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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News from First Church

March 19, 2018 March 2018 No Comments

After a long spell of lovely warm sunny days, there is now a hint of Autumn with cooler temperatures and shorter days. Although it’s back to “business as usual” for workers and students, some of us continue to be surprised how busy Martinborough continues to be with lots of visitors enjoying the many facilities and attractions our region has to offer.  … Continue Reading

Aratoi comes to Martinborough, & Featherston 

March 19, 2018 March 2018 No Comments

Aratoi, as the region’s art and history museum, is reaching out across the Wairarapa.

On view at Ventana Creative Collective until March 11 is the prizewinning art from Aratoi’s recent Wairarapa Art Review. Come and see ceramic eels made by Sam Ludden, two of his ruru, and a black Labrador painted by Elke Blommers using no black paint.

Say aloud the title of the pink and white sculpture by poet-artist Sam Duckor-Jones: Could it be true / that music from the oily racer scum across the street / is really the sound of a heart / finally pumping up in my ear. … Continue Reading

10’000 MARTINBOROUGH BAGs on their way!

March 19, 2018 March 2018 No Comments

Boomerang Bags has gone from strength to strength since its inception last March working towards a plastic-free Martinborough.

Recent generous donations from many local businesses and individuals have meant that we will be launching THE MARTINBOROUGH BAG.

10,000 re-usable cotton bags are currently in production & are on their way to Martinborough shortly.

Here’s a sneak preview.  USE – RE-USE – KEEP IT IN TOWN.

So, keep an eye out in the coming months for THE LAUNCH OF PLASTIC BAG FREE MARTINBOROUGH.

Thanks for all your contributions!

Carolyn, Amanda, Josie, Baptist


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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Waihinga Centre

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Dear Dr Jane

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