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Under The Martinborough Stars

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Photo courtesy ChristyToms Photography.

By Becky Bateman

“…That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind…”

I don’t know about you, but these words still give me the chills. 50 years ago, on July the 20th 1969, Man first stepped onto another world. Incredible!

400,000 people were behind the successful Moon landings; although we often only remember the achievement of the astronauts that actually left the Earth. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins took 4 days to travel the 385,000km to the Moon in Apollo 11 and the landing craft Eagle that descended to the Moon and took the men into the history books.

I always love looking at the Moon, and I encourage you also to look up at our nearest celestial neighbour. It’s a relatively odd moon compared to our other planetary neighbours as our Moon is thought to be made out of the same stuff as the Earth. The theory is a giant rock roughly the size of Mars called Theia collided with the molten Earth billions of years ago, ripping off a huge chunk which then, eventually, coalesced into the Moon. 

Without the Moon, we wouldn’t have tides, solar eclipses or even a 24 hour day. The Moon has slowed our days down from a speedy 6-12 hour rotation; there would have more than a thousand days in one year! … Continue Reading

New Villas for Wharekaka

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This drawing is from one of our Villa residents who drew Board member Andy Sutherland wielding his (large) digger to start off the new villa sites!

Martinborough residents will have been following with interest the new buildings going up on Suez St behind the Wharekaka Residential Home. These are two new villas which will be available to occupy later this year. They have been specially designed by Vicky Read of Aspect Architecture in Martinborough to suit older people and are being built by A1 Homes.

The villas form part of the Wharekaka Village which includes the existing 10 villas on Sackville and Suez St and the rest home itself. The villas are very comfortable – some of the residents are original owners. 

Wharekaka belongs to the whole Martinborough Community through its Trust. The rest home was set up in the early 1970s by the then Mayor of Martinborough, Sid Ussher, his wife Joyce who inaugurated the Wharekaka Auxiliary, and Dr Graham Milne, then local doctor. Recently with the help of the Auxiliary and strong local support, Wharekaka moved into hospital level and end of life care. It is a very special part of the Martinborough community.

If anyone is interested in one of the villas, please contact the Home who will send out a pack. … Continue Reading

Inner Wheel Club of South Wairarapa

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At the launch, from the left, Helen Grey, Graham Evans, Kathleen Rushworth, Councillor Colin Wright, Ali Rankin, David Halford, Debrah Johns, Liz Poynter, Anne Hayden, Peter Bennett.

The Greytown Shared Pantry is now up and running thanks to a joint effort by the following South Wairarapa organisations: Rotary, Inner Wheel, MensShed, Lionesses, Greytown Medical Centre, Lamb Peters Publishing and Fresh Choice. Finally we are up there with Carterton, Featherston and Masterton where these ‘give and take’ food facilities have been helping their communities for quite a while.  It is on the veranda of the Greytown Medical Centre, 186 East Street, Greytown, and is open 24/7. It was great to have one of our South Wair

arapa District Council Councillors, Colin Wright, to untie the ribbon and officially declare it open on behalf of the Mayor, Viv Napier on 21 June. 

In order to manage it a small group has been formed. It intends to follow a Wairarapa food bank’s example of adding simple recipes to help inspire people to prepare and enjoy their food even more. Inner Wheel and Lionesses will be tasked with the job of sharing some of their family favourites that do not take too much preparation. 

To the cooks out there, any gems you might have in your recipe books, please email to Kay Gates at: kay.gates@icloud.com. … Continue Reading


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 …

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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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