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July 23, 2019 July2019 Comments Off on Community Garden News 

Well, we have just about recovered from the excitement of being part of the Martinborough Medical Centre’s, Community Health Award, awarded last week by the Minister of Health. It is a good time to acknowledge Pam Shackleton, and her dedication to health initiatives, including the  Community Garden.

We would also like to thank Andy Sutherland for the very generous load of top soil that has enabled us to complete the filling of our new planters.

As depths of winter approach, there seems little of great excitement in the garden. That is, if you are not enthralled by the formation of Brussels sprouts; the heartening of cabbages and the ‘blooming’ of caulis. All of these vegies now need a good feed, if you have not yet given them one. We will hopefully be planting a second brassica crop in our newly prepared beds over the next couple of weeks.

We have spent some of the colder days working to improve our compost, which is fundamentally the life blood of the garden. … Continue Reading

Cooking Corner

July 23, 2019 July2019 Comments Off on Cooking Corner

Bakewell tart



140gr plain flour

85 Gr cold butter 

a pinch of salt … Continue Reading

Council Notes

July 23, 2019 July2019 Comments Off on Council Notes

From the 12th July we enter the pre-election period for the local government elections, which are being held on the 12th October 2019.  During this time, Council will provide a monthly column to keep you updated on Council activities. Nominations to stand open on the 19th July and close on the 16th August 2019.  If you are interested in standing as a local council election candidate, then please do, and to find out more information, you can contact the Electoral Officer at the Council offices, or go along to the Candidate Briefing at the Waihinga Centre, at 7pm on 10 July.

To be able to vote for those candidates who are standing for office, then being enrolled is a must.  Please check that you are on the electoral role; if you are, well done; if not then please register so ensure you don’t miss out on having your say. Check you are enrolled at www.elections.org.nz. … Continue Reading

Deep plastic

July 23, 2019 July2019 Comments Off on Deep plastic

The depth of the Mariana Trench makes it impossibly hostile to surface-dwelling life. Water pressure is more than 1000 times that at sea level, and temperatures rarely rise above 4 degrees Celsius. Humans have been there only four times, yet in May of this year researchers from Japan’s Global Oceanographic Data Center found a plastic bag at its bottom.

This bag has the dubious distinction of being the deepest known piece of plastic waste. Yet it is only one of the thousands of pieces of rubbish catalogued in the centre’s Deep Sea Debris Database, which also includes fishing nets, tyres, washing machines, bottles, tins, sneakers … even a gym bag. Of these items, more than 33 per cent are plastic, and 89 per cent of those are single-use products such as plastic bottles and utensils, ratios that increase to 52 per cent and 92 per cent at depths of more than 6 kilometres.


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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