Martinborough Music Festival

Teddy Tahu Rhodes – Bass Baritone Martinborough Music Festival Friday 23 – 25 September Martinborough Town Hall This year’s Festival will feature another classical singer as part of the programme of concerts – NZ Bass Baritone, Teddy Tahu Rhodes. (The previous singer to feature was soprano, Jenny Wollerman in 2019).  …

 Blue and Yellow Cupcakes for Ukraine.

After watching the news on Ukraine and seeing the soldiers desperately trying to protect their homeland, Willow Kershaw wanted to do something to help. The idea of a lunchtime BBQ with a sausage sizzle and selling baking on the last day of school was put into action. Willow approached Mr …

A Community led project

The Waiohine River Plan is a document that should draw the attention of anyone that has even a slight interest in local government wherever their location. Recently adopted by Greater Wellington Regional Council on 7 April, this plan has its roots back in the late 1990s when investigations on the …

Trial may ease coastal community’s battle against erosion         

Cape Palliser Road winds its way along one of the wildest stretches of coast in the world. A dramatic rise in severe weather conditions in recent years have also increased the number of road closures at the Cape, cutting off residents and creating expensive damage.  It’s an ideal environment for …

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Smile! You are on camera

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There are more than 10,000 CCTV cameras surveilling public outdoor spaces in New Zealand, a fleet of digital eyes owned by local or central government agencies. Some are in place to monitor traffic, weather or flooding, but most commonly they’ve been installed for security.
           In our biggest city, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council own about 5685 cameras combined
           This amounts to four cameras per 1000 residents, and that doesn’t include the cameras owned by Waka Kotahi, police, businesses, or installed at private properties. They’re omnipresent.
           Take a stroll through the shared car and pedestrian portion of Fort Street, in downtown Auckland, and you’ll be filmed by 21 different cameras in a space of about 100 metres.

            It’s not just Auckland that’s peppered with cameras. There are eyes in          

the streets of almost every district in the country.


News from First Church

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We have been blessed this Easter with Rev Dr James Veitch taking a service on Good Friday at First Church and then again on Easter Sunday at Burnside in Pirinoa.

We met at 10am on Good Friday – following the story of the last hours of Jesus as told through the gospel of Mark.

On Easter Sunday we met at First Church at 9.15am and carpooled down to Burnside and joined members of the Burnside community for a 10am service. … Continue Reading

Moana magic 

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Love the Wairrapa Moana and our beautiful environment? Then check out

Restoration Day 2022, 28-29 May, a programme hosted by GWRC which focuses on Wairarapa Moana. A place of immense cultural and ecological value impacted by changes in the last 200 years. 

Programme highlights include:

Rawiri Smith’s keynote speech asking: “How do we lift Wairarapa Moana from the too hard basket and restore its value?”

A lightning round session exploring how to restore environmental values

Field trips to Kohunui Marae, Wairarapa Moana, Waipoua River and Tauweru Farm
To find out more or to register, go to Restoration Day 2022 Kia Whakanui ate taiao on Eventbrite.


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Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

Another glorious summer is here! I’m saying this while sitting my cold office listening to …

Recycling dates

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Just prior to Christmas the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade advised that we were starting our …

Maree’s musings

ANOTHER YEAR … I’m hoping, like me, that you looked forward to the return of …

Library news

Library debuts Click-and-Collect service Need something to read, and can’t make it into a library? …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

Outward Bound Korowai Course 2021 Celebrations South Wairarapa Inner Wheel Club donated $500 towards this …

From the Mayor

Following a fantastic summer, with bouts of rain to keep things greener than normal, it …

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