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‘A WOMAN IS like a tea bag – you don’t know how strong she is until she gets in hot water’ – Eleanor Roosevelt 

WE CAN vaccinate against many illnesses. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine for elective ignorance. Conspiracy theories, like viruses, mutate with alacrity to survive. Unfortunately, unlike flat-Earthers and moon-landing “truthers”, anti-vaxxers do actual harm – to themselves, their children and potentially everyone else on the planet.

‘CHILD PSYCHOLIGISTS generally do a good job, but I tend to find they’re a bit more helpful once they’re older’ – Matt Lucas

THE UNITED STATES has the world’s largest military budget followed by Russia and then China. India comes in at fourth then France, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom Turkey then Germany at tenth. New Zealand comes in at 88th – just ahead of Slovenia. 

‘YOU CRAM IT ALL in and do what you can because otherwise you’ll regret it when you’re ninety and drooling’ –Joanna Lumley

OVER TWO GIGAWATTS of consented wind and thermal generation are available for generation. However there have been no new renewable plants constructed since 2014. “ The government needs to focus less on 2050 and more on actually making a start” – Retiring NZ Chief executive Mike Fuge

 ‘TRUMP ALSO contributes to the health of other nations because laughter is the best medicine’ Joe Wong

A NEW DANISH study has found that the MMR vaccination does not trigger or increase the risk of autism in children. The survey looked at more than half a million children born between 1999 and 2010 and is the single largest study on this topic to date.

“NEVER DOUBT that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead  

THE LATEST  statistics from the Australian Taxation Office  list show that sixty nine of Australia’s millionaires paid no income tax in the 2017-18 tax year – and the number continues growing year on year . For rich Australians negative gearing remains a popular tax break.

THE FOUR most beautiful words in our common language “I told you so’ –Gore Vidal

THE RECENTLY held Indonesian election was the biggest one day election in the world with 810,000 polling booths in which 245,000 candidates vied for the votes of 193 Million voters

Deadline for the June issue is 4pm Wednesday May 29th. However is very helpful to us if copy can be in a bit before the deadline.

Country Dog City Dog

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Councillor Notes

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A big thank you to all those people who took the time to put nominations forward for the recent SWDC Civic Awards. The categories were, Young Achiever; Services to the Environment; Sport; Arts and Culture and Community Service. It was fantastic to hear about so many talented and community minded individuals and groups that had been nominated. Our own Maree Roy took out the Community Service award for an individual.  As many will know, Maree goes quietly about town answering those calls for assistance and help and steps in where needed.  She has walked many a mile around town and while on those walks has picked up a ton or more of litter.  We owe her our thanks for our litter free streets.

The supreme award for South Wairarapa Citizens of the Year went to the Waiohine Action Group. Congratulations to this talented group, they had come up with a flood management plan for Greytown and Carterton which saved ratepayers millions of dollars.  

Congratulations go to Amanda & Lindsey Goodman co-owners of The Drunken Nanny, on receiving not just one award but three gold, two silver and a bronze at the recent Outstanding NZ Producer awards.   The awards were for their delicious lemony lush, black tie, dill lush and fresh lush cheeses which are all made from goats’ milk. It is great to see all their hard work being recognised throughout the country. … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

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We have been given a 1996  cutting of an item on the Martinborough Collie Club’s Ladies’ Committee who were catering for the Collie Club’s centenary trials event held on Colin McLeod’s Hillside property.

Each of the ladies had given a favourite recipe for the article . These were varied covering every aspect of cooking from cakes to relishes. Including such tempting names as Chocolate Cinnamon Cake,  Sweet Gherkin Relish, Caramel Biscuits, Fruit Loaf, Snax Pudding and Bhami Noodles. 

It was very difficult to chose one for the Cooking Corner, however having a bit of a weakness for chocolate cake myself I have chosen  Yvonne Harvey’s Chocolate Cake for this month’s recipe. More will follow in later issues.

Chocolate cake


115 gr butter

2 eggs

2 dsp cocoa

 2 tsp baking powder

 1 small cup milk

 Vanila essence

 1 breakfast cup sugar

2 tbsp golden syrup

 2 cups flour

 1 tsp baking soda

 pinch of salt


Cream butter, sugar, cocoa and salt.

Add eggs, and vanilla and beat well

Add golden syrup

Dissolve baking soda in milk stir well

Add gradually the dry ingredients 

Bake in Moderate oven (about 150 C) for an hour (no more) in a 9”x 9” tin.