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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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“IT’S GOING to be bloody awkward when we all have to flee Australia on boats you know” Australian Jon Kudelka

THE CHINESE City of Chongqing has 2.58 million facial recognition cameras covering the city’s population  of 14.35 million .One camera for every six citizens. This is a higher number of cameras than Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen. 

COMMON sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense dancing. – Clive James

THE COST OF Australia’s new French designed submarines has risen  $21 billion dollars in a year. The estimated new total is $192 billion. This is more than  the total annual cost of  all Australia’s welfare and social  security. And twenty time more than it spends on climate change mitigation measures.  … Continue Reading

About Musical Education and Appreciation 

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The UK Government has recently pledged a staggering £85m for music education in schools. School Standards Minister, Nick Gibbs, said “we want all children to be leaving school able to read and write music, and to have been introduced to a wide range of musical traditions. Today’s funding announcement is designed to help our schools deliver that ambition. Government-backed hubs will provide lessons to ensure that all pupils have access to musical education, instruments and opportunities to play”. This generous grant is partly in response to a perception that music education has become the preserve of the privileged as more schools discontinue offering it because of demands of other subjects and the cost of private music lessons. Daily Telegraph 16/01/20

There is a huge archive of music cartoons on the internet.  Someone who benefits from this proposed comprehensive UK music education programme would certainly get the joke in the accompanying cartoon.  They would not confuse the symbol for a sharp in music notation with the hashtag symbol (#metoo). They will also have an appreciation of music which will allow an awareness of one’s own musical culture.  … Continue Reading


December 9, 2019 December 2019 Comments Off on NATIONAL AWARD FOR BOUTIQUE VINEYARD

Every year, renowned New Zealand winewriter Michael Cooper brings out his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and this year’s edition has a very special meaning for one boutique Martinborough vineyard.

On the same day that they were advised they had won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at the NZ International Wine Show for their red wines, Michael Finucane and Roz Walker of Alexander Vineyard received a very welcome ‘phone call from Michael Cooper.

They learned that they had been given the highly sought after award of producing New Zealand’s

Best Red Wine Buy of the Year for their Alexander Dusty Road Pinot Noir 2018. … Continue Reading

Country dog – City dog

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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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‘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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