The annual Martinborough Rose & Flower Show is celebrating its 77th anniversary on Saturday 14th November, 2020.  A small committee have been working behind the scene in our current turbulent times to ensure the show goes ahead.  This is an opportunity to share your garden blooms with the locals and …

Under Martinborough Stars

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. On November 16th and 17th, Earth passes through a cloud of dust and debris left over from Comet 55P/ Tempel-Tuttle. This comet passes Earth every 33 years and …

“AWESOME” – Classical Music Appreciation Presentations

The Martinborough Music Festival (MMF) Outreach presentations were made to Martinborough School, Kuranui and Wairarapa Colleges on 19 October. Five string instrument students from the NZ School of Music – Lucas Baker, Hayden Nickel (violins), Lauren Jack (viola), Bethany Angus (cello) and William Taber (double bass) – presented the programme.  …

South Wairarapa Tramping Club – Ngahau trip

Fourteen keen trampers converged at a farmhouse along a road east of Pirinoa. We were all looking forward to a farm and bush walk in completely new territory. First we were led by Ann on what was a short but exciting steep down-and-up 4 wheel drive farm track – the …

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High speed country internet

October 15, 2020 October 2020 Comments Off on High speed country internet

A curse of modern country living has been slow and intermittent Internet access.  The advantages of the online world have been largely denied to many in the rural sector.

That’s where Stuart Campbell, who came to Martinborough in 1999, saw the opportunity to apply his network engineering skills to create a decent wireless Internet service.  Initially it focussed on farmers and lifestyle block owners.   

The company, run by Stuart and his wife Caroline, now have access towers set up at Tora, Ruakokapatuna and Homebush providing internet connections to farming families in the areas.   They import the equipment, provide the know-how and use local contractors for installation.  They also offer unlimited data plans so their customers can avoid those unpleasant overusage bills. … Continue Reading

Historical bike tour of the old town

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To help celebrate 150 years of Pakeha settlement at Waihenga (Martinborough), Green Jersey Explorer Tours is hosting a historical bike tour around the old town on the morning of Monday 26th October (Labour Day). 

Town Historian Mate Higginson, will take us on a historical excursion, starting from the Green Jersey Shed at 16 Kitchener Street at 10.30 am, visiting and discussing sites of significance over the next two hours, culminating with lunch at the Village Café about 1pm. … Continue Reading

Book review

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A simpler time.

Author Peter FitzSimonds  is remembered by older rugby fans as the fearsome Wallaby rugby forward. These days he is a Sydney Morning Herald  columnist and author of a number of books. His specialty is in taking an Australian historic event or person and explaining it, what happened, where, when and why. 

In A simpler time he describes the breaking in of the difficult land balloted to his father in the 1940s soldier repatriation scheme. Without any mechanical assistance native bush was cleared and an orange orchard gradually established. For the years until the tree matured existing the young family existed on a meagre income from harvesting wild passion fruit found growing on the block and tomato growing .  … Continue Reading

Aberystwyth Lymeryckth

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In response to a challenge to write a limerick that included the word Aberystwyth. (A Welsh town, pronounced ABBA-wrist-with.)

To sell a house in Aberystwyth

I strongly suggest that you list with

Llewellen & Bowen,

But not Barry Owen, … Continue Reading


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, …

Football Club’s season ends with a shield

Martinborough Football Clubs senior season concluded in style on 19th September with a 3-2 win against Douglas Villa in Masterton.  The team were delighted to have won theWairarapa Knockout Shield which is now proudly displayed at its Club rooms at Cool Change Bar & Eatery. Spokesperson Lucy Douglas said, “It’s been my …

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 …

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Under Martinborough Stars

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I …

South Wairarapa Rotary News

Di Banks, Leader of Learning Support and Vocational Pathways at Kuranui College spoke to Rotary …


At our September meeting the Guest Speaker, Sarah Wright from Digital Seniors, asked us why …

Regional Council notes

The recent election has delivered a very different political landscape for New Zealand.  With a …

November Recycling days

Wednesday 4th Wheelie Bin Wednesday  11th Glass Wednesday 18th wheelie bin Wednesday 18th Glass Wednesday …

News from First Church

Now Labour Weekend is behind us and summer days are ahead, here’s hoping we can …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole …

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