What does a Martinborough olive grove have in common with Ferrari, Chanel, Tiffani & Co., Audemars Piguet, S. T. Dupont, The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and some of the best products and services in the world?  They are all winners of the prestigious, annual Luxury Lifestyle Awards, based in New York.  The …

More Medals for Martinborough

A few years back Amanda and Lindsey Goodman bought two goats to provide milk for their children, who were lactose-intolerant.   Now that’s grown to a herd of 250 on their farm south of Martinborough, where they produce Drunken Nanny milk and cheese.  If you are a fan you won’t …


Dates: 4 July 2020 – 30 August 2020 Artists: Glen Butler, Sharisse Eberlein, Mark Gee, Rebecca Kempton, Pete Monk and John Whitby Wairarapa is on the verge of becoming a Dark Sky Reserve, a region dedicated to preserving the pristine night sky. Darkness is vital for human wellbeing, creatures’ life cycles, navigation …

Door to door from Wharekaka 

At the heart of the Meals on Wheels service in South Wairarapa is a busy kitchen at Martinborough’s Wharekaka Aged Care Community. Five days a week, chef Don and assistant chef Maddie will not only prepare the main meal of the day for Wharekaka residents, but also for clients in …

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New vehicle emissions down 

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The emissions of new vehicles fell by 21% since 2006 levels. It’s partly because of more EVs and hybrids on the road, and partly because New Zealand has a seriously aged fleet, and any renewal will almost inevitably be beneficial. However, it is somewhat offset by the continued popularity of the least efficient types of vehicles, particularly SUVs and ostentatiously big utes.

Neighbourhood Support

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Kia ora koutou,

A warm, warm greeting to everyone as we  adjust to Level 2. After being so cautious in our bubbles, it is a real change to being able to be out and about with more ease while still observing the social distancing and hygiene practices being asked of us in this Level 2 ‘new normal’. The visual produced by Neighbourhood New Zealand gives some key tips on managing life in Level 2,  caring for ourselves and our neighbours. 

A big shout-out to all of you have supported neighbours, friends and family. It is times like these where our Neighbourhood Support networks kick in to make sure we are all looked after. You can follow us on Facebook, look up “South Wairarapa Neighbourhood Support” page and like us to get all our updates. 

To join up for the Neighbourhood Support newsletter or to join up or establish a Neighbourhood Support group, please message or phone me on 027 276 1431 or email me on

 Ngā mihi, Rachel

Thanks to all the essential workers

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My husband and I would like to thank all the essential workers as a group who worked so hard behind the scenes in many instances to help all of us.  The list is too many to list them all.  One person and team that stood out for us particularly  was Aryn McKissock and the entire P and K grocery team.  We used their delivery and grocery pickup service for weeks and were in awe of their always caring, friendly, and professional service.  We can only imagine what a massive effort it was to get their website up and running and provide such a caring and community oriented service.  It is actually the best food delivery and pickup service we have heard about around the entire region and we couldn’t be more grateful. Many, many thanks.

Museum News

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COVID19 is not the first pandemic virus to visit Martinborough.   The Spanish Flu in 1918 killed 8 people in town and many more in the surrounding Maori communities. 

Medical knowledge about how to prevent and treat the illness was limited. People resorted to all sorts of peculiar and ultimately useless remedies.  

Onions were advertised as one of the “best preventatives”.  Even back then quinine was being touted as a treatment, as was a mixture of iodine and creosote. Claims that alcohol might have medicinal properties led to a big boost in sales and outrage in the Temperance Movement.   … 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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