One of New Zealand’s best to design and coach in Wairarapa

The name Blyth Tait is synonymous with eventing – the elite equestrian sport spanning three very different phases of riding, comprising dressage, showjumping and cross country. An Olympian many times over and with multiple World Games under his belt, Tait is known across the globe as a force to be …

High speed country internet

A curse of modern country living has been slow and intermittent Internet access.  The advantages of the online world have been largely denied to many in the rural sector. That’s where Stuart Campbell, who came to Martinborough in 1999, saw the opportunity to apply his network engineering skills to create …

Nga Waka pops up on election day

Nga Waka has always been a winery of firsts. It is one of the first two wineries on the drive into Martinborough village and was one of the first six wineries in the region in 1988, but this year it clocks up a slightly unusual first by opening a pop …

Fundraising for Wharekaka off to a great start

Almost $12,000 has already been raised  for Wharekaka Aged Care Community through The Oak Tree Community – a fundraising initiative launched just last month. Set up by the Wharekaka Board with David Kershaw as Patron, The Oak Tree Community allows you to donate a set amount per month or annually. …

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Arts & Culture – “It is what humanises us” – Paula Barnett

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Martinborough resident, Paula Barnett, is passionate about arts and culture “it is the earliest expression of ideas without words, all embracing and very personal. It is an intrinsic part of our make- up”. Paula loves classical music.

With the Election only 3 weeks away at the time of writing, it is interesting to read the Arts and Culture Policies of the various Parties. Labour, National, New Zealand First, Act and the other minor parties do not have policies available. The Green Party has a comprehensive policy also seeing arts and culture as an intrinsic part of our society. They “recognise the value of community arts and community arts organisations through continued Creative Communities funding”. … Continue Reading


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In New Zealand there is a big change coming for some bank customers –  those who use cheques for payment or obtaining cash.

All the mainstream banks have publicised that cheque use has “fallen off a cliff”  and that is accelerating. It is probably fair to say that younger generations have never used a cheque account/book but for the older generations, it has been common practice. 

The first mainstream bank to go “cheque free“ was Kiwibank on February 28th 2020, their rationale being that digital banking options are “easier, faster and cheaper” for customers.  … Continue Reading

A kindness film in the making.

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If you wandered through Martinborough Square on the weekend of 26/27 September, you may have wondered just what was going on.

Milk, a short film about kindness, was written in lockdown by Martinborough resident Celia Jaspers, one of the directors of Hyundai Country Calendar and House Hunters International.  With a fitting theme in today’s world, Celia’s vision for Milk was finally realised over the weekend as she directed the cast and crew on location in Martinborough. … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

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Baked kumera


4 medium Kumera 

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 garlic clove, finely grated 

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup nonfat Greek-style yogurt

1 spring onion , white and green parts chopped … 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

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

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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