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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The three centenarians

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At the last census there were 558 centenarians in New Zealand.   What is amazing that three of them live right here in Martinborough, at Wharekaka.   I decided to ask each to tell me the most exciting thing that had happened in their long lives.

Gladys Stephen, the oldest resident, is 103.  When she was born the First World War was still raging and New Zealand had barely 1 million people.    Age has taken its toll on her memory so when I asked my question I got a rather unexpected answer.  She looked at me sharply and said, “We didn’t talk about that sort of thing in those days.” 

For Mina Imeson the big thrill was when she sold her first paintings.  “I didn’t know I had it in me” she says of her surprise at discovering her artistic abilities late in life.   In her room there’s a large oil painting she did not long before she lost her sight and had to give up art.   It shows the schoolhouse where Captain Cook was a pupil back in Yorkshire where Mina was also brought up. 

Like many of his generation Dennis Maugham had more adrenaline-inducing experiences than a person might want, courtesy of World War II.    On the plus side his Royal Navy service provided great camaraderie, plenty of adventure and travel all over the world.  Excitement of the least desirable kind arrived when his command, motor gun boat X325, was sunk off the French coast in 1941 with the loss of 17 of the 27 men on board.

The introduction of hospital level care at Wharekaka in 2017 has made it possible for these older people to stay in Martinborough near their families rather than moving into care elsewhere.    “This is exactly what we hoped would happen when we made the big decision to upgrade” says Joy Cooper, Chair of the Wharekaka Trust.   “ Perhaps the excellent care we provide will enable more residents to qualify for that special letter from the Queen.”


The Featherston Community Centre supports the arts

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One of the original drivers behind having an art sale was to give the Centre’s art groups an opportunity to exhibit their work in public. Featherston has become well known for its successful and creative artists, and the Featherston Community Centre is well known for its diverse arts and crafts groups:  … Continue Reading

Trio Pohadka & Friends – Doctors with Instruments

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The Greytown Music Group opens its 2019 concert programme at 2pm on Sunday 7 April with Trio Pohadka & Friends, a group of talented doctors and musicians connected by a passion for music, friendship, a genuine mission to present high quality music, and help fight cancer at the same time. The group has been acclaimed by Auckland audiences, and now the Wairarapa has the same opportunity.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in New Zealand, but due to the huge progress in cancer research, survival rates for many cancers have increased, with the University of Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre playing its part in this. The Trio has raised close to $25,000 for the Cancer Society to date, and all proceeds from the Greytown concert will go towards cancer research. Their favourably reviewed CD, By Heart & Soul, will be available for purchase at the concert. … Continue Reading

Understanding Martinborough Water Supply

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Mark Allingham, Infrastructure and Services Manager, SWDC

During the Martinborough Boil water notice it came to our attention that many in the township were unaware of how the Martinborough water supply operated and why the system is not currently chlorinated.

Martinborough’s system is different to most water systems in that groundwater is extracted from the bores next to the Rumahunga river to the west of town. It is then treated with Ultra Violet Radiation (sun lamps), PH corrected and pumped through the township to the reservoir tanks on the hill above the golf course. The gravity pressure from the tanks and the bore pumps keeps the pressure in the pipes that supply your homes.

Quarterly testing of the untreated groundwater, since 1990, has not shown any indication of bacterial contamination. The last of these routine tests was carried out in December 2018. … Continue Reading