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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November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on MENS SHED DONATES TO WHAREKAKA

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Wharekaka Rest Home the Martinborough Mens Shed Chair, Mike Woolley, presented a cheque for $1,000 to Joy Cooper (Chair of Wharekaka).

The money had been raised by the Mens Shed from the sales of kitchen spatulas made by the Mens Shed members.  The idea for the spatulas was conceived by Shed member Tim Maling.  The spatulas can be purchased at Mint at Martinborough and will be available for purchase during the forthcoming Wharekaka House and Garden Tour on November 19 (tickets from Eventfinda).

There has been quite a bit of activity at the Mens Shed recently.  The new roof has been put on – thanks to the South Wairarapa District Council – and new guttering will be in place soon.  Two containers have been delivered and work is continuing with their fit out, being led by Richard and Ashton Tannant. … Continue Reading

New Council sworn in 

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on New Council sworn in 

It’s official, we have a new Mayor, Alex Beijen. The Mayor, Councillors and Community Board Members were sworn in at a ceremony on 30 October at the Waihinga Centre. There is no change to the Councillors elected from the Martinborough Ward – Pip Maynard, Pam Colenso and Brian Jephson (Jeppy) held on to their seats, although Daphne Geisler came close.

There is an entirely new Martinborough Community Board in the form of Nathan Fenwick, Mel Maynard, Aidan Ellims and Michael Honey.

Mayor Alex Beijen says, I am delighted with the Councillors and Community Board Members elected by the Martinborough Ward. I know they will serve the district well with a good balance of experience, talent and renewed enthusiasm. … Continue Reading

News from First Church

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on News from First Church

If we would share with others the way we choose to live;

if justice and compassion inspired us all to give,

we would not need to worry that truths do not agree

– for all could live together in love and harmony.

First Church held a very successful Kirk Fair on the 12th of October, and our thanks are due to all the supporters of First Church who contributed in many different ways – donating goods, giving time and coming to buy! … Continue Reading


November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on NEWS FROM WHAREKAKA

New manager

We welcome our new manager, Jenny Prentice, who joined Wharekaka in mid October. Jenny has worked in health care management and clinical roles for over 30 years including five years as the manager of a residential care home in Lower Hutt. She is a Martinborough resident who is looking forward to being able to walk to work and getting to know Wharekaka residents, families, staff and the wider community. 

Resident news

Residents have been making good use of the van with picnics and a drive to Lake Ferry. The tri-cycle has been taken out in the sunshine with Joyce and Thelma enjoying being driven by Stu from Green Jersey Cycles. Wharekaka is very grateful to the ‘Cycling without Age Support Group’ for their help in making these outings possible.

We are also enjoying our musical entertainment from Bill Young, Paul Mason, Pauline Craig and Jinx. … 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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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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