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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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First railway, first fatality

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The opening of the first intercity railway between Liverpool and Manchester in 1830 also recorded the first railway death. The former President of the Board of Trade William Huskisson was carelessly standing on the tracks chatting to the Duke of Wellington when Stephenson’s Rocket came hurtling along turning the world’s first trainspotter into the world’s first railway casualty.

Despite this slight PR setback railway mania soon gripped the country and by 1843 there were two thousand miles of track linking industrial centres. 

Fishing monopolies 

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An investigation by Greenpeace last year revealed that 29% of the UK’s fishing quota is owned by five families, all of whom feature on the Sunday Times Rich List. A single Dutch multinational, operating a vast fishing ship, holds a further 24% of the English quota. The smallest boats – less than 10 metres long – comprise 79% of the fleet, but are entitled to catch just 2% of the fish.

The same applies worldwide: huge ships from rich nations mop up the fish surrounding poor nations, depriving hundreds of millions of their major source of protein, while wiping out sharks, tuna, turtles, albatrosses, dolphins and much of the rest of the life of the seas. … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

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Welcome back – we are going to have a busy year.

First of all, I would like to pay tribute to the passing of a good friend, Graham Jacobson on 13 January. Additionally we lost Chris Buring, legend winemaker, in December.

Water continues to be an issue for us as we hit sweltering temperatures, so please follow the outdoor water restrictions and conserve wherever possible. Even with planned upgrades, summer water conservation will likely continue as it’s the right thing to do by the environment and to ensure there is enough essential water for everyone. If your garden is important to you, I strongly recommend installing rainwater tanks for gardening or grey water use. I have had this for 15 years now and it works well. … Continue Reading

Gone Home 

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Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in Partnership with Wellington’s City Art Gallery will present and exhibition showcasing photographs by Gavin Hipkins and Peter Peryer in a game of visual snap. 

The exhibition opening at Aratoi on Friday March 6th. Wellington City Gallery Director Robert Leonard will give a free public talk at Aratoi on Saturday 7th at 11 am. 

A centrepiece of the exhibition is the 80 photograph frieze The Homely 11 by Gavin Hipkins. This body of work was created over sixteen years from 2001 to 2016. The images are of New Zealand ( Hipkins’ home) and the United Kingdom (the homeland)

Hipkins describes the Homely 11 as a ‘Victorian melodrama’ with things utof place . A key image is The Homely Clandon (Hinemihi) a nineteenth century Mãori meeting house transposed into the English countryside.  … 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

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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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