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Another great Fair

This year the Martinborough Fair celebrated its 44th consecutive year! The Fair has evolved from a modest 35 stalls and produce trucks to over 500 stalls from around New Zealand selling a wide range of quality items and attended by over 40,000 people over the two days. Food was popular …

Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

New Zealand’s first – and still surviving – amateur observatory, built by Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek in 1867, may be granted Category 1 Heritage status within the region’s proposed Dark Sky Reserve,  according to Heritage NZ. A 45-page report recommending the South Wairarapa’s Carkeek Observatory’s entry onto the New …

Lazy sneakers

By day Kate Throp’s in charge of Margrain’s tasting room but she’s also great lover of shoes.  Perhaps that’s why a TV1 story about Lazy Sneakers first caught her eye.   Lazy Sneakers was started in Wellington by 12 year old Maia Mariner who realised that not everyone at her …

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The compensations of old age 

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‘It occurred to me that the greatest compensation  of old age is it’s freedom of spirit. I suppose that is accompanied by a certain indifference to many of the things that man thinks are of prime importance.

Another compensation  is that it liberates you from envy, hatred and malice I do not  believe that I envy anyone. I have made the most that I could of such gifts as nature has provided me with. I do not envy the greater gifts of others. I have had a great deal of success. I do not envy the success of others … I no longer mind what people think of me. They can take me or envy me’

  – Somerset Maugham   

Green light for outdoor lighting rules

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South Wairarapa District Council has given the green light for work on a plan change to the outdoor lighting rules of the Wairarapa area, a change which will support the proposed Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve. The change to the current lighting ordinances is needed to ensure minimal evening light pollution from outside lighting to protect the region’s high quality night sky environment.

This work on lighting controls began in late 2018 when street lights throughout the Wairarapa’s five main towns were changed, bringing them into compliance with International Dark Sky Association (IDA) regulations which limit public light pollution. 

That project won Martinborough a “3K City” award from the IDA for street lighting meeting its 3,000 Kelvin lighting maximum _ required for a location to be certified as a dark sky reserve. The reward was the first granted to a Southern Hemisphere town. … Continue Reading

The Factory Act

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The British Factory Act of 1802 stipulated that children could not work before  6 am in the morning or after 9 pm at night. However as there were no records of births many factory owners (or desperate parents) lied about  children’s ages.  In any case there was no system of  factory inspection so the law was largely ignored.

Under The Martinborough Stars

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One hundred and forty-seven million kilometres away from the Earth, lies an important object. Something so massive that it takes up 99% of the matter in the Solar System, is 4.6 billion years old but feels like we have seen only a glimpse of it this summer in Martinborough.

I am of course talking about the Sun. It is incredible. An average yellow star in a relatively empty area of the Milky Way Galaxy, this glowing orb dictates our daily lives, keeps us warm and allows life to flourish.

Our Sun is only one of the billions and billions (sorry Carl Sagan) of stars in our galaxy and a pretty average one at that. It’s not the biggest or smallest, the hottest or the coolest nor it is the oldest or youngest. It’s pretty much average. It doesn’t even have a companion star, something that we have realised recently is a fairly common occurrence in our Universe. … 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

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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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