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Old Curtains needed for Curtain Bank

Got any old curtains sitting in storage?

Te Awhina Cameron Community House are starting a curtain bank.

Volunteers from the community will learn some sewing skills to mend, refit and sew curtains for homes who need them at either a small cost or those that need them can learn to sew their own.

They need donations of

  • good used curtains,of any size.
  • sewing machines and
  • sewing materials.

Please contact Jenny at

Te Awhina Cameron Community House

06 3789638 10am-1pm 
Monday – Friday

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Save TV7 - Masterton meeting

Save TV7 banner

The Government has cut funding to TV7. When it ceases to broadcast at the end of June it will be the end of free-to-air public broadcasting as we know it.

This means we won’t get to see the more special interest, thought provoking, education and special interest programmes only public service television can provide.

Help Save Public Service TV.

Join the Masterton meeting where several speakers will discuss the pending demise of TVNZ7 and what can be done to reinstate a commercial-free public service TV channel.

Moderator is Bomber Bradbury. Other speakers include Tom Frewen, Dr Wayne Hope, Green MP Julie-Anne Genter, Labour MP Kris Faafoi.

Come and have your say.

Save TV7 meeting
Frank Cody Lounge
Masterton Town Hall
Perry Street, Masterton

Monday, 18 June, 2012, 7.30 pm

Free admission 

More information : Save TV7 website

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2012 Martinborough Medici Lecture Series

Focus on The Arts

Café Medici once again presents a series of exciting evenings with expert speakers and fabulous food to dispel the winter gloom. This year four Arts experts and practitioners will share insights into their areas of speciality.

Kate Mead

On June 14 Production Manager with Radio New Zealand, Kate Mead, will present Why New Music Matters.

Dame Robin White

On June 21 Dame Robin White, celebrated visual artist, will reveal her own New Horizons.

Ian Grant

On July 5, Ian Grant, founder of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive, presents 20:20: Two decades of New Zealand Cartooning.

Gaylene Preston

On July 12 film- maker Gaylene Preston shares her own Adventures with the New Zealand Film Industry.

The Medici Series has been an annual event at the café for 15 years, started by the First Presbyterian Church and for the last two years hosted by Medici owner celebrated chef Nick Arnold (ask Nick about his time at High Grove!). This year, programme assistance has been provided by Robin Ormerod and Ann Brodie, both with special interest in The Arts and delighted to present this focus.

The café will be open from 6.00pm The Lectures commence at 7.15 preceded by Nick’s yummy pass around food from the Medici kitchen and mulled wine brewed on the cosy wood fire. Past attendees will be making a beeline for his famous pork belly dish.

Bookings are advisable and can be made at Café Medici, 9 Kitchener Street, Martinborough, 06 306 9965, or the Martinborough Public Library. Limited door sales could be possible if numbers permit. The cost for each evening of fine food and The Arts is $20.00. Do join the crowd! 

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New Zealand Trio to play in Greytown

New Zealand Trio

Next Sunday’s concert (20 May, 4pm) in the Greytown Music Group’s 2012 programme features the country’s leading professional chamber trio, the NZ Trio. They previously played in the 2010 series and were keen to return to Greytown with their 2012 repertoire.

The group smashes preconceptions of classical music being stuffy and intimidating by engaging their listeners with intimate and dynamic performances. Mixing musical cultures and genres, and often involving collaborations with a diverse range of international artists, NZTrio inspires people of all walks of life to see classical music, both old and new as approachable, essential and meaningful. 

Violinist Justine Cormack, cellist Ashley Brown and pianist Sarah Watkins first joined forces in 2002 and were Ensemble in Residence at The University of Auckland from 2004-2009. They have toured widely and last year they appeared at the 2011 City of London Festival, as well as having performed at the World Expo in Shanghai shortly before that.

Next Sunday’s programme is a diverse one, opening with a touch of Spain in Gaspar Cassado’s Piano Trio in C major, which is distinctly coloured by the folk rhythms and harmonies of the composer’s homeland.

The second work, Inscriptions (2007) is by Australian composer James Ledger, whose orchestral music is well known in Australia. Ledger has been resident with many orchestras including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. The movements of this piano trio are characterised by their contrasting mood swings.

Gareth Farr is one of New Zealand’s best known composers and his Mondo Rondo has been rearranged from the original string quartet especially for NZTrio, and we understand Farr plans to attend Sunday’s concert.

The final and longest work in the programme is Dvorak’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Opus 21. In four movements, this work is the first of his four surviving works in this genre and is regarded as an elegant work by the young composer who, in 1875, was beginning to attract success on the international stage.

Read the programme notes before coming to the concert here.

As usual the concert is at 57 Wood Street, Greytown and seats cost $25, or $12 for students.

To reserve seats phone 06 304-8096 (business hours) or 304-9497 (after hours). 

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Do you have a spare house?

Old cottage with people standing in front

Dianne & Ian Bardsley are wanting to rent, borrow or swap a house in the Wairarapa for their daughter and her partner (plus 6 year old) who have 6 months sabbatical leave from their universities in the US.

They would be very happy for a swap with their place in Pennsylvania (less than 2 hours drive from New York) or else just rent a Wairarapa house. A furnished house would be even better.

Their leave starts at the beginning of 2013 but they could make other arrangements for part of this time.. If you know of anything suitable please contact:

Dianne and Ian Bardsley (06) 379 5251

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Yarns in barns 2012

Yarns in Barns logo

Yarns in Barns is a week long event that brings together some of New Zealand’s most popular authors, poets and comedians and introduces them to the people of the Wairarapa through discussion forums, debates,speaking events and workshops.

Held from May 25 to 4 June in some of the Wairarapa’s most scenic and rural settings, Yarns in Barns aims to foster a love of reading by showing how much fun writing, publishing and reading books can be.

Guests include:

  • Al Brown, 
  • Helen Brown, 
  • Fleur Sullivan, 
  • Julia Marshall, 
  • Mike Chunn, 
  • Bernard Beckett, 
  • Marianne Elliott, 
  • Kerry Spackman, 
  • Al Lester, 
  • Helen Heath, 
  • Hinemoana Baker, 
  • Harry Ricketts, 
  • Catherine Robertson and 
  • Gordon McLaughlan.

Festival tickets on sale 20 April from Hedley’s Bookshop
150 Queen Street, Masterton, 06 3782875
or Buy tickets online

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Anzac World War 1 Air Show

Fokker DVIII
If you love vintage aircraft you won’t want to miss the ANZAC WW1 Air Show at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, on Saturday, 28 April 2012.

Organised by The Vintage Aviator Ltd, the show promises an afternoon of aerial dogfights and tactical displays, showcasing the fighters and Reconnaissance Aircraft of WW1.

Vintage vehicle rides will be available from 12 - 2.30pm.

Anzac World War 1 Air Show
Hood Aerodrome,
South Road, Masterton
Saturday, 28 April 2012
12pm - 5 pm 


  • Adults $20, 
  • Youth/child $10, 
  • Family pass $50.

For more information email Sara:  s dot randle at xtra dot co dot nz

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