$10,000 goal well surpassed 

A great night was had by all at the P&K ‘Quiz for Life’ at the Village Cafe on the 23rd of February. The P&K team had set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for Relay for Life, with funds going to The Wairarapa Cancer Society. Over $4,000 had already been raised …

The three centenarians

At the last census there were 558 centenarians in New Zealand.   What is amazing that three of them live right here in Martinborough, at Wharekaka.   I decided to ask each to tell me the most exciting thing that had happened in their long lives. Gladys Stephen, the oldest …

Ventana three years on

It’s hard to believe it’s approaching the three year mark since Ventana opened its doors 7th of June 2016.  I’m proud to look back on several full years of sparking creativity and joy for our community as well as creating a platform for small artisan businesses local and abroad.  We’re …

“A lawn clipping sandwich please”

It was the early 60s and Noeline Thomas’s three children, Grant, Jackie and Brent were entering their teens.  She wondered what new interest she might take up now they were more independent.   Noel, in the way of husbands in those days, had his own views on this.   He …

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Martinborough Community Choir 2019

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The choir is now in its 7th year!

Our first practice for the year will be on Tuesday February 12, starting at 7.15pm and finishing at 9pm, in the First Church Hall, Weld St.

As usual we’ll be singing a wide variety of music, in four part harmony, both a cappella and accompanied.

We welcome any prospective new choir members, whether you have any previous experience of group singing or not, and whether you’re able to read music or not.

The choir is un-auditioned, all inclusive, and the only pre-requisite is an enjoyment of group singing!

If anyone would like more info please contact Vicki Jones: vicbjones@gmail.com 

Martinborough Golf Report 

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Happy new year to you all – hopefully everyone is enjoying/surviving this heatwave…sorry farmers….hooray for the grape growers, hopefully it will be a good vintage!!

The course is looking supreme and is playing better than ever.  Those of us lucky enough to play in this year’s Spark Pro-Am tournament were exceptionally grateful to the hard work of an army of volunteers that had a major clean up on their hands after the gale force winds that ripped through on the Wednesday.  I understand that the chainsaws and leaf blowers were in action by sunrise!  The day was a huge success and most enjoyable, with a fine banquet of food served after prizegiving!  The winning professionals Mark Purser, Luke Kwon and Ryan Chisnall tied on 65.

Men’s interclub is underway– Division 5 won 10-5 against Titahi Bay away and Division 11 won 9.5 to 5.5 against Boulcotts Farm – keep up the good work guys! … Continue Reading

Know your town 

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A look back in time

2019 will be the start to a number of milestones or celebration for Waihinga Martinborough. On the first of April 1919 Martinborough inaugurated  continuous service at the Martinborough telephone exchange with someone on duty all the time. Thus heading off both Featherston and Greytown which only had restricted daytime facilities.  

On the weekend of  July 19 th 1919 Martinborough  honoured her service personal with three days of events. Saturday was ‘soldier’s day’ with   with a parade of floats, a bonfire, dancing – night time dances must cease before midnight – football matches, a tug of war, and athletics. 

Sunday was thanksgiving day with church services and Monday was ‘children’s’ day’ with  sports.  … Continue Reading

Martinborough Music Festival 2019; 27 – 29 September

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Edward Allen presided over a meeting of the organising team for the Festival on 14 January. Yes, that does seem early however there is much to be done. The Team are particularly excited by the prospect of mounting the Festival in the refurbished Martinborough Town Hall. This new venue does present new challenges which are better sorted out sooner rather than later.

While there will be some who are disappointed the Festival is not returning to St Andrew’s Church Hall, the decision was also guided by the feedback survey to the 2018 Festival which indicated a preference for the Town Hall. The Town Hall has a reputation for a superior acoustic and has been compared favourably with the Wellington Town Hall, also said to have the best acoustic for a venue of this type in New Zealand.

Other respondents wrote that the Town Hall facilities would be an improvement too. The extra space will give the opportunity to walk around the foyer areas and through to the supper room rather than having to go outside to stretch your legs, particularly if the weather isn’t good. It negates the need to transfer to another venue for any related functions.  … Continue Reading