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Story and photo by Cathie Bell Road re-sealing on Marlborough state highways is causing a surge in windscreen repairs as gravel chips fly in all directions. Picton man Chris Davies says he has had four cracked windscreens on State Highway 1 between Picton and Blenheim. Continued on page 2 Picton man Chris Davies shows the gravel chips that have been breaking windscreens on cars travelling between Picton and Blenheim.

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Gravel chips windscreens Continued from page 1 Chris says he has driven all round the world, and it is only in Marlborough that he has had so many chipped and broken windscreens. The cause of these is the roads under construction and the chip re-sealing, he says. “The roads aren’t swept clear and the stones build up on the sides and in the middle and it doesn’t take much for a truck to swing wide and flick the stones up into cars.” Chris says the repair shop where his car is repaired had about 20 windscreens to fix when he took his car in last time.

“I’m told this stretch of road is the worst in New Zealand for windscreen breakages.” The Sun spoke to three windscreen repairers and they confirm there has been an increase in windscreen repairs. They said the damage was from road repairs on State Highway 1 and 6 and many customers had complained about them. Marlborough Roads highway manager Frank Porter said the roading agency hasn’t received any complaints directly about windscreen damage this summer. He says chip seal is used on Marlborough highways, and on many

highways around New Zealand, as it is more economical than asphalt surfacing, which can cost between five to 10 times more than chip seal. Chip seal also gives greater flexibility than asphalt treatment, he says, and once it has settled in, the sealed section should last around 10 years. “As we know how frustrating it can be when windscreens are damaged, Marlborough Roads focuses on minimising the risk of loose chips. “We use a number of different techniques to help prevent damage from loose chips, ranging from using single coat seals to sweeping loose chips after sealing.”

During sealing operations, temporary lower speed limits are put in while the chips roll and lock in, he says, to reduce the chance of chips being flicked up by passing vehicles. “This requires drivers to play their part as well by adhering to the temporary speed limit and reducing the risk of windscreen damage to theirs and others’ vehicles. “Marlborough residents appreciate the reasons why we need to do this. In a survey of all New Zealand highways, Marlborough residents rated our temporary speed limits at work sites as the most appropriate in the country.”

Royal honour for Brian Powell By Cathie Bell Marlborough man Brian Edward Powell was presented with his royal honour last week. Br ia n wa s g iven h is Queen’s Service Medal by Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman in a private ceremony on Friday, because Brian’s health stopped him being able to travel to Government House in Wellington. The ceremony was held in the Marlborough District Council Chambers and was attended by his family. The award was made for Mr Powell’s services to heritage preservation and the community. Alistair says it is a privilege to be able to recognise a man who has led a long and useful life of service to rural Marlborough. “You exemplify the Kiwi character that we admire;

the hardworking, practical, problem-solving chap who has been willing to take the helm on so many projects for all the right reasons – to help make your community a better place.” Brian is a longstanding member of Federated Farmers serving a term as president in 1997-98. He has been Federated Farmers representative on the Marlborough Acclimatisation Society and the Marlborough Meat and Wool Board. For many years he hosted primary school visits to his Fabians Valley farm where he had a collection of artefacts of early settlement and he was instrumental in the restoration of an old cob building occupied by early settlers. In 2008 he wrote a history of Fabians Valley and Northbank. He has given 45 years’

Brian Powell, with wife Frances in the front with Mayor Alistair Sowman, and children from left, Doug, Owen, Helen (Washington) John and Kevin. The official is Flight Lieutenant Lizzie Ross.

service as chairman of the Northbank Settlers Association. Brian has had a long association with the Outward Bound Trust dating back to its establishment at Anakiwa

in 1962. He is a life member of the Trust and served four terms on its Members Council. In Renwick, he was on the Community Hall committee for six years until 2013.

He also established the Renwick Community Garden at the Anglican Community Church. For the past 41 years he has also served as a Justice of the Peace.

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Supermarket opening Countdown Redwoodtown’s new store opens at 8.30am tomorrow. An official opening is to be held at 8am, and the public can start to shop at 8.30am. It is the chain’s 184th store and is a new-generation format with energy efficient fixtures and fittings, full service deli and bakery departments, self-service checkouts, and Sushi Bar.

Jerram appointed to trust Grovetown School students (front) Patrick Andrews and Maia Keen initiated a ‘buddy bench’ project that their class recently completed. They are pictured with their class mates.

Buddy bench for friends Story and photo by Celeste Alexander A Grovetown School class has come up with a heartwarming and kind initiative that aims to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship in the playground. Students Patrick Andrews and Maia Keen spearheaded the idea to build a ‘buddy bench’, a project that their whole class has been

involved with. “We thought it would be a good idea if people didn’t have friends, that they could sit on the bench and someone will come over and talk to them,” they say. Teacher Louise Hedlund says at the time the class was learning about what was special to them, and how to be guardians of the environment.

The class designed their own benches and two winning designs were voted on. They were drawn by Claudia Dick and Solomon Hedlund-Knight. From the two, one design was created and Louise’s father Phil Hedlund came to the school and helped the students to build them. Two were built, one low enough for junior students and the other

for seniors. Once completed the students carved their names onto the bench seats and they now sit proudly in the play area. Already they have proved a hit, Louise says. “They have been used a lot and I’ve had one student say they had made a new friend from it, which was so cute,” she says.



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her concert at the new theatre, before she flew out of Marlborough. She says her concert went very well, and ‘thoroughly enjoyed it’. “I’ve been coming to Blenheim throughout my career, I’ve never had a bad show. They’re great

people.” The new theatre is ‘absolutely wonderful’ with good acoustics, she says. “To be part of the opening process for the new theatre was really special, it was lovely to be asked. “I was part of it when


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the old theatre opened, so it was special to be asked back.” It was well-designed, with plenty of space for performers, she says. “Blenheim has a very good name nationwide as a good cultural town to come to.”

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Suzanne glad to return for theatre opening Story and photo by Cathie Bell She opened the past two new theatres in Blenheim, and singer Suzanne Prentice (pictured) is full of praise for the new ASB Civic Theatre in Alfred Street. Suzanne took the time

Marlborough District Councillor Peter Jerram has been appointed to the board of Wahine 50 charitable trust to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the event on April 10, 2018. The trust’s website – www.wahine50. - will be a repository for sharing stories about personal experiences and how individual lives have been shaped by the disaster, as well as fundraising for new coastguard vessels. Peter was on the Wahine when it sank as a then Lincoln College student.




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Whalers inspire song T he exploits of t he Marlborough Sounds whalers have inspired a touring folksinger to compose a song. Folksinger Nigel Parry this week started a South Island tour, which will see him play in Picton at Le Café on April 20. Before starting the tour, he spent some time in Picton talking with local historians about whalers, and their music and songs, and played them a song he has written about the Perano whalers, “Nine pairs of eyes”. “I wrote ‘Nine pairs of eyes’ last year, and started performing it at music festivals. It always goes down well.” Nigel says he has always been interested in the Marlborough Sounds, going back to when he worked at Interislander. While at the Picton museum, he was given a song from 1919 that was about whaling in the Sounds, to the tune of an Irish song, ‘Mountains of Mourne’. “There will be other ones out

there.” He wants to hear from people who know more about the songs whalers performed in their spare time, and would also like to know more about the history of the Federal Hotel in Picton. “It was a very prominent part of the Picton foreshore. Local stories and local songs would be really interesting…I have developed a fascination for that.” Nigel now lives in Wellington and in the past four years has performed at folk events and music venues around New Zealand, festivals and live on radio and in the UK, France and Canada. The latest high profile performance was in front of thousands at the People’s Climate March from the steps of New Zealand’s Parliament, performing a new song ‘When The Rain Comes’. In 2014, Nigel was voted Peo-

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By Cathie Bell A public meeting will be held in Renwick later this month to discuss how the upgrade of the township’s drinking water might be paid for. The meeting will be on Wednesday 27 April, from 7pm to 9pm, organised by Renwick Smart & Connected’s Water Group, to discuss funding formulas for improvements to water supply, set out in the Consultation Document relating to Council’s 2016-17 Annual Plan. Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney says testing of Renwick’s new water supply wells at Conder’s Bend

will be completed in the next few months. Once the test pumping data is complete, the resource consenting process can begin and work can proceed toward the installation of new pumps, scheduled for 2018/19, he says. “That means we may well have another two summers where water must be managed carefully. The Renwick community was amazing in the way they handled their water use last season and we will work with them again over next summer because it’s going to be 2018/19 before the new supply is in place.” The latest measurements taken of the Wairau Aquifer

have provided the reassurance that Renwick’s water supply should be secure until next summer with this year’s rainfall having restored the health of the aquifer, Stephen says. He says the recent rain has lifted the aquifer and the Renwick water supply is looking very healthy again. “The aquifer level at the Renwick supply bores is now 3.2 metres above the pumps and water demand is now down to about 1300 cubic metres a day. With recent rain, the cooler nights and the heavy morning dew we’re now getting, there’s not the same demand for water.” The support of the Renwick Smart & Connected Group

and the community’s efforts to voluntarily reduce water use were so effective that it wasn’t necessary to impose water restrictions, Stephen says. Renwick councillor Cynthia Brooks says she is proud of the work of the Smart & Connected Water Group and the wider community for stepping up to the challenge of the second very dry year in a row. “The community realised they could be part of the problem – or be responsible for helping get a solution. We haven’t solved Renwick’s water problems yet but thanks to some really constructive people, together we are managing the problems until we do have that solution.”

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Thai dancing and cuisine For anyone who enjoys Thai culture or would like to experience it for themselves, Bamboo Garden Restaurant has a very special event planned. Celebrations begin for the annual Thai New Year next week and to mark the occasion Bamboo Garden Restaurant has created a special menu and will be hosting a Thai dancing show over three days. The Thai New Year menu and dancing show will be held April 14, 15 and 16 starting at 6pm, running every half hour. The restaurant’s Thai chefs have created a mouthwatering selection of dishes that not only showcase the Thai culture, but also Marlborough produce. Owner Bu-nga Krataitong says she instructed the chefs to use local ingredients such as lamb and salmon, and infuse it with traditional Thai flavours and cooking techniques. “We have some really lovely dishes including a Thai style salmon salad and a Thai lamb curry, I think people will really enjoy them,” she says. The Thai dancing show has come at special request from Bu-nga from the Wat Buddha Samakhee (temple) in Christchurch. They are volunteers on a Thai cultural

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: How are you coping with the end of Daylight Savings?

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I start at 5am so getting the sun earlier is nice but . . .

Whilst grateful for the longer sleep-in I wish that all the technology in the house would all show the same time as it’s been a bit confusing for the past week.

It’s sad to have Summer over, but mornings are better. There’s always that one clock you forget to change, or you can’t find something pointy to change the car clock.

I am a morning person so reverting to normal time is fine with me!

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In the letter box Dear Ed, It’s hard to think that winter is on its way but, it is and we should be prepared for it. What I would like to see happen is that all ‘junkmail’ inclusive of get fit, political, churches, electoral, and any other type of info that a lot of people throwaway, must be placed into the letter boxes, not the paper holders. One gust of wind and away they go, usually down the driveway where the owners don’t want this rubbish. While on the subject of rubbish, how come that one local newspaper is delivered by hand into the letter boxes while another thinks it’s their given right to throw it at the letter box? Yes, they miss everyone. It’s a disgrace while other towns and cities throughout New Zealand place their papers, this does include Property Press, into the letter box or holders. I know of others besides myself who while walking pick up this rubbish and put it where it belongs and should have been put there in the first instance. The letter box!! The people who clean up don’t get paid but the original distributors do. Wake up Marlborough. Phred - Riversdale

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Pams charitable shop Dear Ed, For almost thirty years, PAMS shop in Queen Street has supplied good, clean and inexpensive clothing and linen to so many customers. This has been achieved only by the wonderful contributions of goods without which we would have been unable to carry on. All our profits are returned to worthy causes with Marlborough – a list of which is displayed in the shop. We have four collection bins around Blenheim, which are emptied twice weekly. Unfortunately, we also receive a great deal of unusable dirty and worn out items as well as a large amount of household rubbish, which of course has to be sorted and disposed of.

It is not unusual to find old TV sets, microwaves, broken vacuum cleaners etc, left either beside the bins, and even quite recently, the inside of a piano. Cost of dumping these types of ‘contributions’ have to be paid for by us. For example the dumping of a TV set is $15. At the shop we have thirty volunteers and a further eight volunteers at the sorting depot, and we are indebted to these wonderful people for all the time they give to the work of PAMS shop. Finally, on behalf of all our volunteers I would like to say a big thank you to all the wonderful customers, who have supported PAMS shop over the last thirty years. Bev Dixon President, PAMS Shop Charitable Trust

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Dear Ed, We did not see the girls who left their kind thoughts with us at Easter. Thank you for caring about us - your parents must be proud of you. One of the oldies at Bethsaida

Spending diarrhoea Dear Ed, Can only agree whole heartedly with Music loving father. The moneyed few had their say and now we are all stuck with another concrete eyesore. I begrudge my rates rising again and again for something a lot of us will never use. Then lo and behold, on the next page, we are once again going to have Market Place “done up”. I cannot remember how many times this has been done in my life time. Let me guess - our rates are supposed to pay for this as well! Just read further into article, OMG, another $1 million for a park on Taylor River. The council has spending diarrhoea! Lord help struggling rate payers. Frustrated - Purkiss St.

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Real estate and car racing At first glance Melissa Gifford looks every bit the office professional, but outside of her career in real estate her true passion lies in mechanics and speedway racing. Melissa talks to reporter Celeste Alexander about her passion for stock car racing and where it all began.

Melissa has worked for Farmlands Real Estate (formerly CRT) since she was aged 16 and even gained her real estate license at 17. Week days are spent working in an office while in the weekends Melissa is often working underneath a car. “Sundays are always a frantic hand-scrubbing session so my hands are respectable for work. It gets harder every time,” she laughs. It was from Melissa’s country upbringing that she developed her love for cars and machinery. She grew up on a 600 acre farm on the opposite side of State Highway 6 from the northwestern entrance to Eastern States Speedway. Her childhood was spent mostly outside working and playing in the family workshop watching her father and grandfather, or out and about on the farm. At the age of five she was riding a fourwheeler. Before the age of 10 she was helping to drive the family’s old paddock hack Viva Deluxe and even drove an old Ford 5000 tractor. She says on both sides of her family farm-

ing and cars were strong passions. Melissa’s father, Allan Gifford, has always owned ‘hotted up’ Fords she says, and is also the president of the Marlborough Ploughing Association.

“I spent my teenage years in the ‘boy racer’ scene which I thought I would never grow out of.”

“Not an opportunity goes by that they hit me up about Dad teaching me the tricks to carry on the tradition,” she laughs. Growing up, she says, her passion was horses but it didn’t take long before her love for horses turned to a love for horsepower. “At that stage I had started playing with

my own cars, doing bits and pieces on them myself. “This became more frequent and I soon began modifying my own cars and doing all sorts of stuff in the shed,” she says. In her early 20’s Melissa turned her attention to speedway and started pit-crewing for a stockcar driver. During the 2011/2012 season she began pit crewing solely for Gavin Marshall and found herself spending more and more of her weekends in the workshop. “Gavin is an engineer and mechanic for his own company and has taught me a lot. I have now stepped up to doing most things on vehicles including full motor swaps. “This has been one of my happiest achievements,” she smiles. Working on a stockcar was one thing, but Melissa was becoming more interested in racing one, a goal she has since achieved. She began a mentor programme earlier this season with Eastern States Speedway. As her own car was not ready, she raced Gavin’s stockcar a number of times to be signed off.

Melissa then went into another stockcar owned by Sam Thompson of REM Engineering who was ‘generous enough’ to allow her to race it. “Crashes and contact between stockcars is common so I have come to know the concrete wall quite well now,” she laughs. “Driving the stockcar is a lot different to anything else I have experienced. Everything happens so fast and you need to be so smooth in your driving, only turning the steering wheel ever so slightly around the corners and trusting in the setup of the car to pull itself around without spinning or pushing into the wall.” Melissa has since raced in her first championship event away from Blenheim at the Stock Shock last month. Plans are already in motion for Monster Motorsports 2016/2017 and in the lead up to this she says she is taking every opportunity to jump straight into the thick of it and learn. “I can’t wait to get back out there and get more track time so I can get more experience in the handling, watching and reading of a race,” she says.

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Anzac Day snaps could win Taking a snap this Anzac Day, could win you some impressive First World War prizes. The major prize pack for #MyAnzacDay photo competition consists of New Zealand Post’s new Silver Proof Commemoration Coin, two First World War books, and a Nga Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails merchandise pack. On April 25 New Zealand will mark a centenary since the first Anzac Day service in 1916. The #MyAnzacDay photo competition, coordinated by WW100 - New Zealand’s First World War Centenary Programme is encouraging New Zealanders to send in a picture of what Anzac Day means 100 years on from the first commemoration. There will be two major winners and

two runner ups, which will be announced on May 12. A People’s Choice winner will be determined by the most likes on WW100’s Facebook album and Judge’s Choice winner will be selected by a judging panel. To enter the #MyAnzacDay photo competition, people need to take a photo on Anzac Day that expresses what the day means to them as a contemporary New Zealander. Then add a caption that explains their photo, and upload it to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #MyAnzacDay. For those who do not use social media, email entries will be accepted as well. Find out more, visit myanzacday-photo-competition.

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Members of the Marlborough RSA Women’s Section preparing for Poppy Week. (Back) Lynette Corfield, Trish Day, Ruth Stratford. (Front) Joan Westwood, Jean Wright, Noeleen Thomson (president) and Jan Beswick.

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By Celeste Alexander Thousands of red poppies have been pinned and boxed by a group of dedicated women, volunteering their time to support veterans and their families. Members of the Marlborough RSA Women’s Section came together last Friday to finalise their preparations ahead of this week’s Poppy Day. To be held this Friday, Poppy Day is an annual event that sees volunteers from the RSA hit the streets to sell artificial poppies. Boxes have also been delivered to businesses throughout Marlborough for people to make a donation in exchange for a poppy. Proceeds collected locally go into Marlborough RSA’s welfare account to support the welfare of veterans, their widows and widowers.

President of the Marlborough RSA Women’s Section Noeleen Thomson says every year the generosity shown by the community continues to grow. “It’s absolutely outstanding, people are so generous. “We are so fortunate to have such amazing support, and I want to thank our volunteers who go out collecting donations,” she says. Last year Poppy Day in Marlborough raised $30,000. “It’s this kind of support that enables the RSA to continue offering its support to veterans. It’s an amazing organisation to be part of and I just love it,” Noeleen says. Please show your support this Friday for Poppy Day. Wear your red poppy proudly on Anzac Day.

Poppy is truly a ‘national icon’ With 90 years of history, the Poppy Day Appeal is one of the oldest nationwide appeals conducted by a voluntary welfare organisation in New Zealand. The RSA Poppy is truly a national icon. In contrast to the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, however, the RSA did not hold its inaugural Poppy Appeal in association with Armistice Day 1921 (11 November 1921), but instead chose the day prior to Anzac Day 1922. The reason is one of those quirks of history: the ship carrying the poppies from France arrived in New Zealand too late for the scheme to be properly publicised prior to Armistice Day, thereby forcing the Association to postpone its Poppy campaign until the day prior to Anzac Day 1922. The decision nonetheless established

an historic precedence whereby Poppy Day – as the day was known from the outset – became forever associated with Anzac Day in New Zealand, thus setting it apart from the rest of the world where it is largely associated with Armistice Day. The first Poppy Day in New Zealand, 24 April 1922, was met with great public enthusiasm, with many centres selling out of their supply of poppies early in the day. Few appeals can claim the history and public recognition as that of the RSA’s Poppy Day Appeal. The Poppy is not only visible on Poppy Day and Anzac Day but at funerals of returned servicemen and women. It is also taken on pilgrimages to be laid at New Zealand war memorials and war graves around the world. The RSA Poppy is truly a national icon.

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NG: Soon, Carmay and big brother Elgin are excited to announce the early arrival of our first baby girl Eliza (2.7kg) on April 10, 2016 at 3.44pm at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to our midwifes Ava Zlotkowska-Eddy and Jackie Jackson and all the maternity staff at Wairau, we appreciate all your help and care, you guys rock!

Maxted: James and Louisa are happy to announce the birth of their first baby boy Connor James (8lb 3oz) on April 7 2016, at 5.48pm. Special thanks to our midwife Sue Hudson, all the maternity staff at Wairau Hospital and mum Sarah Higgins.



BOYCE: Kristal and Scott would love to introduce Sofire Jade Boyce, born March 31 at 9.20am. A little sister for Eclipse, Leo and Journey. Welcome to our world princess! We are all so happy to finally meet you and have you in our life. Thank you to Helen Crampton and her team and also our amazing midwife Sue Hudson, also thanks to all at maternity ward for their great care.

Sun Easter colouring competition winners

 Hector Farmer, one of the winners in his age group, 5 years and under.

 Amelia Brown, winner of her age group  Emma Burton , a winner of her age  Rex Webster, winner in his age group 6-10 years. group 5 years and under. 5 years and under.



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Exhaust, battery & lube A car is in many cases a big investment so it’s understandable that owners want to keep their cars for as long as possible. One key to keeping your car longer is to find a reliable auto technician to maintain it. This is where Rikstay Auto comes in. Owned by Renwick couple Melanie and Mark Partington, this family business has been in Marlborough for over 25 years. It’s the ‘good old-fashioned, trusted service’ that has kept Rikstay Auto in business all these years, he says. “We go the extra mile to provide motorists everything they need.” Mark operates his Grove Road business six days a week, providing everything from

new tyres and brake work, to exhaust fitting and repairs. He also services trailers and has even worked on motorised scooters, jockey wheels, wheelbarrows and ride-on-mowers. “I always tell people, don’t be afraid to drop in with your vehicle. It’s easier for me to look and find out exactly what you need. “That way I can give you accurate information and advice,” he says. In addition to tyres Rikstay Auto also stocks Valvoline Oil and Endurant Batteries. “Feel free to drop in to the shop today to find out what we can do for you. “We are happy to offer free quotes and pensioner discounts.”

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Winter car servicing As winter approaches it’s not only our homes we must prepare, but also our motor vehicles. Mark Partington of Rikstay Auto says ‘if your car is due a service or tyres need replacing, get it done before winter’. “The cold weather does cause issues with cars but many of them can be prevented by having a pre-winter check. “Cars can become harder to start on cold winter mornings so we are fully stocked with new batteries. “Tyre tread if worn down can be dangerous on wet and icy roads so the best advice I can give is to bring your vehicle in and have them replaced,” he says. Rikstay Auto has a range of tyres to suit different budgets, including new and second hand. “We offer tyres and services to suit all types of vehicles, including cars, utes, light trucks and four-wheel-drives, and we keep our prices competitive to give our customers the best deals we can. “We even have second hand rims available, so if you want to replace your space-saver with a wheel, call in and see me,” he says.

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out & about

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Marlborough Farmers Market Autumn hasn’t dampened the spirits.

 Laura Grigg, 3, and sister Hannah, 1, enjoyed the apples with mum Nikki Grigg  Alex Craig, 8, Sam Craig, 6, and Chelsea van Grinsveng, 6,

at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market.

enjoyed their berry-nana smoothies at the Farmers’ market.

 Natasha Newman and Sophia Peake, 1, took time

Marlborough Artisan Market

out to sample the products.

The first ‘pop up’ of the winter series was a success.

Michelle Harris, left, and Linda Johnstone had handcrafts  Debbie Carter and Keita McCormick enjoyed the sun while at the artisan market.

 Trish and Samantha Grammer checked out the goods on sale

for sale at their stall Rambunktious at the artisan market.

at the artisan market.

Marine Farming Kenepuru Sound hosted a South Island Farmer of the Year field trip.

 Aquaculture NZ’s Rebecca Clarkson talks about the organisation’s sustainability programme.

 Charlie Ruddenklau, 8, from Te Anau, with Loki Hopkinson, 11, and Max Emeny, 10, from Waitaria Bay School on board during the South Island Farmer of the Year field trip.

 NIWA’s regional manager Ken Grange talks about marine farming.

Any of our “out & about” photos can be purchased at the Sun Newspaper office.

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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 prayer available to anyone. Phone 578 9704.

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

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

St John Community Shop Springlands St John Community Shop Springlands. Come and see our range of autumn clothing, Tops, Skirts, Dresses, Trousers & Shoes. Keep warm this winter with bargain buys. Donations appreciated. Phone 5781754.

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.

NZSO principal trombonist David Bremner with college student trombonists, clockwise from top, Dylan Pope, Ollie Scherf, and Susie Grigg.

acknowledgement 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.

C R O S S W O R D Puzzle CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Enlisted personal (4,3,4) 7. Hard to endure (7) 11. Sea-shore (5) 12. Stain (7) 13. Criminal organization(Ital) (5) 14. Restore to life (9) 15. Watchful (9) 16. Important person(sl) (6) 18. Mislead (7) 21. Inactive (4) 23. Tint (3) 25. Cosmetic; ... liner (3) 27. Vow (4) 28. Dais (7) 30. Pass(of time) (6) 32. Isle Of ...(Brit) (3) 33. Japanese sash (3) 34. Kidnap (6) 35. Personal belongings(sl) (7) 36. Monetary unit of Italy (4) 37. AUST/NZ intergovernment pact (intls) (3) 39. Fabled bird (3) 41. Musical instrument (4) 43. Witchcraft (7) 45. Magician (6) 48. Lacking (9) 49. Designer (9)

NZSO brass helping hand Story and photo by Cathie Bell The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra played in Blenheim last night, and ASB Civic Theatre Trust chairman Kevin Moseley is well-known as a brass enthusiast, and took the opportunity to get students to meet NZSO principal trombonist David Bremner. David is also the musical director of the National Youth Brass Band, which he hopes to bring to Marlborough in January next year, Kevin says. He also leads a group called Bonanza Brass, which Kevin hopes will also play in Blenheim. Yesterday afternoon David met with college students Dylan Pope, Susie Grigg, and Ollie Scherf who all play the trombone. Kevin says Dylan has been learning for two years and plays the bass trombone; Susie has been learning since September last year and is second trombone; and Ollie Scherf, who is a tuba player and also learning trombone. David says he has played in Blenheim ‘quite a few times with a few groups’ but it was cool to be playing with the NZSO, in the new theatre. “Hopefully, it is the first of many times.”

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SERVICE ADVISOR Wadsco, located at the top of the South Island, is a large and dynamic locally owned company which provides a comprehensive range of sales, service and parts, to Holden, Subaru and Suzuki for the Marlborough (NZ) Region. We require additional staff so we can continue to provide the best one stop vehicle care centre in Marlborough. This is an excellent opportunity to join our busy service team at Wadsco. Our new team member must have excellent time management skills and experience in the automotive industry with a passion for customer satisfaction. The successful candidate: • Must have a passion for customer service • Experience in customer service, customer facing, reception and retail roles. • Experience in the automotive industry is essential. • Excellent customer service and computer skills. • Must work well under pressure and be able to prioritise workload. • Able to work un-supervised as well as part of a team. • Bright and friendly personality. • Use initiative yet also be able to take direction. • Professional presentation. • Have high standards and a high level of attention to detail. Responsibilities will include: • Manage telephone, email, booking system and enquiries. • Meeting & greeting customers. • Advising customers on their vehicle or recommendations • (training provided). • Preparing customers work requests for the workshop. • Preparation of Manufacturers • Warranty Claims • General administration duties including invoicing & purchasing. • EFTPOS and cash handling. If you feel you have skills & attributes to be a key contributor of the Service Department, please apply now. Please apply to: The Personnel Manager, PO Box 840, Blenheim, 7240 or via e-mail: Applications close 15th April 2016


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Electric cars to make power stop Story and photo by Cathie Bell Once you’ve driven an electric car, you’ll never want to go back to petrol or diesel, electric car owner Peter Wilkinson says. Peter will be one of several Marlborough electric car owners joining the convoy of electric vehicles travelling from Cape Reinga to the Bluff to promote the new form of transport. C a l le d “ L e a d i ng t he Charge”, the convoy will have Nissan Leaf, Tesla S, and BMW electric cars for people to look at on Monday, April 18, either in Picton by the EcoWorld Aquarium at 8.30am or at 10am by 100%

Herkt Appliances in Seymour Street in Blenheim. Liza Herkt says there are about three Nissan Leaf cars in Marlborough. They have a range of about 110km, and charging stations are planned for Havelock, Blenheim, and possibly Seddon, she says. “My brother has a Nissan Leaf and he’s commuting daily to Renwick, back and forth, no problems. For someone who doesn’t travel out of the district or as a second car, it’s a no brainer.” Peter has a Nissan Leaf and says it has restored his enjoyment in driving. “I have driven around this planet 13 and a half times in

my working life, and I love driving the Leaf – it is such a pleasure to drive.” In the year he’s had it, Peter estimates he’s driven 10,000 kilometres, most of it for free. “If anything happened to this car, we’d be straight out buying another one. There’d be no decision, we’d be straight out.” He lives off-grid up the Wairau Valley, and says charging the car is no different to charging cellphones. “You just plug it into the wall when you’ve parked in the garage at home.” RIGHT: Nissan Leaf owner Pete Wilkinson and Herkt 100% Appliances’ Liza Herkt who is an EV fan.

Health boards to make fluoride choice under proposed government law change By Cathie Bell The Government is to change the law so that health boards, not local councils, make the decision to put fluoride in drinking water. Marlborough’s water supply is not fluoridated, except for that at Woodbourne. All military bases in New Zealand have fluoridated drinking water. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne say a Bill is expected to be introduced to Chris Fleming. Parliament later this year. People and organisations will Chris Fleming says that while have an opportunity to make a law change needs to happen submissions to the Health Select first, the announcement is ‘very Committee as it considers the Bill. encouraging’. “Nelson Marlborough Health has Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive known for a long time that dental

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decay is an important public health issue with significant ethnic and socio-economic health inequalities relating to both oral health status and access to our regional dental services. “Every year, our dentists have the unenviable task of surgically removing teeth from 250 children under general anaesthesia.” Chris says the board will engage with the law change process, its three councils and the community. Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman says he has long said that fluoridation shouldn’t be a district council responsibility. “Councillors here have been well briefed on the issue and understand the health issue that exists here particularly with child dental health.”

He says he’d expect dialogue between the council and health board once the law change has occurred and the health board has made its decision. If a decision to fluoridate goes through, it would cover the six council water supplies. Jonathan says New Zealand has high rates of preventable tooth decay and increasing access to fluoridated water will improve oral health, and mean fewer costly trips to the dentist for more New Zealanders. “This change could benefit over 1.4 million New Zealanders who live in places where networked community water supplies are not currently fluoridated.” Peter says moving the decision-making process from local

councils to DHBs is recognition that water fluoridation is a healthrelated issue. Deciding which water supplies should be fluoridated aligns closely to DHBs’ current responsibilities and expertise, he says. “It makes sense for DHBs to make fluoridation decisions for their communities based on local health priorities and by assessing health-related evidence.” In 2014 the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and the Royal Society of New Zealand, assisted by a panel of experts, concluded there is compelling evidence that fluoridation of water at the established and recommended levels produces broad benefits for the dental health of New Zealanders.

Service to stamps honoured Blenheim man Jim Parks was honoured last Thursday for 24 years service to the Marlborough Stamp Collectors Club Inc. Jim, a World War II RAF aircrew veteran, first joined the club in 1988 and became the Stamp Circuits manager in 1991, but now at the age of 95 he has stepped down. Duties he carried out over the years included managing the distribution of sales booklets containing postage stamps and materials

to ‘circuit’ members and receiving and recording monies for sales. Within the circuit there are around 60 collectors, half of which are local. The club thanked Jim for his dedication over the years. “We are extremely grateful for these duties performed by Jim over the past 24 years. Very few sales booklets have gone astray in that time and our club funds have increased considerably from commissions collected,” members say.

Pictured with Jim Parks, Barry Johnson president and Rick Oxenham secretary.

Anika Moa to perform in Renwick Anika Moa will be in Renwick next Monday as part of her ‘In Between Naps’ national tour. She will be performing at Renwick Playcentre on Havelock Street from 10.30am, sharing songs from her

‘Songs for Bubbas 2’ album which was released last week. The show will run for around 30 minutes and the cost of entry is a gold coin donation per person. Anika will also have merchandise on

sale and parents can purchase coffee. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to take along a blanket or cushion for sitting outside, and if it rains it will be held in the Renwick Community Memorial Hall.

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Talented young sportsmen chosen from region Eleven of the most talented emergent young sportspeople in Nelson and Marlborough have been selected for the regional Pathway to Podium programme designed to help them become the next generation of New Zealand sporting stars. Four Marlborough secondary students have been chosen for the talent development programme run regionally by Sport Tasman in conjunction with Sport NZ and High Performance Sport NZ. Hockey players Jack Boon and Eli Kepes of Marlborough Boys’ College were selected. They are members of the Capital under 18 squad. Alistair Gifford of MBC was the sole sailor selected, having represented NZ at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in China and other regattas overseas, including the Radial Youth World Champs in Canada last year. Alistair, whose main focus this year is to win a place in the NZ team for the Youth World Champs, says being chosen for the programme was an ‘awesome opportunity’ to learn what it takes to be a high performance athlete. “It will give me access to more resources and hopefully help me lift a notch or two.’’

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Junior table tennis

The Marlborough table tennis Association is again running junior table tennis starting Tuesday May 3 which will run during terms two and three. From 4–5pm will be the beginners and developing players and from 5pm will be two player teams competition, any gender, A and B grades. Games are at Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre, 50 Batty’s Road. To register phone Debbie 578 6822, cell 0211632140 or e-mail

Four in a row for Cooper

Sam McKenzie, named Sport Tasman Junior Sportsman of the Year for 2015 is one of 11 young sportspersons chosen from the Tasman region for a regional sports programme. Four Marlborough Boys’ College students have also been chosen. Photo provided.

Another MBC student, Christian Farrow, completes the intake. The young catcher is a member of the NZ softball development team. Pathway to Podium regional coordinator Terri Willcocks says the quality is excellent, with most of these athletes already performing well nationally and in

some cases internationally. “One of the major selection criteria was that the athletes had to be or close to representing NZ at age group level. “We really looked for those with potential and a willingness to learn.’’ The 11 will join nationally selected athletes from the region,

who will be announced next month. All will undertake a series of workshops covering topics such as nutrition, drug free sport, athletic life and performance psychology designed to give them a better understanding of what it takes to be a top fulltime international athlete.

Stubbs to represent NZ David Stubbs has been rewarded for his NZ Wakeboard championship win. David has been named to represent his country at the Asia Oceania Championships to be held at Lake Karapiro during February next year. David will be joined in the NZ team by Nik Gibson and Paul Maguire. There will be more than sixty competitors and twelve countries competing in the wakeboard competitions and NZ will be hoping to improve on past competitons and get onto the victory dias. Other water disciplines, including waterski racing and barefoot, will boost competitor numbers to more than 200, making for a real festival of towed watersports.

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Central top of the table Early days in the Marlborough Senior Football Competition sees Central at the top of the table beating Central Pirates for the first time in two years, 4-0. Having been rejuvenated and recruited well, the team heads off a strong Woodbourne team on the table who battled well to earn a 1-1 draw with the young Rangers City. Blenheim Valley Masters held off counterparts United 1-0. Chris Nott hit a brace for Central and the McCormick brothers have added another dimension this year while Pirates player Richie Vercoe said “I’m confident as we go on we will gel more as a team” after losing key players for various reasons. In Division 2 there were wins to Picton No Names, beating Trojans 4-2, Redwood

Blenheim racing pigeon club birds experienced another fairly testing race in their young bird program from Cheviot on Saturday. The flock was liberated at 9.45 am into clear skies and no wind for the 155 km flight but obviously encountered misty conditions through the ranges which impeded their speed. The results were spread with the winning birds making 55 km/hr to the loft of Alister Cooper of Renwick, close behind in second place was Chris Bensley on 54.3 km/hr followed even closer by 54 km/hr for Two Fishers partnership recording third position. Shirley Morrison of Spring Creek was fourth with 52 km/hr and Cindy Kirkwood also of Spring Creek into fifth with 46 km/hr followed by dad Carl on 44 km/hr. Nearo lofts in the Aratere Valley had Rob on 37 km/hr and Neil with 36 km/ hr and Donald Morrison recording 34 km/hr.

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Renegades toppled Redwood Masters 3-0, Rangers United were victors 3-1 over Picton Crow Tavern and Mick Potter turned fortune’s around for Rangers Masters scoring a second half hatrick in the 3-1 win over Clubs of Marlborough Rangers.


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