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Book Review Bad Monkey

August 21, 2019 August 2019 Comments Off on Book Review Bad Monkey

Author Carl Hiaasen has come up with a novel concept for his books; a well worked out crime thriller overlaid with hilarious comedic moments. The combination works, the reader is at once hooked on the serious drama and chuckling at the situations of some of those involved find themselves in. It takes a skilful writer to carry this off, and Hiaasen does.

The story is set in Florida and  the Caribbean islands and features a former detective who for a bad discretion has been demoted to restaurant inspector. The story opens with a tourist on a chartered fishing launch hooking a human arm. To go further would be to spoil the story for future readers, suffice to say there is murder, kidnapping and the usual page turning moments. 

Entwined in the very serious murder investigation we have parallel, and sometimes intersecting, sub stories. A very shonky property developer, a Sheriff who only wants a  quite life, a pair of inept minor crooks, a voodoo woman, a pilot with a pontoon equipped plane who specialises in illegal flights between the Caribbean and the mainland – and a monkey.  … Continue Reading

An Anniversary Coming Up

August 21, 2019 August 2019 Comments Off on An Anniversary Coming Up

The little white Natusch-designed building that houses Martinborough’s museum on The Square was built in 1894 and for its first 80 years it served as the town library. 

In 1975  the Library moved to more modern premises on Jellicoe Street and the building sat empty for several years.    In 1978 it was re-opened as the Martinborough Colonial Museum, thanks to the dedication of a group of locals who wanted to preserve the town’s heritage.

Now the building’s approaching its 125th birthday and we’re looking to capture personal stories about its history.  We’d love to hear from you if you have memories of visiting the library in the old building. Maybe you remember the librarians, the atmosphere, or the books you loved to read.   We will be running a story telling programme in October so think about those old times and get in touch if you would like to contribute. 

Chris Cassels on 06 306 8286 or email ccassels@gmail.com 


Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

Regular Features


Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

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Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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