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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South Wairarapa Neighbourhood Support 

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Each month Neighbourhood Support New Zealand launches a national campaign where we focus on a theme or topic relevant to the time of year or which ties in with another extensive campaign in the community. The idea behind this is that by having one common mission, our members and supporters can come together at a national-level and focus on a single cause, allowing us to maximise our impact. 

How members and supporters take part is completely up to the individual or group! You may want to simply share our posts on Facebook or organise an event / project that ties in with the theme. These campaigns are not meant to replace the work our organisations already perform, but rather provide another opportunity to raise awareness for important issues and show others what Neighbourhood Support is all about.  … Continue Reading


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It may not be rugby season but there is still a lot happening.  Firstly congratulations to Tim Priest and Tristan Flutey who have been selected for the NZ Heartland XV and will be travelling to Fiji.

THE PUKEMANU BULLRIDE – returns on Saturday 16 November with the earlier start time of 5pm, finishing at 8pm.  Gates open at 3.30pm, tickets are $15 per Adult & $5 per child under 12.  Bar and food available – NO BYO.  This is our 6th Bull Ride and your chance to check out some of the best Open Bull Riders in New Zealand.  There will also be some brave locals trying their luck on novice bulls. Its not too late to jump on as a sponsor – contact James Bruce 0272772962 for more information.

SOCIAL TOUCH – returns Friday 15 November.  $30 per team, max 12 per team (6 on the field).  Teams must have 3 people on the filed at all times that are either female, aged under 13, or aged 45+.  Contact Rachael to enter your team … Continue Reading

Star Field” opens up the Universe

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Star Field astronomy centre and observatory complex _ the first major new dark sky viewing facility built near Martinborough _ has opened for night sky business.

Star Field Martinborough founder John Whitby said his aim is to share the local dark sky experience “with the public, other astronomers and budding astronomers.”

“I want to promote astronomy _ and this location (at Ruakokoputuna, 10 minutes from Martinborough Square) was chosen for its great dark skies and its proximity to urban centres,” he told The Martinborough Star.

The complex includes a roll-off roof dome with three Dobsonian computer-controlled telescopes for public viewing, and two separate domes for deep sky viewing, one of which has high-value imaging equipment to capture images of the deep sky in colour. The other is to capture live video images.

“I intend to broadcast those video images (of the Martinborough sky) world-wide through various channel providers (like,” he said. … Continue Reading

Hear of the dog

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Dogs can discern their names in a crowd better  than a young child , according to researchers in the  University of Maryland. Canines can also hear their name when spoken by  an unfamiliar person. 

Service and working dogs  responded better to the caller’s voice in the study, probably due to the fact that they were not given nick names  as well.


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 …

Did you know

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

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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