Tonganui Corridores

An impressive project Imagine this. You’re walking through the forest in the lower Ruamāhanga valley, somewhere near Wairarapa Moana. It’s 1821. Your ears are tuned to the calls of kōkako, kākāriki, kererū and whio. Kākā, kiwi, kārearea, and tīeke thrive here too.. The water in the river is teeming with …

There is life in the old dog yet

If you go down to the vets today, you are sure of a big surprise.  For every dog that ever there was will gather there for certain because, amongst other things, it’s a great place to work! The rehoming team at Retired Working Dogs (RWD) often get asked how well …

Red Cross News

Good & Ready The Good & Ready event held at the Waihinga Centre on 7 November was a huge success.  , Along with the team from the Red Cross Masterton Service Centre, our local Martinborough Red Cross Group, the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and Neighbourhood Support, the Good …

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Martinborough Community Choir Update

November 6, 2020 November 2020 Comments Off on Martinborough Community Choir Update

This has been a very patchy year so far for our choir, as we decided early on that we would ONLY feel comfortable meeting at Covid Alert Level 1. Especially after reading guidelines from the New Zealand Choral Federation for choirs wishing to keep rehearsing during Alert Level 2:

“2 metres between singers, both side to side and front to back. The conductor should stand as far back from the choir as practicable. Don’t sing in a circle formation – all the singers should face forward.”

We realised that this would be be completely unworkable, and it would be much safer to just take a break, and sing in the shower – separately. … Continue Reading

Maree’s musings

November 6, 2020 November 2020, Regular Features Comments Off on Maree’s musings


  At last, with isolation a distant memory here in NZ, we’re back to some semblance of normality. It’s a delight again when we’re out and about to be greeting passers-by, not holding one’s breath for fear of catching something, and great to stop for a chat about stuff.

The weather will always be a starter. It’s been a seemingly endless winter, with Co-vid and so on; but things are looking up. A ferocious southerly morning is considered merely  ‘a bit nippy’ when the truth is more like brutal. Bloody freezing, in fact. The weather guys may politely blame the wind-chill factor, possibly one of the nastiest phrases invented. At the other extreme, when the sun is smiling the temperatures into submission, it’s ‘not a bad day’. Later on, approaching heat-stroke territory, ‘rather warm’. You don’t say! … Continue Reading

Lot Eight wins large in the Paris 2020 OLIO NUOVO Awards

November 6, 2020 November 2020 Comments Off on Lot Eight wins large in the Paris 2020 OLIO NUOVO Awards

Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil Oceania – Lot Eight Oil Makers Blend

2nd Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Oceania – Lot Eight Reserve Blend

Best Design in Oceania – Lot Eight

In its 18 years of producing oils, this is Lot Eight’s first entry in a judging based on sensory analysis of olio nuovo, and in judging of our packaging. We are delighted with the results. To qualify as an olio nuovo, the oil must be less than a month old at the time of analysis.  … Continue Reading

Library News

November 6, 2020 November 2020, Regular Features Comments Off on Library News

My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles.  They both move people forward without wasting anything.” – Peter Golkin.

Daylight Savings is here, so get on your bike and head to your library!

November is Dinovember at the Library – we have something dinosaur-y every day during November: all of our Little Bookworms sessions will be dinosaur-themed, we’ve got a scavenger hunt, adopt-a-dinosaur, and all of this will culminate in a T-Rex party at the end of the month.  To find out what we’re doing, either follow Martinborough Library on Facebook, or pop in and see us – it’s going to be roarsome! … 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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From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

Catering for a vegetarian this Christmas? Here’s the Vegan Society’s Nut Roast recipe Ingredients  1 …

Councillor comment

Here we are the last Star for the year and what a year it has …

Did you know

I’M DREAMING of a white Christmas. But if the white runs out I’ll drink the …

Recyling calendar

December Wednesday 2nd glass Wednesday 9th wheelie bin Wednesday 16th glass Saturday 26th wheelie bin …

Regional Council notes

Time to start thinking Older residents in our region may well remember the massive flooding …

News from First Church

May these be the gifts your Christmas brings – Peace, Gladness, Good Health   and …

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