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SUMMER’S Australian bushfires covered an area 80% of the size of England. 6,000 buildings were destroyed, 34 people died. Also killed were 90% of the wildlife; 3 billion Koala, Kangaroos, birds frogs and reptiles. 

AUCKLAND IS now the fourth least affordable housing market in the world. In 1990 a house cost 4 times the median wage. It is now 9.7 times. Last year the average Auckland house value rose $83,000. Auckland’s average wage is $46,880. 

“ LISTEN HONEY, you’re soliciting yourself either way – one’s just for votes the other’s for money. One advertises on billboards the other in the back pages of the Dominion Post” Georgina Byer explaining to a fellow MP.

THE LATEST WORD from the IRD – ‘hypothecation’. Which means ‘the practice of recycling revenue from a tax or levy towards a particularly earmarked purpose or segregation’. 

SIX AND A HALF million tyres are imported every year. Three million of the used tyres each year are unaccounted for:  buried, stacked up somewhere or just dumped. The new Golden Bay cement works at Whangarei will use old tyres instead of coal as fuel burning three million tyres a year. 

“MANY ARE  shocked at the Lego Movie not nominated for best animated picture. Shocked because  , when you think about it, the Academy has a long tradition of humouring plastic people with frozen faces” TV host Conan O’Brien 

GOVERNMENT WAGE subsidies to  Fletcher building, Sky City and The Warehouse totalled $170 million. They pocketed the money but decided to sack 2,700 workers any way – Newsroom 

HAVING PLACED heavy tariffs on Australian  beef and  barley the Chinese government is now eying Australian wine. One third of Australian wine produced, valued at Aus $ dollars, is exported to China. 

THE NUMBER of appointed Lords in the British parliament (669) exceeds the number of elected members (650) in the House of Commons. 

UNITED NATIONS’ Climate change watch lists Australia as having the world’s highest per capita climate changing gas emissions. More than the USA and double those of China, three times as high as the UK and ten times greater than Indonesia.  

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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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