The annual Martinborough Rose & Flower Show is celebrating its 77th anniversary on Saturday 14th November, 2020.  A small committee have been working behind the scene in our current turbulent times to ensure the show goes ahead.  This is an opportunity to share your garden blooms with the locals and …

Under Martinborough Stars

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. On November 16th and 17th, Earth passes through a cloud of dust and debris left over from Comet 55P/ Tempel-Tuttle. This comet passes Earth every 33 years and …

“AWESOME” – Classical Music Appreciation Presentations

The Martinborough Music Festival (MMF) Outreach presentations were made to Martinborough School, Kuranui and Wairarapa Colleges on 19 October. Five string instrument students from the NZ School of Music – Lucas Baker, Hayden Nickel (violins), Lauren Jack (viola), Bethany Angus (cello) and William Taber (double bass) – presented the programme.  …

South Wairarapa Tramping Club – Ngahau trip

Fourteen keen trampers converged at a farmhouse along a road east of Pirinoa. We were all looking forward to a farm and bush walk in completely new territory. First we were led by Ann on what was a short but exciting steep down-and-up 4 wheel drive farm track – the …

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Toy Library has been busy 

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It’s been a busy few months for the Toy Library. Closing during the government’s level 4 and 3 lockdowns gave a chance for toys to be deep cleaned, old toys to be retired and new toys to be ordered. Among our new additions is the Schleich Dinosaur Pack, the Baby Einstein Magic Touch Music Set and the Pikler triangle and slide (for those who don’t know, this is basically an indoor climbing frame that folds away). 

There have also been changes to our committee, and we have been sad to say goodbye to Amanda Ritchie, Charlotte Harding, Katie Rees and Olivia Stevens for all the time and effort they have contributed to the toy library. Special thanks go to Amanda, who has been involved with Martinborough Toy Library for 8 years – she has welcomed many of the Martinborough families as members during that time. However her own family is growing up, and we thank her for everything she has given to the community over the years.  … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Black Holes this week and the more you try and understand them, the stranger it all becomes. Black Holes are just weird.

The trouble is they are black which makes them impossible to see with your naked eye. You have to use other methods to know they are even there at all. 

Albert Einstein paved the way to discover Black Holes but even he thought they would be too weird to exist. Einstein tells us that space and time aren’t separate but combined which is called space-time. This is the fabric of the universe. Space-time can warp and bend especially around high mass objects. Black holes are the densest objects around, so space-time is warped. So as space-time bends you know that something massive must be causing it. Hey presto, you’ve found yourself a Black Hole. … Continue Reading

Predator Free Martinborough

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Predator Free Martinborough is an informal group which began in late 2018.  The objective is to target rats, possums and other introduced pest animals by having traps on our own properties.  

Predator Free Martinborough has a trap library and can lend traps to help people get started.  We also provide information on where people can buy their own traps.  Catches are recorded on the Predator Free NZ database    … Continue Reading

Library news

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“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.” – Sidney Sheldon

Did you know?  Martinborough Library is only one of four libraries under the Wairarapa Library Service umbrella – your membership also gives you free access to Featherston, Greytown and Carterton libraries.  You can request a book from any of the four libraries and return your books at any of the four libraries (regardless of which library they came from). If you’ve got some spare time, go on a ‘library roadtrip’ and check out their goodies. … Continue Reading


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, …

Football Club’s season ends with a shield

Martinborough Football Clubs senior season concluded in style on 19th September with a 3-2 win against Douglas Villa in Masterton.  The team were delighted to have won theWairarapa Knockout Shield which is now proudly displayed at its Club rooms at Cool Change Bar & Eatery. Spokesperson Lucy Douglas said, “It’s been my …

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 …

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Under Martinborough Stars

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I …

South Wairarapa Rotary News

Di Banks, Leader of Learning Support and Vocational Pathways at Kuranui College spoke to Rotary …


At our September meeting the Guest Speaker, Sarah Wright from Digital Seniors, asked us why …

Regional Council notes

The recent election has delivered a very different political landscape for New Zealand.  With a …

November Recycling days

Wednesday 4th Wheelie Bin Wednesday  11th Glass Wednesday 18th wheelie bin Wednesday 18th Glass Wednesday …

News from First Church

Now Labour Weekend is behind us and summer days are ahead, here’s hoping we can …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole …

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