NATIONAL AWARD FOR BOUTIQUE VINEYARD

Every year, renowned New Zealand winewriter Michael Cooper brings out his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and this year’s edition has a very special meaning for one boutique Martinborough vineyard. On the same day that they were advised they had won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at …

Technicolour fun

If you are a kid it’s not often that adults tell you to mess up your clothes.   Perhaps that’s why the Colour Run at Considine park last month was such a hit.  You started with a clean white t-shirt and ended up with your own unique rainbow coloured top. …

Looking after the Kororā

People love penguins.  They’re amused by their waddling walk and their smart little “jackets”.  But life is getting hard for these birds.  The Kororā  (or Little Penguin) is the smallest in the world and found all around the coastline of New Zealand.   Although fishing vessels report seeing them at …

Martinborough Community Choir.

The choir is looking forward to our last concert for the year, before we take an extended break over the holiday season. In our December concerts we’ve traditionally performed a wide variety of songs we’ve enjoyed singing throughout the year and we’ve featured small groups – in recent years from …

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Rotary Club of South Wairarapa 

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October is the time of our AGM and Club Forum which is an opportunity for the membership to look at how we have done during the past year and to consider what we might do differently.

In his report our past president David Halford said that easily a third of our retained earnings were distributed to youth related activities. We were very pleased that this was in line with the results of a small community survey that we did recently to get an idea of where the community would like us to put our resources. 

This was not a fully representative sample, but it did give us some clear indications. Secondary school children and unemployed youth were considered to be the groups that would benefit most from more or improved community support in the South Wairarapa. In relation to the environment, survey respondents indicated that cleaning up waterways and rivers and restoring wetlands ranked highly. … Continue Reading

The Ruamahunga Health Trust is 15 years old!

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In 2005, the Ruamahunga Health Trust was established and registered as an incorporated society.  It has eight trustees.  Six of the trustees are original members.  Five have retired from the Trust over the years and this year we welcome two new Trustees; Paula Jackson and Cynthia Maling.  Cynthia has had a long and successful career in the health sector.  Paula’s career has been in business, where she currently resides on several boards and has considerable marketing experience.

The main roles of the Trust are to maintain the Martinborough Health Centre to a high standard, to support the work of the health professionals, and in particular, to promote and support quality health services in the South Wairarapa.

How did the Trust begin? … Continue Reading

South Africa still has problems

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Recently released figures show that there were 12,022 murders in South Africa during 2018 –  that is 53 a day. The number of serious sexual assaults was over double that. Sixty two of the murders were carried out on farms  and much was made of the fact the ‘only’ forty six of the victims were white farmers.

Meanwhile the World Bank  revealed that South Africa was the most financially unequal country in the world  with the vast majority of the nation’s wealth still held by  the white minority. 

South Wairarapa Neighbourhood Support 

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Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community-led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient and connected communities.  One of the ways we support our groups is with our National Campaigns.  

This month we are looking at The Joy of Giving – December 1st to 31st 

We want to challenge our members to come together and give generously and from the heart to help those in need this holiday season. With so much going on this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about those having a di cult time.  … 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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