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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Harder than you may think

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By Ava Rickey
Heaving myself onto my bike I groan inwardly, dread filling my body. I am already pitying my poor legs,  predicting torture on the ride up. Nevertheless I start biking through the Featherston Rimutaka incline entrance and begin my arduous journey. To begin this, ah, wonderful ride, we (the Wills family, Amanda Draper and myself) are immediately hit with an uphill slope *Sigh*. Although the slope was very small, it wasn’t a great first impression to our ride. The start carry’s on like that, up and down, up and down.
Moving off my bike I pull it over a small mound of landslide debris and shimmy back on to the seat to have to hop off again on a bridge. Riding along the stony dirt path, we have to shelter under overhanging branches to get away from the glaring sun. … Continue Reading

Hello from Martinborough Toy Library

April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on Hello from Martinborough Toy Library

Hello-fom-the-Toy-Library We have enjoyed a busy summer at Toy Library with everyone enjoying the ride on toys and water tables. But as we look to autumn and winter the indoor toys start to become favoured. One of these being the marble run, pictured, a great option for some indoor entertainment. We are also heading into our new membership year at the beginning of April. 
We look forward to welcoming new members to the Toy Library with a range of membership options from full family membership at $75 for the year, this covers all hires for the whole year, so if you’re coming every week or two you really get your monies worth. We also have grandparent membership options that are perfect for visiting grandchildren you need to keep entertained. … Continue Reading

Inner Wheel

April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on Inner Wheel

Well, the Martinborough Fair is over for another year. Our food received high praise from the Rotarians, firemen and policemen on duty for both days, although their waistlines might have suffered a little. Thanks go to Fresh Choice for their generous donation of food, and Pinehaven for selling us stone fruit at a reduced rate. Our last meeting was marked by the inductions of two new members, Alma Parr and Beryl Tupu, and a great speaker. … Continue Reading

Kahutara welcomes Yuhui

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Kahutara-welcome-Yuhui Kahutara school has welcomed Yuhui Gao, its’ fourth visiting Chinese teacher under Victoria University’s —– scheme. Yuhui graduated from Shandong University majoring in English Business language and having been selected ‘Outstanding Student Cadre’ at the university. Following her year in New Zealand Yuhui plans to return to university to do her Master’s degree from where she hopes to be employed by an offshore company’s Beijing office.

Yuhui has two younger sisters and lives with her family in Shijiazhuang Town where her father is a businessman. While designated a town it has a population equal to all of New Zealand’s. Understandably she has found her first two weeks lonely, but says “I’m getting used to it – it’s OK”. Shijiazhuang Town is close to Shijiazhuang city which has a population of 10.7 million about an hour and half travel to Beijing. … 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 …

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