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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Our water problem 

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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 Council’s fault, Councils away back should have started doing something about  supplying sufficient water’. Probably so, but maybe also a harsh call. While Wairarapa’s other councils only have to worry about a single town’s supply South Wairarapa is grappling with running three separate systems, with costs running at best estimates into many millions of dollars. Yes, something should be at least in the investigation stage. However realistically this is going to take years. … Continue Reading

It’s in the Bag

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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 bring a smile to the faces of women facing a difficult Christmas.

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Front row: Jasmin Sullivan, Sue Sullivan, Nadia White and Christy Sullivan.

Back Row:  A Women’s Refuge representative  and a generous donor.  

 Jazz Scholars in Tune at Summer

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Five musicians from Wairarapa Colleges recently spent at week at the NZ Jazz Foundation Summer School at Victoria University in Wellington.  The scholars had their fees sponsored by Jazz in Martinborough with proceeds from their 9th annual festival held in Spring 2019.

“We’re really pleased and proud of these students,” says Scholarship Organiser, Mary Quayle.  “We’re pleased to be able to provide funding from the proceeds of the festival to such a worthwhile, educational cause.  And very proud to see how well the students did at the actual workshops and Summer School concert.”

Three of the local schools were represented at the workshops, with Adam Butler (saxophone), Rowan Higgins (alto saxophone) and Amethyst Sutherland (bass guitar) from Kuranui College; Thomas Spencer (drums) from Rathkeale and Nicki Thomson-Schulz (electric bass) from Chanel. … Continue Reading

Know your town 

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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 place called Clay Point, later moving to the Wairarapa. Mr Pain Snr is buried at the Old Waihinga cemetery. … Continue Reading

Sports

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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Letters

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

Did you know

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Cooking corner – Potato rendang

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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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