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Tēnā koutou kātoa

For this months Community Board update, I would like to to discuss the Pain Estate.

The Community Board, with full support from the Council, have been working hard in this first year of our triennium to bring the Pain Homestead and Cottage back up to a respectable standard. 

All of your current Board members were highly concerned with what had happened to the Estate, after years of bare minimum upkeep, and we promised our ward that if elected, we would be putting our energy toward it’s repair and on-going maintenance, with hope to future proof this valuable, historic amenity for the Children of Martinborough.

On Thursday 10 September the Pain Homestead was opened to the public, with much enthusiasm and approval shown by those members of the public who attended.

The painting throughout the home, its repaired roof, windows and doors and its new heat pumps make the home warm and cosy. It was commented on a number of times that even on a stormy day like we encountered, the home looks beautiful and fresh, but most importantly for any family that lives there, it is warm and dry.

The Martinborough Community Board would like to acknowledge and thank Bryce Neems, Trish Drury, Greg Childs and the wider Amenities team in the South Wairarapa District Council, for their hard work, managing contractors and completing everything required to once again restore this home to a very high standard.

This grand old lady is once again something we can all be proud of and is now fit for our future generations to enjoy the benefits from, as we, children of Martinborough, have enjoyed in the past.

With the new maintenance plan in place, we look forward to knowing that this wonderful home will now continue to provide support for the Children of Martinborough, for many years to come.

We continue to look forward to receiving the information and outcome of the Councils review regarding the Corporate and In-house Professional Services cost allocations, paid by the Pain Farm to Council, for their maintaining and caring for the property, during its decline into disrepair. Moving forward this will no longer happen as a new maintenance plan, specifically for the Pain Homestead and Cottage, has been put in place with Council.

On a completely different note, I’d like to thank Euan, Tim and the wider roading team at SWDC for the great looking new footpath on Esther Street.

It has been a long time coming and I hope all those who live on Esther Street, and those who walk there, are happy to finally see this in place. 

Your Martinborough Community Board would also like to hear from you! 

Representatives of your Board will be at the Waihinga Centre on the first Saturday of every month (starting October 3rd 2020).

Please “Drop In”!! We look forward to hearing from you.

I’d like to finish with this Māori Whakatauki (saying/proverb), which is highly appropriate for your Community Board and what drives us:

Me mahi tahi tātou mō te oranga o te katoa – Let’s work together for the wellbeing of everyone

Ka kite āno koutou. 

Mel Maynard – Chair, Martinborough Community Board

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