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Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve: Economic Plan wrap up event

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There has been healthy interest in the creation of an accredited Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve and the economic potential it has for the region. Wellington-based consultancy JMG has run a number of meetings and events to raise awareness of the project and to discover what this might mean for the Wairarapa economy.  This will feed into an economic plan to define the opportunities arising from the Reserve.

“Having met many people through community meetings and sessions with business associations and businesses, groups, iwi, councils and other interests, we have been privileged to get a greater insight into the plans and aspirations of the community” says JMG’s Managing Director, Bill McDonald.    … Continue Reading

Where were you in 1982 

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In 1982 Martinborough turned 100 years old.  Maybe you were living here then, maybe you’d grown up and left, or perhaps you’re someone who has made your home here since.

Whatever the case don’t miss the chance to see the documentary made about the town, its history and its people, at that time. You might even see yourself in it!

For the past few weeks it’s been showing at Circus Cinema as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the old library building that now houses the museum.   It seems that some of you haven’t had the chance to see it yet so an extra screening has been scheduled.  … Continue Reading

Hau Ariki: Our marae 2020 and beyond

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Hau Ariki is a unique meeting space for community in Martinborough and it has developed a charter as a strong foundation for its aspirations in 2020 and beyond, which community are invited to comment on. As an institution in Martinborough initiated by community for community, Hau Ariki has impact for Māori and non-Māori. The charter signals a move towards a higher level of accountability, clarity of its role, and a pathway for future development.  

Trustee Chair Trevor Hawkins acknowledges “The refurbishment of the marae broadcast on reality show Marae DIY, highlighted to the committee the strong endorsement of local and wider community in Hau Ariki. The charter follows on from this endorsement.  Though the charter is a big step that might take a while to fully realise, it sends a strong signal about the direction of the marae for the community and I believe we have the people young and old who can take this forward.” … Continue Reading

It’s been an exciting month at the Museum

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It’s been an exciting time for the museum.  October was the 125th birthday of our heritage-designated building and we pulled out all the stops to celebrate.  A big thank you to everyone who supported us.

For 80 years, before it became the museum, the building was the town library. Recognising that history we worked with Charlotte Harding and Bec Reilly (Ventana) to hold Story Month events.  That included children’s sessions in the museum.  We want them to feel it is “their” museum too.

With that in mind we now have old equipment kids can play with:  party line phones, typewriters, an adding machine, a windup gramophone and Plunket scales.  There’s also a Treasure Hunt to add a challenge. (thank you Bec for the idea).  If you are after immortality we have a Time Capsule too where you can put in an entry (Karen Cronshaw’s clever idea).  It won’t be opened again until 2044. … Continue Reading


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 …

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Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

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 Community Garden News

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News from Wharekaka

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Under The Martinborough Stars

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

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