New Anglican Dean installed

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday 2 February at 7pm Rev Peter Hull was installed as Deacon in Charge of the Parish of South Wairarapa. Our parish includes both St Andrew’s Martinborough and St John’s Featherston.  Pete’s installation service will take place at St Andrew’s. Bishop Justin Duckworth …

$5,000 to the Cancer Society from Martinborough Pro-am golf.

Martinborough’s hugely successful Pro-am tournament netted a $5,000 donation to the Cancer society. The tournament, New Zealand’s biggest one day Pro-am event, attracted 164 golfers, of whom 42 were professionals. The professionals welcomed a tournament in a season where, due to Covid,  cancellations have resulted and there having been very …

Big numbers at Martinborough Lawn Tennis Clubs “Over the Hill” Tournament.

The 2021 ‘Over the Hill’ Tennis Tournament held over the weekend of the 9th-10th January at the Martinborough Lawn Tennis Club will be remembered for the large numbers that attended, but also the nervousness of the organising Committee as 20mm of rain came thundering down the day before. It only …

Martinborough Lions got into the Christmas Spirit

Martinborough Lions Club wound up the year by partnering with the Foodbank to fund, assemble and deliver some nice Christmas Hampers of goodies to all the Foodbank participants in Martinborough. Foodbank reported that there were lots of people with smiley faces picking up their hampers, also some tears and hugs. …

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Tonganui Corridores

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Clive Paton Aorangi Trust Chair, Trevor Thompson QE11 National Trust and Aaron Donges Aorangi Trust operations Manager.

An impressive project

Imagine this. You’re walking through the forest in the lower Ruamāhanga valley, somewhere near Wairarapa Moana. It’s 1821. Your ears are tuned to the calls of kōkako, kākāriki, kererū and whio. Kākā, kiwi, kārearea, and tīeke thrive here too.. The water in the river is teeming with life and the forest ecosystem is thriving, from its tiniest fungi to its dense canopy.

Now imagine this – that 100 years from now, your descendants can have exactly this same experience.

The Aorangi Restoration Trust, with the support of Project Crimson, is working to bring this vision to life. With buy-in from landowners and iwi, they have already begun establishing native forest corridors across Tonganui, the Big South. In the long term, they aim to have functioning native forest, alongside farmland, stretching from the Aorangi forest park behind Cape Palliser, across the valley floor to the Wairarapa Moana and the foothills of the Remutaka Ranges.

“The plan is to just do a bit at a time,” says Bob Burgess, Project Manager at Aorangi Trust. “To piece together a corridor, our task is to connect with as many landowners as possible, work with them to achieve their plans as well as our aim for forest corridors, provide them with whatever’s needed to make this happen, and then get in there to clear, fence, plant, and monitor.” … Continue Reading

Happy Christmas

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Wishing all our readers a Happy Christmas with some nice food and good company – and hopefully sunny weather. 

Lindie, Chris, David, Mike S & Mike B

You can save a life

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Blood donors give an Auckland man a chance at life

After being diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma at 14, you would have forgiven Auckland local Leroy for being bitter about the hand life dealt to him. 

But attitude is everything for this remarkable young man, who at only 21— has beaten cancer, earned a Bachelor of Communication Studies and is now Auckland Director for Generation Zero, a youth organisation aimed at cutting carbon pollution in New Zealand. Campaign Manager for Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s election campaign. And Campaign Manager  for the Chlöe Swarbick’s recent successful Auckland Central election campaign. 

T-cell lymphoma is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that occurs when T-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, become cancerous. In Leroy’s case the tumour started in his neck. … Continue Reading

What was this sign all about?

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That street corner sign. This sign came about because during the Documentary Film Festival 2020 we watched an entertaining film entitled “Mr Toilet Man” . The story of a Singaporean business man Jack Sim who uses humour to battle against the man made crisis of not having a proper loo. It was also inspiring to see a man dedicating his life to the problem no-one talks about. 

It certainly made me aware of a world where many people have problems with hygiene, polluted rivers, but also how unsafe women are when they don’t have access to a proper toilet.

Wikipedia states that 4.2 billion people do not have proper sanitation and 673 million practice open defecation. Only because there is no alternative. They are not freedom campers

On July 24, 2013, World Toilet Day to be held on the 19th November became an official UN day. … Continue Reading


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

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Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

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