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Dog Party

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Jackie Buckley, a friend to many dogs on the South side of Martinborough, is leaving soon and moving to Whitianga with her two fine border collies Ginnie and Hudson.
Weld Street hound Boxer Townend invited all of Jackie’s dog friends and their owners to a farewell party at the West end of the Palliser Estate Clouston vineyard. 13 dogs turned up with a similar number of minders and all enjoyed a harmonious hour with refreshments suited to all tastes.

A big gap which will be hard to fill

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It was a sad day recently for Martinborough when we said a final farewell to community stalwart Helen Campbell.  Helen had been unwell for some time and had therefore been unable in recent times to play much of a part in the community she loved so well.  She was nevertheless firmly remembered by her family and friends, of which there were many, for the enthusiasm and determination to get things done that had been the trademarks of her life for so long.

Helen was a person that made things happen.  Her contributions to the community of Martinborough were many and varied over the years and covered several pages of notes, shared with us by family and often invoking laughter from the listeners.   … Continue Reading

Electric airplanes ?

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Aviation accounts for about 7% of total greenhouse gas emissions in developed nations such as the UK (in 2017).

The aviation industry has been an emissions laggard compared with the car industry or power generation, but improvements in the power-to-weight ratio of batteries mean some forms of sustainable aviation for shorter trips may finally be coming into view.

The industry will move towards hybrid and electric engines for regional travel (below 1,000 miles) much quicker than many think, according to a report published this week by analysts at investment bank UBS. They predict annual demand for about 550 hybrid planes, using a mixture of fossil fuel and electric power, between 2028 and 2040. This would create a $178bn (£140bn) industry over that time period. … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

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On Monday 24th February we had a power cut in the South Wairarapa. In itself, this isn’t a totally unusual event, but the cause has sent a warning to me about the state of our power network, run by Powerco.

Apart from alerting us to the need for more back-up generators, and the vulnerability of various networks when power disappears, my concern is the ability of a stray magpie to effectively shut down a district. This should not have happened. In the interest of all residents, I will be asking Powerco to clearly describe how robust our network is should two magpies appear on the horizon.

On other matters, we have had a number of questions asked about water, and tankers in particular. … Continue Reading


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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From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

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