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Dog Party

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Jackie Buckley, a friend to many dogs on the South side of Martinborough, is leaving soon and moving to Whitianga with her two fine border collies Ginnie and Hudson.
Weld Street hound Boxer Townend invited all of Jackie’s dog friends and their owners to a farewell party at the West end of the Palliser Estate Clouston vineyard. 13 dogs turned up with a similar number of minders and all enjoyed a harmonious hour with refreshments suited to all tastes.

A big gap which will be hard to fill

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It was a sad day recently for Martinborough when we said a final farewell to community stalwart Helen Campbell.  Helen had been unwell for some time and had therefore been unable in recent times to play much of a part in the community she loved so well.  She was nevertheless firmly remembered by her family and friends, of which there were many, for the enthusiasm and determination to get things done that had been the trademarks of her life for so long.

Helen was a person that made things happen.  Her contributions to the community of Martinborough were many and varied over the years and covered several pages of notes, shared with us by family and often invoking laughter from the listeners.   … Continue Reading

Electric airplanes ?

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Aviation accounts for about 7% of total greenhouse gas emissions in developed nations such as the UK (in 2017).

The aviation industry has been an emissions laggard compared with the car industry or power generation, but improvements in the power-to-weight ratio of batteries mean some forms of sustainable aviation for shorter trips may finally be coming into view.

The industry will move towards hybrid and electric engines for regional travel (below 1,000 miles) much quicker than many think, according to a report published this week by analysts at investment bank UBS. They predict annual demand for about 550 hybrid planes, using a mixture of fossil fuel and electric power, between 2028 and 2040. This would create a $178bn (£140bn) industry over that time period. … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

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On Monday 24th February we had a power cut in the South Wairarapa. In itself, this isn’t a totally unusual event, but the cause has sent a warning to me about the state of our power network, run by Powerco.

Apart from alerting us to the need for more back-up generators, and the vulnerability of various networks when power disappears, my concern is the ability of a stray magpie to effectively shut down a district. This should not have happened. In the interest of all residents, I will be asking Powerco to clearly describe how robust our network is should two magpies appear on the horizon.

On other matters, we have had a number of questions asked about water, and tankers in particular. … 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 …

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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