First Church’s Monster Bookfair

The First Church’s annual book sale certainly deserved its title,  Monster Bookfair.   Maybe it was the COVID effect or perhaps it was the decluttering craze earlier in the year, but donations of books were way above normal both in quantity and quality.   As a result sales also broke …

Green Jersey looking towards site development

The proprietors of the Green Jersey Explorer Tours Limited are Joe and Pam Howells, Lucia Zanmonti, Stuart Edwards with Stuart’s parents Allan and Myra Edwards as investors in the property. They are now looking at the options to develop the old Council Yards site of 0.34 Hectare (0.84 acre) on …

 A Quiet Restoration of Veterans’ Graves at Martinborough Public Cemetery 

Over the past year, a quiet change has been happening at Martinborough Public Cemetery.  Volunteers of the New Zealand Remembrance Army, with support and guidance from the South Wairarapa District Council, have been restoring the graves of New Zealanders who served their country during times of military conflict. Now, the …

Toast to generate needed boost

Toast Martinborough is set to kick start a summer season that looks promising for the South Wairarapa economy. With over 75% of tickets sold already in just 2 weeks, Toast 2020 looks set to break records. The flow-on economic impact benefits the entire region.  Airbnb’s and rental cottages have been …

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Martinborough Mid-Winter Monster Book Fair Presents:   

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If we don’t tell our stories.,,.who will?  

A talk by Ted Preston

Lockdown might seem a distant memory now but it helped Carol Hawkins find her speaker for the Mid-Winter Monster Book Fair Launch on August 21st.  Carol and her Dublin Street neighbours would meet outside Phil and Jacqui Reid’s house every afternoon to socialise (at a safe distance of course).  People would stop to chat.  One of those was Ted Preston, who entertained and amused them so much that Carol knew he would be just right for this event.   You might know Ted from his work with Jazz in Martinborough. … Continue Reading

Museum News

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People sometimes complain about Council rules and regulations.    There’s a feeling that it was much more relaxed in the past but was this really true?

The museum now has a copy of Martinborough Town District “The General By-law 1918”, a gift from David Lawrence.   With 153 tightly packed pages it shows that things weren’t so different a hundred years ago.   There were detailed building requirements and schedules of fees; rules covering the various building trades; and lots of stipulation about fire prevention and draining management.  … Continue Reading

Musical and Operatic Treat – 

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Fundraiser, Sunday 2pm, 13 September

The students of Classical Voice, School of Music, Victoria University thought that their opportunity to raise funds for their opera performances had all but disappeared with Covid 19. The usual May fundraiser was cancelled because of the virus. Not only that, the campus was closed for the first semester so they could not perform live with their teaching staff; ZOOM, while better than nothing, is no substitute.

Once out of lockdown, the possibility of a fundraising concert was on again. The Head of Classical Voice, Dr Margaret Medlyn, asked if I would be willing to host this. Given the number of inquiries from previous audiences wondering if the students would sing now we were out of lockdown,  it was easy to say yes. … Continue Reading

New P&K Supermarket

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It’s official!   The Resource Consent stage of the redevelopment of Pain and Kershaw’s buildings has been given the green light by SWDC.

The next step is Building Consent approval and then the radical makeover can begin. The project will not only mitigate the earthquake risk and enhance The Square but also significantly improve the shopping experience for customers 

The original building that houses the supermarket will be strengthened and remodelled.  The Jellico Street buildings will be removed and rebuilt.    Demolition will aim to start in late 2020 and the project will be completed around 2021/2022. 

It is a massive undertaking by the Kershaw family. Martinborough is very fortunate they are so committed to the town and surrounding community and so willing to invest in its future.  … 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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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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