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Fire Brigade

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With the recent “Boil Water” Notice from Council the Martinborough Brigade stepped up and ensured that flyer were in peoples letterboxes and public announcement were made over our appliance loud speakers. I was lovely to see so many of you thank us as we passed by on our mission – it’s just another way we are an integral part of your community’s response in a emergency.

Thank you for being so careful during the Fire Season, it has been great that we have avoided any major fires, and we hope you remembered to check your Smoke Alarms and have had your chimney swept.

If you have ever thought about how to give back to your community, we would love to hear from you. All the training you need, uniform is provided free and the camaraderie is the icing on the cake. We train on Tuesday nights so pop down for a visit, we would love to see you.

The last month has seen an equal spread of calls for assistance for Medical First Response, Motor Vehicle Crashes and Fire calls.

Please drive to the conditions as we move into late Autumn/early Winter and always wear your seatbelt 

Farming centenary

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In 1919 the land adjacent to the Ruamahanga river at Pahautea was divided into dairy farms for soldiers returning for the First World War. Thirty farms were established on Pahautea Road and ten others on side roads, this was the biggest soldier’s land settlement development following the Great War.

There are still descendants of three of the original families still in the area, the Ness, Bargh and Bentley families. 

The information supplied by Declan Ness 

Family Works Central in Wairarapa

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Family Works Central provide support for people of all ages , throughout the Wairarapa  – kids, teens , adults –  through challenging times . They will empower you , your family / whanau , to flourish.

They are a group we at CAB can refer people to when help is needed with social work , counselling , parenting advice and family dispute resolution , as well as restorative justice and other community support . 

Where are they ?  The majority of their services are provided from their centre in Featherston .   Call in to Turret House , 42 Fox Street , Featherston ,or phone 06 308 8028 . You can email them on familyworks-wairarapa@psc.org.nz or see their website  www.familyworkscentral.org.nz

Family Works vision is “ for New Zealand and the Wairarapa TO BE THE BEST PLACE in the world to GROW UP “ 

In the very good pamphlet they have issued recently Family Works say “ Ask me what the most important thing in the world is , I will tell you    it is people , it is people , it is people  ! “     

Their services are Social Work providing support and advocacy , help by talking , Family Dispute Resolution , a Food Bank providing emergency provisions , a Wisdom & Wellbeing Group meeting weekly , Restorative Justice involving crime victims and offenders , the Out of Gate programme supporting women released from Arohata , Parenting Support & Education , Individual Support .

If you would like a copy of the pamphlet , please ask us at CAB , we’re here to help . 

Citizen’s Advice Bureau  43 Perry Street Masterton   Phone 06 377 00787

Did you know

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‘A WOMAN IS like a tea bag – you don’t know how strong she is until she gets in hot water’ – Eleanor Roosevelt 

WE CAN vaccinate against many illnesses. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine for elective ignorance. Conspiracy theories, like viruses, mutate with alacrity to survive. Unfortunately, unlike flat-Earthers and moon-landing “truthers”, anti-vaxxers do actual harm – to themselves, their children and potentially everyone else on the planet.

‘CHILD PSYCHOLIGISTS generally do a good job, but I tend to find they’re a bit more helpful once they’re older’ – Matt Lucas

THE UNITED STATES has the world’s largest military budget followed by Russia and then China. India comes in at fourth then France, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom Turkey then Germany at tenth. New Zealand comes in at 88th – just ahead of Slovenia. 

‘YOU CRAM IT ALL in and do what you can because otherwise you’ll regret it when you’re ninety and drooling’ –Joanna Lumley

OVER TWO GIGAWATTS of consented wind and thermal generation are available for generation. However there have been no new renewable plants constructed since 2014. “ The government needs to focus less on 2050 and more on actually making a start” – Retiring NZ Chief executive Mike Fuge

 ‘TRUMP ALSO contributes to the health of other nations because laughter is the best medicine’ Joe Wong

A NEW DANISH study has found that the MMR vaccination does not trigger or increase the risk of autism in children. The survey looked at more than half a million children born between 1999 and 2010 and is the single largest study on this topic to date.

“NEVER DOUBT that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead  

THE LATEST  statistics from the Australian Taxation Office  list show that sixty nine of Australia’s millionaires paid no income tax in the 2017-18 tax year – and the number continues growing year on year . For rich Australians negative gearing remains a popular tax break.

THE FOUR most beautiful words in our common language “I told you so’ –Gore Vidal

THE RECENTLY held Indonesian election was the biggest one day election in the world with 810,000 polling booths in which 245,000 candidates vied for the votes of 193 Million voters

Deadline for the June issue is 4pm Wednesday May 29th. However is very helpful to us if copy can be in a bit before the deadline.


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 …

Regular Features


Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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