Waihinga Centre

Packed to the Rafters. The new Waihinga Centre changes daily.  Installation of the exposed rafters is rapidly progressing.  Both rafters and plywood ceiling are one of the key features of the building. This is a key milestone. The high-level roof will be constructed first, and then the outside walls and …

War Memories

By Toni Pyl   Antonia Maria Pijl (Toni) was born in Holland in 1931. Her father was a mechanic and her mother a seamstress. Before settling in The Hague to raise a family of two girls, her parents lived in France for a few years and explored Europe on a …

Time to get out your walking gear

It’s here again, Around the Vines, your annual opportunity to walk, or if you’re super fit run, through seven  of Martinborough’s famous vineyards. So mark your calendar – Sunday 18th March. By offering four levels from a half marathon run to a leisurely 10km walk  Around the Vines certainly caters …

Bike to the Top

– Mountain biking for the Whole Family The return of the Martinborough Skyline Challenge on 15th April, 2018 will give the whole family a chance to experience mountain bike riding around the Martinborough hills on private local farmland. Set on the historic Huangarua, Puruatanga and Oystershell farms, the 4 courses …

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Omelette NZ style?

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Reminiscing on his New Zealand tour comedian John Cleese laughed about his breakfast omelette at one hotel:

“I remember asking for an omelette, then as she  leaving I stopped the waitress to ensure she had the message  (everything tends to go wrong in New Zealand) I said very clearly ‘an omelette with three eggs’.

And then I got my omelette – with three fried eggs on top. You know how some things are more obscene than you anticipated; well when you cut it fried eggs on an omelette is absolutely unwatchable”

Regional Council Notes

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Wairarapa was unsuccessful in attracting investment in the first round of Regional Development funding put up by the government.  Whilst deeply disappointing it was not unexpected when one looks at the myriad of projects from all over the country that were put up for consideration.  There’s no doubt that the Fund was designed to be an election carrot and the first round of grants has been described as nothing more than a lolly scramble.

Sore losers don’t generally get any sympathy however so there’s no point in complaining.  We need to regroup and work out what we need to do to get over the line.

Regrouping requires our three councils to work together on this; something they have agreed to do, with Greater Wellington Regional Council providing some overarching support, to identify and prioritise projects that might tick the right boxes. … Continue Reading

Rotary District Governor’s visit

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South Wairarapa Rotary hosted the District 9940 Governor in February. The meeting was held at Cobblestones in Greytown where the Friends of Cobblestone group catered for the over 80 members and guests who attended. DG Mitch Brown addressed the assembled guests and outlined his vision for the coming year.

President Mary Mason took the opportunity to induct four people into the Paul Harris Fellowship.  The gift of a special Paul Harris Pin, medallion and citation recognize this highly esteemed recognition award.

New Zealand Rotary Clubs use the Paul Harris Fellowship to recognize people in our clubs and people who interact with our clubs and the community, for exceptional service.

This year, our club recognized four outstanding community and club members … Continue Reading

Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws

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1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear
bright until you listen to them.

2. Change is inevitable, except of course from a vending machine.
3. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

4. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

5. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

6. If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone
would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog.

  1. The things that come to those who wait will usually be the scraggly junk left by those who got there first.

8. The shin bone is a device used for finding furniture in a dark

9. A fine is a tax for doing wrong.  A tax is a fine for doing well.

10. When you go into court, you are putting yourself into the hands of

12 people who weren’t creative enough to get out of jury duty.



Golf news

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop. The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford …

Martinborough Netball Club

Indeed while this year is almost over and this article slightly late, just to let you know what the season has been like for the Martinborough Netball Club. The Netball Premier Team moved up a grade this netball season from previous years having played in the Premier 2 grade. We …

Walking is a man’s best medicine. (Hippocrates)

SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB While crossing a busy intersection in Christchurch last week I spotted a banner sporting the message: WALK2freeTHE.MIND. This surely captures in a catch-phrase a credible philosophy. Throughout the decades numerous walking quotes have been recorded, many of which portray the physical and mental benefits of a …

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Martinborough is now on the international Dark Sky map with the recognition of the International …

Waihinga Centre

Seasonal Greetings The Waihinga Charitable Trust, the Fundraising Team and the Communications Team would like …

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Dear Dr Jane

Dear Dr Jane My husband is a farmer and I am worried that he is …

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