Difficult Haurangi rescue

Joe Bannister and his friend Dave were in the Haurangi Forest Park. After a long day out in the bush, Joe was heading down a steep hill when the ground gave way and sent him sliding down a cliff face. He fell six metres, badly injuring his leg in the …

Waihinga Centre

Fundraising Success Fundraising efforts are go and so far it has been lots of fun! The Square of Gold kept on rolling until a total of 50 ½ metres had been snapped up, bringing us to a total of $2020. Quite mind blowing given this was only meant as a …

A Very Special Event

Most opera lovers’ commitment to the art form involves buying tickets to public performances.  Winifred Bull and her husband David decided to take their love of opera a whole lot further.  They designed a new home with enough space to stage concerts for more than 100 people.  They particularly wanted …

Under The Martinborough Stars

By Becky Bateman My house is north facing and I get people telling me all the time how good my tomatoes must be. On face value that seems a perfectly fine and normal comment but, thinking deeper, it shows how much the sky affects our lives. The more I thought …

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 – Part 11 War Memories (Final)

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 – Part 11 War Memories (Final)

Now we started talking about our old village and my mother managed to obtain a permit as a former resident. We went on one of the few trams that were operating  and then walked the rest of the way. The village was a sorry sight with barbed wire and empty ammunition shells everywhere. A wooden bridge replaced where the pasture nearby had been dug up to make a deep tank trap. Houses were badly damaged as all the wood had been taken out, leaving only the brickwork and they all had to be pulled down, including our old house.

Sometime later it was announced that the  Council had repaired some of the houses and we could return. We could choose which one to live in so we ended up living in the lovely village again but not in the same house.

Because of food shortages caused by allied action, lots of children were weak and underfed so England (feeling responsible) offered to organise health camps. Only one in every family could go there and I was the lucky one (my sister went to a camp in Holland). We only took a few clothes with us as we we were going to get new ones in England. It was all very exciting but first we had to be de-loused at the local medical centre.  Army trucks collected us and we were driven to Rotterdam. The boat journey in itself was exciting as we went on a big passenger ship, which formerly went to Indonesia and was converted for the army. It took three days to get to Southampton because we went so slowly through a channel in the sea with lines of mine sweepers on both sides. … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Rebus Club

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Onoke Spit Restoration

Guest speakers at the South Wairarapa Rebus club meeting on 22 March 2019 were Denise and Dougal MacKenzie of Te Rakau Birding talking about the restoration and ongoing care of indigenous flora and fauna on Onoke Spit. Pest eradication and planting are permanent concerns.

On the following Friday the Club organised a bus trip for 21 members and friends to visit the MacKenzies on site at Te Rakau, followed by lunch at Lake Ferry Hotel and a visit to Burnside Church. 

Unfortunately, Te Rakau’s normal access to the spit was under water so walking on the spit was not possible. Instead the bus was guided along raised access ways allowing us to see the developing Pounui lagoons, wetland area and associated pest-trapping with dry feet. We then went to Ocean Beach and enjoyed some time on that wild shore. We were disappointed to miss out on seeing Caspian terns and Royal spoonbills but dotterel were in evidence on the driftwood-littered beach.  … Continue Reading

Waihinga Centre

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The fundraising action is go!

The Square of Gold was our kick start event and we had great support from local businesses taking up the chance to buy a metre of gold in the run up to the event. Unfortunately with the wet weather the Meander over Martinborough didn’t happen and we had a very soggy start, I was there, but not many others gave up the comfort of home and chocolate eggs. 

However a positive turn of events meant people still got involved, deciding to pledge money to buy gold on our Give a Little page. As the hours went by the metres of gold were snapped up and this continued all weekend. So we are so keen to see how far we can get we are going to keep the Square of Gold challenge open. You can buy a Metre for $40 or even go for half a metre at $20, all you need to do is pledge money at the Give a Little page and comment metre of gold and we will add you to the mix. Once we have enough to complete we will head to the square and display all the donors and map out the Square of Gold. So join the gold rush and watch this space and Facebook for updates.

But next…..It is all about the Moon and the Stars….it is time to get your Glow on! Join us on May 11th for a fabulous family event exploring the world above us.

If you’re keen to join in the fun making things happen contact me, Charlotte on 021 949 049 or email nzlottie@hotmail.com. Watch this space for what’s happening and how we are progressing and don’t forget the Give a Little page where you can donate directly: www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/waihingacentre”. … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group Inc planning day

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Planting at Okorewa Lagoon.

On Sunday 26 May, South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group (SWBG) will have its 7th annual planting day at Ōkorewa Lagoon, which is at Lake Ferry just past the hotel and before the beach.  Once in the path of the Ruamahanga River out to sea, the waterway is now cut off and has become a peaceful lagoon.   

This planting event has grown in recent years and in May 2018 about 60 people attended, planting over 2000 native shrubs and grasses in the area surrounding the lagoon.  While a challenging site due to occasional flooding, there is huge potential for improving both the environment and the amenity value for visitors.  The lagoon has historic significance as it was once rich in kai moana, including tuna (longfish eel).  Now the area is popular with tourists and locals, and is also visited by a range of birds including species not commonly seen, like spoonbill.

Support for the planting days comes from Greater Wellington Regional Council as part of Wairarapa Moana.  There has been help also from DOC who enabled SWBG to put in a bollard and rope barrier, and Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust with volunteers and logistics on the day. … Continue Reading