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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The Bookseller at the End of the World

July 6, 2022 July 2022 Comments Off on The Bookseller at the End of the World

Featherston Booktown is hosting author and bookseller Ruth Shaw at the Greytown Library on Tuesday 12  July at 6:00 PM as part of the Greytown Festival Of Christmas. 

Author and bookseller Ruth Shaw will be chatting with Susan Jane Ryan, owner of indie Featherston bookshop Mr Feather’s Den, about her new memoir, The Bookseller at the End of the World. … Continue Reading

‘Take a Stand’, ‘Have Your Say’, ‘Get Involved’

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It’s coming up to that time of year again when mayors, councillors and community board members must stand for election.  For candidates, it is like applying for a job which has the whole community as the interview panel, so it is no wonder that many find that prospect just too daunting.

To encourage people to stand for local government various advertisements are popping up urging you to ‘Take a Stand’, ‘Have Your Say’, ‘Get Involved’ and many other catch phrases which seem to infer that local government is somehow a noble cause when actually it can be hard work requiring a thick skin … Continue Reading

WHAREKAKA – new plans and needs

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Members of Wharekaka’s Oak Tree Community of regular donors met together recently to enjoy wine and canapes and exchange news and views on the Trust Board’s proposed directions.  Despite the terrible weather, and the ravages of covid and flu, which kept several members away, there was a positive atmosphere.  Members particularly enjoyed the delicious canapes prepared by Esther Read and Helen Meehan.    

Joy Cooper, chair of Wharekaka Trust Board, gave a brief overview of events since Oak Tree members met together last, in early February.    … Continue Reading

Wairarapa bananas?

July 6, 2022 July 2022 Comments Off on Wairarapa bananas?

Bananas are far and away the most popular fruit in New Zealand – apples are a distant second. But the vast majority are imported from places like Ecuador and the Philippines, with huge costs environmentally and to the lives of the people who produce them. Workers in the Philippines can spend their whole lives on the plantation, suffering gruelling conditions, low wages and exposure to harmful pesticides in order to feed Kiwi customers.

So why don’t we grow them here? It’s long been assumed that producing bananas commercially is not possible in New Zealand. But Trevor Mills, Tai Pukenga banana project manager, argues that’s no longer the case. The warming climate and further research into the viability of banana crops is seeing a boom in production across the motu. … 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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Recycling days

Wednesday 10th August Glass Wednesday 17th August Wheelie bin Wednesday 24th August Glass Wednesday 31st …


While Covid has kept many of us home over the last month, our services have …

Martinborough Golf Club Report

We have certainly had a lot of rain over the last few weeks, so much …

Martinborough Community Garden

Well, weather like we have had recently makes one understand the frustration of the animals …

Martinborough Business Association

We  don’t always get it right…. In last month’s article our focus was on the …


Gosh time flies, another month rolls around. The Brigade has been keeping well occupied with …

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