Westpac Rescue Helicopter named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity – 2018

Westpac Rescue Helicopter is New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity of 2018 according to the annual Reader’s Digest public poll. Westpac Rescue Helicopters service the four main New Zealand centres: Wellington, Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch; and from these bases cover the majority of New Zealand. These services are operated by the …

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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The airtight lid

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It is probably surprising to learn that the airtight  lid ( Milo, paint tins etc.) was designed by a New Zealander. Away back in  1884 a Dunedin tinsmith,

John Eustace designed a lid with a flange which clicked into place. Up until then lids were plain and slid on , and just as easily off. 

He and his brother  started manufacturing  tins with the lids which proved to be really popular. To  meet the growing demand they designed an automatic machine however it required a die to be cut for it in England. They did patent their invention but for some reason only for in New Zealand.

They were legally unprotected anywhere else, there was nothing to stop the die making company from stealing their idea – which, on realising that it was not patented in England it did. This company was soon producing millions of lids.

This bad fortune  did not seem to faze John and his Dunedin company’s business thrived to where he was making  100 tons of lids a year.    

Rotary Update

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Youth in focus

At a recent South Wairarapa Rotary Club meeting, five Wairarapa youths reported back about their experiences at Rotary-sponsored courses.

Freya Lewington was sponsored to the Fiji Swimming Championships. The event incorporated team building and personal development workshops which Freya found both challenging and exciting.  She managed to achieve some personal best times in her races and in the process, was awarded three bronze medals for her part in the 13-16-year-olds’ relay events.

Jade Walker and Rosa Hassall presented a very interesting overview of their experiences at the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) run by the Rotary Club of Inglewood in New Plymouth.
Although they found it a bit overwhelming at first, they soon began to fit in, forming new friendships and finding common ground with other attendees. In the end, the girls found themselves feeling quite sad to be leaving.  They outlined several events and programs they participated in which challenged their self-perceptions and taught them some useful team-oriented skills. They thanked the Rotary Club for selecting them for this course, citing huge personal growth which came in the wake of these new experiences. … Continue Reading

Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

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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 travel to America.

The New Zealand team will attend competitions being held in Le Grange Kentucky from the 9th to the 15th of July. There they will be competing against teams from Australia, South Africa, Canada and The United States. The biggest challenge is that they will be riding provided ponies and that they will only have three days to get used to and bond with before the competing starts.

The NZPCA Teams Championships were held over two days at Solway with teams from all over New Zealand competing. The Wairarapa-Wellington  team of Jeremy Thurston, Piper and Lucy Marshall  Xanthe Furket and Alex Anstis won from Hawkes Bay in a nail biting finish. This is only the second time the Wairarapa- Wellington team have won this prestigious contest with much of the credit going to the team coach Ginni Thurston. … Continue Reading

Regional Council notes

Wairarapa did itself proud recently in the way it responded to Greater Wellington Regional Council’s draft Long Term Plan and its Revenue and Financing Policy.  The Long Term Plan outlines GW’s projects and levels of service for the next ten years and the Revenue and Financing Policy dictates who pays and how it is apportioned.

Both documents proposed changes that potentially had major impacts for Wairarapa, in particular, new trains for our line and the way flood protection was rated for.  With only one representative at the council table it was imperative that people responded to make our voice heard and respond they did.

GWRC received three hundred and thirty eight submissions on its LTP with one hundred and nineteen coming from Wairarapa.  That’s pretty good considering we have only ten per cent of the region’s population.

When it came to the Revenue and Financing Policy though, we did even better.  From four hundred and twenty three submissions received, a massive three hundred and thirty four were from Wairarapa and South Wairarapa residents in particular were very vocal. … Continue Reading

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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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