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Toy Library has been busy 

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It’s been a busy few months for the Toy Library. Closing during the government’s level 4 and 3 lockdowns gave a chance for toys to be deep cleaned, old toys to be retired and new toys to be ordered. Among our new additions is the Schleich Dinosaur Pack, the Baby Einstein Magic Touch Music Set and the Pikler triangle and slide (for those who don’t know, this is basically an indoor climbing frame that folds away). 

There have also been changes to our committee, and we have been sad to say goodbye to Amanda Ritchie, Charlotte Harding, Katie Rees and Olivia Stevens for all the time and effort they have contributed to the toy library. Special thanks go to Amanda, who has been involved with Martinborough Toy Library for 8 years – she has welcomed many of the Martinborough families as members during that time. However her own family is growing up, and we thank her for everything she has given to the community over the years.  … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Black Holes this week and the more you try and understand them, the stranger it all becomes. Black Holes are just weird.

The trouble is they are black which makes them impossible to see with your naked eye. You have to use other methods to know they are even there at all. 

Albert Einstein paved the way to discover Black Holes but even he thought they would be too weird to exist. Einstein tells us that space and time aren’t separate but combined which is called space-time. This is the fabric of the universe. Space-time can warp and bend especially around high mass objects. Black holes are the densest objects around, so space-time is warped. So as space-time bends you know that something massive must be causing it. Hey presto, you’ve found yourself a Black Hole. … Continue Reading

Predator Free Martinborough

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Predator Free Martinborough is an informal group which began in late 2018.  The objective is to target rats, possums and other introduced pest animals by having traps on our own properties.  

Predator Free Martinborough has a trap library and can lend traps to help people get started.  We also provide information on where people can buy their own traps.  Catches are recorded on the Predator Free NZ database https://www.trap.nz/project/1106782/info    … Continue Reading

Library news

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“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.” – Sidney Sheldon

Did you know?  Martinborough Library is only one of four libraries under the Wairarapa Library Service umbrella – your membership also gives you free access to Featherston, Greytown and Carterton libraries.  You can request a book from any of the four libraries and return your books at any of the four libraries (regardless of which library they came from). If you’ve got some spare time, go on a ‘library roadtrip’ and check out their goodies. … 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


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Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

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 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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