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Scholarship Success

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Adam butler One of this year’s scholarship winners.

Jazz in Martinborough is sponsoring five up-and-coming secondary school jazz musicians to attend the NZ Jazz Foundation Summer School in Wellington in December.  

“This is the 3rd year we have been able to sponsor students to attend the Summer School,” says college jazz showcase coordinator for Jazz in Martinborough Mary Quayle.  “Fresh Jam – the college workshops and concert – was able to go ahead in September despite level 2 COVID restrictions.  So being able to continue to support the local colleges’ music programmes by enabling the students to get to Wellington next month is very pleasing,” she adds.

Fresh Jam has been running for eight years, incorporating jazz music workshops led by jazz icon Dr Rodger Fox, and a showcase concert for friends and families. It is heavily supported by the music teachers from our local Wairarapa Colleges and Dr Fox gives his time freely.

Each year the NZ Jazz Foundation host a week-long programme of intensive Jazz tuition for secondary students to develop their instrumental skills, improvisation and performance.  “Students pay $250 to attend the School and receive international-level music education,” says Mary. “However, our sponsorship of their fees means that five Wairarapa students are able to attend without having to pay this fee.” … Continue Reading

Regional Council notes

Time to start thinking

Older residents in our region may well remember the massive flooding in June 1947 when a strong southerly gale, lasting three days, brought heavy rain to Wairarapa. Greater Wellington Regional Council records tell us that the Ruamahanga River was raging with enough water to fill one hundred and fifty petrol tankers per second or the Sky Stadium in Wellington every twelve minutes.  All stop banks in the upper lake area over topped and ten thousand acres of farmland were flooded.  Damage was extensive and stock losses in the thousands.

There can be no doubt that this flood and the threat of more like it was the driving force behind one of the biggest and most ambitious flood management projects in the country; The Lower Valley Development Scheme.

Commissioned in 1964 the scheme resulted in a highly modified lower river system whereby the Ruamahanga no longer flowed directly into Lake Wairarapa but was diverted straight into Lake Onoke.  A huge structure called the Geoffrey Blundell Barrage Gates was built on the flow connecting the two lakes and this was used to control the water levels on both lakes. … Continue Reading

Red Cross News

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(From the left) Jo McDonald, Humanitarian Development Engagement Manager – Wairarapa; Gemma Williams, Administrator – Wairarapa and Natalia Bellini, Joyce Hogg, and Val Johns – Martinborough Red Cross Group.

Good & Ready

The Good & Ready event held at the Waihinga Centre on 7 November was a huge success.  ,

Along with the team from the Red Cross Masterton Service Centre, our local Martinborough Red Cross Group, the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and Neighbourhood Support, the Good and Ready event was designed to raise awareness of disaster preparedness.  

Being aware of a possible disaster means thinking ahead and being ready with a good supply of water, food and medications to get us through the first few days.  It’s also about looking out for our neighbours and visitors providing support where we can.  

A special thank you to our partners – Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and Neighbourhood Support and the Red Cross with the Disaster Welfare Support Team for helping to make this event a success.  Many thanks also to SWDC for donating a Water Tank as the main prize on the day.   … Continue Reading

Recycling batteries

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A significant amount of research is being done to prevent batteries becoming the next plastic waste crisis. A battery dies because the electrode loses functionality. Batteries can be smelted down – but this leaves a huge carbon footprint.

The Ministry of Transport predicts New Zealand will have 1.9 million EVs by 2039/40 and this presents a huge need to find better ways of recycling batteries. Peng Cao, a MacDiarmid Institute researcher and associate professor in chemical and materials engineering at the University of Auckland. says smelting and extracting valuable metals is viable only for the first generation of batteries, as the second generation have much less or even no cobalt and are therefore less valuable.

“Considering that car batteries have an 8-10 year lifespan, with EVs increasing in number so much, in ten years’ time this will be a problem,” says Cao. “Car batteries will become another plastics disaster if we don’t start working right now.”

Cao is part of a Vector Energy-led battery innovation working group of New Zealand companies and researchers. Based at the University of Auckland, he is working at the nanoscale to upcycle lithium from cathodes, and refurbishing the electrode with lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese.


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

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