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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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Museum News 

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We would like to thank everyone who supported the recent 125th birthday of the Museum building.   The fundraising 1982 documentary was a box office smash.  We hoped to fill one theatre and ended up screening the film 6 times.  The proceeds will go towards developing an exhibition space to allow us to show more of our area’s  heritage.

There’s another anniversary coming up soon.  In October it will be the 150th anniversary of the sale of the first sections at Wharekaka Waihinga, the original settlement pre-dating Martinborough.   If you have any information or memorabilia about this historic area we’d love to hear from you.

We’ve got lots of new initiatives for 2020.  If you have ideas or feedback about the museum do let us know so we can consider these in our planning.


Music and Verbal Memory.

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Did you know? Listening to music may inhibit creativity.

Listening to music can be relaxing, but it may interfere with your ability to create, suggests a study published online Feb. 2, 2019, by Applied Cognitive Psychology. … Continue Reading


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On Friday 7 February at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Masterton at 6.30pm Kat and Alan Maxwell will be installed as the new ministry leaders of St Andrew’s Church .

Alan has had a significant impact on the communities of Featherston and Martinborough through his work with youth. He is placed in Kuranui College, several days per week, as part of the 24-7 Youth Work initiative, is part of the Diocese AYM (Anglican Youth Movement) regional team, runs senior youth, develops youth leaders and is involved with church worship and more at St John’s in Featherston.   … Continue Reading

Noeline White

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Noeline White, who recently turned ninety,  was out enjoying the sun at the  Christmas parade


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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