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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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Cooking corner.

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Tomatoes, potato and salmon salad. 


500gr small potatoes

300gr small green beans  

½ cup peas 

500gr tomatoes

1 small  head of lettuce … Continue Reading

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Kia ora tatou, and another scorching month has gone by!

It was great to see that the free swimming in the local pools has proven very popular in all 3 towns once again, with the Martinborough pool shades looking great and providing much needed shade.

February saw our first full Council meeting for 2020, with water being a large part of the conversation. Drinking water and wastewater continue to be huge issues, not just for the South Wairarapa, but for every Council around New Zealand. … Continue Reading

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THE PEA BAN IS LIFTED, freshly picked  garden peas will be back on the menu!

BACK IN AUGUST 2018 the Auckland cycle and pedestrian bridge known as SkyPath was costed at $67 million for the three km cycleway. In January 2020 the estimated cost was $360 million. An increase  of 440% in 18 months? A cycleway (even one over a harbour) cost $120 million per km?

THE ELECTION DATE, September 19th, is also the anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight. The French Montigolifier  brother’s  wool and damp straw fueled balloon rose carrying a rooster, duck and lamb as passengers.

‘THE GREATEST threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will fix it’

 explorer Robert Swan  

NZ STATISTICS population records clock a birth every nine minutes, a death every fourteen minutes and a net migration gain every twelve minutes.  … Continue Reading

Does Exercise Improve Memory?

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Haven’t we all been there?

We know exercise is good for us – the trouble is, it means stopping what you are doing, getting out of that comfy chair and putting one foot in front of the other!

And we all know of some fitness freak who died at a frighteningly early age. Look where exercise got him! … 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 …

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‘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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