Troublesome Hinekura Road formally re-opened – for now

By Ray Lilley Hinekura Road _ a 23-kilometer stretch of mostly narrow, winding, hilly and massively poor condition access road to rural farmlands east of Martinborough _ formally reopened on April 18, with a red ribbon cut to mark the event. Some 25 people, including the acting mayor, three councillors, …

Electrifying comes to Marty town centre

The Wairarapa’s first EV (electric) delivery van will shortly be trundling P&K orders round the streets of Martinborough. It will be followed by the installation of two EV fast charging stations at the shopping carpark off the Square. Until now, no formal plans for EV charging stations have surfaced for …

Palestine war vigil attracts toots, waves in Square

By Ray Lilley A protest group holding Palestinian flags, posters reading “Toot for Gaza,” “Genocide” and “Free Palestine” is winning solid support – with tooting, waves and thumbs-up from passing motorists and, notably, younger tourists who stop to add to the gathering of between 12 and 20 locals. Some join …

Skyline Challenge “roaring” success for Lions

After last year’s cyclonic washout, this year’s Lions’ Club Skyline Challenge was a “roaring” success, with around 250 participants turning up to mountain bike ride, run and walk over the challenging hills north of town to enjoy the fabulous views and perfect weather conditions. “It was such a disappointment last …

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Community Hub – aka the Town Library

February 13, 2024 February 2024 Comments Off on Community Hub – aka the Town Library

Find the Miniature Library.

When was the last time you visited the library in Martinborough (or in Carterton, Featherston and Greytown)? If it’s been a few years, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

We are now part of a large network of lower North Island libraries that includes Masterton, Hutt City, Porirua and Kapiti Coast libraries. This means a greatly enlarged collection with more than a million items to borrow. 

If we don’t hold a book you want, chances are we’ll be able to borrow a copy for you from one of our partner libraries. Best of all, it now doesn’t cost anything to reserve and borrow books, and there are no charges for overdue items. 

Your library also offers more than just books. Did you know you can use our computers for free? Check your email, browse the Internet, and perform other online activities such as banking? We also offer printing and scanning services: you can even print directly from your mobile device if you wish.  

And it’s a great place for little ones too, where imagination, fun and learning come alive! We hold weekly story-time sessions for pre-schoolers as well as after-school activities for older children. Our holiday programmes are always a hit, with boredom-busting activities to engage young minds and bodies. 

As a community hub, you can find all kinds of support at regular clinics held by Digital Seniors, Justices of the Peace and Wairarapa Community Law … Continue Reading

Seaweedy Tales from Wales

February 13, 2024 February 2024 Comments Off on Seaweedy Tales from Wales

All are welcome to an afternoon with illustrator & folklorist Peter Stevenson.

Peter lives in a “seaweedy town” on the west coast of Wales. He studied illustration at Manchester Art College and then Dialect and Folklife Studies at Leeds University.

He publishes and performs around the world and has illustrated for Margaret Mahy, Gavin Bishop, Joy Cowley and others.

Wairarapa Word and Wairarapa Library Service are happy to welcome Peter to Wairarapa, where is staying with Te Ao O Te Pūkeko to write about the liminal space between earth and water.

All are welcome to “Tales from Wales” on Saturday, 24 February, at the Community Courthouse, 60 Holloway Street, Carterton, Wairarapa. 

At 2 p.m, Peter presents folktales for all ages from his newest books, Illustrated Welsh Folk Tales for Young and Old and Boggarts, Trolls & Twlwyth Teg.  A very favourite tale of Peter’s is The Green Man, a Welsh Roman story.

At 4 p.m, he will run a free Visual Storytelling Workshop for adults: Where do stories come from? How can oral stories be made into books? 

This workshop explores migration stories – from Wales and the world. Bring along a story to tell, real or fantasy, on migration. Limited spaces. Sign up with  

“Tales from Wales” is part of a free monthly public programme brought to you by Wairarapa Word and Wairarapa Library Service. Follow on Facebook, or sign up to receive news in your inbox:   events.waiword@gmail..

For more about Peter Stevenson visit  – or follow him on Facebook – look for the Green Man!

Free entry, but Koha is appreciated. Peter’s books will be available for sale and signing.

Updated rating valuations delayed till April

February 13, 2024 February 2024 Comments Off on Updated rating valuations delayed till April

New rating valuations for South Wairarapa property owners have been delayed for two months and will sent from April 17 _ because of workload levels at Quotable Value (QV).

Revaluations for all South Wairarapa properties were due this month but the Office of the Valuer General granted an extension to QV for “factors” which include “Covid 19, changing regulatory requirements, and the complexity of the rural sector,” a statement from South Wairarapa District Council noted.

“The new values will be based on the most likely selling price if the property had sold on the valuation date, which was 1 September 2023, and will be used to help inform rates commencing in the 2024/2025 rating year,” it said.

QV’s national revaluation  manager Tim Gibson said the extra time “will help ensure greater accuracy.”

“It has been delayed … because we still need to thoroughly review a number of values within the district.”

The new valuations are expected to be based on Capital Value rather than the previously-used Land Value basis. 

Gibson said the valuations “are solely used for the purpose of determining the equitable share of rates are (sic) distributed fairly across property owners of the district _ and are not intended to be used as market valuations.”

Owners who dispute their new rating valuation will have till May 24 to lodge an objection with QV.

Gibson notes that “your local council are not responsible for the new rating valuations.”

Many ratepayers reportedly still expect double-digit rate demands from council for 2024-25.

Little things – with big impact

February 13, 2024 February 2024, Regular Features Comments Off on Little things – with big impact

February is here and 2024 is in full swing. It has been a festive and bustling wine village over the summer holidays!

Thanks to all those who commented or reached out to comment on a solution that has had a big impact during the holiday period. The coffee fix chalkboard was a simple solution to an ongoing conversation to support our visitors in knowing where to get their coffee and we seemed to hit a winner!

No fancy app or online requirement just a simple chalkboard sign. It proved that sometimes simple is best. This a message we often come back to time and time again here at Martinborough Business Association _ along with stick to your knitting. 

We know what we do well, Martinborough is a tourist destination built around its world-class wine which is accompanied by great food, award-winning olive oil, gin, chocolate _  the list goes on and on.

The Martinborough Business Association is excited about the potential that 2024 holds for local businesses through tourism, both domestically and internationally. With its unique charm, exceptional producers, accredited dark sky and a passionate community driving it all Martinborough is set to shine on the global tourism stage.

The association encourages businesses to embrace this opportunity, collaborate, and collectively work towards making Martinborough a premier destination.

Here’s to an exciting year ahead.


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Golf clubhouse fundraising builds up

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Women’s football team in Green, Black and … Pink strip

Martinborough Football Club has unveiled a vibrant new palette of green, black and pink with the introduction of a women’s team, marking a significant milestone for the club. The rise of interest in women’s football, fueled by events like the FIFA Women’s World Cup, highlighted the demand for local opportunities. …

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