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18:34, Nov 27 2012

Fundraiser a success

The Ward School annual fundraiser, held at the Winterhome Garden in Kekerengu on Sunday, raised just over $6000. Organiser Anna Chaffey was delighted with the turnout of about 500 people. "I can't believe the support that we had; it was absolutely amazing," she said yesterday. "It exceeded all our expectations." The funds will go to retaining a third fulltime teacher at the school, which has a roll of 42 pupils.

Woman hurt in crash

A 27-year-old woman was taken to Wairau Hospital yesterday morning after two cars collided in Springlands, Blenheim. St John operations team manager Richard Edwards said the woman had minor chest injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said the woman was treated and discharged yesterday. The crash was at the intersection of Old Renwick Rd and Rene St at 7.55am.

Villa Maria trailblazer

Villa Maria Estate was named supreme winner after winning the Large Corporate Trailblazer award at the ninth annual New Zealand Sustainable Business Network Awards in Auckland on Thursday. The network said Villa Maria had been a pioneering force among New Zealand wine producers after embarking on green projects 17 years ago.

Honours for Saint Clair

Saint Clair Family Estate senior winemaker Hamish Clark has been awarded the Winestate magazine New Zealand Winemaker of the Year trophy for the second year in a row. Mr Clark and his wife, Sanna Stander, collected the award at a ceremony in Auckland this month. Mr Clark said he was thrilled to win the award for the second time and credited his success to the Saint Clair Family Estate team, in particular owners Neal and Judy Ibbotson. "I'm incredibly proud to be a part of not only their team, but also their dream to make the best wines possible."


The Marlborough Express