Every year, renowned New Zealand winewriter Michael Cooper brings out his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and this year’s edition has a very special meaning for one boutique Martinborough vineyard. On the same day that they were advised they had won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at …

Technicolour fun

If you are a kid it’s not often that adults tell you to mess up your clothes.   Perhaps that’s why the Colour Run at Considine park last month was such a hit.  You started with a clean white t-shirt and ended up with your own unique rainbow coloured top. …

Looking after the Kororā

People love penguins.  They’re amused by their waddling walk and their smart little “jackets”.  But life is getting hard for these birds.  The Kororā  (or Little Penguin) is the smallest in the world and found all around the coastline of New Zealand.   Although fishing vessels report seeing them at …

Martinborough Community Choir.

The choir is looking forward to our last concert for the year, before we take an extended break over the holiday season. In our December concerts we’ve traditionally performed a wide variety of songs we’ve enjoyed singing throughout the year and we’ve featured small groups – in recent years from …

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Community Board appointments 

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Martinborough                 Chair                      Mel Maynard

Deputy                 Aidan Ellims

Councillors          Pip Maynard & Pam Colenso


Featherston                       Chair                      Mark Shepherd

Deputy                 Indigo Freya

Councillors          Ross Vickery & Garrick Emms


Greytown                           Chair                      Anne Rainford

Deputy              Vacant until election has been held.

Councillors          Rebecca Fox & Alistair Plimmer


Community Garden News 

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“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.”
Laurie Colwin, ‘Home Cooking’

This is the time of year we are all a bit obsessed with tomato planting: whether we are “hardening them off” for planting out; or have given into temptation and planted early; or are utterly confused at the variety  available so have yet to make choices. 

This year at the Community Garden we have held back until well past the Labour weekend planting tradition, in an effort to avoid winds and frosts, as neither are conditions enjoyed by the tender tomato. This year we have decided to plant our tomatoes in pots, as the recovery time for the soil, post tomatoes can be a number of months, and we would rather have our plant boxes available for other produce.

A few tips for you and your tomatoes  … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

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Asparagus with Beurre Blanc


500 grs Asparagus


¼ cup white wine

¼ cup white wine vinegar

2 shallots, very finely chopped … Continue Reading

Council News

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Elections: Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. It was pleasing to see that again South Wairarapa voting turnout was higher than the medium at 55% which is almost the same as in 2016. 

To my fellow Ward Councillors, Pip and Jeppy, it is great to be working with you again for the next three years.

Council meetings: As I write this, on the 30 October, we will all be sworn in, Councillors and Community Board members, at a ceremony in the Waihinga Centre.  I am looking forward to working with our new Mayor, Alex Beijen, my Martinborough Ward Councillors, Pip & Jeppy and my fellow councillors from Featherston & Greytown.  

Our first meeting will be to adopt the Annual Report, this is a summary of the achievements and milestones over the last 12 months.  Once adopted, a copy of this will be available on the SWDC website or can be requested from the Council office.

Celebrating 30 years of SWDC: On 1 November, we celebrate the milestone of the Martinborough, Featherston and Greytown Borough Councils and the Featherston County Council joining together 30 years ago (1989) to become what we know as the South Wairarapa District Council.   … 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

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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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