Footloose and Fancy Free, Celebrating 25 years Round the Vines

While 2020 and Covid dampened the dreams of those who were looking forward to walking or running around the vines, 2021 came up trumps, the 25th year of brilliant organisation and commitment from the Martinborough School Committee and the community.  In the words of Charlies Angel’s, Beth, Anna, Jeremy, and …

Write your memories next month at Martinborough Library

Library also welcomes a big shipment of new books—come find your next read! We’re all full of memories, big and small—everything from ‘That was the year I fell in love’ all the way down to ‘Tuesday lunch was a ham-and-cheese toastie.’ The memoirist’s trick is finding a way to weave …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Have you ever wondered where the constellations came from? Do you know your Crux from your Musca? Or Scorpius from Pavo? Who got to name them? Humans are very good at seeing patterns in just about anything. Clouds. Toast. Rocky outcrops on Mars. Wherever we look we see a shape, …

Aroha String Quartet with Clarinettist Rachel Vernon

After a disappointing cancellation of their June concert due to level 2 lockdown, the Greytown Music Group is hoping all will be well for their next concert, on Sunday 22 August, when the Aroha Quartet will join forces with Rachel Vernon on clarinet. The Aroha String Quartet was formed in …

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August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on  INNER WHEEL CLUB OF SOUTH WAIRARAPA

On 19th June five members from South Wairarapa Inner Wheel went to Waikanae for the Inner Wheel

District A G M and Change Over .

All districts took a box of items for the Wellington City Mission these were given to Murray Eldridge who was the guest speaker from Wellington City Mission.

It was interesting to know the Wellington City Mission has been operating in the Wellington region for 114 years.  

Through their four programmes, mission for families, mission for youth, mission for independence and mission for seniors – they provide holistic practical support to a broad  range of people.  The assistance they provide includes food parcels, hot meals, advocacy, education, financial mentoring, and social work

support. They also operate an older care residential facility  called Kemp home and hospital.You may have seen on the news recently they have just opened a supermarket.

Murray gave a great insight to the wonderful work his staff and volunteer workers at Wellington City Mission do.  He was very grateful for our donations we supplied.

New members welcome

Maureen Mortensen

How well do we know people in our community

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Rex Mc Intosh 

Click Suite, Magician and Technical Wizard

Rex is one of the cofounders of Click Suite, a web design company established in 1994, specialising in creating interactive exhibitions as well as design.   Rex is the technical expert behind all the projects and has a passion for fun and magic. He also ensures that the company stays ahead of the industry by testing new technologies and in some cases designing world first, new technologies of his own.

Before Click Suite, Rex was already ahead of the game designing computer generated images on TV, sparking the interest of Steve Wozniak from Apple, who made a special trip to NZ to visit Rex at home, to check out just what on earth he was doing on his Apple 2 computer.  

Then followed computer generated 3D animations for the AMP advertisement, with the deckchairs and umbrellas. Many of his animations for TV commercials have won international acclaim.

One of the highlights of the Te Papa Exhibition “Gallipoli The Scale of Our War” is the 3D skeleton which illustrates the impact of different weapons on the body. Rex’s attention to detail and perfectionism is ably represented by the reaction of the hand, which automatically moves to try to futilely deflect a hand grenade about to explode.  … Continue Reading

Hau Ariki Marae Renovations

August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on Hau Ariki Marae Renovations

Pump shed controls.

On Saturday 26th June, members of the Hau Ariki Marae warmly welcomed guests to view the recent renovations that have occurred over the last four to five months.

$370,000 was recently provided by the Provisional Growth Fund and the money has been put to good use. The alterations enhance the Marae, creating a multipurpose centre, which in the event of a major emergency, could be used as a Civil Defence Centre.  

Kevin Haunui, Trevor Hawkins, and Les Roberts have overseen the 

Two 25,000 litre water tanks, complete with pumping systems have been sited alterations.on what was known as the carving shed. (Te Heru Mai Tawhiti).  These will supply the sprinklers and fire wall system installed in the main meeting house, (Te Whare Wananga o Tüpai).  In the longer term the sprinkler system will be extended to cover the entire marae.  An extra tank will be installed to provide potable water for emergency use. The tanks have already been filled, courtesy of the fire brigade.

In the area used for catering and socialising, (Ngā Waka a Kupe), the kitchen has been extended to create a food preparation area.  Stainless steel benches and open shelved cupboards for storage provide a workable centre for the provision of large quantities of food. A chilling room has been created behind the kitchen with the chiller kindly donated by Pain and Kershaw.  … Continue Reading

From the mayor

August 24, 2021 August 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on From the mayor

Firstly, a big ‘get well soon’ to Bruce Sullivan from Kitchener’s Dairy, who is recovering from surgery. Everyone has missed you, so looking forward to seeing you back on deck.

Conservation week will be running soon, actually with events from 30th August to 16th September. See the programme at I had an informative  presentation recently on the work being undertaken by Ducks Unlimited on wetlands around Wairarapa Moana, and encourage everyone to get involved with initiatives such as this.

The 3Waters reform is a rising issue for all residents, with the Government pushing through legislation with unseemly haste. The proposal will be the formation of a water entity that will nationalise all your water assets, and separately bill for water supply. This covers drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

 Once we have finally received all information on the plan, we will try to engage with you as to whether you wish for this option to be accepted, if we are given the chance to do this by Minister Mahuta. Many will be delighted by the removal of water costs from your rates, which can be significant, but please research what the additional costs from a government-run entity will look like. And please challenge the assumptions made in the Government’s publicity on likely savings. … Continue Reading


Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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“Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink”.  This well-known line from ‘The Rime …

Recycling collections

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News from First Church

Through winter cold, through bitter wind and biting frost the silent seeds of spring wll …

Maree’s musings

FROM OUT THERE … Space travel’s been in the news lately. Of course, it’s nothing …

Letters – Community Boards

Recently my husband and I took up the invite from the Mayor, June edition of …

Letters – Secretive decisions

2019 election Mayor Beijen stated: “I am standing for South Wairarapa Mayor to bring back …

How well do we know people in our community

Rex Mc Intosh  Click Suite, Magician and Technical Wizard Rex is one of the cofounders …

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