Tasman Leader : August 29th 2013
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013 Murchison repeat as champs p30 Spring fling: Some of the picking team harvesting daffodils at Ann Devereux's Motueka garden on Tuesday morning for the Cancer Society's Daffodil Day appeal. From left: Kathy Brewer, Maree Satherley, kneeling, Syd Daughtrey, Sue Sladen, Delwyn Bisley, Daph Hamilton, Bruce Sladen, and Jan Riley. Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN 15 people, one day, 6000 daffs By ALASTAIR PAULIN About 100,000 daffodils are grown around Motueka for the Cancer Society s Daf- fodil Day appeal and on Tuesday, 15 people picked about 6000 of them to sell to Motueka businesses. Jan Riley and her team from the Motueka branch of the Nelson Cancer Society were at Ann Devereux s Green Lane garden to fill buckets with the harbingers of spring. They sold them in bunches of 10 for $5, using some canny targeted marketing. We send the blokes down to the industrial area -- they get a better response , said Jan. Ann grows around 50,000 blooms and the Nelson Cancer Society owns about 50,000 blooms grown at Anchorage Winery at Flett Rd and at Inglis Horticulture in Riwaka. Jan tends them year round, spraying, fertil- ising and mowing to make sure they are peak condition for Daffodil Day. She said the Motueka branch sells about 15,000-18,000 daffodils every year, and unlike other cen- tres, which buy in their daffodils, all the money goes to the Cancer Society. The Nelson Cancer Society raises about $100,000 each Daf- fodil Day, with all that money being spent locally to fund its sup- port groups, counselling, financial grants, and publications, all our resources, really , said centre manager Linda Lucre. All across the district, Daffodil Day sellers and collectors will be out in force this Friday, with stalls in Richmond, Wakefield, Brightwater, Mapua, Motueka, and Takaka. Wakefield may lose police constable By SALLY KIDSON Motueka s policing gain is Wake- field s pain under a staffing shift which will see one of Wakefield s two long-serving police constables transferred to Motueka to bolster that station s staff numbers for its 24/7 coverage. Wakefield vicar Allan Wasley said the community opposed the reduction of officers in the town. He said that would be seen as a very backwards step . Allan, who is also the chairman of the Wakefield Community Council, said it was already hard to get hold of a policeman and if no-one was available they had to come from Richmond. Richmond was no longer manned 24 hours so sometimes officers had to come from Nelson or Motueka. He said the two officers, Marty Tutton and Peter Cobeldick, did a great job. We really value having two of them and hope that con- tinues. Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Steve Greally said a review of the recent shift to 24-hour policing in Motueka had shown non-general duties staff had been called in to help cover the station when officers were sick or on leave, which was not ideal. The rural communities deserved a faster response than having to wake up officers on call to get them to respond to emergencies, he said. Motueka would get two additional staff: one would come from Wakefield while the other position would be created by disestablishing the drugs con- stable position in Motueka, Steve said. Staff are being consulted on the proposal and a decision is expected on September 20.
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