Martinborough Golf Club has tumbled down

The demolition of the Martinborough Golf Club is complete. In the last days prior to Christmas a fully-insulated pole shed, much like a top end farm outbuilding, was erected to act as both office and temporary clubhouse. New septic tanks, internet connectivity, power, water, and Porticom loos were installed. On …

Water woes disclosed in SWDC’s late 2023 report

Water loss in the supply systems of Martinborough, Greytown and Featherston reached 46 per cent last year, and the South Wairarapa District Council (SWDC) fell significantly short on response times when leaks were reported. Furthermore, SWDC cannot confirm that the towns’ water quality met New Zealand drinking water standards last …

Wairārapa Moana wetlands are going wild

By Martin Freeth, Trees of Martinborough Wildlife is flourishing in the wetlands of Wairārapa Moana after three years’ intensive restoration work – and there’s more to come in 2024 and beyond.  Tens of thousands of new plants are growing vigorously, and already there are good signs of increasing bird life. This …

Lions want to see Little Blue Penguins back on our coast!

Over the past few years Martinborough Lions have put many volunteer hours into supporting the Aorangi Restoration Trust’s efforts to enable the Korora /Little Blue Penguin to return in numbers to the Kawakawa/Palliser Bay coast.  Last week a team of Lions placed 50 penguin boxes into ideal habitats on the …

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Eight medal haul for local wrestlers

November 3, 2023 November 2023, Sports Comments Off on Eight medal haul for local wrestlers

The wrestling season came to a competitive end with the National Championships held in Tauranga in early October. The Featherston Club team of Duncan Allen-Alloway, Nate George, Wairangi Sargent, Tommy Read & Angus Read came home with four gold and four silvers, an excellent result as the wrestlers competed in multiple age groups and weight categories.

The club enjoyed a dinner at the end of season wind-up, presenting cups to our junior class with Taine Sargent, Archer Coulson, Mania SInclair, Charlie-Marie Sargent and Ashlyn Sargent all recognised for their contribution over the season.

We also lauded Duncan Allen-Alloway who won the BNZ Trophy for Outstanding Sporting Achievement in Senior Sport at Kuranui College.

Lastly we congratulate Angus Read for winning the Greytown Rotary Youth Award for providing inspiration and contribution to his community and Wairangi and Charlie-Marie Sargent who are finalists in the Wairarapa Maori Sports Awards. 

It’s very humbling to see our tamariki recognised by their communities for the hard work they put in and our gratitude as always to our trainers Jeremy Sargent, Randall Hancock & Chris Sargent.  Wishing you all a happy summer sports season and see you back on the mat in mid-March for the 2024 Wrestling season.

Marty Rugby Club winners and grinners

November 3, 2023 November 2023, Sports Comments Off on Marty Rugby Club winners and grinners

The club doesn’t forget to say a Big Thanks to all its sponsors and supporters of the 2023 season. We look forward to seeing you all in 2024.

Premiers – winners Lane Penn Cup & Hodder Steffert Cups

Reserves – finalists Presidents Cup

Congratulations to all the recipients of our 2023 Awards.


Taffy Rowlands Memorial Cup (Most Valuable Club Person) –Ana-May Gudsell

Presidents Award –Hatarei Brown

Mac Murray Memorial Cup – Black Mac Marty Hard – Jared Hawkins & Nikau Love


Best Forward – Jared Hawkins

Most Improved Forward – Tiawharangi Aranui & Tom Woelders

Mita & Milly Aporo Memorial Cup – Best Back – Shane Colton

Most Improved Back – Michael Buick

Challenge Trophy (Most Enthusiastic Player) – Ty Kahurangi Waight

Wayne Bonis Memorial Cup – Most Points – Tipi Haira

Moose Shield (Most Conscientious Player) – Jonathan Hartnell

Bruce/Brown Cup (Rookie of the Year) – Joseph Gillies

Sandy Chapman Memorial Cup (Most Enthusiastic Junior Player) – Michael Buick & Samuel Twigley

Players Player – Jared Hawkins

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Dogs have a short day at the beach

November 3, 2023 November 2023 Comments Off on Dogs have a short day at the beach

The popular Ngawi campsite has been chosen as the only one of five South Wairarapa beach campsites where dog owners can take their dogs through the coming summer until Easter.

After years of bans on all dogs on its campsites, the South Wairarapa District Council is to open Ngawi Reserve as an experiment.  

At the end of the “open dog door” period, animal control officials will submit a formal report on the impacts, costs and benefits of the trial.

As the council has only two dog control officers, with a large stretch of territory to patrol and police, council officials warned they have insufficient resources to stretch to Ngawi Reserve _ some 63 kilometers from Martinborough, and 136 km from Wellington.

Two local councillors noted their concerns about potential dog attacks at the remote site, but councillors formaly agreed to the five month trial. 

The decision came as part of SWDC adopting a new dog control policy and marked the only significant change.

News from First Church

November 3, 2023 November 2023, Regular Features Comments Off on News from First Church

Hands up all those who will admit to dozing off in the middle of a turgid sermon. Or if not actually snoring in the pew, found their mind wandering about what might be served up for lunch later.

No such aberrant behaviour has been observed at First Church, primarily because of the unrelenting quality of Jim Veitch’s services. And of course the lusty singing.

This month, to further bolster the congregation’s enthusiasm we had the benefit of a lecture from visiting religious academic Professor Joan Taylor. She happens to be a kiwi but has spent much of her distinguished career in the hallowed halls of Harvard Divinity School Kings College London’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. And more latterly Victoria University and the Australian Catholic University of Melbourne. 

She was therefore eminently suited to talk about her topic and book “Women Remembered – Jesus’ Female Disciples.” 

This sounded as if it could be an equivocal topic to misogynists who might think the role of women as encapsulated in the Bible is limited to a handful of stalwarts like Mary Magdalene, Mary, Martha, Sarah etc. Wrong.

A careful re appraisal of the evidence – biblical texts – especially the archaeological art of depicting  many women undertaking the full range of biblical functions – leads to the conclusion that their role has been gravely understated.

Joan’s supposition is that this minimisation was partly deliberate suppression due to male domination which was the social mores of the day. Emperor Constantine was one of the villains. These fascinating topics of stellar interest to both academics and church goers are under ongoing inspection and revision. 

Last word however goes to Bertie Shooster when he observed, “If the facts change I change my story”. Another Bertie ((Bertrand Russell) said that every grown-up needs to travel sceptically. And finally, if in doubt, try an alternative view of events from Mr D. Trump.

Meantime we applaud the stamina and erudition of Joan Taylor for shining a light on her entirely plausible version of the truth.

Kirk Fair – 25 and 26 November 2023   10 a.m. to 2.p.m. Town Hall, Waihinga Centre

The next item of ecclesiastical excitement is the Kirk Fair, which covers the usual excellent range of cakes, jams and preserves, produce, plants, men’s, and women’s high-end clothing and superior bric a brac, of course. Any donations are most welcome. Please contact Graham Howie 0274474082 or Ronnie Hawkins 06 3069277.


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Martinborough Golf Club has tumbled down

The demolition of the Martinborough Golf Club is complete. In the last days prior to Christmas a fully-insulated pole shed, much like a top end farm outbuilding, was erected to act as both office and temporary clubhouse. New septic tanks, internet connectivity, power, water, and Porticom loos were installed. On …

Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club

As 2024 gets underway the Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club looks forward to welcoming families back to the gym on Fitzherbert Street Featherston each Wednesday Night from 5.30pm from March 6th. Another exciting year awaits with local, national and international tournaments on the calendar and lots of life skills learned on …

“Over the Hill” tennis tourney (not the players)

Over the scorching weekend of 13 – 14 January 2024, Martinborough Lawn Tennis Club hosted its annual “Over the Hill” tournament.  The Men’s and Women’s doubles on Saturday and mixed doubles on Sunday provided a riveting display of skill, with the draw efficiently managed by Jacob Emery from Dry River …

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So, another ecclesiastical year has bitten the dust with the new one well under way. …

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