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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Cooking corner

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Traditional Irish stew


I kg thick lamb neck or shoulder chops.

3 onions diced

12 baby carrots  

2 tbsp pearl barley

500 ml lamb or chicken stock … Continue Reading

Councillor comment

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Council meeting

At our Extraordinary Council meeting on the 19th August, councillors debated the issue of signing or not signing the Memorandum of Understanding and Funding Agreement with the Crown to participate in a review of three waters service delivery. Councillors have voted to sign the MOU and delegated this to the Mayor.  The signed MOU needed to be with the Government by the 31st August.   … Continue Reading

Did you know

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SUMMER’S Australian bushfires covered an area 80% of the size of England. 6,000 buildings were destroyed, 34 people died. Also killed were 90% of the wildlife; 3 billion Koala, Kangaroos, birds frogs and reptiles. 

AUCKLAND IS now the fourth least affordable housing market in the world. In 1990 a house cost 4 times the median wage. It is now 9.7 times. Last year the average Auckland house value rose $83,000. Auckland’s average wage is $46,880. 

“ LISTEN HONEY, you’re soliciting yourself either way – one’s just for votes the other’s for money. One advertises on billboards the other in the back pages of the Dominion Post” Georgina Byer explaining to a fellow MP. … Continue Reading

Exciting plans for cycling trail 

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Recreational cycling is BIG these days.  A drive around Martinborough any day of the week makes that obvious, with bikes of all shapes and sizes and riders of varying ability out enjoying the fresh country air.  Now there is a plan to take it to a whole new level by creating riding trails to link the five towns in our region.

The Martinborough Business Association invited Greg Lang, the Mayor of Carterton and Chair of the Wairarapa Trails Action Group to speak at their AGM last month.  Greg’s a passionate advocate for the concept and it’s also enthusiastically backed by the other councils and Greater Wellington.   … 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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