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The Guest Speaker at our April meeting was Ms Joy Cooper of Martinborough who chairs the Wharekaka Trust Board. Wharekaka has been, for a number of years, an aged care community in Martinborough providing a choice in retirement living ranging from independent villas to complete hospital level care to local residents.  … Continue Reading

The first telescope

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The first historic mention of a telescope ‘ a tube to see far’ is a patent application dated 25th September 1608 by Dutch spectacle maker Hans Lipperhay. Lipperhay was born in Wesel Germany in 1570 . He worked in the Dutch  harbour town famous for its glass industry.

Lipperhay demonstrated his instrument to Prince Maurits at the Hague, the Prince was very excited. The Main reason was the Dutch Republic was at war with Spanish Empire.  Telescope on towers would reveal enemy troops from afar. And would be equally useful at sea for the same reason. … Continue Reading

  South Wairarapa Tramping Club  –  Tramping at Tutira

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6 club members spent 4 nights recently staying at the Tutira Lodge Homestay, slightly north of Lake Tutira in Hawkes Bay. This is a great base for many walks both short and long, so we were spoilt for choice.

Tiny Lake Opouahi Reserve has a Kiwi Creche enclosed in predator fencing, where newly hatched chicks are raised until they weigh 900 gm, after which they are released into the wild. We walked round the lake inside the fence, but as it was daylight we  didn’t hear or see kiwi. … Continue Reading


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Look out for events throughout May to celebrate One Book, One Community. This is a Wairarapa-wide event hosted by Masterton District Library and Wairarapa Library Service. The idea is for people throughout the Wairarapa to come together by reading the same book and discussing it.  … Continue Reading



Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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From the Mayor

Following a fantastic summer, with bouts of rain to keep things greener than normal, it …

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