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“AWESOME” – Classical Music Appreciation Presentations

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The Martinborough Music Festival (MMF) Outreach presentations were made to Martinborough School, Kuranui and Wairarapa Colleges on 19 October. Five string instrument students from the NZ School of Music – Lucas Baker, Hayden Nickel (violins), Lauren Jack (viola), Bethany Angus (cello) and William Taber (double bass) – presented the programme. 

The catch-all “awesome” was translated by Wairarapa College Head of Music, Belinda Carey as meaning “…[an] excellent presentation. The students really enjoyed it and it was a great introduction. The music wasn’t playing down to them, the help in understanding made it accessible. Ngã mihi nui too for your work in bringing this valuable experience to our school”- a tribute to Ed Allen who organised the programme. … Continue Reading

Toast Martinborough cancels despite unprecedented demand

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Toast Martinborough has been cancelled for the first time in nearly three decades due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a significant proportion of people have simply carried over their tickets for next year rather than seeking a refund.

“The decision was a difficult one, made in consideration of all operational and logistics matters, financial commitments and health and safety concerns,” says Pete Monk of Ata Rangi, who is on the board of Toast Martinborough.

Toast Martinborough is a complex undertaking, more than most major events in the country, says Monk. … Continue Reading

A Big Thank You from the Martinborough

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A big thanks  to everyone who visited the tea shop at the Community Market in the Town Hall over Labour Weekend.   We raised over $1000 to support the museum’s work.   Daphne Geisler, who organised the Market, donated the vintage china teacups we used and were able to sell as well.  Surprisingly, there were still lots of people who are keenly collecting teacups rather than trying to give them away-  generally younger women!  

The raffle of premium local wines and olive oils was won by Roger Gaskell. … 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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