HEATHER MARCHIONI CELEBRATES:

21 Years ago Heather Marchioni a Martinborough School teacher and her husband Bryan set out for Brisbane to prepare for a life saving liver transplant. With the co-ordination from the Martinborough Lions Club together with the Martinborough Community a major plan was put in place to fundraise to support Heather …

Bill Stephen Retires from the Martinborough Ambulance Service

After 32 years, Bill Stephen retired recently from Martinborough’s St John ambulance service, marking the close of a long chapter of involvement. It was Easter 1978 when Bill and his wife Charlene arrived in Martinborough and Bill began work alongside local builder Lindsay Cunliffe. Once he had settled into life …

ROSE SHOW A “BLOOMING SUCCESS”

Our town’s 2014 Rose and Flower Show – in its 70th year – was held late in November in Martinborough’s equally famous Town Hall. The Committee, helpers, exhibitors and their exhibits, visitors and even the Town Hall itself, all battled the wind [and won!] to make a successful and attractive …

FISHING COMPETITION RAISES 4K FOR MARTINBOROUGH FIRE BRIGADE

The Hunting & Fishing sponsored Pukemanu Fishing Open, held its annual competition on 8-9 November based out of Pukemanu Tavern with fishing taking place out of Ngawi and Tora coast. Weather gods were kind allowing approximately 100 anglers young and old to get on the water and catch the seven …

Recent Articles:

Ultrafast Broadband to Martinborough……7 yrs or 20yrs away?

December 16, 2014 December 2014 Comments Off

Martinborough is not on the current Government program for providing Ultrafast Broadband (UFB or Fibre) that finishes in 2019. We do have fibre into the main Chorus exchange, to the Martinborough School( including Dublin St from the school to the intersection with Jellicoe St) and the Pinot Grove subdivision.

The National government has made an pre-election pledge to inject up to $210 million”  dollars more into their UFB program but has yet to decide the policy framework that would ultimately determine who gets the benefits of the extra investment. … Continue Reading

Squash Club at National Champs

December 16, 2014 December 2014, Sports Comments Off

Squash-Club-Super ChampsOctober 15-18 2014 saw the Martinborough E Grade ladies team in Christchurch for the National E Grade Squash tournament, representing the Wellington region. At the same time, the E grade men’s teams from both Masterton and Red Star were at the same venue, also representing the Wellington region. Out of 20 teams (x10 women and x10 men), three were from the Wairarapa!

In the women’s draw, teams came from as far afield as Maungaturoto (Northland) down to Otago. We met and played against an amazing group of women. They ranged from young juniors coming up through the ranks to those wily women who had all the shots and just owned the court! … Continue Reading

ROSE SHOW A “BLOOMING SUCCESS”

December 16, 2014 December 2014 Comments Off

Rose-showOur town’s 2014 Rose and Flower Show – in its 70th year – was held late in November in Martinborough’s equally famous Town Hall. The Committee, helpers, exhibitors and their exhibits, visitors and even the Town Hall itself, all battled the wind [and won!] to make a successful and attractive show.

As well as nearly 400 entries including lots of roses and some beautiful irises, there was a popular display of Bonsai put on by the recently formed Wairarapa Bonsai Club, and a table of exquisite creations made out of icing from the Cake Decorators’ Guild. … Continue Reading

Ramblings from Council

December 16, 2014 December 2014 Comments Off

On amalgamation:
How does one describe the action or perhaps the inaction of the Local Government Commission (LGC) who almost a year ago was going to announce their preferred option for the Wellington Region’s Councils? The continual delay of the announcement is unsettling for council staff and especially in employing senior management from outside the area, who have no desire to take a position that may be redundant in a year or two.

The latest information from the LGC is an announcement will be made prior Christmas. It is acknowledged that the LGC is very busy but there appears little respect for the position of rural councils. If the option is a repeat of the Northland and Hawkes Bay then a referendum may well create a position where status quo transpires. … Continue Reading

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Squash Club at National Champs

October 15-18 2014 saw the Martinborough E Grade ladies team in Christchurch for the National E Grade Squash tournament, representing the Wellington region. At the same time, the E grade men’s teams from both Masterton and Red Star were at the same venue, also representing the Wellington region. Out of …

Golf Club News

After quite a few years reporting for the Club I have decided that it is time to put away the pen and cast my mind back to what has happened. I have been very lucky that the paper has not been had up for some of the terrible remarks that …

Active Tennis

New Active Tennis classes have started again for this season, but there is still space on Monday morning and Friday afternoon in Martinborough and Wednesday morning in Masterton. The classes proved to be very popular over this winter. This is not an ordinary tennis class. But an intensive tennis workout, …

Regular Features

Fire Brigade

Since the last report, the Brigade has responded to 16 emergency calls. Springtime means dry …

South Wairarapa Rotary Club

The start of November saw the running of our new project, the Martinborough Charity Fun …

Library news

It’s nearly here – Christmas is just around the corner, it comes around so quickly.  …

Know your town

It took time It took time for the people of Waihinga/Martinborough to have their own …

From the Mayor

Laughter is the best medicine according to old time wisdom.  If this is true then …

Book review

Fitz – the colonial adventures of James Edward Fitzgerald. AUTHOR Jennifer Roberts This is a …

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