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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Know your town

May 15, 2019 May 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Know your town

Terry Trotman erecting stalls for the Bush Carnival held at Kansas Street.

The highs and lows of Martinborough

Martinborough Fairs

The first Martinborough Fair started out as a Bush Carnival to raise money for the replacement of the Ambulance with great success. Three years later Mr Bill Fetch ran with the idea and so tha Martinborough Fairs put us on the map.

TV series ‘Pukemanu’

Filmed during the 1970s at the Club Hotel renamed the Pukemanu when the series became popular, it became the pace to be seen and to have a drink.  Quoted in a newspaper as ‘ A Must Thing To Do’. Shortly after the series finished the Hotel was demolished and replaced by the Pukemanu Tavern.

Toast Martinborough

Mr Tom Draper and Mr Richard Riddiford made an excellent job , both here in New Zealand and overseas, in making such an event work in a backwater town as Martinborough then was. With the realisation that the wines were so good that a need for food and accommodation became apparent. In keeping the accommodation had to be up to a high standard which started the upgrade of many places , historic and new.  And the food  not just pies and sammies or fish and chips.  … Continue Reading

Junior sport

May 15, 2019 May 2019, Sports Comments Off on Junior sport

Next month we will be running our Junior sport section and invite all managers or coaches of junior teams to send in reports and pictures of your team.

Currently I have contact details of  football,  hockey, netball and rugby coaches. We would love to hear from other sports being played. Please either contact me for publishing details  (beckett36@gmail.com ) or send your report to that address. The deadline is 4pm Wednesday May 29th. However it is always helpful to us if you can have it in a bit earlier.


Like to try Badminton? 

Are you and your children looking for a winter sport? Clareville Badminton is a family- friendly club that meets every Tuesday from 7.30pm at the A & P Hall in the Clareville complex

All abilities are catered for and our season runs from April till October. Come along on 30 April and give badminton a go for FREE – rackets available.

For any queries or to register your interest, please email Julia:

on ruralwriter70@gmail.com

Inner Wheel Club of South Wairarapa

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on Inner Wheel Club of South Wairarapa

Because I inadvertently forgot last month’s article, this will cover both months. The Marlborough Fair is over for another year with lots of positive feedback from the Rotarians for whom we catered on both Fair days. While it involved a lot of work it was also a lot of fun.  Our club was also a presence in the Rotarians Information Tent, flying our new banner, which helped get our presence in the community a bit more ‘out there’. 

Our speaker at the March meeting was Annabelle O’Meara who told us about the new Cobblestones Exhibition which opened on 24 February called 38 Sections, 38 Stories. See photo below of the Research team at the opening, with Koumatua Nelson Rangi

Annabelle became involved with the exhibition when it was intended to commemorate Greytown 100 years ago as well as to tell some stories of young men from the Wairarapa who left for WW1. Funding and perceived over-exposure to the WW1 days led to a changed focus. When Thomas Nieuwenhuis, a graduate from the Victoria University of Wellington Architecture department came to Cobblestones on a three month residency, he made an exquisite model of the Main Street in Greytown, which became a ‘shot in the arm’ for the Research Team. This cost $3000 and was funded by the Cobblestones Trust Board. Some of the components of the impressive exhibition are as follows: … Continue Reading

I’m Waiting for a Journalist to Tell Me What I Think

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on I’m Waiting for a Journalist to Tell Me What I Think


I’m waiting for a journalist to tell me what I think

And then I’ll know precisely what to wear and when to blink

So I can get the latest word on whose opinions stink

I’m waiting for a journalist to tell me what I think


I’m waiting for a journalist to tell me how I feel

What virtues I can signal to broaden my appeal

It’s really not important if the news is fake or real

As long as some nice journalist will tell me how I feel … Continue Reading