Centenary of Martinborough’s historic memorial gates remembered 

A small, socially distanced ceremony on Saturday did not let the centenary of Martinborough’s Soldiers’ Memorial Gates go unnoticed. One hundred years to the day the gates were erected, locals gathered to mark the occasion and remember why they were installed. A familiar sight in Martinborough, the wrought iron gates …

 How Well Do We Know People In Our Community?

Attilio Bergamaschi With a slightly different background from our usual residents, Attilio comes from Lodi in Northern Italy, South of Milan. Like many other European towns, it has the Square at its heart. In the old days the Square was the marketplace where people traded cattle and produce.  Now although …

YUMMY CHRISTMAS GOODIES

Given the uncertainty of events due to Covid, this year the Wharekaka Auxiliary has gone slightly “high-tech” and is running their Annual Christmas Baking Stall online rather than at the T.K Market. In order that you don’t miss out on all their wonderful Christmas goodies, and to allow the Auxiliary …

MAREE’S MUSINGS

WORTH a TIN OF FISH Well, it’s November already and another Martinborough Star to peruse with our morning coffee. My concerted effort to avoid any mention of current Covid issues (OOPS! snuck in) resulted in this month’s welcome diversion. I eat a lot of fish. My pantry, a term derived …

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From the mayor

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Firstly, a big ‘get well soon’ to Bruce Sullivan from Kitchener’s Dairy, who is recovering from surgery. Everyone has missed you, so looking forward to seeing you back on deck.

Conservation week will be running soon, actually with events from 30th August to 16th September. See the programme at https://waip2k.org.nz/conservation-week. I had an informative  presentation recently on the work being undertaken by Ducks Unlimited on wetlands around Wairarapa Moana, and encourage everyone to get involved with initiatives such as this.

The 3Waters reform is a rising issue for all residents, with the Government pushing through legislation with unseemly haste. The proposal will be the formation of a water entity that will nationalise all your water assets, and separately bill for water supply. This covers drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

 Once we have finally received all information on the plan, we will try to engage with you as to whether you wish for this option to be accepted, if we are given the chance to do this by Minister Mahuta. Many will be delighted by the removal of water costs from your rates, which can be significant, but please research what the additional costs from a government-run entity will look like. And please challenge the assumptions made in the Government’s publicity on likely savings. … Continue Reading

Fishing monopolies

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An investigation by Greenpeace last year revealed that 29% of the UK’s fishing quota is owned by five families, all of whom feature on the Sunday Times Rich List. A single Dutch multinational, operating a vast fishing ship, holds a further 24% of the English quota. The smallest boats – less than 10 metres long – comprise 79% of the fleet, but are entitled to catch just 2% of the fish.

The same applies worldwide: huge ships from rich nations mop up the fish surrounding poor nations, depriving hundreds of millions of their major source of protein, while wiping out sharks, tuna, turtles, albatrosses, dolphins and much of the rest of the life of the seas.

The same applies worldwide: huge ships from rich nations mop up the fish surrounding poor nations, depriving hundreds of millions of their major source of protein, while wiping out sharks, tuna, turtles, albatrosses, dolphins and much of the rest of the life of the seas.

What makes all this so frustrating is that regulating the fishing industry is both cheap and easy. If commercial fishing were excluded from large areas of the sea, the total catch would be likely, paradoxically, to rise, due to what biologists call the spillover effect. Fish and shellfish breed and grow to large sizes in the reserves, then spill over into surrounding waters. Where seas have been protected in other parts of the world, catches have grown dramatically.     As a paper in the journal PLOS Biology shows, even if fishing was banned across the entire high seas – as it should be – the world’s fish catch would rise, as the growing populations would migrate into national waters.

George Monbiot

FIRE BRIGADE REPORT

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Jake, Kirsty and family.

Did you see the Martinborough Fire Brigade on TV ? Our Medical First Response team in training featured on both TV3 and Prime news, if you missed it go to our Facebook page and you can find a link there. Our innovative Medical esponse  also featured in the FENZ Volunteer National Newsletter along with lots of photographs, so we are certainly creating a stir.

Our  Medical First Responders are now out doing clinical placements with our training partner Wellington Free Ambulance in preparation for our “go live” scheduled for October, and of course we are still looking for more people in multiple roles, so if you are interested in being a :

  • MEDICAL RESPONDER – If you have a Nursing, Emergency Medicine,  Paramedic or similar background (you may qualify for a short familiarisation course), and want to contribute to your community, we would love to hear from you . We anticipate you would only spend 2 – 3 days a month on call along with a single night a month training. 
  • FIRE FIGHTER – If you ever thought about seeing what happens when the siren sounds and see the team rushing in, have you thought being a fire fighter might be interesting ? We would love for you to pop down on our Tuesday training nights, we are especially interested if you are available during the week days to respond.

Act now,  email our Chief –  Jacob.hawkins@fireandemergency.nz … Continue Reading

Did you know

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PRINTED IN 1912 in the American magazine Popular Mechanics:  ‘The furnaces of the world are  now burning about 2,000,000,000 tons of coal a year. When this is burned and uniting with oxygen it adds about 7,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere yearly. This tends to make the air a more effective blanket for the earth and raise the temperature. The effect may be considerable in a few centuries’ 

“ONE OF THE greatest dangers to democracy is the growing gap between  those who can win elections and those who can run the state” Henry Kissenger

MODEL T FORD motor cars started rolling off the assembly line in August 1908. The sturdy black four cylinder cars cam in two versions tourer and roaster both retailing at incredibly low prices $825 and $838. Ford’s major backer was Detroit coal dealer Alexander Y Malcolmson .

“JUST BECAUSE you don’t take an interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics won’t take an interest in you” attributed to Pericles

THE GLOBAL wealth gap widened during the Covid pandemic, swelling the ranks of the world’s millionaires by 5.2 million as the rich cashed in on surging stock and house prices. The figures, detailed in the annual Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report, capture how emergency interest rate cuts and government stimulus measures often benefited those least in need of state support, helping their assets grow in value despite the economic downturn. … Continue Reading

Sports

Martinborough Golf Club Report

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 …

Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

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 How Well Do We Know People In Our Community?

Attilio Bergamaschi With a slightly different background from our usual residents, Attilio comes from Lodi …

From the Mayor

Spring is nearly summer now, and the town looks amazing – the Town Square in …

Cooking corner

Asparagus lunch Ingredients.  One bunch asparagus 2 large eggs Olive oil Lettuce or rocket Hard …

Did You Know

THE AVERAGE cost of a hospital stay for a Covid patient is between $68,000 and …

FIRE BRIGADE REPORT 

Congratulations to Sophie Shipperbottom, our latest Firefighter to complete the Recruits Course (actually she topped …

Community Garden News

Great spring harvests over the last couple of weeks as the artichokes seem to have …

BOOK REVIEW

Prisoners of Geography This book is sub titled; ‘Ten maps which tell you everything you …

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