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Blenheim Sun, Blenheim  11 Aug 2017
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He korero no te Kaunihera o Wairau NEWS FROM THE MARLBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL Kiwi Can kids in action Back row - Kelvin Watt (Regional Manager), Mayor Leggett, Jordan Peipi (Kiwi Can leader) and Diane Huntley (Kiwi Can Team leader) with Kiwi Can children from Blenheim School.

Mayor John Leggett dropped into Blenheim School recently to see the Kiwi Can programme in action.

The school's Harakeke class were learning about making good choices and "how our peers can influence the choices we make."

Kiwi Can enables hundreds of Marlborough primary schoolchildren to take part in a programme that teaches them core values and life skills.

The Mayor says Kiwi Can's inspirational leaders provide the guidance to help kids find their footing - and the encouragement to set up healthy behaviour patterns for life.

Council supports the Kiwi Can programme, which is run by the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough, through a grant to the Marlborough Youth Development Trust.

Positive Ageing - Library services for the housebound Cold weather and winter ills can keep elderly people indoors. Don't forget that the libraries in Blenheim and Picton have a special service for house-bound or convalescing people who cannot get into the library to choose their own books.

The Marlborough District Libraries not only have a selection of large print and talking books but the housebound service, run by the Friends of the Library, can deliver a selection of books, magazines, talking books, music or jig-saws to those who request it.

Arrangements can be made to supply a selection of books to elderly people living in outlying areas too. Please contact the library to discuss your needs.

Opportunity to honour young achievers Nominations for the Marlborough Youth Civic Awards are now open.

The awards acknowledge young people aged between 13 and 20 years who have given voluntary service within Marlborough. Eligible areas in which service has been given include sport or recreation, arts and culture, the environment, leadership and mentoring. Recipients are recognised for outstanding community service that helps to inspire good citizenship and positive values.

Nominations close on 31 August 2017.

More details about the awards can be found on the Youth Council website under the Youth Council tab or on the Marlborough District Council website our-community/grants-and-awards/ youth-civic-awards Community news Te Ara Mahi provides support for people with mental illness to help them find suitable and sustainable employment. For further information Ph: 03 577 9618.

Boil water notice - Awatere and Seddon Water from Council's reticulation system in Seddon and the Awatere should be boiled. It does not currently meet the NZ Drinking Water Standard and may contain bacteria or protozoa that are harmful to human health.

Treated water is available at the public tap on the corner of Marama Road and Foster Street.

A new Seddon water treatment plant is scheduled for construction this year and will supply treated water to the NZ Drinking Water Standard.

For further information contact our Customer Service Centre Ph: 03 520 7400.

Protecting the district from flooding It's more than 30 years since Marlborough had a flood on the scale just seen in Otago.

Since Marlborough's last major event, Council has spent tens of millions of dollars upgrading and maintaining flood control and drainage works.

There are two key reasons for the flood risk: The Wairau is a big river, bigger than Canterbury's Waimakariri for example, with a 30% greater flood flow. In the 1983 flood, 5800 tonnes of water per second was sweeping down the Wairau.

Hundreds of hectares, east of SH 1, are less than three metres above sea level and, in some places, dip below sea level.

The Taylor River Flood Detention Scheme and the flooding Wairau Diversion are each the largest projects of their types in New Zealand. The Taylor Dam has the capacity to reduce the flood flow through Blenheim by one third while the Diversion takes half the flow of the lower Wairau directly out to sea, minimising the risk of it spilling over the eastern plain. The Conders Bend floodworks at Renwick divert the Wairau away from the old river channel where the river used to spill into the upper Opaoa River which then flowed through Blenheim.

Small-scale flood damage is continually eroding the Wairau river banks in particular. Priority sites for erosion repair are under constant review Six hundred tonne of rock was recently used at this Wairau River site on the Kaituna Track to shore up a riverbank erosion site.

As well as regular maintenance, our Rivers team has been managing a large and continuing programme of earthquake repairs to stopbanks.

Some lower priority sections of the work will have to wait until spring when ground conditions improve.

In a normal year, flood protection is Council's sixth most costly area of work, ranked just below services like solid waste and sewerage. The majority of the work is funded by a specific river rate applied to Wairau Valley properties which get the benefit.

The last major flood of the Wairau Plain was in July 1983 when the Wairau River burst its banks and a state of emergency was declared in Marlborough.

As well as submerging farmland, townships were flooded and houses evacuated. One of the stopbank breaches was at Conders Bend near Renwick where floodwaters swept over Terrace Road and lower Boyce Street, cutting off State Highway 6.

Marlborough District Council took over river management responsibilities in 1992, undertaking a major upgrade of the Wairau flood protection system.

Blenheim Library open longer at weekends Marlburians can relax and enjoy more time to explore books, DVDs, magazines and more, thanks to the new extended weekend hours at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim).

"Weekends are busy times for many people, especially families. The team at Marlborough District Libraries is excited to offer our customers more time to visit the library and use the fantastic resources we have to offer," says Marlborough District Libraries Manager, Glenn Webster.

The new weekend hours are: Saturdays: 10.00am - 4.00pm Sundays: 1.00pm - 4:00pm The extended hours currently apply only to Marlborough District Library (Blenheim).

The Picton Library and Service Centre will continue its current opening hours until the new Picton Library/Waitohi Whare Matauranga opens later this year.

Creative Communities Scheme Fund Applications for financial assistance by way of grants under the Creative Communities Local Arts Scheme are now being invited by Marlborough District Council.

The scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within the Marlborough community.

Applications can be completed online by going to Council's website Our-Community/Grants-and-Awards/CreativeCommunities-NZ-Scheme.aspx.

Applications close 5.00pm, 28 September 2017.

For further information please contact: Lyne Reeves Community Development Advisor Ph: 03 520 7400

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