MARTINBOROUH RUGBY CLUB

The season is over for the Premier and Senior Reserve teams, and what a season it was! Our Premier team made it to the Tui Cup Final, our first final in 24 year years…the last time we won was 26 years ago! Unfortunately it was not to be the fairy …

Wharekaka benefits from delightful musical soirée


One reason Martinborough is such a great place to live is the amazing range of amenities we have, many of which are no longer available in other small New Zealand towns. Wharekaka Rest Home, run by locals for locals, is one of those treasures. With the recent upgrade to hospital-level …

‘Bikes for kids’ greatly appreciated

The Men’s Shed’s most successful project is “Bikes for Kids” which has been underway for several months. Thanks to the donations of bikes of all sizes from the community, over 30 bikes have been reconditioned to good working order and placed in schools and the Wairarapa Youth Program located in …

Helping Our Community Flourish

v We don’t want to be the hearse at the bottom of the cliff”, says Pam Shackleton the Practice Manager at Martinborough Health Centre. ‘We’d much prefer our patients to be happy and healthy and not coming to see us at all!’ With that in mind Pam is leading a …

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About Ian Cresswell, Cherry van Kranen and the Martinborough Music Festival

September 13, 2017 September 2017 Comments Off on About Ian Cresswell, Cherry van Kranen and the Martinborough Music Festival

Larger than life, energetic, persistent, exasperating, kind, caring, incorrigible, urbane, affable and more. This was Ian Cresswell.
Kind and caring; in the weeks before he died, Ian was at Masterton District Court to support young offenders. He organised a fourth benefit concert for Aziel Verner whom he felt sure had a promising future as a concert violinist. There are many other examples of Ian’s support, and creation of opportunities for youth to succeed.
Ian could get himself into trouble too. He loved parties. Ian’s 80th birthday was a HUGE affair. Anyone Ian could invite he did invite. When Dinee turned 80, a surprise party seemed the perfect gift. Ian invited lots of guests. When Dinee got wind of it she told Ian she did not want a big party. Ian had to “uninvite” the people he had asked much to the amusement of people in the know – that was Crez.
A passionate advocate for the restoration of the Martinborough Town Hall, Ian had ideas for how he could increase its usage once the renovations were completed. Some years ago when heading up the Martinborough Town Hall Committee, he shared with the writer an idea based on music festivals; Ian did not think small. For a start, he had three in mind – jazz, classical music and rock.
The first, Jazz In Martinborough, is now well established on the annual Martinborough events calendar. The second, a classical music festival, Martinborough Music Festival will be launched at the end of September. The third, a rock festival, needs to have a champion. Ian had thought that once all three were established there could be a combined month- long festival of different musical activities – something for everyone. Then there could be drama and poetry festivals, film festivals… … Continue Reading

Waihinga Centre

August 8, 2017 August 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on Waihinga Centre

Old technology and New - Wheelbarrows still prove useful.

Old technology and New – Wheelbarrows still prove useful.

Open to Change

If you are just walking or driving past the Town Hall it is obvious change is the order of the day.
The supper room to the Town Hall may be open to the elements at one end, where the chimney and kitchen have been removed, but beside it robust foundations are gathering strength. Large exposed trenches house a network of reinforcing steel. Trusty old wheelbarrows stand to the side ready for the hard yards. The door from the supper room to the town hall hangs in limbo awaiting the new floor to come up to the right level. No longer will it be necessary to carefully negotiate the tricky steps which used to descend to the lower level.

An arched doorway, where the old toilets used to be, has been exposed but will eventually disappear again when the outside wall is resurfaced. The new ceiling bracing for the hall has been completed and strong steel supports are bracing the exterior walls during the renovation process. Excavation for all the internal foundations is well under way. … Continue Reading

865 Borrow & Bring Back bags boomeranging in our community

August 8, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on 865 Borrow & Bring Back bags boomeranging in our community

The local team busy making bags.

The local team busy making bags.

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 thank you) our community has been inspired to produce an astounding 865 bags in just five months.

Our very own Amanda Ritchie inspired and motivated the schoolchildren, parents and teachers of Martinborough School.  As a key part of their sustainability-themed school term the children learnt about the impact of plastic bags on the environment; made their own bags as well as a short film.  Hats off to the kids of Marty school who are making a difference in the world and to Amanda who cares enough to put all her time and money into this venture. … Continue Reading

The less you say the more you say

August 8, 2017 August 2017 Comments Off on The less you say the more you say

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 14 other priests who had travelled far and wide to attend. About 200 people, family, friends and parishioners attended – many from Martinborough.

St Teresa’s Choir lead the singing at the Mass of Celebration. Mary Clark sang “The Rose” and Father Don was honoured to receive a Papal Blessing which was presented to him by the Cardinal who spoke about Fr Don’s uniqueness as a Priest. … Continue Reading

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MARTINBOROUH RUGBY CLUB

The season is over for the Premier and Senior Reserve teams, and what a season it was! Our Premier team made it to the Tui Cup Final, our first final in 24 year years…the last time we won was 26 years ago! Unfortunately it was not to be the fairy …

Junior Sport

U13 Boys Hockey The 2017 Wairarapa U13 Hatch Cup representative hockey team performed well at its first mini tournament in Stratford on the 12 and 13 August, securing wins over Manawatu, Wanganui and Horowhenua. The team is well represented by the South Wairarapa this year with Jarrod Yee, Hamish Kill, …

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 …

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Waihinga Centre

____________________________________________ A White Square on a White Field One of Mondrian’s most famous paintings, “A …

Know your town

Martinborough Picture Theatre 1913 – 1964 The first movie theatre proprietors were Garland and Stewart …

Library news

Welcome to Summer! What a welcome sight and feel all that sunshine is after the …

Fire Brigade

The amalgamation of the NZ Fire Service with 39 rural fire authorities on the 1st …

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 …

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