No tumbleweeds on Ineke’s watch

It’s stating the obvious to say that Martinborough is a very different town now from the one Ineke Pyl first visited in 1972.   What may not be so obvious is how many of the positive changes that have created today’s thriving village owe a debt to Ineke’s vision, energy …

A Truckload of Books

Every year thousands and thousands of donated books pile up in the hall of First Church awaiting the annual Mid-Winter Monster Book Fair. It’s just the start of the long process of getting them ready for sale.  They have to be sorted into the many different categories then packed up …

New man in the CEO chair

Harry Wilson, the new CEO of SWDC is connected to the area already by a curious coincidence.  Earlier in his career, when he worked at the Department of Social Welfare, his boss there was Griff Page.   Some years later Griff himself became Chief Executive of SWCD (retiring in 2009).  …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Matariki, the Maramataka and the Winter Solstice Set your alarm clock. Put a pot of coffee on. Wrap up warm. Morning stargazing in Winter rewards you with viewing the beautiful Matariki cluster. Recently, New Zealand has begun to reinstate the Māori seasonal calendar over the last decade or so, and …

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From the mayor

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We’re very busy at Council so there’s lots for me to cover off this month. If you need more information about anything, please visit our website or Facebook page, or you can always email us on or call on 06 306 9611.

It’s really important that our Council represents the community it serves, and that you have your say on who you want to represent you. For all those thinking about standing in the local election, a Candidate Briefing is being held at the Waihinga Centre at 7pm on 10 July. 

New Council Chief Executive Harry Wilson joined us a month ago. Harry has made Martinborough his home so you will see him out and about in the community. You can find out more about Harry in his interview article on page X. … Continue Reading

Children’s Nightwear : Keep Kids Safe  

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Look for the label – in New Zealand children’s nightwear that is covered by the Product Safety Standard must carry a fire hazard label and this includes new and second-handchildren’s nightwear & some daywear (sizes 00-14). Included are : pyjamas / nightdresses and nighties / some onesies / nightshirts / dressing gowns / bathrobes / loose style boxer shorts / infant sleeping bags with sleeves or arm openings / blankets or towels with sleeves or arm openings. … Continue Reading

It’s not the taste.

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A study by Chicago’s Northwestern University School of Medicine people are more likely to drink coffee or alcohol because of how it makes them feel  rather than how it tastes.

The study found that  a person’s preference for sweet of bitter beverages isn’t based on variations in taste genes but in the psychoactive  components of the drinks. The scientists believe that this  behaviour-reward effect may be used to help provide solutions to helping people with poor appetites which effect their diets.

Junior Football 

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As you read this, our Junior teams will have just got over the halfway mark for their season. This year we have been very fortunate to have had an influx of new players and interest in that we are now fielding 7 junior teams every Saturday morning in their respective leagues.

A big thank you needs to go out to all the coaches and assistants of these teams who give up their time to not only take the teams on a Saturday but also arrange training sessions during the week as well.

From what I have heard and seen over the past few weeks, all of the Martinborough FC players are performing admirably and a credit to the town.

Some of our older teams have been re-graded this year and have come up against tough opposition – which has been good for them to learn new skills, etc…

We held our First Junior Festival of the season back at the end of May and over the course of the morning hosted nearly 40 teams from across the region (along with their siblings, parents and the occasional dog!). 2 more to go on 29th June and 17th August. … Continue Reading