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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November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Apologies

We apologise to the number of people who sent in photographs for the October issue but which were not published. We had more than usual number of news items, which is always good, and had to remove some photos to fit these in.

Even with removing photos there was still not enough space for all the copy received . It was just not possible to fit in the later arriving items for the October issue. Which is a reminder that the deadline is not a target by which items will be guaranteed inclusion.  The deadline is simply the time from which we can not accept further copy.  To ensure your copy is printed get it in well on time

Art Critique 

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Have you ever looked at an art essay and had your eyes glaze over so hard you accidentally bought shares in Krispy Kreme? Art Critic Vanessa Crofskey is sick of exclusive jargon.

Let’s start with a very real Master’s critique I was a part of:

In an orange my mother was eating is rich with discursive relationships within and between artworks, such that a type of familial resemblance exists despite the disparate eras, styles, and practices of the three artists Menzies works alongside, and despite the different forms Menzies’ works take: digital video, prints set in handmade paper, framed Risograph print, textile, printed matter. … Continue Reading

Book review

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Book review

The Great Successor 

Having two very interesting books on hand at once is a real bonus.

 Anna  Fifield’s ‘The Great Successor – the secret rise and rule of Kim Jong Un’ had arrived first so I decided to read it before ‘Searching for Rewi Alley’. 

Anna Fifield has extensive Asian experience, she currently works out of Beijing as the Bureau Chief for the Washington Post and previously was the Bureau Chief for the  Financial Times working from Seoul.  She has visited Pyongyang six times and is the recipient of the Shorenstein Journalism Award for outstanding reporting on Asia which all makes her well placed to write this book. … Continue Reading

Caffeine, good and bad

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Caffeine, good and bad

Although caffeine can trigger  headaches, either as a symptom of withdrawal or as a result of dehydration from overconsumption, it can also stop them.

Before the pain of a headache sets in the blood vessels enlarge. Caffeine has vascoconstrictive properties which narrow the  blood vessels and reduce swelling . When caffeine is consumed as drink or as pain relief headache pain is reduced by 40%.

For a quick remedy , plunger coffee has a higher amount of caffeine that instant or espresso – but enjoy in moderation. 


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 …

Did you know

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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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