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I’M DREAMING of a white Christmas. But if the white runs out I’ll drink the red.

AMERICANS HAVE purchased over seventeen million guns this year. By August it had exceeded the previous year’s total. The previous highest yearly total was 2016 when 16.6 million guns were sold following Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of a stronger gun control platform.

‘THREE O’CLOCK is always either too late or too early for anything you want to do’ Jean-Paul Sartre

A STUDY BY the University of Canberra has found that pathogens carried by cats cost the Australian economy six million dollars a year.

‘WHEN YOU stop being a minister  , you get in the back of the car  and it doesn’t go anywhere’ Malcolm Rifkind

AMERICAN POLITICAL analysis site reports that during President Trump’s 1,316 days in presidency up until the current reporting time he had  made 22,247 fake or misleading claims. An average of 16.9 a day. 

THE TECHNOLOGY sector is now New Zealand’s third largest exporter with  ICT alone representing $6.7 billion  in revenue in 2019

 ‘THERE ARE only two industries  that call their customers ‘users’; illegal drugs and software’ –statistician Edward Trufte

WELLINGTON Free Ambulance  answers over 110,00 calls a year and responds to 57.000 emgergencies and covering over two million kilometres. They also assist with 400 helicopter rescues.  

NEW ZEALAND is now the closest in the OECD to achieving gender equality, with 48% of MPs women. Māori make up 21% of MPs, compared to 12% of the adult population. Pasifika make up 10% of MPs compared to 6% of adult population. 11% of MPs identify as belonging to the LGBTQI community, compared to an estimated 3.5% of the population. And the parliament has become much younger.

THE WORD vaccination comes from the Latin ‘vacca’ for cow. It was coined by 18th century surgeon Dr Edward Jenner who studied virus and developed the first the antidote for small pox, which killed millions of people every year , using a small dose of the milder cow pox taken from infected cows. 

‘DONALD TRUMP complains that he is being treated worse than Lincoln… Lincoln was shot in the head” Bill Mayer

 There is no Star in January, the deadline for the February issue is 4pm Wednesday January 28th 

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Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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Regional Council notes

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Recycling collections

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News from First Church

Through winter cold, through bitter wind and biting frost the silent seeds of spring wll …

Maree’s musings

FROM OUT THERE … Space travel’s been in the news lately. Of course, it’s nothing …

Letters – Community Boards

Recently my husband and I took up the invite from the Mayor, June edition of …

Letters – Secretive decisions

2019 election Mayor Beijen stated: “I am standing for South Wairarapa Mayor to bring back …

How well do we know people in our community

Rex Mc Intosh  Click Suite, Magician and Technical Wizard Rex is one of the cofounders …

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