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Rachel McCahon

November 16, 2017 September 2017 Comments Off on Rachel McCahon

Rachel always had a love of books and literature which led to a career as a Librarian and more. Her father (a brother to artist Colin McCahon) was a Physicist and the family of four children grew up in Christchurch, enjoying a happy carefree childhood which included time spent at Conway Flat near Kaikoura. 

Rachel married young and had 3 children. The family lived in Hong Kong for a few years before settling in Wellington where she furthered her studies with a Masters degree in Communication and Early Childhood. Rachel also tutored at the Library School, becoming responsible for much of the course content which is still in use today.
Thirteen years ago, Rachel met her second husband, David Binning and it wasn’t long before they bought a lifestyle property in Martinborough, planting grapes and establishing Dara Cottage homestay. Rachel’s parents then moved to Martinborough also.

It is not always easy to fit into a small community as a newcomer but Rachel managed remarkably well. She was immediately welcomed into a women’s cycling group and bookclub, which is testament to her bubbly, positive personality.
At first Rachel commuted to her job as Lecturer in Communications at Victoria University but later switched to working at Ucol in Masterton.
 Once Rachel retired, being a roving reporter for ‘The Star’ suited her and she put a lot of effort into writing a variety of articles. She particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know many locals and always managed to write with a cheerful, positive perspective.

Sadly Rachel recently lost her brave battle with cancer and her contributions to ‘The Star’ and community will be greatly missed. She was 66.
Ineke Kershaw


September 13, 2017 September 2017, Sports Comments Off on MARTINBOROUH RUGBY CLUB

The season is over for the Premier and Senior Reserve teams, and what a season it was! Our Premier team made it to the Tui Cup Final, our first final in 24 year years…the last time we won was 26 years ago! Unfortunately it was not to be the fairy tale ending we would have liked, losing 12-25 to Gladstone, however we are extremely proud of our team and look forward to bringing the trophy back to Martinborough in 2018! … Continue Reading

Wharekaka News

September 13, 2017 September 2017 Comments Off on Wharekaka News

August has been busy with some fun entertainment taking place. The school reading group which comes fortnightly creates such a good atmosphere and both parties gain an enormous amount from the interaction.
The Auxiliary invited Mary Clark to sing which was wonderful and we look forward to a return visit. August also sees the annual fund-raising Bridge luncheon at Brackenridge.
Last month’s fundraising concert was a huge success raising over $4,000 towards the purchase and set up costs of our new wheelchair van. Thanks to the board and Suzanne Warner for all their efforts.
Naomi Alloway brought in some lambs which brought a smile to everyone’s faces.
The Featherston ukulele group was great and everyone joined in and sang along. A visit to Arbor House for afternoon tea and a sing along took everyone’s minds off the rain outside.
We said a sad goodbye to Betty Mellish who passed away and will be missed by residents and staff.
Cliff is re-planting his garden so spring feels close by.
If anyone has any spare plastic shopping bags we would welcome them to save having to purchase more for our rubbish bins.
We are now looking forward to spring and all the outside opportunities this new season will bring.

Wairarapa Voice

September 13, 2017 September 2017 Comments Off on Wairarapa Voice

Wairarapa Voice steps up the petition calling for a poll on amalgamation of the three Wairarapa District Councils.
Wairarapa residents and ratepayers can now sign the petition at locations in all three districts – South Wairarapa, Carterton and Masterton. Wairarapa Voice has been pleased that the places people can sign include a wide range of cafes, bars, art galleries, libraries, offices and shops.
You can sign the South Wairarapa petition in Martinborough at Kitcheners, Pain and Kershaw, Martinborough Medical Centre and the Pirinoa Country Store.
A poll is initiated by a minimum of 10 per cent of the electors in any one of the Wairarapa districts.
A valid petition must be sent to the Local Government Commission before 11th October 2017, so we still have a month to gather signatures to ensure that the Carterton petition will meet the threshold of a minimum of 10 per cent of electors.
For more information, go to the Facebook page “Sign the Petition for a Wairarapa Poll” which will have information on the petition and where you can sign, or let us know how we can contact you, or go to the Wairarapa Voice website www.wairarapavoice.nz.
For more information contact: Pam Colenso on 306 9503 or 0274 414 892or pmcolenso@xtra.co.nz