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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.

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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.”  


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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Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

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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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