Pink and Pretty

Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa transformed overnight for the Pink Ribbon breakfast held on Friday 1st July. It was a wonderland of roses and a tribute to the organisers of the event. Fine china teacups decorated the tables. Pink champagne was poured, and Trestle and Mortar provided a decadent breakfast …

Spring Jazz Celebration

After a couple of tricky years, including calling off the last festival with just two weeks to go, Jazz in Martinborough (JiM) is back, albeit in a new form.“We’re calling it a Spring Jazz Celebration,” says JiM producer Ted Preston. The festival has suffered the ravages of covid including the …

“Storylines” visits Martinborough School

With digital technology often displacing the enjoyment of reading, the impact of groups such as Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust play a vital role in encouraging children to want to read books and write their own stories.  As part of their annual National Story Tours, “Storylines” recently came to visit …

Uncovering an astonishing musical talent

MARTINBOROUGH MUSIC FESTIVAL 23-25 SEPTEMBER, MARTINBOROUGH TOWN HALL “I’ve always had a natural attraction to the violin. It fascinated me as a kid, the way the bow would pull sound out of the strings, the beautiful design of the whole instrument”-Toloa Faraimo. Toloa Faraimo was born into a musical family …

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Country dog – City dog

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Stop! Don’t take it to the tip – Why not take it to Ā Mua instead?

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Ā Mua Community Resource Centre accepts a wide range of reusable items and materials (see below) that might otherwise end up in landfill. These items are then on-sold in our Re Use It! Shop in Featherston with profits being returned to the community through Featherston’s Own Charitable Trust.  Every year tens of thousands of tonnes of still-usable items end up in the waste stream and are consigned to landfill at great financial as well as environmental cost. Donating items to Ā Mua gives them a second chance. … Continue Reading

Tips of life 

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Droplets that accumulate on the ends of leaves offer more than hydration for insects. A new study has found that  they are a nutrient rich source of food for insects. A study by New Brunswick university found that  insects which consumed these plant-guttation droplets had a much higher survival rate. 

Parkinson’s awareness

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Come and join our Parkinson’s Singing Group

Parkinson’s Wairarapa established the ‘Parkinson’s Songsters’ in 2017 in conjunction with a Speech and Language Therapist.  

It is a therapeutic community singing group that aims to help anyone who has Parkinson’s or neurological issues that have affected their speech, co-ordination, communication, posture.

Singing exercises your lungs, improves circulation and aerobic capacity.  Facial muscles get toned and the singing helps to improve posture and memory.  It can also help depression and anxiety, and can lift your mood and increase the feeling of wellbeing. … Continue Reading


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Featherston Wrestling Club

June saw the start of Regional & National wrestling tournaments.  The Wellington Regional Championships is back on the national calendar after 31 years.  This illustrates the growth in the Wellington region clubs – Featherston, Tawa and Waikanae.  The club also had a team travel to Hamilton in July to attend …

Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

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Martinborough Community Garden

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Martinborough Business Association

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