Our water problem 

Another summer and total water restriction in place again, this year earlier than ever. Living in the Wairarapa summer droughts and water shortages ever has it been and with climate change we can be sure that this ever will it be thus.  The initial reaction is to say it’s ‘The …

It’s in the Bag

This was the catchy title for a great idea: donating handbags filled with essential toiletries plus treats like perfume for the Women’s Refuge.  When the call went out the response was typical Martinborough.  More than 90 bags chocka with goodies were dropped off at the collection point at Kitcheners, to …

Know your town 

George Pain JP The city father of the town we now know as Martinborough.  The Pain family came to New Zealand on the ship Oriental arriving at Wellington in 1840, Mr Pain Snr, also George, was a bricklayer, George, their third son, was born in 1846. They lived at a …

An earlier Star deliverer 

We received an interesting letter from Val Johns’ brother in law Lloyd who lives in Australia. He wrote;  “In the 1950s I delivered Charlie Michelle’s Martinborough Star to around 40 or so residents each Wednesday after school for the princely sum of 2/6d.  ( 2020 = $8.72). On every Wednesday, …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

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Another glorious Martinborough summer is here! I’m expecting red hot days, jumping in cool blue water and drinking a delicious Martinborough chilled white wine while enjoying a warm orange sunset around the amber glow of a fire pit.

We take colours and the associated temperature for granted. But in astronomy it all gets a bit, well confusing.

There are five main colours of star, going from red all the way to blue. Of course, there are other colours associated with astronomy; black holes, dark matter and red shift for example. … Continue Reading

Tribute to Geoff Lankow

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Geoff Lankow, the man behind the Martinborough Fun Ride which raised over $150,000 for the community, passed away in early January, aged 85.

The Fun Ride peaked at 900 riders under Geoff’s 23-year reign, timed for riders training for the Lake Taupo Challenge. Funds supported the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade and South Wairarapa Order of St John, and on retiring from the event Geoff and Jan received a Rotary Community Service Award for their initiative. … Continue Reading

Telecommunications Dispute Resolution  (TDR)

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What is it ? A free independent service to help consumers with complaints about their telecommunications provider . The TDR service is available for residential and small business customers of telecommunications providers. TDR covers most telecommunication providers in New Zealand .

What can TDR help with ? TDR can look at complaints about products and services you get from such a provider.  If you have a complaint :

1/ let your provider know directly there’s a problem. They will work with you to provide a solution. … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Rebus Club   

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The Guest Speaker at our January meeting was Anton Persico, Sales Manager for The Orchards Lifestyle Retirement Village, who spoke on behalf of developer/operators Craig Percy and the Tumu Group. The village will be sited on Murphy’s Orchard property in Greytown and will preserve some of the 700 mature trees, mostly fruit trees consisting of  plums, apples, nectarine, peaches and apricots. Expressions of interest have already been received from 200 potential residents, couples and singles.

The homes will be built embracing the boutique vision of the developer. For example, the stud height in the villas is typically a generous 2.7 m (9 ft). Resource consents have been obtained and construction of the show villa is expected to start in March 2020 and the first residents are expected to move in by the end of 2020.  … 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 …

Did you know

‘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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