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Another great Fair

This year the Martinborough Fair celebrated its 44th consecutive year! The Fair has evolved from a modest 35 stalls and produce trucks to over 500 stalls from around New Zealand selling a wide range of quality items and attended by over 40,000 people over the two days. Food was popular …

Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

New Zealand’s first – and still surviving – amateur observatory, built by Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek in 1867, may be granted Category 1 Heritage status within the region’s proposed Dark Sky Reserve,  according to Heritage NZ. A 45-page report recommending the South Wairarapa’s Carkeek Observatory’s entry onto the New …

Lazy sneakers

By day Kate Throp’s in charge of Margrain’s tasting room but she’s also great lover of shoes.  Perhaps that’s why a TV1 story about Lazy Sneakers first caught her eye.   Lazy Sneakers was started in Wellington by 12 year old Maia Mariner who realised that not everyone at her …

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CONGRATULATION  to Bracken Ridge on their twenty years providing a wonderful facility for both local people and visitors. 

‘I LIKED IT MORE when Prince Harry moving to Canada was the biggest existential crisis  we faced as a nation.’ Gaby Hinscliff in the Guardian

IN 1752 in ORDER TO line it’s calendar up with that of Europe Britain deleted a week and a half from the calendar with September the 2 nd being followed by the 14 th.  Greece kept with the old calendar until 1923. 

 96% IS THE SIMILARITY  between the Coronavirus and the Sars virus identified in bats in China in 2013.

‘ AS DONALD TRUMP and Boris Johnson has proven, voters can cheerfully elect a badly behaved candidate , even with considerable ratbaggery  priced in. But prefer to know what kind of ratbag they are dealing with’ – Jane Clifton … Continue Reading

FIRE BRIGADE NEWS 

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We are in unprecedented times with a declaration of a National Emergency to combat the COVID 19 virus, uncharted territory since the Brigade started 115 years ago. 

What does it mean for our Community and what can you expect :

  • WE WILL STILL HAVE A CREW RESPONDING TO ALL CALLS INCLUDING MEDICAL CALLS
  • YOU WILL SEE FIRE FIGHTERS IN PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT LIKE MASKS AND GOOGLES or GLASSES ROUTINELY
  • YOU MAY SEE US IN WHITE PROTECTIVE SUITS TO MEDICAL CALLS
  • DO NOT TRY TO HIDE FROM MEDICAL RESPONDERS YOUR MEDICAL OR TRAVEL HISTORY
  • THE FIRE STATION IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND ONLY BRIGADE MEMBERS ARE ALLOWED ON SITE

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Free Digital Device Support for Seniors

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Digital Seniors has made the decision to temporarily close the four Wairarapa hubs but we have moved to phone and video coaching. So we can still help you with your phones, iPads, chrome books etc.

We had a great vibe going at our hubs – thanks to the wonderful Seniors who came along each week, and it was great to see confidence build and grow. Some of the things we’ve helped with are:

  • Shopping for groceries, presents, and things we need without even going to the shops
  • Keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in the community, nationally and the world
  • Enjoying music, games, movies, virtual tours of museums etc
  • Seeing and talking with loved ones in any location as if they are beside you
  • ‘Manage my health’ and internet banking

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From the Mayor

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Dear South Wairarapa

We all saw this coming, but it ended up descending on us quicker than expected.

Given the speed and severity of Covid-19, I fully support the Government’s measures for isolation, in attempt to halt the spread within our community. I had lobbied for us to have reacted even sooner.

The effectiveness of the measures is now down to you, the public.

I’m sure you by now have read and understand the measures and your responsibility to the community. Keep washing your hands, stay at home. Visit www.covid19.govt.nz often to get the latest. We also have a Wairarapa specific Facebook page – Covid-19 Wairarapa updates – for local information which is updated daily, and you may see on there occasionally. 

My heart goes out to our neighbours who are in essential services, and risk their health daily in keeping things running – police, medical staff, essential service staff – we owe you a debt of gratitude.

Council has passed emergency resolutions enacting an Emergency Committee to be able to react quickly to issues that may arise over the coming weeks. I will Chair this, and all Councillors are members.

Please keep well.We can get through this if we all act in the best interests of our community

Cheers Mayor Alex

Sports

Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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Letters

Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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