Season’s greetings

Wishing our readers all the blessings of the Christmas Season, with good company, nice food and sunshine. And looking forward to a happy and successful year ahead. Lindie, Chris, David and the two Mikes.

Martinborough Dark Sky Reserve

In less than two months Martinborough’s Dark Sky Reserve group has chalked up near speed-of-light progress toward registering as one of the world’s few places with special dark sky recognition. Already major steps have been promoted by Viv Napier and endorsed by South Wairarapa District Council to adapt the street …

It’s 1957 – the Nurse’s story

It’s 1957, the year the Russians scare the West by launching the Sputnik. It’s also the same year 18 year old Jo Leach (now McCauley) leaves Martinborough to begin training as a nurse at Palmerston North Hospital. Sixty years later Jo’s back in Martinborough along with others from that same …

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”

– Sir Edmund Hillary. A year ago a close girlfriend said “I want to trek to Mt Everest Base Camp but I have no-one to do it with”. Me having never been a tramper, camper, trekker or even bushwalker said “I’ll do it with you”! So I bought my first …

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The clouds are not just cotton wool

December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on The clouds are not just cotton wool


The clouds are made of cotton wool
Or so we’re taught to think
(They’re definitely not candy floss
Cos then they would be pink)

But now the experts tell us
That clouds aren’t just cotton wool
That cotton wool’s got water in
And sometimes it gets full

And when it’s full of water
Any cloud will start to leak
Sometimes for an hour
And sometimes for a week

And that is why each house you buy
Will always have a roof
Until the day they find a way
To make clouds waterproof

New Ultrasound Scanner for Health Centre

December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on New Ultrasound Scanner for Health Centre

Martinborough Health Centre has a new ultrasound scanner thanks to a small group of community members and South Wairarapa Rotary, who banded together to donate the funds needed for the Ruamahunga Health Trust to purchase the machine.

The new scanner replaces the existing ultrasound scanner and Dr Steve says, “this machine can do so much more than the old one”. To begin with it is full colour which enables the operator to see bones, blood vessels and organs more clearly. The scanner can see into the heart, can find kidney and gall stones, identify fractures, measure blood flows, diagnose clots and even identify torn muscles.

The wonderful thing about having such a good scanner here in Martinborough and a highly skilled operator in Dr Steve, is that he can upload images to other experts and specialists to discuss a diagnosis or treatment without the patient having to travel to a hospital.

The scanner also allows Dr Steve to check on babies before they are born as well as monitoring young babies and children, who may not be able to tell you what is wrong.

Trustee Ro Griffiths says, “The donation of the ultrasound scanner is yet another example of the community generously supporting the Health Centre. The Ruamahunga Health Trust would like to thank the donors very sincerely for their generous support for such a worthwhile piece of equipment”.

Maree’s musings

December 19, 2017 December 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on Maree’s musings


Relax … this is not a political message; for now, that’s history. However, togetherness is here to stay.

Sticking together, making connections and collections – we all do it. Group behaviour ensures survival. Think ‘safety in numbers’, ‘united we stand’ etc. Over time, we’ve learned a plethora of tricks from the birds and the bees. Bees swarm and birds flock. And locusts? Some swarms weigh hundreds and thousands of tonnes with a total head count in the trillions. A veritable plague – like boils. When not swarming, bees live in a hive, like industry. In your bonnet? Not advisable. Ants form armies. Worms are in a can or farmed. Webs, tangled or otherwise, have spiders or deceits.

There’s (ahem) heaps of these terms. We call them ‘collectives’, to coin a phrase. Back to birds, for example. Rarely do we spy a solitary one, which gives rise to the saying ‘Birds of a feather etc’ It’s a parliament of owls, a watch of nightingales, a charm of hummingbirds, and a tidings of magpies – often associated with either bad or good news – ‘One for sorrow, two for joy, and so on’. Poet Denis Glover uses ‘qwardle’ instead. A flock of starlings flying in formation? A murmuration. More appropriately, ‘chatter’ or just ‘bloody nuisance’, maybe. A ‘murder of crows’ comes from the belief that these chaps circle in large numbers above predicted death sites. I prefer a ‘scare of crows’, myself. Of course, there’s the maritime ‘crow’s nest’, hopefully not populated by cuckoos. From a basket, clutch or nest of eggs: a counting of chickens, a box of fluffy ducks, a gliding of swans or ominously, with a coming of Christmases, a cooking of a hapless goose from a gaggle, or a stuffing of turkeys. … Continue Reading

Golf news

December 19, 2017 December 2017, Sports Comments Off on Golf news

Winning smiles from left Karen Shaw, Carol Parkinson and Pip Kirk. 2017 Winners of Wellington Womens Team Champion of Champions. Photo: sourced from Wellington Golf Inc.

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop.

The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford Competition and the Silverware at the Wellington Womens Golf Champion of Champions held at home. Congratulations to Carol Parkinson joint winner of the Bronze Championships and to her team mates Karen Shaw and Pip Kirk for their valuable input into playing well and amassing  stableford points to win the impressive trophy for 2017.Its been a long drinks break, the last winning trio Sherry Weatherstone, Diana Donald and Sue Wright won at Carterton back at the beginning of this century. 

Unfortunately the Men had no chance of winning theirs at Masterton as the team was short of a player in the Intermediates.

The Nine hole Group  have been busy with recruiting players and their bring a friend day has three new to golf players keen and their Open day was a huge success. Co- Captains Jaquee Reid and Billie Holmes were stoked to have  eighty five in the field after three pulled out at the last minute. 
Thirteen Clubs were represented: Masterton, Carterton, Manor Park, Marton, Otaki, Paraparaumu Beach, Pauatahanui, Manawatu, Feilding,  Waikanae, Shandon and Kapiti and a number of our own gals from Martinborough. … Continue Reading


Golf news

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop. The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford …

Martinborough Netball Club

Indeed while this year is almost over and this article slightly late, just to let you know what the season has been like for the Martinborough Netball Club. The Netball Premier Team moved up a grade this netball season from previous years having played in the Premier 2 grade. We …

Walking is a man’s best medicine. (Hippocrates)

SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB While crossing a busy intersection in Christchurch last week I spotted a banner sporting the message: WALK2freeTHE.MIND. This surely captures in a catch-phrase a credible philosophy. Throughout the decades numerous walking quotes have been recorded, many of which portray the physical and mental benefits of a …

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