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Junior rugby

July 23, 2019 July2019 Comments Off on Junior rugby

Our JAB has been off to a cracking start!

We have two teams in both U6 & U8, we have a strong U9 team, combined U10 with Greytown, our U11 are combined with Tuhirangi who are off down South in two weeks and again we have a combined U13 South team.

We are lucky enough to have 3 Senior players Nathan Hunt, Tipi Haira and James Pakoti coaching our U6 Rippa teams which keeps the young ones keen and excited to learn. U6 ends at the end of term one and is now being played in Martinborough so feel free to get down and support the future of our club.

Thank you to everyone that helped out with our Trail Ride at the start of the season, this day just gets bigger and bigger each year! A Huge thank you to the Harvey family who generously let us use their farm each year! … Continue Reading

Know your town

July 23, 2019 July2019 Comments Off on Know your town

Adam Wright

Adam wright erected the building next to the Martinborough Hotel and is now known as the Petite Hotel. He was born in Belfast Ireland in 1868 and as a young came to settle in Greytown where he set up a hairdressing business. In 1900 He married Lizzie Picot  who was born in New Castle on Tyne in 1876. They had three children, Bob, Joan and Thelma. Adam was a keen bowler setting up the Greytown Bowling Club.

He subsequently sold the hairdressing business and moved to Martinborough where he purchased the section beside the Martinborough Hotel  and in 1905 built the two storey shop and dwelling. It was all was lighted by Acetylene gas. The building was awarded the School of Architecture Award for Excellence as ‘an Archetype New Zealand Vernacular Building’. … Continue Reading

Kuranui win ShowQuest again 

July 23, 2019 July2019 Comments Off on Kuranui win ShowQuest again 

Kuranui College has won the 2019 Wellington ShowQuest competition, This is the second year running Kuranui College has been named first place winners in the competition. Second placed was Wellington Girl’s College  and third Hutt Valley High. The team also took home the awards for Best Choreography and Best Video Wall.

Showquest is a Wellington regional competition this year held at the Michael Fowler Centre. The teams each present a five to ten minute story in dance, music and video which is projected onto a screen behind the stage. The show has to be  entirely the student’s own work, from conception through to the  completed piece.

This year Kuranui’s theme was based on the historical dispute over Lake Wairarapa. Originally the lake had an abundant fish life which was important in providing kai to the many Māori who lived around it’s shores. Mid last century  a scheme to eliminate regular flooding and also establish more farm land saw the Ruamahanga river, which flowed through the lake, diverted. The local Māori lost a court battle to stop the scheme.  … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019 July2019 Comments Off on Letters

Dumbing down of library

I am concerned about our local library. 

I believe there are two issues Involved, the first being the siting of a library next to a café in an open plan design and the second is Shirley Nightingale our lovely local librarian 

With the café being placed next to the library it lends itself to library patrons being subjected to annoying intrusive noise. I have heard those say “ah well you get used to it” and I wonder why is it necessary to become accustomed to something such as this.

I love cafes and I love books. When I read I don’t like background noise and it is offensive to find food stains on a book. … 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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