Marlborough Mid-Week : January 14th 2015
6 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, JANUARY 14, 2015 NEWS Antiques auction By SVEN HERSELMAN Hundreds of antiques and collectibles, from the rare and unusual to the everyday and practical will go under the hammer on Saturday. The auction, featuring about 600 items, will be held at the Blenheim Club on Saturday from 10am, with viewing of the items from 8.30am. Among the pieces going under the hammer are rare photographs and maps, beautifully crafted furniture, antique tools and even a cast iron ships wheel believed to be from a tall ship that sailed between Picton and Wellington in the 1890s. None of the items will have a reserve. Auction organiser Megan Leov says Plunket was founded over 100 years ago by people who wanted to help others in their communities. Today, we have thousands of Kiwis who give of their time, knowledge, skills and energy. We believe that by working together with members of our local communities, we can provide Plunket services, support and the education needed to enable the best start in life for every child. Plunket Volunteers are an important link in our community and have a vital role in helping us deliver services and support to families. Without our Volunteers, we would not be able to deliver the number of services we do in Marlborough. If you want to help make a difference by donating your time for a cause you believe in, Plunket is a great place to start. We’re always looking for new volunteers. Find out how rewarding giving your time and efforts can be and become a volunteer. In 2015, we have some exciting opportunities to extend our services! If you would like to hear more about any of our volunteer opportunities, contact Heather on 0204 000 9864 or email@example.com. Supporting families and whānau is one of the most important things Plunket does and playgroups are an essential part of this. We currently run Playgroups at the following locations: Playgroups Redwoodtown Plunket Playgroup (Reopens 20 January 2015) Redwoodtown Plunket Rooms 21 Bythell Street, Redwoodtown Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am Gold coin donation per family Renwick Plunket Playgroup (Reopens 3 February 2015) Renwick Playcentre 26 Havelock Street, Renwick Tuesday 9.00am - 11.30am (Term time only) Gold coin donation per family Contact Plunket Plunket Nurse Appointment 578 5633 Henry St Rooms are open for changing and feeding. Open Mon to Fri 9 – 3.30pm Car Seat Service, 16 Henry Street. Open Monday 12 – 4pm, Wednesday 9 – 1pm and Friday 9 – 1pm. Phone 579 4215 PlunketLine 0800 933 922 (its free 24/7) Proudly sponsored by... they hope to find out more about the wheel before the auction begins. ‘‘It’s a really interesting piece. There must be someone who know more about it, and we would love to hear from them,’’ she says. Among the other standout items are black and white photos of Maori women taken by Thos Pringle in 1910, a framed map from 1798 of the Pacific and a hand painted wedding trunk dated from 1856. The bulk of the items have been sourced from an antiques store based in Papanui in Christchurch, which has closed down because of earthquake damage, Megan says. ‘‘The other bulk of the items, especially the furniture, came from a research company’s office which has closed. They had a lot of antiques as part of their decor.’’ The items were bought by Marlborough antiques dealer Dick Nardella and his business partner Ron Proctor. Rare find: Auction organiser Megan Leov with apprentice cabinets that will be auctioned on Saturday along with 600 other antique and collectable items at the Blenheim Club. Photo: SVEN HERSELMAN Megan expected a large amount of interested people and that buyers will come from Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch as well as Marlborough. ‘‘There are some really beautiful pieces here,’’ she says. The auctioneers will accept outside items for the auction. Camera shy: Murray the quail which has made the Churchill Private Hospital ground its home for the past two years. Photo: SVEN HERSELMAN Quail makes hospital home By SVEN HERSELMAN The Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim has a resident of a different kind in a quail which has made the grounds his home for the past two years. Named Murray by staff, the male quail Mark Stevenson 62 Market Street, ph 578 8059 www.marlboroughrealestate.co.nz Mark Stevenson First National Real Estate Limited Licensed Agent REAA 2008 has a particular penchant for admiring himself in the many reflective windows and glass doors around the hospital building. Hospital general manager Nicki Stretch says Murray can regularly be seen checking himself out in the darkly tinted front doors of hospital. He turned up in around November 2013 and hung around for the summer before disappearing over the winter. He turned up again in November last year and has been living at the hospital ever since, she said. ‘‘He loves to look at his reflection in the sliding [glass] doors - he is hilarious when he does. ‘‘He also looks at his reflection in the outside doors of the patients rooms - they love it,’’ she said. Nicki gave him the name Murray, simply because the name seemed to suit him. ‘‘He’s always alone but seems to do pretty well - he’s a pretty plump little chap.’’ Although he hangs around the hospital building Murray isn’t tame, and proved to be very photo shy when the Midweek visited on Thursday. Quail are the most common upland gamebird in New Zealand, with three species – the Californian, brown and bobwhite quail – having been introduced. The first to be released into the wild was the Californian quail, which was introduced to the Nelson area in 1865. They are very social birds and nor- mally live in pairs or flocks, although Murray seems to prefer a solitary lifestyle. ‘‘Maybe he thinks his reflection is his friend so he doesn’t worry to find others,’’ Nicki says. New Year New Challenges?
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