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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November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on TUHIRANGI JAB RUGBY

The 2019 Tuhirangi JAB rugby season has come to an end but we have had a great year.  We had approx. 45 children registered and they played across 6 different teams ranging from Under 6 Rippa through to the Under 13’s.

This year we had two Tuhirangi Under 6 Rippa teams and a Tuhirangi Under 8s team, but the rest of our players had to combine with other clubs to make up the numbers.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Featherston and Martinborough Rugby Clubs for letting us combine with them to ensure all our JAB players could play in the appropriate grades.

Our Under 11 and Under 13 teams both had successful seasons and made the semi-finals in each of those grades.   … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Under The Martinborough Stars

I was at a local school’s stargazing event recently when a lady came up to me and said those dreaded words, “I saw something weird in the sky last night, what was it?”

My first thought was “Venus!” Most of the time when people see something odd in the sky, it’s Venus. It is one of the two innermost planets and appears brightly around dusk and dawn. We only see it if we look towards the Sun, as its orbit is smaller than ours so only appears as we spin into sunset or sunrise.

However, this was a problem as Venus was visible in the morning and not the evening.

Probing further, she described the objects as high in the sky, near the Milky Way and looked like two ‘commas’ in the sky.  “Ah ha!” I thought, I knew exactly what she was describing. The two satellite galaxies, the Magellanic clouds / Te Reporepo.

The Magellanic Clouds are two fuzzy cloud like objects close to the Southern Cross / Te Punga. They occur near the Southern Celestial Pole so they are seen all year round. They never set if you’re looking up in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

They are named after Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who circumnavigated the world in the early 1500s. Of course, these galaxies were known by cultures in the Southern Hemisphere before then but came to be known as the Magellanic Clouds after he arrived home. … Continue Reading

Ventana Creative Collective

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Ventana Creative Collective

November Art Workshops

Friday 8 th. 7 – 9 pm

PAINT A MASTERPIECE Watercolour class at Luna Estate

Saturday 9 th 10pm -1pm


Thursday 14 th 7 – 8.30 PM


Saturday 23 rd 10am -1 pm


Kid’s workshops 

Thursdays 3.15 – 4pm Big Kids

Fridays 3.15 – 4 pm Little kids

($10 for materials for these workshops) 

Wairarapa Business Award for Under the Stars

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Wairarapa Business Award for Under the Stars

For “Under the Stars” astro-tourism guide Becky Bateman it was a shock to win the Wairarapa “Emerging Business” award in mid-October for her fledgling star-gazing venture.

Running the only “nomadic” star-gazing/guiding business in Wairarapa is literally that: running from location to location to help people understand and interpret the wondrous dark skies which stretch above the region. 

The dark sky advocate who started her business a year ago says that from childhood in England she has always had an easy affinity with science and astronomy.

So much so that when after seven years at Wellington’s Space Place the opportunity to live and work under Wairarapa’s dark sky came up, she grabbed it with both hands.

Becky Bateman says she has never lost her sense of wonder at the vast scale of the universe.  … Continue Reading


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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 Community Garden News

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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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