One lucky Marlburian will win $5000 cash thanks to a new local promotion, Shop & Win.
Shop & Win is a joint promotion between 30 local retailers, Marlborough Weekly and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and will see a total of $6000 given to locals.
The competition is simple, buy anything at one of the 30 participating businesses between 22 October and 29 November, fill in an entry form and you’re in the draw.
After six weeks one winning entry form will be pulled from the pile and the name on that entry will win $5000 cash.
There are also second and third prizes of $750 and $250 respectively.
Marlborough Weekly co-owner Summa MacDonald says the competition encourages people to shop locally.
“We have so many fantastic retailers here in Marlborough and this competition is a way to encourage people to support them and go in the draw to win a massive prize,” Summa says.
“It’s such a cool way to get the town buzzing and it’s so simple for people to take part.
“We encourage everyone to fill in a form when you shop because there will be a local winner.”
Chamber of Commerce chief executive Hans Neilson says when you buy local your dollars kick off a multiplier effect.
“Spending your money at independent businesses begins a cycle in which those businesses then spend their money at local shops, support community groups and employ locals.”
Hans says small local businesses are the “economic backbone” of Marlborough.
“Many don’t have large marketing budgets so this offers a resource to raise their profile by being a part of something bigger, something that supports Marlborough as a whole,” he says.
“This is a great campaign and we’re proud to support it.
“It’s a gift to your community, and with Marlborough Anniversary coming what better way to say happy birthday.”
A full list of the participating businesses is on page 9 of this newspaper, or keep an eye out for the Shop & Win posters in the windows of participating businesses. A full list is also on the Marlborough App.
A pioneering family of winemakers has seen off competition from thousands to see one of its wines come out on top.
Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2019 has taken the Champion Sauvignon Blanc title at the 2019 New World Wine Awards.
In its 17th year, the awards attracted 1274 entries from 176 wineries across New Zealand and overseas.
Seventeen independent wine experts took part in a blind taste test with only varietal, vintage and country of origin noted.
The Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2019 comes from the Rose Family Estate vineyards located in the Wairau Valley,
Winemakers Sam Rose and Nick Entwistle and viticulturalist Hamish Rose are extremely proud of the wine.
Sam says he believes the 2019 growing season and harvest contributed to the wines outstanding quality.
“The warm and fine weather through the late summer months allowed the development of a riper spectrum of tropical flavours, providing us with excellent blending components to create our Sauvignon Blanc” he says.
A key ingredient in a Marlborough-made gin is helping keep a notorious weed at bay.
Record hauls of gorse flower have been gathered at a community harvest event.
Six kilogrammes of the yellow flower were handpicked over four hours.
Twice a year, the team behind Marlborough’s new Elemental Distillery organise a local foraging event.
In a bid to entice people to pick the problem plant, which causes misery to hay fever sufferers every spring, Elemental Distillers co-owner Ben Leggett puts on a free BBQ.
But Ben himself is a big fan of the plant.
“I simply love it. Not only is it both aromatic, herbaceous and fruity but it’s somewhat of an anti-establishment botanical in a market already full of rogue exotic species.
“The only issue remaining is how to harvest it in peak flowering and in volumes enough to last until the following season,” he says.
The answer came in the form of eight off-road vehicles, one gourmet barbeque put on by Francis Nolan from Boom Chef, a large pine plantation, local volunteers and some very thick gloves.
Introduced around the early 19th century as a hedgerow for livestock by European settlers, gorse flourished in New Zealand’s temperate climate flowering twice a year compared to just once in the Northern Hemisphere.
Gorse also generates exploding seed pods which can travel over 6 metres from the parent plant and can lay dormant in soil for up to 50 years before sprouting.
Ben says thanks to a collaboration with Marlborough 4WD Club, 15 local volunteers headed up into Marlborough’s Kaituna Hills last month aiming for a 300-meter-high plateau located in Stoney Creek forestry.
“Without the support by Marlborough locals, we would never have been able to deliver a fresh botanical gin like that of Roots,” Ben says.
Marlborough could help lead the way in a national bid to help boost recycling levels.
The council’s solid waste manager Alec McNeil will oversee a pioneering project which could see people paid to drop off empty drink containers.
And he believes Marlburians will be quick to take up the initiative.
“Marlborough is used to source separation of recycling so the possibility of a future Container Recycle Scheme (CRS) should complement and add to our existing approach,” he says.
Under the scheme, which was unveiled last week, plastic, glass and aluminium drink containers will carry a refundable deposit, potentially between 5-20 cents each.
Helping people cash in on their empties could be key to boosting recycling levels.
Alec says he believes any initiative would rely on being readily available.
“A key focus of the design will be ensuring equity of service provision across NZ that affords all communities the opportunity to engage with the system,” he says.
“At a more strategic level a CRS changes the way we think about containers by reintroducing a value back into the material”.
Marlborough and Auckland councils will carry out the project design together following a government funding boost of almost $1 million.
Alec, who is project coordinator and deputy spokesman is a trustee on the Agrecovery Foundation Trust Board.
He says the scheme will help keeps useful resources out of landfills and has the potential to create new jobs.
The two councils will work with the Ministry for the Environment and others including the beverage, packaging and recycling industries, councils, retailers, charitable organisations, Māori and consumer representatives.
The application was initiated from involvement with the National Resource Recovery Group (NRR).
The NRR was convened by the Ministry for the Environment to consider a response to the recycling challenges facing NZ.
“In lieu of the contraction of markets particularly post the ‘National Sword’ policy implemented by China,” Alec says.
China has introduced strict rules around importing solid wastes as raw materials. The policy bans various plastic, paper and solid waste.
Alec says a CRS scheme would impact on material flow.
“Auckland and Marlborough councils offered to submit an application to the waste minimisation fund to facilitate a working group that would design a CRS for NZ.“
A final design is due to be presented to the Government by August 2020 and rolled out in 2022.
A Marlborough hotel has been awarded back-to-back wins at a prestigious Australasian hotel competition.
Chateau Marlborough won the HM Australasian Hotel of the Year for Best NZ Regional Hotel for the second year running, one of only two hotels to achieve the award twice and in their second year of attending the ceremony.
General manager Lynley McKinnon says winning the award was very much a team effort.
“We’ve got a dedicated team of staff that is striving for excellence, which makes the success fantastic for the hotel,” she says.
The 2019 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, now in their 17th year, are the leading industry in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
More than 900 people attended the awards dinner at the Sydney’s International Convention Centre last Friday and over 60 awards were handed out across 48 categories.
Chief executive officer Brent Marshall says to be the second hotel in 17 years to win the award in consecutive years was a “very pleasing surprise”.
“We were up against 15 others of an exceedingly high standard, to be announced as the winner was satisfying and humbling at the same time,” Brent says.
“There has been a lot of continual work to wh? And improve.
“It’s great for the Marlborough region to be acknowledged as a province that offers a quality experience.
“The awards are a reflection of the staff, from the manager down.”
Lynley was a finalist in the NZ General Manager of the Year category and executive chef James Sievewright was a finalist for the Australasian Hotel Chef of the Year.
The judging panel was made up of industry leaders and travel writers from the Australasian region.
HM editor-in-chief and chief judge of the HM Awards James Wilkinson says the calibre of this year’s entries were the best in the event’s history.
“The quality of entries in the HM Awards this year was unlike anything we have seen before. It was a challenge to even choose the finalists from up to 80 entries in some cases, let alone decide on a winner and highly commended,” James says.
“To even be a finalist this year was a massive effort and many of our winners have also been employee of the year or hotel of the year in their own organisations, so it was an incredibly strong field of entries in 2019.”
In a first for New Zealand rugby, the region’s health board has signed up with the Tasman union to become its official health and wellbeing partner.
Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) has replaced the union’s former partner, Coca Cola Powerade, and will see the Mako players promote health initiatives.
As part of the three-year, $15,000 deal, the Tasman Rugby Union will encourage positive health-related decisions and behaviour among its stadium audiences, club rugby communities and schools.
Its focus will be on the reduction of sugar consumption, the promotion of smoke free environments, alcohol harm reduction and promoting metal wellbeing and resilience.
NMH chief executive Peter Bramley says the partnership as an “innovative and powerful” public health initiative.
“As the official health and wellbeing partner of the Tasman Rugby Union, we can leverage the influence that Mako players have among youngsters in our region. We can also the reach the TRU has into clubs, schools and the wider community, to inspire positive health decisions and behaviour.”
He says the sponsorship is a “prudent investment”, even amid revelations that the health board is in a $20 million deficit.
“It costs as much as $5000 to remove one child’s teeth under general anaesthetic and we are seeing far too many children needing this kind of unnecessary hospital care in our region.
“The terrible health effects of sugary drinks don’t stop at teeth – sugary drinks are the cause of obesity, diabetes and other serious health conditions that are a heavy burden on every DHB’s finances.”
Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Tony Lewis says that promoting healthier living to its player base is important to them individually and as players in an active competitive sport.
“As a union we are excited to be working progressively with NMH over three years to achieve our collective goal of encouraging our players to reduce their sugar intake and to be mentally and physically healthier.”
NMH health promotion manager Lauren Ensor says being sponsored by Coca Cola seemed to be “inappropriate” because surgery drinks were the main cause of sugar in New Zealander’s diets.
“We aim to see an increasing health focus within rugby locally over the coming years and hopefully that inspires other unions and New Zealand Rugby to follow suit.”