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Another great Fair

This year the Martinborough Fair celebrated its 44th consecutive year! The Fair has evolved from a modest 35 stalls and produce trucks to over 500 stalls from around New Zealand selling a wide range of quality items and attended by over 40,000 people over the two days. Food was popular …

Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

New Zealand’s first – and still surviving – amateur observatory, built by Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek in 1867, may be granted Category 1 Heritage status within the region’s proposed Dark Sky Reserve,  according to Heritage NZ. A 45-page report recommending the South Wairarapa’s Carkeek Observatory’s entry onto the New …

Lazy sneakers

By day Kate Throp’s in charge of Margrain’s tasting room but she’s also great lover of shoes.  Perhaps that’s why a TV1 story about Lazy Sneakers first caught her eye.   Lazy Sneakers was started in Wellington by 12 year old Maia Mariner who realised that not everyone at her …

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South Wairarapa Rebus Club   

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The Guest Speaker at our January meeting was Anton Persico, Sales Manager for The Orchards Lifestyle Retirement Village, who spoke on behalf of developer/operators Craig Percy and the Tumu Group. The village will be sited on Murphy’s Orchard property in Greytown and will preserve some of the 700 mature trees, mostly fruit trees consisting of  plums, apples, nectarine, peaches and apricots. Expressions of interest have already been received from 200 potential residents, couples and singles.

The homes will be built embracing the boutique vision of the developer. For example, the stud height in the villas is typically a generous 2.7 m (9 ft). Resource consents have been obtained and construction of the show villa is expected to start in March 2020 and the first residents are expected to move in by the end of 2020.  … Continue Reading

Our water problem 

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Another summer and total water restriction in place again, this year earlier than ever. Living in the Wairarapa summer droughts and water shortages ever has it been and with climate change we can be sure that this ever will it be thus. 

The initial reaction is to say it’s ‘The Council’s fault, Councils away back should have started doing something about  supplying sufficient water’. Probably so, but maybe also a harsh call. While Wairarapa’s other councils only have to worry about a single town’s supply South Wairarapa is grappling with running three separate systems, with costs running at best estimates into many millions of dollars. Yes, something should be at least in the investigation stage. However realistically this is going to take years. … Continue Reading

It’s in the Bag

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This was the catchy title for a great idea: donating handbags filled with essential toiletries plus treats like perfume for the Women’s Refuge.  When the call went out the response was typical Martinborough.  More than 90 bags chocka with goodies were dropped off at the collection point at Kitcheners, to bring a smile to the faces of women facing a difficult Christmas.

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Front row: Jasmin Sullivan, Sue Sullivan, Nadia White and Christy Sullivan.

Back Row:  A Women’s Refuge representative  and a generous donor.  

 Jazz Scholars in Tune at Summer

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Five musicians from Wairarapa Colleges recently spent at week at the NZ Jazz Foundation Summer School at Victoria University in Wellington.  The scholars had their fees sponsored by Jazz in Martinborough with proceeds from their 9th annual festival held in Spring 2019.

“We’re really pleased and proud of these students,” says Scholarship Organiser, Mary Quayle.  “We’re pleased to be able to provide funding from the proceeds of the festival to such a worthwhile, educational cause.  And very proud to see how well the students did at the actual workshops and Summer School concert.”

Three of the local schools were represented at the workshops, with Adam Butler (saxophone), Rowan Higgins (alto saxophone) and Amethyst Sutherland (bass guitar) from Kuranui College; Thomas Spencer (drums) from Rathkeale and Nicki Thomson-Schulz (electric bass) from Chanel. … 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 …

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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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