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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December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on MARTINBOROUGH COMMUNITY GYM

If you have ever wondered what happens inside that big tin shed at the Rugby Club, now is your chance to have a look! We are holding an Open Evening on Friday 8 December 5-7pm. This is an opportunity for you to pop in, check out our facilities, meet our trainers, and find out more about membership options. Everyone is welcome, our trainers and committee will be available to answer any questions you may have. Everyone that attends will go in to the draw for a 6 MONTH GYM MEMBERSHIP!!! (can not be transferred to another person).

We recently farewelled one of our trainers Kev Rickey who has started an exciting new venture in Masterton, Kev has been with us for approx 8 years and been a huge part of what goes on at our gym, we wish him well with his new business “The Hubb”.

We welcome Damon Tafatu who has joined us as a Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Coach. Damon is very passionate about helping people in health and exercise, helping all ages of life achieve their fitness goals. Damon is available Sunday to Wednesdays, he is running a great range of group classes, for this month as an introduction they are available FREE to our members and for only $5 for non members (note – some classes are for members only). … Continue Reading

Library news

December 19, 2017 December 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on Library news

The Summer Reading Programme for the children has started and Roz informs me it is ‘going to be just fabulous’ and I have no doubt she is right.  Emma and Roz are running the programme together this year as we no longer have the lovely Janet (she escaped to Masterton Library earlier in the year!).  This year the theme is ‘Wild about reading’ and as you can imagine the check-in pod will be alive with the mysteries and atmosphere of the jungle.  We have a limited number of places so register now to ensure your child can join in the fun. 

Carrying on reading over the summer does help to ensure that a child’s reading level doesn’t drop from one school year to the next.  Children from 2 to 13 can join although the little ones will need some help from an adult.  Other news is the wind up for this year of the preschool reading session will be on Tuesday 12th December. 

The Book Babies session will start at 10, as usual, and will have a special visitor around 10.30 and finish by 11.  So plan to be with us for a bit longer than usual to enjoy the wonderful morning Richmel has organised.  … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on COUNCILLOR COMMENT

Congratulations to Kiri Elworthy and Jenny Bargh of The Tora Coastal Walk on being finalists in the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017 and taking out a category win with the Agrisea New Zealand Love of the Land Award.

It is great to see Kiri & Jenny being recognized for their talent and business skills in promoting, running and expanding the popular walk to locals and visitors from all parts of the world.

Well this will be the last we can say on this topic – If you haven’t already voted, then please make sure you have your say and please pop your voting paper in the Council offices as they have a box for these in reception. This will ensure that your vote is received on time and can be counted. The deadline is 12th December at midday.

Annual Report
Congratulations to management and staff for the smoothest transition in preparing the Annual Report and sticking to the budgets during the year, a great result and a big tick from the Audit Office. It is great to see all the good work being done behind the scenes to make our community a safe and vital place to live and work. … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017 December 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on COMMUNITY BOARD UPDATE

The Community Board has almost reached the end of a busy year, with its final meeting held last week. A further round of grants applications was received, and the Board was delighted to grant some ‘set up’ funds to a valuable new venture – the establishment of a Community Garden under the wing of the Ruamahanga Health Trust. This ticks many boxes including producing fresh food for the community but also will involve many locals.

Another project in town has been progressing quietly for some time. Our ‘Old Cemetery’ in Roberts Road is steeped in local history and the Board was informed of details of future plans to complete some vital repairs and improvements for this historic site. We were unanimous in being ‘right behind’ this project and will be urging the Council to do the same.

You may know that Martinborough is well on the way to being the hub of a designated ‘International Dark Sky Reserve’, and to become a member of the International Dark Sky Association. A recent meeting of supporters to establish the society, thanked the Board for being the first in town to offer universal support for this venture. … 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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Waihinga Centre

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