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THE PEA BAN IS LIFTED, freshly picked  garden peas will be back on the menu!

BACK IN AUGUST 2018 the Auckland cycle and pedestrian bridge known as SkyPath was costed at $67 million for the three km cycleway. In January 2020 the estimated cost was $360 million. An increase  of 440% in 18 months? A cycleway (even one over a harbour) cost $120 million per km?

THE ELECTION DATE, September 19th, is also the anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight. The French Montigolifier  brother’s  wool and damp straw fueled balloon rose carrying a rooster, duck and lamb as passengers.

‘THE GREATEST threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will fix it’

 explorer Robert Swan  

NZ STATISTICS population records clock a birth every nine minutes, a death every fourteen minutes and a net migration gain every twelve minutes. 

IN ONE 24 HOUR period in February more than 600 mm of rain fell in Fiordland. This is four times  More than London’s annula rainfall

‘HAPPINESS IS having a large, loving, close-knit family in another city’ – George Burns

WESTERN AUSTRALIA has introduced new fines for using cell phones while in control of a car. Checking your cell phone or making a call while stopped at traffic lights attracts a $500 fine while doing so while travelling  will cost the driver $1,000. 

HELPED LOWER BY the number of EVs  being sold last year’s average European CO 2 emissions of new cars was  95 gr. Conversely the average CO 2 of the 37,000 new cars sold in New Zealand last year was 174 gr.  NZ’s average is ramped up by the large percentage of new vehicles being high emission utes. For instance the best selling 3 litre Ford Ranger emits 234 gr.  

‘THE DIFFERENCE between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits’ Albert Einstein

WOLLONGONG University scientists have developed a non-flammable electrolyte for potassium-ion batteries , making them safer for energy storage. Potassium based batteries  promise to be cheaper and raise fewer environmental issues than lithium batteries.   

PARASITE IS A South Korean film that tells the story of  family who con their way into a house they have no business living in and things go very wrong from there. The American version of it is called ‘The Trumps’ – Jimmy Kimmel at the Oscars 

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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 …

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‘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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