Inaugural Martinborough Music Festival

The newly launched Martinborough Music Festival, held from September 29- October 1, brought together two musical treasures: the beautiful, warm-toned Schimmel grand piano bequeathed to the Martinborough community by the late Cherry van Kranen, and Michael Houstoun New Zealand’s pre-eminent concert pianist. “Without an instrument of this calibre we would …

Have you seen the murals yet?

If you haven’t already seen them the town’s eight murals are really worth a look. The production of the murals was arranged by Ventana who are to be warmly thanked for their initiative and then produced by local artists. The murals are at four local businesses: Thunderpants, P&K, Ohio Street …

A new local publication

Most people in town will know Jill Fraser through her involvement in setting up Murdoch James Estate in 1986, the expansion of the business at the current Murdoch James Estate site in 1997, the refurbishment of Luna Estate which opened in January this year and her tour company Martinborough Wine …

JIM 2017: A Fitting Tribute

The first weekend of Spring saw the 7th edition of Jazz in Martinborough. “It was by far our best ever festival in terms of tickets sold and attendance at gigs,” says festival music director Lee Quayle. “It was a startlingly successful event that our recently departed founder Ian Cresswell would …

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Hau Ariki Marae

In the early 1800s there were a number of Maori settlements along the rivers around Martinborough. There was a fortified Pa at Otaraia and upriver family groups at Waihinga and Moiki, plus on the Huangarua river from Hikawera to Hautotara. A carved meeting house ‘ Takatimu’ was built at Hikawera in 1890, this was burnt to the ground on New Year’s Eve 1911.
From time to time people got together to work out where to build a Marae in Martinborough and in the mid 1970s a group under the name Waihenga began collecting donations for such a building. By 1980 the name ‘Hau Ariki’ ( wind of God) had been chosen for the Marae. This was chosen as a sign that the Marae was open to all people no matter what tribe, sub tribe or race. Today the complex stand as a testimony to the strength and determination of the Maori community. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade

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Meet our team- Annah’s Story
Annah Rait is the proud mother of two boys. Her eldest son Zak is a serving with the NZ Army and her youngest son Riley is a student at Martinborough School. She took up residence in Martinborough 2 years ago and was keen to be part of and connect with our community. In thinking about the best way to go about this, she decided that the local volunteer fire brigade might be an excellent way to meet local people and get involved with the community. The brigade has an important role in the District so Annah thought it seemed like the perfect team to be part of. … Continue Reading

Mini book review

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The usefulness of useless information

A short review of a small book. This pocket size 93 page book is, despite it’s size, fascinating. It is an essay written in 1939 by Abraham Flexner with a companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf.

By 1930 Abraham Flexner worried that investigative science had become restrictive with research scientists only building on what was already known rather than letting their imagination flourish. He believed that curiosity with the help of serendipity was the only force strong enough to break through mental walls that block truly transformative ideas and technologies. … Continue Reading

Rachel McCahon

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Rachel always had a love of books and literature which led to a career as a Librarian and more. Her father (a brother to artist Colin McCahon) was a Physicist and the family of four children grew up in Christchurch, enjoying a happy carefree childhood which included time spent at Conway Flat near Kaikoura. 

Rachel married young and had 3 children. The family lived in Hong Kong for a few years before settling in Wellington where she furthered her studies with a Masters degree in Communication and Early Childhood. Rachel also tutored at the Library School, becoming responsible for much of the course content which is still in use today.
Thirteen years ago, Rachel met her second husband, David Binning and it wasn’t long before they bought a lifestyle property in Martinborough, planting grapes and establishing Dara Cottage homestay. Rachel’s parents then moved to Martinborough also.

It is not always easy to fit into a small community as a newcomer but Rachel managed remarkably well. She was immediately welcomed into a women’s cycling group and bookclub, which is testament to her bubbly, positive personality.
At first Rachel commuted to her job as Lecturer in Communications at Victoria University but later switched to working at Ucol in Masterton.
 Once Rachel retired, being a roving reporter for ‘The Star’ suited her and she put a lot of effort into writing a variety of articles. She particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know many locals and always managed to write with a cheerful, positive perspective.

Sadly Rachel recently lost her brave battle with cancer and her contributions to ‘The Star’ and community will be greatly missed. She was 66.
Ineke Kershaw



The season is over for the Premier and Senior Reserve teams, and what a season it was! Our Premier team made it to the Tui Cup Final, our first final in 24 year years…the last time we won was 26 years ago! Unfortunately it was not to be the fairy …

Junior Sport

U13 Boys Hockey The 2017 Wairarapa U13 Hatch Cup representative hockey team performed well at its first mini tournament in Stratford on the 12 and 13 August, securing wins over Manawatu, Wanganui and Horowhenua. The team is well represented by the South Wairarapa this year with Jarrod Yee, Hamish Kill, …


Two down and one to go, we are on the home straight with the season of Winter and for the first time in many years the dams and tanks are fill and the water tables have well and truly reached above the ground. you guessed, we’re ready for Spring! The …

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