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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Leap Year baby Keeyanu Tomasi is totally oblivious to the fuss over his birthday as he snuggles into his mother’s arms. Hulita and her husband Kalolo weren’t expecting their son to be born until March 11, but for medical reasons he was delivered earlier, and at 3.6kg he is a content and healthy baby.

Continued page 2 New parents Hulita and Kalolo Tomasi are thrilled their son Keeyanu was born on a Leap Year day.

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Special birthday for Keeyanu Continued from page 1 Keeyanu is the couple’s first child and Marlborough’s only Leap Year baby for 2016. “On the 28th I was induced but didn’t think he would be born on Leap Year day. I wanted to hold off until the first of March so he had an annual birth date. “I read that the odds are low to be born on a Leap Year Day and that it’s the least shared birthday. Now Keeyanu has an interesting story to tell about his birthday,” Hulita laughs. Surprisingly Keeyanu’s unique birth

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date isn’t the only one in the family. Kalolo’s birthday is Labour Day and two of Hulita’s brothers share New Year’s Eve, despite being 18 years apart. “I think it’s a bit of a tradition in both our families,” she laughs. The couple say they knew they were expecting a boy, though secretly they had their fingers crossed for a girl. “In both our families there are very few girls, everyone is having boys so I think our relatives were waiting for a girl,” Hulita says. “I am the only girl and have six brothers,

and Kalolo has six brothers and one sister. I think the odds were always against us,” they joke. Keeyanu was named by another family member as per Tongan tradition, Kalolo says. Hulita and Kalolo recently moved to Blenheim from Auckland as they felt it was a great place to raise children. “It’s been go, go, go this year... almost a bit overwhelming, but we are thrilled to have our son with us now. It’s still a surreal feeling to have him here and see him, but it’s wonderful,” Hulita says.

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Story and photo by Cathie Bell A “street food” event by six international chefs held by local companies Cloudy Bay Clams and Allan Scott Wines has raised more than $18,000 for children’s charity KidsCan. The event was held the evening before the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival, after Cloudy Bay Clams brought six chefs from Australia, Hong Kong, and the United States to the region as part of the company’s promotional work and one suggested doing an event. The result was an event hosted at Allan Scott Wines’ Jacksons Road winery that had Louie Tikaram from EP/LP Los Angeles, Dan Hong from Mr Wongs Sydney, Jowett Yu from Ho Lee Fook Hong Kong, Philip Wood from Rockpool Sydney, Luke Powell from LP Quality Meats Sydney, and Daniel Wilson from Huxtable Melbourne cooking “street food” style for about 150 guests. All in all, $18, 665.89 was raised

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from the evening, which organiser Dion Brown says was “brilliant”. It was such a success that Allan Scott Wines has booked it in again for next year, spokeswoman Victoria Scott says. “People can’t often get to see or dine with this calibre of chef. They’re not hiding them away. “We were delighted to have been involved…Cloudy Bay Clams were amazing how they pulled them all together and share with the community. “We’re very much looking forward to doing it again next year.” Dion says chefs are already expressing interest in being here next year. Cloudy Bay Clams’ Aaron Piper manned the Raw Bar at the event and says it had a great atmosphere, with people mingling with the chefs as they worked. Some of the chefs brought books to be raffled, and the ASB bank donated a signed All Blacks jersey which was raffled as well.

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Sunflowers tower over tots

Story and photo by Cathie Bell It’s an annual contest with fierce competition, but this year a four year-old has grown the tallest sunflower in real estate agent Michael Rea’s challenge. Each year, Michael supplies competitors with seeds in September and they grow the sunflowers, to be measured each March. This year, Sofia Cooke Vasquez at St Mary’s Pre-school in Blenheim grew the tallest flower, reaching over three metres tall, Michael says. He says Henare Panoho grew the sunflower with the widest seed head, reaching about 300 millimetres. Michael presented Sofia with a voucher for books for the pre-school on Wednesday. He has presented another voucher to Henare, and spot prizes to some particularly keen competitors. “There’s a huge range of people, from two year-olds at the pre-school to 80-plus year-olds. “One lady rings me every week to see when the judging is.

“I just think it’s really entertaining for people and families to do it. They grow so fast and look so pretty.” St Mary’s Pre-school principal Hazel Shapcott says Sofia’s sunflower is one of many planted by the pre-school’s students in their koru garden. The win has special significance as the garden was built in memory of deceased teacher Yvonne Andres-Weaver who particularly liked sunflowers. The garden in the shape of a koru, enabled the children to hide in it. It’s a whispering space, where they can go and have quiet time. The sunflowers also help the children’s scientific enquiry, she says. “The flower heads move during the day to follow the sun… they start off looking one way, and then by the afternoon, they’re looking the other way. “The seeds are so small and this is what you get, “ she says, pointing at the three metre-high plants.

inbrief Deaths unknown Scientific analysis of samples taken from the dead eels found in a Tua Marina waterway has failed to pinpoint a cause of death. Council Compliance Manager Gina Ferguson says tests were conducted for 68 possible pesticide chemicals and only one was identified, at barely detectable levels. That chemical, Glyphosate, is a commonly used broad-spectrum herbicide, but the concentration in the water samples was so low that it could not be declared the cause of the eel deaths, she said.

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Mark Stevenson First National real estate agent Michael Rea, with St Mary’s preschooler Sofia Cooke Vaquez, who planted the tallest sunflower.

Council meets on theatre loan crisis By Cathie Bell Marlborough District councillors are to meet on Monday in an extraordinary meeting to decide whether to guarantee bridging finance for the Civic theatre to be finished. The Theatre Trust is seeking to extend its ASB loan facility by $1.5M to cover cashflow problems caused by unexpectedly high extra construction costs and the absence of anticipated funding from central government. The bank will agree to extend the Trust’s existing $3.1M loan facility by a further $1.5M so long as Council also extends its guarantee.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman says councillors will be asked to consider the request at a Council meeting on Monday. Earlier in the project Council agreed to stand guarantor for a loan of half a million dollars extended to the Trust by the Canterbury Community Trust. Now the Trust has told the Council that, while its current fundraising more than meets the unexpected costs, because a large part of the fundraising is in pledges to be collected over the next three years, the sum required is not immediately available to the Trust.


As of the end of January this year, the Trust had secured pledges totalling $1.77 million. Alistair Sowman says this was a very challenging project for the Trust and that the margins were tight with little room for slippage. Fortunately, the ASB was willing to lend the trust more money, but only if the Council provided an additional guarantee, he says. That additional guarantee would be a decision for councillors. The theatre is an ambitious project for a district of Marlborough’s size but the bottom line is the community is getting a $23m state-of-the-art theatre

and effectively a new town hall with only a quarter of the total cost coming from Council, Alistair says. It was important that people understood that rates were not used to help pay the capital cost of the theatre and that this current situation would not affect next year’s rates, he says. “This Council is in the fortunate position of having reserves built from income from forestry and land sales and those reserves are the only reason this region is able to provide any funding for big capital projects like the stadium, aquatic centre, convention centre and theatre.”


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Minimum wage up The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.25 an hour on 1 April 2016, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says. The starting-out and training hourly minimum wages rates will increase from $11.80 to $12.20 per hour, remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage. “An increase to $15.25 per hour will directly benefit approximately 152,700 workers and will increase wages throughout the economy by $75 million per year. “With annual inflation currently at 0.1 per cent, an increase to the minimum wage by 3.4 per cent gives our lowest paid workers more money in their pocket, without imposing undue pressure on businesses or hindering job growth.

Packing up

Story and photo by Cathie Bell Ray and Pam McCormick have the end in sight. The Market Street jewellers are selling up, after 10 years. Stock over $200 retail is to be sold at an auction at the Clubs of Marlborough tomorrow morning and the shop’s doors close for good on March 24. “And that’s it folks…this is the last chance for locals to get in and get a bargain.” Ray says he has alternative ways to sell remaining stock, but those will be outside Blenheim. Now, the tools of the trade are going too, with a former employee buying the engraving machines to start her own

engraving business in Wanaka. “They’re ready to be shipped next week,” Ray says. Pam says there has been quite a bit of interest in their equipment and shop fittings. “The only disappointment is that we haven’t been able to hand on the business to someone young and enthusiastic. “The town needs a retail manufacturing jeweller. It’s a bit of a shame, but that’s life.” The couple say the retail scene is changing, and all over, family-owned businesses that have been the backbone of small towns are being “bulldozed out”. Ray McCormick, Nikki Dinmore, and Pam McCor“It leaves a desperate lack of choice for mick, with one of the engraving machines that have people.” been sold as the business winds up.

Council plan still to come The Marlborough District Council has approved its draft budget for the draft Annual Plan 2016-17, but the plan itself has yet to be approved for public consultation. That will be done at the next full council meeting, set for April 7 at 2pm. If it is approved at that meeting, the draft

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Student cafe opens By Celeste Alexander Heavenly slices of pumpkin pie with spiced cream and freshly brewed coffee were just a few of the delicacies served up at the Community College, Marlborough’s student run cafe last week. Hospitality students opened their cafe for the first time this year which they have named ‘World Cafe’. The students were charged with the task of decorating and naming the cafe, as well as creating menus that change each fortnight. Each menu is inspired by a different country and the students take turns working the kitchen and the front-of-house as part of their training. For the opening staff and students were invited to sample the very first menu which included a number of American favourites. The World Cafe is open every Thursday, bookings can be made by emailing for dining between 12pm -1pm. TOP RIGHT: Community College Marlborough Hospitality tutor Matt Allcutt with student Tamatea Kaa preparing a dessert at last week’s cafe opening. Photo provided

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COUNCIL NEWS Extraordinary Meeting of Council The Marlborough District Council hereby gives notice pursuant to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and the Local Government Act 2002 of the following meeting: Extraordinary Council Monday 7 March 2016 at 9.00 am to discuss, in open session, the ASB Theatre funding. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, 15 Seymour Street, Blenheim. The time may be subject to alteration and confirmation thereof prior to the meeting is advised by contacting Mike Porter, Democratic Services Manager, Ph 520 7400.

Road Safety during harvest The annual grape harvest is getting underway so there’ll be a big increase in the number of trucks and slow-moving harvesters on our roads soon. Please be patient. Expect to get caught up in a procession of tractors and harvesters at some point. Please take a relaxed approach if you become part of a viticultural procession - the worst that’s likely to happen is that your trip might take an extra minute or two. Tractor and machinery drivers will be courteous and let motorists pass when they can. Remember, trucks can’t stop as quickly as a car. If a grape-laden truck has to make an emergency stop, the grapes don’t stop moving - an unnecessary grape spill is likely to be the result. Grapes make for a slippery road surface which is a serious hazard and the cost of a clean-up can run into hundreds of dollars. Marlborough Roads Highway Manager Frank Porter says, as part of the district-wide contribution to our viticulture industry, everyone can help keep our roads safe during vintage: • Expect to meet tractors and harvesters on rural roads • Be patient when in a queue • Expect to meet lots more trucks on the road • Give these trucks lots of space to manoeuvre • Report any grape spills to Marlborough Roads • And, truckies, please take extra care to drive slowly and carefully at corners and intersections. Marlborough Roads, phone (03) 520 8330 (24 hours service) or 0800MARLRD

Blenheim’s own ‘gap-filler’ parks Two long-time vacant sites in Blenheim’s town centre, where the City Hotel and Mitchell’s Sports once stood, are being re-invented as urban space for public use. These empty spaces are gradually being transformed; vacant lots converted into bright spots within the CBD. The work is a joint project by Council and the Blenheim Business Association to bring more life into the town streets.

In High Street, petunias, marigolds and lobelia are tucked alongside salad greens in a wall of colour on the old City Hotel site, disguising the exposed framework left after the demolition.

Watch these spaces as the work continues - a public opening is being planned soon.

Second-Hand Sunday is coming back Sunday 6 March is another free opportunity for the community to dispose of unwanted goods. Here’s how it works Register your address if you have goods to give away. Registered properties will be listed on the Council website advertisement for Second-Hand Sunday. On Sunday 6 March, put a SecondHand Sunday sign (grey leaflet from Council) on your letterbox so people know you have items to give away. Put the items together in a neat pile, either at your letterbox or next to your driveway. At 1.00 pm remove the sign and

pack up any items not taken. It’s your responsibility to remove anything left behind. If you leave it outside your property boundary then you are in breach of the dumping rubbish bylaw. Remember Take items only from properties advertised and where the Second-Hand Sunday sign is displayed. Don’t arrive before 10.00 am or after 1.00 pm. Don’t enter the property; items should be at the front gate. If you have uncollected goods you can take them to the Re-use Shop or Transfer Station.

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A layer of clothing can save your skin Council customer service officer Luke Davies with the ‘dressed’ ACC scooter used to promote the importance of scooter riders wearing at least one layer of clothes to protect their skin in an accident. Council Road Safety Coordinator Robyn Blackburn says, in hot weather, scooter riders dressed in shorts, tee-shirts and jandals are a common sight on our roads and all that bare skin is just a disaster waiting to happen if a rider comes off and hits the

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The Seniors Expo showcases 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, tea, coffee, muffins and mini health checks 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. There is also transport provided for Picton Seniors. To book your free seat on the bus and find out about pick up and return times please ring Tony Ph: 573 6989.

In Wynen Street, the gap left when Mitchell Sports moved out is being converted into an urban playspace with equipment for free public use.

Positive ageing Driving a car and even negotiating a mobility scooter sometimes becomes impossible for older people due to failing health and strength or because of an impairment that prevents them from doing either safely. Free public transport is available to Super Gold Card holders on the Blenheim Bus. However some people are not able to travel in a safe and dignified way on public transport and require door to door transport to meet their day to day travel needs.

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tarseal. Every year ACC deals with hundreds of claims for injuries from scooter accidents, the largest number of claims coming from teenage riders. ACC encourages all scooter owners to register for a local training course. Courses are arranged as soon as there are enough registrations. Register at or contact Robyn Blackburn, Ph: 03 520 7400.

Helping older people get out and about The Total Mobility Scheme provides subsidised taxi transport for people who can’t manage public transport due to permanent disability or impairment. The Scheme is jointly funded by the District Council and the NZ Transport Agency. An eligibility assessment by a participating Agency is required before gaining access to the Total Mobility Scheme. People who qualify for this assistance are issued with a photo ID card and vouchers that entitle the user to half

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The Sun Dangerous cyclist Yes the road code says you can ride two abreast, but as a regular cyclist and a driver, a little bit of consideration goes a long way. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. When I’m driving I give cyclists heaps of room and when I’m cycling I ride as far left as possible because I’m smart enough to know that in a collision I’m likely to come off second best. I am a cyclist, and I drive a car. When I’m cycling I abide by the road rules. When I drive I abide by the road rules. The roads in this country are not a battlefield. Learn to live with and respect each other and lets all enjoy what this beautiful region has to offer to everyone. Road code and cycling ... obviously you didn’t read what I was saying properly. Parked cars along the road with two abreast on a bike, with cars and trucks swerving to get out of each others way and school kids about. It’s dangerous: road code or not. You use road sense and safety. It’s becoming a problem.

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Tap water Drink tap water is the craze now. Try telling that to Seddon and sometimes Renwick people.........

Great festival Congratulations to all concerned, what a great multicultural festival. Went for a look and was so impressed stayed most of the day. Look forward to next year.

School site Why not combine A & P grounds with race course? Use A & P for school site handy for everyone.

Text Talk Why is it that you print everyone else’s nom~de~plume except mine? This has happened at least three times now and it is getting quite annoying. I always write “Speckled Jim” at the end of my texts, on a new line, but you so far haven’t printed it once. If you ignore the content of this text and print it without my pen name, the irony and frustration might make me go insane. That is all for now. Speckled Jim

Garage sale signage When people put signs up all over the place, make sure you can read them. Had to get out of car and read them. Try black or red paint so it’s easy to see please.

Great rugby but... Great rugby last Friday night...but why isn’t there a sign up where the first aid is at the park? We had to ask security, then go to the north side of the old stand.

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What next Recently the pavements around the railway crossings have had some interesting signage added, “Look for Trains”. Presumably these have been installed for those folks in the community whom lack common sense. If nothing else it adds to the visual pollution of increased levels of signage. What next one must ask. Do we really need this level of warning for something that should be common sense!

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School gala I hope St Marys Gala’s not going to have the garage sale in that small room. It needs to be in the main hall so people can move round.

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Rai Valley show Saturday It’s another weekend for family fun and entertainment with the Rai Valley A&P Show which will take place this Saturday. It’s the 82nd annual show and will be held at the Carluke Domain in Rai Valley, and as always it promises to be another great event. Gates open at 7am and there will be plenty of events to watch throughout the day. Entertaining the crowd will be the band Nine95 which will play from 10:30am to 4pm. Last year’s inaugral giant pumpkin competi-

tion was such a success it’s back again this year and of course there will be woodchopping action. Cattle and sheep sections will be held in the morning and the showjumping in the afternoon, while indoors there will be exhibits on display from lunchtime onwards. For the children there will be Sturgeons Amusements with the ferris wheel, merry-goround, mini go-karts, side shows and more. Something for the whole family to participate in, the Rai Challenge is back.

This is where competitors carry a possum or pig around an obstacle course and there are great prizes to be won. Food and drinks will be available all day. Itinerary: • 9:30am Giant pumpkin competition • 10am: Rai Challenge • 12noon: Dog section • 2pm: Fancy dressed pet Entry is $ 7.00 for adults and $3 for children, pay at the gate.

Residents breathe a sigh of relief Renwick has escaped water restrictions Renwick community has earned itself the waterwise title this summer, getting through a long dry period without the need for water restrictions. Voluntary water conservation practices coupled with a couple of late summer downpours saved the township from any bans on domestic water use. Recent rain saw the Wairau River rise but also brought dirty water into the township wells. However that has now cleared. “Gibson’s Creek and the Wairau River have each cleared sufficiently for the water supply to be restored to the flow rates in place before the flooding. The bore pumps are back to 90% of their maximum capacity, delivering 55 litres per second,”

Council’s Maintenance and Operations Engineer Stephen Rooney says. The aquifer has been steadily recovering since the rain and the high river flows, he says. “Before last week’s rain the aquifer was 1250mm above the top of the well pumps. Today it is 1870mm above and still rising even though the pumping rate has been lifted by 5l/s to 55 l/s.” Mr Rooney says the state of the aquifer, along with the cooling weather, means the need for voluntary water restrictions in Renwick has passed for this season. “Without the great effort by the Renwick community there would certainly have been water restrictions just as there had

been in the past three summers. Instead we’ve seen what a dedicated group can achieve by working with the wider community to ensure everyone understands the challenge and works together to manage in the dry conditions.” Councillor Cynthia Brooks says Renwick’s Smart and Connected Water Group, ably led by Budyong Hill, had made a real difference, leading the community through the challenges of a very dry summer. “Councillors and Council staff will be working with this group to provide effective communication on the progress toward a new water supply for Renwick over the next three years.”

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5 minutes with: David Rennie


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Meat industry chaos Q undeniable? The chaotic state of the meat industry is patently obvious says Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) chairman Dave McGaveston of Tapawera. He described the industry as in a state of crisis and one that had been growing for several years. “MIE assessed that the current ‘Business as Usual’ with no change, policy of Beef and Lamb NZ was actively contributing to the demise of the Industry. “Triggering the MIE response was Beef and Lamb NZ’s opposition to two MIE remits.” Dave says this action placed Beef and Lamb NZ in breach of obligations under the Commodity Levies Act. “MIE has put forward the remits to farmers because of Beef and Lamb NZ’s obstructive attitude. The inaction had cost NZ’s sheep and beef farmers a further $450million over the past year alone as a result of this ‘refusal to act’ mentality.” A consequence for farmers was that it equated to loss of extra income of $50,000 per year on a 5000SU farm. “Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option,” Dave says. “One thing was certain, voting for the status quo was not the answer. Action was urgently


needed with a multitude of options identified and places to start. “Because of stubborn inaction, foreign interests had made purchases. Over the past 12 months the Chinese, Japanese and even Brazilian companies had moved to now either own outright, taken major shareholdings and would by the end of 2016 (if the Chinese takeover of SFF was allowed to proceed) control 56 percent of the countries beef processing and over 40 percent of sheep. “The second MIE remit that needed debate was focused entirely on the removal of the processor representatives from around the board table,” he says. He goes on to say the existing model was a failed experiment and is a hindrance to the ability of Beef and Lamb NZ to act in farmers’ interests.


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what’s on in marlborough

- weekend event guide Friday 4 Dinner and Auction Junior cricket fundraiser, Redwood Tavern, 6pm onwards. Special guest speaker Mark Greatbatch. Tickets $37 each, available from Wain and Naysmith Lawyers and SBS Bank. The Omaka Maze Omaka Maize Maze, 200 Dog Point Road, Hawkesbury, Blenheim. Fri 5-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm. www. Hot Art in Havelock The Gallery, 60 Main Road, Havelock. Open from 10am-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. The Edwin Fox Ship Visitor Centre open every day from 9am, a great all weather and family friendly activity. Come and explore the decks and the depths of the ship. Dunbar wharf, on Picton foreshore. For more information call Karen on 573 6868. Heritage & Whaling Museum Picton has a collection of some 2000 items of Maori, whaling, maritime, heritage and textile displays. 10am - 4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Ph 573 8283. EcoWorld Picton Aquarium Meet the locals up close with amazing New Zealand animals. Touch a living fossil (Tuatara), Little Blue Penguin, have fun discovering animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Up Close Encounters at 11am and 2pm daily. Open daily from 9.30am. Picton Foreshore. Marlborough Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park, Daily 10am - 4pm. The Diversion Gallery Open 12pm-5pm Wed – Saturdays, 10 London Quay, Picton, Ph 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or

Saturday 5 Rapaura School Country Harvest Fair Cake stall, lemon heaven, white elephant, produce, silent auction, crazy trailer rides, bouncy castles and lots more, 10am-2pm. Rai Valley 82nd A&P Show A great family day. Giant pumpkin competition, cows, horses, sheep, sturgeons amusements, indoor competitions and more. Entry and trade forms available online, www. Moto-X Eastern States Speedway, Fun for the whole family. 6pm.

If you have an event email Lacy at The Sun

Seaweek - Snorkel Lessons and Snorkel Scavenger Hunt Waikawa Dive Centre, Waikawa Marina, Picton. Waikawa Dive Centre are hosting fun snorkelling lessons followed by a snorkel scavenger hunt on the Picton foreshore. Aimed for beginners 7-14 year olds. All gear provided. $10. 2pm-3.45pm. Bookings essential, ph Mandy on 03 573 8243.

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The Omaka Maze Omaka Maize Maze, 200 Dog Point Road, Hawkesbury, Blenheim. Fri 5-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm. www.

Swimming Have a Go Fun Races for Primary School Swimmers. Keen to practice before the Marlborough Primary Schools Swimming Champs or have a go at racing? Come to our final Sunday fun race meet for this season. 4.45-6pm, Enquiries to

The Far East and Beyond Marlborough Yealands Estate Gallery, 204 High Street, Blenheim. Artists include Valeriu Sepi and Nyomam Gunarsa. Exhibition runs from 27 February-13 March. Open daily 10:30am-4:30pm. Chasing the Masterpiece Exhibition Redwood Village Artists. Marlborough Yealands Estate gallery, 204 High Street. Open daily, 10:30am-4:30pm. Redwoodtown Market 8am-12pm, Redwood Tavern car park, plants, produce and crafts. 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 Dillons Point Rd, opens 9am-12pm Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1-4pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry 578 1835. Mini Putt & Merry-Go-Round Picton Foreshore, 10am every day during school holidays, Today and Sunday, 10am. 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. Selling the Dream The Art of Early New Zealand Tourism. Millennium Art Gallery. 7 Feb-20 March. Open Day to learn about Tsunami Hazards Rarangi Community Hall, 252 Rarangi Beach Road. The open days are an opportunity for people to learn about tsunami hazards. Admission free. 10am-2pm.

Children’s Day Brayshaw Park. Activities to include bouncy castle, interactive challenges, creative and craft activities and much more. This is a picnic event so please bring your own food and blanket, there will be limited food stalls. 10am-1pm.

Blenheim Riverside Railway Brayshaw Park Station. Departs 1.15pm & 3pm for Omaka and return and 1.45pm for Beaver Station, Riverside Park, Central Blenheim and return. CASH ONLY, Adults $10, Child $5. ‘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 Road, 9am– 12pm. Buy Local - Cook Local. Ulysses Club Ride Rai Valley for a ice cream, 1pm start with Evan Teale R.I.C. Petanque 10am Sunday and 1pm Wednesday, 65A Weld Street – Ph John on 577 9789. Marlborough Kennel Association Double Ribbon Parades. Clubgrounds, Aerodrome Road, Omaka. Entries taken 10.15am, judging from 11am. All dogs recognised by NZKC welcome. Refreshments available, public most welcome. Enquiries to Sandra 5787996.

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1-4pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. For more info contact Jim 578 8974 or Rod 579 4601. 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, 1pm4pm, $2. Marlborough Yealands Estate Gallery 204 High Street, Blenheim. Artists include Valeriu Sepi and Nyomam Gunarsa. Exhibition runs from 27 February 13 March. Open daily 10:30am-4:30pm. Chasing the Masterpiece Exhibition Redwood Village Artists. Marlborough Yealands Estate gallery, 204 High Street. Open daily, 10:30am-4:30pm. The Omaka Maze Omaka Maize Maze, 200 Dog Point Road, Hawkesbury, Blenheim Fri 5-8pm, Sat 10am8pm, Sun 10am-6pm.

Up & Coming Monday 7 March Free Ceilidh Come scottish country dancing. No need for a partner. Whitney Street School Hall, Whitney Street. No Charge. 7.30-9.30pm. Friday 11 March The Framingham 2016 Harvest Concert. 19 Conders Bend Road, Renwick. The Line-up includes Newtown Rock Steady, Terror of the Deep & DJ Fran, with more acts to follow. Tickets $35 from eventfinda. 6.30-11.30pm.

Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm-3pm. All welcome. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley, 9am. Ph Murray on 578 9199 or Ph Tony on 577 9776. Tramping Club We go on tramp’s Wednesday & Sunday, please confirm for travel. Ph Mary on 572 8762 or marlboroughtrampingclub@gmail. com.

Rai Valley 82nd A&P Show A great family day. Giant pumpkin competition, cows, horses, sheep, sturgeons amusements, indoor competitions and more. Entry and trade forms available online,

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Jodye Tomalin, Gary Spence, Gayle Chambers, and Scott Hantz are working to promote youth in emergency services.

Call for youth to upskill in crisis

Marlborough’s Multicultural Festival celebrated 10 years in style, colour and unity last Saturday as the community gathered at Pollard Park to celebrate ‘Race Relations Day’. Race Relations Day (March 21) marks the International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination, and this year’s theme is ‘Welcoming Diversity’. Top: An Indonesian Kipas Fan dancer. ABOVE: Accepting donations to help with destruction in Fiji was Shiv Chad.

Story and photo by Cathie Bell Emergency services organisations are recruiting young people for a programme called Youth in Emergency Services. The YES programme, being run for the first time in Marlborough, will see 16 young people train with nine emergency services organisations. They are: Red Cross, Civil Defence, Urban Fire, Rural Fire, Coastguard, St John’s, Rarangi Surf Lifesaving, LandSAR Search and Rescue, and the Police. Representatives have visited Marlborough colleges this week to promote the opportunity to youth aged between 16 and 19. The course is fully funded, with equipment provided. Marlborough Youth Trust youth development co-ordinator Jodye Tomalin says the course

is hands-on, with participants committing to evening and weekend courses for nine weeks, culminating in a weekend emergency scenario test. The trust is co-ordinating the programme in Marlborough. It starts on April 7. Interested people can apply to join the programme through the trust, which has offices in Arthur Street, Blenheim. Civil Defence spokesman Gary Spence says the course will also help the services with succession planning. It will give participants an experience of each service and show them a way forward if they want to do more with a particular emergency service. For some, it could lead to a career in the police or fire service.

Photos by Jeff Ross.

Garin College Small School, Big Heart Garin College is a co-educational Catholic College with boarding facilities for boys and girls based in Richmond, Nelson.

Why choose Garin College • Small community based Catholic College • Modern facilities in beautiful grounds • A safe and caring environment • Family style hostel • Fantastic results for all students, NCEA, Rock Quest, Stage Challenge, Sports, Outdoor adventure and more While Nelson provides all the advantages of living in a city, Garin College delivers all the benefits of attending a small school, and living in our boutique hostels with space for only 28 boys and 28 girls from year 9 to 13, you can know your child will be cared for as they move from home for their secondary education. Our boarders are active, involved teenagers who thrive in the environment of the hostel. To find out more about boarding contact Robert Booth on 0276544835, e-mail or visit our website.

Meet staff and students at an information evening at St Mary’s Pa rish Centre, 61 Maxwell R oad. 6-8pm Wednesday 9 March. Garin College, 35 Champion Road, Richmond, Nelson P: +64 3 543 9488 F: +64 3 543 9489 Email:

Jeep returns with donations By Celeste Alexander Renwick man Adrian Byrne who travelled to Twizel and back in his 1946 Willys CJ-2A Jeep has returned, and not empty pocketed. He and co-driver Garth Paganini were collecting donations for Hospice Marlborough as part of the up and coming Hospice Classic Vehicle Display on March 13. “We stopped quite a few times along the way and knocked on doors and people seemed really keen to support it, whether it was with

Adrian Byrne’s 1946 Willys CJ-2A Jeep.

$5 or more. “The Jeep handled the trip really well, with no real problems it behaved itself well. It was slow on the road but once we got into the back blocks it was in its element,” he says. Adrian returned with around $400 in donations and says he will continue to ‘rattle the donation can’ and try to raise more ahead of the Display where he will have the Jeep on show.

Torchlight maze walk tonight By Celeste Alexander If you are looking for a fun family activity this evening, the Omaka Maize Maze is hosting a fantastic event. The ‘Amazing Stars Torchlight Maze’ kicks off at 6:30pm and is raising funds for the Cancer Society Marlborough. It will be a chance to experience the maze a different torchlight. Children are encouraged to go along in fancy dress to win prizes, there will be UV face painting by Marlborough Girls’ College students, and goodie bags will be handed out. BPM Disco will be there with their photo-booth so families can take home photographs from their starry night. Cancer Society Marlborough fundraiser Zoe Gray says it’s a great family event and one she’s

looking forward to. “I will be taking my boys for sure. We are thrilled that Omaka Maze has organised this and is supporting our organisation,” she says. Paul Baker of the Omaka Maize Maze says he’s expecting it to be a lot of fun. “This is our first time fundraising for the Cancer Society so I’m hoping it will be a great night. “The Society does really great work in the community. When we had a family member affected by cancer the support we received was amazing, so we want to give back where we can,” he says. Entry costs $8 per child and $10 per adult, drinks and icecreams are available and there is an Eftpos facility. Please bring your own torch.

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John Mills Ph 021-469-873 Evenings 574-2466 situations vacant

OFFICE CHAMPION REAL ESTATE ADMINISTRATOR Debbie Webster and Mike Pero Real Estate are trusted names in Marlborough real estate. With sales busier than ever and our current champion departing we are looking for a new office administrator preferably licensed or with real estate experience to keep supporting the team. You’ll require strong commitment to achieving the very best result for our clients with a proven background in customer service, marketing and office administration to make this happen. A real estate sales certificate or desire to study towards their license would be advantageous to the development of the role and business. You will: • be responsible for organising and coordinating the smooth day to day running of the office and marketing support • live and breathe for a turbo paced environment where no two days are the same • be a strong multi tasker and team player willing to help whenever. If you are looking for a new challenge and a role you can make your own then we want to talk to you. Please apply by sending your cover letter and current CV to

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bAKER We require an enthusiastic and passionate Baker capable of producing high standard products. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a skilled team in a successful supermarket. We see the successful applicant as having: • A good understanding of the Bakery Industry and products • A passion for baking • Self Motivation • Excellent communication skills • Experience • Innovative ideas • Great Customer Service • A focus on teamwork Key responsibilities include: • Producing a range of consistently high quality products to meet demand • Maintaining a high standard of merchandising. • Adhering to Health & Safety and Food Safety Standards • Delivering excellent Customer Service Days of work will be discussed at the interview. One weekend day will be required. We will be offering competitive remuneration for this role. If you have what we are looking for and are ready to take on an exciting new challenge, then please complete an application instore at New World Blenheim. Applications for this position should have New Zealand Citizenship, New Zealand Permanent Residency or a valid New Zealand Work Permit.

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Vehicle SaleS PerSon Houston Mitsubishi and Peugeot Blenheim is in growth mode, in both new and used vehicles, so we are searching for a very enthusiastic proactive person who can make a big contribution to our continued growth. Key responsibilities: • Manage and develop relationships with existing clients • Show initiative in obtaining new business • Driven to achieve budgeted targets Required Skills & Experience • Understanding and appreciation of our products • Demonstrated success in selling (preferably vehicles) • Basic technical knowledge of motor vehicles and computer skills Personality • Dynamic self-motivated & dedicated to succeed • Passionate & dedicated to delivering high customer service • Honest, reliable & hard-working, doing what needs to be done • Have a high standard of presentation and experience Ultimately we are seeking an ambitious, hands-on sales person with a real passion for growing business. Remuneration is by way of retainer, commission and company vehicle. Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. If you are interested in this role and have the relevant skills & experience, please forward your CV to:, applications close on the 11 March.


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BENSEMAN: Adam Anthony (9lb 3oz) February 26, 2016 THOMPSON: Harper Elizabeth (8lb 3oz) February 26, 2016 BEERENS: Eowyn Lilly June (5lb 7oz) February 23, 2016 Da Costa/Sales: Noah Lucas, February 11, 2016 VERCOE: Manaia Jacob (10lb 1oz) February 2, 2016

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

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Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Senior Citizens Hall, 166 High Street. Sundays 10 a.m. All welcome. 5785030.


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9.00am: Holy Communion 10.30am: All age worship 10am: Communion Enquiries Phone 578 0139

EDEN, June Alison (nee Weaver): March 1, 2016. CHURCH SERVICES 10:00am Every Sunday 4 Alana Place Witherlea Shopping Centre All Welcome JESUS IS THE ANSWER

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HAMILTON, Stanley Albert: February 26, 2016. KRAMMER, Reginald Gilbert: February 27, 2016. MAXTED, Leslie: February 29, 2016. ROUSE, Frederick (Fred): February 26, 2016. THYNNE, Pamela Margot (nee Burton): February 25, 2016.

Islam & Christianity: What’s the difference?

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The Renwick Arms Country Club would sincerely like to thank the dedicated and very generous sponsors of our fishing competition held 26th, 27th & 28th February. Basis, Boyd Electrical, Creative Signs, DB Breweries, Express Home Kill, Midland Distributors, Gas Renwick, Giesens Wines, Grove Road Super Liquor, Guthrie Bowron, H.R Engineering, J.L Trucking, Just Tag It with Embroidery, Kaituna Quarry Family Trust, K&J Consultants, McDonalds Family Restaurant, McDermott Earthworks LTD, Meaters Marlborough, Motor Kanix, NZ Breweries, RVSA Porter Electrical South Australia, Renwick Takeaways, Rob McArtney Buildings, Sounds Engineering, The Rock 91.3FM, Talleys, Tony Coe, Woodbourne Tavern, Renwick Arms Country Club

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition and to all our helpers to make this competition so successful Allan Fergusson (Ferg) Club Manager

Sunday evenings @ 7pm St Ninians Presbyterian Church Hall 1 Riley Crescent, Redwoodtown All welcome, refreshments provided. Topic: ‘Sister Religions? Islam and Christianity’ Is there common ground between Islam and Christianity, or are they worlds apart? Sunday 6th March Presenter: Graeme Howarth, BMin., MTh. For more information phone Brendan O’Hagan 578 5567 Presbyterian Parish Alpha Course begins Wednesday 6th April Register now!

C R O S S W O R D Puzzle CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Rope dancer (11) 7. Nourish (7) 11. On the move (5) 12. Exhausted (7) 13. Swift (5) 14. & 30 ACROSS. Minor mistake (speech) (4,2,3,6) 15. Implored (9) 16. Laboured (6) 18. Difficult to catch (7) 21. Lazy (4) 23. Delve (3) 25. Finish (3) 27. Hypocritical speech (4) 28. Ceased to occupy(house) (7) 30. SEE 14 ACROSS. 32. Sheep in 2nd year (3) 33. False hair (3) 34. Hesitate (6) 35. Characteristic of class (7) 36. Cease (4) 37. Snake (3) 39. Born (3) 41. Bait (4) 43. Christian recluse (7) 45. Sacred place(pl) (6) 48. Arrest (9)

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Dredge, Paul: 20.08.74 - 04.03.15 No one knows how much we miss you, No one knows the bitter pain, We have suffered since we lost you, Life has never been the same, In our hearts your memory lingers, Tenderly, fond and true, There is not a day, Paul Dredge, That we do not think of you Love from Michaela and Amy.

By Russell McQuarters 49. Live a country life (9) 51. List of jurors (5) 52. His works include’Madam Butterfly ‘ & ‘Tosca’(7) 53. Number (5) 54. Tolerates (7) 55. Interpret wrongly (11) DOWN 1. Droops (5) 2. Nourishing (11) 3. Abandoned (8) 4. Modernize (6) 5. Icon (5) 6. Offers (7) 7. Calming (8) 8. Endure (6) 9. Warned (7) 10. Famous (5) 16. Diplomatic (7) 17. Varied (7) 19. Rent (5) 20. Lures (7) 22. Example(pl) (7) 24. Joke (3) 26. Cur (3) 29. Choose (5) 31. Unwelcome party guest (11)

32. Evening meal (3) 33. Come first (3) 38. Anticipates (3-5) 40. Simplicity (8) 42. Matured (7) 44. Small quantity (7) 46. Bank worker (6) 47. Greenland inhabitant (6) 48. Abundant (5) 49. Spoils (5) 50. Weird (5)

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Pizza, prayers and the premier league The best sports story so far has been Leicester’s English Premier League title tilt. Twelve months ago, they were facing relegation from the top flight of English football - now they have a two point lead with 11 games remaining in the season. It is still a tough order to see the Foxes winning it all. This competition is not like Super Rugby, the NRL, or even most major American sports leagues. The EPL has teams of massive wealth playing against teams who are delighted to survive another year in the competition. There are no salary caps, no levelling out the playing field

financially. For example, when Leicester played Chelsea in December, their team, including substitutes, cost £50.6 million compared to Chelsea’s £292 million. Leicester’s league leading striker Jeremy Vardy is being paid £1 million this season and he’s competing against players earning £30-40 million. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri purchased his whole team pizzas after their first clean sheet of the season against Crystal Palace. Former manager Nigel Pearson deserves a lot of credit for making it happen as well.

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It was his skill that kept The Foxes in the EPL after they looked likely to be relegated this time last year. Current owners, the Srivaddhanaprabha family, had their surname bestowed upon them by the King of Thailand. The family also flew in Buddhist monks to bless the team prior to a victory over Manchester United. This is a grassroots story that you couldn’t script in Hollywood. Only sport could throw up such unforeseen theatre. Leicester’s title run even has fans of other teams hoping they’ll go all the way, including this Manchester United supporter.

Kart racing The 2nd round of the Gordon Handy Machinery Twilight series was held at Cresswell Electrical Raceway last Saturday. Spokesman Neil Butts said it was a busy day for officials and club members with eight classes running and 50 Karts on the track. William Exton, current South island champ from Marlborough, led the way for the local members winning three out of his four races to lead the Mini rok class with Sam Buglar also driving well in that class. In the Rotax Heavies Daniel Buglar is in a tight battle with Kev Barker from Nelson for first. Also in that class Neil Butts and Peter Richardson have moved up the order to be fourth and fifth respectively. Bob Marr drove well in Rotax junior putting four second places together, Neil says. Thomas Ellin and Cooper Crighton who are the first members of Kartsport Marlborough Junior scholarship programme are progressing well in their class, he says.

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Harlequins eye super club win Silver Ferns of the future? Perhaps, but for now the Harlequins Radich Law Premier netball team is looking to perform at its best this weekend and next, as part of the Netball Mainland’s Super Club competition. The tournament kicks off this weekend in Ashburton and the finals will be held next weekend (March 12-13)

here at Blenheim’s Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000. Coaches Trish Weaver and Bridget Gane say it’s a great starter for the season, and the players are looking forward to it. “It’s early in the season but it’s good for team unity. It’s also exciting for our club as Blenheim will be hosting the finals event,” Trish says.

New incentive for sporting careers Talented athletes in the top of the south region now have an extra incentive to make sport their career. They are now eligible for Pathway to Podium, the national talent development programme run by Sport NZ and High Performance Sport NZ in conjunction with regional sport trusts such as Sport Tasman around the country. The two-year programme consisting of educational workshops and practical support is designed to better prepare young sportspeople with the potential to do well internationally for life as fulltime high performance athletes. Previously the programme was restricted to athletes involved in sports capable of winning medals

at Commonwealth and Olympic Games, but now it is being opened up to athletes from any sport. Sport Tasman’s Terri Willcocks, co-ordinator of the Tasman talent hub based in Blenheim, says there are plenty of potential candidates with more than 150 athletes from the region representing New Zealand at age group level. Currently there are 10 athletes on the Tasman programme – they are among 300 nationally - which Terri hopes will grow by 25 this year with the change in eligibility. No-one from the Tasman region – which takes in Nelson, Marlborough, Kaikoura and Buller – has yet to graduate to a fulltime athlete supported by High Performance Sport

NZ in the three years the programme has been running, but Terri is hopeful that is about to change after the upcoming rowing nationals. Anyone wanting to apply for entry to the programme, which costs $200 for two years, must be currently performing at elite national age group level, either representing NZ internationally or aspire and have the potential to do so, reside in the region and continue to do so for the next year, be 15-25 years old and a member of an affiliated regional club. For further information go to www. or contact Terri Willcocks at or phone 03 577 8855 Ext 3.

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The Harlequins Radich Law Premier netball team which is representing Marlborough in an up and coming tournament. Pictured are Wendy Trolove, Courtney Robinson, Jess Prosser, Jenna Gilbert, Bridget Gane, Laura Cavill-Sherriff, Kelly West and Annaliese Raemaki. Absent were Sarah Higgins, Rebecca Squire and Hayley Marfell.

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