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Thanks to all the Staff at P&K

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We would just like to thank all the Staff at P&K for the wonderful way they managed to keep us afloat in Groceries for those weeks.  The groceries were very well packed and the system for collecting was first class whether it was out the back or delivered.  Well done   –   Bev and Bruce Hancocks

Ventana is back!

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The new Ventana studio is open and ready for you to pour out that pent up creative energy!

Kids Art classes are back every week- bookings essential while we stick to smaller groups.

Thursdays 3:15-4pm Big Kids 5yrs and up.

Fridays 3:15-4pm Little Kids 5yrs and under.

Saturdays 10-10:45am All Ages

All kids classes are $10 per child. … Continue Reading

Under the Martinborough Stars

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We are in the middle of fighting an invisible enemy, one that has kept us stuck inside. However, this isolation has had a surprising side-effect. Reduced light pollution across the world

It is a well-known fact that most of the world’s population cannot see the night sky because of air and light pollution. Like you, I’m reading the news almost constantly, and I’ve been surprised by articles about how quickly previously heavily polluted countries are noticing such huge differences in their ability to now see the sky, distant mountain ranges and the Milky Way. 

We can even see this difference from Space. Satellites, orbiting high above the Earth are noticing significant drops in pollution across the world. 

We have begun to understand the role of lights recently, and their detrimental effects, not just for humans, but for all creatures. We have all seen moths and insects flying towards our headlights as we drive down roads at night, hurtling themselves at the vehicle as we drive along. … Continue Reading

The show must go on.

June 8, 2020 June 2020 Comments Off on The show must go on.

Plants and animals don’t care about COVID19.    Essential seasonal work still needed to be done regardless of any risk to humans.   This was particularly true for vineyard workers with harvest and the lockdown buildup coinciding.  So when you enjoy a bottle of wine from 2020 (destined to be an excellent vintage)  spare a thought for those helped who make it possible. 

Farming has underpinned New Zealand’s prosperity for most of our history and once again its importance has been highlighted by the crisis.   Farmers and their staff might not have faced a problem with social distancing but there were plenty of other challenges created by the lockdown.  

It can be easy to take these activities for granted because they are, literally, part of the landscape.   But without a doubt they certainly deserve the title of “Essential Services.”  


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

Regular Features

From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

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Councillor comment

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Regional Council notes

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News from First Church

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