Space & Science Festival comes to the Wairarapa

After inspiring more than 10,000 people in Wellington over the last two years, the “Space & Science Festival” is coming to the Wairarapa. Space & Science Festival, a mix of spectacular science displays, science talks and classroom activity, is a not-for-profit charity created by a group of volunteer parents, teachers, …

A busy start to the year

With the new year now under way at Wharekaka we have had some lovely trips out to the Pinnacles and Lake Ferry. At times the heat has been hard and ice creams and fans have been the only way to go. Wharekaka Auxiliary held a beautiful picnic for the residents …

Why have the Martinborough Fair?

The idea of a country fair came from Bill Fetch, who became a Rotarian in 1972. Bill had travelled to Germany and was impressed with the village markets there. He felt the Martinborough town square, with its open space and lovely shade trees would make an ideal venue for a …

Hammers & Horsehair – Concert for Soprano, Square Piano and Cello

The Greytown Music Group’s  first concert for this year will be Hammers & Horsehair, at 4pm Sunday 22 April, at 57 Wood Street, Greytown – an innovative performance by Douglas Mews on square piano, Robert Ibell on cello, and soprano Rowena Simpson of music from 19th century Germany, Austria and …

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Waihinga Centre

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A look behind the safety fence

The Waihinga Centre building work is going well and we took a peek behind the fence at progress.


A Generous Donation

When Susan Stephen found herself with a brand new safety trampoline that she didn’t need she decided to give it to the Fundraising Committee of the Waihinga Centre, to help raise money for Stage 2 of the development – the playground and park.   The trampoline was raffled and raised over $600.

Susan’s generous gift has helped the community in more ways than one. Most importantly it’s raised a useful sum of money to go towards work on the new playground for all children to enjoy.  It’s also going to put a smile on the faces of the lucky children who get to use it at home.

The trampoline’s new owner?   It’s Kim Hayes from Greytown, who bought the winning ticket at the Te Kairanga Farmers’ Market. Foley Family Wines approached the fundraising team last year to donate proceeds generated from the Te Kairanga Market to the project, they also generously made a stall available to the Waihinga Centre fundraising team. … Continue Reading

Experience a distinctive feature of Martinborough Music Festival

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28-30 September

An astonishing statistic of this year’s Festival is that there is some 200 years collective playing experience between the six musicians. Yes, that’s right. These musicians began learning to play their instruments during their preschool years. They are all in demand for their performance skills.

Canadian born pianist, Diedre Irons, began tinkling away on the piano when she was three years old. Following formal lessons, Ms Irons made her debut as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra playing the Schumann Concerto in A Minor. She was 12 years old.

After her graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Ms Irons was in demand as a soloist, in concert, as a recitalist and as a member of renowned chamber ensembles. In 1977, she came to New Zealand and established herself as one of our distinguished performing musicians. In 1989, she was awarded an MBE and in 2011, an ONZM for services to music. … Continue Reading


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The Gym has been very busy over the last few months, a huge welcome to all our new members.  We aim to cater for all abilities and ages including those that are too young to actually use the gym facilities!  Our KidFit classes are very popular with usually over 20 children attending each class.

These are run either in the Clubrooms or outside on the field, although this term is coming to an end you can always register in advance for Term II.  Mondays at 4.30pm we have our 9-13 year olds, then Wednesdays 3.30pm is for our 5-9 year olds.  Each class is $20 for the term.  If are wanting to register please contact Rachael –

For the adults we have some great classes Mondays to Wednesdays with Damon that cater for all levels, we have classes at 6am, lunchtime, after work, and our very popular MumFit! Details of these classes can be found on our Facebook page, or if you would like a timetable sent to you please send your details to

GET MOVING WITH MISH – Join Mish for a 45min Metabolic class on Saturday mornings at 8am, $10 per class. This class consists of cardiovascular work and strength combined into one! Catering for all fitness levels – perfect kickstart for your weekend. No need to book, just turn up! … Continue Reading


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It is great to see the return of an annual fixture between Martinborough and Karori GC, the re kindling of friendships playing for the prestigious ANZ Cup, which back in the day was played on an annual basis between our two Clubs.

It’s been a  long time between drinks break and the finding of the Cup put into the back of a cupboard for safe keeping.

Karori generously offered to host, their team of thirty six players and for our part, nine lads ventured over to represent us on a warm brilliant sunny day.

The Cups result is based on the best five stableford scores from both teams which went the way of the Hosts, though not by a huge margin considering the odds with Stableford scores totalling 186 and 171 respectively.

However, the individual competition was won by Guy Walmsley, Martinboroughs Committee member and new appointed Club Captain also an ex-Karori GC Club Captain with 41 points. 2nd was Mike Cox with 39 points and 3rd placed was Dick Adam with 38 points.
Two’s weIre won by Sheldon Mc Namara of MGC with an Eagle putt on hole 12, par 4. His drive landed on the green with the help of Victor from KGC because he stopped the ball from rolling well past the hole while preparing to putt for his bogey. He did not complain of being hit by the team behind because he hoped to be compensated with a drink at the clubhouse.
Other two’s were won by Jerry Barber, Dave Cullen and Malcolm Bridge of MGC. … Continue Reading


Golf news

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop. The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford …

Martinborough Netball Club

Indeed while this year is almost over and this article slightly late, just to let you know what the season has been like for the Martinborough Netball Club. The Netball Premier Team moved up a grade this netball season from previous years having played in the Premier 2 grade. We …

Walking is a man’s best medicine. (Hippocrates)

SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB While crossing a busy intersection in Christchurch last week I spotted a banner sporting the message: WALK2freeTHE.MIND. This surely captures in a catch-phrase a credible philosophy. Throughout the decades numerous walking quotes have been recorded, many of which portray the physical and mental benefits of a …

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