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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OLD CREZ

August 8, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on OLD CREZ

by John Ansell
 
A trbte 2 a lte, grt 83 yr ld wh kpt hmslf yng by wrtg incmprhnsbl txts.
 
Distinguished Ian Cresswell
Alias oldcrez
(At least that’s what the Sender handle
On his email sez)
 
A local institution
Both rural and urbane
His inspiring contribution
In our minds will long remain
 
I used to like our little chats
When passing in the street
From jazz to troubled teens
His ancient insights were a treat
 
The day he couldn’t stop and chat
He sent a text instead
A real pearl of wisdom
I wonder what it said?

Childproof lids

August 7, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on Childproof lids

Who would have guessed that those childproof (and often adult proof) lids were invented in New Zealand? Italian expat Claudio Petronelli settled in Wanganui with his young wife, in 1970 they had their first baby, a son.

One day he read of an unfortunate Hawkes Bay family whose child had died after drinking poison from a bottle. He determined that the same would not happen to him and, as an engineer, set about designing a child proof bottle cap.

With partner Gavin Park they perfected a design which they patented then set about manufacturing the caps. They also licenced the they design to an American company which produced millions of caps.
The patent has now long run out but their company continues to design, patent and manufacture a variety of systems from garden and kitchen tools to water valves.

The bad & good news

August 7, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on The bad & good news

First the bad news: 2016 was the warmest year on record. Global sea ice extent is more than four million square kilometres below average. The Arctic temperatures are three degrees over the 1960 -1990 average. Sea levels have risen twenty centre metres since the start of the twentieth century.

World Metrological Organization scientist David Carlson says “we are seeing changes which challenge the limits of our understanding. We are now in unchartered territory”.

However there is also good news: the cost of solar photovoltaic cells have fallen 85% in the past seven years. Bloomberg New Energy Finance says that solar power is already as cheap as coal in Germany, Australia, the US, Spain and Italy. By 2021 it will also be cheaper than coal in China, India, Mexico UK and Brazil.

The cost of installing wind driven power has also fallen 30% in the last eight years and the price continues to fall.

World wide more renewable power plants are being installed than coal, natural gas and oil combined. This year China has cancelled 100 planned or already under construction coal- fired power plants in favour of renewable energy ones. In the US 249 coal plants have been mothballed since 2010.

The sale of electric vehicles are growing 60% a year. The cost of batteries is falling fast and all the major manufacturers are making deep commitment to the new technology.

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF

August 7, 2017 August 2017, Sports Comments Off on 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 Course has been under going some serious aeration and top dressing, the upside is the grass will grow, the weeds will be scarce and we should see a marked improvement on the fairways in the next few months. There has been the odd tree come down during the big gales however we have been very fortunate that damage has been mostly superficial.

The Lions tour boosted the coffers, a good number of freedom supporters found their way to the Course and didn’t mind a bit that the greens were being cored the week they arrived and one group were especially grateful to the Wednesday gals who lent them their Clubs, balls etc. … 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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