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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Did you know

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THE THEME  song for  TV’s Country Calendar was not written by a country lad from the Otago but by English production music composer Alan Moorehouse in 1970. It was a ‘B side’ tune titled ‘Hillbilly Child’.

THERE ARE over 1.2 million British people living in Europe and 3 million Europeans living in Britain.

‘WE ARE continually faced great opportunities disguised as unsolvable  problems’ –Margaret Mead

AUSTRALIAN FLORISTS imported six and a half million roses from Kenya  for Valentine’s Day. Sidelined Australian growers said that they could not match the prices of Kenyan grower’s advantaged by having low wages and the country’s relaxed laws on horticulture chemical use.

IN 2015 there were 2.2 million people in U.S prisons. … Continue Reading

Donation to the Leafy Park 

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When the local Down To Earth Garden Group found they had money left over at the end of the year they decided they’d like to put it towards a good cause – something that linked into their love of gardens and also contributed to the community.

The leafy new park being developed as part of the Waihinga Centre Project fitted these criteria.   The group was able to provide enough money to“buy”one of the new trees that will be planted in the park, through the project’s fundraising programme (see p… for details).  “It is such a great way to be able to support the development of that side of the square, said group member Susan Stephen.   “It will provide a beautiful shady area to sit and relax.” … Continue Reading


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Ed and Juliet Cooke of the Greytown Music Group are preparing their brochure for this year’s concert series, and details are below. As usual, there is a variety of performers and instruments, and they hope there is something to interest everyone.

Sunday 22 April, 4pmHammers and Horsehair – an innovative performance by Douglas Mews on square piano, Robert Ibell on cello, and soprano Rowena Simpson of music from 19th century Germany, Austria and Bohemia, linked by short readings reflecting the era.

Sunday 24 June, 4pm – This concert features Waikato University Musicians, who perform regularly for Hamilton and Waikato audiences – more details later.

Sunday 19 August, 4pm Pianist Richard Mapp will play music by Bach, Kenneth Young, Schubert, Chopin, Messiaen and Brahms, before he tours New Zealand with the same programme for the NZ Chamber Music Society. … Continue Reading

UP NEXT at Ventana!

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Upside Down 16th March – 13th May 2018 Wairarapa artists Jen Olson and Lucy Cooper come together for an exhibition of photography and “weirdos” – please join us for the opening, Friday 16th March, 7pm.


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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From the Mayor

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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The Summer Reading Programme for the children has started and Roz informs me it is …


The Community Board has almost reached the end of a busy year, with its final …

Dear Dr Jane

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

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