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November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on Toy library news

Well where has the year gone, November already! Its been nice to see people come out of hibernation and the outdoor toys get some action now the weather is on the up. We have been keeping busy October was full of fun with a Toy Sale and Bingo night.

It was great to clear some old pre loved toys out to make new for some new additions and the Bingo night was very well supported from both sponsors and bingo fans new and old. These two events meant we raised over $800!! We have some great new items on the shopping list which we think will be hits with everyone! A thanks also to the Community Board for a grant that saw us purchase a new online system that will make operations easy in our new home the Waihenga centre.

You can take advantage of a half year membership now at just $40 for families and $20 for grandparents its a good chance to try out Toy Library and maximise those outdoor toys for Summer. Call in on a Saturday 10-12 to have a look around and sign up.

We are also really happy to be co hosting the Intergenerational play group at Wharekaka. This is held on the first Wednesday of the month and runs from 11am -12pm. The goal of these playgroups is to alleviate loneliness. One hour of your time will make someone’s week.
The playgroup will go for about an hour and is fairly informal, just a chance to spend time with the lovely residents and for the kids to play with some toys from Martinborough Toy Library. Come along and watch how special this interaction between young and old is.

As always the mums and babes movie is also on the last Wednesday of the month with the November screening being the last for the year so lets make it a great turn out, we really appreciate Tim and the team at Circus working with us on this and we have enjoyed great support again this year, here’s to more of the same in 2019!

Thanks  Charlotte & the Toy Library Team


November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on WAIRARAPA MUSICIANS HEAD BACK TO THEIR ROOTS 

Two young Wairarapa musicians, moving up the national charts, are heading back to their roots next month for an intimate concert at Martinborough’s Luna Estate.

“It’s exciting to come back,” said Conway Jeune, lead singer of Tunes of I, a six-piece band, whose members studied at the famed New Zealand School of Music.

The former Kuranui College student grew up in Featherston and is well known locally for his numerous pub gigs at The Martinborough Hotel and The Pukemanu. “This was where I really experimented and found my musical formula,” Jeune said.

Tunes of I – or TOI- was orginally a three piece but they’ve spent the last four years expanding their repertoire and members into an ensemble featuring a solid backbone of drums, bass, vocals and guitars, complemented by one of Wellington’s finest three piece horn sections.

They’re now well-known in the Wellington music scene for their original, tight and refreshingly dynamic live performances.

Mild Orange, has gone from student gigs in Dunedin to touring the United States.Some of the band’s “melting melodies” boast more than 800,000 hits on Spotify.

“I’m really looking forward to playing a home town show, particularly as it’s in such a unique environment,” said the band’s guitar virtuoso Josh Reid, from Carterton.

Formed at Otago University, Mild Orange is  preparing to record their second album in March next year and before that they’re performing their biggest show to date, a New Year’s Eve billing on the

Rhythm and Vines main stage before an expected crowd of 20,000.

The concert, “Friday Drinks at Luna Estate” is taking place in the natural amphitheatre at Luna Estate, set among the vineyards and rolling hills of Martinborough and at the site of numerous sell-out concerts over the years. This show’s vibe is quite different, according to event organisers, Limitless. “This is a small, intimate and chilled event which we hope to keep going and which we’re sure the community will be keen to support,” said Angus Tylee, who is into his second year working on the Gisborne event, Rhythm and Vines.

“We’re keen to keep the scene fresh and the standard high,” said Limitless partner Hamish Todd. “Luna Estate doesn’t only provide top shelf wines but they also have a stunning venue,” he said.

Tickets to “Friday Drinks at Luna Estate” are on sale now. Tickets $40 for the 400 capacity concertGates open 4pm 16 November 2018



Weekly run , or jog.

November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on Weekly run , or jog.

Commencing on Saturday 3rd November the Greytown Woodside Trail is going to be used by the “parkrun” organisation as a location for their weekly run

This event will be a regular occurrence, held every Saturday starting at 8am involving a 5km walk, jog or run finishing by 9am, and offers participants from all works of life an opportunity to get out and get active on a Saturday morning via a well proven and fun filled proven formula run by  “parkrun” .

And it is free  

The event is starting at the Woodside end of the trail – i.e. not at the Cotter St entrance in Greytown, with  participants being able to park in the Woodside Station carpark.

Further information about this event can be viewed at the following link http://www.parkrun.co.nz/greytownwoodsidetrail/

The above link contains all the relevant information, however if you have further questions I have included contact details for Dave White who has been instrumental in bringing this event to the Wairarapa.

For any further information e-mail: Dave White – farfromthetree@gmail.com or mobile 021 0562889.


November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on WHAREKAKA NEWS 

Wharekaka residents are again back out in the van enjoying this lovely weather.

A trip out to the coast is always enjoyed. 

The residents enjoyed the outing late October visiting Kuranui College to watch their musical production of HMS Pinafore.  

We continue to explore options to begin taking out the residents on the Green Jersey cycles around town.  Thank you to the Martinborough Lions Club for their support of this project.

Our monthly Activities programme continues to provide a variety of activities for our residents to partake in.  We have our regular bowls, singing, art group and visits from the local day-care and new entrant rooms of Martinborough School.  We also have enjoyed Martin Lawrence and Anna on the piano and Lance Naysmith singing all the residents favourite tunes.

Many thanks to the groups who have begun visiting the facility to provide entertainment on the weekends.  This is very much appreciated and enjoyed by all our residents.

We always welcome any visitors from the community who can pop in and have a chat with the residents.


It’s the Pukaha Mount Bruce Garden Trail on 10 and 11 November.  This year the Wharekaka Auxiliary will be serving garden teas at “Old Tablelands” in Martinborough.

If you are lucky enough to have tickets to this fabulous event, why not enhance your day with a sumptuous garden tea in Old Tablelands stunning grounds.

Real country hospitality using the freshest of local ingredients, with a selection of delicious savoury and sweet morsels, there will be something for everyone.

Rest a while, enjoy the ambience and feel good knowing that every cent raised will be going to support Wharekaka, our local Martinborough elderly care facility.

Donating never tasted this good before!