$10,000 goal well surpassed 

A great night was had by all at the P&K ‘Quiz for Life’ at the Village Cafe on the 23rd of February. The P&K team had set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for Relay for Life, with funds going to The Wairarapa Cancer Society. Over $4,000 had already been raised …

The three centenarians

At the last census there were 558 centenarians in New Zealand.   What is amazing that three of them live right here in Martinborough, at Wharekaka.   I decided to ask each to tell me the most exciting thing that had happened in their long lives. Gladys Stephen, the oldest …

Ventana three years on

It’s hard to believe it’s approaching the three year mark since Ventana opened its doors 7th of June 2016.  I’m proud to look back on several full years of sparking creativity and joy for our community as well as creating a platform for small artisan businesses local and abroad.  We’re …

“A lawn clipping sandwich please”

It was the early 60s and Noeline Thomas’s three children, Grant, Jackie and Brent were entering their teens.  She wondered what new interest she might take up now they were more independent.   Noel, in the way of husbands in those days, had his own views on this.   He …

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From the Mayor 

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Happy New Year Martinborough. So far January has brought some highs and lows but, every new year, brings new beginnings and new hope. 

Martinborough sadly farewelled one of its most well-known citizens, Garry Jackson, at a service attended by hundreds on the 25 January. Garry served as a volunteer for the Martinborough Fire Brigade for nearly 50 years, 25 of those as Martinborough Fire Chief. Garry will be remembered as a man who loved his community and spent all his life helping people in his community. Garry was the “go-to man”, always there to lend a hand, provide some firewood and put out fires. Martinborough has lost a stalwart, he will be missed by many. Thank you, Garry, for your dedication and commitment to your community,

The town has got off to a roaring start to the year, already playing host to its first big event– Cruise Martinborough. I so enjoyed seeing all the classic and American cars shining in the sunshine, a real credit to their owners. You couldn’t fail to marvel at the cars driving about the region, while the drivers enjoyed the great sights on offer. … Continue Reading


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The sudden and provocative decision  by the Parish Administration in Masterton to close St Anthony of Padua Catholic  Church in Martinborough late last year left us, the local  Catholic community, to review and sort out our immediate destiny including  our usual Christmas Eve Vigil Mass and Carols celebrations. 

Suggestions and offers of alternative venues from other local Church denominations were considered. However past numbers for this celebration of at least 170 plus and the need to retain our historical presence in Martinborough left us with the clear view we had to be on site for Christmas and beyond.…..even if this meant being outdoors alongside the church building and under the trees on the church property. 

In the event we were outside and the evening had a “biblical” feel about it.  (The Holy Family  were in temporary accommodation and amongst the cattle in the stable…..not to forget angels, wise men and shepherds). We had horses in the paddock along -side that were interested in the proceedings and didn’t smell or create health hazards!!!! … Continue Reading

News from First Church

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We give thanks for everything that changes and challenges us

For surprises and holidays, the unexpected meeting with a friend,

The chance to do something different

For new people and new ideas in our lives                                                     

The combined churches Advent service held in First Church at the beginning of December was a joyful and thoroughly enjoyable occasion. All the local churches and many friends joined us to celebrate Advent with contributions from each church and delightful music from the Martinborough String Quartet. It was such a success that there are plans to join together again at Easter at one of our other local churches – this will be an event to look out for! What can be better than a happy uplifting occasion for the whole community?         … Continue Reading

It’s Free

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Just a reminder that the swimming pools in all three towns are absolutely free to all. Hours are : 

Monday to Thursday 2pm until 5.30 pm

Friday 2pm until 7.30 pm

Saturday and Sunday 1 pm until 5.30 pm.