Wairarapa Business Award for Under the Stars

For “Under the Stars” astro-tourism guide Becky Bateman it was a shock to win the Wairarapa “Emerging Business” award in mid-October for her fledgling star-gazing venture. Running the only “nomadic” star-gazing/guiding business in Wairarapa is literally that: running from location to location to help people understand and interpret the wondrous …

New Council sworn in 

It’s official, we have a new Mayor, Alex Beijen. The Mayor, Councillors and Community Board Members were sworn in at a ceremony on 30 October at the Waihinga Centre. There is no change to the Councillors elected from the Martinborough Ward – Pip Maynard, Pam Colenso and Brian Jephson (Jeppy) held …

Meet your Mayor

Alex grew up in Christchurch, the youngest of five children. His father, a pilot, died in a helicopter crash when Alex was only two. Bringing up the family of five was difficult for his Mum, “ I know the ups and downs of a childhood under these circumstances” he comments. …

Sun Shines on Jazz Festival

The sun shone brightly to compliment the brilliant atmosphere around Martinborough during the 9th edition of New Zealand’s coolest little jazz festival, Jazz in Martinborough last weekend. “It just shows that a warm, sunny weekend adds mightily to the enjoyment of festival goers,” says festival producer Ted Preston. “Somehow the …

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Junior Rugby

October 14, 2019 October 2019, Sports Comments Off on 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 that received awards and this years Prizegiving and to all our JAB players that have represented Wairarapa Bush this season.

Thank you to all our sponsors this season that helped with getting our U11 down south, all food that was donated for the trail ride and all the continuous support through out the season.

Huge thank you to all our coaches and managers this season, MRFC is a great family to be apart of and nothing goes unnoticed.

The 2020 season is just around the corner with some amazing opportunities in the pipeline, keep an eye for what’s in store. If anyone is wanting to sponsor or support the 2020 JAB Season please contact Kaitlin on 02102489647

Note: Working Bee Sunday 27th October

South Wairarapa Neighbourhood Support

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Each month Neighbourhood Support New Zealand launches a national campaign where we focus on a theme or topic relevant to the time of year or which ties in with another extensive campaign in the community. The idea behind this is that by having one common mission, our members and supporters can come together at a national-level and focus on a single cause, allowing us to maximise our impact. 

How members and supporters take part is completely up to the individual or group! You may want to simply share our posts on Facebook or organise an event / project that ties in with the theme. These campaigns are not meant to replace the work our organisations already perform, but rather provide another opportunity to raise awareness for important issues and show others what Neighbourhood Support is all about. 

Prepared For Anything – October 1st to 31st 

Here at Neighbourhood Support we know first hand that communities that stay connected and prepared fare better in emergencies than those without a plan. 

For the month of October, we want to see how you tackle emergency preparedness. From getting first aid training to putting together a grab n’ go bag with survival essentials, a little bit of planning goes a long way to make sure you can get through any situation.  … Continue Reading

Rotary Club of South Wairarapa

October 14, 2019 October 2019 Comments Off on Rotary Club of South Wairarapa

A highlight of August for the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa is picking daffodils to be sold on Daffodil Day. Alastair and Jacqui Sutherland of Whangaiomoana have a large field of daffodils which they donate to this worthy cause. Rotarians friends and family all join in to pick the flowers, and this year we had a gloriously fine day and picked them in record time. Afterwards we had the opportunity to chat over morning tea.

Earlier in the month we had a combined meeting with the Lions Club of Martinborough to hear Harry Wilson, the new CEO of the South Wairarapa District Council. We had a good attendance as people were very interested to meet him and hear what he had to say.

He started by saying that councils are about people and need to be part of the community. He acknowledged that there is a lot of work to do in this area. He then spoke about his varied career, starting with obtaining a certificate in shearing and becoming a shearer and shepherd. He would have liked to be a farmer but there were no openings available that that time … Continue Reading

News from Wharekaka

October 14, 2019 October 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on News from Wharekaka

Thelma, celebrating her recent birthday.

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart and operating at full capacity with waiting lists for rooms, but that fees for services (set nationally) are falling further and further behind costs.   This resulted in an operating loss of $134,000 in the last financial year, with the position unlikely to improve in 2019/20. The Board is looking to manage this shortfall by:

  • Building 2 new villas – one of which is still available
  • Setting up an Endowment Fund to enable Wharekaka to continue in perpetuity
  • Applying for funding from charitable trusts
  • Developing a bequests programme

If anyone would like further information on any of the above initiatives, please contact Joy Cooper joycooper1948@gmail.com or Helen Meehan helen.meehan@xtra.co.nz.

All the staff were thanked for their love and care for residents and the many occasions on which they cheerfully ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure the residents’ well-being, including their willingness to work extra duties when full staff cover cannot be found, due to illness, accidents, or other issues.  … 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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Under The Martinborough Stars

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