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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Waihinga Centre Great Treasure Trail

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And the winner was…George Broome, in 28 minutes on his speedy scooter. His prize, a junior golf driver, was one of the many great items donated by local sponsors. Organisers Lyle and Ro Griffiths noted that it was thanks to these donors, the volunteer helpers, and the families of Martinborough who took part, that the Treasure Trail was such a great success. George is in the (almost) centre of the montage.
For more information on the project see the Waihinga Centre page in this paper

Regional Council notes

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It’s hard to believe that another year has passed by and we are once again close to celebrating Christmas. You could say that he last twelve months have been a mixed bag for Wairarapa with a share of both highs and lows.

Overall we are we are flourishing with economic growth outstripping other parts of the region and property values increasing sharply. Development is buoyant and councils are issuing a record number of consents. For many this a godsend but the flip side is considerable pressure on the rental market and a shortage of affordable homes for those less well off.

In stark contrast some community organisations have struggled to find funding and our region had more than its share of suicides. Actually, even one suicide is one too many and we must look hard at ourselves to see what we can do better to prevent such a sad loss of life and support the families who are left to pick up the pieces. … Continue Reading

Know your town

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Higginson’s Store circa 1971

The things we had

In the early 1970s Martinborough had three grocery shops plus Pain and Kershaw’s and WFCA Dept stores – which sold everything. There was a baker’s shop and dairy in each of the two main streets, one dairy sold Tip Top ice cream the other Frosty Jack – threepence a cone, plus one had a Juke Box at a shilling a time.

Jellicoe Street was a busy retail hub with Terry Boyd’s menswear, and Olive Madsen’s Ladies wear. Moore’s sports goods, an Electrical shop and a Shoe repairs which later became a tea and coffee shop run by Noelene Thomas between 1965 and 1971.
Plus the Star restaurant where the menu was either steak, eggs and chips of Fish eggs and chips ( served by a gentleman dressed in a bush shirt saddle tweed trousers and boots)

Meanwhile Kitchener Street had Lake’s Bookshop, Edward’s tea rooms, Cotter and Steven’s electrical shop, Hardie’s jewellers and fancy goods, and even a car sales yard. … Continue Reading

Did you know

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CHRISTMAS parade and Carols in the Square on Saturday 16th from 5 pm.

The SWIMMING baths are now open – and this season there is no entry charge – that’s right, FREE, so come and enjoy a swim.

THERE ARE over two million Apps in the Apple Store. January 1st was the store’s busiest ever day when people downloaded US$ 240,000,000 worth of Apps.

POCKIE MACHINES removed $845 million from gamers last year , with this figure on track to be surpassed this year.

‘FEW THINGS are harder to put up with than a good example’- Mark Twain

BETWEEN the ages of fifty and seventy five the death rate of men is 30% higher than women. And yet the Health Research Council only spend six cents in every dollar on research men’s health research. – Prof. David Baxter Otago University Centre for Men’s Health.

… 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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Waihinga Centre

Seasonal Greetings The Waihinga Charitable Trust, the Fundraising Team and the Communications Team would like …

News from First Church

All good gifts around us are sent from Heaven above Then thank the Lord, O …

Maree’s musings

JOIN the PARTY … Relax … this is not a political message; for now, that’s …

Library news

The Summer Reading Programme for the children has started and Roz informs me it is …


The Community Board has almost reached the end of a busy year, with its final …

Dear Dr Jane

Dear Dr Jane My husband is a farmer and I am worried that he is …

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