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THERE ARE nineteen thousand registered real estate agents in New Zealand and two hundred and thirty five listed real estate firms. The largest firms are Barfoot and Thompson with 603 staff, Harcourts with 253 staff and Bayleys with 235 staff

THE FIRST blast furnace for smelting iron ore was not built in Coalbrookdale in 1709 as commonly taught, but in China before 200 BC. The first iron bridge was built in Ching-tung in the Yunnan province where it stands to this day. 

“SAYING ATHEISM is a belief system is like saying that not going skiing is a hobby” – Ricky Gervais.  … Continue Reading

Councillor Comment

What’s on Top

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to fill in the Long-Term Plan/ Spatial Plan survey via online, email or a paper version.  Also, many thanks to those of you who attended our community engagement events which were held throughout the district over the last month. The response and ideas coming through from all of these avenues has been amazing.  It is overwhelming to have so much support, input, and positive comments this early in our engagement process.  

The next steps are that all this information will be collated and will be considered alongside feedback received during the Annual Plan consultation.  A Draft Long-Term Plan Consultation document and draft Spatial Plan will be prepared and will come out for formal consultation in March/April 2021 and then in June 2021 the final version of the Long-Term Plan 2021-2031 will be signed off, signalling the start of another 3 years of hard work. … Continue Reading

Cooking corner – Asparagus, Mushroom and fish stir fry


200gr Mushrooms

250 gr asparagus

300gr hapuku or john dory

2 spring onions 

2 tbs Soy Sauce 

1 tbs lemon juice

1 tsp honey

2 tbs cooking oil

1/2 cup of chicken stock or water 

½ tsp black pepper  … Continue Reading

Book review

The Dickens Boy

Charles Dickens had ten children, while the elder sons advanced to positions Dickens approved of the youngest, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens – known as Porn, showed little sign of becoming anything of note. Rather that running the risk of this under-achieving son tarnish his reputation he sent Porn off to Australia to learn to ‘apply himself’. 

The story opens with his landing at Melbourne in 1868 and travelling to a remote New South Wales sheep station where his father had arranged a position for him. The reader then follows his years of adventure living in this far flung location. 

Dickens’ objective of his son learning to ’become a man’ was certainly achieved as he lived with a diverse range of the toughest companions; colonists, ex convicts, ex soldiers, members of the local Paakantji Aboriginal people and very few women. … 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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Under Martinborough Stars

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I …

South Wairarapa Rotary News

Di Banks, Leader of Learning Support and Vocational Pathways at Kuranui College spoke to Rotary …


At our September meeting the Guest Speaker, Sarah Wright from Digital Seniors, asked us why …

Regional Council notes

The recent election has delivered a very different political landscape for New Zealand.  With a …

November Recycling days

Wednesday 4th Wheelie Bin Wednesday  11th Glass Wednesday 18th wheelie bin Wednesday 18th Glass Wednesday …

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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