Difficult Haurangi rescue

Joe Bannister and his friend Dave were in the Haurangi Forest Park. After a long day out in the bush, Joe was heading down a steep hill when the ground gave way and sent him sliding down a cliff face. He fell six metres, badly injuring his leg in the …

Waihinga Centre

Fundraising Success Fundraising efforts are go and so far it has been lots of fun! The Square of Gold kept on rolling until a total of 50 ½ metres had been snapped up, bringing us to a total of $2020. Quite mind blowing given this was only meant as a …

A Very Special Event

Most opera lovers’ commitment to the art form involves buying tickets to public performances.  Winifred Bull and her husband David decided to take their love of opera a whole lot further.  They designed a new home with enough space to stage concerts for more than 100 people.  They particularly wanted …

Under The Martinborough Stars

By Becky Bateman My house is north facing and I get people telling me all the time how good my tomatoes must be. On face value that seems a perfectly fine and normal comment but, thinking deeper, it shows how much the sky affects our lives. The more I thought …

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March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on MARTINBOROUGH RUGBY CLUB

Training for the season is underway for both our Premier and Reserves team, if you have not been along and wish to play this season or find out more, pop along or contact one of our coaches.  The season kicks off on the 6 April for both teams.

PREMIERS – Mondays & Thursdays 6.30pm, Coach – James Bruce 0272772962

PRESERVES – Thursdays 6.30pm, Coach – Marshall Love 0276607488

Our Registration Night was held on the 7 March for our Senior players but it is not too late to register, this can be done online at https://www.sporty.co.nz/martinboroughrfc/Online-Registrations/Senior-Form

JAB players can register at https://www.sporty.co.nz/martinboroughrfc/Online-Registrations/Junior-Form  … Continue Reading

Martinborough Mens Shed

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Martinborough Mens Shed

The Martinborough Mens Shed continues with many and varied activities. Recent ones have included:

  • Repairing and painting book shelves for the library in the new premises
  • Building a box for the collection and safe return of books through the after-hours slot at the library
  • Repairs to toys for the toy library, kindergarten and playcentre
  • Various jobs in the museum
  • An old historical garden seat, kindly donated by Martin Lawrence, is being refurbished. It will be situated at the museum.

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News from First Church

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on News from First Church

February really was a delightful warm summer month, and Martinborough had many visitors enjoying all the delights that our town and countryside has to offer.

 First Church Sunday services have almost become a “drop in” cafe, as visitors to town join us in our hall for a relaxed and friendly time of worship with morning tea. It’s very interesting to meet new people, hear where they’re from and what brings them to Martinborough.

 Sometimes there are family connections, and fascinating stories are told. In First Church’s almost 150 years, it has played a part in the lives of many people and families which grew up in and around Martinborough through weddings,  baptisms, Sunday School, Bible Class and all the social life that revolves round a parish church which is so much a part of the history of the town. … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Raftarama

In the 1970s the Martinborough Lions held their highly successful Raftarama  which saw local groups ‘race’ down the Ruamahunga river on rafts from Moiki to the main road bridge. The rafts were many and various built on drums, car tubes, plastic containers, wooden crates, in fact anything which more or less floated. 

 One aim was to get to the end the other to slow down other contestants. Fair means or foul was the order of the day. Raftarama was a huge amount of fun and drew contestants from clubs and groups from all over South Wairarapa – along with huge crowds of supporters. A highlight of the day was the  giant sausage sizzle put on by the Lions.

If any readers have stories of their Raftarama memories  we would love to have them, please send them in.