Troublesome Hinekura Road formally re-opened – for now

By Ray Lilley Hinekura Road _ a 23-kilometer stretch of mostly narrow, winding, hilly and massively poor condition access road to rural farmlands east of Martinborough _ formally reopened on April 18, with a red ribbon cut to mark the event. Some 25 people, including the acting mayor, three councillors, …

Electrifying comes to Marty town centre

The Wairarapa’s first EV (electric) delivery van will shortly be trundling P&K orders round the streets of Martinborough. It will be followed by the installation of two EV fast charging stations at the shopping carpark off the Square. Until now, no formal plans for EV charging stations have surfaced for …

Palestine war vigil attracts toots, waves in Square

By Ray Lilley A protest group holding Palestinian flags, posters reading “Toot for Gaza,” “Genocide” and “Free Palestine” is winning solid support – with tooting, waves and thumbs-up from passing motorists and, notably, younger tourists who stop to add to the gathering of between 12 and 20 locals. Some join …

Skyline Challenge “roaring” success for Lions

After last year’s cyclonic washout, this year’s Lions’ Club Skyline Challenge was a “roaring” success, with around 250 participants turning up to mountain bike ride, run and walk over the challenging hills north of town to enjoy the fabulous views and perfect weather conditions. “It was such a disappointment last …

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Talking about the past … Martinborough Museum

February 13, 2024 February 2024 Comments Off on Talking about the past … Martinborough Museum

Anne Dodd, volunteer extraordinaire at Martinborough Museum.

Anne Dodd says being a long-term volunteer with Martinborough Museum “is all about conversations.”

The former town librarian, Anne has been a volunteer at Martinborough Museum since 1985.

Enjoying people contact, she says “it’s pleasing to see visitor numbers rising, as people discover Martinborough’s diverse history.

“Obviously, not everyone wants to chat, but usually we can pick up a sense if visitors would like to know a little more about an exhibit or the village.

“People can be reticent about asking questions. So, I believe it’s the volunteer’s role to gauge how much is enough. I like to help them feel comfortable about asking questions. Then we can share as much (or little) information and local stories as visitors want.

“People are generally interested in the ‘slice of early Martinborough life and times’, and we often hear comments like “my granny had one of these” as they find an appealing item.

“Then, I can often add a wee bit more context or detail, and allow the conversation to grow, if they wish. Not everyone wants depth,” she says.

Anne particularly enjoys conversations with visitors who have a local connection. … Continue Reading

Bumper Season for Magical Martinborough Museum

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A young visitor tap-tapping on a vintage Museum typewriter.

By Winifred Bull

“A fantastic place,” “wonderful displays,” “well curated,” “I remember visiting my grandmother as a very young girl and seeing tea sets like this,” “so different to the large museums we have been visiting” … 

These comments are some of those recorded by nearly 800 visitors over the summer break when the Museum opened for extended hours. They came from far and wide. Besides visitors from our own shores, others came from Australia, Canada, the USA, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, England, Wales, Scotland, and Japan.

There is no doubt that many felt the “WOW” factor that stepping into a drawing room of days gone by can create. The specially designed wallpaper is something that captures the imagination. 

Wonderment is also expressed at the tiniest corset that many have ever seen, with a waist of 54cm. “How could anyone fit into that” said one woman, “With a great deal of difficulty and pain I would have thought” replied her husband. An inspection of the lovely dresses on the models beneath which this, and similar corsets, would have been concealed shows that women were certainly a lot smaller at the turn of the 19 th century.

There are interactive exhibits to interest young and old. It was particularly delightful to witness the pleasure experienced by many of the younger visitors, “the kids loved the typewriters.” For some, it was something of an ordeal to drag their children away from thumping on these ancient predecessors of the modern computer keyboard. 

The moa bones were another display that enthralled “the Moa bones were so cool.” The “Treasure Hunt” was also fun for many children: they have to find objects tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the Museum. Some had never heard of a mantelpiece (where one of the treasures was sitting); another relic of the past as central heating and heat pumps have replaced the open fire.

If you have people staying bring them to visit for an enjoyable step back in time or a chance to catch up on some local history.

The Museum is No.7 The Square. It opens 10.30 – 2.30 Saturdays and Sundays and public holidays. It has been open every day from 26 December until 6 February. 

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Human behaviour crisis drives earth overshoot

February 13, 2024 February 2024 Comments Off on Human behaviour crisis drives earth overshoot

(Reprint from The Guardian)

Record heat, record emissions, record fossil fuel consumption. One month after Cop28, the world is further than ever from reaching its collective climate goals. At the root of all these problems, according to recent research, is the human “behavioural crisis,” a term coined by an interdisciplinary team of scientists.

“We’ve socially engineered ourselves the way we geoengineered the planet,” says Joseph Merz, lead author of a new paper which proposes that climate breakdown is a symptom of ecological overshoot, which in turn is caused by the deliberate exploitation of human behaviour.

“We need to become mindful of the way we’re being manipulated,” says Merz, who is co-founder of the Merz Institute, an organisation that researches the systemic causes of the climate crisis and how to tackle them.

Merz and colleagues believe that most climate “solutions” proposed so far only tackle symptoms rather than the root cause of the crisis. This, they say, leads to increasing levels of the three “levers” of overshoot: consumption, waste and population.

They claim that unless demand for resources is reduced, many other innovations are just a sticking plaster. “We can deal with climate change and worsen overshoot,” says Merz. “The material footprint of renewable energy is dangerously underdiscussed. These energy farms have to be rebuilt every few decades – they’re not going to solve the bigger problem unless we tackle demand.”

“Overshoot” refers to how many Earths human society is using up to sustain – or grow – itself. Humanity would currently need 1.7 Earths to maintain consumption of resources at a level the planet’s biocapacity can regenerate.

Where discussion of climate often centres on carbon emissions, a focus on overshoot highlights the materials usage, waste output and growth of human society, all of which affect the Earth’s biosphere. … Continue Reading


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Golf clubhouse fundraising builds up

An amazing fundraising day for the new clubhouse was held on April 19 when 34 teams took to the course in an ambrose tournament. The winners on the day with net 54.87 were Taylor Dewis, Robbie Robinson, Tom de Groen and Liam Richardson.  The longest drive for men went to …

Women’s football team in Green, Black and … Pink strip

Martinborough Football Club has unveiled a vibrant new palette of green, black and pink with the introduction of a women’s team, marking a significant milestone for the club. The rise of interest in women’s football, fueled by events like the FIFA Women’s World Cup, highlighted the demand for local opportunities. …

New golf clubhouse build, fund-raising up and running

Martinborough golf’s new clubhouse build is well under way _ as are fundraising efforts. It doesn’t seem long since we watched the demolition of the old clubhouse and now the frames for half the new building are in place with scaffolding up ready for the roof timbers. Everything is going …

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