First Church’s Monster Bookfair

The First Church’s annual book sale certainly deserved its title,  Monster Bookfair.   Maybe it was the COVID effect or perhaps it was the decluttering craze earlier in the year, but donations of books were way above normal both in quantity and quality.   As a result sales also broke …

Green Jersey looking towards site development

The proprietors of the Green Jersey Explorer Tours Limited are Joe and Pam Howells, Lucia Zanmonti, Stuart Edwards with Stuart’s parents Allan and Myra Edwards as investors in the property. They are now looking at the options to develop the old Council Yards site of 0.34 Hectare (0.84 acre) on …

 A Quiet Restoration of Veterans’ Graves at Martinborough Public Cemetery 

Over the past year, a quiet change has been happening at Martinborough Public Cemetery.  Volunteers of the New Zealand Remembrance Army, with support and guidance from the South Wairarapa District Council, have been restoring the graves of New Zealanders who served their country during times of military conflict. Now, the …

Toast to generate needed boost

Toast Martinborough is set to kick start a summer season that looks promising for the South Wairarapa economy. With over 75% of tickets sold already in just 2 weeks, Toast 2020 looks set to break records. The flow-on economic impact benefits the entire region.  Airbnb’s and rental cottages have been …

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 South Wairarapa Tramping Club – The Remutaka Rail Trail

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We were amazed at the response for this tramp  from Cross Creek, south of Featherston, along the rail trail to the old Summit Station, our first tramp since the lockdown process started in March  – 18 walkers east to west, plus 2 west to east, 4 cyclists, and 3 dogs!

The weather looked good as we left Greytown, but when we reached Cross Creek we were hit by a chilly wind in our faces as we headed up the valley.

Several people hadn’t walked the Rail Trail before, so were interested to learn about the area’s history, from other walkers and the photo and information boards. … Continue Reading

Regional Council notes

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Wairarapa Trains have been in the news recently with the announcement of five million dollars of government funding to progress a detailed business case and commence procurement for regional trains for Wairarapa and Manawatu.

Greater Wellington Regional Council has been working with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for some time to secure this funding with GW Chair, Daran Ponter, presenting government ministers with cans of sardines to demonstrate what commuters will experience in peak times if additional trains aren’t purchased.

Population growth in the Wellington region has accelerated much faster than forecast over the last five years according to census data.   Wairarapa has had a fair share of that increase so any capacity for growth built into the Wairarapa line, when the trains were upgraded in 2007, has been used and our trains are full.  Couple this with few off peak options and increasing unreliability makes locals feel that Wairarapa deserves a better deal. … Continue Reading

The money party

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The money scramble – the allocation of funds for advertising in the coming election has been held. The big winners, Labour and National, will each get one and a quarter million dollars.

The Green Party and NZ First will each get $310,000. Next up, Act, The Maori Party and The Opportunities Party each get $145.

Then come ‘the others’  most of which many people will  have never heard of: Advance NZ,  The Aotiaroa Cannabis Party,  Democratic Social Credit,  NZ Outdoors,  Sustainable NZ,  Vision NZ,  Direct Democracy,  Furure Party,  Interest Party,  One Party  and finally Oytcho-visha who 

describe themselves as “a cult for those who understand, appreciate and observe the avant-garde, gothic triumphs of European culture”. … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

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Much of my time is spent learning new information to share about the sky, myths and legends. This year I’ve been researching more Mequation.pdfori star lore and in particular the stars of our beautiful winter marker, Matariki.

When it rises in the east before the Sun in late June, early July, Matariki symbolises mid- winter. Once it is spotted, Māori will then restart their calendar when they see the following full moon or new moon depending on their iwi. The following 12 cycles of the moon make up the rest of year. 

But what is Matariki? Firstly, it is a star cluster, not a constellation. A star cluster is a group of stars that were all born from the same cloud of gas and are gravitationally bound to each other. A constellation is different; it is a group of stars in the sky that aren’t actually near each other but form a pattern as we see it from Earth. … 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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‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

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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