$10,000 goal well surpassed 

A great night was had by all at the P&K ‘Quiz for Life’ at the Village Cafe on the 23rd of February. The P&K team had set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for Relay for Life, with funds going to The Wairarapa Cancer Society. Over $4,000 had already been raised …

The three centenarians

At the last census there were 558 centenarians in New Zealand.   What is amazing that three of them live right here in Martinborough, at Wharekaka.   I decided to ask each to tell me the most exciting thing that had happened in their long lives. Gladys Stephen, the oldest …

Ventana three years on

It’s hard to believe it’s approaching the three year mark since Ventana opened its doors 7th of June 2016.  I’m proud to look back on several full years of sparking creativity and joy for our community as well as creating a platform for small artisan businesses local and abroad.  We’re …

“A lawn clipping sandwich please”

It was the early 60s and Noeline Thomas’s three children, Grant, Jackie and Brent were entering their teens.  She wondered what new interest she might take up now they were more independent.   Noel, in the way of husbands in those days, had his own views on this.   He …

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The Featherston Community Centre supports the arts

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One of the original drivers behind having an art sale was to give the Centre’s art groups an opportunity to exhibit their work in public. Featherston has become well known for its successful and creative artists, and the Featherston Community Centre is well known for its diverse arts and crafts groups:  … Continue Reading

Trio Pohadka & Friends – Doctors with Instruments

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The Greytown Music Group opens its 2019 concert programme at 2pm on Sunday 7 April with Trio Pohadka & Friends, a group of talented doctors and musicians connected by a passion for music, friendship, a genuine mission to present high quality music, and help fight cancer at the same time. The group has been acclaimed by Auckland audiences, and now the Wairarapa has the same opportunity.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in New Zealand, but due to the huge progress in cancer research, survival rates for many cancers have increased, with the University of Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre playing its part in this. The Trio has raised close to $25,000 for the Cancer Society to date, and all proceeds from the Greytown concert will go towards cancer research. Their favourably reviewed CD, By Heart & Soul, will be available for purchase at the concert. … Continue Reading

Understanding Martinborough Water Supply

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Mark Allingham, Infrastructure and Services Manager, SWDC

During the Martinborough Boil water notice it came to our attention that many in the township were unaware of how the Martinborough water supply operated and why the system is not currently chlorinated.

Martinborough’s system is different to most water systems in that groundwater is extracted from the bores next to the Rumahunga river to the west of town. It is then treated with Ultra Violet Radiation (sun lamps), PH corrected and pumped through the township to the reservoir tanks on the hill above the golf course. The gravity pressure from the tanks and the bore pumps keeps the pressure in the pipes that supply your homes.

Quarterly testing of the untreated groundwater, since 1990, has not shown any indication of bacterial contamination. The last of these routine tests was carried out in December 2018. … Continue Reading

Ventana three years on

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It’s hard to believe it’s approaching the three year mark since Ventana opened its doors 7th of June 2016.  I’m proud to look back on several full years of sparking creativity and joy for our community as well as creating a platform for small artisan businesses local and abroad.  We’re very proud of all that we’ve achieved so far: 200 workshops taught, 7 community murals painted, more than 3,000 followers online, and we’ve hosted more than 26 individual and group art shows.

The artist “sell on behalf” side of the business has become a growing source of monthly revenue for many artists under the Ventana brand with record monthly payouts to our artists this summer.

Over the nearly three years we’ve gone from strength to strength with a superb team of Ventanaettes.  First with our very capable and organized Alice Bourdot, whom most will know from her new wonderful local watering hole Mesita. … Continue Reading