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Another great Fair

This year the Martinborough Fair celebrated its 44th consecutive year! The Fair has evolved from a modest 35 stalls and produce trucks to over 500 stalls from around New Zealand selling a wide range of quality items and attended by over 40,000 people over the two days. Food was popular …

Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

New Zealand’s first – and still surviving – amateur observatory, built by Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek in 1867, may be granted Category 1 Heritage status within the region’s proposed Dark Sky Reserve,  according to Heritage NZ. A 45-page report recommending the South Wairarapa’s Carkeek Observatory’s entry onto the New …

Lazy sneakers

By day Kate Throp’s in charge of Margrain’s tasting room but she’s also great lover of shoes.  Perhaps that’s why a TV1 story about Lazy Sneakers first caught her eye.   Lazy Sneakers was started in Wellington by 12 year old Maia Mariner who realised that not everyone at her …

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Learn CPR. Save a life.

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Join Wellington Free Ambulance for free CPR training and help keep our community safe, together. Every week, on average, four people suffer a cardiac arrest somewhere in Wellington and Wairarapa. We’ll be at Wellington Free Ambulance Ambulance Station, 8 Texas Street at 3pm-4:30pm on Sunday 29 March teaching CPR. Everyone is welcome to attend. Visit: to learn more.

Martinborough Business Assn. 

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The Martinborough Business Associations purpose is “Supporting and growing local businesses”

The Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy programme manager met with the Wairarapa towns visitor and business organisations to review and add to some initial work done by the group in identifying the products and services that are in place (or need to be in place) to enable the development of small businesses and especially artisan businesses in the Wairarapa. Without getting into their strategy an outcome is to grow jobs in the Wairarapa through supporting small businesses to be sustainable and grow.

An immediate take out was that we need to collaborate a lot more than we do. There is efficiency in doing so, encourages thinking wider than just our town e.g. think Wairarapa act local and utilisation of a broad set of skills and activities across the organisations to help our businesses. … Continue Reading


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A neuroscientific study  by Professor Richard Silberstein of  Neuro Insight  Australia using brain imaging technology showed that participants were more focused and had higher levels of absorbing articles when reading than gaining the knowledge through watching it televised. 

Participants were divided into two groups each of various ages, sexes and ethnicity. They wore caps covered in sensors which measured their cognitive functions. The same copy was used in each medium with each group either reading or watching for fifteen minutes with the groups then switching and repeating the exercise.  

Professor Silberstein explained that memory is very selective. “People don’t remember every single experience they have ever had. The brain decides what is important to you and stores it.”  

The results showed that the nature of the two mediums resulted in reading being more likely to be filed in the participant’s long term memory resulting in their better recalling it later on.  

Martinborough Red Cross Group: Call for volunteers!

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It’s going to be another busy year for the Martinborough Red Cross Group–starting with the Annual Street Appeal to be held on 20th of March (Friday) followed by the laying of a wreath in the square on Anzac Day, the Cake Day in May and other events later in the year.

With all these upcoming activities, we are on the lookout for more volunteers to join us. If you’re keen, we’d love to hear from you! 

If you can spare an hour of your time on 20 March 2020 to support our Annual Street Appeal, we’d really appreciate it. Sign up at 

The Red Cross is involved in several humanitarian activities here in New Zealand and abroad, and our fundraising efforts aim to support these. Some of the programmes that we support locally are the resettlement of former refugees, provision of winter warmer packs to families in need, and community transport service that help vulnerable individuals get to their medical appointments, among others. For more information about the Martinborough Red Cross Group and the work that we do, contact us through our local coordinators: Mike at 027 939 7373 and Margaret at 027 277 6393.  You can also reach us through e-mail at

The Martinborough Red Cross group will be meeting on the second Wednesday of April, June, August, October and December 2020, around 10:30 am at the Martinborough Fire Station.  You are welcome to join us to learn more how you can help.


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

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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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