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It’s a great month to get involved! Jen Bhati, South Wairarapa Neighbourhood Suppor t Co-ordinator

Each month Neighbourhood Support New Zealand (NSNZ) has a national campaign to help bring awareness. This month the campaign is “Get Involved”, with a focus on National Volunteer Week (16-22 June). To “get involved” means to take part in an activity or event or be connected in some way. Anyone can “get involved” – there is no barrier! We are truly blessed to be in a community where the opportunities are endless and there is something for everyone no matter age, ability, mobility, etc! National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand. This year’s theme is “Whiria te tāngata – weaving the people together”. Volunteering, mahi aroha and social action weave people and communities together. Let’s celebrate how volunteers stand together in our differences and choose to connect! Volunteering is about: • giving back to the community • making a difference • connecting with your community • and most of all, having fun! What is Neighbourhood Support? Neighbourhood Support is the hub of a network of local groups, partners and sponsors. Our common purpose is to create safe and caring neighbourhoods and communities, reducing the incidences and effects of criminal offending, building community resilience and strengthening community networks to improve the quality of life and enhance wellbeing. Working closely with the police and many other organisations in your community, we promote and support the development of Neighbourhood Support groups throughout New Zealand.

I know of one group in a small cul-de-sac that consists of four households, three retired elderly residents and one young working family with three children. The kids from the family each have a designated home for which they take out the recycling and rubbish. In turn the elderly residents bake stuff for the kid’s lunchboxes! This is a great example of how Neighbourhood Support has morphed from the old Neighbourhood Watch to a more holistic approach of bringing people together. In Featherston we have a number of Neighbourhood Support groups already established. It would be great to add to that so we are more connected as a community.

If you are interested in learning more about Neighbourhood Suppor t or volunteering oppor tunities in Featherston, please get in touch! Email or search for South Wairarapa Neighbourhood Suppor t on Facebook. Take care and get involved!

Why join a Neighbourhood Support group? There’s strength in numbers. A Neighbourhood Support group brings local people together to share information, ideas and connectedness. Together, you can assist one another to: • solve local problems • reduce crime • minimise antisocial behaviour • support victims of crime • learn to prepare and cope with civil defence emergencies • engage police, other emergency services and support agencies • liaise and co-operate with other like-minded community groups


Mayoral comment Mayor Viv Napier

I love this time of year - the change of leaves, crisp mornings, and because it’s time for Featherson’s Booktown. It’s become a highlight of my annual calendar. It’s such an exciting and vibrant event that attracts crowds of people to Featherston. The town’s businesses reported a booming weekend. Tickets sold fast, but I was lucky enough to get along to the Fish & Chip Supper and Tales Well Told – both excellent events. If you didn’t get along to Booktown, I can’t recommend it enough for next year. The Featherston community can look forward to a new commercial development in the town centre. The Council has approved the recommendation by the Featherston Community Board to sell the land next to the Town Square on Fitzherbert Street for commercial development. A subcommittee of the Council called the 57 Fitzherbert Street Featherston Subcommittee, which includes the three Featherston ward councillors and the Chair of the Featherston Community Board, has been setup to oversee the sale process. The Subcommittee will be in a position to ensure that the development is what’s in the best interest for Featherston. Thank you to everyone who came along to the drop-in session about getting wastewater out of our waterways in Featherston. It was an opportunity for the Council to share plans for the wastewater to land initiative and for people to ask questions. There will be many more opportunities for engagement on this important project in the months to come. The consent application hearing, which was scheduled to start on 27 May, will now be sometime before November. SWDC applied to postpone the hearing on the basis that it allowed more time for community engagement on the project. In addition, it allowed for the Independent Panel of Commissioners to make decisions on the consent application within the context of the updated Proposed Natural Resources Plan (PNRP), which is due out by the end of July. The Council is committed to getting wastewater out of the waterways. Our proposal is to progressively move to discharging the town’s wastewater to land rather than to Donald’s Creek, with the majority of the improvements occurring within the first five years after consent is granted. Read more at or contact at

Featherston Phoenix

Volume XXIV, Issue 5, June 2019 Post: 44c Fitzherber t Street, Featherston 5710 Email: Facebook: Twitter: @feathyphoenix The Featherston Phoenix is published 11 times a year on the first weekend of each month (except January) and is distributed free to residents in the greater Featherston area. Submissions may be rejected or edited for space and/or clarity. The Phoenix is a non-profit community enterprise. Contributors are volunteers, and adver tising revenue covers production, printing and distribution costs. Adver tising sizes and rates are available on request. Deadline for next issue: 5pm, Thursday 20 June 2019 Editor: Annelise Schroeder Additional repor ting: Caelum Greaves Layout and production: Kristi Chalmers Printing: The Sign Factory Distribution: Raewyn Russo, Helen & Bill Walker, and Gordon Wyeth

News from our Community Centre Paul Mason

Art Sale The fourth annual Featherston Art Sale went off without a hitch. We hosted around the same number of participants as last year, but a higher percentage of those were first-time exhibitors. It takes a bit of courage to expose yourself, your feelings, your art, for the first time. All sorts of emotions war with the desire to create. Is it good enough? How will it compare? Should I share this? Can I bear to part with it? Does anyone care? And then the day comes and your creation is on the wall or pedestal - exposed! Nearly half of all exhibited items were sold over the weekend. This was an exciting result, which not only encourages our local talent but helps the Community Centre by giving exposure and - thanks to the generosity of our visitors and art lovers - some much-needed income.


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Weekly clinics at: Featherston, Mon 11am—3pm Featherston Community Centre 14 Wakefield Street Carterton, Tue 12pm—4pm Ron Wakelin Wing, next to Library Holloway Street Greytown, Wed 10am—2pm Greytown Library (upstairs), 115 Main Street Martinborough, Thur 10am—2pm Lions Hall 3 Oxford Street

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Mayor Viv Napier attended the gala opening night and was very supportive in her comments during the opening ceremony, saying the Art Sale was one of her favourite events in the year. In a moving speech, Sian Harcourt said she felt deeply that this event epitomised the community spirit we enjoy.

“So many people from all walks of life pulled together to make the idea of a forum for local ar t and ar tists not only a reality, but what must by any measure be considered a huge success”.

Medical Centre The first sods have been turned and by now footings will probably have been laid as the new Featherston Medical Centre development gets underway. A team representing the national Mobile Surgical Unit ( has been discussing how best to prepare an accessible parking space for the $8 million Unit. It will be exerting around 8 tonnes per support leg, so the ground must be prepared properly and access ways created to ensure ease of use. Weaving (mahi raranga) The flax-weaving classes have proved so popular that the organisers are starting to think about extending the course. Participants learn history, Wairarapa tikanga (protocols) regarding mahi raranga and responsibilities related to being kaitiaki (guardians) of harakeke and pā harakeke (flax and flax bushes). Watch this space! Centre desk space/Wi-Fi The Community Centre has been very busy over the past month, regularly having every space booked. One recent upsurge has been in the area of office space use. You may not be aware but one of our three private offices, along with a desk and chairs and free Wi-Fi access, can be hired for as little as $10 for a half day.

Ar t Sale conveners Emily Greenberg and Sian Harcour t flank South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier at the Featherston Community Centre Annual Ar t Sale during the recent Booktown festival weekend in Featherston

Booking system We are working on a new room booking system that will allow interested parties to see which spaces are available and book accordingly. The system will also allow groups to have attendees reserve - and if required, pay in advance for - seats at events held here.

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The Way is here for Featherston youth Caelum Greaves

With everyone’s attention focused on Booktown, there is no better time than now to talk about the youth and the volunteers of Featherston, in particular the youth organisation that has been running in Featherston for half a decade called The Way. Many of the members could be seen during Booktown, volunteering to help their community. The group meets every Friday, and one of the leaders, Alan Maxwell, explains that the group “does a lot of games with opportunities to teach out of. They are called ABLs, activitybased learning. We do things for character formation. A lot of our young people don’t know how to deal with conflict well, with anxiety well or with losing well. “We like to rotate what we do every week, so sometimes we are in the hall doing ABLs, sometimes we have a cluster group where we do games and things. We do community nights where we get out and do things for the community. One night we get someone in from the community to speak. We try to get younger people, or those who are only a few years older than them, so they can see what opportunities there are.” Alan goes on, “We try to empower them to understand that circumstances aren’t as important as the choices they make during those circumstances. Everyone can have a sad story, everyone can have obstacles, but it’s the choices you make in that obstacle that decides where you go. There are challenges for everyone these days. It doesn’t take much for anyone’s home and circumstances to be under pressure. It doesn’t matter who you are; it can hit any family at any time.” The group just finished at the large Easter Camp that took

place over the Easter holidays with over 2,200 campers. The group did amazingly, winning the football tournament and the coveted Team Spirit Award for the big Top Town event. Alan says, “For a lot of them, it’s just providing them a safe space, because not everyone has a safe home to go to, not everyone has a healthy home to live in. We basically want to provide them a space to belong. We want to create a place where we can influence people in a positive way. For some of the kids it is the best part of their week.” The youth group is not always heard about around town, but it is good to see that the community does know about the group, with Alan saying, “What we’re working towards within the youth group, and within the families, is that we can support and help each other a lot. We do a lot of that within the community without making a great song and dance about it. That’s partially why I love Featherston. There are so many people who are willing to step up and help, and suddenly something that was a struggle for somebody becomes nothing more than a blip.” Alan has just passed his five-year mark with The Way at the start of May and is looking forward to many more years with The Way, helping and supporting Featherston’s local community.

Winners of the Team Spirit Award at Easter Camp 2019

Members of The Way off to The Games at Petone in March

The Way meeting times: Fridays (during school terms) Juniors 6.00pm - Seniors 7.30pm St John’s Anglican Church Hall, Fox Street

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An update from Fab Feathy Anne Nelson

The Booktown buzz What a great vibe there was in Featherston over Booktown weekend! The main street looked so festive – well done everyone who made buntings, mobiles, origami and other decorations, and helped hang them around the town! As well as getting artists and craftspeople involved, Fab Feathy was out on the main street over the weekend with a long scroll of paper, inviting people to write a line or two in a continuous story. It was brilliant to meet and talk with so many people – young and old, locals and visitors. You can read a summary version of the story on our Facebook page. Fab Feathy supported the Booktown organisers to get funding for the children and young people’s programme. We wanted to support free, grassroots activities that would be relevant and inspiring for locals. Do you have any feedback or ideas for how we could help make Booktown even better for you all next year? Message or email us – it would be great to have your input! Growing healthy food Another cracker event in May was Featherston Organic Week. People came out in the rain to learn how to make planter boxes – and scarecrows began appearing around them on the vacant lot. Throughout the week, there were also farm visits and workshops – with over 80 people visiting Wairarapa Eco Farm. A great outcome is that organic producers and educators throughout the Wairarapa have decided to be more joined up. They have formed a collective

and plan to deliver programmes to help people learn how to grow their own food organically. There will be regular events in Featherston, so keep an eye out for posters around town, follow @featherstonorganics on Facebook and/or continue to read the Phoenix! Main street Wi-Fi Fab Feathy is working with the Featherston Business Association to investigate the feasibility of providing free Wi-Fi in the main street. As well as extending the free internet currently available at the library, this would benefit Featherston businesses and be invaluable for tourists. If you would like to be involved in this project, please call Jack on 027 663 0385 or pop in for a chat on Monday mornings at the Community Centre. Community and Council In April/May, Fab Feathy supported people and groups to submit to the Council’s Annual Plan. Fortunately for the Featherston Swim Club, during this process a small funding windfall was discovered which can now be re-invested into upgrading our pool! The Council is going to be consulting on the Spatial Plan over the following weeks. Keep an eye out for that info, and please get in touch with if you need any support with making a submission to the Council.

Photo credit: Anne Nelson Photo credit: Pete Monk

Photo credit: Anne Nelson

Photo credit: Anne Nelson


Keep Athletics Featherston running! Tiff Nor th

Athletics Featherston agrees with Sport New Zealand that starting young will ensure kids develop a life-long habit of being involved and active. Athletics Featherston has been teaching fundamental movement and athletic skills to South Wairarapa children for fifty-plus years, most of that under the experienced hand of the late Ron Hughes. Now, however, there is the opportunity for someone to take the club on so it can continue to operate for another fifty. The club has been running every year from spring to summer with keen kids and supportive parents taking part in Athletics NZ’s “Get, Set, Go” and “Run, Jump, Throw” programmes, which provide essential skills for any sport children want to take part in. The club has a range of track and field equipment to run a full programme and the parents to assist on club nights. What’s needed is a motivated club leader or leaders who enjoy sport and seeing kids active to take on the running of Athletics Featherston for October to March and beyond. Coaching athletics is a great way to express your passion for sport and to enrich the lives of children in our region. It’s exciting and satisfying, and helps you stay actively involved in our community. Not sure if you have the skills? A comprehensive handover and coaching courses are offered to anyone interested in taking this on. It has been a pleasure to see so many of our young people enjoying the fun, fitness and friendship that Athletics


Featherston promotes up at the rec and it’d be a shame for Featherston and the South Wairarapa to lose this club that supports our young people to enjoy an active lifestyle and to test their abilities with a variety of activities. Please think hard about putting your hand up to help the club continue running for future generations and submit your interest to Cheers.

Where’s your nearest AED? Annelise Schroeder

If someone has a heart-related emergency while out and about, their chances of recovery are greatly increased if those first on the scene have access to an automated external defibrillator (AED). In Featherston, these are located at the Fire Station (46 Fox Street) and at the Super Value supermarket (47 Fitzherbert Street). If you have a mobile phone, you can download the free AED Locations app, which will show you your closest AED anywhere in New Zealand, and the St John CPR app, which will give you clear guidance in an emergency. Do it now, before you need them.

Extinction Rebellion Wairarapa lobbies councils Jeremy Logan

Wairarapa community group Extinction Rebellion Wairarapa made presentations last week to two Wairarapa councils seeking the declaration of a climate emergency. The purpose of declaring a climate emergency is to ensure that councils bring focus to the matter of climate change and treat it as the number one priority. Ray Lilley presented to South Wairarapa District Council and Carys Gibbs and Jeremy Logan presented to Masterton District Council. Their presence was supported by members of Extinction Rebellion Wairarapa. Secondary school student and organiser of the Wairarapa School Strike for Climate, Carys Gibbs, made her presentation in the form of a heartfelt rendition of her adaptation of the Dr Seuss story The Lorax. Our local councils are the bodies most able to respond to the threat of climate change and set the examples that local businesses and private citizens need so that they can urgently start making the necessary changes. A declaration of a climate emergency is a tangible way of councils acknowledging that we aren’t in business-as-usual mode anymore and an effective response to the threat of climate change must happen now. Our Wairarapa councils are signatories to the Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration, which specifies a number of commitments to action on climate change. Unfortunately, little has actually been done since they signed up in 2015. Making a climate emergency declaration announces that councils are treating this issue

with the attention it needs. The current evidence of global temperature rise, sea-level rise, ice loss, sea temperature rise, adverse weather events and biodiversity loss demonstrates that climate change is a severe, urgent problem that if left unchecked presents an existential risk. Extinction Rebellion Wairarapa is affiliated with Extinction Rebellion Aotearoa. Extinction Rebellion has three demands: 1. Tell the truth - the Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change. 2. Act now - the Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. 3. Beyond politics - the Government must create and be led by the decisions of a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice.

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Harrison Street East Small and Tiny Home Development Update

Greetings all, Even though the weather is getting cooler right now, our enthusiasm for this project is not! We have just completed the trial engineering works at the Fitzherbert Street section. These site works demonstrate the application of the grasscrete porous paving, limestone path, stormwater retention/soakage system and the planter box and brushstick boundary treatments, which are key components in the whole village structure.

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The revised consent application for Council is also progressing. We have downscaled the consent to 30 dwellings and 3 future development lots. This has meant that some features such as the proposed creche, gym and teenagers space may not happen. However, once the initial development is operational, we will revisit the future options with Council. After the consent application is lodged, I will schedule more public meetings to update people about the project. Some of these will be in Featherston and we are also commencing marketing in the Hutt as we expect some of the future residents will be from over the hill. In the meantime you can follow progress on Facebook As always, we welcome your comments. My email is and the project website is https:// featherston


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Information sessions about bilingual EnglishTe Reo Maori class Katherine MacGregor

Featherston Primary School Principal Gina Smith and a group of parents and teachers are holding information sessions throughout the South Wairarapa about starting a bilingual Te Reo MÄ ori primary school unit.

The creation of the unit is in a bid to revitalise Te Reo MÄ ori in the South Wairarapa district. The group has held two information sessions in Featherston (PaetĹŤmĹ?kai). The purpose of the information sessions is to listen to what the community wants and to talk about the research that has been done about the benefits of bilingual education. Sophronia Smith, a parent with a background in tertiary education, said that research into bilingual education shows it has positive results. “If you’re learning two languages in this structure, it enhances both languages.â€?

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Quitting a tenancy Christyn Moses, Wairarapa Citizens Advice Bureau

When a tenancy ends it can be difficult, whether initiated by the tenant or the landlord. The landlord inspects the property, addresses the bond involved and finds a new tenant. A tenant has to find another home, organise furniture removal, change address at NZ Post, clean the property thoroughly, remove all possessions, pay final rent, leave and return all the keys in order to get the bond back. A need is good communication between the tenant and the landlord. If the tenant is not caring for the property properly and the landlord believes the tenant is capable of cleaning the property up and/or able to fix damage the tenant has caused, the landlord may write to advise they have 14 consecutive days to make good poor care and/or damage. A sample Notice to Remedy and a lot more information is available on (Tenancy Services). If the tenant does not attend to the problem, the landlord may have the Tenancy Tribunal provide an order to make the tenant do the work. If the work is still not done or the problem is very serious, the Tribunal can order an end to the tenancy. The landlord cannot evict the tenant without an order. Following an order by the Tenancy Tribunal to evict the tenant, the police will attend the eviction. In a periodic tenancy, usually a normal period of notice from the landlord to the tenant is 90 days. An exception is when the landlord has sold the home or requires it themselves or a family member. Then the period of notice is 42 days. If the landlord is selling up, the tenant must be told in writing. If a tenant with a periodic tenancy wants to give the landlord notice that of quitting the premises, the normal notice period is 21 days. The situation with a fixed-term tenancy is that it ends on the date of the end of the fixed term.

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If a tenant leaves but doesn’t remove all their possessions, the landlord can immediately remove anything perishable and ask the tenant to remove the other abandoned goods. If no action, the landlord can assess the goods’ value, store them for 35 days and then sell them at a reasonable market price (any personal papers should be stored for 35 days or handed to the police, but get a receipt). If the tenant collects the goods within 35 days, they can expect to pay the cost of storage. Doing everything right makes the quitting less difficult and the tenant should expect to get the bond refunded in full. The key to good landlord/tenant relations is to communicate well. The free A4 Tenancy Services booklet we have at CAB is very helpful to both parties. Please ask us for one. Wairarapa Citizens Advice Bureau Free, confidential information 43 Perry Street, Master ton Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Phone 06 377 0078 or 0800 367 222 Email Website

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Featherston Lioness Club snippets Barbara Love

In May we supported a wonderful Mother’s Day afternoon at the Booktown event. Most of our members were able to attend. We enjoyed hearing the gifted speakers and the lovely afternoon tea was a treat. We congratulate the Booktown organisers on a lovely afternoon. We welcome our new member Carol-Ann Stark. We wish you well and hope you enjoy being a Lioness. Our lunch bunch has been out again. We are now looking forward to our June change of officers evening when our new President and office-bearers will take over. We thank members who are standing down and wish our new officers all the best. Members have been out collecting for different organisations and recently approved our donations for the year, which we try to do yearly. One recent recipient was Maths Wairarapa. Please contact either Faith on 308 9237 or Barbara on 308 9330 should you be interested in finding out more about our Club. This is my second-to-last news item as I am stepping down as Secretary and handing over writing all news about our Club. I shall miss it but I realise other members must have a turn.

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Aroha Quartet returns with Diedre Irons Ed and Juliet Cooke

The Aroha Quartet will revisit Greytown for a concert on 30 June with guest pianist Diedre Irons, who is widely known as one of New Zealand’s best piano soloists and accompanists. They will be performing an interesting and appealing programme of old and new music. First up will be Mozart’s string quartet The Hunt, a highspirited joyful work, both rustic and sophisticated. Its popularity is reflected in its use in various films as diverse as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Star Trek: Insurrection. Unbound by Aucklander Brigid Bisley will complete the first half of the concert. The group describes the work as expressive, heartfelt and enjoyable. Diedre Irons joins the quartet for the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor. The quintet began life as a string quintet, but a friend of Brahms thought that strings alone didn’t do justice to the work, so Brahms rewrote it for two pianos and finally as a piano quintet to give a real breadth and strength of sound. Founding members of the Aroha Quartet, violinist Haihong Liu and viola player Zhongxian Jin, plus cellist Robert Ibell, who has played in the quartet for the last ten years, are pleased to have Orchestra Wellington lead second violin Konstanze Artmann become the fourth member of the group. Apart from their regular orchestral work, and performances of chamber music, the Aroha Quartet members have committed themselves to musical education. They have established the ASQ International Music Academy, holding annual week-long chamber music courses in Wellington, and now also in China, for student and adult amateur players of a minimum standard of grade VI. They provide ensemble coaching, masterclasses and tutorials, bringing in tutors from New Zealand and abroad.

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Featherston RSA sit-rep Peter Jackson

Kia ora koutou. We hope this latest RSA sit-rep (situation report) finds you all fit and well. Poppy Day 2019 We can now confirm that Featherston and wider community generously donated a total of $1,143.50 on Poppy Day in April, for use in the support of veterans, former and currently serving members of the armed forces and their families in times of need. Thank you very much to everyone who supported this event. Anzac Day 2019 Featherston successfully and appropriately commemorated Anzac Day on 25 April. A very intimate service was held at the Cross of Sacrifice in Featherston Cemetery to remember those servicemen and servicewomen lying at rest there. (Did you know the Services section of Featherston Cemetery is actually a Commonwealth War Graves site?) This year the sequence of events for the civic service was changed, with the hall service being held first, followed by the march to the war memorial, the laying of wreaths, and then refreshments at the RSA. Feedback on this new sequence has been very positive, and so it is likely to be repeated in the future. AGM 2019 Our Annual General Meeting successfully took place at the clubrooms on Sunday 19 May. Thank you to those who found the time to attend. Your new committee is: Peter Jackson (President), Brad Atte La Crouche (Vice President), Fiona McDonald (Secretary), Carl Thomas (Treasurer), Cheryl Cavanagh (Support Advisor), Pam Colenso (Martinborough Rep), Nim Grewal, Lee Halford, Christine Hamilton and Jean McDowall. We farewell Dick Smith, Ian Simons, Ralph Wardle and Garry Thomas from the committee, and thank them very much for their lengthy service - in various committee positions - to the RSA and its members. Firewood raffle Congratulations to Garry O’Dwyer, the winner of the RSA’s firewood raffle (with ticket 89). Thanks very much to everyone who supported this fundraiser - we are very grateful indeed. A total of $274 was raised, and this is earmarked for building repair and renovations. Battle of Messines commemoration The 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Messines is being commemorated with a brief service at the Featherston War Memorial at 1400 hours (2pm) on Sunday 9 June. All are welcome to attend. Please form up on Fox Street adjacent to the war memorial. If you wish to lay a wreath, please let the RSA know in advance by phoning 022 165 3521 or emailing June Happy Hour Join us at the clubrooms on Friday 28 June at 1800 hours (6pm) for our monthly Members’ Happy Hour. For RSA members there will be discounted beers and wines (just show your 2019 membership card at the bar), complimentary finger-food platters and the monthly members’ draw (you must be there to win). There will also be meat and cash

raffles (which are available to RSA and non-RSA members alike). We look forward to seeing you there! Membership cards Unfortunately we have been having some challenges with the timely production of 2019 membership cards through the RNZRSA. If you haven’t received yours yet, please accept our apologies for the delay. We are working with the RNZRSA to resolve this issue and will get your cards to you as soon as we are able to. If you know of someone interested in joining the RSA, even if they haven’t served in the military, please encourage them to speak to a committee member, and submit a membership form. Membership of Featherston Memorial RSA is open to anyone of good character. Until next time, ngā mihi nui.

South Wairarapa Rebus Club news Bill Woodhams

Our guest speaker on 26 April was Bill Butzbach, a Martinborough resident and a fire and emergency service volunteer. After 38 years of professional fire service Bill now helps lead national urban and rural volunteer fire brigades through their challenging integration into a united fire and emergency service. The United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA), of which Bill is now CEO, was founded in 1876. It has 558 members including 390 volunteer brigades (urban and rural), 76 paid professional brigades, and units associated with defence facilities, specific industrial sites and airports. With the passing of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017, all local volunteer brigades were included in the UFBA’s scope. The UFBA’s enlarged role now includes representation of New Zealand’s extraordinary number of community-based volunteers. It assists in dispute resolutions and runs training seminars, sports events and conferences. UFBA has a benevolent fund that includes granting assistance to injured firefighters. The annual operating cost of fire and emergency services is about $600 million, funded by a levy on insurance premiums. In comparison, the Government’s wholly funded police force costs in excess of $1 billion a year. It is estimated that the annual value of Fire and Emergency (FENZ) volunteers’ contribution to the community is $545600 million a year. About half that cost is borne by the workemployers of volunteers or by the volunteers themselves through reduced paid employment hours. Our speaker saw the current and future UFBA mandate as strengthening the roles of communities, including local advisory committees who understand local priorities and can apply local knowledge to emergency response planning. UFBA would continue to work to balance the roles of the many volunteers and professionals, provide advocacy services and give input for policy design decisions. The South Wairarapa Rebus Club meets in Greytown at the South Wairarapa Working Men’s Club on the fourth Friday of each month. Anyone in the retired age group who may be interested in our activities is welcome to come along to a meeting as a visitor. Contact David Woodhams on 06 306 8319 or


Red Cross update Barbara Love

While we in Red Cross Featherston are not involved with the Featherston Meals on Wheels, we do recommend that should you find Meals on Wheels might help your circumstances, do get in touch with May Brown (308 6912). We deliver from the same source into Greytown and Martinborough and the meals are recommended by those who receive them. If you require a first aid certificate or need revalidation, please telephone 0800 924 287. They may be able to help. Maybe you require transport for a medical appointment. Telephone our 0800 number. For equipment loans, wheelchairs, walking sticks, walkers, etc, please telephone Brian Love (308 9330). He may be able to help. In July we plan to have a forum with special speakers from our migration team and this will take place in Masterton. If you are interested, please let us know.

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News from Rotary Tamara Allerhand

As part of its activities, South Wairarapa Rotary invites a wide range of interesting and influential people - from local community leaders to well-known national figures - to address members at dinner meetings. We have all heard of acupuncture, which has gradually moved into mainstream treatment. What most of us did not know is that it has developed a new approach called neuropuncture. Local acupuncturist Peter Larking explained this to us in a most interesting presentation recently. A lot of research is being undertaken to find out exactly how the body reacts to the needles and to the use of tiny electric currents. Peter said that this provides another treatment option for many conditions. We also heard from local artist Rebekah Farr, whose recent exhibition Departures at Aratoi explored the theme of exile and migration. Rebekah maintains she is the only artist in New Zealand who uses the cold wax and oil technique. Rebekah described her journey as an artist and painter, illustrating her story by the works she did at each stage. One of these depicted the Queen as a refugee, which had a special impact. Rotary has now been serving the Wairarapa community for many years. Recently the Masterton South Rotary club held its fiftieth anniversary and the South Wairarapa Rotary club will also be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in July. Much has been achieved by Rotary in New Zealand over those fifty years. From the establishment of the New Zealand Child Research Foundation by the Auckland Rotary Clubs in 1971 to the inception of the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Course in 2002 by the Wellington district and on, Rotary has been providing critical services to New Zealand communities. To find out more, visit


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St Teresa’s School celebrates parish family Carrie Watson

The students and staff of St Teresa’s School are very grateful for the ongoing support that they receive from the parishioners of St Teresa’s Church. To acknowledge all of the work that the mothers, and mother figures, in our school do, the ladies from the Parish made a corsage for every student to give to their mother. Corsages were given to the mothers who came to our special Mother’s Day assembly and morning tea, and were taken home by everyone else at the end of the day. Our Parish family also supports us by attending Mass at our school, every second Friday, as we are not able to have Mass in the Church due to the earthquake risk. Parishioners help with events such as the Harvest Festival, working with students, and even as members of our Board of Trustees. Students and families in need also benefit from the proceeds of the many yummy cake stalls run by the Parish. These very kind actions are appreciated by our whole school community and are a living example of our school values in action:

“Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God”.

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Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club news

Featherston Junior Football Club news

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Nim Grewal

What a busy first term we had! It’s great to see some new faces this year. We are so lucky to have a brand-new committee on board. Congratulations to Warren Hart (President), Thomas and Makere Sargent (Secretaries), and Kelly Sargent (Treasurer). As usual we have our head trainer Jeremy Sargent, who is supported this year by Chris Sargent, Randall Handcock and the rest of the team when required. Warren and Jeremy have a successful adults class running on Wednesdays from 7.30pm and we welcome anyone who would like to have a go!

The season is in full swing and all seven of our junior teams have been getting stuck in! With an average count of just over 70 players turning out each week, I believe we’ve managed to achieve our five-year goal of becoming the largest team sports club in Featherston a couple of years early. Thanks to everyone who has helped make that a reality. A quick count showed that in addition to the returning players, we have had 23 new players join the club this year, some who had never played a game of football before in their lives. We’re super proud to be able to cater for all skill levels and age groups in the junior space and hope to see many more of Featherston’s kids join our ranks and enjoy learning about and playing the beautiful game. While you may see the physical fruits of our labours in the new goalposts and footballs, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re also working very hard behind the scenes to make sure that each of our coaches has access to the best junior training materials and courses available so that we can continue to deliver the best experience to all of our players. With new stuff turning up there’s invariably old stuff to find new homes for. We’re glad to see the happy doggos when we rock up and boot out some of the older footballs into the Featherston Dog Park. A good doggo is a football-loving doggo! If you want to get in touch to learn how you can benefit from our Football for Featherston, or have any questions, our contact details are still: e: fb: FeatherstonJuniorFC ig: FeatherstonJuniorFC w: www.spor Thanks to everyone who suppor ts us!

Last term we were fortunate enough to be formally recognised in the South Wairarapa District Council Civic Awards with nominations in three categories and we won the Sporting Category! This term we have once again been named finalists, this time in three categories for the Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Awards. Our triangular tournament against Tawa and Waikanae on Sunday 26 May at our club in Featherston was a great event. Our annual trail bike ride fundraiser is back Sunday 2 June at Yeronga Road, Pirinoa. Gates open at 8am, so if you love a muddy ride with amazing views, then come on out! Our representative team heads away to the North Island Championships this year in Otaki, followed by Dunedin and Hamilton for Club Championships and National Championships. This year we look to include some adults in our representative team. As always, we are very grateful to those that have supported us on our journey: Inspire Tiling, Adamsons Service Station, Jackie Jones at The Professionals, Robert Algie Memorial Trust, Ed Read, Sargent Motorcycles, Sargent Builders, Premiere Bacon, Visual Industrie, Scotty’s Meats and South Wairarapa District Council. Please support these businesses when you can. The Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club was proud to support Wairarapa Winter Jackets with our old team jackets. This is a wonderful initiative, created by a Featherston local, so please feel free to bring your old jackets to training and we can pass them on or touch base with a drop-off point! If you are interested in having a go at wrestling or have any enquires, please check out our Facebook page, email or pop down to the club on a Wednesday during term time from 5.30pm.

Featherston Badminton Club Meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm South Wairarapa Sports Stadium Underhill Road, Featherston $20 per season or $2 per night Some racquets are available for those who don't have their own. Players of all abilities are welcome! Contact: Andrew Kerr 027 553 7772


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Featherston Community Centre DAY Mon



9:00am - 12noon 1:00pm - 4:00pm 1:00pm - 4:00pm 7pm - 8:pm 3rd Monday monthly 7:00pm – 9:00pm






Jack Sheppard

027 663 0385

Pat Hamilton

06 308 9729

Val Watkins

06 308 9293

Rhonda Jones

06 308 8445

Sandie Fletcher

021 157 4909

Juesday Art

Julia O’Neale

06 308 8977

11:00am – 3:00pm 2nd Tuesday monthly

WCLC Susan Mitchell

06 377 4134 0800-92-42-52 021 246 4884

Neil Rait

06 308 9341

7:00pm – 8:15pm

Wairarapa Community Law Centre Outreach Clinic Featherston Wahine Singers $3 per participant Ukulele Group $2 per participant Hatha Yoga

Nicki Stewart

021 188 6439

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Alcoholics Anonymous


0800 229 6757

10:00am – 11:00am

Feldenkrais: Move with Ease

Rupert Watson

027 585 3822

Noon – 1.30pm 1st Thursday monthly

Sheridan Evans

06 308 9059

Barbara Page

06 304 9208

7:00pm – 8:00pm 1st Thursday monthly

Book Group $2 per participant Social Learners Bridge $2 per participant

SW Branch of NZ Labour Party

Ken Stokes

027 347 2891

7:30pm – 9:00pm 3rd Thursday monthly 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Community Centre Board Meeting

Paul Mason

027 282 8201


Odette Rowe

021 180 9452

10:00am – 12:00noon

May Brown & Virginia Kunz

MB: 06 308 6912 VK: 06 308 8392

10:00am – 2:00pm

Needlework & Craft Drop-in Home of Featherston Knitters $2 per participant Cloth Collective Sewing Workshop

021 234 1554

9:00am – 10:00am

Feldenkrais: Move with Ease

Petra AlsbachStevens Rupert Watson

10:00am – 12noon

Featherston Toy Library

Merle Adams

06 308 8109

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Narcotics Anonymous


0800 628 632

1:00pm - 3:00pm

1:00pm - 4:00pm



10:00am – 1:00pm

7:00pm – 8:30pm


Fab Feathy Drop-in hours See for more details Mah Jong $2 per participant FSTN Senior Citizens Club Cards $2 per participant Featherston Beautification Group $2 per participant Art For Everyone $2 per participant

JUNE 2019

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