The 2021 Grape Harvest is Underway

Pickers are out in the vines. The nets covering some of the rows have been lifted. Tractors are roaming the roads carting the laden bins, and the wineries are in full production. The smell of yeast and ferment can be smelt from the top of Bidwill’s Cutting as you drop …

South Wairarapa Tramping Club  –   Waiorongomai River Track

With the weather forecast showing high temperatures for the weekend, we thought  a river trip would be a good choice, as at least our feet would be cooled down by frequent immersions as we walked across, upstream, and downstream in the water. 16 of us, including 4 potential new members, …

New Horizons for Skyline

The Skyline Challenge is back, bigger, brighter and better than ever before. “We’ve had a year off due to COVID-19 and we’ve upgraded the event to be a family fun day,” says Lions President Joe Howells. “We’ve still got the Challenge for the more serious mountain-bikers, runners and walkers but …

Waihinga Charitable Trust Winds Up

On the 8th December the Trustees of the Waihinga Charitable Trust resolved to wind up the Trust at the end of the financial year. The Waihinga Centre, Park and Playground are complete and the Trust has received and passed on all pledges and donated funds to the South Wairarapa District …

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March 10, 2021 March 2021 Comments Off on FIRE BRIGADE REPORT

Well the topic of conversation is definitely the weather and especially the heat, this has moved the Fire Danger in our area to VERY HIGH or EXTREME, and as a result there is a TOTAL FIRE BAN IN PLACE. If you wish to check if any type of fire is permitted including things like Pizza Ovens and Hangi you can quickly check whether they are allowed at  … Continue Reading

Book review

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When the ship hits the fan

First completely ignore the bumph on the back cover. Its claim of; ‘a rip roaring tale’, ‘the seas were unregulated, full of madmen’, ‘not for the faint of heart and a treasure trove of hilarious incidents and sea faring shenanigans’ is completely misleading. A pity as it will put many off an interesting book about life at sea from the captain’s perspective.  … Continue Reading

Haurika Gulf’s in trouble

March 10, 2021 March 2021 Comments Off on Haurika Gulf’s in trouble

Here are some of the highlights;

  • Crayfish are functionally extinct in the Hauraki Gulf, once one of its most abundant species.
  • In the two decades since establishment, no-take marine protection has increased just 0.05 per cent, to 0.3 per cent inside the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. (The internationally sanctioned goal is 100 times that figure.)
  • Recreational catch of snapper has decreased 27 per cent in the six years from 2011, either because of changes in catch limits, reduced fish stocks, or both.
  • Commercial catch has increased 30 per cent in the 20 years since the marine park was established.
  • There have been ten mass mortality events of fish and shellfish in the gulf in the past ten years—largely relating to adverse environmental conditions—and nine toxic algal blooms in the nine years 2000-2019.
  • 3730 tonnes of nitrogen flow into the Firth of Thames from rivers in Hauraki each year, and it’s increasing. (Auckland’s two largest waste water plants contribute just 245 tonnes per year.) Fish farming would increase this nutrient load.
  • 38 per cent of 50 monitored sites are not safe enough to swim 10 per cent of the time. Three sites are never safe to swim.
  • In 2000, four per cent of our seabirds were threatened with extinction. Today it’s 20 per cent. There are just 36 adult fairy terns left. Black petrels will not survive the current levels of by-catch in commercial fishing gear.
  • Invasive marine species have more than doubled in 20 years, from 66 species to 144.

Country dog – City dog

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Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

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May these be the gifts your Christmas brings – Peace, Gladness, Good Health   and …

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