The 2021 Grape Harvest is Underway

Pickers are out in the vines. The nets covering some of the rows have been lifted. Tractors are roaming the roads carting the laden bins, and the wineries are in full production. The smell of yeast and ferment can be smelt from the top of Bidwill’s Cutting as you drop …

South Wairarapa Tramping Club  –   Waiorongomai River Track

With the weather forecast showing high temperatures for the weekend, we thought  a river trip would be a good choice, as at least our feet would be cooled down by frequent immersions as we walked across, upstream, and downstream in the water. 16 of us, including 4 potential new members, …

New Horizons for Skyline

The Skyline Challenge is back, bigger, brighter and better than ever before. “We’ve had a year off due to COVID-19 and we’ve upgraded the event to be a family fun day,” says Lions President Joe Howells. “We’ve still got the Challenge for the more serious mountain-bikers, runners and walkers but …

Waihinga Charitable Trust Winds Up

On the 8th December the Trustees of the Waihinga Charitable Trust resolved to wind up the Trust at the end of the financial year. The Waihinga Centre, Park and Playground are complete and the Trust has received and passed on all pledges and donated funds to the South Wairarapa District …

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Councillor Comment

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It has been a lovely warm February and I personally am looking forward to this continuing into March. Water restrictions are in place in Martinborough and residents can only used hand-held hoses or watering cans to water their gardens.  This is in addition to the all year-round watering on alternate days.  

` The higher restrictions are necessary to ensure there is enough water for everyone throughout the summer months.  These restrictions also apply to Featherston & Greytown.  Updates on the water restrictions and tips on how to conserve water can be found on the Council website … Continue Reading

Community Garden News 

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Pea straw, glorious pea straw!

So wonderful to be able to use this mighty mulch again.

Many, many thanks to the generous soul(s) who dropped off 10 bales of this wonderous delicacy at the Community Garden. May you be well rewarded for your generosity! Thanks also to our regular “horse pooh” donors, who quietly drop off bags of this powerful elixir, that brings joy to brassicas, which have just been planted. … Continue Reading

Did you know 

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NEW ZEALAND HOLDS the dubious honour of registering the second greatest income in net emissions since 1990, beaten for first place by Turkey. In the same period  the UK has reduced there’s by 40% and even Australia reduced theirs by 12%.  

“A MAN IS A success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night , and in between does what he wants to do”. –Bob Dylan 

THE PRODUCTION of the Lear Jet will finish this year. The first of the famous private jet aircraft, based on a Swiss fighter plane and designed to carry eight people in luxury, was completed in 1963. Since then 3,000 of the planes , have been produced by the Canadian  Bombardier Aircraft company.   … Continue Reading

Book Club

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We were going to meet in Feb but social distancing during  lockdown looked to be an obstacle so it was decided to postpone it until March 18th  Exciting news, we have some new people who are interested in being part of this group.

Our book club has no set books, anyone can bring any book and share the insights, facts, or simple  pleasure they have found in a good book.  It is also okay to bring one that has been disliked or disappointing. … 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, …

Regular Features

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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