The annual Martinborough Rose & Flower Show is celebrating its 77th anniversary on Saturday 14th November, 2020.  A small committee have been working behind the scene in our current turbulent times to ensure the show goes ahead.  This is an opportunity to share your garden blooms with the locals and …

Under Martinborough Stars

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. On November 16th and 17th, Earth passes through a cloud of dust and debris left over from Comet 55P/ Tempel-Tuttle. This comet passes Earth every 33 years and …

“AWESOME” – Classical Music Appreciation Presentations

The Martinborough Music Festival (MMF) Outreach presentations were made to Martinborough School, Kuranui and Wairarapa Colleges on 19 October. Five string instrument students from the NZ School of Music – Lucas Baker, Hayden Nickel (violins), Lauren Jack (viola), Bethany Angus (cello) and William Taber (double bass) – presented the programme.  …

South Wairarapa Tramping Club – Ngahau trip

Fourteen keen trampers converged at a farmhouse along a road east of Pirinoa. We were all looking forward to a farm and bush walk in completely new territory. First we were led by Ann on what was a short but exciting steep down-and-up 4 wheel drive farm track – the …

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Climate Road Show Visits Martinborough.

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Extinction Rebellion has a fierce sound to it but local supporters Jude Brown and Bruce Congalton are keen that people don’t get the wrong impression.

Yes, members are very serious about their cause –addressing the climate crisis – but they are an essentially a positive, hopeful and non-violent direct action group. 

The Climate Roadshow, a collaboration between Extinction Rebellion and Aotearoa Climate Emergency, stopped in The Square last week on it’s way to Parliament to present a series of demands: declaration of a national climate emergency, a Citizens’ Assembly on climate next year, and a green economic recovery post-COVID.   … Continue Reading

Community Board update

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For this months Community Board update, I would like to to discuss the Pain Estate.

The Community Board, with full support from the Council, have been working hard in this first year of our triennium to bring the Pain Homestead and Cottage back up to a respectable standard. 

All of your current Board members were highly concerned with what had happened to the Estate, after years of bare minimum upkeep, and we promised our ward that if elected, we would be putting our energy toward it’s repair and on-going maintenance, with hope to future proof this valuable, historic amenity for the Children of Martinborough. … Continue Reading

Community Garden News 

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Well we have certainly faced plenty of challenges in the garden this year, and now the ferocious wind! 

Fortunately, most of the broad beans have been well strung up, and we have delayed most of our spring planting. Even the peas have fared pretty well, although the netting has had a bit of a beating.

We have a good supply of lettuce, bok choy, cauliflower and spinach which we will endeavour to have to the Medical Centre Larder early in the week, as well as the usual Wednesday harvest. … Continue Reading

An active toy library 

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Where has this year gone? Can you believe we are already in October and Christmas is now less than 3 months away! Thankfully we have moved back to level 1 so we asked everyone to practice good hand hygiene and adhere to the social distancing requirements. 

There will be a Community Market fundraiser this month over Labour Day weekend at the Martinborough Town Hall. We aim to have a stall over the weekend to sell some of our much loved toys to make room for some new ones. Our stall will operate on the Saturday and Sunday October 24th & 25th 10am-5pm. For more information on the Market, see or call 021 611 035. … Continue Reading


Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

Football Club’s season ends with a shield

Martinborough Football Clubs senior season concluded in style on 19th September with a 3-2 win against Douglas Villa in Masterton.  The team were delighted to have won theWairarapa Knockout Shield which is now proudly displayed at its Club rooms at Cool Change Bar & Eatery. Spokesperson Lucy Douglas said, “It’s been my …

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 …

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Under Martinborough Stars

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I …

South Wairarapa Rotary News

Di Banks, Leader of Learning Support and Vocational Pathways at Kuranui College spoke to Rotary …


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Regional Council notes

The recent election has delivered a very different political landscape for New Zealand.  With a …

November Recycling days

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News from First Church

Now Labour Weekend is behind us and summer days are ahead, here’s hoping we can …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole …

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