A trip of a lifetime

Brothers Joe and Chris Howells, now both in their 60’s, grew up in Cologne Street, Martinborough. In August this year they joined a group of 15 people who motorcycled over the world’s highest roads in the Himalaya Mountain Range. Joe and Chris joined a 2 week Motosaga Expedition which took …

NZTrio in Greytown

The NZTrio will conclude its 2018 touring year with the programme Twine, which they will perform in Greytown on Thursday 8 November, and also in Auckland, New Plymouth and Whitianga. Each concert this year has presented a fresh dynamic, with an impressive line-up of talented Kiwi guest musicians joining founding …

Old School is Back

We profiled our local butcher Scotty’s Meats in the May Martinborough Star of this year. Scotty was committed to finding a way to go plastic bag free. It was here we introduced the idea of bring a container to ‘fill them up’ in the act of reducing waste, reusing and …

International focus at South Wairarapa Rotary meetings

Ambassador Brown recently visited South Wairarapa Rotary as our guest speaker.  He gave a very lively and engaging speech, introducing himself in Maori.  Mr Brown said that when he was offered an ambassadorial post he chose New Zealand because of the All Blacks, the movie Lord of the Rings and …

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October 3, 2018 October 2018, Sports No Comments

The 2018 Tuhirangi JAB rugby season has come to an end but we have had a great year.  We had approx. 45 children registered and they played across 6 different teams ranging from Under 6 Rippa through to the Under 13’s.

This year we had our own Tuhirangi Under 6 Rippa team, but the rest of our players had to combine with other clubs to make up the numbers.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gladstone Rugby Club, Greytown Rugby Club and Martinborough Rugby Club for letting us combine with them to ensure all our JAB players could play in the appropriate grades. … Continue Reading


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Spring is certainly in the air with our beautiful oak trees busting into life after the long and dormant winter. With the warmer weather upon us our residents are enjoying more time outside.  We have enjoyed morning tea and exercises in the gardens.

Wharekaka residents enjoyed an intergenerational morning with young parents and their children.  We will be holding this gathering monthly.  Thanks to Lucy for organizing this.

We recently farewelled Joyce.  She is missed by the Wharekaka family.  We offer our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

A warm welcome is extended to Trish who moved in recently. 

We continue to enjoy our Friday mornings with Martinborough school new entrants’ class.  Our residents enjoy the interaction between the generations. We look forward to visiting the school to watch their school production.  Last week saw us tie in the bowls competition, it was lovely to be outside again. … Continue Reading

Schools Enjoy Magical Musical Moments

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Nearly 80 students at Martinborough School, Kurunui and Wairarapa Colleges were treated to hour long sessions of musical expertise from clarinettist and internationally recognised music teacher, Mark Walton. Mark was coming to play in the Martinborough Music Festival and offered to spend time with young people who love music and /or play a musical instrument. 

It has been his mission most of his working life to explain the value of music in helping achieve career goals for those who are musical rather than academic and to promote it as a universal language – “it will take you anywhere in the world. It is my language”.

Few at Martinborough School had heard of the clarinet, let alone seen one. Mark told of how he originally wanted to play the trumpet because it was made of lovely shiny brass; he also loved the sound it made. His parents had asked friends who were visiting from England to buy a trumpet for him but they were just too expensive. So they bought him a second-hand clarinet instead. 

Mark said that he was disappointed at first until he saw that the clarinet was partially constructed from brass too. Mark showed the children the brass component on his clarinet. He then played the well- known melody My Hat It Had Three Corners to demonstrate why he fell in love with the sound of the clarinet. … Continue Reading


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Looking back over my musings I discovered a column about money – written eighteen months ago! Even with our current minimal inflation rate, that has to be worth something. And money has been much in many of our minds recently with the rather sudden and disturbing news that we are to lose our bank, so right now is a suitable time to revisit the subject.

We tried our darnedest to put our town’s views forward, plenty of loyal and long-time locals created a Big Stink and our town’s disgust went viral. But in the end, to no avail. The Bank’s collective mind was made up – it seemed, for some considerable time beforehand.

But there are two sides to every question – in money terms, two sides of the coin, perhaps. Any important decision affecting people needs lots of thought and not just a coin toss. I’m hopeful it wasn’t decided that way; but the old adage ‘money talks’ no doubt had plenty to do with it, and we wonder if our side of the coin was even considered. Too late now; but here’s a message and a reply … both entirely fictional, of course. … Continue Reading


Southern Netball

Southern Netball started the season named a finalist in the Wairarapa Sports Award Club of the Year and finished with the Southern Steel being named Netball Wairarapa Primary School team of the Year – Sportsmanship, Improvement and results with many fabulous achievements in between including the Storm winning grade 4 …


The 2018 Tuhirangi JAB rugby season has come to an end but we have had a great year.  We had approx. 45 children registered and they played across 6 different teams ranging from Under 6 Rippa through to the Under 13’s. This year we had our own Tuhirangi Under 6 …

Martinborough Golf Report

Spring sprang a leak early in September with many days being called off, and the course closing for a short time (for being underwater).  However the cold snap passed, the ground dried out and our intrepid golfers wiped down their trundlers, dried out their gloves and drove home some good …

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