Our water problem 

Another summer and total water restriction in place again, this year earlier than ever. Living in the Wairarapa summer droughts and water shortages ever has it been and with climate change we can be sure that this ever will it be thus.  The initial reaction is to say it’s ‘The …

It’s in the Bag

This was the catchy title for a great idea: donating handbags filled with essential toiletries plus treats like perfume for the Women’s Refuge.  When the call went out the response was typical Martinborough.  More than 90 bags chocka with goodies were dropped off at the collection point at Kitcheners, to …

Know your town 

George Pain JP The city father of the town we now know as Martinborough.  The Pain family came to New Zealand on the ship Oriental arriving at Wellington in 1840, Mr Pain Snr, also George, was a bricklayer, George, their third son, was born in 1846. They lived at a …

An earlier Star deliverer 

We received an interesting letter from Val Johns’ brother in law Lloyd who lives in Australia. He wrote;  “In the 1950s I delivered Charlie Michelle’s Martinborough Star to around 40 or so residents each Wednesday after school for the princely sum of 2/6d.  ( 2020 = $8.72). On every Wednesday, …

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Caffeine, good and bad

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Although caffeine can trigger  headaches, either as a symptom of withdrawal or as a result of dehydration from overconsumption, it can also stop them.

Before the pain of a headache sets in the blood vessels enlarge. Caffeine has vascoconstrictive properties which narrow the  blood vessels and reduce swelling . When caffeine is consumed as drink or as pain relief headache pain is reduced by 40%.

For a quick remedy , plunger coffee has a higher amount of caffeine that instant or espresso – but enjoy in moderation. 

Community Board appointments 

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Martinborough                 Chair                      Mel Maynard

Deputy                 Aidan Ellims

Councillors          Pip Maynard & Pam Colenso


Featherston                       Chair                      Mark Shepherd

Deputy                 Indigo Freya

Councillors          Ross Vickery & Garrick Emms


Greytown                           Chair                      Anne Rainford

Deputy              Vacant until election has been held.

Councillors          Rebecca Fox & Alistair Plimmer


Community Garden News 

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“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.”
Laurie Colwin, ‘Home Cooking’

This is the time of year we are all a bit obsessed with tomato planting: whether we are “hardening them off” for planting out; or have given into temptation and planted early; or are utterly confused at the variety  available so have yet to make choices. 

This year at the Community Garden we have held back until well past the Labour weekend planting tradition, in an effort to avoid winds and frosts, as neither are conditions enjoyed by the tender tomato. This year we have decided to plant our tomatoes in pots, as the recovery time for the soil, post tomatoes can be a number of months, and we would rather have our plant boxes available for other produce.

A few tips for you and your tomatoes  … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

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Asparagus with Beurre Blanc


500 grs Asparagus


¼ cup white wine

¼ cup white wine vinegar

2 shallots, very finely chopped … 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 …

Regular Features


Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

‘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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