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Councillor Comment

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What’s on Top

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to fill in the Long-Term Plan/ Spatial Plan survey via online, email or a paper version.  Also, many thanks to those of you who attended our community engagement events which were held throughout the district over the last month. The response and ideas coming through from all of these avenues has been amazing.  It is overwhelming to have so much support, input, and positive comments this early in our engagement process.  

The next steps are that all this information will be collated and will be considered alongside feedback received during the Annual Plan consultation.  A Draft Long-Term Plan Consultation document and draft Spatial Plan will be prepared and will come out for formal consultation in March/April 2021 and then in June 2021 the final version of the Long-Term Plan 2021-2031 will be signed off, signalling the start of another 3 years of hard work. … Continue Reading

Cooking corner – Asparagus, Mushroom and fish stir fry

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200gr Mushrooms

250 gr asparagus

300gr hapuku or john dory

2 spring onions 

2 tbs Soy Sauce 

1 tbs lemon juice

1 tsp honey

2 tbs cooking oil

1/2 cup of chicken stock or water 

½ tsp black pepper  … Continue Reading

Christmas postal deadlines

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NZ Post has released the deadlines for mail and parcels for delivery by Christmas.

Within New Zealand

Post and parcels 21st December

Courier 23rd December

To Australia

Airmail November 30th

Courier December 7th

Express courier December 14th

South  Pacific, Asia, North America, Britain, Europe 

Airmail November 27th

Courier December 4th 

Express courier December 10th 

Rest of world

Airmail November 25th 

Courier December 2nd

Express courier December 8th  

Book review

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The Dickens Boy

Charles Dickens had ten children, while the elder sons advanced to positions Dickens approved of the youngest, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens – known as Porn, showed little sign of becoming anything of note. Rather that running the risk of this under-achieving son tarnish his reputation he sent Porn off to Australia to learn to ‘apply himself’. 

The story opens with his landing at Melbourne in 1868 and travelling to a remote New South Wales sheep station where his father had arranged a position for him. The reader then follows his years of adventure living in this far flung location. 

Dickens’ objective of his son learning to ’become a man’ was certainly achieved as he lived with a diverse range of the toughest companions; colonists, ex convicts, ex soldiers, members of the local Paakantji Aboriginal people and very few women. … Continue Reading


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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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Under The Martinborough Stars

Another glorious summer is here! I’m saying this while sitting my cold office listening to …

Recycling dates

Thursday 10th February glass Wednesday 16th February wheelie bin  Wednesday 23rd February glass


Just prior to Christmas the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade advised that we were starting our …

Maree’s musings

ANOTHER YEAR … I’m hoping, like me, that you looked forward to the return of …

Library news

Library debuts Click-and-Collect service Need something to read, and can’t make it into a library? …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

Outward Bound Korowai Course 2021 Celebrations South Wairarapa Inner Wheel Club donated $500 towards this …

From the Mayor

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

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