Gold. RIGHT: Jamie Marfell, Stoneleigh Pernod Ricard NZ. Copyright owned by Jim Tannock Photography Ltd 2013.
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Talk to your local pharmacy & health professionals
Essential care Did you know that only one in three people would think of asking a local pharmacist for health advice? Pharmacy is an essential part of the healthcare system with over 50 million prescriptions for medicines dispensed each year in New Zealand. But that is not all that pharmacies do. It’s important that people are made aware of what’s
available in pharmacies so they don’t make unnecessary trips to the GP or A&E. Pharmacies are able to deal with minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, eye infections, skin conditions and other minor infections. Community pharmacies provide prompt access to professional healthcare advice and now offer a wide range of clinical and public health services.
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Medico packs are also available to help with medication use. If you are looking for a gift idea, Springlands Pharmacy has many options for the whole family, from gift packs, baby items, perfume and beauty products. Being the busy seven-day pharmacy it is, Springlands Pharmacy will be open every day through the holiday period, except Christmas Day when it is closed.
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Havelock Lions Market Day. Havelock Domain, Neal Street, Saturday 28th November 9am - 1pm. Sites available $5 phone Ian 574-2558.
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Chateau Marlborough Alterations & Additions: Closing 7 December Subcontractors and suppliers are invited to submit pricing for the above tender to: 3 Murphys Rd, Blenheim P: 03 578-9329 F: 03 578-9327 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Tender Documents available by request
SMART BUSINESS OFFICER (FULL TIME)
Team member wanted Frontline team member wanted to join our busy IT firm situated in central Blenheim. Duties would include greeting and handling customer queries via phone, our showroom, and electronically, as well as light technical work. A personable approach, good presentation, willingness to learn, and can-do attitude is vital. An interest or background in technology, or experience in sales is desirable but not essential. This role would suit someone currently in retail wanting to take the next step, or possibly a recent school leaver.
Do you want to lead Council’s Smart Business Marlborough programme that helps our smart people grow their businesses and to innovate new products and services?
Marlborough is world renowned for its wine industry and has a number of other unique food and beverage products. Marlborough has always been home to innovative thinkers who have been up to the challenge to thrive here, right back to New Zealand’s first settlers at Wairau Bar. You can become a key part of our team developing smart businesses in Marlborough, and also have access to the renowned lifestyle our region boasts. You will support and guide our Smart and Connected industry groups so they can deliver on their smart growth plans. We are looking for someone with a clear understanding of the issues driving smart business growth who can design targeted assistance, a track record of building strong relationships with industry and other partners, and who has excellent project management skills. Applications for this unique opportunity close at 5.00 pm on 1 December 2015. Applications should be made online via our website, www.marlborough.govt.nz/Your-Council/ Careers/Current-Vacancies, where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact email@example.com.
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Council is investing in its communities via the Smart and Connected programme and Small Townships Fund. This role will reinforce the development of these initiatives
Marlborough is renowned for its strong communities living an enviable sunny lifestyle. Our people are proud of their heritage and build strong connections with each other and the outside world. The diversity of our environment – from the vineyards of the Wairau and Awatere valleys to the beauty of the Marlborough Sounds – is reflected in our people and their outlook. Key tasks include working with Smart and Connected community groups to help implement their key initiatives, and working with our townships to support project prioritisation and application to the new Small Townships Fund, which you will also administer. We are seeking a person with excellent project development, management and creative skills with a track record of community level achievement. Excellent communication, facilitation and organisation are also required. The ability to work outside of normal office hours from time to time is a requirement. Applications for this unique opportunity close at 5.00 pm on 1 December 2015. Applications should be made online via our website, www.marlborough.govt.nz/YourCouncil/Careers/Current-Vacancies, where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact email@example.com. www.marlborough.govt.nz
Friday November 27, 2015 church notice
St Lukes’s Anglican Church, Ferry Road, Spring Creek. Join us for Christian worship every Sunday 9.30am, Contact 0273432814.
CHURCH SERVICES 10:00am Every Sunday 4 Alana Place Witherlea Shopping Centre All Welcome
Births This Week KITTO: Dulcie (10lb 14oz) October 29, 2015 RENTOUL: Olivia Annie, (7lb 13oz) November 23, 2015 SINGH: baby boy (3.09 kg) November 23, 2015
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8am Traditional Eucharist Service 10am - Family Service
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Death Notices BETTISON, Margaret Faith (formerly Buttimore nee Oaten) WRNZS 503: November 19, 2015 BROWN, Elaine Shirley: November 24, 2015 BUDNY, Tadeusz: November 20, 2015
The deadline is Monday 5.00pm. Please contact the Sun for further details. 72 High Street, Blenheim, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 577 7868.
TURNER, Colleen Dawn: On Monday November 23 2015, passed away at Wairau Hospital. Aged 80 years. Dearly loved wife and companion of Ron, adored mother and mother-in-law of Michael and Carole, Lynn and Grant, and Stephen and Judith. Loving grandmother of Natasha and Paul, Jade and Kuepe, Daniel and Sarah, Matthew, Kerry, Claire, Nicholas, Max, Emma, and Edward. Cherished great grandmother of Lance, Aaron, Aiden, and Anabelle. A service for Colleen will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets at 10am Monday November 30, followed by interment at Upper Wairau Cemetery. “Missing you every day”. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz
CLARKE, Leslie Robert (Les): November 19, 2015 COHEN, Debra Ann (Debbie), (nee Berriman): November 17, 2015 EWERS, Bevan William: November 16, 2015 FOLEY, Ngaire Thérèse: November 19, 2015 GIDDY, Stephen Michael: November 23, 2015 McCALLUM, Jean Everatt (nee Pratt): November 23, 2015. MULHOLLAND, Aileen Louise (nee McGaffin): November 17, 2015
PGG Wrightson Blenheim staff on site as the first dirt was shifted this week.
First dirt moved Groundwork begins for new Westwood business The combined business of PGG Wrightson and Fruitfed Supplies in Blenheim have made the first steps to moving to the Westwood Business Park in Springlands. Fulton Hogan diggers and excavators were on site last week to commence groundwork for the premises that will see all the company business on one site. Spokesman Peter Mortimer says that
the building will be a flagship store in the PGG Wrightson network and the largest of the new generation retail and bulk store and administration combined sites the company is likely to build. Local company Robinson Construction are building the property with the completion date set for the end of May 2016.
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True colours in white Life is about “the one per centers” - let me explain. A simple gesture like a smile, thank you or opening a door for someone while easy to do can make a massive positive difference in someone’s life. While no oracle on always doing these one per centers all the time, the Australian cricket team should have shook hands with Ross Taylor following his innings of 290 in the second test at Perth. A handshake for a good innings is becoming common place in cricket but recent actions by the Australians will ensure the rest of the cricketing world sees them in the arrogant light they claim they aren’t.
Yes, Taylor didn’t hang around following his dismissal however the Australians didn’t rush over with their hands in congratulations. They merely hung around the substitute fielder who’d made the diving catch. For those willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, I say no, not this time. I was at the MCG for the World Cup final when several of their players gave Grant Elliott an absolute gobful following his dismissal for a gritty half century. Taylor deserved acknowledgement then and there. The highest individual score against Australia in Australia
should have been acknowledged. Former Australian cricketer Dirk Nannes laid in to his countrymen on radio and rightly so, calling it “horrendous sportsmanship.” “You don’t have a guy bat for a day and a half out there and just not even acknowledge it.” To be fair, both Taylor and the Aussies have played the incident down. Taylor gets off the field quick and equally the Australians claim they did not mean to cause offence. Unfortunately it’s another shady incident from a team, who for years, has sat atop a very high horse and refused to come down.
Senior athletics On Tuesday December 1 at Athletic Park from 5:30pm is Programme C plus the Houlihan Cup. Events are 200m, 400m, 3000m, high jump, javelin and hammer. Everyone is welcome to participate and children’s club members are also welcome. For further information contact Emily on 0273008817 or check out the Marlborough Senior Athletics Facebook page.
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Agility on show Blenheim Canine Training Club is holding an agility/jumpers championship show at the Renwick Rugby Grounds in Renwick this Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are welcome. Go along and watch dogs from all around New Zealand, of all shapes and sizes compete in agility and jumpers courses. This is a great spectator event as dogs competing range from those new to the sport to those who have achieved Grand Champion titles.
Cycles and walking emphasis in Picton Picton could become known as a haven for bike and walk enthusiasts, with the Picton Smart & Connected group embracing the hugely popular activities as their ‘Big Picture’ focus for the future of the town and environs. The Bike/Walk vision was the clear community preference at the recent PS&C public meeting which voted on a ‘Big Picture’ effort to take the town forward, and the PS&C Steering Group has now confirmed it will focus on bike/ walk as a priority. It will take a broad vision approach, expanding on the efforts currently going into mountain biking and hiking trails to ensure Picton is bike and walk friendly to all ages and abilities. PS&C Chairman Barry Maister says there are already several events and planned developments around biking and walking in the locality, and the Steering Group will work in closely with Bike/Walk Marlborough, Queen Charlotte Track and Link Pathway activities. “There is already some great effort going into bike and walking tracks, and we see the potential to build this into a wider concept of Picton becoming known as one of the most bike-friendly, walk-friendly towns in the
Pitman announced as Captain Successful Tasman Griffins rugby captain Jesse Pitman has now been handed the reigns for the Tasman men’s team that will contest the southern regional sevens tournament at Alpine Energy Stadium in Timaru on Saturday. The Tasman women’s team will have two skippers at the helm, with Jess Drummond and Ella Marwick named as co-captains. The top five men’s teams and top three women’s teams at Timaru will qualify for the Bayleys national sevens tournament at the Rotorua International Stadium on January 16 and 17.
The Picton community showed an interest in all things to do with cycling and walks at a recent public meeting. country. work and a Picton to Blenheim track.’ “And it’s not just about visitors, it’s also about Picton Smart & Connected has set up a Bike/ the local community. We want more local Walk Picton working group to focus on the kids to bike to school safely, more families to project, led by John Reuhman and Juliet Gibgo out cycling and walking, more facilities to bons, and will invite representatives of various encourage people to use trails and the town. bike and walking groups to join. “It could start with something as simple as Anyone interested in contributing to this or more bike stands and better bike-walk infor- other working groups can contact Picton Smart mation and signage, and lead into heritage trail & Connected on email@example.com
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Fierce battles won Week four of the KIWIVolley Spikers Competition at Stadium 2000 saw more tense junior volleyball fixtures. In the Year 5/6 Grade Section 1, Picton Mid Evil Minions played the 3R’s. Picton’s teamwork was very good and that helped them to win the first two sets 25-23 and 25-19. 3R’s got a point for the table by winning the last set 15-11. Redwoodtown Yr 6 played the other Picton team, Picton Dynamite. It was Picton’s serving and teamwork that won the game 10-6. A good close game was played in the Year 7/8 Grade between Redwoodtown 1 and BIS Setters. The last set and game was won by Redwoodtown 1 15-12. More great serving was seen
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by BIS Watermelons which saw them win all three sets over QCC Spikers 25-16, 27-25 and 15-12. In the Premier Grade an awesome battle was between Renwick Splockers and St Marys Spikers. The battle really heated up with both teams smelling victory and the set went point for point till St Marys finally inched ahead at 31-29. BIS Net Smashers won all three sets against Fairhall Strikers. Set scores were 25-16, 25-15 and 15-11. After a 25-7 defeat in the first set the BIS Stars heightened their motivation and game in the second and third sets to match their opposition, the BIS Spikers. Final two set scores were 25-12 and 15-8.
Tides Picton 2
3 2 1 0
Wairau Bar 2
Sun Fishing Guide
R 5:48am S 8:35pm
R 5:47am S 8:37pm
R 5:47am S 8:38pm
R 5:46am S 8:39pm
R 5:46am S 8:40pm
R 5:46am S 8:41pm
1:47am 2:16pm Set 6:53am Rise 9:42pm
Set 7:48am Rise 10:38pm
3:41am 4:08pm Set 8:46am Rise 11:28pm
4:35am 5:01pm Set 9:46am
5:26am 5:50pm Rise 12:11am Set 10:46am
6:13am 6:36pm Rise 12:48am Set 11:45am
1:44pm 8:07pm R 5:46am S 8:42pm Best At
6:59am 7:21pm Rise 1:21am Set 12:43pm
NOTE: Wairau Bar tide times are based on Wellington plus 2hrs 2mins. Wairau Bar tide heights are Wellington heights as no height data is available. Not for navigational purposes.
Graphic supplied by OceanFun Publishing Ltd
Maori Fishing Guide by Bill Hohepa www.tidewiz.com www.tidespy.com
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