Lunch event fee queried

02:30, Jan 30 2013
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No 303 - Jan Elliott
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No 463 Lynne Clark
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Saint Clair Half Marathon 2012
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Saint Clair Half Marathon 2012
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No 902 Steve Duffy and No 822 Steven Olsen
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Marlborough Express sports reporter John Alexander
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Marlborough Express sports reporter Clay Wilson
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Saint Clair Half Marathon 2012
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No804 Rebekah Plant and No805 Jenifer Standen
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Walkers start out through the vineyard
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Josh McGettigan from Wellington
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Peter Dick
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Robin Dean.
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Anna Lee and Sophie Harmos
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Ruby Tew and Kerri Gowler
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Winner of the hybrid section Matt Schneider from Canada with his winners bottle of wine.
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Spectators Maz Inwood, 3 and Niamh Gray, 4 both from Blenheim.
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Silvana Santiago and son Daniel, 4, after she finished her race.
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Daughter Alice and mother Jan Elliot ran together. Alice wrote 'more is in you' on their arms for encouragement.

Scenic Hotel Group is to team up with the organisers of the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon to hold a "long lunch" in Blenheim's Seymour Square the day before the marathon in May.

The Marlborough District Council's assets and services committee will consider a report tomorrow from staff about the event, and decide whether to increase the fee for using council-owned property from $75 an event to $200.

The report recommends councillors approve an application by Scenic Hotel Group to close off a section of Seymour Square to allow a ticket-only event to be held as part of the Saint Clair Marathon.

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Alex Williams from Christchurch was the first woman home
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Lynette Pearce pictured shortly after completing her first half marathon
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Saint Clair Family Estate - Vineyard Half Marathon 2011.
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Saint Clair Family Estate - Vineyard Half Marathon 2011.
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Saint Clair Family Estate - Vineyard Half Marathon 2011.
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Saint Clair Family Estate - Vineyard Half Marathon 2011.
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No 345 and John Alexander (Marlborough Express sports reporter) battle it out at the finish.
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Susie Aviss crosses the finish line.
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Clay Wilson (Marlborough Express sports reporter) finishes strongly
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No 524 Phillip Sim
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Second woman home - Suzanne Landers from Blenheim
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No 603 - Jamie Maister - pictured just past the halfway mark.
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Third man home Josh McGettigan from Wellington
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Third man home Josh McGettigan
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Second man home - Ian Thomas
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Sarina Shaw (No 929) nears the end of the race in good spirits
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Tania Gregory and daughter Grace Gregory (6) made a placard to help cheer home their friends
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Josh McGettigan and Alex Williams
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Saint Clair Family Estate - Vineyard Half Marathon 2011.
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Saint Clair Family Estate - Vineyard Half Marathon 2011
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Ollie Emery (186, in fancy dress) and partner Tessa Godson (187) set off hand in hand. They are from Southhampton, UK.
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Saint Clair Family Estate - Vineyard Half Marathon 2011
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Project K students getting ready for the event. Sue Burdon, Helen Haughey, Mikayla Wilson and Brianna Williams.

The "long lunch" would be a showcase event in conjunction with the marathon, a ticket-only, two-course meal with wine available to buy and a section of the square fenced off to prevent public access.

The report says Seymour Square and parks in general had many events every year. "These events are nearly all open to the public and are put together by clubs or community groups.

"The Long Lunch is a commercial, ticketed event on public land and also serving and selling alcohol in an alcohol-excluded area.

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"Due to the commercial nature and the alcohol ban in place, Scenic Group will need a resource consent and liquor licence to allow the event to proceed."

The council as landowner needs to give permission for this activity to happen on the reserve, the report says.

Normally, the council charges a fee of $75.00 a day for the use of an area for an event that has an entry fee.

This was "a little behind" most mid-size council charges, the report says, citing Porirua and Whakatane which charged about $200 a day for commercial events with attendance of up to 500 people.

The Marlborough Express