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Another great Fair

This year the Martinborough Fair celebrated its 44th consecutive year! The Fair has evolved from a modest 35 stalls and produce trucks to over 500 stalls from around New Zealand selling a wide range of quality items and attended by over 40,000 people over the two days. Food was popular …

Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

New Zealand’s first – and still surviving – amateur observatory, built by Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek in 1867, may be granted Category 1 Heritage status within the region’s proposed Dark Sky Reserve,  according to Heritage NZ. A 45-page report recommending the South Wairarapa’s Carkeek Observatory’s entry onto the New …

Lazy sneakers

By day Kate Throp’s in charge of Margrain’s tasting room but she’s also great lover of shoes.  Perhaps that’s why a TV1 story about Lazy Sneakers first caught her eye.   Lazy Sneakers was started in Wellington by 12 year old Maia Mariner who realised that not everyone at her …

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March 31, 2020 April 2020 Comments Off on WHAREKAKA NEWS

The Wharekaka Board would like to share with the community how it is tackling the threat of coronavirus – Covid 19. Our elderly and frail residents are at risk from the virus and therefore need most protection but for aged care, managing disease outbreaks is all too common so we have good processes in place.

Given the recent Government restrictions on movement, Wharekaka has now closed access. This means that no visitors are allowed excepting essential visitors eg our Doctor. But please remember, you can always phone the person you would have visited to keep in touch.  … Continue Reading

 school photo names

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Mate Higginson has kindly provided the names of all the children in the school photo published last month. This will bring back memories for  some of our readers.  

Boys Back row: Gary Hayman, Bill Boyd, Ken Barson , Frank Colton, John Caverhill.

Front row:  Bill Biggar, Bill George, Lloyd Johns, Robert Guilford, Tom Shaw, Mate Higginson.

Girls Back row:  Ngaire Suistead, Freda Theobold, Carol Warman Pam Twoomy, Francis Drake, Aileen Osborn. 

Middle row:  Josephine Bennett, June Gillespie, Isopbel Strong, Daphne Edcombe, Joyce Henderson, Kathleen Bright, Elain Head.

Front row:  Susan Fenwick, Marie Caswell, Ann Boyd, Kohi Enoka, Lorna Ross

Know your town 

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Early settlers

Captain William Mein Smith – Of Huangarua Run 

Cpt. W M Smith was ex Royal Artillery and was the Chief Surveyor General of the NZ Land Company. He arrived in Wellington on the ship Tory in January 1840 . His wife Louisa and three children followed in the Adelaide arriving over five months later. The Adelaide had been delayed by a stop over at Cape Town for a duel. 

In 1845 in partnership with Samuel Revans he leased the Paeroa Block north of the Haungarua River and called their run Haurangarua with William Smith managing the run. 

He was a steady, sure worker who got things done, building the homestead himself  then establishing his family of now five children; Frances 11 George 10, Wallace 8, Helen 4 and the baby Louisa.  … Continue Reading

Why soap is best 

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An Australian professor has explained why soap and water really do work in the battle against spreading coronavirus . 

Professor Palli Thordarson an expert on supermolecular chemistry at the University of New South Wales said disinfectants , wipes, gels and cream containing alcohol (not soap) have a similar effect as soap but not as good.

“Apart from the alcohol the ‘antibacterial agents’ in these products do not affect the virus structure much at all” he said “ Consequently many antibacterial products are basically just a not as good version of soap”. 

“At it’s most basic soap works so well on coronavirus and on other viruses because it dissolves  the lipid (fatty) protective coat around the virus. Another thing soap molecules do is to compete with other bonds that help the virus stick together.. Soap is effectively ‘dissolving the glue that holds the virus together”. 


Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

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Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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