Our water problem 

Another summer and total water restriction in place again, this year earlier than ever. Living in the Wairarapa summer droughts and water shortages ever has it been and with climate change we can be sure that this ever will it be thus.  The initial reaction is to say it’s ‘The …

It’s in the Bag

This was the catchy title for a great idea: donating handbags filled with essential toiletries plus treats like perfume for the Women’s Refuge.  When the call went out the response was typical Martinborough.  More than 90 bags chocka with goodies were dropped off at the collection point at Kitcheners, to …

Know your town 

George Pain JP The city father of the town we now know as Martinborough.  The Pain family came to New Zealand on the ship Oriental arriving at Wellington in 1840, Mr Pain Snr, also George, was a bricklayer, George, their third son, was born in 1846. They lived at a …

An earlier Star deliverer 

We received an interesting letter from Val Johns’ brother in law Lloyd who lives in Australia. He wrote;  “In the 1950s I delivered Charlie Michelle’s Martinborough Star to around 40 or so residents each Wednesday after school for the princely sum of 2/6d.  ( 2020 = $8.72). On every Wednesday, …

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South Wairarapa Neighbourhood Support 

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Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community-led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient and connected communities.  One of the ways we support our groups is with our National Campaigns.  

This month we are looking at The Joy of Giving – December 1st to 31st 

We want to challenge our members to come together and give generously and from the heart to help those in need this holiday season. With so much going on this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about those having a di cult time.  … Continue Reading

Successful Martinborough House and Garden Tour 

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Fortune was certainly smiling on 23rd November when the Wharekaka Auxiliary hosted the Martinborough House and Garden tour. 11 stunning properties basked in beautiful sunlight as over 650 excited ticket holders made their way around our lovely town.

The feedback we have received since the event has been wonderful, with everyone praising both the standard and diversity of the houses and gardens and the organisation and smooth running of the day. 

As always, there are people who must be thanked profusely. Firstly the 11 home owners who generously agreed to open their houses and gardens to such scrutiny; they are truly the ones who bore the brunt of the day. Many months of hard work went into making the properties look so stunning. They were: Pauline and Alistair Mcleod, Sue and John Hughes, Dinny Pearce and Jim Brassell, Di and Tom Bunny, Felicity and Arthur Warren, Cath and Marco de Groot, J.C and Roger Gaskell, Charlie and Angela Cresswell, Gay Chadburn and Dave Stewart, Helen and John Meehan, Rosie and Paul Collins. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. … Continue Reading

Technicolour fun

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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.

The day was a fundraiser for the new Waihinga Centre playground, especially the water play feature.   Thanks to the hundreds of children and parents who came along enough money was raised to completely finish the project.   

The fun continued at Parehua.  Children played games set up on the lawn while parents could enjoy a relaxing drink.   The night finished with a fireworks display back at the park and a chance to ride on the fire engine. … Continue Reading

The Power of Paint and Friendship 

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When I first met John Lace he was selling poppies outside Kitcheners Dairy. The Martinborough Friday walkers had just finished coffee there and as a bright, chatty, happy group we suggested he join us the next week.

John did but could only walk 100 metres as he was soon out of breath, the result of smoking for 60 years, even though he gave up ten years ago.
 Each week saw John walk a bit further before he had to stop, but enjoying our company he always joined us for coffee when we finished our hour walking about town. Sadly, he was a very unhappy, lonely, depressed man since his wife, Joyce, died five years ago. … 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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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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