Top Brass Delight Wairarapa Schools

A requirement of the funding Martinborough Music Festival received from the SWDC Creative Community Fund was to implement an education programme for the students of the District. This year, Martinborough School, Kuranui College and Wairarapa College were treated to the musical skills of Matthew Allison (trombone), Mark Carter (trumpet) and …

Cycling without age is here in Martinborough – no excuses now!

Through the kind donations of Tom Bunny and Graeme Thomson and the support of local company Green Jersey Explorer Tours Ltd, Martinborough now has a purpose designed electric assist trishaw to support its “Cycling Without Age” endeavours. Together with John Blundell and Simon Daly they currently constitute the Wharekaka Cycling …

It’s the 125th Birthday of this Charming Heritage Cottage

Open Days at the Museum The museum will be open for extended hours over Labour Weekend so come in and check us out. See how people lived a 100 years ago Visit the special exhibition on the history of the Natusch-designed building Become part of history yourself – put an …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating the night sky. Our home, the Milky Way Galaxy is always worth looking at. The Milky Way has always fascinated throughout time and amongst all cultures. The term Milky Way relates to a story from …

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Choosing a representative

September 23, 2019 September 2019 No Comments

In his excellent book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, the psychologist, and Nobel prize winner, Daniel Kahneman discusses various habits of mind that, when applied to problem solving, can lead us astray. One chapter is devoted to problem substitution.

An example he provides relates to the business of choosing among political candidates. Knowing which of a number of candidates would best fit the role requires an awful lot of specialist knowledge.

Ideally we’d know what sorts of decisions these people are likely to have to make, and under what conditions. We would need to know their style of leadership, the nature of their key working relationships, how they perform under pressure, where their priorities lie when policies need to be sacrificed, what motivates them, what scares them, how quickly they assimilate new knowledge and any other number of factors.

And that’s before we even get to evaluating the policies they are peddling. A tricky task indeed, and one for which very few of us are well equipped. And yet we do form preferences, and in many cases feel quite convinced that we are making the correct choice. How do we do it? … Continue Reading

Business Association

September 23, 2019 September 2019 No Comments

Winter can be a quiet time for many businesses but the Martinborough Business Association Committee has been full steam ahead!

Our Businesses

We’ve been looking to grow this ahead of our new brand and website launch (planned for spring this year) so we can really showcase the businesses that Martinborough has to offer. Currently we have 82 members, but still a few gaps to fill so will be heading your way for a chat very soon. Did you know that there are 300 businesses in Martinborough!!

The offering will include new business marketing options, business support – training, networking, relationships with key providers and services and advocacy so join up and participate to get these benefits.

Our business area 

It’s great to have almost all the CCTV cameras up now, not long till the project is complete. Allan (MBA Chair) recently met with Scott Miller Police Area Commander for the Wairarapa. Scott commended the MBA initiative to protect our business /community with the CCTV camera function. He confirmed police will monitor the system on an incident /event basis … Continue Reading

Book review – The Picketty Phenomenon

September 23, 2019 September 2019 No Comments

French economist Thomas Picketty’s book ’Capital the Twenty-First Century’ toped the best seller lists all around the world, which was most unusual for a six hundred plus page book on economics. Enterprising publisher Tom Rennie has now come up with the idea of gathering a group of New Zealand economists to provide a series of essays on how they see Picketty’s book.

Fifteen people with economics expertise agreed to take part and resulting book is ‘The Picketty Phenomenon.’ Their backgrounds are very diverse as are their particular interests and outlooks – to illustrate the width of knowledge and interest best list some them:

Geoff Bertram from the Research institute for Governance and Policy, Victoria University. Donal Curtin former Chief Economist BNZ. Prue Hyman Associate professor Victoria University. Simon Chapple Senior Research Fellow Otago University. Hautahi Kingi PhD Mathematics Cornell University New York. Brian Easton Distinguish Fellow New Zealand Economics Association. Susan St John Associate Professor Economic Auckland University. Bernard Hickey managing editor Interest.Co.  Cathy Wylie Chief Researcher New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Economist  Gareth Morgan, economist. Robert Wade Professor of Economy London School of Economics. … Continue Reading

10-DAY KOKOMAI CREATIVE FESTIVAL BACK IN OCTOBER

September 23, 2019 September 2019 No Comments

Wairarapa’s premier creativity, arts and cultural festival, Kokomai, returns in October with an exciting line-up.

The 10-day long biennial festival will run from 10-19 October and include events located across the Wairarapa, from rural halls, churches and larger venues such as the Carterton Events Centre.

Since 2013, Kokomai Creative Festival has been bringing world class, inspiring creative arts and entertainment to local communities in the Wairarapa.

The 2019 festival will differ slightly from previous years with fewer events but still maintain an impressively diverse programme, says Jo Beetham, Wairarapa Arts Festival Trust chair.

“This year’s festival is more user-friendly for festival goers. We’ve taken on board feedback from previous years about clashing performances on key nights during the festival,” Jo says.

“Kokomai is a bit more boutique this time around, and we are super excited about the line-up which is world-class with international, national and local artists and performers, providing exceptional live experiences. … Continue Reading

Sports

Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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Letters

Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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