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South Wairarapa Rebus Club   

June 8, 2020 June 2020 Comments Off on South Wairarapa Rebus Club   

As is the case with other community groups, South Wairarapa Rebus Club is in recess pending the relaxation of restrictions on group meetings. A “new normal” which permits older folk like us to meet together may be some time away. Alert level 3 certainly won’t permit it. This year, 2020, is the 30th anniversary of the formation of the South Wairarapa Probus Club in Greytown on 12 June 1990. At that time the formation of a new Probus club was sponsored by the local Rotary Club. This procedure began in the United Kingdom in 1965 with a group of people, retired Rotarians, who found that one of the drawbacks of retirement was that people could feel “out of the swim” and feel the need for some extra mental stimulation. The first such club in New Zealand was the Probus Club of Kapiti Coast, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Paraparaumu in 1974. … Continue Reading

Manaakitanga in Action

June 8, 2020 June 2020 Comments Off on Manaakitanga in Action

Martinborough’s Hau Ariki has always been a community marae; a facility for everyone, both Māori and Pakeha. That inclusive philosophy was very obvious during the lockdown when Hau Ariki, along with Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, teamed up to help vulnerable members of the community with food, comfort, information and practical support. 

“They were just wonderful”, says Rose Falconer who lives in the Senior Housing in Naples Street.    At first I thought I was included by mistake but they assured me they were there to help anyone who might need it.  So I was so privileged to get a package each week that included fish or meat, fruit, fresh vegetables, sugar and flour.  That was even when flour was scarce so my neighbour Huck Houghton, who makes his own bread, was delighted ”  

Hau Ariki acted as the base for the South Wairarapa operations which stretched from Moiki in the north to Tūturumuri in the South.  Ngati Kahungunu provided most of the food. Kevin Haunui, who coordinated the activities, said they provided assistance to some 60 households. “Not just the elderly but others at high risk and those supporting large households.  Some of the older people had no phones or way of being in contact with support agencies so our connecting to them was especially important.”  

Braving the lockdown for the Hau Ariki team were Lola Kiel Jnr, Nathan and Pip Maynard, and Toni Kerr. Ngāti Kahungunu organisers were Melissa Ihaka and Paddy Mason while John Rawhiti took care of Martinborough deliveries. 

Summing up the experience, Kevin said, “The chance for us to show our support for the wider community was one really positive thing to come out of this bad situation.” 

The marae received a small amount of government funding to assist with this work, and Whaiora provided hygiene packages.  Community donations of pumpkins and meat were also received by Hau Ariki to redistribute. MPI has just offered to supply enough pork for the next six weeks.


Shop locally and get great service

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We need the shops and services, they need us to support them. 

You can go further  and fare worse

For a vibrant town – shop locally 

Most towns Martinborough’s size do not have extensive hardware, butchers, drapers shops. We must support then to ensure they are viable.

Don’t forget – shop locally.

Every time you shop on line makes a local job less viable. 


June 8, 2020 June 2020 Comments Off on ESSENTIAL WORKERS AT WHAREKAKA

The last few months of life under COVID -19 restrictions have been a challenge. Wharekaka closed its doors from 21st March and it is only this week that we have allowed a bit more flexibility with visitors. The horror stories of coronavirus in rest homes elsewhere made us determined this would not happen in Martinborough. 

The staff have done a fantastic job in ensuring that all our residents were kept safe and not too bored. Our staff are used to working under strict infection control rules and have been trained to do so, but this has been a much longer time than normal. They have all done this with a lovely smiles and superb teamwork. … 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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