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The bags have landed

In 2017 two motivated local women, Carolyn Irwin and Amanda Ritchie, introduced the Boomerang Bag model to Martinborough.  The community embraced the concept, donating fabric and countless sewing hours to create a wonderful array of over 1700 colourful bags for locals and visitors to use as an alternative to single …

Thank you Martinborough

Day two of DIY Marae. What an amazing community we have. Our whānau do us proud. I have never seen our trustees smile so much. The mahi continues, with returning and new whānau each becoming part of our marae and making their mark. If your local in Marty take a …

Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

The South Wairarapa Pony Club has completed a very successful season in which they provided four of the five riders in the Wairarapa- Wellington Team which won the NZPCA Mounted Games Teams National Title. This was capped by the team captain Jeremy Thurston being selected for a national team to …

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       Young Musicians’ Concert in Greytown  –  

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 4pm Sunday 24 June

The Greytown Music Group’s next concert will be a varied programme of music by Schubert, Ravel, Chopin, Bach and John Psathas, presented by the Tararua Trio: pianist Noelle Dannenbring, cellist Bethany Angus, and violinist Nathan Pinkney.

Noelle, a former Sir Edmund Hillary scholar, has just completed her Masters degree in piano performance under Katherine Austin at the University of Waikato. Last year she was a semi-finalist in the 2017 National Wallace Piano Competition and the National Concerto Competition, and in 2016 she won the University of Waikato Concerto Competition. She has a strong passion for playing chamber music, and has done well in chamber music competitions.  

This year she is teaching piano at St Peter’s School in Cambridge, providing tuition to tertiary minor piano students, and is in demand as an accompanist. She has just made her debut with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Ed and Juliet Cooke attended the concert, and were impressed by Noelle’s musicianship and performance. … Continue Reading

The bags have landed

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In 2017 two motivated local women, Carolyn Irwin and Amanda Ritchie, introduced the Boomerang Bag model to Martinborough.  The community embraced the concept, donating fabric and countless sewing hours to create a wonderful array of over 1700 colourful bags for locals and visitors to use as an alternative to single use plastic bags.

After seeing enough piles of fabric, sewing bees and screen printing going between both Carolyn & Amanda’s homes, husbands got together and suggested the project be taken to the next level.  In late 2017, Boomerang Bags reached out to the community and within two weeks $23,000 was raised to import ten thousand, 100% organic, fair-trade certified cotton bags from India.

After a much anticipated wait, The Martinborough Bag has now landed!  And, with the arrival of these bags came the announcement that Pain & Kershaw will no longer provide single use plastic bags to their customers from 1st July. … Continue Reading

Thank you Martinborough

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Day two of DIY Marae. What an amazing community we have. Our whānau do us proud. I have never seen our trustees smile so much. The mahi continues, with returning and new whānau each becoming part of our marae and making their mark. If your local in Marty take a drive along New York st and see the changes. Tênā koutou whanau xxx

Thank you Martinborough, I was feeling quite emotional when I wrote the above post, so proud of what we were achieving.  The DIY Team told us it was the easiest DIY they had done, which is a massive reflection of our get up and go as a community.  We managed to squeeze in a 100th birthday celebration (special thanks to Hawkins whānau who made the magnificent cake) for the DIY team, made especially poignant by the fact one of their key team members is moving on after 15 years..

The ringawera (kitchen helpers) had their work cut out providing kai for the four days for more than 100 people per day – breakfast from 6.30am  to dinner at 6.00pm. Our Army support couldn’t praise the kai highly enough and they are experts on DIY Marae Kai!

We need to acknowledge some of the local businesses who made our weekend so successful.  This is not the whole list but the beginning of a long list of thank you’s that the committee will be working through.

The financial contributors were Trust House Foundation, South Wairarapa District Council and private contributors.  Thank you all, it was a big relief to us as a committee when we reached our financial target. … Continue Reading

ROYAL WEDDING CELEBRATED IN MARTINBOROUGH 

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The recent Royal Wedding was duly

celebrated by the Thursday Walking Group at a lunch at the home of Di Bunny.

A splendid lunch was enjoyed by all and a toast was made to the Royal

Couple. The Queen was present together with the Royal corgis. She had been

driven to the function in the Royal Commodore by the ‘Duke of Martinborough’

who then retired to his Palace for a sandwich.

Standing LtoR  Di Bunny, Cynthia Maling, Ann Parkinson, Leone Teagle, Esther Read, Di Martin, Barbie Cox, Bev Hancox, Helen Morrah, Gay Chadburn.Diana Cresswell.

 Sitting LtoR  Francie Lawrence, Sue Hughes, Bee Blundell, Marg Walmsley

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Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

The South Wairarapa Pony Club has completed a very successful season in which they provided four of the five riders in the Wairarapa- Wellington Team which won the NZPCA Mounted Games Teams National Title. This was capped by the team captain Jeremy Thurston being selected for a national team to …

WBS MARTINBOROUGH FC – UPDATE

It has been a while since I last wrote about the club and we have had a few changes – mainly with a newly formed committee to oversee both the Junior and Senior teams and ensure that moving forward we continue to grow as a Community based club. We have …

MARTINBOROUGH RUGBY CLUB

The 2019 is well underway for our Senior teams, we are enjoying some good rugby and look forward to the rest of the season.  With our Premiers and Reserves often playing at different places we often have at least one of them playing at home. Congratulations to Nikora Ewe,Tristan Flutey, Tipi Haira, James Pakoti and Christopher …

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