Artistic Directors Appointed for Martinborough Music Festival

A classical music festival between 29 September-October 1st was announced for Martinborough in the March STAR. Pianist, Michael Houstoun, will launch the Festival giving the Schimmel Grand Piano, gifted by the late Cherry van Kranen to the Martinborough community, its first public outing. Well known musicians and former NZSO players, …


A new project to reduce the number of plastic bags being used and discarded has been launched in Martinborough.
 The Martinborough community is being asked to donate fabric to make reusable “Boomerang Bags”. The bags will be available at a number of local businesses. If people forget their own bags, …

Challenging ride completed

The very long ride was completed when we arrived at the Bluff on 18th March, 27 days after we started at Cape Reinga. The journey for us was truly a once in a lifetime experience, cycling through this wonderful country of ours and meeting such fabulous iconic New Zealanders. The …

The $45,000 cookbook

The marvellous Cookbook “Tastes From Martinborough” has been a runaway success! Produced by the Wharekaka Auxiliary, to raise funds to provide hospital level care at Wharekaka Rest Home, the book has been enthusiastically embraced by locals and visitors alike and has quickly sold out of its’ 1000 copy print run. …

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April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on THE MINI FELL COMPLEX

Cross Creek Railway’s Friday Night 3rd March was a magnificent night to ride the rail. The Engine Shed rocked to the noise of over 19 train drivers who were there to receive their 2017/2019 train driving licence.
The extension shed is progressing with Alan and Trevor nearly ¾ of the way through the build. It is looking strong and substantial. The surrounds will look fantastic when finished. … Continue Reading

The tranquilizer gun

April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on The tranquilizer gun

The tranquilizer gun now used all over the world was invented by New Zealand Veterinary Surgeon Colin Murdoch from Timaru who patented the gun in 1959.

The problems he faced in designing the gun included being able to deliver a varied dose according to the animal’s size plus a controlled projectile speed according to distance and thickness of the animal’s skin. No matter how far away from the animal the needle needs to just stick into the skin without braking a bone.

The invention was waiting for an expert in gun making, animal physiology , ballistics, pharmaceuticals and anaesthesia. … Continue Reading

Wellington Regional Council notes

April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on Wellington Regional Council notes

What exactly does the Greater Wellington Regional Council do is a question I am often asked when I talk to people around the district. Anyone who uses the train regularly is probably aware that the Council manages the contracts for all the public transport in the region including the trains, buses and ferries. If you are a farmer with a waterway running through your property then you will absolutely be aware of the environmental role that GWRC plays through both catchment management and resource consents.
Both these roles are certainly the major players but are by no means all that the council does. Did you know that GWRC operates a contact centre which handles nearly twenty thousand calls per month? Did you know that it is responsible for safety in Wellington Harbour including maintenance of navigation lights and the mooring chains on Barretts Reef? … Continue Reading


April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on WHAREKAKA NEWS

Wharekaka-news Summer seems to have come and gone rather too quickly at Wharekaka, but it’s not stopped us from enjoying the outdoors and surrounding areas.
Residents enjoyed following one of our nurses, John, and Toby’s recent biking trip from Cape Reinga to Bluff. We are so proud of their achievement.
We have been on outings to Pinehaven for ice-creams and Lake Ferry for afternoon tea. We always take our quiz book along to practice for our monthly quiz at Cartercourt Rest Home.
Visitors have included Bell Street early learners and we have the new entrants back reading with the residents again. This is very enjoyable and lovely to watch the childrens’ confidence grow.
The Auxiliary and Friends of Wharekaka continue to have a wonderful input to activities. A recent luncheon at the golf course was enjoyed by all.
Pilates on Mondays with Jane Flowerday also has members from the community joining in.
We have an Easter raffle at the moment if anyone would like to come in and try to win a big basket of Easter goodies.

Dawn Geddes enjoys a real fruit ice cream

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Our Senior players have been training hard, and with a couple of pre seasons games played, they are ready to start the 2017 season. The Premier competition starts this Saturday 8 April against Greytown, over in Greytown so show your support and get to see the new playing strip being …

Great win for Martinborough

Wairarapa 1st Prize goes south Martinborough Tennis Club lifted the coveted Gawith Shield last week at the Masterton Tennis Centre, beating Carterton 4 matches to 2 in the finals of the summer competition.           In spite of the best the renowned Spooner brothers could muster, the …


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