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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Man fined $2500 after misleading council

April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on Man fined $2500 after misleading council

Homeowners are being warned not to fall into the trap of using anyone who does not hold a current authorisation to conduct plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying work.
The Auckland District Court, Vinod Maniam, was sentenced to a $2,500 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing work without a current authorisation.
Sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated industries in New Zealand, and it is illegal to do this restricted work unless authorised by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB). 
The matter was reported to the PGDB by the Auckland City Council.  It was discovered Mr Maniam submitted false information to the council suggesting he held a current practising licence when he undertook sanitary plumbing work converting a garage into a beauty salon.  He has never qualified as a registered plumber and has never held a licence. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Community Choir Update

April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on Martinborough Community Choir Update

Martinborough-Community-Choir The choir is now in its 5th year, and we’re delighted that Mark Dorrell has just agreed to be our official choir Patron.
Mark has worked extensively in musical theatre productions at the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End.

Since coming to live in NZ, Mark has worked with the Orpheus Choir, NZ Opera, at Toi Whakaari, and he is currently the accompanying co-ordinator and vocal coach at the NZ School of Music.
Mark has been over several times over the past couple of years, to guest lead and inspire the choir, most recently on March 21.
Mark enjoys working with our choir and has agreed to come back twice more this year, so we feel very fortunate! … Continue Reading


April 11, 2017 April 2017, Sports Comments Off on MARTINBOROUGH GOLF

Martinborough-Golf-ClubCongratulations 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 all she needed, the rest of us requiring a 3 wood and a wedge! In fact the Martinborough women did really well with several being called up to the Prize table. … Continue Reading


April 11, 2017 April 2017 Comments Off on MARTINBOROUGH RSA

Anzac Day 2017. Anzac Day (Tuesday 25 April) will soon be upon us, and so here are some key details:
• Poppy Day. Poppy Day 2017 will be held on Friday 21 April, with poppies being available in Jellicoe Street outside Pain & Kershaws and in Kitchener Street beside Kitchener Street Dairy. Please give generously as these donations are used to support veterans and stay within the Martinborough area.

• Martinborough Dawn Service. This service will commence at 5.55am on ANZAC morning the 25th April. The marshalling point for the parade is outside Pain & Kershaws in Jellicoe Street at 5.45am. The parade will be led by the Wairarapa Fern and Thistle Pipe Band and will march to the Cenotaph at 5.55am.
Martinborough Community Board members will be handing out service sheets before the service, but please bring a torch so that you will be able to read these.
After the service the parade will then march around the Square to the Martinborough Fire Station. The Brigade have kindly offered the Fire Station for the morning tea after the service. We look forward to everyone enjoying a time of fellowship at the station.

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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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