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By Jacob Page Blenheim has its new ambulance and it is about to hit the streets this week. The new $240,000 vehicle arrived last

Thursday from Christchurch and has since PHOTO: Marlborough St John manager Rod Hill and Rata been getting its interior fit out so it can be Harper, friend of Laddy Hope, with the new licence plate which has the name of the man whose generous gift commissioned for service.

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Thank you for the new ambulance, Laddy Continued from page 1 Marlborough St John manager Rod Hill says it is an exciting moment for Blenheim. “This is state of the art and is ready for anyone in Marlborough to use.” Rod says the new ambulance is bigger, wider and has the ability to send vital health statistics from the ambulance paramedic to Wairau hospital before the patient arrives. He also paid tribute to Alan “Laddy” Hope who ensured in his will that when his house was sold, the money would be split between Marlborough St John and Hospice Marlborough. The house sold for $273,000 at auction in October. The new ambulance has “Laddy’ as its number plates while the side of the ambulance says “In Memory of Laddy”. Two of Laddy’s closest friends Tubby Smith and Rata Harper as well as his brother Leo Hope were Laddy Hope’s longtime friend Tubby Smith, brother Leo Hope and friend Rata Harper with the new on hand to see the ambulance arrive. ambulance which Laddy Hope’s generosity helped pay for. “This is amazing,” Rata says. “I’m sure people will ring up and ask specially for the ‘Laddy deteriorated. in my will for St John because look at the benefit of ambulance”. Rata hoped others could see what could be what has been achieved here in just four months.” Laddy and Tubby had shared a 60-year friendship achieved if others left money to charities. Rod says he would like to have a total of four which often resulted in a beer together in the late “Laddy was already a legend in this town but new ambulances to service all of Marlborough afternoon each day. now his legacy continues through his generosity. and the hard work in trying to raise the money That tradition remained even as Laddy’s health “From this process, I know I’ll leave some money for No 2 is ongoing.

Snail tales The courageous tales of Marlborough’s giant land snails are being shared by the Marlborough Museum this Friday, giving children an insight into the museum’s snail collection. CEO Steve Austin will be giving a reading from the ‘Watch out Snail’ story book which portrays the journey of slime and survival. “In Marlborough we have three forms of the giant land snails which live quite secret lives in remote parts of Marlborough, so we thought children might like to come and hear the story and see the shells in

our collection. “This is something fun we want to do with the children before the school holidays end and it teaches them about the special things we have in our region,” Steve says. The readings are an hour long and run from 10am-11am, and 2pm-3pm at the Marlborough Museum. RIGHT: Marlborough Museum CEO Steve Austin will be reading the ‘Watch out Snail’ book this Friday for children wanting to learn more about Marlborough’s giant land snails. Photo provided.



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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander After 11 days cycling from Invercargill, Tim Gaines arrived in Blenheim yesterday to complete his journey. Tim, a New Zealander who lives in Brisbane, was exhausted as he hit the brakes for the final time at Seymour Square but was still sporting a huge smile. He decided to spend his Christmas holidays cycling the length of the South Island as a personal challenge and for his friend’s daughter Shauna Manning, a 10-year-old who is battling leukaemia for the second time. “I decided I wanted to show her and her family how much support she has. “I felt so strongly about doing this as I couldn’t imagine going through what Shauna and her family are going through,” he says. The story of Tim’s journey reached mayor Alistair Sowman who was on hand to greet him, as were Sue Rose and

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Barbara Thompson of the Child Cancer Foundation Marlborough branch. All said they were touched by his dedication. As Tim arrived in Blenheim he stopped to take a photo of the Welcome to Blenheim sign and says tears came to his eyes. “I was sore from head to toe but I knew at that point it was done. “It was an emotional moment,” he says. Throughout his journey Tim took videos and photographs which he sent to Shauna, and donations were raised on a Givealittle page he set up before he left. Around $3845 has been raised to date.

Arbour restaurant on Godfrey’s Road raised $17,544 for the Cancer Society Marlborough in its Food For Change Street Party last Sunday. Restaurant owners Bradley Hornby and Liz say the result was “outstanding”. “We are so proud and lucky to be part of this wonderful community.” The street party offered food, wine, gelato, and entertainment, including “good sports” Bradley Hornby and Kevin Judd from Greywacke Wines who volunteered to let people throw eggs, cream and water at them in the name of charity.

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RIGHT: Tim Gaines has cycled from Invercargill to Blenheim in 11 days for a friend’s daughter who is battling cancer. He arrived in Blenheim yesterday and was met by mayor Alistair Sowman.

The Marlborough District Council will have staff and contractors wading within waterways throughout the Wairau Plains during the next two months. The work is part of the council’s requirement to manage aquatic weeds in order to maintain an effective drainage network and to monitor the ecology of waterways. Monitoring at each site will require specialist staff groups and may include night counting of fish species and will generally be completed within a one week period.

Maritime festival “goosebumps” By Cathie Bell Picton’s maritime festival continues to grow, and its success “gives you goosebumps”, founder Beryl Bowers says. The festival, held last Saturday, attracted about 8000 people, more than previously, she says. “We had a fantastic festival…There were thousands of people. The foreshore was packed.” The festival, which ran all day and ended in fireworks at night, is very much aimed as a family fun event, Beryl says. The crowd changes through the day, she says, starting with young families, then into college students during the afternoon, and


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Trust board roles popular Eleven people have put themselves up for election for four roles on the Marlborough Electric Power Trust. A postal election will be held next month, with all registered power users able to vote. The candidates are: The four sitting board members: current chairman Ross Inder, John Cuddon, Paul Ham and Malcolm Aitken; and seven new

candidates: John’s Kitchen manager and former Labour Party candidate Janette Walker, businessman and PHO chairman David Taylor; journalist Cathie Bell; accountant Susheel Dutt; Bayleys real estate agent John O’Brien; BNZ banker Domenic Romano; and Churchill Trust chief executive Nicki Stretch. Voting papers will be sent out by NZ Post on 29 February, with

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The annual protest against the spy base in the Waihopai Valley was held on Saturday, with about 60 people from around the country taking part. Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei joined Marlborough-based Green list MP Steffan Browning and members of the Anti-Bases Campaign organisation to march through Blenheim’s business district and gather on the Waihopai Valley Road outside the base in the afternoon. That evening a screening of “Citizen Four” (the 2014 Oscar-winning documentary about Edward Snowden) was held in Blenheim. Metiria said the Green Party has long been against the spy base at Waihopai. “It’s operated by the Government Communications Security Bureau in the interests of foreign powers. It is sitting on New Zealand land while New Zealanders have little or no idea what goes on there, nor any control.” Campaign organiser Murray Horton said last year brought further revelations from Edward Snowden via Nicky Hager and others that, not only have the GCSB & Waihopai

Anti-Waihopai spy base protestors listen to Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei in central Blenheim.

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Hundreds attend WWI pop up exhibition By Celeste Alexander Sunday was a day for reflection and in many cases education for the Wairau Valley community who attended the World War I Pop Up Museum at the local hall. Several hundred people turned out for the first of two exhibitions that is being held in Wairau Valley, with the second being held today from 11am - 3pm. The event was initiated by the Marlborough Heritage Trust as it’s first big project that aims to get out beyond the walls of the museum to the community, Marlborough Museum CEO Steve Austin says. “The idea for the pop-up museum is to talk about WWI stories specific to particular locations and communities. “What’s interesting about the Wairau Valley is that until November last year we didn’t exactly know what the contribution of Wairau Valley was to WWI. We had heard there were three men who had served and died. “After researching it we found there were actually eight,” he says. The exhibition has included two main elements. One that looked at several themes, educating people on what happened in recruitment, at home on the domestic front, the whole idea of living and dying and a section that highlighted the people from the Wairau Valley who died. The second element was focused on family fun activities including getting children to put together WWI survival kits. Children spun a wheel which decided where they would be sent to ‘serve’, they then looked at images and descriptions of terrain before choosing the equipment they would take to

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Dear Ed, I enjoy Jacob’s sports columnalways interesting and often thought provoking. Watching sport I am getting annoyed with Sky running up to three adverts just between games of a tennis match. Thus we miss the “expert” comments. Between sets okay I suppose. But remember when Sky first came on? No adverts! What has changed to the extent now we are saturated with adverts? I am seriously looking to cancel Sky. Sky’s the Limit!

Dear Ed, From the responses to the ban on commercial fishing in the Marlborough Sounds, people are misinformed about the NZ Fishing Industry, and how the Quota Management System operates. The Ministry for Primary Industries determines how much of a fish species can be caught within a management area. First the biomass of the species is determined and the percentage able to be harvested without impacting on sustainability is calculated. This total allowable catch has to cater for recreational, iwi and commercial interests. The commercial sector can only catch the amount that the MPI allocate to them from within the TAC.

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Banning commercial fishing from the Marlborough Sounds and Hauraki Gulf will adversely effect more than just fishermen - for every sea-going job, four are created onshore. Most probably compensation will go to quota-holders - but what about fishermen who lease quota? What about the processors, truck drivers, administration staff - and the young bloke who’s just got a job on a fishing vessel? Are they going to be compensated? Probably not. Not everyone has a boat - or can catch their own fish - that’s what fishermen do. We harvest a sustainable resource - we don’t rape it. Jim Candy Commercial Fisherman

Blue Cod in the Pan Dear Ed, I could not believe the attitude by the fisheries side of Ministry for Primary Industries in pulling up a chap for having a cod in the fridge on his boat. Peter Watson of Marlborough Rec Fishers Assn rightly asked what about sushi? What rot the Ministry’s Ian Bright spoke about wanting to restore the cod fishery. I clearly recall making the point in 2007 there was no crisis when the ministry closed it to reccy fishing for blue cod. The science used to close it was mickeymouse. The ministry’s since admitted this. But Mr Bright keeps parroting about a collapsing fishery.

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The many stages of Shakespeare Dawn Sanders, the founder and chief executive of Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand and organiser of the annual University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals, talks to Sun reporter Jacob Page about her early days growing up in Blenheim, her promising ballet career and why the younger generations understand Shakespeare better than older generations. Dawn Sanders has made a life in the arts. But it is her never ending love affair with the work of Shakespeare that she has turned into not only a successful festival for secondary school pupils in particular but also provided global opportunities for those young people willing to work hard enough to achieve it. A product of Redwood School, Dawn then went to Bohally Intermediate and then Marlborough Girls’ College for her first year of secondary school. She was a promising ballerina at a young age. “I was determined I was going to make it all the way to the top,” she says. However, when her Blenheim-based coach went overseas, she literally had no other options so a move to Wellington East Girls’ College meant she was able to be part of the New Zealand Ballet Summer School. All the while her love of Shakespeare grew and grew, somewhat simmering in the background. She fell in love with Shakespeare at the age of seven when she helped her thespian father read lines when he was part of the Marlborough Reparatory Theatre. By the age of 15 she had read everything the playwright had ever produced. “One time, I remember telling my teacher that we should stand up when reciting Shakespeare because that’s the respect it deserved which, looking back on it, was quite a gutsy thing to do. “For me, Shakespeare always had a great way of bringing out the best in his characters and making them relatable.” Dawn was relatively injury free in her ballet career until back spasms on stage coupled with

a slip initiated a major back injury that forced her into retirement and a lengthy recovery. Following that, she did a human biology certificate and realised a frustrating fact about her plight. “I realised a lot of the medical help I was receiving was based on sports injuries and not dance injuries.” In need of a change she turned to Shakespeare. She played an integral part in getting the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival off the ground and 25 years later, and after being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre, she’s still going strong. More than 100,000 students had been through the festival in those 25 years. Every year she helps select 24 to travel to London to perform at the Globe Theatre. “Many of them still keep in touch and that’s immensely satisfying,” Dawn says. “I truly believe young people understand Shakespeare more because the older generation was taught it in such a boring way. “I know at the Festival, often it’s the students directing students and that’s huge for confidence levels and enjoyment.” Outside promoting the Bard’s work, Dawn also works on numerous arts boards and promoted the arts through positions with Toi Whakaari, the National Dance Archive and the NZ Society of Authors. She also lectured at the New Zealand School of Dance for 30 years. Dawn says she still has much to achieve in her role and she would like to expand the Festival nationally in time. Dawn Sanders, with her regional community award.


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bug-free Bike Walk Picton deputy chair Juliet Gibbons and chairman John Reuhman.

A close up view of bed bugs on a mattress.

Bed bugs bite at night If you wake up feeling itchy you may have been feasted on by bed bugs during the night. Many parents affectionately tell their children as they tuck them into bed, ‘don’t let the bed bugs bite’. But the reality is that the bed bugs may be biting, and you don’t know about it. Bed bugs are wingless, tiny insects that hide in cracks and crevices during the day and come out at night to feed on our blood. They are attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide from our breath and feed by using their hypodermic like mouthparts to penetrate the skin. They then inject their victim with saliva containing aneasthetic and anti-coagulant proteins to stop the blood from clotting. It’s these proteins that cause itchy reactions. Because they can ingest up to seven times their body weight in blood in one feed, they can survive long periods without feeding.

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After mating takes place, Bed Bugs will lay up to 200 eggs. The nymphs that hatch out are miniature versions of the adult. There is no larval stage. Bed Bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of so if you suspect you have them, contact your local pest control company for treatment.

Stinging situation Wasps are dangerous pests that can attack. Pest control companies suggest that people do not try to destroy wasp nests themselves. Instead phone in an expert and have them do it for you safely and effectively.



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By Cathie Bell A cycleway between Marlborough’s two largest towns is the priority for new group Bike Walk Picton. Group chairman John Reuhman says The Picton Blenheim Cycleway will connect with the Link Pathway from Havelock and the proposed Coastal Pacific cycleway from Blenheim to the Clarence River. “The creation of a multi-day, multiple access 220km cycle trail will offer a great opportunity to leverage off Marlborough’s strengths, and it’s hugely important for Picton.” The proposed Blenheim-Picton cycleway will be a new route off the highway, and was based on the old “Sounds to Sauvignon” proposal from some years ago, John says. A “grunty” $2 million project he says, that when completed will create very significant economic, social and community benefits. “It connects well with Tourism New Zealand’s declared special interest in cycling, as well as building on existing assets.’ Bike Walk Picton is a new working group set up by Picton Smart&Connected to lead its ‘big picture” project, making Picton and surrounds a haven for biking and walking. John says the group is bringing together community groups, residents, and council representatives, and has already identified several key priorities, with the largest project clearly the pathway between Marlborough’s biggest towns.



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Marlborough man Derek Cordes made sure Bay of Plenty locals were made aware they’d lost the sunshine capital crown to Blenheim, attaching a homemade sign to the Whakatane entrance sign. Derek also put two signs on the doorways of the Whakatane District Council building. Ironically, Whakatane was grey and overcast during his visit, he says. RIGHT: Derek Cordes and Rebecca Wieland attach a Blenheim sunshine sign to the bottom of the Whakatane town entrance sign.

It would also work on other projects such as helping make the Picton central business district bike friendly, encouraging the upgrade of the walk and cycle path between Picton and Waikawa, helping the Link Pathway to accelerate its completion through to Picton, providing input into a Picton Foreshore Heritage Walk, and assisting Queen Charlotte Track with its funding application to improve conditions on the track for all users. The creation of a thriving ‘Bike Walk’ environment in Picton was the clear community preference at a public meeting called by Picton Smart & Connected last year, to identify one or two projects to propel the town forward. Picton Smart&Connected chairman Barry Maister says the group will continue its efforts on other immediate and short term needs for the locality. “But at the big picture level, the Bike Walk focus is an exciting opportunity the town can immediately engage with, led by the new working group. Overall, we want to make Picton one of the most bike-friendly, walk-friendly towns in the country,” he says. The Bike Walk Picton working group meets monthly, with the next meeting on February 9, and any residents interested in participating or contributing can contact John Reuhman, via


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Wairau Hospital Maternity Ward visiting hours are:

DODDS: Sam and Mike are happy to announce the arrival of Emily Alice Dodds (9lb 11oz) on January 6, 2016. A gorgeous sister for proud big brother Xavier. Thank you to Sue Hudson and the amazing staff and support crew at the maternity ward. Photo provided. :

McLENNAN: Rachel and Ben are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their baby girl, Willow Rachel (6lb 6oz) on January 20, 2016 at 9.57am. A baby sister for Kadie and Harper. Special thanks to everyone who has been involved.

COOK: Emma is pleased to announce the safe arrival of her first baby boy, Jack Stephenson (7lb 8oz) on January 18, 2016 at 9.38am at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to all the team at the Wairau Maternity Ward and to my Mum, Barbara Cook.

MARSH: Cat and Vaughan are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their baby girl, Zoe Sophia (3.54kg) on January 18, 2016 at 12.08am at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to the team at Wairau Maternity Ward, and midwives Rhianne Lamb and Shona Wills. Both well.

JACOBSON: Angela and Malcolm are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their first baby boy, Matthew Owen (6lb 10oz) on January 19, 2016,at 1.03am at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to the team in the Maternity ward and all the staff in A&E who have helped and supported us.




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Wednesday January 27, 2016

Picton Maritime Festival The Picton Maritime Festival was bigger and brighter than ever this year.

 Band - Festus McBoyle entertained the crowd.

 Liam Plant (8 months) playing on the beach.

 Willie ODonnell and Lily-Marama Bhandal.

Photo by Geri Neale.

 Gabe Suthers, Charles Suthers and Carter Usher-Somers.

 Vanuatu Sounds had the crowd spell bound.  Isla, Kora and Sharee Moorhouse (Nelson) enjoy the Picton Maritime festival.

 Jean Rooney and Pauline Gregory watching the

 Wendy Steele and Rebecca Hill, Volunteers from

Vanuatu Sounds singers.

Endeavour Park Pavilion.

 Jamie Arbuckle, with wife Sally, and kids Shannon, DJ, Paige and Keira.

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w community notices The Community Noticeboard is for non-profit organisations. For $10.00 you can publish up to 25 words. No AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. Community Notices must be pre-paid. Call into our office at 72 High Street, Blenheim

Havelock Lions Market Havelock Domain, Neal Street, Havelock. Saturday 30th January 9-1pm, Books (from 50c each), plants, toys, pork, furniture plus more. Try out the new Petanque Court and Sausage sizzle. Stalls still available, Ph Ian 5742558.

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

community services Marlborough After Hours GP Services: Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 520 6377. Office 520 9980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm, 7 days. Ph 5782271. Community Care Pharmacy: Within the Blenheim Warehouse, open 7 days 9am-8pm. Only closed Christmas Day. Diabetes Marlborough Inc: Office hours 9am3pm Mon-Thu 5775549. Reg. Nurse 1pm-5pm Wed, 8.30am-5pm Thu & Fri 5206200 (Mary). Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline. Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital 520 9999, for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Overeaters Anonymous: For more information. Ph 570 5137 Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 5777651, Harvey 578 8125. Citizens Advice Bureau - Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm. Phone 578 4272.

Wednesday January 27, 2016 LLOYD BUSH

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

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Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Service Our Advocates will take up your cause to ensure your rights are respected, listen to your concerns and support you in the actions you want to take to gain resolution. Ph 579 5304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St.

St John Community Shop Springlands Come and see our range of Clothes, Bricbrac, Furniture, Books and Linen. Your support is raising funds for a new ambulance. Phone 5781754.

Volunteers Urgently Needed For Bread of Life’s shop, Sheets ‘n’ Things. Become a valued volunteer today! Ph Susan on 027 332 5251.

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Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. Ph Margaret 578 4690 or Cilla 570 5335. Alzheimers Society Marlborough: 577 6172, 8 Wither Rd. Open Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4.30pm Hospital Visiting Hours: Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-Noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. Marlborough Family Budgeting: - Free confidential budgeting advice. Monday-Friday. Phone 578 2006. Marlborough Lupus Support: For more information phone Katrina 572 4333 or 021 502 451 Picton Doctor: Phone weekend doctor 573 6092 or Marlborough After Hours GP Service 520 6377. Office 520 9980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist:Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat 9-2pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm.

acknowledgement The Sun Newspaper offers an acknowledgement service to its readers. You can submit acknowledgements following family bereavements. The deadline will be on Mondays at 5.00pm, with a limit of 50 words for $15.00. You can submit acknowledgements by bringing them to the Sun office at 72 High Street, or posting them to PO Box 634 Blenheim 7240. You can also email them to Please include your contact details: Name, address, email and phone numbers, including your mobile number if possible.

death notices BOWERS, Betty Mary (nee McNabb): Passed away, peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village on Sunday January 24 2016. Aged 94 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Walter James (Wally), beloved mother and mother-in-law of Margaret and Bill Dick, Wendy and Anzac Macdonald, Cliff and Beryl, and Lesley. Beloved Grannie of Cynthia, Rae, and Grant; Brett, Russell, Gillienne, and Katarena; Rebecca and Olivia; Simon, and Cosima. Loved great-Grannie of 21 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Messages may be sent to 15 Dodson Street, Spring Creek 7202. In lieu of flowers, a donation of Alzheimers Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to c/- 8 Wither Road, Blenheim 7201. A service for Betty will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets at 1.30pm Thursday January 28, followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 SPALL, Ngaire May: Passed away, peacefully, in Nelson on Sunday January 24 2016. Aged 93 years. Loved wife of the late George, mother and motherin-law of Graham and Jane, and the late Cliff and Beryl; Nana to Hamish and Andrew. Messages may be sent to Graham Spall, 195 Duncan Bay Road, RD 5, Rai Valley 7195. At Ngaire’s request, a private cremation has been held. Ngaire will be laid to rest with her husband at a later date. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

CLARKSON, Lance Ian: Died at Hospice Marlborough on Monday January 25 2016. My bravest, loving husband riding in the sky. Much loved husband of Jillie (Fluff), much loved Dad of Brendon, Daniel and Kat, Jeremy and Wendy, James and Jean, and Brendon. Loved grandad of Baxter, Hayley; and Taylor. Much loved brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to all you mofos. Lance will be at Clubs of Marlborough, Alfred Street at 10am Friday January 29 for you to leave a message on his casket. The service will commence at 11am, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

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Vintage Harvesters operates a modern fleet of harvesters and tractors throughout the Marlborough District. We are looking for experienced harvester and tractor drivers. You will need a minimum of a class 1 driver’s licence for tractor driving and a wheels endorsement for harvester driving. We anticipate work will commence approx. mid-March and finish mid-April. Drivers must be available for extended hours and weekends. Please phone the office on 578 5300, text Jason Tripe on 027 434 2712 or email

situations vacant Walter Scott, acting gardener for the Renwick Anglican Community Garden.

Truck Driver Required We are in need of a new member for our team at JTC Viticulture. This is a full time position where your expertise is required to drive our Truck & Trailer unit as well as our Fertiliser Spreader trucks. The position will involve some tractor driving. The suitable applicant will have a Class 5 Truck license, plenty of experience and be prepared and available to work extended hours during the busy periods. If you think this may be for you, send your application including a resume of experience to Jason Tripe via email or post to 390 Old Renwick Road, R D 2, Blenheim 7272. Phone 03-578 5300


Covering Maternity leave (Feb – Aug) Monday to Friday - 9.30am -3.30pm IF YOU ARE: An energetic, positive person who has an affinity with the elderly and are a team player then we would like to hear from you. Please call at reception for an application or email Applications close 29/1/2016


We require an honest, reliable person with • excellent people skills • a good general knowledge/interest in vehicles and parts • a high degree of accuracy is essential for the position As part of a small team you must be motivated and able to work independently. For a detailed Job Description please call into 31 High Street, Renwick.

Veges ripe for picking Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Acting gardener for the Renwick Community Anglican Garden, Walter Scott is encouraging the community to make use of the vegetables being grown. Four years ago Renwick man Brian Powell initiated the community garden, an idea that quickly grew. The garden has been lovingly tended by a group of gardeners, including head gardener Chris Timms and has everything growing from silver beet and lettuces, to corn and potatoes. Walter wishes to see more people ‘helping themselves’, but taking only enough for themselves.

“It’s at the point where we have vegetables that are ripe and ready to be picked but no one is taking them, so we have donated a bit to John’s Kitchen and try to share them around where we can. “Don’t be shy, come in and take what you need,” he says. If anyone was wanting to donate plants or plant something themselves, the group is happy to give them some space. Likewise if there were people interested in helping out with the garden they are more than welcome, Walter says. “You don’t have to be a gardener, you could come in and learn some skills.”

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Rainfall totals for January are already above average for all areas of Marlborough, but council water staff are warning the pressure is not off yet. After a record-breaking dry spell, the first weeks of 2016 have brought welcome rainfall to the region, with rainfall so far this year already exceeding the total for the last three months of 2015. The Renwick bores are now at a level that is 2421 mm above the pumps. This means Council is able to increase the output from the wells from the current 44 l/s to 50 l/s. While this is still 20 per cent below normal output, it will help to alleviate the capacity issues for the Renwick water supply during peak demand periods. However residents are reminded that water supply is still not back to normal and

people are asked to continue to be vigilant with their water conservation. If there is a further period of dry weather it may be necessary to reduce water supply output again. All rivers received another good lift from the rainfall and nearly all classes of irrigation water are still available, including most of the lower reliability class C takes, which are usually not available during summer months. The only exceptions are the less reliable irrigation classes in the Flaxbourne area and the Omaka class B where, although water was briefly available, flows quickly fell below the threshold again. The continuing good river flows and overnight rain now mean that it is unlikely there will be Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme cutbacks in the weeks ahead.

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Sport inbrief

Deadheat win

Eastern States drivers 17e Mark Smith and 5e Matt Watson. Photo by Speed Nut Photography.

Titans 157e driver Aaron Schumacher goes metal to metal with Tasman Thunder’s 86n driver Phil Krammer. Photo by Speed Nut Photography.

Titans deliver hits, lose first round By Celeste Alexander Last Saturday’s speedway action saw a number of classes compete for titles and trophies, including the ESS Titans who clashed with the Tasman Thunder stock car team for the Blenheim vs Nelson Teece Trophy. This was the first round of the Teece Trophy competition which saw the Titans dish out a number of good hits at the beginning. The over-the-hill rivalry never fails to draw a crowd but unfortunately for the Titans fans, Tasman Thunder managed to take the win

despite only having two cars on the track in the final race, as opposed to four of the Titans. The Titans took the loss on the chin however vowing to reclaim points needed to keep the trophy where it currently resides, with the ESS club. The second and final round of the Teece Trophy will be held in Nelson with the date currently being organised. Stock car rep Carla Marshall says the Titans team is happy with its season to date, with plenty of teams racing practice ahead of the

New Zealand Stock Car Teams Championship event in Gisborne next month. This stock car teams competition has been going between Blenheim and Nelson since 1983, but renamed the Teece Trophy a number of years ago after the late Murray Teece of Nelson who tragically passed away last month. It was created for the original stock cars which are now referred to as super stocks. According to Carla former Titans drivers Ralph Gillespie and Tim Alexander had the trophy transferred to the stock cars class.

Sprint cars to dominate this Sunday Just when you thought last weekend’s speedway action was thrilling enough just wait to hear what Eastern States has in store for this Sunday. Dubbed ‘Super Sunday’ ESS will host the MD Freighting Sprint Car International Sprint

Cars event, and so far around 18 cars have accepted the invitation and will be taking to the track this weekend. ESS will be represented by local driver Paddy North in his 46e. Among the drivers is one name many will know for his previous

sporting achievements, former Black Cap Nathan Astle racing his 9c sprint car. It is not often Blenheim has these 800+ horsepower machines in town so be sure to go along and witness these impressive machines in action.

The Sprint cars will run two 12 lap heats and a 20 lap feature with the winner taking all. Also tearing up the track will be super stocks, street stocks ‘bragging rights’ race, stock cars, productions, youth mini stocks and saloons.

The Waterlea Racecourse’s feature race, the Yealands Family Wines Marlborough Cup, on Sunday was a deadheat finish between Graduate Under Fire and Joey Maguire. The feature race on the first day of racing, the Yealands Family Wines Cup Prelude, was won by Smoken Roman, driven by Robbie Close and trained by Leonne Jones. The Mike Turner Trophy for leading junior drivers over the two days was shared by Kimberley Butt and Stevie Golding.

Sport Tasman’s sandcastle comp Up until February 1, local families can submit photographs of their sandcastles to Sport Tasman and be in to win some great spot prizes. The rules are simple. Sandcastles must be made of sand either in a sandpit or at the beach, although natural objects like beach wood, feathers, flora and shells can be used for decoration. They must be built by hand only. Photographs must be emailed to by February 1, with the winning entry and others to feature on Sport Tasman’s Facebook page. Entry is free but all entrants must register at nz/sandcastle in order to be in the draw for spot prizes which will be randomly selected. Ms Bettjeman reminds parents to supervise their children while at the beach.

Fun seekers seeking victory

Story and photo by Celeste Alexander A group of ladies will be marching off to represent Marlborough this weekend looking to defend their previous podium placing. The Fun Seekers Leisure Marching team will compete at the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin on Sunday, and if their fluorescent yellow jackets are anything to go by,

they will be hard to miss. The team has been marching together for 20 years, according to team spokesperson Val Alcorn. “We still have five original members marching today, and another who has been with us for 13 years,” she says. Val says the team is looking to defend its third place title won in 2014, or better it. There is more to just march-

ing through, Val explains. “We have entered our uniforms as well as the way we present ourselves is also important to the competition. “That’s why we wear fluorescent yellow, so we look striking and stand out,” she laughs. Of the 12 team members 11 will make the trip and “with some luck” return victorious.

The Fun Seekers Leisure Marching team is heading to Dunedin on January 31 to compete in the New Zealand Masters Games.


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