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Library Book Club

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on Library Book Club

We meet at the library on the second Friday of the month at 10am and anyone is welcome to join us

No particular book is chosen instead we all have the opportunity to talk about a book or books that we have found intriguing. It is always interesting to see what grabs who’s attention as we all read many and varying books which open our minds to new ideas. The beauty of book club, is here we have a group of people who love books and reading, where we are all welcome to bring our insights and have a discussion around that certain book that has claimed our attention.

Last time we had Alex, so delighted to find that a book he thought was a really great book “Aftermath The Remnants of War” had been read by two of our members and we agreed with his findings. I would say this tome opens our eyes to the activity that is necessary after a conflict. Like all the unexploded shells that still remain in French forests, or the ongoing effects of Agent Orange to the clean up required in nuclear testing sites. Each chapter is a story in it’s own right. Thanks Alex

Then we have another woman saying I have been reading feminist books and it’s all about consent! … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019 May 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Letters

Ripped off

The magnificent Terracotta Warriors have revealed themselves and given us a glimpse back in time of a hugely resourceful, probably coercive,  imaginative and spiritually connected civilisation. Unfortunately, at the same time, Te Papa choses to demean itself and all it’s local and international visitors by banging a ‘service fee’ on top of its entrance fee. For the privilege of paying cash for my entrance fee of $19, i paid and extra $2.50, an increase on their advertised price of over 13%.

After much unforthcoming correspondence, which i won’t bore you with, Te Papies PR Man Syd Duflou finally stated baldly  “We felt this fee was a way of being able to generate additional revenue for us”. Consumer NZ sighed with despondency. Ticketek didn’t trouble themselves to take the time to respond.  I’m still waiting on the Commerce Commission to see what they might have to say about this devious price gouging that many people i’ve spoken with are also offended by.

Doug Harris

Know your town

May 15, 2019 May 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Know your town

Terry Trotman erecting stalls for the Bush Carnival held at Kansas Street.

The highs and lows of Martinborough

Martinborough Fairs

The first Martinborough Fair started out as a Bush Carnival to raise money for the replacement of the Ambulance with great success. Three years later Mr Bill Fetch ran with the idea and so tha Martinborough Fairs put us on the map.

TV series ‘Pukemanu’

Filmed during the 1970s at the Club Hotel renamed the Pukemanu when the series became popular, it became the pace to be seen and to have a drink.  Quoted in a newspaper as ‘ A Must Thing To Do’. Shortly after the series finished the Hotel was demolished and replaced by the Pukemanu Tavern.

Toast Martinborough

Mr Tom Draper and Mr Richard Riddiford made an excellent job , both here in New Zealand and overseas, in making such an event work in a backwater town as Martinborough then was. With the realisation that the wines were so good that a need for food and accommodation became apparent. In keeping the accommodation had to be up to a high standard which started the upgrade of many places , historic and new.  And the food  not just pies and sammies or fish and chips.  … Continue Reading

Junior sport

May 15, 2019 May 2019, Sports Comments Off on Junior sport

Next month we will be running our Junior sport section and invite all managers or coaches of junior teams to send in reports and pictures of your team.

Currently I have contact details of  football,  hockey, netball and rugby coaches. We would love to hear from other sports being played. Please either contact me for publishing details  (beckett36@gmail.com ) or send your report to that address. The deadline is 4pm Wednesday May 29th. However it is always helpful to us if you can have it in a bit earlier.


Like to try Badminton? 

Are you and your children looking for a winter sport? Clareville Badminton is a family- friendly club that meets every Tuesday from 7.30pm at the A & P Hall in the Clareville complex

All abilities are catered for and our season runs from April till October. Come along on 30 April and give badminton a go for FREE – rackets available.

For any queries or to register your interest, please email Julia:

on ruralwriter70@gmail.com


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


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Did you know

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Cooking corner – Potato rendang

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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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