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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Don Pasquale – G. Donizetti: 

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Martinborough Town Hall, February 9th, 2019

Producer: Georgia Jamieson Emms. Director: Jacqueline Coats. Accompanist: Bruce Greenfield

Wanderlust Opera was founded by Featherston soprano, Georgia Jamieson Emms, to realise her dream of creating a company to take “…fun, affordable, accessible opera performed in English” to smaller centres for their enjoyment. Passionate about opera, it is also a vehicle for Georgia to grow new audiences for the genre. 

Don Pasquale is an opera comedy (opera buffa). Broadly, it tells the story of a foolish old bachelor (Stuart Coats) who has romantic aspirations to take a young woman, Norina, (Georgia Jamieson Emms) as his wife. Thrown into the mix is Pasquale’s nephew, Ernesto (Barbara Paterson) who is also in love with Norina. Dr Malatesta, (Craig Beardsworth) a wily manipulator, sorts out this imbroglio to Norina’s and Ernesto’s advantage, leaving Don Pasquale as alone at the end as he was at the beginning of the opera. Amidst all this silliness is Donizetti’s sublime, melodic score – beautiful arias, ensemble and orchestra (Bruce Greenfield-piano). The performers gave polished performances as they sung, acted and danced their way through the opera. Jacqueline Coats sets were attractive and deceptively simple. … Continue Reading

Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 Law Changes

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Employment New Zealand advise us : this Act introduced a number of Employment changes that aim to improve fairness in the workplace and deliver decent work conditions and fair wages / it restores protection for employees , especially vulnerable employees and strengthens the role of collective bargaining in the workplace / it rolls out the law back to how it was as recently as 2015 .

The Act passed with most changes taking effect either 12.12.18 or 06.05.19.

Changes effective December 12th 2018 : … Continue Reading

$10,000 goal well surpassed 

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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 through sausage sizzles and raffles but it was decided that a quiz night would be a great way of hitting the target. Dustys and Lulu kindly designed a poster, tickets were advertised and within just two weeks all of the 13 quiz tables available were sold out!

Originally the plan was to hold the evening at The Martinborough Rugby Club, but due to an unforeseen licensing issue we found ourselves without a venue just 2 weeks out from the Quiz, a huge thank you must go to Bruce and Chris from the Village Cafe who came to our rescue and happily provided their wonderful space at very short notice. … Continue Reading

Featherston Art Sale 2019

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WHEN: 9-12 May 2019  WHERE: Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield St Featherston WHO: Local artists from Featherston and the Wairarapa WHY: Get to see and purchase great local art, mingle with the artists and support the Community Centre!  WHAT: Featherston Art Sale, a fundraiser for the Featherston Community Centre

It’s time for the fourth annual Featherston Art Sale!

This will be a gala exhibition and sale event fundraising for the Featherston Community Centre. There will be an eclectic collection of art pieces available, made by local Wairarapa artists, who will also be on hand to share their insights and inspirations at the opening night on 9 May from 6pm.  … Continue Reading