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Pip Maynard

September 23, 2019 September 2019 Comments Off on Pip Maynard

Kia ora tatau. My name is Pip Maynard I am running as a Councillor for the Martinborough Ward because I am passionate about Martinborough, and the South Wairarapa District in its entirety.

I bring a fresh, younger perspective to the Council table, while also having a strong knowledge of our District’s history, passed down through the 5 generations of my family living here in Martinborough.

I believe prudent spending and working with our communities to achieve common goals must start by making sure Council is user friendly and accessible for our District.

After completing my first term as a Councillor for the Martinborough Ward, I can now navigate my way through the political and legislative duties attached to this role.

I sincerely believe their is more to achieve for our community.  I will not shy away from hard conversations. If elected, I will continue to represent the Martinborough Ward, bringing loyalty, positivity and vision.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions on email pipmaynard@gmail.com or by phone 021683638.

Pam Colenso

September 23, 2019 September 2019 Comments Off on Pam Colenso

I have been part of the Martinborough community for over 40 years and have been an active member in our community. I am secretary of the Martinborough RSA, past Chair of the Martinborough Community Patrol, Treasurer for First Church, Treasurer for the Martinborough & Districts Ambulance Trust and a member of the Lake Ferry Ratepayers Assn.

I am a current Councillor just having completed my first three-year term, prior to this I was elected to the Martinborough Community Board and completed 15 years.  The experience gained in both roles stand me in good stead to be your representative on Council.  I am committed to ensuring that there is good governance and transparency in all decision making.  If re-elected to Council I would be an advocate for both rural, coastal and urban residents, taking your views to Council and providing a strong voice in any discussions or decision making.

It is of upmost importance that the residents of Martinborough have a safe and secure drinking water supply and I have advocated strongly for this.

I am motivated and have the time and energy to work for the people of Martinborough Ward and the South Wairarapa to ensure that we continue to have a thriving community.  In addition to being an excellent tourism destination this district is the food basket of Wellington with its extensive meat and dairy farms, horticulture industry and world class vineyards, that is why this region needs vastly improved freight and passenger networks which form part of my vision for the Wairarapa. … Continue Reading

Brian Jephson (Jeppy)

September 23, 2019 September 2019 Comments Off on Brian Jephson (Jeppy)

I am seeking another term on the South Wairarapa District Council standing for the Martinborough Ward.

I have been privileged to work in the South Wairarapa as a Councillor these past nine years including three as Deputy Mayor.  I am a member of several committees including Wellington Regional Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Working Group.  I know that one of the most pressing challenges we face as a community is the need to care for the environment and the impacts of climate change.   

As a council we have made huge progress in meeting our obligations to remove treated waste water from our lakes and streams.  I want to continue this important work.

  I have a strong meeting attendance record which proves my commitment to my role as your councillor. I have and will always welcome listening to other people’s views. Being an effective councillor involves debating the merits of those views at the council table. 

I’m proud to have been at the forefront of new initiatives that are set out in our Long Term Plan and Annual Plan. These initiatives are a bold start to take the Martinborough and South Wairarapa District into the future. 

I am excited about such initiatives as the Spatial Plan that will help map the district’s future. Martinborough’s plan for The Dark Sky Reserve has the potential to have the same positive impact as the wine industry has on the district. 

As a farmer I have full awareness of the rural sector issues as well as an overview of the issues facing the urban sector. I am a team player and committed to working together with both our rural and urban communities to build a strong resilient district. 


September 23, 2019 September 2019 Comments Off on Daphne GEISLER

Count Me In

Kia Ora. In my professional career, I developed analytical, financial, strategic management and presentation skills, along with experience in collaboration and listening. Skills I believe necessary to fulfil the role of Councillor. I managed the New Zealand branch for two international companies, consulted on project and change management to government agencies, and worked at Mary Potter Hospice. 

In 2000 Martinborough became home. My late husband Ric and I bought property and established a small organic orchard, homestay and later a retail business. We considered ourselves very lucky. 

I have read and contributed to both the Long-Term Plan and Annual Plan, attended community meetings where I have listened to the views of others and submitted my own feedback. I understand the stated priorities of Council and ongoing work being undertaken. I will question and research to develop a better understanding and will bring rigour and discipline to monitoring performance and decision making. … 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 …

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