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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Only in OZ

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The recent Australia Talks survey revealed that 77 per cent of Australians think pork-barrelling by politicians should be a resignation-inducing offence.
However, it’s now clear with today’s return of “sports rorts” minister Bridget McKenzie to the Cabinet that it doesn’t even get you all that long on the bench.
And the breaking news from the poor old auditor-general, a man who has Seen Some Things, is that he’s discovered a new barrel of porcine product. The $660 million Urban Congestion Fund (in which the federal government committed to build car parks for annoyed commuters at “pinch points”) turns out to have been concentrated in Coalition and marginal target seats before the last election. And most of them haven’t been built anyway, and those that have are screamingly, ridiculously expensive, and so on.

News from First Church

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Thank you to all who helped with the Book Fair!

And we squeeze in the Kirk Fair before Christmas

The First Church community is very grateful for the time, energy and commitment of everyone involved in the successful Book Fair last month. We have never before had so many books to deal with, and never before had to shift the date a number of times because of the pandemic situation we are all living with. 

Our very special thanks go to Pam, Carol and the group of helpers who worked for weeks both pre fair collecting and sorting books, and with the invaluable help of Martinborough Transport undertook the immense job of shifting thousands of books to the Town Hall, setting them out and finally packing and clearing the Hall of the unsold books. 

We thank all who donated books towards this event which helps us raise money for the work First Church supports and carries out in the community and elsewhere each year. This support is deeply appreciated.  … Continue Reading

Martinborough Business Assn.

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Loving local closes the loop

Labour weekend heralds the start of the high season, the temperatures start to rise , and there is a hint of the summer fun ahead.

With summer comes the festive season and after another rollercoaster year the retail sector of the membership are hopeful of a fantastic season ahead.

Plans for the season ahead are not without casualties as we know and although we have been blessed with visitors and the weekends are a buzz  there is a hope our own community will really #lovelocal this year and support our businesses. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Golf Club Report

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Life is relatively normal out on the Golf Course with usual weekly competitions being played along with a couple of tournaments.  The course is looking amazing at the moment with lots of visitors commenting on how good it is playing.

Thursday Club has been getting good turnouts with recent winners being Nick Morison, Doug Clark, Dale Keith, Alistair Petrie, Rob Smith, Rob Coy and Rob Lopez.  Twos have gone to Jason Shaw (4), Rob Lopez (3), Anna Possenniskie (2), Ed Elworthy (2), Malcolm Wood (2), Pete Price (2), Dayle Scrimshaw (2), Doug Clark, Craig Andrews, Rob Coy, Tony Taylor, George Kirk, Matt Thomas, Brent McKinlay, Guy Walmsley, Bill Jago, Shayne Hammond, Sandy Bidwill, Chris Ranish and Vern Anton.

Recent winners in the weekend competitions have been Guy Walmsley, Peter Schenk (twice), Jan Ferguson, George Kirk, Paul Riddiford, Derek Stephens, Chris Ranish, Brent McKinlay and John Warner.  Twos have gone to Doug Clark (3 in one round), Derek Stephens (2), Jason Shaw (2), John Warner (2), Josh Hawkins, Warwick McKee, Brian Russo, Jason Burt, Malcolm Wood, George Kirk, Peter Schenk and Guy Walmsley.

Winning ladies over the last few weeks have been Angela Busby, Carol Parkinson, Honor Clark, Karen Shaw, Jo Loe and Sarah Monaghan.  Twos have gone to Honor Clark (2), Lyle Griffiths (2), Carol Parkinson, Roz Harding and Netia Morison.

At the end of September we hosted the AB Martin Mixed 4Somes with Ro & Lyle Griffiths and Doug & Jan Ferguson sharing the AB Martin Trophy.  Other winners on the day included Nigel & Debbie Walker (Otaki), Cate and Andrew Crombie (Royal Wellington), Raymond Matthews & Mariana McDermott and Richard & Nicola Warren.

At the beginning of October we held the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The 54 hole winners were:  1st Gross Adam Church (Judgeford), 2nd Perry Hayman (Judgeford),

1st Nett Nick Morison, 2nd Dion Bennett (Judgeford), 3rd Colin Whibley Smith, 4th Michael Rust, 5th Rob Lopez, 6th Paul McKenzie.  36 Hole winners were:  1st Gross Doug Clark, 2nd Dean Walker (Judgeford), 3rd George Kirk, 1st Nett Brock Shute (Royal Wellington), 2nd Peter Stevens (Masterton), 3rd Wayne Mowat (Hastings), 4th Brett Krause (Royal Wellington), 5th Wayne Eagleson (Royal Wellington), 6th Ro Griffiths, 7th Raymond Matthews, 8th Gordie Ritson (Royal Wellington), 9th Pete Price and 10th Peter Martin.

Overall best gross round 1 Adam Church, round 2 Perry Hayman and round 3 Adam Church.

Best Nett overall round 1 Raymond Matthews, round 2 Brock Shute and round 3 Nick Morison.

Two weeks later we hosted the Eastwood Motor Group Lamb & Chardonnay Ambrose.  The winning team with a nett score of 58 were Jason Shaw, Brent McKinlay, Josh Hawkins and Jack Allen, 2nd Malcolm Bridge, Pete Price, Jane Fanselow-Price and Greg Dalton, 3rd Jeremy Harp, Phillip Granich, Zeb Livingston and Shane Mellor (Mahunga), 4th Jason, Kavarn and Isaac Walker and Rodney Dravitzki (Mahunga) and 5th Brian Russo, Tony Taylor, Johnson and Takarangi Williams.

Coming up over the next few weeks we have Club Championship finals on 7th November, Murray Halberg Day on Thursday 11th, Saturday 13th we are hosting our 36 Hole Mixed 4Somes, the course is closed on Saturday 20th November as we are hosting the Wellington Champion of Champions and Sunday 28th November is Shoot Out finals day – so all in all a busy few weeks ahead.

Kris Chamberlain

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 …

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