NATIONAL AWARD FOR BOUTIQUE VINEYARD

Every year, renowned New Zealand winewriter Michael Cooper brings out his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and this year’s edition has a very special meaning for one boutique Martinborough vineyard. On the same day that they were advised they had won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at …

Technicolour fun

If you are a kid it’s not often that adults tell you to mess up your clothes.   Perhaps that’s why the Colour Run at Considine park last month was such a hit.  You started with a clean white t-shirt and ended up with your own unique rainbow coloured top. …

Looking after the Kororā

People love penguins.  They’re amused by their waddling walk and their smart little “jackets”.  But life is getting hard for these birds.  The Kororā  (or Little Penguin) is the smallest in the world and found all around the coastline of New Zealand.   Although fishing vessels report seeing them at …

Martinborough Community Choir.

The choir is looking forward to our last concert for the year, before we take an extended break over the holiday season. In our December concerts we’ve traditionally performed a wide variety of songs we’ve enjoyed singing throughout the year and we’ve featured small groups – in recent years from …

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Guy Fawkes was not the leader

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Guy Fawkes was not the leader

Once again a non event which happened  over four hundred years ago has been marked by the letting off of fireworks. Not only that but the person we associate with this date was actually only a minor player.

The first idea of a gunpowder plot came up over a few beers on the 20th May 1604 at the Duck and Drake Inn. Normally on waking the next day it is realised what a load of  rubbish was talked the night before. However in this case the mistake made was on sobering up the men decided to stick with the plan.  

The conspirators were Catholic lads  who had been bemoaning the hard time English Anglican Kings had given Catholics for many years. They had hopes that the succession of James the 1st, a Scottish King and not an Anglican, would be more sympathetic to the plight, would bring and end to their problem.  However this did not happen and hence the desperate measure hatched of blowing up the king and his advisers when the gathered in parliament.

They had learned that the parliament coal cellar was directly under  the House of Lords and a trusted coal merchant John Johnson started sneaking in gunpowder along with his coal deliveries  eventually amassing thirty six barrels. Actually half the amount would have done the trick.  … Continue Reading

The Youth Justice System

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on The Youth Justice System

Maybe you or someone you know has been referred to the Youth Justice System(different to the adult court system). Youth Justice is about getting you to face up to what you have done wrong, and give you a chance to make up for it. When we are young we often act impulsively and do not always make the right choices. This can result in you getting a criminal record, something that will affect your whole life. The Youth Justice tries to stop this from happening. 

If you have committed an offence, one of the first steps the Police may take is to ask you to go to a family group conference. At the conference you and your family will have a chance to talk about what has happened, and help you make a plan to fix things. The conference will be run by a Youth Justice Co-ordinator who will also chat with you before the conference begins. You have the chance to tell them about your problems, ask any questions you may have, and discuss ways you can sort out ways to make amends for what you have done. … Continue Reading

Tickets available for the Martinborough House and Garden Tour to raise funds for Wharekaka

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Tickets available for the Martinborough House and Garden Tour to raise funds for Wharekaka

Tickets are still available to view eleven of Martinborough’s most outstanding properties on Saturday 23 November in a house and garden tour to raise funds for Wharekaka, Martinborough’s aged care community. 

There’s something for everyone, with a range of modern and traditional styles on show, inside and outside. There are structured modern gardens, cottage gardens, town gardens, and rural gardens. Some have been established for decades, others show how clever landscaping complements a new build. Inside, you’ll see everything from modern minimalism to homes celebrating decades of family treasures.  Artwork is a feature inside and in the gardens.  Ticket-holders will walk away with plenty of ideas and inspiration.

The tour is also a showcase for local craftspeople and producers – there will be a stall featuring local crafts and products at each house. … Continue Reading

To Spring

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on To Spring

Thank God. At Last! Spring is coming

I hear the bees inside me humming

The mind becomes a flower bed 

A nest is being built upon my head

The spirit rises from it’s tomb

The weary soul is coming into bloom

We’ve made it through. We will survive

The soil is sweet and love still alive

The bell of happiness is ringing 

A little bird inside your heart is singing 

 

Sports

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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Letters

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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