Artistic Directors Appointed for Martinborough Music Festival

A classical music festival between 29 September-October 1st was announced for Martinborough in the March STAR. Pianist, Michael Houstoun, will launch the Festival giving the Schimmel Grand Piano, gifted by the late Cherry van Kranen to the Martinborough community, its first public outing. Well known musicians and former NZSO players, …


A new project to reduce the number of plastic bags being used and discarded has been launched in Martinborough.
 The Martinborough community is being asked to donate fabric to make reusable “Boomerang Bags”. The bags will be available at a number of local businesses. If people forget their own bags, …

Challenging ride completed

The very long ride was completed when we arrived at the Bluff on 18th March, 27 days after we started at Cape Reinga. The journey for us was truly a once in a lifetime experience, cycling through this wonderful country of ours and meeting such fabulous iconic New Zealanders. The …

The $45,000 cookbook

The marvellous Cookbook “Tastes From Martinborough” has been a runaway success! Produced by the Wharekaka Auxiliary, to raise funds to provide hospital level care at Wharekaka Rest Home, the book has been enthusiastically embraced by locals and visitors alike and has quickly sold out of its’ 1000 copy print run. …

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The $45,000 cookbook

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the--$45,000-cook-book The marvellous Cookbook “Tastes From Martinborough” has been a runaway success!
Produced by the Wharekaka Auxiliary, to raise funds to provide hospital level care at Wharekaka Rest Home, the book has been enthusiastically embraced by locals and visitors alike and has quickly sold out of its’ 1000 copy print run.
Generous support from local businesses and donors meant that the production costs were fully met, allowing the full purchase price of the book to go to the fundraising effort. At $45 per copy this means that a whopping $45,000 has been able to be donated to Wharekaka.
This is an enormous help to the initial set up costs of the HLC project, a service which will allow people to remain in Martinborough should they require a higher level of care than was previously available at Wharekaka. Not only rest home but hospice and palliative level. The upgrade has now been implemented and has already proved successful and necessary . … Continue Reading


April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on BAY OF BENGAL

Hands up who know where the Bay of Bengal is. The Bay of Bengal’s basin contains some of the most populous regions of the earth. No less than a quarter of the world’s population is concentrated in the eight countries that border the bay. Approximately 200 million people live along the Bay of Bengal’s coasts and of these a major proportion are partially or wholly dependent on its fisheries.

At the same time the bay’s ecosystems are also being disrupted by other environmental pressures. Several large rivers empty into the bay, carrying vast tides of untreated sewage, plastic, industrial waste and effluent from the agriculture and aquaculture industries14. … Continue Reading

The good old days

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Written by the late Miss Olive Madsen

Grandpa Thomas Evan came to Martinborough in 1878 and established a saddlery business. He and his family had a nine room house behind the shop. This was burned down while they were at a farm at Pukio. Stables behind the house were used by farmers on race days etc.
My mother remembers as a small girl watching her mother planting a sycamore tree which still stands,. That would have been around 1896.

Living across from the Club Hotel they saw a lot of ‘goings on’ there. When there was a fight Grandma would close the windows so the swearing couldn’t be heard. If a man became to obstreperous he was dumped in the nearby horse trough. … Continue Reading

The Great Tora Cook Off

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Here’s an early reminder that this great annual event is coming up. It’s time for all the budding chefs to start thinking about the fabulous dish you will enter this year. And make your plans to get out there hunting, fishing and gathering for the ingredients.
The Cook Off will be held at the Tuturumuri Community Hall , White Rock Road on the 20th May. The event is a major fundraiser for Tututumuri School who are keen to get as many entries as possible.

The judging categories will be for meals made with:
Home grown produce.
Best paua fritter
Other seafood
Wild game
Home grown meats
And an open desert category.

All categories are open to both adults and children and will be judged accordingly. Remember that the main ingredient of the dish needs to be grown, caught , farmed or hunted locally, and needs to be served bite sized.

Entries will soon be open so get your thinking caps on and make sure your of your plans to be out there hunting, fishing and gathering.
Everybody is welcome to come and enjoy the resulting food, it is sure to once again be an evening of gastronomic delights. So mark your calendar on Saturday May 20th . Entry adults $20, children $10, family $50.
Tuturumuri School Fundraising Committee.

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