Difficult Haurangi rescue

Joe Bannister and his friend Dave were in the Haurangi Forest Park. After a long day out in the bush, Joe was heading down a steep hill when the ground gave way and sent him sliding down a cliff face. He fell six metres, badly injuring his leg in the …

Waihinga Centre

Fundraising Success Fundraising efforts are go and so far it has been lots of fun! The Square of Gold kept on rolling until a total of 50 ½ metres had been snapped up, bringing us to a total of $2020. Quite mind blowing given this was only meant as a …

A Very Special Event

Most opera lovers’ commitment to the art form involves buying tickets to public performances.  Winifred Bull and her husband David decided to take their love of opera a whole lot further.  They designed a new home with enough space to stage concerts for more than 100 people.  They particularly wanted …

Under The Martinborough Stars

By Becky Bateman My house is north facing and I get people telling me all the time how good my tomatoes must be. On face value that seems a perfectly fine and normal comment but, thinking deeper, it shows how much the sky affects our lives. The more I thought …

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Greytown Music Group – A Piano in the Wind

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on Greytown Music Group – A Piano in the Wind

Sunday 12 May, 4 pm

Wellington-based group “A Piano in the Wind” will be performing in Greytown for the Greytown Music Group’s next concert on Sunday 12 May. The players all perform regularly together in Orchestra Wellington and at other musical events in the region. They say they are very much enjoying the opportunity of working together on gorgeous repertoire for their instruments. 

A Piano in the Wind will be performing the two most prominent quintets for piano and winds: the Mozart and Beethoven Quintets in E flat major.  After its premiere in 1784, Mozart described the quintet to his father as the best thing he had written in his life. It is believed that Beethoven’s quintet may have been inspired by Mozart’s, being written in the same key and for the same instrumentation.  The quintets are often paired together in a programme. Both works include beautiful piano writing balanced against opportunities for the wind instruments to shine with wonderful melodies.  … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Rebus Club

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on South Wairarapa Rebus Club

The South Wairarapa Rebus Club next meets on Friday 22 March to hear Denise and Dougal MacKenzie of Te Rakau Birding describe their environmental restoration project at Ocean Beach. The following Friday, 29 March, we have chartered a bus to take us to see the project, followed by lunch at the Lake Ferry pub.

At our February meeting Jim Field entertained a fascinated audience with stories from his extensive experience as a police dog handler. His start with dogs was laying trails for police dogs during training sessions, having met up with three handlers over a beer. Once he had passed his permanent appointment exam, taken after the end of an extensive probationary period, he “applied for a pup” and was accepted for training. Handlers got their dogs at three months of age and spent nine months socialising them. At one year of age they were taken to the police dog training centre in Trentham for a 13 week training period. After graduating as a team, Jim and his first dog, Voss, were posted initially to Palmerston North. He was later the first police dog handler to be based in Masterton. He had three dogs during his 13 years as a handler. With his third dog, Rhys, he still holds the record for the number of arrests in a year, 97, more than twice as many as the next highest total. Today Rhys stands mounted in the Police Museum, complete with tracking harness and in tracking pose.  … Continue Reading

Waihinga Park and Playground given the green light

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Waihinga Park and Playground given the green light

It’s a green light to complete the park and playground at the new Waihinga Centre.   The Council have approved the design in principle and given the Waihinga Charitable Trust the go ahead to seek expressions of interest for the construction   This could begin as early as May this year. 

The upgraded playground will include opportunities for imaginative play for children of all ages and abilities.  Much of the equipment will be new but many of the existing play elements are to be repurposed and relocated. This will minimise costs and preserve some of the iconic equipment, such as the flying fox, that has been used and loved by the community. … Continue Reading

Star founder found 

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Star founder found 

The story of founder of the original founder of the Martinborough Star continues:

“While I was in Martinborough I met Dick Seddon. He was a man who had the common touch.  He remarked to me that a man’s view of politics was his own affair, but he had a right to know the facts as they appeared to the men closest to the heart of things, and small newspapers played a valuable part in informing those to whom the metropolitan papers were not easily available. 

In the early years of the century I was doing well enough to employ old ‘comps’, or compositors; men who set up the type, and distribute it; they were usually men who drifted round the country, down on their luck for one reason or another, taking work where they could find it.  They seldom stayed long, but I had a good deal of sympathy for them.  

Most of them had worked on city papers, not very pleasant work in those early days when they had to contend with long hours which often lead to too many visits to the nearest pub; and also with the coming of linotyping, and new methods which they were too old to learn. They would take any work, but they were happiest near the smell of printing ink; I could understand that, and when they were sober they were often very good company  … Continue Reading