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Martinborough Golf Club Report

December 9, 2021 December 2020, Sports Comments Off on Martinborough Golf Club Report

It has been a busy few weeks out on the course.  In mid November we had our Murray Halberg Day with 72 out enjoying the course.  Davis Lester Clarke and Kris Chamberlain will be representing Martinborough at the Eagles Field Day at Paraparaumu in January.

The following day the Ladies travelled over to Royal Wellington to compete for the Lady Stout Trophy – unfortunately it stayed in Wellington!

The next day we had our 36 Hole Mixed 4Somes Open.  The winning combination with the best gross were Ju Allen & Kirk Collins, 2nd Pip Kirk & Andrew Smith and 3rd Anna Possenniskie & Martin Napier.  Best nett went to Britta Fraser & Garth Lippitt, 2nd Ro & Lyle Griffiths and 3rd Bindy & Lachie McLeod.  Best Stableford went to Julie Weber & Trevor Petersen, 2nd Nicola & Richard Warren and 3rd Jo Loe & Colin Whibley-Smith.

The day after that the men travelled over to Royal Wellington to compete for the Bidwill/Leckie Cup which also stayed in Wellington! … Continue Reading

There is life in the old dog yet

December 23, 2020 December 2020 Comments Off on There is life in the old dog yet

Family photo.

If you go down to the vets today, you are sure of a big surprise.  For every dog that ever there was will gather there for certain because, amongst other things, it’s a great place to work!

The rehoming team at Retired Working Dogs (RWD) often get asked how well hard- working farm dogs adapt to a new life away from stock work? I went to meet two rehomed RWD dogs to find out more about their second life.

Beardie collies Ted and Belle can be found most days with Holly Winterwood, who runs reception at South Wairarapa Vets in Martinborough. coolest dog and he replied he hoped to find a good new home for him on the RWD website.”

The RWD website works like a dating site where people can post information about the dog they are looking to rehome and would-be dog owners can search for their perfect match. The website rehomes about 500 dogs a year this way.  As with Ted, the first owner decides where will be the best new home for their dog.

Holly and husband Zac were moving house when they met Ted. It may not have been the most convenient time, but after the weekend visit he stayed. “It was great to have the opportunity to get to know him a little better before we decided, but after twenty minutes we knew he was perfect for us.”

Ted quickly adjusted from life as a stock truck dog to living indoors and soon took on the task of Customer Relations Dog at the surgery. Customers, both animal and human, are greeted gently by Ted and welcomed into the space.  On the hard days when people get difficult news a ‘Ted cuddle’ can really help. People keen to return Ted’s kindness and sales reps regularly send him gifts. … Continue Reading

From the mayor

December 23, 2020 December 2020, Regular Features Comments Off on From the mayor

Merry Christmas!

We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward to seeing what he can do for the South Wairarapa over the next three years.

The new Banking Hub is now open at the Waihinga Centre in partnership with Destination Wairarapa. I would be delighted to receive feedback on how this new service works for you. This is an excellent initiative given we have lost all our banking branches in the South Wairarapa over the past few years.

I attended the Rose Show and the Kirk Fair in the past few weeks and it is great to see the Waihinga Centre being used often by the community. I remember attending a wedding in the venue in the 1990s and it retains the same historic feel – without the peeling paint.

Members of Council staff and some councillors visited Kohunui Marae at Burnside recently, and had a very enlightening hui with members and committee of the Marae. They have set up a native plant nursery there, and I encourage you to visit if the opportunity arises. … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

December 23, 2020 December 2020, Regular Features Comments Off on Cooking corner

Catering for a vegetarian this Christmas? Here’s the Vegan Society’s Nut Roast recipe


  • 1 medium sized onion or 1 small leek, chopped
  • 30ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp Marmite or Vegemite in 150ml hot water 
  • 225g chopped mixed nuts
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 100g wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp sage
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C
  2. Saute the onion or leek in the oil until soft, not browned.

Combine all of the ingredients together; the mixture may be slightly slack. Turn into an oiled ovenproof dish and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.


Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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