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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Councillor Comment

August 24, 2021 August 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on Councillor Comment

Well, this is the first time I have been able to attend a Council meeting, and report on this the same day.

The meeting started with Cr Pip Maynard paying tribute to 2 stalwart members of our community who had recently passed away.  We remembered Lani McGregor and Alan Styles, both of whom had contributed greatly to the Marae and the Community.

We then had 4 presenters make oral submissions to Council – Lee Carter, Daphne Geisler, Warren Woodgyer and John Errington.  All made mention of the increase in our rates and the impact this was having, especially on those with fixed incomes.

Along with the presenters, we had approx. 50 people who came to listen and support those who were making presentations.  We thank you all for your thoughts, suggestions and generally caring for our community.

Innovating Streets: As you will see the road in front of the Square, opposite the end of Kitchener Street, has started to be painted and over the next couple of weeks, weather permitting, the painting will be completed and the planter barrels, raised platforms and seats, will be installed. … Continue Reading

Book review: Exactly – How precision engineers created the modern world

August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on Book review: Exactly – How precision engineers created the modern world

Here is another excellent book from author Simon Winchester. Simon has written numerous books on history, geography, inventions, discovery and personalities, the Library service has thirteen titles available and every one riveting reading. ‘Exactly’ is the latest.

Exactly illustrates how all the  advances since the industrial revolution were based on advances in precision engineering. Each chapter takes the reader through a history changing engineering event commencing with the eighteenth century engineer John Wilkinson whose boring a cylinder from solid iron for James Watt’s steam engine is considered the world’s first case of precision engineering.

At four hundred pages this is a substantial book, it is divided into eleven chapters each dealing with a definite step forward in precision engineering and the advantages this bought. 

We are told about  Joseph Whitworth, who standardisation of the sizes of  screws, nuts bolts, cogs and measures resulted in hugely improved productivity. This Standardisation resulted in cheaper production of parts allowing for once expensive items, such as clocks, becoming affordable for the masses.  … Continue Reading

Cooking corner – Perfect pie

August 24, 2021 August 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on Cooking corner – Perfect pie


500g Quality Mark beef steaks

Cross-cut blade steak, cut into 3cm pieces

2 tbsp seasoned flour

i25g butter softened

500g pumpkin fresh, cubed

onion chopped

carrots sliced

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

i1 cup beef stock

1/2 can canned tomatoes crushed

bay leaf … Continue Reading

Book review – Dead letters

August 24, 2021 August 2021 Comments Off on Book review – Dead letters

Author Jared Davidson is a Wellington archivist and historian, his special interest is in exploring people and events which are often overlooked by traditional histories. His book ‘Dead letters’ tells of a secret government censorship department and the thousands of letters written  during and after WW1 which had been confiscated, never to reach their destination. 

At the outbreak of WW1 the British government requested the department be set up and sent out a semi retired colonel to oversee it. Letters posted to or from known anti war activists were taken out and steamed open for the contents to be checked by a team of readers. Any which could be  deemed subversive or had information which may be of interest were passed up to the colonel for actioning. 

Along with the known activists letters ones addressed to ‘foreign’ countries,  ones with non English surnames and mail to and from Ireland were also opened. Innocent letters were re-sealed and sent on their way. Others were stored away and these many years later are providing interesting material for researchers such as Jared.  … 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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