Footloose and Fancy Free, Celebrating 25 years Round the Vines

While 2020 and Covid dampened the dreams of those who were looking forward to walking or running around the vines, 2021 came up trumps, the 25th year of brilliant organisation and commitment from the Martinborough School Committee and the community.  In the words of Charlies Angel’s, Beth, Anna, Jeremy, and …

Write your memories next month at Martinborough Library

Library also welcomes a big shipment of new books—come find your next read! We’re all full of memories, big and small—everything from ‘That was the year I fell in love’ all the way down to ‘Tuesday lunch was a ham-and-cheese toastie.’ The memoirist’s trick is finding a way to weave …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Have you ever wondered where the constellations came from? Do you know your Crux from your Musca? Or Scorpius from Pavo? Who got to name them? Humans are very good at seeing patterns in just about anything. Clouds. Toast. Rocky outcrops on Mars. Wherever we look we see a shape, …

Aroha String Quartet with Clarinettist Rachel Vernon

After a disappointing cancellation of their June concert due to level 2 lockdown, the Greytown Music Group is hoping all will be well for their next concert, on Sunday 22 August, when the Aroha Quartet will join forces with Rachel Vernon on clarinet. The Aroha String Quartet was formed in …

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August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on WAYS TO FUND YOUR STUDY

The year is moving ahead quickly and many of you will be deciding whether or not you are keen to start tertiary study or industry training.   For most of us one of the predominant considerations we need to make is “how much will it cost” and “how will I be able to afford it”.   The Ministry of “Social Development – Studylink have set out information to help you find answers to the above questions.


You may be able to receive a year of fees-free tertiary study, or two years of fees-free industry-based training.  To see if you qualify check

The website also has information on what programmes and courses are eligible for fees-free.  Make sure you have your National Student Number (NSN) on hand, as you will need to enter this to check.  Once you enter your number, you’ll find out immediately if you’re eligible or not.

In some circumstances more information may be needed, and the FeesFree website will take you through everything you need to do.

What about other costs:

If you can get fees-free study you may not need a Student Loan for your course fees, but you may still need to apply for a loan if you need course-related costs or living costs. … Continue Reading

The airtight lid

August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on The airtight lid

It is probably surprising to learn that the airtight  lid ( Milo, paint tins etc.) was designed by a New Zealander. Away back in  1884 a Dunedin tinsmith,

John Eustace designed a lid with a flange which clicked into place. Up until then lids were plain and slid on , and just as easily off. 

He and his brother  started manufacturing  tins with the lids which proved to be really popular. To  meet the growing demand they designed an automatic machine however it required a die to be cut for it in England. They did patent their invention but for some reason only for in New Zealand.

They were legally unprotected anywhere else, there was nothing to stop the die making company from stealing their idea – which, on realising that it was not patented in England it did. This company was soon producing millions of lids.

This bad fortune  did not seem to faze John and his Dunedin company’s business thrived to where he was making  100 tons of lids a year.   


August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on STOP PRESS

Martinborough Music Festival Board (MMF) announces changes to MMF musicians and programme resulting from the suspension of the trans -Tasman travel bubble. Michael Houstoun will replace pianist, Laurence Matheson; Zephyr Wills (up-coming violist) replaces Christopher Moore; and Andrew Joyce (Section Principal Cellist NZSO) replaces Timo-Veikko Valve. The Ethel Smyth Trio in D Minor will be replaced by the Ravel Trio in A Minor.


August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on SOUTH WAIRARAPA REBUS CLUB

The guest speaker at our 23 July Meeting was Lisa McLaren QSM of Masterton, a “reluctant activist”, who was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2020 New Year’s Honours for her services to climate change advocacy. Co-convenor of the NZ youth delegation to the Paris climate talks, she was also convenor of the Zero Carbon Act Campaign, supported by Generation Zero, a New Zealand-based youth climate change group who launched their blueprint for the law change some four years ago.

Lisa has attended several United Nations climate change negotiations including those in Poland, Germany, and France. The New Zealand youth delegation had been attending climate negotiations for the decade following the notoriously unsuccessful talks in Copenhagen in 2009, as they saw that there was a crucial role for young people to play in creating the solutions that would define their future. They knew the importance of New Zealand’s stance in the world; they saw the symbolic power of New Zealand leadership. Climate change is the challenge of their generation and young people are the inheritors of humanity’s response to climate change. 

Solutions to the problems were available; many world leaders were acutely aware of the scale of the issue; maybe the governments of the world would make a binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent runaway climate change.  Hope and belief were shattered when negotiations failed to reach a meaningful agreement each year until the 2015 Paris negotiations. Despite the need to act in order to secure a stable future for young and future generations, successive attempts saw no political consequences for inaction and plenty of pressure from special interests to maintain the status quo. … Continue Reading


Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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