The 2021 Grape Harvest is Underway

Pickers are out in the vines. The nets covering some of the rows have been lifted. Tractors are roaming the roads carting the laden bins, and the wineries are in full production. The smell of yeast and ferment can be smelt from the top of Bidwill’s Cutting as you drop …

South Wairarapa Tramping Club  –   Waiorongomai River Track

With the weather forecast showing high temperatures for the weekend, we thought  a river trip would be a good choice, as at least our feet would be cooled down by frequent immersions as we walked across, upstream, and downstream in the water. 16 of us, including 4 potential new members, …

New Horizons for Skyline

The Skyline Challenge is back, bigger, brighter and better than ever before. “We’ve had a year off due to COVID-19 and we’ve upgraded the event to be a family fun day,” says Lions President Joe Howells. “We’ve still got the Challenge for the more serious mountain-bikers, runners and walkers but …

Waihinga Charitable Trust Winds Up

On the 8th December the Trustees of the Waihinga Charitable Trust resolved to wind up the Trust at the end of the financial year. The Waihinga Centre, Park and Playground are complete and the Trust has received and passed on all pledges and donated funds to the South Wairarapa District …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

February 9, 2021 February 2021 Comments Off on Under The Martinborough Stars

Happy New Year to all readers and welcome 2021. 

This year is going to be really exciting for the Wairarapa. The hard-working members of the Wairarapa Dark Sky Society are putting the finishing epic touches to the application to make our region a Dark Sky Reserve. 

It has been a long process and we are almost there, to keep the night dark for generations to come.

But why is keeping the night sky dark, so important for Wairarapa?  … Continue Reading

Troubadour Quartet in Greytown

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The Greytown Music Group is seizing the opportunity to present a concert by the 2021 Troubadour Quartet, on Sunday March 7, before the players disperse to their various homes around the country.

The Adam Troubadour Quartet Programme is a two-yearly career development experience for four of NZ’s most promising young string players. They receive learning and performance opportunities provided by the Adam Chamber Music Summer School and Festival , and by members of the NZ String Quartet. … Continue Reading


February 9, 2021 February 2021 Comments Off on STARS IN MARTINBOROUGH

They are seeing stars at Alexander Vineyard in Martinborough and not just because of the Wairarapa’s famed night skies.

In his latest Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2021, renowned wine critic Michael Cooper has given 5 stars (Gold Medal standard) to the four latest releases from Alexander Vineyard. 

The wines are their Alexander Pinot Noir 2018, Alexander Raumati Pinot Noir Rose 2020, the Alexander Merlot 2019 (noted as “outstanding”) and the Dusty Road Pinot Noir 2019 which was also shortlisted for Cooper’s much sought after “Best Red Wine Buy of The Year” award which the winery won last year for their 2018 Dusty Road.

Owner/winemakers Michael Finucane and Roz Walker are delighted with the 5 star ratings, which follow many other similar awards, because it shows that they are producing high-quality wine year after year.  The latest wines are available from the winery or through a select number of wine retailers in Martinborough and Wellington.

Tenancy agreements

February 9, 2021 February 2021 Comments Off on Tenancy agreements

Because of the changes in the residential housing market, with more investors buying homes for rental and the fact that more people are looking for rental accommodation, we want to bring your attention to the legal aspects of tenancy.  Tenancy Agreement forms are available on line and also at our office in Masterton. The agreement needs to be carefully read and should be agreeable to both parties. We are happy to help with suggestions if you find the process difficult.  Make sure the landlord gives you a copy of the agreement before the tenancy starts, or before changes take effect. … Continue Reading


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

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, …

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