Celebrating the British and Irish Lions Tour in Martinborough

The Martinborough Business Community is going all out to welcome travelling rugby fans to Martinborough this winter. With thousands of international rugby fans expected to descend on Wellington for the Lions v All Blacks Test on the 1st July, we are looking forward to tempting them over the hill to …

One bygone era meets another

An impressive array of early nineteenth machinery, cars, tractors and motorbikes was on display for the Wellington American Car club to peruse on their sunny afternoon stop off at Martinborough during Sunday club run through the Wairarapa Put together by Jim Clark and friends the display filled the spacious Cotter …

Starting the Day Right.

It is well established that children find it hard to learn when they’re hungry. That’s what led to the setting up of The Breakfast Club in Martinborough. Every weekday morning a team of volunteers prepares and serves a healthy breakfast to between 10-12 children before they head to school. The …

Back to Back Shakespeare Regional Champions

The Performing Arts Department at Kuranui College is experiencing a great deal of success of late, especially in the area of Shakespeare.  This year they performed a 15min scene from “Pericles: The Prince of Tyre” at the Regional Shakespeare competition, and took out the competition.  They are now off to …

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Challenging ride completed

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Challenging_rideThe 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 Tour Aotearoa course (designed by Jonathan Kennett) had us cycle minimally on main highways, but mostly on secondary roads and cycle ways such as the Hauraki Cycleway, Waikato River Trail, Timber trail, Wanganui Mountains to Sea Trail , Manawatu Cycleway, Rimutaka Cycleway, Nelson Great Taste Trail, West Coast Wilderness Trail, Lake Hawea/Wanaka Trail, Arrowtown/Queenstown Trail and Around the Mountains Southland Trail. … Continue Reading

First Church News

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Now we are into April, there is a feeling of the town settling down after all the Summer events that we and so many visitors have enjoyed.
We wish our vineyards good harvesting and we trust winemakers will rise to the challenges of this season and work their magic once again to produce their outstanding wine
Give thanks for hope, that like the wheat, the grain lying in darkness does its life retain in resurrection to grow green again, Hallelujah! … Continue Reading

Exposing DNA

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When the King of Sweden presented his Nobel Prize for Medicine he didn’t just give it to those limelight-hogging scientists J D Watson and Francis Crick. There was third recipient who seems to often be forgotten – New Zealander Maurice Wilkins, a Wairarapa man who was born at Pongaroa.
While Watson and Crick’s contribution is well heralded and most people recognise them as being the discoverers of DNA and indeed they were the first to announce their theory of the conjecture.

However it wasn’t until Maurice Wilkins had done a huge lot of work on the proposal that it was accepted as a fact. In short Maurice ‘proved’ the conjecture.
Also greatly short changed was the scientist Rosalind Franklin who had done the initial work on the subject with Watson and Crick using her work as a basis for their own, a fact they never acknowledged. Indeed there is written opinion that they actually stole her material.

Fire Brigade report

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Fire-Briade-reportIt been a busy month for members of the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade.
The local team welcomed two more fully qualified firefighters to its ranks after they graduated from the Fire Services recruit course programme at the national training centre in Rotorua, 3-10 March.

Local Firefighters Emily Abbot and Melinda Coleman supported by members of the brigade began preparing themselves for the course last November. They both gained a great deal from their experiences. On personal reflections, Melinda felt she had achieved beyond her expectations and had gained a great deal of confidence as a result. She thought the real highlight of the programme was meeting other recruits from other parts of New Zealand then sharing the feeling of strong comaraderie that developed within the team.
Emily enjoyed solidifying local knowledge through the various exercises held at the Rotorua facility. … Continue Reading

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Golf Club news

The wet weather has been a godsend even though there has been a lapse in actually playing the game. The greens have benefited the most by far and the recovery process is ahead of schedule. The bonus too that no one has had to lose sleep over the water allocation consent. There …


Our Senior players have been training hard, and with a couple of pre seasons games played, they are ready to start the 2017 season. The Premier competition starts this Saturday 8 April against Greytown, over in Greytown so show your support and get to see the new playing strip being …

Great win for Martinborough

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From the Mayor

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