Reviving and reshaping Wharekaka’s elder care

When Wharekaka closed its residential and hospital care programmes early 2022, trustees of the facility hoped for a reprieve for the 50-year-old elder care centre. At the time its governing board hoped the meals-on-wheels programme would continue and said the attached elderly villas would continue. Financial challenges meant an extra …

Native birds mural new to Marty Mural Walk

Martinborough wine village has a new wall mural depicting a family of native birds with strong connections to the Wairarapa region. The new mural has been designed and painted by Manawatu artist Joe McMenamin and is part of the reignited Marty Mural Walk – a continuation of The Martinborough Mural …

Travellers vote Wharekauhau best Pacific resort

Wharekauhau Country Estate in South Wairarapa has been awarded “Best Resort in Australasia and the Pacific,” and 46th among the top 50 resorts on the planet by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2023. Voted for by over half a million travellers, the awards reflect recognition of the exceptional experience …

Big Red Suit Guy: back by popular demand

Santa has the date in his diary, the Mens Shed have finished the sleigh, and now its off to be painted.  Storm Robertson from the Community board has been working on the Traffic Management Plan, so it’s all go for the 2023 Martinborough Santa Parade on Saturday 9 December at …

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Tranzit well advanced in Electrifying bus journey

November 3, 2023 November 2023 Comments Off on Tranzit well advanced in Electrifying bus journey

Tranzit Turning a diesel fossil-burner double-decker bus into an EV was a Southern Hemisphere first.

South Wairarapa Rebus Club News

Turning diesel fossil-burner double-decker buses into EVs is one trick which Masterton-based Transzit mastered with the launch of its 100 percent battery-powered bus.

This successful prototype, a Southern Hemisphere first, now carries passengers in Wellington, and in the coming months Tranzit’s second “Repower” conversion will be finished. 

Tranzit’s 42 electric buses in Wellington have 3 million km under their tyres, saving 1.8 million litres of diesel and reducing CO2 emissions by 4,900 tonnes.

Over the next 12 months Tranzit will introduce 42 e-buses into Palmerston North’s new and expanded bus network, in partnership with Horizons Regional Council, helping it become NZ’s first city to have a 100% e-bus fleet. In addition, more e-buses will be introduced into Auckland and regional New Zealand, and more “Repower” buses are in the pipeline.  

These facts emerged at a recent meeting of South Wairarapa Rebus Club when Paul Snelgrove, managing director of The Transit Group gave a talk entitled “Tranzit: Our Repower Bus Journey.” … Continue Reading

National Nude Gardening Day unnoticed?

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Saturday, October 21 was NNGD, but there are no reports that it was observed in either the urban or rural gardens of Martinborough and the South.

Wine Release Days are marked with considerable fervour, but not deshabille _ as in “the paintings of Venus all shared the same state of deshabille.”

Toast sees some, mainly younger celebrants, get some of their kit off in the heat of the day. 

The Christmas Parade sees a jolly, plump person full adorned in appropriate gear, despite the heat.

The annual hamburger challenge Burger Wellington sees all chefs correctly attired, even in the heat of the kitchen.

Daffodil Day is prim and proper across all daffodil fields. 

As is Lavender Harvest Day.

NNGD however, “is a global phenomenon” according to the nationwide Federation of Naturalists _ not just the preserve of “hardened nudists.”

Getting out in the sun, as nature intended, is reported “to be very liberating and empowering. It promotes body positivity and a renewed appreciation of the environment” (particularly hedges) said spokeswoman Alice de Wet. “We invite everyone to try it.”

So, mark the calendar: October 21, 2024.

SWDC planning and environment group manager Russell O’Leary (no pun intended) was quoted as saying there “is no bylaw covering public nudity in South Wairarapa” _ and no designated naturist areas. Really?

New sites at 30th Toast Martinborough

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By Joelle Thomson

Toast Martinborough turns 30 this year and goes back to its roots with two new sites joining the established big names.

The new sites are both collaborations and will be within walking distance of the other wineries, making it easy for festival goers to get to all of the Toast sites.

“Big Sky Wines is excited to be sharing a site on New York Street with its friends from Escarpment Vineyard and Stad_Ko,” says Katherine Jacobs, who co-owns Big Sky with Jeremy Corban.

Their site is called Boundary Block and will also serve brews from Martinborough Brewery, Garage Project and Almighty non-alcoholics with food from Social Chef, Mao & Co dumplings and noodles, and Jawl’s Kitchen.

The three wineries on Boundary Block will offer a wide range of wines to Toast patrons, including bubbles and rosé as well as Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and quirky natural wines, such as skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc, among others.

The other new collaboration at this year’s Toast is called Hunting Giants, a name that gives away the two identity of the two wineries involved. This collaboration between On Giant’s Shoulders and Huntress wines will serve food from Tora Collective and Saint Sebastian.

The Huntress founder and winemaker, Jannine Rickards, says Hunting Giants will be one of the smallest sites at this year’s Toast Martinborough with a wide range of wines, including On Giant’s Shoulders Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, alongside Huntress Amber Waihonga Pinot Gris (made, incidentally using grapes grown on the original On Giant’s Shoulders vineyard), Kuratea chilled red and Waikoa white blend. Both wineries will serve older vintages of Pinot Noir at the indoor cellar door.

Other wineries taking part in this year’s Toast include Ata Rangi, Luna, Moy Hall, Palliser, Runholder and Tirohana Estate.

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Sicilian night wine & food

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At the 13 October meeting of the Martinborough Wine & Food Society, 34 members and guests were treated to a tasting of Sicilian wines, accompanied appropriately by pizzas supplied by Colombo Winery pizzeria.

Our host, committee member John Penney, had visited Sicily a few years ago with his wife to attend a wedding and to do some touring. His scholarly presentation of 8 typical wines from the region (3 red, 3 white, and 2 dessert wines) was accompanied by a visual presentation of some of his favourite pictures of the villages and mountains of Sicily, and of hospitable Sicilian friends.

The Society’s next event, planned for 10 November, will take place at Luna Estate. A Christmas lunch is being planned at a local venue in mid-December.

The Society always welcomes new members. If you are interested in learning more about us, please contact President, Philippa Pointon, on 021434163, or Treasurer, Dave Stewart, on 0274530475.


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Eight medal haul for local wrestlers

The wrestling season came to a competitive end with the National Championships held in Tauranga in early October. The Featherston Club team of Duncan Allen-Alloway, Nate George, Wairangi Sargent, Tommy Read & Angus Read came home with four gold and four silvers, an excellent result as the wrestlers competed in …

Marty Rugby Club winners and grinners

The club doesn’t forget to say a Big Thanks to all its sponsors and supporters of the 2023 season. We look forward to seeing you all in 2024. Premiers – winners Lane Penn Cup & Hodder Steffert Cups Reserves – finalists Presidents Cup Congratulations to all the recipients of our …

Featherston wrestlers continue winning

The penultimate tournament of the year the Wellington Regional Championships were held at Kapiti College on Saturday 9 September.  A strong team from Featherston attended with some of our junior wrestlers building towards this tournament through two terms of training. It also signalled the end of the junior and intermediate …

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