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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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Rights of Victims of Youth Crime  

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A victim of a crime committed by a young person, has the  right to attend a “youth justice Family Group Conference”.

It’s an opportunity to have your say on how the crime has affected you – and to help the young person face up to what they’ve done, take responsibility for their actions and turn their life around.

A FGC is a formal meeting for the victim or person affected by the crime , the young person and their whanau , a “youth justice coordinator “ (YJC)  , representatives from Oranga Tamariki and NZ Police and other professionals that may be involved in the young person’s life . … Continue Reading

Russian Pianist returns to Greytown

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Russian pianist Oleg Marshev will open the Greytown Music Group’s 2020 concert series, with a fascinating programme called “Dialogue: Chopin and Scriabin”. Oleg says “Chopin determined the development of romantic piano music, and had a huge influence on later composers for the piano. I was particularly attracted by the connection with the great Russian composer, Scriabin, who, in his earlier years, was much inspired by Chopin. He used the same forms that were typical of Chopin.” 

The programme will consist of Polonaises, Nocturnes, Valses, Mazurkas and Fantasias by both composers. … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Rebus Club   

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The Guest Speaker at our February meeting, after our Annual General Meeting, was Dr Michael Woodhams, a phylogenist, late of the University of Tasmania, Hobart and one of a number of research workers around the world who were exposed to the power of phylogeny and trained to its subtleties at the Allan Wilson Centre at Massey University.

Phylogeny is the evolutionary history of species, or groups of species, with particular reference to the lines of descent and relationships among broad groups of organisms. A diagram of these relationships is often referred to as an “evolutionary tree”. The root is the shared ancestor and branches and twigs are descendant species exhibiting the genetic differences that led to their separation from neighbouring branches.  … Continue Reading

Spare Ling Missed Aches

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Wen eye sea bay sick spare ling missed aches

Aye mink-lined too we pan sheikh,

Sew inn cay sigh imp load

(Witch wood beak white rued)

Ice elf inn tock sick Kate.



When I see numerous spelling mistakes

I’m inclined to weep and shake.

So in case I impload

(which would be quite rude)

I self-intoxicate.


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 …

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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