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Regional Council notes

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A hot topic of debate in South Wairarapa recently was the proposed closure of two coastal camping grounds due to risks from flooding.  As one of GWRC’s roles is flood management we were asked to contribute to the debate.

Now for some of the rivers in our region GW holds a vast amount of data that has been collected over time, recording flow rates at various times of the year, including extreme weather events.  This is backed up with archives of photos, press clippings and event reports that can inform the likely behaviour of a river in flood.

For many of the smaller rivers however we do not have this extensive history, as flow records have not been taken, so we use modelling to understand what a river might do in extreme weather.  We also look to local knowledge and press archives to see if they support our modelling predictions. … Continue Reading

Inner wheel

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This week two of our Inner Wheel committee members visited Makoura college in Masterton. The purpose of this visit was to deliver twelve box’s of knitting and baby articles to the Teen Parent Unit.

Makoura recognises the importance of education being available for all, and responds to this by catering for different needs and learning styles. The Teen Parent Unit including a child care centre is on site.

The Teen Unit opened in 2002. It is based on the grounds of Makoura College and has a roll of 30. This unit is to enable Teen Parents or expectant mothers 19 years or younger to continue their education.

We were made very welcome and were shown around the unit and child care centre. This unit has given a great opportunity for Teen Parents to continue their education and facilitate for continuing child care up to school age.

The staff of the unit were very grateful for all of our donations.

The Teen Parent Unit is a warm caring environment with the teen parent and child in mind.

New members are most welcome contact 0224088683

Maureen Mortensen


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Well, it’s November already and another Martinborough Star to peruse with our morning coffee. My concerted effort to avoid any mention of current Covid issues (OOPS! snuck in) resulted in this month’s welcome diversion.

I eat a lot of fish. My pantry, a term derived from the French ‘pain’ meaning bread, (in fact I only have kitchen cupboards) always contains a few tins of seafood. One of my favourites is sardines. These come in dinky little 10cm by 5cm aluminium cans with a convenient pull-ring, packaged in a cellophane wrapper, which contains an absolute mine of information, as I discovered.

First, the brand name. ‘King Oscar – by special royal permission’. There’s even a photo of him sporting kindly eyes and a very fine moustache. Oscar II was king of Sweden and Norway, and in 1902, he allowed a leading canning firm to use his pic and blessing on their exported products. … Continue Reading

Martinborough School 150-year Celebration

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Save the date

On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September 2022, Martinborough School will be celebrating 150 years.

The Committee is in the early stages of the planning process but would welcome support from the community.

So, if you are a past pupil or have spare time on your hands and wish to support the school in some way please contact Martinborough School 06 306 9602 and leave a message for Fiona Beattie or Karen Hartnell.

Photos of past events would be appreciated or support for committee work.

Further information, a dedicated website, and Facebook page will be up and running before the end of this year. 


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 …

Regular Features

Under The Martinborough Stars

Some people see a face, a man, while others a woman holding a tree. I …

Regional Council notes

It’s hard not to reflect on the year just gone through Covid tinted lenses.  While …

Recycling days

Wednesday 8 th  Dec Wheelie bin Wednesday 15 th Dec Glass Wednesday 22th Dec. Wheelie …

News from First Church

As another unusual and eventful year for us all draws to a close we can …

Maree’s musings

PEAR SHAPED With some sense of relief 2021 is coming to an end. It hasn’t …

Library notes

Let the library start your summer with fascinating life stories This spring, as we idly dream …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

At our October monthly meeting at the Offering, Debbie Lattey the District Chairman was our …

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