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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Marty Rugby Club winners and grinners

November 3, 2023 November 2023, Sports Comments Off on 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 2023 Awards.


Taffy Rowlands Memorial Cup (Most Valuable Club Person) –Ana-May Gudsell

Presidents Award –Hatarei Brown

Mac Murray Memorial Cup – Black Mac Marty Hard – Jared Hawkins & Nikau Love


Best Forward – Jared Hawkins

Most Improved Forward – Tiawharangi Aranui & Tom Woelders

Mita & Milly Aporo Memorial Cup – Best Back – Shane Colton

Most Improved Back – Michael Buick

Challenge Trophy (Most Enthusiastic Player) – Ty Kahurangi Waight

Wayne Bonis Memorial Cup – Most Points – Tipi Haira

Moose Shield (Most Conscientious Player) – Jonathan Hartnell

Bruce/Brown Cup (Rookie of the Year) – Joseph Gillies

Sandy Chapman Memorial Cup (Most Enthusiastic Junior Player) – Michael Buick & Samuel Twigley

Players Player – Jared Hawkins

RESERVE AWARDS … Continue Reading

Dogs have a short day at the beach

November 3, 2023 November 2023 Comments Off on Dogs have a short day at the beach

The popular Ngawi campsite has been chosen as the only one of five South Wairarapa beach campsites where dog owners can take their dogs through the coming summer until Easter.

After years of bans on all dogs on its campsites, the South Wairarapa District Council is to open Ngawi Reserve as an experiment.  

At the end of the “open dog door” period, animal control officials will submit a formal report on the impacts, costs and benefits of the trial.

As the council has only two dog control officers, with a large stretch of territory to patrol and police, council officials warned they have insufficient resources to stretch to Ngawi Reserve _ some 63 kilometers from Martinborough, and 136 km from Wellington.

Two local councillors noted their concerns about potential dog attacks at the remote site, but councillors formaly agreed to the five month trial. 

The decision came as part of SWDC adopting a new dog control policy and marked the only significant change.

News from First Church

November 3, 2023 November 2023, Regular Features Comments Off on News from First Church

Hands up all those who will admit to dozing off in the middle of a turgid sermon. Or if not actually snoring in the pew, found their mind wandering about what might be served up for lunch later.

No such aberrant behaviour has been observed at First Church, primarily because of the unrelenting quality of Jim Veitch’s services. And of course the lusty singing.

This month, to further bolster the congregation’s enthusiasm we had the benefit of a lecture from visiting religious academic Professor Joan Taylor. She happens to be a kiwi but has spent much of her distinguished career in the hallowed halls of Harvard Divinity School Kings College London’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. And more latterly Victoria University and the Australian Catholic University of Melbourne. 

She was therefore eminently suited to talk about her topic and book “Women Remembered – Jesus’ Female Disciples.” 

This sounded as if it could be an equivocal topic to misogynists who might think the role of women as encapsulated in the Bible is limited to a handful of stalwarts like Mary Magdalene, Mary, Martha, Sarah etc. Wrong.

A careful re appraisal of the evidence – biblical texts – especially the archaeological art of depicting  many women undertaking the full range of biblical functions – leads to the conclusion that their role has been gravely understated.

Joan’s supposition is that this minimisation was partly deliberate suppression due to male domination which was the social mores of the day. Emperor Constantine was one of the villains. These fascinating topics of stellar interest to both academics and church goers are under ongoing inspection and revision. 

Last word however goes to Bertie Shooster when he observed, “If the facts change I change my story”. Another Bertie ((Bertrand Russell) said that every grown-up needs to travel sceptically. And finally, if in doubt, try an alternative view of events from Mr D. Trump.

Meantime we applaud the stamina and erudition of Joan Taylor for shining a light on her entirely plausible version of the truth.

Kirk Fair – 25 and 26 November 2023   10 a.m. to 2.p.m. Town Hall, Waihinga Centre

The next item of ecclesiastical excitement is the Kirk Fair, which covers the usual excellent range of cakes, jams and preserves, produce, plants, men’s, and women’s high-end clothing and superior bric a brac, of course. Any donations are most welcome. Please contact Graham Howie 0274474082 or Ronnie Hawkins 06 3069277.

Firefighters prepare for a long, hot El Nino summer

November 3, 2023 November 2023 Comments Off on Firefighters prepare for a long, hot El Nino summer

Fire and Emergency NZ has stepped up rural fire initiatives in the wake of El Nino summer weather projections and the charred landscapes from thousands of raging forest fires across the globe.

Planning sessions have been held country-wide, with particular focus on plantation forest vulnerability.

Martinborough chief fire officer Jake Hawkins said that initially, “because the season to date has been so wet,” there was not yet a general concern that the season was going to present a “rough time.” 

“But all predictions are that it is going to be a dry season (and) we in the Wairarapa,  especially Martinborough region, we get a typically dry summer. We’re very prepared for that.” 

“Hopefully in preparation, everyone will be mowing their lawns, mowing their grasses in the countryside.”

The historically low incidence of countryside fires “could possibly change because in the past two years there has been a huge amount of forestry gone in, and they don’t have to maintain their grass around their trees, and the trees are of such a young age that there’s a lot of vegetation which can burn. 

“So if it does get into a forestry block we could be in a bit of strife,” he told The Star.

“These are just freshly planted trees so it (fire) will travel through them very quickly. … Continue Reading


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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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