NEW DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE PROJECT.

Warren and Mahoney, together with project partners including landscape designers Wraight Associates, have won the contract to lead the Martinborough Town Hall Community Centre Project with an innovative, contemporary design. The new design will allow the community to enhance and develop existing activities and creates new opportunities for growth into …

Wharekaka Fun

We went back to school this month and had some fun experimenting with Science! We tried our hand at the Coloured Milk and Elephants Toothpaste experiments both with exciting and mildly explosive results! We also got the chance to head back to school literally when Kuranui College kindly invited us …

Martinborough’s First Wine Press Restored

On the corner of Puruatanga Road and Regent Street is a sight that is new to most but familiar to those who remember the early days of winemaking in Martinborough. Don McConachy has restored the first wine press used in Martinborough for the commercial production of wine, and erected it …

Award for Julicher Estate

Applause for winemaker Wim Julicher and Sue Darling, along with their winemaker Outi Jakovirta, continue to do their best to keep Martinborough wines on the map and in glasses around the world. Last month they heard to their delight that Juilcher Estate Pinot Noir 2010 was selected from over two …

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Wahrekakak-fun We went back to school this month and had some fun experimenting with Science! We tried our hand at the Coloured Milk and Elephants Toothpaste experiments both with exciting and mildly explosive results!
We also got the chance to head back to school literally when Kuranui College kindly invited us to attend their school production of West Side Story. The show was fantastic and the residents that attended were all blown away by how talented the students were.
This year we have been lucky enough to be included as a part of the BNZ Closed for Good project. With the help of BNZ staff and other volunteers we are going to be building a native garden border on our Oxford St grounds. We are all very excited about the project so thank you BNZ! … Continue Reading

Martinborough’s First Wine Press Restored

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martinborough's-first-Wine-press On the corner of Puruatanga Road and Regent Street is a sight that is new to most but familiar to those who remember the early days of winemaking in Martinborough. Don McConachy has restored the first wine press used in Martinborough for the commercial production of wine, and erected it on a handsome platform at the corner of his family vineyard. He says that when he and his wife Valerie came here a year ago to live and run the 10 acres of vineyard now named Devotus, the press was “just a piece of junk out the back”. However, after discovering its historical significance to Martinborough, Don decided to restore it and put it on public display “to commemorate and celebrate the great wines of Martinborough”.
The wine press was commissioned by Stan Chiffney, of what has since become Margrain Vineyard, in 1982. It was built by Stan Waugh of Waugh Engineering, whose son Rob remembers clearly the engineering detail that went into it. The press was used for the first time for the 1983 vintage and although it’s hard to believe now, production was so small that it was able to be shared between Chiffney, Ata Rangi, Dry River and Martinborough vineyards. … Continue Reading

Cross Creek Blues Club

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August club night with our very entertaining guests “Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band” featuring Neil Worboys, Pip Payne, Bill Woods, Maurice Priestley and Steve Carlyle, was great high energy music for a winter’s night. Their terrific rendition of “If You’s a Viper” is among the videos on our You Tube Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/crosscreekbluesclub
September will be “World Famous in Wairarapa!” members night, including a full line up of the accomplished musicians of the Cross Creek Blues Club. Among our members we have a musician who (back in the day) opened for Eric Clapton and Cream, and another who toured with New Zealand guitar legend Peter Posa. These and other blues musicians who have toured with bands internationally, now play their music right here in the Wairarapa and will perform on club night. … Continue Reading

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Martinborough Netball Club (MNC)

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The team is competing in the Premier 2 grade Wairarapa Netball Competition this season in Masterton and are currently leading the top of the grade and with the business end coming up we plan to keep it that way. The team has lost only one game (in the grading round) …

Junior netball grant

Martinborough School have been successful in their application for an ANZ Netball Grant, winning a gear grant consisting of balls, bibs, gear bag and inflation equipment. From their coach:  “We’re slowly developing a netball programme at Martinborough School, in order to offer another sporting opportunity to our girls. Last year …

TORA COASTAL CHALLENGE AT CAPACITY

All 700 spots for the Wairarapa’s newest running and walking event were snapped up by sports enthusiasts around the country in less than a week. An overwhelming number of entries have seen organisers for the inaugural Tora Coastal Challenge declare the event sold out.

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A new initiative by a committee of local women who have banded together to raise …

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Warren and Mahoney, together with project partners including landscape designers Wraight Associates, have won the …

Know your town

The traction engine The name Chapman has been a part of Wairarapa since the 1890s …

MARTINBOROUGH GOLF CLUB

At long last the weather is starting to settle down which in turn is bringing …

From the Mayor

Economic development is a phrase bandied about by all and sundry today.  There are cries …

Did you know

MARTINBOROUGH SCHOOL mathematicians Billy Jenkinson, Joshua Sherwood and Jack Lovell took out the Year 6 …

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