The biggest fire in Marlborough for the season has struck paddocks and pine trees, spanning over 20-hectares.
Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) Marlborough principal rural fire officer John Foley recommended people did not use the Wither Hills Farm Park tracks during the hottest time of the day, which was about 10am to 6pm.
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Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).
In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.
We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.
This week is Student Volunteer Week so we're shining the spotlight on a few local young volunteers. First up is Koko, an invaluable member of the Volunteer Marlborough team. We've introduced Koko before but we wanted to ask a few more questions to give you a better idea of what she does and why she does it...
How old are you? 11 years old
What do you do when you volunteer? So far for my volunteering, I have been a promotional assistant for Volunteer Marlborough. I have handed out flyers and also delivered posters to local businesses
What is your favourite part? Getting outside and getting exercise while I do my job
Why did you start volunteering? I started volunteering as it is a part of my MP (maximising potential) challenge at Bohally intermediate.
How do you feel your volunteer work impacts the Marlborough community? I feel that my work informs the community about Volunteer Marlborough and the many ways that they can become volunteers.
Has volunteering given you an opportunity to learn anything or gain new skills? I have learnt about volunteering and what it means. I have also become more confident when delivering the posters and talking to the public.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering? When I am not volunteering, I am at school or doing sports and homework. I also love reading.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting volunteering? I would say volunteering is great fun and it is very rewarding, and you can do anything you like!
From Marlborough District Council:
Marlborough District Libraries may be closed but there are thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and more for Marlburians to access online.
For those who aren’t already members, locals can now sign up for a digital only membership online.
Council district libraries manager Glenn Webster said this new option came in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown and allowed new members to access library e-resources for one year, compared to the normal online registration which was limited to two weeks.
“We encourage everyone to sign up to this service by visiting: www.marlboroughlibraries.govt.nz... library/news?item=id:29h7s3at917q9smmi8w2.
“Reading or listening to e-books, magazines or newspapers is a great way to pass the time during this difficult lockdown period,” he said.
“People also have the opportunity to access ancestry.com from home during the lockdown period. This is an online resource that allows people to search their family history and genealogy. Library members can access this resource via the Marlborough District Libraries website, using their library ID and pin number.”
“During these uncertain times we’d like to reassure people that any items on their library account will be automatically extended while the lockdown is in place, so there is no need to worry about overdue items or fines,” Glenn said.
“Likewise, we ask that people disregard any notices they may have received regarding overdue books or fines from 23 March. Fines will not accrue while the library is closed.”
For more information about the Marlborough District Libraries please visit: www.marlboroughlibraries.govt.nz...