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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Library Book Club

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Be daring join a Book Club for 2020. This club is for people who enjoy reading fro pleasure, information or simply escapism. 

This is for you! 

We meet on the second Friday of the month, therefore the next meeting will be held on Friday 14th February at 10 am.

There are no set books. Just come with a book you have read recently and tell us about it. You don’t even have to have found it edifying. Together we have found some great reads. Also our discussions have ranged widely over many topics. We don’t buy into censorship.

For the next meeting please bring a book that you think is fantastic and that you are passionate about encouraging others to read it also.

Remember that this club is informal and everyone is welcome.

For information ring Glenys on 027 2821 757  


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Thanks to the Martinborough Football Club, Liverpool Supporters Club of Wellington, and the SWDC an AED  (defibrillator) has been mounted on the wall outside the changing sheds & gym.  This faces both the rugby and football pitches…we hope it never has to be used bust such a great thing to have on site in case of an emergency!

HEARTBEAT COMMUNITY CPR TRAINING – we are very fortunate to have Wairarapa Heartbeat  running a session at the Clubrooms on Wednesday 19 February at 7pm, this is to train members of the community how to react in the event of a cardiac arrest (CPR and the use of an AED), in particular there will be scenarios specific to the sports club environment.  If you are interested in attending please contact Matthew.hitchiner@wfa.org.nz … Continue Reading

Happy New Year!

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The summer has seen Martinborough buzzing!

We hope all businesses have had a great festive season.

For the Business Association we are just getting back into action, with the first goal to complete the new 2020 visitor map and then launch the new website 

Then we will be looking ahead to growing the potential from the Dark Sky project. We will be engaging with our business members on the opportunities and what we need to do to respond to visitors across our winter months in what has been classically our “quiet time”

But first its Fair time, its been great to work with new fair convenors to keep Martinborough single use plastic bag free.They have some new re cycling options so we look forward to seeing how that goes.

Museum News 

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We would like to thank everyone who supported the recent 125th birthday of the Museum building.   The fundraising 1982 documentary was a box office smash.  We hoped to fill one theatre and ended up screening the film 6 times.  The proceeds will go towards developing an exhibition space to allow us to show more of our area’s  heritage.

There’s another anniversary coming up soon.  In October it will be the 150th anniversary of the sale of the first sections at Wharekaka Waihinga, the original settlement pre-dating Martinborough.   If you have any information or memorabilia about this historic area we’d love to hear from you.

We’ve got lots of new initiatives for 2020.  If you have ideas or feedback about the museum do let us know so we can consider these in our planning.



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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