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November 10, 2021 November 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on FIRE BRIGADE REPORT 

Congratulations to Sophie Shipperbottom, our latest Firefighter to complete the Recruits Course (actually she topped the Course), well done !!. Sophie is an artist and has a fundraising Fire Brigade limited edition print available with a portion of funds going to the Brigade, these would make an ideal Christmas present, see our Facebook Page for links to buy this gift.

The Brigade continues to train hard towards our ‘Go Live” with Medical First Response in the town and surrounding district – keep an eye out for the rollout announcement. … Continue Reading

Community Garden News

November 10, 2021 November 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on Community Garden News

Great spring harvests over the last couple of weeks as the artichokes seem to have taken off, bigger, better, and earlier than usual… if you are a fan check out the Larder each Wednesday… there is plenty more to come! Also, probably the best crop of rhubarb that we have seen in a while, and we have lots of lettuce about ready for harvest. 

We have also harvested the last of the current planting of beetroot: they are massive but have been tested for juicy tenderness and found to pass the test. (Check our Facebook page for photos of produce that is delivered to the Larder) … Continue Reading

Esther Bunning’s first solo exhibition opens at Aratoi this month 

November 10, 2021 November 2021 Comments Off on Esther Bunning’s first solo exhibition opens at Aratoi this month 

I’m sure you’ve all heard this phrase before, ‘in the right place at the right time,’ but this has never been more true than with Esther Bunning’s first solo exhibition at Aratoi, titled PHOSPHENE 1: a portrait of a landscape.

You may be wondering what phosphene means, it is one of those words you may have heard of. If you love decoding words, the word phosphene comes from the Greek words phōs (light) and phainein (to show).

You will be familiar with them though. Phosphenes are the luminous floating stars, zigzags, swirls, spirals, squiggles, and other shapes that you see when closing your eyes tight and pressing them with your fingers.

The exhibition is an exploration and organic unravelling of an abstract landscape, from origination through to images being printed on silk and linen, and textile stitching on images.

Greytown’s Bunning describes how the images came about from a rare day off. She packed a picnic lunch despite the wintery conditions and traipsed over the hill to the Kaitoke Regional Park. … Continue Reading

Centenary of Martinborough’s historic memorial gates remembered 

November 10, 2021 November 2021 Comments Off on Centenary of Martinborough’s historic memorial gates remembered 

A small, socially distanced ceremony on Saturday did not let the centenary of Martinborough’s Soldiers’ Memorial Gates go unnoticed.

One hundred years to the day the gates were erected, locals gathered to mark the occasion and remember why they were installed.

A familiar sight in Martinborough, the wrought iron gates commemorate soldiers who died in WW1 and South Africa’s Boer War. This became even more poignant after WW2.  … Continue Reading


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Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

Regular Features

Under The Martinborough Stars

Another glorious summer is here! I’m saying this while sitting my cold office listening to …

Recycling dates

Thursday 10th February glass Wednesday 16th February wheelie bin  Wednesday 23rd February glass


Just prior to Christmas the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade advised that we were starting our …

Maree’s musings

ANOTHER YEAR … I’m hoping, like me, that you looked forward to the return of …

Library news

Library debuts Click-and-Collect service Need something to read, and can’t make it into a library? …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

Outward Bound Korowai Course 2021 Celebrations South Wairarapa Inner Wheel Club donated $500 towards this …

From the Mayor

Following a fantastic summer, with bouts of rain to keep things greener than normal, it …

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