Our water problem 

Another summer and total water restriction in place again, this year earlier than ever. Living in the Wairarapa summer droughts and water shortages ever has it been and with climate change we can be sure that this ever will it be thus.  The initial reaction is to say it’s ‘The …

It’s in the Bag

This was the catchy title for a great idea: donating handbags filled with essential toiletries plus treats like perfume for the Women’s Refuge.  When the call went out the response was typical Martinborough.  More than 90 bags chocka with goodies were dropped off at the collection point at Kitcheners, to …

Know your town 

George Pain JP The city father of the town we now know as Martinborough.  The Pain family came to New Zealand on the ship Oriental arriving at Wellington in 1840, Mr Pain Snr, also George, was a bricklayer, George, their third son, was born in 1846. They lived at a …

An earlier Star deliverer 

We received an interesting letter from Val Johns’ brother in law Lloyd who lives in Australia. He wrote;  “In the 1950s I delivered Charlie Michelle’s Martinborough Star to around 40 or so residents each Wednesday after school for the princely sum of 2/6d.  ( 2020 = $8.72). On every Wednesday, …

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Young athletes

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Lloyd Jones has sent us these two photos of Martinborough School Athletics teams taken at around 1955. We know Llyod and Mate Higginson are in the boy’s team can anybody hep us with other names? 

WHAT’s ON AT ARATOI IN FEBRUARY

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UNDER PRESSURE

A selected exhibition at Aratoi of contemporary Wairarapa print artists.

Open to all Wairarapa printmakers. … Continue Reading

Wharekaka Volunteer Programme

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Wharekaka has 21 elderly and frail residents, many of whom need hospital level care. We have decided that 2020 is the year we strengthen and formalise our volunteer engagement, to ensure that our residents have the best opportunities to engage with our caring and supportive Martinborough and District community. 

We want to reach out to those of you who have the time and motivation to support our residents. You will be offered training and guidance and regular sessions to ensure that are able to fulfill your role and not only give to the Wharekaka community, but enrich your own life. … Continue Reading

WHAREKAKA NEWS

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Wharekaka has started the new decade with enthusiasm. We are in good heart and were delighted to be complimented recently for our faultless nursing care, under the leadership of Evelen Alexander.   We celebrate and thank all our staff who together, as a team, provide wonderful care, activities and delicious meals for our residents with love and professionalism.   We are also looking forward to welcoming volunteers into new roles in our services (see separate article).  

Change is good the pundits always say, so taking that to heart, the Wharekaka Auxiliary decided to change our annual January residents’ picnic day to an outdoor Fish and Chip lunch. That went down very well, if you’ll pardon the pun, as you can see in the photo. … Continue Reading

Sports

Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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Letters

Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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