New Anglican Dean installed

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday 2 February at 7pm Rev Peter Hull was installed as Deacon in Charge of the Parish of South Wairarapa. Our parish includes both St Andrew’s Martinborough and St John’s Featherston.  Pete’s installation service will take place at St Andrew’s. Bishop Justin Duckworth …

$5,000 to the Cancer Society from Martinborough Pro-am golf.

Martinborough’s hugely successful Pro-am tournament netted a $5,000 donation to the Cancer society. The tournament, New Zealand’s biggest one day Pro-am event, attracted 164 golfers, of whom 42 were professionals. The professionals welcomed a tournament in a season where, due to Covid,  cancellations have resulted and there having been very …

Big numbers at Martinborough Lawn Tennis Clubs “Over the Hill” Tournament.

The 2021 ‘Over the Hill’ Tennis Tournament held over the weekend of the 9th-10th January at the Martinborough Lawn Tennis Club will be remembered for the large numbers that attended, but also the nervousness of the organising Committee as 20mm of rain came thundering down the day before. It only …

Martinborough Lions got into the Christmas Spirit

Martinborough Lions Club wound up the year by partnering with the Foodbank to fund, assemble and deliver some nice Christmas Hampers of goodies to all the Foodbank participants in Martinborough. Foodbank reported that there were lots of people with smiley faces picking up their hampers, also some tears and hugs. …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

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Happy New Year to all readers and welcome 2021. 

This year is going to be really exciting for the Wairarapa. The hard-working members of the Wairarapa Dark Sky Society are putting the finishing epic touches to the application to make our region a Dark Sky Reserve. 

It has been a long process and we are almost there, to keep the night dark for generations to come.

But why is keeping the night sky dark, so important for Wairarapa?  … Continue Reading

Troubadour Quartet in Greytown

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The Greytown Music Group is seizing the opportunity to present a concert by the 2021 Troubadour Quartet, on Sunday March 7, before the players disperse to their various homes around the country.

The Adam Troubadour Quartet Programme is a two-yearly career development experience for four of NZ’s most promising young string players. They receive learning and performance opportunities provided by the Adam Chamber Music Summer School and Festival , and by members of the NZ String Quartet. … Continue Reading


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They are seeing stars at Alexander Vineyard in Martinborough and not just because of the Wairarapa’s famed night skies.

In his latest Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2021, renowned wine critic Michael Cooper has given 5 stars (Gold Medal standard) to the four latest releases from Alexander Vineyard. 

The wines are their Alexander Pinot Noir 2018, Alexander Raumati Pinot Noir Rose 2020, the Alexander Merlot 2019 (noted as “outstanding”) and the Dusty Road Pinot Noir 2019 which was also shortlisted for Cooper’s much sought after “Best Red Wine Buy of The Year” award which the winery won last year for their 2018 Dusty Road.

Owner/winemakers Michael Finucane and Roz Walker are delighted with the 5 star ratings, which follow many other similar awards, because it shows that they are producing high-quality wine year after year.  The latest wines are available from the winery or through a select number of wine retailers in Martinborough and Wellington.


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

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