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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Ventana three years on

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It’s hard to believe it’s approaching the three year mark since Ventana opened its doors 7th of June 2016.  I’m proud to look back on several full years of sparking creativity and joy for our community as well as creating a platform for small artisan businesses local and abroad.  We’re very proud of all that we’ve achieved so far: 200 workshops taught, 7 community murals painted, more than 3,000 followers online, and we’ve hosted more than 26 individual and group art shows.

The artist “sell on behalf” side of the business has become a growing source of monthly revenue for many artists under the Ventana brand with record monthly payouts to our artists this summer.

Over the nearly three years we’ve gone from strength to strength with a superb team of Ventanaettes.  First with our very capable and organized Alice Bourdot, whom most will know from her new wonderful local watering hole Mesita. … Continue Reading

War Memories

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Toni Pyl

Part 10

On the evening of May 24th 1945 an old friend of mine rushed into the house shouting that the war had ended! We were urged to come out onto the streets and celebrate but I was already in bed and wasn’t allowed to go out. That night I wept with rage!

The next day was like a dream, there were white notices everywhere saying the Germans had capitulated and we were well and truly free!

It was another beautiful day and the sky was full of low flying aeroplanes. In the town where I went to school, a crowd had gathered at the Town Hall and were looking up at a Dutch flag being hoisted up. The crowd quivered and broke into singing the national anthem, no wonder some people were in tears. At school the flag was raised as well and we were then sent home for a long holiday. … Continue Reading

We Are the Very Model of a Modern University

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(with a nod to Gilbert and Sullivan)

We are the very model of a modern university

We’ve done away with knowledge and we’re all about diversity

Indigenous ethnicity and gender multiplicity

And when we get offended how we generate publicity!


We’re cuddly Marxist-Leninists and Islamist apologists

And Helen Clarxist feminists, indigenous ethnologists

We have our NZUSA to help the LGBTQ

And if you’re brown and being put down we’ll stop the white man beating you! … Continue Reading

SYLVIA at the ANZAC Hall, Featherston – from Thursday 14 March.

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The Greytown Little Theatre’s next production will be, ‘Sylvia’ by A.R Gurney and will be presented for a 7-performance season at the ANZAC Hall, Featherston from Thursday 14 March.

‘Sylvia’ is a heart-warming comedy about the special relationship between a man, his dog and his wife. Director, Lynn Bushell says, “We treat our dogs as if they are human and this is what we see in ‘Sylvia’, we really learn what the term a man’s best friend means.”

Greg (James Riley) is suffering from a midlife crisis, whereas Kate (Lucy Cooper), his wife, enjoys the freedom of no kids and a new career which leads to a relationship on opposing paths. Into this mix comes a lost dog, the irrepressible, adorable Sylvia (Victoria Stevens) who adopts Greg as her saviour and follows his home. Chaos reigns as Sylvia’s attempts to fit into the household create havoc. With well-meaning but often dubious advice from Tom, Phyllis and a Therapist (Rachel Hope) Greg and Kate come to learn the power of unconditional love to heal a relationship. … Continue Reading