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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A Labyrinth opportunity

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On 10th and 11th April, First Church Martinborough is hosting an opportunity for people to walk an ancient archetypal symbol called a Labyrinth. 

Labyrinths combine the image of a circle with the image of a spiral. The single pathway leads to the centre and then back out again retracing the same path. It symbolises a journey to a predetermined destination, our journey through life; from birth, to spiritual awakening and to death.  … Continue Reading

Come September…Friday, 17 – Sunday, 19 Martinborough Music Festival.

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Come September was the title of a film made in the early 1960s. Composed by pop star, Bobby Darin, Come September was also the name of the film’s theme song. Orchestrated by Billy Vaughan, Come September became instantly recognisable and one of the enduring instrumental compositions of the day.  … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

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Easy Tomato sauce recipe


1.5kg tomatoes, cored and cut into wedges

2 red capsicums, deseeded and cut into eighths

1 large onion, cut into thin wedges … Continue Reading

News from First Church

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A Country Fair; 150 Year celebration; A Labyrinth; Easter

The First Church Country goodies stall had a very successful day in February, and we are looking forward to the second Fair Day on Saturday 6th March – wondering at the time of writing just what the weather will be like – but whatever the weather we will be there. Every year from the first Country fair in 1977 we enjoy being a part of these busy fairs, meeting and chatting to all who come by, and proud to sell our good home baking, garden produce and seasonal preserves. … 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, …

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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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