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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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

Speak only English

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Is it important that more people speak English? Only this week, David Cameron launched a new scheme encouraging more Muslim women to learn the language, one argument being that the inability of many to do so weakens their voice , and in doing so strengthens radicalisation.

It’s true that ignorance of English is a personal cost for anyone living here, perhaps a personal tragedy, but I doubt it’s a long-term social problem. … Continue Reading

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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 …

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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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 …

COMMUNITY BOARD UPDATE

Our Community Board, which is YOUR Community Board, has been busy as usual. Here is …

Know your town

The John Martin Family John Martin arrived at Wellington along with nineteen family members on …

Book review – Breaking ranks

Breaking Ranks is James McNeish’s final book, the manuscript being completed shortly before he died. …

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