Martinborough Music Festival

Teddy Tahu Rhodes – Bass Baritone Martinborough Music Festival Friday 23 – 25 September Martinborough Town Hall This year’s Festival will feature another classical singer as part of the programme of concerts – NZ Bass Baritone, Teddy Tahu Rhodes. (The previous singer to feature was soprano, Jenny Wollerman in 2019).  …

 Blue and Yellow Cupcakes for Ukraine.

After watching the news on Ukraine and seeing the soldiers desperately trying to protect their homeland, Willow Kershaw wanted to do something to help. The idea of a lunchtime BBQ with a sausage sizzle and selling baking on the last day of school was put into action. Willow approached Mr …

A Community led project

The Waiohine River Plan is a document that should draw the attention of anyone that has even a slight interest in local government wherever their location. Recently adopted by Greater Wellington Regional Council on 7 April, this plan has its roots back in the late 1990s when investigations on the …

Trial may ease coastal community’s battle against erosion         

Cape Palliser Road winds its way along one of the wildest stretches of coast in the world. A dramatic rise in severe weather conditions in recent years have also increased the number of road closures at the Cape, cutting off residents and creating expensive damage.  It’s an ideal environment for …

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April 7, 2022 April 2022 Comments Off on NEWS FROM FIRST CHURCH

Autumn Mini Market. We held our first Mini Market on a brilliantly sunny morning, Saturday the 26th March in the church hall, this proved to be a great success and raised over $2,000.00 towards the work of the church.  Our thanks go to everyone for the many ways they contributed to making this a success, be it donating goods, baking, making jam and preserves, potting plants and many other ways, without this support we would not have been able to raise these funds.  … Continue Reading

Regional Council notes

April 7, 2022 April 2022 Comments Off on Regional Council notes

The recent heavy rains have seen parts of Wairarapa become very wet indeed.  After a relatively long spell with little flooding, the high rivers reminded us of just how devastating mother nature can be.  The thing is though, is that the flooding we experienced was actually at the low end of the scale, being between a one-in-five or a one-in-ten-year event.  Those who have lived in Wairarapa long enough know that we have seen far, far worse.

That is however little consolation for someone who has lost a chunk of land to the river or had water flowing through their house. … Continue Reading

Two Pianos and a Bass Baritone

April 7, 2022 April 2022 Comments Off on Two Pianos and a Bass Baritone

Martinborough Music Festival Friday 23 – 25 September, Martinborough Town Hall

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Martinborough Music Festival (MMF). Judging by requests from people to be added to the mailing list and others asking for performance dates, it would be true to say that the MMF is now a firmly established event on the annual Martinborough social calendar. Festival founder, the late Ian Cresswell, would be well pleased with its success. This year’s MMF logo features a wonderful burst of colour to reflect the excitement of reaching this milestone. … Continue Reading

The compensations of old age 

April 7, 2022 April 2022 Comments Off on The compensations of old age 

Sometimes the old brain doesn’t kick in so quickly as it used to. Salvor Dali wrote about one technique he used to come up with ideas again . He simply takes a nap with a key or piece of cutlery in his hand, resting your arm so the key is above a plate or glass. 

When he nods off the key falls and the noise jolts him awake. He quickly scribbles whatever was in his head at that moment. Which probably explains some of his paintings.  … Continue Reading


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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 …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

Another glorious summer is here! I’m saying this while sitting my cold office listening to …

Recycling dates

Thursday 10th February glass Wednesday 16th February wheelie bin  Wednesday 23rd February glass


Just prior to Christmas the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade advised that we were starting our …

Maree’s musings

ANOTHER YEAR … I’m hoping, like me, that you looked forward to the return of …

Library news

Library debuts Click-and-Collect service Need something to read, and can’t make it into a library? …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

Outward Bound Korowai Course 2021 Celebrations South Wairarapa Inner Wheel Club donated $500 towards this …

From the Mayor

Following a fantastic summer, with bouts of rain to keep things greener than normal, it …

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