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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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Two new Wharekaka villas are almost complete – all that remains is the fencing and landscaping. The villas are a stylish addition to the Wharekaka Village and thanks to local architect, Victoria Read, they will be the blueprint for any further developments. One of the villas has already sold, but the other is currently on the market – please contact Louise at Wharekaka if you are interested.

Wharekaka is a wonderful asset for our community, and we want to ensure it continues for many years to come. A new Bequests Programme is being developed and a brochure is available from your local solicitor, accountant, library, doctor or from Sally at the reception desk at Wharekaka.   … Continue Reading

Why we’re lagging with wind power

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If anyone has bragging rights on Global Wind Day, it should be New Zealand. However no new wind farms have been built in five years. 

Below the top half of the North Island is smack bang in the middle of the Roaring Forties which supplies an abundant supply of gusty, howling, and roaring wind ideal for creating electricity.

Is climate change going to take the winds out of the Roaring Forties sails though? Not likely, said Weather Watch’s Duncan.

“I can’t imagine climate change will affect the Roaring Forties too much. The reason why it blows a gale down there is because there is no land. You’ve got Antarctica this huge continent with this high pressure parked over it all the time, it’s the driest place on earth … That big belt of high pressure basically squashes against the low pressure that forms south of New Zealand over the Southern Ocean.” … Continue Reading

Will taking a photograph help you to remember?

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Do you come back from holiday with your camera loaded with photographs?

You will remember everything, right?


Research says that sometimes taking a photograph makes it harder to remember a great view or experience.

Why is this?

Is it because we give less attention to an experience if it is safely stored in a photograph?

Recent research from the University of California shows that the photographer’s memory will suffer whether they expect to keep the photograph or not. … Continue Reading

You can make a difference

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Our changing climate will affect our environment, economy and way of life – a notion both  familiar and daunting. The Ministry of the Environment recently released health check stats on our environment. The report identified the challenges we face from loss of biodiversity, to the deteriorating  health of our land and water and seas through the impact of climate change.  

The big environmental headlines can make us feel simultaneously disconnected and overwhelmingly powerless. However the reality is what each of us does daily creates changes  in the environment – just like a pebble thrown in a still pool creates  a series of ripples.

So let’s trace the path of one from our daily choices; the choice we make moving from A to B. We love our cars so much that we have the highest rate of car ownership in the  OECD However that family car is responsible for  a quarter of  Ne Zealand’s carbon dioxide emissions.  … 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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‘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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