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 …

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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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September 13, 2017 September 2017, Sports Comments Off on MARTINBOROUH RUGBY CLUB

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 tale ending we would have liked, losing 12-25 to Gladstone, however we are extremely proud of our team and look forward to bringing the trophy back to Martinborough in 2018! … Continue Reading

Wharekaka News

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August has been busy with some fun entertainment taking place. The school reading group which comes fortnightly creates such a good atmosphere and both parties gain an enormous amount from the interaction.
The Auxiliary invited Mary Clark to sing which was wonderful and we look forward to a return visit. August also sees the annual fund-raising Bridge luncheon at Brackenridge.
Last month’s fundraising concert was a huge success raising over $4,000 towards the purchase and set up costs of our new wheelchair van. Thanks to the board and Suzanne Warner for all their efforts.
Naomi Alloway brought in some lambs which brought a smile to everyone’s faces.
The Featherston ukulele group was great and everyone joined in and sang along. A visit to Arbor House for afternoon tea and a sing along took everyone’s minds off the rain outside.
We said a sad goodbye to Betty Mellish who passed away and will be missed by residents and staff.
Cliff is re-planting his garden so spring feels close by.
If anyone has any spare plastic shopping bags we would welcome them to save having to purchase more for our rubbish bins.
We are now looking forward to spring and all the outside opportunities this new season will bring.

Wairarapa Voice

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Wairarapa Voice steps up the petition calling for a poll on amalgamation of the three Wairarapa District Councils.
Wairarapa residents and ratepayers can now sign the petition at locations in all three districts – South Wairarapa, Carterton and Masterton. Wairarapa Voice has been pleased that the places people can sign include a wide range of cafes, bars, art galleries, libraries, offices and shops.
You can sign the South Wairarapa petition in Martinborough at Kitcheners, Pain and Kershaw, Martinborough Medical Centre and the Pirinoa Country Store.
A poll is initiated by a minimum of 10 per cent of the electors in any one of the Wairarapa districts.
A valid petition must be sent to the Local Government Commission before 11th October 2017, so we still have a month to gather signatures to ensure that the Carterton petition will meet the threshold of a minimum of 10 per cent of electors.
For more information, go to the Facebook page “Sign the Petition for a Wairarapa Poll” which will have information on the petition and where you can sign, or let us know how we can contact you, or go to the Wairarapa Voice website
For more information contact: Pam Colenso on 306 9503 or 0274 414 892or

Waihinga Centre

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A White Square on a White Field
One of Mondrian’s most famous paintings, “A White Square on a White Field“, is almost replicated on the backstage wall of our present Town Hall. But the canvas is changing day by day.
Foundations for both sides of the Town Hall stage have been completed and the White Square will disappear under a concrete overlay, which will be sprayed over the brickwork, on the outside of the stage from ground to roof.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the building site, foundations for the new Waihinga Centre are complete, even though the recent floods delayed the concrete pour, and workers had to be sent home before the bridge closed.
Last month South Wairarapa District Elected Members made an on-site inspection to check on progress. Mike Arnopp, Project Director for Rigg Zschokke, explained to Councillors, that work is now starting on the remainder of the external wall foundations to the Waihinga Centre. And that, while this is taking shape, steel columns and laminated beams are being fabricated off site. These will be transported and erected over the next 2 months.
Viv Napier said that “The Councillors were very excited by progress and are looking forward to the next stage when the steel columns are erected”. It is estimated that if all goes according to plan the project may be completed by next April or May.

Let’s play!
Climbing, sliding, swinging, jumping, splashing, running, crawling and yes, maybe even falling. You name it, our kids will be able to do this and more next year at the new Waihinga Centre Playground where old favourites will be joined by innovative new designs.
We have worked with Playground Centre, who are experts in the field, to find the best and most exciting equipment. The star of the show will be a big climbing tower with a giant slide for returning safely to earth.
The other new equipment will be selected from across five different sorts of activities.
Water Play
Carousels and Spinners
Tunnels, Trampolines or Outdoor Musical Equipment or Interactive Equipment.
To help us develop a shortlist we’ll be asking local children to tell us their preferences. This will be done via our four schools: Martinborough, Kahutara, Tuturamuri and Pirinoa and the kindy. A representative group from each will be shown pictures of the options and asked to identify their favourites. This will be one of the factors we use in making the final choices.
Another factor in the selection process will be making sure the playground is accessible to the widest possible range of abilities. We know physical challenges help children grow up to be confident and independent and our playground is one of the ways that we can help them do this. But that’s only how we adults see it. For the kids, it’s going to be all about having fun and that’s just the way it should be.


Supporter Profile: PaperHands, Ben and Helen Masters
PaperHands makes wallpaper but not just any sort of wallpaper. In his workshop in the former library on Jellicoe Street Ben Masters designs and screenprints limited edition handmade papers. It all began in 2009 when he and his wife Helen (the Winemaker at Ata Rangi) couldn’t find designs they liked for their own home. Using Ben’s fine arts and interior design skills they began creating and then marketing their own wallpapers.
In 2015 they began a collaboration with Resene to bring back the iconic designs of William Mason, a leader in the field from the 1960s.
Ben and Helen see supporting the Waihinga Centre as a way to contribute to the community. “We feel an onus to make this commitment to future generations, just as earlier generations have done for us. It’s going to be exciting for the town and it will be great to have a new purpose-built library.”
Ben’s has generously offered to donate some of his wallpaper to the new centre so hopefully all of us will be able to enjoy his work.

Find out more and get involved.
Visit our website: for more information or contact Max Stevens on 3069095, e-mail to volunteer, donate services or materials or make a financial contribution. We would love to hear from you.



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 …

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