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The Nativity Ghirlandiao Domenico 1449 – 1494. Fitzwilliam Museum University of Cambridge.

Wishing all our readers a happy and relaxing Christmas.

Roll the Jack

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Club president Rozzana Muriwai.

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 bowls was strong, but there were only around 6 competitive playing members.

“We realised to make the club financial and competitive we had to invest and start making changes. The cost of a new green was $15,500. Council provided a grant of $4,500 and the club covered the remainder. But with the green out of action we do have a dilemma. Social bowl nights have been postponed in the interim which impacts on our financial situation. We are presently fundraising to boost the coffers.

“Even so full-time membership has grown, as have social bowler numbers. Martinborough members are still competing in local and regional competitions and practising on other club’s greens in the meantime. This season we hope to have around 40 full playing members and over 100 social twilight bowls players.  Twilight bowls will hopefully start in the new year and new players are always welcome. … Continue Reading

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

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From left: Senpai Anna Borjesson, Clare Miller, Bonnie Miller, Sensei Paul Cantwell.

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 training partner Rhys Amos (Greytown Dojo), to undertake their 3 day training and grading on 24-26 September.  A mother – daughter achieving their Shodan together, is something very special and not very common.  Bonnie is among the youngest to achieve junior Shodan  at the age of 13.

Bonnie started karate at age 7 and it has been a personal journey, training 5-7 hrs a week.  Bonnie says “I love karate.  It has become my way of life and achieving my Shodan makes me want to keep on training hard” “it helps me gain confidence, strength and self defence, whilst making lots of friends”.

Both are members of the Martinborough dojo, which still trains in the Martinborough school hall, established in 1970s by Sensei John Whitby.  Sensei Paul Cantwell,  chief instructor of the South Wairarapa club, is very proud of Bonnie and Clare and their dedication and commitment to karate. “This definitely played a huge part in them both achieving their Black belts.  For a mother and daughter promoted to Black belt together, is something they will never forget”

Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Wairarapa Inc offers trainings four nights a week 6.30-8pm: Mondays in Greytown at Kuranui College

Tuesdays in Martinborough School Hall. Martinborough also have a junior training 5.30-6.25pm.

Wednesdays in Featherston at Te Kura o Paetūmokai Featherston School

Thursdays in Carterton at South End School

Contact details: Paul Cantwell 0273769804

Anna Börjesson (Secretary & Martinborough Instructor) ogkwi@outlook.com

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New Trustees lead Hau Ariki direction

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From left: Te Rei Koopu, Toni Kerr, Michael Jamieson, David McCartney.   Chairman Kevin Haunui. Absent is Board member Trevor Hawkins.

Martinborough’s Hau Ariki Marae is unique. Opened in 1998, it’s a community marae, not affiliated directly to a particular iwi. Newly elected Chair Kevin Haunui says this means it allows “a connection for people not from here” to link with the Wairarapa and its tangata whenua. “Anyone can regard Hau Ariki as their marae, regardless of their ancestral origins,” he explains. “As quite a different type of marae, we can do some things differently, to meet the needs and interests of our community.”  

New Trustees were elected at the recent AGM.  Responsible for governance of Hau Ariki, they are Martinborough businessman Trevor Hawkins, Terei Koopu (Maori Mental Health specialist, Toni Kerr (financial planner and Treasurer), David McCartney (Public Health consultant) and Michael Jamieson, who brings a business background to the table. 

Kevin Haunui is currently a doctoral student at Victoria University of Wellington.  He says “Importantly, the Trustees all know Tikanga (best practice, reflecting Mäori values and concepts) complementing their business management skills”.  

The refurbishment programme is well-advanced (Martinborough Star August 2021). In 2018 the DIY Marae TV programme funded a huge community effort in upgrading facilities and grounds. With recent PGF support, it is now creating a multi-purpose centre, including as a Civil Defence Centre.   … Continue Reading

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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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