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Firefighter Simon Daly

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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!

Family Violence Law Changes

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New Zealand’s high rate of family violence is not acceptable . The Government wants to ensure family violence victims are kept safe and people who use family violence ARE HELD TO ACCOUNT . 

Some changes have taken effect to improve safety for victims of family violence. From July 1st 2019 the new Family Violence Act 2018 replaces the old Act  from 1995. The changes give decision-makers in the family violence system better guidance about the nature and impact of family violence and enables a more consistent response to victims and those who commit the family violence.

There are changes to Protection Orders – Standard conditions applicable when someone has a Protection Order against them , have been simplified : No Contact Condition . . . the respondent cannot contact the applicant except with the applicant’s permission in writing. The applicant may change their mind at any time and this doesn’t have to be in writing. Note that a breach of a Property Order will be treated as a breach of a Protection Order and this means breaching a Property Order is an offence and the offender can be arrested  … Continue Reading

Did you know

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‘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 

NEW ZEALAND will be hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) conference in Auckland in 2021. $300,000,000 has been budgeted for hosting the event. 

IT COSTS $US 122,311 an hour to fly an American B2 bomber and $US 122,311 an hour to fly an F22 fighter.

THE GREAT FIRE of London started  at a baker’s hop in Pudding Lane on 2nd September 1666. The fire burned for three days  destroying 13,200 houses, over 80 churches, 44 company halls and the original St Paul’s.  The official death toll was eight. 

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 

SINCE THE ADVENT  of television no bald men have been elected British Prime Minister. Defeated contenders include Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Neil Kinnock, William Hague, and Michael Howard.  … Continue Reading

Country Dog City Dog

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

Did you know

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 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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