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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Longwood Life Lessons

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Longwood Life Lessons

Woefully unprepared when she left the bright lights of Featherston for the land of Bier and Bratwurst, soprano Georgia Jamieson Emms landed on her feet (or was it roller-blades) in Hamburg, Germany. With a similar population size to Auckland, Hamburg has four professional opera houses with performances almost every night of the week during the season. It was at one of these houses, the Junges Musiktheater that Georgia made a living as a professional singer, racking up close to 60 performances alone as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

On returning home to raise a family she realised there was no sustainable career to be had as an opera singer in New Zealand. Furthermore her particular (peculiar?) set of skills ensured she could never get a “real job.” But inspired by what she’d seen on her German stint, where an enormous educational focus and significant government funding is dedicated to opera, she knew that there was a need in New Zealand for the creation, development and production of affordable, accessible shows if opera is to survive. On the smell of an oily rag she launched a theatre company, Wanderlust Opera. … Continue Reading

Maree’s musings

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I’m sure all you readers will be relieved, as I am, that the recent devastating fires in Nelson and elsewhere are over. You can’t help but feel for those people getting the word to evacuate, and as soon as possible. Leaving your home in a hurry is bad enough, but deciding what to take just adds to the stress. Does anybody plan ahead of time like they’re supposed to? And even if one has; it’s not that simple: we all get so used to having our stuff on hand and being comfortable with knowing it’s all safe.

It got me thinking about what other folk, and I of course, really value. Being clear-headed and rational when you’re in a state of panic is nigh to impossible; so it probably pays to Think Ahead. And when it comes to the crunch; is it a question of value, irreplaceability, necessity or what? How do you sort the priorities? I honestly don’t know what I would take or leave. My cats, naturally. My probably too large frog sculpture collection, although packing them up would preclude that! I’m partial to pot plants. The poetry I haven’t finished writing would have to be up there as it’s still on scraps of paper in a folder somewhere. Slack! … Continue Reading

Martinborough Golf February round-up 

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As the shortest month is under our belt and we officially head into the first month of autumn the weather has been pleasantly warm.  The course is looking supreme – as long as you can hit straight (even a drop-kick or duff shot) the ball rolls forever down the fairways, the greens are holding beautifully and are looking better than ever – a credit to Tim and his team!

Club opening day was a success with random drawn partnerships playing holes 1-6 ambrose, 7-12 4BBB and 13-18 foursomes. The winners were Captain Andy & Ann Hume 63, 2nd Lizzy Thomson & Malcolm Henderson 56, 3rd Sally Fairbrother & Bindy McLeod 55, 4th Tora & Lizzy Goodall 54. I understand the Morisons with various others provided great entertainment.

The Grumpies have played on some pretty mercury busting days (mad-dogs and Englishmen?!), winners have been:- Ro Griffiths, Elaine Howe, Mariana McDermott, Rob McCreary and Murray Blackwell. … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on MARTINBOROUGH RED CROSS TURNS 80.

What a long Martinborough’s Red Cross has! Records show that  on February 10th 1939, the Director-General of the NZ Red Cross, accompanied by Mr Skill, the mayor at the time, chaired a meeting with the aim of forming a Branch in town. All 40 residents at the meeting agreed; and on March 31st , the first meeting took place in our ‘old’ Town Hall.

So … eighty years on, and the town still has an active (now) Group – part of the Wairarapa Branch. Activities have changed, of course; but the principles and aims of the NZ Red Cross and similar societies throughout the world remain the same. The local Group consists of a small ‘Committee’ plus over thirty members. 

Our presence is very much in evidence – Meals on Wheels, volunteer drivers who help people with travel to appointments, a small band of ‘knitters’, emergency equipment store, and of course the now legendary annual ‘Spring Party’. Plus more. Fundraising is an important aspect. Money donated goes to Branch funds and is used locally and also for NZ’s needs and special appeals. … Continue Reading