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Another great Fair

This year the Martinborough Fair celebrated its 44th consecutive year! The Fair has evolved from a modest 35 stalls and produce trucks to over 500 stalls from around New Zealand selling a wide range of quality items and attended by over 40,000 people over the two days. Food was popular …

Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

New Zealand’s first – and still surviving – amateur observatory, built by Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek in 1867, may be granted Category 1 Heritage status within the region’s proposed Dark Sky Reserve,  according to Heritage NZ. A 45-page report recommending the South Wairarapa’s Carkeek Observatory’s entry onto the New …

Lazy sneakers

By day Kate Throp’s in charge of Margrain’s tasting room but she’s also great lover of shoes.  Perhaps that’s why a TV1 story about Lazy Sneakers first caught her eye.   Lazy Sneakers was started in Wellington by 12 year old Maia Mariner who realised that not everyone at her …

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Book review

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Star Crossed

So often a book which is touted as funny is, to me anyway, more like pathetic, maybe I’m becoming curmudgeonly?  Happily Star Crossed is funny. First time author Minnie Darke (a pseudonym perhaps?) has produced a very amusing tale .

The story opens with main character Justine as a newspaper cadet, her first work is typing out submitted items such as the crossword, word competitions and monthly horoscope. She has a friend from school days who she worries about. While talented he is not good at making decisions and is drifting through life getting nowhere. 

Justine is aware that he sets a lot of store by the star signs and what they say and so is a close follower of the paper’s  monthly horoscope predictions. She sees an opportunity to re-write the Aquarius predictions, his star sign,  to nudge him in the right direction. … Continue Reading

Book Club

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As the catchphrase ‘ Words can make a difference’ used to highlight the writers in the NZ Festival of the Arts  in Wellington at present, the book  Catch and Kill surely is one where this truth is illustrated. So it  is timely to comment on Ronan Farrow’s book as Harvey Weinstein faces a lengthy jail term for his predatory attacks on women. The title explains the way a crime can be caught and the facts killed by unscrupulous men (Lawyers). It gives a good insight into how Old boy networks and other factors can repress justice. … Continue Reading

Come celebrate with us!

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Greytown Heritage Trust is celebrating its first 25 years with a Jubilee Garden Party & Art Auction at Cobblestones Museum on  Sunday 15 March. 

There will be fabulous paintings by Greytown and Hawkes Bay artists including: Anne Taylor, Gail Isaac, Gina Jones, Jan Eagle, Kay Paget, Linda Eagle, Nikki McIvor, and Sandra Wong for charity auction. 

The art will be on display prior to auction by Mike Perry of Wakefield Antiques.  Art catalogues are available at – click on Home page image

Tickets $25pp at Saunders Shoes and Hall Clothing, Main St Greytown (cash only). Also at Eventfinda, $28pp. Ticket price includes a sumptuous high tea! Cash and eftpos bar available throughout the event.

 Courtesy transport available to and from the event.  Please phone 027 438 3648 to arrange.  Enquiries

Community Garden News 

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We’ve survived and the garden is looking good!

This really is a time of thanks and gratitude, as at the hottest and most trying time for our crops we were faced with a total watering ban for a large part of the last month. We were not able to use the hose and water from our very generous neighbour at 49 Oxford Street…this being our only source of water.  … Continue Reading


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

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Cooking corner – Potato rendang

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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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