Every year, renowned New Zealand winewriter Michael Cooper brings out his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and this year’s edition has a very special meaning for one boutique Martinborough vineyard. On the same day that they were advised they had won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at …

Technicolour fun

If you are a kid it’s not often that adults tell you to mess up your clothes.   Perhaps that’s why the Colour Run at Considine park last month was such a hit.  You started with a clean white t-shirt and ended up with your own unique rainbow coloured top. …

Looking after the Kororā

People love penguins.  They’re amused by their waddling walk and their smart little “jackets”.  But life is getting hard for these birds.  The Kororā  (or Little Penguin) is the smallest in the world and found all around the coastline of New Zealand.   Although fishing vessels report seeing them at …

Martinborough Community Choir.

The choir is looking forward to our last concert for the year, before we take an extended break over the holiday season. In our December concerts we’ve traditionally performed a wide variety of songs we’ve enjoyed singing throughout the year and we’ve featured small groups – in recent years from …

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Only in France

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The French government is facing outrage after revelations that 30 bureaucrats in the southern city of Toulon were paid to do nothing for more than 25 years.

Taxpayers forked out more than $1.6 million a year (€1 million) for the public servants, who were left without jobs after water services in Toulon were privatised.

The city failed to find them new posts but continued paying their salaries, according to a report by the Provence-Alps-Riviera Regional Audit Office, first revealed by local newspaper Var-matin.

One of the “phantom” bureaucrats collected a salary while also working as a manager in the private sector, while others received automatic promotions and pay increases based on length of service.

Rergional Council Notes

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With the local government elections now behind us and the swearing in of new councillors complete, the four councils that are responsible for Wairarapa need to get on with the business.

The three local councils and Greater Wellington Regional Council have all welcomed many new members to their teams bringing fresh ideas and an abundance of energy.  South Wairarapa and Carterton are also both headed by new Mayors Alex Beijen and Greg Laing while GWRC welcomes a new Chairman in Councillor Daran Ponter with Adrienne Staples elected as Deputy.

With all these new faces, getting on with the business will no doubt get tricky as the new elected members try to make good on their election promises and demand the change they campaigned on.

This is certainly true for GWRC which was in the spotlight on a number of fronts prior to the election.

Wellington’s buses come to mind however in Wairarapa the Proposed Natural Resources Plan would be at the forefront of many farmers concerns. … Continue Reading

Rotary Club of south Wairarapa 

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In September the Club continued to support a wide range of activities, both local and international.  

As part of reaching out to the local community one of our members who has been involved in setting up the Greytown food pantry explained to us how it works. The principle is give what you can, take what you need.  The pantry is located at the Greytown Medical Centre.

Our club is also a supporter of cultural events and we had a very interesting presentation on Kokomai from Kathryn Seagrave who is on the festival board. She explained that the programme has been carefully designed so that events do not clash with one another as much as they did last year. 

Kokomai organisers were keen to include family oriented free events and as part of our 50th anniversary the club has sponsored two free events for children – String Bean Puppets and The Paper Shaper. In addition these shows have New Zealand content as String Bean Puppets is a Wellington puppet company and the Paper Shaper has music by Wellington composer Gareth Farr.  … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Rebus Club

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On Friday 26 September we heard from John Reeve, a Carterton resident, who retired last year from a 40 year career in the NZ Government Service as a regulatory toxicologist and risk assessor. Beginning with the risk assessment of pesticides and veterinary medicines as part of the registration process in New Zealand in 1976, he progressed through a variety of ministry reorganisations, finishing under the Ministry for Primary Industries, responsible for the risk assessment of any human exposures to chemicals and particularly to those chemicals that find their way into food. Most recently he has specialised in the toxicology of natural toxins, such as those produced by plants and marine species.

Toxicology is a broad profession calling for a wide understanding of the life sciences: biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology etc., although history’s first toxicologists, the archers who poisoned their arrow tips to kill mammoths, might not have understood the complexity of the game they were getting into. For instance, some essential nutrients, such as iodine, are toxic if taken in excess quantities. The New Zealand diet is deficient in iodine but a recommendation to require it to be added to bread was not accepted and instead it is added voluntarily by bakers.   … Continue Reading


Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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