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Phoenix Volume XIII


Issue X

What a Night it Was - What a Night Well, actually, it was three days of sheer pleasure with the arrival of the Chor-Farmer choir to Featherston on Thursday 11th September.

Erica Tenquist and Don Staples of the Anzac Club made a presentation to the Chor- Farmer and Kuniko Polglase in regard to the purchase of the Piano.

After being welcomed to Featherston by the Mayor Mrs Adrienne Staples, the choir were then transported to the Memorial Site Messines Way, by Wairarapa Coachlines. There the Choir paid tribute to those who had lost their lives during the incident at the POW camp on 23rd Feb 1943. This is always a very solemn and moving time for the choir members with prayers and songs shown with a lot of emotion. Members of the Choir and the Heritage Museum laid wreaths at the three memorials. The Choir were invited to Lunch at the Tin Hut by JNL Masterton, including three members from the Japanese Embassy of Wellington, and a few other invited guests.

A presentation was made on behalf of the Chor-Farmer to the Mayor Mrs Adrienne Staples.

At 3pm host families, were waiting at the Anzac Hall ready to take their Billets home for a nice cuppa etc. mean while Brenda, Marion, Jean & Joe were busy in the kitchen preparing the Concert Supper. From 7pm onwards, the Anzac Hall started filling with concert goers awaiting the performances from our own Featherston Gentlemen Singers and the Chor-Farmer Choir. John Pearce (Chairman) welcomed everyone, on behalf of the Heritage Museum. And Boy!!!, the audience were not disappointed, with the calibre of the singing, every song was of world standard, and with Miss Masako Yuyama’s piano recital of “Rhapsody in Blue” was just fantastic, the audience giving her a standing ovation. For the final item Mr Masumoto (Conductor) invited the Gentlemen Singers to join the choir for a rendition of “Now is the Hour”. This was a fitting end to the Concert. Those who enjoyed the concert included, Mr Minoya, Mr Yamada, Ms Morimoto from the Japanese Embassy, Wellington. John Hayes MP for Wairarapa, Bob Francis, Masterton, Mrs Bedford from Japan, Mr Ota (Auckland) The Probus Club from Upper Hutt, plus in excess of over 250 other concert goers.

Many of the audience stayed and enjoyed a Light Supper and the opportunity to meet with the Choir members. Friday was A Free day for the Choir members and while most preferred to relax and stay “at home” others were taken around the area seeing many sights of the Wairarapa. Friday evening saw the Heritage Committee presenting the Choir members with a Cap, embroidered with the words “Heritage Museum, Featherston New Zealand”. This was very well received and I know the hats will be worn with pride. Thanks must go to the Trust House Charitable Trust of Masterton for the funding for these. This was followed by; a Mix & Mingle Meal held in the Kiwi Hall where Hosts, Sponsors, helpers and members of the Gentlemen Singers enjoyed a great night of Fun & Frolic, this included an item by some of the “boys” demonstrating the many ways the New Caps could be worn. While demonstrating this they performed their own version of a “dance routine,” which was very funny. We had a great night with singing, music and laughter provided by the Chor-Farmer Boys plus Val Wilton, Dave Winter, Ian Miles, Barry & Jo Bentley, Bruce Livingston and the Chor-Farmer Boys plus others from the Gentlemen Singers. The “chicken dance” had everyone on the floor. The evening ended with the singing of “Now is the Hour” and “Auld Lang Syne”. Special thanks to the St Teresa’s School committee who were the kitchen staff for the evening; this was wonderful for us, as we usually stay in the kitchen and unable to get the opportunity to socialise. Saturday morning dawned bright and clear and it was now time to say “goodbye” to a group of extremely nice, friendly people, from across the world. One of our hosts Dave Jones did a Haka for the “Boys” who wanted to learn it as well – Dave has promised to teach them next time. 1

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Featherston Rugby Football Club

Greytown floral art Club are holding their “ Designer of the Year “ Lorraine McMillan Cup.


To be judged by public Vote. This will be held over labour weekend 25th to 27th October 2008. At Greytown Little theatre. Main Street Greytown. We will be open to the public for the following hours’ Saturday 1pm to 4 30pm. Sunday 10am to 4.30pm. Monday 10.00am to 3pm.

at the CLUBROOMS on MONDAY OCTOBER 6 at 7.30pm Teams of 4: $20 per team Refreshments Available Great Spot Prizes Main Prizes: Meals in Masterton & Local Venues Entry Forms available from L.J. Hooker Door Sales 2

Entry and voting are free. Please support our club in this venture and come along to view our designs and to cast your vote.

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Local Photographers “Two of the Best” Local Featherston photographers Terry Hann and Esther Bunning have been recognised as two of the best in the country after their work stood out from more than 1000 images submitted to this years’ national Epsom/NZ Institute of Professional Photography, Iris Awards held in Tauranga during August.

in Featherston. They are very excited about this step forward, and are planning to promote portraiture in the local market here in the Wairarapa and also a growing Wellington client base that enjoys taking the opportunity to travel to the Wairarapa and spend a day experiencing the delights of the region. “We are so looking forward to creating portraits here and meeting with clients. In this day and age everyone has a digital camera and can take an ‘good’ photograph once in a while: but what we offer is quite unique. Imagery that goes beyond being just a photograph - images that really are heirlooms. Memories forever.”

Both Esther and Terry were category finalists: Terry was a finalist for Commercial Photographer of the Year. Esther was a finalist for People Photographer of the Year, and also did well in the Wedding Category, with several silver awards. “We were thrilled with the result and feel the awards process recognises our personal commitment to achieve a high standard for our clients” says Ms Bunning. “In the fast changing world of professional photography it is gratifying to know that your work is still up there with the best, the awards process is a great way keep the edge you needing a competitive market” says Terry Hann. Esther and Terry have just opened their new photographic studio here

Esther and Terry live in central Featherston with their three year old son, Theodore.

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A Fun Day Out with the Family South Featherston School Agricultural Fair 10am - 2pm Saturday 18th October. Farm rides, lamb and calf competition, petting zoo, stalls and displays, great food, entertainment and much, much more! Relax with good coffee and some great food, while the kids experience all the traditional fun of a country fair. For the littlies there will be bouncy castles and a petting zoo with lambs, calves, alpacca and other small fluffy animals. Older kids can take a ride on a digger, a quad bike, a tractor or a pony. No fair would be complete without lucky dips, face-painting, candy-floss, toffee apples and a sausage sizzle; as well as every kids favourite, “Kiss the Pig”,- which teacher will get to pucker up?! There may also be the chance to enjoy live music, and displays of kick-boxing, taekwondo, and bellydancing!

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One of the highlights of the day will be the judging of the lamb and calves. Be there by 11am to catch this event, and see how well the children have taken care of and trained their animals. Entries open to anyone with lambs or calves. Please ring the school office on 308 9433 if you would like an entry form. Winners from this event will go on to the Clareville A&P Show. Take home a pot of jam or relish, a plant or two, or some home-made fudge and sweets from the sales tables. Or discover some treasures at the white elephant stall! All profits from the day will go towards a new playground for the school. Everyone is welcome! We are looking forward to a fun day with our kids and some great entertainment. It would be great to see you there!

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DESPERATELY SEEKING GRAPEFRUIT! Are your trees producing too much for you? If you have more good squeezeable grapefruit than you need, we’d love to have them. We’ll exchange quality fruit for ourlemon cordial or other delicious Lavender’s Green products. Please call us on 06 308 8319 if you can help us.

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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 Al Anon Support Group for families and friends of people with drinking/ drug problems. Phone 308-8868. 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 308-9454. 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 913yrs. Ph Jenny, 308 8077. 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. 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.

RE/MAX Leaders, Featherston Market News from Steve Chapman (Mr. Sold!) Properties are definitely starting to sell again if they are priced right! My innovative marketing with Cash Price is working well and I have many satisfied vendors who are moving on with their lives now their property is sold. Ring Steve for a free appraisal and honest advice on how to sell your property in this challenging market.

SOLD, SOLD, SOLD – That is my motto. I am still selling properties in a regular basis, so ring me (Mr. Sold!) if you want your property sold.

Steve’s Listings 8 Fitzherbert Street – 3 bedroom house + 2 motel units: Cash Price $220,000* 61 Daniell Street - 4 bedrooms, fully redecorated: By negotiation 2 Kowhai Grove – 3 bedrooms, good rental: Cash Price $175,000* 66 Waite Street – 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms – large family home: Cash Price $295,000* 46 Daniell Street – 4 bedrooms, 2 lounges: Cash Price $219,000* 134 Fitzherbert Street – 2 bedroom character cottage: $205,000 21b Wallace Street – 2 bedroom townhouse – lovely: Cash Price $169,500* 32 Lyon Street – 5 bedroom Lockwood Style home: Cash Price $265,000* 80 Harrison Street – 4 bedroom character cottage: Cash Price $235,000* 2 Hardie Grove – 3 bedroom family home: Cash Price $219,000* 15 Moore Street – 3 bedrooms, double garage, flat & pool: Cash Price $189,000* 5 Churchill Crescent – 3 bedroom sunny family home: Cash Price $210,000* 32b Renall Street – 3 bedroom colonial style: Cash Price $210,000* 85 Watt Street – 3 bedroom sunny family home: Cash Price $240,000* 40 Waite Street – 1615m2 fully fenced section: Cash price $120,000* 20 Renall Street – 1120m2 subdividable section $120,000 State Highway 2 – 3 bedroom house on 5.6777ha: Cash Price $335,000* Lot 2, Boar Bush Gully Rd – 6.94 ha, amazing building sites: Cash Price $210,000* + Lot 3, Boar Bush Gully Road – 6.2 ha, building site with amazing views: $310,000* + GST *Conditions apply


CHERIE’Z FIXIN STITCH 33 Wallace Street, Featherston Sewing Service & Repairs on almost all types of material

FROM: Alterations, Costumes, Leather, Canvas, Tents, Bags, Backpacks, Squabs Covering, One-offs etc. Contact CHERIE Telephone 308 6674 Cell 027 258 2077

August started off with a family evening which was attended by the children and their families. Each family bought their dinner with them and Zappo arrived after dinner to entertain the children (and adults). Everyone had a fantastic night and there was a great deal of laughter and fun. A big thank you to Zappo for his wonderful ‘Space’ show which the children (big and small) enjoyed. During September children showed interest in areas of art, drama, dancing and music. The teachers would like to extend these interests and would like members of the public with skills or interest in these areas to contact them if they are interested in working with the children in any of these areas. Thank you to Wairarapa DHB for a $1000 Heha grant. This money is going to go towards the development of a kitchen garden. The plan is to plant vegetable seeds/ seedlings with the children, care for the plants as they grow and then to harvest the crops that are produced. The harvested crops will then be used for morning tea and in the children’s process cooking. The aim of this project is to promote healthy eating choices with the children and for them to work through the gardening process.

ANZAC HALL KITCHEN TRAYS Have you seen the four large rimu trays that belong in the ANZAC Hall? They are clearly marked on the underside with “ANZAC” If you have them, or know where they are, please return them to the ANZAC Hall (key at the Library) or to 12 Bethune Street, Featherston. John Tenquist Secretary, Featherston ANZAC Club Soc. Inc.

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We would also like to thank South Wairarapa Veterinary Services vet Rodger for taking the time to come and visit us and give Rapeti (our rabbit) a health check and for tending to one of our budgies who had a sore claw. The support from the businesses and members of the wider Featherston community is very important to us and we really appreciate the ways in which our kindergarten is supported by them. We continue to have people in our playground outside of session hours and with the term break here this is something of concern to the teachers. These people are damaging our property and tormenting our rabbit. We are also liable for any accidents that happen to these people while on our grounds. If you see people in the kindergarten grounds outside of kindergarten hours please ring and speak to one of our teachers, notify the police or leave a message. The kindergarten phone number is 308 9162. At the end of term we said farewell to Rose one of our teaching team. Rose and her husband have moved to the Manawatu. We wish her well and look forward to meeting our new teacher when the new term starts. We hope that all of our families are enjoying their term break. We look forward to seeing everyone back at kindergarten on Monday, 13th October and hope that the new term will see the start of some nice, sunny outdoor weather.



Lioness News

the Care & Craft birthday. Members will be providing lunch for the Veterans Cycle Ride on October 5th.

The Lions and Lionesses over 70’s Christmas dinner is planned for 23rd November. This event appears to be popular so it is a pleasure to put together a Christmas meal, gifts and entertainment. You might like to check with Ann on 3089935, Heather 3086545 or Rhoda on 3089695 to see that your name is on the list to confirm you can come this year.

Our guest speaker last month was Reanne Tawharu massage therapist of 42 Fitzherbert Street. Very interesting and some members enjoyed shoulder and neck massages, Thanks Reanne.

Congratulations to our Featherston Lions Club who will celebrate the 40 years anniversary on 11th October. The members who recently attended along with Greytown and Martinborough members a Spring Fling Forum, had a wonderful Weekend. The weather was perfect and the friendly folk made us feel welcome. The guest speaker on Sunday morning was a gentleman who was born with no arms, he is now 69 and lived life to the full. A Lawyer who has traveled the world with his wife, drives, made a bike up from wheels etc from the tip, even had a seat on it for his wife. This man made a able person think for his mind was an active one with the only thought that he had one chance in this life so he would make the most of it. And he has. We recently gave the Cross Creek Railway a donation and a pledge has been made to the Featherston Walkways Reserve Trust.Thank you to Rhoda who made a birthday cake for

Red Cross A Spring luncheon will be held in St Marks Church hall Carterton on 6th October at 11.30am. Door charge $5, a raffle and entertainment. Do come you would be most welcome. Instead of a Spring raffle this year we have a Christmas Lottery. $2 a ticket and very worthwhile prizes. Ist a Ford Fiesta Car, with other prizes of petrol, grocery, mad Butcher, Hire a Hubby vouchers to name a few. Featherston/Wairarapa Red Rose Day will be on Friday 24th October. Please support us by buying a Red Rose on that day. Equipment hire has been busy. We have walkers, commodes, wheel chairs, walking sticks and crutches. Should you require any of our equipment please ring Brian on 308 9330.

RE/MAX Winter Sales

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Ron Hughes, Marketing Specialist of L J Hooker Born and educated, at St. Andrew’s College, in Christchurch, Ron Hughes moved to Featherston in 1956 where was employed by a local company as a Stock and Station Agent, with the Farmers Co-op Distributing Company. During this time he obtained his Salesperson’s and Branch Manager’s status. He started the first Real Estate office in Featherston operating out of ‘FCDC’. In 1978 he joined the Open Polytechnic as a Tutor in Agriculture and Real Estate where he was to stay until 1994. Ron became involved in selling real estate again in 1994 in Featherston, firstly with Challenge Real Estate, and now with L J Hooker as manager in charge of the Featherston branch. He has served for many years on local bodies and is very sports orientated, his main interest being athletics and rugby union. Ron served on the Community Board in 1992/94 and than again in 1996/2001 becoming Chairman for these two terms. Ron has also served for twelve years, firstly for the Featherston County Council 1973/89, and one term of the amalgamation, the SWDC, 1989/92. He served for many years on the Jaycees becoming President in 1971, finally becoming a Jaycee Senator. Married to Patsy with a family of four children, two boys and two girls, Ron now has eight grandchildren. His involvement with athletics and rugby is district recognized. Ron tells me he has been involved with athletics in Featherston for 28 years now. Elected on to the committee in 1984 Ron became President of the Athletics Club in 1988 and has been so ever since. Rugby has also been a passion of Ron’s and his commitment to the Featherston Rugby Club has been amazing. President for a year 1997/98 Ron was re-elected again in 2005 as President, the position he still holds to-day. It has been many years that have seen his dedication to the club of which he is a life member. He also became President of the Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union in 2001-2002 and is now currently Chair Person of Wairarapa Junior Rugby. After 52 years in the town you could say he is truly a remarkable Featherstonian. So for Honesty and Reliability in Real Estate, check out Ron Hughes of L J Hooker, Fitzherbert Street, Featherston or phone 06 308 9181. The Featherston Promotional Group would like to acknowledge Ray Weighell and the Phoenix for running these articles. Thank-you Ray.

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FRIDAY 31 7.30 til Late “HALLOWEEN BALL” Fancy Dress would be good but not essential

Don’t forget you can dine at our wonderful “Messines Restaurant” and enjoy excellent meals prepared by our Chef Juval. “See you there, all welcome.” 11

Letter to the Editor DearSir, IagreewithissuesraisedinthelastissueofPhoenixregarding “Being a Safer Community”. Thereisaneedtoclampdownonillegalactivitiesintown,a long overdue need. At the moment these crooks are left to dowhatevertheyfancy,burglaries,vandalism,illegaldriving. Theyknowthesheriffisoffdutyandthecommunityislargely apathetic, ignorant and toothless! That situation makes me veryangry! Contact:

Helen & Bill Walker for RD1 or RD3 027 622 1505

Gordon Wyeth for RD2 027 430 8866

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We pay a potion of our taxes to have Police, so lets have it atatimeofneed,thenighttime.CallingforGranniestodrive aroundatnightwithcell-phonesattheirexpenseandrisk,is not right. Nor is it right to ask the business community to contribute more finance to upkeep order, they pay plenty already. The moneys we all pay should be used wisely, but some of it seems wasted on lesser important issues. I have called the Featherston Police on numerous occasions onlyto end up talkingto a call-centreoperator outside the district who had of course no local knowledge. They were moreinterestedinrecordingmydetailsthanthedetailsofthe reason for calling. If the reason for my call was hooning around, losing traction in town, their answer was: “go out and get the registration number”!!! Yeah right, at 2.30am I venture around to record evidence for the police and if noticed by the crooks, put my safety at risk, get real! One night I rangthree timesaboutthe same racingactivity only havingtogothruthesameintroeverytimeandthepolicedid not come, the high-speed racing did not stop for hours thereafter.Useless! I could go on. This calls for a community meeting and subsequent lobbying of those elected Council officials who seem to sit on their hands with gorse in the public pockets. We should ask Carterton’s boss for advice with regard to thoseissues,heappearstohavecontrol. Thanksforyourinterest. Reiner Schoenbrunn Featherston

BOWLING CLUB Contact Christine for more information Ph: 06 3089 428 Fax: 06 3089 429 Mob: 027 2644 933 Email: 12

The Featherston bowling Club held their opening day on the 13th Sept. We were very lucky as the weather was one of the best. There was a good attendance of players. We were able to have a short game of bowls. With such a wet winter, the greenkeeper and his team have had to put in many extra hours to have the green ready for the season. This we would liketocongratulate. The Club has been very fortunate to have these bowlers join us. Susan Clarke, Frankie Lambert, Trisanna Campbell, Pat Burgess and Paul Mussen. The Club will welcome anyone who wishes to have a go at playing bowls. Ring 308 9140 for furtherenquires.

Digital Photography Night Are you overwhelmed with the photos on your computer?

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

Introduction to Computers

Are you comfortable with the technology on your digital camera?

20 hours afternoon or evening College Start: Sept.-Oct. Cost: $15.00

Do you love sharing your memories and precious photos with family and friends?

Introduction to the Guitar

Are you stuck for ideas for special Christmas gifts? Featherston Playcentre welcomes our community far and wide to a Digital Photography Information Evening at Featherston Community Centre -Thursday 23 October. Guest speakers Russell Mannix (professional photographer), Noel Hayes (Click & go computer expert) and Ramona Sargent (CM consultant) will inform you on: ·

better photography


computer tips relevant to digital photos


a demonstration of how Featherston Playcentre digital images from our exciting events are quickly transformed into a stunning coffee table book with free and user friendly software.

We ask you to support fundraising towards our new outdoor playground facility with a gold coin/ $5 donation on entry. Proceeds from any Creative Memories StoryBook Vouchers sold to design your own StoryBooks (ongoing support available) will be donated to Featherston Playcentre. You will also be treated with home baking, coffee, tea or milo for supper. Thursday 23 October 2008, Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield St, Featherston Doors open from 7.15pm with speakers starting at 7.30pm.

20 hours evenings Start: October Venue: Featherston Cost: $15.00

Introduction to Genealogy 20 Hours Day or Evening Start: October Cost: $15.00

Introduction to Stain Glass & Lead Lighting Thursday Evenings Start: Sept-Oct Cost: $15.00

Digital Cameras French Language & Intermediate Guitars Venues: Martinborough School, Featherston, Carterton Start: October

Supper served 8.40pm. RSVP: 15 October to Ramona Sargent (06) 308 8328 email:

Heritage Museum Raffle Results

Day & Evening Courses: Screen Printing Creative & Heritage Writing Water Colour & Oil Painting

Trailer Load Firewood Ticket 383 Barbara Ph 3089420 Basket Goodies ( 3 Draws) No 1 Ticket 7 Sue Callaghan Ph 3086577; No 2 Ticket 73 George Waaka Liquor Mart ; No 3 Ticket 67 C Chapman Ph 3089498 Wine Cooler & Wine Ticket 14 Howard Billman Ph 3049147 Sunday Roast Lunch Voucher,Greytown Ticket 34 W Julicher Ph 3068575

Need Help with Reading, Drivers’ Licence Theory, Spelling, Basic Math’s (at no cost) For enrolments & Information contact: Sitala Barrett 06 308 8826 AH 06 304 9969 Judi Adams 06 308 9927 or Des Lovatt 06 304 9948


South Wairarapa Adult Learning Association Inc. STARTING: October Term 4

is offering FREE Educational Learning Courses - 10 week block courses (School Terms) 3 mornings a week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Develop your English Language Vocabulary. Enhance your Computer Skills. Learn Reading & Numeracy strategies for Logical Thinking and Information. Conquer Spelling and Problem Solve. Learn techniques to recall information from short term memory.

There’s a new store in town and already its turning heads and stopping cars. Karm, the brainchild of Featherston resident Becky Matthews and husband Graham Matthews, showcases contemporary furniture, homeware, art, and living products with an eco twist. In addition to eyecatching recyclable plastic lounge chairs and coffee tables, Karm boasts a collection of recycled glassware products, organic cotton linen and towels, New Zealand Wool Blankets, and a full range of Ecostore personal products. Although much of the furniture and artwork is currently being imported from Bali, Becky hopes in the future to display mostly New Zealand made goods. “My goal over the next few months is to increase my stock of New Zealand products and to raise the profile of these brands. I’m also looking to build up my range of $20-$50 gifts items in time for Christmas.”

Free Tuition Assistance is available for UCOL, Apprenticeship and Correspondence units.

An artist and supporter of the arts herself (she spearheaded Featherston’s first annual Art Sale at the Community Centre last December) Becky is passionate about displaying Wairarapa artwork and to that end is keen to hear from local artists.

For Information Call into 50 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston or Phone (06) 308 8826 or Email

Karm opened for business on Saturday, September 7th, with over a hundred people dropping by that first weekend. Becky says that feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and that her goal of attracting both locals and Wellingtonians seems to be working.

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“I wouldn’t set up anywhere else but in Featherston,” she exclaims. “We need more people to take this step. The more businesses open and thriving here the better the flow-on effect for everyone.”

Day & Evening Courses: Screen Printing Creative & Heritage Writing Water Colour & Oil Painting Need Help with Reading, Drivers’ Licence Theory, Spelling, Basic Math’s (at no cost) 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


Karm is located between the train tracks and the Rapa Café in the old Harper’s Bazaar building - not that you’d recognise the place. After eight months of renovation by Dale Finlay and his team, the building bears no resemblance to its former self. The new verandah, huge showcase windows, globe light fixtures set into the high ceiling, offstreet parking and native grass landscaping have all raised the bar for what people can expect from Featherston. Karm is open Friday through Monday, from 10:00am5:00pm.

Co-ordinator of the Accredited Voluntary Visiting Service, Robyn O’Neill, says that the A.V.S. urgently needs more voluntary visitors to help. There are people in Masterton, Featherston and Kahutara waiting to be matched with a visitor.. Robyn says some older people see no-one from one week to the next and their world becomes very small. Voluntary visiting is a wonderful gift, just one hour each week can bring comfort and happiness to an older person. If you know an older person who would like to have a regular visitor or, if you have an interest in helping older people and getting to know your community better please contact Robyn at WOOPS on (06) 377 0066

Accredited voluntary visitor Shirley Armstrong visiting Tom Hullena at his home in the Wairarapa. Shirley says voluntary visiting gives a different dimension to her life and she thoroughly recommends it to others. Tom says time flies with Shirley around, they have a great time on their weekly meetings.


MOWER & CHAINSAW SALES & REPAIR SERVICE A wide range of NEW Mowers available


Trade-in mowers on hand ready to go. 3 months guarantee. Great prices.


The finals of the Harry Puha Memorial Trophy have played out and the winners were Terry Smith and Brent Leader beatingCharliePriestleyandPatMelaugh,withthefinalof the plate winners being Steve Reid and Graham ‘Cocky’ Ward. The Rothmans Cup has been held and the winner was Alf Sioscoring37pointsunderstablefordevent.


The ladies Championships have just finished and the silver divisionwinnerwasSharonHarperdefeatingSallyFairbrother and the ladies bronze division winner was Shirley Poutu defeating Barbara Thompson.

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Sunday the 14th was the annual Hutt Valley Marist visit to Featherston. This is something that has been held at this course for the last 28 years and a great fund raising day for charity, most of the funds going to Te Omanga Hospice.

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Golf Club News

Last Saturday the Ladies District Strokeplay Tournament was heldatthecourse.Moreresultsinthenextissue. Next Saturday the course will be closed because the club will be hosting the Srixon National Pairs Tournament. The other great news is that from October 8th Twilight golf willstart.

Care And Craft Celebration

Featherston Public Toilet Upgrade

Featherston Care & Craft celebrated 24 years of being together along with folk from the Masterton Care & Craft, bakers and transport folk and some other guests from the community.

It is now decision time to choose the upgrade plan appropriate for Featherston and the travelling public.

We were entertained by the Park 9 group from Masterton, lots of laughter. The cake which was made by Rhoda Hercock was cut jointly by Jonathon Day and Helen McGann. Jonathon whose birthday was the following day, was given birthday fruit and a card and Happy birthday was sung. There were three lucky chairs, Jean Mullis, Jenny Van Der Weyer and Jonathon Day were given a little gift. Raffles were won by Frank Blatch, Syd Ward, Ianthe Seator, Myrle McKenna, Dennis Duggan and Jean Thorpe. A delicious lunch was served by the ladies of St Teresas plus three students. A donation was given to them in appreciation of their help. Noreen Evans thanked everyone for coming and making it an enjoyable day and wished those travelling a safe trip home.

Cancer Appeal Friday 29th August was a mixed bag weather wise, but as far as Featherston’s generosity was concerned it was sunshine all the way.

The two options continue to be available for public viewing; in the Featherston Library, the Featherston RSA, the Featherston Community Supermarket, and in the window of the vacant office at 50b Fitzherbert Street, next to the Video Shop. One option is from the South Wairarapa District Council, the other from the Featherston Promotional Group and Business Association. Costs for each are similar, however if more funding is required than is currently available for the preferred option then applications will be made to local and national trusts. Each plan has an additional 24 hour facility. If you have any questions or comment on either plan you can contact either Garry Thomas, Chair of the Featherston Community Board – phone 308 9487, email or Peter March, Secretary of the Featherston Promotional Group – phone 308 9430, email Please cut out the reply box, tick the appropriate option and leave it at the Library, Adamson’s Service Station, the Featherston Take Note Lotto and Post Shop or the Community Supermarket by the end of Sunday the 19th of October. Which Plan Do You Prefer? Option A Option B

Thanks to you $1,400 was raised from the collection and over $3000 from the sale of daffodils. Many thanks to all who sat at collection points, collected early in the morning at the station, and went into the businesses. Particular thanks to the growers, pickers and Trust house for letting us sell at their premises for the last six weeks. Lastly to all who bought or donated Thank You Featherston. All monies collected in the area will be used in the Wairarapa. A special thank you to John and Ingrid Philpot who took daffodils over to Wellington to sell. 17

Featherston Assembly of God 22-30 Birdwood Street


10am Service Sunday pre-school 6.30-8.00pm Youth (College Age)

Wednesday ‘Wednesday in the Ward,’ (Bible Study) 7.30-8.30pm Friday

Friday Club 7.00-8.30pm (Primary Age)

Enquiries to John & Eileen Phone 308 9123

There were tears, photos, and many, many, hugs and promises to welcome them back in 2010. The last stop for the Choir was a return visit to the Memorial site, to once again pay their respect to the fallen, and to sing a farewell song…. Then with a final wave the Transit Bus left the Site, heading for Taupo where they will once again enthral others with their wonderful voices To each and everyone who has helped make this a mementos few days –we say “thank you.” The Heritage committee members do appreciate your support. The Committee gratefully acknowledge the following. Mrs Kuniko Polglase: For her dedication and kindness in all she does on behalf of Chor Farmer Choir and the Featherston Heritage Museum. The Mayor Mrs Adrienne Staples: For her support of the Chor farmer visit. Featherston Gentlemen Singers: For their support and participation at the concert on Thursday and having Fun with us on Friday night. Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade: For providing security outside the Hall and Fire safety. The ANZAC Club: For providing the Piano, plus the use of their crockery.


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Telephone 308 8239

1pm-4pm Mah Jong 5.30-6.30pm Trim & Tone 9am-3.30pm WINZ Appointment required 0800 559 009 10am-2.30pm Art Expression 11am-3pm Community Law 4.30-5.30pm Junior Chess & Board Games 7pm-10pm Creative Memories 10am-3.30pm WINZ Appointment required 0800 559 009 6.30-7.30pm Belly Dancing 10am-3.30pm WINZ Appointment required 0800 559 009 10am-2.30pm Maori Land Court 10-11am Line Dancing 11.30am-12.30pm Tai Chi 10am-3pm Creative Memories 10am-12pm Good Quality Clothes Swap. $5 Entry Fee 2pm-4pm Knit & Natter Craft Group

Goad Family: Who have helped in many ways as well as helping to set-up the Hall for the Concert etc and providing security at the Anzac Hall during the day? For the preparation of Supper: Brenda Schrader, Marion Scrimshaw, Jean & Joe Dittmer. Dave & Julie Collins For the use of the Trailer on behalf of the Heritage Museum whenever Ken asks for it — very much appreciated. Alan Brooks (Brooksie): For Helping in many ways during the weekend – Alan is always willing to give a hand and was there on Thursday morning until the clean-up was completed on Saturday morning – Thanks Alan. Keiko Schoenbrunn: For Translating to the Chor farmer Choir for us - very much appreciated A huge Thank-you to the following Sponsors & those whodonated items for the Raffles: Peter Rewi and Breadcraft Masterton ;Wairarapa Coachlines Ltd; The Mayor and the South Wairarapa District Council; Wally Gould of Levin; Pak’n’Save- Upper Hutt; Trust House Masterton. Raffle: All Aboard ; Colleen Hilder of Upper Hutt (nee Burgiss); Hi Tech; John & Pam Pearce; Ken & Trish Burgiss; Rex & Marion Scrimshaw; Trust House Community Store; RD1, Featherston; South Wairarapa Veterinary Services; Liquor Plus, Featherston; Baileys Real-Estate

years ago. Cr Porky Sexton and Featherston Community Board’s Helen Walker are now representing the Council and the Community Board on the Trust.

Working Together Council’s decision last week to endorse the Barr-Brown Action Plan is an excellent result as far as Featherston Walkways and Reserves Trust is concerned. The Trust’s plan, to manage the Reserve so that the 400 year old totaras and other natives can thrive, will now go ahead. The Council and Community Board have been right behind the project from the start and, while the Trust has to find most of the funds, they see this endorsement, as Council also does, as a win-win situation. Mayor Adrienne Staples sees this type of initiative as an ideal way for the community to undertake projects which they believe to be important. “The Council enjoys this sort of engagement. Residents are more likely to buy-in to a project which they initiate and they help us meet our goals for the community as well.” A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Council and the Trust will be developed similar to the one developed with the Mainstreet Beautification Group a few

Several community organizations have either contributed to the tasks outlined in the Action Plan, or the walkway brochure soon to be produced), or to signage for the reserve or walkway - Featherston Lioness Club, South Wairarapa Rotary and the Community Board. The Council has supplied posts for signage, and Featherston Lions are about to erect new signs at Barr Brown and other walkway sites. Volunteers are also coming forward with ideas and offering to help in kind. Pest control, mainly rats, will be the first task. This will be carried out by volunteers trained by the Regional Council and will prevent the loss of seeds which will allow regeneration. Ground-cover weed control will follow. Over 40 species of weeds are currently present, a huge increase on the number noted during an earlier botanic survey in 1977. The biggest and most expensive task will be the removal of the some of the macrocarpas, pines, and other exotics overshadowing the natives. Some of these, however, will be retained for wind protection. “Even in its present state, the Reserve is a lovely, special spot, which Featherstonians and visitors can enjoy. It needs TLC as far as weeds, competing exotic trees, and pests are concerned, for it to continue that way in the future”, Trust spokesperson, Maria Fairburn says. “Access can also be improved, and we want to work on that as well”.

SOUTH WAIRARAPA COLLEGE BREAKOUT HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 27 SEPTEMBER TO 3 OCTOBER 2008 Tuesday 30 September Movie Making at Capital E, Wellington 10.30am. 30 places only. Meet at Adamson’s Service Station. Cost $25. Want to be an actor, cameraman, technician or reporter, work at Hollywood, Bollywood or Wellywood? This could be your foot in the door. Bring a water bottle, snack, lunch and a jacket. Wednesday 1 October Golf 1pm at Featherston Golf Club, Viles Road, Featherston. Cost $3. Like being outside, love to hit stuff? Ever tried golf, it could be the answer to your dreams. Wear running shoes or sneakers. Muaythai - Kickboxing - Thaiboxing 1-3pm at Wrestling Club, Fitzherbert Street, Featherston (behind the video shop). Cost $5. Train with a world chanpion right here in Featherston. Punch, kick, knee and elbow your way through 2 hours of action packed FUN. Thursday 2 October Let’s Go To The Movies 11am Featherston Cinema, 46 Fox Street Featherston. Cost $9 The movie is “NEXT” a science fiction thriller starring Nicholas Cage. Friday 3 October Olympics Feddy Style 10, 11.30am, 1 and 2.30pm at the Stadium, Wakefield Street, Featherston. Free Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Touch Rugby. Show up 5 minutes early to get teams organised. Play 4 sports, play 1 sport 4 times or just come down for 1 game. Bring a water bottle, snacks and lunch. For more details contact May 308 6912 or Robyn 308 8118 WEBSITE DESIGN COMPETITION: Design the layout of the site including the logo, style, colours and type of content. Submit your entry by Email to: See the site for more details.


Featherston CINEMA, Bar and Café

46a Fox St, Featherston Ph 06 3089512 email Movies currently showing in October– Edge of Heaven, Married Life, Grow your own, Then she found me and Death defying acts, Apron Strings and Mongol s/t. Kids Flick – Horton Hears the who. Movies coming. Rain of Children, Brides head revisited, The Hollow men, Young at heart, Raise of the foot solder, Up the Yangtese, Favorite Movie of the month – Grow your own has been very popular. But I am looking forward to the Kiwi movie – Apron strings and the Sunday Classic ‘the Women

Sunday Classic Movie - October 12, 3.30pm

The Women (1939)

See the original 1939 classic movie then at a later date see the 2008 version starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing and Candice Bergen. The plot centers on a group of gossipy high-society women who spend their days at the beauty salon and haunting fashion shows. The sweet, happily wedded Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) finds her marriage in trouble when shopgirl Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford) gets her hooks into Mary’s man. Naturally, this situation becomes the hot talk amongst Mary’s catty friends, especially the scandalmonger Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell), who has little room to talk — she finds herself on a train to Reno and headed for divorce right after Mary. But with a bit of guts and daring, Mary snatches her man right back from Crystal’s clutches. JOIN THE COFFEE/MOVIE CLUB EVERY FRIDAY AT 3PM – All welcome this is a regular group who choose which movie they want to see together the following week. 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 and Programmes are displayed at the Featherston Lotto shop, Creative Image, Adamson’s Service Station, D & J Collins Auto Services

The regular visitors Club September winner is Brian Wilson -------------------------------------------------D & J Collins Auto Services 91 Fitzherbert St, Featherston ph 308 9412 Prompt and Efficient Service W.O.F., Wheel Alignment, Diesel/Petrol vehicle repairs, tyre repair, manufacture of trailers, light engineering.


Featherston Phoenix October 08  

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