Space & Science Festival comes to the Wairarapa

After inspiring more than 10,000 people in Wellington over the last two years, the “Space & Science Festival” is coming to the Wairarapa. Space & Science Festival, a mix of spectacular science displays, science talks and classroom activity, is a not-for-profit charity created by a group of volunteer parents, teachers, …

A busy start to the year

With the new year now under way at Wharekaka we have had some lovely trips out to the Pinnacles and Lake Ferry. At times the heat has been hard and ice creams and fans have been the only way to go. Wharekaka Auxiliary held a beautiful picnic for the residents …

Why have the Martinborough Fair?

The idea of a country fair came from Bill Fetch, who became a Rotarian in 1972. Bill had travelled to Germany and was impressed with the village markets there. He felt the Martinborough town square, with its open space and lovely shade trees would make an ideal venue for a …

Hammers & Horsehair – Concert for Soprano, Square Piano and Cello

The Greytown Music Group’s  first concert for this year will be Hammers & Horsehair, at 4pm Sunday 22 April, at 57 Wood Street, Greytown – an innovative performance by Douglas Mews on square piano, Robert Ibell on cello, and soprano Rowena Simpson of music from 19th century Germany, Austria and …

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Waihinga Centre

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Packed to the Rafters.

The new Waihinga Centre changes daily.  Installation of the exposed rafters is rapidly progressing.  Both rafters and plywood ceiling are one of the key features of the building.

This is a key milestone. The high-level roof will be constructed first, and then the outside walls and translucent cladding added.

Working through the very hot weather of January and early February has been a challenge for the workers particularly as they have been trying to install the extra layer of framing needed to house the insulation before the roof can go on. … Continue Reading

That versatile cuppa

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A cup of tea is considered to be a panacea of many things and now it seems it may prevent the serious eye disease Glaucoma. A study published in the British  Journal of Ophthalmology found that  regular drinkers of tea were 74% less likely to develop glaucoma – one of the leading causes of blindness. However  tea has to be hot, as is normally taken, so looks as though those regularly advertised iced teas do not make the cut

A powerful workforce

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The public service is a powerful workforce, employing more than 47,000, with 41 per cent of them in Wellington, and half that number in Auckland. Cast the net wider and include the whole of the public sector and you’ve got a formidable workforce of around 348,000 people, or 14 per cent of the country’s workforce.

It’s made up of 29 departments or ministries, things like the Reserve Bank and tertiary institutions, police and health professionals, 16 state owned companies, 67 territorial authorities and 16 regional councils.

As something of an indictment, the single biggest department is now Corrections which runs the country’s prisons.

The totalisator

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An Australian website loudly proclaims the Totalisator to be an Australian achievement. However the invention of the automatic tote was actually a New Zealand invention being perfected by  George Julius (later to be Sir George, knighted  for his services to technology) who delivered the automatic totalisator to the world in 1908. He offered it to the  Auckland Racing Club who agreed to  have a system installed. The purpose constructed building  had thirty selling windows and inside was what looked like a giant tangle of piano wires, pulleys, sprockets and cast iron boxes.   … Continue Reading


Golf news

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop. The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford …

Martinborough Netball Club

Indeed while this year is almost over and this article slightly late, just to let you know what the season has been like for the Martinborough Netball Club. The Netball Premier Team moved up a grade this netball season from previous years having played in the Premier 2 grade. We …

Walking is a man’s best medicine. (Hippocrates)

SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB While crossing a busy intersection in Christchurch last week I spotted a banner sporting the message: WALK2freeTHE.MIND. This surely captures in a catch-phrase a credible philosophy. Throughout the decades numerous walking quotes have been recorded, many of which portray the physical and mental benefits of a …

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Martinborough is now on the international Dark Sky map with the recognition of the International …

Waihinga Centre

Seasonal Greetings The Waihinga Charitable Trust, the Fundraising Team and the Communications Team would like …

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All good gifts around us are sent from Heaven above Then thank the Lord, O …

Maree’s musings

JOIN the PARTY … Relax … this is not a political message; for now, that’s …

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The Summer Reading Programme for the children has started and Roz informs me it is …


The Community Board has almost reached the end of a busy year, with its final …

Dear Dr Jane

Dear Dr Jane My husband is a farmer and I am worried that he is …

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