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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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Know your town 

February 17, 2020 February 2020 Comments Off on Know your town 

George Pain JP

The city father of the town we now know as Martinborough. 

The Pain family came to New Zealand on the ship Oriental arriving at Wellington in 1840, Mr Pain Snr, also George, was a bricklayer, George, their third son, was born in 1846. They lived at a place called Clay Point, later moving to the Wairarapa. Mr Pain Snr is buried at the Old Waihinga cemetery. … Continue Reading

Library Book Club

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Be daring join a Book Club for 2020. This club is for people who enjoy reading fro pleasure, information or simply escapism. 

This is for you! 

We meet on the second Friday of the month, therefore the next meeting will be held on Friday 14th February at 10 am.

There are no set books. Just come with a book you have read recently and tell us about it. You don’t even have to have found it edifying. Together we have found some great reads. Also our discussions have ranged widely over many topics. We don’t buy into censorship.

For the next meeting please bring a book that you think is fantastic and that you are passionate about encouraging others to read it also.

Remember that this club is informal and everyone is welcome.

For information ring Glenys on 027 2821 757  


February 17, 2020 February 2020 Comments Off on MARTINBOROUGH RUGBY CLUB

Thanks to the Martinborough Football Club, Liverpool Supporters Club of Wellington, and the SWDC an AED  (defibrillator) has been mounted on the wall outside the changing sheds & gym.  This faces both the rugby and football pitches…we hope it never has to be used bust such a great thing to have on site in case of an emergency!

HEARTBEAT COMMUNITY CPR TRAINING – we are very fortunate to have Wairarapa Heartbeat  running a session at the Clubrooms on Wednesday 19 February at 7pm, this is to train members of the community how to react in the event of a cardiac arrest (CPR and the use of an AED), in particular there will be scenarios specific to the sports club environment.  If you are interested in attending please contact … Continue Reading

Happy New Year!

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The summer has seen Martinborough buzzing!

We hope all businesses have had a great festive season.

For the Business Association we are just getting back into action, with the first goal to complete the new 2020 visitor map and then launch the new website 

Then we will be looking ahead to growing the potential from the Dark Sky project. We will be engaging with our business members on the opportunities and what we need to do to respond to visitors across our winter months in what has been classically our “quiet time”

But first its Fair time, its been great to work with new fair convenors to keep Martinborough single use plastic bag free.They have some new re cycling options so we look forward to seeing how that goes.


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

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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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