A trip of a lifetime

Brothers Joe and Chris Howells, now both in their 60’s, grew up in Cologne Street, Martinborough. In August this year they joined a group of 15 people who motorcycled over the world’s highest roads in the Himalaya Mountain Range. Joe and Chris joined a 2 week Motosaga Expedition which took …

NZTrio in Greytown

The NZTrio will conclude its 2018 touring year with the programme Twine, which they will perform in Greytown on Thursday 8 November, and also in Auckland, New Plymouth and Whitianga. Each concert this year has presented a fresh dynamic, with an impressive line-up of talented Kiwi guest musicians joining founding …

Old School is Back

We profiled our local butcher Scotty’s Meats in the May Martinborough Star of this year. Scotty was committed to finding a way to go plastic bag free. It was here we introduced the idea of bring a container to ‘fill them up’ in the act of reducing waste, reusing and …

International focus at South Wairarapa Rotary meetings

Ambassador Brown recently visited South Wairarapa Rotary as our guest speaker.  He gave a very lively and engaging speech, introducing himself in Maori.  Mr Brown said that when he was offered an ambassadorial post he chose New Zealand because of the All Blacks, the movie Lord of the Rings and …

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War Memories from Holland

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by Toni Pyl

Part 4

The War became grim now, we didn’t talk to the Germans anymore and teased the Dutch Nazi children who had joined the ‘Hitler Jugend’ (Hitler Youth). They wore beautiful uniforms and we were secretly jealous of them!

In a war anything can happen. One morning we found a yellow card in the letter box saying ‘This area has to be evacuated in 24 hours”. These Germans were always in a hurry but there must have been a lot of complaints because next we were given three days to look for another house. The City Council had given us a list of addresses so my mother, sister and I went house hunting in a village on the other side of Den Haag called Wassenaar.

To make room for us seaside dwellers, the old folks who lived alone were ordered to go and live with families that had spare rooms in the East of Holland.

We picked a nice house and asked the person who lived there if we could have a look inside. She was understandably very grumpy and declared she didn’t have time. However, she became friendlier when she learnt we had received a notice just like she had. Eventually we were shown around (she didn’t own the house) and as it was to our liking, we shifted a few days later.

Our grandparents came to live with us and they took the ground floor, which had two big rooms and the kitchen. We lived in the bedrooms upstairs and the bathroom was transformed into a kitchen. … Continue Reading


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Wharekaka Trust Board would like to invite expressions of interest in becoming a member of the Trust Board.  We are seeking expressions of interest from people who are genuinely interested in the work of the Trust.

Wharekaka Trust Board is a Not-For-Profit charity providing governance to Wharekaka Rest Home and Villas in Martinborough.  Trustee positions are unpaid.

We are keen to hear from people who are experienced and capable in any of the following:

  • An appreciation and understanding of the nuances of a Not-For-Profit organisation.
  • Marketing, sponsorship and fundraising experience.
  • Established networks and networking abilities, particularly with iwi and cultural groups.
  • Ability to think laterally and innovatively.
  • Business and financial acumen.
  • A genuine interest in and desire to make a difference for older people.
  • Knowledge of and experience in delivery of aged care, nursing, or other health services.

Along with your skills and experience, you will need to be collaborative, and a strong contributor as a key member of this Trust Board. … Continue Reading

Urinary Care

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Could your cat or dog have urinary issues?  

Lower Urinary tract disease (LUTD) is a general term used for various diseases that can affect your pet’s urinary tract, the body’s drainage system to remove wastes and excess water. 

There are a few urinary tract conditions that can affect your pet such as infection, bladder stones and incontinence. The common risk factors include stress, being overweight, certain foods and low water intake. Your pet could have a urinary disorder if it shows these common signs: accidents in the house, frequent attempts to urinate (can be mistaken for straining to defecate), blood in urine, frequent licking of the urinary opening or any signs of pain while urinating. Though this sounds equally painful for your pet and for your carpet there are ways of managing a urinary disorder. 

Treatment for LUTD involves bringing your pet into your local veterinary clinic for examination where a thorough history is taken. If required laboratory work which includes a urine and possibly blood tests may be needed. Sometimes it is helpful if you can bring a urine sample into the clinic at the time of your consult. Your vet will use these tools as well as a physical exam to determine the correct treatment.  The right food can help restore your pet’s health as it helps to dissolve stones and reduce mineral build up in the bladder. 

If your pet is not urinating freely or has a blockage (male cats especially), then this condition is urgent and could be fatal. Please call your local veterinary clinic immediately.

South Wairarapa Veterinary Services


Tuhirangi JAB Rugby

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The JAB rugby season has kicked off and this year Tuhirangi have children playing across 7 different teams.  In the Under 6 Rippa grade we have our own Tuhirangi team.  Our Under 8’s, Under 10’s and Under 11’s have combined with Martinborough. Our Under 9’s have combined with Greytown.  Unfortunately we have had to split our Under 13 players and we have some playing with the Greytown Southern team and the rest have combined with Gladstone.  Many thanks to the other rugby clubs that include our children in their teams to ensure they all get to play.

The Tuhirangi Old Timers Day is booked in for Saturday 9th June and we are lucky enough to be having 4 of our JAB teams playing at home in Pirinoa before the senior’s game.   The Under 10’s are playing at 10.00am, followed by the Under 11’s at 11.30am.  The Under 13’s will kick off at 1.00pm and then the main game is at 2.30pm.

We have new members taking up positions on the committee this year.  Mark Clarkson is president, Mel Handyside the Treasurer and Victoria Shaw has taken over as Secretary.

We look forward to a great season ahead.

Malcolm Jaspers  Tuhirangi JAB Delegate


Southern Netball

Southern Netball started the season named a finalist in the Wairarapa Sports Award Club of the Year and finished with the Southern Steel being named Netball Wairarapa Primary School team of the Year – Sportsmanship, Improvement and results with many fabulous achievements in between including the Storm winning grade 4 …


The 2018 Tuhirangi JAB rugby season has come to an end but we have had a great year.  We had approx. 45 children registered and they played across 6 different teams ranging from Under 6 Rippa through to the Under 13’s. This year we had our own Tuhirangi Under 6 …

Martinborough Golf Report

Spring sprang a leak early in September with many days being called off, and the course closing for a short time (for being underwater).  However the cold snap passed, the ground dried out and our intrepid golfers wiped down their trundlers, dried out their gloves and drove home some good …

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