Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Against All Odds

The Martinborough Music Festival was performed in October, despite being reorganised three times. “It was a bit of a rollercoaster with “Will it happen, Won’t it happen?” moments,” said Brendan Smyth and Sharon Cuzens, two of the organising team for the festival. “But our whole team was determined to make …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

New Trustees lead Hau Ariki direction

Martinborough’s Hau Ariki Marae is unique. Opened in 1998, it’s a community marae, not affiliated directly to a particular iwi. Newly elected Chair Kevin Haunui says this means it allows “a connection for people not from here” to link with the Wairarapa and its tangata whenua. “Anyone can regard Hau …

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Virtuoso Pair Play in Greytown

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The Greytown Music Group’s September concert was postponed due to Covid, and it is hoped that Violinist Mark Menzies, Professor of Music at Canterbury University, and Pianist/Bassoonist Gabriel Baird, will be able to travel up from Christchurch in three weeks’ time for the concert, now on 14 November.

The programme centres on the lush and characterful styles of 18/19  “turn-of-the-century” music, and its heritage. The bassoon, violin and piano were all important vehicles for this influential rethinking of how music could reflect the environment and humans’ interaction with it. … Continue Reading

Wairarapa Fabric Fair 2021

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Great News our Wairarapa Fabric Fair has a new date!

Thanks to our patient stall holders, South End School and the Carterton Central Lions we are going ahead with the Fair on the 13th of November! The venue is still South End School Hall, High Street South, Carterton, from 10 am to 1pm and there is plenty of parking. 

Do you have a stash at home you have been meaning to go through, this would be a good time to do it and donate it to our charity table! Is your stash enough to sell and make some money back, then you can still book a table and join us on the day @ $20.00 at table (just remember no made-up goods to be sold).   … Continue Reading

White socks

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Many domesticated house cats have white ‘socks’ which are rarely seen in wild animals. About 10,000 years ago, as humans were becoming farmers and storing grains and foods , the progenitor species of house cats were used to control rodents. 

This species known as Felis silvestris  had a coat that blended well into wild habitat. However humans took to genetic mutations such as white paws, shaped ears and unique markings and bred these cats for domestic purposes 

 

“Smocking not Smoking”

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In 1994, Jill Baker the vicar’s wife from the Martinborough Anglican Church and Di Martin conspired to create a group where young Mums could get together.

Twenty-five joined the smocking group, often accompanied by their small babies in car seats. One of the Dads was very relieved that it was a smocking group his wife was attending because he had inadvertently heard the word “Smoking.” He was quickly corrected.

Of peasant origin, smocking was a means of reducing a length of material to a required measurement, simultaneously creating elasticity for movement. The word “Smoce” of Anglo-Saxon origin referred to a shirt or a shift. Over the years the patterns and decorations became more intricate with various designs or motifs indicating the occupation of the wearer. … Continue Reading

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Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

Some people see a face, a man, while others a woman holding a tree. I …

Regional Council notes

It’s hard not to reflect on the year just gone through Covid tinted lenses.  While …

Recycling days

Wednesday 8 th  Dec Wheelie bin Wednesday 15 th Dec Glass Wednesday 22th Dec. Wheelie …

News from First Church

As another unusual and eventful year for us all draws to a close we can …

Maree’s musings

PEAR SHAPED With some sense of relief 2021 is coming to an end. It hasn’t …

Library notes

Let the library start your summer with fascinating life stories This spring, as we idly dream …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

At our October monthly meeting at the Offering, Debbie Lattey the District Chairman was our …

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