March 11, 2016
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What a ride!
By Cathie Bell Four St Mary’s School pupils – Lawrence Piesse, Joe Taylor, Liam May, and Alara Newman - had the ride of their lives to school yesterday when they dropped in by helicopter. The whole school turned out to watch the four be delivered to the school’s football pitch by Precision Helicopters, and then gasped as school principal Alister Bridgman climbed into the helicopter to return to its Riverlands base.
Continued page 2 St Mary’s children from left to right: Lawrence Piesse, Joe Taylor, Liam May, and Alara Newman, arrive at school by helicopter. Photo: Anthony Phelps.
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Helicopter a hit with pupils Continued from Page 1 The helicopter flew the four students from Riverland Industrial Estate to St Mary’s School on Maxwell Road, landing at 8.47am. Joe, Liam, and Alara won their places on the helicopter in a raffle, while Lawrence won his by auction. His mother Caroline Piesse says
he had been in a helicopter when only a few hours old, and she has always wanted him to have another ride. “When he didn’t win the raffle, I made a bid.” Alister interviewed the pupils after their ride and they were almost speechless with excitement. They loved the ride, espe-
cially being able to see all the vineyards, houses, cars, and trucks from the air, and they all want to go to school by helicopter again. Pilot Mike Gill says it was a “magic” flight, absolutely calm weather, and the pupils were good. “They did quite well at recognising all those features
and landmarks as well.” Alister jokes that parents can team up to buy helicopter rides for pupils to go to school, and the school could keep in place its temporary helipad. He took the opportunity to have his first helicopter ride, accompanying it back to base in Riverlands.
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Blenheim locals and visitors can now experience gourmet customisable burgers at McDonald’s with the Main Street restaurant serving up the innovative ‘Create Your Taste’ offering along with a number of employment opportunities. The launch is part of a national rollout following successful trials. The new service allows customers to design their own burgers using digital kiosks, choosing from 31 ingredients including five cheeses, jalapenos, guacamole and grilled mushrooms, along with a range of sauces (of which the Big Mac Sauce is one). A bunless burger option is also available. Lauren McAuslin is McDonald’s newest franchisee having purchased the restaurant from her mother, Jenny, just one month ago. Lauren returned home to Blenheim after completing her university studies and has been managing the restaurant for the past five years. The McAuslins have invested $170,000 to deliver the new
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McDonald’s gourmet burger service creates new jobs dining experience and have also employed 12 new staff for ‘Create Your Taste’ - taking the total number of staff to 70. Lauren also expects to hire another eight to 10 staff for ‘Create Your Taste’ in the coming months. Lauren says she is thrilled to be taking over ownership of the business at such an exciting time. The Create Your Taste experience marks an innovative change to the McDonald’s dining experience and she can’t wait to share it with her customers. “Not only can customers now order at digital kiosks and have their meal delivered to their table, they can build their dream burger, exactly how they want it,” she says. Lauren adds that it’s fantastic to not only see the innovation in restaurant, but also how that is leading to more employment opportunities. “We have an awesome team and being able to grow our crew for ‘Create Your Taste’ is really positive. “We’ll have additional crew in the kitchen who will make the
Blenheim McDonald’s owner Lauren McAuslin launched the Create Your Taste burger range last night, a new service that has created 12 new jobs. Photo provided.
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Hydroponic strawberry farm sells By Cathie Bell Marlborough’s hydroponic strawberry business has sold, with the new owners planning to redevelop and expand. Hedgerow Hydroponics owner Ian Foster says he has sold, with the new owners taking over next month. He says the new owners, Clayton Morgan and Hannah Thomas, have “some really good new ideas” for the business. “The new owners are very keen to take over and put some new energy into it, which it needs, and to grow the business.” Hedgerow Hydroponics is “a bit of an icon”, Ian says. Its strawberries are still “pretty much the first” in the country
to be ready early in spring each year, he says, despite producers up north moving to grow under cover. Ian says he will act as a consultant for a year and then will retire. “I will teach them what I know and they can add to it, and I’m sure they will.” Clayton’s father Geoff Morgan says the young couple are packing up in Wellington and preparing to move back to Marlborough to take over the strawberry business next month. Geoff says Clayton and Hannah have spent the past seven years studying and travelling the world, and now they are returning home to run the strawberry business, along with his wife Annette. “It has huge potential.”
Hedgerows Hydroponic owner/operator Ian Foster. File photo.
Charles Guillon, chef at the Railway Station Cafe, and Annie Bately, from Bread of Life, try out the French high tea, which the cafe will do as a fundraiser for Bread of Life.
Annie says the Bread of Life is thrilled the café has come on board to help the charity
inbrief Variety convoy passes through Nearly 30 fire engines, classic cars, army engineers and officials aboard borrowed Fords will arrive in Marlborough this weekend as part of the Variety Trillian Bash fundraising effort. They arrive in Picton on Saturday, and team up with South Island teams to tour the Marlborough Sounds and then head to Timaru, visiting 21 rural schools and 4000 children over a week. On Sunday, they travel from Blenheim to Portage Resort, via Wairau Hospital, then on Monday, they visit Waitaria Bay School, and Tuesday, they go from Portage to Nelson via Linkwater School, Havelock School, Canvastown School, Rai Valley School.
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Café teams up with Bread of Life Story and photo by Cathie Bell The Railway Station Café and Store has teamed up with charity the Bread of Life to hold a monthly fundraising event combining food and entertainment. The charity helps those most vulnerable in our community. The fundraising events will be lots of fun and the first event will be a French high tea, held on April 2. Bread of Life spokeswoman Annie Bately says the Railway Station Café and Store has talented French staff who make delicious cakes and pastries to enjoy along with tea and entertainment. Café chef Charles Guillon says the café and staff are keen to help.
raise funds and awareness of its services. From March until December,
there are 10 events planned, one each month, and each with a different theme. “It’s so exciting to have a business person (café manager Anne Harris) on board with us. She is really supportive. “It’s huge for us. We’ve been operating 25 years and have never had this level of input from a business before. She is going to benefit too, but it is positive for both parties. “Hopefully it is going to be a longterm partnership.” Bread of Life manager Brian Gull says fundraising is one of the charity’s biggest challenges. “We deal with a lot of people every year. We have to have the funds to do that.”
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Little Shop on Alabama soon to open
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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Three years ago Blenheim woman Robyn Rodgers launched a range of 100 percent cotton snack and sandwich bags, a friendly alternative to plastic wrap for children’s lunchboxes. The popularity of the sandwich bags grew so much that Robyn began ‘dreaming’ of opening her very own little shop, a dream that has now come true. Robyn will be opening her new business ‘Little Shop on Alabama’ next Thursday from her home at 119A Alabama Road. She will be helped by Lesley Reeves who also will be selling her range of products as well as collaborating with Robyn on a number of designs. The two women met th rough the Marlborough Creative Artisans shop in Picton. They joined forces at the Marlborough Artisans’ Market up until the end of last year before deciding to open the shop. “I had a great space in my house and we had been talking about collaborating so really it was a case of it being the perfect timing,” Robyn says. The Little Shop on Alabama has everything from children’s aprons, bibs and clothing items to Robyn’s sandwich bag range, home
Marlborough District Council regional planning and development committee chairman Trevor Hook and council lawyer Peter Radich have told a Parliamentary select committee that Marlborough shops would like the choice to open on Easter Sunday. Easter, especially in the years of the Air Show, brings a massive demand for food, refreshments and the necessities of life, they said. “It has been an enduring problem in Marlborough that visitors find it astonishing that at a time when Marlborough attracts its biggest numbers of visitors, the region is closed.”
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Stroke inspires card business Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Two and a half years ago Kathryn Dawson suffered a stroke to the left side of her body. As part of her rehabilitation, she took up a hobby that has since turned into a full time business. Kathryn launched her business KD’s Cards & Tags at the end of 2014 after being persuaded by a friend from a local stroke group meeting. “I was asked to do a personalised card for someone and it was suggested that I start selling them. It all began from there really,” she says. Kathryn says her stroke left her unable to draw a half circle or write with her left hand. “I knew I had to do something to rehabilitate myself so each day I put a pen in my hand and practiced.
“I have always been left handed so I had to re-teach myself. It took months,” she says. After she began making the cards to sell, Kathryn approached local businesses to see if she could supply them. Today she supplies to five outlets including Cherubs Childrenswear, Marlborough Nurseries, DML Hair and more recently the Cancer Society Marlborough. Each card is uniquely designed. Kathryn starts with blank paper and a stamp, then colours them by hand. They are suitable for all occasions, ages and genders and can be personalised. She also makes gift tags which are sold in packs of five. “One of the best selling cards I made were last year’s Father’s Days
cards which had a tractor and sheep on it. I still have requests for them now,” she says. Asked how many cards she had made, she says ‘thousands’. “They don’t last long, they are really popular.” Kathryn’s story has inspired many and even featured in an interview as part of Stroke New Zealand’s recent conference. Most of her sales are generated through her Facebook page which has photographs of what she has made and her contact details. Kathryn Dawson of KD’s Cards & Tags.
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COUNCIL NEWS Seniors Expo 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.
Public Invitation to Attend a Weed Pest Control Workshop
2.00 pm Monday 21 March, Endeavour Park Pavilion, Waikawa Road, Picton The workshop will focus on the control of tree weeds that pose an ecological threat to Victoria Domain and other indigenous vegetation. Identification and control methods for Sycamore, Wattle, Pine, Cotoneaster, etc. will be covered. All welcome. For more information contact: Guardians’ of Victoria Domain – Paul Keating on Ph: 573 8040 or Robin Dunn – Marlborough District Council – firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 520 7400.
Commercial Walk In Freezer This freezer is in excellent condition and has had little use. The dimensions are 1.8m wide x 1.8m deep and 2m high. Sold in an as is condition. Uplifting and transporting is at the full cost of the successful tenderer. If you have any queries or wish to view the freezer please contact Shelley Lines Ph: 520 7400 or email email@example.com. Closes: 28 March 2016. The lowest tender will not necessarily be accepted. The successful tenderer will be contacted by 31 March 2016.
The Marlborough Harbour Master is seeking the owner of the pictured vessel. The vessel ran aground in Waikawa Bay in strong winds and appeared to have broken free from a mooring. The vessel was retrieved by the Harbour Master on 8 January 2016. If the vessel remains unclaimed for 30 days it may be sold or destroyed. Please contact the Harbour Master if you have any information as to the vessels owner or history. Phone 03 520 7400.
Bringing art to downtown Blenheim A public space for art will be the central feature of the newly named City Art Precinct. The pop-up park between High Street and Wynen Street is part of the plan to brighten up Blenheim’s CBD. A big blackboard for anyone to use will be installed on the old City Hotel site, along with seats and benches and more wildflower planting. The first artwork to grace the new space will be large reproductions of Nicolas Dillon watercolours of weka and kea, from Marlborough’s pubic collection of art held by the Millennium Public Art Gallery. Blenheim School children who visited the artist’s last exhibition at the Millennium Gallery have
now produced their own sketches of birdlife and their work is being enlarged onto vinyl and will be on display at the pop-up park too. “We want this to be a space to promote the talent of the creative
young people in this town and also offer the public a reminder of some of the wonderful work that is part of Marlborough’s publicly-owned collection,” says Millennium Art Gallery director Cressida Bishop.
A plan to manage the pests that threaten Marlborough Marlborough District Council is part of the network of agencies and organisations tasked with tackling the invaders and pests that threaten our landscape and coastal waters. There are numerous species of undesirable plants and animals putting pressure on our environment and our economy. In Marlborough, our Regional Pest Management Strategy has guided the way that biosecurity is managed in this region - setting out which pests are controlled, contained or monitored. Council staff and a working group have prepared a Discussion Document to let the community know about the changes that are proposed to that Strategy including: • Options for managing Chilean needle grass (CNG), Nassella
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tussock and wilding conifers. Suggestions for the future management of existing pests. • Proposed new programmes to deal with wallabies and pest fish. • Replacement with a Regional Pest Management Plan. • New pest programme names and descriptions. The Discussion Document is available on Council’s website www.marlborough.govt.nz, at libraries in our region or as a hard copy on request from Council. Council wants to hear your views on pest management issues in Marlborough. The feedback will be used to help shape the new Regional Pest Management Plan and the direction of broader approaches to biosecurity and pest management in •
Dog Control Act 1996 Section 5
Obligations of this Act requires every owner of a dog to ensure that the dog is registered in accordance with this Act, and that all relevant territorial authority are promptly notified of any change of address or ownership of the dog. This means all dogs must be wearing the correct dog registration tag when out in public. This year’s tag colour is Yellow. Animal Control need to know as soon as
Positive ageing Maintaining a sense of usefulness is important once you retire from the paid workforce. Have you ever thought about volunteering? Volunteers make a valuable contribution to our community and there are many different ways you may be able to help; through an organisation, a service or at individual level. Volunteers provide support in social and health services, sports and leisure clubs, heritage and
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helping your community arts, environmental protection and advocacy, emergency relief and stronger neighbourhoods. In fact, the work of volunteers holds the key to building a resilient community. Volunteers are needed right now for a range of roles in Marlborough including community visitors and companions, youth mentors, and people with photography and social media skills. There is also a need in a number of local organisations for volunteer board members – people
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who understand the governance role and are willing to take an interest in the organisation. • Contact Volunteer Marlborough, phone 577 9388 between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm. • Take a look at the volunteering opportunities section of the Volunteering New Zealand website www.volunteernow.org.nz where there is more detail about Marlborough.
Friday March 11, 2016
Flag If the current flag stays why not just put a fern leaf under the Union Jack. That way it can’t be confused with Australia.
Water rates News is tariffs are being lifted off wine, hence more profit. Still our beautiful rivers dry up and still they plant more vines and suffer oversupply. User pays surely- oops sorry, wine barons on council! Transparency and conflict of interest revealed please for voters to soon elect those in our best interest!
Movie seats Two hours of torture on the backside. Time to spend some money on an upgrade. Also far too loud - should supply ear plugs and cushions. Movie Lover.
Thumbs up to the gentleman who organised the petition to make the entrance to the riverbank at Munro Street safer. It is much safer now. Well done to him and thanks to the council. Jaydee
Can I suggest that dog-owners let their uncontrolled dogs explore the west or south banks of the Taylor River walk, while other people use the east or north banks? That way everyone has the freedom to enjoy our beautiful outdoors without having to anticipate or dodge the unpredictable. Nine uncontrolled dogs bounding towards one during a 40minute walk is a little unreasonable don’t you think? Thank you.
Nice Policeman I would like to thank the Picton Policeman that stopped to let me know my registration had lapsed. He did it in such a polite way, no ticket, no fine. Makes a pleasant change to be reminded in such a polite manner. It was outside Jim’s Auto so I did it there & then.
Thank you Thank you to the people who came to my aid after my fall near Couplands on Sunday, a big thank you. Also the person who rang the ambulance, l am most grateful to you and the ambos. Also the man who alerted my friend, you all know who you are. Martin.
Great poem I commend your anonymous correspondent on their excellent poem on the flag debate. It’s aiding me in my decision. Arvensis
Obnoxious driver To the rude obnoxious man driving a white ute Take Your Rubbish Home who, instead of slowing down to let me finish I do. reversing, tried to overtake me on the inside... Plus last week brought back home from holiday rubbish, recyclable, non-recyclables You have the worst attitude I’ve seen. plus food scraps for our compost. Then abusing me in front of my daughter! Was easy as, no sweat. Slow down and have some patience, someBut then I love the Earth and pulled my socks thing you obviously lack. up 30 years ago when I became an environmentalist. Native trout Arvensis Lovely little stream of native trout up the west bank. Until a wine baron bulldozed it for a vineyard to save his plants. Picton. Where? Tourists off the boats trying to find what to Now gone forever. do and privately book before they arrive only Remembered from younger days. seem to find Marlborough or Blenheim to find How much more natural water will they take? it closed on weekends! Who is paying- our flora and fauna and beauty Well done Picton, they love the destination. to start. Pity the websites do not acknowledge the town. Think of others Come on public funded sites. To the women in a white car that comes into This little place is OPEN! Grant Place tooting her horn early in the morning, please think of people who live there and stop doing so.
Get it right this time MDC, hope over winter you get the softball park up to order . Like cover the creek so the kids are safe. Get some real rest rooms for the ladies and kids. And a good water supply for all to keep the h2o up, not out of a tap beside the portaloos. . And a wheelchair access. Please get it right this time......
Council backs theatre Disillusioned. Criticism re stadium and pool never really died. Still much talk about lack of amenities and limited hours available to public. Still much talk about how much it cost. Today the comparison is theatre/pool. Here we go again. Poor Clubs too.
Combined colleges site There is really only one combined schools choice merging both high schools at a merged Bohally and Marlborough Girls campus ( approx 54 acres ) Bohally gets the Malborough Boys’ campus. Marlborough Roads can go on a block course to learn to run traffic lights at the corner of McLauchlan St to keep the kids safe and maintain traffic flow. All of the infrastructure is in place (except the lights).
txt talk of the week Huge thank you Belated thanks to all who worked all day in the heat at the Cancer Society skin clinic. Your service was fantastic under trying conditions. Three hours waiting was a small price to pay. After care was as impressive. A phone call Sunday for a removal of Melanoma the next day amazing! Again, thank you. We welcome your texts on 027 242 5266. Limit to 70 words please. Name supplied please. We reserve the right to publish at our discretion. Please note the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sun management.
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What traffic problems? Even when the ferry vehicles or the train comes through, believe me when l say - compared with larger towns and cities/countries, Blenheim has it easy - go visit Wellington or Christchurch!
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Still a Marlburian I’m sure WRC co-driver, John Kennard, will be shocked to find out he is a ‘former’ Marlborough man! Last time I checked, he is still very much running a vineyard and happily living in Blenheim!
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Vicious dog The other day I was biking along Eltham Road towards High St and I had just passed Carr St when suddenly a ravenous and vicious looking rotweiler lunged at me out of the window of a small faded green (parked) car I was passing, barking loudly and aggressively at me in its deep snarling tone. It glared at me with pure, evil hatred while I gasped for air, having nearly had a heart attack. There was no owner in or near the car to stop it or scold it, and this made me feel even more vulnerable as the saliva dripped from its jaws that had just tried to sink into my arm. Can the owner of that savage dog please make sure that your monster is restrained in any way necessary so that it is not a danger to the public. Otherwise that beast deserves to go to the pound to get put down. Speckled Jim
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Look for trains Good to see these signs, and accompanying foot traffic markings. ..clear and helpful. In response to the negative comments, common sense isn’t always used by all.
Signs Some time back there was an uproar about a sign advert top of Weld Pass? Well what about the ones on Wither Road and Main Road to Nelson advertising seats for concrete box next to working men’s club also Redwood St signs. If it’s good for one it should good for everyone.
Dangerous driving To the driver of the green Aston Martin car driving down New Renwick Road on Monday evening. The gap was not there to overtake the other vehicle. You shouldn’t have done it. Lucky no accident was caused. Please be a better driver. Hospitals have enough to do.
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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 three entrants.
Ngati Apa ki te Ra To Trust Who are you? The Ngati Apa ki te Ra To Trust is a charitable trust tasked with providing services to the roughly 2800 iwi members on our register. What do you do? The Trust administers the tribal register, promotes the interests of the iwi and develops social and cultural programmes. Of prime importance is the revitalisation of Ngati Apa ki te Ra Totanga (the culture of Ngati Apa ki te Ra To). Why have you entered the Business Awards? To benchmark our progress to date and establish a culture
of continuous learning to improve the way we do things. What benefits are there for you and your customers in the awards? We get to meet other businesses and exchange ideas with them. We also establish our presence and raise our visibility amongst businesses in the region. What have you learned about yourself and your business? That the process of building a successful and responsive business is an ongoing process that involves a commitment from all staff.
Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō chairman Brendan Wilson, left, and cultural advisor Kiley Nepia,with Masterchef NZ winners Kasey and Karena Bird.
Accelerate Wireless Who are you? We’re Accelerate Wireless. What do you do? We provide fibre optic-fed broadba nd to homes a nd businesses outside of central Blenheim, via high speed wireless, using a network of towers we’ve erected. If you live outside of town, we can make your internet go faster, basically. Why have you entered the Business Awards? Anything to help spread the word about the need and options for better connectivity for rural Marlborough is a good thing. And we hear the tucker is pretty
good, too. What benefits are there for you and your customers in the awards? I guess the recognition that what we’re doing is genuinely different and beneficial to Marlborough, and that our customers are to be congratulated for supporting and entrusting some relative unknowns to provide them with their internet connection. The quality of our service is directly related to people’s support of us. What have you learned about yourself and your business? That no is sometimes not an option, and there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
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The iconic Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival, now in its twelfth year, has been revamped for 2016. The festival will be held on Saturday, March 19. Whilst the familiar Marlborough Greenshell mussel remains the hero of this event, it has been joined by a full line-up of local seafood ready to be showcased by celebrity chefs and paired with simply stunning local wine and beer. Once again the Mussel opening competitions will feature the internationally recognised Guinness Book of Records ‘Fastest 100’ record breaking attempt. Plus there are a few competitions people can take part in as well. There’s no doubt that the dial has been turned up a notch for this year’s event with the headline musician being none other than Kiwi icon, Anika Moa. Expect songs from her new critically acclaimed album Queen at the Table and more.
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Tukta Holloway, Tid Martwiset, Tony Martwiset and Thip Martwiset at last year’s festival. File photo.
Anika will be joined by an impressive line-up up of bands including “Avidiva” and “A Minor Thing” – all designed to ensure the festival is alive and kicking from the get go, to the end of the day. The New Zealand King Salmon cooking marquee will feature a spectacular culinary event while the NIWA Kid Zone will be a hive of activity with inflatables, face painting and more. Tickets that are booked ahead of the event cost: Adult $25, 12-18yr $15, family $65 (2 adults, 2 children) and kids under 12 go free (conditions apply). If you are paying on the day the cost is: Adult $30, 12-18yr $20, family $70. To book tickets phone 0508 iTICKET (484253), or visit the I-site centres in Blenheim, Picton, Havelock and Nelson. For information on buses available from Blenheim and Nelson visit www.iTICKET. co.nz to book your travel.
What’s on in Havelock March 19 At the Havelock Domain from 10am - 6pm, the Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival. On stage Anika Moa, Avidiva, A Minor Thing. Featuring chefs Michael Van de Elzen and Chris Fortune. Book your tickets at the Havelock i-site March 26 Havelock Lions Market Day from 9am-1pm at the Havelock Domain. Books, plants, meat and many other bargains. Sausage sizzle, raffles and enjoy a game of petanque.
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Havelock Woman’s Coffee Mornings, every Wednesday morning from 10am at The Captain’s Daughter. Visitors welcome. Havelock MenzShed, meets Wednesdays from 10am-12noon at Shed 67, Havelock Marina. Visitors and boaties welcome. Havelock Lions Club, meetings held on the third Tuesday of the month at ‘Slip Inn’ at 6:30pm. Meet for fellowship followed by a meal at 7pm. Visitors and those wanting to find out more about Lions are welcome to attend. Phone Ian on 03 574 2558 for further details.
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Pumpkin comp to raise funds Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Big pumpkins, dressed up pumpkins and decadent pumpkin pie... what do these all have in common? Alzheimers Marlborough! Alzheimers Marlborough has created a Giant Pumpkin Growing competition which will help to raise much needed funds for the organisation. Late last year, seeds were given out to those who paid a competition entry fee and people have been growing their pumpkins as big as they can. One of those people is Dianne Johnson, who with the help of her grandchildren has managed to grow three pumpkins, one for each grandchild. The pumpkins will be entered into the three competition categories, ‘biggest pumpkin’, ‘best decorated’ and ‘pumpkin pie’. Organiser of the event Liz Anderson is appealing to those who have entered to get their pumpkin registrations in to Alzheimers Marlborough. “Please call Alzheimers Marlborough and register your details, how many pumpkins you have and what categories you are entering. “The official weigh in and competition end
Dianne Johnson with one of her three pumpkins she has grown for the Alzheimers Marlborough Giant Pumpkin Growing Competition.
date will be in early April, but the date will be confirmed closer to the time,” she says. Liz says the competition was aimed at raising awareness and much needed funds.
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Free seminars to focus on retirement living 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. It includes a seminar in Blenheim on Thursday March 31, where people can get practical tips and advice, so they can make informed decisions before they sign on the dotted line. The seminar will focus on things to consider before choosing to live in a retirement village. Speakers will discuss types of retirement
village structure, costs and operations. The seminar is 90 minutes long and will include plenty of dedicated question and answer time. Places are limited and registering attendance is essential. Register easily by ringing 0800 268 269. The event will be held at St Mary’s Parish Centre, 61 Maxwell Road, Blenheim, starting at 10.30am. (Tea from 10am for registered attendees)
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Gift for new tracking pendant Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Alzheimers Marlborough received a welcome donation yesterday that will pay for a new ‘Wandatrak’ tracking system, used for people living with dementia. The pendants are given out to those in the community who are at high risk of wandering and enables Marlborough Land Search and Rescue to find them. A cheque for $250 to pay for a new pendant was handed over to Chrissy Maher, Alzheimers Marlborough community worker by Blenheim Club 41 president Les Rogers. Club 41 is a group of retired Round Table members that meet regularly for friendship and co-operation. The Blenheim club has 28 members and at times will help the Blenheim Round Table when needed, and in return will receive a ‘donation’ as a thank you for their services. It was from this that Club 41 drew the money from for the donation. “It is our absolute pleasure to help Alzheimers Marlborough by making this donation,” Les says. The decision to donate toward the purchase of a pendant came after Russell Montgomery of the Marlborough LandSAR gave a demonstration of how they search for those who have wandered.
Shaun Crabb of Marlborough Land Search&Rescue, Chrissy Maher of Alzheimers Marlborough and Les Rogers of Blenheim Club 41. Les presented a cheque for $250 to Alzheimers Marlborough yesterday.
According to Chrissy Alzheimers Marlborough has to completely fund the pendants and currently has 15 out in the community. “Because we are a charity and rely on donations, this amount from Club 41 means a huge amount to us as each pendant costs us $250. “In the instance of someone with dementia wandering, it could literally be a life or death situation so these pendants are so important,” she says.
How they work: The pendant is worn by the person with dementia. It emits an electrical pulse at a specific frequency, so when the person goes missing their frequency is dialled into the tracking unit. This pulse is detected using both a radio tracking unit and a directional finding aerial. The pendants reduce the amount of resources required by LandSAR and Police when searching.
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The Framingham 2016 Harvest Concert 19 Conders Bend Road, Renwick. This will be the sixth year Framingham plays host to some of New Zealand’s top musical talent. 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.
Plant and Produce, Swap/Sale Day 10am-12pm. Bring your plants and/or produce down to sell or swap with the local community. It is free to set up a stall just make sure you call us to register so we can save you a spot. Ph 578 0469 or email at email@example.com
Red Cross ‘Bingo Night’ fundraiser Come to our Bingo night fundraiser and win great prizes. There will also be spot prizes and entertainment. If you enjoy playing housie, then you’ll really enjoy this fun night out. Tickets are $10.00 and are available from the Red Cross rooms in Redwood Street or phone Gayle on 5786134. 7pm-9pm. Hot Art in Havelock The Gallery Havelock, open from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. Enjoy browsing some of the excellent art on show from talented local artists. Come and have a look in the friendly little gallery at 60 Main Road Havelock. The Edwin Fox Ship Visitor Centre open every day from 9am, a great all weather and family friendly activity. Come and explore the decks and the depths of the ship. Dunbar wharf, on Picton foreshore. For more information call Karen on 573 6868. Heritage & Whaling Museum Picton has a collection of some 2000 items of Maori, Whaling, Maritime, Heritage and Textile displays., 10am-4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Ph 573 8283. Marlborough Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park, Daily 10am-4pm. 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. The Diversion Gallery Open 12pm-5pm Wed – Sat 10 London Quay, Picton, Ph 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or www.thediversion.co.nz. Selling the Dream The Art of Early New Zealand Tourism. Millennium Art Gallery. 7 Feb-20 March.
St Mary’s School Gala St Mary’s School, 3 Stephenson St. Come & meet people, purchase all sorts of yummy food, & items like a mystery bottle, mystery bag, plants, clothing and of course the fantastic “chocolate wheel”- there will be rides, bouncy castles, face painting just to name a few of the many activities on offer. 10am–2pm. Renwick Harvest Party Rousehill Reserve, 1 Brydon Street, Renwick, 4-8:30pm. Let’s celebrate the 2016 grape harvest! Enjoy the bbq, treats from King Salmon or you can BYO food (no BYO alcohol) Bouncy castle, treasure hunt and games for the kids including grape-crushing. Ulysses Club Meet for a coffee and a catch up. Saturday mornings from 10am at the Old Orchard Cafe, The Vines Village, Rapaura Road. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am–12.30pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd. Club Meets Mondays at Clubs of Marlborough. Ph Andy 578 2272 or 021 842 928. Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillon’s Point Rd, opens 9am-12pm Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1-4pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry 578 1835. Mini Putt & Merry-Go-Round Picton Foreshore, 10am every day during school holidays, Today and Sunday, 10am. Redwood Market 8am-12pm, Redwood Tavern car park, Plants Produce and Crafts. Vintage Farm Machinery 10am-3pm, Open Every Day. Brayshaw Park guided tours available, Sunday Thomas Tank Engine rides. Ph Doris 579 4357. Picton Men’s Shed “Where men can do what men do best” 9am-12pm and Wednesday 9am-4pm. Phone Rex Green 021 469 191 or Bill Rogers 573 5507 for more information. 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.
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Chasing the Masterpiece Exhibition Redwood Village Artists. Marlborough Yealands Estate Gallery, 204 High Street. Open daily, 10:30am-4:30pm. Exhibition runs from 27 February-13. Marlborough Museum New Exhibition: Never a week goes by, two pacific nations go to war. A comparison of WWI Memorials of South Otago & New Caledonia. Open Saturday 5 March. Closes Sunday 27th March. Ph: 578-1712
Sunday 13 Rainbow Ramble Make a Sunday a fun day, come and enjoy a morning of adventure, colour & fun at the Taylor River, (Monro Street car park). Starting from the Monro Street carpark, the 5km walk goes along the Taylor River to the Burleigh Bridge and return. 10.30am12.30pm. Registration forms available from the Health Hub (cnr Charles & Queen Street) or www.marlboroughpho.org.nz. Adults $5, under 14 free. For more info contact Darlene on 5206263. Marlborough Hospice Vehicle Show Waterlea Raceway, Main entrance McLauchlan Street, 10am-3pm, gold coin donation to view. Open to display vehicles from 9am, $5 per vehicle, all funds raised go to Marlborough Hospice. Picton Club & RSA Open Day. Come and meet us and see what we are all about. Join us for a sausage sizzle. Great family day. With Strings Attached Dodson Street Beer Garden, 1 Dodson Street, 5pm. Get your toes tapping to With Strings Attached and their eclectic mix of Scots, Irish and American folk. Helen and Bruce play fiddle, guitar, bodhran and banjo. Great beers and food also available. A fantastic way to finish your weekend. ‘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 www.bikemarlborough.co.nz 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. Farmers Market Showcasing the best of Marlborough, some of the stalls are Koffie, Koromiko Eggs, Banjo Brews, Traditional Country Preserves, Nuggety Creek, Riverina, Garden Bee Honey, Spudz n Greens, Kaikoura Cheese. Marlborough A&P Showground’s, Cnr Maxwell and Alabama Roads, 9am–12pm. Buy Local - Cook Local.
Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Marlborough Mountain Bike Club With Avantiplus are running a 1,2 & 4 hour event. Come down and watch the event at Rifle Range Carpark, Wither Hills, 10am start. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am, Murray Ph 578 9199 or Tony Ph 577 9776. Tramping Club We go on tramps Wednesday & Sunday, please confirm for travel. Ph Mary 572 8762 or email@example.com. Ulysses Club Rides Oasis cafe for lunch in Nelson. 10.30am start. Kelvin Watson R.I.C 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. Petanque 10am Sunday and 1pm Wednesday, 65A Weld Street – John Ph 577 9789. Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm-3pm All welcome.
Up & Coming Wednesday 16th March The Seniors Expo 2016 Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000, Kinross St. Free entry and light refreshments, find out whats available to older people in our community, 10am-3pm. Wednesday 16th March St Andrew’s Lunchtime Concert for Pacific Vision Vanuatu. Bring your lunch and listen to two outstanding Musicians. 12:15pm–1pm. Saturday 19th March Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival Havelock Domain, Peel Street, Havelock. The quintessentially Marlburian event has been “servin’ up a whole ocean of fun” for twelve years, and 2016 promises more seafood, more stalls and more entertainment than ever before. 10am-6pm.
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FLAXBOURNE A & P SHOW. Easter Sunday, 27 March, Weld Park, Ward. FREE TRADE & CRAFT SITES available. Bernadette Gilmore Ph 5777174.
CASIO Electronic Keyboard. WK3800, plus stand and stool. Offers. Phone 03 5735297
2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Classes for Beginners All Welcome! 6 weeks starting March 24 Thursday nights 6:30 -7:30pm $30 per person Venue: Clubs of Marlborough Contact Sally 021 257 3283
St John Community Shop Springlands CLOTHING SALE. All our lovely clothes, shoes and handbags ½ marked price for a limited time only. Phone 5781754.
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Annual General Meeting When : Wednesday, 30th March 2016 Time : 7.00 p.m. Where : Marlborough riding for the disabled Conference room Churchwood Park, taylor Pass road, Blenheim. Agenda : annual reports election of executive Committee elections any nominations should be made prior to meeting date. Get involved, make a difference, be empowered. any enquiries about the meeting to MRDA office 578-3051
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Correction to voting paper and profile Voting papers are now being delivered around the district for the 2016 Trustee Election. The voting paper and profile page refers to Sushee Dutt. This should read Susheel Dutt. BJ Munro Returning Officer
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Eleven nominations had been received for the four Trustee positions. Retiring Trustees Malcolm Aitken, John Cuddon, Paul Ham and Ross Inder have been nominated for a further term. Nominations have also been received from Cathie Bell, Susheel Dutt, John O’Brien, Dominic Romano, Nicki Stretch, David Taylor and Janette Walker. The postal ballot is now underway and is being circulated to consumers connected to Marlborough lines Ltd network on Friday 22nd January 2016. Customers can inspect the roll at the offices of Blenheim Accounting, 36 Maxwell Rd, Blenheim. Please ensure your voting papers are in the hands of the returning officer before the close of voting by posting your voting document no later than Thursday 17th March 2016 or delivering to Blenheim Accounting by 12 noon Wednesday 23rd March 2016. BJ Munro Returning Officer
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Voting papers are now being delivered around the district for the 2016 Trustee Election. The Trust Deed provides for three of the six Trustees to retire on the 1st of April each second year. The Deed further requires that any appointed trustee shall hold office only until the next following election. The current election is therefore to fill four positions on the Trust.
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Community Care in Hospitals Do you have time to be a caring friend? St John is looking for members of the community to take on a non-clinical volunteer role at Wairau Hospital.
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We are looking for people to join our Friends of the Emergency Department service. Currently we have the following weekly shifts available: Tuesday 6pm-10pm, Friday 6pm-10pm and Sunday 11am-3pm.
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Chiller Truck Driver Required Part time We require an experienced Chiller Truck Driver/Operator in Blenheim. Must have Class 2 licence with at least 5 years experience. Hours are approximately 20 hours per week which will vary from day to day. Must have good communication, time management, and organizational skills. Please send your CV to Vicky Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cook Required Join the busy team at Renwick’s favourite English Country Pub. Previous experience is a must, as well as the ability to think on your feet and multi-task. Hours to be confirmed but will include nights & weekends. Phone Wanda on 572 9328 to arrange an interview.
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church notice Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Senior Citizens Hall, 166 High Street. Sundays 10 a.m. All welcome. 5785030.
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BENKWITZ: Charlotte (3.4kg) March 3, 2016 BROWN: Leo (8lb 10oz) March 7 , 2016 REED: Baby girl (8lb 5.5oz) March 3, 2016
You will be versatile in a variety of clerical functions, including computer and calculator work, have evidence of good numeracy skills, a cheerful disposition and a sense of humour. The ability to work with minimal supervision and a good appreciation of urgency and accuracy are essential elements. Applications with CV and references should be emailed to: Glynn.Bourne@bm.talleys.co.nz
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Crowe’s cricket legacy Martin Crowe is New Zealand’s greatest test batsman, most remarkable visionary, and polarising figure. His death last week, after a near two-year battle with cancer, robs New Zealand cricket of a lot of intellectual property. Crowe was always fascinated with good technique but combined it with a vision to push the game forward. His invention of Cricket Max in the early 90s was an early precursor to Twenty20 cricket. While the game encouraged big hitting and inventive shot making, it also rewarded good technique and playing straight or ‘in the V’
by having a ‘max zone’ where double the runs were on offer. In an interesting side note, it was also the peak period of Blenheim’s blonde bowling speedster Carl Bulfin, who was the poster boy for Max Cricket. Crowe was an informative commentator and his trademark call of “Holy Cow” is remembered fondly by many television viewers. A combative person post-retirement, he was not afraid to ruffle the feathers of administrators or players if he deemed fit. Crowe, the hero of the 1992 World Cup, was not always popular but always thought provoking. He often seemed haunted by his
dismissal on 299, which stood as New Zealand’s highest test score until Brendon McCullum’s 302 two years ago. During his cancer battle, the New Zealand cricket public got to fall in love with him again. His induction into the ICC Hall of Fame at Eden Park during the 2015 World Cup and his interview at the New Zealand Cricket Awards are both well worth looking up on YouTube. His help with current Black Cap batsmen Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson will be his immediate legacy. Crowe’s funeral is today.
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Anyone hoping to play football this winter season needs to register with a club quickly. Marlborough Football manager Andrea SmithScott says the season starts on April 2. Numbers and teams are being finalised by Marlborough’s eight clubs now and the draw will be published shortly. Marlborough Football covers teams from First Kicks for five yearolds to masters’ teams.
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Marlborough rowers to the Games By Cathie Bell Three Marlborough rowers are in the New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team to Rio 2016 named last week. Marlburians Sophie MacKenzie, Tom Murray, and Robbie Manson were all selected in the team of 31 athletes across 33 seats in nine boat classes. This team will be the largest in New Zealand Olympic Rowing history and for the first time ever, will feature a women’s eight and a men’s lightweight four. With seven 2015 world championship medals in Olympic events, the New Zealand Olympic Rowing team is positioned strongly in the build-up to the Olympic
Games. New Zealand Olympic President Mike Stanley, himself an Olympic rower, says he is delighted to welcome the athletes to the New Zealand Olympic Team. “New Zealand Rowers have a very strong Olympic history and have had outstanding results over the last twelve months. While the Olympic Games environment is incredibly competitive, we have no doubt New Zealand history in Rio will be made on the rowing course. “The Olympic Games have the power to inspire and I know the rowers named today will make their mark on New Zealanders. I would like to congratulate them
PJ watches former team By Cathie Bell Former Marlborough man and Miramar Rangers football “legend” PJ Lupi attended last weekend’s pre-season game in Blenheim between Wellington’s Miramar Rangers and Christchurch’s Cashmere Technical. Miramar came away with a 4-3 win, thanks to goals from Mikhali Bredeveldt and Levi McFarlane and a double from Niko Kirwan. But the club said on its FaceBook page that the highlight of the game was the appearance of PJ Lupi at the match. “His attendance was appreciated greatly by both teams, a big thanks to all who made the day possible.” PJ was injured in a scooter accident in Thailand in July last year, and was left with severe brain injuries. His family and friends went to Thailand to help him and publicly fundraised more than $173,000 to get him home. He made what family called a “miraculous recovery” at a reha-
PJ Lupi. File photo.
bilitation centre in Christchurch. PJ, a Wellington business owner and former Marlborough College head boy, suffered his injury the day before he was due to return from a two-week holiday. He was wearing a helmet, family said at the time, but the impact of the crash left him in a coma in a Bangkok hospital for weeks. He had not taken out travel insurance, so family and friends took to Givealittle to raise money to help pay for overseas care and transport to New Zealand.
and wish them the very best as their campaigns countdown to Rio.” Rowing New Zealand High Performance Director Alan Cotter says all the athletes selected have worked enormously hard to get to this point, gone through a rigorous trialling process and have met the high standard needed to be chosen for any New Zealand rowing crew. “Rowing New Zealand crews had a great year in 2015, winning medals in seven Olympic boat classes and finishing second on the medal table behind Great Britain. “The strong showing from the men’s and women’s eights at the World Championships in 2015
to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games demonstrates the depth of talent in our programme. “With six months to go we remain confident that we will meet our high performance target to win five medals at the Rio Olympic Games.” The Olympic rowing regatta will take place 6-13 August 2016 at the spectacular Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in the heart of Rio, just 10 minutes from Ipanema beach, with a spectacular backdrop of mountains, the Tijuca Forest and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue at Corcovado. Eight men’s events and six women’s events will be contested.
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman launched Sport New Zealand’s Play.sport initiative yesterday as part of an effort against child obesity. Being overweight or obese is expected to overtake tobacco as the leading preventable risk to health in New Zealand within the next 12 months, Jonathan says. “Play.sport is one of the 22 initiatives in the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan which was launched in October 2015. We’re now one of the first OECD countries to have a target and a comprehensive plan on childhood obesity.” The Government is spending over $8 million over four years in Play.sport, a community based initiative to improve the quality and quantity of physical education and sport in schools and communities.
Makos’ local games Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park will host two Makos games this provincial rugby season. The Tasman Makos, with new head coach Leon MacDonald, start the season off against Waikato in Blenheim on Sunday August 21 at 4.35pm. Blenheim’s other home game is to be a Thursday evening game on September 29 against CountiesManukau. They will also play Taranaki (September 3), Northland (September 16) and Southland (October 16) at Nelson’s Trafalgar Park.
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