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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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Hau Ariki: Our marae 2020 and beyond

December 9, 2019 December 2019 Comments Off on Hau Ariki: Our marae 2020 and beyond

Hau Ariki is a unique meeting space for community in Martinborough and it has developed a charter as a strong foundation for its aspirations in 2020 and beyond, which community are invited to comment on. As an institution in Martinborough initiated by community for community, Hau Ariki has impact for Māori and non-Māori. The charter signals a move towards a higher level of accountability, clarity of its role, and a pathway for future development.  

Trustee Chair Trevor Hawkins acknowledges “The refurbishment of the marae broadcast on reality show Marae DIY, highlighted to the committee the strong endorsement of local and wider community in Hau Ariki. The charter follows on from this endorsement.  Though the charter is a big step that might take a while to fully realise, it sends a strong signal about the direction of the marae for the community and I believe we have the people young and old who can take this forward.” … Continue Reading

It’s been an exciting month at the Museum

December 9, 2019 December 2019 Comments Off on It’s been an exciting month at the Museum

It’s been an exciting time for the museum.  October was the 125th birthday of our heritage-designated building and we pulled out all the stops to celebrate.  A big thank you to everyone who supported us.

For 80 years, before it became the museum, the building was the town library. Recognising that history we worked with Charlotte Harding and Bec Reilly (Ventana) to hold Story Month events.  That included children’s sessions in the museum.  We want them to feel it is “their” museum too.

With that in mind we now have old equipment kids can play with:  party line phones, typewriters, an adding machine, a windup gramophone and Plunket scales.  There’s also a Treasure Hunt to add a challenge. (thank you Bec for the idea).  If you are after immortality we have a Time Capsule too where you can put in an entry (Karen Cronshaw’s clever idea).  It won’t be opened again until 2044. … Continue Reading

Know your town 

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The Stephensons and Martinborough airstrip

From 1960 through to 1986 Associated Farmers Aerial Work operated a busy airstrip from Martinborough’s southern boundary. The people behind this company were Claude and Betty Stephenson

Claude was born in Opotiki, a pilot in World War Two he was a Squadron Leader serving in Egypt, India and Italy and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. On leaving the service he obtained his Civil Commercial Pilots Licence (no 96). He started his top dressing career in1951 flying a Tiger Moth from Waitangaru near Te Kuiti for James Aviation, for a time becoming James Aviation’s instructor.  

He moved to operating out of Rotorua where he was instrumental in forming the Rotorua Aero Club. It was also at Rotorua where he met  his wife to be, Betty Cruickshank, who worked in the Post Office there. Claude and Betty married at Rotorua. 

At the end of 1953 they moved to Masterton where  a company listed as Air Lift NZ Ltd. had been formed by John Riddiford, Malcolm Forsythe and Claude. The company ran a three month top dressing trial using a DC3 aircraft. When this was disbanded Claude and Malcolm moved to the Knoll at the top of Bidwills Cutting and  resumed using Tiger Moths. … Continue Reading

Kuranui College 2019 top students

December 9, 2019 December 2019 Comments Off on Kuranui College 2019 top students

The prize for Kuranui Dux for 2019 went to Caelum Greaves who has also gained a scholarship to Otago University where he will begin a Bachelor of Arts and Science at Otago University, majoring in Ecology and English and Linguistics, to later move into the specialist field of science communication.

 Caelum attained Level 1, 2 and 3 NCEA with Excellence endorsements.  … 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 …

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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

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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