Waihinga Centre

Packed to the Rafters. The new Waihinga Centre changes daily.  Installation of the exposed rafters is rapidly progressing.  Both rafters and plywood ceiling are one of the key features of the building. This is a key milestone. The high-level roof will be constructed first, and then the outside walls and …

War Memories

By Toni Pyl   Antonia Maria Pijl (Toni) was born in Holland in 1931. Her father was a mechanic and her mother a seamstress. Before settling in The Hague to raise a family of two girls, her parents lived in France for a few years and explored Europe on a …

Time to get out your walking gear

It’s here again, Around the Vines, your annual opportunity to walk, or if you’re super fit run, through seven  of Martinborough’s famous vineyards. So mark your calendar – Sunday 18th March. By offering four levels from a half marathon run to a leisurely 10km walk  Around the Vines certainly caters …

Bike to the Top

– Mountain biking for the Whole Family The return of the Martinborough Skyline Challenge on 15th April, 2018 will give the whole family a chance to experience mountain bike riding around the Martinborough hills on private local farmland. Set on the historic Huangarua, Puruatanga and Oystershell farms, the 4 courses …

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Wairarapa Citizen’s Advice Bureau

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Free support or guidance with resolving your concerns about a Health or Disability Service.

We are lucky to have the services of Connor Clerkin , an advocate with this organisation , who will help people in the Wairarapa . Connor spoke at the Wairarapa bureau recently and clarified for volunteers what this service does. … Continue Reading

Second Martinborough Music Festival Planned for September

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Following the successful debut of the Martinborough Music Festival last year another is planned for the last weekend of September.

The aim of this music festival is to make it the premiere chamber music festival in New Zealand attracting top drawer musicians playing in various combinations (quartets, quintets…).  One, at least, will include the Schimmel grand piano gifted to the Martinborough community by the late Cherry van Kranen. Works by composers, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann will feature in the programme. A session for children and youth is also in the mix. … Continue Reading

Know your town 

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The Lane – Roberts Road

The short road between Grey and Dublin Streets began as a lane down past the Manse to the Cemetery. It marked the boundaries of Cemetery and school’s,  five acre blocks which were originally from George Waterhouse’s Station.  In 1871 the  Presbyterian Church people had purchased two five acre blocks from the JD Baird plan for a Manse and Glebe (cemetery).

The lane did not go right through to Dublin Street so for funeral services the  people walked behind the hearse down Weld Street  into Hirschberg Street along to Grey Street and the lane into the cemetery. In the patriotic fervour of WW1 the name Hirschberg Street was changed to Roberts Road after Field Marshal Earl Lord Roberts. … Continue Reading

Library News

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What is happening in the library?  We are adjusting to the schools being back and the change in focus from children all day long to the 3 o’clock rush.  Nothing like the old 6 o’clock rush but the intensity is the same.

Book babies is back on Tuesdays 10-10.30 and Richmel is on good form although I have some misgivings about the political correctness of Little BunnyFooFoo bopping mice on the head!

New talking books have arrived from National Library in the three month changeover and hopefully next month we will swap over the Large Print for a new selection.

The Census is coming up and the libraries will be open until 7.30pm on Census night (6 March) so the Wifi and computers are available to complete the census if you have unreliable internet at home.  There is a slim chance The Star will come out before the 6th but if not at least everyone will know we were open late!  Our Wifi has recently been upgraded and now reaches further than in the past so you don’t have to come in the library to use it.    … Continue Reading


Golf news

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop. The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford …

Martinborough Netball Club

Indeed while this year is almost over and this article slightly late, just to let you know what the season has been like for the Martinborough Netball Club. The Netball Premier Team moved up a grade this netball season from previous years having played in the Premier 2 grade. We …

Walking is a man’s best medicine. (Hippocrates)

SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB While crossing a busy intersection in Christchurch last week I spotted a banner sporting the message: WALK2freeTHE.MIND. This surely captures in a catch-phrase a credible philosophy. Throughout the decades numerous walking quotes have been recorded, many of which portray the physical and mental benefits of a …

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Martinborough is now on the international Dark Sky map with the recognition of the International …

Waihinga Centre

Seasonal Greetings The Waihinga Charitable Trust, the Fundraising Team and the Communications Team would like …

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Maree’s musings

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Dear Dr Jane

Dear Dr Jane My husband is a farmer and I am worried that he is …

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