Every year, renowned New Zealand winewriter Michael Cooper brings out his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and this year’s edition has a very special meaning for one boutique Martinborough vineyard. On the same day that they were advised they had won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at …

Technicolour fun

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. …

Looking after the Kororā

People love penguins.  They’re amused by their waddling walk and their smart little “jackets”.  But life is getting hard for these birds.  The Kororā  (or Little Penguin) is the smallest in the world and found all around the coastline of New Zealand.   Although fishing vessels report seeing them at …

Martinborough Community Choir.

The choir is looking forward to our last concert for the year, before we take an extended break over the holiday season. In our December concerts we’ve traditionally performed a wide variety of songs we’ve enjoyed singing throughout the year and we’ve featured small groups – in recent years from …

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Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve: Economic Plan wrap up event

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There has been healthy interest in the creation of an accredited Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve and the economic potential it has for the region. Wellington-based consultancy JMG has run a number of meetings and events to raise awareness of the project and to discover what this might mean for the Wairarapa economy.  This will feed into an economic plan to define the opportunities arising from the Reserve.

“Having met many people through community meetings and sessions with business associations and businesses, groups, iwi, councils and other interests, we have been privileged to get a greater insight into the plans and aspirations of the community” says JMG’s Managing Director, Bill McDonald.   

“Now we want to close the loop and share our findings with the people who have helped to shape them, and with anyone else interested in the project.”

JMG is hosting a public meeting at: Luna Estate, 133 Puruatanga Rd, Martinborough  6.30 – 8.00pm, Monday, 9 December, 2019 All are welcome, please email if you want to attend.

Visit the Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve website to find out more about the Economic Plan 

Sun Shines on Jazz Festival

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The sun shone brightly to compliment the brilliant atmosphere around Martinborough during the 9th edition of New Zealand’s coolest little jazz festival, Jazz in Martinborough last weekend.

“It just shows that a warm, sunny weekend adds mightily to the enjoyment of festival goers,” says festival producer Ted Preston. “Somehow the music sounds better, the food is tastier and the coffee and wine more delicious.”

The festival returned to the Martinborough Town Hall for their ticketed events after an absence of three years during refurbishment.  “Everyone was impressed with the look and feel of the Hall and how well it suits an event such as ours,” says Lee Quayle, festival Music Director.  “The supper room and refurbished kitchen were well used, the musicians liked the green room facilities and improved access to the stage, and the sound was just fabulous,” he adds.

The festival is looking forward to celebrating 10 years next year. “Jazz in Martinborough only exists because of the ongoing support of our community of cool – the venues, local businesses and wineries, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and community organisations,” says Ted.  “And, of course the Jazz-going, ticket-buying public who continue to be the biggest supporters of the festival,” says Ted

World Kindness Day

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Wednesday 13th November 

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations. World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. There are currently over 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement which is not affiliated with any religion or political movement. 

The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness. Susan has approached the local day care centres, kindergarten, primary school and college and has found that everyone is keen to promote the day within their organisation by encouraging acts of kindness. 

 Large chalks will be given to the kids to write happy messages on the footpaths to make people smile! To reward the children for their kindness and participation, the children will be given certificates and a red eco pen. … Continue Reading

Meet your Mayor

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Alex grew up in Christchurch, the youngest of five children. His father, a pilot, died in a helicopter crash when Alex was only two. Bringing up the family of five was difficult for his Mum, “ I know the ups and downs of a childhood under these circumstances” he comments.

He attended Christ’s College and from there was employed by Lion Breweries as a trainee manager. Deciding to further his education he left Lion to study for his Bachelor of  Commerce at Lincoln University, this included a year studying in America. On graduating he was employed by Xerox . 

While at University he met his future wife Julie Colton who was also studying in  Christchurch , in her case Canterbury University. They married married in 1994 at St Andrews Church Martinborough, Reception held at Fernside Tauheranikau and then went to live in South Africa, where they stayed for two years. 

Julie did not want to bring up children in a city so on returning to New Zealand thy decided to live in Julie’s home town, Martinborough. Alex knew Martinborough well enough having be ‘bought home’ to meet the family on numerous occasions .  … 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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