The pies have been tasted, the wines sipped, and a winner found.
After weeks of searching, the winner of the 2020 Ultimate Burleigh Pie Pairing has been announced.
Jamaican lamb pie and Spätlese Riesling 2017 took out the top spot, beating a record 47 entries from around the region.
Judge and challenge co-founder says the level of interest shows just how much the annual competitions means to people.
“We knew that The Burleigh is the go – to for most folks to satisfy their pie cravings, but this level of involvement has blown us away yet again.
“What started as a few friends getting together over a pie and deciding it was about time the perfect tipple was picked to pair alongside has grown to something really special.”
All $2350 raised through entry fees will be donated to the Marlborough Foodbank.
The winning entry will receive bragging rights, a boxed French brie and their name on the prestigious Burleigh Pairing Trophy.
The four judges – television personality Jesse Mulligan , Marlborough Media co-owner Summa MacDonald, along with Saulo Camillo Nunes, owner of Gramado’s Restaurant, and Fiona Fenwick, – carried out a blind taste test, with official adjudication to ensure fairness all round.
Summa, from Marlborough Media, who sponsored the event, says it was a tough job, but she was happy to help.
“So many delicious pies and wines didn’t make it easy for the judges, but we are a committed crew and somehow pushed through.
“I was genuinely very impressed with the high quality of the entries but not surprised as, living in Marlborough myself, I know that we consistently punch above our weight when it comes to food and wine.”
From the outset, the Tasman Mako have been blessed with outstanding leaders.
In recent times, current coaches Andrew Goodman and Shane Christie led various campaigns with calm authority and the ability to inspire those around them with both deeds and words.
Now David Havili has the captain’s role, and what a fine leader he has become.
In today’s Mitre 10 Cup table-topping premiership clash with Waikato his astounding variety of skills were on display.
Losing the toss was probably his only mistake of the afternoon, but it meant his side had to play the first 40 into a strong north-westerly wind.
With the home team under the pump early as the Mooloo men strove to take advantage of the conditions and boss the game it was the skipper who turned the tables, snatching a timely interception and sprinting 70m to score against the run of play.
His second try stretched the Mako lead to 27-5 early in the second spell then, when Waikato scored twice in quick succession to narrow the gap to 10, he popped up once more with more individual brilliance to bag his third and put the issue beyond doubt.
But wasn’t just his tries that caught the eye. His defence was, as always, first class, along with his ability to read play from the back as well as timing passes designed to put others into gaps.
The versatile skipper relished a return to the 15 jersey after slotting into the midfield last week.
“I definitely love playing 15 but it’s good to have that extra string to your bow, playing at 12.”
David said that despite his side holding some handy advantages during the 80 minutes, he never felt they had the game won until the final whistle.
“You never feel that you have cracked them … it was tough playing into that breeze in the first half and we were glad to have that buffer at halftime … but then they came back, like Waikato always do.”
He admitted he would have opted to play with the wind if he had won the toss but suggested [losing the toss] may have worked in Tasman’s favour.
“We went out there with the mindset of carrying the ball … it was tough to exit and thankfully our defence was on today.”
Although Tasman lost four key players to the All Blacks camp this week their replacements stepped up in fine fashion, David quick to point out that they were by no means “new” players – Isaac Salmon, Alex Ainley, Sione Havili and Alex Nankivell bringing a wealth of experience to the mix.
“These guys have been round for a while. Obviously now is their opportunity … it is awesome for us to have guys in the All Blacks, but we treated it as a challenge this week for those guys to step into their shoes and I thought they did that today.”
They certainly did, all four bringing defensive steel to the party and executing their core roles professionally.
Another top performer was young lock Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta who followed up a man-of-the-match effort against Counties with another big shift today.
Jacob Norris, the Mako go-to-guy at lineout time, is becoming increasingly influential, while Andrew Makalio is relishing regular game time and the chance to run in the wide channels, while scoring regular tries on the back of unstoppable lineout drives.
Halfback Dwayne Polataivao kicked well into the breeze while centre Fetuli Paea continues to prove a handful, on both sides of the ball.
The Sparkies, as the Mako bench is known, are providing impact and continuity, with halfback Louie Chapman, flanker Braden Stewart and hooker Quentin MacDonald, who was extremely unlucky not to bag a “welcome back” try, to the fore.
Along with their five tries, it was the suffocating Mako defence that sealed the deal.
Defence coach Shane Christie was pleased with his charges.
“For a team to hold out Waikato, who have been an outstanding attacking team in the first two rounds, the boys should be really proud of themselves … the way we prepared and executed our defence, not for 80 minutes, but man that was a pretty good effort for the majority of the game,” he added.
Next Sunday it is off to Albany and a meeting with former Mako coach Kieran Keane’s North Harbour team. Kick off is 2.05pm.
The Tokomaru premier netball team have a unique pre-match ritual. They links arms and step over the mid line of the court they are about to play on in unison.
They undertake this “crossing of the line” to shed all the day’s baggage and concentrate their collective minds solely on the forthcoming game.
At a partially-deserted Stadium 2000 on Saturday afternoon it became very apparent from early on that that their minds were fully-focussed on the job at hand as they ruthlessly disposed of Pelorus 63-46 to claim their second consecutive premier crown.
Pelorus held Toko to a single goal during round robin play, but this afternoon had no answer to the efficiency and collective skill set of the Picton-based crew who almost totally dominated the middle stages of the match.
Pelorus looked the part in the first quarter, won 17-16 by Toko, shooter Paige Lovell finding her range early to land 14 goals from the same number of attempts. With circle defenders Oriana Houra and Jalen King combining superbly to place maximum pressure on the Toko shooting duo of Haze Tepuia and Gemma Hika a tight final appeared in prospect.
However, the second quarter told a different tale. Missed shots, frequent turnovers and errant passes combined to destroy any momentum Pelorus had built. Like any champion side, Tokomaru took full advantage of their rival’s woes, Tepuia and Hika dropping in 15 goals from 19 shots while Pelorus landed just eight from 15.
With Michaela Boaz and Eden Te Huki quick to snatch the rebounds and the dynamic trio of Wilson sisters poised to shift the ball efficiently through midcourt, any Pelorus inaccuracy was swiftly punished.
Despite a change at halftime, with Jordan Peipi coming on at goal attack for Olivia Pinkerton, Tokomaru merely raised the bar.
They managed 22 goal attempts in this period to Pelorus’s 12, landing 19 goals to their opponent’s six successes. Thus, after 45 minutes and with the scoreline reading 51-30, the final was effectively over.
To their credit Pelorus lifted their heads and claimed the final stanza 16-12 to reduce the final margin, but the damage had long since been done. When the final whistle blew, the Toko contingent could reflect on an undefeated season which they ended with a giant exclamation mark.
At the centre of their success was lofty shooter Tepuia, named Marlborough netballer of the year at the MNA prizegiving which followed the final. His conversion rate was staggering and, when he was double-teamed, up stepped the redoubtable Hika to continue the momentum.
The addition of wing attack Dana Wilson to the family-friendly Toko midcourt this year has upped the ante, her clever feeding a feature of the final, while her sisters continue to add pace and precision to the mix. Hana Wilson was voted senior midcourt player of the year.
Boaz and Te Huki have grown as a defensive unit as the season has rolled on, the former strong under the hoop, the latter adept at hinting out intercepts.
Pelorus also had their heroes. Lovell almost single-handedly carrying the bulk of the shooting load, Kelsie Fitzpatrick, Jenna Seabrook, Laura Murphy and Jordan Peipi working hard in midcourt while King and Houra, the latter named defender of the year, did their level best to stem the flow.
Tokomaru coach Vanessa Hika said today’s victory felt different to last year’s triumph.
“Just because it has been such an unusual short season … more challenging too as we didn’t have much time for development.
“But this season has proven to me that relationships are everything … they are a very tight bunch that have just kept getting tighter.
“We have got a real family thing going on there too, sometimes it’s a bonus, sometimes it’s not,” she added with a smile. “But we just like each other and play hard for each other.”
Toko skipper Gemma Hika said that although the scoreline blew out, “it was still hard work out there”.
“We work really hard on our team cohesion off the court as well.
“[Today’s win] was also extra-special as it could possibly be Haze’s last game for us.”
Pelorus coach Courtney Taufa was full of praise for Toko and said her charges were “a bit flat”.
“We needed to back each other a bit more today and we didn’t.”
Dogs could be allowed in Blenheim’s town centre after council loosens the leash on a blanket ban.
At a meeting of council’s Environment Committee this morning, a review of the region’s Dog Control Policy and Bylaw was approved.
Now the public will get the chance to have their say.
Council have approved the appointment of a subcommittee to hear opinions on the review, headed up by councillor Jamie Arbuckle.
It’s important to recognise the role that digs play in peoples’ lives, Jamie says.
“We want to ensure that our bylaw is up to date and fit for purpose.
“The council recognises the positive role that dogs play in the lives of their owners and the community, but we need input from dog owners and the general public.”
Councillors Barbara Faulls, Thelma Sowman and Nadine Taylor will also sit on the review committee.
If it gets the final go-ahead, the bylaw will allow leashed, under control dogs into the CBD.
Councillors are also recommending that the restricted area around playground areas increases from 3 to 10 metres.
But Blenheim’s Pollard Park and Ward Beach will remain off limit to pet pooches.
The public consultation period will begin on Friday 18 September and will run for six weeks, before closing at 5.00 pm on Monday 9 November.
Hearings are scheduled to take place in early December where members of the public will have the opportunity to speak to their submission.
The Sub-Committee will then review all submissions and make their final assessment before presenting the proposed policy and bylaw amendments to the Environment Committee. Once adopted by the Environment Committee, the policy and bylaw will be presented to the full Council for final adoption early next year.
All dog owners will receive a letter advising them of the policy and bylaw review and how to make a submission should they wish to.
Council is required to review the policy and bylaw every 10 years. The last review was completed in 2012.
Today’s decision is subject to ratification by the full Council on Thursday 17 September.
From Cyndi Lauper to Sarah McLachlan etc he’s worked with some of the biggest names in music.
Former Sony Music executive, New Zealand Idol and NZ Got Talent judge Paul Ellis is back home in Marlborough.
And he has his sights set on bringing more top music talent to the township of Linkwater- making the Summer Sounds concerts an annual event.
While Paul says he can’t divulge any artist names yet, he can reveal they’ve one of the acts has had had four number 1 albums.
“It’s all under contract”, he says.
Swapping the big city of Auckland for the small rural township, the former Queen Charlotte Sounds man is excited to be back, organising the Summer Sounds gigs.
Supporting long-time friends and Queen Charlotte Tavern owners Mary-Ann Surridge and Jane Tito, Paul has been hitting up his contacts.
He’s also on the lookout for some local support music talent to support on the day.
“I have been away from Marlborough on and off for a long period, but I am keen to hear of any top of the south acts, let me know,” he says.
Paul’s signings include Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Shona Laing and The Strawpeople.
“The location lends itself to a great place to enjoy a day of music. There’s tons of off-street parking and the opportunity to camp overnight”
“It’s not too big, it’s intimate and you have the incredible vista of the sounds hills as a backdrop,” he says.
Kicking off on Saturday 19 December, the first festival which will herald a mixture of New Zealand music royalty – with names to be revealed soon.
On 16 January 2021, the debut South Island performance of one of the hottest and exciting acts to emerge in NZ in the last 18 months will take to the stage, Paul says.
“As well as the music there will food and beverage stalls. If you want to camp overnight, it’s included in the ticket price.”
As Vice President of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Paul runs his own PR and music consultancy firm and last year bought OpShop Lead Singer Jason Kerrison to Linkwater.
“As well as the music there will food and beverage stalls. If you want to camp overnight, it’s included in the ticket price, Paul says. “I want people to be able to relax, have fun and enjoy this beautiful slice of paradise.”
A Marlborough based fuel company is helping keep hundreds of school children topped up with technology & sports equipment.
Southfuels a New Zealand wide bulk fuel distribution company has donated $80,000 to schools across the Marlborough region through their Fuel for Schools sponsorship programme.
The nationwide initiative has helped put more than $1 million dollars of resources into more than 350 rural schools in the last twelve years.
Pupils at Richmond View School in Blenheim are the latest to benefit, with a special technology package worth over $5000 delivered on Thursday, this package included 11 Chromebooks, an iPad and other technology for the classroom.
Southfuels Marlborough account manager Maisie Davison says customers nominate a school to receive 50 cents for every 100 litres of bulk fuel they have delivered.
“I’d like to give a big shout out and massive thank you to all our customers throughout the Marlborough region who contribute and all the schools who take part.”
Southfuels customers and programme supporters, O’Donnell Park Barging and Kenny Barging manager James Galloway and Amber-Lousie Connor from Waikawa Fishing Company were at Richmond View School to hand deliver the children get their new technology packages.
“One of our values is betterment for all and we do that in a number of different ways; we have a community van and of course, donate through Fuels for Schools’ says James.
“Being able to see just how much there is and how excited the children are is great. It’s like Christmas.”
When a participating school reaches a $1000 in donations they can pick between a technology or sports package.
Richmond School principal Dave Pauling says the donation makes a big difference to students.
“It helps enormously. We know what we need, and we get to choose.
“Some of these things go to children who might not have them otherwise.”
There are a number of schools in the region whom have benefited from the Fuel for Schools programme in recent times, including Mayfield School, Seddon School, Witherlea School, Linkwater Primary, Ward School, Spring Creek School, Fairhall School, Wairau Valley School and Riverlands School.
To get involved or find out more call Maisie Davison on 0275936229, and start supporting your local school today.