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 Fairs Produce Profit of $100,000 in 2020

August 7, 2020 August 2020 Comments Off on Martinborough Fairs Produce Profit of $100,000 in 2020

The Martinborough Fairs in 2020 made a record profit of $100,000.  

The two annual Fairs are organised by South Wairarapa Rotary, and the proceeds are used by South Wairarapa Rotary to support the community in South Wairarapa.

South Wairarapa Rotary president Brian Baxter acknowledged the support of the Martinborough businesses and locals in supporting the Martinborough Fairs.  “We know the Fairs cause a bit of a disruption, and the Fairs couldn’t go ahead without local support.  So we are extremely grateful to the locals for their indulgence and support.  Hopefully this record profit and the resulting benefit it will bring to the local community makes up for any disruption.  Locals can know that they have played an important part in this fund-raising effort to help their community”.   … Continue Reading

Regional Council Notes

August 7, 2020 August 2020 Comments Off on Regional Council Notes

There is many a belief or practice from days gone by that is no longer acceptable to modern society today.

Whether it be medicine, food, sport or just about anything else we do in our day to day lives, the thinking on what is right is constantly under review.  To prove this you only need to read some old reference books which can range from horrific information to the downright funny.

The Complete Home Doctor from the 1950s extolls the virtues of smoking to ease the worried mind and quiet anxiety.  School for the Horse and Rider from 1932 tells us that there is no reason why a lady cannot ride a horse as well as a man if she tries hard enough and At Home in Your Garden talks about the benefits of sprinkling DDT around the lawn.  These examples illustrate just how attitudes change over time.  … Continue Reading


August 7, 2020 August 2020 Comments Off on FIRE BRIGADE REPORT 

As we return to pretty much normal life, our members have been busy catching up on previously cancelled training courses. 

So congratulations to our 2 newest Firefighters Hannah Kennish and Melissa O’Brien both graduating the Recruit Firefighters Course, this will make our daytime crewing easier.

Additionally we have a new Qualified Firefighter with Matt Taylor completing his QFF Course, and we have 2 more members away in August for Senior Firefighter, so plenty of action on the training front. … Continue Reading

   Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

August 7, 2020 August 2020 Comments Off on    Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

We have been lucky to get some excellent publicity in the Midweek Wairarapa this month. It described Inner Wheel in its national and international context. While it showed off our knitting, the article also conveyed how we are so much more than a knitting circle. And to give a prime example, we can celebrate the wonderful achievement of former Inner Wheel District 294 Chair, Darlene Westrupp, for being elected to the International Inner Wheel’s Committee! Congratulations Darlene! 

         Our new President, Alma Parr has arranged a delightful occasion to celebrate her new role. This will be a special afternoon tea at the Old Court House in Carterton later in the month. … 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 …

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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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