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Cooking corner – Spanakopita

September 23, 2019 Regular Features, September 2019 Comments Off on Cooking corner – Spanakopita


1pkt fresh spinach

1tbs Martinborough extra virgin olive oil

1 medium (200gr) onion chopped 

1 (or 2) cloves garlic chopped

190 gr Feta cheese

150 gr full fat cottage cheese

1 egg

1 tsp dried Oregano 

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp grd black pepper

50 gr butter melted.

125 gr filo pastry … Continue Reading

Community Board notes

September 23, 2019 Regular Features, September 2019 Comments Off on Community Board notes

Our last full Community Board meeting was on the 22nd August and we took the opportunity to tidy up some loose ends before the elections. 

There is a new Flag Hanging system on order which will make the process of replacing our town and event flags a lot easier. We will be taking the old flags down when the new system goes up – long overdue, but this allows us to save on traffic management costs. We will be ordering some festive summer flags to brighten up the streets during December and January and, after the success of last year’s event, we’re pleased to provide MADCAPs with funding for the Christmas Parade event. 

Martinborough Pool Improvements
There’s also some great work going on at the Martinborough Pool. Council will be providing and installing shade over the toddlers’ pool. Council, Community Board and Pain and Kershaw are working together on providing more seating and beautifying the grassy area. A big thank you to P&K for your financial contribution alongside a generous donation from Fred Couper’s estate. Martinborough Community Board are matching Fred’s contribution from funds donated by the old Martinborough Swimming Club and will make sure Fred is remembered with a commemorative plaque, or similar. Thank you to the P&K team for working with us on this.  … Continue Reading

Waihinga Centre

August 21, 2019 August 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Waihinga Centre

SWDC’s Amenities manager Bryce Neems, left, with some of the friendly Waihinga Centre staff.

This special feature is brought to you jointly by the Waihinga Charitable Trust and South Wairarapa District Council 

Work begins on the Park and Playground

In an exciting step forward, the safety fences have gone up and Infinite Landscapes have started work, the play equipment is still accessible while phase 1 of this project is underway. This phase includes the re-installation of the flying fox, the installation of the BBQ and picnic table donated by Powerco, a new drinking fountain (funded by Martinborough Community Board), the new Tower and Slide (funded by Lions and Trust House), paths, seats, rubbish bins, gardens and fencing.

Work on the new Water Play Area will also be started, as the three play gates have been funded. We are still raising funds for the Hand Pump (key to this area) and hope to complete this later in the year. Once the bulk of phase 1 is complete, the next phase including restoring and moving existing play equipment and the remaining landscaping will start. 

Playground Fundraising 

Two Little Ducks 22…..love the calls that relate to the water play! 

Bingo was a fun night. Once again, we had great support from the community. 

With that and bath crayons it was another month edging closer to the goal of our water play in the new park. … Continue Reading

Fire Brigade report

August 21, 2019 August 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Fire Brigade report

Chief Fire Officer Bill Butzbach passing the reins onto new Chief, Jake Hawkins.

The Brigade held its 112th Annual General Meeting last week with Chief Fire Officer  Bill Butzbach presenting his final report prior to stepping down as CFO and passing the reins onto our new Chief, Jake Hawkins, Bill acknowledged the huge commitment Jake has made to attend numerous courses over the past 18 months to enable him to take over. A formal presentation was made of the Rank of CFO to Jake by Bill.

The CFO Report included the following call statistics for the Brigade in the financial year (1 July- 30 June) and made up of 32 Fire related calls, 24 Medical and Rescue calls, 14 calls that included Hazardous , public assistance, false alarms and assisting other brigades, we note out medical calls are down, hopefully this is a reflection of a healthy community. Remember we are here to help for more than fires.

Another highly anticipated Award at our AGM is the Charlie Johns Shield for most attendances, with this years reciepient being Firefighter Emily Abbot, well done Emily.

Many in the community would have heard our siren go off several times for a structure fire last week, this call came in just as our volunteers were returning from their day jobs and the siren was repeated to get maximum numbers for what became a 2nd alarm fire. We were assisted by both Featherston and Masterton brigades along with support from the Regional Breathing Apparatus unit from the Hutt Valley. 

The quick actions of the brigade whilst unfortunately not being able to save the commercial building prevented the fire from spreading to adjoining houses.  We would like to thank those bystanders from the community who offered their assistance to the first arriving fire crews, and  if this motivated or inspired you then come on down and see us to talk about how you can contribute to this town’s vital community  service.


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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Martinborough Golf Report

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