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By Chris Valli<br />

A Spring Creek grandmother’s fight for her granddaughter’s<br />

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Lynn Hankey and husband Graeme left <strong>Blenheim</strong> in<br />

their motorhome on Monday, March 18, cycling and<br />

walking her way to her granddaughter Trinity Hutchins<br />

in Hawkes Bay.<br />

Continued on page 2.<br />

While Spring Creek grandmother Lynne Hankey<br />

says they are grateful for the treatment Trinity is<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Trinity has abdominal vascular compressions<br />

(AVC) a rare condition that causes excruciating<br />

pain and vomiting during and after eating and<br />

drinking. Adding to the complications, she<br />

now has scurvy, a disease caused by a serious<br />

Vitamin C deficiency.<br />

The specialists Lynn refers to is the New<br />

Zealand National Intestinal Failure and<br />

Rehabilitation Service (NIFRS), designed to<br />

improve outcomes for patients of all ages with<br />

intestinal failure (IF). The NIFRS is a national<br />

service provided by Auckland District Health<br />

Board on behalf of the Ministry of Health.<br />

Doctors and specialists had recorded on<br />

Trinity’s records that it was a mental health<br />

issue and would not provide her any medical<br />

assistance, including nutritional supplements.<br />

Lynn says the scurvy has been a result of 15<br />

months of no nutritional support and Trinity not<br />

being able to hold down anything she eats. It<br />

was picked up by her primary care giver when<br />

he noticed signs of it and decided to run a blood<br />

test to check her Vitamin C levels.<br />

“This turned out to be a lot more complicated<br />

for the hospital to arrange as we understand<br />

that special funding needs to be approved<br />

through Pharmac which can take weeks so<br />

they brainstormed and have been able to offer<br />

a multi vitamin infusion which will also boost<br />

her low B vitamins as well,” she says.<br />

Lynn says NIFRS removed her TPN (total<br />

parenteral nutrition) from her and claimed that<br />

she had never been sick. TPN is indicated when<br />

there is impaired gastrointestinal function and<br />

contraindications to enteral nutrition and is<br />

supplied via a portacath.<br />

On hospital recommendations, Trinity has<br />

continued to take as much food as she can orally<br />

but the excruciating pain and endless vomiting<br />

continues and she is now severely malnourished.<br />

Lynn suggests some health professionals<br />

just aren’t listening to their continued fight.<br />

“Is it a result of those working in our system<br />

PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE: Trinity was admitted to Auckland Hospital last year for internal<br />

bleeding which specialists claimed she was ‘doing to herself’.<br />

being under such tremendous pressure just<br />

trying to cope with the emergencies that flood<br />

their corridors constantly? Or is it a result of<br />

the fact that it is much easier to label a person<br />

with psychological issues and pass them off? I<br />

know Trinity is paying the ultimate price, our<br />

family is paying the price. Whatever the cause,<br />

it desperately needs to change, and that change<br />

needs to happen fast.”<br />

Lynn and Graeme have had to use ‘most<br />

of their retirement fund’ supporting Trinity<br />

obtaining private medical care and says there<br />

is nothing else they can do, unless they ‘get her<br />

to Germany’.<br />

With no government funding available, the<br />

cost of the lifesaving treatment in Dusseldorf,<br />

Germany for Trinity is $180,000. The pioneering<br />

genius is German Professor Doctor Sandemann.<br />

Recently, a ‘wonderful family’ who were in New<br />

Zealand at the time when Trinity’s story went<br />

viral, returned home and started following her<br />

journey on social media. They approached Lynn<br />

and Trinity’s Mum Anna for approval to organise<br />

a Fundraiser in Germany, with support from<br />

Alex and the team from “Kinderherzaktionen”<br />

a beginning of their amazing International<br />

support.<br />

Recently a German couple, made a ‘mind<br />

blowing donation’ that has the family ‘still<br />

reeling and rather speechless’. They can now<br />

see the light at the end of a very long and dark<br />

tunnel,” “We have now gone from the halfway<br />

mark to two thirds of this massive fundraising<br />

effort to save Trinity’s life,” says Lynn.<br />

Lynn says the impact of the <strong>Blenheim</strong> <strong>Sun</strong><br />

had brought awareness and understanding to<br />

Trinity’s plight.<br />

“It breaks your heart; it’s a matter of keeping at<br />

it and fighting for our granddaughter,” she says.<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 3<br />

inbrief<br />

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

Thomas Andrews, winner of the Kawasaki KGX90 quad bike from<br />

Marlborough Motorcycles with Ben Webb.<br />

The crowd turned out in force<br />

on <strong>Sun</strong>day for the weigh-in and<br />

prize-giving the annual Woodbourne<br />

Tavern Pig & Deer Hunt<br />

<strong>2024</strong>. Marlborough turned on<br />

some great weather, perfect conditions<br />

for hunting and enjoying<br />

a well-earned cold one or three<br />

at the Woody afterwards.<br />

Competition was fierce, and<br />

Co-owner and event organiser<br />

Stacey Goodwin says the entries<br />

were as good as they’ve ever<br />

been with 547 entries in the<br />

Open category, 115 entries in<br />

the Young Guns category, and<br />

a whopping 201 entries in the<br />

Whippersnappers category.<br />

The grand prize, a Mitsubishi<br />

Triton ute with all the bells and<br />

whistles supplied by one of the<br />

events major sponsors, The<br />

Motor Company, was won by 17<br />

year old Black Hebberd.<br />

The Kawasaki KGX90 quad<br />

bike, kindly supplied by another<br />

major sponsor, Marlborough Motorcycles,<br />

was won by Thomas<br />

Andrews.<br />

Results:<br />

Hare category<br />

Cooper Collins brought home<br />

the heaviest hare at 4.454kg,<br />

followed by Charlie Butt 2nd<br />

heaviest 4.256kg, and Rafa Macfarlane<br />

3rd Heaviest 3.976kg.<br />

Rabbit category<br />

Evie Townley brought home<br />

the heaviest rabbit at 2.088kg,<br />

followed by Eyliah Collins 2nd<br />

heaviest 2.<strong>06</strong>2kg, and Polly Bell<br />

3rd heaviest 2.024kg.<br />

Possum category<br />

Jack McLean brought home<br />

the heaviest possum at 4.91kg,<br />

followed by Ruby Reed 2nd<br />

Blake Hebberd (red hoody), winner of the Grand Prize, a Mitsubishi<br />

Triton ute from The Motor Company takes the stage along with, from<br />

left: Nev Gane from Marlborough Hunting & Fishing, the Woody’s Stacey<br />

Goodwin, Graeme Sidey, Ben Webb, and The Woody’s Rowan Ingpen on<br />

the microphone. PHOTOS: Kaylene Hollard.<br />

Pig & Deer Hunt an epic event<br />

heaviest 4.656kg, and Isobel<br />

O’Sullivan 3rd heaviest 4.53kg.<br />

Pig category<br />

Chris Parnwell landed the<br />

heaviest pig at 96.5kg, followed<br />

by Richard Taylor 2nd heaviest<br />

87.5kg, Aubrey Tai 3rd heaviest<br />

74kg. Scott Gardner picked up<br />

the prize for Best Tusks, and<br />

Alicia McLeod picked up the<br />

prize landing the pig with the<br />

average weight for the class of<br />

43.529kg.<br />

Deer<br />

Eli Taylor landed the heaviest<br />

deer at 147.5kg, Scott Downing<br />

2nd heaviest 120kg, and Troy<br />

Frost 3rd heaviest 118.5kg. Troy<br />

Frost also picked up the award<br />

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Jackman tied with Fletcher with<br />

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Pigs<br />

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place: Honor Mckenzie, Louie<br />

Patchett, Mila Pyers, and Holly<br />

Shadbolt all landed pigs with<br />

the heaviest weight of 51.5kg.<br />

Layken Norris took out the prize<br />

for average weight with 38.4kg.<br />

Goats<br />

Jack Musson brought home<br />

the heaviest goat at 38.8kg, Jack<br />

Willetts 2nd heaviest 38.2kg,<br />

Millie Stewart 3rd heaviest<br />

37kg. Max Dollimore tied with<br />

Cordt Horrell for the prize for<br />

Average weight 23.0kg.<br />

The team and management<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

inbrief<br />

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

Marlborough Gymnastics<br />

Championships<br />

On Friday, <strong>June</strong> 14, the annual Schools<br />

Gymnastics Festival will be held at<br />

the Marlborough Lines Stadium from<br />

9.30am – 11.30am and 12noon – 2pm.<br />

Children attending have spent a<br />

full term training for the event. It is<br />

spread over the day, with one grade<br />

in the morning and two grades in the<br />

afternoon.<br />

Meanwhile, on Saturday 15 (8am<br />

– 7pm) and <strong>Sun</strong>day 16 (8am – 3pm)<br />

<strong>June</strong> there will be the Marlborough<br />

Gymnastics Championships with over<br />

400 competitors from mainly the South<br />

Island. There is a door entry fee to cover<br />

overheads for the event.<br />

BootSale Market<br />

The <strong>Blenheim</strong> Rotary BootSale Market<br />

is on every Saturday 8am – 12pm at<br />

the <strong>Blenheim</strong> Railway Station Carpark.<br />

Everyone welcome.<br />

No booking required, just turn up and<br />

choose a site. $5 per site.<br />

No sales of alcohol, guns, gin traps or<br />

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Farmers Market<br />

The Marlborough Farmers Market<br />

is on every <strong>Sun</strong>day 9am - 12pm at the<br />

Marlborough A&P Showgrounds rain<br />

or shine.<br />

Come down and support your local<br />

growers and producers and help them<br />

support you in your local community.<br />

A huge range of stalls, and live music.<br />

Vocal workshop for<br />

music enthusiasts<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

A vocal workshop for keen music<br />

enthusiasts to ‘find their voice’<br />

conducted by <strong>Blenheim</strong> musician<br />

Tom Knowles and MC/singer<br />

Jackie Clarke is on offer in August.<br />

The workshop on <strong>Sun</strong>day, August<br />

25 is the day after the Stars in<br />

Your Eyes charity event. After<br />

recent auditions, the 10 contestants/<br />

groups have been confirmed for the<br />

Creative Kids Trust fundraiser for<br />

Saturday August 24.<br />

Tom says he is ‘really keen’ on<br />

helping locals discover their voices,<br />

the untapped potential and pushing<br />

boundaries of what’s possible,<br />

playing with different styles and<br />

techniques, and playing with vocal<br />

tricks to imitate and impersonate<br />

our favourite stars.<br />

Tom, a former Stars winner in<br />

2010 as Meatloaf, says the event<br />

was epic and was fun seeing so<br />

many faces you wouldn’t usually<br />

see out there doing their thing.<br />

“If I was to do it again I’d probably<br />

do a John Farnham - You’re<br />

the Voice, or Jack Black, or David<br />

Bowie. I love playing crazy characters<br />

so a Ziggy Stardust or someone<br />

dramatic would be fun.”<br />

The Wellington based musician<br />

is currently working hard on a new<br />

Matariki Spectacular with four<br />

Māori drag queens, The Tiwhas,<br />

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

NO TIME FOR INHIBITIONS: <strong>Blenheim</strong>’s Tom Knowles, a previous winner of Stars in Your Eyes as Meatloaf,<br />

says this year’s contestants need to look at their stars smallest details like mannerisms, vocal inflections<br />

and the way they interact with a crowd. RIGHT: Lieke Tegels won as Lady Ga Ga singing Bad Romance in<br />

the 2019 show.<br />

performing in Wellington and<br />

Auckland through <strong>June</strong> and July.<br />

He says he is the sound designer,<br />

guitarist and vocalist backing<br />

them up and it’s heaps of fun.<br />

“It’s a wild ride and I’ve never<br />

had so many laughs making a<br />

show before. They are stars,” he<br />

says.<br />

Following the spectacular, he<br />

will release some new indie rock<br />

music he has been sitting on for a<br />

few years that he made with fellow<br />

Marlburian, Josh Logan.<br />

“This is a new direction for my<br />

music and will be released under<br />

the name, Tommy Knowledge.<br />

There’s a really cool music video<br />

up our sleeves too starring some<br />

well-known faces in New Zealand<br />

so I am pumped to put this out<br />

there.”<br />

As for what advice Tom would<br />

give to the Stars contestants?<br />

“To have as much fun as possible.<br />

Remember there will be<br />

a great audience cheering you<br />

on the night so the more fun<br />

you’re having the more fun they<br />

will have,” he says. “Study your<br />

person. The smallest details like<br />

mannerisms, vocal inflections,<br />

way they enter the stage, way<br />

they interact with a crowd all help<br />

shape the performance. This is no<br />

time for inhibitions, this is a time<br />

where you can be whoever you<br />

want to be, so go for it.”<br />

If <strong>Sun</strong> readers or local businesses<br />

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workshop contact Liz @ 021 547<br />

593 or email liz@creativekids.<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 5<br />

“A sense of connection, ownership”<br />

inbrief<br />

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

By Chris Valli<br />

A Seddon mural painting project<br />

is doing more than just brightening<br />

up the town; it’s uniting the<br />

community in a vibrant display of<br />

creativity and collaboration.<br />

Project Manager Corie Boley,<br />

alongside Seddon local Charmaine<br />

Hammond, is spearheading the<br />

final stages of the mural project.<br />

Together they have been organising<br />

designs, raising funds, and<br />

galvanising community support.<br />

Collaborating with talented Marlborough<br />

artist Vasu Singh and<br />

enthusiastic youth, they’re all<br />

collectively bringing new life to<br />

Seddon through the visual arts.<br />

The <strong>Blenheim</strong> Police Prevention<br />

Team initiated this inspiring project<br />

in 2020 with a vision to make the<br />

pathways safer and more inviting<br />

for everyone. Charmaine Hammond<br />

stepped in to coordinate with<br />

Seddon School, Preschoolers and<br />

Marlborough artist Joan Clark to<br />

assist the students with the murals.<br />

Today two bridge underpasses in<br />

Seddon are the canvases for these<br />

community masterpieces. The SH1<br />

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crabs, eels, sea turtles and even<br />

a yellow submarine. Meanwhile,<br />

the railway bridge features vibrant<br />

local flora and fauna, inspiring<br />

messages and colorful representations<br />

of the stunning Awatere<br />

Valley landscapes. Participants<br />

from Marlborough Youth Trust, led<br />

by Seddon local Maxine Anderson<br />

UNITING FOR A COMMON GOAL: From left to right; Heather Turnbull, Vasu Singh, Lyricks Caldwell , Elisha<br />

Wyatt , Lee Tepuia, Maddox Holdem, Necco Busby-Gray, Kane-Kawiti Rapana, Charmaine Hammond,<br />

Corie Boley, Lottie Savage, Zavia Epiha , Max Sweeney, Makayla Reihana, Xavier-Rae Caldwell.<br />

Sweeny, have been involved in<br />

this artistic endeavour as well.<br />

Corie emphasises the significance<br />

of the project: “It instills a<br />

sense of connection, ownership<br />

in our youth. They can take pride<br />

in their contributions, knowing<br />

they’ve made a lasting positive<br />

impact on their community.<br />

We’ve replaced uninviting walls<br />

with beautiful art, cleaned up<br />

rubbish, and revitalized the local<br />

environment,” he says.<br />

The project has garnered widespread<br />

support from Seddon<br />

School, Marlborough Youth<br />

Trust, <strong>Blenheim</strong> Police Prevention<br />

Team, Marlborough District<br />

Council, Awatere Valley Trust,<br />

The Lions Club, Guthrie Bowron<br />

and Mitre10 Mega Marlborough.<br />

It has also brought together people<br />

from diverse cultural backgrounds<br />

including RSE workers<br />

from Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua<br />

New Guinea and Thailand. Along<br />

with individuals from Germany,<br />

Japan, Scotland, the Middle East,<br />

India, America and New Zealand.<br />

Corie says transforming a neglected<br />

area into a welcoming<br />

space for everyone has been<br />

incredibly rewarding.<br />

“Seeing our diverse community<br />

unite for a common goal fills my<br />

heart with joy. The positivity and<br />

love invested in this project and<br />

over the last four years speaks<br />

volumes about our community’s<br />

openness and acceptance.<br />

This mural project stands as a<br />

testament to Seddon’s vibrant<br />

spirit and the power of coming<br />

together to create something truly<br />

beautiful.”<br />

Kindling Wood<br />

Alzheimers Marlborough has great<br />

value bags of kindling wood available<br />

again this year. Priced at just $5 per bag,<br />

you will be saving money and supporting<br />

the important work that Alzheimers<br />

Marlborough carries out in our<br />

community. The kindling can be picked<br />

up from Alzheimers Marlborough,<br />

8 Wither Road, 9am - 3.30pm daily.<br />

If anyone has sacks left over from last<br />

year, we would love to get them back.<br />

Alzheimers Marlborough, keeping you<br />

warm this winter.<br />

International Languages<br />

Week<br />

Welcoming Communities and the<br />

Marlborough Multicultural Centre are<br />

encouraging locals<br />

to join them at the <strong>2024</strong> International<br />

Languages Week event on Wednesday,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 12.<br />

International Languages Week, held<br />

from Monday, <strong>June</strong> 10 – Friday, <strong>June</strong> 14,<br />

is an annual event to promote language<br />

and culture from around the world.<br />

Young New Zealanders have exposure<br />

to a huge number of international<br />

languages – more than 160 languages<br />

are spoken in our country.<br />

Marlborough is a diverse community<br />

of people with 17 percent of<br />

Marlborough residents born overseas<br />

(2018 census data).<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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

In recent years, podcasts have become a practical medium for information sharing.<br />

What’s your podcast recommendation?<br />

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

Alana Jamieson<br />

Dunedin<br />

The Girls Uninterrupted and<br />

Kiwi Yarns. I also like Between<br />

Two Bears.<br />

Anastasia Shumqo<br />

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

On Purpose with Jay Shetty<br />

is one worth recommending.<br />

Kim Robson<br />

Dunedin<br />

NZ Crimes are really interesting.<br />

Kirsty McGaul<br />

Bath, England<br />

The British History podcast<br />

is fantastic and something<br />

different.<br />

Margaret McKenzie<br />

Dunedin<br />

The Girls Uninterrupted.<br />

Tom Knowles<br />

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

I love Song Exploder and<br />

McCartney, a life in lyrics. I<br />

also found NZ Wars: Stories<br />

of Wairau amazing to learn<br />

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Dear Editor<br />

Had an interesting chat with IRD’s<br />

artificial ingenuity recently. I’d rung a<br />

couple of weeks prior to claim the tax<br />

refund due on the donations we make to<br />

a children’s charity – who had kindly let<br />

me know we could make that claim, not<br />

that IRD would have made if known – so<br />

I needed form IRS526.<br />

On that prior phone call I had struck,<br />

shock horror, an actual human who’d<br />

promised to mail out the form. Anyway,<br />

it hasn’t happened so AI went through<br />

all of my personal information to make<br />

sure I was me. Then the machine told<br />

me it would make a voice-print so that<br />

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to the editor<br />

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publication.<br />

Email them to news@blenheimsun.<br />

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can clone my voice from just a 3 second<br />

clip. I gave up. If we ever get the refund<br />

it will be added to what we give to that<br />

charity. We live in hope.<br />

Slight change of subject: the ‘local’<br />

paper to which I was subscribing gave<br />

me the choice of having automatic bank<br />

payments or, for paying over the counter<br />

via humans, to be charged an extra $5 per<br />

month. Nah. I cancelled the subscription<br />

I’ve had since forever, and rely on truly<br />

local free news. Its working fine, thanks<br />

‘<strong>Sun</strong>’.<br />

W. Holvey<br />

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

Infrastructure<br />

We hear and read a lot about infrastructure.<br />

Nobody seems to be talking about an ageing<br />

or a future falling population.<br />

As we people grow older, we use infrastructure<br />

less and what is needed are hospitals and<br />

care facilities. (<strong>Blenheim</strong> will soon have eight<br />

of the latter!)<br />

Japan is in trouble as nearly a third of<br />

the population is over 60 and there are not<br />

enough taxpayers to support them. Hundreds<br />

of schools are closing and houses are empty.<br />

China’s population, along with that of many<br />

other countries, may halve by the turn of<br />

the century.<br />

Meanwhile our debt is growing, and is<br />

now equal to $90,000 for each household,<br />

while interest is around $70 each week. Our<br />

trading has been in the red for 10 years, the<br />

last two to the tune of $62 billion. Many of<br />

our taxpayer trained workers are going to<br />

Australia for higher money which is available<br />

from their trading credits from the likes of<br />

coal, gas, lithium and other minerals, some<br />

of which we have not, or are not allowed to<br />

mine. Any pay demands met will be paid<br />

with borrowed money.<br />

Face up to it. A falling population will have<br />

to pay off the present growing debt, let alone<br />

for fancy new infrastructure. We are a poor<br />

country, living on borrowed money and<br />

borrowed time.<br />

John Vile<br />

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

9 Tremorne Ave, <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

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Electricity charges<br />

Our local MP(s) need to run spreadsheets<br />

on our power accounts providers, which are<br />

made up of distribution and generation.<br />

Thankyou Marlborough Lines for our<br />

discounts and unit reductions overseen by<br />

MEPT as we as consumers are shareholders.<br />

Max Bradford stopped us ever being shareholders<br />

also in power generation.<br />

No doubt the generation companies will<br />

tote out the increases in all costs and network<br />

assets but an inquiry into production costs,<br />

management, would give some balance to<br />

charges.<br />

Who’s overseeing generators/providers?<br />

Where’s the balance that we see with our<br />

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

Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 7<br />

New library art gallery building takes out awards<br />

Bumper Winter Events Guide out now<br />

Te Kahu o Waipuna - Marlborough’s new<br />

library and art gallery building - won three<br />

awards at the Master Builders Association<br />

Commercial Project Awards held in<br />

Wellington on Friday.<br />

Te Kahu o Waipuna won:<br />

• Gold Award Winner and Category Winner<br />

in the Tourism and Leisure Category<br />

• Value Award Winner in the Commercial<br />

Projects $10M to $25M Category<br />

Mayor Nadine Taylor said she was proud of<br />

the people and teams who contributed to the<br />

building project.<br />

“It was an honour to be at the awards night<br />

representing Marlborough - it goes to show<br />

we have exceptionally talented people here<br />

who can go up against the best in New<br />

Zealand - and win!”<br />

“This is a well-deserved accolade for<br />

Robinson Construction, APL Property,<br />

Davidson Group, Warren and Mahoney,<br />

the Council and art gallery teams and the<br />

sub-contractors involved in designing and<br />

constructing the building.”<br />

The Master Builders Association awards set<br />

the benchmark for commercial construction in<br />

New Zealand and celebrate collaboration and<br />

innovation across the building industry. The<br />

awards recognise the people behind the<br />

construction project as well as the building<br />

itself.<br />

Luke van Velthooven, APL Property; Mayor Nadine Taylor; Mark Watson and Phil Robinson,<br />

Robinson Construction and Maighan Watson, Project Manager, Marlborough District Council,<br />

celebrate at the awards night<br />

If you want to know what’s on in<br />

Marlborough this winter, look no further<br />

than the Winter Events Guide.<br />

Regional Events Advisor Samantha<br />

Young said the guide was now available,<br />

showcasing Marlborough events from 1<br />

<strong>June</strong> to 31 August. “This is the biggest<br />

Winter Events Guide ever, which is<br />

heartening considering the tough time<br />

many of our events have had these past<br />

few years,” Mrs Young said.<br />

“Our events sector has shown a lot of<br />

determination and creativity in the face of<br />

challenges,” she said.<br />

“You only need look to the inaugural<br />

Pride Wairau Festival this <strong>June</strong> as a<br />

great example of a new event and<br />

Marlborough’s celebration of Matariki<br />

also continues to grow with an array of<br />

events and a programme due out soon<br />

as well.”<br />

“We also have long-standing favourites<br />

like the Marlborough Book Festival<br />

bringing top contemporary authors to<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong>. One of Council’s community<br />

events - the Southern Jam Youth Jazz<br />

Festival – will have live performances at<br />

venues around our region.”<br />

“Our bumper guide shows it’s a great<br />

time to support these fantastic events<br />

on offer.”<br />

Printed copies of the guide are available<br />

from Council offices, libraries, iSITEs and<br />

the ASB Theatre. An online version is<br />

also available, promoted via social media<br />

and Stuff.<br />

Winter Events<br />

Pick up your copy from<br />

Marlborough District Council<br />

FOLLOW-ME.CO.NZ<br />

Winter event highlights include:<br />

• Inaugural Pride Wairau Festival from 14<br />

to 23 <strong>June</strong> around <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

• Matariki featuring several events<br />

around the region in <strong>June</strong><br />

• Marlborough Book Festival <strong>2024</strong> from<br />

25 to 28 July with sessions at ASB<br />

Theatre Marlborough and Marlborough<br />

Library (tickets go on sale in <strong>June</strong>)<br />

• Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival<br />

<strong>2024</strong> from 7 to 10 August with the<br />

Grand Finale concert held at ASB<br />

Theatre Marlborough on 10 August<br />

For more information go to:<br />

www.follow-me.co.nz<br />

Queen Charlotte Drive repairs update<br />

Marlborough Roads recovery works on<br />

Queen Charlotte Drive are progressing with<br />

six sites already completed and another six<br />

under construction.<br />

A mechanically stabilised earth wall, near<br />

Cullen Point on Mahakipawa Hill, was started<br />

in February and Marlborough Roads Manager<br />

Steve Murrin said this was one of the more<br />

complex sites of the recovery project.<br />

“To construct the wall the crew had to<br />

stabilise the road before digging down<br />

through the soft ground until firm foundations<br />

were found,” he said. “They will then build<br />

back up by layering a mesh product between<br />

layers of good soil to create a stable wall for<br />

the road to be reinstated on.”<br />

Along with the wall construction and road<br />

reinstatement, drainage improvements are<br />

also being undertaken, scheduled to be<br />

completed mid-year.<br />

“Another significant site we’re working on is<br />

the installation of a large precast concrete<br />

box culvert near Moenui Road,” Mr Murrin<br />

said.<br />

The culvert is 1.5m by 1.5m in diameter, more<br />

than 18m long with an anchored concrete<br />

beam to support the road shoulder, as well<br />

as a reinforced embankment to increase the<br />

stability of the road.<br />

Sites already completed this year include<br />

four retaining walls and two H-pile walls at<br />

A large retaining wall at Aussie Bay under<br />

construction, March <strong>2024</strong><br />

Momorangi and Aussie bays, and two railway<br />

iron walls near the Grove Jetty.<br />

“A number of the sites are incorporating<br />

railway iron to build retaining walls, which<br />

is both cost-effective and good for the<br />

environment as we are reusing an existing<br />

material,” Mr Murrin said.<br />

A second retaining wall at Aussie Bay is<br />

also being constructed using H-piles, a steel<br />

product used when railway irons can’t be.<br />

Crews are also busy near Governors Bay<br />

with slope stabilisation and road realignment,<br />

which will restore this section of road to two<br />

lanes.<br />

Get ready to register your dog<br />

It’s that time of year again when your<br />

four-legged friend needs to be registered.<br />

The dog registration year runs from 1 July<br />

<strong>2024</strong> to 30 <strong>June</strong> 2025 and all dogs over<br />

three months old must be registered.<br />

Forms will be sent to owner’s last known<br />

address at the beginning of <strong>June</strong>. Please<br />

contact Animal Control if you don’t receive<br />

yours. All dog registration fees need to be<br />

paid by 1 July; after 31 July late penalty fees<br />

will apply.<br />

The annual fee for category one (a nonworking<br />

dog, desexed and microchipped,<br />

with no infringement notice for the past<br />

two years) is $65 a year. Category two<br />

(non-working dogs which do not meet<br />

category one criteria including menacing<br />

dogs) is $96 and the dangerous dog<br />

category is $144. There is also a category<br />

for old dogs for those over 12 years of age<br />

(as of 1 July <strong>2024</strong>) at $48. Working dogs<br />

are $23 per dog for the first and $12 for<br />

each extra working dog if there are more<br />

than 10.<br />

Contract Manager Animal Control<br />

Jamie Clark said it was the dog owner’s<br />

responsibility and a legal requirement to<br />

ensure their dog was correctly registered<br />

with the local authority. “Your dog must<br />

wear a current registration tag to ensure it<br />

can be identified. Only one person can be<br />

the registered owner of a dog and if you<br />

are under 16, the dog must be registered<br />

under a parent’s or guardian’s name at the<br />

address where they are kept most of the<br />

time,” Mr Clark said.<br />

If you are registering your dog for the<br />

first time you will need to complete the<br />

registration form either at Animal Control<br />

or in person at Council’s Customer<br />

Service Centres in <strong>Blenheim</strong> or Picton.<br />

Alternatively, people can pay online using<br />

online dog services.<br />

Please let Animal Control know if the<br />

ownership of your dog changes, your dog<br />

leaves the district, you have a change of<br />

address, or your dog has died. If you have<br />

any questions, please contact Animal<br />

Control on Ph: 03 520 9033 or email<br />

animalcontrol@xtra.co.nz<br />

For more information go to: www.<br />

marlborough.govt.nz/services/dogs-andother-animals/dog-registration


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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

one on one<br />

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

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

Ballroom Blitz to<br />

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

Australian dance professional Aric Yegudkin is the choreographer of the high-energy<br />

Ballroom Blitz New Zealand tour which hits <strong>Blenheim</strong> in just under a fortnight. Aric took time<br />

out from his busy schedule to talk to Chris Valli about the revival of Ballroom Dance.<br />

Remember a certain pandemic that put a<br />

hold on events circa 2020/21? The Marlborough<br />

landscape from an arts perspective was<br />

bleak, financially and holistically. Online<br />

dance videos in the lounge, Tik Tok going<br />

mad and families doing anything to stay<br />

active, socially connected and embracing<br />

their creative lens.<br />

Marlborough’s $23 million ASB Theatre’s<br />

role is to promote the arts, and affordability<br />

for local people is a bottom line. Cost. Money.<br />

Affordability is an apt word, especially in a<br />

cost of living crisis and how one chooses to<br />

live within one’s means and or budgeting<br />

constraints. Which brings the ‘ultimate<br />

dance dilemma’ – cost of ticket versus a<br />

bloody good night out for dance enthusiasts<br />

and those who appreciate the performing<br />

arts?<br />

Post pandemic and a plethora of productions<br />

have graced the ASB Theatre from<br />

local musical theatre and dance productions<br />

to national tours. There is another wee gem<br />

on the horizon and a sip of all things dance<br />

in the Sauvignon variety, if you will.<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 16, a <strong>Blenheim</strong> audience has the<br />

opportunity to witness the ‘ultimate dance<br />

extravaganza’ at the ASB.<br />

Acclaimed Australian Choreographer and<br />

three-time Dancing with the Stars champion<br />

Aric Yegudkin directs the sensational new<br />

show Ballroom Blitz which embarks on a<br />

whirlwind national tour across 12 centres<br />

all over New Zealand from May 28 to <strong>June</strong><br />

16, <strong>2024</strong>. Twelve first-class dancers will be<br />

accompanied by an electric live on-stage<br />

five-piece band and two vocalists to bring the<br />

moves in the ultimate dance extravaganza,<br />

presented by Base Entertainment.<br />

Aric, comes from a Ukranian background<br />

and talks passionately about Dancing with<br />

the Stars Australia, where he strutted his<br />

stuff to victory in his first season with Ada<br />

Nicodemou from Home and Away. He then<br />

grabbed another win in 2015 alongside<br />

Emma Freedman and even held the record<br />

Winter Events<br />

for the highest scores in DWTS Australia<br />

history.<br />

Ukrainian dance is a huge part of their<br />

culture. So how did someone who came to<br />

prominence on Australian television, get the<br />

dancing bug?<br />

“I was always impersonating Michael<br />

Jackson at parties from the age of five. When<br />

I was eight years old, there was a ballroom<br />

dance class at a church hall down the road<br />

so my mum decided to take me.”<br />

“I was really inspired<br />

to create a story that<br />

brought the art of<br />

ballroom dancing into the<br />

modern era”<br />

“At high school they had me perform at the<br />

fashion parade and the crowd went off. So<br />

they got me back every year,” Aric recalls.<br />

It seems more people than ever are familiar<br />

with iconic dances like the Cha Cha thanks to<br />

the Dancing with The Stars television format.<br />

Ballroom Blitz spins traditional ballroom<br />

dance and mixes it with cutting-edge choreography<br />

with the result, a mesmerising<br />

display of skill and passion performed to<br />

a soundtrack that includes favourites from<br />

Buble, Desree, Elvis, Dua Lipa, and Sam<br />

Smith to name drop.<br />

Aric’s artistry takes centre stage guiding<br />

the audience on an awe-inspiring spectacle<br />

where rhythm meets romance and passion<br />

ignites the dance floor. Audiences will be<br />

‘transported to a world where every step<br />

tells a story’ (visions of the iconic dance<br />

sequence from Mary Poppins musical) and<br />

every move ignites the senses.<br />

When asked how dance made Aric feel<br />

on a holistic level he believes it’s all about<br />

a connection.<br />

“When I dance I feel most connected to<br />

myself. I really enjoy the music and the<br />

movements in my body that organically<br />

happen,” he says.<br />

Ballroom Blitz is produced by Anthony<br />

Street along with kiwi-born musical director<br />

Hayden Baird who plays the saxophone and<br />

flute in the live band.<br />

The cast features Dancing with the Stars<br />

(DWTS) winners and superstars including<br />

Shae Mountain, a talented kiwi-born star<br />

who razzle-dazzled audiences when he<br />

teamed up with NZ comedian Laura Daniel<br />

on Dancing with the Stars in 2019.<br />

The show features breath-taking costumes,<br />

lighting and stage design fused with<br />

heart-pounding music by the live band. This<br />

show will set the stage on fire as the dancers<br />

create moments of pure enchantment and<br />

deliver a testament to the world of dance.<br />

“I was really inspired to create a story<br />

that brought the art of ballroom dancing<br />

into the modern era,” says Anthony Street.<br />

“Working with Aric and Hayden we have<br />

been able to create something that we feel<br />

is truly beautiful and will leave audiences<br />

inspired and excited to learn more.”<br />

As for if he will have any time to enjoy the<br />

finer aspects of the Marlborough landscape<br />

Aric says ‘hopefully…..depends how much<br />

the show needs me’, he says.<br />

The show is billed as a breath-taking fusion<br />

of elegance, energy, and mind-blowing<br />

ballroom dance. The dancers are ready to<br />

remind a Marlborough audience that the<br />

possibilities are limitless when it comes<br />

to dance.<br />

Pick up your copy from Marlborough District Council<br />

FOLLOW-ME.CO.NZ<br />

Acclaimed Australian Choreographer Aric<br />

Yegudkin directs the show Ballroom Blitz<br />

which embarks on a whirlwind national<br />

tour. The <strong>Blenheim</strong> show is on <strong>Sun</strong>day,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 16 at the ASB Theatre at 7:30pm.


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

Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 9<br />

Dear diary, here’s to<br />

the 7-day weekend<br />

Love the choice.<br />

Retirement can be blissfully laid back, or it can be wonderfully<br />

unretiring and active.<br />

At Summerset <strong>Blenheim</strong>, it’s your choice. From day to day, you have<br />

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10<br />

Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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

Havelock Lions fund bus shelter<br />

The Havelock Lions Club<br />

says locals saw the need for<br />

the bus shelter for both locals<br />

and tourists and many<br />

donations were given.<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

Seven years of fundraising and<br />

‘working tirelessly’ has resulted in<br />

a bus shelter in Havelock<br />

Havelock Lions spokesperson<br />

Ally Morriss says they were<br />

thrilled Marlborough District<br />

Council Manager Dean Heifford<br />

accepted an invitation to visit<br />

Havelock and the need for a shelter.<br />

“Our Lions Club undertook to<br />

raise money to contribute to this.<br />

It was hoped the shelter would<br />

be in place within 18 months,<br />

forgetting NZTA would need to<br />

grant approval as it was on a main<br />

highway. The work also needed<br />

to fit in with work programmed<br />

around the Four Square and the<br />

township work, but we never<br />

guessed this would take so long,”<br />

she says.<br />

Ally says they had noticed a<br />

young overseas traveller from<br />

Germany waiting for the bus from<br />

Nelson, standing in freezing wind<br />

and rain, quite distressed.<br />

“We called him inside to warm up<br />

by a heater while one of us made a<br />

hot drink for him while the others<br />

watched out for the bus,” she says.<br />

“He was so thankful to have shelter<br />

and warmth, holding his hot drink<br />

in his cold hands.”<br />

All Lions were grateful, Ally<br />

says, for the great support of the<br />

Havelock Community who got<br />

behind the 2018 Easter Book Fair<br />

as quality used books were given<br />

by the public.<br />

“It was an enormously successful<br />

time as locals saw the need for<br />

the bus shelter for both locals and<br />

tourists and many donations were<br />

given, along with holding a raffle,”<br />

she says. “Prior to the Easter<br />

Book Fair the owner of an empty<br />

shop had allowed us to sell books<br />

for a month and this gave us the<br />

start to the fundraising and it was<br />

a thrill that within the year we had<br />

the $5,500 required.”<br />

Havelock Lions Club has supported<br />

the Havelock Community with<br />

building the medical centre and<br />

recent projects including the outside<br />

BBQ, the shade sail, and assistance<br />

with the outside gym and pétanque<br />

court near the pavilion.<br />

“We would like to meet up with<br />

any potential members who are<br />

interested in serving and working<br />

in our Lions Club to the benefit<br />

of our community. We annually<br />

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student to Outward Bound and<br />

six primary students to a holiday<br />

camp,” says Ally.<br />

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

Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 11<br />

‘Take time on how we fill<br />

those big shoes’<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

The Southern Jam Youth Festival<br />

scheduled in August will still go<br />

ahead, after the death of Rodger<br />

Fox last week.<br />

Rodger Fox, 71, was synonymous<br />

with big band jazz and was a judge<br />

at last year’s Southern Jam Youth<br />

Jazz Festival held in <strong>Blenheim</strong>.<br />

Pure Events Marlborough Events<br />

Manager Katrina Lange knew<br />

Rodger for 20 years and says<br />

many will be reeling from the<br />

news of his death. She says her<br />

heart goes out to his family and<br />

close friends, and the many students<br />

he had such an influence on.<br />

“He was such a tireless, dedicated,<br />

passionate jazz performer<br />

and educator, whose involvement<br />

in our event and for the many<br />

musicians and music-lovers he’s<br />

helped shape, Rodger will remain<br />

in our hearts and music forever,”<br />

she says. “Southern Jam will<br />

go ahead as Rodger would have<br />

wanted but we will take time on<br />

how we will fill those big shoes.”<br />

The jazz legend founded the<br />

Rodger Fox Big Band in 1973<br />

and toured extensively here and<br />

overseas, playing at international<br />

jazz festivals including Montreux,<br />

Monterey and New Orleans.<br />

The Christchurch-born musician<br />

also taught at the New Zealand<br />

School of Music in Wellington.<br />

Rodger was only 18 when he<br />

began playing with a dance band<br />

in the Wellington/Porirua area.<br />

He was a winner of the ‘Tui’<br />

(Aotearoa Music Awards) for New<br />

Zealand Jazz Recording of the<br />

Year in 1981, 2000 and 2012, and<br />

a finalist in 1984 and 2001.<br />

He had split his time in Palmerston<br />

North and Wellington and<br />

taught at the New Zealand School<br />

of Music at Victoria University as<br />

a senior lecturer.<br />

The last time he performed on<br />

stage in <strong>Blenheim</strong> was pre Covid<br />

where he did some concerts with<br />

pianist Michael Houstoun.<br />

When the <strong>Blenheim</strong> <strong>Sun</strong> spoke<br />

to Rodger in August 2023 he said<br />

there were several people over<br />

the years that came to the jazz<br />

scene via Marlborough Boys’<br />

College and especially into the<br />

Brass Band.<br />

“It’s a healthy scene which filters<br />

into other genres of music,” he<br />

said.<br />

David Bremner has been the<br />

principal trombonist in the New<br />

Zealand symphony orchestra for<br />

LARGER THAN LIFE: “Rodger Fox was a tireless, dedicated, passionate jazz performer and educator”, Pure<br />

Events Marlborough Katrina Lange (inset) says “Southern Jam will go ahead as Rodger would have wanted<br />

but we will take time on how we will fill those big shoes”.<br />

more than 20 years and says it’s an<br />

incredibly sad time for the music<br />

industry.<br />

“So many rock bands, jazz musicians,<br />

classical artists have all had<br />

inspiration from Rog in the early<br />

part of their lives.”<br />

David says Rodger was a “driving<br />

force” in music with boundless<br />

energy, particularly when it came<br />

to educating and inspiring the next<br />

generation of musicians.<br />

“Everyone knew that when they<br />

went to the New Zealand School<br />

of Music, they were going to have<br />

some kind of connection with<br />

Rodger Fox. That was a huge inspiring<br />

thing for students to go and<br />

be part of, he was a great champion<br />

of New Zealand music.”<br />

Rodger was made a Companion<br />

of the New Zealand Order of Merit<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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

Stitching up another epic Fabric-a-brac<br />

It’s time to save the date and start<br />

sorting out your sewing stash ready<br />

for Fabric-a-brac Marlborough<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Fabric-a-brac is a market which<br />

brings together sewers, quilters,<br />

crafters and other fabric fans to<br />

buy and sell vintage and modern<br />

fabric and sewing supplies with<br />

the proceeds supporting Hospice.<br />

This year’s Marlborough event<br />

will be held on Saturday, August<br />

17 at Connect <strong>Blenheim</strong> on the<br />

corner of Beaver Road and High<br />

Street, running from 10am till<br />

1pm. Stallholders will be selling<br />

their collections alongside Hospice<br />

Marlborough who will be selling<br />

all donated materials. Stallholder<br />

applications are now open and the<br />

Hospice Shop in Redwoodtown is<br />

accepting donations of all sewing<br />

related items.<br />

“Fabric-a-brac brings out fabric-a-holics<br />

from far and wide<br />

looking for inspiration for their<br />

next project,” says Tracy Johnston<br />

the Fabric-a-brac Marlborough<br />

coordinator. “We love that interior<br />

designers, upholsterers and sewing<br />

store owners also get on board<br />

donating fabulous fabric to support<br />

the event. It has also become the<br />

perfect place for family to sell or<br />

donate a loved one’s treasured<br />

collection knowing it is going to<br />

appreciative new homes. This<br />

means we have the ultimate combination<br />

of old and new treasures<br />

on offer.”<br />

Fabric-a-brac events fundraise<br />

for their local Hospice. In <strong>2024</strong><br />

the event will be held in ten locations<br />

around New Zealand. To<br />

date, the event has raised over<br />

$161,000 for Hospices across New<br />

Zealand. Fabric-a-brac Marlborough<br />

has raised over $19,000 since<br />

it started in 2021.<br />

The Fabric-a-brac Marlborough<br />

event is run and generously supported<br />

by volunteers and businesses<br />

who contribute their time and<br />

resources to help maximise the<br />

fundraising potential of the event.<br />

Connect <strong>Blenheim</strong> continue to<br />

provide the venue free of charge,<br />

Signs Now Picton is printing posters<br />

and Flooring Xtra <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

has stepped in to help sort and<br />

measure all the fabric donated to<br />

the Hospice Shop so it is ready for<br />

sale on the day. A team of volunteer<br />

bakers will also be putting on<br />

their pinnies to bake and serve at<br />

the pop-up café at the venue. This<br />

allows every dollar earned from<br />

the pop-up cafe, stallholder fees,<br />

gold coin donations, raffles and<br />

sales of fabric on the Hospice tables<br />

to go directly back to Hospice<br />

Marlborough.<br />

Hospice Marlborough welcomes<br />

the funds raised from the event.<br />

Events and Engagement Lead<br />

Leigh Somerville says with a<br />

funding shortfall of $850,000 this<br />

year, they simply couldn’t continue<br />

to provide the specialised palliative<br />

care services the region deserves,<br />

free of charge, without the generous<br />

support of our community<br />

and fundraising partners like the<br />

awesome Fabric-a-brac team.<br />

Fabric-a-brac Marlborough coordinator Tracy Johnston is collecting lots<br />

of fabric for the event at the Hospice Shop in Redwoodtown.<br />

“We truly appreciate all the hard<br />

work and effort that goes on behind<br />

the scenes, and we’re eagerly<br />

gearing up for, and looking forward<br />

to another epic Fabric-a-brac event<br />

come August,” says Leigh.<br />

Donations of fabric and sewing<br />

supplies can now be dropped off<br />

at the Hospice Shop in Redwoodtown<br />

until August 10 during their<br />

opening hours, Monday-Friday<br />

10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am<br />

to 1pm.<br />

To book a table to sell your<br />

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Band winning streak continues<br />

Aimee Moore and Robin Randall<br />

with the trophies.<br />

Just seven weeks after returning<br />

victorious from the<br />

Australian National Brass Band<br />

Championships the Marlborough<br />

District Brass Band has<br />

returned victorious from the<br />

Nelson Marlborough West Coast<br />

Brass Band Championships held<br />

in Greymouth last weekend.<br />

Marlborough’s clean sweep<br />

saw them achieve winning<br />

points in the sacred item, own<br />

choice test, and stage march<br />

competitions as well as the<br />

30 minute light entertainment<br />

competition, thus earning the<br />

Marlborough Band overall top<br />

band in the Region. Percussionist<br />

Aimee Moore was awarded<br />

Best Soloists in the Entertainment<br />

Section for her rendition<br />

of Czardas on xylophone with<br />

band accompaniment.<br />

Individual soloists also fared<br />

well against some strong competition<br />

from members of bands<br />

from Nelson, Motueka, Westport,<br />

Greymouth & Rangiora.<br />

Marlborough solo placings were:<br />

Ariel Rofe and Luke Riley<br />

taking 1st and 3rd places respectively<br />

in the 15 years & Under<br />

Air & Variation<br />

JP Moynihan and Charlie<br />

Youngman placing 1st and 2nd<br />

in the 18 years & under Air &<br />

Variation<br />

JP Moynihan and Ariel Rofe<br />

taking 2nd and 3rd places in the<br />

18 years & under Slow Melody<br />

Jack Banks and Logan Ready<br />

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Air & Variation<br />

Jack Banks, Jonty Zydenbos,<br />

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2nd & 3rd in the Intermediate<br />

Slow Melody<br />

Graham Moseley taking home<br />

3rd place in both the Premier Air<br />

& Variation and Slow Melody<br />

competitions.<br />

Tala Natapu and Robin Randall<br />

placing 1st and 2nd in 55<br />

years and Over Air & Variation<br />

and Slow Melody Competitions,<br />

with Denis Teeling also taking<br />

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Marlborough small ensembles<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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

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From the<br />

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Well, there’s no getting around it – winter is<br />

settling in. And you have probably already<br />

noticed that your Winter Energy Payment<br />

started on the 1st of May. This is a great<br />

initiative and one that I hope will survive<br />

changing governments when they come into<br />

power. We’ve reprinted (with our thanks to<br />

the Office for Seniors, MSD) a full summary<br />

of this programme.<br />

Of national interest, the Federation’s Annual<br />

General Meeting (AGM) is set for the 18th –<br />

20th of <strong>June</strong> in Wellington. This year I will<br />

be attending as Zone Director, with Graeme<br />

Faulkner and Annie Percy attending as the<br />

Marlborough delegates. There are some<br />

interesting remits being put forward which<br />

our committee have looked at and decided<br />

how we will vote. The roles of National<br />

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be voted on at this AGM. If there are any<br />

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

Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 15<br />

Grey Power<br />

Marlborough<br />

The Association for people 50+<br />

Wishing all our members a<br />

special merry Christmas<br />

and a happy new year<br />

Winter Energy Payment<br />

Phone 03 578 4950 or visit our website on<br />

www.greypowermarlborough.co.nz<br />

The Winter Energy Payment<br />

started on Wednesday 1 May. The<br />

payment is to help with the cost<br />

of keeping your home warm and<br />

dry, and other costs over winter.<br />

If you get NZ Super or Veteran’s<br />

Pension, you will be entitled to<br />

get the Winter Energy Payment<br />

all winter, from Wednesday 1<br />

May until Tuesday 1 October. The<br />

payment is made automatically,<br />

you don’t need to apply.<br />

When you received your NZ<br />

Super on Tuesday 7 May, it will<br />

have included a part Winter Energy<br />

Payment. Your first full Winter<br />

Energy Payment will have been on<br />

Tuesday 21 May.<br />

Couples and people with dependent<br />

children will get $31.82 a<br />

week. Single, and widowed, people<br />

will get $20.46 a week. Couples<br />

will receive a combined payment<br />

Advocating for people 50 +<br />

which is made to one person in the<br />

couple – unfortunately we can’t<br />

split it, but we can switch it to the<br />

other person’s account. Please get<br />

in touch if you want to do so by<br />

calling the seniors line on 0800<br />

552 002.<br />

If you are overseas<br />

If you are overseas during this<br />

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MSD if you’ll be away for more<br />

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If you get NZ Super or Veteran’s<br />

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Reprinted with our thanks and<br />

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

Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 17<br />

Farmers vs Parliament clash<br />

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Farmers and politicians clashed<br />

on the sports field recently with the<br />

fixtures drawing a huge crowd and<br />

raising a significant sum of money<br />

for charity.<br />

The rugby and netball games,<br />

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were played at the famous Ngatapa<br />

Sports Club, Gisborne, in memory<br />

of the late Parekura Horomia.<br />

“What we saw was the very best<br />

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the event’s organisers, Federated<br />

Farmers meat & wool chair Toby<br />

Williams.<br />

“The sun was shining, the whole<br />

community turned up and helped<br />

out, and we raised a huge sum of<br />

money for a great cause.”<br />

The event raised almost $300,000<br />

in cash donations, with all funds<br />

going directly to local farmers<br />

still refencing their properties and<br />

recovering from Cyclone Gabrielle.<br />

“When you combine that with the<br />

value of the tractor we gave away<br />

and vouchers for the runners-up,<br />

there’s half a million dollars going<br />

into the local farming community,”<br />

Toby says.<br />

The Federated Farmers rugby<br />

team lost 20-12 to the Parliamentary<br />

side in what was an incredibly<br />

competitive and physical game.<br />

“This wasn’t just a bunch of<br />

old boys and politicians running<br />

around the park,” Toby says.<br />

“There were definitely a few<br />

ring-ins on the Parliamentary side,<br />

with bodyguards, security officers<br />

and former professional players all<br />

lining up and running the ball hard<br />

into contact.<br />

“You’ve got to give it to the politicians<br />

though. Agriculture Minister<br />

Todd McClay is a pretty handy<br />

player in the backline, pulling off<br />

a man of the match performance.<br />

“It turns out Todd’s not just quick<br />

to cut red tape for farmers. He’s<br />

pretty quick down the right wing<br />

too. Labour MP Peeni Henare was<br />

The Federated Farmers rugby team lost 20-12 to the Parliamentary side in what was an incredibly competitive<br />

and physical game.<br />

like a rampaging bull every time he<br />

got his hands on the ball, and former<br />

Agriculture Minister Damien<br />

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breakdown.”<br />

On the netball court, Federated<br />

Farmers found more favour, pulling<br />

off an upset victory and toppling<br />

the visiting Parliamentary side<br />

33-16.<br />

The event’s other organiser, Federated<br />

Farmers board member<br />

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just what the local community<br />

needed to bring everyone together.<br />

“Some of our farming families<br />

are still really hurting after the cyclone.<br />

Across the district, farmers<br />

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of fencing left to do,” Faulkner<br />

says.<br />

“They packed their boots, left<br />

the politics in Wellington, and really<br />

showed up for our community<br />

when we needed them.”<br />

Faulkner says the event was about<br />

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“It was an opportunity to acknowledge<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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

‘Invested in future of<br />

wine industry’<br />

Bragato Research Institute and<br />

WinePro will collaborate in presenting<br />

WinePro, a new wine industry<br />

event, taking place on <strong>June</strong> 25 – 27<br />

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WinePro is a three-day showcase<br />

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This partnership aims to bring together<br />

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topics and challenges facing the New<br />

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Jeffrey Clarke CEO of BRI says<br />

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Gary FitzRoy, the organiser of<br />

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

Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 19<br />

Applications open for 2025<br />

Rabobank Grad Programme<br />

Applications for the 2025<br />

intake of the Rabobank<br />

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bank’s Country Banking<br />

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Announcing the opening<br />

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New Zealand general manager<br />

for Country Banking<br />

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officially launched its Graduate<br />

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“As a food and agri banking<br />

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continue to attract energetic<br />

and talented young people<br />

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“Alongside our client<br />

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creating more pathways<br />

for young people within the<br />

industry, and the Graduate<br />

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Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> 21<br />

THE WOODY PIG & DEER HUNT <strong>2024</strong><br />

the crowd turned out in force on <strong>Sun</strong>day for the weigh-in<br />

and prize-giving the annual Woodbourne tavern Pig & Deer<br />

Hunt <strong>2024</strong>. Marlborough turned on some great weather,<br />

perfect conditions for hunting and enjoying a well-earned<br />

cold one or three at the Woody afterwards.<br />

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Britanny Patchett with son Beau enjoy the festive atmosphere as<br />

they await the prizegiving.<br />

A massive crowd gathered in the Woodbourne Tavern car park for<br />

the for their <strong>2024</strong> Pig & Deer Hunt prizegiving.<br />

‘MC Woody’, Rowan Ingpen presides over<br />

a sea of people as he prepares to address<br />

the crowd.<br />

Marlborough Division Two Rugby.<br />

Photos: Tasman Community Rugby.<br />

Harlequins flanker Sitiveni Dakunimata (left) and Stefan Noa in action against Pelorus at<br />

Lansdowne Park recently.<br />

Rex Webster is presented with a spot prize - a day trip into the sounds for a hunt, all<br />

expenses paid - kindy donated by the team at Marlborough Solar.<br />

Students of MGC are polishing off their original compositions and prepping for the<br />

Smokefree Rock Quest. It has been 16 years since Smokefree Rock Quest was last held in<br />

Marlborough and this year it’s being held in Marlborough due to such a large number of<br />

students from MGC entering the competition. The students have been humbled by the<br />

support and kindness from their peers and teachers in the lead up to their competition.<br />

Tickets are on sale now, $15 for students and $25 for adults - Friday 14 <strong>June</strong>, 7pm.<br />

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Learning Village is a programme for MGC students who have English as a second language,<br />

or for those who have little or no English language skills. It's an accelerated learning<br />

program so that students have every opportunity to learn. From left: Bianca Schiavi,<br />

Argentina; Anna Sofia Betancur Lopez, Colombia; (Toni Brooks, teacher aide), Sara Hope Da<br />

Silva, Brazil, and Isadora De Matos Pego Ferreira, Brazil. Anna says the classes have helped<br />

her develop her English further because 'I can study in my own time and according to<br />

my level of English. We practice reading, writing and speaking through videos, activities,<br />

games and random conversations'.


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

5 minutes with...<br />

ElizabEth VawtEr<br />

Marlborough<br />

Academy of<br />

Music violin<br />

tutor<br />

• Are you a dog<br />

or cat person?<br />

I’m definitely a dog<br />

person.<br />

• My friends would<br />

say I am…<br />

That I’m a good person to talk to.<br />

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

Fake it, till you make it. One of the leading pieces of wisdom<br />

when playing the violin in the orchestra.<br />

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

A private education as an equine chiropractor.<br />

• Local coffee haunt?<br />

None – I don’t spend much time in cafes<br />

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Marlborough power<br />

bills to increase in 2025<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

Inflationary pressures could<br />

see household electricity bills in<br />

Marlborough rise by an average<br />

$15 a month next year if Commerce<br />

Commission proposed prices are<br />

confirmed.<br />

The commission regulates prices<br />

and performance standards for<br />

national grid operator Transpower<br />

and local lines companies, and has<br />

just released draft decisions for<br />

feedback.<br />

Commissioner Vhari McWha<br />

says the higher prices were necessary<br />

to fund investment in the<br />

electricity network.<br />

“We’re conscious that for consumers<br />

to get the electricity network<br />

they need, more investment<br />

is required. That’s why we’re<br />

proposing to increase the amount<br />

of revenue Transpower and local<br />

lines companies can earn.”<br />

She says some of the spending<br />

the companies wanted approved<br />

has not been allowed for, and the<br />

commission has looked to spread<br />

out other spending programmes<br />

to ease the pressure on households.<br />

“Without the commission’s proposal<br />

to slow revenue recovery,<br />

consumers could be looking at<br />

price increases of around $25 per<br />

month.”<br />

Marlborough Lines Commerical<br />

Manager Scott Wilkinson says<br />

last week’s draft price decision<br />

applies to non-exempt Electricity<br />

Distribution Business (EDBs).<br />

However, exempt EDBs tend to<br />

mirror non-exempt EDBs price<br />

increases as all EDBs are generally<br />

facing the same cost pressures.<br />

“Without increasing revenue<br />

allowances, EDBs wouldn’t be<br />

able to meet rising costs, and<br />

undertake the required investment<br />

in their networks to support decarbonisation<br />

and electrification and<br />

have a network that is resilient to<br />

natural disasters,” says Scott. (The)<br />

Commerce Commission considers<br />

EDB expenditure requirements,<br />

and decide what they think is<br />

appropriate and allowable revenue<br />

over the five year DPP (default<br />

price period). Without smoothing,<br />

it would likely result in a larger step<br />

change,” he says.<br />

Consumers in Auckland, Wellington,<br />

and at the top of the South<br />

Island would face $10 average rises,<br />

those in Christchurch, Invercargill,<br />

the lower and central North Island<br />

and the Bay of Plenty $15, and<br />

those in Otago, East Coast, South<br />

Canterbury, and Northland $20.<br />

McWha says the raises reflected<br />

the cost of borrowing, cost of materials<br />

and inflationary pressures.<br />

“It also recognises that assets built<br />

last century - many in the 1960s<br />

and 1970s - need to be maintained<br />

and replaced. Electricity networks<br />

also need to grow and adapt to<br />

meet population growth and new<br />

demands, such as the increasing<br />

electrification of transport and<br />

industrial process heat.”<br />

The draft decisions cover 16 lines<br />

companies. The others, which are<br />

community owned, are not price<br />

controlled, but McWha says they<br />

were likely to mirror the rises<br />

applied elsewhere.<br />

The regulated companies cover<br />

about 80 percent of households and<br />

the estimated price increases vary<br />

between $10 and $20 a month in<br />

the first year, with further rises in<br />

subsequent years.<br />

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

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An amazing card from my friend on my birthday that was<br />

very special.<br />

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

Flying U Ranch in Canada, nothing can beat getting chucked<br />

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• Favourite programme or series currently<br />

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I just rewatched some of the Hunger Games and those are<br />

always fabulous.<br />

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

I really want to make a living as an equine massage therapist<br />

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Marlborough Lines Commercial Manager Scott Wilkinson says without increasing revenue allowances,<br />

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Tax Cuts<br />

The new coalition has been getting a bit of<br />

a bashing on social media etc, but I for one<br />

would like to see what the next twelve months<br />

bring. God willing, with no natural disasters, I<br />

reckon we’ll be in a better place than we are<br />

now. Tax cuts will help - a very sensible budget<br />

will do the rest. When they fix this country,<br />

the Greens and their mates will have to find<br />

something else to bleat about.<br />

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

Keep up the great work. This paper continues<br />

to grow and keep our community informed<br />

and alive.<br />

Simple<br />

Winter is often the grumpy season. Have some<br />

thought for others. Often struggling with<br />

things we know nothing about.<br />

A smile or compliment can brighten someone’s<br />

day so much.<br />

Roads<br />

Terrible car accident up north. 5 people gone<br />

in a blink. Take care people, cars and roads can<br />

be lethal. Not always our friend.<br />

RIP to those people.<br />

Corporate greed<br />

I’m getting tired of hearing about record<br />

profits made by banks, power companies,<br />

supermarkets during a recession and the<br />

worst cost of living crisis we’ve seen in a while.<br />

Where’s their social conscience?<br />

They should be made to tighten their belts<br />

like the rest of us.<br />

Flying<br />

With all this sudden news of flights experiencing<br />

bad turbulence does anyone have<br />

any remedies for anxious flyers? Or meds that<br />

actually work?<br />

txt talk with The <strong>Sun</strong><br />

New Roundabout<br />

Wow can’t believe it, the new roundabout that no one wanted<br />

already has pot holes in it and it’s only being 3 to 4 weeks fully<br />

operational<br />

Why Keep it Secret<br />

I’ve just attended the Why Keep it Secret<br />

seminar. Thank you MDC and Grey Power. So<br />

very informative, and interesting. Thank you<br />

also to the speakers who were there. You’ve<br />

sparked some discussions at our place!<br />

To Wave Or Not?<br />

Some food for thought for Paywave/Tap ‘n Go<br />

users. The associated charges are in the criminal<br />

category & worse, where these charges<br />

are ‘absorbed’ by retailers, such charges are<br />

passed back to ALL consumers by increasing<br />

product prices.<br />

And of course, there’s the hassle associated<br />

with the loss/theft of Paywave Activated cards.<br />

The simple solution - de-activate/don’t use the<br />

paywave facility and simply take one second<br />

to enter the PIN.<br />

Lack in good<br />

Just thinking to myself when I read NZ news<br />

on the Herald and Stuff, there’s very little ‘good<br />

news’. Sad state of affairs or do they just like<br />

the sensationalism?<br />

Charities<br />

I don’t mind giving to charity, and I often do.<br />

But I do object to being accosted as I enter<br />

the supermarket. It seems these days that<br />

charities are using highly trained sales teams<br />

who must surely be on a commission, such<br />

is their determination to extract your hard<br />

earned money from you. If you break stride as<br />

they step out from behind their little table and<br />

into your path, you are done for. Out comes<br />

the iPad and the sales spiel. Before long you’re<br />

being shoe-horned into a monthly payment<br />

plan for goodness sake!<br />

This not only turns me completely off that<br />

charity, but also the supermarket. I don’t mind<br />

the ones who simply greet me, I’ll put my hand<br />

in my pocket for them. But these highly trained<br />

sharks that are employed these days.........one<br />

was still yelling at me as I went through the<br />

second set of doors automatic doors today.<br />

He actually said, and I quote, “I’ll get you on<br />

the way out!”<br />

No thank you!<br />

Got an important issue to share with Marlborough?<br />

Text your thoughts to 027 242 5266<br />

To replies re tailgaters<br />

The Road Code advises you must be able to<br />

stop in half the clear distance ahead. One of<br />

the most common vehicle crashes, is a nose to<br />

tail. On the open road when doing the speed<br />

limit allow 5 or 6 car lengths to the vehicle in<br />

front. Then if that vehicle stops or slows you<br />

have ample reaction time to avoid a collision.<br />

Paper bags<br />

I know the reasoning behind using paper<br />

bags over plastic but oh I miss them. So much<br />

easier to use and to dispose of. Some of these<br />

paper bags don’t even last the distance home,<br />

particularly where groceries are concerned.<br />

Monocultures<br />

Tony Orman is dead right and our district<br />

planners need to take heed.<br />

White Heron<br />

‘Rare visitor’ indeed. We live at Rarangi and<br />

have spotted a white heron a couple of times<br />

recently. Must be seasonal or migratory. Such<br />

a beautiful majestic bird, especially when<br />

they take flight. So much strength and lift in<br />

those wings.<br />

CBD<br />

Redwoodtown hub this is a great busy little<br />

precinct. Just hope the CBD can stay alive and<br />

thriving too.<br />

Crossings<br />

Why do people just step out without looking,<br />

like they’re bullet proof. Nearly bowled someone’s<br />

child who ran out. Came out of nowhere.<br />

I wasn’t moving very fast but still screeched to<br />

a halt. The mother rushed across after the child<br />

giving me the death stare! Not my fault lady.<br />

Brunch at Raupo<br />

Consistently great. Went in <strong>Sun</strong>day. They were<br />

busy. But the service was top notch, and the<br />

food was just as good as always. The only place<br />

that does Eggs Benedict with cubes of salmon<br />

filet, lightly pan fried. Not cold slimy pieces of<br />

smoked salmon like most other places.<br />

Talk of the week<br />

Pig & Deer Hunt<br />

Wow!! What an amazing event<br />

this year. It’s usually awesome<br />

but this year was next level.<br />

Well done to all the hunters,<br />

and well done to our beloved<br />

Woody team,<br />

You guys rock!<br />

MAD off to Worlds<br />

Well done Immy, Sam, Icey,<br />

and Filimoe’ulie! I’m sure you’ll<br />

do Marlborough and New<br />

Zealand proud!<br />

Many thanks<br />

To all who helped when my<br />

husband collapsed in Charcoal<br />

on Friday night. He is out of<br />

hospital and well.<br />

Many Thanks.<br />

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Unions reject governance change<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

Provincial Unions rejected New<br />

Zealand Rugby’s governance<br />

change proposal last Thursday voting<br />

for a second proposal, backed<br />

by a group of PUs, instead.<br />

NZR’s voting members, the 26<br />

Provincial Unions and the New<br />

Zealand Māori Rugby Board, were<br />

asked to vote on two proposals.<br />

Proposal one, which was backed<br />

by the NZR board and essentially<br />

adopted all the recommendations<br />

from last year’s independent governance<br />

review, failed to get the two<br />

thirds majority vote required, with<br />

31 votes for and 59 against.<br />

Proposal 2, which was put forward<br />

by a group of provincial unions and<br />

would guarantee provincial union<br />

representation on the NZR board,<br />

also failed to get the 67 percent<br />

majority it needed with 69 votes for<br />

and 21 against.<br />

So for now the status quo essentially<br />

remains.<br />

However, the politicking is likely<br />

to continue for the next couple of<br />

months ahead of the NZR annual<br />

general meeting on 26 July, when<br />

the matter will be voted on again.<br />

The Chairman of the Tasman<br />

Rugby Union Baz Henare was<br />

approached by the <strong>Blenheim</strong> <strong>Sun</strong><br />

Newspaper for comment. However,<br />

deadline commitments didn’t allow<br />

for Baz to comment for this edition.<br />

In May, New Zealand Rugby put<br />

forward Proposal 1 to be voted on.<br />

Proposal 1 essentially adopted the<br />

recommendations from last year’s<br />

independent Governance Review,<br />

led by David Pilkington and known<br />

as the “Pilkington Report”.<br />

Under the plan the current NZR<br />

board would be replaced by an<br />

independent board of nine members<br />

to be selected by an independent<br />

expert appointments panel.<br />

This was a major backdown from<br />

NZR’s initial proposal put forward<br />

in March.<br />

New Zealand Rugby Players Association<br />

(NZRPA) chief executive<br />

Rob Nichol at the time said the<br />

new direction was “excellent and<br />

outstanding, hopefully the game<br />

can get in behind it”.<br />

The NZRPA originally commissioned<br />

the Pilkington Report,<br />

which found NZR’s current governance<br />

model was “not fit for purpose<br />

in the modern era”.<br />

At present, the board is made up<br />

of nine members, three of whom are<br />

elected, three appointed, and three<br />

nominated. One of the members<br />

is automatically appointed as the<br />

NZR representative on the New<br />

ALL ABOUT THE GAME: Rowena Duncum, spokesperson for the unions behind the second proposal, says<br />

the new system would ensure a modern and independent Board, which has experience and empathy for<br />

the 150,000 people who play and run the game across the country. She says everyone who cared about<br />

community rugby would commit to the democratically chosen proposal.<br />

Zealand Māori Rugby Board.<br />

Aside from the main concession<br />

in the board reapplying, NZR’s new<br />

proposal will establish an initial<br />

Appointments Panel. The panel will<br />

either confirm board members for<br />

the balance of their terms or consider<br />

them against other possible<br />

candidates.<br />

Proposal 1 was up against another<br />

proposal (proposal 2) put together<br />

by a group of Provincial Unions<br />

(PUs) including Wellington, Auckland,<br />

Canterbury, Hawkes Bay,<br />

Bay of Plenty, North Harbour and<br />

Northland.<br />

Proposal 2 essentially guarantees<br />

Provincial Union on the NZR board<br />

by demanding three of the nine<br />

directors have previous experience<br />

on a provincial union board.<br />

The majority of the NZR board,<br />

the Super Rugby franchises, the<br />

New Zealand Maori Rugby Board,<br />

the NZRPA and some provincial<br />

unions are expected to vote for an<br />

independent board.<br />

However, before today’s vote,<br />

David Pilkington, the chair of the<br />

review panel, wasn’t confident<br />

proposal 1 would win out, believing<br />

it would be scuppered by the PUs<br />

who wanted to retain the status quo.<br />

‘Someone with<br />

intestinal fortitude’<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

Public submissions to the MDC<br />

Long Term Plan <strong>2024</strong> – 2034 closed<br />

on May 13 with 350 submissions<br />

received. One of them wasn’t from<br />

Phil Welch.<br />

However, the Witherlea resident<br />

submitted his own proposals about<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong>, ‘a year ago’ and believes<br />

his ideas proposed to the Marlborough<br />

District Council could be seen<br />

to be ‘reasonably substantial’.<br />

One proposal was on Pollard Park,<br />

‘a wonderful asset for <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

residents and a jewel in our crown’.<br />

Phil suggested there should be large<br />

promotional signage on Nelson<br />

Street (initially off Grove Road/SH1<br />

and at the Middle Renwick Road end<br />

by Boyce Street).<br />

“We know it’s there, yet visitors<br />

never get to see it,” he says. “Many<br />

small to medium towns have parks<br />

and seating readily available as<br />

travellers cruise the country, such as<br />

Amberley, Cheviot and Geraldine.<br />

We have a minuscule sign on Nelson<br />

Street which many would miss, thus<br />

missing a premium local attraction.”<br />

Phil says another proposal was the<br />

High Street Bridge and the west end<br />

of High Street being an ‘absolute<br />

eye-sore’, and as an entrance to the<br />

CBD from Springlands, embarrassing.<br />

“With rickety wooden framework it<br />

should be removed. There’s unpainted<br />

fences and ugly concrete which<br />

has been left to deteriorate,” he says.<br />

“I received and appreciated a<br />

reply from the Mayor indicating it<br />

would be on the agenda for 2028<br />

but that was then five years away<br />

and, accepting there would have to<br />

be a relatively minor traffic inconvenience,<br />

a quick fix would not have<br />

been difficult in the interim.”<br />

From an aesthetic/foot traffic lens,<br />

Phil says given the shift by many<br />

CBD businesses to Westwood in<br />

recent times and the ‘potential<br />

depletion of foot-traffic as a result’,<br />

there is an opportunity to create<br />

a town centre vibrancy or serious<br />

consideration to converting Market<br />

Street to foot traffic only, with the<br />

exception of vehicle deliveries and<br />

emergency vehicles when required.<br />

“Having said this, we have to accept<br />

that Councillors are merely the<br />

elected representatives and not the<br />

‘doers’,” he says. “They can come up<br />

with ideas, or show support for what<br />

others may consider worthwhile, but<br />

everything costs money and we all<br />

know that the major decisions and<br />

the workings of Council come not<br />

from Councillors but from behind<br />

closed doors by those employed - not<br />

elected - to call the shots.”<br />

Mayor Taylor says it’s great to see<br />

such strong interest in the future of<br />

Marlborough and added she ‘looked<br />

forward to the public hearings and<br />

robust discussions with councillors’<br />

before deciding on final recommendations.<br />

LTP hearings are timetabled for<br />

<strong>June</strong> 10 - 21 with councillors considering<br />

submissions in the week<br />

beginning <strong>June</strong> 24.<br />

‘A sanctuary where<br />

people feel at ease’<br />

By Chris Valli<br />

Wairau Hospital’s Paediatric<br />

Department has been given a<br />

splash of colour, brightening<br />

visits for children.<br />

Vibrant wall decals inspired<br />

by flora and fauna, story books,<br />

colouring books and wildlife<br />

posters are now in place thanks<br />

to a ‘Pain Reduction through<br />

Distraction’ project.<br />

The project aims to alleviate<br />

stress often felt by children<br />

and their whānau in hospital<br />

environments and provides a<br />

distraction as they wait for and<br />

receive treatment.<br />

Donna Addidle, Service Manager<br />

ED, Ortho and RMO, led<br />

the project and says it has already<br />

made a difference: “The department<br />

has been brought to life,<br />

and is now a sanctuary where<br />

people can feel at ease, often at a<br />

difficult time.<br />

“Support from The Care Foundation<br />

and our community helped<br />

to make this project possible.”<br />

Decal designs highlight local<br />

mountains, forests, plains and<br />

coastal landscapes, creating a<br />

calm and soothing environment,<br />

and creatures such as geckos,<br />

king shags, giant land snails<br />

and great spotted kiwis appear<br />

throughout story books and play<br />

activities.<br />

As part of the project, paediatric<br />

areas in the emergency department<br />

and radiology department<br />

at Wairau Hospital, and inpatient<br />

and outpatient departments at<br />

Nelson Hospital will also be<br />

enhanced with decals, creating<br />

connection between paediatric<br />

services across the region.<br />

If <strong>Sun</strong> readers would like to<br />

support the project, visit thecarefoundation.org.nz/<br />

to make<br />

a donation.<br />

Vibrant wall decals inspired by New Zealand’s flora and fauna are now in place at Wairau Hospital’s<br />

Paediatric Department thanks to a ‘Pain Reduction through Distraction’ project.


26 Wednesday <strong>June</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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

CLARKE: Raymond Jason (Jason) On<br />

27 May <strong>2024</strong> at Wairau Hospital, aged 53<br />

years. Loved Dad of Celiece (Christchurch)<br />

and Laurence (Auckland). Loved Poppa of<br />

Talan and Carys. Brother of Arthur, Roy,<br />

Reg, Dayna, Tegan and Alfred. Messages<br />

to c/- PO Box 9 <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7201 or www.<br />

cloudybayfunerals.co.nz In accordance with<br />

Jason’s wishes a private cremation has taken<br />

place.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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HALLIDAY: Raymond Harvey At home<br />

Saturday <strong>June</strong> 1st, <strong>2024</strong> Beloved husband<br />

of Ardell, loved father & father in law of<br />

Rachel & Richard Marfell, Benedict & Lisa<br />

Halliday, the late Philip Halliday. Loved<br />

grandfather of Samantha Marfell, Hugh<br />

Marfell, John Cook, Mary Halliday Cook,<br />

Kate Halliday, James Halliday Great grandfather<br />

of Isaiah and Charlie Cook. Messages<br />

to 130 Dog Point Road, <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7272. A<br />

Funeral Service for Raymond will be held at<br />

St Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road<br />

on Friday 7 <strong>June</strong> at 11.00am followed by<br />

interment at the Fairhall Cemetery. The service<br />

will be livestreamed and can be viewed<br />

on the Cloudy Bay Funeral Services website<br />

www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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

TAU’ALUPE, Lisa Gemma (née Sanft):<br />

Passed away on <strong>Sun</strong>day May 26, <strong>2024</strong>, at her<br />

home. Aged 37 years. Much loved daughter<br />

of Sue and Paul, and loved step-daughter of<br />

Jo. Loved sister of Mark and Minnie, Kelly<br />

and Aaron. Naughty but loved granddaughter<br />

of Nana BB. A special friend to Nicole.<br />

Mum to her beloved dog, Tank. Messages<br />

may be sent to the Sanft Family, 8 Gibbons<br />

Place, Grovetown, <strong>Blenheim</strong> 7202. In lieu<br />

of flowers a donation to Marlborough Four<br />

Paws would be kindly appreciated and may<br />

be made to a/c 02-<strong>06</strong>00-0312016-000 Ref.<br />

TAU’ALUPE. In accordance with Lisa’s<br />

wishes a private celebration of her life has<br />

been held.<br />

T: 03 578 4719<br />

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

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

MORGAN: Garry Stephen On 31 May<br />

<strong>2024</strong>, peacefully at home with family at his<br />

side, aged 67 years. Dearly loved husband of<br />

Kristine and a loved father and father-in-law<br />

of Peter and Caitlyn (Sydney) and Tim and<br />

Emma (Cundletown NSW). A loved stepfather<br />

and father-in-law of Tristan and Annette<br />

Ward (Sydney); Aaron and Sacha Ward<br />

(Nelson); and Matt and Yohanna Ward; and<br />

an adored Grandad. A loved brother of Dennis<br />

(West Coast) and brother-in-law of Ross<br />

and Susan (Christchurch); Barry and Linda<br />

(Matamata); Rob (Ashburton); Jane and<br />

Jim (Nelson). Messages to 6 Boyce Street,<br />

Renwick 7204. In lieu of flowers, a donation<br />

to the Marlborough Hospice (Acc. No.<br />

03 1369 036520700 Ref: Morgan) would be<br />

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

Our heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at<br />

the Marlborough Hospice, Dr Laura Steen<br />

and the Oncology team. A celebration of<br />

Garry’s life will be held at the Springlands<br />

Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15<br />

Boyce Street on Friday 7 <strong>June</strong> at 2.00pm<br />

followed by private cremation. The service<br />

will be livestreamed and can be viewed on<br />

the Cloudy Bay Funeral Services website<br />

www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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Death notices<br />

TANTRUM: John Stuart On 31 May <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

at Ashwood Park Retirement Village, aged<br />

90 years. Dearly loved husband of Brenda<br />

Oldfield and formerly the late Helen Tantrum.<br />

A loved father, grandfather and great<br />

grandfather. Messages to 6C Adams Lane<br />

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

co.nz In accordance with John’s wishes, a<br />

private cremation will take place.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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TABER: GARY “GDOG” Aged 65, passed<br />

away on Wednesday May 29, <strong>2024</strong>, at<br />

Wairau Hospital, due to a stroke. Adored<br />

husband of Eileen and the loved brother of<br />

Marina and brother-in -law and sister-inlaw<br />

Bryan and Linda and brother-in -laws<br />

Danny, Michael, and Charles. Beloved uncle<br />

of his nieces Nikki and Laura and great<br />

nephews Beauden and Harry and great niece<br />

Esmay and nieces Janine, Adele and nephews<br />

Lee, CJ, Rory, Andrew and Daniel.<br />

Messages to the Taber family c/- PO Box 9<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong> 7240 or www.cloudybayfunerals.<br />

co.nz In lieu of flowers, a donation to Life<br />

Flight Trust (Acc. No. 03 0578 0048481 08<br />

Ref: Taber) or NZ Flying Doctors ( Acc. No.<br />

03 1702 0403570 00 Ref: Taber) would be<br />

gratefully appreciated or may be made at the<br />

service. A service to celebrate Gary’s life<br />

has been held. The service was recorded and<br />

details may be accessed on the Cloudy Bay<br />

Funeral Services Website.<br />

Cloudy Bay Funerals<br />

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Acknowledgements<br />

MCGIRR; Annette Mary John, Catherine,<br />

Philippa, Kelvin, Angus and families would<br />

like to thank everyone for their Love, Kindness<br />

and Support, during Annette’s long illness<br />

and recent passing. It has been a great<br />

comfort to us all. Please accept this as a personal<br />

Thank you.<br />

Community Notices<br />

The Marriage Course<br />

7 sessions to strengthen your relationship.<br />

Nativity Hall, Wednesday 12 <strong>June</strong> @ 7pm.<br />

Contact Nicci 02102572940 or onexy4xx@<br />

xtra.co.nz<br />

Public Notices<br />

AGM<br />

Queen Charlotte Yacht Club<br />

<strong>Sun</strong>day 16th <strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong>, 1pm<br />

For further information please<br />

go to www.qcyc.org.nz/about-1/<br />

governance-policies<br />

All apologies to the Secretary<br />

Alzheimers Society<br />

Marlborough<br />

AGM<br />

Monday 17 th <strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

5.30pm for light refreshments<br />

with AGM starting at 6.30pm<br />

8 Wither Road, <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

Phone 03 577 6172<br />

ROBERTS: Elizabeth Jill (Jill) On 1 <strong>June</strong><br />

<strong>2024</strong>, peacefully at Ashwood Park Retirement<br />

Village, aged 88 years. Dearly loved<br />

wife of the late David and a much loved<br />

mother and mother-in-law of Hilary and<br />

Robert Drew (Bermagui, Australia); Cathi<br />

Roberts and Mark Black; Jonathan and<br />

Cathy. Messages to c/- PO Box 9 <strong>Blenheim</strong><br />

7240 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz<br />

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Ashwood Park<br />

for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, a<br />

donation to Alzheimers Marlborough (Acc.<br />

No. 02 <strong>06</strong>00 0112284 00 Ref: Roberts)<br />

would be appreciated or may be made at the<br />

service. A celebration of Jill’s life will be<br />

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

Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street on Thursday<br />

6 <strong>June</strong> at 1.30pm followed by private<br />

cremation. The service will be livestreamed<br />

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

Services website.<br />

txt<br />

talk<br />

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Ryan<br />

Lawnmowing<br />

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

Renwick<br />

Picton<br />

Phone/Txt<br />

022 322 6515<br />

Text your<br />

thoughts to:<br />

027 242 5266<br />

In Memoriam<br />

CATTERMOLE: Michelle Amelia,<br />

14.05.63 - 07.<strong>06</strong>.96 There are no tomorrows<br />

for us to share but yesterday’s memories will<br />

always be there. Remembered with love today,<br />

tomorrow and tomorrow. Mom, Dad,<br />

Debra, Yvette, Damian and families.<br />

Watt, Edith Annie<br />

(Ward) <strong>06</strong>.<strong>06</strong>.2004<br />

Watt, Stanley John<br />

(Builder)<br />

(Picton) 25.11.2020<br />

Watt,<br />

(IRD)<br />

Wairau Bar<br />

(<strong>Blenheim</strong>)<br />

Allison Stanley<br />

(Ally) (21 yrs)<br />

21.12.1982<br />

Loved to bet on the horses,<br />

the TAB or on the course<br />

the trotts, the gallops<br />

Kaikoura, Addington, Riccarton<br />

Reefton, Richmond, Nelson,<br />

BM/Marlborough<br />

Remembering<br />

Eddie & George Landon-Lane<br />

Onamalutu Domain<br />

&<br />

Jim Athelston<br />

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

Love Christine<br />

For Sale<br />

Firewood 2.5m3 farm mix: old man pine,<br />

gum, macrocarpa, oak $250. Delivered in<br />

<strong>Blenheim</strong>. 027 597 0492.<br />

Public Notices<br />

For Sale<br />

Pine, 3cu/m $230 Macro 3 cu/m $280. No<br />

texting, no computers. 0273267416<br />

6 cubic meters dry firewood. buyer to collect<br />

$400 0275166335<br />

Beautiful<br />

lawns and<br />

gardens<br />

By your<br />

local<br />

expert.<br />

• Residential mowing<br />

• commeRcial mowing<br />

• Ride on mowing<br />

• hedges & PRuning<br />

Public Notices<br />

Clothing Alterations:<br />

by Lynette<br />

Atkinson-Parker<br />

For your sewing requirements<br />

Phone 03 578 1010<br />

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Quality Service Guaranteed<br />

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• gaRdening / sPRaying<br />

• section clean-uPs<br />

• Rubbish Removal<br />

• gutteR cleaning<br />

Franchises<br />

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REDWOODTOWN SCHOOL<br />

GARAGE SALE<br />

Saturday 8th <strong>June</strong><br />

8am - 12pm<br />

Sausage Sizzle | Raffles | Lucky Wheel<br />

Paper Plane Competition | Plants & Baking<br />

Fundraising to support our schools tamariki<br />

Redwoodtown School Hall, 90 Cleghorn Street<br />

Get yourself a bargain!<br />

Redwoodtown School<br />

parent group<br />

<strong>Sun</strong> Babies<br />

Vadillo NaVarro: Mila<br />

Born May 16, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Weight 3.48kg<br />

Hospital Wairau<br />

Andrea and Santiago are proud to announce<br />

the arrival of Mila Vadillo Navarro on 16 May<br />

<strong>2024</strong> at 3.41pm, weighing 3.48kg.<br />

Thank you to midwifes Amy and Sue at<br />

Wairau hospital and all the maternity ward!


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