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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Alan Clayton – Luthier 

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As part of its music education outreach programme, the Martinborough Music Festival (MMF) team decided to include a session for adults. Nick Arnold, who organises the annual winter Medici Lectures, allocated MMF a slot. Marion Townend arranged for Carpenter, Chairmaker, Carver, Wood Turner and now Luthier, Alan Clayton, to be the speaker. … Continue Reading

Can you Help?

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Our valued reporter Chris will be available only intermittently over the next few months and we are looking for somebody to cover during this period. This is an interesting role as part of the Star team in covering an event or talking to interesting people. It is definitely not onerous usually producing two or three items a month. 

If you may be interested and would like more information please contact me at 3089 978 or email; 

Love to hear from you, Mike

Community Garden News

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Good to see that Spring is in the air.

After a fairly bleak winter, we have just about filled all our planters with spring crops…. lettuce, kale, cavelo nero, onions and spring cabbage. The peas and broad beans planted directly as seeds are now well established and ready to be staked to keep them safe through the winds that will, no doubt come next month. … Continue Reading

Community well served by Tennis Club

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The Martinborough Lawn Tennis Club is a well-established and much-loved hub for our local community and visitors.  

With six grass and two all-weather floodlit astroturf courts on the Oxford/Regent Street corner, the club offers many levels of organised tennis through the summer. There are two nights a week of business house, plus junior and senior interclub and midweek tennis, and Club Captain and coach Marco de Groot runs weekly active tennis and junior coaching sessions.  … 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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