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“Marty Job Share”

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What’s this you might be thinking!

Martinborough business owners are being  confronted with the problem of not being able to hire staff for their vacancies.

Recently no fewer than five businesses reported this as a major problem. You would not be criticized for thinking that with NZs growing number of people on job seeker support or looking for work that this would be a problem.

The nature of Martinborough workforce is one that is underpinned by casual and part time work with few permanent 40 hour a week jobs. The environment is also exacerbated by its location resulting in work transport being a problem. To attract out of town labour accommodation can be added to the problem list. … Continue Reading

News from Martinborough Mens Shed

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After the lockdown it is great to be back in the Shed with many projects underway. These include:

  • With the spring growth there is much demand for our tool and knife sharpening
  • Construction of a ‘wheel of fortune’ for the recent Pink Ribbon breakfast. From all accounts the wheel and the breakfast were a great success. Susan Stephen generously sponsored the cost of materials. An added bonus is that the wheel will be available for other community groups’ fundraising events.
  • Carving a sign from a slab of macrocapa for the entrance to the Pain Estate farm.

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Know your town 

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Let us face the end of the year with reflections on the past: 

     It’s 180 years ago that the first settlers arrived in Wellington and began to explore the Wairarapa Valley. There they found that there were long standing Māori settlements and gardens along the Ruamahanga river .

It will be 150 years since the first sections of Daniel Baird’s plan for Waihinga went on sale. The start of Martinborough.

For my reflection I plan to sit and look over the  Soldier’s Memorial Park in Martin Square and think what the past means for me:  … Continue Reading

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa 

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We had a beautiful Changeover Afternoon Tea on 25 July at the Carterton Court House. As you can see from the photos below, it was a gracious and very pleasant afternoon. A number of members searched through their collections of fine linen that they had inherited from their mothers and grandmothers, with the added benefit of sharing family stories at the same time before the tables were set.  Alma’s daughter, Helen and Kathleen’s granddaughter, Zoe did the honours as kitchen and waiting “staff”, carrying out their duties with aplomb.  

Alma Parr, Ali Rankin and Rosemary Newton  … Continue Reading


Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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Recycling collections 

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Councillor comment

Well here we are, half the year gone and just past the shortest day. True …


Well what a big month for the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade ! We finally got …

From the Mayor

Winter has hit with a vengeance, and has caused all sorts of problems – mainly …

Martinborough Library to hold Creative Writing Classes for Kids

Are your young readers looking for new stories? This July holiday, they can learn to …

How Well do we Know People in our Community?

Phillip Percy. Phillip Percy and his wife Sarah came to live permanently in Martinborough in …

Martinborough Community Garden news

Some of you may have seen the article in the Mid-Week, where we hosted the …

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