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Firefighter Simon Daly

I really enjoy living in Martinborough, having moved here from Wellington about three years ago. It is such a great community here, and I wanted to contribute so I decided to join the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade.. 

Although I’ve had a long management career in criminal justice both here and in the UK, including dealing with incidents, this has been a really rewarding challenge. I’ve just finished my training at the National Training Centre gaining accreditation as a Firefighter, which really pushed me, but I got a lot out of it.

The Brigade is made up of a really diverse group of men and women and I’ve been really impressed by the welcome I’ve received, together with the training and support. I’ve also been surprised by the range of incidents we’ve been called out to. including vegetation fires, building fires, medical events and road traffic incidents. I may be one of the older apprentice Firefighters, but I’m hoping to contribute for a few years yet!

Did you know

‘DO NOT  think that your single vote does not matter much. The rain which refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops’ – Kate Sheppard 

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CATS AND DOGS too. Before you light up indoors spare a thought for your pets. Studies have found that cats and dogs are  twice as likely to get cancer when exposed to cigarette smoke 

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Council News

New recycling service launches 9 September

We’re really looking forward to the new kerbside wheelie bin recycling service which is set to begin the week commencing Monday 9 September. If you’re eligible for the service you may have already received your recycling wheelie bin, with a bright yellow lid. If you haven’t received yours yet, it will be on its way very soon.

The wheelie bin is to be used for non-glass recyclables and the old green and maroon crates for glass-only recycling. The crates and the wheelie bins will be collected on alternating weeks.

Everyone in South Wairarapa puts their recycling wheelie bin out on Week 1, and their crates out on Week 2. While it’s a little bit confusing, the new recycling pick-up service actually begins on Week 2, according to the calendar included in the booklet that was delivered with your wheelie bin.

The calendar and all the information you need about the new service is also available at www.wairecycle.nz.

Community board meeting to discuss Pain Farm

There will be an extraordinary meeting of the Martinborough Community Board on Thursday 19 September to discuss matters relating to Pain Farm. The meeting will be held at 6pm in the Supper Room at the Waihinga Centre. … Continue Reading

Sports

Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

Regular Features

Letters

Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

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Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

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 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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