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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Greytown garden ramble

December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on Greytown garden ramble

The Greytown Lioness Club are organizing a garden ramble on Saturday 18th November, 2017 from 10.00 am till 5.00pm.

There are 10 gardens in Greytown which are  open for viewing.  In addition two of those houses will be providing morning or afternoon teas with home baking.  The event is being organized to provide funds for the Greytown Little Theatre which will be making huge changes in the near future. 

Tickets are $25.00 each with the morning/afternoon tea ticket attached and can be pre-purchased from the Village Art Shop, Main Street, Greytown or by phoning Maureen at 304 9782 or Val 379 8329.

Community Guy Fawkes Display 2017

December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on Community Guy Fawkes Display 2017

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Martinborough Community Guy Fawkes Display on 4 November to watch the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade light the biggest bonfire we have ever had! We would like to thank the major sponsors and supporters of the event – Martinborough Community Board for the fireworks; Martinborough Top 10 Holiday Park for the portaloos; and P&K Mitre 10 Martinborough for the use of the Mitre 10 bbq trailer and for a huge contribution to the bbq food and hot chocolates.  The event raised almost $3,000 for the Martinborough Junior Hockey Club which is just fantastic.  We have some lost property from the evening, so if you are missing a rug or the back of a camp chair, please contact Pippa Broom on 0274 169 102.

Dear Dr Jane

December 19, 2017 December 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on Dear Dr Jane

Dear Dr Jane
My husband is a farmer and I am worried that he is depressed. He is struggling to solve fairly simple problems on the farm and has lost all of his spark and enjoyment in life. He won’t talk to anyone about it and my hunch is that he is concerned about what people would think if he admitted that he was not coping. He has always liked to think of himself as strong and able. What can I do to help him?

Dear Worried
I’m glad you have written in as this is a very important topic to talk about. We all have a physical health and most people are generally okay with discussing physical health concerns with the appropriate professionals. What is less accepted is that we all have a mental health as well. As with our physical health, our mental health sometimes becomes compromised or temporarily ill.

This is a universal experience. It does not mean that an individual is weak or does not have a “back-bone”. It means that the biological mechanisms that support our ability to engage with the world in a meaningful way are not working in an optimal way. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Choir’s momentous year

December 19, 2017 December 2017 Comments Off on Martinborough Choir’s momentous year

This had been a momentous year for our choir.

As well as being our fifth birthday, it has also been a very difficult year for quite a few of our choir ‘family’, who have lost loved ones, who have had serious accidents, who have been dealing with illness, and other significant changes in their lives. Though it sounds a bit corny, I feel that we’ve been united by our joy of singing in harmony.

Every Tuesday, as Ed and I sit in the rehearsal hall waiting for choir members to arrive, I’m always grateful that so many people seem to enjoy our choir, and keep coming along, while I’m ‘learning on the job’.

This year we’ve been very lucky to have Mark Dorrell (an amazingly talented musician and teacher) as our Patron.

Mark has worked with the choir several times now, and we are learning a lot from him.

I hope our association with him will continue for many years hence, as he is so inspiring. … 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

Seasonal Greetings The Waihinga Charitable Trust, the Fundraising Team and the Communications Team would like …

News from First Church

All good gifts around us are sent from Heaven above Then thank the Lord, O …

Maree’s musings

JOIN the PARTY … Relax … this is not a political message; for now, that’s …

Library news

The Summer Reading Programme for the children has started and Roz informs me it is …


The Community Board has almost reached the end of a busy year, with its final …

Dear Dr Jane

Dear Dr Jane My husband is a farmer and I am worried that he is …

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