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November 10, 2021 November 2021 Comments Off on YUMMY CHRISTMAS GOODIES

Given the uncertainty of events due to Covid, this year the Wharekaka Auxiliary has gone slightly “high-tech” and is running their Annual Christmas Baking Stall online rather than at the T.K Market.

In order that you don’t miss out on all their wonderful Christmas goodies, and to allow the Auxiliary to continue to fundraise for the amazing Wharekaka Rest Home, they are offering a pre-ordering system with a click and collect option (details below) or, if needed, a local home delivery service.

As usual, the perennial best-selling Christmas Cakes, Meringues, Shortbread, Spice Cookies, Cheese Biscuits and Ginger Loaves will be available, and this year the Auxiliary is also adding Mince Pies and delicious Ricciarelli which are Italian almond Christmas biscuits. … Continue Reading

Did You Know

November 10, 2021 November 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on Did You Know

THE AVERAGE cost of a hospital stay for a Covid patient is between $68,000 and $77, 000. The average cost of a Covid vaccination is $15. Non vaccinated give far more money to Big Pharma by allowing infectious disease that by vaccinating. 

1897 THE BEST selling car in the US was an electric vehicle: the Pope Manufacturing Company’s Columbia Motor Carriage. Electric models were outselling steam- and petrol-powered ones. By 1900, sales of steam vehicles had taken a narrow lead: that year, 1,681 steam vehicles, 1,575 electric vehicles and 936 petrol-powered vehicles were sold. Only with the launch of the Olds Motor Works’ Curved Dash Oldsmobile in 1903 did petrol-powered vehicles take the lead for the first time.

THE GOVERNMENT’S  communications spend has jumped more than 50 per cent in four years, and is now costing the taxpayer close to $90 million a year. The number of full-time communications  staff increased from 564 to 845. The biggest spender was the New Zealand Transport Agency/Waka Kotahi at $8.2m over 2020/21, up from $2.6m in 2016/17. The number of staff there in communications roles has increased from 32 to 68. … Continue Reading

Community kōrero 

November 10, 2021 November 2021 Comments Off on Community kōrero 

Siv Fjærestad, Community Development Coordinator, South Wairarapa District Council 

Ehāra taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini. 

(My strength is not as an individual but as a collective.)

Pack the Bus

South Wairarapa towns are getting ready to welcome “Pack the Bus 2021”- and as always it promises to pack a few surprises! A heartwarming, generous and fun Christmas gift and food drive, this event pulls all of the Wairarapa community together in kotahitanga (solidarity), and the South Wairarapa District Council is excited to be involved. 

The Council encourages local businesses and individuals to come along and donate Christmas gifts and non-perishable food items, for distribution by the region’s food banks to those in need. … Continue Reading

A Dilemma for Age Concern

November 10, 2021 November 2021 Comments Off on A Dilemma for Age Concern

Age Concern’s purpose is for older people / kaumātua to live a valued life in an inclusive society. “He pāpori e whai whakaarohia ana, e whakanuitia ana, e tautokona ana, e whai mana anahoki te hunga kaumātua.” 

Some of our community services continued through the levels of COVID-19 lockdown. Our team working with older people who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing abuse or neglect did that by phone in Levels 3 & 4. Likewise, our accredited visitors phoned people they normally visit, to maintain connections with those who want regular company.

But our health and wellbeing promotion and social connection activities stopped at Lockdown Levels 3 and 4, as required. In our spring quarterly magazine we said we would only re-start our exercise classes, trips and coffee mornings when we got back to Level One. … 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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