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Martinborough Community Choir Update

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This has been a very patchy year so far for our choir, as we decided early on that we would ONLY feel comfortable meeting at Covid Alert Level 1. Especially after reading guidelines from the New Zealand Choral Federation for choirs wishing to keep rehearsing during Alert Level 2:

“2 metres between singers, both side to side and front to back. The conductor should stand as far back from the choir as practicable. Don’t sing in a circle formation – all the singers should face forward.”

We realised that this would be be completely unworkable, and it would be much safer to just take a break, and sing in the shower – separately. … Continue Reading

Maree’s musings


  At last, with isolation a distant memory here in NZ, we’re back to some semblance of normality. It’s a delight again when we’re out and about to be greeting passers-by, not holding one’s breath for fear of catching something, and great to stop for a chat about stuff.

The weather will always be a starter. It’s been a seemingly endless winter, with Co-vid and so on; but things are looking up. A ferocious southerly morning is considered merely  ‘a bit nippy’ when the truth is more like brutal. Bloody freezing, in fact. The weather guys may politely blame the wind-chill factor, possibly one of the nastiest phrases invented. At the other extreme, when the sun is smiling the temperatures into submission, it’s ‘not a bad day’. Later on, approaching heat-stroke territory, ‘rather warm’. You don’t say! … Continue Reading

Lot Eight wins large in the Paris 2020 OLIO NUOVO Awards

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Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil Oceania – Lot Eight Oil Makers Blend

2nd Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Oceania – Lot Eight Reserve Blend

Best Design in Oceania – Lot Eight

In its 18 years of producing oils, this is Lot Eight’s first entry in a judging based on sensory analysis of olio nuovo, and in judging of our packaging. We are delighted with the results. To qualify as an olio nuovo, the oil must be less than a month old at the time of analysis.  … Continue Reading

Library News

My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles.  They both move people forward without wasting anything.” – Peter Golkin.

Daylight Savings is here, so get on your bike and head to your library!

November is Dinovember at the Library – we have something dinosaur-y every day during November: all of our Little Bookworms sessions will be dinosaur-themed, we’ve got a scavenger hunt, adopt-a-dinosaur, and all of this will culminate in a T-Rex party at the end of the month.  To find out what we’re doing, either follow Martinborough Library on Facebook, or pop in and see us – it’s going to be roarsome! … Continue Reading


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, …

Football Club’s season ends with a shield

Martinborough Football Clubs senior season concluded in style on 19th September with a 3-2 win against Douglas Villa in Masterton.  The team were delighted to have won theWairarapa Knockout Shield which is now proudly displayed at its Club rooms at Cool Change Bar & Eatery. Spokesperson Lucy Douglas said, “It’s been my …

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 …

Regular Features

Under Martinborough Stars

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I …

South Wairarapa Rotary News

Di Banks, Leader of Learning Support and Vocational Pathways at Kuranui College spoke to Rotary …


At our September meeting the Guest Speaker, Sarah Wright from Digital Seniors, asked us why …

Regional Council notes

The recent election has delivered a very different political landscape for New Zealand.  With a …

November Recycling days

Wednesday 4th Wheelie Bin Wednesday  11th Glass Wednesday 18th wheelie bin Wednesday 18th Glass Wednesday …

News from First Church

Now Labour Weekend is behind us and summer days are ahead, here’s hoping we can …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole …

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