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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Martinborough Golf Round

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With October under our belt and summer-like temperatures tempting us out onto the golf course it’s well and truly time to dust off your trundler and enjoy/endure following a little white ball on a mystery journey!

At the beginning of October, the men’s 36 and 54-hole tournament was played; Saturday was a wash-out, but Sunday was a cracker of a day. 54-hole best gross: 1st Owen Lloyd, 2nd Troy Shaw, 3rd Cameron Elers. 36-hole best gross: 1st Thomas Spearman-Burn, 2nd Peter Spearman-Burn, 3rd Josh Kahui. Best Nett: 1st Dean Schaef, 2nd Mike Charteris, 3rd Robert Kahui.  Numerous nearest the pins and twos – thanks to sponsors Trust House for making the event a huge success.

The 9-holers have had a busy month; club champs results: A Div: Jaquee Reid; runner up Debbie Coom.  B Div: Tingay Davidson, runner Up, Mary Herrick. A Plate: Sue Dalton runner Up; Sandy Burgess. They also held their 9 Hole Open Day at the end of the month and had a field of 68 from 9 Clubs attending. The weather was kind and made for pleasant playing conditions, sadly none of the Martinborough contingent made the podium, however massive congratulations to Pat Wood who was national winner of the Sue Bunt Salver – Home Links Competition for this year.

Grumpies have been rained off and have had an away day out at Ngawi, but when they did get a game in winners have included Nick Allen and Rob McCreary. … Continue Reading

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren     

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For grandparents and whanau kin caregivers raising grandchildren please know , you are not alone as the GRG (Charitable) Trust NZ is there to help you be empowered and supported. GRG services are all available free of charge to these full-time carers  who become GRG members.

These family members take on the children’s full-time care  because of a sudden or unexpected family breakdown.  There may be substance abuse , physical or mental illness , the death or imprisonment of a parent and in these situations the children may have experienced trauma and/or neglect.

There can then be a significant change in lifestyle and future plans bringing stress, feelings of loss, grief , anger ,anxiety , financial worries and uncertainty for all  . It is then very important to seek help and support  quickly.

About GRG Trust NZ : helping out since 1999 New Zealand wide providing these services  … Continue Reading

Martinborough Music Festival Sold Out

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“Here was a festival of chamber music made in heaven” Lindis Taylor, Music Critic, Middle C.

The Musicians who gave so much pleasure; L-R: Yuka Eguchi, Michael Houstoun, Alan Molina, Vesa-Matti Leppequation.pdfnen,  Amy Brookman, Wilma Smith, Ken Ichninose, Matthias Balzat, Christopher Moore. Absent Jenny Wollerman.  Photo courtesy Sam Cameron

Allergies in Pets

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Just like people, dogs and cats can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognise certain everyday substances—or allergens— as dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in most environments and harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or contact skin. 

What Are the General Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs and Cats? … 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

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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