Phoenix Volume XIV
ANZAC Day in Featherston. Once again the sun shone on Featherston as the ANZAC Day commemoration took place. According to several sources the parade attended by members of all age groups, was even larger than last years. Led by the Masterton Silver band, it was a sight to behold and did our little township proud.
Led by the Masterton Silver Band the parade makes itâ€™s way towards the Cenotaph.
Kuranui College Deputy head girl and boy, Alex Hertzburg and Chris Buri prepare to lay their wreath.
The parade included Her Worship the Mayor of South Wairarpa Adrienne Staples, the Belgium Honorary Counsel, Roland Woods, guest of honour Commander Andrew Nuttall, RNZN, representing HQ Joint Forces NZ, members of the Featherston R.S.A, Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade, St John Ambulance staff and cadets, representatives of New Zealandâ€™s Armed Forces, members of many of Featherstons Service Clubs plus pupils from all the local schools and members of the public willing to acknowledge this day of remembrance.
The Guard of Honour at the Cenotaph was carried out by trainee officers of the New Zealand Army. After the laying of wreaths and the playing of the last post, an added item this year was the playing of a Scottish lament by Piper Malcolm Sutherland.
A member of the New Zealand Army Officers Training School stands guard at the Cenotaph.
Malcolm Sutherland playing the Lament.
From the Cenotaph the parade marched to the ANZAC Hall where a service of remembrance was conducted by Father Donald Morrison. The attendance once again was very rewarding, with so many young people present. The spirit of ANZAC is alive and well in Featherston and would appear guaranteed for many years to come.
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Councillor’s Comment by Solitaire Robinson By the time you read this Council will have adopted its draft Long Term Council Community Plan for public consultation. This document outlines Councils activities and spending for the next 10 years. Producing an LTCCP is a huge task and I would like to acknowledge all the work put into it by the Council officers, my fellow Councillors, the Mayor and our new CEO Dr Jack Dowds. Dr Dowds has spent many hours ensuring that the South Wairarapa District Council is sustainable both in the financial sense but also in the level of service it can provide. The document does not have a lot of excessive spending and is essentially about the cost of providing Councils core services. Ratepayers need to read the document or the summary, come along to the public meeting and tell us what is important to them. Some of the major projects are waste water disposal, stormwater & solid waste, all big ticket items that we can not do without. You may have seen Transfield contractors hard at work tiding up the gardens around the town. They are removing dead shrubs and thinning out the bottoms of dense bushes to make it less attractive for troublemakers and vandals to hide in.
With that in mind, there are a number of community members who are fed up with the level of vandalism and graffiti in this town- myself included. This problem is not isolated to Featherston, it is a nationwide problem. Some of the measures taken to date are: Cuncillor Sexton’s push for the re-establishment of the community patrol, and my own discussion paper for the Featherston Community Boards meeting regarding a liquor bylaw. In order for things to change we need support from all areas and facets of the community. Working together can, and will make a difference. Last month I attended the Greater Wellington Regional Council/ Ballance Farm Awards, where it was great to see Tim & Jo Loe take our the supreme farm award, congragulations both of you. Also, good luck to Ronnie Falloon who has taken over the running of the Royal Hotel, best wishes Ronnie. Till next time...
OUTDOOR BOWLS Vandalism and Tagging in our Towns What can we do about it? Community Meeting 28 May, Kiwi Hall Featherston, 7pm Guests include NZ Police Crime Prevention Unit Urban Design Advisor For more information phone Garry Thomas 308 9487 Adrienne Staples 306 9611
Sun 12th April. The Grbavac Open Combi. 4s was played in perfect weather with a good turnout of players. Winners;- Morrie Tregurtha‘s Team Greytown 2nd Clive Harper‘s Team Masterton 3rd Barbara Logue‘s Team Greytown. Hard Luck prize went to Ron Head‘s team from S/End for not winning a game out of 4. We would like to congratulate Harry Singleton on how well the green played as takes a lot of work, time and dedication. Not just the months we play Bowls, but also the months we don‘t play bowls. BOWLING CLUB EASTER RAFFLE;1st 223 Pam Warner FSTN. 2nd 129 Diana Stevenson S/End. 3rd 381 Allan Knowles S/End 4th 151 Dawn Walsh FSTN. 5th 404 Bernie Kelly FSTN. We would like to thank all for the support you gave the Club.
Greetings from the Featherston Community Centre ! What’s new ? Allow me to introduce myself ! My name is Heather and I’m the new Coordinator here at the Featherston Community Centre. I’ve lived in Featherston for a couple of years now and am thrilled to be involved in the day to day running of the Centre. I’d like to invite you to pop into the Community Centre and have a peek at our facilities. My hours are MonFri 9-3 :30 Upcoming at the Centre : Youth Week – Are you 12+ and have an artistic flair ? In celebration of this year’s Youth Week, May 24th – 31st, the Community Centre will be hosting an arts project involving murals, Featherston youth, and a whole lot of fun. We are planning 3 afternoon sessions during the week to produce murals to hang along our driveway. For more information contact Merle at email@example.com Anyone Interested ? We’ve received several calls over the last month regarding holding both Pilates and Yoga Classes at the Centre.
Are you interested in attending either of these classes at the Featherston Community Centre ? If so, please ring us on 308 8239 with preferential days and times, and let’s see if we can get this started. Ongoing Classes/Groups : Art Expression, Belly Dancing, Children’s Chess & Board Games, Creative Memories, Dancercise, Line Dancing, Maj Jong, Needlework & Crafts, Tai Chi, Trim & Tone Ongoing Services : WINZ, Te Puni Kokiri, Wairarapa Community Law Centre The Featherston Community Centre offers facilities to public and private users who require a meeting place for ongoing or one-off events, activities or classes. Our goal is to serve as the hub of Featherston’s social and educational services – used, valued and supported by the entire community. The Featherston Community Centre is wanting to add to its list of ongoing classes and services. If you’ve got a great idea for a class, seminar, workshop, or event then WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU : Visit us 14 Wakefield Street Ring us : 06 308 8239 Fax us 06 308 5541 E-mail us : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thank you to those who supported the School Fair which was held on Saturday 28th March. It was a very successful day and the weather was ‘kind’ to us The prize winners were: Guess the weight of the Chicken: Chrissy Holmes Guess how many jelly beans: Keegan Culkin Raffles: Accommodation at Museum Hotel etc: Patsy Hughes Wok: Shane Jones Wood: Diane Noble Easter Chocolate Raffle: 1st Michelle and 2nd Norah Sami This term the focus is on training for cross country and winter sports so be prepared to see the children running the streets of Featherston. The end of Term 1 the children held a liturgy to pray for those who had lost their lives, homes, belongings in the Australian bush fires. This included a mufti day with all proceeds going to this course. The photo shows senior students Chris, Caitlin and Shelby organising the money around a map of Australia. Enough coins were donated to cover the map. The preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be starting mid May. If anyone would like to participate in this programme please contact the Principal.
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The school participated in the Featherston Mini Golf Sculpture Extravaganza on Saturday 4th April. Groups of children were organised into groups that produced three master pieces for this event. The three were auctioned off and sold on the day with proceeds going to the school and the Featherston Community Centre. The school achieved 1st place in the People’s choice Award and the photo shows the piece. It depicted scenes from around the Wairarapa and was a mosaic sculpture.
The Featherston Mini Golf Sculpture Event held on April the 4th at the Tin Hut Country Local was a huge success! The koha collected to play the game combined with the auction of the sculptures raised $1127.00 for the four schools and $957.10 for the Featherston Community Centre. Of the 26 sculptures,15 were created by school kids at St Teresa’s School, Featherston Primary School, South Featherston School and Kahutara School. Other sculptures displayed on the mini golf course were by Wairarapa-based artists Mark Dimock, Michele Stokes, Sean Crawford, Doug Kennedy, Heather Burgess, Paquita TresPalacios, Niko Thomsen, Tony Marrow and Lear Ivatt. Special mention goes to the following sculptures that won People’s Choice awards: 1st place: St Teresa’s School for Featherston - Taku Whenua 2nd place: Featherston Primary School for Tim the Tape Man 3rd place: South Featherston School for Silver Nikau 4th place: Kahutara School for The Light House (Ngawi) The outdoor sculptures produced by the four local schools were wonderful, unique and indicative of the high quality art that can be produced by our kids and displayed in our public spaces. We are looking forward to seeing more locally produced artwork in our parks, at the train station, on the street lights and on the new building for the public toilets.For more information please contact Emily Greenberg 027 313 8042 firstname.lastname@example.org
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ARBOR HOUSE CORNER Well another month has passed very quickly and Autumn is very definitely here with the nights drawing in much earlier with the finish of daylight saving. Mix and Mingle – Due to the advent of Winter, we have made the decision to only have our Mix and Mingle at St Luke’s, Greytown once a month on the first Wednesday of every month. For further details please phone Lyn Olds, Nurse Manager on 06 304 9483. Please remember, if you would like to come, we can make arrangements to pick you up. Thank you Thank you to the Greytown Union Church for their donation of preserved fruit and vegetables from their Harvest Fesitval service. Much appreciated. A big thank you to Henri Van de Weyer of Featherston who kindly trimmed our big tree at the front. One of the Residents kept hearing a noise a night and it turned out it was a branch knocking on her window! The Greytown Lionessess are giving up their valuable time by volunteering at Arbor House to assist our Recreation Officers. Many hands make light work. Is there no-one famous who was born at the Arbor House Maternity Annexe? No phonecalls to date. We thought that we would be innundated with phonecalls. Do we not have a “claim to fame”? Easter Raffle – The tickets for our Easter Raffle went like hotcakes and in fact some of our Residents were highly put out as they were too late to buy their ticket! The Easter Raffle was drawn on 9 April 2009 and was won by Les Barber of Kumeu, Auckland. As he lives so far away, he asked us to donate the Raffle to another organisation in Greytown. The Greytown Kindergarten has benefited from Mr Barber’s generosity. The support from the Community for our Raffles is amazing and we are sorry that somebody local did not win this time. Better luck next time. Our Resident’s Quiz Team participates in the inter-Rest Home Quiz that is held at Roseneath Lifecare in Carterton once a month. Alas we haven’t won yet but still trying! Any suggestions for brain food? Greytown Little Theatre has kindly asked Rest Home Residents and their Caregivers to a dress rehearsal of their latest show, The Hound of the Baskervilles on 21 April 2009 so we are all looking forward to that. Its great to be noticed, and when we had a recent Scooter outing in Greytown our Residents were recognised and waved to as they rode their wheeled chariots along the
Plunket News The Wairarapa Branch of Plunket is hosting a Book Launch with Allyson Gofton’s new book “Bake”. This night will also be a challenge out there to join the Great New Zealand Bakeoff. You are invited to submit your baked goods for this competition and enjoy a cup of tea with Allyson while she shares her knowledge and love of baking. To be held at the Greytown Town Hall on Wed, 6th May at 7pm. Whether you would like to enter the competition or just come along to hear Allyson speak, you can purchase your tickets for $10 from the Rapa Cafe. Any queries phone Tracey 308 6365. Plunket will appreciate your support.
Lioness Raffle. The results of the Featherston Lioness Club Easter Raffle are as follows. 1st Prize No 195 Faye Monk 2nd Prize No 450. Kyra. 3rd Prize No 149 Fay Morgan. Thank you to all who supported the garage Sale and Raffle.
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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 www.crosscreekblucs.co.nz 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. Featherston District Gymnastics Club meet at the Stadium, Underhill Rd. Instructed by Angie Smith, qualified recreational coach. Wednesday 9-9.45am children 18mth-3yrs; 2-3pm 3-5yrs; 3.30-4.30pm 5-8yrs; 4.35-5.35pm 913yrs; 5.35-6.35pm 13 yrs. Ph Jenny, 308 8077. 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.
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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: www.al-anon.org.nz 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 www.wairarapatoastmasters.org.nz/wow.html for details.
The Feldenkrais(R) Method in Featherston Do you have a sore back? Sore neck or other nuisance aches and pains? Would you like to move more easily and efficiently? Have more energy and strength? Function better as you get older? There’s always something new in Featherston. One of the latest residents we have is a guy called Rupert Watson, who earns his crust in several ways, including as a musician with the army, but particularly with his passion for helping people move and function better as they get on in years. Rupert is a Feldenkrais practitioner, which may not convey much to a first-time reader, but his classes are about to run
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Featherston Karate Students Bring Home Medals On the 5th April seven of Featherston’s karate students went over to Wellington to compete in the 2009 Wellington Regional Goju Ryu Tournament held at Victoria University. The event attracted competitors from Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Wellington to compete in Kata (pattern forms) and Kumite (points fighting). All seven Featherston students came home with medals. Featherston teacher, Paul Cantwell was very proud of his students, “not a bad effort, they were all awesome”. Congratulations to: Gavin Hosnell - Bronze in the Junior 10th-7th kyu Kata Thomas Duncan - Gold in the Mens 5th kyu & above Kata - Silver in the Mens 72kg 5th kyu & above Kumite Cole Falloon- Silver in the Female youth 10th-6th kyu Kumite Aodhan Stonnell - Silver in the Junior 10th-6th kyu Kumite Keziah Stonnell- Bronze in the Junior 10th-6th kyu Kumite Dianna Hosnell - Gold in the Womens over 55kg 5th kyu & above Kumite Andrew Hosnell - Bronze in the Mens 72kg 5th kyu & above Kumite In all there were 17 events and Wairarapa students brought home 11 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze. This is a good indication of the standard of students that the Wairarapa are producing and the talent that we have here.
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Featherston Lioness News. The 202M Lions convention was held this year at the Clareville Stadium in Carterton, with the theme being “Cowtown”. It was a wonderful weekend hosted by Carterton and the Carterton Central Lions with visitors from as far as Gisborne in the north and Wellington in the south. Our garage sale on the 4th April was a huge success. Ronald McDonald House will benefit by over $1000. Congratulations. Our members got together on the 24th April to make little posy’s to place on our Returned Service men and women’s graves. I believe there are over 300, it is our way of saying thanks and remembering them.
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Kuranui College, in conjunction with Carterton School, intends to run the following community education classes during Term 2, 2009. A minimum of six students per class is required. At Kuranui College Aerobics (fat burning and toning), Mon 67pm, 10 weeks. Cost $40 – starting April 27. Aerobics (Hips, abbs and thighs). Wed 67pm, 10 weeks. Cost $40 –starting April 29. Patchwork Quilt, Tues 7-9pm, 10 weeks. Cost $40 – starting April 28 Alexander Technique, Tues 7-9pm, 5 weeks. Cost $40 –Starting May 5. Woodwork, Wed 6.30-8.30pm, 10 weeks. Cost $40 –Starting April 28. Tai Chi. Tues 7-8pm, 8 weeks. Cost $40 – Starting May 5. Beginners Guide to Indian Cooking, Wed 7-9pm, 8 weeks. Cost $40 – starting May 6. Basic French for Travellers, Wed 7-8.30, 9 weeks. Cost $40 – Starting May 5. At Carterton School. Beginners computing, Mon 7-9pm, 8 weeks. Cost $50 –starting May 4, Advanced Computing, Thurs 7-9pm, 8 weeks. Cost $50 –starting May 7. Introduction to digital photo books. Wed 7-9pm, 8 weeks. Cost $50-starting May 6. At Featherston School Introduction to Felting (a one day course).Sat 9 am-3pm. Cost $40. May 23. . Writer’s Workshop June 20 and 21, at Kuranui College. A two day writer’s workshop led by Shirley Corlett. Suitable for those who write or would like to write children and young adult stories. Course fee to be advised. For all enrolments and enquiries, please phone Grey Tuck 0272018029 or 3048241. email: firstname.lastname@example.org, To enrol online go to Kuranui College website: http://kuranui-college.school.nz/college.html then click on the ACE tab. Enrolment link is located towards the bottom of the page.
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Lest We Forget. Kuranui College Deputy head girl and boy, Alex Hertzburg and Chris Buri prepare to lay their wreath. Malcolm Sutherland play...