Tonganui Corridores

An impressive project Imagine this. You’re walking through the forest in the lower Ruamāhanga valley, somewhere near Wairarapa Moana. It’s 1821. Your ears are tuned to the calls of kōkako, kākāriki, kererū and whio. Kākā, kiwi, kārearea, and tīeke thrive here too.. The water in the river is teeming with …

There is life in the old dog yet

If you go down to the vets today, you are sure of a big surprise.  For every dog that ever there was will gather there for certain because, amongst other things, it’s a great place to work! The rehoming team at Retired Working Dogs (RWD) often get asked how well …

Red Cross News

Good & Ready The Good & Ready event held at the Waihinga Centre on 7 November was a huge success.  , Along with the team from the Red Cross Masterton Service Centre, our local Martinborough Red Cross Group, the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and Neighbourhood Support, the Good …

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Julicher to expand with new owners

December 23, 2020 December 2020 Comments Off on Julicher to expand with new owners

Julicher Vineyard is set to expand and change brand names under the new ownership of Brad and Warren Butterworth.

The Butterworths are better known for sailing than for wine but both are passionate about wine. Their great great grandfather W. Heathcote Jackman was a pioneering grape grower in New Zealand at Whakapirau in the Kaipara Harbour, Northland, in the late 1800s. That property remains in family hands, minus the vines which died many years ago, due to phylloxera. 

They purchased the Te Muna Road vineyard and winery in 2019, and have since put expansion plans in place by acquiring more land and hiring a new general manager, Nick Hewitt, who has announced plans to grow from 13.9 hectares of vines to about 15 hectares.  … Continue Reading

Inner Wheel

December 23, 2020 December 2020 Comments Off on Inner Wheel

Friday 30th October was our walk”n”talk with Plimmerton Club at Aston Norwood Cafe and Gardens. A great turn out and the weather was kind after a drizzly start to the day.  The gardens looked lovely with a lot of the trees still in  blossom.

It was lovely to catch up with the ladies from Plimmerton.  After a lovely lunch most people went for a tour around the gardens which were beautiful and well maintained.

A few ladies spent time at the Nursery where you could purchase plants of which there were plenty to choose from and a great selection.

A great day was had by all this is just one of many outings we have at Inner Wheel.  New Members are always welcome.

Maureen Mortensen   

Five alternative uses for Tiwai electricity

December 23, 2020 December 2020 Comments Off on Five alternative uses for Tiwai electricity

1. Shut down Huntly

The most straightforward idea is to simply channel all the hydropower from Manapōuri into the grid alongside the power from the other hydro lakes. The upside is simple: there’s enough power there to completely replace the Huntly power station, our biggest remaining burner of coal. Making New Zealand electricity 100 percent renewable sounds fantastic – but there are a couple of hitches. the transmission capacity to get all the electricity from Manapōuri to the North Island does not currently exist – and the price tag is around half a billion dollars.

2. Develop energy storage

A well-known issue with renewable generation is that production varies uncontrollably, and asynchrously, with energy use. Energy storage that can even out the availability over different timescales – day and night for solar, or seasons, for hydropower – comes in many forms. Pumped storage, currently being investigated by the Government, may help us mitigate the risk of dry years, or intermittent availability of wind and solar, by cycling water through a hydroelectricity station over and over again, with the input of those renewable energy sources when availability is high. … Continue Reading

Country Dog City Dog

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Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

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From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

Catering for a vegetarian this Christmas? Here’s the Vegan Society’s Nut Roast recipe Ingredients  1 …

Councillor comment

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Recyling calendar

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Regional Council notes

Time to start thinking Older residents in our region may well remember the massive flooding …

News from First Church

May these be the gifts your Christmas brings – Peace, Gladness, Good Health   and …

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