Westpac Rescue Helicopter named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity – 2018

Westpac Rescue Helicopter is New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity of 2018 according to the annual Reader’s Digest public poll. Westpac Rescue Helicopters service the four main New Zealand centres: Wellington, Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch; and from these bases cover the majority of New Zealand. These services are operated by the …

The bags have landed

In 2017 two motivated local women, Carolyn Irwin and Amanda Ritchie, introduced the Boomerang Bag model to Martinborough.  The community embraced the concept, donating fabric and countless sewing hours to create a wonderful array of over 1700 colourful bags for locals and visitors to use as an alternative to single …

Thank you Martinborough

Day two of DIY Marae. What an amazing community we have. Our whānau do us proud. I have never seen our trustees smile so much. The mahi continues, with returning and new whānau each becoming part of our marae and making their mark. If your local in Marty take a …

Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

The South Wairarapa Pony Club has completed a very successful season in which they provided four of the five riders in the Wairarapa- Wellington Team which won the NZPCA Mounted Games Teams National Title. This was capped by the team captain Jeremy Thurston being selected for a national team to …

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Wrestling team for Championships

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Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club would like to congratulate the following tamariki who have been selected for the tournament team that will be attending the New Zealand Club Championships, North Island Championships and New Zealand National Championships.

Mali and Dion Liumaihetau,  Seb Hopkins, Angus and Tommy Read, Carlo Isaac, Spencer Telford, Nate and Zoe George  Nathanial Scott, Te Marie, Lucas, Macy, Wairangi and Jackson Sargent.

The club has members from  around the South Wairarapa, if you would like to find out more about our club you are invited to come to one of our club training nights. These are held on Wednesday nights at the Gym : 52 Fitzherbert Street Featherston (Long driveway behind basket shop). 

Beginners – 5.30pm to 6.15pm Experienced – 6.15pm to 7.30pm

For further information contact :  Dannii Sargent 0279206751 or Kelly Sargent

War Memories from Holland

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by Toni Pyl

Part 4

The War became grim now, we didn’t talk to the Germans anymore and teased the Dutch Nazi children who had joined the ‘Hitler Jugend’ (Hitler Youth). They wore beautiful uniforms and we were secretly jealous of them!

In a war anything can happen. One morning we found a yellow card in the letter box saying ‘This area has to be evacuated in 24 hours”. These Germans were always in a hurry but there must have been a lot of complaints because next we were given three days to look for another house. The City Council had given us a list of addresses so my mother, sister and I went house hunting in a village on the other side of Den Haag called Wassenaar.

To make room for us seaside dwellers, the old folks who lived alone were ordered to go and live with families that had spare rooms in the East of Holland.

We picked a nice house and asked the person who lived there if we could have a look inside. She was understandably very grumpy and declared she didn’t have time. However, she became friendlier when she learnt we had received a notice just like she had. Eventually we were shown around (she didn’t own the house) and as it was to our liking, we shifted a few days later.

Our grandparents came to live with us and they took the ground floor, which had two big rooms and the kitchen. We lived in the bedrooms upstairs and the bathroom was transformed into a kitchen. … Continue Reading


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Wharekaka Trust Board would like to invite expressions of interest in becoming a member of the Trust Board.  We are seeking expressions of interest from people who are genuinely interested in the work of the Trust.

Wharekaka Trust Board is a Not-For-Profit charity providing governance to Wharekaka Rest Home and Villas in Martinborough.  Trustee positions are unpaid.

We are keen to hear from people who are experienced and capable in any of the following:

  • An appreciation and understanding of the nuances of a Not-For-Profit organisation.
  • Marketing, sponsorship and fundraising experience.
  • Established networks and networking abilities, particularly with iwi and cultural groups.
  • Ability to think laterally and innovatively.
  • Business and financial acumen.
  • A genuine interest in and desire to make a difference for older people.
  • Knowledge of and experience in delivery of aged care, nursing, or other health services.

Along with your skills and experience, you will need to be collaborative, and a strong contributor as a key member of this Trust Board. … Continue Reading

Urinary Care

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Could your cat or dog have urinary issues?  

Lower Urinary tract disease (LUTD) is a general term used for various diseases that can affect your pet’s urinary tract, the body’s drainage system to remove wastes and excess water. 

There are a few urinary tract conditions that can affect your pet such as infection, bladder stones and incontinence. The common risk factors include stress, being overweight, certain foods and low water intake. Your pet could have a urinary disorder if it shows these common signs: accidents in the house, frequent attempts to urinate (can be mistaken for straining to defecate), blood in urine, frequent licking of the urinary opening or any signs of pain while urinating. Though this sounds equally painful for your pet and for your carpet there are ways of managing a urinary disorder. 

Treatment for LUTD involves bringing your pet into your local veterinary clinic for examination where a thorough history is taken. If required laboratory work which includes a urine and possibly blood tests may be needed. Sometimes it is helpful if you can bring a urine sample into the clinic at the time of your consult. Your vet will use these tools as well as a physical exam to determine the correct treatment.  The right food can help restore your pet’s health as it helps to dissolve stones and reduce mineral build up in the bladder. 

If your pet is not urinating freely or has a blockage (male cats especially), then this condition is urgent and could be fatal. Please call your local veterinary clinic immediately.

South Wairarapa Veterinary Services



Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

The South Wairarapa Pony Club has completed a very successful season in which they provided four of the five riders in the Wairarapa- Wellington Team which won the NZPCA Mounted Games Teams National Title. This was capped by the team captain Jeremy Thurston being selected for a national team to …


It has been a while since I last wrote about the club and we have had a few changes – mainly with a newly formed committee to oversee both the Junior and Senior teams and ensure that moving forward we continue to grow as a Community based club. We have …


The 2019 is well underway for our Senior teams, we are enjoying some good rugby and look forward to the rest of the season.  With our Premiers and Reserves often playing at different places we often have at least one of them playing at home. Congratulations to Nikora Ewe,Tristan Flutey, Tipi Haira, James Pakoti and Christopher …

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