Inaugural Martinborough Music Festival

The newly launched Martinborough Music Festival, held from September 29- October 1, brought together two musical treasures: the beautiful, warm-toned Schimmel grand piano bequeathed to the Martinborough community by the late Cherry van Kranen, and Michael Houstoun New Zealand’s pre-eminent concert pianist. “Without an instrument of this calibre we would …

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JIM 2017: A Fitting Tribute

The first weekend of Spring saw the 7th edition of Jazz in Martinborough. “It was by far our best ever festival in terms of tickets sold and attendance at gigs,” says festival music director Lee Quayle. “It was a startlingly successful event that our recently departed founder Ian Cresswell would …

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JIM 2017: A Fitting Tribute

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The first weekend of Spring saw the 7th edition of Jazz in Martinborough. “It was by far our best ever festival in terms of tickets sold and attendance at gigs,” says festival music director Lee Quayle. “It was a startlingly successful event that our recently departed founder Ian Cresswell would have been very proud of – though he wouldn’t like me finishing a sentence with a preposition! It really was a fitting tribute to his legacy.”
“Old Crez” as he is affectionately remembered would have been highly satisfied with the 2017 results for income generated, gigs played and music enjoyed.  “All three of our ticketed events sold out for the first time ever, and most of the venues had large, enthusiastic and appreciative crowds,” says Lee, “the likes of which we have never seen before.”
A feature of this year’s festival was the highly successful College Combos n the Cafe. “We were very pleased to be able to present four talented, confident and creative Wairarapa College bands to a Sunday morning coffee crowd at The Village Cafe,” says Lee.  “The quality and quantity of the student band contribution to our festival grows each year.  It has become a part of who we are and what we represent.” As festival  patron Rodger Fox said during the festival “This [youth jazz] is where our future performers and audiences come from, and I applaud Jazz in Martinborough for their efforts in this area.”
Planning is already underway for the 2018 festival, which will see the return of feature acts to the stage of the refurbished Martinborough Town Hall. “It’s going to be a huge celebration with some big names and events” says festival marketing manager Martin Lewis.  

RWNZ Martinborough Raise Funds for Wharekaka

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Recently Rural Women New Zealand Martinborough Branch hosted a book launch for Carole Brungar’s book The Nam Legacy which was very successful. The idea for the Martinborough Branch to get involved was the brainchild of member Di McGrigor who is a friend of Carole’s. It was decided that funds raised would go towards Wharekaka and their special projects such as raised garden beds or an All terrain wheel chair.
Three local Martinborough Branch Members Viv Malneek, Carolyn Nicol & Liz Hancock presented a cheque for $1,000. Pictured is Carolyn Thompson (left) from the Wharekaka Auxillary and Viv Malneek RWNZ Martinborough Branch President.

Friendship Club

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When the previous Friendship Club committee retired – after 25 years serving homemade soup with slice, tea and coffee – it was doubted if the club had a future. The retiring committee members were all in their 80s and 90s and there were health issues.
A meeting was called where it was agreed there was a need for those living alone and also those who had partners be able to share a lunch in pleasant company on a regular basis.
John Lace was the first to put his hand up and offer to be convenor. Anne Egerton (an angel in disguise) was next followed by Carol Southee. Carol is computer savvy and organised all the arrangements for the club.
Carol has now sold her home in Martinborough and is building a new home in Wanganui so as to be near her family. To say that the club will be without an anchor is putting it mildly as she has been such a key figure in the club . She will be a huge loss.
The new committee have a different format having a pot luck lunch every other month with a speaker, as usual in the Presbyterian Church Hall. On the alternative months there will be dining out at various venues. The meeting day will continue to be the last Monday of each month with members being reminded by the phoning team.
The club is hoping there will be a person who will join the committee and help with arranging the functioning of this popular group. Mostly long term residents come however we welcome new residents a to be part of the club and so come and meet their neighbours.

Dear Dr Jane

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I can’t stand the commute into Wellington. We moved out here for a better lifestyle and love everything about the South Wairarapa. But we have a mortgage and I’ve got the type of job that requires me to work in Wellington full-time. Every time I drive to the train station I am filled with dread at another hour squeezed into a small space with the other morning zombies. Is there anything I can do to change my mindset before I physically assault the next person whose elbows take my share of the arm-rest? … Continue Reading



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