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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Martinborough Business Assn.

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on Martinborough Business Assn.

Last Month our front page story detailed the camera project and saw the launch of our Give a Little page, we are returning to say a big Thank you!

The community both businesses and residents have been in touch to congratulate the initiative and have wholeheartedly got behind it which has been fantastic. The give a little page has raised $5040 to date with nominations coming in all the time. 

We feel this confirms that everyone supports keeping Martinborough safe and being proactive to deter crime. We will continue our mission to raise funds this coming month in the hope we can push go very soon. If you are keen to make a donation please head to our give a little page  https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/martinborough-cctv-project#

This month we have our AGM on 29th May at the Martinborough Hotel. We will be previewing our new website which we hope to launch in Spring. The coming months we will be focusing on gathering all the content for what will be a fabulous showcase of all things we have to offer and the people who make it special.

 So if you are not a member its a great time to jump on board and be part of what is going to be a big year. Contact Charlotte on info@martinboroughnz.com if you need any information.

Charlotte Harding 

Maree’s musings

May 15, 2019 May 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Maree’s musings


Many big things have happened recently, lots of them serious or sad, so maybe it’s time to be light-hearted again. With big stuff; trying to get our heads around exactly how large and finding the best words to describe these enormities is not easy. Understandable when you are small because nearly everything is bigger, often much bigger. Kiwi youngsters in one tv advert said ‘she’s a pretty big job’ which I’m sure building a retaining wall is. However, the big word, overused, becomes boring and mundane, as does its replacement ‘huge’. Instead nowadays it’s ‘ginormous’, or frequently ‘humungous’. I struggled with that one, but my Oxford dictionary – with 1700 pages, humungous too – revealed the combination of huge and monstrous. Of course. Silly me!

Recently in a newspaper account of a large fire, someone worked out that the flames had the heat equivalent to 100,000 one-bar heaters. The one-bar bit doesn’t sound like much, but I get the feeling that so many of them would be horrifying. Volcanoes, which fortunately only rarely go off, have a measurement scale of zero to eight – when it’s all go! The biggest ever recorded (so far – which is a bit scarey), Mt Tambora, ranked at seven and was described by the experts as ‘super-colossal’; harking back to ancient statues which aren’t that massive in modern terms. Humungous is more apt, I think. Talking of disasters, we all know about the ill-fated Titanic. Maybe the ship itself wasn’t so large but its name has a way of sticking to any sizeable event. 

Then we have weighty things like a ‘ton of bricks’ which today would be a tonne. I’m old enough to recall the metric changeover, but a ton or a tonne still weigh an awful lot. Give or take a few bricks probably makes little difference if you’re underneath. … Continue Reading

Library Book Club

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on Library Book Club

We meet at the library on the second Friday of the month at 10am and anyone is welcome to join us

No particular book is chosen instead we all have the opportunity to talk about a book or books that we have found intriguing. It is always interesting to see what grabs who’s attention as we all read many and varying books which open our minds to new ideas. The beauty of book club, is here we have a group of people who love books and reading, where we are all welcome to bring our insights and have a discussion around that certain book that has claimed our attention.

Last time we had Alex, so delighted to find that a book he thought was a really great book “Aftermath The Remnants of War” had been read by two of our members and we agreed with his findings. I would say this tome opens our eyes to the activity that is necessary after a conflict. Like all the unexploded shells that still remain in French forests, or the ongoing effects of Agent Orange to the clean up required in nuclear testing sites. Each chapter is a story in it’s own right. Thanks Alex

Then we have another woman saying I have been reading feminist books and it’s all about consent! … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019 May 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Letters

Ripped off

The magnificent Terracotta Warriors have revealed themselves and given us a glimpse back in time of a hugely resourceful, probably coercive,  imaginative and spiritually connected civilisation. Unfortunately, at the same time, Te Papa choses to demean itself and all it’s local and international visitors by banging a ‘service fee’ on top of its entrance fee. For the privilege of paying cash for my entrance fee of $19, i paid and extra $2.50, an increase on their advertised price of over 13%.

After much unforthcoming correspondence, which i won’t bore you with, Te Papies PR Man Syd Duflou finally stated baldly  “We felt this fee was a way of being able to generate additional revenue for us”. Consumer NZ sighed with despondency. Ticketek didn’t trouble themselves to take the time to respond.  I’m still waiting on the Commerce Commission to see what they might have to say about this devious price gouging that many people i’ve spoken with are also offended by.

Doug Harris