Inaugural Martinborough Music Festival

The newly launched Martinborough Music Festival, held from September 29- October 1, brought together two musical treasures: the beautiful, warm-toned Schimmel grand piano bequeathed to the Martinborough community by the late Cherry van Kranen, and Michael Houstoun New Zealand’s pre-eminent concert pianist. “Without an instrument of this calibre we would …

Have you seen the murals yet?

If you haven’t already seen them the town’s eight murals are really worth a look. The production of the murals was arranged by Ventana who are to be warmly thanked for their initiative and then produced by local artists. The murals are at four local businesses: Thunderpants, P&K, Ohio Street …

A new local publication

Most people in town will know Jill Fraser through her involvement in setting up Murdoch James Estate in 1986, the expansion of the business at the current Murdoch James Estate site in 1997, the refurbishment of Luna Estate which opened in January this year and her tour company Martinborough Wine …

JIM 2017: A Fitting Tribute

The first weekend of Spring saw the 7th edition of Jazz in Martinborough. “It was by far our best ever festival in terms of tickets sold and attendance at gigs,” says festival music director Lee Quayle. “It was a startlingly successful event that our recently departed founder Ian Cresswell would …

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South Wairarapa Inner Wheel

September 13, 2017 September 2017 Comments Off on South Wairarapa Inner Wheel

A huge thank you to the community, businesses and individuals of Wairarapa that made our first ever Silent Auction such a success. Whether it was through contributions of goods or vouchers, attending on the day, spreading the word or donations. It all helped us to achieve a great outcome. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the South Wairarapa Rotarians for their help and support. … Continue Reading

Regional Council notes

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The recent severe flooding in Houston, Texas has highlighted the damage and disruption that extreme storms can cause.  The scary thing is that at one time these monster weather events were a rarity but are now a common occurrence in one part of the world or another.  Like it or not our weather patterns are changing and we can expect to feel the effects of this right here in Wairarapa. … Continue Reading

Printmaking workshop

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Printmaking is an art form and a method of communication that has existed for millennia.  It is one of the earliest methods of reproducing and distributing knowledge and stories, or at its simplest form, creating a repeated pattern on textile as seen in some early Egyptian textiles.  Evidence suggests that the process of rubbing an image onto another surface existed as early as 3000 BCE when the Sumerians engraved designs and cuneiform inscriptions on cylinder seals (usually made of stone). … Continue Reading

Have your walking shoes grown cobwebs this winter?

September 13, 2017 September 2017 Comments Off on Have your walking shoes grown cobwebs this winter?

EFFORT seldom goes unrewarded.
EFFORT channelled into outdoor pursuits reaps multi rewards such as companionship, fresh air and sunshine, physical exercise, interests shared through relaxed conversation, discovery of the beauty of creation, the joy of being in the great outdoors, and – perhaps most importantly – a deep sense of wellbeing and achievement after a jolly good day in the bush. Even the humble peanut butter sandwich tastes curiously scrumptious in the outdoors! These are just some of the many advantages of heading out with a group of walkers.
If winter has dampened your motivation to get out there and cover some walking distance, how about coming on a walking experience with the South Wairarapa Tramping Club? We’re a friendly bunch whose shared interest is a love of the outdoors. Our common denominator at the track starting line is a backpack. 
Simple as that! A welcome awaits you. … Continue Reading



The season is over for the Premier and Senior Reserve teams, and what a season it was! Our Premier team made it to the Tui Cup Final, our first final in 24 year years…the last time we won was 26 years ago! Unfortunately it was not to be the fairy …

Junior Sport

U13 Boys Hockey The 2017 Wairarapa U13 Hatch Cup representative hockey team performed well at its first mini tournament in Stratford on the 12 and 13 August, securing wins over Manawatu, Wanganui and Horowhenua. The team is well represented by the South Wairarapa this year with Jarrod Yee, Hamish Kill, …


Two down and one to go, we are on the home straight with the season of Winter and for the first time in many years the dams and tanks are fill and the water tables have well and truly reached above the ground. you guessed, we’re ready for Spring! The …

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Fire Brigade

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