Maths can be fun

If you’re like me, the word “maths” might conjure up an image of a big blackboard covered in scary looking numbers and symbols.   But I am hoping my attitude is going to change on Sunday May the 26th.  That’s because there’s an amazing event coming to Martinborough that day …

Round the Vines raises $40,000

Round the vines continues  going from strength to strength.  Now over 24 years on and the whole experience is still being thoroughly enjoyed  by everyone involved. This year 1,500  competitors took part which will give a profit in excess of $40,000. This is an amazing amount of money which is …

Blame it on the Beatles

19 year old Jane Gregory was bored with teaching hairdressing to school leavers in Palmerston North so when the chance came up to manage a new salon being set up in Martinborough she jumped at the chance. She wasn’t even sure where Martinborough was but figured a small town would …

Know your town

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. …

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An electric car anyone?

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At the end of 2017, the average emissions of light vehicles registered in New Zealand was 179.3g CO2/km. Compare this with the average emissions level of a new car sold in 2017 in the European Union of 118.5g CO2/km. It’s a big difference.

Things are slowly changing. At the end of June 2018, New Zealand had 8,696 plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) – or 0.2% of the country’s vehicle fleet. So how can we change the other 99.8% of vehicles? For once, there are many other countries we can look to for guidance.  … Continue Reading

Another Clarinet Donated to the Martinborough Music Festival 

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Martinborough Music Festival 27 – 28 September 2019

Readers may remember the article (Star/December/18) about Martinborough School pupil Dion Luimaihetau being taught, by Euan Huggett, to play a clarinet donated by Mark Walton, a participant in last year’s Festival. Now Maree Roy whose daughter, Melyssa, learned to play the clarinet from the age of 7 is donating her clarinet to the Festival team.

Euan Huggett received the clarinet from Maree. Euan says “this clarinet is a good quality learner’s model”. It was made by the Beuscher Manufacturing Company whose owner, USA born Ferdinand August Beuscher, began manufacturing a variety of wind instruments in 1893. … Continue Reading

The Blue Bell Club

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What do you get when you combine a bach at Riversdale and a couple of craft-loving friends?  If you go the corner of Cambridge Terrace and the Square on Fair Days you’ll find out.   That where friends Ramona McDowell And Pip Hermansson sell their eye-catching Pacific themed homewares.

  Their business started small, selling crafts from the front lawn of the bach during the summer holidays.   They had no plans to do more than that.  They just enjoyed making things.  

The idea to do Pacific designs came from Pip.  She’d been on a holiday to Fiji and found herself wanting to “bring her holiday home again”.  She made some cushions to brighten up her own house, visitors admired them and soon the two friends found they were running a small business.  Pip took some samples down to Wellington and was amazing at the enthusiastic response from retailers there.  

They both share in the design process. Ramona, who got her love of sewing from an inspiring home economics teacher at school, does a lot of the assembly of their applique based items.   This is a painstaking process with the colourful flowers individually cut out, stitched onto the base fabric and then embroidered.   … Continue Reading

Book review.

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Perusing the Library’s book files can be a worthwhile exercise – the four South Wairarapa Libraries’ files are available on the combined library website with books from neighbouring libraries being able to be ordered for pick up at the local library the following day. An excellent service.

It was while so looking that I spotted this book ‘The Last Great Grain Race’ by Eric Newby. The book was first published in 1956 and has recently been reprinted by Harper Collins – Bless them. 

Up until the Second World War Australian wheat was carried to Europe by sailing ships. These would travel to Australia in ballast and line up at Port Victoria in readiness for the arrival of the freshly harvested wheat. Once loaded there was keen competition to be the first ship back to the continent. … Continue Reading