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New recycling service launches 9 September

We’re really looking forward to the new kerbside wheelie bin recycling service which is set to begin the week commencing Monday 9 September. If you’re eligible for the service you may have already received your recycling wheelie bin, with a bright yellow lid. If you haven’t received yours yet, it will be on its way very soon.

The wheelie bin is to be used for non-glass recyclables and the old green and maroon crates for glass-only recycling. The crates and the wheelie bins will be collected on alternating weeks.

Everyone in South Wairarapa puts their recycling wheelie bin out on Week 1, and their crates out on Week 2. While it’s a little bit confusing, the new recycling pick-up service actually begins on Week 2, according to the calendar included in the booklet that was delivered with your wheelie bin.

The calendar and all the information you need about the new service is also available at www.wairecycle.nz.

Community board meeting to discuss Pain Farm

There will be an extraordinary meeting of the Martinborough Community Board on Thursday 19 September to discuss matters relating to Pain Farm. The meeting will be held at 6pm in the Supper Room at the Waihinga Centre. … Continue Reading

Cooking corner – Spanakopita

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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

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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

Choosing a representative

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In his excellent book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, the psychologist, and Nobel prize winner, Daniel Kahneman discusses various habits of mind that, when applied to problem solving, can lead us astray. One chapter is devoted to problem substitution.

An example he provides relates to the business of choosing among political candidates. Knowing which of a number of candidates would best fit the role requires an awful lot of specialist knowledge.

Ideally we’d know what sorts of decisions these people are likely to have to make, and under what conditions. We would need to know their style of leadership, the nature of their key working relationships, how they perform under pressure, where their priorities lie when policies need to be sacrificed, what motivates them, what scares them, how quickly they assimilate new knowledge and any other number of factors.

And that’s before we even get to evaluating the policies they are peddling. A tricky task indeed, and one for which very few of us are well equipped. And yet we do form preferences, and in many cases feel quite convinced that we are making the correct choice. How do we do it? … Continue Reading


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 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

Regular Features


Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

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Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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