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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Directions in Jazz in Martinborough 2021

July 12, 2021 July 2021 Comments Off on Directions in Jazz in Martinborough 2021

The opening night concert for the 10th festival of Jazz in Martinborough will feature one of New Zealand’s finest jazz pianists, Duncan Haynes and a stellar line-up of top-class kiwi jazz talent. 

The group will perform ‘Directions in Jazz: The Vocalese Session’, in the Martinborough Town Hall on Friday, September 4 2021.  … Continue Reading


July 12, 2021 July 2021, Regular Features Comments Off on FIRE BRIGADE REPORT 

Well what a big month for the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade ! We finally got to celebrate and pay tribute to, albeit 2 years late (thanks Covid), our Fire Chief Jake Hawkins  for his 25 years of contribution to the Brigade and the wider Martinborough Community with the presentation of his Gold Star. There have been less than 10,000 of these prestigious awards since the first one in 1891. 

A wonderful night of presentations and celebrations was held at the Town Hall where tribute was paid to Jake, and we also acknowledged and paid tribute the invaluable contribution of Jake’s wife Kirsty. … Continue Reading

Free Technology Support for Martinborough Seniors

July 12, 2021 July 2021 Comments Off on Free Technology Support for Martinborough Seniors

Are you keen to learn a new skill on your phone, tablet, or computer? And while you’re at it, do you fancy having a laugh and a good chinwag? We have helped seniors with a range of problems from sending and receiving text messages, storing and backing up precious photos, to setting up social media accounts such as WhatsApp and Facebook to help keep them connected. We’ve also helped many with their Netflix accounts and those pesky password problems. … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

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Winter has hit with a vengeance, and has caused all sorts of problems – mainly in roading. We coped remarkably well – I had 17 media calls about looming flooding disasters, and they seemed disappointed there were no stories to report on. 

Cape Palliser Road was closed due to a culvert washout, and we are looking to enlarge the pipe size for future events. Hinekura Road is closed due to the slow slip, something we are working to resolve with urgency. We are expecting further storm damage as fronts sweep the country. … 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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2019 election Mayor Beijen stated: “I am standing for South Wairarapa Mayor to bring back …

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