Season’s greetings

Wishing our readers all the blessings of the Christmas Season, with good company, nice food and sunshine. And looking forward to a happy and successful year ahead. Lindie, Chris, David and the two Mikes.

Martinborough Dark Sky Reserve

In less than two months Martinborough’s Dark Sky Reserve group has chalked up near speed-of-light progress toward registering as one of the world’s few places with special dark sky recognition. Already major steps have been promoted by Viv Napier and endorsed by South Wairarapa District Council to adapt the street …

It’s 1957 – the Nurse’s story

It’s 1957, the year the Russians scare the West by launching the Sputnik. It’s also the same year 18 year old Jo Leach (now McCauley) leaves Martinborough to begin training as a nurse at Palmerston North Hospital. Sixty years later Jo’s back in Martinborough along with others from that same …

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”

– Sir Edmund Hillary. A year ago a close girlfriend said “I want to trek to Mt Everest Base Camp but I have no-one to do it with”. Me having never been a tramper, camper, trekker or even bushwalker said “I’ll do it with you”! So I bought my first …

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December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on A GOOD SEASON

Cows, sleek and fat as
cream. Pasture knee-high, feather-
soft, sun-warmed, and sweet.
Maree Roy


December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on TUTURUMURI SCHOOL IS OPEN 

The Tuturumuri School is open and looking for some pupils to join them for Term one in 2018.
The Community would dearly love to see the  classrooms  filled with enquiring young minds so that future generations including tomorrows leaders can experience our schools special character learning both inside and outside the classroom.
The Board of Trustees and Staff has the backing of the locals who have pulled out all the stops to ensure the school remains open and is appealing to the wider Community to consider sending their children to our small but very well resourced school.
The Board of Trustees have through prudent management have monies set aside for the purchase of a bus if need be to transport the children from Martinborough to Tuturumuri to fill the void of the intergenerational gap.
This is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed,  if you would like your child to immerse themselves and learn in a truly rural setting, the School boasts an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, organic vegetable gardens, great student to teacher ratios with abundant resources delivered by passionate teachers and zero fees then really you need to take the time to check out Tuturumuri school and discuss with the staff what we can offer, including transport options for your young ones.
Together with the BOT the Tuturumuri School Community warmly invites all parents with Primary school and pre-schoolers along to our Open Day on Sunday 10th December between 10am to Midday or call to make an appointment on 06 3078110, email:

South Wairarapa Rotary

December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on South Wairarapa Rotary

Ross Cottle from Ducks Unlimited NZ (right) presents a cheque to Hamish McCrae, vice principal of Kahutara School. The pupils are members of the school’s Planting Resources Group

Kahutara School’s Ambitious Local Wetlands project
Fraser and Margaret Donald have set aside an area of their property and made it available to kahutara School to use for developing a wetland. This initiative will give student the opportunity to watch first hand, as their efforts turn a swampy piece of paddock into a thriving habitat for wetland flora and fauna. Ducks Unlimited NZ, South Wairarapa Rotary and Featherston’s Own Charity are all generously supporting the project. Don Bell provided advice on conservation wetland design and methodology. He and members of South Wairarapa Rotary and Ducks Unlimited oversaw the students’ initial planting of over 700 important trees of various species

For many years now, Hamish McCrae, a teacher at Kahutara school, has encouraged students to help Ducks Unlimited NZ with tree planting at the very successful Wairio wetland development. The 150 Ha wetland project is beginning to attract many of the country’s endangered species and provide them a safe refuge. This initiative, coupled with Whio breeding and bittern studies is making a huge positive impact on endangered waterfowl species. … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on RED CROSS SPRING PARTY A SUCCESS

The Martinborough Red Cross put on its annual ‘Spring Party’ at the end of September for local [mostly!] elderly residents. This long-standing traditional ‘feast’ proved once again to be popular, even with regulars (and ‘staff’) who have been coming for many years. Thanks to the ‘Lions’, who agreed to lend out their den, the Group had the use of a lovely venue which looked very festive.

Guests were welcomed with a drink or two of choice before sitting and catching up with friends or new people. We (‘staff’ as well) then got down to the serious business of playing BINGO – a long-standing tradition on these occasions – with mystery parcel prizes to lucky winners of ‘ a line’ or ‘a house’! The game is always enjoyed and usually requested by potential guests; so the Red Cross is very thankful to expert ‘caller’ Val Johns.

The party was completed with a cuppa and some delightful ‘home baking’ including Dawn Hartnell’s legendary chocolate éclairs.

No doubt the success of this annual occasion again means it will be considered on the agenda for next year. It’s not a fund-raiser, just a way of showing ‘we care’. We at the Martinborough Red Cross Group would like to thank our guests for coming and hope to see you again soon.

Liz Monaghan, Maree Roy (Group Co-ordinators)


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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