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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Wharekaka Auxiliary – working for the community

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Anne Parkinson and Lynne Abbott at the TK Market.

An outstanding feature of Wharekaka Aged Care Community, is how it is supported by the Wharekaka Auxiliary, a group of local women who raise funds and offer social support to residents. 

Money raised from the stall of beautifully presented goodies at Martinborough Community Market over Labour Weekend , (pictured) for instance, pays for extras that make residents lives more comfortable. More complex projects like The Wharekaka Cookbook and last year’s Martinborough House and Garden Tour have raised over $85,000 between them – all put to good use. 

But it’s not all about fundraising. Auxiliary Chair, Carolyn Thompson says sitting down to a cup of tea and a chat with Wharekaka residents is equally important. “The residents really appreciate seeing new faces, and you learn about their lives – some have had really big, interesting lives. I’ve found that I get as much out of that contact as they do.” … Continue Reading

Toy Libray

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Martinborough Toy Library ran a very successful bake sale at the rose and flower show on November 14th. We raised a whopping $200! Thank you to all the volunteers who were able to bake and donate their time to run the stall. Looking forward to some new toys being released in the new year with these great fundraising efforts.

Speaking of new year, we will be open on Saturday December 19th 2020 then closed for 3 weeks, opening on January 16th 2021.

Last month we thanked local business sponsors Kitcheners and Neighbourhood Cafe for donating the coffee machine and icecream counter. We got some good snaps of some of our members putting these toys to good use!

If you want to share any pictures of your little ones playing with any of our toys, please email to We try to keep our Facebook page up to date with fundraising events and new toys so make sure you’re following Martinborough Toy Library.

Please also get in touch if you or someone you know is able to volunteer with us – we are always in need of volunteers.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable break and we look forward to what 2021 brings. See you in the new year!

Thanks to our sponsors

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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 River Winery, Olea Oil, Guscott Family, Neighbourhood Coffee, Tom Wilson Motors and the Martinborough Rugby Club. Also thanks to South Wairarapa District Council for their support.

Thank you also to the numerous volunteers that assisted on the day, and of course to the nine teams that entered.

The winning team was the Wharfies Dreamers (Capital Masters One), who after 3 years of trying, finally won the 2020 edition, going unbeaten on 22 points. Second place went to Wairarapa United (19), and third place to Waikanae (16). It was an extremely competitive tournament with the 8th placed team (Martinborough) drawing 1-1 with the 2nd placed team!

Please consider entering a team in 2021.  Contact at:

Thanks again to all our generous supporters, it really is very much appreciated.

South Wairarapa Rotary News

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Sorting the food doantions at the Martinborough Foodbank.

“The sound of Fire Engine sirens broke out across the Wairarapa on Wednesday evening 11 November, signalling the annual Foodbank collection. Time to restock the shelves of those frontline agencies delivering much valued support to those in need. And in these troubled times of the pandemic that need is ever growing.

As is customary, Rotary worked in partnership with the Fire Service to gather up the street-side food donations in the local townships. The community response is always heartening and this year was no exception. The donations went straight to Foodbank depots where the real job of dispensing aid is done all year round. 

These operations are rapidly evolving as each adapts to the particular demands in their area but they do strive to keep some consistency and common standards. The aid parcel offered is much the same- basic food essentials, but personal care items too, and increasingly, more fresh food items. Recipients are usually referred to Foodbank by Government or local Community agencies. The Foodbank operators exercise their own discretion over how long that support should last. Invariably they are staffed by volunteers. … 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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