The 2021 Grape Harvest is Underway

Pickers are out in the vines. The nets covering some of the rows have been lifted. Tractors are roaming the roads carting the laden bins, and the wineries are in full production. The smell of yeast and ferment can be smelt from the top of Bidwill’s Cutting as you drop …

South Wairarapa Tramping Club  –   Waiorongomai River Track

With the weather forecast showing high temperatures for the weekend, we thought  a river trip would be a good choice, as at least our feet would be cooled down by frequent immersions as we walked across, upstream, and downstream in the water. 16 of us, including 4 potential new members, …

New Horizons for Skyline

The Skyline Challenge is back, bigger, brighter and better than ever before. “We’ve had a year off due to COVID-19 and we’ve upgraded the event to be a family fun day,” says Lions President Joe Howells. “We’ve still got the Challenge for the more serious mountain-bikers, runners and walkers but …

Waihinga Charitable Trust Winds Up

On the 8th December the Trustees of the Waihinga Charitable Trust resolved to wind up the Trust at the end of the financial year. The Waihinga Centre, Park and Playground are complete and the Trust has received and passed on all pledges and donated funds to the South Wairarapa District …

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Regional Council notes

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Value our rivers

Wairarapa rivers are popular places in the summer.  All our main waterways have places where traditionally people have been able to access the water either for a swim, to fish or just enjoy the scenery.  Some are quiet nooks on private land and others immensely popular public access spots teaming with people on a hot day.

We’ve always taken our rivers for granted and it’s come as a bit of a shock to many that the water quality in several of them is not in great shape, especially in this warmer weather.

There is a variety of reasons for this and it is pointless finger-pointing over it.  Whether it is discharge from urban waste water, agricultural run-off or heavy metals from stormwater off our roads, all historically ended up in our water ways and have contributed to the decline over the years.   … Continue Reading

Tenancy Law Changes

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Landlords and tenants need to understand the recent changes to tenancy law and how this will affect them.

All landlords including boarding house landlords, must comply with various legal obligations as governed by the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill.

The changes are taking effect at three key dates :

  • Phase 1:  12 August 2020
  • Phase 2: 11 February 2021
  • Phase 3: by 11 August 2021

Let’s look at Phase 1 for now . . . . 

Transitional and emergency housing will be exempt from the Act where the housing is either funded (wholly or partly) by a government department or provided under the Special Needs Grants Programme.

Rent can only be increased once every 12 months which is a change from once every six months. … Continue Reading

Historical bike tour of Martinborough

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To help celebrate 140-year anniversary of the founding of Martinborough, Green Jersey Explorer Tours is hosting another historical bike tour around the town, on the morning of Sunday 21st March. This time based on the history of the Martinborough township. 

Town Historian Mate Higginson, will take us on a historical excursion, starting from the Green Jersey Shed at 16 Kitchener Street at 10.30 am, visiting and discussing sites of significance over the next two hours, culminating with lunch at the Village Café about 1pm. … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021 March 2021 Comments Off on LIVING WITH THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Wairarapa Word presents a session with Tom Doig, editor of Living with the Climate Crisis – Voices from Aotearoa (Bridget William Books, 2020) – a timely event with the recent release of the Climate Change Commission’s recommendations to the government.

Tom Doig has authored three non-fiction books: Hazelwood (Penguin Random House, 2020), The Coal Face (Penguin, 2015) and Mörön to Mörön: Two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure (Allen & Unwin, 2013). He has a PhD in Literary Journalism and teaches creative writing at Massey University, Palmerston North.

Carterton District Council is supporting this event, and environmentalist and Masterton District Councillor Chris Peterson will moderate. There will be ample time for discussion, and the book will be available for purchase. … Continue Reading


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

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From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

Catering for a vegetarian this Christmas? Here’s the Vegan Society’s Nut Roast recipe Ingredients  1 …

Councillor comment

Here we are the last Star for the year and what a year it has …

Did you know

I’M DREAMING of a white Christmas. But if the white runs out I’ll drink the …

Recyling calendar

December Wednesday 2nd glass Wednesday 9th wheelie bin Wednesday 16th glass Saturday 26th wheelie bin …

Regional Council notes

Time to start thinking Older residents in our region may well remember the massive flooding …

News from First Church

May these be the gifts your Christmas brings – Peace, Gladness, Good Health   and …

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