A trip of a lifetime

Brothers Joe and Chris Howells, now both in their 60’s, grew up in Cologne Street, Martinborough. In August this year they joined a group of 15 people who motorcycled over the world’s highest roads in the Himalaya Mountain Range. Joe and Chris joined a 2 week Motosaga Expedition which took …

NZTrio in Greytown

The NZTrio will conclude its 2018 touring year with the programme Twine, which they will perform in Greytown on Thursday 8 November, and also in Auckland, New Plymouth and Whitianga. Each concert this year has presented a fresh dynamic, with an impressive line-up of talented Kiwi guest musicians joining founding …

Old School is Back

We profiled our local butcher Scotty’s Meats in the May Martinborough Star of this year. Scotty was committed to finding a way to go plastic bag free. It was here we introduced the idea of bring a container to ‘fill them up’ in the act of reducing waste, reusing and …

International focus at South Wairarapa Rotary meetings

Ambassador Brown recently visited South Wairarapa Rotary as our guest speaker.  He gave a very lively and engaging speech, introducing himself in Maori.  Mr Brown said that when he was offered an ambassadorial post he chose New Zealand because of the All Blacks, the movie Lord of the Rings and …

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Inner wheel

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Our August meeting was one of the many examples of how important our community is to families, young and old. Bruce Farley, known to many people in Greytown, spoke about the Lions Trishaw Project. Bruce was one of the first people my husband David and I met in Greytown when he erected our fence. It seems the berm is a great place to work and catch up with everybody. This was surely demonstrated by Bruce who seemed to know all the passers-by. He assured us he deducted these chats from his hours. Funnily enough, coming to our meeting was almost like another reunion as he acknowledged various members during his talk. Anyway, back to the Trishaw cycle. … Continue Reading

International focus at South Wairarapa Rotary meetings

October 3, 2018 October 2018 No Comments

Ambassador Brown recently visited South Wairarapa Rotary as our guest speaker.  He gave a very lively and engaging speech, introducing himself in Maori.  Mr Brown said that when he was offered an ambassadorial post he chose New Zealand because of the All Blacks, the movie Lord of the Rings and the independent attitude of New Zealanders. He commented that number plates in his home State of New Hampshire carry the motto “Live free or die” – a similar sentiment, he felt, could be found here.

The Ambassador said that he sees his job as enhancing the relationship between New Zealand and the U.S. as well as helping U.S. citizens in difficulties, dealing with business issues and fostering exchange programs.

Mr Brown spoke about the things that New Zealand and the U.S. have in common such as the five eyes alliance, space related activities such as the SOFIA flying observatory and New Zealand interns at NASA, student exchange programs and mutual trade opportunities.

Finally he spoke about some of the achievements of the current U.S. administration and said that, love him or hate him, Donald Trump has done the things he said he would do. He then took questions from the floor which covered subjects like environment, human rights, and the power of the U.S. military lobby.

The Ambassador was then asked to present grants to some of this month’s recipients. 

South Wairarapa Rotary’s ongoing financial support throughout the district.

 The past two months have seen the award of over $20,000 to various Wairarapa projects including: Arbor House for their van, Wairarapa Youth Charitable Trust to set up critical equipment, Hope Walk Wairarapa, Lions International, Martinborough Waihinga Center playground, plants for the Kahutara School’s Mangatete Wetland project, Jazz in Martinborough, Greytown Heritage Trust, and various educational bursaries and grants.

To enquire about funding, joining Rotary or helping in local Rotary projects – please email info@swrotary.org.nz or visit our website swrotary.org.nz

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap Up 2018

October 3, 2018 October 2018, Sports No Comments

Kahutara School Hockey has had some great success this season.  Three teams competed in various Wairarapa Hockey Association grades, with the Kahutara Junior Red team in the Tuesday night 6 Aside quarter field competition; the 6 Aside A team in the Friday night half field competition; and the 1st XI team in the Wairarapa Primary and Intermediate Schools B Grade competition. 

 All three teams punched above their weight, with the Red team making it to the semi-finals of their grade and the 1st XI finishing runners-up.  With an impressive 54 goals for and only 24 goals against them, the 1st XI team finished the season with 10 wins, 1 draw and only 2 losses, both to Kia Kaha, with unfortunately one of those losses being in the final.  

The group worked very well as a team all season, with some great passing and brilliant goals as a result.  

Congratulations to all the children from all three teams for making Kahutara School proud, playing fair and trying hard every game.  Special congratulations to the trophy winners in each team.  Red team MVP: Grace Jaspers; 6 Aside A team MVP: Rhiannon Clark; 1st XI MVP: Angus Jaspers, Most Improved: Rheno Andersen-Clay and Most Dedicated: Archie Clark/Guy Jaspers.  Rheno was also named in the Wairarapa Boys Curtis Cup team.        

A big thank-you to all the parents for your wonderful support over the season, and especially to those parents who coached the teams


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Are you a keen gardener, a would-be keen gardener or just enjoy looking at other people’s handiwork?  

The Down to Earth Garden group started in Martinborough a couple of years ago to provide an opportunity to visit private gardens. .  All sorts of gardens; cottage, veggie, native, new, established, large and small.   Hopefully, something for everyone and plenty of inspiration!  

It’s a very relaxed, social group.  We have a cuppa afterwards with the hosts so there’s plenty of opportunity to talk and share information as well as quiz the owners about their garden.  

If this sounds like you, why not get in touch with Chris Cassels at ccassels@gmail.com


Southern Netball

Southern Netball started the season named a finalist in the Wairarapa Sports Award Club of the Year and finished with the Southern Steel being named Netball Wairarapa Primary School team of the Year – Sportsmanship, Improvement and results with many fabulous achievements in between including the Storm winning grade 4 …


The 2018 Tuhirangi JAB rugby season has come to an end but we have had a great year.  We had approx. 45 children registered and they played across 6 different teams ranging from Under 6 Rippa through to the Under 13’s. This year we had our own Tuhirangi Under 6 …

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Spring sprang a leak early in September with many days being called off, and the course closing for a short time (for being underwater).  However the cold snap passed, the ground dried out and our intrepid golfers wiped down their trundlers, dried out their gloves and drove home some good …

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