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This is the final column from the Martinborough Community Board and you will have a whole new Board following local government elections on 12th October. I encourage you to have your say and vote. Here’s a round up of the last three years.

We have a new flag trax banner hanging system in town which will go up over the next few weeks, this will allow us to change the event banners and town flags from the ground, without the need for traffic management. 

We facilitated the use of Considine Park for children’s cricket, a big thank you to the Cricket Club for the hours of work that has gone into creating the wicket – it is a credit to the club and it is great to see the park getting more usage.

We have strongly advocated for the Waihinga Centre, and the Park and Playground and we are immensely proud to see the Centre being so well used. The park and playground is the only dedicated public space in Martinborough for our children and we’re looking forward to seeing the enjoyment this will bring for many years to come. 

We spent a lot of time and effort to ensure that repairs to the Cenotaph in the Square were completed and commissioned a local artist to paint the power box in the Square with an ANZAC poppy design. Thanks to Councillor Colenso for organising the wonderful photo exhibition in the Square as part of the WW1 commemorations.

We funded last year’s Christmas Parade – thanks to MADCAPs for making it such a huge success, we have committed to funding the event again this year. 

We pushed for, and received a full report into the status of the Pain Estate farm and buildings and have taken the first steps to rectify the poor condition of the house and cottage. At the time this report was received there was $188,000 in the Pain Farm account and Community Board has recommended to Council that funds are released to carry out urgent repairs, including to the roof of the house, cottage cladding and to paint the house. Various other works have been carried out within existing budgets.

We have consistently advocated for a safe, secure, clean, clear drinking water supply for Martinborough, this is not a ‘nice to have’ and it is an urgent requirement with summer approaching. I thank those Councillors that supported the implementation of the Manganese Extraction Plant.

We have also consistently asked Council for more money for footpaths and I’m pleased to see that Esther Street will finally have a footpath in this financial year.

I would like to highlight all of the amazing work undertaken by volunteers in our community; community trusts and groups, sports clubs; service clubs our volunteer fire brigade and all those other people flying under the radar and working to make Martinborough a better place. Your positivity, dedication and commitment have not gone unnoticed. 

Thank you to the Mayor and Councillors for working with us, we haven’t always agreed on everything but the relationship has been a constructive one. Finally thank you to my Board and to our youth representative Maisie Arnold-Barron, it has been a busy, challenging term and I appreciate your support and hard work. 

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