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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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

From the mayor

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Draft Proposal for Wairarapa District Council
On Tuesday 14 March all Wairarapa Councils met with the Local Government Commission (the Commission) to discuss their draft proposal for a Wairarapa District Council.
The long procces began in May and June 2013 when the Local Government Commission received two applications for changes to the structure of Wellington local authorities. Applications from South Wairarapa, Carterton and Masterton District Councils for a single unitary council for the whole of the Wairarapa, one from Greater Wellington Regional Council for a unitary council for the whole of the Wellington region, including the Wairarapa. … Continue Reading

Great win for Martinborough

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Great-win-forMartinborough Wairarapa 1st Prize goes south

Martinborough Tennis Club lifted the coveted Gawith Shield last week at the Masterton Tennis Centre, beating Carterton 4 matches to 2 in the finals of the summer competition.          
In spite of the best the renowned Spooner brothers could muster, the team from the south took the honours, with Carla Didsbury and Marco de Groot putting icing on the cake in the mixed doubles.   Carla, indeed, was Martinborough’s “secret weapon”, having won her singles earlier, in what turned out to be the only 3-setter of the day.   The other Martinborough team member, Chris Wilkie, played with his usual skill and vigour but narrowly lost his singles to Matt Spooner, 5-7 ,5-7 and put up a good fight with Matt Nicholson in the doubles, losing 4-6, 2-6. Carla has been the mainstay of this team – other members that have contributed to the success of this team have been Dan Nicholson, Duncan Didsbury and Campbell Venning. … Continue Reading

Greytown Concert – Mark Menzies and Guests –

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Old and New Music on Old and New Instruments
Virtuoso violinist Professor Mark Menzies, originally from Hawkes Bay, has returned to New Zealand after 20 years in the States, to take up the position of Head of Performance at the Canterbury University School of Music. While Mark, who has established a world-wide reputation as a violinist, violist, pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, has promised to play “audience friendly” music in Greytown, he has actually specialised in contemporary music.
For his 47th birthday he gave a series of four solo violin and viola recitals of old and new music in seven days, including a performance of La Lontananza by Luigi Nono, a 45 minute work for solo violin and eight channels of violin-irradiated electronic music, performed off 8 to 10 music stands. The player is required to move from one stand to another, often zigzagging around the space, producing a dynamic range from what is only audible to a dog, to the loudest sounds the instrument can humanly make. The result is complex and everchanging: from sweet singing to effects of horror, ghostly calm drones, and wondrous calming themes. … Continue Reading

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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

Wairarapa 1st Prize goes south Martinborough Tennis Club lifted the coveted Gawith Shield last week at the Masterton Tennis Centre, beating Carterton 4 matches to 2 in the finals of the summer competition.           In spite of the best the renowned Spooner brothers could muster, the …


Congratulations to Pip Kirk winning the prestigious Carterton Womens Open Day Cup recently shooting an Gross 80, five shots clear of 2nd place getter Sereana Phillipps. Pip also had a stunning drive on number 11 to pick up the longest drive in 1st Division , a wedge into the green was …

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MARK your calendar May 20th for the Great Tuturumuri Bake Off. Try home grown produce, …

Fire Brigade report

It been a busy month for members of the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade. The local …

Know your town.

Did you know? The Martinborough Fairs began as a three day Bush Carnival in February …

Library News

Martinborough Library first meeting of the Friends will be held on Wednesday 12 April at …

Two by Two

“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins”. As said Ludwig …

Waihinga Centre

No Longer Waiting “Ladies in Waiting” was performed by the Martinborough Little Theatre Society in …


Being the newest member on the Martinborough Community Board, I was given the opportunity to …

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