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Well here we are, half the year gone and just past the shortest day. True to form we are now getting the worst that the weather Gods can throw at us. Heavy rain high seas and gale force winds. While you go about your daily chores spare a thought for the rural community they still need to battle the elements feeding and caring for their animals, thank God that lambing and calving hasn’t started.

  After all the rain over the past two weeks our rural roading network has taken a hit with slips and washouts. We are fortunate that some years ago this council put in place a rural reserve fund to be able to undertake the necessary repairs from these weather events.  … Continue Reading

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“COMMENT IS FREE but facts are sacred . The voice of opponents no less than that of friends has a right to be heard.” P Scott , first editor of the Guardian written 1821

‘ FACEBOOK IS such a drag. In my day seeing pictures of people’s vacations  was considered a punishment’. Betty White

MORE THAN twenty five thousand Seiko quartz watches , known for their acuracy and reasonable price come off the robotic assembly line at the Seiko plant in Morioka northern Japan every day. In the same factory a small team of skilled workers continue to produce by hand the traditional, and very expensive, Grand Seiko spring watches. 

‘PROGRESS IS impossible without change, and those who  cannot change their mnds cannot change anything’  George Bernard Shaw 

CARTERTON HAS the dubious honour of being named as having NZ’s highest annual residential rates ( $3,639) . Auckland comes in second with $3,599.  … Continue Reading

Directions in Jazz in Martinborough 2021

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The opening night concert for the 10th festival of Jazz in Martinborough will feature one of New Zealand’s finest jazz pianists, Duncan Haynes and a stellar line-up of top-class kiwi jazz talent. 

The group will perform ‘Directions in Jazz: The Vocalese Session’, in the Martinborough Town Hall on Friday, September 4 2021.  … Continue Reading


Well what a big month for the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade ! We finally got to celebrate and pay tribute to, albeit 2 years late (thanks Covid), our Fire Chief Jake Hawkins  for his 25 years of contribution to the Brigade and the wider Martinborough Community with the presentation of his Gold Star. There have been less than 10,000 of these prestigious awards since the first one in 1891. 

A wonderful night of presentations and celebrations was held at the Town Hall where tribute was paid to Jake, and we also acknowledged and paid tribute the invaluable contribution of Jake’s wife Kirsty. … Continue Reading


Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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Councillor comment

Well here we are, half the year gone and just past the shortest day. True …


Well what a big month for the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade ! We finally got …

From the Mayor

Winter has hit with a vengeance, and has caused all sorts of problems – mainly …

Martinborough Library to hold Creative Writing Classes for Kids

Are your young readers looking for new stories? This July holiday, they can learn to …

How Well do we Know People in our Community?

Phillip Percy. Phillip Percy and his wife Sarah came to live permanently in Martinborough in …

Martinborough Community Garden news

Some of you may have seen the article in the Mid-Week, where we hosted the …

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