25 th. Round the Vines run

2020 marks the 25th birthday for Martinborough Round the Vines, the annual fundraiser for Martinborough School.  The event attracts competitors from around the Wellington Region and across New Zealand.  Last year we had over 1300 people and expect this year to be even bigger!   The fun run or walk over …

Fire Brigade is not only for fires

The Brigade has had a steady month with both vegetation and a Shed fire along with our usual calls and the fire risk is running between very high and extreme. A quick response can save our Brigade volunteers hours of time so – REMEMBER THERE IS A TOTAL FIRE BAN …

Learn CPR. Save a life.

Join Wellington Free Ambulance for free CPR training and help keep our community safe, together. Every week, on average, four people suffer a cardiac arrest somewhere in Wellington and Wairarapa. We’ll be at Wellington Free Ambulance Ambulance Station, 8 Texas Street at 3pm-4:30pm on Sunday 29 March teaching CPR. Everyone …

An earlier Star deliverer.

The second chapter of Martinborough’s Lloyd Johns’ life as a fire fighter. –continued. Back at Lower Hutt late I wrote my report and prepared, as promised to develop and conduct Officer Command training for the NZFS. The Service was preparing for nationalisation and in 1972 I received a call from …

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Councillor comments

February 17, 2020 February 2020 Comments Off on Councillor comments

Happy new year to you all

The beginning of a new decade, a new council a new Mayor and a lot of new challenges ahead of us, water being only one of the many. It’s going to be full on for the next few years. Councillors and the Mayor have been busy settling into their new roles, with induction courses on what is expected of us as councillors under the Local Government Act. Though very time consuming they are necessary not only for our own development but to help us to be more effective councillors. 

We are now into our second year of the new committee structure. These committee meeting are open to the public and it is disappointing that we don’t have more ratepayers attending; after all it was adopted so the ratepayer could be more informed on the many issues that we face. 

Needless to say they are working as intended, with a bit more fine tuning we will be onto a better way of governance. As the outgoing chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee I’m pleased that the new committee has acted on my suggestion to appoint an independent member onto this committee. Once again this gives you the ratepayer confidence that all is as it should be. … Continue Reading


February 17, 2020 February 2020 Comments Off on FIRE BRIGADE REPORT 

This month already the Brigade has responded to a call every second day on average. The PROHIBITED Fire season is in place affecting both Rural and Urban properties (visit : www.checkitsalright.nz before lighting any outdoor fire) most fire are NOT Allowed.

THE FIRE RISK IS : VERY HIGH  … Continue Reading

First railway, first fatality

February 17, 2020 February 2020 Comments Off on First railway, first fatality

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. 

Fishing monopolies 

February 17, 2020 February 2020 Comments Off on Fishing monopolies 

An investigation by Greenpeace last year revealed that 29% of the UK’s fishing quota is owned by five families, all of whom feature on the Sunday Times Rich List. A single Dutch multinational, operating a vast fishing ship, holds a further 24% of the English quota. The smallest boats – less than 10 metres long – comprise 79% of the fleet, but are entitled to catch just 2% of the fish.

The same applies worldwide: huge ships from rich nations mop up the fish surrounding poor nations, depriving hundreds of millions of their major source of protein, while wiping out sharks, tuna, turtles, albatrosses, dolphins and much of the rest of the life of the seas. … 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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