First Church’s Monster Bookfair

The First Church’s annual book sale certainly deserved its title,  Monster Bookfair.   Maybe it was the COVID effect or perhaps it was the decluttering craze earlier in the year, but donations of books were way above normal both in quantity and quality.   As a result sales also broke …

Green Jersey looking towards site development

The proprietors of the Green Jersey Explorer Tours Limited are Joe and Pam Howells, Lucia Zanmonti, Stuart Edwards with Stuart’s parents Allan and Myra Edwards as investors in the property. They are now looking at the options to develop the old Council Yards site of 0.34 Hectare (0.84 acre) on …

 A Quiet Restoration of Veterans’ Graves at Martinborough Public Cemetery 

Over the past year, a quiet change has been happening at Martinborough Public Cemetery.  Volunteers of the New Zealand Remembrance Army, with support and guidance from the South Wairarapa District Council, have been restoring the graves of New Zealanders who served their country during times of military conflict. Now, the …

Toast to generate needed boost

Toast Martinborough is set to kick start a summer season that looks promising for the South Wairarapa economy. With over 75% of tickets sold already in just 2 weeks, Toast 2020 looks set to break records. The flow-on economic impact benefits the entire region.  Airbnb’s and rental cottages have been …

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More Medals for Martinborough

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A few years back Amanda and Lindsey Goodman bought two goats to provide milk for their children, who were lactose-intolerant.   Now that’s grown to a herd of 250 on their farm south of Martinborough, where they produce Drunken Nanny milk and cheese.  If you are a fan you won’t be surprised to hear they’ve just won five medals at the 2020 New Zealand Specialist Cheese Association Awards.  They also won the Supreme Champion’s Award in the Boutique Cheese Producers section.

  Amanda says, “In the past these awards were dominated by Fonterra but new categories that recognise different style and size of operation have made it easier for producers like us whose goats live and are milked on the property and where the cheese is made in-house.  It is great to see goat cheeses are winning more and more prizes these days.”  … Continue Reading

News from First Church

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Zooming through the Lock-down!   

From the time of the Corona Virus lock-down at level 4 at the end of March, all church services at the church were cancelled but First Church Martinborough was able to join up with members of Masterton XplorationNZ creating services together using the Zoom online link. 

Many enjoyed this novel experience and appreciated the efforts of our Ministers and team which helped them feel connected during the 10 week lock-down, and enabled us to celebrate Easter and Anzac Day in particular with thoughtful words and music.  … Continue Reading

Maree’s musings

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 Some time ago, which feels like in a former life now, my musings were focussed on how we all like to collect things together in groups. We have an innate desire to organise stuff and create collective names for the various conglomerations we have amassed.  Well, this went viral during the  long lockdown of days (there you go) with a resulting invention of a whole new language. Well, not quite, but it did create a gamut of unfamiliar terms becoming the words on everybody’s lips. Providing you could find someone to talk to, that is.

For starters, bubbles used to be blown up and burst; instead they were keeping us confined. Talking of clusters became the height of fashion. In past times, a flattening of curves involved going on a diet, instead it became about a crunching of numbers so our Ash, who became NZ’s current choice of poster boys, could organise the tracing of graphs; which also required a tracing of contacts and one’s journeys into the world beyond the bubble. The average mortal’s knowledge of algebra went exponential at the same time, it seems. The division of time, which was once B.C. and A.D., became B.C. followed by A.C. After Co-vid, that is. Bring it on!  … Continue Reading


July 6, 2020 July 2020 Comments Off on Relativity


Though good’s now a relative construct

And bad’s much too hard to enforce,

Unchanged is the meaning of Ethics.*

*A county in England, of course.


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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