MARTINBOROUH RUGBY CLUB

The season is over for the Premier and Senior Reserve teams, and what a season it was! Our Premier team made it to the Tui Cup Final, our first final in 24 year years…the last time we won was 26 years ago! Unfortunately it was not to be the fairy …

Wharekaka benefits from delightful musical soirée


One reason Martinborough is such a great place to live is the amazing range of amenities we have, many of which are no longer available in other small New Zealand towns. Wharekaka Rest Home, run by locals for locals, is one of those treasures. With the recent upgrade to hospital-level …

‘Bikes for kids’ greatly appreciated

The Men’s Shed’s most successful project is “Bikes for Kids” which has been underway for several months. Thanks to the donations of bikes of all sizes from the community, over 30 bikes have been reconditioned to good working order and placed in schools and the Wairarapa Youth Program located in …

Helping Our Community Flourish

v We don’t want to be the hearse at the bottom of the cliff”, says Pam Shackleton the Practice Manager at Martinborough Health Centre. ‘We’d much prefer our patients to be happy and healthy and not coming to see us at all!’ With that in mind Pam is leading a …

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A sugar tax?

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Like rust, the researchers of public health keep trying to corrode our tax system. Like rust, they never sleep. They were at it again this week, holding a “fizz” conference at Auckland University in the hope of persuading political parties to put a tax on soft drinks in their platform for the coming election.

A tax that even if there was no substitution would result in an average calorie drop of 3 calories a day!
My only interest as a citizen of this country is in the integrity of our tax system. This is the thing health taxers never consider. … Continue Reading

Word fun

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Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs and Heterographs

A Homonym shares the same spelling and pronunciation but has a different meaning. E.G. bark (the sound a dog makes) and bark (part of a tree).

Homographs are words with the same spelling (pronunciation may vary) but each has a different meaning as in hound (a dog breed) or hound (to pester).  

Homophones share the same pronunciation, no matter the spelling, and also have a different meaning, E.G: fair (a public gathering) and fare (a fee for public transportation).  … Continue Reading

The world has never been better!

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Johan Norberg looks at the progress humanity has made in recent years:
In 1947, 50 per cent of the world’s population was chronically malnourished. Today that’s down to 13 per cent.

Chlorination of water led to a massive drop in infant mortality. Such benefits have now been extended to the Third World, with the result that 91 per cent of the world’s population (2.6 billion people) have clean water, as opposed to 52 per cent in 1980.

In the 1830s, in western Europe life expectancy was still only 33. Today, average life expectancy in the world is an amazing 71.
… Continue Reading

The electronic petrol pump

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A then small Marton firm, PEC, had it’s start in the Second world war when it was established to make smoke bombs. After the war they made a number of products before settling on manufacturing petrol pumps.

In the 1970s they noted the invention of the microprocessor and realised that one day their mechanical pumps would be a thing of the past.

They decided not to delay but begin designing an electronic pump. … Continue Reading

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MARTINBOROUH RUGBY CLUB

The season is over for the Premier and Senior Reserve teams, and what a season it was! Our Premier team made it to the Tui Cup Final, our first final in 24 year years…the last time we won was 26 years ago! Unfortunately it was not to be the fairy …

Junior Sport

U13 Boys Hockey The 2017 Wairarapa U13 Hatch Cup representative hockey team performed well at its first mini tournament in Stratford on the 12 and 13 August, securing wins over Manawatu, Wanganui and Horowhenua. The team is well represented by the South Wairarapa this year with Jarrod Yee, Hamish Kill, …

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF

Two down and one to go, we are on the home straight with the season of Winter and for the first time in many years the dams and tanks are fill and the water tables have well and truly reached above the ground. you guessed, we’re ready for Spring! The …

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Waihinga Centre

____________________________________________ A White Square on a White Field One of Mondrian’s most famous paintings, “A …

Know your town

Martinborough Picture Theatre 1913 – 1964 The first movie theatre proprietors were Garland and Stewart …

Library news

Welcome to Summer! What a welcome sight and feel all that sunshine is after the …

Fire Brigade

The amalgamation of the NZ Fire Service with 39 rural fire authorities on the 1st …

Waihinga Centre

Open to Change If you are just walking or driving past the Town Hall it …

News from First Church

We are pleased we decided to hold our weekly meetings during July and August in …

Wharekaka News

Hello from Wharekaka, Now with the shortest day behind us. We look forward to the …

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