Footloose and Fancy Free, Celebrating 25 years Round the Vines

While 2020 and Covid dampened the dreams of those who were looking forward to walking or running around the vines, 2021 came up trumps, the 25th year of brilliant organisation and commitment from the Martinborough School Committee and the community.  In the words of Charlies Angel’s, Beth, Anna, Jeremy, and …

Write your memories next month at Martinborough Library

Library also welcomes a big shipment of new books—come find your next read! We’re all full of memories, big and small—everything from ‘That was the year I fell in love’ all the way down to ‘Tuesday lunch was a ham-and-cheese toastie.’ The memoirist’s trick is finding a way to weave …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Have you ever wondered where the constellations came from? Do you know your Crux from your Musca? Or Scorpius from Pavo? Who got to name them? Humans are very good at seeing patterns in just about anything. Clouds. Toast. Rocky outcrops on Mars. Wherever we look we see a shape, …

Aroha String Quartet with Clarinettist Rachel Vernon

After a disappointing cancellation of their June concert due to level 2 lockdown, the Greytown Music Group is hoping all will be well for their next concert, on Sunday 22 August, when the Aroha Quartet will join forces with Rachel Vernon on clarinet. The Aroha String Quartet was formed in …

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Slippery oil claims

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Of twenty two samples of oil labelled Avocado Oil researchers in America found that 82% were adulterated with other oils. Three labelled as extra virgin were in fact 100% soya bean. 

The New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Oils group says that if international quality standards are not developed soon there is a real danger to New Zealand’s quality avocado oil industry.   


August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on ROTARIANS HELP WITH PLANTING DAY AT WAIRIO WETLAND

Rotary volunteers Tamara Allerhand and Jim Law at the Wairio Planting .

The Wairio wetland is on the east side of Wairarapa Moana near the Boggy Pond. For the last 15 years a major restoration project has been underway spearheaded by Rotarian Jim Law and Ross Cottle of Ducks Unlimited (DUNZ). The project was divided into four stages and the first three are complete, with work now being done on stage four. The Rotary Club of South Wairarapa has given nearly $20,000 to this project over the years as well as providing volunteers.

In mid July Ducks Unlimited organised a planting day at Wairio. The planting area had been well prepared, after grazing cattle to knock down the tall fescue grass.  The preparation included spot spraying, subsequent grubbing of remnant tall fescue from planting spots and some auger drilling of selected spots for 100 larger Kahikatea – all done by a great crew from Better Nature. Nursery plants, mainly manuka with some coprosma and other natives were also planted. The vision is that this northern area will one day be a magnificent kahikatea forest.

There were at least twenty volunteer planters, including members of the South Wairarapa Rotary Club, masters students from Victoria University of Wellington with Associate Professor Stephen Hartley, DOC staff and members of the  general public and Ducks Unlimited, all supported by the Better Nature team. From the point of view of a planter, the pre-drilled holes for the larger trees were an enormous help.   About 850 trees were planted in two hours … Continue Reading

Regional Council notes

August 24, 2021 August 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on Regional Council notes

“Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink”.  This well-known line from ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ could have easily applied to the Wairarapa recently.  Unlike the Ancient Mariner though, we weren’t becalmed near the equator but rather inundated by persistent rain, courtesy of a turbulent weather system, causing localised flooding and high lake levels.

It wasn’t the worst storm we had experienced by any stretch of the imagination but it did serve to remind us that we have little control over what nature delivers.  It also reminded us of the fragility of many of the region’s infrastructure assets as roads succumbed to slips and bridges were closed due to high river levels.

The wild weather affected many people in various ways and at a recent meeting around the governance of Wairarapa Moana, Greater Wellington was challenged around its management of the lake levels which are dictated by, amongst other things, a Water Conservation Order.

When I enquired as to the actual water levels Graeme Campbell, Manager of Flood Protection, provided the following comment.

“We will have to check the recorded lake levels to be able to confirm what they were during the period being commented on but there is never any reason for us to elevate those levels unless those in Lake Onoke are elevated due to the closing of the mouth to the sea. The only time we open the gates to elevate levels in Wairarapa Moana is when we are unable to open Lake Onoke and the levels there are so high they are causing problems to those around the Lake. The levels may have been high but it would not be because we kept them high, more it would be as a result of high seas stopping us from opening the mouth and high river flows.” … Continue Reading

Recycling collections

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Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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Regional Council notes

“Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink”.  This well-known line from ‘The Rime …

Recycling collections

Wednesday 11th August Glass  Wednesday 18th August Wheelie bins Wednesday 25th  August Glass 

News from First Church

Through winter cold, through bitter wind and biting frost the silent seeds of spring wll …

Maree’s musings

FROM OUT THERE … Space travel’s been in the news lately. Of course, it’s nothing …

Letters – Community Boards

Recently my husband and I took up the invite from the Mayor, June edition of …

Letters – Secretive decisions

2019 election Mayor Beijen stated: “I am standing for South Wairarapa Mayor to bring back …

How well do we know people in our community

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