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Don’t forget the Christmas Parade

December 9, 2019 December 2019 Comments Off on Don’t forget the Christmas Parade

This year’s Christmas Parade will be on Saturday 14t th commencing at 5pm. Followed by Carols in the Square featuring  Madcaps  leading the singing with Business House choirs (?) also taking a turn to lead.


Advice for schoolchildren

December 9, 2019 December 2019 Comments Off on Advice for schoolchildren

Most grownups know that A is A,

And some will say so, come what may,

Yet most pretend that A is B

Unless they’re sure their friends agree … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

December 9, 2019 December 2019 Comments Off on From the Mayor

Christmas is nearly upon us!  I hope to see you all at the Christmas Parade on 14th December. I have been offered a vintage convertible to sit in by Peter McKeown, and hope to be joined by a pupil from Tuturumuri School, to show sympathy for its sad, imminent closure.

The last week saw the first SWDC proper Council meeting. At this meeting, my new committee structure was adopted by councillors – with some justified concern over where some functions of the disbanded committees would sit.

I have adopted a flat structure, removing all working groups to improve transparency and moving some decision-making to community boards, thereby allowing councillors to use the remaining committees and Council meetings to focus on issues with a broad overview. We will have one working group – the Annual Plan/Long Term Plan Working Group – that can be formed as needed and will involve the entire Council. … Continue Reading

Predator Free Martinborough?

December 19, 2018 December 2019 Comments Off on Predator Free Martinborough?

We all know that many NZ native species are under serious threat from introduced predators and there are many conservation projects working in the wild to address this.  It is not always quite so clear what we as urban residents can do.  Well, here’s a chance for everyone to have an impact.

As part of its Predator-Free New Zealand initiative the government is supporting a programme of backyard trapping.  In that way everyone in the community can become part of the solution.   Some very successful trapping programmes are already operating in Wellington suburbs and elsewhere in New Zealand.

Special traps have been designed that work only for the target species (rats, mice, stoats, ferrets etc).  These also reduce the yuk factor for the squeamish! 

Local resident Jane Lenting has organised for DOC experts to come to Martinborough to talk to interested residents about how they can become involved.  If we can harness our well-recognised community spirit maybe we can make Martinborough a model town for predator trapping.   

The talk will be held at 41B Weld Street (leave cars on road) at 5pm on Thursday, 13 December.    If you are interested or would like more information you can contact Jane Lenting at janelenting@xtra.co.nz, or call 021 025 78799.  If you plan to attend please RSVP to Jane by Tuesday 11 December.

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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

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

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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