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Kim Weatherland

"What a lot of people don't realise is just how much local businesses support all these wonderful events we have in the region, so it's really important that we get out there and support those businesses now"

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Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival

Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival

My favourite place

Johnsons Barge Service Ltd
Make it Marlborough

Johnsons Barge Service Ltd is a family owned business and has been providing barge and mooring services to Marlborough Sounds and surrounding areas for 100 years.

We are very fortunate to provide support services to the New Zealand King Salmon sea farms, and we were able to continue our essential services during lockdown operating 3-4 days a week. I was able to do the logistics and crewing work from home, which was strange but lovely.

I think we’ve been fairly lucky, many of our general delivery and mooring clients who live in the Sounds are retired, and may not have felt the financial disruption as much as others. They’ve been in touch after lockdown saying they still want to build that shed, or have their mooring serviced.

With five vessels in our fleet there’s always maintenance work to be done. We’re up to date with essential maintenance, and the not so urgent work has been put on hold for a while. We’re being very careful and thrifty because we don’t know what’s down the track in 6, 8, 12 months’ time.

I am also involved with the Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival along with the Havelock Theatre Company - that’s what happens when you live in a small town you end up getting involved with everything! But it really is the best part of living in a small community.

The committee is already in the throes of planning the 2021 festival and the theatre company has been rehearsing via Zoom for our next production in January, so it’s exciting to see things rolling out.

A lot of events depend heavily on sponsorship of course. What a lot of people don’t realise is just how much local businesses support all these wonderful events we have in the region, so it’s really important that we get out there and support those businesses now.

As a region we need to get together with our friends and family, do things we don’t usually do and appreciate where we live and what we have on offer on our own doorstep.

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