What does a Martinborough olive grove have in common with Ferrari, Chanel, Tiffani & Co., Audemars Piguet, S. T. Dupont, The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and some of the best products and services in the world?  They are all winners of the prestigious, annual Luxury Lifestyle Awards, based in New York.  The …

More Medals for Martinborough

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 …


Dates: 4 July 2020 – 30 August 2020 Artists: Glen Butler, Sharisse Eberlein, Mark Gee, Rebecca Kempton, Pete Monk and John Whitby Wairarapa is on the verge of becoming a Dark Sky Reserve, a region dedicated to preserving the pristine night sky. Darkness is vital for human wellbeing, creatures’ life cycles, navigation …

Door to door from Wharekaka 

At the heart of the Meals on Wheels service in South Wairarapa is a busy kitchen at Martinborough’s Wharekaka Aged Care Community. Five days a week, chef Don and assistant chef Maddie will not only prepare the main meal of the day for Wharekaka residents, but also for clients in …

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First railway, first fatality

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The opening of the first intercity railway between Liverpool and Manchester in 1830 also recorded the first railway death. The former President of the Board of Trade William Huskisson was carelessly standing on the tracks chatting to the Duke of Wellington when Stephenson’s Rocket came hurtling along turning the world’s first trainspotter into the world’s first railway casualty.

Despite this slight PR setback railway mania soon gripped the country and by 1843 there were two thousand miles of track linking industrial centres. 

Speed and effectiveness

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Firstly, the speed and effectiveness with which P&K managed the transition to lockdown while protecting the health of staff and customers was impressive, even in the frantic few days when everyone wanted flour and toilet paper.  The store was well-organised for maintaining distance, well-stocked under the circumstances,  and the staff were pleasant and helpful at a difficult time.

The online ordering and pick-up service was efficient. It met customers’ needs for both groceries and social distance, was quickly established and worked well in practice. The additional benefit was some distant chatting and banter in the carpark.

Secondly, a more personal acknowledgement.  After little use, my car battery died while in the P&K carpark. Store Manager Aryn McKissock leapt to the rescue, bringing his own car round and attaching jumper leads to re-energise the car.  What he didn’t know was that I have a foot injury, so could not walk to the garage to borrow their jumper leads, which was my plan. His help only took a few minutes but it was massive to me, and I’m glad to have this public opportunity to acknowledge Aryn.


From the library

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“Where are we going, Pooh?” “Home, Piglet. We’re going home because that’s the best thing to do right now.” (A. A. Milne). Sage Level 4 advice from Winnie the Pooh.

Staff were working away during Level 3: Sylvia was doing extensive planning for our upcoming events and programmes, and Ali was updating the non-fiction collection – removing some older books to make room for the new ones.  These books are available for sale, so if you’re after something in particular, we can look to see what’s available.

Level 2 saw the re-opening of the Library and we were delighted to welcome our community back through the doors.  We’re doing contact tracing at the front door, so bear with us.

If you are still a little hesitant to venture out, our Libby app is chockful of ebooks and audiobooks that you can listen to at home.  Look for the Libby app on App Store/Play Store, search for “Wairarapa Library Service”, enter your Library card number and your PIN and you’re away.  If you’re not sure of your PIN, give the staff a ring and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Speaking of online – “like” our Facebook page and we’ll keep you up-to-date with all our shenanigans. … Continue Reading

From the mayor

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Congratulations on the Star being up and running again!

Another sign that things are getting back to normal, albeit a ‘new normal’.  It has been very busy, despite the lockdown, and I would like to thank your three Martinborough Councillors Maynard, Colenso and Jephson for their support. There has been a lot of work by many people in our community to ensure vulnerable people were being looked after, and information was getting out to everyone.

Deserving praise is Reid and Reid, which donated 20 litres of hand sanitiser when our medical centres were struggling – fantastic stuff that smelled of gin. Our thanks!

Now we are moving into the recovery phase, there will be a number of initiatives being implemented over the next few months. … 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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Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

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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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