Marlborough Mid-Week : November 19th 2014
6 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, NOVEMBER 19, 2014 Sunbed danger Tanning devotees in Marlborough browning their skin under sunbeds are being exposed to UV rays more than six times stronger than the sun, the Cancer Society says. Users under 18 who pushed against the pale skin look could soon be banned from using sunbeds if a Government bill is passed. The first reading of the bill has been passed in Parliament, bringing New Zealand a step closer to an under-18 ban. The bill is going to the health sel- ect committee for consultation. There are no regulations governing sunbed use in New Zealand, unlike in Australia, the United Kingdom and many parts of Europe. Cancer Society skin cancer advisor Louise Sandford says skin cancer was New Zealand’s most common type of cancer. Every year more than 300 New Zealanders die from melanoma, the most deadly form. NEWS Family day marks ‘invisible’ issue By SVEN HERSELMAN A free family fun day of aquarium visits, sausage sizzles, bouncy castles, miniature train rides and other activities will be used to draw attention to the very serious issue of child abuse on Sunday. Barnardos Marlborough social worker Michelle Brown says the day will cap of Child Abuse Prevention week in Marlborough. ‘‘Nationally it’s Child Abuse Prevention day, but we have decided to make it a whole week in Marlborough because it is such a serious issue it deserves at least a week,’’ she says. ➤DETAILS What: Child Abuse Prevention awareness day. When: Sunday, 9am to 1pm. Where: Picton foreshore. Entry: Free for all activities and sausage sizzle. The family day is being funded by the Marlborough Violence Intervention Project and supported by nine Marlborough organisations such as Plunket, Family Works, Barnados and the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. All the activities and sausage sizzle will be free, with free entry to the EcoWorld Aquarium from 9am to noon, miniature train rides and games for the children to enjoy. The Marlborough SPCA will also be there with some of the animals up for adoption. ‘‘The aim is for the different organisations which deal with child abuse to get out into the community and do some public education. Child abuse is invisible – it’s something we don’t talk about, but it is a big issue in New Zealand society,’’ Michelle says. The event will go ahead no matter the weather. People Get Ready Marlborough Community Foodbank Appeal is coming down your street on Monday, November 24th, 6pm – 8pm We’ll be covering the streets of Blenheim, Grovetown, Spring Creek, Havelock, Renwick and Picton. Listen out for the sirens so you know when we’re in your area. Please give generously to help us stock up the Foodbank to help those in our community less fortunate than ourselves. If wet, we will postpone the appeal until Monday, December 1st. We’ll see you at your gate on the 24th. Marlborough Community Foodbank, Blenheim and Picton Foodbank Another worthy community event sponsored by 6396466AA Colourful progress: Blenheim artist Kylie-Fleur Clarke with the half finished ‘‘bee-friendly’’ mural in Elizabeth St. Photo: SVEN HERSELMAN Mural work on schedule By SVEN HERSELMAN Come rain or shine work on the new full wall mural in Elizabeth St is moving along and due to be completed this week. Blenheim based artist Kylie- Fleur Clark, better known as Artist Kylie-Fleur or just Fleur, was commissioned to do the work by Marlborough District Council Safer Communities. She also got the help of students from Mana Rangatahi, who put down the first base layers of paint. Fleur moved on to the 26 metre mural after completing the massive 167m mural in the alley between Parker and Nelson streets last month, called Social Sheep. While the big mural had a brief to depict an anti-bullying message, Fleur was given carte blanche for the Elizabeth St work and chose to go with a probee theme. The final scene will depict larger than life bees going about their business, with a honeycomb background and Marlborough landscape, complete with the obligatory rows of vineyards. ‘‘I wanted to show their geometry in the form of the honeycomb along with our geometry, which is the vineyards,’’ she says. The mural is expected to take around two weeks, and working outside in the elements has been both challenging and enjoyable, Fleur says. Having passersby stop and talk to her about the artwork has also been good. The weather has largely been good, but one day of rain did catch her out. ‘‘The wall never gets any sun so it’s always quite cold and the paint dries slower. The location is really nice though because I can actually step back and see it as a whole, which I couldn’t do with the last one because it was in an alley.’’ Vandalism also hadn’t been a problem, but Fleur says she always takes a deep breath just before she arrives to prepare herself for any tagging. When the mural is complete it will get a coat of clear antigraffiti paint. ❚ The Social Sheep mural in the walkway between Parker and Nelson streets will have a blessing ceremony on November 26.
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