Tonganui Corridores

An impressive project Imagine this. You’re walking through the forest in the lower Ruamāhanga valley, somewhere near Wairarapa Moana. It’s 1821. Your ears are tuned to the calls of kōkako, kākāriki, kererū and whio. Kākā, kiwi, kārearea, and tīeke thrive here too.. The water in the river is teeming with …

There is life in the old dog yet

If you go down to the vets today, you are sure of a big surprise.  For every dog that ever there was will gather there for certain because, amongst other things, it’s a great place to work! The rehoming team at Retired Working Dogs (RWD) often get asked how well …

Red Cross News

Good & Ready The Good & Ready event held at the Waihinga Centre on 7 November was a huge success.  , Along with the team from the Red Cross Masterton Service Centre, our local Martinborough Red Cross Group, the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and Neighbourhood Support, the Good …

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Library Book Club

November 6, 2020 November 2020 Comments Off on Library Book Club

Winifred Bull

Isn’t it always the way?

Someone new wants to join and that is the day when all the other members have a perfectly good reason for not coming, like work , or sickness, or previous appointments. But it was good just to sit and chat and find we both came from South Canterbury and attended the same secondary school in Timaru.

So the books this month are; Judith Collins “Pull No Punches” and as Winifred said this book brought out the human side of our leader of the opposition. It showed a much different persona to the one we saw on the hustings. From a Waikato childhood as the youngest in the family, to  her becoming a stalwart of the National Party because its principles of economic and personal freedom resonated with Judith. An interesting book. … Continue Reading

Know your town – Early settlers

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Thomas Owen Haycock JP 

 Tommy Haycock was born  in New Zealand in 1872 . In early years he worked on farms. He married Elizabeth Bicknell in 1894 at that time he was working for the Wairarapa Farmers Co-op Association (now the bottling plant building).  

He then went farming at Pirinoa and in 1896 in partnership with George Pain ran the Pirinoa Store. From  1896 to 1899 the business was known as Pain and Haycock and from 1899 to 1906  as Pain, Haycock and Kershaw. In 1904 he was instrumental in getting a telephone line from the Martinborough Store to the Pirinoa Store so Lower Valley had telephone before Martinborough ( Martinborough exchange opened in 1905).  … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

November 6, 2020 November 2020, Regular Features Comments Off on From the Mayor

Regardless of Toast Martinborough being cancelled, I am certain we will attract many ticket holders to our picturesque village. The keeping it local theme is still very much alive, cellar doors will remain open and the village offerings and charm will make for a fantastic weekend away.

While on the topic of events, during Labour weekend the Martinborough Community Market was held at the Waihinga Centre, attracting many from around the district. The purpose was to raise funds for the Martinborough Community Garden and Larder. It is so wonderful to see community events like this on offer to locals and visitors to and see a fantastic facility put to good use! … Continue Reading


November 6, 2020 November 2020 Comments Off on FREE/KOHA COMMUNITY MUSIC CO-CREATION WĀNANGA

November 18th, 6.30 pm at Waihinga Centre, Martinborough

Creative Communities NZ invite you to discover the magic of music in a unique way—not just as an audience member, not just as a performer, but as a co-creator! We have hundreds of music-therapy instruments designed so that you can’t make mistakes. 

This is an opportunity for all of us to experience the power of being in tune with others and the calming beauty of harmonies. Being in a safe and supportive atmosphere can encourage us to let go of our inhibitions, relax, play, express, have fun and communicate through sound. Not to be the best, but to be real. … 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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