What does a Martinborough olive grove have in common with Ferrari, Chanel, Tiffani & Co., Audemars Piguet, S. T. Dupont, The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and some of the best products and services in the world?  They are all winners of the prestigious, annual Luxury Lifestyle Awards, based in New York.  The …

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A few years back Amanda and Lindsey Goodman bought two goats to provide milk for their children, who were lactose-intolerant.   Now that’s grown to a herd of 250 on their farm south of Martinborough, where they produce Drunken Nanny milk and cheese.  If you are a fan you won’t …


Dates: 4 July 2020 – 30 August 2020 Artists: Glen Butler, Sharisse Eberlein, Mark Gee, Rebecca Kempton, Pete Monk and John Whitby Wairarapa is on the verge of becoming a Dark Sky Reserve, a region dedicated to preserving the pristine night sky. Darkness is vital for human wellbeing, creatures’ life cycles, navigation …

Door to door from Wharekaka 

At the heart of the Meals on Wheels service in South Wairarapa is a busy kitchen at Martinborough’s Wharekaka Aged Care Community. Five days a week, chef Don and assistant chef Maddie will not only prepare the main meal of the day for Wharekaka residents, but also for clients in …

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Did you know

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THE VIRUS underlined the necessity of having local shops and services. Supporting them by shopping always locally ensures their  viability and their being there whenever we need them 

LOCAL government get only 10% of the total tax take but is responsible for delivery of a third of New Zealand’s infrastructure.

TO ACIEVE great things two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time” Leonard Bernstein

ACCORDING TO Morgan Stanley the U.S.A. debit to revenue ratio is 358%. A fifth of this debt is held by the People’s Republic of China. In the 1990s the U.S.A.  revenue was in surplus. 

OVER 100 DAYS after the event smoke from the Australian bush fires are still circling the earth. The smoke now 35 kms above the planet is being tracked by NIWA’s research station at Lauder Central Otago. 

WANTING TO meet an author because you like his books is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté. –Margaret Atwood … Continue Reading

Massive Thankyou

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I would like to say a massive and very appreciative thank you to all these people in Martinborough : the staff at P & K, rubbish and re-cycling drivers, bus, transport and delivery drivers, neighbours and friends.   

Dawn Proctor.

Inner Wheel club South Wairarapa

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Like members of other service clubs, Inner Wheel prides itself in its productivity to benefit our communities. Because Covid 19 has disrupted us all this month I will give an overview of activities carried out in 2020 rather than solely in May. After all there is only so much one can write about knitting. 

This year has seen us catering for the Rotarians at the Martinborough Fair, collecting, washing, sorting and distributing bras here and overseas, and knitting for babies in Australia who have been affected by the huge fires. Some of us are amazing cooks, unlike me whose scones were not required this year. No I’m not miffed as I have had a longstanding cough and coughs are definitely not PC, especially at the moment!

 Doreen Badger’s team did a great job as usual so special thanks go to her, Kathleen Rushworth and Liz Poynter for their early shopping and sandwich making, and much more. Thanks also to the rest of the team for their contributions of product, time and donations. Alma Parr did invaluable work arranging for four boxes of lovely second hand, freshly washed bras to be sent to the Solomons, as well as delivering one box each to Dress for Success and Whai Ora. … Continue Reading

JIM 2020 Festival Postponement

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It is with great sadness that we are not proceeding with the 2020 Jazz in Martinborough festival this year due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The restrictions around travel and public gatherings, and the uncertainty for our sponsors, makes the conditions for planning to stage an event simply too challenging to overcome.

We will keep in touch with our sponsors, venue partners and musicians so we can stage a fantastic 10th festival at another time.

Our hearts go out to the jazz musicians, technicians and the many local bars, cafes and restaurants who are the soul of our festival.

We will watch developments closely and reach out so you can be part of any new plans.


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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