Every year, renowned New Zealand winewriter Michael Cooper brings out his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and this year’s edition has a very special meaning for one boutique Martinborough vineyard. On the same day that they were advised they had won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at …

Technicolour fun

If you are a kid it’s not often that adults tell you to mess up your clothes.   Perhaps that’s why the Colour Run at Considine park last month was such a hit.  You started with a clean white t-shirt and ended up with your own unique rainbow coloured top. …

Looking after the Kororā

People love penguins.  They’re amused by their waddling walk and their smart little “jackets”.  But life is getting hard for these birds.  The Kororā  (or Little Penguin) is the smallest in the world and found all around the coastline of New Zealand.   Although fishing vessels report seeing them at …

Martinborough Community Choir.

The choir is looking forward to our last concert for the year, before we take an extended break over the holiday season. In our December concerts we’ve traditionally performed a wide variety of songs we’ve enjoyed singing throughout the year and we’ve featured small groups – in recent years from …

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Know your town

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Buckeridge’s Martinborough Hotel

Newspaper item from NZ Mail May 20th 1882: ‘C Chatfield, Architect, shows plans for a new Hotel Martinborough. Two frontages 55X86 feet balcony all around building, to be 2 storey. It will catch traffic on both streets. Interior; dinning room &commercial rooms, separated by Folding Doors, this to provide greater  when needed, 40 feet in length when opened, also Large Billiard Saloon. Upstairs 22 Bed Rooms plus 3 sitting rooms. Also on plan 3 parlours, Bar and  Tap Room. Building of wood and iron roof. When completed will be one of the most comfortable in the Wairarapa’. 

Construction commenced at the end of May. There are no reports on the construction however there was one in August of that year  on the construction of the billiard table by Mr John Ruck ‘from scratch an unaided. He turned the legs and fitted all the wood work, only portions not his the Rubbers and Cloth’. 

An advertisement from that time for a barmaid:  ‘A piece of Bar Furniture (Barmaid)’. A reply included three photos of the young lady in different dresses each suitable for a different duty, cleaning, serving etc. It was not recorded if the lady got the job. Under the employment law of the time it was illegal to employ females between the hours of 6 pm and 9 am or for more than 8 hours a day. Fine fifty pounds ( 2019 = $6,690).

Mr Buckeridge advertised his new hotel in the Wairarapa Standard thus: … Continue Reading


November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Letters

I am writing to acknowledge the wonderful martinborough Music Festival held recently.

I am a newcomer to town, and was fortunate to be able to get tickets for two of the concerts. I was delighted by the quality of the performers, the programes and the setting.

I have had the good fortune to experience beautiful music in many venues around the world, and was blown away by being able to get as equal an experience in what is now my home town.

A big thank you to the amazing people who made this all happen.

I have scheduled next years festival in my diary already.


Maree’s musings

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  Reading this month’s musings title, I’m sure my readers will wonder what I’m getting at, or possibly concerned that I can’t remember what I’m saying. Surely she means ‘… the Roses’? Well, I’ll get to that later. Meanwhile, I was treated to a fascinating talk recently about rescue dogs, and discovered how important their sense of smell is to detect live victims of earthquakes. This requires the combination of super sensitive smell detectors – noses, that is – and lots of training.

Us mere mortals have noses and a sense of smell too. We probably don’t rely on it as much as we could, although you might be surprised. Here’s a useful fact you can bring up in conversation: our noses have about six million and 400 different types of smell receptors. Whe knew? Scientists have discovered that every armpit odour is unique and early humans chose companions and recognised family from them without even realising. Today, not so much. But we still rely on sniffing things out. Things that smell bad warn you of danger. Some folk can even detect illness with a sniff test. Who hasn’t ‘smelled a rat’ when trouble is lurking? And smoke – leads to ‘where there’s smoke .. etc.’  … Continue Reading

Martinborough Business Assn.

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The purpose of the Martinborough Business Association is to provide a platform to promote and support local business and growth development, to align and collaborate with Martinborough and other centres in the Wairarapa as well as tourist and visitor promotion organisations and advocate for the business community with our council and other service organisations.

We have completed a long standing project with the CCTV camera initiative, and are currently on the final stages of the website development. This will then mean we can step forward into new projects. 

Strong collaborations with the Dark Sky Association mean we have new exciting opportunities to market the region and Martinborough. … 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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Cooking corner – Potato rendang

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Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

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 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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