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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Summer fun at Wharekaka

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A grandstand view of events is just one of the benefits of Wharekaka Aged Care Community’s central Martinborough location.  Last month residents,  under the shade of Wharekaka’s trees, cheered on elite cyclists in the Martinborough leg of the NZ Cycle Classic.

It was great fun. It was a sunny day so we had a lunchtime barbecue and gave residents bells to ring every time the cyclists sped by. They loved it.”  says Wharekaka Activities Co-ordinator Maggie Westergren. … Continue Reading

Raising Resilient Children

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Raising Resilient Children
 What we can do – as parents and community – to help!

The South Wairarapa Principals’ Association recognized the impact of Covid on many students and their families. With sponsorship from South Wairarapa Rotary Club we are pleased to present a series of free workshops for parents and caregivers.

The first three workshops will be led by Kathryn Berkett. Kathryn is a mother of two adolescents, with a Masters in Educational Psychology. Kathryn has been learning and working in this area for over twenty years, training national and international audiences, including Police, Teachers, Parents, Social Workers, NZ Rugby and many more. … Continue Reading

School Holiday Basketball fun enjoyed by local kids.

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Local kids had the chance to enjoy some Basketball workshops over the holidays thanks to Capital Basketball.

The court based at the Waihinga centre park is often full of kids shooting hoops and during the park upgrade Heath Kershaw had generously donated the two new hoops, but the court needed painting up to finish it off. The request was put into council and Bryce Neems got the job done and before the paint was dry we contacted Capital Basketball to explore options to get them to Martinborough. … Continue Reading

New Anglican Dean installed

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We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday 2 February at 7pm Rev Peter Hull was installed as Deacon in Charge of the Parish of South Wairarapa. Our parish includes both St Andrew’s Martinborough and St John’s Featherston. 

Pete’s installation service will take place at St Andrew’s. Bishop Justin Duckworth will be officiating at this service.  … 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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From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

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Councillor comment

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Recyling calendar

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Regional Council notes

Time to start thinking Older residents in our region may well remember the massive flooding …

News from First Church

May these be the gifts your Christmas brings – Peace, Gladness, Good Health   and …

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