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Know your town 

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Early settlers

George Marsden Waterhouse of Huangarua Run.

Georeg Waterhouse was born in Penzance Cornwall the 6th son of Rev. John Waterhouse. His family emigrated to Tasmania in 1839 where his first employment was in a Merchant Office. In 1843 he went into business on his own account in Adelaide. In 1851 he retired from business to go into politics in South Australia.  

George returned to England in 1865, coming south again in 1869, this time to New Zealand where he purchased Huangarua Run from  Smith and Evans. Returning to England to purchase materials, fencing, grass seed etc. needed for the Run.   … Continue Reading

Cotter and Stevens

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Cotter and Stevens manger Jim Clark thought that  the lockdown would provide a nice break, however with only three days without a call out this proved to be have been wishful thinking. Servicing a huge rural area where electricity, water pumps, filtration systems and milking machines, are essential provided a steady stream of calls for the Cotter and Stevens staff who were all on call. 

Cotter and Stevens was formed  in 1949 by electricians Gordon Cotter and Bob Stevens who had moved to Martinborough from Wellington. Their first workshop was in Jellicoe Street where their telephone number was 54. A work docket from the time was for fixing Mrs Mangin’s radio at a cost of two pounds ten shillings.   

From Jellicoe they moved to Kitchener street in the building which is now occupied by Ray White land agents and Toast Martinborough. With a main street location electrical goods were able to be offered. Toasters, irons, carpet cleaners, GEC refrigerators and Gulbranson radios and, later, television sets were advertised.  … Continue Reading

The lockdown

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The lockdown was difficult for me because my health issues meant I couldn’t leave the house. That’s when so many wonderful people stepped in to support me, taking me to hospital appointments, dropping off food, checking I was okay and doing my shopping as well.  It was a true godsend.  I can’t thank these people enough:  Pam Colenso, Margaret Griffiths, Sylvia Osborne and Bob Bargh from First Church and  my neighbour Christine.   Also Lola Kiel and the other volunteers from Ngati Kahungunu and Hau Ariki Marae. 

Anne Wihongi

Being there when needed

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Tom Wilson Motors was another important essential service, particularly for businesses and farmers who needed to keep their vehicles running.  “Tom would get jobs from time to time doing repairs and the odd AA breakdown.  It was all about being there if he was needed.” says Lesley.   

“Amber and I needed to be there too but not a lot happened.  We managed to do the quickest stocktake in history.  Our main job seemed to be helping people navigate their way around the self service machine for the first time.  We had to do this  from behind a closed window so it was sometimes quite an interesting process! It also made a change to be topping up dogs’ water bowls instead of topping up oil in cars.”



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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