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How to<br />

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Joseph and his<br />

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The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

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By Sarah Nathan<br />

I have a complicated relationship<br />

with Joseph and his Technicolor<br />

Dreamcoat - written in the 60’s,<br />

based on the Old Testament and<br />

renowned for its long run featuring<br />

Donny Osmond.<br />

Yet it contains some of musical<br />

theatres best loved ear worms,<br />

penned by Tim Rice.<br />

If you share my hesitation, I can<br />

assure you that in BMT’s version<br />

of the production you have no need<br />

to fear. This Joseph is a joyous<br />

triumph.<br />

The story follows Joseph, who is<br />

his elderly father’s favourite son.<br />

So favourite, that it fuels deep<br />

jealousy from his 11 older brothers.<br />

They hatch a plan to dispose of him<br />

and he is whisked off into a life of<br />

slavery. You’ll have to go to see what<br />

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it involves a hilarious moment of<br />

clever puppetry.<br />

Joseph features two exceptional<br />

lead performers. The Narrator<br />

played by Iona Panoho, delivers<br />

crystal-clear vocals and an engaging<br />

persona as the curtains rise, assuring<br />

us we are in very safe hands for the<br />

journey. Spencer Kingi in the title<br />

role of Joseph, gives the perfect<br />

balance of ego and vulnerability.<br />

Kingi’s vocals are mesmerizing<br />

and if you don’t have goosebumps<br />

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Panoho and Kingi are supported<br />

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cast. Highlights include Vita<br />

Vaka’s Elvis inspired Pharoah, the<br />

cast of 11 brothers - a lovable troupe<br />

- and of course, the heart melting<br />

children’s choir. Their angelic and<br />

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highlight – there will not be a dry<br />

grandad eye in the house.<br />

The cast is strongly supported<br />

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with a wonderfully tight orchestra<br />

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This is Sam Baxter’s first time<br />

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She has brought a contemporary<br />

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Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong> 3<br />

New depot to unlock<br />

opportunities for Marlborough<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

The opening of KAM Transport’s<br />

new 6000m2 depot at 40 Waters<br />

Avenue, Burleigh will provide<br />

Marlborough food and wine producers<br />

with previously untapped<br />

import and export opportunities.<br />

KAM Transport, part of the<br />

Preston Corp Group, is a family<br />

owned and operated New Zealand<br />

Company who has been a key<br />

player in Marlborough region’s<br />

transport and logistics industry<br />

for 10 years.<br />

KAM’s modern fleet of vehicles,<br />

and well-equipped warehousing<br />

facilities sees them providing<br />

innovative and tailored distribution<br />

and storage solutions, for products<br />

ranging from meat, aquaculture,<br />

and frozen goods to fresh produce<br />

and bulk farm seed.<br />

South Island Branch Manager<br />

Jack Erasmus says the new depot<br />

will expand their services to help<br />

ease distribution out of the region<br />

for local businesses, as well as<br />

complementing the existing services<br />

and transport providers already<br />

established in the area.<br />

“We noticed there was an opportunity<br />

to help Marlborough’s<br />

successful businesses with more<br />

avenues of distribution via easy<br />

access to three of New Zealand’s<br />

key ports,” Jack says. “Marlborough<br />

can be a tricky area to move<br />

product out of. With a modern<br />

depot now based in <strong>Blenheim</strong>,<br />

backed by our highly skilled and<br />

experienced team with a proven<br />

KAM General Manager Bill Bamber, Branch Manager Jack Erasmus, <strong>May</strong>or Nadine Taylor, and Preston<br />

Corp Chief Executive Hamish Preston.<br />

track-record, this has all changed.”<br />

Jack says KAM can shift a large<br />

volume of product south and<br />

across the Cook Strait, catering<br />

to almost anything that fits in<br />

a shipping container with their<br />

multi-functional logistics hub and<br />

state of the art equipment.<br />

“We’re an MPI Registered<br />

Company and have CCA, RCS,<br />

and Transitional Facility accreditations,<br />

meaning we can provide<br />

solutions for the distribution challenges<br />

many businesses face in the<br />

Primary Sector.”<br />

With 8000m2 of yard area,<br />

KAM’s <strong>Blenheim</strong> branch will be<br />

able to efficiently handle almost<br />

any large-scale, bulk transport<br />

requirement for its diverse range<br />

of customers.<br />

A team of 15 locally based<br />

staff is excited to hit the ground<br />

running for its community and<br />

look forward to seeing what other<br />

opportunities they can provide for<br />

the local economy.<br />

“We’re excited to see what this<br />

will lead to in the Marlborough<br />

area and to explore further employment<br />

opportunities for our<br />

community as the business continues<br />

to grow.”<br />

The official launch was held last<br />

Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 1, with the depot<br />

in operation later this month.<br />

inbrief<br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

Have your say<br />

Marlburians have just less than one<br />

week to have their say on Council’s<br />

planned expenditure over the next 10<br />

years. Submissions to the Long Term<br />

Plan (LTP) <strong>2024</strong>-2034 close at 5pm on<br />

13 <strong>May</strong>. The Marlborough Regional<br />

Land Transport Plan (RLTP) <strong>2024</strong>-2027<br />

also closes for public submissions at the<br />

same time.<br />

To make a submission go to:<br />

https://links.marlborough.govt.nz/<br />

haveyoursay or visit one of Council’s<br />

Customer Service Centres. Hearings<br />

are timetabled for 10 to 21 June with<br />

Council considering all submissions in<br />

the week beginning 24 June.<br />

Returning GST on rates<br />

New analysis shows returning the GST<br />

charged on rates back to councils would<br />

cost the government $1.1b. This money<br />

would then be available for councils to<br />

help fund the services and investments<br />

across the country.<br />

In 2022, central government collected<br />

around $1.1b in GST from rates. In<br />

total, 29 of the 78 councils across New<br />

Zealand would receive more than $10m<br />

if GST on rates was returned to councils.<br />

The analysis can be viewed on the<br />

Infometrics website, at https://www.<br />

infometrics.co.nz/article/<strong>2024</strong>-04-thecost-of-returninggst-from-rates-tolocal-councils<br />

Fatal crash name release<br />

Police can now release the name of the<br />

person who died following a crash on<br />

State Highway 1, Seddon, Marlborough<br />

on Wednesday 1 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

She was Yuki Nagano, 30, of <strong>Blenheim</strong>.<br />

Police extend our condolences to her<br />

family and friends at this difficult time.<br />

Enquiries into the circumstances of<br />

the crash are ongoing.<br />

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Cheese Rolls on sale again<br />

The Beavertown Lions Club is once<br />

again taking orders for their ever<br />

popular cheese rolls fundraiser which<br />

is now in its seventh year. Guaranteed<br />

to be the best cheese rolls you’ll ever<br />

have, they will be lovingly prepared<br />

by a wonderful team of volunteers<br />

from the Beavertown Lions Club.<br />

This kiwi delicacy is a must as we head<br />

into the colder months, but you’ll need<br />

to be quick and get your order in by<br />

this Friday 10th <strong>May</strong>. Text your order to<br />

Sue 027-555-6720 as soon as possible.<br />

Your order will be available to pick<br />

up on Saturday 18th <strong>May</strong>, between<br />

10am and 1pm at the Redwoodtown<br />

Community Hall.<br />

The cheese rolls are $1 each, and<br />

can be bought in packs of 5 or 10. All<br />

proceeds will go to local charities.<br />

Wheelie bin rollout<br />

passes halfway point<br />

More than 18,000 wheelie bins have<br />

been delivered across Marlborough<br />

ahead of the new kerbside collection<br />

service starting on 1 July.<br />

There are around 36,000 bins to be<br />

delivered, so if you haven’t received<br />

yours yet don’t worry.<br />

Remember the new bins will not be<br />

collected until 1 July - if you notice your<br />

neighbour has put one out, remind<br />

them the service doesn’t start until<br />

then. Collection begins at 7am so put<br />

your bins out the night before.<br />

For advice on what to put in your new<br />

bins go to www.marlborough.govt.nz/<br />

services/recycling-and-waste/changesto-waste-services-from-1-july-<strong>2024</strong><br />

Mobile Community<br />

Hub Caravan<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

Community support during<br />

emergencies and natural disasters<br />

is set to change, with a new mobile<br />

hub in Marlborough.<br />

A mobile purpose-built caravan<br />

facility is being gifted to Fire and<br />

Emergency New Zealand [FENZ]<br />

through the generosity of Air<br />

Rescue and Community Services<br />

and the Rotary Clubs in <strong>Blenheim</strong>.<br />

It will play an important role<br />

in supporting Marlburians to<br />

respond, recover and develop<br />

resilience to natural disasters and<br />

emergencies.<br />

The $130,000 purpose-built<br />

5.5m-long caravan is one of a<br />

series of mobile community hubs<br />

being funded by nine Rotary clubs<br />

and several community funding<br />

agencies for placement across the<br />

top of the South Island and the<br />

West Coast.<br />

Project manager, Whakatū Rotarian<br />

Trevor Marshall, was inspired<br />

after a talk to the club by FENZ. A<br />

prototype mobile community hub<br />

caravan proved its worth in Nelson<br />

during the flooding and landslips of<br />

August 2022.<br />

“While emergency crews are<br />

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they can’t be helping people directly<br />

affected by it at the time.<br />

These mobile community hub<br />

caravans can be quickly deployed<br />

by the FENZ community teams as<br />

a base for people to gather at, find<br />

guidance and support, and get up<br />

to date information,” Trevor says.<br />

They were designed to bridge<br />

the gap between the developing<br />

emergency and the arrival of other<br />

support agencies and local and<br />

central government assistance.<br />

Local Rotary Clubs <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

Rotary and Rotary <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

South were quick to recognise the<br />

potential. Many people caught up<br />

in emergencies, found they had<br />

limited access to live information<br />

about what was happening and<br />

where they could get help, with<br />

many small communities cut off<br />

for days at a time.<br />

The caravans, which are manufactured<br />

by Lysaght Ltd in Ashburton,<br />

will become part of the FENZ<br />

vehicle fleets, and are designed to<br />

be completely self-sufficient.<br />

A basic kitchen and built in BBQ<br />

at one end can dispense hot drink<br />

and food, while a self-contained<br />

meeting room at the other end can<br />

be used for support services to deal<br />

with traumatised people, as well<br />

as providing a base for councils<br />

and government agencies to offer<br />

information and support where<br />

needed. A pair of large side doors<br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

A $130,000 mobile purpose-built caravan facility is being gifted to<br />

Fire and Emergency New Zealand [FENZ] through the generosity<br />

of Air Rescue and Community Services and the Rotary Clubs in<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong>.<br />

open to provide a platform from<br />

which a TV screen can be viewed,<br />

showing live information from<br />

agencies such as Civil Defence.<br />

While they can be hooked up to<br />

the national grid, the eye-catching<br />

caravans also function without<br />

mains power. They are fitted with<br />

roof-top solar panels, portable<br />

generators, gas for cooking and<br />

fresh and grey water tanks. They<br />

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Steve Trigg, Assistant Commander<br />

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Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong> 5<br />

Aquabots put Marlborough<br />

on world stage<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

The Marlborough community<br />

have supported a local ‘aquabot<br />

group’ of primary school children<br />

with a $2000 travel grant from<br />

the Marlborough District Youth<br />

Council<br />

Claudia Stafford, Sam Richardson,<br />

William Davis and Devon<br />

Marshall, collectively known as<br />

The BumbleBots, are a tight little<br />

team who are the Aquabot Primary<br />

School Age Group National Champions,<br />

after taking out the title in<br />

Christchurch last November.<br />

New Zealand Aquabots is the first<br />

underwater robotics programme<br />

for school children in the country.<br />

The awesome foursome will be<br />

putting Marlborough on the world<br />

stage heading to the <strong>2024</strong> SeaPerch<br />

International Challenge in Maryland,<br />

United States from <strong>May</strong> 30<br />

to June 1.<br />

The SeaPerch program is an innovative<br />

underwater robotics program<br />

which equips students, educators<br />

and parents with the resources<br />

needed to build an underwater<br />

remotely operated vehicle (ROV).<br />

The learning is integrated through<br />

STEM education (science, technology,<br />

engineering, mathematics).<br />

The awesome foursome met<br />

with <strong>May</strong>or Nadine Taylor in the<br />

council chambers last Thursday.<br />

The group have been punching<br />

above their weight and have been<br />

busily fundraising the huge dollars<br />

to make the journey.<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Taylor says she was really<br />

impressed with the group and their<br />

aquabot, ‘Emma’.<br />

“They’re clearly a tight team.<br />

Each one has their area of expertise<br />

and together they’ve created a<br />

quite remarkably manoeuvrable<br />

wee aquabot,” she says. “Their<br />

success is impressive. It’s great<br />

that four young Marlborough students<br />

have been crowned the 2023<br />

primary school champions and<br />

are now heading off to represent<br />

BumbleBots unite: <strong>May</strong>or Nadine Taylor, Claudia Stafford, Devon Marshall,<br />

Sam Richardson and William Davis at the Council Chambers last Thursday. The<br />

group met with the <strong>May</strong>or about their impending trip to the United States for<br />

the International Sea Perch competition.<br />

us in America at the International<br />

Champs.”<br />

One of the aspects <strong>May</strong>or Taylor<br />

was thrilled to see was coming<br />

from regional New Zealand was<br />

not in any way a drawback for the<br />

group.<br />

“In fact, the way they described<br />

it, it was an advantage,” says the<br />

<strong>May</strong>or.<br />

The team spoke about getting<br />

inspiration from some of Council’s<br />

marine science work. As part of<br />

the challenge, they had to design<br />

a practical application for their<br />

aquabot and used the Marlborough<br />

Sounds kina barren problem as the<br />

challenge their aquabot could assist<br />

in overcoming.<br />

“It was very cool to see that integrated<br />

science and tech thinking in<br />

our next generation. I can’t wait to<br />

catch-up with them after their <strong>May</strong><br />

trip and hear how it went for the<br />

team and for “Emma -bot” at the<br />

international competition,” <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Taylor says.<br />

A fundraising dinner and auction<br />

was held last night at the<br />

Bamboo Garden. <strong>Sun</strong> readers<br />

who wish to make a donation<br />

can at www.givealittle.co.nz/<br />

cause/help-the-bumblebots-compete-in-america<br />

inbrief<br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

Fire season changes<br />

The Marlborough South zone<br />

moved from a prohibited fire season<br />

to a restricted fire season from 8am<br />

Wednesday 1 <strong>May</strong>, until further<br />

notice. This includes all Department of<br />

Conservation land.<br />

This means no open-air fires can be<br />

legally lit unless a fire permit has been<br />

applied for and approved by Fire and<br />

Emergency New Zealand.<br />

At the same time, the Marlborough<br />

North zone moved from a restricted<br />

fire season to an open fire season from<br />

8am Wednesday 1 <strong>May</strong>, until further<br />

notice. This excludes all Department<br />

of Conservation land which, as above,<br />

remains in a restricted fire season.<br />

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seminar open to anyone who is interested<br />

in taking the guesswork and worry out<br />

of capturing their arrangements/wishes.<br />

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6<br />

Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong><br />

<strong>Sun</strong> readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street.<br />

“What’s the plan for Mother’s Day on <strong>Sun</strong>day?<br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

Angela Cayford<br />

Dunedin<br />

Spending quality time with<br />

my daughter Liliana and<br />

husband Nick. No doubt<br />

with my favourite breakfast.<br />

Carla Leeksma<br />

Wellington<br />

Mothers Day – when is it?<br />

Cheryl Alderlieste<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

Spending time with family,<br />

taking Mum out to lunch<br />

and definitely having a<br />

glass of bubbles.<br />

Linda McKinley<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

Spending time with my elderly<br />

mother and taking her<br />

out to lunch.<br />

Lynn Hankey<br />

Spring Creek<br />

Hopefully chilling out in<br />

Paihia with perhaps a ferry<br />

over to Russell and back for<br />

the day.<br />

Adrienne Leonard<br />

Perth – formerly <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

I’m working. My Christchurch<br />

friends are here with me at<br />

the moment so big family<br />

bbq with lots to eat, drink<br />

and time with grandchildren.<br />

Letters<br />

Letters on issues of community<br />

interest are welcomed. A maximum<br />

of 150 words please.<br />

They must be signed and a street<br />

address provided to show good<br />

faith, even when a nom de plume is<br />

provided for publication.<br />

The editor reserves the right to<br />

Keyboard warriors<br />

Dear Editor<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong> is a top place and a gem in<br />

the Top of the South. However, like many<br />

small town communities it has its pros<br />

and cons.<br />

It’s the cons I’d like to address.<br />

What has struck me in my three years<br />

since I’ve lived here after relocating for<br />

a job via Christchurch, has been the<br />

constant chat, albeit negative, gossip<br />

- whatever you call it - from parents,<br />

caregivers about their kids’ teachers.<br />

I’ve heard it in the car park, at pick up,<br />

in the supermarket, at sports events.<br />

If there is an issue, address it and have<br />

the audacity, maturity, adultship, to talk<br />

face to face and find solutions.<br />

It’s a poor reflection when often that<br />

Rates increase<br />

to the editor<br />

abridge letters or withhold letters from<br />

publication.<br />

Email them to news@blenheimsun.<br />

co.nz or present to our office at 72<br />

High St.<br />

Please note that your name and<br />

street address MUST be provided<br />

with emails.<br />

chat is done via a medium like Marlborough<br />

Cool Cat Chat and the keyboard<br />

warriors who are gutless and need to<br />

grow a pair.<br />

It’s misinformed and defamatory to<br />

those concerned and brings down the<br />

personal and professional character of<br />

the teacher(s) who are doing something<br />

rather special from 9am - 3pm, and then<br />

some.<br />

You know who you are.<br />

If you need to chat about others when<br />

it’s not factual or has nothing to do with<br />

you, focus on your own back yard and<br />

front fence.<br />

A Symonds<br />

Waikawa<br />

College reunion<br />

Dear Editor<br />

I am aware that Marlborough Boys’ College<br />

is to hold the 125th Anniversary Reunion of<br />

the school, at Labour Weekend, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

I am a past pupil of Marlborough College.<br />

Our extended family has a history of 5<br />

generations attending the school, from first<br />

day pupils to present day students<br />

I contacted the school and the Events<br />

Manager has told me that the committee’s<br />

decision, supported by the Principal, is to<br />

hold the event this year to celebrate the first<br />

meeting of the Board in 1899, despite the<br />

college being opened on 26th March 1900 in<br />

the hall of the Church of Nativity.<br />

TV news<br />

I am reliably informed that no consultation<br />

had taken place with organisations or individuals<br />

with strong links to Marlborough<br />

College.<br />

Despite the Events Manager’s assurances<br />

it seems this celebration is only for Marlborough<br />

Boys’ College not including pupils from<br />

the co-ed Marlborough College.<br />

There has been a paucity of publicity. I<br />

understand that it may be too late to change<br />

the date, plans being in place. I, along with<br />

others of our generation, will not be around<br />

to attend the 150th Reunion Celebrations.<br />

Margaret Hatton<br />

Christchurch<br />

Dear Editor<br />

Whatever happened to the fact-based<br />

journalists who used to assemble television<br />

news items?<br />

Regarding the recent political party poll<br />

which led to one television channel reporting,<br />

“This will rock parliament”, what a load of<br />

piffle.<br />

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together<br />

knows that almost inevitably following an<br />

election, the incoming government goes down<br />

in the polls after their initial “honeymoon”, so<br />

to state that a drop of a couple of percentage<br />

points is going to “rock” anyone suggests that<br />

the writer is unaware of political history or<br />

they have deliberately replaced factual journalism<br />

with sensationalism for its own sake.<br />

I have never voted National but after the<br />

disasters of the past six years I’m willing<br />

to wait and see if this unique attempt at a<br />

coalition government can do any better.<br />

Perhaps those masquerading as television<br />

journalists would do better to curb their<br />

desire for sensation and try a little reality for<br />

a change.<br />

It is, after all, “news” they are supposed to be<br />

reporting, not some figment of their immature<br />

imagination.<br />

Yours sincerely,<br />

David Tranter.<br />

Gore<br />

Dear Editor<br />

Thank you John Maffey for questioning<br />

Council’s proposed Rates increase.<br />

A whopping 12.5% annual increase in rates<br />

in times of hardship with increased cost of<br />

mortgage repayments, food and cost of living<br />

is unfair and is it really necessary? Is there<br />

really anyone to prudently check spending<br />

budgets before they become fait accompli? Is<br />

the sum of money being spent proportionate<br />

to the benefits gained for the majority, or a<br />

minority group?<br />

Last autumn on my regular morning walks<br />

through the park, I was appalled by the noisy<br />

operation of a leaf blower employed daily<br />

to move every leaf away. The leaf blower<br />

was again being used at the Kingwell Drive<br />

Park earlier this week. What a waste of our<br />

precious rates resources.<br />

Let the leaves fall and be part of the beautiful<br />

autumn scene. If the leaves clutter a path<br />

use a hand leaf rake which would appear far<br />

more efficient from my recent observation.<br />

Better still let the leaves wait until the end<br />

of autumn.<br />

The Council needs to set an example of best<br />

practice environmental care. Please respect<br />

the need to be frugal with our money and use<br />

it wisely only for our collective good.<br />

Please tell me the Rates Rebate margin and<br />

available discount is going to be increased<br />

by 12.5%.<br />

If not, why has this not been agreed to, and<br />

how about it?<br />

Jill Rogers<br />

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The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong> 7<br />

Wheelie bin rollout passes halfway point<br />

More than 18,000 wheelie bins have been<br />

delivered across Marlborough ahead of the<br />

new kerbside collection service starting on<br />

1 July.<br />

There are around 36,000 bins to be<br />

delivered, so if you haven’t received yours<br />

yet don’t worry.<br />

Remember the new bins will not be<br />

collected until 1 July - if you notice your<br />

neighbour has put one out, remind them the<br />

service doesn’t start until then.<br />

After 1 July bins should be placed on the<br />

kerb edge, facing the road and away from<br />

obstacles and overhanging trees. They<br />

need to be half a metre apart to allow trucks<br />

to lift them. Collection begins at 7am so put<br />

your bin out the night before.<br />

For advice on what to put in your new<br />

bins go to links.marlborough.govt.nz/<br />

WasteChanges<br />

Until the new service starts please keep<br />

using Council-issued rubbish bags. There’s<br />

a limited supply available at Council<br />

offices in <strong>Blenheim</strong> and Picton. You can<br />

redeem your rubbish bag voucher at<br />

Council offices or get a rebate up until 30<br />

June. From 1 July, rubbish bags will not<br />

be collected from the kerbside; however<br />

they will be accepted at transfer stations,<br />

the Waste Sorting Centre or the Resource<br />

Recovery Centre.<br />

Once all new bins have been delivered,<br />

households in the collection areas will<br />

have two bins and one crate.<br />

The red-topped wheelie bin is for waste,<br />

the yellow-topped bin for cardboard and<br />

plastic recycling and the maroon crate<br />

for glass recycling.<br />

Waste and recycling will be collected<br />

on alternate weeks - to check your<br />

collection day, see the Smart Map here:<br />

https://links.marlborough.govt.nz/rubbishsmart-map<br />

People will be notified by mid-June<br />

whether your collection area starts with<br />

the red-top or the yellow-top bin.<br />

If you have any questions, check out the<br />

frequently asked questions at: https://<br />

links.marlborough.govt.nz/Kerbside-<br />

FAQs, or contact Council; Ph: 03 520<br />

7400 or email mdc@marlborough.govt.nz<br />

One week to have<br />

your say on LTP<br />

and RLTP<br />

Marlburians have just under a week<br />

to have their say on Council’s planned<br />

expenditure over the next 10 years.<br />

Submissions to the Long Term Plan<br />

(LTP) <strong>2024</strong>-2034 close at 5pm on 13<br />

<strong>May</strong>.<br />

The Marlborough Regional Land<br />

Transport Plan (RLTP) <strong>2024</strong>-2027 also<br />

closes for public submissions at the<br />

same time.<br />

To make a submission go to: https://<br />

links.marlborough.govt.nz/haveyoursay<br />

or visit one of Council’s Customer<br />

Service Centres.<br />

Hearings are timetabled for 10 to 21<br />

June with Council considering all<br />

submissions in the week beginning 24<br />

June.<br />

Picton’s Dublin Street West reopens<br />

McLauchlan Street water works on track<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Nadine Taylor has welcomed news<br />

that the first step towards reopening<br />

Picton’s roads has been delivered on time.<br />

The west side of Dublin Street including<br />

Market Street and the side streets have<br />

now reopened after kerbing and pathways<br />

were replaced. Some additional work will<br />

be needed to reinstate a water pipe and to<br />

finalise road resurfacing over the coming<br />

weeks.<br />

Work is already underway to reopen the<br />

section east of Market Street. This is more<br />

complex as it requires design work and the<br />

reinstatement of the level crossing.<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Taylor said she was pleased to see<br />

KiwiRail, Marlborough Roads and New<br />

Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) working<br />

closely together to get the roads reopened<br />

as a matter of urgency.<br />

“Well done to everyone involved for<br />

moving as quickly as possible on the work<br />

to reopen Dublin Street West. It’s great to<br />

see the first stage of the much-anticipated<br />

reopening of all of Dublin Street has now<br />

been completed,” <strong>May</strong>or Taylor said.<br />

“Like many others in the Picton community,<br />

I am looking forward to the day that Dublin<br />

Street is fully reopened and restored to<br />

give the town its efficient east west road<br />

connection back.”<br />

iReX Programme Director David Warburton<br />

said reopening east of Market Street would<br />

take longer, as it included the reinstatement<br />

Looking east along Dublin Street . . .<br />

Picton’s Dublin Street West as far as<br />

Market Street (pictured on right) has<br />

reopened. More work is required to<br />

reinstate the level crossing beyond<br />

before the whole street reopens<br />

of the level crossing including new<br />

barrier arms and crossing management<br />

layouts to enhance safety.<br />

“We don’t have firm dates but are<br />

working to do this as quickly as<br />

possible, however it does rely on the<br />

availability of specialist equipment. We<br />

are aiming for August.”<br />

Council, Marlborough Roads and<br />

KiwiRail are working together on<br />

decisions about the roading network,<br />

including Broadway.<br />

Discussions between Kiwirail, NZTA and<br />

Marlborough Council are ongoing, and<br />

no decision has been made on the next<br />

steps for the Dublin Street overbridge.<br />

McLauchlan Street’s $1.7m water main<br />

upgrade is well on track to be finished<br />

ahead of time.<br />

Contractors Fulton Hogan installed the<br />

difficult section in front of Marlborough<br />

Girls’ College and Bohally Intermediate<br />

during the school term break to cause<br />

minimum disruption to students, parents<br />

and teachers, Council’s 3 Waters Project<br />

Engineer Graeme Jackson said.<br />

“They are currently working on installing<br />

the last 200 metres of pipework<br />

between Fulton and McCullum streets<br />

and hope to have this completed within<br />

the next two weeks,” he said<br />

The work, which began in January, is to<br />

replace the existing old and undersized<br />

water mains that run the full length of<br />

Contractors working in McLauchlan Street<br />

McLauchlan Street from Nelson Street<br />

to Old Renwick Road and extends 800<br />

metres along Old Renwick Road to the<br />

west and 200 metres to the east.<br />

There will be disruptions for residents<br />

over the coming months with a series of<br />

water shutdowns, the first is scheduled<br />

for Tuesday 7 <strong>May</strong>. All affected residents<br />

will be notified by letter drop and<br />

Antenno alerts.<br />

“After this there will be a series of minor<br />

excavation works and water shutdowns<br />

to swap over to the new pipework over<br />

the coming few months,” Mr Jackson<br />

said.<br />

“At this stage we hope to be finished by<br />

mid-August.”


8<br />

Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong><br />

one on one<br />

with the <strong>Sun</strong><br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

‘Even if it helped one<br />

person it was worth it’<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong>’s Linda Holdaway wanted to tell<br />

her story, a mental-health story that had some<br />

answers yet posed many questions. Linda speaks<br />

to Chris Valli about her purpose.<br />

A brave, courageous post on<br />

Facebook recently gave an insight<br />

into Linda Holdaway’s journey.<br />

Linda has Functional Neurological<br />

Disorder, in what she says is ‘an<br />

unexplainable medical condition(s).’<br />

FND is a problem with the functioning<br />

of the nervous system and<br />

how the brain and body sends and/<br />

or receives signals, rather than a<br />

structural disease process such as<br />

multiple sclerosis or stroke. FND<br />

can encompass a wide variety of<br />

neurological symptoms, such as<br />

limb weakness or seizures.<br />

“I decided it was time to come<br />

forward and tell my story after<br />

watching Robbie Williams Netflix<br />

documentary who had ripped off<br />

his “pop star” persona and decided<br />

to tell the truth about his own story<br />

to dispel any rumours,” she infers.<br />

“I was at a real low and decided I<br />

didn’t have anything to lose because<br />

it didn’t matter what people thought<br />

of me. What was important was to<br />

make sure it didn’t take anyone else<br />

forty years to get to where I was<br />

now… even if it helped one person<br />

it was worth it.”<br />

Linda confesses ‘things weren’t<br />

quite right’ in her teens. Small<br />

incidents that didn’t seem to be<br />

normal yet was embarrassed and<br />

kept it quiet.<br />

“My first recollection of being<br />

unable to speak was straight after<br />

my UE exams. I was to leave for the<br />

United States the next day and Mum<br />

had to pack my bag because I was<br />

unable to do anything except laugh<br />

hysterically and uncontrollably for<br />

several hours and I knew something<br />

was wrong because I just couldn’t<br />

stop and there had been nothing<br />

funny to trigger it. I had no idea of<br />

what had been packed until I arrived<br />

in San Francisco.”<br />

In <strong>May</strong> 2023, Linda was diagnosed<br />

with FND after collapsing twice<br />

in two days. The second time she<br />

couldn’t walk, talk and struggled to<br />

open her eyes even a tiny amount<br />

although she was fully conscious<br />

and spent three nights in hospital.<br />

“What was<br />

important was to<br />

make sure it didn’t<br />

take anyone else<br />

forty years to get to<br />

where I was now…”<br />

“Side effects vary from person to<br />

person. Many people have extreme<br />

nerve pain, stabbing headaches,<br />

tremors and major loss of limb use,”<br />

she informs. “For me it is chronic<br />

fatigue, an unusual gait (walk),<br />

speech difficulty because my tongue<br />

feels thick and doesn’t work in sync<br />

with my jaw and sometimes loss of<br />

fine motor skills such as the ability to<br />

use a knife and fork or do two things<br />

at once such as walk and carry a cup<br />

or walk and talk at the same time.”<br />

On her worst days she is ‘very<br />

light and sound sensitive’ and even<br />

with sunglasses on outside is uncomfortable.<br />

“It is the fatigue that I find the most<br />

disabling and feel like I’m sleeping<br />

my life away.<br />

Some days having breakfast and a<br />

shower is all she can manage before<br />

needing a nap. However, on others<br />

she says she can vacuum, have<br />

visitors, cook and clean.<br />

“I have to set my goals much lower<br />

than ever before because although<br />

today may be great it could catch<br />

up with me tomorrow,” she says.<br />

“When I have a bad day my being<br />

able to have a connection with<br />

friends, family and the outside<br />

world on my iPad is a huge help. I<br />

don’t feel so alone. If I don’t have a<br />

hand tremor painting is also a nice<br />

silent past time and helps to calm my<br />

mind. I spend many hours looking<br />

out the windows at our gardens, the<br />

birds and clouds and find peace in<br />

the plants.”<br />

Linda has a team of specialists<br />

including a psychologist, psychiatrist,<br />

physiotherapist and is on the<br />

waiting list for a speech therapist.<br />

She adds ‘help’ requires a multi team<br />

approach.<br />

“It has been difficult to have consistency<br />

in seeing the same people<br />

as they are often locums and there<br />

is a long waiting list. Medical professionals<br />

don’t know what causes<br />

this and that they aren’t deliberately<br />

being unhelpful. I need to accept<br />

the condition because fighting it and<br />

becoming distressed will most likely<br />

make the symptoms worse and slow<br />

any recovery.”<br />

Many doctors she says attribute<br />

FND to past childhood or youth<br />

trauma however that’s not always<br />

the case. Holistically, she knows<br />

that she always needed more sleep<br />

than average and says she genuinely<br />

enjoys a fresh healthy range of food.<br />

“I have had a great love of music<br />

since I can ever remember and<br />

wasn’t afraid even at primary school<br />

age to express an interest in classical<br />

which wasn’t the norm for other<br />

Linda Holdaway has FND and says she needs to accept the condition<br />

as fighting it will most likely make the symptoms worse and slow<br />

any recovery.<br />

students of my age.”<br />

Her family have been her support<br />

crew for the last thirty years<br />

and many special friends along<br />

the way.<br />

“Have I lost friends because of<br />

it? Yes I know I have because<br />

I have been fluctuating in and<br />

out of depression/ confusion/<br />

frustration and been defensive<br />

for so long trying to work out if<br />

these unexplained symptoms are<br />

in fact fake or if I was crazy for<br />

so long I have worn “a mask” to<br />

cover up the cracks I felt I had in<br />

my being. Over thinking and over<br />

acting trying to appear normal.”<br />

Government funding is available<br />

for those that fit into the<br />

sickness benefit guidelines and<br />

free healthcare for anyone who<br />

is a NZ citizen. Yet since her<br />

husband works and in his income<br />

bracket there is nothing available<br />

for someone like Linda which<br />

frustrates her.<br />

“I thought I had my life planned<br />

out and had been intending to<br />

share my joy of music well into<br />

my 80’s just like my mentors<br />

had done. I now appreciate that<br />

despite what has happened I am<br />

lucky to have a loving family and<br />

group of friends and I appreciate<br />

what I am able to do and the really<br />

small things.”<br />

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Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong> 9<br />

‘Damning report’<br />

for future of aged<br />

care services<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

The future of New Zealand’s aged care sector<br />

has been highlighted in a damning report released<br />

by Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora.<br />

It is the first main output of a review of funding<br />

and service models for aged care services,<br />

which Health NZ began in July last year, and<br />

includes feedback from key stakeholders.<br />

The review’s second phase has begun and is<br />

focused on developing recommendations for<br />

the sector.<br />

If historic building rates continued, there<br />

could be a shortage of almost 12,000 aged<br />

residential care beds by 2032.<br />

The <strong>Sun</strong> spoke to Metlifecare, who currently<br />

owns and operates 43 retirement villages<br />

throughout the country including Springlands<br />

Lifestyle Village in Battys Road.<br />

Asked if there was a shortage of care beds<br />

at Springlands, Lara Harrison, External<br />

Communication Specialist from Metlifecare,<br />

says they are ‘unable to provide specific<br />

figures regarding resident numbers due to their<br />

dynamic nature’, but at present, Springlands<br />

care home is ‘fully occupied’.<br />

Built and completed in 2013, the village<br />

housed 170 residents and 70 employees in<br />

September 2023. Lara says the aged residential<br />

care home currently has 56 care beds.<br />

The review says with an ageing population,<br />

its expected demand for care beds will<br />

increase, with the sector’s lack of beds and<br />

staffing for these people causing significant<br />

issues.<br />

The report showed there were a variety<br />

of levels of service in different areas of the<br />

country, for example, the waiting times for<br />

high priority individuals being admitted to an<br />

aged residential care facility ranged from 92<br />

days in MidCentral (Manawatū area) to 219<br />

days on the West Coast.<br />

High needs dementia and psychogeriatric<br />

care residents were waiting, on average,<br />

nearly six months to be admitted to an ARC<br />

facility after being assessed as high priority<br />

for moving out of a home setting.<br />

Chris Thornley, Springlands Managing<br />

Director said developing Springlands Lifestyle<br />

Village over the past 15 years had been a labour<br />

of love for all involved, adding the complex<br />

was being expanded with more units being<br />

built.<br />

The review says with an ageing population,<br />

its expected demand for these care beds will<br />

increase, with the sector’s lack of beds and<br />

staffing for these people causing significant<br />

issues.<br />

Health New Zealand ageing well director<br />

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Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

‘If I don’t talk about it, who will?’<br />

The Road to Healing is a long<br />

road, according to Sam Troth. Nobody<br />

lives and breathes this more<br />

than Sam, as a survivor of sexual<br />

abuse. In New Zealand 62 percent<br />

of males in psychiatric care are<br />

sexually abused as children and<br />

90 percent of males who suicide<br />

before age fourteen have been<br />

sexually abused.<br />

Sam spoke to Chris Valli.<br />

Sam Troth admits to making a few<br />

mistakes in life. That’s part of the<br />

journey, he infers. The 40-year old<br />

Waihi local (Waikato) grew up in<br />

Hamilton and was a methamphetamine<br />

addict for 15 years. Sam has a<br />

wife and ‘a tribe’ of seven children.<br />

He is also a sexual abuse survivor.<br />

Sam was in <strong>Blenheim</strong> last week<br />

as part of The Road to Healing<br />

campaign to raise awareness about<br />

male survivors of sexual abuse. Sam<br />

was joined on the last league of his<br />

2000kms South Island e-bike ride<br />

(Ward – <strong>Blenheim</strong>) by Lee Tepuia,<br />

of Redwoodtown’s Box on Boxing<br />

and a local mental health advocate.<br />

Yet, it’s more than awareness<br />

for Sam. It’s a passion, a cause. A<br />

purpose. To break down those two<br />

words…sexual….abuse. The abuse<br />

for Sam took place in the early 90s<br />

between the ages of 9-13.<br />

Sam’s perpetrator is serving a<br />

preventative detention. Preventative<br />

detention protects the community<br />

from those who pose a significant<br />

and ongoing risk to the safety of<br />

its members. His perpetrator got a<br />

17-year non parole but ‘not for what<br />

he did to me’, Sam says.<br />

The ‘scum’ was a work colleague<br />

of his Dad. Sam says his father<br />

often ‘worked his ass off’ to pay the<br />

mortgage and renovate the house<br />

and there wasn’t that traditional<br />

father-son relationship.<br />

“He gained my father’s trust and<br />

then inserted himself into my life,”<br />

he says.<br />

“He went on after me and perpetrated<br />

in Australia and did jail time<br />

there and was deported back to New<br />

Zealand. He perpetrated back here,<br />

did jail time and was on probation,<br />

release. He was caught doing it to<br />

three different children at the same<br />

time and online abuse material,”<br />

he says.<br />

Sam reached out to his best friend<br />

when he was 15 and told him about<br />

his trauma. However, he says as<br />

his friend ‘didn’t have the tools’<br />

albeit was sympathetic and offered<br />

support by ‘being there’ for him.<br />

When Sam was 19 he disclosed to<br />

his family and confesses he ‘didn’t<br />

get a lot back’ although he reflects<br />

that his sisters were ‘really good’.<br />

It was 2019, when at a crossroads<br />

Sam reached out to his wife.<br />

“I had fully planned my suicide<br />

and juggled things around so that<br />

everything was going to be okay<br />

when I was gone,” he concedes. “Yet<br />

I didn’t want to leave her with the<br />

what-ifs and why. I just sat down and<br />

had the most awkward conversation<br />

SPREADING THE WORD: <strong>Blenheim</strong>’s Lee Tepuia, Tricia Walsh and Sam Troth after last week’s Road to Healing<br />

campaign/ride from Ward – <strong>Blenheim</strong>. Sam says his sexual abuse story has been ‘like a full emergence into<br />

his trauma but outwards’.<br />

I’ve ever had in my life.”<br />

Sam says his wife knew firsthand<br />

the head space he was going<br />

through waking up during the night<br />

with terrors in a pool of sweat. He<br />

says he still battles with that now,<br />

although not like it used to be with<br />

‘doing the work and telling his<br />

story’.<br />

“I’m purging my trauma, I’m getting<br />

it out. I saw a psychologist for<br />

two years, a peer support worker,<br />

talked to people and started the<br />

social media platform. It’s been like<br />

a full emergence into my trauma<br />

but outwards,” he says.<br />

Throughout the interview, Sam’s<br />

rhetoric is poignant.<br />

For those who haven’t suffered<br />

trauma of being let down by the<br />

system or a trusting adult, it<br />

doesn’t make sense, or even begin<br />

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his purpose.<br />

So does he feel healed?<br />

“I’m a work in progress bro,” he<br />

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I’ve been with my wife for 18 years<br />

and I still have relationship issues.<br />

I’ve got lots of work to do in other<br />

aspects of my life. I’ll never be what<br />

I would have been,” he says.<br />

Survivors of sexual abuse and<br />

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Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

MBC alumni<br />

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Local hunter Jeremy Everson took out the Open category in 2022 with the heaviest<br />

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An ex Marborough Boys’ College head<br />

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Stephen Hall was head student in 1982<br />

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Former MBC Head Boy Stephen Hall (1982)<br />

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The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

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The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

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InternatIonal<br />

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faster cancer treatment, improved<br />

immunisation rates, shorter stays<br />

in emergency departments, and<br />

shorter wait times for first specialist<br />

assessments and elective<br />

treatment.<br />

However, NZNO wonders how<br />

they will be met without a full<br />

nursing workforce that is locally<br />

grown and culturally safe. NZNO<br />

Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku says<br />

they are not going to achieve<br />

reduced wait times and better<br />

treatment, while hospitals and<br />

emergency departments remain<br />

clogged and Primary Health Care<br />

centres are closing.<br />

“Every day we read news reports<br />

of GP practices shutting up shop<br />

or reducing services while they<br />

lose both doctors and nurses.<br />

Nurses are increasingly looking<br />

at moving overseas, because they<br />

feel disillusioned with a health<br />

system that remains underfunded,<br />

understaffed and fundamentally<br />

unsafe,” says Kerri<br />

However, one nurse who is a<br />

shining light in the industry<br />

is Nelson nurse Shannon<br />

Norton, who works for the<br />

Cannabis Clinic as their<br />

head nurse.<br />

Shannon grew up in<br />

Nelson and completed<br />

her Bachelor of Nursing<br />

degree in 2020.<br />

She jumped straight into<br />

the DHB surgical, cardiovascular<br />

and specialist<br />

infusions unit where she was<br />

able to make special human<br />

connections as well as see a range<br />

of ailments and how best to treat<br />

them not only biomedically, but<br />

holistically too.<br />

Shannon is extremely passionate<br />

about ensuring focus on all<br />

aspects of a person’s well-being,<br />

which has led her to the unique<br />

position of helping others with<br />

the safe use of medical cannabis.<br />

Shannon believes that plant<br />

medicine when used correctly,<br />

in combination with healthy<br />

lifestyle factors, holistic healing<br />

techniques and a balanced mind<br />

can change people’s lives and<br />

Nelson nurse<br />

Shannon Norton,<br />

who works for the<br />

Cannabis Clinic as<br />

their head nurse.<br />

the trajectory of their individual<br />

health journey.<br />

Shannon says the sheer exhilaration<br />

of pushing the boundaries<br />

on what ‘conventional’ medicine<br />

should and could look like is the<br />

best part of her job. “It’s about<br />

so much more than just treating<br />

symptoms; it’s about empowering<br />

individuals to take control of their<br />

health and well-being,” she says.<br />

Outside of work, Shannon<br />

meditates daily and practises<br />

the art of yoga. She is currently<br />

completing her Reiki course - an<br />

ancient technique used for stress<br />

reduction and relaxation which<br />

has benefits for both physical and<br />

mental health.<br />

She spends a lot of time connecting<br />

and staying grounded with<br />

nature and her whanau.<br />

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Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

Student’s involvement –<br />

validation of programme<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

Marlborough Girls’ College<br />

students and teachers are taking<br />

the plunge to raise funds to help<br />

future students.<br />

A veritable parachute regiment<br />

from MGC are amongst the 86<br />

Marlburians tipped to take part<br />

in “Drop for Youth Marlborough<br />

<strong>2024</strong>”.<br />

Drop for Youth, they key<br />

fundraiser for local youth charity,<br />

Graeme Dingle Foundation<br />

Marlborough, sees Marlburians<br />

plummet from 10,000 feet in<br />

a breathtaking skydive – with<br />

‘Droppers’ asked to aim high and<br />

set a fundraising target of at least<br />

$1,010. All funds raised support<br />

the work of the foundation in<br />

transforming young lives within<br />

the Marlborough region.<br />

Among the 19 MGC students<br />

taking the plunge all have benefitted<br />

from the Foundation’s “Stars”<br />

programme, either as a mentee, or<br />

mentor, or both. Stars trains senior<br />

college students as mentors, and<br />

pairs them to work with incoming<br />

Year 9 students, to create an<br />

effective and positive transition to<br />

the school. The seniors deliver a<br />

wide range of resilience, life skills,<br />

wellbeing and teamwork-related<br />

Back row: Christianna Morgan (Head of Music), Gemma Rae, Margot Taylor, Chloe Pettigrew, Liv Howard, Kate Wilkes, Kandoo Kiwi, Tessa Unwin,<br />

Isla Read, Leni Manson, Chloe Jones, Emily Stenhouse (Acting Principal). Front row: Mya Blackmore, Olive Paterson, Ayla Shaw, Hazel Glover.<br />

Absent: McKenzie Haronga, Clara Watt, Audrey Xie, Baylee Murray, Addison Gousmett, and Ella Barnes.<br />

lessons – which are delivering<br />

real benefits for both juniors and<br />

peer mentors alike. So, when the<br />

opportunity to give back came up,<br />

Kate Wilkes says she jumped at<br />

the chance:<br />

“I got to be a ‘little sister’ in Stars<br />

back when I was a Year 9, and so<br />

this year I’ve stepped up to be a Peer<br />

Mentor – or ‘big sister’. Stars is great<br />

as it helps build self-confidence,<br />

stronger connections between the<br />

students and lots of helpful and<br />

relevant life skills,” she says.<br />

McKenzie Haronga was a Stars<br />

student in her Year 9 year and<br />

says it made a difference for her.<br />

“The Stars Camp really helped our<br />

whānau class become like a real<br />

whānau. We made connections<br />

that have lasted - we still have those<br />

bonds.”<br />

MGC Head of Music, Christianna<br />

Morgan says she was inspired to<br />

make the Drop because she has<br />

witnessed first-hand how much<br />

the foundation truly impacts their<br />

students positively, helping to<br />

support their learning and career<br />

pathways.<br />

While Emily Stenhouse was<br />

proud of the students resolve to<br />

help.<br />

“To see the students themselves<br />

get in behind the cause is real<br />

validation of the impact of the<br />

programme. They themselves are<br />

standing up and saying that this<br />

matters to them. We want to make<br />

sure these same opportunities are<br />

also available to all our future<br />

students too.”<br />

‘Drop Day’ is scheduled for <strong>May</strong><br />

25 at Skydive Abel Tasman at<br />

Motueka.<br />

To sponsor the Daring Droppers<br />

visit www.bit.ly/DropForYouth<strong>2024</strong>


The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong> 19<br />

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Stability and reliability are keywords – and<br />

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Brett Uren, on the workshop floor with<br />

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Tony says their customers trust them,<br />

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After so many years in the business, Tony<br />

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That in turn means he can almost always<br />

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Some of those unusual requests are for<br />

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He’ll check your radiator to make sure that<br />

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Different cars have different needs.<br />

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20<br />

Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

5 minutes with...<br />

Enny LEong<br />

Event Manager for the<br />

New Zealand<br />

Chinese<br />

Association<br />

Marlborough<br />

Branch<br />

• Are you a dog or<br />

cat person?<br />

I am a dog person. Dogs<br />

are not just companions<br />

but loyal guardians who protect<br />

their owners.<br />

• My friends would say I am…<br />

Serious, hard working and dedicated person when conducting<br />

tasks at work or for the community.<br />

• The best advice I ever received was?<br />

It’s alright to ask for help but it’s not alright not asking for help<br />

when you need it.<br />

• What would you buy if money was no object?<br />

I would like to buy a bay view holiday home in Marlborough<br />

Sounds or a winter ski view holiday home in Queenstown so I can<br />

enjoy my holiday at any time.<br />

• Local coffee haunt?<br />

Cappuccino from CBD Eatery.<br />

• Favourite takeaway?<br />

Noodle Canteen especially dish number 3 in the menu, which is<br />

my favourite dish, one of the Malaysian famous dishes.<br />

• The shop you can’t walk past is...?<br />

The Blue Penguin Gift Shop because I can’t resist myself to buy<br />

gifts for my family and friends in Malaysia.<br />

• What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?<br />

In general, all gifts are thoughtful but the most thoughtful gift<br />

was from my daughter, Olivia.<br />

• Where is your happy holiday place?<br />

Hot pools in Hanmer Springs.<br />

Exclusive<br />

Interview!<br />

• Favourite programme or series currently watching?<br />

Just finished watching Avatar The Last Airbender Season 1, which<br />

is one of my favourite series, can’t wait for the upcoming Season<br />

2 and 3.<br />

• What’s one thing on your bucket list?<br />

Skydiving. I want to experience the feeling of floating in the sky.<br />

gardening this week<br />

Bryophytes: By Wally Richards<br />

Bryophytes is a name that you<br />

are not likely familiar with but if I<br />

was to say ‘moss’ or ‘liverwort’ you<br />

would know about them.<br />

Bryophytes is the informal group<br />

name for mosses, liverworts and<br />

hornworts.<br />

They are non-vascular plants,<br />

which means they have no roots or<br />

vascular tissue, but instead absorb<br />

water and nutrients from the air<br />

through their surface (e.g., their<br />

leaves).<br />

Mosses can be dangerous on<br />

walkways and paths making the<br />

surface slippery.<br />

Moss in lawns is not good for<br />

appearance and healthy grasses.<br />

Liverwort in gardens and soil, on<br />

fences and roofs is unsightly and<br />

will spread rapidly given moist<br />

conditions.<br />

A curse on glasshouses reducing<br />

the light from the sun.<br />

Lichens are a complex life form<br />

that is a symbiotic partnership of<br />

two separate organisms, a fungus<br />

and an alga. The dominant partner<br />

is the fungus, which gives the lichen<br />

the majority of its characteristics,<br />

from its thallus shape to its fruiting<br />

bodies.<br />

You see them on trunks of trees<br />

and other places which on trees can<br />

cause ring barking if left without<br />

taking care of it.<br />

Then there are moulds which can<br />

form on outdoor furniture and in<br />

your shower in the bathroom.<br />

In damp homes moulds become<br />

a health risk and are not good if<br />

anyone has breathing problems.<br />

Many years ago when I owned<br />

Nature Spirits Garden centre a<br />

friend in the horticulture business<br />

had secured a chemical that had<br />

been used in the medical industry<br />

for sterilising medical instruments.<br />

The chemical is Gardiquat 1450<br />

and it was found that it is very<br />

good at cleaning up Bryophytes by<br />

just spraying them and the added<br />

advantage is it does not affect plants<br />

if they are hit with it .<br />

Anyway my friend suggested that<br />

I sell the product which he called<br />

‘Surrender’.<br />

The smallest size he had available<br />

was in 1L jerry cans so that is what<br />

I promoted and sold. It soon became<br />

very popular and was well sort<br />

after to clean up those Bryophytes<br />

around the house.<br />

For Moss and Liverwort use at the<br />

rate of 25 to 50mls per litre of water.<br />

For Lichen and Algae use at 10 to<br />

20mls per litre of water.<br />

If spraying over plants rinse<br />

off with a hose 30 minutes after<br />

application.<br />

Some mosses may need further<br />

treatments.<br />

On sphagnum type moss and<br />

Liverwort, to get the best results<br />

adjust your sprayers nozzle to a bit<br />

of a jet rather than a mist.<br />

A jet forces the product into<br />

the target bryophyte where it is<br />

absorbed and kills the whole bryophyte.<br />

Unlike Sulphate of Iron used for<br />

moss control which only burns off<br />

the top of the moss and it returns<br />

fairly quickly and often requires<br />

several treatments.<br />

From my own experience with<br />

the chemical, when used correctly<br />

on moss etc more often than not<br />

there is no further problems in the<br />

treated area for some months and<br />

sometimes a year or more.<br />

It depends on how long it takes for<br />

fresh spores to colonise the area.<br />

The product can be used to clean<br />

up fish ponds as long as the fish<br />

are removed before treatment, and<br />

the pond is aerated after treatment<br />

before returning a test fish.<br />

In bird baths or in chickens water<br />

bowls put a couple of drops then<br />

agitate the water, it will remove<br />

any algae.<br />

Years ago I suggested to Yates that<br />

they should market Surrender in<br />

smaller containers such as 200mls<br />

to make it more readily available<br />

to gardeners that did not want 1L<br />

of product.<br />

Of course Yates took up my suggestion<br />

and they have it available in<br />

garden shops.<br />

Some years later I saw that the<br />

price of 200mls had got much dearer<br />

selling now days from $22.00 to<br />

$28.00 for 200mls.<br />

So with that in mind I started<br />

marketing Wallys Moss & Liverwort<br />

Control in 500mls and 1L<br />

containers to retail at $30.00 for<br />

500mils and $48.00 for 1L.<br />

A litre of Moss & Liverwort<br />

Control can go a long way; at the<br />

top rate of 50mls per litre it makes<br />

20 litres of spray.<br />

At the lessor rate of 20mls it will<br />

give you 50L of spray for $48.00.<br />

Some other products sold in 5L<br />

containers making 30L of spray<br />

costing $99.00.<br />

It makes Wallys Moss & Liverwort<br />

Control excellent value.<br />

With winter chills and frosts<br />

starting to happen don’t forget to<br />

spray your sensitive plants with Vaporgard,<br />

spray on frost protection.<br />

Place bottle into jug of hot water<br />

so it pours better when warm, and<br />

mix with warm to hot water at<br />

15mls per litre of water.<br />

Spray over the foliage of plants on<br />

a sunny day in full sunlight so the<br />

film dries quicker.<br />

Within 3 days it gives frost protection<br />

down to 3 degrees for 3 months.<br />

Works a charm for the occasional<br />

frost but if two or more frosts occur<br />

night after night then you need<br />

some frost cloth, extra protection<br />

as the plant has not fully recovered<br />

from the first frost.<br />

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<strong>May</strong> 15, <strong>2024</strong>.


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Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong> 21<br />

Five Buck a Duck Derby<br />

Life Education trust Marlborough held their Five buck<br />

a Duck Derby fundraiser at Pollard Park on <strong>Sun</strong>day. 650<br />

plastic ducks raced through the Pollard Park stream, and<br />

congratulations to duck numbers 358, 403, and 238 for<br />

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Sam Troth’s Road to Healing Aotearoa<br />

Harold the Giraffe meets and greets locals before the race.<br />

MORE FM Nelson’s Promotions Manager<br />

Jane Baken handing out the prizes.<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong>’s CBD Eatery provided an opportunity for a $20 casual breakfast and chat for<br />

locals to meet with Sam. Pictured are Lee Tepuia, Mike Godsall and Sam Troth.<br />

Brendon and Angie Clemett from Cycle World <strong>Blenheim</strong>, provided an e-bike for Sam as part<br />

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22<br />

Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Marlborough<br />

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local cleaning experts<br />

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CROSSWORD<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8<br />

9<br />

10 11<br />

347<br />

SUDOKU<br />

Every row, column and box should<br />

contain the digits 1 to 9.<br />

WordBuilder<br />

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247<br />

6<br />

E L R<br />

O F D<br />

12 13<br />

14 15 16 17 18<br />

19 20 21<br />

words of three or more letters,<br />

How many words of three or more<br />

including plurals, can you make from the six<br />

letters, using each letter only once? No foreign<br />

words or words beginning with a capital are<br />

from the six letters, using each only<br />

allowed. There's at least one six-letter word.<br />

once?<br />

TODAY<br />

Good 14 Very Good 18 Excellent 24<br />

Solution 246: EXPORT, opt, ore, oxter, per, pert, pet,<br />

poet, pore, port, pot, pox, pro, rep, repot, ret, roe,<br />

word. rope, rot, rote, toe, top, tope, toper, tor, tore, trope.<br />

letters, including plurals, can you make<br />

No words beginning with a capital are<br />

allowed. There’s at least one six-letter<br />

Good 14 Very Good 18 Excellent 24<br />

22 23 24 25 26<br />

27 28<br />

29<br />

Across<br />

1. Tallboy (5,2,7)<br />

10. Tedium (5)<br />

11. Massacre (9)<br />

12. Traveller (7)<br />

13. Trade ban (7)<br />

14. Beginnings (5)<br />

16. Confident (9)<br />

19. Botanical tree garden (9)<br />

20. Sailboat (5)<br />

22. Suffering mal de mer (7)<br />

25. Equilibrium (7)<br />

27. Bargain, haggle (9)<br />

28. Burning (5)<br />

29. Rotating firework (9,5)<br />

Down<br />

2. Cellular pattern (9)<br />

3. Move in an arc (5)<br />

4. Watchful (9)<br />

5. Shroud (5)<br />

6. Verbal dispute (colloq) (4-5)<br />

7. Cross the threshold (5)<br />

8. Miser (colloq) (7)<br />

9. Central linked computer (6)<br />

15. Napkin (9)<br />

17. Whole note (music) (9)<br />

18. Performance pay (9)<br />

19. Highly poisonous element (7)<br />

21. Balance unsteadily (6)<br />

23. Feeling of anxiety (5)<br />

24. Military fabric (5)<br />

26. Dog restraint (5)<br />

Crossword<br />

Across: 1. Chest of<br />

drawers, 10. Ennui, 11.<br />

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Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong> 23<br />

Life Insurance<br />

At the moment we are being bombarded<br />

with adverts on TV to take out life insurance.<br />

It’s using investors money just like ten years<br />

ago when we were encouraged to invest in<br />

higher interest. Then all those companies<br />

went out of business. Watch this space it will<br />

all happen again.<br />

Re: Honesty box<br />

In regards to the honesty box on Murrays<br />

Road, my kids and I enjoyed those cheap fresh<br />

apples. Just takes a piece of #% to ruin it for<br />

others. If you got no money go get a job!<br />

Country Stuffed<br />

The country is stuffed whoever is in parliament.<br />

National is going to screw the workers<br />

and Labour will continue spending. Seems the<br />

Greens are the only prudent ones.<br />

Re: Health NZ<br />

I’d assume that you’re a champion of free<br />

speech or should we all toe the line of your<br />

own very personal and small understanding<br />

of the world?<br />

Springcreek Stop Bank<br />

Looks like everytime it rains Springcreek is<br />

going to be evacuated for ‘fear of catastrophic<br />

stop bank failure’. Perhaps the council could<br />

put the displaced people up in the lovely<br />

new library each time until the stop bank is<br />

repaired?<br />

Still Listed<br />

Looked through the new phone book the<br />

other day and was surprised to find us still<br />

listed in the White Pages. We have not had<br />

a land line for over 10 years. Takes away our<br />

anonymity a bit as still have the same address.<br />

Thoughtless Politicians<br />

Given the recent ‘conduct’ of some (not so<br />

very) Green Party Parliamentarians, it would be<br />

no surprise if this Party adopted ‘How Bizzare’<br />

as their Party ‘Theme Song’.<br />

txt talk with<br />

Bypass<br />

Re a text on the needed bypass for <strong>Blenheim</strong>, the obsession with<br />

building roundabouts in some instances not needed is misuse of<br />

public money which could’ve paid most of bypass cost.<br />

MDC CEO<br />

Can someone please explain why MDC is<br />

employing a CEO? Didn’t remember voting<br />

for 2 mayors.<br />

Food For Thought...<br />

As ‘click & collect’ Supermarket Consumers<br />

are not charged for having their shopping<br />

done for them....for $50+ spends, shouldn’t<br />

In-store Customers be eligible for a reasonable<br />

discount to compensate for the price increases<br />

to products that have been made to pay for<br />

the C & C wage costs?<br />

And, by logical extension, shouldn’t Self Serve<br />

Customers be entitled to a discount for serving<br />

themselves, thus saving on wage costs?<br />

Rates Increase<br />

Rates a real kick in the guts. All councillor’s<br />

must take a 12 and half percent pay cut do<br />

the right thing.<br />

Parenting<br />

Cycling with toddlers on the front? Poor decision.<br />

These innocent children don’t know the<br />

danger and are trusting their parents to keep<br />

them safe. Parenting seems to need improvement<br />

in a lot of areas. There’s no manual but<br />

common sense should prevail.<br />

Fine pies and mobiles<br />

Is <strong>Blenheim</strong> the pie eating capital of New<br />

Zealand, I was recently waiting for a lift to work<br />

outside a local bakery, over a period of around<br />

fifteen minutes I counted five vehicles pulling<br />

away from the bakery with the drivers male and<br />

female munching away at their pies. I assume<br />

these pie eating driver’s think there’s fat chance<br />

of them being pulled over by the police.<br />

Re Yellow Pages<br />

To the selfish person who only thinks of self<br />

when texting about Yellow Pages. We do not<br />

have a computer or online facilities so use the<br />

Telephone Book and Yellow Pages frequently.<br />

When we need the services of a business the<br />

Yellow Pages is where we look. So, the business<br />

who advertises in the Yellow Pages gets our<br />

phone call!<br />

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Re Same Old<br />

Nine years of enriching the wealthy at the<br />

expense of mainstream NZ led to the 6 years<br />

of Labour. Five months in to the new Govt and<br />

again it’s attack the most vulnerable to provide<br />

money for tax cuts. Who benefits most from<br />

tax cuts? The wealthy. It’s not rocket science.<br />

Bagging Government<br />

‘Same old’ from last week bagging the previous<br />

Govt. Labour got us through a pandemic<br />

with admiration from the rest of the world.<br />

Saved thousands of lives [ including possibly<br />

yours]. Saved thousands of jobs [including<br />

possibly yours]. Look and the chaos from this<br />

new Govt cutting services everywhere. Health,<br />

education, police, customs. Our ferries and<br />

colleges canned. No surprise the latest poll has<br />

your coalition of chaos out of Govt.<br />

Cycling safely<br />

It’s a shame to hear the disgruntlement of pedestrians<br />

on the Taylor river paths, re cycling.<br />

These paths are a major asset to the town, for<br />

commuters and children alike. The roads are<br />

completely unsafe for cycling; not because of<br />

the infrastructure, but the standard of driving.<br />

The simple solution to sharing the river paths<br />

would be to prioritise the sides. Nelson st<br />

side, priority for cycling, town side for walking<br />

and dog exercise. Not blanket banning, but<br />

compromise.<br />

Let’s not forget those pedestrians who carelessly<br />

amble along with headphones, or dog<br />

owners with no idea what their pets are doing.<br />

It’s not all the cyclists fault. We’re just trying to<br />

keep away from the cars!<br />

Taylor river walkway<br />

As someone who cycles and walks the Taylor<br />

river walkway, bell ringing and verbal cues for<br />

pedestrians to move out of the way quickly<br />

is intrusive and sets up users for conflict. The<br />

road code for cyclists using shared paths states<br />

“Pass other people with patience and care”. It<br />

is common sense for cyclists and other faster<br />

modes of transport to give way to pedestrians.<br />

The shared status needs to change. Cyclists<br />

can still use the path when clear but must go<br />

around pedestrians when passing.<br />

Re Poop<br />

Yes you see it alot in public toilets - disgusting<br />

messes. Left by fellow humans. Worse than<br />

animals.<br />

Talk of the week<br />

Thank You<br />

A big thank you to whoever<br />

found the foot plates<br />

belonging to my husbands<br />

wheelchair and handed them<br />

in to local Police station. You<br />

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Tailgaters<br />

There is a serious problem<br />

in this town of tailgating<br />

when driving. The amount<br />

of aggressive amped up<br />

idiots following far too close<br />

is beyond a joke. The police<br />

need to crack down on it as<br />

it is so dangerous. For now I<br />

am reporting every single car.<br />

Such selfish behaviour and<br />

poor driving. Back off!!!<br />

Sad to read<br />

I don’t know about others but I<br />

am so alarmed and sickened by<br />

all the child abuse in the news in<br />

NZ. Something has to be done.<br />

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Marlborough<br />

Sauvignon still<br />

surprises<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

International Sauvignon Blanc Day last<br />

weekend (<strong>May</strong> 3) was an ‘opportunity to<br />

recognise the contribution of the Marlborough<br />

viticulture industry’.<br />

Wine Marlborough General Manager<br />

Marcus Pickens says Marlborough Sauvignon<br />

Blanc has earned its place on<br />

the world stage and has made a massive<br />

impact from the very first taste all those<br />

decades ago.<br />

“It sort of shocked and surprised everyone<br />

with its intensity of aromas and flavours,”<br />

Marcus says. “While Sauvignon Blanc is<br />

produced in many countries, Marlborough<br />

wine stands on its own for its purity and<br />

flavour intensity. Our Sauvignon Blanc<br />

is crisp, zesty and tropical – undeniably<br />

aromatic.”<br />

With the emergence of new and alternative<br />

styles, Sauvignon Blanc is still surprising<br />

and delighting people says Marcus.<br />

“Diversity is part of the Sauvignon Blanc<br />

success story. Growers, winemakers and<br />

the hospitality and tourism industries are<br />

exploring and innovating with the style,<br />

subregions, business models and experiences<br />

they create for both New Zealanders<br />

and international visitors.<br />

“This is a fascinating sector where we<br />

have family-owned, pioneering brands<br />

branching out in new areas, in the spirit<br />

of continuous advancement, working<br />

alongside newer corporate-owned brands.<br />

“Each is doing different things with<br />

Sauvignon Blanc, but on the whole the<br />

industry is collaborating and pushing<br />

forward,” Marcus says.<br />

Continual advancements in viticulture<br />

and winemaking have seen the emergence<br />

of alternative Sauvignon Blanc styles, says<br />

Marcus, made using different techniques<br />

such as oak-aging, barrel fermenting,<br />

wild fermenting and the creation of low or<br />

no-alcohol wines.<br />

“We are blessed with the type of climate,<br />

terroir and water purity that Sauvignon<br />

Blanc grapes thrive in, but the flavour and<br />

quality is brought to the fore by incredibly<br />

skilled viticulturalists and winemakers,”<br />

Marcus says.<br />

“In Marlborough, we have a phenomenally-skilled<br />

industry. We attract and retain<br />

International Sauvignon Blanc Day last<br />

weekend (<strong>May</strong> 3) was an ‘opportunity<br />

to recognise the contribution of the<br />

Marlborough viticulture industry’. Wine<br />

Marlborough General Manager Marcus<br />

Pickens says continual advancements in<br />

viticulture and winemaking have seen<br />

the emergence of alternative Sauvignon<br />

Blanc styles.<br />

some of the world’s best winemakers and<br />

trainees.<br />

Marcus says another reason to celebrate<br />

International Sauvignon Blanc Day is the<br />

remarkable provenance story of Marlborough<br />

wine<br />

“We have a lot to be proud of in Marlborough.<br />

Sauvignon Blanc is our signature<br />

wine that restaurants and hotels worldwide<br />

have embraced.<br />

“It is worth reflecting on the fact that in<br />

those pioneering winemaking days, few<br />

people would have predicted Marlborough’s<br />

rapid ascent to become one of New<br />

Zealand’s preeminent – and internationally<br />

renowned – wine-growing regions.<br />

“For many of our winegrowing pioneers<br />

– Frank Yukich, the Rose, Sutherland,<br />

Ibbotson, Marris and Scott families,<br />

just to name a few – it would have been<br />

gut instinct backed by climate science,”<br />

Pickens says.<br />

Marlborough viticulture has expanded<br />

from 6,831 hectares in 2003 to the nearly<br />

30,000 hectares of vineyard Marlborough<br />

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The final stage of construction for<br />

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6/Bells and St Leonards Road intersection<br />

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Work on the project has been underway<br />

since January. During the first<br />

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drains, installed new streetlights and<br />

utilities, and laid around 4,500m2 of<br />

pavement and road surfacing. That’s as<br />

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The final stage is due to start this<br />

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SH6 will be open in both directions<br />

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km/h during this stage The intersection<br />

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People living on St Leonards Road<br />

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- 4pm. We will be closed on the following<br />

days: Anzac Day 25 April, Kings Birthday<br />

3 June, Matariki 28 June<br />

Community Care Pharmacy: Within the<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong> Warehouse, open 7 days 9am-<br />

8pm. Only closed Christmas Day.<br />

Lifeline Marlborough: <strong>08</strong>00 543354, 24hr<br />

helpline.<br />

Women’s Refuge and Sexual Violence<br />

Support Centre Marlborough: Crisis<br />

line number phone <strong>08</strong>00 refuge or<br />

03 5779939.<br />

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846)<br />

Alcoholics Anonymous: <strong>08</strong>00 AA WORKS<br />

- <strong>08</strong>00 229 6757.<br />

Citizens Advice Bureau: Free, friendly,<br />

confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am -<br />

4pm. Phone 578 4272.<br />

Wairau Hospital: Hospital Visiting Hours:<br />

Daily 2.30pm - 8pm, children under 12<br />

may visit parents only.<br />

Maternity Ward: 10am-noon, 4pm-7pm.<br />

Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting<br />

at all times is subject to the discretion of<br />

the nurse in charge of the ward.<br />

Picton:<br />

Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579<br />

4870.<br />

Chemist: Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph<br />

573 6420 Mon -Fri 8.30-5.30pm, Sat 9-2pm.<br />

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fact of the<br />

week<br />

A baby octopus is about<br />

the size of a flea when<br />

it is born.<br />

BENSEMANN, Monica Valery. Passed<br />

away peacefully on Monday 29th April,<br />

<strong>2024</strong> at Maxwell Life Care, aged 96. Much<br />

loved wife of Noel (deceased). A loved<br />

mother and mother of Valerie (Brisbane),<br />

Ivan and Kathryn (Richmond), Beverley and<br />

Ross, Dawn and Norman (Brisbane), Pamela<br />

and Owen (Helensville). Loved Nana of<br />

11 precious grandchildren and loved Nana<br />

of 25 precious great grandchildren. Loved<br />

sister and sister-in-law, and Auntie of many.<br />

Thank you to the staff of Maxwell Life Care<br />

and Marlborough Hospice for their care and<br />

attention of Mum over the past 6 years. A<br />

celebration of Monica’s life has been held at<br />

Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, followed by a<br />

private cremation. A Memorial Service will<br />

be held at a later date to be advised. Messages<br />

to c/- PO Box 9 <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7240 or www.<br />

cloudybayfunerals.co.nz<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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DIXON, Beverly Joan “Bev”. Passed away<br />

peacefully on <strong>May</strong> 2, <strong>2024</strong>. Dearly loved<br />

wife of the late Aaron and a loved mother<br />

and mother-in-law of the late Linda and<br />

Tim McPadden, and the late Bruce. A loved<br />

Gran of Ashleigh, Jessica and Luke and<br />

also a Great Gran. A loved Aunty and Great<br />

Aunty of her nieces and nephew. Messages<br />

to c/- PO Box 9, <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7240 or www.<br />

cloudybayfunerals.co.nz In lieu of flowers<br />

donations to Hospice Marlborough would<br />

be appreciated or can be made at the service.<br />

The family wishes to thank all staff<br />

of Bethsaida Retirement Village for their<br />

care of Bev. A funeral service was held at<br />

St Andrews Presbyterian Church, on Monday,<br />

6 <strong>May</strong> followed by private cremation.<br />

This service was live streamed and can be<br />

viewed on the Cloudy Bay Funeral Services<br />

website.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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ELVY, Stanley Morriss (Stan): On Saturday<br />

April 27, <strong>2024</strong>, at his home at Springlands<br />

Lifestyle Village, <strong>Blenheim</strong>. Aged 94 years.<br />

Dearly loved husband of the late Mary and<br />

much loved dad of John and Marion, Dianne<br />

and Peter, Kevin and Bernadette, Shirley<br />

and Bryan, and David and Gaylene. Treasured<br />

and devoted grand and great-grandfather.<br />

Messages may be sent to the Elvy<br />

Family, c/- PO Box 110, <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7240. A<br />

family farewell has been held in accordance<br />

with Stan’s wishes.<br />

T: 03 578 4719<br />

E: sowmans@funerals.co.nz<br />

W: www.sowmans.co.nz<br />

MCKINNON, Ian Bruce. Passed away<br />

peacefully on 30th April <strong>2024</strong> in his 80th<br />

year, at Bethsaida Rest Home. Beloved husband<br />

and soulmate of Patricia; cherished<br />

father and father-in-law of Sheena and Raphael,<br />

Peter and Bridget, and Alexander;<br />

treasured grandpa of his four grandchildren.<br />

Sincere thanks to the staff at Bethsaida for<br />

their wonderful care and support. As Ian<br />

wished, a private family farewell and cremation<br />

has been held.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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Death notices<br />

MORRISON, Barbara <strong>May</strong> (née Evans). On<br />

1 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2024</strong> peacefully at Maxwell Lifecare,<br />

aged 73 years. Much loved wife of Dennis. A<br />

loved mother and mother-in-law of Rhonda;<br />

Lindsey and Angela. Loved Nanny of Jacob;<br />

Sarah and Kate. Loved sister and sister-inlaw<br />

of Lesley Evans (dec) and Ken Yaxley,<br />

and Robert and Carol. A loved aunty to her<br />

nieces and nephews. Messages to 20 Gilbert<br />

Street, <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7201 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz<br />

Thank you to all the staff at<br />

Hospice Marlborough, Maxwell Lifecare,<br />

Wairau Hospital and Dr Henderson for their<br />

love and care shown to Barbara. A celebration<br />

of Barbara’s life was held at the Springlands<br />

Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services<br />

on Monday 6 <strong>May</strong> followed by a private cremation.<br />

This service was live streamed and<br />

can be viewed on the Cloudy Bay Funeral<br />

Services website.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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NAYLOR, Ann Maree. Passed away on<br />

Tuesday, 30th April, <strong>2024</strong> at Hospice Marlborough.<br />

Adored wife of Andrew and loved<br />

mother and mother-in-law of Heath and Emily,<br />

and Emma. Nana to Bronte. Daughter of<br />

the late Roland and Marie Price, sister and<br />

sister-in law to David and Annie Price, Gary<br />

and Mel Price, Tom and Liz Naylor. Loved<br />

aunty and great aunty to all her nieces and<br />

nephews. Cherished friend of so many. Special<br />

thanks to the team at Hospice Marlborough<br />

and all the health professionals for their<br />

care during Ann’s journey. Messages to The<br />

Naylor Family c/- PO Box 9 <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7240<br />

or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz In lieu of<br />

flowers, Ann asked for donations to be made<br />

to Hospice Marlborough (Acc. No.03 1369<br />

036520700 Ref: Naylor) A service will be<br />

held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay<br />

Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street, <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

on Friday 10 <strong>May</strong> at 2.00pm.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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NEVILL, Graham George. Passed away<br />

peacefully on Thursday 2nd <strong>May</strong> <strong>2024</strong>, aged<br />

82 years – now at rest with his Lord. Graham<br />

was able to remain at home until the<br />

end, as he wished. Graham was the much<br />

loved husband of Cheryl; father and fatherin-law<br />

of Craig and Kirsten, Michelle and<br />

Jonathan, and Rachel. Survived by his sister<br />

Alethea and her husband John, brother Clive<br />

and his wife Jenni, his late brother David’s<br />

wife Dawn and his late brother Colin’s children,<br />

and sister-in-law Lyn. Adored grandfather<br />

(Papa) of Annabelle, Samuel, Kate,<br />

George, Grace, Phil, and Katie; grandsonin-law<br />

Jordan and granddaughter-in-law<br />

Abby; great-grandfather of Milo, Eliza, and<br />

Robbie. Graham will be greatly missed by<br />

family and many long-term friends. Graham<br />

was a talented aircraft mechanic and his<br />

love for aircraft extended beyond his work.<br />

Throughout his life, his church involvement<br />

sustained him and he shared his love of God<br />

with all he met. He led youth groups, served<br />

as a church elder, played trumpet at church,<br />

and lived his life with Jesus as his guide.<br />

Many who met him remarked on the twinkle<br />

in his eye. His family appreciates all the<br />

support from those who cared for him during<br />

his last months. In lieu of flowers, donations<br />

may be made to Alzheimers Society, Marlborough<br />

A/c no. 02 0600 0112284-00 Ref.<br />

Nevill A celebration of Graham’s life will be<br />

held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church,<br />

92 Weld Street, Redwoodtown, <strong>Blenheim</strong>,<br />

on Wednesday 8th <strong>May</strong> at 2pm, followed by<br />

private cremation at the Cloudy Bay Crematorium.<br />

All are welcome.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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THOMAS, Lorna Evelyn (née Powell).<br />

On 2 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2024</strong>, Lorna passed away in her<br />

95th year, peacefully at Ashwood Park Retirement<br />

Village. Lorna was a much loved<br />

wife of the late Alan (Digger) Thomas. A<br />

very much loved mum and mother-in-law<br />

of Wayne and Judy, Peter and Donelle,<br />

Graham and Sue, Laurie and Angel, and<br />

Jill and Rob Ashfield. A much loved Gran<br />

of her 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren<br />

R.I.P Messages to 5 Puketea Place<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong> 7201 or www.cloudybayfunerals.<br />

co.nz The family appreciate the care she received<br />

from all the staff at Ashwood Park<br />

over the many years she was in their care.<br />

A Memorial service for Lorna was held at<br />

the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral<br />

Services on Tuesday 7 <strong>May</strong>. This service<br />

was live streamed and can be viewed on the<br />

Cloudy Bay Funeral Services website.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

03 578 2004 F.D.A.N.Z.<br />

WHITE, William “Bill” Douglas. Died<br />

peacefully at Marlborough Hospice on 2nd<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2024</strong>, aged 64 years. Sincere lifelong<br />

friend to the late David. Loved uncle<br />

and great-uncle to his nieces and nephews.<br />

Dearly loved friend to Delwyn and Keith.<br />

Messages to c/- PO Box 9 <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7240 or<br />

www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz “Bill will be<br />

dearly missed by all who knew him.” Thank<br />

you for the staff at Marlborough Hospice. At<br />

Bill’s request, a private cremation has been<br />

held.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

03 578 2004 F.D.A.N.Z.<br />

Acknowledgements<br />

HADFIELD, Robert John, 05/11/44 -<br />

06/02/24 The Family wishes to express their<br />

sincere gratitude to you all for your prayers,<br />

messages, emails, cards, phone calls, floral<br />

tributes, meals, baking, and presence at the<br />

service for Robert. Also all other expressions<br />

of concern that you have shown during<br />

our time of Bereavement. Never more than<br />

now was your kindness needed and more appreciated.<br />

Anne, Gavin, Fiona, Stacey, and<br />

Michael (Woody).<br />

WILLIAMS, Susan Mary (Sue), née Wentworth:<br />

Chris and families would like to sincerely<br />

thank work colleagues and friends<br />

for the support, cards, flowers, phone calls,<br />

baking and visits at the time of Sue’s sudden<br />

passing. Also a big thank you to Sowman’s<br />

Funerals. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement<br />

– we are forever grateful for<br />

the support, and Sue will be hugely missed.<br />

In Memoriam<br />

Remember your<br />

lost loved one on<br />

their anniversary.<br />

The deadline is Monday 5.00pm. Please contact the <strong>Sun</strong> for<br />

further details. 72 High Street, <strong>Blenheim</strong>, email<br />

office@blenheimsun.co.nz or phone 577 7868.


The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 8, <strong>2024</strong> 27<br />

sport<br />

Gold for MGC water polo squad<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

The future of water polo at Marlborough<br />

Girls’ College is in good<br />

hands with the team winning gold<br />

in Division Two at the New Zealand<br />

Secondary School Tournament in<br />

Hamilton.<br />

Held in the first week of the school<br />

holidays, it was the first time the<br />

<strong>2024</strong> squad had competed in the<br />

national tournament. There were<br />

16 teams vying for the title in the<br />

division. Adding to the success was<br />

Year 10 goalie Poppy Clark winning<br />

MVP. Poppy was instrumental in the<br />

team’s success stopping many goals<br />

over the tournament and was ‘very<br />

vocal’, reading the game astutely.<br />

The squad took on strong opposition<br />

from much larger private<br />

schools, the likes of Auckland,<br />

Tauranga and Christchurch. Four<br />

Year 10 players had dispensation<br />

from NZ Waterpolo to enter.<br />

Team Manager Jo McCormick says<br />

the win was definitely a surprise.<br />

“The girls had come third in the<br />

South Island tournament a few<br />

weeks before and the three other top<br />

teams from there were also entered<br />

so we knew it would be some good<br />

competition,” she says.<br />

“We have a very young team<br />

mostly made up of year 10’s and<br />

11’s. Being a senior secondary school<br />

we were playing teams with much<br />

older players so we were nervous<br />

not knowing what the North Island<br />

school teams would be like,”<br />

Jo believes the success of the squad<br />

is they have played together for many<br />

years and are good friends in and out<br />

of the pool.<br />

“Being a smaller town our provisional<br />

Marlborough team is the<br />

same as the MGC team so they have<br />

played many tournaments together<br />

and know exactly how each other<br />

play. We have two amazing coaches<br />

who give their time to train and<br />

prepare the girls and also attend<br />

tournaments,” she says.<br />

Jo says the girls do a lot of fundraising<br />

to get to each tournament and<br />

being from <strong>Blenheim</strong> they often are<br />

the travelling team.<br />

“We have great support from<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong> Toyota with the use of<br />

their community van and we had<br />

a grant from Redwood Trust, this<br />

tournament, to help with travel<br />

costs,” she says. “The time that the<br />

Club, coaches, support of the parents<br />

over all those years is finally paying<br />

off and exciting years ahead as they<br />

get stronger.”<br />

Next year Jo says they will hopefully<br />

have the same team and would<br />

plan to go to Division One.<br />

GOLDEN GIRLS: The Marlborough Girls’ College water polo squad won gold in Division Two at the New Zealand Secondary School Tournament in Hamilton during the recent school<br />

holidays. Pictured from back is: Jo McCormick, Manager, Mia Lindfield, Chloe Sell, Koko Wong, Lizzy Douthett, Katie Marsh, Eric Munro, Alastair Keay, coaches. Front: Libby Senior,<br />

Poppy Clarke, India Nathan, Gabby Miller and Hayley McCormick.<br />

Gus finishes 6th in Oceania<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong> triathlete Gus Marfell has<br />

done himself, the region and New Zealand<br />

proud finishing a credible sixth<br />

at the Oceania Triathlon Super-Sprint<br />

Championships at Runaway Bay on<br />

the Gold Coast.<br />

The 19-year-old made the 16 man A<br />

grade final and showcased his resilience<br />

and determination which saw a<br />

grueling event format featuring qualifiers,<br />

repechages, semi-finals, and the<br />

final. Fellow Kiwi, Aucklander James<br />

Corbett, 22, finished fourth in the final,<br />

a career-best performance considering<br />

he was ‘poorly’ in the lead up to<br />

Friday’s event. Canterbury 18-yearold<br />

Benjamin Airey also claimied a<br />

notable top 10 with 8th place.<br />

The super sprint format tested the<br />

athletes' versatility and adaptability<br />

as they progressed through multiple<br />

rounds of racing. The fast-paced<br />

nature of the event required strategic<br />

pacing, technical proficiency in transitions,<br />

and the ability to recover quickly<br />

between races.<br />

Triathletes raced the following distances<br />

Swim - 150m (pool swim), Bike<br />

- 4km (criterium track) and Run - 1km<br />

(athletics track).<br />

Australian Jayden Schofield took out<br />

the men’s final with fellow countrymen<br />

Luke Schofield and Byaden Mercer<br />

making it an Australian podium.<br />

The future looks bright for Gus who<br />

in 2022 placed second in the U19<br />

National Duathlon Champs, first in<br />

the U19 NZ Sprint Distance Triathlon<br />

and first in the Junior Elite Triathlon<br />

Cup in Taupo.<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong> triathlete Gus Marfell finished sixth at the Oceania Triathlon Super-Sprint<br />

Championships on the Gold Coast last Friday.<br />

Golf Results<br />

Picton Golf Club<br />

Sat 27 Apl International S/F- Hiram Taylor 13; Anita McCaffrey<br />

11; Andrew <strong>Sun</strong>ley 8; Ben Blackman 6, Richard Avery 6,<br />

Ian Aldridge 6; Maria McConway 4; Brian Carver 3, Richard<br />

McLean 3; Phil Hawke 1. Tues 30 Apl S/F-Overall Winner<br />

Dido Harper 36; Julie Rosie 35; Antia McCaffrey 34, Helen<br />

McIsaac 34; Judy Jones 33, Maria McConway 33; Jenny Hart<br />

32, Margaret Frisken 32. Thurs 2 <strong>May</strong> S/F-Mike Ashworth 38,<br />

Gary Aldridge 38, Harry Schat 38; Paul Howden 36, Murray<br />

Selwyn 36, Alistair Holt 36; Jock Mannington 35, Ian Johnson<br />

35, Iain Berrie 35. Fri 3 S/F Liz Taylor 24; Mary Butler 16; Lin<br />

Stone 17; Denise Finch 15.<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong> Golf Club<br />

April 22 9 hole Stableford John Burns 22 Mike McConnell<br />

22 Don Lamond 22 Roy Lilley 21 Barry Mosley 21 David<br />

Horrell 20 David Waters 20 Brian Brown 20 Allen Knight 18<br />

Brian Burgess 18 Alex Herd 18 Leo McKendry 18 Don March<br />

18David Dyer 18 Jill Hurcomb 24 Trees Rewi 23 Debra Nicholls<br />

20 Dawn Walker 20 Ann Walker 18 Vickie Lane 17 Jan Pegler<br />

17 Shirley Godsiff 17<br />

April 24 0-37 Ida Beets-Huchshorn 75 Leanne Stowell 75<br />

38+ Bernice Arnold 74 Jenny Evans 74 9 Holes Medal Ann<br />

Walker 30 Barbara Looker 32<br />

April 25 Par David Waters 2 Colin Pitkethley 2 Andrew<br />

Stowell 1 Graeme Parker 0 Tom Bainbridge 0 Don March 0<br />

Ladies Par Jane Ingram 1 Leanne Stowell -1 9 Hole Stableford<br />

Barry Mosley 20 Dan Crawford 18 Derek Bowman 17<br />

April 27 Stableford Hodden Holes Terry Duff 36 Alex Herd<br />

33 Mark Hoare 32 Brent Baker 31 Jim Findlay 30 Graeme<br />

Daines 30 Doug Shaw 29 A;bertus van Dyk 29 Tom Bainbridge<br />

28 Desz Campbell 27 Sam Rainbird 27 Don March 27 Ladies<br />

Racaehl Bell 33 Sue Greenstreet 28<br />

April29 9 Hole Stableford Jane Abbott 25 Jenny adams 21<br />

Dawn Walker 20 Men Ian Hatcher 22 Allen Knight 22 Brian<br />

Brown 21 Mike McConnell 20 Don March 20 David Horrell<br />

19 Chris Abbott 18 Hay Montgomery 18 Ian Clark 17 Graeme<br />

Parker 17 <strong>May</strong> 1 LGU Medal Dawn Walker 71 71 Judith Batty<br />

73 Elaine Brown 73 9 holes Medal Trees Rewi 34 Shirley<br />

Godsiff 34 Kay Ayson 34 <strong>May</strong> 2 Stableford Ezra Kahaki 36<br />

Anthony Toa 36 Desz Campbell 36 Mike Gardiner 34 Doug<br />

Shaw 34 Grant Flynn 33 Don March 33 Colin Pitkethley 33<br />

9 Holes Stableford alen Knight 18 Justin Taipana 18 <strong>May</strong> 4<br />

Medal Albertus van Dyk 66 Chris Abbott 69 Sam Rainbird 70<br />

Jim Findlay 71 Doug Shaw 72 Brian Yarrall 72 Ross Agnew<br />

72 Desz Campbell 73 Mike Gardiner 73 Gross Ezra Kahaki<br />

75 Ladies LGU Medal Bernice Arnold 78 Angelique van Dyk<br />

79 Sue Greenstreet 81


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