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Gone bananas

Story by Cathie Bell They came, they saw, they conquered – radio and television presenters Jono and Ben drew the crowds to the Picton foreshore to welcome the intrepid duo back onto dry land after crossing Cook Strait. More than 400 people gathered to watch Jono and Ben arrive on an inflatable boat, most of the crowd being children who swamped the stars, even dragging them back into the water at one stage.

Continued page 2 Radio and TV hosts Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce arrive in Picton after crossing Cook Strait on a banana boat. Photo by Anthony Phelps.

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Cook Strait conquered Continued from page 1 The entertainers got a banana boat for Christmas along with a dare to cross Cook Strait, and while they upgraded the boat to a larger, more reliable craft, they went ahead with the crossing, escorted by the Coastguard. Ben told the Blenheim Sun the strait trip was “actually quite fun”. “We’d heard all these gnarly stories about Cook Strait, but it was a pretty smooth sailing.” However, it wasn’t all plain sailing with the duo experiencing some “chafing” from their ride, and Ben lost his cellphone in Picton harbour while trying to take a selfie.

The drone taking photos of the arrival was also lost in the harbour. Jono and Ben weren’t the only people to cross Cook Strait on Wednesday – Wellington mayor Celia WadeBrown kayaked across from Titahi Bay to Arapawa Island and then to the ferry terminal in time to greet Jono and Ben. Also making the crossing was a MetService team, kayaking across from Makara to Picton as training for April’s Godzone endurance race. Nicole Ranger said the four person “Earth, Sea, Sky” team covered the strait in 7 hours 45 minutes in two 7.8m double kayaks, with a delay while she and team-

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown joined Jono and Ben in crossing the Strait.

mates Lizzy Bunckenburg, Tom Bowen, and Nick Lowe played with a pod of about six dolphins along the way. They hadn’t intended to

cross at the same time as Jono and Ben. “The forecast was too good, so we went for a paddle as well.”

Music festival “massive” By Cathie Bell The Sweet Az Sun Festival, to be held at Lansdowne Park on Sunday looks like it could be “massive,” organiser Dave White says. The event, being held for its second year, is selling well, he says, with sales numbers “well ahead” of last year. “It looks like it could be 5000 people if it keeps going like it is.” The weather is forecast to be good, and the lineup of artists is excellent, Dave says. As well as returning solo artist Tiki Taane, there would also be The Black Seeds, Trinity Roots Happy festival-goers from last year’s event: Tian Woodley, 15, Te featuring Warren Maxwell also Ao Marama Nepia, 9, Mareikura Nepia, 6, Tineka Houra, 15 and known for his work with Fat Tiarna Nukunuku, 11. Freddys Drop & The Little as well as performances from 1pm on Sunday February 7 and Bushmen, King Homeboy, Opti- Street Dance Federation. runs through until 8pm. It also mus Gryme, Alion and Kodum, The music festival starts at features an enlarged Kids’ Area

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with Facepainting, Climbing Walls, Lazer Tag & Bouncy Castles with free entry for kids under the age of 12, Dave says. Bar and food providers have been increased from last year, and while the festival is a nonBYO event, punters may bring their own water bottles if unopened. Portable seating & umbrellas are also welcome provided they are used appropriately for those nearby. Gatesales will be $40 on the day. Security checks & ID checks will be conducted by the friendly team from EMAC Security & the Police & Maori Wardens will also have a presence to ensure safety & a good time for all, Dave says.

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Colleges’ site could be central Story by Cathie Bell Bings Motel could have a new lease of life, with the Maxwell Road property being proposed as a potential site for the combined colleges. The Ministry of Education has a Request For Proposal out for potential sites open until Tuesday next week. The Government has announced it would spend $ 63 million for a new college, combining Marlborough Boys’ College and Marlborough Girls’ College on a greenfields site. While sites on the fringe of Blenheim have been suggested, Mayor Alistair Sowman says he has been told the Bings Motel site

is also to be put into the mix. The Marlborough District Council was helping in the process to find a site for the colleges, he said. There would be a list of potential sites, and these would then be assessed by consultants for the ministry to see if they met the criteria. “The Council has had a clear steer from the colleges that they want to be within walking distance of our facilities – the theatre, the aquatic centre and stadium, the library. That makes it much harder to find places.” There was a group of people that would like to see the combined colleges’ site in the Blenheim central business district, Alistair says.

They were proposing the Bings Motel complex, with a link to current Marlborough Boys’ College site across Hodson and Francis Streets. The motel and land is owned by

the Bing family, a well-known and private Marlborough family. It has been for sale in the past but is not currently on the market. The Bing family said yesterday they did not wish to comment.

interesting things for them to watch,” he says. In addition to the competitive categories a number of new features have been added to the day’s lineup of events. “There will be an agricultural section where highly experienced ag pilots have entered their machines, and around lunchtime there will be a race between a high performance motorcycle and a Cessna 185,” Craig says. “The Cessna 180 and 185s are an interesting group to watch with around a dozen competing, and of course the Zenith 701’s attract a lot of attention. “These are modified and incredibly capable machines with owners who are completely passionate about what they do.” The event begins around 9:30am and entry for spectators is a gold coin donation. There will be food, drinks and icecream available for purchase.

inbrief Band fundraiser More than $1300 was raised for the Marlborough branch of the Child Cancer Society by Bulldogs Allstars Goodtime Band’s performance in Picton earlier this year. Sue Rose, Marlborough Branch Chair of Child Cancer Society, said it was “a magical evening with a perfect setting and kind weather”. “The amount for the Society raised from the several hundred present was $1347.80 - a wonderful achievement and we are ever so pleased.” The organisers wish to thank all those involved and look forward to organising another free community concert on the foreshore next January.

MIA asking for parking MIA restaurant in Scott Street is asking the council to remove two carparks to enable it to have an outside dining area. Tables and chairs would be within the area but none on their frontage to improve access between the restaurant and the new dining area, a paper to councillors says. While the street would lose two wellused angle carparks, there are two off-street carparks around the corner in Kinross Street and the proposed area will add further ambience to the Blenheim Central Business District.

Bush pilots ready for takeoff By Celeste Alexander The weather is looking favourable for this weekend’s fourth annual Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs. The event is New Zealand’s premier national STOL Short Takeoff Landing and Precision Landing competition. Pilots from all over the country have flown into Omaka Airfield and have their aircraft geared up for the competition which takes place this Saturday. Omaka Aero Club president Craig Anderson says there are around 55 entries which he is happy with, and some of the day’s features are sure to be crowd pleasers. “We have a wide variety of aircraft entered this year, with 20 percent of them new to the competition which is great to see. “They are all a very passionate bunch of people who love what they do. “Spectators will be pretty close to the action and there will be plenty of


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Local Govt visit The Local Government Commission begins its Regional Conversations initiative with a visit to Marlborough. Commission Chair Sir Wira Gardiner, Commissioner Janie Annear, with chief executive Sandra Preston, met Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman and Marlborough District Council chief executive Mark Wheeler on Wednesday. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to come to Blenheim and hear from local government leaders about the opportunities and challenges facing the region, and how they are approaching them,’’ Sir Wira says. “We know the council here has an innovative approach.’’ The Marlborough Roads and Marlborough Smart and Connected initiatives were of particular interest to the Commission.

Unemployment falls The latest Household Labour Force Survey shows unemployment in the Marlborough, Nelson, Tasman and West Coast region has fallen to 4 per cent, Statistics NZ says. Nationally, unemployment has fallen to 5.3 per cent, the lowest since March 2009.

Community College offers pathway

Story and photo by Laura Shipley Hands-on learning at the Marlborough Community College is helping young people into education and training and ultimately jobs. Enrolments are open now, with students starting back next Tuesday. One of those students is Hannah Lott, who is returning to the community college to get NCEA level 1 and 2 after getting the National Certificate in Hospitality level 2 last year. “I wanted to do something instead of sitting round,” Hannah says. “Here we are treated like adults.” She has really enjoyed how practical the course is. “I like cooking and I wanted to do something I enjoy,” Hannah says. The Community College class sizes are small with no more than 12 people in each class so the students have more one on one learning time. “We get lots of help from our tutors with work and they are really good with the practical work too.” She says she has got a lot more than just qualifications out of community college. She is more confident now, she says, having met new people, all who get along quite well. Hannah plans to go to CPIT in Christchurch to do early childhood after she gets NCEA level 1 and 2. The Marlborough Community College offers three different courses that serve as

Community College student Hannah Lott.

pathways to further education. Excelerate taught by Jo Baxter, Sport and Recreation taught by Danielle Blackmore, and Hospitality taught by Matt Allcut. Community college focuses on teaching to all learning styles and has practical based courses. “We offer a lot of hands on learning” college manager Virginia Archer says. “The class sizes are small with no more than

12 people in each class so the students have more one on one learning time. “We identify what their learning needs are and work with them, ” she says. “Community college is not for dropouts it is for people who struggle to learn in a secondary school environment because it doesn’t suit their learning style. “We work on personal development through positive achievement.”

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A project manager to promote education in Marlborough and Nelson to international students is to be hired this year by a coalition of schools and tertiary institutions. Education Nelson-Marlborough is a coalition of schools and tertiary institutions from Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman. The group has the goal to double the economic value to the region of international students in the Top of the South by 2025. Active since 2014, member schools and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology have committed funds, and grants were received from

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both Nelson City Council, Marlborough District Council and the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency last year.

Just before Christmas, Education Nelson-Marlborough secured a substantial grant from Education New Zealand, and is now ready to employ a Project Manager to put its Business Plan into action, chairwoman Cathy Ewing says. “This is the last piece of the picture that we needed to get started and carry out our planned activities. “Our plans have always been based on a co-funding, partnership model, between member schools, Councils and Education New Zealand and now that we have received this final element of the funding, we can start mak-

ing things happen.” The group hopes the project manager will start work later this month. International Education brings significant revenue into the region. A comprehensive study done for NMIT in 2012, showed that in 2010, 1213 international students (or 653 Equivalent Full Time students) had contributed $23.5 million to the regional economy, with a further $1.5m contributed by family and friends coming to visit. About half of the $23.5 million was tuition fees, leaving a further $11.5 million spent in-region benefitting other businesses.

Council joins national consent update The Marlborough District Council is one of 21 councils around New Zealand signing up to a national programme to standardise and simplify the building consenting process. GoShift is a partnership between central and local government to improve performance, consistency and service delivery across the building consent system. When completed, it is expected to save between $2 and $4 million a year by reducing consent application times.

Marlborough District Council regulatory manager Hans Versteegh says the council is already operating online building consent processes in Marlborough and is happy to be contributing to this wider initiative. People here will mostly see changes towards a closer alignment of best practice with application forms, inspection schedules and the like, Hans says. Nelson City Council Chief

Executive Clare Hadley, who chairs GoShift’s Programme Control Group, says GoShift will mean designers, builders and other operators who may work in several local authority areas will not have the hassle of interpreting a range of oftenconfusing and contradictory forms. “It’s about councils sharing services to be more efficient and provide better services to their customers.” GoShift is being developed

in conjunction with Wellington City Council’s digital work management program me which aims to put the whole building consent process online. This work is still in the design phase but when it goes live it will enable GoShift to go to the next level, offering the full range of building consent services online to participating councils that have not yet gone digital.

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Open days to learn about tsunami hazards New Zealand’s earthquake planning includes awareness of the risk of tsunami. The possibility of a large tsunami event occurring in Marlborough is considered very unlikely. However if there was a major event, the consequences could be catastrophic. The most serious tsunami would be one originating close at hand with arrival times of less than three hours. People in coastal communities should be aware of what to do and where to go in such an event. Council staff - including a hazard expert and a member of the emergency management team – will be holding open days in our communities to talk about the extent of the hazard, what the signs are that one may be coming, and what you need to do to avoid it. The open days are an opportunity for people to learn about tsunami hazards, and the risks for the Rarangi, Havelock, Picton, Marlborough Sounds and Blenheim communities. This is also a chance to talk to our emergency staff about managing this risk. Dates and venues 10am to 2pm each day: 31 January, 64 Main Road, Havelock 20 February, Mariners Mall, Picton 3 March, The Forum, Blenheim 5 March, Community Hall, Rarangi Any enquiries should be directed to Brian Paton Ph: 027 2244152

Free computer introductory courses at our libraries

Free computer and internet courses will be offered through Marlborough District Libraries again this year – in Blenheim and Picton. The Stepping UP courses are two hours each covering a variety of topics including computer basics, word processing, setting up an email account, editing and sharing digital photos online and family history research. The courses are relaxed and friendly with library staff there to support people who want to learn how to use today’s technology. “Whether it’s getting to grips with using a tablet, sharing photos on Facebook, accessing the library’s E books or just finding out what on earth ‘controlling your mouse’ means, our courses help people to gain confidence at their own pace,” says one of the tutors, Blenheim Librarian Jane Robinson. Courses at Blenheim Library begin on Tuesday 16 February. Dates for courses at the Picton Library and Service Centre have yet to be confirmed. But courses fill quickly and people are advised to contact the Library to book a place. Marlborough District Library – Blenheim, phone 520 7491 or Picton Library and Service Centre, phone 520 7493.

Go by Bike Day Breakfast invitation to all cyclists Go By Bike Day is Wednesday 10 February so ditch the car and cycle to work or school. This year Avanti, BNZ, BikeWalk Marlborough and the Council are hosting the ‘Go By Bike Breakfast’, outside the BNZ in Market Street. Get on your bike early and drop by for breakfast en route to work or school or as you get out and about for the day. Remember, cycling is good for you; it encourages independence, saves money, and reduces pollution and congestion.

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Picton Harbour reserved area A Half Iron Man event is to be held in Picton on Saturday 6 February. The swim component of the race will take place from the Picton foreshore between 7:00 am and 8:30 am. In order to ensure the safety of contestants the course swimming area in Picton Harbour is reserved for the exclusive use for the event. All persons and vessels not involved in the event as contestants, officials or emergency response personnel are required to

keep clear of the reserved area. Vessel access to and from moorings within the reserved area will be restricted for the duration of the swim event. A navigable safe corridor to and from the Picton Marina will be maintained throughout the event and marked with orange coloured buoys. The approximate swim course outline is shown in yellow. For further information please contact the Harbour Master on Ph: 03 520 7400.

Changes to access route for rubbish dumping If you’re taking rubbish to the transfer station, please be aware that there are a few changes in place while Council builds a new waste sorting facility at the Blenheim transfer station site. From Monday 8 February a temporary transfer station will be in place to take your rubbish - located at the adjacent greenwaste/ compost facility. It will mean that all vehicles

dumping green waste and rubbish will share the same access road and dumping area while the construction of the new waste sorting facility is completed. The site is going to be busy and there’s less space for manoeuvring trailers so we ask that people be patient; be prepared for some queuing and take care when entering and exiting the site. There will be no changes to opening hours or dump fees.

Picton Library – invitation to community Members of the public are invited to an Open Day on Wednesday 17 February to hear about progress on the design of Picton’s new Library. The latest design images for the new library are already on display at the existing Library and Service Centre in Picton’s High Street. Acknowledging Picton’s sea-going history and people, the new building will be clad in recycled and aged planking to create the impression of a wooden vessel.

At the Open Day, Athfield Architects design team members will be there to explain the plans and answer questions from the community. Countdown to a new Library: • The various design stages are due to be completed by June 2016. • Tenders will then be called and building will get underway during the second half of this year. • The building is scheduled for completion by mid-2017.

Positive ageing Financial abuse of older people does happen in some unfortunate situations. It may take the form of elderly people being denied access to their own money or having their money handled in a way they are unhappy about. Sometimes there is pressure to give financial help to a family member or friend – or difficulty in getting a personal loan repaid. There may be pressure to change a will or give access to a bank account.

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Community Open Day on Wednesday 17 February, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, in the former medical centre rooms, next to the existing Picton Library and Service Centre in High Street.

Financial Abuse Seek independent advice if this is happening to you. • Don’t share your pin number with anyone • Be wary about financial offers made over the phone or by someone knocking at your door • Never send your credit card or bank account details to anyone • Don’t make financial decisions in a rush or under pressure • Consider appointing two people with enduring power of attorney

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for your affairs; perhaps your lawyer as well as a close friend or family member. More free advice is available from: • Community Law Marlborough: 1-17 Market Street North, Ph: 577 9919 • Age Concern Marlborough: 25 Alfred Street, Ph: 579 3457 • Public Trust Office: High & Queen Street corner, Ph: 0800 371 471, 8.00 am-5.00 pm.

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The Sun Ho hum not again... From the air (let alone driving it) Eltham Road must look like “Canterbury Plains,” a patchwork of jumbled fields. One of Blenheim’s most used shortcut roads and Council decide better PATCH this road again.

Picton a mess Picton may be booming this summer but can it cope? It’s a mess. If you get out of the car and take a walk you will see all the rubbish everywhere. Who will pick it up and take pride in their town?

Oversupply? Yes indeed you read it in the Sun, from Jane Hunter herself. Then why are they still planting grapes and dropping 30 per cent or more on the ground with tariffs lifted.

MDC Softball park Where does my Grandma who’s in a wheelchair get into the park to watch me play ball? And she can’t use a Portaloo. Not a lot of planning went into it. Sad to see.

Fed up I am getting fed up with getting junk mail in my box when l have a clearly printed notice saying no junk mail. Is it young kids that can’t read delivering them?

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Sparkling windows Thanks Lloyd and Brent for cleaning my windows, exceptional service at a great price. My windows have never looked better. Would definitely recommend. 10/10.

I love Doc Martin I have watched every show from the start. It’s totally brilliant and very appealing to a wide range of ages. It’s a shame it has to end though.

To the gentleman who said wait and see what the theatre will look like when finished; Well, still waiting and at present it looks like a concrete matchbox on end with dead matchsticks leaning on it... ugly ugly. Wrong place also. Make good mooring for cruise ships to tie up to.

Bridezilla Under the consumer guarantees act you should get advertised package per original discussion. I hope you still have the emails, no excuses. May be more constructive to go back to the hotel and talk it out with them. Advertised packages need to be honoured.

To our new neighbours We know what you did in the wee hours of 24th January. You were seen taking a garden ornament and damaging plants, and in doing so proved you have no respect. You appear to be great role models for your children, given this and the fact that you drive like an absolute moron. Just know that you are being watched closely by your neighbourhood. Learn how to respect others and their property.

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Traffic lights When I was little and growing up in Germany, there were traffic lights spreading everywhere as the new great traffic rulers. Meanwhile, lots of them have been removed in favour of roundabouts because constant stop-and-go slows traffic down and helps impatience and frustration grow. And people living near crossings get more noise of cars breaking and starting like racecars, most likely happening when traffic is lower and the lights are going. How nice is driving without lights-controlled crossings, please don’t make the same mistake like the Germans did...

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Their property I think it’s very rude that people seem to think they can say such immature things about the Redwood Countdown... Its building and its trees that were cut down. IT’S ON THEIR PROPERTY. They have the right to cut them down without anyone else’s two cents. No one comes to your house and has a fit about you cutting down a tree on your own property. Yes it provided good shade. Yes it was lifting the tarmac. The point is it’s not yours to say what happens to them. Find something else to whine about.

Councillors monthly planning workshops Great idea. 1st order of business. Every 104th weekend for Warbirds Blenheim has gifted the chance to shine. The railway from Omaka is complete, but will council support business opening for this tourism bonus weekend or be blind to the opportunity to showcase the whole town? Picton shows how to do it on cruise ship daystime for folks to learn and earn!

The bridge The Annies corner bypass road already exists. All is needed is a bridge at the Riverlands end. Stop thinking Smithy pro votes and think logically. You will still have congestion through the middle of town, by the pub and dairy easily avoided and thinking ahead, or are we widening Grove Road and Main Street? The motor camp land justifiably should cost millions. Well it’s great at long last to see a new bridge to replace the old Opawa bridge. But would still rather see $17.5 million spent on new diversion from Grovetown to Riverlands.

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interesting for the reader. “The first thing I wanted to do was put photographs into the text.” Bob has really enjoyed the courses so much, he keeps coming back. “I like to come back to the refreshers to remind me how to use all the functions (of Word) that I haven’t used in a while.” He has already signed up for the

course in March. “It’s really simple and it’s not something to be afraid of because there is a wonderful thing called the undo button,” he says. The courses in Blenheim start on February 16. The courses are open to anyone aged 16 years and over and people are encouraged to visit the Library where staff can help them enrol.

Old treats in store Story and photo by Cathie Bell The Marlborough Vintage Car Club is lining up an array of heritage treats as part of the Heritage Day events at Brayshaw Park tomorrow. Saturday will see the club have vintage car and motorbike displays, with people able to look at restored and unrestored vehicles. Heritage Day events start at Brayshaw Park from 10am, running until 4pm, with a gold coin donation as entry. The Riverside Railway will run every half hour from Brayshaw Park to the Blenheim central business district between 10am and 3pm. At 11am and 1pm, the “steam up” will be happening so people can

experience the hiss and roar of the huge diesel engines at Vintage & Farm Machinery. Between 2 and 2.30pm, there is to be a Grand Parade with Vintage Cars and Vintage Farm Machinery around the car park with bagpipes and brass! Entry to the Marlborough Museum is free, so people can see the World War One, wine heritage, and archaeology displays. There will also be all day refreshments with a BBQ, Devonshire teas, light lunches, ice-creams, and drinks available. Museum director Steve Austin said Tony Pine with a pennyfarthing bike and some vintage the day would be “awesome”. cars that will be on display at the Marlborough Vintage Car Club’s Heritage Day on Saturday February 6.


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editing and sharing digital photos online and researching family history. “Marlborough District Libraries is committed to supporting our community to become better connected by helping people learn to access a variety of practical skills for work and home,” says Marlborough District Libraries Manager Glenn Webster. The courses run in a friendly, informal setting at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) or at Picton Library and Service Centre. The courses are small groups so the tutors can help more with individual questions and have more one on one time with course attendees. “It’s normally one tutor to two students” says Bob, “The teacher to student ratio is wonderful.” The courses have helped Bob to write his family history and memoirs. “Being able to put photos and other text like newspaper clippings in makes it much more

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Story and photo by Laura Shipley Stepping UP computer courses are on offer at Blenheim and Picton libraries again this year, and one regular student is encouraging others to take advantage of the free courses. Bob Penington has been doing Stepping UP computer training courses at the Blenheim district library since they started two years ago. He’s been learning about Microsoft Word. “I was reasonably confident with Word,” says Bob. He is writing his family history and wanted to use Word to its full capacity. “I was amazed at the capability of Word. There are so many things you can do with it,” Bob says. Stepping UP computer and internet training courses are free. Each two-hour course, known as a ‘digital step’, covers one of the range of topics on offer including computer basics, word processing, setting up an email account,

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Chinese New Year menu Year of the Monkey brings good luck and prosperity The Chinese New Year is one of the grandest and most important annual events for Chinese people. This year it’s the Year of the Monkey which signifies good luck, health and prosperity for the year ahead, and the chinese staff at Bamboo Garden Restaurant are looking foward to sharing their traditions. According to restaurant manager (Jess) Koo Jiaxian the Chinese New Year is a time for the whole family to reunite and what better way to do that than by enjoying a meal together. This is why Bamboo Garden Restaurant’s Chinese chefs, Wang Deyu and Song Yang have created a very special menu which will be

available February 11 - 13. “We are serving a number of fish dishes which is said to bring luck improves ones money savings. “Particularly fresh fish which means in the Chinese New Year that it brings more savings to the person eating it,” she says. With this in mind the menu features a delicious starter of Tuna Takaki, seared and thinly sliced tuna topped with a special sauce. In the mains there is the Sichuan Crayfish served whole to tempt seafood lovers as well as beef noodle, steamed chicken and Asian style mushroom dishes. Since 2016 is a year of optimism, cheer fulness a nd fa m ily gatherings, it is also lucky to have sweet dishes on the table, so for dessert Bamboo Garden

Restaurant will be serving chilled Tapioca Pears with cantaloupe and coconut milk. This menu will not be available for long, so celebrate the Year of the Monkey and all it represents by dining at Bamboo Garden Restaurant. Bookings are essential.


New Year Menu

Soup: ABALONE SOUP with shiitake mushroom & bamboo shoots Starter: TUNA TAKAKI Seared and Thin sliced tuna topped with Japanese special sauce. Main: SICHUAN CRAYFISH BEEF HO FAN NOODLE with Spring onion STEAMED CHICKEN with Chef Special sauce EGG FRIED RICE with garlic ASIAN-STYLE SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS AND BOK CHOY DeSert: CHILLED TAPIOCA PEARS with cantaloupe & coconut milk $45.00 /Person, Minimum 4 people. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Available 11-13 February 2016

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The team at Bamboo Garden Restaurant

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Friday February 5, 2016

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More than 60 of the world’s most influential wine media, trade and sommeliers enjoyed a unique “Wine Flight” yesterday thanks to Air New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers. Two Air New Zealand Q300 aircraft took off from Blenheim yesterday afternoon and cruised at 11,000ft, taking in spectacular views of some of New Zealand’s best known wine regions, including Marlborough. Air New Zealand Chief marketing and customer officer Mike Tod says the Wine Flight was a major opportunity to showcase New Zealand wine and wine regions to a highly influential global audience. “The passengers we carry on the Wine Flight come from 11 different countries and are leading figures in the global wine industry. “The combination of the publications many of them write for and their extensive social media reach will create significant exposure for New Zealand as a destination for wine tourism,” he said. The group has been in New Zealand to attend the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration held earlier this week in Marlborough.

Justine Kidd, AWDT executive director Lindy Nelson and Sam Orsborne facilitating part of AWDT’s Understanding Your Farming Business Programme.

Women called to train Blenheim and Cheviot are two of 14 regions to host a national programme to improve performance and profitability of sheep and beef farmers by developing the business skills and confidence of women. Developed and delivered by the AgriWomen’s Development Trust (AWDT), Understanding Your Farming Business empowers women to view themselves and their farming roles differently, while building their business and communication skills. “The more than 250 women who have already completed the programme are now creating significant practice changes within their farming businesses,” AWDT executive director Lindy Nelson says.

“The result of these changes will be seen in the bottom line of farming businesses in years to come. The programme has increased women’s confidence and knowledge and helped them see themselves as critical farming partners.” Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) funding means that this year 220 women from throughout New Zealand can participate at no cost. The Blenheim and Cheviot programmes begin in late February and run for one day a month until the end of May. For more information email marama@

Drought assistance Widespread drought conditions in the South Island mean the medium-scale event classification will be extended until the end of June, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced recently. “Marlborough, Canterbury and parts of Otago were originally classified as a medium-scale event on 12 February 2015 and have had very little rainfall for more than a year now. “Recent rain has brought some relief and a great morale boost. “However what these farms really need is good consistent follow-up rain to bring

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Friday February 5, 2016

5 minutes with: Virginia Archer Manager Marlborough Community College


Picton Harbour is known for its fantastic harbour.

Top points about Picton Picton’s Smart&Connected group is asking people to log on and tell them what you love about Picton. ‘Picton – My Place’ is a Facebook forum set up by Picton Smart & Connected’s Brand Picton Working Group to facilitate a discussion around Picton’s identity and branding, including attracting ideas and suggestions on themes and values that are unique to Picton. Visitors to the page can upload their own photos, thoughts or links. Leader of the Brand Picton working group Juliet Gibbons says they want to hear from the wider community. “What are your positive ideas about Picton - why do you love it? “This community could be locals, visitors, families, tourists, business owners – anyone who has a treasured memory or particular reason why they love this place.” Some of the themes the Facebook page will explore

Leader of the Brand Picton working group Juliet Gibbons.

include Maritime Village, Meeting Place, History & Heritage, Outdoor Playground, Environmental Hub, Queen Charlotte Sounds Starts Here and South Begins Here. “These are all themes that have emerged through extensive qualitative research conducted prior to the establishment of Picton Smart & Connected as well as a number of community meetings,

Youth CookerY/barista Opportunities to complete: • National Certificate in Hospitality entry Skills Level 2 • NCEA Level 1&2 • Practical learning, in our modern commercial kitchen • Create meals for our busy restaurant

consultation and subsequent work by the Brand Picton working Group,” Juliet says. Those who do not use social media or web based communication are invited to leave their comments at the Picton Resource Centre in Mariner’s Mall. The Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm. Picton Smart & Connected was asked by the Marlborough District Council late last year to facilitate a discussion about the ‘identity’ of Picton. The project is part of the regional ‘Only Marlborough’ effort to establish how the various Smart & Connected groups within Marlborough align and to better enable the council and other agencies to promote and position the townships within Marlborough. It has also arisen out of a desire by townships, such as Picton, to have a stronger identity.

Youth exCelerate Opportunities to complete: • NCEA Level 1 Programme includes: • Literacy and Numeracy • Communication Skills • Adventure Based Learning • Personal Development • Team work skills


What meal do you never get sick of eating? Ever since my mum thought she was avant garde in the kitchen (45 years ago) I have loved Spaghetti Bolognese. One of my best holidays was... Touring Europe with my rugby playing son - he was amazing at carrying bags and would go for a run every morning to scope out where we should visit. My guilty TV pleasure is... Ads! I’m currently heard saying “take that penguin - boom”. What would you change about the world? I would distribute the wealth evenly. A lot of people think religion is the cause of all our problems but I think it’s all about money! What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? I’m the queen of decluttering nothing is safe if I’m in the mood to declutter - photos an obvious exception! Who would you love to have a meal with? I would have to go with The Boss, Bruce Springsteen and of course my sister, his other long-time devoted fan.


The best thing in your life right now? The weather, I love blue skies and the sun on my skin. It always makes me feel positive about everything. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? That I completed the Auckland half marathon last year. What’s next on your wishlist? To run the Rotorua half marathon faster than Auckland.

Youth sport Opportunities to complete: • National Certificate in Sport Level 2 • NCEA Level 1&2 • Programme covers fitness, coaching, nutrition and anatomy

Leaders in Learning We all deserve the opportunity to be the best we can Self paced learning Student focused Practical hands-on learning Industry field trips High proportion of tutor/student contact time Variety of teaching methods to suit individual learning styles Personal development Our advantage: Small class sizes, one tutor per programme, and resources such as a commercial kitchen and restaurant, hair salon, a top of the line computer suite, vans for off site visits and field trips. You must be under 20 years to qualify for youth course, eligibility applies

please contact us on 5782886 or call in to 65 scott st

Offenders give back A new project at the Grovetown Lagoon, restoring natural habitats and assisting with the construction of 3.8 km circuit track around the outside of the lagoon, will benefit from offenders on community work sentences this year, the Corrections Department says. Southern Regional Commissioner Ben Clark says community and non-profit groups across Blenheim benefited from 23,023 hours of work carried out by 342 offenders on community work sentences last year. Community work is a sentence that requires offenders to complete unpaid work in the community, as a way of making up for their offending. The sentence gives offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their offending and learn new skills and work habits. “Offenders on community work support wide ranging community projects for groups like local schools and com-

munity groups, the Department of Conservation and local councils,” Ben says. “They can do projects which may otherwise be costly, and even unattainable. “Many of these projects help develop and maintain special community spaces for the enjoyment of local people and visitors.” Last year, local offenders did projects including helping maintain local schools, building bike tracks, clearing and cleaning public spaces, planting and maintaining parks and recreation areas; all as a means of giving something back to the community. “Many community organisations we work with depend on the support of volunteers and are on extremely tight budgets,” Ben says. “Community work gives offenders the opportunity to take responsibility for their offending and contribute to the community in which they have offended.”

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Friday February 5, 2016




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Burleigh Engineering and Blastcoat 7-11 Woodmor Drive, Blenheim

Ph: 577 8770


After more than 30 years in the engineering field, there is not much in the way of construction and infrastructure that Blenheim man Clive Gregory of Burleigh Engineering and Blastcoat has not seen, or been directly involved with. Burleigh Engineering has taken part in a significant portion of the expansion of the local wine industry, providing construction engineering to the various wineries for buildings, catwalk and services bridges. The company also carried out the manufacture and installation of piping and pump services to

the likes of council and irrigation firms. Add in hydraulic cylinder repairs, machinery repairs and a machining shop, and Burleigh Engineering becomes your one stop engineering shop. Complimenting the engineering is Blastcoat, which provides industrial and marine coatings, spray painting and abrasive blasting services. From large steel structures to alloy boats, trailers small and large, to trucks, industrial, viticultural and agricultural equipment and anything in between, Blastcoat can prepare, paint or galvanise

Clive Gregory to provide corrosive protection for many years to come. Burleigh Engineering and Blastcoat are situated at 7 Woodmor Drive, Blenheim (off Taylor Pass Road).

Hamish Lott Contracting Ltd


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Foundations Driveways Auger for hole boring Post & pile driving Digger mounted mulcher

Born and bred in Marlborough Hamish Lott has over 20 years experience in excavation contracting. Hamish went out on his own in 2007 after taking over from C&S Contracting, his previous employer and renamed it Hamish Lott Contracting Ltd. He went on to specialise in a wide range of services including site work for the building industry, constructing

foundations, driveways and retaining fence walls. Son James joined Hamish one year ago and together they operate the company. James background has been in irrigation and vineyard work. “It’s very much a family run business now with James and I working together on some projects, while other times we work separately,” Hamish says.

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Together their equipment and expertise are used to carry out farm and vineyard maintenance work such as replacing and adding driveways. Hamish also operates a six tonne Hyundai digger on which he can mount a mulcher and use for scrub land clearing, ideal for those confined awkward places. For all your excavation work contact Hamish Lott.

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Roger Collett Cell Phone 027 488 6818 Interior - Exterior Painting - Wallpapering Town - Country

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Blenheim couple Nate and Amy Bainbridge are in their fourth year of business operating their family owned building and roofing company. The team of 12 includes qualified roofers and builders that can carry out all types of work, whether it be house extensions and renovations or large scale commercial roofing projects. “Bathrooms, kitchens, alterations and decks - these are just a few examples of what we do in the residential sector. Honestly, there isn’t much we don’t do,” Nate says.

When it comes to roofing, Bainbridge Building and Roofing can offer services in all areas from complete new metal roofs, repairs and maintenance, through to new guttering systems and installation of roof accessories. “Our superior quality materials and expertise from our handpicked team ensure you receive excellent value for your money and the guarantee of high quality workmanship. “You only have one chance to get your roofing right so we make sure it’s done the first

Nate and Amy Bainbridge

time,” Nate says. Talk to Bainbridge Building and Roofing and find out more about what they can do for you.

Roger Collett Painters Do you have a home or business in need of a refresh? Perhaps you are building and renovating and need a professional painter. Whatever your next project is speak to Roger Collett Painters. Roger has been operating his business in Marlborough for 36 years doing everything from wallpapering, painting and decorating to waterblasting and spraypainting roofs. Working alongside Roger is long time employee John Ridley and Christian Moore who has been with the company

two years. Together the team and their equipment are up to date with Site Safe certification, and are ready to tackle any job large or small. “I am happy to go out to meet with clients and provide a quote anywhere in Marlborough. We have down to earth prices and a trustworthy and reliable team of professional tradesmen who love what they do,” Roger says. Much of Roger’s work includes painting new homes, repainting of homesteads and

Roger Collett

projects within the commercial sector. Contact Roger Collett painters and find out what he can do for you.


Friday February 5, 2016

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what’s on in marlborough

- weekend event guide Friday 5

Saturday 6

Double-Bill Comedy Havelock Town Hall. Fri & Sat 8:00-10:00pm. Adults: $20.00, Seniors and students: $15.00 Children under 14: $10.00. Two comedy 1 Act plays, both directed by Bruce Weston. For tickets contact (03) 574 2590.

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). 9:00am - 1:00pm. Wynen Street Carpark Wynen Street, Blenheim

The Omaka Maze Prices: $9 Adult, $6 Child (4 years and over) $28 Family (2 Adults, 2 Kids) Omaka Maize Maze, 200 Dog Point Road, Hawkesbury, Blenheim - 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 8:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 6:00pm. Free Yoga On the Picton Foreshore all Summer long. Every Friday at noon (weather permitting). Open to anyone and everyone. Join the Marlborough Yoga Teacher for a blissful all skill levels Yoga practice. No experience, props or registration necessary - just turn up. Hot art in Havelock The Gallery Havelock, open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, 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 9:00am, 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., 10:00am - 4:00pm 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 11:00am and 2:00pm daily. Open daily from 9:30am. Picton Foreshore. Marlborough Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park, Daily 10:00am 4:00pm. The Diversion Gallery Open 12:00pm - 5:00pm Wed – Saturdays 10 London Quay, Picton, Ph 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or

Book Sale Rock and Mineral Club, Brayshaw Park. Sat and Sun 9:00am-4:00pm. Ulysses Club Rides 6th to 8th February. Hanmer Springs, Blackball and home. Double overnighter with limited accommodation 10:00am Start. Head off from Bradshaw Park. Return to Marlborough Monday via Murchison. Contact Tom Brown 5793106 or Gisela 5781618 if you wish to join this ride. Marlborough Vintage Car Club Heritage Day Brayshaw Park. Car, motorbike, and museum displays. Food and refreshments available. All welcome. 10:00am - 4:00pm. Blenheim Riverside Railway Heritage Day - running from 10:00am3:00pm. Brayshaw Park to Omaka, 30min return Adult $6 Child $3, 1:45pm Red line, Brayshaw Park to central Blenheim 1hr Return, Adult $10 Child $5. Cash only. The 4th Annual Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs Marlborough Aero Club, Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 10:00am. Come along and watch New Zealand’s premier national STOL and Precision Landing competition. We welcome pilots (and spectators) of all experience levels to enter the event, enjoy our hospitality during the day, and share a BBQ meal and live entertainment in the evening. Hula Hooping Workshop Horton Park. 1H, hoops provided: $10.00, Door Sales Only. 2:00-3:00pm. Initiations to hooping dance for adult beginners. Have fun with a creative and playful sport! Ulysses Club Meet for a coffee and a catch up Saturday mornings from 10:00am at the Old Orchard Cafe, The Vines Village, Rapaura Road. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8:00am – 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 9:00am - 12:00pm Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry 578 1835.

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Redwood Market 8:00am - 12:00pm, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants, produce and crafts. Vintage Farm Machinery 10:00am - 3:00pm, 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” 9:00am - 12:00pm and Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm. Phone Rex Green 021 469 191 or Bill Rogers 573 5507 for more information.

Sunday 7 Waitaria Bay Classic Tri Waitaria Bay Hall, 5732 Kenepuru Road, Marlborough Sounds 8:00am. Visit their website for information: http://wbtriplusz. Sweet Az Sun Festival Lansdowne Park, Blenheim. 1:00pm – 8:00pm Celebrate Bob Marleys Birthday & NZs Waitangi Weekend Holiday with an awesome lineup of the very best in NZ live dance bands including The Black Seeds. A full family festival including free entry for under 12 year olds & a dedicated kids area plus delicious foodstalls. Ulysses Club Rides Decide on the day. 1:00pm Start. ‘It’s all about the coffee’ Recreational bike ride - all year round departs at 9.00am from AvantiPlus Blenheim, 61 Queen St. Everyone welcome. Register your interest Farmers Market Showcasing the best of Marlborough some of the stalls are 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, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Buy Local - Cook Local.

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1:00pm 4:00pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. For more info contact Jim 578 8974 or Rod 579 4601. Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club Brayshaw Park, Come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and books. Free Admission. Associated Modellers Society Miniature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1:00pm - 4:00pm $2.

Up & Coming Wednesday 10th Feb Blenheim Residents & Ratepayers Meeting 7:00pm at Dodson St Garden Bar/Restaurant. Special guest speaker, Mark Wheeler new CEO for MDC. Call Deedee for more information 577 5088 or Friday 12th Feb Marlborough Market Day. From 9:00am - 4:00pm the centre of town is closed off to vehicles and comes alive with arts, crafts, food, clothing, entertainment and more. This is a perfect opportunity to see more of the hidden treasures that Marlborough has to offer and is a great way to start your Festival weekend. For more details please contact the organiser: Ted Laws Email: Market Day Book Sale 9.30am – 4:00pm Good Quality used books for sale, adult books, hardback, paperback, Children’s books, magazines, fiction or nonfiction. From 50c to $4. In the library forecourt in Arthur Street.

Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12:00pm 3:00pm All welcome. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9:00am, Murray Ph 578 9199 or Tony Ph 577 9776. Petanque 10:00am Sunday and 1:00pm 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.

Blair 027 618 8654

Truck, Digger and Bobcat hire

Marlborough Vintage Car Club Heritage Day Brayshaw Park. Car, motorbike, and museum displays. Food and refreshments available. All welcome. 10:00am - 4:00pm.

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Suzuki Katana 750 Classifieds Advertising Ph 03 577 7868 wanted

Writing a book? We print and publish books and e-books. No-obligation discussion. 03 579 4709 www. info@

Lighthouse Fellows hi p Senior Citizens Hall, 166 High Street. Sundays 10 a.m. All welcome. FLAXBOURNE A & P SHOW SUNDAY 27 MARCH (Easter Sunday) Schedules now available, Entries close 26 Februar y. FREE TRADE & CRAFT SITES AVAIL ABLE. Bernadette Gilmore Ph 5777174.

Naturally Raw - Nutricious Pet food, stocks steak & Rabbit medallions. Ph 02102929400.

Phone 577 7868 to place your ad here

P i an o t u i t i o n and theory, all ages, all levels, Picton area 5737733.

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A records wanted excellent prices paid for good records especially Kiwi and overseas bands 60’s - 90’s. PennyLane has a buyer in town for one week only ph 5422152 or 0212226144 7 days.

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for sale

1997 MGF, 2-door convertible, 107000kms, warrant, rego $2900 phone Des 0274792414.


1997 Nissan Primera. Great car, good condition. $2000 ONO. Phone 5779715.

SALES Saturday 8am, Household effects, all must go, great prices! Wither Road, Maxwell end.

Ryan Lawnmowi n g . Fr e e q u ote s, Blenheim. Phone 0223226515.

Suzuki Katana 750 Very Good Condition A Genuine Steal!

$4,995 53 Grove Road Ph 579 2500 Mob 027 230 3151

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Blenheim Salvation Army

Toy Library Cnr George & Henry Street


Tues 10 - 11.30am Wed 3.15 - 4.30pm Fri 10am - 4.30pm all welcome

$13,995 + orc 53 Grove Road Ph 579 2500 Mob 027 230 3151

House Sitter required Near Havelock, Early - Mid March Suit retired person or couple. Sky TV, Sounds Views, Warm sunny home, 2 small dogs, 1 cat. Phone 574 2254 or 021 782 824

situations vacant

Kawasaki Versys 1000 Tuned for Flexibility Fun to Ride


+ free orc 53 Grove Road Ph 579 2500 Mob 027 230 3151

• House removals • Office relocations • Furniture removals No job too big or too small Ph 03 578 3663

Kawasaki ZR1000 Built for Fun Tuned for Excitement

$11,500 53 Grove Road Ph 579 2500 Mob 027 230 3151

$7000+ worth of prizes to be won Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Kahurangi Blenheim Te Pou Whakawhirinaki o Aotearoa

Kaiako Vacancy


Call for volunteers! Are you • Interested in helping your community • Of an enquiring mind • Comfortable with computers • Willing to keep learning • Able to give half a day per week to this worthwhile community service?

Interested? Come along to...

Marlborough au c t i o n s Saturday 13th February – 10am

Vintage Items & Catering Equipment lifetime collection of Milk, cream, beer and oil bottles, oil lamps, radios, WW1 French filled glasses, harley Davidson Motorbike Parts, oil cans, x2 old Motorbikes, lathe, tool box for ute, ice cream Display cabinet, natural Fruit ice cream Maker, starline gl Dishwasher, bakers tray stand, Esencia coffee Machine, air grease gun, Welders trolley, spinning Wheel and lots lots More

Viewing 12th February 1pm – 5pm 42 Arthur Street, Blenheim


The Blenheim Sun is looking for a permanent deliverer for the Dillons Point Road area.


Phone 5777 868

For challenging and satisfying role in expanding general practice small supportive team, using medtech 32 pms. Your experience will need to include: Vaccinator certificate, smeartaker certificate, recalls, target meeting; a willingness to work in with small team, have initiative, and a sense of humour essential. Please apply with your CV to the Practice Manager, 24 George Street, Blenheim. Rhona DeBoyer

situations vacant

Friday Febraury 26th, Saturday Feb 27th and Sunday Feb 28th

Entries close 9.00pm Thursday 25th Feb

Student 9-13 yrs


Renwick ARms countRy club Family

Entry Forms available at outlets displaying posters or at Renwick Arms Country Club 92 High Street, Renwick. For enquiries phone Club 03 572 8597 or Manager 0275 788 292

Delivery person required

Part time practice nurse

Tuesdays starting back 9th February

Entries cost members $20.00. Non Members $25.00 Junior under 12 - $5.00 (all juniors get a prize)

Kawasaki Ninja 650

Learner License Approved ABS Braking System

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Blenheim Judo

Beginner Juniors (from 7yrs) - 5pm, Graded Juniors - 6pm. Seniors - 7pm. Instructor - Shayne Jacks 2nd Dan Ph: Judy 03 571 6373 Facebook – Blenheim Judo Club


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Introduction to Citizens Advice Bureau Thursday 11 February 1:00pm-3:00pm Marlborough Community Centre (off Farmers carpark) To register or for more information please phone CAB Marlborough 5784272.

We are looking for a Kaiako to join us and to be part of our whanau in our established Kōhanga Reo. The person we are looking for must have these following attributes,

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

2016 Grape Harvest Tractor & Harvester Drivers

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

Dispatch Person Forklift Driver

To apply or for more information contact

Kim Ruri Kaupapa Kaimahi Te Tauihu o te waka a Maui Te Wai Pounamu 0276878958. Email : Closing date for this position : 24th FEBRUARY 19th2016 2016. February

We have vacancies at our Old Renwick Road processing plant for suitable people to assist with the dispatch of our product. The position includes container loading, picking of orders and forklift driving pertaining to dispatch and packing operations.


Available shift times are 6am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am.

To register or for more information please phone CAB Marlborough 5784272.



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Suitable applicants should be experienced in electronic stock management systems, physically fit and able to work with minimal supervision. Forklift experience preferred but full training is available. Overtime rates paid after 40 hours. All applicants must have the right to work in NZ. Please apply in person on weekdays between 8.30am and 4.00pm to: Talleys Group Limited, 742 Old Renwick Road, Blenheim.


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Friday February 5, 2016 situations vacant

Grape Harvest Driver Day shifts required Top hourly rate, must have Road Ranger experience and be able to back a 4 axle trailer. Phone Des

027 479 2414.

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

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Nativity Anglican Church 76 Alfred Street, Blenheim. All welcome to our services Thursday - 10am Eucharist Service (Resuming 21st Jan) Sunday - 8am Traditional Eucharist Service 10am - Family Service

St. Christopher’s

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CHURCH SERVICES 10:00am Every Sunday 4 Alana Place Witherlea Shopping Centre All Welcome

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Births This Week HADFIELD-TEIO: Baby girl (6lb 15oz) January 25, 2016 LAFFEY: Nazario Nate (7lb 5oz) January 25, 2016 CRUZ: Janella Cassie (6lb 9oz) January 21, 2016 JENSEN: Amelia Rose (6lb 1oz) January 21, 2016 HAIGH: Devin Maxwell (10lb) January 15, 2016

death notices

REEKIE, Warren (Nobby): Passed away at his home in Blenheim, suddenly, on Monday February 1 2016. Aged 75 years. Loved Dad of Shelley and Willie Paniora, Laura and Anthony Boynton, Marion and Duncan Price. Cherished Grandad of Nathan, Cole, Nichaiah, and Jesse. “We hate not knowing for sure what happens when you die. But we really love to believe there is a heaven past the sky.” Messages may be sent c/- 6 Beadle Place, St Andrews, Hamilton 3200. A funeral service for Nobby will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 10am Tuesday February 9, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

Blenheim woman Penny Wardle, the new NZWAC regional field advisor.

Advisor appointed

HORSLEY-ROCHE: Oscar Harry (7lb 7oz) December 29, 2015

Blenheim woman Penny Wardle has been appointed the Marlborough, Kaikoura, Nelson and Tasman regional field advisor for the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. Penny is a journalist and communications consultant, based in Marlborough for more than 30 years. The commission said on its website that Penny “especially enjoys telling the stories of people who look after the environment while making a living from the land and sea.” “She enjoys the outdoors and in 2013 walked the Northland section of the Te Araroa trail which runs from Cape Reinga to Bluff.” The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is a small Government agency, based in Wellington with a network of regional field advisors. It provides leadership on walking access issues and administers a national strategy on walking access, including walkways. It also maps walking access, provides information to the public, oversees a code of responsible conduct, assists with dispute resolution and negotiates new walking access. It has regional field advisors located throughout New Zealand. The advisors are the public face of the Commission in the regions, and the first point of contact for access issues or questions about land that is accessible to the public. The Commission welcomes invitations for its regional field advisors to meet with local organisations or to speak about the Commission’s work at regional events or club evenings.

In Memoriam

Heywood: Callum (9lb) January 27, 2016

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Death Notices ANSON, Yvonne Loretta Sadie: January 15, 2016. BOWEN, Lesley Helen: February 1, 2016. CARRYER, Ruth Monica: January 30, 2016. NEAL, Grace (nee Zimmerman): January 30, 2016. NEAL, Hubert (Ross): January 5, 2016. RADLEY, Cristina Caballero (Tina): January 27, 2016. ROUGHAN, John: January 27, 2016. SCHWASS, Denis Raymond: January 25, 2016. SMALE, Kathleen (Kath) (nee Worthington): January 31, 2016.

Remember your lost loved one on their anniversary. The deadline is Monday 5.00pm. Please contact the Sun for further details. 72 High Street, Blenheim, email or phone 577 7868.

Friday FACT During WWI the British army considered training seagulls to poo on enemy submarines periscopes before realizing that seagulls don’t fly very far out to sea.

THORN, Betty Margaret: January 27, 2016.


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Djokovic doing it his way The Joker isn’t a joke, he’s the real deal. Can Novak Djokovic be stopped from becoming the best tennis player ever? As the betting man that I am, my money would be on him eclipsing Roger Federer’s 17 titles by the time he is done. The man dubbed ‘The Joker’ has 11 Grand Slam titles by the age of 28 and is playing some of the most scintillating tennis by any man in the open era. With Rafael Nadal (14 titles) suffering major issues with his body and seemingly Father Time

has caught up to Federer, it seems like Djokovic has a clear road to dominance for the foreseeable future. One thing the Serbian must do to be considered the best ever is win the last slam which has eluded him, the French Open. Former top player Jimmy Courier made an astute point following Djokovic’s dominant Australian Open final win over perennial bridesmaid, Andy Murray, who came up one short for a fifth time. Courier said never has one man been the favourite for all four majors, which Djokovic will be

in 2016. He said even when Federer was at the peak of his powers, Nadal was always top dog at the French Open and equally when Rafa went to Wimbledon, Federer was favoured on the all-England grass courts. If Djokovic stays healthy, he could hit the top of the grand slam count in the next three years, by the age of 31. Again, three player in the same generation producing a sparking decade of tennis. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Sport sports talk With ... Jacob Page

Mechanic ditches car to cycle to work By Celeste Alexander Next Wednesday will be the national Go By Bike Day, an event held in February every year where thousands of Kiwis ditch their cars and cycle to school and work. One shining example of a local who has adopted cycling to work, rather than driving the distance from Renwick to Blenheim, is Mark Partington. Mark, owner of Rikstay Auto on Grove Road, is a self confessed ‘natural born pedaler’. He has been on a bike, whether it be BMX or mountain versions, most of his life not for the competitiveness but for the ‘pure enjoyment’. “I love it. In fact I get annoyed

when I have to drive,” he laughs. On January 30 Mark travelled to Greymouth to compete in the Around Brunner Cycle Ride. It was only his second time but he was thrilled to place second in his age category, and fourth overall. “Last year I did the 130km in just under five hours but it was too much commitment to book it in for this year, especially with work commitments and not having enough time to train for it. “So this year I went for the 30km. I trained to beat the time of 56 minutes which was last year’s winner’s time but ended up beating it and finishing in just over 53 minutes. I was rapt,” he says.

Mark has also cycled in most places throughout the Top of the South, estimating he has done around 36,000km on his mountain bike. “For me it’s about the enjoyment, and I think it would be great to see others out on their bikes in the morning heading to work too,” he says. In Blenheim to celebrate the Go By Bike Day a breakfast will be held at the Liz Davidson Place from 7am - 9am for the general public who cycle to work and school. Leave the car at home, cycle and swing by for your free Go By Bike Rikstay Auto owner Mark Partington Day breakfast. cycles everyday from Renwick to his business on Grove Road.

Karting thrills The Gordon Handy Machinery Twilight series round 1 was held at Cresswell Electrical Raceway last Saturday. Local Marlborough club members performed well, organisers say. In the senior Rotax class, Daniel Buglar sits 2nd, Neil Butts 5th, Peter Richardson 6th, Hayden

Watty 7th and Jared Watty 8th. William Exton won four out of four for a dominant display in the Mini Rok class with Sam Buglar currently 6th. In the cadet class, Thomas Ellin and Cooper Crighton in there 1st ever meeting drove well to sit 5th and 6th respectively. Round two will be held Feb 27th.


Veterans anniversary tennis tournament Marlborough Veterans Tennis Club is having a 50th Anniversary Doubles Tournament this weekend at Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre, Parker Street. The tournament starts at 8am on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 for one event and $30 for two. Women’s and Men’s doubles will be played on Saturday and Mixed Doubles will be played on Sunday. This year there will also be an anniversary dinner at the Taylor Restaurant, Clubs of Marlborough, Alfred Street that starts at 6.30pm.

Waitaria Bay triathlon and swim The Waitria Bay triathlon is on this Sunday at 8am. There are a range of different categories: individual female or male, mixed team, family team up to four (at least one member must be 18 yrs or younger) and 60+ yrs team (up to four members to a team permitted). Entry is free on the day. Spot prizes and cups will be presented at the prize giving at 1.30pm at the Waitaria Bay Hall.

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Blenheim’s Neil Butts heads off Christchurch’s Ralph Godwin in last weekend’s karting in Blenheim.


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Sport Tasman and Bike Walk Marlborough in Tandem Marlborough has a new community sport advisor as a result of a partnership between Sport Tasman and Bike Walk Marlborough aimed to improve the delivery of sport, and especially biking and walking opportunities in the region. Braden Prideaux has taken up the position at Sport Tasman which will focus on organising activities centred on biking and walking to take advantage of the

growing network of cycling and walking tracks. He will also manage the RideOn cycle skills programme which will see more than 350 primary school students taught basic riding skills with assistance from a number of community volunteers trained to deliver the programme throughout the region. Braden will work closely with the Bike Walk Marlborough

Trust, associated community groups and the Marlborough District Council, act as a key contact for biking and walking projects and assist with the preparation of strategy reviews and updates. No stranger to the community sport sector, Braden brings a range of skills to the role having completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Honours) at Massey University and worked for Sport Manawatu managing pro-

gramme activities and events for basketball, cricket and football as well as the local Grassroots Sports Awards which attract more than 300 nominations annually. Braden will take over the Bike Walk Marlborough Coordinator responsibilities from Robin Dunn who has acted as the central cog for the BWM Trust’s biking and walking initiatives and projects since 2008.

Braden Prideaux.

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