First Church’s Monster Bookfair

The First Church’s annual book sale certainly deserved its title,  Monster Bookfair.   Maybe it was the COVID effect or perhaps it was the decluttering craze earlier in the year, but donations of books were way above normal both in quantity and quality.   As a result sales also broke …

Green Jersey looking towards site development

The proprietors of the Green Jersey Explorer Tours Limited are Joe and Pam Howells, Lucia Zanmonti, Stuart Edwards with Stuart’s parents Allan and Myra Edwards as investors in the property. They are now looking at the options to develop the old Council Yards site of 0.34 Hectare (0.84 acre) on …

 A Quiet Restoration of Veterans’ Graves at Martinborough Public Cemetery 

Over the past year, a quiet change has been happening at Martinborough Public Cemetery.  Volunteers of the New Zealand Remembrance Army, with support and guidance from the South Wairarapa District Council, have been restoring the graves of New Zealanders who served their country during times of military conflict. Now, the …

Toast to generate needed boost

Toast Martinborough is set to kick start a summer season that looks promising for the South Wairarapa economy. With over 75% of tickets sold already in just 2 weeks, Toast 2020 looks set to break records. The flow-on economic impact benefits the entire region.  Airbnb’s and rental cottages have been …

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Cooking Corner

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Kumera and Mushroom soup 


I kg kumara 

1 ltr vege stock

250 gr large mushrooms 

50 gr butter

1tsp thyme leaves

Method  … Continue Reading

Did you know

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AUCKLAND’S televised Sunday afternoon rugby matches go slightly past official sundown triggering the requirement of a Resource Consent. The cost to the Rugby Union for this: $10,000 

THE FORERUNNER to the modern storage battery was built by Alessandro Volt in 1799. The key to his invention was a pile of zinc and silver discs alternating with each other and separated by cardboard discs  soaked in brine. This produced a steady flow of electricity when a wire was connected to the top and bottom of the pile.

THERE ARE thirteen deaths a day due to smoking related diseases. And yet there are still half a million regular smokers in New Zealand.

IRONY:  On the same day that NZ’s Covid-19 border controls were proven to be very far from perfect the International Research Unit  ranked NZ to be first among twenty one OECD countries  for it’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis … Continue Reading

Community Garden News

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Cold and damp has set in and the growth is slow, however, we have set our mind to maintenance and preparation.Still harvesting kale, spinach, rhubarb and leeks. They will appear at the Larder on a Wednesday.

Winter tasks (which are timely for all gardeners):

  • Pruning our small collection of berries, and taking cuttings for the future- blueberries grow well from cuttings.
  • Tidying and feeding strawberries, and planting out runners that have formed new roots.
  • Splitting rhubarb and giving it all a good winter feed of horse pooh.
  • Lifting “spent’ plants that have done their service, and giving them a good burial in the compost heaps. It a good idea to chop these plants into small bits into the compost, as it takes less time to break down and the compost is ready for use in a shorter time. We remove all the hard and horny roots and place them in our “earth pile”, which is given much more time to mature into compost.
  • Compost has had a good dusting of lime and a dose of horse pooh and coffee grinds to get all the lovely bacteria and worms working.
  • Good time to plant broad beans, and for the first time we have planted a crop of peas.
  • Our kumara were an improvement on last year, but we still need a bigger heap of soil. So have added compressed sheep dags, the contents of our tomato pots, and grass clippings , with the intention of building it further before next year’s crop goes in.

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July 6, 2020 July 2020 Comments Off on FIRE BRIGADE REPORT 

Level 1 is here and we hope you are enjoying the new freedoms associated with that, it’s great to see and hear the children in the playground opposite the station along with our community out and about, all smiling. The Brigade has responded to community requests for Medical assistance and had to get Dr Phillip and his PRIME responders out to assist lately, and also responded to motor vehicle accidents (remember to drive to the conditions).

COVID 19 has meant a number of changes about how Fire and Emergency (FENZ) do business but with the change in levels of alert you will see us restarting our training, especially for those recruits that had their courses cancelled and now rescheduled, and we work to refresh both their skills and ours too, now we can mingle as normal. Among the other cancellations we had to put in place during COVID, was the postponement of Chief Jake Hawkins 25 year Gold Star celebration, but don’t worry we will definitely fit this very important and special milestone in later this year. … 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

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

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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