Celebrating the British and Irish Lions Tour in Martinborough

The Martinborough Business Community is going all out to welcome travelling rugby fans to Martinborough this winter. With thousands of international rugby fans expected to descend on Wellington for the Lions v All Blacks Test on the 1st July, we are looking forward to tempting them over the hill to …

One bygone era meets another

An impressive array of early nineteenth machinery, cars, tractors and motorbikes was on display for the Wellington American Car club to peruse on their sunny afternoon stop off at Martinborough during Sunday club run through the Wairarapa Put together by Jim Clark and friends the display filled the spacious Cotter …

Starting the Day Right.

It is well established that children find it hard to learn when they’re hungry. That’s what led to the setting up of The Breakfast Club in Martinborough. Every weekday morning a team of volunteers prepares and serves a healthy breakfast to between 10-12 children before they head to school. The …

Back to Back Shakespeare Regional Champions

The Performing Arts Department at Kuranui College is experiencing a great deal of success of late, especially in the area of Shakespeare.  This year they performed a 15min scene from “Pericles: The Prince of Tyre” at the Regional Shakespeare competition, and took out the competition.  They are now off to …

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May 9, 2017 May 2017 Comments Off on SOUTH WAIRARAPA REBUS CLUB


Before we get on to Clive our mini-speaker this month was Irene Bailey who told us a little of her interesting life. Irene was born in Mosgiel then moved to Waihola, south of Dunedin, when she was four. She lost her mother at the age of 9. Despite this she enjoyed a happy fulfilled childhood helping with all the jobs around the farm. Her father was left with four children – Irene was the youngest – and she became a dab hand at such jobs as driving the horse and plough, taking one end of the crosscut saw and also pretty good with the scythe! There was a lot of swimming and boating in nearby Lake Waihola and Irene played a lot of sport. … Continue Reading

Know your town

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Know-your-town Land use in Wharekaka Waihinga

How the land has changed over the years. I will start with the Waihinga and Wharekaka Blocks.
At first the land was cultivated for wheat for flour and oats for fuel for the horses. The large runs and farms all had cowman gardeners who produced milk and vegetables for the workers. The first commercial crop was hops at Dry River the seed being imported by Mr Coleman Philips. The hops were supplied to the two Greytown Breweries. … Continue Reading


May 9, 2017 May 2017 Comments Off on THE MINI FELL COMPLEX

Mini-fell-complexWINTER CLOSURE has arrived and this is a time where we can work on the rails and train maintenance so as to be ready to open for our SUMMER SEASON starting with the TRAIN CARNIVAL SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017
Cross Creek Railway’s year has been travelling at full speed. The TRAIN STOP and the Senior Citizen’s Serenity TUNNEL area were completed early in 2016 and have given a lot of joy to everyone. The ENGINE SHED extension started not long after the completion of the Train Stop and Serenity Corner it is coming up to the finish in a week’s time and then the BIG PARTY for all our 82 members in a celebration of what has been achieved in 1 year!!!! … Continue Reading

Our Tall Poppies

May 9, 2017 May 2017 Comments Off on Our Tall Poppies

William Massey, the incumbent Prime Minister of New Zealand, on the 5th April 1916 requested that all Mayors of Cities and Boroughs, would observe a half day commencing on 25th April at 1.00pm in remembrance of the notable deeds performed by our New Zealand soldiers overseas. Ministers of all denominations of religion were asked to provide special services during the afternoon.
The date was chosen to mark the anniversary of the landing of the New Zealand and Australian soldiers on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. … Continue Reading

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Golf Club news

The wet weather has been a godsend even though there has been a lapse in actually playing the game. The greens have benefited the most by far and the recovery process is ahead of schedule. The bonus too that no one has had to lose sleep over the water allocation consent. There …


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 …

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LIFE FLIGHT’S Westpac Rescue Helicopter has flown to the Wairarapa eight times this month (between …

From the Mayor

I would like to thank everyone who attended the Martinborough ANZAC Day commemoration; it was …


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 …

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