Space & Science Festival comes to the Wairarapa

After inspiring more than 10,000 people in Wellington over the last two years, the “Space & Science Festival” is coming to the Wairarapa. Space & Science Festival, a mix of spectacular science displays, science talks and classroom activity, is a not-for-profit charity created by a group of volunteer parents, teachers, …

A busy start to the year

With the new year now under way at Wharekaka we have had some lovely trips out to the Pinnacles and Lake Ferry. At times the heat has been hard and ice creams and fans have been the only way to go. Wharekaka Auxiliary held a beautiful picnic for the residents …

Why have the Martinborough Fair?

The idea of a country fair came from Bill Fetch, who became a Rotarian in 1972. Bill had travelled to Germany and was impressed with the village markets there. He felt the Martinborough town square, with its open space and lovely shade trees would make an ideal venue for a …

Hammers & Horsehair – Concert for Soprano, Square Piano and Cello

The Greytown Music Group’s  first concert for this year will be Hammers & Horsehair, at 4pm Sunday 22 April, at 57 Wood Street, Greytown – an innovative performance by Douglas Mews on square piano, Robert Ibell on cello, and soprano Rowena Simpson of music from 19th century Germany, Austria and …

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Time to join the Toy Library

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We hope everyone had a great Easter and the children didn’t get too crazy after the chocolate eggs!

It’s the start of the new Toy Library membership year again and we wanted to remind everyone so they get a full year of fabulous toy hire! With full family membership $75 and Grandparent membership $40, it’s a great way to keep a fresh supply of interest coming into the home.  With hire period of 2 weeks and the ability to take up to four toys every time. Last year we saw a huge rise in grandparent membership as its perfect to keep the little visitors entertained but not have to live with large amounts of toys all the time!

This year will be a big one for us with the move to the new Waihenga centre. Being more central and right next to the children’s library and play ground will be fun and mean there is a fun activity for Saturday morning on offer for local and visiting families.

We have had some great new arrivals at Toy library with Tony and Trixie our ride on ponycylces being a big hit. We hope to increase the stable of friends this year too! At the march fair we also bought a fantastic Tukituki groove box so the whole family can drum up some beats on this cool instrument.

Don’t forget we also have the bouncy castle available to hire for parties. Suitable for children up to five, we hire at a reduced rate of $50 for members and $75 for non-members (plus bond).

Pop in to the First Church Hall on Weld Street, we are open every Saturday 10am – 12pm

Thanks Charlotte and the team.

Women Walk the World in Martinborough 

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Join Martinborough Rural Women New Zealand members on the ”Rapaki Hillside Walk”, Sunday 29th April. Meet 10am at the start of the walk on Shooting Butts Rd. Fundraiser by Gold coin donation.

This is an annual event, where women’s groups in many countries organise walks in their communities along local tracks and trails, to raise funds for the work of Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).

It’s a day to come together, catch up with friends and have some fun and healthy exercise along the way.

ACWW connects rural and non-rural women and their communities worldwide through a network of Member Societies (includes RWNZ) and Individual Members. It offers small grants to women-led organisations active in urban and rural communities. Projects must be for the benefit of women and children and current funding priorities include: literacy and basic education, food security and nutrition, maternal health, access to water and sanitation, income-generating business and skills.

Enquiries contact Viv Malneek 027 5358805, or Liz Hancock 06 3088812

Regional  Council Notes

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It’s that time of year again when Councils start talking about their Long term and Annual Plans.  Mention these subjects to most people and their eyes glaze over especially if you start asking them to read these documents and make submissions to Council.  I’m sure most residents would rather go to the dentist than get involved in these processes.

The trouble is that both these plans are critical in shaping and running the district that you live in and they are your chance to have a say on how that is done.  This is the only opportunity you get each year to influence how the rates are collected and spent.

Successive governments have recognised that most people just can’t be bothered trying to wade through huge documents trying to find the bits that affect them.  Even when they do find them, the explanations can be complicated and may be hard to understand.

To fix this Councils are required to put out a consultation document, in plain English, that explains the key changes, projects and outcomes proposed in their Plans.  This makes it a whole lot easier to understand what is proposed and how it might affect you or your family.

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s consultation document is out now and covers several areas that impact the Wairarapa.  It also incorporates proposed changes to the Revenue and Financing Policy.  Although it sounds boring this is worthy of a closer look as it proposes to radically alter the way we are rated for public transport and flood protection.

It’s fair to say that the old model for Public Transport in particular could best be described as a ‘dogs breakfast’ that was long overdue for an overhaul.  It lacked transparency and equity which the new proposed model addresses.  … Continue Reading


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With a couple of pre season games being played, our players are ready to kick off their season on the 7 April, both teams have a couple of home games to start the season so come down and show your support.

The JAB competition kicks off on the 12 May, it is not too late to register if your child is keen to play.  You can register at or contact Kaitlin Russell for more information 02102489647.  If you are wanting socks or shorts these are available behind the bar, $10 for socks & $15 for shorts.

Thank you to all our committee and helpers behind the scenes who have been working hard to prepare for the 2018 season.

A huge thank you to all our gear sponsors for 2018 – Jerseys – NZ Manuka Group, Norwoods, Taylor & Hawkins, Shorts – Mills Concreting, Dusty&Lulu, Training Tops – Ace Panel & Paint.  Individual Jerseys – Turners Bay Earthmoving, Mills Concreting, Neighbourhood, NZ Travel Brokers, Scotty’s Meats, Ace Panel & Paint, Bell St Early Learning Centre, Poltech, Combined Shearing, PGG Wrightsons, Hartnell Building, Martinborough Transport, Nation Property Investigations, Billda Access.

We have so many local businesses that support us in so many ways, please check out our Sponsor Board in the Clubrooms and support these businesses where you can!

If you want to keep in touch with whats happening go to or on Facebook “Martinborough Rugby Club”.


Golf news

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop. The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford …

Martinborough Netball Club

Indeed while this year is almost over and this article slightly late, just to let you know what the season has been like for the Martinborough Netball Club. The Netball Premier Team moved up a grade this netball season from previous years having played in the Premier 2 grade. We …

Walking is a man’s best medicine. (Hippocrates)

SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB While crossing a busy intersection in Christchurch last week I spotted a banner sporting the message: WALK2freeTHE.MIND. This surely captures in a catch-phrase a credible philosophy. Throughout the decades numerous walking quotes have been recorded, many of which portray the physical and mental benefits of a …

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