Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Against All Odds

The Martinborough Music Festival was performed in October, despite being reorganised three times. “It was a bit of a rollercoaster with “Will it happen, Won’t it happen?” moments,” said Brendan Smyth and Sharon Cuzens, two of the organising team for the festival. “But our whole team was determined to make …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

New Trustees lead Hau Ariki direction

Martinborough’s Hau Ariki Marae is unique. Opened in 1998, it’s a community marae, not affiliated directly to a particular iwi. Newly elected Chair Kevin Haunui says this means it allows “a connection for people not from here” to link with the Wairarapa and its tangata whenua. “Anyone can regard Hau …

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Regional Council notes

December 9, 2021 December 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on Regional Council notes

It’s hard not to reflect on the year just gone through Covid tinted lenses.  While New Zealand may have fared better than some countries up until now, it has proved impossible to keep the virus out and we are now facing the same challenges as others worldwide.  Covid has impacted on us all in everything we do.

2021 started with relative freedom for most but restrictions at the border posed problems for those that rely on foreign staff, both permanent and seasonal.

Local Government was no exception in feeling the labour pinch.  For Greater Wellington Regional Council this not only manifested itself in the much-publicised shortage of bus drivers but also in field work like planting and pest control.  Partnering with Iwi to build capability and provide a sense of place for young people will help address the shortage but for now there are no quick answers. … Continue Reading

Recycling days

December 9, 2021 December 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on Recycling days

Wednesday 8 th  Dec Wheelie bin

Wednesday 15 th Dec Glass

Wednesday 22th Dec. Wheelie bin

Wednesday 29 th Dec Glass 

P&K Marty Masters Sevens

December 9, 2021 December 2021, Sports Comments Off on P&K Marty Masters Sevens

The winning team Wairarapa United.

The 2021 P+K Marty Masters 7s was played on 6 November, under overcast skies, but no rain.

Covid had delayed but not prevented it going ahead and also imposed limits on numbers.  We had 6 teams enter from the greater Wellington Region and all games were played in fantastic spirit. There were some very close, tightly contested games, and some minor upsets.  Martinborough Junior Football Club is very grateful to the teams who enter for your continued support.

We are also very thankful to our major sponsor P+K Martinborough, and for the huge contributions from our awesome local community: Mitre10 Martinborough, The Claremont Motel and Apartments Martinborough, Ata Rangi, Masters and Jack Wines, Craggy Range, Terroir & Groves Wines, Dry River, Martinborough Vineyard, Circus Cinema, Tom Wilson Motors, Martinborough Top10 Holiday Park, Olea Retreat Olive Oil, Dr Beak, Neighbourhood Coffee, Matt Wood.

The final was between last year’s winners Waterside Karori Dreamers and Wairarapa United.

The score was deadlocked at full time, but Wairarapa United prevailed in the penalty shootout.

An interesting fact is that our own Martinborough team drew 2-2 with Wairarapa United in the group play. I’ll just leave that here….

Look out for the 2022 Se7ens which will be held again around September – covid willing.

News from First Church

December 9, 2021 December 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on News from First Church

As another unusual and eventful year for us all draws to a close we can look back and see many highlights amidst the difficulties and ups and downs of coping with Covid-19, and ensuring everyone keeps safe and connected.

The many friends and supporters of First Church will have many pleasant memories of our 150th celebration over Queen’s Birthday weekend in June. It was a truly memorable three days – a tribute to our organisers, giving us all a great feeling of the warmth and continuing support for our church in the community, and a freshening of hope for the future.

We managed to hold our annual Book Fair in October, and squeezed in a Kirk Fair in November – we acknowledge the enthusiasm and hard work of those who led the teams who ran these successful events. 

We are in good heart, and in spite of the problems of gathering (signing in, masks, and spacing) good numbers continue to enjoy coming together, adapting to required safety procedures. We are very thankful for all we have been able to achieve this year.

At the time of writing decisions are being made on how we will respond to the latest Traffic Light system and requirement to present vaccine certificates. … Continue Reading

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Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

Some people see a face, a man, while others a woman holding a tree. I …

Regional Council notes

It’s hard not to reflect on the year just gone through Covid tinted lenses.  While …

Recycling days

Wednesday 8 th  Dec Wheelie bin Wednesday 15 th Dec Glass Wednesday 22th Dec. Wheelie …

News from First Church

As another unusual and eventful year for us all draws to a close we can …

Maree’s musings

PEAR SHAPED With some sense of relief 2021 is coming to an end. It hasn’t …

Library notes

Let the library start your summer with fascinating life stories This spring, as we idly dream …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

At our October monthly meeting at the Offering, Debbie Lattey the District Chairman was our …

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