Footloose and Fancy Free, Celebrating 25 years Round the Vines

While 2020 and Covid dampened the dreams of those who were looking forward to walking or running around the vines, 2021 came up trumps, the 25th year of brilliant organisation and commitment from the Martinborough School Committee and the community.  In the words of Charlies Angel’s, Beth, Anna, Jeremy, and …

Write your memories next month at Martinborough Library

Library also welcomes a big shipment of new books—come find your next read! We’re all full of memories, big and small—everything from ‘That was the year I fell in love’ all the way down to ‘Tuesday lunch was a ham-and-cheese toastie.’ The memoirist’s trick is finding a way to weave …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Have you ever wondered where the constellations came from? Do you know your Crux from your Musca? Or Scorpius from Pavo? Who got to name them? Humans are very good at seeing patterns in just about anything. Clouds. Toast. Rocky outcrops on Mars. Wherever we look we see a shape, …

Aroha String Quartet with Clarinettist Rachel Vernon

After a disappointing cancellation of their June concert due to level 2 lockdown, the Greytown Music Group is hoping all will be well for their next concert, on Sunday 22 August, when the Aroha Quartet will join forces with Rachel Vernon on clarinet. The Aroha String Quartet was formed in …

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Cooking corner

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Kumara salad


  1. kumara, medium, washed, cut into large piece1

1 orange (zest and juice)

¼ cup yoghurt, unsweetene … Continue Reading



Chorus plans to start shutting down its copper phone and broadband network from September, 2021, The Commerce Commission report that use of the copper network has fallen sharply in the past six years, due mainly to businesses and consumers switching to new fibre services.

Once an area has fibre it doesn’t make economic sense to keep the copper in the ground. Running two parallel access networks is costly and inefficient. There’s no engineering reason to have copper running alongside fibre.

As the hyper fast and reliable fibre broadband reaches 87% of Kiwi homes and businesses, the time has come to start switching off small sections of the old network which we are no longer dependent on. … Continue Reading

Councillor comment

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Well here we are, half the year gone and just past the shortest day. True to form we are now getting the worst that the weather Gods can throw at us. Heavy rain high seas and gale force winds. While you go about your daily chores spare a thought for the rural community they still need to battle the elements feeding and caring for their animals, thank God that lambing and calving hasn’t started.

  After all the rain over the past two weeks our rural roading network has taken a hit with slips and washouts. We are fortunate that some years ago this council put in place a rural reserve fund to be able to undertake the necessary repairs from these weather events.  … Continue Reading

Did you know

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“COMMENT IS FREE but facts are sacred . The voice of opponents no less than that of friends has a right to be heard.” P Scott , first editor of the Guardian written 1821

‘ FACEBOOK IS such a drag. In my day seeing pictures of people’s vacations  was considered a punishment’. Betty White

MORE THAN twenty five thousand Seiko quartz watches , known for their acuracy and reasonable price come off the robotic assembly line at the Seiko plant in Morioka northern Japan every day. In the same factory a small team of skilled workers continue to produce by hand the traditional, and very expensive, Grand Seiko spring watches. 

‘PROGRESS IS impossible without change, and those who  cannot change their mnds cannot change anything’  George Bernard Shaw 

CARTERTON HAS the dubious honour of being named as having NZ’s highest annual residential rates ( $3,639) . Auckland comes in second with $3,599.  … Continue Reading


Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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Regional Council notes

“Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink”.  This well-known line from ‘The Rime …

Recycling collections

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News from First Church

Through winter cold, through bitter wind and biting frost the silent seeds of spring wll …

Maree’s musings

FROM OUT THERE … Space travel’s been in the news lately. Of course, it’s nothing …

Letters – Community Boards

Recently my husband and I took up the invite from the Mayor, June edition of …

Letters – Secretive decisions

2019 election Mayor Beijen stated: “I am standing for South Wairarapa Mayor to bring back …

How well do we know people in our community

Rex Mc Intosh  Click Suite, Magician and Technical Wizard Rex is one of the cofounders …

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