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Phoenix Volume XIV


Community Swimming Relay Featherston Amateur Swimming Club is holding their annual Featherston Community Swimming Relay on Tuesday Feb 3rd 2009 at Featherston swimming pool. Johnson St, Featherston. Postponement date to be notified later. Warm up time 6.45pm, with swimming starting at 7.30pm. It’s a great community event, with locals turning up to give support. The Pioneer Trophy is swum for with each team of 4 swimmers swimming 1 length each in the heats then all teams going into finals with the fastest 7 teams going into the main trophy final, all teams are handicapped for the final race so the finish is always very exciting and close. 2nd event of night is the 33 1/3m Sprint dash, where each team can enter 1 swimmer into the heats and the fastest 7 go through to the Final 33 1/3m freestyle Dash (non handicapped event). The winner takes away the South Wairarapa District Council Sprint trophy and acknowledged as fastest sprinter in South Wairarapa. Costs $20 per team, spectators $1, raffles and sausage sizzle. Last year we had 22 teams enter, families, businesses, neighbours and we hope that the Rotopai Farm team will be back to defend their 2008 Trophy this year. Thank you for supporting us and for any further info please don’t hesitate to contact us, and if you’d like to enter a team we would love to see you down here as its really a good fun night!!If you are a keen swimmer we can direct you to a team seeking swimmers. St Johns in attendance! Entry Forms available from: Julie Collins c/o D & J Collins, Fitzherbert Street, Featherston,06 3089412 or email/ph Jenni Roberts 06 3089009,

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Lake Ferry Fishing Competition South Wairarapa Lions and Lionesses Lake Ferry fishing competition was held on Saturday 17th January, with conditions excellent and fish plentiful. A great variety of fish were caught with a 7kg Snapper caught by Steve Townsend the best on the day. The last time a Snapper of this size was caught was in the 2000 competition by Greg Porter. The competition was split into categories for both senior and junior. They were, first fish caught, heaviest fish, Kahawai, Shark, Red Cod, Baracuda, Gurnard and Mullet, Skates and even an Octopus was caught. The main prize of the day was won by a very excited J.J.Jackson from Masterton in the Seniors and the new bike for the Juniors was won by Daniel Hutchinson also from Masterton. We had visitors from Wellington, Wainuiomata, Levin. Otaki, Palmerston North, Hastings and from all the Wairarapa. All proceeds this year will be presented to the Featherston Ambulance Trust for their new ambulance. The Featherston ambulance, when on duty, covers the whole of the South Wairarpa. We wish to thank all those who sponsored this event especially the Featherston business houses ; Adamsons service Station, Featherston Rural Delivery, Featherston R.S.A., Empire Hotel, Royal Hotel, All Aboard, Langs Pharmacy, Trust House Liquor, Featherston Community Supermarket, Lake Ferry Hotel, Lake Ferry Motor Camp, Rapa Café, Chapelli’s, Chungs Supermarket, Town & Country and Star Movies Video Shop. Full credit to the organizers from Featherston Lions, Richard Burgess and Peter March, and from Featherston Lionesses Ann Morgan and Barbara Love and their team on a well run fishing competition for adults and juniors. It was wonderful to see many families taking part.


Councillor’s Comment Happy New Year! The year has only just kicked off and already the team at South Wairarapa District Council is working hard, at the end of last year we put out a survey to the resident to establish the outcomes that the community see as important to them. Community outcomes are exactly as they sound, they are not Councils outcomes. Our services need to contribute to the community outcomes. We had a fantastic response to the survey with well over 300 responses, these will help build the basis for our Long Term Council Community Plan (ltccp). Some of you may have read the letters & articles in theTimes Age regarding amalgamation, I would like to take this opportunity to assure residents that SWDC will not enter the debate without a clear mandate from you! A study on amalgamation would need to have buy in from all Wairarapa Council’s including the Greater Wellington Regional Council. We all know that the South Wairarapa is a much admired are . . . so it is not surprising that other people & Councils want what we have!


Helen & Bill Walker for RD1 or RD3 027 622 1505

Gordon Wyeth for RD2 027 430 8866

Anyway, enough on that issue, I would just like to say again that Councillors are elected to represent you, if there is something bothering you please ring Dean, Porky or myself. That’s all from me this month.


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The legendary singer/songwriter from the Warratahs will be joined on-stage by members of The Hobnail Boots in this very special show.

Black Belt for Featherston Back in 2004 local man Paul Cantwell decide to start a Karate club in Featherston.

Thomas began his interest in karate when he was 13, and has shown a dedication to the sport which belies his age. All the hours of hard-work has paid off for this young man and he has received the recognition at National level that he deserves, plus the pleasure and admiration of his coach and mentor Paul Cantwell.

As a Black Belt in Okinawan Goju-Ryu he wanted to share both his skill in the sport and the sport itself with as many as he could. It was his intention to gather together as many young people as he could and teach them the wonders of this age old Martial Art, and if possible reach the heights of Black Belt status. In November last year Paul along with his star pupil 17 year old Featherstonian Thomas Duncan attended a grading course at Waihi, where they were graded by South African sensai Bakkies Laubsher who is the worlds No2 master in the International OPkinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation. Both passed their gradings Paul becoming a Black Belt 3rd Dan which sees him take the title sensai, and Thomas is 1st Dan Black belt shodan.

Thomas Duncan on the right with his coach and mentor Paul Cantwell.

Paul was absolutely thrilled with Thomas’s success and the . fact that he was there to see him qualify put the icing on the cake for him.

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Featherston Christmas Parade The Featherston Christmas Parade is now over for anotheryear. Thank you to so many people for their help: The Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade, The Lions Club, The Masteron Brass Band, The Cross Creek Blues Club, Stephen king, John Brougham, Jocelyn Konig, Colin Olds, Ivan and Linda Nation, Peter Cox, The Ambulance, Tait and McKenzie, Featherston Primary School, Des and Darkie Barrow, and all the participantsintheparade.Specialthankstotheschool children for their posters and the Mayor for the prizes for them. Finally, thanks to the people of Featherston for your support, and to the Phoenix for advertising the parade.

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Featherston School News School starts again on February 4th (for the children). 2009 looks set to be a year of growth for Featherston School with a lot planned. o During the year we will be undertaking building projects totalling $400 000 including re-roofing the administration block, upgrading toilet facilities, upgrade of the Revan’s Street Senior Block to create a 21st Century teaching space complete with latest technology teaching tools. o A playground initiative to ensure our playground is a safe and fun place, including improving the environmental aspects of it. o The continuation and development of our Breakfast (Nurturing Group) Club o Implementation of the Revised NZ Curriculum. o ‘Duffy’ Books in Homes (the only ‘Duffy” school in the South Wairarapa). For many of these initiatives we will be asking for community and parent input. We have a great little school here and we would like to involve the community more so that you can see how we have developed over the years. Feel free to come in and talk to us about what’s happening in your community school. At the end of the year we farewelled teacher Mr Ben Appleyard. At the time of writing we are about to carry out interviews for the new Room 4 teacher.

Featherston School Children enjoyed a number of activities during the year, including sport, chess, choir, leadership development, fun days, visiting shows and a focus in the classrooms of Literacy and Numeracy. We also have other initiatives to meet family and pupil needs including being in a ‘Social Worker in Schools’ cluster. To enrol at your community school phone 308 9242 or 027 410 4999 or email: 5

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MONDAY Galaxy Gym, Sports Stadium Annexe 5.30-7pm. Ph 308-9932 or 308-9086. Featherston St John adults, 7.30pm. Phone 308-9330. Senior Citizens Cub meets every Monday. Phone 308-9628 or 308-9644. Playcentre, Monday, Friday 9.15am to 11.45am for children 0-6. Kahutara Play Group meets at Kahutara Hall, 9.45-l2pm. For parents and caregivers of preschool children. Everone welcome TUESDAY Featherston Golf Club ladies Day, 9.30am. New members very welcome. Phone 308-9973. South Wairarapa Badminton Club 6.30-9.30pm at the Stadium. Childrens Chess and Board Game Club. All welcome. 4.30 to 5.30pm. Ph Graham or Robyn 308 8118. WEDNESDAY Cross Creek Blues Club. Every 1st Wednesday of the month at the “Tin Hutt” Tauherenikau 7.30pm. For more info contact Eric 308 6474 or visit Sth Wairarapa Badminton Club midweek 10-noon at the Stadium. Galaxy Gym, Sports Stadium Annexe 5.30-7pm. Ph 308-9932 or 308-9086. Featherston Scottish Country Dance Club resumes 7.30pm Wednesday 11th March and every Wednesday except the first one of the month. Catholic Church Parish Hall, Bell Street. Beginners welcome. $1 per night. This is social dancing, you don’t need a special partner. Phone 308-9015. Featherston Lions Club meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Phone 308-9274. Karate 6pm Featherston Primary School HaIl, teaching students of all ages. All are welcome Ph 308-9839. Toy Library 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 12-1pm, Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield Street. Lovebugs music and coffee morning for caregivers and babies to preschoolers. 10arn at the Anglican Church Hall (opposite the Fire Station). Parking at the back. $2 donation. All welcome. Kahutara Play Group meets at Kahutara Hall, 9.45-12pm For parents and caregivers of preschool children. Everone welcome for education and fun. Wairarapa Folk Club meets every 4th Wednesday at The Lounge Wine & Tampas Bar, High Street, Carterton. Waihenga St John’s Masonic Lodge meets 1st Wednesday of the month in Martinborough. Contact Phone 308 9812. THURSDAY Care and Craft meet every second Thursday. Phone 308-9992. Lioness Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday. New members most welcome. Phone 308-9330. St John Cadets (Youth) meet at 7pm every Thursday at St John Hall. Phone 308-6593. Featherston District Gymnastics Club meet at the Stadium, Underhill Rd. New qualified recreational coach, Angie Smith. Thursday 9.15-10am children 18mth-3yrs; 2-3pm 3-5yrs; 3.30-4.30pm 5-8yrs; 4.35-5.35pm 9-13yrs. Ph Jenny, 308 8077.

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FRIDAY Board Games at the Pub. 1st & 3rd Friday of each month at the Royal Hotel. 7pm to 10pm. Ph Graham or Robyn 308 8118. Galaxy Gym, Sports Stadium Annexe 5.30-7pm. Ph 308-9932 or 308-9086. A.A. meets at 8pm every Friday Evening. Phone 308-9876. Playcentre, Monday, Friday 9.15am to 11.45am for children 0-6. Wairarapa Folk Club meets every 2nd Friday at Faloon Settlement Road, Masterton (signposted) at 8pm. SATURDAY Toy Library 1st & 3rd Saturday, 9.30-10.30am, Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield Street. Al-Anon Family Group: South Wairarapa Family Grup meets every Saturday at 11am in Greytown. Ph 389 2103 for more info or 0508 4 AL-ANON (0508 4 25 2666) or website: SUNDAY Featherston Golf Club members club day from 9am. Soldiers Settlement Road. Weekly competitions. New members welcome. Phone Barbara Thompson 308 9194 or Peter Hawkins 308 9357. Wairarapa Country Music Club monthly Club singalong, get together & afternoon tea, St Johns Hall, Dixon St Masterton 1.30 pm, November 13. All welcome. Small charge for afternoon tea WOW Toastmasters Club for public speaking training meets 3rd Sunday, 11am to 1pm at different venues in the Wairarapa. Visit for details.

South Wairarapa Men’s Group I’d like to co-create a great group based roughly along the below from I’m open to exploring the different formats, ideas and literature available in order to discover what works best. Drop a line if you’re also serious about challenging yourself to live and be the absolute best you can and you would like to be part of a group meeting regularly in Featherston or nearby. Spread the word! What is Mens Work and what is a Mens Group? Mens Work Mens work could be defined as anything done to consciously push a man’s potential. It’s about living our lives on our edge, continually growing and feeling challenged. Mens work helps a man discover his true purpose, bring meaning to his dayto-day life, create more freedom and stretch the bounds of his relationships. Many men tolerate living well below their potential. Waiting for something or someone to come along and save them. Waiting for that special day when it’ll be “just right” to engage in that special something that makes you feel alive. Mens Work is about cutting the rubbish and living the life you were born to live. No more waiting. You Can’t Do it Alone Do a bit of research and you’ll find that Mens Groups, in some form or another, are pretty common in cultures other than our own. The idea is that living and speaking your truth regularly with a group of respected peers creates meaning and accountability at a higher level — beyond our daily duties and careers. A quality group will help you see your blindspots, support and encourage you through your challenges and — most importantly — not let you get away with anything less than your best. Contact Info Email: Telephone: 06 308 8868 (Warren) 7

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SCULPTURE ARTISTS WANTED The Featherston Mini Golf Sculpture Extravaganza is encouraging all Wairarapa artists to create an outdoor sculpture for this upcoming event. The one-day art display will be set up around a whimsical temporary mini golf course on the 4th of April. Following the event, the outdoor sculptures will be sold at a professional auction at the Tin Hut Country Pub. This will be a charity event for the Featherston Commmunity Centre. A portion of the proceeds also go back to the artists, including to the kids who are creating sculptures from the schools of Featherston, South Featherston, Kahutara and St Teresas. The school sculptures have also been partially funded through a generous grant from Creative NZ. Sculptures must be suitable to withstand the elements and be at least 1 metre high. They could be integrated with the mini golf course or they could be a stand alone object that has nothing to do with a small ball and putter. For a complete list of guidelines and details on how to submit a sculpture for the event, please contact Emily Greenberg at 06 308 6572 or

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Letter to the Editor Dear Sir, I am writing in response to the article on Page 16 of the latest Phoenix, entitled Breaking News- Message from the Queen. While I understand that your article was intended to be humorous (and I am aware that you copied it from the Internet and it was originally a response to the 2000 U.S. elections), I wonder if you have really considered the implications of perpetuating such negative stereotypes in your community. There are U.S. citizens living in Featherston who contribute a lot of their time and talent to making this wonderful time even better. I myself give over 15 hours per week volunteering in the community as part of three different local organizations. An article such as yours which typecasts foreigners in such trite and unimaginative ways can only serve to alienate us and sustain erroneous ideas among those who may not have the opportunity to travel abroad and form their own conclusions. Your magazine has quite an impact on the Featherston community and I feel that you should use your power wisely and focus instead on the positive contributions of ex-pats in your town. I fully support your freedom of speech. However I notice that you do not include a Letters to the Editor/ Comments section in your magazine or provide contact details in the event that one would want to reply to your articles. I wonder if you would be willing to include this letter in your next publication or publish an apology. Or perhaps you have some suggestions as to how to repair the damage your article has done. I am sure that there are quite a few ex-pats including myself who would be willing to contribute regular articles about different cultural activities in Featherston. I look forward to receiving your response to this letter. Kartini Thomas Featherston. Ed. As an ex-pat myself who has carried out the odd hour or so in community work in Featherston including publishing the Phoenix, I am at a loss to believe that you should see the article in question as anything other than what it was. A piece of light hearted fun intended to put a smile on the faces of all the wonderful readers of the Phoenix Our policy has always been to be positive and over the years we feel we have achieved that, but we do like to put in the odd piece of fun and hope it is accepted as just that.. We have, and will continue to, run any and all Letters to the Editor The fact that contact details were missing was due to a lack of space in that issue The fact that we have run for 13 years has led us to believe that most readers know how to contact us.

Property News Properties are starting to move again in Featherston, so if you are thinking of selling, now could be a good time to put your property on the market. Reasons why buyers are buying again:

* Interest rates are still coming down. * Petrol is still relatively cheap compared to last year. * People are getting sick of all the talk of a recession. * Featherston is still a good, cheap place to live. Steve Chapman (Mr Sold!) 308 9883 027 687 5809

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NETBALL CLUB 2008 PRIZEGIVING The Featherston Netball Club recently held their 2008 season prizegiving at the Royal Hotel, Featherston. The club had two senior teams in the local competition and three junior teams. Thanks to all coaches and players. Trophy winners were as follows: Team 1 Most Improved - Ramona Busby; Most Valuable - Kim Holsted Team 2 Most Improved - Natalie Morrison; Most Valuable - Mek Lloyd Most Outstanding Club Player - Kim Holsted; Most Dedicated Club Member - Laraine Kerr

FOOTBALL CLUB PRIZEGIVING The 2008 season was a very good one for the local club. We had four junior teams and one senior team. The men’s team combined with Greytown players this season as both could not field a full team by themselves. Thanks to the White Swan for sponsoring the men’s team. A barbecue was held for the junior prizegiving and thanks to all the children and their families who turned up to participate in the fun games. Life members Bernie Kelly and Lindsay James also attended and presented trophies and certificates to the children as follows: 6th grade Most improved – Jessica Gooding; Most valuable – Jacob Watson; Highest goal scorer – Spencer Davidson; Coaches Tania Tenquist and Rhonda Jones 7th grade Most improved – Bas Muller; Most valuable – Meagan Hayes; Coaches Dylan Braithwaite and Sally Hays. 8th grade Most improved – Crystal Phillips; Most valuable – Christine Hosie; Most consistent – Jordan Walker - Prairie Home cup donated by the Gooding family; Coaches Carrie Watson and Bernie Kelly Intermediate grade Most improved - Guillermo Ginella; Player of the Year - Kyle Keast; Best all-rounder – Braden Smith; Most promising – Aislinn Norman; Coaches Geoff Wiblin and Laraine Kerr. Senior Men’s cups 2008 Golden Boot - Sam Edridge; Most improved - Anthony MacDonald; Player of the Year - Keith Hamilton; Supporter of the year - Rob MacDonald.

Since opening in August 2008, the Brackenridge Spa has made a real splash in Martinborough with locals and visitors to the Wairarapa revelling in the world class facilities. Designed for total body rejuvenation, the Spa offers a complete range of therapeutic and beauty treatments for men and women with three treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, plus a 20 metre indoor salt water lap pool, fully equipped gym and alfresco spa pool. Martinborough couple Lachie and Bindy McLeod signed up the week the Spa opened and have been visiting the gym almost every week since. “We love the fact that we can work out in the gym and finish with a swim” says Lachie “and I’ve been using the Spa for lots of pampering over the summer” adds Bindy. Gym and pool memberships are being snapped up with full week, midweek and weekend options starting from as little as $5.60 per week. Members have been making full use of the two highly qualified personal trainers, Toni and Kevin along with Anna who specialises in Pilates based training. The Spa has been a hive of activity with a number of local and Wellington residents already making their Brackenridge Spa treatments a regular fixture in their diaries. The Spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments including facials, manicures, pedicures, massage and waxing, along with the very popular IPL laser hair removal and photo rejuvenation. Brackenridge Spa vouchers are available and proving to be a real hit for an indulgent gift. For visitors to the Wairarapa, stylish contemporary accommodation is available on-site for up to 84 people, in spacious studios plus 2 and 4 bedroom cottages making Brackenridge the perfect retreat for individuals, couples and groups to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you want to relax and unwind in the Spa, be active in the gym and pool or try one of the pre-arranged on-site activities including archery, volleyball and pétanque; the perfect getaway can be tailor made to suit. Plus, local activities such as horse trekking, a pole-to-pole course, tennis, walking, golf and winery tours are all within minutes of Brackenridge. “Now the Spa is open,” says Cathie Morison, Managing Director of Brackenridge, ‘we are perfectly set up to offer fantastic pamper getaways along with relaxing detox and energetic exercise day and overnight retreats.”

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Aah! Those were the days Oh, those were the days!!! And for those of you who didn’t experience them, bet you wish you had now!! Allthegirlshaduglygymslips. It took five minutes for the TV to warm up. Nearly everyone’s Mum was at home when the kids got home from school Nobody owned a thoroughbred dog When 3d was a decent allowance You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces All your male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked, and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time. And you didn’t pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot Washing Powder had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden insidethebox Itwasconsideredagreatprivilegetobetakenouttodinner atarealrestaurantwithyourparents Theythreatenedtokeepchildrenbackayeariftheyfailed. .. andtheydidit! When a Ford Zephyr was everyone’s dream car... and people went steady No one ever asked where the car keys were because the y were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked Lyingonyourbackinthegrasswithyourfriendsand saying thingslike,‘Thatcloudlookslikea... ‘ Playingcricketwithnoadultstohelpthechildrenwiththe rulesofthegame Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfectstranger And with all our progress, don’t you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and shareitwiththechildrenoftoday. When being sent to the head’s study was nothing compared tothefatethatawaitedthestudentathome Basicallywewereinfearforourlives,butitwasn’tbecause of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived becausetheirlovewasgreaterthanthethreat. As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skate hockey and visits to the pool, and eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks. Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yes, I remember that’? I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young tocare. 12

Are You Kidding Me? These were posted on an NZ Tourism Website and the answersareactualresponsesbythewebsiteofficials,who obviously have a sense of humor. Q: Does it ever get windy in NZ? I have never seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? (UK). A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die. Q: Will I be able to see kiwi birds in the street? (USA) A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking. Q: I want to walk from Auckland to Wellington - can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden) A:Sure,it’sonlythreethousandmiles,takelotsofwater. Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in NZ? Can you send me a list of them in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown? (UK) A: What did your last slave die of? Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in NZ? (USA)

A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. New - Zea -l and is that island in the middle of the Pacific which does not... oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Auckland city. Come naked. Q: Which direction is North in NZ? (USA) A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we’ll send the rest of the directions. Q: Can I bring cutlery into NZ? (UK) A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do. Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys’ Choir schedule? (USA) A: - New-zea- la is that quaint little country, which is ... oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Auckland city, straight after the hippo races. Come naked. Q: Can I wear high heels in NZ? (UK) A: You are a British politician, right? Q: Are there supermarkets in Auckland and is milk available all year round? (Germany) A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter gatherers.Milkisillegal.


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South Wairarapa Adult Learning Association in conjunction with Kuranui College is offering the following adult courses

Introduction to Computers 20 hours afternoon or evening College Start: March Cost: $25.00

Introduction to the Guitar 20 hours evenings Start: March Venue: Featherston Cost: $15.00

Flax Raranga (weaving), Korowai (cloak), Tuki Tuki (panelling) for Beginners 9am - 4pm Two Saturdays only. Start: March Cost: $15

Introduction to Oil & Water Painting 9.30am - 3.3.0pm Three Saturdays only. Start: March Cost: $15

Digital Cameras French Language & Intermediate Guitars Venues: Martinborough School, Featherston, Kuranui College Start: March

Show Me shorts Film Festival In November the third annual ‘Show Me Shorts’ Film Festival was shown in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Motueka and Whitianga. This festival is New Zealand’s only national competitive short film festival where all the latest and best short films form the brightest Kiwi and Australian filmmakers are submitted. For your viewing pleasure we will be showing the winnings shorts in a special Session at the Featherston Cinema February Friday 13 at 3.30pm and Saturday at 8pm. Shorts showing are ‘TAKE 3” winning the best technical contribution award for editing. ‘ANIMAL INSTINCTS’ – runner up for best technical contribution award for animation and winner of the best student film award. ‘BETTY BANNED SWEETS’ runner up for the special Jury Prize for Art Direction, ‘SERIAL KILLER Winner of the special Jury Prize for script writing and best film award. ‘CALICI: A RURAL CONPIRACY’ runner up for the best student film award. NOISE CONTROL’ winner of the best film award. Total running time of 85 mins.

LAWN BOWLS Well I hope everyone had a great Xmas and a Happy New Year. The Club has been busy playing off their Champs. with reults as follows: Champ. Singles ( M ) L. O‘Donovan. Champ. Pairs ( M ) L. O‘Donovan ( S ), B. Kelly Champ Triples ( M ) L. O‘Donovan (S) B. Kelly, L. LeGros. Congratulations go to Les for winning his 100th Champ. Comp. by winning the Triples. Are you ready for another 100. Champ Pairs (W) F, Lambert, (S) M. Campbell. Champ. Singles D. Barrow.

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Fstn. Womens Triple Gala (Major) Winners A. McDonald (Mstn). 2nd J. Oakley (Mstn) 3rd B. Cooper (S/End) Spiders; J. Hannam Mstn. R. Clement

For enrolments & Information contact: Sitala Barrett 06 308 8826 AH 06 304 9969 Judi Adams 06 308 9927 or Des Lovatt 06 304 9948 14

The winners of the Christmas Monster Raffle were: Ticket No. 017 H. Singleton 1st. Ticket No. 374 M. Cambell. Thankyou all for the support you gave to the Club for this fundraiser.

FEATHERSTON TENNIS CLUB The pre-Christmas twilight competition was once again held just recently. Twelve teams participated and the final is to be held between the Delegats and the van Woerkoms’s. Teams playing were Trusthouse, Delegats, Bodyworks, Creative Hair, van Woerkom’s, St T’s, Naselrain, Wombles, Janice’s Moa’s, Otakura East Farmers, Spare Ones 1 and Spare Ones 2. This competition has been running for many years and it’s great to see new players coming along and a few older ones coming back. Thanks to all who support the Featherston Tennis Club. We welcome new players and look forward to club nights resuming in January 2009.

NEEDLEWORK, EMBROIDERY, KNITTING, CROTCHETING etc If you are interested, join us at the Featherston Community Centre, Wakefield Street on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Further information contact May Brown. Telephone 308 6912.

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Featherston CINEMA 46a Fox St, Featherston Ph 06 3089512 email Movies currently showing in February – The dinner Guest s/t, Young at heart, The visitor in BLU, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Rubbings from a live man, waltz with Bashir s/t. Suddenly s/t, The map reader NZ. Movies coming - Up the Yangtze, In Bruges, Garbage Warrior, Female Agents, My brother is an only child Favourite Movies – Suddenly is a story of how a father and son handles life after a death or really how they don’t handle it. Waltz with Bashir I’m not a war story follower but this is has a special way of telling a horrific story by animation. The visitor is well worth viewing. ‘Young at heart’ will continue to give special meaning to anyone can sing – out of tune –loved it Coffee/Movie club is for anyone who wants to watch a movie with a regular group and discuss what they have seen – we meet at 3pm on Fridays

The Sho w me Shor ts F ilm F es tiv al Show Shorts Film Fes estiv tival the best short films of 2008s to be shown on the Friday 13 3.30pm and Saturday 14 at 8 pm. Noise control, animal instincts, take 3, serial killer, betty banned sweets and calici, a rural conspiracy. I have seen these very talented shorts and as I was watching it was funny to see local road signs. For more information call at the cinema. The cinema venue is available for Private Bookings, fundraisers and social functions. Hot and Cold drinks, cone Ice creams or sundaes, Munchies/sweets can be taken into the cinema. View on our website information of the current and coming movies plus the weekly timetable. The Wairarapa News also publishes the weekly timetable.

D & J Collins Auto Services 91 Fitzherbert St, Featherston ph3089412 Prompt and Efficient Service W.O.F., Wheel Alignment, Diesel/Petrol vehicle repairs, tyre repair, manufacture of trailers, light engineering.


FIREWOOD – Get your firewood for winter Pine, Gum and Willow $100. Trailer $275. Truckload 16

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