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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander The Marlborough Migrant Centre was splashed with colour on Wednesday as a diverse range of cultures united to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Red Chinese lanterns were hung, traditional clothing was worn and wafts of Chinese food lingered about the centre as a large group of people came together in unity.

Continued page 2 Celebrating the Chinese New Year at the Marlborough Migrant Centre on Wednesday were Mandy Li, Stephanie Tse, Jasvir Kaur and daughter Gurleen Toora, and Judy Young.

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Chinese New Year celebrated Continued from page 1 Traditionally the day would have been celebrated on Monday however that did not hamper those who attended, including members of the Chinese community who have lived in the region for many years. A meaningful opening greeting was given by Joe Sue who attended with his wife Po Chue, wishing everyone a prosperous New Year. Joe and Po Chue are well known and respected both in the Chinese community and at the Migrant Centre for their contributions over the years. The couple came to New Zealand in 1971 and during their time in Marlborough have helped other migrants with their transition in many ways, including by acting as interpreters. Following on from greetings the group

Joe Sue and wife Po Chue Sue attended the Chinese New Year celebrations on Wednesday. The couple have lived in Marlborough for nearly 45 years.

spent time chatting and learning about the many Chinese New Year traditions. Migrant Centre manager Margaret West-

ern says the Chinese New Year is a very important event in the Chinese community and one she was pleased to be part of. Another event on the calendar for the Migrant Centre is the up and coming Marlborough Multicultural Festival on Saturday, February 27. This year will be the 10th anniversary of it being held and a day that will be a ‘very special celebration’. “It’s become one of Marlborough’s most popular family events and is a celebration of the many cultures that make up our community. It promotes unity in diversity. “It will be an opportunity for the different cultures to be showcased, sharing their unique cultural talents and traditions in song, dance and performance,” Margaret says. The festival will be held at Pollard Park from 11am - 4pm.

Matt off to barista champs Story and photo by Cathie Bell Watery Mouth barista Matt Wright is making a lot of coffees to practice his technique. He is off to the New Zealand Barista Champs in a fortnight’s time, and has to impress four judges with his coffeemaking abilities. There are 19 competitors entered in the national championships so far. The event is in Wellington, starting on February 26, and Matt is the only South Island entrant. In the first round, Matt will have a 15 minute stint to make 12 cups of coffee for the four judges. There is the espresso round, the milk beverage round, and a speciality one as well, he says.

“If I make it through the first round, there’s a competition between 12 people, then it’s thinned down to the top three after that.” The contest is a grade above the latte art awards he entered three years ago, and Matt confesses to being a bit nervous. “I’m doing lots of practice, I’m watching videos constantly…a lot of it is about technique and I’m working to get that right, all the steps.” Matt has been making coffees for 11 years, and his happy customers are cheering him on. RIGHT: Matt Wright, barista at Watery Mouth cafe in High Street, is off to the NZ Barista Champs in Wellington

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School to campground By Cathie Bell A Nelson family has bought the vacant Koromiko School site with plans to turn it into a motorhome campground. Harcourts agent Raymond Moanaroa says the sale has gone unconditional and will settle on March 4. N ew ow n e r M e g a n Walker said her family had long-term plans to make the site into a motorhome campground. “I believe there is a shortage there.” The family has not been involved in anything like

will stay in the Taylor Pass countryside, but that factory isn’t large enough for the entire operation, Darren says. The new site is on the corner of Blenheim’s Taylor Pass and Wither Roads, previously occupied by Solly’s Lollies. “By the end of the year, we hope to have a new state-of-the-art factory operating on the Wither Road site, for a packaging line, offices, honey shop and potentially a café.” The company has also purchased a warehouse for storage around the corner on Woodmor Rd. The new company will have new branding, reflecting the rugged landscapes of the top of the South Island’s high country where the honey is collected. Taylor Pass Honey Com-

inbrief Car death not suspicious Marlborough police confirmed yesterday the death in a fire in a car at Tuamarina last Sunday was not suspicious. Police investigators now believe the incident was an unfortunate accident. Police hope to identify the deceased soon. It has been referred to the Coroner, a police spokeswoman said.

running a campground before, she says, but her husband has a campervan and stayed in a lot of Department of Conservation campgrounds. “He knows what they cater for.” Megan says the proposed campground would need resource consent approvals, and it could take some time to set up. She and her family would move into the school shortly. “Once we have ourselves unpacked a little bit, we’ll start work from there.”

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Koromiko School has been vacant since December 2012. The site has now been sold, with settlement on March 4, 2016.

Bee business blossoming By Cathie Bell Marlborough’s The Honey Company has merged with Apitech New Zealand, and the new company has moved to a Witherlea site, with plans to open a cafe and shop. Managing director Darren Clifford says the new company marries the beekeeping business, Apitech, with its production partner, The Honey Company, to create one vertically integrated company, Taylor Pass Honey Co. “The two businesses have always worked hand-inhand to take honey from hive to jar to market, but we decided it was time to unite them,” Darren says. “It’s the same people, same product and same place, all under one name.” The company’s beekeeping arm of the business


The name of a family long associated with the motor vehicle business where the Alfred Street parking building is now will be remembered with a history board in the building. The Lucas family’s Ford dealership was run from Alfred Street for more than 60 years. The Marlborough District Council has agreed to car dealer Phil Brown’s request for a panel telling the business’ history to go up in the parking building’s northern foyer near the ticket payment machine.

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Summer festivals and events, including Marlborough ones, are getting greener according to data collected by The Packaging Forum. Marlborough’s Christmas Parade and the Havelock Mussel Festival are taking part.

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Business Ara sale confirmed Indevin has completed the purchase of the former ‘Winegrowers of Ara’ Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, managing director Duncan Macfarlane says. The confirmation was delayed because of a range of legal and contractual reasons, he says. The purchase helps secure medium-term growth in some export markets, and also provides longer-term options once the bare land in the deal gets planted. “Despite the scale of this vineyard acquisition our requirement for supply from existing and future growers is undiminished and we don’t see this position changing in the future. “

Okiwi Bay fish study An Australian company has applied to build a fish research station at Okiwi Bay, using land and previous approvals from the Environment Court to study salmon, hapuka, snapper, kingfish and rainbow trout. The Marlborough District Council has notified the application by Skretting Australia to install and operate a tankbased seawater finfish research system in Okiwi Bay. Public submissions are open till Tuesday and a hearing date has yet to be set. Skretting is a world leading producer of feed for farmed fish and shrimp, and supplies about 65 per cent of the finfish feed used in New Zealand aquaculture.

Car parking rethink Scott Street restaurant MIA has been given six weeks to develop another plan for al fresco dining, after neighbouring businesses objected to losing car parks. O w n e r J e t ti Wa lke r as ke d t h e Marlborough District Council’s community and finance committee on Tuesday to lease three car parks for an outside dining area so he could put in four tables, to seat up to 24 people.

By Cathie Bell Peanut butter from Vanuatu is about to hit New Zealand shelves, thanks to a Marlborough man’s contribution. Jono Bushell and his family set up Tanna Farms in 2014, processing coconuts for oil. The oil came from fruit from their own farm and those of people they had met through the Recognised Seasonal Employment scheme in the vineyards of Marlborough. When Tanna Farms launched its Coconut Oil in New Zealand in February 2015, the Kiwi and Vanuatu families behind the project thought the hardest toil was over. Exactly one week later, Cyclone Pam carelessly tossed their small Tanna Island factory into the jungle. One busy year on, they

are sending their new “Crushed It” Peanut Butter throughout Vanuatu and now New Zealand, and celebrating a product born of adversity. “If it wasn’t for Pam destroying the coconut plantations and factory, we might never have ventured into peanuts,” Jono says. “It’s the proverbial silver lining to a bloody big dark cloud.” Business partner Seth Kaurua, from Tanna Island, says the nuts have been a lifeline for the business and a vital income source for farmers who lost coconut and coffee plantations to Pam, but could sell peanut crops within three months of planting. For those without land, the new products have provided jobs in a time of great need, Jono says. “They’re planted by hand,

L-R Germaine Koniamek, Julie Tevi and Jono Bushell working on the Tanna Farms peanut plantation, Tanna Island Vanuatu.

harvested by hand and dried by hand, so we’re creating a top-notch product that brings sustainable employment to the island.” The island’s coconut palms are still recovering from the category

five Cyclone Pam, but Jono and Seth have been bringing in coconuts from neighbouring islands, in order to get the mill and staff working again. They hope to start buying from Tanna Island

plantations in the next six to eight weeks, taking the factory closer to full production. Meanwhile, the peanut room is busy keeping up with demand for nuts and peanut butter.

Dairy farmers front up to challenges By Tony Orman A poor growing season and low payouts are challenging dairy farmers, Marlborough Federated Farmers Dairy Section chairman Evan White says. In his report to the recent Federated Farmers monthly meeting, he says the el Nino weather pattern with erratic weather meant additional challenges to milk production. Recent rainfall was very welcome after a combination of wind and heat had inhibited grass growth. Rain also boosted river flows meaning irrigation continued rather than being stopped due to dropping river levels. But over-shadowing seasonal challenges was the low payout,

Evan says. He considers the low payout is starting to take its toll on farmers, their families, employees and others involved in the farming operation. “As farmers endeavour to keep costs down, they are working

harder and longer, not taking breaks and not getting off the farm as a family for a holiday. “While it’s good to talk about it, sometimes I personally wish people wouldn’t keep asking how is dairying going as sometimes its just nice to talk about some-

thing else.” Low payout was a heavy burden. On January 28, Fonterra revised the forecast milk price down from $4.60 to $4.15 per kgMS with a dividend of 45-55 cents giving a total forecast payout of $4.60 to $4.70 per kgMS, which equated to a forecast cash payout of $4.50$4.55 after retentions. “My question to Fonterra is would they not be better to pay out the total dividend and have no retentions this year?” Analysing the figures, the average dairy farmer was losing $1.50 per kgMS. So if a dairy farmer was producing 140,000 MS, this equated to a loss of $210,000 for this season alone.


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Spending in district rises Spending continues to be on the rise in Marlborough, according to figures from electronic bank card network Paymark. Paymark provides the network used for 75 per cent of all electronic bank card transactions in New Zealand. Figures from Paymark show transaction volume in Marlborough during December 2015 were up 10.4 per cent to 1.24 million transactions during the month, with their value up 9.9 per cent to $68.6 million. January carried on where December’s spending left off, with an annual underlying Paymark growth rate of 6.0 per cent - similar to the 5.9 per cent average for 2015. The holiday regions saw the fastest

growth in the value of transactions with Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Marlborough and Otago all reporting solid numbers, Paymark chief marketing officer Tim McFarlane says. This suggests the regions are benefitting from holiday patronage, he says. Accommodation figures were strongly up, likely to be a result of increased visitor arrivals to New Zealand. Statistics NZ said visitor numbers were up 11.1 per cent. “The figures are in line with expectation for the summer months. “After Christmas, spending is usually somewhat lower although January traditionally sees an increase in accommodation.”

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COUNCIL NEWS Francis Street Stormwater Replacement

Disruption to traffic flows From Monday 15 February, Council contractors will begin replacing the stormwater main in Francis Street, Blenheim between Redwood and Scott Streets. This will cause some disruption to traffic flows in Francis Street with limited or no access during certain stages of the project. Works are scheduled for completion by the end of May 2016. Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and asks for motorists’ patience during the construction period. There will also be a temporary closure of the bus stop in Francis Street during this period.

Request for Quotation

Vehicle Grooming Services Marlborough District Council invites quotations for the above contract. The contract involves grooming of approximately 40 cars, SUVs and utes on a scheduled basis – approximately 12 vehicles each week. Tenders close at 4.00 pm on Friday 19 February 2016. Tender documents can be obtained from Marlborough District Council website at Tenders/Vehicle-Grooming-Services All enquiries should be directed to: Janelle Saunders PO Box 443, Blenheim 7240 Ph (DDI): 03 520 7419 email:

Seniors Expo

The Seniors Expo is like a mini trades fair – showcasing the activities and services for older people that are available in our Marlborough community. Interested in leisure or social opportunities? Government assistance or legal advice? Health services and support? Drop in to the Expo and discover what our community can provide to older residents. Seniors Expo 2016: Wednesday 16 March 2016, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000, Kinross Street, Blenheim Free admission If you catch the Blenheim Bus into town (remember it’s free to Gold Card holders) there will be a free shuttle between the Countdown bus stop and the Expo venue Stadium 2000 – running in conjunction with the Blenheim Bus timetable. Creative Communities NZ Local Arts Funding Applications for financial assistance by way of grants under the Creative Communities Local Arts Scheme are now being invited by Marlborough District Council. The scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within the Marlborough community. Applications can be completed online by going to Council’s website www.marlborough. Applications close 5.00 pm, Friday 26 February 2016 For further information please contact: Lyne Reeves Community Development Advisor Ph: 03 520 7400

National Interest in Marlborough Initiatives Marlborough’s successful roading model and its Smart & Connected projects have caught the attention of the Local Government Commission whose leadership team has paid a visit here to learn more about these District Council initiatives. Local Government Commission chair Sir Wira Gardiner said the Commission was aware of the Marlborough District Council’s innovative approach and felt there were things that could be learned from Marlborough’s experience.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman says the Commission was particularly keen to see if the Marlborough Roads model and the Smart & Connected initiatives could be reproduced in other regions. Marlborough is the only place in the country where local authority roading responsibilities are contracted to the national NZTA body. This achieves economy of scale while retaining control over the management of local roads. The region’s Smart & Connected model enables

From left, Council CEO Mark Wheeler, Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman, LGNZ Commissioner Janie Annear, LGNZ Chief Executive Sandra Preston and LGNZ chair Sir Wira Gardiner. interests together for the Council to partner with wider economic and social community and sector benefit of the region. groups to advance their

Local Body Elections coming up this year Local government elections will be held in October this year. Total national voter turnout for the last election, in 2013, was 41.3 per cent. In Marlborough, 55% of eligible voters cast their votes. Compared with provincial New Zealand, only Wanganui and Waitaki had a higher turnout of voters. At the last election the highest turnout was from those in the 70-plus age group (89%) while the lowest response (34%) was from young people aged 18-29. The main reasons people gave for not voting were not knowing

enough about the candidates (31%), ‘forgot or left too late’ (24%), ‘not interested’ or ‘too busy’ (each 14%). “Local government in New Zealand faces major challenges, from environmental issues to major infrastructure replacement, often in the face of demographic change. We need to ensure elected representatives have the abilities, training and diversity of skills to rise to these challenges.”

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Election Timeline 15 July 15 July 12 August (noon)

Electoral roll open for inspection Candidate nominations open Nominations and electoral roll close 17 August Public notice of candidates names 16 – 21 September Voting documents delivered 16 Sept – 8 October Special voting period 16 Sept – 8 October Scrutiny and early processing 8 October Voting closes 12 noon 8 October Preliminary results 9 – 19 October Declaration of results 27 October Councillor swearing-in ceremony

Projects to upgrade facilities in our townships A small subcommittee of councillors will prioritise the projects that are eligible for a share of the $5M Council funding that has been allocated to upgrade Marlborough’s small townships. The subcommittee is made up of councillors Trevor Hook, Cynthia Brooks and Jamie Arbuckle. Improvements for 16 townships, bays and rural settlements, set out in the 2013 Growing Marlborough Strategy, are in line for this funding during the next nine years. Residents and community groups, including the Havelock and Renwick Smart & Connected Groups, have been updating the councillor committee on their priorities for their local amenities.

Positive ageing Scammers continue to target elderly people with new varieties of their fraudulent activities. In a recent case, an elderly woman was persuaded to exchange her supposedly faulty bank card for another card by fraudsters who came to her door, passing themselves off as bank staff. As a rule, banks do not make housecalls. Be suspicious if you get odd phone calls about problems with bank accounts, computers or utility services. Ask for a name and phone number so

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Council has appointed Adi James to a new Community Liaison role with the Council, to work with these small communities. One of the projects in the mix is a proposal from Renwick’s Smart&Connected group that improvements be made to Renwick’s streetscape – a professional landscape plan to improve the look of the township’s main thoroughfare, High Street. Projects to be considered under the Small Townships Project may be community-led but also seeking guidance and support from Council. Amongst the other projects which have won support so far include an information kiosk for Wairau Valley and public exercise

Economic Development Manager Neil Henry and Community Liaison Officer Adi James. equipment outdoors in Havelock while traffic calming measures are being looked at for Vickerman Street around Grovetown School.

Don’t get taken in you can call back. Check back with the business involved, or ask someone else for advice, before doing anything. Never hand over your card to anyone on your doorstep. Don’t give out your bankcard number to anyone on your doorstep or to a phone caller. Remember that telemarketing fraudsters can sound plausible. They may imply they work for a company you know and trust. Some fraudsters use names or titles similar to known charities to try and sound legitimate. Genuine charities don’t put you on

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the spot. Scammers may • offer a chance to go in a draw or win a lottery • claim there’s a problem with your computer • ask for money or your credit card or bank account details • tell you to respond within a very short timeframe to a ‘special offer’. Don’t ever feel you must respond on the spot - talk to family or friends first.

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The Sun What’s on Can this town please advertise events and things that are on out in the community. It is very annoying to hear about things from people or you see it in the paper that it’s happened. Considering we get four free papers a week in this little town, it can’t be that difficult to let people know, whats on.

Dog owners Why should rate payers have to provide more rubbish bins for your dog poo? Take it away with you. It’s your dog. Try using one of your bread bags for dog poo thereby recycling and saving on rates which you obviously are not concerned about paying.

Smile goes a long way... Feel sure that the management & girls ( how condescending) wish some of the customers could receive an attitude “makeover.” Social intercourse etiquette requires pleasantries to come from both sides of a counter...not just the checkout operator. As a ”people watcher” I have seen people walk into shops with expressions on their faces that are reminiscent of having lost $20.00 and found $2.00. I have always been treated with great smiles and SERVICE (been going since its opening). Happy Camper/Happy Shopper. Agree a smile goes a long way. But please no more hello-how-are-you. Getting sick of this pointless question from random people I don’t know. Appreciate a smile and hello. But how am I? You don’t care. Just make me welcome in your shop. That’s enough.

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Just sitting reading the Mid Week paper Feb 3rd an article about Mrs Alderlieste, a teacher at Mayfield, you sound like such an awesome person. I don’t have my own kids but I’d want them to have a glorious teacher like you. Such a nice wee story to read!

I would just like to say how dumb it is to ever think that the Bings site is even big enough to use as a site for combined college. Come on, we have enough traffic problems in town as it is and also we do have two current school sites that can be used as a combined site hundreds of thousands of dollars already spent on them, come on use your brain.

txt talk of the week Thank you I would like say a big THANK-YOU to the kind person who handed my wallet in on Saturday night at Pak’n’Save. We welcome your texts on 027 242 5266. Limit to 70 words please. Name supplied please. We reserve the right to publish at our discretion. Please note the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sun management.

Best school Big thank you to all staff at Springlands school. You’re the best school ever. Thanks heaps. Cody

A&E on Christmas Day Where no one chooses to go. We went, amazing staff cheerful and dressed in Christmas attire made us smile and we sure felt welcome. Thank you team.

Rude bike riders To the seniors in the yellow high-vis who ride their bikes in packs down at the Taylor River. I witnessed some of you come up behind a family who were holding the hands of their young children walking on the path and obnoxiously ring your bells to get them out of your way. You do realise that your bikes will work on the grass don’t you? So very, very rude.

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Their property It may well be their property, but the public use the car park and to take away trees that gave welcome shade was a mistake, regardless of tarmac. The company say they will be planting new vegetation but probably only young saplings that will need many years to develop. As for not making comments - luckily we live in a free and democratic country where one can have open discussion on every subject.

Who will take responsibility! Put your hand up if you would build a house without having 100% finance behind you? Not many if any I’m sure, but there are a few here in Marlborough who must put their hand up and admit they are FOOLS because this is exactly what they have done in regards to the new theatre!! Frustrated and disappointed

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Unfortunately having a sign saying ‘No Junk Mail’ doesn’t mean anything to most small papers or advertising company distributors. They only tell the delivery people to NOT put pamphlets etc in letterboxes containing a notice saying ‘Addressed Mail Only’. Don’t blame the kids and nice to be informed isn’t it.

I sent a fix o gram through on the MDC website the other day. About a week later, the issue was fixed. Thank you for fixing the issue so quickly. Well done staff at MDC. You do a great job. Happy resident.

Have you contacted area supervisors regarding this so they can remedy it? Or the shops? Did you consider deliverer may have a learning disability? Or perhaps they are human and making a mistake!

Good on the new business in Scott Street for pushing for outdoor dining...yet another CBD tenant doing their own improvement to enhance the area which is more valuable than any group funding scheme. If everyone did their bit, the town would be in better shape. Neighbouring stores worrying about car park reductions losing customer to online retailing... its happening now and won’t change until your stores are more inviting and your prices are competitive!

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Ripped off On Monday I bought a flake (chocolate bar) from a local supermarket, seeing as it was on special for 89 cents. I then went to a self-serving checkout and bought the bar, along with a baguette and chocolate milk. It was not until I looked at the receipt after I had eaten the flake that I saw, much to my disappointment and annoyance, that the flake had actually cost me $1.45, 56 cents more than was advertised. It may seem like only a small amount but I have still been swindled out of more money than was originally stated. I assume that the machine had not updated the price to the price on special. Please fix this issue.

Hey Picton You have gone ahead so much. Such a neat place to go for walk on the foreshore, sit on the deck chairs for a couple of hours and to have a lunch treat in one of the Cafes. To the cafe owners be careful your staff don’t treat us all like tourists. We may be like tourists and NOT come back.

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Well done I would like to congratulate the ladies who are on duty at weekends at the Havelock Transfer Station. Everything is neat and tidy. They have their shed set up with good used property, the cardboard is neatly stacked and there are boxes for small things and a bag for plastic bags that people carry their newspapers in. The grass areas are mown and the whole area is litter free and everyone is greeted with a cheery hello and a smile. A huge difference compared to before the employment of the ladies. It is a credit to you. I am sure I am not the only one who is thrilled with the change. Thank you, keep up the good work ladies.

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By Celeste Alexander Arm yourself with reels and rods and gear up for one of Renwick’s most popular fishing contests. The Renwick Arms Country Club Fishin’ Competition is set for the weekend of February 26, 27 and 28, and with over $7000 worth of prizes to be won it’s an event you can’t miss. For professional cartage of Club manager and organiser Alan Ferguson says last year saw a record number of entries Livestock and all those who took part enjoyed the weekend. “There’s a lot of buzz about the comp Phone 572 8579 already and we started receiving entries at Fax 03 572 8808 the start of the month. “It’s a lot of fun for all who take part.” Local businesses including electricians, earthworks and transport companies have donated cash which will go towards the generous prize pool. All entry money also goes into purchasing prizes.RENWICK PHONE WK 027 446 4230 14 HIGH STREET,



Alan Johnson with his 27.7kg thresher shark at last year’s event. File photo

Renwick Arms Country Club manager Alan Ferguson at last year’s event. File photo

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One year celebrations all week Story and photo by Celeste Alexander It’s been one year since Jenn Orchard and Sharyn Hiltz took over the Renwick Takeaways and it’s a milestone they are hugely proud of. The mother and daughter team have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months and the result has been more than they could have imagined. “It’s been going really great,” Jenn smiles. “We think back to when we first started and to now and it’s been a very busy, but satisfying journey. Our customer base has grown including our number of regulars which is fantastic. “But honestly we couldn’t have done it without the support of our customers, so we would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported us. “We hope you continue to enjoy our food and we love to see your smiles,” she says. Asked what were the top selling favourites on the menu, Jenn and Sharyn say the Renwick Burger and Renwick Wedges.

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“The Renwick Burger has long been a favourite... we have had nights where quite a few have been ordered. “We recently added the Renwick Wedges and they are already proving a hit but why wouldn’t they when they have the works on top with cheese, bacon, sour cream and sweet chilli,” they laugh. In addition to the menu, Renwick Takeaways still offers real fruit icecreams which are a great treat over summer, as well as a range of smoothies including dairy free options. “We started making them for ourselves to have while we were working, but the idea took off with our customers,” Sharyn says. Because it is their one year celebration Jenn and Sharyn have created three birthday specials that will be available for one week only. Call in and see Jenn, Sharyn and their team and enjoy their week long birthday specials.


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New business has glitz and bling Story and photo by Celeste Alexander There is a new business in Renwick and it’s certainly making its mark - in a sparkly, colourful kind of way. Dance Fabrics Direct opened its doors on High Street in December 2015, and has already attracted a following of local customers. The business is owned by Kathy Duncan and her niece Karyn Watson of Blenheim, who purchased it from its previous owner based in Auckland. Dance Fabrics Direct was established nine years ago by Sam Whelan who found a niche in the market for quality fabrics suitable for dance and theatre-wear. Wanting a change of direction, Sam put the business up for sale. Kathy and Karyn soon spotted it and jumped at the opportunity. “It’s quite unique really, the business was bought from a family by a family,” they say. Dance Fabrics is an internet based company supplying a wide range of fabrics all over the country, however Kathy and Karyn say that customers are still welcome to call in, browse the

range and purchase material for themselves. The fabric they stock is designed for a range of uses including dance and theatre, gymnastics, sports and swimming. “Anything that requires movement really,” Kathy says. It’s an exciting new challenge for the pair as Kathy was previously working as an assistant accountant, and Karyn as a vet nurse. “I have been sewing all my life and I’m an avid quilter so it’s a combination of all the things I like,” Kathy says. “As a young girl I was involved in ballet and contemporary dance and this is where my love of dance and theatre began, and I now assist in the wardrobe department with the local dance company here in Marlborough, so it’s really exciting for me,” Karyn adds. Dance Fabrics Direct has everything from stretch satin, ballet tulle, chiffons and patterned lycra, through to shattered glass fabric and stretch lace. The business is open Monday to Friday, so to see the range call in and meet Kathy and Karyn.

Renwick Gala The Renwick Anglican Community Church will be holding a gala on February 20 from 10am - 3pm. The Gala will be a fun filled day for the whole family with everything from fun stalls, toffee apples, lucky dips and live jazz music through to gum boot throwing and horse and carriage rides. For the kids there will also be a bouncy castle. Inside the church will be a number of stalls selling a variety of things including home baking and preserves. Outside will be a spit roast and burgers will be available for purchase. Admission is free, simply bring along some money and enjoy what will be on offer. Proceeds from the gala will go towards the cost of resurfacing the carpark.

First ever Harvest party Renwick is celebrating being in the heart of New Zealand’s wine region with its first ever Harvest Party, to be held on March 12 from 4pm till sunset at the Rousehill Reserve. Enjoy games, music, a barbecue and some of the wonderful wines produced by wineries surounding Renwick. A family event for all ages, entry is free. Dance Fabrics Direct owners Kathy Duncan and Karyn Watson opened their business on High Street, Renwick last year.

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Slow down around buses With the beginning of the school term comes the regular reminder - Slow down around school buses. Regardless of the direction you are approaching, you must slow down to 20kph when passing a school bus that has stopped for children.

Renwick Playcentre to host popular baby programme The popular Babies Building Blocks Program held previously at Blenheim Playcentre, will be held at Renwick Playcentre from February 2016. Every Monday, the ten week course, for six-12 month old babies and their parents/caregivers will allow adults and children to get together each week to share ideas

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- weekend event guide Friday 12 The Omaka Maze Omaka Maize Maze, 200 Dog Point Road, Hawkesbury, Blenheim Fri 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 8:00pm, Sun 10:00am 6:00pm. Selling the Dream The Art of Early New Zealand Tourism. Millennium Art Gallery. 7 Feb-20 March. 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. Blenheim Bonsai Group Meeting at Selmes Nursey 141 Battys Road. 1pm-3pm. Bonsai displays and workshops. For further info ring Rod 021755100 or John 0294783464. 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. Hot art in Havelock The Gallery Havelock, open from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. Enjoy browsing some of the excellent art on show from talented local artists. Come and have a look in the friendly little gallery at 60 Main Road Havelock. The Edwin Fox Ship Visitor Centre open every day from 9am, a great all weather and family friendly activity. Come and explore the decks and the depths of the ship. Dunbar wharf, on Picton foreshore. For more information call Karen on 573 6868 Heritage & Whaling Museum Picton has a collection of some 2000 items of Maori, Whaling, Maritime, Heritage and Textile displays., 10am - 4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Ph 573 8283. EcoWorld Picton Aquarium Meet the locals up close with amazing New Zealand animals. Touch a living fossil (Tuatara), Little Blue Penguin, have fun discovering animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Up Close Encounters at 11am and 2pm daily. Open daily from 9.30am. Picton Foreshore. Marlborough Museum Brayshaw Heritage Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place. FREE ENTRY. 10-17 February, Open daily 10am–4pm.

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The Diversion Gallery Open 12pm - 5pm Wed – Saturdays 10 London Quay, Picton, Ph 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or 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.

Saturday 13 Wine and Food Festival Celebration of the region’s finest wine and food together with some of New Zealand’s leading bands. 10.30am-6pm, Brancott Estate. Plant and Produce, Swap/Sale Day 10am-12pm. Bring your plants and/or produce down to sell or swap with the local community. It is free to set up a stall just make sure you call us to register so we can save you a spot. Ph 578 0469 or email at Marlborough Artisan Market Highlighting the best of Marlborough art, crafts, food and produce. Come along and browse our stalls every week. Every Saturday morning (weather dependant). 9am 1pm. Wynen Street Carpark Wynen Street, Blenheim. Kaipupu Point Guided Tour Take a boat cruise to Kaipupu island with a guided walk. Meet 11am Picton Jetty, return 3.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Kaipupu Friends/Members $30 per Adult, $15 per Child. Non Members $35 Adults, $17 Children. Bookings required. Ph Robin 5784115. Valentines Salsa Party 7:30pm, next to Cafe Devour/Heritage Bakery, SH1, Grovetown. Join Salsa Groove Marlborough on the dancefloor and celebrate with your loved ones or find yours, singles & couples both welcome. FREE dance lesson, $5.00 door charge, BYO drinks/glasses. Theme- Red and Black. Contact: Karen 0273090268, email: kmoathens@yahoo. com. Hula Hooping Workshop Horton Park. 2:00-3:00pm. 1H, hoops provided. 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 10am at the Old Orchard Cafe, The Vines Village, Rapaura Road. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am – 12.30pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd Club Meets Mondays at Clubs of Marlborough. Ph Andy 578 2272 or 021 842 928.

Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillon’s Point Rd opens 9am - 12pm Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1 - 4pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry 578 1835. Mini Putt & Merry-Go-Round Picton Foreshore. Today and Sunday, 10am. Redwood Market 8am - 12pm, Redwood Tavern car park, Plants Produce and Crafts. Vintage Farm Machinery 10am - 3pm, Open Every Day. Brayshaw Park Guided tours available, Sunday Thomas Tank Engine rides. Ph Doris 579 4357. Picton Men’s Shed “Where men can do what men do best” 9am - 12pm and Wednesday 9am - 4pm. Phone Rex Green 021 469 191 or Bill Rogers 573 5507 for more information.

Sunday 14 Summer Concert Series Pollard Park, 5.00pm. Marlborough 4 Fun will provide live music, an abundance of children’s activities, food stalls and more. So bring your valentine, gather up the family, round up your friends, bring a picnic, a blanket, relax and unwind after a busy festival weekend here in Marlborough. Marlborough Kennel Association Double Ribbon Parades. Clubgrounds, Aerodrome Road, Omaka. Entries taken 10.15am, Judging from 11am, all dogs recognised by the NZKC welcome. Refreshments available. Public welcome. Enquiries to Sandra 5787996. Ulysses Ride Valentine’s day. East Coast Inn for lunch. 11am Start, Come by car or bike. Bring your partner, chocolates and flowers. A prize will be given for the best bouquet. XC Champs MTB park on Taylor Pass Road. Non members welcome. There will be different courses to suit all levels of riders. Racing starts at 10am. Sign in by 9:30. More info check out our website or facebook page Marlborough Mutli Sports Race The Michael Huntley Memorial Triathlon is the second race in the 2016 Marlborough Multisport Series. 9:30am-12pm, Marlborough Sounds. All Ages. For more info Farmers Market Showcasing the best of Marlborough some of the stalls are Harwood Produce, Koromiko Eggs, Banjo Brews, Traditional Country Preserves, Nuggety Creek, Riverina, Garden Bee Honey, Spudz n Greens. Marlborough A&P Showground’s, Cnr Maxwell and Alabama Roads, 9am – 12pm. Buy Local - Cook Local.

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! ‘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 Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm - 3pm All welcome. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am, Murray Ph 578 9199 or Tony Ph 577 9776. Petanque 10am Sunday and 1pm Wednesday, 65A Weld Street – John Ph 577 9789. Tramping Club We go on tramp’s Wednesday & Sunday, please confirm for travel Ph Mary Ph 572 8762 or Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1-4pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. For more info contact Jim 578 8974 or Rod 579 4601. Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club Brayshaw Park, Come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and books. Free Admission. Associated Modellers Society. Miniature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm 4pm $2.

Up & Coming Wednesday 17th February Picton Community Open Day 11.00am until 3.00pm, in the former medical centre rooms, next to the existing Picton Library. The architects will be available at the Open Day to answer questions about the design. Thursday 18th February Saltire, Coming to Blenheim from Scotland. Wesley Centre 1.30pm. Resthomes $8 - Tickets at the door $10. Friday 19th February Heart Foundation Appeal Month. Fundraising for the Heart Foundation, Crusaders v Huricanes Rugby game at Lansdowne Park. Volunteers will be collecting donations at the entry points of the park. Special Thanks to the Tasman Rugby Union and the Crusaders Franshise.

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What meal do you never get sick of eating?


What would you change about the world?

Anything my wife cooks. Also weetbix and condensed milk for breakfast.

The view from last year’s Wine & Food Wind Down event held at the Vines Village. Photo provided. Kerrie Bell and Cristina Cocchi at last year’s event. File photo.

One of my best holidays was...

Wind down event this Sunday

Shark diving in Fiji.

My guilty TV pleasure is...

Fishing shows and Beauty and the Geek

No more beauty pageants, but my answer is world peace. What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? Fire wood.

Who would you love to have a meal with?

Sonny Bill Williams, he’s a great athlete.


The best thing in your life right now? My wife and my beautiful two girls. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? I’m actually 47 years old not 27. What’s next on your wishlist? Catch a kingfish on my fishing kayak and be towed around the bay.

Opera film first to screen here Marlborough people have the chance to see the New Zealand Opera’s first production to be filmed for cinema viewing. New Zealand Opera has joined forces with film company Shotz Productions, to bring its critically-acclaimed 2015 staging of Tosca to cinemas nationwide. Blenheim audiences will get the chance to see Tosca from Sunday at the Toptown Cinemas. The cinema release is a first for New Zealand Opera and underlines the company’s commitment to bringing quality opera to audiences right across the country. Puccini’s tale of lust, revenge and sacrifice is one of the most popular operas of all time. Starring Orla Boylan, Simon O’ Neill and Phillip Rhodes, New Zealand Opera’s Tosca won rave reviews during its Wellington and Auckland seasons. New Zealand Opera’s General Director Stuart Maunder, who also directed the film,

says Tosca combines a fantastic story with some of the greatest music ever written. “In this production, we were fortunate to have an amazing line-up of world-class singers at the top of their game. “As a company, we are committed to sharing the joy and passion of opera with as wide an audience as possible, whether that’s in the concert hall or in this case, the cinema.” Ronel Schodt, Managing Director of Shotz Productions, says he saw an opportunity to bring a New Zealand Opera like Tosca to the big screen. “Shooting with multiple cameras over two days and mixing the audio with Radio New Zealand has given us a quality production we are very proud of.” Tickets cost $30 ($28 for concessions) and are available for purchase at the cinema now. Tosca is rated PG. It screens at 1pm and 6pm Sunday, 1pm Monday and 6pm on Wednesday.

By Celeste Alexander As the region gears up to host the droves of visitors arriving to attend this weekend’s Marlborough Wine and Food festival, other businesses are readying their own preparations. Jeff Fulton of the Vines Village on Rapaura Road is all set and ready to hold his free post-festival Wine and Food Wind Down event on Sunday. “This is our weekend to showcase Marlborough so it’s great to have these kind of events to keep out-of-town visitors here longer. “At the Vines Village we have created a family friendly, fun event that can be enjoyed by all ages, and we hope the locals will come along and enjoy what will be on offer,” he says. Following on from last year’s success, there

will be a number of new additions to the entertainment line up, including a mass outdoor yoga stretch session beginning at 10am and even a Valentine’s Day kissing booth. Entertaining the crowd will be last year’s Marlborough’s Top Talent winner Aiden Kelly playing an accoustic set as well as a number of live performing groups. For the family there will be a climbing wall, bouncy castles, model boating plus much more. Food will be available all day with a gourmet barbeque and a range of Italian food on offer, as well as wine tastings and bubbles throughout the day. The Wine and Food Wind Down will run from 10am to 5pm so take along a deck chair and picnic blanket and enjoy the festivities. Eftpos is not available for the festival so please take cash.

Poaching still a big issue for Police By Tony Orman Poaching of wild game in backcountry Marlborough continues to be a big focus for Marlborough police, Sergeant Michael Porter says. Porter told the monthly meeting of Marlborough Federated Farmers the apprehending of poachers had been made much easier by farmers using high quality cameras to take photos, enabling the quick and instant identification of offenders. “Infra-red cameras are now available. The police newsletter to rural residents gives details of cameras as well as news of rural Marlborough.” In south Marlborough, a farmer immediately sent in photos which enabled police to instantly identify the culprit and apprehend him at home as he unloaded his poached deer. Police were installing weather-resistant notices warning all hunters, and particularly unlawful ones, that the maximum penalty for poaching was two years imprisonment and $100,000 fine plus vehicles and firearms could be seized. A small version of the notice is to be attached to all firearms sold by local firearm dealers.

The use of cameras also enabled several properties to be covered with 24 hour surveillance. Four rural staff were employed in Marlborough but were often called into town at night to assist. He urged farmers to let police know immediately of theft or poaching as quickly as possible so that the location of suspects could be pin-pointed. Sharing information with neighbours on suspicious activities was invaluable.


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NMIT pops up in town Story and photo by Cathie Bell The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology has opened a pop-up display in Blenheim’s Market Street to boost student numbers in its carpentry and hairdressing courses. NMIT head carpentry tutor Alan Barns says there is work out there for carpenters, and there were courses to help young people into the sector. “There’s work out there, solid careers, and good money. Young people need to get the qualifications to get amongst it.” NMIT Blenheim campus operations manager Sarah Wheldale says both carpentry and hairdressing courses had low numbers enrolled this year and the pop-up display aimed to let people know the polytechnic was there and offered good courses. The display will be open for people to drop in throughout the week. If there was no-one there, people can either contact the polytechnic directly in Budge Street, or look at the website www.nmit. to find out more. Alan says the polytechnic also did appren-

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Marlborough Museum director Steve Austin with photos of Blenheim men who died in WW1, at a popup exhibition in Market Street.

Americans buy into business By Cathie Bell American investors have bought into Havelock-based Dry Food NZ Ltd with a plan to expand the company’s exports in the northern hemisphere nutraceuticals market. Two brothers, Jeremy and Jackie Moore, have bought a majority shareholding in Dry Food NZ Limited. Established by Keith Bowhill, it specialises in the production and export of green-lipped mussel powder and oil. Their investment brings significant benefits to the company such as capital to expand production capabilities, which is now underway, and connections within the United States to facilitate market growth. A subsidiary of Dry Food NZ Ltd has been set up to help other New Zealand companies export products to the United States, especially dietary supplements and ingredients for human nutrition and petfood. Dry Food NZ has been a member of the Marlborough Research Centre’s Food and Beverage Innovation Cluster for the past two years, and will stay in the cluster. Centre chief executive Gerald Hope says Dry Foods NZ Limited is a typical example

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WW1 close to home Story and photo by Cathie Bell A pop-up exhibition in Market Street aims to bring home the impact of World War One on Blenheim. Marlborough Museum director Steve Austin says more than 100 men from Blenheim were killed during WW1 – 21 at Gallipoli and 16 at The Somme. The exhibition has two aspects, he says. One is the community sacrifice, and is very much about Marlborough things. The other is an interactive display so people, especially young people, can test their own survival chances. “It’s designed to bring home a little bit of the reality these men were living in.” The exhibition, in the old Bookworld site in Market Street, was opened formally last night by Mayor Alistair Sowman. It will be open today 10.30am to 3.30pm, tomorrow 10am to 2pm, and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Steve says he hopes to open it the next four weekends as well if volunteers can be found to staff it. Anyone interested can contact the museum.


of the small Marlborough company with great potential. “Now it has overseas investors who can help it to develop new product for the US market - a massive demand. “Jeremy and Jackie Moore provide a significant opportunity, not only for Dry Foods, but also to other companies within the cluster.” Jeremy says he was impressed by the support provided by the Marlborough Research Centre in the facilitation, advice and connection services provided through the cluster. “I hope that in association with the centre, we can help companies who are currently exporting to the United States, or who want to get into that market, with their distribution networks and market growth. “The Food and Beverage Cluster is a great concept bringing companies together for mutual benefit. “The world markets are significant and, with the right connection and cooperation, there is no reason why more New Zealand companies cannot attract offshore investment and perform well.”


(Rhymes with Jazz) Playing at Raupo Cafe on Valentines Day Sunday 14th Feb, 3.00-5.00pm

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

$7000+ worth of prizes to be won Entries cost members $20.00. Non Members $25.00 Junior under 12 - $5.00 (all juniors get a prize) 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 Entries close 9.00pm Thursday 25th Feb

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time and place to be advised at a later date. guide price $2000-$3000. 30ft Jack Morgan hull, Kerry wheelhouse fitted, 3 berth, 4 cylinder Ford diesel motor, Paragon gearbox, canopy covers and fully enclosed cockpit, stove, toilet, radio. good boat for cruising the sounds. needs some tlc . new owner can take over berth which is currently in Picton at catwalk Jetty berth 15.

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Meredyth-Young Limited has made an application to the District Licensing Committee at Blenheim for renewal of an Off Licence in respect of the premises situated at 70 High Street, Renwick, Marlborough District and known as Renwick Supervalue The general nature of the business conducted under the license is supermarket/grocery. The days on which and the hours during which alcohol is (or is intended to be) sold under the license are Monday to Sunday 7am to 10pm. The application may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the office of the Marlborough District Licensing Committee at the Council Offices, Seymour Street, Blenheim. Any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object to the grant of the application may, not later than 15 working days after the date of the first publication of this notice, file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the District Licensing Committee at PO Box 443, Blenheim 7240. This is the first publication of this notice.

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We are currently taking names for relief deliverers in all areas.

76 Alfred Street, Blenheim. All welcome to our services Thursday - 10am Eucharist Service Sunday - 8am Traditional Eucharist Service 10am - Family Service 7pm - Evening Service

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There will be no Mass at any Catholic church in Marlborough on Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th February EXCEPT at St Mary’s Church, 61 Maxwell Road, Blenheim for our Promulgation Mass at 11am 14th February. This will be celebrated by Cardinal John Dew. All Welcome.


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Environmental Monitoring Officer (FULL TIME)

The great thing about joining us at the Marlborough District Council is you’ll really enjoy the best of both worlds.

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That’s because in addition to the rewarding career you’ll have as part of our progressive council responsible for promoting the sustainable use, development and protection of Marlborough’s natural and physical resources, you’ll also have access to the renowned lifestyle our region boasts. You will be part of a team that collects and archives environmental monitoring data, in particular water quality, river flow, river level, air and soils and other tasks associated with data entry and quality checks. This role will also assist with the maintenance of Council’s remote environmental monitoring network and play a role in helping support the dissemination of environmental data to end users. If you have a relevant qualification and are a team player, practical and have an interest in modern digital environmental systems, then please consider us as your preferred employer. Applications for this unique opportunity close at 5.00 pm on 29 February 2016. Applications should be made online via our website, www., where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact


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Births This Week DICKESON: Ethan William (5lb 10oz) February 4, 2016 Molloy: William Philip (4lb) and Matthew David (3lb 8oz) January 7, 2016 Greenwood: Indie Paige (8lb 5oz) January 16, 2016 MEALINGS: Oliver William (7lb) January 28, 2016 Pohatu: Baby girl (7lbs 12oz ) January 25, 2016 McCutcheon: Grace Ella-Mae (6lb 13oz) January 17, 2016

Dead eels in the creek near Pembers Road.

Eel death mystery investigated By Paula Hulburt More than 200 eels have been discovered dead near a drain after being possibly poisoned by toxic pollutants. Marlborough District Council officials believe the eels were accidently killed as a result of chemical dumping. The grim discovery in a creek near Rarangi’s Pembers Road was made by a vineyard employee on Wednesday morning. Peter Hamill, Senior Environmental Scientist for water quality and ecology with the council, says the eels had probably died two days prior to their discovery. “Early speculation would be that some type of contaminate has been discarded further up stream on land near the water and this has then leached into the creek. “Unfortunately, mistakes like this can happen as people are unaware that getting rid of large volumes of chemicals on land can still affect the water.

“It doesn’t just magically disappear.” The dead Shortfin Eels were found near a drain and many more were discovered further upstream near a pipe flowing into the small creek. Shortfin Eels spend the first 15-25 years of their lives in such waterways before migrating to the Pacific Ocean to breed and die. Eels are secretive, mainly nocturnal and prefer habitats with plenty of cover. Peter says the Council will continue to look into what happened to the eels but said he did not believe they had been deliberately harmed. He warned landowners to be vigilant about how they discarded waste materials. “Discarding low volumes in small areas will drain away into the soil but larger volumes won’t. “People should be more aware of the consequences of their actions and dispose of all waste materials properly.”

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Death Notices DOSSOR, Michael Robert: February 4, 2016. DOWNES, Betty Irene:

January 27, 2016. DUNLEA, Ross Stevenson (Spade): Reg. No. 43827, Pte, Vietnam, W3 and V5 companies, 1RNZIR. February 5, 2016. POWELL, Eila Mary: February 4, 2016. REEKIE, Warren (Nobby): February 1, 2016. SMITH, Leeanne: February 7, 2016

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SMITH, Freda Mary: Passed away suddenly, surrounded by family at Maidstone Hospital Christchurch, on Tuesday February 9 2016. Aged 75 years. Loved wife to Anthony, precious mother to Tania and the late Bruce, loved mother-in-law to Paul and loved grandmother to Jordyn, Tyran and Jed. Beloved sister to Ella, Norma, Sydney, Leslie and the late Florence. Thank you to all the staff for the kind care at Maidstone Hospital. Will be sadly missed. Messages may be sent to c/- 705 Harewood Road, Christchurch 8051. A funeral service for Freda will be held at the Church of the Nativity, Alfred Street, at 1pm Tuesday February 16, followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

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

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Earthworms have five hearts that keep the blood flowing around their bodies.

Council chief on canine anatomy By Cathie Bell Marlborough is better off when its councillors and council staff are both strong, new Marlborough District Council chief executive Mark Wheeler says. Mark told the Blenheim Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association’s first meeting of the year on Wednesday evening that he heard a lot of criticism about council staff. “Often in election years we have people complain that the tail is always wagging

the dog at the council and the staff have too much power. “I was intrigued by that so I looked up the veterinary manual on the internet. It says a dog’s tail provides balance, expresses emotions, and spreads smells. “If you have 240 staff with unbalanced emotions, you could end up with a big stink!” At the end of the day, he says, the council staff are important, but so too

are councillors. “They make the decisions, they have the final say. In a perfect world, they’re equally strong. Staff give strong advice, councillors make strong decisions. We need both.” Mark says he likes an open approach, where issues are debated and everyone’s views respected. A key task for Marlborough is to encourage more investment in the district,

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he says. That will create more jobs and people coming to Marlborough. “It’s an awesome place to live, with so many advantages, but we need to have something constructive for them to do. They don’t have to be traditional jobs… We can put more people into Marlborough. We have the infrastructure and need to do it.”

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Warriors at sixes, sevens, nines Having just gone to my first NRL Auckland Nines, it was a perfect example of why the New Zealand Warriors are so frustrating. After a dominant second half in their opening game of the shortened league format against the Canterbury Bulldogs, they looked like the favourites to take the title in front of a raucous home crowd. After sweeping aside all before them to reach the final, the team failed to fire in the decider and were soundly beaten 28-4 by the Paramatta Eels. Typical story. Right? Like a cheap steak, the Warriors have been all sizzle and no substance for 20 years. They have the players to be serious contenders for a first NRL Premiership and if grand finals

were won on paper and not on a paddock, I’m sure they would have won plenty by now. But that’s the Warriors, isn’t it? One of their famous catch-cries - “it’s just a matter of faith” couldn’t be more fitting. It was my first time watching the Warriors in Auckland, and while I am no longer a Warriors supporter and haven’t been for the past six years after finally losing patience with them, I do believe they have a fan base who deserves better. The crowd of more than 30,000 was vocal every time the team was in sight. When they ran on to warm up, they got a cheer that made the game that was being played at the time look irrelevant. There were fans who knew all

about each player - their strengths, weaknesses and whether they’d had a hair cut during the off season. These fans are loyal and they deserve a premiership. Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson is all class, he deserves to be the one to lead them to an eventual title and with the additions of Isaac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Schiek to the backline, all he needs is a decent forward pack and they’ll have a chance. The Aussies fear the Warriors because of their unpredictability - both good and bad. Imagine how intimidating the team from New Zealand would be if they made believers of the Australians and finally won their competition?

Friday February 12, 2016


Sport sports talk With ... Jacob Page


Swimming medals won Marlborough swimmers did well at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough 2016 Age Group Champs, held at Nayland Pool, Stoke last weekend. Eight swimmers from Blenheim Swimming Club attended, with the 14 year old girls the best performers from the club. Geena Langlois took second place, Sophie Woodhouse third, and Megan Clark fourth overall in their age group. Medal winners were Geena, Sophie, Megan, Tallara Daldorf (16) and Oliver Mandeno (11) who placed 3rd overall in his age group. Also attending were Liam Clark (17), Georgia Reed (12) and Kelsey Daldorf (12) who all swam some personal bests and qualified for some finals.

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Helen Godsiff from Waitaria Bay gives out muesli bars and drinks to some of the children on finishing the Red Deer Junior Tri - from left to right - Drew Materoa from Blenheim, Archie Osborne-Bartlett from Skiddaw and Hannah Roborgh from Havelock.

Waitaria Bay triathlon

By Cathie Bell The annual Waitaria Bay Triathlon was another successful event, organisers Dianne and John Dixon say. The triathlon, held last Sunday, was slightly down on numbers, Dianne says, but a lot of new competitors took part. “The overall comments make the effort we all put into holding this event so worthwhile. Comments from a German couple who were staying in the Sounds said it all – “What a fantastic event this is to be part of with disciplines within the reach of anyone and surroundings to enjoy.” “This is exactly what our Tri endeavours to portray to encourage people to participate with confidence knowing they will finish. Winning is finishing!” Dianne says they were proud that every year they have

been able to give a spot prize to every participant in both our Classic Tri+ and Red Deer Junior Tri, with this year being no exception. “We have also been able to keep our entry fee the same for adults at $15 for individuals and $20 for a team. There is no charge for children.” There were three trophies – the Ziegler Cup for the first man home, won by Jon Lee from Raetihi, the Sports Family of the Year for the first family, won by the McMahon family from Blenheim, and the Mateen Jenkins Memorial Trophy for the first woman home, won by Hanneke Kroon from Crail Bay. This year was the eighth year of the event, which began with the Waitaria Bay Fitness Group wanting something to work towards and for something to showcase to visitors.

Pre-season warmup Players in the Crusaders Super Rugby team will visit clubs in Marlborough to drum up support among club members and players before the pre-season warm-up game against the Hurricanes next week. Rugby development officer Richard Harris says the team will split up, with a few players from the team visiting each club’s grounds and taking part in activities between 7.15pm and 8.15pm

on Thursday next week. All Marlborough clubs are taking part. The team is also expected to visit Kaikoura in the afternoon before arriving in Blenheim. The Crusaders will play Wellington-based team the Hurricanes in a pre-season warm-up game at Lansdowne Park on Friday next week. The game starts at 4.30pm. Richard says tickets are selling well.

Rugby excitement rising at Springlands School From left to right, back row: Mika Sisikefu-Page, Alex Kimura-Roche, DJ Arbuckle, Jack Burdon, and George Lindstrom; and front row: Rhys Gjelstad, Katie Taggart, Hamish Lindstrom, and Ruby Lindstrom.

Winners will be contacted next Thursday and the winners’ names will be in Friday’s Sun.

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