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Winifred Bull

Isn’t it always the way?

Someone new wants to join and that is the day when all the other members have a perfectly good reason for not coming, like work , or sickness, or previous appointments. But it was good just to sit and chat and find we both came from South Canterbury and attended the same secondary school in Timaru.

So the books this month are; Judith Collins “Pull No Punches” and as Winifred said this book brought out the human side of our leader of the opposition. It showed a much different persona to the one we saw on the hustings. From a Waikato childhood as the youngest in the family, to  her becoming a stalwart of the National Party because its principles of economic and personal freedom resonated with Judith. An interesting book. … Continue Reading

Know your town – Early settlers

Thomas Owen Haycock JP 

 Tommy Haycock was born  in New Zealand in 1872 . In early years he worked on farms. He married Elizabeth Bicknell in 1894 at that time he was working for the Wairarapa Farmers Co-op Association (now the bottling plant building).  

He then went farming at Pirinoa and in 1896 in partnership with George Pain ran the Pirinoa Store. From  1896 to 1899 the business was known as Pain and Haycock and from 1899 to 1906  as Pain, Haycock and Kershaw. In 1904 he was instrumental in getting a telephone line from the Martinborough Store to the Pirinoa Store so Lower Valley had telephone before Martinborough ( Martinborough exchange opened in 1905).  … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

Regardless of Toast Martinborough being cancelled, I am certain we will attract many ticket holders to our picturesque village. The keeping it local theme is still very much alive, cellar doors will remain open and the village offerings and charm will make for a fantastic weekend away.

While on the topic of events, during Labour weekend the Martinborough Community Market was held at the Waihinga Centre, attracting many from around the district. The purpose was to raise funds for the Martinborough Community Garden and Larder. It is so wonderful to see community events like this on offer to locals and visitors to and see a fantastic facility put to good use! … Continue Reading


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November 18th, 6.30 pm at Waihinga Centre, Martinborough

Creative Communities NZ invite you to discover the magic of music in a unique way—not just as an audience member, not just as a performer, but as a co-creator! We have hundreds of music-therapy instruments designed so that you can’t make mistakes. 

This is an opportunity for all of us to experience the power of being in tune with others and the calming beauty of harmonies. Being in a safe and supportive atmosphere can encourage us to let go of our inhibitions, relax, play, express, have fun and communicate through sound. Not to be the best, but to be real. … 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 …

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