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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The law of…

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Law of Random Numbers – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. 

 Variation Law – If you change traffic lanes, the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now 

Law of Close Encounters -The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with. … Continue Reading

SOUTH WAIRARAPA REBUS CLUB

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Meeting on 22 October, for the first time since July, the South Wairarapa Rebus Club discussed the near-term prospect of our having to deal with members who might be unvaccinated. A clear line was drawn between those who were refused vaccination for medical reasons and any who might choose to remain unvaccinated for their own reasons. The consensus of the meeting was to await the possibility of further Government regulation before determining our own individual club policy at the February AGM.

The Guest Speaker was our own John Reeve, a retired Government toxicologist, talking about toxic plants in New Zealand. He distinguished “toxic hazard” relating to the nature of a poisonous substance, from “toxic risk” which reflects the likelihood of human contact with the substance at levels determined to have toxic effects. Even for carcinogens, if the hazard is present in a low enough quantity, it is without risk. … Continue Reading

SMART upgrade caps a month of learning at Martinborough Library

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One morning last month a customer came into Martinborough \Library to use our public computers. She wanted to submit her first assignment for an online class she was taking, but wasn’t quite sure how. After some trial and error, the woman, her friend, and a staff librarian figured out how to get the assignment sent on its way. Just another part of the lesson, the woman said. “I am eighty. My whakatauki is to always keep learning.”

May we all humbly follow her wisdom, calm, and curiosity—and patience in the face of new technology!

Indeed, ‘always keep learning’ has been our whakatauki during a busy month of change across the Wairarapa Library Service. In October the WLS completed a long-planned move to join the SMART Network, linking us to libraries in Masterton, the Hutt Valley, the Kapiti Coast, and more. We also debuted a series of adult online writing classes, and took our October holiday kids’ programming online with fun how-to videos on brick building and telling stories. … Continue Reading

Regional Council notes

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A hot topic of debate in South Wairarapa recently was the proposed closure of two coastal camping grounds due to risks from flooding.  As one of GWRC’s roles is flood management we were asked to contribute to the debate.

Now for some of the rivers in our region GW holds a vast amount of data that has been collected over time, recording flow rates at various times of the year, including extreme weather events.  This is backed up with archives of photos, press clippings and event reports that can inform the likely behaviour of a river in flood.

For many of the smaller rivers however we do not have this extensive history, as flow records have not been taken, so we use modelling to understand what a river might do in extreme weather.  We also look to local knowledge and press archives to see if they support our modelling predictions. … Continue Reading

Sports

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 …

Regular Features

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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