$10,000 goal well surpassed 

A great night was had by all at the P&K ‘Quiz for Life’ at the Village Cafe on the 23rd of February. The P&K team had set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for Relay for Life, with funds going to The Wairarapa Cancer Society. Over $4,000 had already been raised …

The three centenarians

At the last census there were 558 centenarians in New Zealand.   What is amazing that three of them live right here in Martinborough, at Wharekaka.   I decided to ask each to tell me the most exciting thing that had happened in their long lives. Gladys Stephen, the oldest …

Ventana three years on

It’s hard to believe it’s approaching the three year mark since Ventana opened its doors 7th of June 2016.  I’m proud to look back on several full years of sparking creativity and joy for our community as well as creating a platform for small artisan businesses local and abroad.  We’re …

“A lawn clipping sandwich please”

It was the early 60s and Noeline Thomas’s three children, Grant, Jackie and Brent were entering their teens.  She wondered what new interest she might take up now they were more independent.   Noel, in the way of husbands in those days, had his own views on this.   He …

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Plundering beauty

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With a title such as “Plundering Beauty”, one might be forgiven for thinking this slim grey volume is of the same ilk as “Shades of Grey”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hidden between its covers is a fascinating story of mankind’s wars down the centuries, paralleled by an equally extensive catalogue of the theft, destruction, plundering, displacement and concealing of some of the world’s greatest works of art. 

In the second of the Longwood Life Lessons series presented by Friends of Kokomai, comes Arthur Tompkins, Wellington District Court Judge and the author of the above book, subtitled “A History of Art Crime during War”.

A regular guest of Kim Hill on Saturday mornings on RNZ, Arthur Tompkins will present a talk on ‘Gentlemen Art Thieves: persistent myths and great art‘. In that, he will explore and trace the stubborn and recurring myth of the gentleman art thief, who steals masterpieces for solitary enjoyment in exotic hideaways: from Adam Worth, the original ‘Napoleon of Crime’, to James Bond’s first arch-villain Dr No, and finally Thomas Crown’s theft (and return) of Monet’s San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk.  … Continue Reading


February 11, 2019 February 2019 Comments Off on WHAREKAKA NEWS:

The new year has been off to a busy start with the Auxiliary holding a picnic for the residents. Although the weather was not as planned this did not dampen sprites.

We have also spent a lovely day out at the pinnacles and  ice creams in the park at Greytown.

Once school starts up again, we look forward to out regular visits from various school and preschool groups.

The Wharekaka Auxiliary hosted a very enjoyable new year luncheon for residents on 15th January.  Unfortunately, the weather gods didn’t play their part and the picnic was held in the day room.  Although the venue was moved all residents enjoyed the picnic atmosphere and lovely food supplied.

We have been very fortunate to receive surplus food from Kitchener’s and Neighbourhood café recently.  This makes a lovely change for the residents’ afternoon teas.  A big thankyou to you all.

We sadly farewelled Dorothy Ansell and Gene Brown in December.  Both residents will be sadly missed by the Wharekaka family.

We welcome Gerard Lowe from the Villas as a permanent resident in the home and Judy Palmer and Peg Plowman moved from Masterton facilities to join our Wharekaka family as permanent residents.

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Why do dogs stick their heads out the window?

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Have you ever wondered why dogs love poking their heads out of car windows? The answer, according to Adelaide zoologist Chris Daniels, is much more interesting than “because they can”.

“We need to remember that a dog’s head is this incredible sensory apparatus,” said Professor Daniels, from the University of South Australia.

“They smell so much better than we do, in that their sense of smell is much greater than we have, and they have good vision.

“Their head is jam-packed full of sensors, so when they stick their head out the window, they’ve got this great pressure of air moving at great speed over them, and it’s a sensory overload.”

Professor Daniels said every time a dog stuck its head out of a moving car window, it was evidence of its adventurous and opportunistic nature.

“There’s one thing that’s really become apparent over the last 20 years about a great many species, and not just mammals, and that is they like to have fun,” he said.

WBS MARTINBOROUGH FC – calling all players (young & old-er)

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How time flies as we are already gearing up for a new season for the Juniors and Senior team.

If you haven’t heard much about us, where have you been! 

Each year we have at least 6 junior teams (of all ages and abilities) taking to the field to represent the town and a ‘slightly’ older contingent playing in the Wairarapa 2nd Division.

Last year our Junior teams were fantastic – everyone playing their part to ensure that Martinborough FC will be a force in the Junior leagues for many years to come (and having coached a few local ‘newbies’ pre-Christmas there is a lot of talent out there).

So if you are looking for something for your children to do (ages from 5 up to 12/13) then please get in touch at the email below and we can then keep you in the loop with our planned activities, pre-season training etc…

For the Senior team, we will be looking to start pre-season training on Tuesday nights – the first being 12th Feb 2019 down at the football grounds from 6.30pm to about 8pm.