Wairarapa Business Award for Under the Stars

For “Under the Stars” astro-tourism guide Becky Bateman it was a shock to win the Wairarapa “Emerging Business” award in mid-October for her fledgling star-gazing venture. Running the only “nomadic” star-gazing/guiding business in Wairarapa is literally that: running from location to location to help people understand and interpret the wondrous …

New Council sworn in 

It’s official, we have a new Mayor, Alex Beijen. The Mayor, Councillors and Community Board Members were sworn in at a ceremony on 30 October at the Waihinga Centre. There is no change to the Councillors elected from the Martinborough Ward – Pip Maynard, Pam Colenso and Brian Jephson (Jeppy) held …

Meet your Mayor

Alex grew up in Christchurch, the youngest of five children. His father, a pilot, died in a helicopter crash when Alex was only two. Bringing up the family of five was difficult for his Mum, “ I know the ups and downs of a childhood under these circumstances” he comments. …

Sun Shines on Jazz Festival

The sun shone brightly to compliment the brilliant atmosphere around Martinborough during the 9th edition of New Zealand’s coolest little jazz festival, Jazz in Martinborough last weekend. “It just shows that a warm, sunny weekend adds mightily to the enjoyment of festival goers,” says festival producer Ted Preston. “Somehow the …

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To Spring

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Thank God. At Last! Spring is coming

I hear the bees inside me humming

The mind becomes a flower bed 

A nest is being built upon my head

The spirit rises from it’s tomb

The weary soul is coming into bloom

We’ve made it through. We will survive

The soil is sweet and love still alive

The bell of happiness is ringing 

A little bird inside your heart is singing 



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The 2019 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 two Tuhirangi Under 6 Rippa teams and a Tuhirangi Under 8s 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 Featherston and Martinborough Rugby Clubs for letting us combine with them to ensure all our JAB players could play in the appropriate grades.

Our Under 11 and Under 13 teams both had successful seasons and made the semi-finals in each of those grades.   … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

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I was at a local school’s stargazing event recently when a lady came up to me and said those dreaded words, “I saw something weird in the sky last night, what was it?”

My first thought was “Venus!” Most of the time when people see something odd in the sky, it’s Venus. It is one of the two innermost planets and appears brightly around dusk and dawn. We only see it if we look towards the Sun, as its orbit is smaller than ours so only appears as we spin into sunset or sunrise.

However, this was a problem as Venus was visible in the morning and not the evening.

Probing further, she described the objects as high in the sky, near the Milky Way and looked like two ‘commas’ in the sky.  “Ah ha!” I thought, I knew exactly what she was describing. The two satellite galaxies, the Magellanic clouds / Te Reporepo.

The Magellanic Clouds are two fuzzy cloud like objects close to the Southern Cross / Te Punga. They occur near the Southern Celestial Pole so they are seen all year round. They never set if you’re looking up in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

They are named after Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who circumnavigated the world in the early 1500s. Of course, these galaxies were known by cultures in the Southern Hemisphere before then but came to be known as the Magellanic Clouds after he arrived home. … Continue Reading

Ventana Creative Collective

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November Art Workshops

Friday 8 th. 7 – 9 pm

PAINT A MASTERPIECE Watercolour class at Luna Estate

Saturday 9 th 10pm -1pm


Thursday 14 th 7 – 8.30 PM


Saturday 23 rd 10am -1 pm


Kid’s workshops 

Thursdays 3.15 – 4pm Big Kids

Fridays 3.15 – 4 pm Little kids

($10 for materials for these workshops) 


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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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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