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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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It has been a busy start to the year for the Golf Club beginning in January with the Spark Pro Am closely followed by the start of the interclub season.

The Mens interclub teams have had a mixed start to their year.  Division 4 had a couple of away matches to begin their season which is always a tough way to start but they have now settled back into it with a couple of wins at home.  It has been particularly pleasing to see a few players returning to interclub – namely Lance Phelps, Lyall Callaghan and Mark Lucock – these guys have added some strength to the team.

Division 11 have started the season with 4 very good wins at home and are at the top of the division with a couple of tough away matches in the next few weeks.

The course has been very busy this month with green fees and overseas visitors enjoying the great weather and the exceptional run on the fairways. … Continue Reading

Your Invitation 

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Hospice Wairarapa fund-raiser functions are well-known for flair, festive drinks and fabulous finger food – and you are invited.

The Roaring 20s Cocktail Party fund-raiser will be two hours of fun, frivolity and scene-setting décor at a recently transformed Waihinga Centre, 5-7pm on Saturday 14 March 2020.

With your free welcome drink in hand you can peruse Silent Auction items, take a punt with a mystery balloon and nibble your way round canapes donated by local chefs.  Or sample a “Hanky Panky” cocktail from the Bubbles Bar.

A highlight will be a fast-paced good-humoured auction of some rather special items, all generously donated by members of our community.

So invite your friends to stay, add some jazz-age flourishes to your outfit and join the party for an excellent local charity. Dress up or not, the choice is yours, it will be fun anyway.

The funds raised will enable Hospice Wairarapa to develop and extend their South Wairarapa Outreach Programme and bring more vital services to our area.

Tickets are on sale now on  at $55pp.

A Black Comedy about Mental Health ? 

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Coming Soon to The Village Café in Martinborough, Friday March 27 and Saturday March 28  at 7.30 pm

Based on a true story, actor/co-writer Lisa Brickell and musician/actor Siri Embla weave together a tale of multiple characters and various dubious alter-egos. Their tongue-in-cheek rendering of deeply flawed situations is, in places, as dark as it is outrageously funny.
          Juggling the characters of four generations of women and their hilarious ‘inner critics’ Lisa performs in a Commedia dell’Arte style half mask, ensuring audiences keep on top of who’s who. A hopeful and entertaining show, Mockingbird will resonate in your thoughts long after you leave. … Continue Reading

A longer term?

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The report, from the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, argues a four-year parliamentary term and possibly another 30 MPs would create a better country for future generations.

New Zealand has one of the shortest parliamentary terms in the world. Of 190 countries with parliaments, 103 have five-year terms, 74 have four-year terms, and just nine governments are in power for three years before an election is held.

The report‘s co-author, Jonathan Boston, said that a longer term would provide more time for a government to make substantial achievements.

“As it currently stands a new government can be formed and then in effect got to spend maybe the first year trying to work out what it’s going to do, the second year trying to do it and then the third year preparing for the next election. In dealing with very complex, difficult issues, that’s a very, very tight timeframe.” … 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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