Paula Hulburt

Paula Hulburt

Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help and collect donations. Photo: Supplied.

Fashion show a runway success

Volunteer models strutting their stuff on the runway have helped boost funds for Marlborough Red Cross.

The fashion show, Red Cross Crosses the Runway, kept audiences entertained at Marlborough Public House last week.

And the amount raised is record for the event with a total of almost $5000.

Now in its fifth year, the popular fashion show is one of the charity’s three main fundraiser events held throughout the year, alongside their annual ANZAC Day/Marlborough Golf Club tournament and Red Rose day in October.

A model gets into the spirit of the event. Photo: Adena Teka.
A model gets into the spirit of the event. Photo: Adena Teka.

Red Cross spokeswoman Lorna Whitehead says some members of the public may not realise the varied role the organisation has across the community.

Emergency and disaster response, the delivery of meals on wheels, community transport vehicles, taking community garden produce to The Food Bank and Johns Kitchen, first aid training, and youth support are some of the tasks they undertake, she says.

Community support is important and seeing so many people at the fashion show was a real boost, Lorna says.

“We are delighted with the wonderful support for our female models from Shizazz Fashion on Queen Street and Hallenstein Brothers for our male models.

“Many Local businesses have given their support for this fundraising function,” she says.

ZIP’s Al Bramley and principal engineer John Wilks installing a prototype automated detection device for rats. Photo: Rory Harnden/Ink Digital.

Experts to help train trappers

Reinforcements have been called in to help slash Marlborough’s pest population.

Department of Conservation (DOC) staff have organised experts to hold a Top of the South trapping workshop.

The workshop, held in Picton on 22 September, will highlight a range of topics from new techniques to pest behaviour.

There will also be a chance for people to get some hands-on experience.

DOC ranger Wendy Sullivan says the workshops are geared towards all levels of trappers.

“Whether you are part of a community group, run your own trapline or have a trap in your garden, you will go away with a better understanding of pest behaviour, best practice trapping techniques and monitoring success,” she says.

Alongside Picton Dawn Chorus and Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, DOC have arranged for special speakers.

Zero Invasion Predators (ZIP) operations director Duncan Kay is involved with research and development into trapping tools and techniques.

“Their approach to research and predator control is challenging our current mindset and helping grow our predator control ‘toolbox’ unlike we have seen before,” says Wendy.

Participants then have the choice of attending one of two sessions.

The back to basics session will cover how to trap to successfully.

This will be followed by a hands-on round-robin session on rat/mustelid identification, calibration and maintenance of traps, and an in-depth look at using ‘DOC series’ and ‘Good Nature’ traps.

The second session is geared towards community groups and larger trapping programmes.

DOC expert Phil Clerke will join Wildlife Management International Ltd’s Nikki McArthur to share tips on how to set up an effective monitoring regime.

“There will be an optional afternoon field trip to Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary for workshop participants.

With over 70 volunteers and 250 members, Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary is a great example of seeing community conservation in action,” Wendy says.

Boat transport is subsidised at $10 per person. Bookings for both the workshop and optional field trip are essential.

Please RSVP to Wendy at [email protected] by 18 September.

Steve Badham has big plans for his new restaurant and café. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

New restaurant ready for lift off

An aviation-themed restaurant that faced a few turbulent few years has been bought by new owners.

The former Argosy Restaurant building in Woodbourne will become The Runway and feature an aviation-themed café and a separate restaurant open in the evening.

New owners Steve Badham and partner Lisa Stove hope to open the doors to the new-look business in October.

“I’m moderately excited but a bit anxious too. I love to cook and many of my clients are in the hospitality industry, but I’ve never run a restaurant before.

“I’ve driven past the building every week for 20 years going to and from Nelson.

“I never thought I’d own it,” he says.

The businessman who runs his own commercial IT solutions company says the restaurant will feature mainly Indian and European cuisine.

He would also like to make the most of the Argosy ZK-SAE, owned by Paul Davidson, which sits next door.

“Later on, we intend to landscape a garden area under the plane for outside dining.

“It would be good to make it more of a feature,” he says.

The Argosy ZK-SAE, once owned by Safe Air, carried both travellers and freight.

It hit headlines all over the world in 1978 after two pilots reported they were followed by unidentified flying objects as they flew of the Kaikoura coast.

Steve says while the café and small convenience store he hopes to install alongside would take on an aviation theme, the newly renovated restaurant would not.

“It will have an ancient temple theme and will feature art and antique furniture.

“This may well be for sale, but I’m still trying to piece it all together at this point and am not ruling anything out at this stage.”

The former boat builder has used his skills to do a lot of the renovation work himself, including the new curved counters.

“I want every car that goes past to soon have a reason to stop and come in,” he says.

“I always swore I’d never want to go into a kitchen, but I have a passion for food and couldn’t let the opportunity pass.”

Marlborough Boys' College head boy Ben Alexander with principal Wayne Hegarty. Photo: Supplied.

End of an era

The principal of Marlborough Boys’ College has resigned and will be gone from the top job by the end of the year.

Wayne Hegarty revealed he will be retiring as principal at the end of December.

The move comes in the wake of a challenging few months at the Blenheim college after allegations of sexual abuse involving a teacher.

The Board of Trustees received his resignation on Sunday evening.

A letter sent out to all parents of students at the college yesterday at noon.

Board chairman Sturrock Saunders says Wayne has “contributed significantly” to the college during his ten years as principal.

“His strength and compassion has also been evident over the past few months while the school has navigated a considerable challenge and it is a testament to Wayne, his senior leadership team and staff that the school has continued providing a very high quality of education in a supportive and settled environment.

“Wayne’s focus has always been the boys and providing them with the very best learning and teaching opportunities to enable them to be the best they can be,” he says.

Marlborough Boys’ College came under public scrutiny earlier this year as allegations hit headlines around New Zealand and overseas.

Wayne and the board of Trustees worked hard to keep disruption to a minimum, Sturrock says.

The former Rangiora High School deputy principal began at the college in February 2010.

He will stay on at the school in a support capacity, undertaking tasks such as start-of-year compliance reporting and planning and continued co-location project work.

Wayne and his wife Joan, a registered nurse, moved to Blenheim in 2011.

“Wayne is a devoted family man and is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, children and grandchildren without the responsibilities that the principal role brings with it.

“We are very pleased to confirm that Wayne will maintain strong connections with Marlborough Boys’ College,” Sturrock says.

With an arts degree from the University of Canterbury, Wayne’s first job was at Hornby High in Christchurch where he spent 13 years.

The Board of Trustees hope to appoint a new principal to start at the beginning of the new year and will shortly begin the selection process

A formal celebration to mark Wayne’s retirement, marking a career that spans almost four decades, will be held later this year, Sturrock says.

“We are also working through the arrangements to celebrate Wayne and his wonderful contributions to Marlborough Boys’ College.

His formal retirement celebration to be held later this year, but further details will be shared once these are decided.

“In the meantime, the school’s focus continues to be on teaching and learning and ensuring that our students are as prepared as possible for their upcoming assessments and examinations.”

A woman is due to appear in Blenheim court charged with unlawful sexual connection on 23 September.

Foster Hope coordinator Leonie McLachlan is grateful for all the donations the charity receives. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

Crowded house a problem for pyjama charity

A charity bid to help provide pyjamas to children in foster care needs to upsize its storage in a bid to cope with demand.

Foster Hope Marlborough urgently needs a new storage shed as kind-hearted Marlburians gift goodies to the charity.

The popular initiative stores and sorts donations of pyjamas, clothes, toys and other gifts from across the Top of the South

But local Foster Hope coordinator Leonie McLachlan is running out of room.

“This is such an amazing, giving community and this is a fabulous problem to have,” she says.

The Blenheim mum of four, who has been a foster parent for 22 years, has boxes of donations in her living room and in storage sheds in the garden.

Foster Hope arranged for a shed to be installed but it only holds a fraction of the donations.

With the need for help high, Leonie hopes someone may be able to help in some way- through supplying a shed or sleep out, helping to build it or supplying the materials needed.

Gifts come into Blenheim from across Marlborough and the Nelson Tasman areas before being distributed back to both regions.

The charity also provides help to children under the care of Oranga Tamariki and The Open Home Foundation.

“I have also provided clothing and pyjamas through the hospital social workers both here and in Nelson as well as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Fostering Kids and pyjamas to the Woman’s Refuge,” says Leonie.

“I need something here on my property rather than a storage unit as I sort out the donations once the kids are in bed. It’s a big job.

“Ideally it needs to be lined and insulated so the clothes don’t go mouldy or get damp.”

Building regulations means the maximum size must not be bigger than 10 metres square.

As a registered charity, Foster Hope can provide a receipt for any donations.

“I absolutely love what I do, I just love it and any help would be much appreciated,” Leonie says.

To contact Foster Hope, email [email protected]

From left, Sue Haile, Gaylene Askin, Liya Joseph, Donna Kreft and Raelene Rainbird in India. Photo: Supplied.

From Picton to India with love

Colleagues of a Picton nurse have shown how much their friendship means after travelling almost 24,000 kms to attend her wedding.

Registered nurse Liya Joseph counts her workmates at Seaview Rest Home among her best friends.

But while she longed for them to be there when she tied the knot with husband Ronald Saju, she never dreamt that could come.

Seven Kiwis joined Liya’s lavish wedding party in Kerala in South India as the happy couple said “I do” in front of 1300 guests.

For Liya, it was a touching tribute.

“We never thought that they might actually be able to come. It was very special for us,”

“Picton feels like home to us and these people are like our family,” she says.

Liya and Ronald met while studying in India and were firm friends before they started dating.

“It was not an arranged marriage, it was a love marriage and our parents want it in traditional way,” Liya says.

Seaview Rest Home owners Donna and Jake Kreft chose Liya for her role from 35 other applicants.

Two years on and the decision has changed all their lives.

“It was such a privilege and we were absolutely touched to be asked.

“Liya and Ronald and their families were so wonderful and good to us and the whole trip had brought a lot of happiness,” Donna says.

Picton guests Bill and Raelene Rainbird, Gaylene and John Askin, Donna and Jake Kreft and Sue Haile spent two weeks in India.

They were invited to all the pre-wedding functions, dances and dinners and even to join the newlyweds on their honeymoon.

The women were measured for saris and the men donned traditional dress too.

Donna says the bride and groom organized everything for them.

“We are so full of all and privilege to have been there,” she says.

Dealing with 41-degree centigrade heat proved a trial for all but the visitors were determined to have a wonderful time.

“There were lots of tears of happiness when Liya got married,” says Donna.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett opened the Seddon water treatment plant in March. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

Tap water woes over

After decades of boiling water households in Seddon have been given the go ahead to drink straight from the tap.

Residents have been given the all clear to stop boiling their drinking water, unless they’re making a cuppa.

The milestone move comes after the opening of a multi-million-dollar water treatment plant in April.

Marlborough District Council bosses yesterday revealed they had finally been given the all-clear from the Ministry of Health.

Council Chief Executive Mark Wheeler said this was a monumental milestone.

“Being able to turn on the tap and fill up a glass of water that’s safe to drink is something this community has been waiting a very long time for.

“Today, that day has finally come,” he says.

“I’d like to thank all of those involved in the treatment plant project over the years, particularly the Awatere Seddon Water Group, who worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition.

“Council’s water engineering team – Stephen Rooney, Stuart Donaldson, Mark Power, Erica Hobbs, and Robin Millard, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board staff, along with many others who put in the hard yards to deliver a world-class, modern water treatment facility.

“It’s great to see the community of Seddon benefitting as a result of everyone working together in a spirit of cooperation.”

Efforts to provide safe drinking water from the tap in Seddon have been underway since at least 1975.

From the outset, council and residents had to wrestle with the cost of modern water treatment for a small community.

Awatere Seddon Water Group secretary Liz Cleaver says the move is one more step on the road to recovery for the township.

“… our wee town is well on the way to recovery after the destructive earthquakes of recent years.”

Drinking Water Assessor for Nelson Marlborough Health David Speedy, acknowledged the huge effort put in by water treatment staff and technical advisors to collect and present the compliance information.

“The Council and community can be justifiably proud that this plant is working as designed and meets the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand,” he says.

Marlborough designer Hayley Rhind will debut her new designs at New Zealand Fashion Week. Photo: Supplied.

Designer’s lifestyle makeover leads to catwalk debut

A bid to look after her own health will see a Marlborough mum make her design debut at New Zealand Fashion Week.

Hayley Rhind is part of the force behind acclaimed million-dollar fashion label White Chalk.

Now her own athleisure label will hit the catwalk on Auckland after she was invited to show her collection as part of fashion week at the end of the month.

The entrepreneur began in the fashion business by creating her own clothes when designer brands would blow her budget.

But Hayley says the busier she became, the more her lifestyle suffered.

She hopes her new range, RHIND, will encourage more Kiwi women to incorporate exercise into their daily lives.

“After I launched White Chalk in 2015, I became so busy and my lifestyle suffered.

“When I decided to focus on my own health and exercise, I realised I was wearing activewear more than anything else, so it was just natural that I wanted to create my own range,” she says.

The self-taught fashion guru lives on a 1000ha sheep and cattle farm in Marlborough.

“My sister-in-law, Ginny, was living in Vietnam at the time so I had her produce them (clothes) for me,” explains Hayley.

“When all of our friends started asking if they could buy our pieces, we realised we were on to a good thing.”

The pair have since brought their manufacturing home to Blenheim to match their vision of having fashion brands that are 100 percent designed and produced locally.

“People deserve to know where their clothes come from. Buying locally guarantees this.

“Our customers also get a kick out of supporting people in their own backyard.”

Hayley says RHIND has been 12 months in the making and will include leggings, jumpers, crops, t-shirts, singlets, sports bras and rain jackets.

“I want to inspire women to love their bodies in the form of movement and nourishment,” Hayley says.

“I aim to encourage women to move more and see their bodies in a positive light.”

More than 7000 trees have been planted in six years as a result of the reserves initiative. Photo: Supplied.

Call for help to boost reserves

Restoring a scenic reserve will pay off for future generations of endangered bats.

Endangered long tail bats are set for a helping hand as conservation teams join forces to bring Ronga Reserve in Pelorus back to its best.

And an appeal has gone out for members of the public to help plant saplings that bats will one day roost in.

Forest & Bird, Nelson Tasman Weedbusters and the Department of Conservation (DOC) hope people will pledge to assist as they get ready to plant rimu, totara and matai.

DOC ranger Wendy Sullivan say they hope the day will make a big difference.

“The 17ha Ronga Scenic Reserve is an important habitat for the endangered long tailed bats.

“The tiny rimu, totara and matai planted by volunteers will eventually become the giant trees required for bats to roost in.

Ronga Scenic Reserve, along with its more famous neighbour the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, are not only home to long-tailed bats, but are also ‘acutely threatened’ forests.,” she says.

The annual planting days have been organised by Forest & Bird and DOC for six years.

More than 7000 trees have been planted and, despite flooding and ongoing weed issues, has been lauded as a success.

It’s heartening to see the seedlings start to appear above the rank grass,” Wendy says.

Less than 1 per cent of this type of forest remains in the Pelorus District.

Wendy says the ancient podocarps are crucial to the survival of long-tailed bats.

“They need old hollow trees to roost and breed in.,” she says.

A community planting day will be held on Saturday 31 August.

Meet outside the Brick Oven in Rai Valley by 9:45 am. DOC will be providing a wild meat BBQ for a late lunch but feel free to bring a salad to share.

Bring solid shoes, warm clothes and a well-labelled spade. If the weather is bad, check out facebook/ronga reserve restoration for updates – postponement dates are 1 or 14 September.

The Blenheim and Districts Highland Pipe Band are putting on their first ceilidh in 15 years. Photo: Supplied.

Haggis on hand for special ceilidh

A homemade haggis will help lend a taste of Scotland to a special fundraising effort.

The Blenheim and Districts Highland Pipe Band will hold their first ceilidh in 15 years at the end of the month.

And a traditional haggis made by Scotsman John Nichol will take pride of place for the Address to the Haggis.

Organisers hope the Scottish social event will raise enough money for the band to perform at two key championships in New Zealand later this year and early next year.

Pipe Major Simon Kubala says the celebration of Scottish music and dancing will also feature some traditional customs.

As well as the haggis ceremony, traditional dancing and music from the pipe band there will be country dancing and dinner.

There are some great silent auction items up for grabs too, he says.

“It’ll be a lot of fun; the relaxed atmosphere, the tradition of getting a group of people, some who won’t know each other, up dancing and getting along like a family.

“Pipe band used to be more about older members but that’s not the case now. We have a six-and-seven-year olds sign up to learn to play,” he says.

Simon says the community have been very supportive with several businesses donating prizes for the auction.

A free trial flight through Marlborough Aero Club is one of the prizes.

The 20-strong club hope to travel to the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships in Invercargill in March and the Hororata Highland Games in November.

“It’ll be great to open piping up to people a bit, it used to be a bit closed off but that’s certainly not the case now,” says Simon.

The event will be held at the Blenheim Bowling Club on Weld Street on Saturday 31 August.  Doors open at 6.30pm.

Tickets are $20, with under 18-year-olds paying $5 and may be available from the door on the night.

Bayview Seafood in Picton, Challenge Station in Blenheim and Alden Lodge on Wellington Street in Picton are also selling tickets.