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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

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


The year is quickly flying along and a pretty dry Spring has meant there is plenty of dry material about, and the brigade has already responded to a couple of vegetation fires. Remember hot, dry and windy summer conditions dramatically increase the chances of fire getting out of control. If you need advice or before lighting a fire, check the latest conditions and permit needs at www.checkitsalright.nz .

Congratulations to our latest member to successfully complete a course, Qualified Firefighter Annah Rait. Well done!  … 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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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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