865 Borrow & Bring Back bags boomeranging in our community

With the support of the Martinborough community and tireless efforts of our fantastic sewing groups and generous individuals Boomerang bags has enjoyed monthly sewing bees since Feb 2017. Thanks to often anonymous or otherwise unending generosity of too many individuals to mention (you all know who you are! A heartfelt …

The less you say the more you say

Father Don Morrison, our local Catholic Priest who has served the South Wairarapa for 32 years recently celebrated 60 years in the Priesthood. The combined community (Catholic and Non-Catholic) and local dignitaries honoured this occasion on Saturday, July 22nd with a Mass attended by His Eminence Cardinal John Dew and …

Junior sport

We hope you all enjoyed a well-earned break over the school holidays as we head into the second half of the hockey season with all the flooding and snow hopefully behind us. The new Tuesday 6-aside format seems to be working well, with a huge number of teams from all …

Locked in – again

Who takes responsibility for the roads which connect Martinborough to the outside world? Who will step up to solve one of Martinborough’s increasingly vexing issues – isolation by flooding that leaves a community dependent on farming and tourism virtually cut off from the outside on an increasingly regular basis? In …

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The 2016 Household Incomes Report

August 8, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on The 2016 Household Incomes Report

The Ministry of Social Development has released their annual income report based on Stats NZ and other data. The findings are very different to what many would have you believe. A summary:

median household incomes rose 3% in real terms last year

median household incomes have risen 3% (real) on average every year since 2011

New Zealand’s net gains from HES 2009 to HES 2016 are better overall than for many OECD countries (we had better income growth than most)

The share of income received by the top 1% has declined slightly from a peak of 9% in the mid 1990s and is lower than most OECD countries … Continue Reading

Ian will be greatly missed

August 8, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on Ian will be greatly missed

Martinborough has lost one its its most colourful community minded characters, Ian Cresswell. He was a doer and a talker, you certainly knew where he stood on any issue but he didn’t just talk about it he would be out in the town gaining support for his latest scheme and there were many.

You’ll appreciate I don’t live in Martinborough but many people in the district knew Ian as I did because he was involved in so many things. I have had more than a few disagreements with him but as long as you were prepared to listen to his view he was happy, agreement was not compulsory. … Continue Reading

Call for a vote

August 8, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on Call for a vote

The Local Government Commission have seen fit to proceed with a Final Proposal for the amalgamation of the three Wairarapa district councils into a single Wairarapa District Council.

There are two options:

Do nothing and the proposal will proceed

Petition for a poll to determine if the proposal for amalgamation will proceed

Wairarapa Voice Incorporated is pursuing option 2, petition the LGC for a poll to decide if the proposal will proceed. We have been checking out the process and the legal requirements of how to comply with the rules. Wairarapa Voice will be gathering signatures throughout the Wairarapa. … Continue Reading

A sugar tax?

August 8, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on A sugar tax?

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

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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 …

Junior sport

The Martinborough Micros and Magic  hockey teams.

We hope you all enjoyed a well-earned break over the school holidays as we head into the second half of the hockey season with all the flooding and snow hopefully behind us. The new Tuesday 6-aside format seems to be working well, with a huge number of teams from all …

Golf Club news

The wet weather has been a godsend even though there has been a lapse in actually playing the game. The greens have benefited the most by far and the recovery process is ahead of schedule. The bonus too that no one has had to lose sleep over the water allocation consent. There …

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