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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Music and Verbal Memory.

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Did you know? Listening to music may inhibit creativity.

Listening to music can be relaxing, but it may interfere with your ability to create, suggests a study published online Feb. 2, 2019, by Applied Cognitive Psychology. … Continue Reading


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On Friday 7 February at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Masterton at 6.30pm Kat and Alan Maxwell will be installed as the new ministry leaders of St Andrew’s Church .

Alan has had a significant impact on the communities of Featherston and Martinborough through his work with youth. He is placed in Kuranui College, several days per week, as part of the 24-7 Youth Work initiative, is part of the Diocese AYM (Anglican Youth Movement) regional team, runs senior youth, develops youth leaders and is involved with church worship and more at St John’s in Featherston.   … Continue Reading

Noeline White

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Noeline White, who recently turned ninety,  was out enjoying the sun at the  Christmas parade

How many MPs in each generation

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People may be interested in how many MPs are in each age “generation”. They are:

  • Silent Generation (1928 to 1945): 1
  • Baby Boomers (1946 to 1964): 29
  • Generation X (1965 to 1980): 72
  • Millennials/Gen Y (1981 to 1996: 18

So Generation X is by far the most common generation in Parliament.


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

‘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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