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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Cooking corner.

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Red or green tomato condiments

Mint chutney 

Bring to boil: 

3 cups vinegar, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons mustard and boil for ten minutes.



½ kg ripe tomatoes, ½ kg apples, ½ cup mint, 1½ cups raisins, 6 small onions,

2 chillies

Add minced ingredients to liquid stir  and bottle. Keep at least ten days before using. 

Green tomato chutney

Slice  4kg green tomatoes  and cover with 200 gr salt, leave overnight. 

Pour off liquid and add 450gr apples, 250gr  sultanas, 2 or 3 onions, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, 250 gr brown sugar,1 teaspoon mustard, and 700 ml vinegar.

Simmer for three hours. 

Councillor notes

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By the time this goes to print, the new Waihinga Centre will have been opened three months and it is great to see so many people using the Library, Toy Library, Plunket, I-Site and Knucklebone Cafe.   Just recently, I had the pleasure of having afternoon tea in the cafe and sitting there looking out at the Cruize Martinborough vehicles – people using the Square and also people using the centre itself. It was great to see and be part of the vibrancy of the Centre and town.

Even though we have had a small amount of very welcome rain, a reminder  that there are watering restrictions in place .  Remember, if your street number is an even number (16) or an odd number (21) then it is only on the odd or even day of the week that you can use hand-held hoses to water gardens.  If we adhere to this, then there will be plenty of water for everyone. … Continue Reading

Did You Know

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\SHIRLEY, YOUR LIBRARIAN, has been awarded  the Bachelor of Applied Science in Library information and studies. This to go with  her BA in Humanities. Shirley has studied for five years through Open Polytech to achieve this Degree. Well done Shirley

RAY BUSH has discontinued his electrical business and is now enjoying well earned retirement.

THE LONDON GUARDIAN newspaper has  replaced its plastic wrappers with 100% biodegradable Bioplast  which is made from potato starch. This is made from reject potatoes from the potato growing regions of Eastern  Europe. 

LOTTO SALES jumped 28% over the last two years. Sales have now reached $1.25 billion a year.

MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology researcher  has discovered millions and millions of tiny sea creatures six microns in diameter ( one two hundredths of the size of a human hair) These oval shaped creatures absorb carbon dioxide from the sea water and emit a tiny amount of oxygen which then escapes into the atmosphere. They inhabit the water between  40 degrees north and 40 degrees south.  

‘HONEST  criticism is hard to take. Particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger’ – Franklin P Jones … Continue Reading

District Council Notes

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Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.  These lines from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge could well have been applied to Martinborough over the past 3 weeks and emphasise how critical water is for us. The fact that Martinborough was on a ‘boil water’ notice was far from ideal but it does highlight that the systems are in place to deal with the situation when something does go wrong.  It also shows that the spotlight is on small councils to step up and invest further in ensuring potable water supplies are as safe as they possibly can be.  The government is expecting them to have a belt and braces approach and have said in no uncertain terms that they will legislate to achieve this. This leaves SWDC with the conundrum of how it supplies a secure and treated supply from a system that when set up, was also expected to supply water for irrigation to vineyards.  This requires investment, not just in plant and pipes but also in a broader knowledge base to supplement the expertise it already has in-house. SWDC is not alone in its dilemma as all council water supplies, large and small, are under the spotlight following on from the Havelock North contamination in August 2016.  

One model that the government is interested in is one that already exists on the other side of the Remutaka’s – Wellington Water.  This organisation was established in September 2014 as a result of a merger between Capacity Infrastructure Services and Greater Wellington Regional Council’s bulk water supply group.  It is owned by the Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils and Greater Wellington Regional Council. The councils are all equal shareholders. … Continue Reading