A trip of a lifetime

Brothers Joe and Chris Howells, now both in their 60’s, grew up in Cologne Street, Martinborough. In August this year they joined a group of 15 people who motorcycled over the world’s highest roads in the Himalaya Mountain Range. Joe and Chris joined a 2 week Motosaga Expedition which took …

NZTrio in Greytown

The NZTrio will conclude its 2018 touring year with the programme Twine, which they will perform in Greytown on Thursday 8 November, and also in Auckland, New Plymouth and Whitianga. Each concert this year has presented a fresh dynamic, with an impressive line-up of talented Kiwi guest musicians joining founding …

Old School is Back

We profiled our local butcher Scotty’s Meats in the May Martinborough Star of this year. Scotty was committed to finding a way to go plastic bag free. It was here we introduced the idea of bring a container to ‘fill them up’ in the act of reducing waste, reusing and …

International focus at South Wairarapa Rotary meetings

Ambassador Brown recently visited South Wairarapa Rotary as our guest speaker.  He gave a very lively and engaging speech, introducing himself in Maori.  Mr Brown said that when he was offered an ambassadorial post he chose New Zealand because of the All Blacks, the movie Lord of the Rings and …

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RETIRED POLICE-WOMAN AND MIDDLE-AGED MAN IN LYCRA

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South Wairarapa Rebus Club

The speaker at our October meeting, Friday 26th, is Brenda Gale, a retired police officer who spent ten years in the service culminating in membership of the Family Safety Team at Masterton. She will talk in some detail about the structure of the Police in the Wairarapa, a sort of “who does what and where”, and illustrate that with some of her personal stories of jobs and experiences.

Those attending our August meeting were fascinated by actor Mark Hadlow who entertained us with a fund of stories from his long career as an actor on stage, on television and in movies. No great lover of reality television, Mark encouraged us to support live theatre in all its forms. His solo performances as a Sensitive New Age Guy in SNAG and Middle Aged Men in Lycra in the more recent MAMIL came to life, briefly, as Mark sketched the backgrounds and shared the experience of presenting them on stage.  … Continue Reading

Southern Netball

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Southern Netball started the season named a finalist in the Wairarapa Sports Award Club of the Year and finished with the Southern Steel being named Netball Wairarapa Primary School team of the Year – Sportsmanship, Improvement and results with many fabulous achievements in between including the Storm winning grade 4 and continued club growth.

This year players from Featherston were welcomed along to the club we continued to have great support from Featherston, Tuhirangi and Martinborough Senior Clubs.

Many fabulous people contributed to the season’s success – coaches, managers, umpires, committee members, players, parents, grandparents, cheerleaders and fundraisers a contribution greatly appreciated. … Continue Reading

The Devil is in the Detail

Waihinga Centre 

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With the major structural elements of the Town Hall and Waihinga Centre completed, the focus is now on the interior and the exterior surroundings. Myriads of details are being attended to daily. 

Inside the Town Hall the Supper room ceiling is in place and ready for painting.

In the new building attaching the ply wood to the ceiling is a much more complicated affair with each piece needing to be carefully measured and cut exactly to fit around the windows and columns.

Between the two buildings “The Street” is likewise being panelled in plywood.  “The Street”, will provide an opportunity to showcase art or photographic displays” says Victoria Read from the Waihinga Charitable Trust. “We are really looking forward to the numerous ways in which we can use the Waihinga Centre.  Imagine all of the photos of our soldiers being displayed here over the ANZAC day commemorations. Everyone coming in and out would stop to remember.” … Continue Reading

War Stories 

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Toni Pyle Part 6

My father now felt it necessary to collect food from the farmers in the east of the country, who had plenty. He made many excursions by bike to villages there, carrying linen and cordite lamps (which he had made himself) in exchange for grain, oats, butter and eggs. It was not easy getting the food home as he had to avoid other hungry people and German control points.

Many people went there, biking, walking, some pushing carts and prams. Men and boys fell by the roadside and died of starvation but the women seemed to keep going. The main roads were also very dangerous because of shooting from the allied planes.

As the weeks passed, it became more and more difficult for my father to get home on the weekends. He was usually brought home in a car powered by wood or coal instead of petrol and someone sat on the bonnet watching for planes. This became too dangerous so the car trips suddenly stopped. My father didn’t know this and laden with food, he decided to take a bike. When the axle broke he tied the front wheel to his body and carried on. Luckily, he somehow got a message to us that he would be late so that we didn’t wait and worry in vain. Early in the morning we heard his special whistle but we couldn’t rush out to greet him because of the curfew. My father was safe because he had a permit, in fact he managed to get granted papers for all sorts of things. He arrived dreadfully pale and exhausted with swollen feet but a good meal and rest soon saw him come right again. He had brought home plenty of food. … Continue Reading

Sports

Southern Netball

Southern Netball started the season named a finalist in the Wairarapa Sports Award Club of the Year and finished with the Southern Steel being named Netball Wairarapa Primary School team of the Year – Sportsmanship, Improvement and results with many fabulous achievements in between including the Storm winning grade 4 …

TUHIRANGI JAB RUGBY

The 2018 Tuhirangi JAB rugby season has come to an end but we have had a great year.  We had approx. 45 children registered and they played across 6 different teams ranging from Under 6 Rippa through to the Under 13’s. This year we had our own Tuhirangi Under 6 …

Martinborough Golf Report

Spring sprang a leak early in September with many days being called off, and the course closing for a short time (for being underwater).  However the cold snap passed, the ground dried out and our intrepid golfers wiped down their trundlers, dried out their gloves and drove home some good …

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The Devil is in the Detail

Waihinga Centre  __________________________ With the major structural elements of the Town Hall and Waihinga Centre …

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THE CHESS CLUB meets every Tuesday night  at St. Andrew’s Church Hall from 5pm. No …

Regional Council notes

Wairarapa did itself proud recently in the way it responded to Greater Wellington Regional Council’s …

Letters

Not good enough Today, 23 May, we again find ourselves questioning the competency of our …

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Not the place to be in 1904 A newspaper of the time reported that Martinborough …

From the mayor

The Marae DIY crew rolled into Martinborough on the 16th of May set to transform …

Waihinga Centre

A Very Generous Gift The Martinborough Lions have always been very active supporters of our …

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