EVERY BUNCH A WINNER

When winemakers are smiling at this time of year, you know the grape harvest is going well. “We’ve had ideal weather, a typically golden Martinborough autumn and that means great grapes” is the consensus about the 2016 vintage. It’s a typical Martinborough golden autumn, with calm sunny days and cool …

Pinot Heaven

May is pinot noir heaven in Martinborough.  Not only are the precious grapes now doing their thing quietly in barrels, the wines from earlier seasons are being served by 47 restaurants around the greater Wellington region in a new Catch Pinot promotion.   From 1-29 May 95 pinot noir wines, …

Simply the best

The Martinborough Medical Centre has been judged the Best New Zealand Rural Practice, the Award being presented at the recent Rural Practitioner’s Conference held in Dunedin. The award was judged on patient’s satisfaction both on the care received and numerous other factors: friendly helpful reception greeting, the caring nurses, a …

YOUNG GOLFERS TEAR UP THE COURSE IN THE 2016 JUNIOR OPEN

The 2016 Martinborough Golf Junior Open was held on Friday 22nd April. The weather was spectacular and a field of 32 players from ten clubs from the Wellington region and Manawatu enjoyed the calm conditions to post some amazing scores considering their age.

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All about ponies

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All-about-poniesWhen it comes to horses you would have to go a long way to find anybody with more experience than Marg Robinson. Marg, who has lived in the Wairarapa for thirty years, has been with horses all her life. In the 1990s her husband’s work took them to Malaysia where she obtained positions at stables and riding schools. These had extremely rich owners with really nice horses which were given the very best of care and attention. “I learned heaps” Marg commented. She also rode the horses competitively winning a world cup competition.

They them moved to the U.K. where Marg managed a combined riding school and livery. The next move was to Jordan, by then Marg had gained her Grade One Equine Qualification. The stable was owned by a Jordanian princess and catered for the Ambassadors stationed in Jordan and had ‘only the very best horses.’

On returning to New Zealand Marg studied for and gained a Degree in Fine Arts.

Marg’s equine philosophy is; “develop a harmonious partnership, a horse is always going to be a horse, it’s not a machine. You learn a lot about yourself, it’s about patience, about reading the horse, it’s about partnership with your horse – it’s a light bulb moment when you suddenly get it. … Continue Reading

Book review – Dead in the water

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Book-reviewIf you go to the library and ask Shirley to recommend a good whodunit the chances are that she will recommend a book by Alaskan born Dana Stabenow. Intrigued by this advice I decided to read one of Dana’s books; it was very good.

Dana was raised on a 75 foot fishing trawler working the coast of Alaska and out into the Bering sea which separates Russia and Alaska and the book is set in the area she knows so well. As a result this story is not only a well put together whodunit but also vividly illustrates the incredibly difficult conditions the fishermen, and women, work under during the lobster season.

The returns are huge but the dangers very real, on average one boat is lost every season and boat’s insurance is void when doing this work. … Continue Reading

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Sticky Lamb Stew
With this rich and delicious stew on the menu, you’ll be looking forward to winter.  It’s best served with some steamed fresh greens and mashed potatoes or crusty wholemeal bread to soak up the juices

Ingredients
• 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
• 750g lean lamb, diced
• 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
• 1 large onion, diced
• 1 cup red wine
• 2 cups no salt added beef stock
• 1/2 cup prunes, halved
• 1 1/2 Tbsp low sodium tomato paste
• 2 tsp red wine vinegar
• 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped … Continue Reading

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Martinborough Golf Club

April has been a month of very successful charity events at Martinborough Golf Club. Firstly the St John Ambrose tournament which raised over $8,000, secondly a Pink Ribbon Breakfast that raised $1285 for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and most recently the Martinborough Kindergarten Ambrose tournament on Anzac Day afternoon that …

YOUNG GOLFERS TEAR UP THE COURSE IN THE 2016 JUNIOR OPEN

Young-golfers

The 2016 Martinborough Golf Junior Open was held on Friday 22nd April. The weather was spectacular and a field of 32 players from ten clubs from the Wellington region and Manawatu enjoyed the calm conditions to post some amazing scores considering their age.

Martinborough Golf Club News

The greens are improving all the time.  It is a long process but already the majority of the grass is brown top.  Richard, our Greenkeeper, has worked really hard to get rid of disease and quell the poa grass.  Irrigation systems are being upgraded and the new distance markers on …

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April 25 in the Wairarapa was the perfect day for ANZAC Ceremonies.  The weather was …

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Firstly I would like to congratulate South Wairarapa District Council on the Greytown and Martinborough …

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