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Quiet times were good times at “The BP”

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For Eva and Colin Fenwick  and the team at the BP service station it was a quiet time.  The workshop was open for essential services only and the service station was closed at weekends.   “It’s the first time for years we’ve had Saturdays and Sundays for ourselves” says Eva.  “I had plenty of jobs for Colin to do at home!”  

The shutdown also provided a good chance to keep staff working by doing their annual stocktake.    One surprise was a rush on chain bar oil. “Obviously people were busy  getting their firewood sorted.”

Now it’s pretty much back to normal for the BP team with important services like NZTA transactions back on line.   “People were very considerate and it all went very well for us.”

Predator Free Martinborough

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Predator Free Martinborough has been going for over a year.  It is an informal group but receives administrative support from South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group.  The sponsors: DOC Masterton, South Wairarapa Rotary, Envirotools Ltd

The objective is to encourage and support people in and around Martinborough to do trapping on their own properties. Target species – in Martinborough village the most commonly caught pest species are rats and hedgehogs.  In rural areas some people in the group – generally the more experienced – are getting stoats as well. … Continue Reading

Plumbers kept busy .

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During the lockdown emergency plumbing was classed as an essential service and so plumber Wayne Roper thought it would give him a chance to slow down a bit.  However this turned out not to be the case with enough essential call outs to keep him quite busy. 

He  termed most of his emergency calls “mostly normal’ however one was to replace an exploded hot water cylinder, which was definitely not normal. 

With things returning to routine he says “there is a fair bit of work and things are ticking on quite nicely”. 



June 8, 2020 June 2020 Comments Off on PAIN AND KERSHAW

Pain and Kershaw, where would we have been without you?

With impressive speed they swung into action to offer an online ordering service with free daily home delivery or a click and collect option.  No need for us to leave home to shop, no queues winding around the block and no need to get up at midnight to try to place an online order that would arrive a week later. 

 During normal times P&K make about three home deliveries a day.  During Level 4 they peaked at over 30 deliveries and 90 click and collects!  “Normally Christmas Eve is our busiest time but some days during the lockdown we exceeded even that”, says owner Conor Kershaw. … Continue Reading


Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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