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By Laura Shipley and Cathie Bell Monarch caterpillars might be in short supply in Blenheim but over the hill in Yealands’ Butterfly Gully near Seddon, they are thriving. Many in Marlborough have been forced to take steps to protect butterfly caterpillars from predatory wasps this season. But Yealands Wine Company gardener James Morison says conditions are good for the insects living in plantings in the company’s Butterfly Gully.

Continued page 2 Gardener and butterfly man James Morison at Yealands’ vineyard in Seddon. PHOTO: Anthony Phelps.


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Butterflies boom in plantings Continued from page 1 Social media posts from people in Blenheim say the paper wasps get a lot of the Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars unfortunately. Some people say they “go to great length” to pick up the caterpillars whenever they find one and transfer them to a plant kept indoors. “I found four eggs today on my bush so they are inside,” says one post. Springlands School has a special enclosed area for caterpillars and butterfly chrysalis to be transferred to so that they are protected from pests. Principal Gaylene Beattie says the school has lots of swan plants around its grounds and wasps have been a problem. Last year a student won a competition with builder Andrew Pope and a butterfly enclosure was built to keep

A monarch butterfly caterpillar on a swan plant in Butterfly Gully at Yealands, in Seddon.

the caterpillars safe. Yealands gardener James Morison suggests that people’s swan plants are also under attack from aphids.

These are usually a mustard colour and will decimate plants, he says. They appear to put the Monarchs off but are easily controlled with

soapy water sprayed over the whole infected plant and then repeated two days later. Transferred caterpillars should then be fine. He works full time looking after Butterfly Gully. It’s all about implementing Yealands’ founder Peter Yealands’ vision, James says. A couple of years ago Peter planted lots of Swan plants and native plants in the gully and it has now become a popular picnic spot for visitors to the winery. On calm days, 30 to 40 butterflies can be seen at one time. James says the growth in the gully is great, and next year there will be even more plant food and butterflies to be enjoyed. “My dream is that you come round the corner, and spook the chickens. They run up the hill, and boom! 5000 butterflies go up in the air.”

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Contest experience valuable for Matt By Cathie Bell Competing in the national barista championship was a great experience, Watery Mouth Café barista Matt Wright says. He came 14th overall in last month’s competition, which was the largest and most fiercely competitive event year, organisers say. “It was an exciting experience, I learnt so much.” There were 19 competitors for the event, held in Wellington, and Matt was the only one from the South Island. He says it was a very intense competition, with a champion from Denmark and two national champions competing.

“It was most fiercely contested. There were two points between the top two, and it was the most competitors they’ve ever had.” Matt says the judges spent 20 minutes with him afterwards, and gave him advice. “They praised me for my lack of wastage. I had the least wastage in the competition.” He would like to compete again next year. “Big thanks to Watery Mouth Café owner Juliet Partington, dairy supplier Russell, and Underground Coffee for helping me get there. It was brilliant.” Right: Matt Wright, barista at Watery Mouth cafe in High Street, came 14th at last months national barista championship.

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Pak‘nSave’s 3rd birthday Story and photo by Cathie Bell Pak’nSave Blenheim is turning three on Friday, but owner-operators Mark Elkington and Andrea Boock want shoppers to leave their presents at home and come celebrate with them and staff to mark the milestone. The time has passed in a flash, Andrea says. It seems like only last week the store opened. “It really is true that time passes quickly when you enjoy what you are doing. We have enjoyed every minute of the past three years and we are looking forward to the next phase in the store’s continued growth.” Mark and Andrea acknowledge the “tremendous support” they have received from the community and believe the store’s birthday celebration is a great way to say thank you to customers. “We have learnt so much by listening to our customers to find out what they really

want. The result is an excellent range of products tailored to suit our community’s changing needs and tastes, with a particular focus on our fresh food offer, gluten-free, and international departments.” Andrea says staff training has been important, with a lot of time invested this year in training staff to ensure customers get the highest level of customer service possible every time they shop at Pak’nSave Blenheim. “Over the next 12 months, we will continue to invest in our staff with regular training and career development. “It is our goal not only to deliver the lowest food prices in town, but to deliver a consistently great level of customer service every time our customers visit.” • Pak’nSave Blenheim’s third birthday, Friday March 18, free barbeque 10am2pm, and instore birthday promotions all day.


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Labour to select early The Labour Party has opened nominations for it’s candidate for the Kaikoura Electorate for next year’s General Election. Electorate chairman Corey Hebberd says the electorate has been chosen by the Labour Party as one of the first five electorates to start nominations. “Being one of the first in New Zealand to begin this process is a clear endorsement by the Party of the capability of our volunteers in this electorate.”

Vernon scrub fire tamed A scrub fire on Marlborough’s Vernon Station to the south east of Blenheim is still burning but fire fighters are hopeful they can keep it contained within the gully where it began on Saturday. Three dozen ground crew and five helicopters have been at the scene since daybreak each day. Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority principal rural fire officer Richard McNamara says the fire has been held within its perimeter and conditions at present are helping as there is very little wind. The fire is estimated to have burned through about 25 hectares.

Mark Elkington and Andrea Boock, far left, with their management team: from the back left: Mark, Matt Nofoasaefa, Jonathan Beldham, Philip Barnes, Jared Gray, Gandharv Sharma, Paul Murphy, and from the front left: Andrea, Dianne Black, Robyn Harvey, Ashleigh Broughton, Jade Lowe, Matt Metcalf, and Karen O’Docherty.

MGC student ANZAC speech finalist Marlborough Girls’ College student Stephanie Simpson has won a place in the ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition national final. Stephanie won the Nelson/ Marlborough/Westland regional final with what was described as a moving ANZAC tribute. The senior student will go on to compete against seven other Year 12 and 13 regional finalists at the national final in Wellington on 23 March, with the overall winner travelling to Gallipoli for 2016 ANZAC Day commemorations. Returned Services Association national president BJ Clark says there has been a fantastic level of interest in the competition. “We are especially grateful to ANZ for the commitment they



armed conflict. “It’s positive to see so many contestants speaking on and sharing their experiences of the Anzac spirit, as it relates to them.” The competition is a tribute to Cyril Bassett, VC (1892-1983) – the only New Zealander at Gallipoli to be awarded the Victoria Cross, and one who worked his entire career at ANZ Group. As well as the trip to Gallipoli for the 2016 ANZAC Day commemorations, the national winner will also be awarded a $1000 travel fund, a trophy, a laptop computer and digital camera. The eight regional winners will receive $1000 prize money as well as another $1000 for their school and a place in the national final.

Stephanie Simpson from Marlborough Girls’ College, with Derek Nees from the RSA and Annette Joanne Irain from the ANZ.

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New BBQ brings the sizzle Story and photo by Cathie Bell Sp r i ng la nd s Scho ol students are enjoying the donation of a barbeque to the school’s Friends of Springlands School group. The barbeque, donated by Lloyd Bush of Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors and Leighton Shearer of Bunnings, replaces an old barbeque used by the school group to cook sausages for the students each Friday. The new barbeque arrived 10 days ago. The parents are enjoying cooking on it as it cooks evenly across the grill, and the students are enjoying the sausages more as they don’t have the charred bits to object to. Each Friday lunchtime,

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the Families of Springlands School group runs a barbeque for students, as a fundraiser. FOSS spokeswoman Ann Clifford says the sausages are quite popular with the children. “We’re doing 140 today, but that’s quite a low order. Some weeks, it’s 180.” Parent Paula Olliver says the previous barbeque burned the sausages on one side. “This one is a much better improvement. It has an even temperature.” Ann says the group wants to thank Lloyd and Leighton for their work on getting the new barbeque to the school. “It’s a huge contribution to the school. It’s so popular. “

Lloyd Bush, from Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors, Leighton Shearer, from Bunnings, and Vicky Neal and Paula Olliver running the new barbeque at Springlands School.

Menz Shed goes metal Story and photo by Cathie Bell The Blenheim Menz Shed opened an extension to its Dillon Points Road building for members to do metalwork. Blenheim Menz Shed chairman Jim Davis told the 25 people gathered to officially open the building that the shed was a place where local men can meet, work, and share experiences. “And most importantly – talk.” Jim says Menz Sheds are fast being recognised as vital, viable places to provide relaxed, happy, creative spaces for men of all ages to enjoy. “They provide activity, identity, and meaning for great numbers of retired, active, creative, enthusiastic men. The growing problems with men’s health, isolation, loneliness and depression are looming as major health issues. Menz Sheds can play a significant and practical role in addressing these.” Shed activities in Blenheim have mainly included woodworking and woodturning as well as some community work, he says. “Members have expressed an interest in mechanical work, light engineering, and welding, and that’s why we’re here to open our new extension specifically for this purpose, as sawdust and mechanics don’t go well together.” He thanked the group’s sponsors who had enabled the extension to be built debt-free.

Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman cuts the ribbon at the Blenheim Menz Shed extension, with chairman Jim Davis in the background.

Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman cut the ribbon to open the extension, saying it was a great complex. “This is my third celebration here. I feel part of the place.” He says the Menz Shed organisations gave men a reason to carry on getting the most out of their lives.

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: What are your expectations for the 2016 grape harvest?

Jane Hunter Hunter’s Wines We are hoping for an extended period of settled weather to ripen the fruit that is probably a little over average yields but building in flavours as each day passes. We are looking forward to getting underway, it’s an exciting time for all.

Marcus Pickens Wine Marlborough My hope is that the wines produced from this harvest retain our classic Marlborough signature of freshness, given the amazing summer we’ve had I think we are on target.

Patrick Materman Pernod Ricard Vintage is underway already and with the amazing run of weather we’ve had, things are looking superb. For it to be an outstanding vintage, another six weeks of this weather is all we’re asking for.

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Where are all the fish? Dear Ed, Where are all the fish? The dilemma confronting the Marlborough Sounds firstly and foremost is how to stop the destruction of the marine habitats, and secondly how we re-establish fish and other marine populations. Artificial reefs are manmade habitats that create new marine communities providing food, shelter and spawning areas for the hundreds of marine species looking for a home. To clarify this, Western Australian Minister of Fisheries Ken Baston reports where there were 12 fish species before reef installation now two years later 50 fish species exist, and the Malaysian Director General of Fisheries reported artificial reefs installed under their fishery plan to boost fish harvests to 2 million tonnes annually has resulted in fishermen’s income per trip has being than tripled as far

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more species and fish are now available to be harvested from the reefs. Globally man made reefs are signalling a new era of fisheries enhancement. Whereas a cow has one offspring, annually marine species produce thousands and more offspring, all looking for a home that if not available results in a complete loss of these fish. The other feature with the Sounds is the large amount of mid water filter feeding shellfish. Do these consume or damage floating fish eggs or reduce the plankton required for the fish larva food supply? Has Cawthron carried out experiments at their marine culture facility in Nelson? What is the impact from intensive shellfish farming on other marine life? Gone Fishing

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Peter Yealands Yealands Estate A better than average harvest expectation and if the fine weather holds good a vintage of exceptional quality.

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Paul Bourgeois Spy Valley I expect it to be excellent. So far good flavours, and all the fruit is looking healthy and clean. We have started picking some delicious Pinot Noir for both Rose and table wine.


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Maths Dear Ed, Well it looks like the Mayor has finally got it right at long last when he states that the theatre is an ambitious project for a district the size of Marlborough. But his maths leaves a bit to be desired when he states only a quarter of the cost comes from ratepayers. Five million was handed out before the Trust raised the balance of 17 million (12 million). Six million for the old theatre to house the library and art gallery (yeah right). Land and roadway for the new theatre site, must be around one million. Now that’s 12 million. Over half. Then there’s the ASB loans, 4.6 million which the rate payers are bound to pickup. Besides Government and ratepayers the Trust have only raised 1.77 million and that’s in IOUs. When the posh-nosh grand opening happens who’s going to pay, seeing as the Trust is broke? And who will be invited? All ratepayers!! The reserves the Mayor talks about should be used for major infrastructure, such as decent water for the likes of Seddon, Renwick, Havelock etc. Colin Geertson

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Michael Bann Rapaura Springs 2016 like 2015 is not a typical Marlborough season. Coming off a light cropping year the vines had a trunk full of power and combine that with a good period of flowering we have a solid season ahead. It’s shaping up to be a very good season once again.

Tasman Rugby Union Dear Ed, Just following up statements made in your newspaper recently (Text talk). Regards to the first aid issue - a first aid truck is highly visible during Super or Mitre 10 Cup matches at Lansdowne Park and has been in the same site for the past two years and there was also a first aid crew assigned to the public stands on the opposite side of the grounds. This is communicated by the ground announcer at matches as well. Regards the ticket booking fee of $4.50 this was a mistake by our ticketing providers at a particular outlet in Blenheim and was beyond the control of Tasman Rugby. Only tickets sold at this particular outlet on February 19th were charged the $4.50. All other tickets sold at an outlet or online were charged a $1.50 booking fee or $2 booking fee if tickets were purchased on the day at Lansdowne Park. Tasman Rugby advises all customers the ticket price plus the booking fee when advertising tickets online. The booking fee goes to our ticketing provider not Tasman Rugby. Booking fees are normal on almost all ticketed events. Any ticket purchasers that want to get a refund on their $4.50 booking fee would need to have proof of their ticket and then email and they will then be referred onto our ticket provider who will review their purchase. Tasman Rugby always appreciates feedback and luckily, apart from the attached feedback, all of our feedback from the Crusaders versus Hurricanes match on Feb 19th has been very positive. Such an event is a massive fillip to our region and should be seen as a very positive one for our community Of note is that Tasman Rugby are always available to comment on such feedback, especially prior to publication of that feedback so some clarity and balance can be given to such comments. Marty Vercoe Tasman Rugby Union

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Beryl’s life adventure In the late 1930’s Blenheim woman Beryl Dickson was the first school dental nurse ever to be sent to the Pelorus Sound. Today she still resides in Marlborough and recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Beryl shares some of her memories with reporter Celeste Alexander. Beryl Dickson working as a dental nurse. Photo provided.

Beryl was one of three children, born in Stratford in 1916 to parents Archibald and Ellen Pike. Archibald was a ‘wonderful’ musician and choirmaster, so much so that his sister who lived in South Africa, travelled to Dresden in Germany to select a piano for him. The Ernst Kaps, an iron frame upright grand piano was brought out to New Zealand for him in the early 1920’s. What is unique about this piano is that in one night of bombing during World War II, three piano factories were destroyed including the Ernst Kaps factory. Beryl inherited this piano and has kept both hers, and her father’s sheet music in the piano stool. Growing up Beryl attended the Martinborough District High School where she became Dux, before completing her senior education at Nelson Girls’ College. She then took a gap year in the Wairarapa before taking up training in Wellington to become a school dental nurse. After graduating in 1938 she was posted to Marlborough where she worked in the clinics at the Blenheim Borough School, Picton Primary School and Rai Valley School. She was then sent to Wellington to be trained to fill permanent anterior teeth before her ‘big adventure’, a posting as the first school dental nurse ever to be sent to the Pelorus Sound to open new territory for childrens’ dental care. She recalls taking the Wellington/Nelson ferry as far as French Pass, climbing down a rope ladder on the side of the ship in the dark of midnight,

stepping into a rocking and pitching launch with her equipment, to be taken to shore. “Make sure the launch is on the rise before you jump, I was advised,” she says. The next day her equipment was dragged up the beach on a sledge pulled by a horse. Beryl set up her clinics in peoples’ kitchens and boiled her instruments on the wood stoves. She carried out a number of extractions as well as filling cavities. “People would travel out to Nelson to bring children in to me for dental work. Other children Blenheim woman Beryl Dickson celebrated her 100th birthday. would hide in the bush to try and avoid their turn in the chair,” she says. While working in Blenheim Beryl met her husband Grahame Dickson and they were married in 1941. Grahame soon began training in preparation for war service and went on to be a navigator on Lancaster bombers with 75 squadron. After returning safely from the war Grahame became the accountant/manager of F.E Musgrove Ltd, and the couple built their home in Blenheim, the same home where Beryl still lives. Beryl swapped her dental equipment for a role at the Electrocardiography Department at Wairau Hospital as a technician where she worked for 10 years. She recounts crawling about under operating tables to attach her leads to the patient. Beryl and Grahame’s daughter Pamela went on to follow in her mother’s footsteps, working in the same dental field. Today Beryl is a proud grandparent and great A horse-drawn sledge carrying Beryl’s dental equipment in the Pelorus Sound. grandparent and is very close with her family. Photo provided.

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FOR FREE JONES: Jeff and Suzi are happy to announce the safe arrival of Jack Kahurangi Neil Jones (6lb 11.5oz) born on March 11, 2016 at 9.42pm. Very special thanks to Robyn, Cathy, Jodie and all the maternity staff at Wairau Hospital.

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Baby names are an interesting indicator of changing social trends Baby names are an interesting indicator of changing social trends. The Department of Internal Affairs compiles lists of most popular names each year, drawn from the registration of births it is responsible for. With a very similar ring to them, Olivia and Oliver have topped the list of most popular names for new-born girls and boys in 2015. The most popular Maori baby names in 2015 were Maia for girls and Nikau for boys. With over 62,500 births recorded in 2015, more than 13,900 unique first names were registered for children born last year. The top 100 names makes up only a small proportion of all names given to babies, with the wide range used often reflecting the importance of family heritage, personal choice or the influence of popular culture, says Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Births,

2015 Top Girls’ Names : 1. Olivia 2. Charlotte 3. Harper 4. Sophie 5. Emily 6. Ella 7. Isla 8. Mia 9. Amelia 10. Isabella

Deaths and Marriages. The figures were collected from all births registered in New Zealand in the year from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015 and do not include children born overseas. Jeff says many parents choose a Maori name for their child to honour their commitment to the Maori lan-

guage and to symbolise their identity as a New Zealander. “It’s pleasing to see non-Maori people choosing to use te reo in this very personal way,” he says. “We have also seen some beautiful traditional names being chosen, which exemplify the richness of Maori language and culture.”



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2015 Top Boys’ Names: 1. Oliver 2. Jack 3. William 4. James 5. Benjamin 6. Mason 7. Hunter 8. Charlie 9. Liam 10. Jacob

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Stuck for ideas of what to do this Easter? Then take the whole family along to the Flaxbourne A&P Show in Ward on Easter Sunday, March 27. The Flaxbourne A&P Association has a huge lineup of spectator events, family friendly entertainment and of course displays that will appeal to all ages. Association secretary Bernadette Gilmore says the show is usually set for the fourth Sunday of March, and this year it has fallen on Easter weekend. “With it being Easter weekend people might be looking for something to do. It’s not a huge drive to get out here and there will be plenty to keep people entertained for the day,” she says.

The annual agricultural and pastoral show is in its 91st year and has a huge following of people near and far who come to compete. This includes the shearing and equestrian events which attracts people from as far as North Canterbury. But it’s not only the competitors who return every year, there is strong support from the Marlborough community. The young, old and people from all walks of life are catered for as the show promises to entertain and even educate those who attend. For the youth it’s not only the animals they can see and touch or the carnival rides and sideshows, it’s also a chance to experience the country life. They can also try their hand at bumper

cars, watch the dog and equestrian events and enjoy hot food and sweets throughout the day. While the children are amused, the adults can walk around the stalls that will have a huge variety of wares for sale, talk to the agricultural experts about farm machinery or simply relax and watch the live demonstrations. The Flaxbourne A&P Show promises to be a great family day out, so pack a picnic blanket and head along to Weld Park from 8:30am. Entry costs $5 for adults, $3 for secondary students and primary preschool children are free.

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Spouse challenge guaranteed to entertain Gather your wives, husbands, neighbour or even a friend for the ‘Spouse Carrying Competition’. This is one event that promises to entertain and create a few laughs. Each team consists of two people, one wife and one husband. The wife is carried and the husband is the carrier, regardless of the actual marital status or gender. Team members do not have to be married to compete, in fact the husband may carry their own wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, friend or someone found further afield. Both contestants must be 18 years or older and the entry fee is $20 on the day. Some teams may have already registered. The minimum weight of spouse to be carried is 50kg, and weights can be added if the spouse is under this weight. The only equipment allowed is a belt worn by the carrier and the carried must wear a helmet (bike

The Spouse Carrying Competition is a hugely competitive event overseas, but here in Ward it’s all in the name of fun. helmet). The grass track is no more than 250m and includes two dry obstacles and a water obstacle. The grand prize winner will receive

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Introduced to the show a number of years ago, the Iron Man Competition is a popular event for those participating and the crowds that gather to watch. The competition sees a team of four compete in four separate legs, showing off their strength and skills. One team member must pedal a bike to power a shearing machine, while another shears a sheep. The wool is then rolled to the shearing shed while the remaining two team members cut through a log of wood with a cross cut saw. There is $200 in prize money and goods up for grabs, so get your team together and enter on the day.

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Entertainment lineup From dogs, shearing and tractors through to photography and art, the Flaxbourne A&P Show has a huge line up of attractions throughout the day. Starting at 8:30am the equestrian events kick off. Find yourself a seat ringside and watch local and visiting riders compete in a variety of classes. At 12:30pm a Grand Parade will be held and following that will be the Terrier Race. Another canine event that draws crowds is the Handy Dog Challenge, organised by the Flaxbourne Dog Trial Club. Sheep numbers are up on last year, back to where they have been in the past and horse numbers are also sitting at a normal level, after last year’s huge numbers. Riders will be coming from the Nelson area to join local competitors. During the afternoon will be the Iron Man and Spouse Carrying competitions which are hugely popular events and great entertainment for spectators.

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Come and see us at the Throughout the grounds will be numerous trade exhibits including agricultural equipment and large machinery, as well as stalls selling a variety of wares. The show will also feature an array of cookery, home produce, knitting and handcraft. Photography and art work numbers are up again this year with around

40 art pieces submitted by preschool aged children and an impressive number of photography entries in for this year. There will be plenty of food and drinks available including barbeques by Ward School and the local Lions Club, food vendors, baked potatoes and hot coffee.

Flaxbourne A & P Show on Sunday 27th March

After-show Easter dance Following on from the Flaxbourne A&P Show there will be an Easter Dance held in the evening at the hall from 7:30pm. The family friendly dance has been organised by Sally Peters and is just another great event organised in Ward for the Easter weekend. There will be music provided by ‘Whatt Four’ and people are encouraged to bring along a plate and BYO. There is a $10 door charge and an evening of fun and entertainment that follows.


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Support local appeal Marlborough branch collecting donations Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Every week in New Zealand more than three families are told the devastating news that their child has cancer. This can be a very scary and stressful time for the whole family but luckily there is support available. The Child Cancer Foundation has a Marlborough branch, headed by original member and chairperson Sue Rose. Sue’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 1986 and passed away the next year. She recalls at the time a number of other families experiencing a similar ordeal. “There were quite a few at that time and although the staff at the hospital were fantastic, I wish there had been a support group in place. “So a couple of others and I set up a support group so we could get together and had our first meeting in 1987 at the Red Cross rooms,” she says. Sue later left the region for 26 years but kept in regular touch with the group, especially as her mother Betty Forman is a member. Five months ago since retiring, Sue has returned to Marlborough and stepped back into the chairperson’s seat. “It’s so different now to what it was, there’s so much support! “The whole reason for starting this group was so no one had to go through what we did, and now they don’t have to. We are here if families need us,” she says. Sue is supported by her committee and heading this week’s annual appeal drive is Vicky Neal, committee secretary, appeal co-ordinator and regional representative. A woman with many titles, Vicky joined the branch three years ago after her own personal experience with child cancer. “Five years ago my son was diagnosed with the very rare ‘Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis’ (LCH) at the age of 10 months old. It was lucky he didn’t require chemotherapy.

Vicky Neal and Sue Rose of the Child Cancer Foundation, Marlborough branch.

“We received an envelope from the hospital which had the contact details for the local branch. “’What I found comforting was knowing that someone was there for us, supporting us and our family. Now I want to give back by helping other families,” she says. Vicky says it’s her ‘passion’ because the Foundation does not receive Government funding. “We rely on donations so I see my role as trying to co-ordinate as much support as I can,” she says. One thing Vicky will be doing is dressing as a super hero this Saturday to stand at supermarkets with a collection bucket. “Any donation, big or small will go a long way to helping support a family during a difficult time,” she says. Around 20 Marlborough branch volunteers will be collecting donations this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at local supermarkets, so please support the Child Cancer Annual Appeal Month.

Donation of $800 received Representatives of the English Masonic Lodge Rowdy Robertson (Master) and Chris Hobbs (Secretary) attended the monthly meeting of the Child Cancer Foundation in Blenheim last week and presented them with a cheque for $800 which was raised by the Freemasons specifically for a charity. This year it was agreed that the money raised be given to the Child Cancer Foundation to assist with their childrens picnic. Child cancer representatives who accepted the gift were Sue Rose (chairperson) and Barbara Thompson (treasurer).

“The money we raise means that if a Marlborough family needs financial assistance it’s there. Whether it be food vouchers or even travel assistance, we aim to help in any way we can,” Vicky says. Who we are Child Cancer Foundation’s mission is that every child and their family walking the child cancer journey will never feel alone. Family Support Co-ordinators offers each child and their family one-on-one targeted and practical assistance as well as a shoulder to lean on when times are tough. The branch commitee provides much needed peers support to families by connecting them within the community, and organising social events and activities that give children and families opportunities to talk, mix and make new friends. Branch committees largely comprise of parents who have been in a similar situation, so can share their experiences and offer support.

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People can help by: • Organising a fundraising event • Donating during the street appeal • Visit to make a donation of your choice.

Your donation will go a long way Make a powerful and significant gift With more than three children diagnosed with cancer each week in New Zealand, the Child Cancer Foundation supports hundreds of families throughout the country every year. As a stand-alone charity that receives no direct funding from the government, we rely on the generosity of New Zealanders to help fund the practical and meaningful assistance we provide to families when they need it most. No two families’ cancer journeys are the same; so we offer each family targeted, practical and meaningful assistance as well as a shoulder to lean on when times are tough. By donating, leaving a bequest or organising your own fundraising event you will be making a powerful and significant gift. Your donations will: • Directly support a child and their family during the treatment phase and beyond • Assist a child’s transition back to school and in the community through education support initiatives • Provide Personal Development Grants to support a child’s education, rehabilitation and self-confidence following treatment • Support families through financial assistance at a time when income may be significantly reduced • Provide family and sibling camps to escape the everyday and meet

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• Protect the future of the Child Cancer Foundation, so that we are able to continue our vital work for many years to come. You can make a difference by donating in a variety of ways that suit you. By making a donation you are making a positive difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families.

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School gala It was all the fun of the fair at the St Mary’s School gala on Saturday.

 Tracy Price, Annie Thompson, and Leeanne Freeth worked hard on the Sissy’s Floss candyfloss stall.

 Nicholas Jackson, 10, takes aim at the dunk ‘em

 Ada McMurtrie, 2, enjoys a sno-cone with


her mum Emily Stein.

 Aidan Bennet, 7, Charlie Bennet, 6, and Will Finch, 3, enjoyed their trailer ride.

 Hannah Forsyth gets dunked at the St Mary’s School gala in Blenheim.

 Victoria Gaines and Lucy Price got their faces painted.

Car display Amazing cars were on show to raise funds for Hospice Marlborough at Waterlea Racecourse.

 Sonja Greenhill with her 1999 Honda S2000.

 Nicola Newman, 16, Lexie Newman, 8, and dad Mark Newman check out the cars.

 Accountants and business mentors SASS launched their new premises and logo to show customers new and old their new rebranding.

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Excellence awards The Marlborough Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards are to be announced at a Gala Dinner this week. The Sun is profiling finalists, and here are three entrants.

New Zealand Home Loans Who are you? New Zealand Home Loans, a leader in financial innovation, offering financial advice, home loan borrowing and insurance services. What do you do? Our award winning Blenheim team identify as financial advisors first and foremost. We offer home loans and risk management/ insurances as part of our process of creating personally-tailored financial plans for each client and providing them with software to track their progress. Our mission statement is simply “financial wellbeing for life”. We all know that traditional loans leave clients with a steep burden of debt over a long timeline. We’ve changed that. Our unique account structures mean our clients are combined saving over $65,000 a month in interest costs. The financial gains are


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Swan Song After almost 220 columns over the past ten years it’s time for Ray & I to say farewell. We have made our mantra ‘bringing the best to Marlborough’ throughout our time in business, and we are very grateful to those discerning customers who have also desired and expected the best. You have given us the opportunity and incentive to provide and produce something that set our business apart, and ensured that we have been able to deliver! The opportunities this has offered us locally, nationally and internationally have been fantastic! We could not have enjoyed this without the motivation which your custom and expectations has provided. To you, we say ‘thank you’!! Over the years we have had some wonderful staff, and it has been our endeavour to encourage them to make the most of their potential and to aspire to more than ‘also ran’. We have also been very fortunate to have excellent landlords! I sometimes hear people blaming landlords for empty shops but in our case they could not have been easier to work with. Finally, we are aware that you may be looking for the same high standard of craft and creativity in jewellery manufacture, and we must highly recommend our internationally trained, professional goldsmith Michelle Rosthorn who has gone out on her own. Six years ago we searched for a jeweller who would provide more than just a ‘good job’. We wanted a standard of excellence to which we have always aspired - we found that in Michelle, and we wish her well. Our time in the jewellery business has been a challenge, but much more it has been an adventure, and I am often reminded of the question – how will you choose to live your one remarkable story? And the wonderful reply ….. Life without a little risk is not an adventure darling, it’s a darn shame!!!! We look forward to seeing you in and around Blenheim in the future.

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Who are you? Arbour is owned by Bradley Hornby and Liz Buttimore We have spent years in five-star hotels, resorts and restaurants in both New Zealand and Australia. We have always wanted to live in Marlborough and now we are here, we know it is our ‘home’. We love the produce, scenery and welcoming community. It is our dedicated team that makes Arbour special: Mark Diu, Claudia Braun, Franny Doerig, Phillip Hallsworth, Astrid Cheung, Suzie Grigg and Libby Grigg. What do you do? Bradley mainly focuses on the culinary offering and Liz on looking after front of house, accounts, marketing and forward planning. However, we work together on all aspects of the business. Why have you entered the business awards? We have a business plan in place and we find the business awards a way to make ourselves stop and see where we are sitting compared to our plan. It was lovely renewing this year’s entry as we had achieved a lot of our goals and surpassed many of our targets. It was great to see that we had stayed true

to our plan through a very big year. What benefits are there for you and your customers in the awards? For us it is updating the business plan and comparing our results. We feel that a business with a plan in the background can offer its customers consistency and forward planning. Hospitality is such a fast paced industry and having a plan means you can continue the long hours at a fast pace knowing you are not heading in the wrong direction. What have you learned about yourself and your business? We were nervous about taking on a rural restaurant, but we stayed true to our personalities and style and we feel Marlborough has embraced that. We are so thankful to the region for keeping our staff employed and also helping us achieve our dreams of running charity events through our own business. We’ve learnt that with consistency and a high quality of food and service, matched with fair pricing, we can make a rural, standalone restaurant work. We will never be rich, but Marlborough is a place where looking out at the views, with a plate of delicious local produce and a glass of wine on your table you can still feel like a king!

Queen Street Garage Who are you? Phillip Sweet, from the Queen Street Garage. Born into a farming family in Cornwall, UK, I spent my youth on the farm and playing cricket for my local village and later for Cornwall. I served my apprenticeship in a rural garage where I worked for 18 years before coming to New Zealand. What do you do? A little over two years ago I bought the run down Service Station on Queen Street. Since then, all my efforts have gone into reviving this historical station. The workshop is now fully functional and increasing clientele weekly. At the moment there is little time for anything else. Why have you entered the Business Awards? A suggestion from a few customers prompted the ball rolling and we thought, because

of our concentration of customer service that we owe it to our customers and I owe it to my dedicated team who have made a huge contribution to the success of the business to enter these awards. What benefits are there for you and your customers in the awards? The benefits include the added power of networking through the awards themselves, a much higher profile by using the good name of the Marlborough Chambers of Commerce and I feel it also highlights our dedication and drive to move forward with this progressive business. What have you learned about yourself and your business? I have learned that a positive attitude and determination to succeed in any business in these present times is a must. I have also learned how to smile and be happy everyday while having stress and little sleep!!! P.B.A.

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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

Blenheim Healing Rooms Open 1st & 3rd Saturdays every month. 11.00am1pm. Salvation Army HQ, Henry St Blenheim. Sign out. Free Christian healing prayers available to anyone. Phone 578 9704.

Community Law Marlborough Presents free legal education at the Blenheim Library. Neighbours: fences and disputes. March 23rd from 12.10-12.50pm.

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.

Housie Thursday 7pm, Blenheim Bowling Club, 40 housies, 2 supers, raffles and meals available. Proceeds to Te Rerenga O Te Ra.

Family/Whanau for information/ 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.

in memoriam SIMCOX, Ian: In Memory of Ian Simcox, who was tragically taken from us one year ago. We all miss you and are proud of your legacy that continues. From all the staff at Simcox Construction.

Come and see our range of Clothes, Bricbrac, Furniture, Books and Linen. Your support is raising funds for a new ambulance. Phone 5781754.

Sheets ‘n’ Things Donations of linen urgently needed at Sheets ‘n’ Things, between The Warehouse carpark building & Johns Kitchen. Ph: 578 1356 Ext 5 or 021 178 8337.

Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Service 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.

Older Person Seminar 3rd Thursday every month St Christopher’s Hall Redwoodtown 10am to 1pm morning tea, lunch provided Guest Speakers. Ph Wendy 5794446 leave name an number or 021 113 0160. Email

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.


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acknowledgement 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.

The Sun Newspaper offers an acknowledgement service to its readers. You can submit acknowledgements following family bereavements. The deadline will be on Mondays at 5.00pm, with a limit of 50 words for $15.00. You can submit acknowledgements by bringing them to the Sun office at 72 High Street, or posting them to PO Box 634 Blenheim 7240. You can also email them to Please include your contact details: Name, address, email and phone numbers, including your mobile number if possible.

Australian magician Super Hubert puts on a show for Waitaria Bay schoolkids as part of the Variety Bash.

Charity convoy helps out By Cathie Bell The Variety Trillian Bash launched into a busy week of South Island school visits by rolling up its collective sleeves for a working bee at tiny Waitaria Bay School. The remote Marlborough Sounds School has only eight pupils and a part-time caretaker. With parents already commuting some distance over farmland to take their kids to school, they struggle to keep the grounds maintained, and welcomed the arrival of the Variety Bashers on Monday morning. The crews got stuck in installing insulation beneath the main building, mowing the rugby pitch, weeding, painting, moving the shade house, clearing sheds and building garden beds. The kids were away on a school trip, so the working bee was a surprise. Several got a surprise of a different kind when they passed through Portage on their way home from the school trip, and stopped off for a magic show put on by Australian magician Super Hubert, a Bash veteran who flies in each year to join the New Zealand event. Yesterday saw the Bash visit Linkwater School’s 40 kids, then Havelock School, Canvastown School, and Rai Valley School for lunch.

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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 The New Zealand Labour Party wishesany to nominations advise should be made prior to meeting date. all Branch and Affiliated members that nominations Get involved, make a difference, be empowered. for the Kaikoura constituency are open. any enquiries about the meeting to MRDA office 578-3051


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DEAN BLACKLAWS LOGGING requires an EXPERIENCE QUALIFIED WARATAH PROCESSOR OPERATOR for its ground based fully mechanical crew operating in the Marlborough area. Please contact Julia for a confidential chat on 0273311660 or email your contact details along with any qualifications to

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Key Responsibilities: Assisting in general yard duties including checking machinery on return from hires, cleaning and minor maintenance of machines (full training provided) Assisting in loading delivery vehicles on request and serving customers in the hire yard and over the phone. Maintain yard and surrounding area as requested Ensure the vehicles are kept in a clean and tidy condition Induct customers on the safe and correct use of our machinery. (full training provided) Responsibility for delivery and collection of machines around the Marlborough region.

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Rare gull not ordinary By Angela Crompton New Zealand’s black-billed gull is “not just another gull”, according to Canadian ornithologist Claudia Mischler. In fact, it is one of the world’s most threatened gull species and she hopes to raise awareness of its plight with talks in Picton and Blenheim this week. Claudia works for Marlborough-based Wildlife Management International Ltd (WMIL) and has set herself a personal goal to help conserve the endemic blackbilled gull. She says its numbers have decreased nationally by 78 per cent in the past 30 years and by 83 per cent in Southland, the birds’ largest breeding region. The Wairau and Clarence rivers in Marlborough are two of the braided rivers the gulls use for breeding in other parts of the South Island during the summer months. For the rest of the year they hang out around the coast, Claudia says. “One of the really neat things about the gulls is that they can be spotted almost anywhere,” she says. The Picton foreshore, Taylor River and Pollard Park in Blenheim are three common locations. Useful information can be gathered about the black-billed gulls’ movements if sightings are reported (email claudia@, along with the bird’s leg band code (a letter and two numbers). Claudia, whose studies have included seabirds in many different countries, wants black-bill gulls to enjoy the same status as other endangered birds like kiwi, kakapo, takahe and black stilt. “People in Marlborough can lead the way. We are lucky to have them living in our region, and we need to start taking care of them. Once they are gone, they are forever gone. • Claudia Mischler will present “Not Just Another Gull” to the Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary Society at 7pm tonight, Wednesday, March 16, at the Endeavour Park Pavilion, Picton, and to Marlborough Forest and Bird at 7.30pm tomorrow, Thursday, March 17, Blenheim School. All welcome.

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. 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. Community Care in Hospital volunteers provide care and compassion to patients and their families in hospital. Their role is a support to people in times of need. All volunteers receive full training. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer at Wairau Hospital or would like more information please contact: Sandra Young Ph 0800 785 646 ext 3645 Email:

History tour Places are still available on a Marlborough Historical Society field trip to Port Underwood this weekend. The tour leaves from Brayshaw Park at 9am on Sunday March 20 and will stop to visit historic sites along the way to Port Underwood and back, organiser Robin Cox says. These include Guard’s whaling site. Participants will be guided by local historians John Orchard and Barry Holdaway. Seats can be booked through the Marlborough Historical Society 578 1712.

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Wednesday March 16, 2016

Dragon Boat team up with the best

By Cathie Bell Marlborough’s breast cancer survivor dragon boating team has had success teaming up with a similar Australian team and competing together in a competition in Wellington earlier this month. Spokeswoman Wendie Partner says the Simply the Breast Dragon Boat team Marlborough linked up with our Australian sisters to form a composite breast cancer survivor team which was named “5 Abreast”. She says the competition on March 5 was the first time the team had paddled together as a group but they ‘clicked’ and performed very well. “Wellington lived up to its reputation with officials describing the weather conditions as “half metre swell with wind chop.’’ The swell was from the side

with gusting swirling winds making paddling very challenging indeed.” Adjustments were made to the team line up throughout the day due to the conditions, Wendie says. After the first heat and in an attempt to make the boats more buoyant, the event officials made the call to reduce the paddlers in the boats to 16 instead of 20. This was later increased to 18 paddlers and remained at this number for the remainder of the event. Altogether, seven boats were swamped by waves during the course of the day, including 5 Abreast, she says. “Luckily for us, our sinking did not happen until the very end of the day, after our final. Thankfully no one was hurt and we learnt heaps from the experience.”


inbrief Bowls start up The 2016 Marlborough Indoor Bowls season gets under way this month. Clubs play: Redwoodtown Hall: Pastimes Club Monday 7.30pm, Blenheim South Wednesday 7.30pm, Strand Club Thursday 7.30pm. Witherlea School Hall: Witherlea Club Mondays 7pm. Wesley Foundry (John St), Grovetown Club Wednesday 7.30pm. Clubs Of Marlborough Monday 7.30pm. Marshlands Hall: Marshlands Club Wednesday 7.30pm. Rapaura Hall: Rapaura Club Wednesday 7.30pm. Rai Valley School: Rai Valley Club Wednesday 7.15pm. Linkwater Hall: Linkwater Club Wednesday 7.30pm. Port Marlborough Endeavour Park Pavilion: Waikawa Club Wednesday 7pm. The Renwick indoor bowls club is being revived, with games next Wednesday at 7.15pm in the Anglican Church Hall in High Street Renwick.

ABOVE: The combined breast cancer survivor team show off their medals in Wellington. R I G H T: T h e combined breast cancer survivor team in action.

Mud House sponsors Lions Marlborough-based Mud House Wines is now an official sponsor of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. Last week in London, Accolade Wines chief executive Paul Schaafsma and the British & Irish Lions chief operating officer Charlie McEwen confirmed the Lions 2017 tour partnership to an audience of wine and sports media at New Zealand House. Former All Black skipper

Sean Fitzpatrick and England’s much loved former winger Jason Robinson have come on board to support the sponsorship as Mud House brand ambassadors. Both rugby legends were present at the press briefing to help promote the partnership. Paul Schaafsma says the company is extremely excited to be part of the next British & Irish Lions Tour in New Zealand. “A Lions tour is huge, especially one hosted by the World

Champions.” New Zealand sales and marketing director Jack Glover says the company looks forward to welcoming the team along with their thousands of fans into New Zealand in June next year and sharing some true kiwi and Mud House hospitality. The Lions Tour of New Zealand is 10 games played between June 3 and July 8 next year, including three Test matches against the All Blacks.

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Car group expands their vision At Vision Auto Sales Blenheim, the business model is simple - the best European vehicles at the best prices in New Zealand. Vision Auto Sales Auckland is Auckland’s busiest European car dealership, both in terms of sales and internet inquiry. The Blenheim based business will be using the same model to sell vehicles not only to the Marlborough region, but to Christchurch, Wellington and beyond. Manager John Sloot has always had an intrinsic appreciation for the quality of modern European vehicles from a safety and engineering view point. John says he has always been amazed at the value for money when he visited his brother-in-law’s business Vision Auto Sales in Auckland, and for many years contemplated the possibility of starting a European vehicle business in Marlborough. “To date there has been a large interest from the local community and a very

positive response due to the fact they don’t have to leave town for quality European vehicles. “The quality and engineering of these vehicles is just simply superior. Many of these cars sell new at around $150,000 and because of the reality we have today with a one world economy, we are able to coat-tail and benefit from this situation. “Come and have a look and you will be astonished at the value for money and superiority,” he says. John has appointed Toby Macdonald as sales manager. Toby is known throughout the area and has a fantastic personality and a real enthusiasm for the vehicles he will be selling. “Visit our yard or look at our website or Trade Me search Vision Autos Blenheim, and then compare and you will agree these prices really are the best in New Zealand.”

John Sloot and Toby MacDonald with one of their recently sold vehicles.

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