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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The Martinborough Music Festival & Covid 19

July 6, 2020 July 2020 Comments Off on The Martinborough Music Festival & Covid 19

It will come as no surprise to many that the Martinborough Music Festival (MMF) to be held from 25-27 September, 2020 has had to be cancelled. 

Two main events influenced the decision. Both to do with border control.

Firstly, Australia has tightened up its exit border controls considerably only allowing those whose journey can be considered essential to leave that country. Since four of our musicians were coming from Australia, their participation cannot be guaranteed.   … Continue Reading


July 6, 2020 July 2020 Comments Off on WORLD FIRST FOR A NEW ZEALAND OLIVE GROVE

What does a Martinborough olive grove have in common with Ferrari, Chanel, Tiffani & Co., Audemars Piguet, S. T. Dupont, The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and some of the best products and services in the world? 

They are all winners of the prestigious, annual Luxury Lifestyle Awards, based in New York.  The Awards cover 60 countries, more than 400 categories and 10,000 participants all over the world and are associated with some of the world’s top media outlets such as Vogue, Marie Claire and Forbes. … Continue Reading

Ambulance Intern graduate

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A commitment to becoming better every day so that he can help his patients in more ways is what motivates Graduate Intern Hamish.

Late last year, Hamish was offered a position on the Graduate Internship programme at Wellington Free and has not looked back.

“I knew Wellington Free was a great organisation to work for so to now be part of such a high-calibre team is definitely an incentive to keep learning. There’s always a job that I find interesting or want to learn more about so I can do better next time; the learning never stops,” Hamish says.

Hamish is primarily based in the Wairarapa, he’s a familiar face across the region and is always there to lend a hand.

Book Review

July 6, 2020 July 2020 Comments Off on Book Review


I was fortunate to be loaned a considerable number of books to help me get through the shutdown. With so much reading time ahead I decide to start with a weighty tome and what a lucky choice that turned out to be. Niall Ferguson’s Civilization has just about everything a reader could wish for in a book. 

This is not a typical facts and figures history book, rather it reads like an exciting novel, which really brings history alive. 

Commencing with the ancient Chinese civilisation he moves through the next two thousand years explaining the reasons why and how the Chinese civilisation was by far the superior at the time but then overtaken by a clearly weaker one. A pattern which was repeated more that once in the ensuing years. Also while some moves to dominance are well defined by conquering forces more often the changes are over a long period with old and new civilisations overlapping.  … 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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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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