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It’s springtime in beautiful Featherston! Julia Reed

Several years ago the Featherston Beautification Group was formed and ran successfully under the guidance of Kath Lang, Diana Donald and Dean Davies, to name a few. They did extensive research amongst the community to determine what people would like to see and improve in the main street of town. A resulting outcome of this was to determine that the main street would be divided into three themed sections: the native bush and wetlands at the Remutaka end, the Fell Engine and its history in the middle of town, and the military theme towards the northern end. The group wound down and after a period of time a new group of committed people reformed the group and set about continuing to make improvements to town that reflected these identified and valued themes of the community. The group started with the large project of designing and fundraising for Welcome to Featherston signs at the three entrances to town. These were designed by Rhonda Jones with input from the Beautification Group and Hamish Donald. Two signs now mark the northern and southern entrances to Featherston. Designs for State Highway 53 signs are complete and we are fundraising to secure the last of the funds to install these. Alongside this extensive project the small hardworking group has completed smaller projects such as planting oak trees in Card Reserve, planting kōwhai parallel to State Highway 2 in the Davis Sawmill grounds, planting kōwhai on Johnston Street alongside the rail track walkway, installing wrought iron seats with the train engine motif along Johnston Street and in the wind sculpture reserve, planting in the dog park, and doing extensive gardening maintenance and planting to support the Council and main street businesses to beautify their gardens. This is undertaken by Jan Thurston, Jan Stephens and Kathryn Seagrave. Other projects being undertaken and in consultation with the Council are continued planting of trees along key streets in town. Underhill Road is presently being discussed for this. The possibility of adding some gabion planter boxes into the main street to help beautify the town with

flowering plants is being explored by Yvonne Williams. Art sculptures are also being planned. Various people have served time in the group. At present there are just six committed members undertaking work to bring about improvements to town. Recently the Beautification Group has planted nearly 200 daffodil bulbs into Cherry Tree Park, so we’ll see a lovely drift of colour in spring. We have recently put a lot of shrubs and trees into this area, and with some inspired stonework, we have given this popular little park a new lease on life! A few weeks ago we planted several carpet roses near Adamson’s garage. The mixed colours give a bright welcome to the south entrance of town. We have also placed more kowhai trees in the Johnston Street park, to enhance existing trees and highlight our seating. We are very grateful for the generous donations we have received from the community. These funds have enabled us to plan for replacement plants and to upgrade several gardens. To fund our projects, we rely on the sale of our annual Featherston calendars. We are forever grateful to Chris Miller, who does the graphic layout and setup of this for us, and to Hair Stop, Adamson’s and Loco who sell them for us. This year’s calendars are all go and just need a few more local photos of our fabulous town, shops and activities, not to mention some of our lovely views. Email any quality photos you would like to see to Please make sure it is your own work and clearly write your name for the credits. Make a choice to support us to make a positive difference in our town by purchasing a calendar this year.


Featherston is growing let’s vote Marina Lira

Another election year in New Zealand is coming up and it’s from the vote that we will decide who will be elected in our local body elections. Each district elects its councillors, mayor and community board members. Also, at the same time, elections for regional councillors and for the local health board will be running. While many might feel it’s not worth it, voting is really important and it’s our civil duty as New Zealanders to vote. In 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to allow all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Compared to other countries, that was a huge achievement at that time. For now, voting is an important part of our constitutional arrangements. Voting in the local elections is your chance to make a change in how your region is shaped. Things like the rates you pay and the services and assets they pay for, bus timetables, checking buildings are built properly, quality of water, cultural and sporting events taking place near you are a few duties the local council has. A small demographic of three local people recently interviewed had this to say. For Ritchie Wards, “opportunities for youth/rangatahi, development of the main street and greater council investment in their sporting facilities” are the three problems he is concerned with. David Coates said that “infrastructure, particularly around stormwater and wastewater, wandering dogs, and wet, mossy pavements that are a genuine safety hazard” are things that he’s worried about in Featherston. David also believes that the council should “work with GWRC and the rail organisations to increase safety around the exit, particularly of cars, from the railway station and to provide extra parking there, and work with the business community to encourage further hospitality venues – cafés, eateries and bars”. The train station in Featherston seems to be the life blood of the town, so these comments hit the mark. Over the next three years the candidates will have to show their plans that will improve Featherston and will bring good results for Featherstonians. “They should not make promises they can’t keep. It is better for them to focus on several small projects than one large one. Overcommitting to being involved in everything gets nothing done. For me, they should focus on what really matters to Featherston and ensure they are transparent in their decision-making,” Ritchie said. Richard Gould moved to Featherston in February this year after spending 12 years outside of the Wairarapa. He grew up

here, but like most young people moved to the city for better tertiary education and job opportunities. “I decided to move back here after I saw how much the Wairarapa has changed for the good. Featherston has finally caught the fever that started in Greytown and Martinborough. So many people have moved here from over the hill. This place is thriving.” As a small centre, Featherston is still picking up the growth from other South Wairarapa towns and the capital. The development of Wellington increases the search for small places like Featherston. Ritchie thinks, “Featherston really has bloomed over the past few years. New shops have opened, house prices have rocketed and crime has decreased. This has, however, had a negative impact on a number of people who can no longer afford to live in Featherston as rents keep going up.” Besides that, as a parent, it’s important to explain to young kids what is happening and why they should vote when they are old enough. It’s them who will have to live with the consequences of good and bad decisions from our local administration. It’s through voting that you will have grounds to be represented and to hold our local governing body accountable for its decisions. It’s an opportunity to have your voice heard in the community and to have the things that matter for you put to the forefront. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. Your vote counts as much as everyone else’s.

Featherston Phoenix

Volume XXIV, Issue 8, September 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, Friday 20 September 2019 Editor: Annelise Schroeder Additional repor ting: Marina Lira Layout and production: Kristi Chalmers Printing: The Sign Factory Distribution: Raewyn Russo, Helen & Bill Walker, and Gordon Wyeth


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Final candidate nominations Mayor Alex Beijen Lee Carter Graeme Farr Dayle Harwood Viv Napier (one vacancy) Featherston Ward Lee Carter Garrick Emms Colin Olds Ross Vickery Brenda West (three vacancies)

I have enjoyed my first term as a member of the Featherston Community Board and together we have supported many successful and important events 1. I will continue to listen an address the social and business concerns. 2. I will continue to bring awareness to the more controversial issues that face our Featherston community. 3. I will continue to advocate and support our environment and people and seek to address the issues affecting our community.

Featherston Community Board Claire Bleakley Indigo Freya Mark Shepherd (four vacancies)

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ADVERTISEMENT Recently I was taking a drive around the district, as we drove along an unsealed road I could feel the bumps and I could see many ahead, when I looked in the mirror not much could be seen except for some dust. It was a timely reminder because some have said to me that Council needs a shake up and they think I am motivated by the road travelled, I can assure all that my gaze is fixed firmly ahead yet mindful of where we have been. I am also mindful that many in South Wairarapa would not know me, in this edition I wish to introduce myself. I was born at the Featherston Maternity Home and raised at South Featherston, my father was a tanker driver at the Dairy Factory and my mother worked at Batavian Rubber Factory, I attended South Featherston school and then Kuranui College, my first job was on the weekends at a Poultry Farm in Greytown where I fed the chooks as well as collecting and grading the eggs. After leaving secondary school I worked in Wellington in Post Office Headquarters before beginning training at the Construction and Maintenance Branch in Featherston for Telecoms NZ, my first 3 months had me on a crew installing multi-access radio sites and decommissioning the old exchanges at Hinekura, Pahaoa, Tuturumuri and White Rock, there were many cups of tea, lots of travelling, as well as doing all facets of the work from digging holes, linesmen work and cabling. In 1993 I left Telecoms and set up my own business in Wellington supplying and installing phone systems and computer networks for businesses, in 1995 I became a Dad and after my 2nd child was born in 1999 I was co-opted onto the Johnsonville Main School Board of Trustees as Chair of Property and on the Finance Committee. During 2004 I sold my business, studied part time at Massey University, I started competing in multisport and went on to compete in NZ Ironman 3 times, in 2006 I began a new business which is still operating, I was also fortunate enough to be able to attend many of my children’s school time activities during the day, these years were my most rewarding. My daughter is doing her PHD in Biotechnology and my son is soon to complete his degree in International Relations, both are studying at VIC University and have been avid Football and Cricketers and represented Wellington and higher honours. Since leaving Council I have still remained active in the community, I enjoyed being responsible for the roster for Featherston Community Patrol which got me out on patrol on the weekends with the other volunteers, my weekends now find me on the golf course or conducting Weddings as I became a Marriage Celebrant in January 2018. Also at the start of 2018 a friend of mine died, I was asked to maintain the technical side of his business, this was selling and installing systems and maintaining the client base until a new owner was found. It is not easy walking into a business and making it work without a handover, I am that type of person though. I know the District well, have a good understanding of Governance, the opportunity to have been on the Audit and Risk Committee for Council as well as being on the Wairarapa Moana Governance group were relished, my decision to resign at the time wasn’t taken lightly and I fully understand that many may not view favourably. The next few months will be challenging for all that are running for Mayor, Council and Community Boards, we all have the desire to do our best for our communities, regardless of the results we will all come away having learned more about ourselves as well as our towns/districts. All the best to everyone. Cheers Authorised by Dayle Harwood, 25 Victoria Street, CARTERTON.



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Focus on mental health and wellbeing Jen Bhati

Each month Neighbourhood Support New Zealand launches a new national campaign where we focus on a theme or topic relevant to the time of year or which ties in with another extensive campaign in the community. The idea behind this is that by having one common mission, our members and supporters can come together at a national-level and focus on a single cause, allowing us to maximise our impact. This month, the campaign is Mental Health + Wellbeing. Did you know that one in four New Zealand adults will suffer from a mental disorder or distress at some point in their lives? When they do, let’s make sure they never have to go it alone. To create safer, more caring communities we need to not only look after ourselves but those around us as well. For the month of September, we want to use our voice to raise awareness for mental health and wellbeing. Perhaps consider sharing a cuppa with someone you know who could use the support or challenge your family and friends to unplug from social media for the entire month to improve their wellbeing. If you or someone you know is going through a rough patch, don’t forget you can call or text 1737 anytime for free support from a trained counsellor. This month also coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, followed by Mental Health Awareness Day on 10 October. However you choose to take part, feel free to tag us in your posts and use the hashtag #NSNZmentalhealth so we can see

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Not your average AGM Ruper t Watson

Most AGMs are boring but necessary features for organisations and groups. Not so for Featherston Community Centre, which makes a point of inviting a stirring speaker, keeping organisational matters to barest essentials, and providing a darned good supper. This year Dr Ryan McLane, originally from Utah but now a local, fascinated a full house with stories of his experience working for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the NZ Consulate in Chengdu, China. China has many of the greatest cities in the world, with populations up to 20 million, and the rest of the world has barely heard of them. Chengdu is one such and Ryan illustrated his talk with magnificent photos, Chengdu also being famous as home base for the panda industry. In his previous public health career Ryan has worked in Sierra Leone, Alaska and California. Board chair Paul Mason kept business to the point, with a highlight being an acknowledgement to outgoing chair Emily Greenberg. Emily’s contribution to the Featherston community through her role with the Centre in recent years is nothing short of legendary. It’s a tribute to her skills that excellent new people have been recruited to the board to keep the good work growing, as the Centre’s scope and activities reach even higher levels with each passing year.

Emily Greenberg receives a gift from Paul Mason and the board after six years of ser vice to the Community Centre

Volunteering at the Community Centre Marina Lira

Have you ever stopped to think how grateful you’d be to spend a few hours working with organisations that need support? A place where you can improve your skills, learn more and also help your community? Volunteer work can be the right thing for you! I moved this year to Featherston from Brazil and after the complicated process to get a visa I was able to start looking for a job opportunity in New Zealand. To me, volunteering is an enriching experience, meeting people from different backgrounds and learning more about the community and the work they do. Besides that, I am developing my professional and personal skills. I decided to do volunteer work with different organisations such as the Women’s Centre, Connecting Communities and the Featherston Community Centre. Now that I am living in Featherston I thought it would be a great chance to give back to the community that has adopted me so well. On Thursday mornings you can find me at the Featherston Community Centre responsible for the reception and administrative tasks. I also create content and networking on the Centre’s social media platforms, such as Facebook and Eventfinda. It has been a great opportunity to work at the Centre with Centre staff and volunteers who welcomed and supported me since the beginning. While volunteering at the Centre, I have had the chance to know more about some of the activities they offer to the community such as hatha yoga with Nikki on Wednesdays - a great practice to find balance between mind and body. Suitable for all ages, Nikki adapts the asanas (postures) so everybody can feel comfortable during her class. The Cloth Collective meets at the Centre on Fridays, making fun and useful items from recycled fabric. One of their members, Taralee Freeman, has an entry in the World of Wearable Arts (WOW). Many of the entrants are international teams of designers, so we are thrilled to see homegrown talent up there! And the Needlework & Craft Drop-In, also meeting on Fridays, makes amazing small and large garments to keep local heads, feet and hands warm and happy. As a community we all have the chance to enjoy a Centre that supports health and wellbeing for all of us through a varied programme of groups and activities. It’s always a good idea to support local initiatives and help develop our community. Come along and enjoy the classes they offer. For more information about the above groups and activities and what’s going on at the Centre, just check the timetable at the back of the Phoenix. The Featherston Community Centre is at 14 Wakefield Street. Visit, email or phone 06 308 8239.

Marina Lira volunteers at the Featherston Community Centre on Thursdays


A new face for Fab Feathy

Te Reo Maori: have your say

Sophronia Smith

Sophronia Smith

Remutaka maunga e tu. Wairarapa Moana e rere ana. Ki ngū hapū nō konei ngā mihi! He uri tēnei nō Rakaipaaka, Rongomaiwahine, Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne o Wairarapa. Ko Sophronia Smith tōku ingoa. He kaitakawaenga au.

Kia ora whanau! Pae tū Mōkai o Tauira Incorporated Society wants to find out who in our community is interested in learning Te Reo Māori, raranga (weaving with flax), and whakairo (carving). Can you spare a few moments to take a survey? Find it online at Your feedback is very important and we really do appreciate your time. Tena rawa atu. To find out more, search for “Pae tū Mōkai o Tauira” on Facebook or email

I am the new Kaitakawaenga (Fab Feathy Facilitator) for Paetūmōkai (Featherston) and look forward to working with Haki (Jack). I wish to acknowledge Anne and Alexa for their incredible contribution. Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a rāua. Who am I? I was born and raised in Masterton. My Mother is a Naera from Gladstone, and our marae is Hurunui-o-Rangi. I left Aotearoa as a teen and I lived in Australia, Hawai’i and later Asia and Europe. I returned to Hamilton in 2008. In July 2018, I accepted a job in Wellington at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. My elderly mother had returned to Masterton and I accepted the role to be near her. I decided to live in Featherston, even though I didn’t know a single person. I recall the day I drove to Featherston and I saw Uenuku (the curved god personified as a rainbow) out by the Tararua ranges; I knew the move was right. Living in Featherston took time to adjust. The commute to Wellington each day and juggling single parenting a young child attending Featherston Primary School was exhausting. Once I felt grounded, I attended a meeting at the Anzac Hall. I was impressed with how innovative and vibrant the community is. I felt comfortable to start engaging. In December 2018 I joined Pae tū Mōkai o Tauira, committed to the revitalisation and protection of Wairarapa Moana and te taiao (the environment). In March 2018 I searched for a raranga (weaving with flax) class, but didn’t find one taught during the weekend. So I created a class. We meet every second Saturday. Up to 20 women and men attend. I am newly elected to the Featherston Primary School board and part of the steering group creating a bilingual unit. I have learnt a lot about our community in this past year and will keep learning. When the Kaitakawaenga role was advertised I resonated with the principles that guide community-led development, especially working together, using existing strengths and building leaders. I see this occurring right now and a great example of this is related to the revitalisation of Wairarapa Moana. Various community groups are engaging in restoration projects; there is the Moana Trail project; and Pae tū Mōkai o Tauira are focused on connecting people to the Moana through education. These projects are communityled, building leaders, grow our community, and use our existing strengths and resources. As a Kaitakawaenga, I will support and encourage the continuation and growth of community-based programmes, broker relationships, and empower local members of the community to lead programmes.


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Tickets open for Pukaha’s 2019 garden tour of the north Rachael Dell

Tickets for Pūkaha’s much-loved annual spring Wairarapa garden tour are now on sale. There are a limited number of tickets, so it’s a case of first in, first served. Earlybirds will be rewarded with a reduced ticket price. Earlybird tickets are excellent value at $45 each. This gets you a ticket to the tour, which will feature more than a dozen gorgeous gardens in north Wairarapa on 9 and 10 November 2019. General admission tickets will be available at $55 each once Earlybirds have sold out. This year’s tour features eight new gardens. One of these is an astonishing tropical oasis of 100 palm trees - a surprising find in frost-prone Masterton. Palm Haven is one garden you have to see to believe. On the garden tour map will be returning favourites like Tarata, a woodland garden with a unique stand of remnant tōtara forest that visitors can explore via meandering paths. Just down the road will be newcomer Totara Cottage featuring a young and lovingly tended potager garden. The 2019 tour will showcase gardens for flower lovers, gardens for small spaces, rhododendrons a plenty, a historic homestead garden, an urban garden of rooms to explore, and clever ways to grow produce sustainably. With loads of variety, there’ll be something to suit gardeners of all ages. “We’re incredibly grateful to the gardeners who open during tour weekend. Many of our gardeners who join the tour have a personal connection with our national wildlife centre,” said Emily Court, Pūkaha’s General Manager. “We love that this

fundraiser is so well supported – from gardeners, volunteers and of course tour-goers. Last year 60% of our garden tourers came from outside the region.” 2019 celebrates nine years of Pūkaha’s garden tours. An added bonus for garden ticketholders this year is a free visit to Pūkaha. Because the northern tour route takes gardeners past the wildlife centre, there will be some drawcards at Pūkaha during the tour weekend. It will be worth a stop. Pūkaha’s intention is to grow the event. Thanks to a new collaboration with ConArt (Container Gallery and Studios), unique garden art pieces will also be available to purchase on 9 and 10 November. Locally sourced and home-made refreshments will be available in selected gardens, or BYO picnics are welcome in some gardens. There’ll also be plenty of garden delights to buy: locally propagated plants, garden sculptures and pots, plus treats for the gardener in your life. Tickets are available from Local i-SITEs, the Carterton Events Centre and Pūkaha’s visitor centre can help with purchasing tickets.

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Greytown Music Group wraps up 2019 with the Koru Trio Ed and Juliet Cooke

The Koru Trio, from Wellington, will provide the Greytown Music Group’s last concert for the year. Formed in 2011 by pianist Rachel Thomson, violinist Anne Loeser and cellist Sally Isaac, their mission is to work their way through all the highlights of the rich piano trio repertoire! The concert begins with Dvorak’s Piano Trio in E minor, known as the “Dumky” trio. It has an unusual form of six movements, switching between slow and melancholy elegiac moments and fast impassioned ones. (Dumka means ‘thought’ in Ukrainian, plural dumky. Dumka music often incorporates folk themes.) The last work, Schubert’s Piano Trio in B flat, is lively and buoyant. Written in the year before his death, perhaps he needed a light joyous composition to divert his attention away from his illness-filled life. Robert Schuman said of this work, “One glance at Schubert’s trio and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again.” Sandwiched between the trios will be Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, dedicated to Debussy, and full of striking dissonances, wild pizzicato, and rhythmic verve. All three musicians play for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and combine busy playing schedules with other activities. Sally Isaac has two young children but sees some light at the end of the tunnel as kindy and school are about to provide her with some time of her own.

The Koru Trio: Sally Isaac, Rachel Thomson and Anne Loeser

Rachel Thomson says that two teenage boys, husband, dog and budgie keep her on her toes. Anne Loeser and her husband have just spent three months travelling by train through Australia, Asia, Russia and Europe to a wheat field on the outskirts of a small Spanish village, the exact antipodes of their house in Wellington!

The Koru Trio plays at 4pm on Sunday 15 September at 57 Wood Street, Greytown. Admission $25, students $10. For bookings phone 06 304 9497 or email


Featherston Community Group Updates Featherston Red Cross Barbara Love

Rotary Club of South Wairarapa Tamara Allerhand

The Wairarapa Branch of Red Cross held its Annual General Meeting on 16 August. Brian Love, our President, decided to retire and we thank him for all he has contributed. Brian has been President for four years and will remain as Area Councillor, co-ordinator of Featherston and in charge of our hire equipment. We welcome Julie Bradbury as our new President. Julie lives in Masterton and is more accessible to the office. Brian found that while it was great to have a South Wairarapa President’s voice at meetings, it was a lot of travelling. Chris Hackney is our Secretary and Barbara Love our Treasurer. We welcome our publicity officer Astrid Nielsch, who is experienced in this field. We concluded our meeting with a demonstration by one of our first aid instructors on the use of our AED and where to find the one in our building. This proved to be very interesting. While the machine guides you through the procedure, one needs to know what to do in an emergency should someone need help while in our building. We will be in attendance at the Featherston Expo and the Age Concern Expo in Carterton. Martinborough has a Spring afternoon in September and our Featherston group hopes to arrange a morning tea with a guest speaker. Please contact our office on 0800 924 287 if you require a first aid course or transport for a medical appointment. For equipment hire in the short term, please telephone Brian on 308 9330. He may be able to help.

July saw a strong focus on youth. We had a memorable evening at Kuranui College with dinner followed by a varied programme of entertainment. The students had prepared a variety of finger-food, which they handed round to us; it was nicely presented and tasted delicious. We were entertained with two scenes from Shakespeare’s plays from The Tempest and Richard III. The latter was performed with a fascinating blend of European and Māori culture. This was followed by singer and piano player Meg Hunter, who came second in Talent Wairarapa, performing her own original songs with a very individual style, and then singerand-guitarist duo The Skivvies. The final item was a depiction of the struggle to restore Lake Wairarapa, which is the moana of the school. The performance used a blend of dance, song, video and sound to dramatically show the effects of colonisation. It ended with a scene of reconciliation and cooperation between Māori and Pākehā. Every year there is a speech competition for primary schools in the Wairarapa and six of the place-getters came to a Rotary meeting and delivered their speeches. These are students in years 7 and 8 but they spoke with skill and confidence beyond their years. Subjects ranged from the humorous (Kiwi icons and whether the chicken or the egg came first), to the serious (phobias and animal testing), to the inspiring (we are all human). This was a well-deserved win for Duksha Kheterpal, who is in year 7 at Hadlow School. Featherston School was ably represented by Rachel Campbell, who tackled the subject of depression from personal experience. She spoke about the prevalence of depression, including among young people, its causes such as bullying, and what we can do to help. She urged anyone with depression to have the courage to reach out. Rotary was involved with a completely different aspect of the community when we provided community support for the Government’s gun buyback scheme operation in Featherston. Rotary helped with the police BBQ for the public and arranged coffee carts for refreshments. Our information desk and Rotary rollup banners advertised our presence and showcased the club working in the community alongside the police.

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Featherston Lioness Club Sandra Walters At our last dinner meeting, Jen Bhati from Neighbourhood Support and Ian Osland from the Police talked about keeping ourselves safe. Many questions were asked and answered, particularly about scam phone calls and internet safety – very current issues. Coming up we have a couple of events where we will be catering. Funds raised by these activities are distributed to local charities and individuals (the most recent recipient being a senior Kuranui College student to attend a leadership course), and to nationwide charities. We will be collecting for the Arthritis Foundation and Pink Ribbon in the next few weeks. If anyone would like to help with either of these appeals, please let us know. While we are well known around town for our catering expertise (!!!), once a month on a Thursday night we like to enjoy a meal that is made for us. At the moment we do not have a caterer and have been looking after ourselves or eating out (which is very nice of course). If anyone can help

us, please call me (number below) for more information. If you are interested in finding out more about what we do, please phone me on 308 9061 or look out for our display at the Featherston Expo on 29 September at the Anzac Hall. South Wairarapa Rebus Club David Woodhams At our July meeting we heard from Ben Masters of PaperHands in Martinborough. Ben is an artist and retail designer who finds creating wallpapers an exciting way to blend his talents and experience. His wife Helen, a winemaker at Ata Rangi, enjoys the opportunity to add her own design ideas. Ben’s designs can be seen in the foyer to the refurbished Martinborough Town Hall and at Peppers Parehua Hotel in Martinborough, the site of the Club’s Christmas lunch this coming November. Ben and Helen began looking for interesting wallpaper for their own house in 2008 and were surprised to find that there was no one in New Zealand then making handcrafted papers. After a period of research and trial and error they developed their screen-printing setup: two 10-metre long tables each fitted with a simple rigid device to ensure reproducible registration or placement of the screens as they are moved to and used, sometimes repeatedly, at each location. They work with their own range of hand-drawn designs based on New Zealand flora and fauna, aiming to create designs that are bold, simple and distinctive. They use premium water-based inks, sourced internationally and made to the highest environmental standards. The paper base is 100% natural wood fibres. The designs, although often very natural – flax, tuis on kowhai – are not necessarily printed in natural colours, giving rise to distinctly different wallpapers from the same patterns. Because they print only to order, customers can order their own colour choices from existing patterns. Recently they have been collaborating with Mitch Manuel, a digital artist who draws on his Māori and Cook Island traditional forms to inspire new designs. Depending on the colours used, these patterns can feel more traditional or more contemporary. They have also been invited by Resene to reprint a range of papers from their “Mason Handprints” archive. William Mason was a leading supplier of New Zealand handprinted wallpapers and fabrics in the 1960s and 1970s. His business was bought by Resene in 1974 and they have preserved his original designs. The internet has made it possible for PaperHands to be set up with a minimum of working capital. In particular they have not had to prepare numerous books of samples, nor deliver them to numerous retailers; you can view the full range online from around the world. 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.

Inner Wheel Club of South Wairarapa Anne Hayden The Greytown Shared Food Pantry is now up and running, and the “Take what you need or give what you can” motto is working well. A big thanks to Fresh Choice and other donors of food. Project initiators - Rotary, Inner Wheel, the Menz Shed and the Lionesses - much appreciate the support. Our club had very interesting speakers at our July meeting. Immediate Past President Rose Newton and Past President Dale Julius spoke to us about their trip to Europe. It was unlike any other European trip I have heard about before. It was a singing holiday. On the way, not only did they catch up with family and friends in Winchester, Cornwall, Durham and London, but they visited the Winchester Cathedral, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Doc Martin’s town in Port Isaac (called Port Wenn in the television series) in Cornwall, and Kenwood House Art Gallery in London. Rose was delighted to find Tregye Cottage in Cornwall, a lovely house that in the 1920s had been the home of her ancestors. Leaving England Rosemary and Dale travelled over the channel to Germany where they were met by former exchange students and their parents, taken to a Wine Fest, as well as to the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. From there they travelled on one ticket by train through Switzerland, again being guided by another student and her family to Lucerne and the Rhine. For me the most extraordinary was the third stage when they were in Italy. Dale and Rose are members of different music Wairarapa groups and joined a group of international singers called Making Music in Mercatello. Their group joined with two Italian capellas (or choirs) and their three directors: Tony Backhouse, well-known New Zealand and international gospel choir director, Eduardo Materassi, director of eight choirs in Florence, and Guerrino Parri. The directors had very different styles, the two Italians, I thought, more flamboyant, perhaps representing the Italian culture. Despite their differences, the choirs combined were stunning and celebrated the multicultural nature of the world today by singing songs from Samoa and Fiji, as well as Italian and religious songs. They sang in Mercatello sul Metauro, Florence, and at a number of churches in the Tuscany district. Parish members in one church called Monteroni d’Arbia treated Rose and Dale to a concert by its choir, followed by a wonderful supper under the stars. This was just one example of the amazing hospitality they received. Their accommodation looked very grand, and the house in Mercatello was built on part of the old Roman road. At another home they were given a 16-course meal. What a challenging and unforgettable experience! Just being in Florence is wonderful, but to share an Italian musical event of this kind is a privilege indeed! New members are welcome. Please email President Ali Rankin on

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Featherston Anzac Club Liz Mellish

Featherston Memorial RSA Peter Jackson

The Featherston Anzac Club was established to celebrate the role this iconic building has as a historical building of huge significance, not only to Featherston but to the nation. Over the years members have worked tirelessly to look after the building complex and the artefacts housed within its walls. The history of this building is unique in New Zealand and we have patiently and quietly maintained a presence in the South Wairarapa. The building and grounds are owned and administered by South Wairarapa District Council. The current executive committee has submitted to SWDC’s Long Term Plan and Annual Plans to secure the recognition and funding such a treasure deserves. We are looking to establish a wide membership of people who wish to support this unique building; historians, locals, families of soldiers who lived here and anyone who has an interest in the important events that have occurred in Featherston, particularly through the two World Wars of the twentieth century.

Kia ora koutou. We hope this latest RSA situation report finds you all fit and well. It’s great to see some signs of spring at last! Last Post – 633995 LCPL (Rt’d) Norm Douglas, whom many of you knew, sadly passed away on Friday 9 August. Norm’s farewell, a week later, was a mixture of tears and laughter as the various aspects of his life were recounted. Norm was laid to rest at Akatarawa Cemetery in Upper Hutt, in a service with military honours that he would have been very proud of. The RSA played a key part in Norm’s sendoff, and the family was very grateful for this support. Rest in peace, Norm. We will remember you. Featherston Memorial RSA has a Support Advisor, Cheryl Cavanagh, who is able to provide advice on what the RSA can do, both financially and otherwise, to support former and currently serving members of the New Zealand (and allied) armed forces. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, Cheryl is able to refer those needing support to relevant external agencies, such as Veterans’ Affairs and WINZ (among others). If you are, or have been, a member of the New Zealand or allied armed forces and you need support, please phone 022 165 3521 at any time and we’ll put you in touch with Cheryl. If you know of anyone of good character who might like to join the RSA, please encourage them to do so. Membership applications are available at the club, on our Facebook page, or by emailing Join us at the clubrooms on Friday 30 September at 6pm for our next Members’ Happy Hour. For RSA members there will be discounted beers and wines (just show your 2019 RSA membership card at the bar), complimentary finger food platters and the members’ draw. There may also be meat and cash raffles (which are available to RSA and non-RSA members alike). By the way, there will also be a complimentary birthday cake for those celebrating their September birthdays. We look forward to seeing you all there! To contact the RSA (including support), phone 022 165 3521, email or visit @FeatherstonRSA on Facebook. To contact Veterans’ Affairs, phone 0800 483 8372, email or visit @ NZVeteransAffairs on Facebook or nz. Until next time, stay warm – ngā mihi nui.

We are holding our Annual General Meeting on 2 September at 7pm at the Kiwi Hall. We welcome your attendance and input and hopefully membership of the club. This complex is important to the heritage of New Zealand and is a Category 1 historic place recorded by Pouhere Taonga Heritage New Zealand. We look forward to seeing you at our AGM and also for a cuppa after.

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Student kaitiaki care for Matariki party at Donald’s Creek Martinborough Playcentre Liz Lark

Wednesday 31 July dawned cold, wet and windy, but this did not halt the final preparations for the students of Remutaka Class and their teacher Liz Lark. This was the day of their much-anticipated planting day down at Donald’s Creek. Despite the weather, the students were full of enthusiasm and excitement, as they knew this would be the first step towards making their vision for the area a reality. After a chilly walk to the stream, the students surveyed the section of the bank that was to be planted. Thanks to the City Care team, the site had been well prepared to make way for the 300 new plants that would soon dominate the space. The plants and spades arrived around 9.40am, and after a quick safety and planting guidelines chat - and a quick snack - it was all hands to the spades. As the mud began to fly, many insects were discovered. But even they didn’t distract the students long as their focus was on creating new homes for the many plants. With the students receiving help from local volunteers and residents, as well as Zoe Studd and Toby Barach from Mountains to Sea Wellington, Siv Fjaerestad (project photographer/blogger), Jack Sheppard from Fab Feathy, Mark Allingham from the South Wairarapa District Council, our four amazing parent helpers, and the fabulous, hardworking team from City Care, the 300 grasses and toetoe were securely in the ground by 11.30am. The students then gathered some of the freshly mown grass and placed it around the plants to help keep the weeds down a little longer in order to give them a chance to become established. Covered in mud and completely exhausted but elated, the students trudged back to St Teresa’s School just as the rain started pelting down again. When they were back in the classroom and finally warm, the students in Remutaka reflected fondly on an amazing morning, happy that all of their planning had evolved into a successful event that would mark the start of the journey towards making this section of Donald’s Creek healthier and abundant with biodiversity. To keep up to date with events and developments, please follow our blog at

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Oh joy! What fun we had at Playcentre in June celebrating Matariki! We celebrated in style with a shared brunch, music, dancing, face-painting and of course hours of wonderful play! At Playcentre we provide unique and high-quality learning experiences for young children and their families. Our sessions are mixed age and open to children aged 0 to 6, with a focus on child-initiated play. We offer great facilities, including a lovely wee garden and huge outdoor play area. Come check us out and join the fun! Martinborough Playcentre is at 38 Venice Street. Our sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30am to 12.30pm, during term time.

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Featherston Fusiliers call-up a triumph Jean McDowall

The initial game day event of the Featherston Fusiliers Wargaming and Boardgames Club on 3 August 2019 at the Featherston Assembly of God venue was a wonderful success. There has been a worldwide upsurge in popularity of tabletop and boardgames recently, and the club has been set up with the objective of providing a place in the South Wairarapa for gamers to gather to play a vast variety of tabletop war and boardgames. Along with this, the club is looking to share tips and skills on painting miniatures and model building with its members. People young and old came by over the course of the day to discover different wargaming, board and card games brought along by other attendees. Games were played with great gusto by both experienced players and beginners in the warm, welcoming atmosphere. A couple of gentlemen took, what on first viewing appeared to be one small battle, the entire day to complete using the Bolt Action wargaming rules, while a tactical wargame based on the New Zealand land wars was of great interest to those in attendance. Excitingly, the club has begun planning for a large tabletop wargaming convention and expo in Featherston over Labour Weekend 2020, with an international celebrity special guest already committing to attend. Currently the club is looking to recruit more members from 11 years old and up to those proudly bearing Super GoldCards.

Events will be held regularly on the first and third Saturdays of each month. People can come along any time during the day from 10.00am until 4.30pm with their own games or try out games others bring. There is a small cover charge for those participating on event days for the venue and hot drinks, and spectating is free. Anyone interested is welcome to come along or contact us at Featherston.Fusiliers@gmail. com. The inaugural Annual General Meeting of the club is planned for Saturday 7 September at 10.00am at the Assembly of God venue, Birdwood Street, Featherston. Featherston ANZAC Club Incorporated Notice of AGM 2nd SEPTEMBER 2019 In the KIWI HALL At 7.00pm All Welcome If you are interested in becoming part of the Committee or getting more involved in the club, please come along to the meeting.

Featherston Booktown Goes Gobbledegook with Joy Cowley and Gecko Press

What? A book-launching party for all the family. Where? The Anzac Hall, Featherston. When? 14 September 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Featherston Booktown, with Julia Marshall of Gecko Press, have organised a party to launch Joy Cowley’s “The Gobbledegook Book”, written for children and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson. Joy will tell stories, Giselle will talk about her illustrations, and Gecko Press will tell children how a book is made. There will be book signing followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea for children made by Featherston’s Lionesses. This Featherston Booktown party is free and will be fun for all ages. Children, please bring your parents, grandparents and any other old children in your family.


RSA Indoor Bowls news Barbara Love

Most of our members with the support of each other have excelled with their bowling skills this year. Our champion single player Kay Ihaia played very well in the final South Wairarapa Indoor Bowls competition. A colt playing a professional, she did extremely well. Well done, Kay. Now we await the outcome of the pairs final with our club members Brian Love and Georgene Valentic. Our triple winners were Kay Ihaia, Ken Hindson and Johnny Marshall. In August we had our fours competition and what an exciting evening. The winning team won by only one point. The winners were Kay, Georgene, Barbara Priest and Johnny Marshall. It is all a lot of fun. We all recently entered into a pairs competition in Greytown and although we did not bring home the trophies we all did very well. The season finishes this month. We thank the staff at the RSA for looking after us and we look forward to another season next year. Please do consider coming and having a bowl up next year. It is a great indoor sport and the clubrooms are now lovely and warm.

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Featherston Junior Football Club 2019 wrap-up Nim Grewal

What an awesome 2019 season we’ve had! Where to begin?, Well let’s start with the fact that at the time of writing we have four of our seven teams either at, or vying for, the top of their respective leagues – with just two GameDays to go, with the season finale in Featherston on 31 August. We’ve had our third set of brand spanking new goalposts arrive and be installed on Randolph Park. And we hosted the annual South Wairarapa [+ Carterton] interschools football tournament and it was a great success! We’ve been so lucky to have had such overwhelming support from the club members, be they the players themselves, parents, family, whānau, friends, teachers, and everyone else in the community who has supported us with their time and or sponsorship. We’ll take a very short break to take stock of the season before launching into our awards and prizegiving event, after which we’ll have an AGM, and maybe even have time to put together a few different holiday programmes to cater for the different ages and abilities of our local players. With so many players and teams, it’s important to remember that this is all done by volunteers to ensure that each player that is a part of the club has the opportunity to come along, regardless of their ability, and have a kickabout in a safe and structured environment with their development needs being at the forefront of pretty much everything we do. 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: Thanks to everyone who supports us!

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9:00am – 11:00am 1st & 3rd Tuesday 10:00am – 1:00pm 11:00am – 3:00pm 2nd Tuesday monthly

06 308 9729

Val Watkins

06 308 9293

Rhonda Jones

06 308 8445

Sandie Fletcher

021 157 4909

Featherston Toy Library

Merle Adams

06 308 8109

Juesday Art

Julia O’Neale

06 308 8977


06 377 4134 0800-92-42-52

FSTN Senior Citizens Club Cards $2 per participant

Featherston Beautification Group $2 per participant Art For Everyone $2 per participant

Wairarapa Community Law Centre Outreach Clinic

Hatha Yoga

Nicki Stewart

021 188 6439

Alcoholics Anonymous


0800 229 6757

10:00am – 11:00am

Feldenkrais: Move with Ease

Rupert Watson

027 585 3822

11:30am – 1:00pm 19th September

The South Wairarapa Community Network

Kara Pennington

022 586 9528

Sheridan Evans

06 308 9059

Social Learners Bridge $2 per participant SW Branch of NZ Labour Party

Barbara Page

06 304 9208

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

Needlework & Craft Drop-in Home of Featherston Knitters $2 per participant

May Brown & Virginia Kunz

MB: 06 308 6912 VK: 06 308 8392

1:00pm - 3:30pm 7:00pm – 8:00pm 1st Thursday monthly


Pat Hamilton

06 308 9341

11:30 – 1pm 1st Thursday monthly


027 663 0385

Neil Rait

1:00pm - 3:00pm

7:30pm – 8:30pm



Jack Sheppard

Susan Mitchell

7:00pm – 8:15pm


Mah Jong $2 per participant


Featherston Wahine Singers $3 per participant

7:00pm – 8:30pm



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Ukulele Group $2 per participant

Book Group $2 per participant

021 246 4884

10:00am – 2:00pm

Cloth Collective Sewing Workshop

Petra Alsbach-Stevens

021 234 1554

9:00am – 10:00am

Feldenkrais: Move with Ease

Rupert Watson

027 585 3822

10:00am – 12noon

Featherston Toy Library

Merle Adams

06 308 8109

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Narcotics Anonymous


0800 628 632

Also available throughout the week by appointment: Connecting Communities Wairarapa: 06 378 8900 or 027 883 6036 | Trudi Betschart Counselling: 021 0450 491 | CCS Disability: 06 378 2426 | Snita Ahir-Knight Child and Adolescent Therapist: 022 046 2095.

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