One of New Zealand’s best to design and coach in Wairarapa

The name Blyth Tait is synonymous with eventing – the elite equestrian sport spanning three very different phases of riding, comprising dressage, showjumping and cross country. An Olympian many times over and with multiple World Games under his belt, Tait is known across the globe as a force to be …

High speed country internet

A curse of modern country living has been slow and intermittent Internet access.  The advantages of the online world have been largely denied to many in the rural sector. That’s where Stuart Campbell, who came to Martinborough in 1999, saw the opportunity to apply his network engineering skills to create …

Nga Waka pops up on election day

Nga Waka has always been a winery of firsts. It is one of the first two wineries on the drive into Martinborough village and was one of the first six wineries in the region in 1988, but this year it clocks up a slightly unusual first by opening a pop …

Fundraising for Wharekaka off to a great start

Almost $12,000 has already been raised  for Wharekaka Aged Care Community through The Oak Tree Community – a fundraising initiative launched just last month. Set up by the Wharekaka Board with David Kershaw as Patron, The Oak Tree Community allows you to donate a set amount per month or annually. …

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Alan Clayton – Luthier 

September 12, 2020 September 2020 Comments Off on Alan Clayton – Luthier 

As part of its music education outreach programme, the Martinborough Music Festival (MMF) team decided to include a session for adults. Nick Arnold, who organises the annual winter Medici Lectures, allocated MMF a slot. Marion Townend arranged for Carpenter, Chairmaker, Carver, Wood Turner and now Luthier, Alan Clayton, to be the speaker. … Continue Reading

Can you Help?

September 12, 2020 September 2020 Comments Off on Can you Help?

Our valued reporter Chris will be available only intermittently over the next few months and we are looking for somebody to cover during this period. This is an interesting role as part of the Star team in covering an event or talking to interesting people. It is definitely not onerous usually producing two or three items a month. 

If you may be interested and would like more information please contact me at 3089 978 or email; 

Love to hear from you, Mike

Community Garden News

September 12, 2020 September 2020 Comments Off on Community Garden News

Good to see that Spring is in the air.

After a fairly bleak winter, we have just about filled all our planters with spring crops…. lettuce, kale, cavelo nero, onions and spring cabbage. The peas and broad beans planted directly as seeds are now well established and ready to be staked to keep them safe through the winds that will, no doubt come next month. … Continue Reading

Community well served by Tennis Club

September 12, 2020 September 2020 Comments Off on Community well served by Tennis Club

The Martinborough Lawn Tennis Club is a well-established and much-loved hub for our local community and visitors.  

With six grass and two all-weather floodlit astroturf courts on the Oxford/Regent Street corner, the club offers many levels of organised tennis through the summer. There are two nights a week of business house, plus junior and senior interclub and midweek tennis, and Club Captain and coach Marco de Groot runs weekly active tennis and junior coaching sessions.  … 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 …

Regular Features


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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