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By Celeste Alexander Havelock mother Selena Robbins is frustrated with the behaviour of motorists in rural areas that threatens children. Her concerns come from the ‘repeated ignorance’ of the 20km/hr speed limit requirement when passing school buses that are stopped to drop off or pick up children. Continued page 2 A Havelock mother is trying to create more awareness of the 20km/h speed limit when passing a school bus. Her children Ben and George Robbins (pictured) regularly use a school bus to travel to Havelock School. Photo provided.

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Mother frustrated bus speed limit ignored by drivers Continued from page 1 Every day Selena drives her two sons to the bus stop and waits with them to be picked up and dropped off on State Highway 6, between Okaramio and Havelock. They attend Havelock School. When the school bus pulls over, she says motorists rarely slow down when passing and that there is potential for a serious accident to occur. “Cars, trucks...everyone goes past at 100km. Some might slow down but none to 20km even though there is a bright ‘school bus turns’ sign. “It’s so dangerous and yet the rule is simple. Just slow down when you

see a bus pulled over to let kids on or off. Is it going to take an accident for people to realise?” In an effort to create an awareness Selena began filming and taking photographs of the vehicles speeding past the bus. She posted them to Facebook and recently sent footage to The Hits Marlborough Facebook page for the whole community to see. “The video has generated over 5000 likes which shows people are taking notice. Most comments are positive about what can be done to help. “The whole point of the video was to get people thinking. Sometimes

kids are full of energy when they return from school and forget what they are doing, and all it takes is for one to step out onto the road to cross and be hit. “My message is even if you slow the traffic down for a minute, who cares. It’s better than being responsible for hitting a child,” Selena says. Rural Women New Zealand are advocates for safer rural roads. A spokesperson says rural children are especially vulnerable when drivers speed past school buses and have been involved in a number of serious and fatal crashes. “Drivers need to pay attention to

the speed limit of 20km/h when passing a bus that has stopped for children.” Parents can also help protect their children by teaching road safety messages such as: • Holding hands with young children safety when crossing the road and using stop, look and listen • Crossing only at designated crossing points, or if there aren’t any, crossing at safe places, not on bends or between parked cars • Taking headphones off, and not using a phone when crossing.

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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Hare Krishna devotee John Herbison, otherwise known by his spiritual name of Yasoda Dulal Das, is on a year-long pilgrimage that will have seen him travel the length of New Zealand. The journey marks 50 years of the Hare Krishna Society’s movement in the Western world. On Monday, John was on the streets of Blenheim, walking to the beat of his drum and carrying a small bag containing a change of clothes, sharing his message “Simple living, less is more”. “There is enough in the world, we just have to share it. This reduces the anxiety of thinking we require more. “The effect of this comes at a cost to families and people’s quality of life,” he says. Today he plans to cross over to Wellington

by ferry where he will continue walking to New Plymouth which he estimates will take three weeks, then on to Auckland, his final destination. His journey first began September when he travelled from Christchurch to Slope Point, Bluff by horse and cart. He later swapped the horse and cart for a drum and continued on foot alone, accepting food and shelter from those who are generous enough to share it, he says. “People are generally shy in the beginning but once they meet me, a friendship grows. From that there is trust and the willingness to share,” he says. RIGHT: Hare Krishna devotee John Herbison walked his way into Blenheim this week as part of his year-long pilgrimage around the country.

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Dope operation About 9000 cannabis plants were recovered and 13 people face charges after the aerial phase of this year’s cannabis recovery operation for Tasman Police District, which includes Marlborough. Police Operation Commander Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews says more than 9000 plants were recovered, which was a significant increase on last year’s result. He said officers located some large commercial outdoor plots along with a number of indoor growing operations. As a result 13 people are facing a range of drug and firearms charges. About 6000 plants were recovered in the Nelson-Marlborough area of the District and more than 3000 on the West Coast.

Marlborough Electric Power Trust election candidates met with Grey Power Marlborough members on Tuesday at the Wesley Centre.

Candidates have a say Story and photo by Celeste Alexander There still appears to be a lot of unanswered questions around Marlborough Lines’ purchase of Yealands Wine Group, and a lack of understanding of the role of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust, judging by questions asked at a candidates’ meeting yesterday. The power trust owns 100 per cent of the shares in Marlborough

Lines on behalf of all the power users in Marlborough. It appoints company directors and distributes returns from the company to power users twice a year. Trustee positions are voted on every two years, and yesterday, the 11 candidates standing for four positions on the trust spoke to a meeting organised by Grey Power. About 20 people attended. The Marlborough Electric Power Trust is important to

Marlborough because of its ownership of the lines company on behalf of power users, candidates agreed. They answered questions ranging from support to power users in isolated areas, maintaining community ownership of the lines company, to queries about its grants policy and the purchase of the Yealands wine company. Trust chairman Ross Inder says there is no truth in the rumour that

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Blenheim has the second-highest take-up of ultra-fast broadband in the country, according to the Government. Communications Minister Amy Adams said 14 urban areas now have UFB fully deployed, with the highest in Whangarei (26 per cent), Blenheim (25 per cent) and Tauranga (24 per cent). “I expect the uptake process to further speed up after changes I announced last week to improve access to the UFB network take effect. These changes reduce the need to apply for consents for shared driveways which will help translate more orders into connections,” she says.

Student army add to pathway By Cathie Bell About 90 members of the Student Army in Christchurch are to help out on the Link pathway build on Saturday, pathway coordinator Rick Edmonds says. The Link Pathway is planned to link Picton to Havelock, and the Student Army volunteers will work on the path between Ngakuta Bay and Wedge Point, just before Shakespeare Bay. The Canterbury University Rick Edmonds students will spread gravel to track to near-completion, Rick bring that 5.5km section of the says.



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Council backs theatre By Cathie Bell The Marlborough District Council has agreed to guarantee another $1.5m loan for the Civic Theatre Trust. The trust has run out of money to get the new theatre ready to open, and while the ASB bank was prepared to lend it more money, it needed a council guarantee before it would do so. At an extraordinary council meeting called on Monday, councillors agreed to do so after an hour and a half’s debate in a crowded room that was full of spectators. Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman says there is a long history of the region delivering ambitious projects of benefit to the community in the face of

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public criticism. “Over time, when projects like the stadium and the aquatic centre prove themselves, the critics go quiet. “I’ve no doubt it will be the same when the theatre is finished.”

Council chief executive Mark Wheeler says the project was to cost just over $23m, and the trust was $3m short. Although it had pledges to cover that amount, they would come in over the next 10 years. The $1.5m loan was needed

now to make payments for construction. Many councillors were critical of the lack of information they had received but were aware that with the theatre two weeks from opening, it could not be allowed to stop now. Councillors Geoff Evans, Jessica Bagge, Laressa Shenfield and Jamie Arbuckle tried to amend the motion to get an independent review of the theatre project, but that was defeated. Without that review, they were unable to vote for the loan guarantee extension. Councillor Brian Dawson was unable to attend the meeting. The other councillors all voted in favour.

Popular seminars to be run again By Cathie Bell A series of free seminars for people thinking about living in retirement villages has been so popular that a second wave of events is being held. The series includes a seminar in Blenheim on Thursday 31 March. The event, to be held at St Marys Parish Centre, 61 Maxwell Road, Blenheim, starting at 10.30am with Tea from 10am for registered attendees, is being run by the Commission for Fi-

nancial Capability with support from the Retirement Villages Association and experienced lawyers. The commission’s national manager of retirement villages Troy Churton says there is clearly great interest in finding out more about retirement villages. “We want people to understand the lifestyle choices, financial implications and different options available.” Latest predictions estimate the

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St Mary’s School principal Alistair Bridgeman stands in the junior playground which this weekend’s school gala is fundraising to replace.

Gala to replace playground Story and photo by Cathie Bell Funds raised by St Mary’s School gala this Saturday will be used to replace the school’s junior playground, principal Alistair Bridgeman says. The playground, built between 15 and 20 years ago, is an exciting project, Alistair says, and comes after the senior playground was built and artificial turf laid on playing fields last year. The rebuild won’t be just the play equipment the junior classes use, but the whole junior area, its seating, stage, and its connection with the next-door pre-school, he says. “We are going to involve the students and parents of young children. We want to approach the ones that use it now and their parents to say, hey what do you want in it? We’ll give them examples of what’s available.

“We may approach the preschool as well because they’re the ones who are going to use it, to get ideas from them. “It’s an exciting project.” The school’s gala on Saturday will have the favourites it is well-known for, as well as a few new ones to keep people interested, Alistair says. “We have the famous-in-Marlborough chocolate wheel, which normally raises a considerable amount. It’s popular because it has really excellent prizes. There are lots of draws, sponsored by local businesses. “We have a stunning book stall, white elephant, toy stall and secondhand clothing which are all very popular. “There will be food, and things for the children, including a new children’s stall, which is a disco. Children can dance for 20 minutes in the disco. That’s something new.”

Yoga for Fiji cyclone Five Marlborough yoga teachers are joining forces on Sunday to teach a class open to all, with proceeds to go to those affected by the cyclone in Fiji. Teacher Rebecca Foster said she and four others would take a class open to all on Sunday at 4pm. The hour and a half long class could be done by anyone, from

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: Are you going to vote in the flag referendum?

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The flag referendum has stirred the emotions of many in Marlborough and nationally. Here some Sun readers have their say. Whatever you think of the flag options on offer, make sure you have your say and send in your vote. Dear Ed, Kiwis should pause before voting in the $30 million flag referendum and think, what that $30 million could be better spent on. More Police? More social workers? Funding for hospices? Dear Ed, Shortly, we will have an opportunity to vote in the new flag referendum. In my view, the current New Zealand flag, a Union Jack combined with the Southern Cross, screams “British colony in the South Pacific.” New Zealand has not been a “colony” for many decades. The current flag is also too


Lots of areas where money is urgently needed! So vote for keeping the flag and send John -or is it Don?Key a strong message, no more smoke screens and mirrors. Sensible Spender

similar to the Australian flag. I do respect the RSA and those who favour the status quo. However, I feel sure the many New Zealand military personnel buried in war graves at Gallipoli and elsewhere, would vote strongly in favour of a flag that specifically represents their country, New Zealand. The country they fought and died for, and loved.

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Dear Ed, I feel that its time to comment on what is the final stage of the flag debacle. What at first appeared to be a great idea has turned into a farce, a small and very costly committee chose for us all a very limited range of suitable flags for us to consider. We now have the choice to stick with what is part of New Zealand’s history, or vote for the alternative Black and Blue Silver Fern. The cost for the referendum was $26 million dollars. If a change of flag is the end result then the actual cost will be Anecdotally, few of these New Zealand heroes had much time for the British, their generals or their Union Jack. The New Zealand we live in today is a diverse, independent, respected country in the South Pacific. We need a flag that represents that reality and makes a statement about who we are today - one that separates us visually

enormous, every Government document, passport, licence etc are all of a sudden out of date. Surely there are more important issues for our politicians to resolve first. Sitting back and looking at the complete picture I will vote for the current flag. Like it or not it is part of our rich history and as for the likeness of the Australian Flag we are very close countries anyway, Australia is more likely to become a republic sooner than us and then their flag would be changed to reflect this. Adrian Byrne

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Excellence awards The Marlborough Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards are to be announced at a gala dinner next week. The Sun is profiling finalists, and here are two entrants.


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Who are you? We are Tricia & Brian Dawson. Tricia grew up in Marlborough and left to complete tertiary training. In 2003 we returned to Blenheim to be close to family and the lifestyle Marlborough offers us. When we are not working in the business we enjoy walking in the Wither Hills, and attending athletics events with our son Alex. What do you do? We own and operate our business Gist Communication Services Ltd. We’ve had the business for 12 years. We provide individualised vocational retraining services to clients supported by ACC. When someone has an injury and as a consequence is either unable or unlikely to return to their existing occupation, ACC will assist in identifying a range of work roles that are medically sustainable for the client. A rehabilitation and vocational retraining program is designed for the client to develop the skills required in these roles. Gist is one of the specialist services that is brought in by ACC to assess claimants’ current skills and where required teach claimants the skills they require. Why have you entered the Business Awards? We entered to benchmark our business against other businesses. What benefits are there for you and your customers in the awards? The benefits for us are sharpening our focus on the future of our business with the benefits for our customers being the continued improvement in what we deliver. What have you learned about yourself and your business? This process has confirmed that we have a fantastic team at Gist who are always striving to ensure that the services we deliver are the very best that they can be. It’s a continuous process making sure that everyone get the gist!

Who are you? I am Radek Baran, the founder of Go Green LED. I am also a father and a guy who always wanted to change the world somehow, make a difference, and help our planet. I am a dreamer and a believer. One day I woke up and I looked into LED industrial lighting and I thought: “That is it. Now I know what I can do to help our environment!” What do you do? I find all the latest products on the market and make sure we work only with top quality components and lights. Quality is very important for me and so I want to make sure we always keep it high. Why have you entered the Business Awards? The Business Awards will be very good marketing for our company. We are small and we have been very busy with new customers, leaving us with not much time to work on marketing. What benefits are there for you and your customers in the awards? It will be awesome, after so much hard work, to be recognised as a good company. Also if we win, it means more people will know about us and about the LED lights. Hopefully by then people will start to be more open minded with this beautiful new technology that is here to stay. What have you learned about yourself and your business? I learned that when you believe in something you have to go hard and never give up. There will be, and were, obstacles on the way, but you have to be tough and never stop believing. If you don’t believe in your dreams, then they will never be realised. With all the writing I had to do about the business for the Business Awards I realized the huge potential Go Green LED has as a company.

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New business creating a buzz Seddon couple Luke and Ang Deane think their business idea is just the ‘bees knees’, and are about to embark on an exciting new business venture that is set to create a lot of ‘buzz’ in the Awatere. They talk to Celeste Alexander about their new business, The Honey Professionals, and what living in the Awatere means to them.

Luke and Ang Deane of Seddon are in the process of starting their new honey business. They are pictured with an old honey extractor which will be a feature of the business.

If being married with four young children and a farming career isn’t keeping them busy enough, Luke and Ang have created a new business called The Honey Professionals and are set to open a shop and factory in Seddon. Their plans are in the final stages of resource consent but the wheels of motion are in full swing. Ang spends hours each day wielding a paint brush and overseeing the shop’s renovations, while Luke juggles his role as a sheep and beef farmer with his beehives. The idea to venture into honey has been in the pipeline for a number of years after beginning as a hobby. “I have always been interested in bee keeping. Six years ago I started with two hives as a hobby and from there my interest in it grew,” Luke explains. “I’m pretty much self taught from a lot of research that I adapted to my own way. Now I have about 50 hives all around

Marlborough which is small compared to the bee keeping world, but the goal is to keep growing.” Luke has been farming since leaving school at age 16 and has managed four farms. It’s a career that has at times taken him away from the region but he always knew the Awatere was home. “I absolutely love Seddon and the community we have here. Ang and I always knew we wanted to do something for ourselves and threw some ideas around, but now it’s all coming together and it’s really exciting,” he says. The real ‘kick-in-the-butt’ for Ang was a business training programme she studied last year. “I was doing the Small Business Management Certificate through the Barbican Training Centre and two months into it I realised that there was nothing holding us back.

“That course changed everything for me, how I saw my life and how I looked at our business idea. “There was no stopping us from then,” she says. There was an empty section for sale in Seddon which had a house and an empty building which the couple drove past daily. They did their research and found it was a deal too good to be missed. “It’s been empty for over 15 years and the funny thing was that I used to work for the previous owner who operated a business there and Luke was her paper boy when he was young,” Ang laughs. The house was renovated, then rented out, and now work has started on the shop and factory. Plans for the shop include an office upstairs, downstairs will be a honey shop with the ‘best of Seddon and Marlborough products’ for sale.

A children’s play area is also included in the plans. They also want to install a live beehive encased in glass so the public can see the inner-workings of a hive. Luke’s honey will be available on tap in the shop, while out back there will be two factories, one for extraction and the other for bottling. Luke plans to make Clover, Manuka, Creamed, Manuka Bush blends, Native Bush and raw honey. “We see this as another exciting thing for Seddon with new jobs and another destination for people to stop. “People can come to buy honey and gifts from us then go down the road for lunch. It’s a win-win for everyone,” Ang says. Luke and Ang say they hope to have the factory side of the business up and running by the middle of the year, and the shop open in time for Spring.


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BENKWITZ: Frank and Jenny are the happy Mum and Dad of Charlotte (3.4kg, 51cm) at 9.25am on March 3, 2016 at Wairau Hospital. Thanks to the team in maternity and midwife Mandy.

TOMASI: Hulita and Kalolo are excited to announce the arrival of their special ‘Leap Year’ baby, Keeyanu Raiden De Andre Tomasi at 4.20pm on February 29, 2016. Special thanks to the amazing team at Wairau Hospital. We are feeling very blessed.



BROWN: Billy and Corissa are happy to announce the arrival of Leo (8lb 10oz) on 7 March 2016 at 5.26pm, a little brother for Caleb and Celestine. Thank you to Rhianne and Olivia and all the staff in maternity.

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REED: Simon, Sara and big brother Fergus are thrilled to announce the arrival of their baby girl (8lb 5.5oz) born March 3, 2016 at 4.25pm. Very special thanks to midwife Gwen Costello and the staff at the Maternity Ward. Photo provided.



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‘A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.’

Happiness and love Congratulations, he popped the question. You said yes. Hooray... and now you’re engaged! Here’s what to do next (right after you call your mum). Getting engaged is one of those life events that you’ll remember forever. But having never been engaged before, you might be asking yourself: What now? First, spend time celebrating you and your fiancé in a way that is meaningful to you both. Once the celebrations been and gone,

here comes the planning part. Everything from setting a wedding date down to deciding on what catering you want for your reception, there are many decisions that need to be made. Create a timeline and list of everything you need, call in reinforcements (family and friends) then start planning your perfect wedding. Inside this feature are a number of professionals ready to help make your day special, as well as tips and ideas for your wedding.

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Bridal bouquets Flower trends for 2016

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Here’s a brief summary of 2016 wedding bouquet trends, including some of the colours, design styles and floral varieties that will be gracing the aisles this wedding season. Seasonal blooms, with a foraged, wild, woodland aesthetic: Locally-grown, seasonal flowers continue to top the wish list. Wild, woodland-inspired bouquets with lush ferns, greens and foraged branches, in particular, have become increasingly popular. Loose, organic, and wide bridal bouquet shapes: Many of today’s brides want bouquets with bulk, with the bouquets shapes taking a ‘freshly gathered from the garden’ look that stretches out horizontally. These forms offer visually interesting lines defined by arching branches, and unusual vines and foliage that cascade to one or both sides.

This year may see the end of ‘Mason jar’ rustic weddings: Brides seeking a more vintage vibe or elevated farm-fresh look for their florals are able to achieve it with more interesting vases, including mercury glass and antique mismatched vessels, paired with richer textiles and accessories that feature less burlap and more bling. King’s tables with flower-filled compotes and satellites: One centerpiece per table is out and multiple floral designs per table are in, especially given the increased popularity of extra-long King’s tables. To provide visual interest, use larger, longer centerpieces. Long, layered ribbon accents: There will continue to be lots of long, fluttery ribbons flowing from bridal bouquets, especially multiple layers in complementary colours. Wild, woodland-inspired bouquets with lush ferns, greens and foraged branches have become increasingly popular.

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Wedding songs that tell your love story Wedding songs are like a soundtrack. Individually, each may be beautiful, interesting or funny, and together they tell a story. Whether you want classic love songs, traditional instrumentals or a modern rock ballad, the songs you choose for your wedding and the order in which it is played will be as unique as your relationship. For your wedding ceremony songs, you’ll need to make at least two choices – namely, your processional and recessional songs. Here are some popular song choices for weddings. A Thousand Years - Originally Christina Perri but also performed by The Piano Guys. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole. You Are The Best Thing - By Ray LaMontagne. If you love jazz, this is a great choice for you. Human Nature by Michael Jackson - This is a non-traditional choice that’s perfect for the edgy, cool bride. Kissing You by Des’ree - The Romeo & Juliet movie of 1996 gave us the ultimate song to walk down the aisle to. Turning Page by Sleeping at Last - This song is impossibly pretty. And yes, it’s the tune that Bella walks down the aisle to marry Edward in

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. We Are Man And Wife - By Michelle Featherstone. The lyrics of this song were made for a wedding. At Last - By Etta James. You can’t beat this classic from Etta James. Get ready to start dreaming about your entry. Love of a Lifetime - By Firehouse. A slow rock ballad with loveable lyrics.

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Make your wedding unique Every wedding is unique in its own way, however there are numerous things that the bride and groom can do to make it that extra bit special Surprise guests with a handwritten note in each place card (‘Tom, thanks for flying in from Australia.’). Got a giant guest list? Try a lipstick-smooch mark and a ‘Glad you’re here today’. Depending on your style, tie the napkins with satin ribbons, metallic cording, braided leather laces, even pieces of twine. Another guest-book idea - leave a glass bowl with cards and pens beside it, with a note asking guests to contribute a favourite memory of you or your husband. Have the most meaningful phrase from your wedding vows embroidered on the ring pillow. Displayed in your home, it’s the ultimate keepsake. Have your florist design your bouquet in the same style as your mother’s. Toast the woman who has had the greatest impact on your life, then hand her your bouquet as a tribute. Share the story behind any family recipes

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Wedding traditions, origins and meanings Have you ever wondered why the bride stands to the left of the groom, or why the wedding ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand? The origins and meaning behind some of our most cherished wedding traditions may surprise you. Tossing the Bouquet Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. The wedding finger The wedding ring has been worn on the third finger of the left hand since Roman

times. The Romans believed that the vein in that finger runs directly to the heart. The wedding ring is a never-ending circle, which symbolises everlasting love. The Best Man In ancient times, men sometimes captured women to make them their brides. A man would take along his strongest and most trusted friend to help him fight resistance from the woman’s family. Bride on groom’s left Because grooms in Anglo-Saxon England often had to defend their brides, the bride would stand to the left of her groom so that his sword arm was free. Wedding bouquet Flowers are incorporated into the wed-

ding ceremony as a symbol of fertility. The first bouquets consisted of herbs and, later, orange blossoms. The bridal veil The bridal veil has long been a symbol of youth, modesty, and virginity and was used to ward off evil. Bridesmaids The bridal party is a tradition that has been established for many centuries. For a long time the purpose of the bridal party was to fool evil spirits. The bride’s friends dressed similarly to her in order to confuse any virulent presences that might be lurking about. Today bridesmaids are there to support the bride in the stressful times during the wedding.

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Choosing your wedding rings What to look for, getting the right fit and keeping them safe. Narrow your choices Because this is one of the few pieces of jewellery you’ll shop for together and wear every day, make some preliminary choices before you hit the stores. What colour metal do you prefer - yellow, white or rose? Are you interested in something simple or over-the-top? Be different Don’t fret if you like platinum while he likes yellow gold. There’s no rule that you have to match

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metals or even styles. Pick wedding bands that reflect each of your style sensibilities and tastes. Be practical Keep your lifestyle in mind at all times. What’s the point of buying something pretty if it makes you uncomfortable or you have to remove it often? Remember, you’ll be wearing this band every day. The idea is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life. Keep it safe You’d be surprised (and probably a bit scared) at

how easy it is to lose a ring. When you absolutely have to remove your ring, put it in a designated place so you’ll always know where it is (pockets don’t count), and never near a sink. Size it right To find the right size do your ‘final fitting’ when you are calm and your body temperature is normal. Never finalise your ring size in the morning (you retain salt from the night before), after you’ve just exercised (fingers swell) or when you’re extremely hot or cold.

Marriage advice for newly weds Here are some of the greatest marriage tips of all time, according to international experts. • Learn how to agree to disagree. No two people agree on everything, and that’s okay, but it’s important to be okay with each other’s differences. • For men, it’s important to understand that women want to be listened to. Men don’t need to solve or fix everything; listening itself is an exceptional gift. For women, it’s important to understand that men need time for themselves. By giving him space to pull away and not taking it personally, you allow him to reconnect with his desire for you and his commitment to the relationship. • Nothing is more important in a marriage than

the relationship between husband and wife. When other things become more important, such as careers, children, and personal pursuits, trouble sets in. • Make the relationship your top priority. When you do, the marriage flourishes. • Never lose the fine art of dating. Setting aside a romantic evening on a regular basis can rekindle the magic in a long-term relationship. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just special time for the two of you to remember how and why you first fell in love. • Take time to have some fun together every day! Take a walk and hold hands, couple-cook, exercise together or just collect a “daily joke” to share.

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the wedding gown to represent the new item. ‘Something borrowed’ usually comes from a happily married woman and is thought to lend some of her good fortune and joy to the new bride. ‘Something blue’ is a symbol of love, fidelity, and purity of the bride. A sixpence in her shoe is to wish the bride wealth in her future life.

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It doesn’t have to be expensive, but if you make the commitment and effort to laugh together as often as possible, it can sweeten your connection and cement your relationship for life. • Make a list of three of the happiest moments in your marriage. Spend a few minutes each day briefly reliving those moments in your mind. The results will amaze you. • You can change your relationship for the better by increasing the use of the following statements: “I love you”, “I’m here for you”, “I understand”, “I’m sorry”, “Thank you”, “I really appreciate all that you do”, “It’s so nice to see you”, “That was quite an accomplishment!”

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Education Top 10 tips for revision Exams and tests can be a stressful time for most students, but follow these fantastic stress-free tips for revising... and you might find yourself at the top of the brainy class! Study in a quiet place, away from the TV and computers, that is both light and comfortable. Make a ‘revision timetable’ and always let your family know when you are revising. Create summary notes and anything simple that helps your memory, like short notes, drawings and sayings are much easier to remember.

Get help. Ask friends and family to test you. Also attend any teacher revision classes as teachers will know better than anyone what will be in tests and exams! Record yourself reading notes and occasionally listen to them instead of reading. Take a five or 10 minute break every hour and do some stretching exercises, go for a short walk or make yourself a drink. Allow yourself some fun-time each day to relax...and make sure you get a good eight hours of sleep each night. Eat well. Good brain foods?

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Wholegrain foods (cereals, wheat bran, wheatgerm and whole wheat pasta). blueberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, tomatoes, oily fish and nuts. Don’t panic if you feel a bit nervy. A certain amount of nervousness actually helps you perform to the best of your ability, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps you to feel alert and focused. Think positive – it’s seriously not the end of the world if you fail! Now, it’s time to get your brainy heads into those text books. Good luck!

Renwick Preschool Affordable excellence, a happy environment quality education Renwick Preschool, a privately owned establishment, offers specialised programming and planning for infants and toddlers. The under two’s children have their own room in the preschool where they are provided with a variety of different learning opportunitites which are based on the children’s interests and empowers them to learn and to grow. The preschool’s multi-age setting encourages the infants and toddlers to grow and develop at their own pace, to look up to and observe the older children, and creates a family-like environment where all children care for each other and learn together.

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Nelson College for Girls offers high quality education for young women in a very supportive environment. Its Boarding Hostel, Clarice Johnstone House, is a very important part of this. It offers excellent accommodation for up to 150 students, from New Zealand and overseas. Students Year 9 – 12 live in Clarice Johnstone House while Year 13 students are in the Levels building. This modern accommodation provides them with a more inde-

pendent living experience, while still ensuring the most senior students play a pivotal role in creating the family atmosphere of the boarding community. Boarders enjoy academic success, make lifelong friendships and enjoy strong connections within the school and its community. Enrolments are still being accepted for 2016 and our Boarding Team are travelling the South Island in May. For more information and to see when we are in your area, please contact Jo Purcell.

Are you promotion- or prevention-focused? Feeling motivated is an essential aspect of job satisfaction. But causes for motivation vary widely from person to person. In general, there tend to be two main motivation types: promotion-focused and prevention-focused. Promotion-focused professionals are classic creatives and entrepreneurs. They work quickly, seize new opportunities and think abstractly. The downside is that they can be impulsive, overly optimistic and are likely to make bigger mistakes. Prevention-focused professionals are just the opposite, focused on maintaining the status quo and protecting all they’ve worked on. These professionals prefer planning, reliability, thoroughness and analytical thinking. While we all need a little bit of promotion- and prevention-oriented thinking, it’s important to determine which way you lean before diving down a career path. A prevention-focused person, for example, would do far better as a developer in a major corporation than launching her own startup.

A promotion-oriented person will likely feel suffocated in a traditional 9-to-5, thriving instead in a more creative environment with bigger risks and bigger rewards. Work out if you are promotion or prevention focused before choosing a career path, it may help steer your decision.

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Rai Valley A&P Show The 82nd show turned on a host of great events amidst a fabulousy sunny day. Photos by Nola Neal.

 Garnet Peters, of the Canadian Axemen Tour of NZ.

 Sinclair Couper in the under 5 Rai Challenge.  Mickayla Woolridge, 5, with Dora the sheep.

 The Grand Parade is the show stopping event.

 Ken White and Woody, won the Mandara Shield.

 Kate Jordan with a Jersey Bull.

 Charlotte Wadsworth with Bonnie.

Grapes, Roads, and Motorcycles By Tom Percy This is Marlborough; world famous for its superb wines. This is also harvest time and though it doesn’t last long, it brings unique issues and potential hazards to our local roads. From extra traffic to grape spills, harvest time can mess with a lot of the expectations and riding habits of motorcyclists (and drivers as well). Firstly, the sheer volume of grapes - over 233,000 tonnes in 2015 - requires a large number of trucks and drivers; more than Marlborough can supply. This results in an influx of drivers from other parts of the country who are not only working in unfamiliar territory, they’re working with loads they don’t handle very often. All of this brings extra concerns for the truckies along with their usual work issues. Many wineries are not located within their vineyards or have additional vineyards in different parts of the region, so additional heavy traffic is unavoidable. And they can’t always plan for the pattern in which each vineyard ripens and needs harvesting. This means that machinery and trucks often need to make multiple trips across the region, at all times of the day and usually to a deadline. As well as large dump trucks and trailers, there is additional equipment on the road that we don’t encounter the rest of the year. There are often harvesters, tractors towing collecting gondolas and other pieces of cumbersome machinery on the roads. While it’s usually only for a short distance, they can present a hazard if you’re not expecting them. These vehicles travel much slower than us but from a distance they don’t look overly different from a truck and as such we expect them to be moving at a relatively similar speed to ourselves. That is until we very quickly catch them up, which - if you’re not prepared or if the opposite lane

is occupied - can make for some heart-pounding braking. Then there’s spillages and though well down from 2014, 19 spills still had to be dealt with last year. As a cargo, grapes behave like a thick liquid and if a truck is forced to suddenly brake or take evasive action, a spill is almost inevitable. Aside from the mess and cost of clean-up, it’s the last thing you want to be riding in as the consistency is pretty much the same as oil or grease. And it’s not just major spills at roundies or intersections because small spills can occur unbeknownst to the driver and remain unattended on the road. Most motorcyclists know that being safe on their bikes is all about margins. So watch out and be prepared for extra traffic on the roads. If you encounter slow harvest equipment, approach carefully and get around efficiently. Take extra care when riding behind harvest trucks, and keep an eye out for small spills on the road. Harvest only happens once a year and for only a few weeks. Be patient, ride smart and help make the roads safer for everyone.

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

Depression Support Group You are not alone! Spend time with others who understand. Meets Bread of Life, 14B Stephenson St, Thurs 1pm-2.30pm. Ph Barb: 0277372403.

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

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Family/Whanau for information/ in High Street are having a $4 bag sale on clothing and shoes. Starts Monday 7th March. advocacy/support For families living with mental illness/addictions please contact Supporting Families Marlborough - Lyn, Karina or Nikki ph 577 5491 or visit us at 4 Scott Street.

Friday Feast Talk about Easter around the meal table. Wesley Centre, 3 Henry Street, Friday 11 March, 5.307.30pm. All welcome. Inquiries to Ian Ph:5783806.

For Keeping U Moving Free indoor walking circuit 50+ St Christopher’s Church Hall 11.30-12.30. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Coin donation. More info 579 4446 or 0212230160 leave name and number.

Sheets’n’Things Looking for a comfy dog bed/cat bed for your precious pets? Can be made to order. Sheets ‘n’ Things, between The Warehouse carpark building & Johns Kitchen. Ph: 578 1356 Ext 5 or 021 178 8337.

St John Community Shop Springlands Donations of LEMONS and other fresh produce wanted, also SMALL jam jars and preserving jars gratefully received. Thank you. Phone 5781754

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

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


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death notices BATE, Derek William (Dickie): On Thursday March 3 2016, peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village. Aged 81 years. Best friend, father and father-in-law of Derryn and Robert McArthur, loved Grandad and Superhero of Liam, and Harley; also Lilly, Murphy and Gismo. Respected friend and mentor of Amanda, Karl, and Piers. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Peggy (deceased) and Geoff Woodfield, Sally and Ken Gill, Marion and Derek (deceased) Thomas, Norma and Ken Herd, Peter (deceased), Noeline (deceased) and Kevin Wratt, Maxine (Jo) Bate, John and Kay, and Gail and David (deceased) Morrison. Loved by his nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff of Ashwood Park for their amazing and loving care. Thank you Alfred and Judy, David and Gina for watching over Dickie at home. Messages may be sent to Derryn McArthur, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240, or robertderryn@ In lieu of flowers, a donation to Life Flight would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to P O Box 14-448, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241. A celebration of Dickie’s life will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 2pm on Tuesday March 8. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 TWEEDIE, Hoani: On Monday March 7 2016, peacefully, at Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village. In her 91st year. Dearly loved wife of the late Andrew, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Allen (deceased), Jenni and Tony Walsh, Geoffrey and Yvonne, Murray and Jo. Loved and treasured Grandma of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Messages may be sent to the Tweedie family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Red Cross Marlborough would be appreciated may be made at the service or sent to 33 Redwood Street, Blenheim 7201. Special thanks to the staff of Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village for their gentle care and support of Hoani. A funeral service for Hoani will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Henry Street, at 2pm Monday March 14, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

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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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By Cathie Bell A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found Cook Strait is a potentially higher risk area than most of New Zealand. T h is comes as no su r pr ise to Marlborough Sounds residents, some who wrote to the marine safety organization three years ago to encourage it to develop a plan to deal with a potential ferry accident in the Sounds or the strait where there are few residents and no cellphone coverage. The Marlborough District Council backed the residents’ call then, and deputy harbourmaster Luke Grogan says the Harbours office has a good working relationship with MNZ and intends to continue working with MNZ to address the risks and concerns identified in the report. “The risks identified are very real but can be effectively managed.” Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch says the coastal navigation safety review finds there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast. The review identifies two areas of potentially higher risk relative to other locations – the Hauraki Gulf and Colville Channel, and Cook Strait – when passenger vessels and other hazards are considered in combination, he says. “This review does not indicate an immediate risk to vessels or water users in these areas, but we will be working with harbourmasters, pilots, ferry operators, and the coastal shipping industry to look at how risks are managed in these areas, and whether there are any gaps.”

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Darts tournament concludes Sport

By Celeste Alexander The hotly contested Clubs New Zealand South Island Darts Tournament came to a finish in Blenheim last Saturday, revealing who was on target to take a title. Around 245 players, including 23 locals took part in the tournament which was held at the Clubs of Marlborough. Spokesperson and player Dianne Guard says everyone who took part enjoyed the facilities and their time in the region. Results: The Mixed Pairs champions for 2016 are Warren French and Vernaleigh Brinsdon of Canterbury. Local players Andy and Debbie Parsons made it into the last eight. Ladies Pairs Champions for 2016 were mother and daughter Tara

Coen Humby, preparing to compete at the darts champs. and Nicole Mears of Nelson, while Marlborough were Julie and local players Debbie Parsons and Cheryl Neal, Barbara Bradley Helen Pope were the only other and Jennie Wheeler, Shannon qualifiers for the championship Campbell and Dianne Guard. knockout. Men’s Pairs Champions for 2016 Making it into the last 16 from were Warren Parry and John Mc-

Donald of Invercargill, while local players Scott Rowbottom and Jono Chandler played into the last eight. The Ladies Singles Champion for 2016 was won by Tara Mears of Nelson, and from Blenheim Cheryl Neal was in the last sixteen. The Men’s Singles Champion for 2016 was successfully defended by Bernie Smith of Canterbury, and local players Jono Chandler, Jayden Wikaira-Rangiuaia, Tahana Cootes, Aaron Cowles, Steven Campbell, and Michael Thoms all qualified for the championship knockout. Local Coen Humby played well for his first championship and Dianne Guard gained the highest break for the ladies of 156. There were 164 180’s scored & a 170 break and 170 finish.

Eastern States Speedway put on a night jam-packed with motorcycle racing action on Saturday, featuring visiting sidechairs and motocross riders. Here are some photographs from the night’s racing courtesy of Speed Nut Photography.

Paddon and Blenheim man Kennard in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship

Paddon and Kennard get fifth By Cathie Bell Top Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard have secured a hard-fought fifth place at Rally Mexico which finished on Sunday afternoon. They depart Central America even more determined to up the game on the favoured gravel surface in coming World Rally Championship events. In what was Paddon’s 50th WRC start, the Mexican rally delivered typical tough, hot conditions. The New Zealanders had a number of challenges to overcome including two broken suspension arms, mechanical issues creating by the high temperatures and heavily-gravelled stages. Coming into Sunday’s final two stages, they held a relatively comfortable fifth place, but needed to balance speed and caution to ensure they safely reached the finish. Paddon’s pace through Sunday morning’s monster 80 km stage earned him a top three stage time and he carried that assurance into the final test, the points-earning power stage,

to again set the third quickest time and earn his first power stage bonus point. The 28-year-old professional rally driver said it was definitely a character-building weekend. “We’ve had our issues and all in all, it’s good to come home and achieve our goal of a top five result. “It just goes to show you’ve got to be patient on these sort of rallies when things aren’t going quite right. “There’s still a lot of positives to take forward. We had some good times; we were in the top three quite often but at the same time there’s still some things to work on for the future.” Paddon and Kennard have a break from WRC competition – but not their training and preparation – for seven weeks until Rally Argentina running from 21-24 April. Mexico, Argentina and Australia are the current three long-haul rallies of the predominantly Europe-based championship.


Records broken

Blenheim sprinter Lucy Sheat broke national records at the national athletics championships in Dunedin last weekend. Athletics NZ says the under 20 women’s race provided “arguably the race of the championships”. The winner in the senior race would have only placed fifth in the under 20 race, with the first four athletes all going under the qualifying time for the world junior championships later in the year. The winner, 16 year old Lucy, clocked 23.75, erasing the national under 17, 18 and 19 records which have stood for 26 years. 100m champion Zoe Hobbs, Georgia Hulls and Olivia Eaton also went under the 24.00 world champs standard. With initial entries limited to three per country, and only two per country allowed to compete at the champs, the selectors look likely to have a welcome headache, Athletics NZ says. Lucy was delighted with the win and the records, with Athletics NZ quoting her as saying the win was “insane”. “I just went out there gave it my best and pulled it off so it was great.


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