Space & Science Festival comes to the Wairarapa

After inspiring more than 10,000 people in Wellington over the last two years, the “Space & Science Festival” is coming to the Wairarapa. Space & Science Festival, a mix of spectacular science displays, science talks and classroom activity, is a not-for-profit charity created by a group of volunteer parents, teachers, …

A busy start to the year

With the new year now under way at Wharekaka we have had some lovely trips out to the Pinnacles and Lake Ferry. At times the heat has been hard and ice creams and fans have been the only way to go. Wharekaka Auxiliary held a beautiful picnic for the residents …

Why have the Martinborough Fair?

The idea of a country fair came from Bill Fetch, who became a Rotarian in 1972. Bill had travelled to Germany and was impressed with the village markets there. He felt the Martinborough town square, with its open space and lovely shade trees would make an ideal venue for a …

Hammers & Horsehair – Concert for Soprano, Square Piano and Cello

The Greytown Music Group’s  first concert for this year will be Hammers & Horsehair, at 4pm Sunday 22 April, at 57 Wood Street, Greytown – an innovative performance by Douglas Mews on square piano, Robert Ibell on cello, and soprano Rowena Simpson of music from 19th century Germany, Austria and …

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The World Premiere of Anapestic Pentameter

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Anapestic pentameter isn’t an amateur rhyme,

It just isn’t a meter we’re meeting a lot of the time:

Neither Auden nor Dryden nor Milton nor Byron nor Keats

Ever fell for its five-footed anti-dactylian beats.

Nor did Chaucer or Spenser or Shelley or Shakespeare or Pope

Seem to think anapestic pentameter offered much scope,

And I guessed for the rest it was grist  for the jester at best,

An’ a PEST an’ a PEST an’ a PEST an’ a PEST an’ a PEST! … Continue Reading

Time to get out your walking gear

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It’s here again, Around the Vines, your annual opportunity to walk, or if you’re super fit run, through seven  of Martinborough’s famous vineyards. So mark your calendar – Sunday 18th March.

By offering four levels from a half marathon run to a leisurely 10km walk  Around the Vines certainly caters for everybody. There are prizes for the best fancy dress, many chose to  make a up a theme dressed team. Or you may chose to join the majority and put on comfy footwear and enjoy the walk.

The two run events are the  21 km half marathon for the really serious runners  and a 10km run for those wanting to test their fitness. There is also 21 km walk for serious walkers and a 10km one for those  for those who idea is to enjoy a walk through the vineyards which are normally off limits.  … Continue Reading

War Memories

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By Toni Pyl


Antonia Maria Pijl (Toni) was born in Holland in 1931. Her father was a mechanic and her mother a seamstress.

Before settling in The Hague to raise a family of two girls, her parents lived in France for a few years and explored Europe on a motorbike with a side car.

Toni came to New Zealand after The War at the age of twenty with her fiancé; they married in Wellington and had 4 children, two of whom survive today. She kept journals complete with sketches about her life in Holland and New Zealand. Toni was mother and mother in law of Ineke and David Kershaw; she died at Wharekaka in January 2018 at the age of 86.

Part 1

When I was nine years old we lived in Kykduin, a seaside village which was a suburb of The Hague in Holland. The house was built in the sand hills, which were covered in thorny bushes. The sea was close by, the sound of the surf always in my ears.

On the 10th of May 1940, we were woken up at 4am by gunfire. War with Germany we were told! Frightened people in pyjamas were soon standing in the street in groups discussing the matter. A few hours later Heinkel planes invaded the sky above our village, diving down low over us; the sound of machine guns was deafening.

There was an airport nearby that was the target and I was very frightened. The only safe place I could think of was the toilet (or the WC as we called it) so from then on that is where I sat during every attack with my fingers in my ears.

All the grown-ups, flushed and furious, listened to the radio. The Queen gave a speech telling us how indignant she was with the Germans. A few days later The Royal Family fled to England, much to the annoyance of the Dutch people, who would have liked to see the Queen stay like the King of Denmark did.

The day after the invasion, we watched a battle at the nearby airport from our bedroom windows upstairs. We saw parachutists being dropped and the Dutch soldiers crawling towards the airport. The Heinkel planes came back and we fled downstairs while bullets flew everywhere.

My father went to work as usual as he was a conscientious man but he did not get very far. After a few hours he came back covered in blood. He was not hurt himself but had helped others to dress their wounds.  He told us that when he entered a nearby farmhouse to get some clean linen, he couldn’t find anyone there apart from two very scared policemen under a bed!

The fighting lasted for four days and ended with the bombing of Rotterdam, which happened without warning.

To be continued.


South Wairarapa Inner Wheel

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy

An update on our fund raising over this Inner Wheel year, June 2017-June 2018, to select and substantially help at least one local girl to participate in a course at Outward Bound, Anakiwa, in the Marlborough Sounds.

The money we made at our first-ever Silent Auction was earmarked for this purpose and we were very pleased to inform you that we raised enough to send three more girls, thanks to Outward Bound and their funders. The selection process has been ongoing, but the first of the successful applicants has now finished her course and will be speaking at an Inner Wheel meeting in the near future. … Continue Reading


Golf news

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop. The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford …

Martinborough Netball Club

Indeed while this year is almost over and this article slightly late, just to let you know what the season has been like for the Martinborough Netball Club. The Netball Premier Team moved up a grade this netball season from previous years having played in the Premier 2 grade. We …

Walking is a man’s best medicine. (Hippocrates)

SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB While crossing a busy intersection in Christchurch last week I spotted a banner sporting the message: WALK2freeTHE.MIND. This surely captures in a catch-phrase a credible philosophy. Throughout the decades numerous walking quotes have been recorded, many of which portray the physical and mental benefits of a …

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