Pink and Pretty

Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa transformed overnight for the Pink Ribbon breakfast held on Friday 1st July. It was a wonderland of roses and a tribute to the organisers of the event. Fine china teacups decorated the tables. Pink champagne was poured, and Trestle and Mortar provided a decadent breakfast …

Spring Jazz Celebration

After a couple of tricky years, including calling off the last festival with just two weeks to go, Jazz in Martinborough (JiM) is back, albeit in a new form.“We’re calling it a Spring Jazz Celebration,” says JiM producer Ted Preston. The festival has suffered the ravages of covid including the …

“Storylines” visits Martinborough School

With digital technology often displacing the enjoyment of reading, the impact of groups such as Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust play a vital role in encouraging children to want to read books and write their own stories.  As part of their annual National Story Tours, “Storylines” recently came to visit …

Uncovering an astonishing musical talent

MARTINBOROUGH MUSIC FESTIVAL 23-25 SEPTEMBER, MARTINBOROUGH TOWN HALL “I’ve always had a natural attraction to the violin. It fascinated me as a kid, the way the bow would pull sound out of the strings, the beautiful design of the whole instrument”-Toloa Faraimo. Toloa Faraimo was born into a musical family …

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New Zealand pianist Lorelle McNaughton carries a wide breadth of knowledge and experience after years of tertiary study in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. She has performed extensively across the globe and was recently invited to perform at the ‘Oceania’ Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. After ten years living abroad, Lorelle has returned to New Zealand to continue her successful career.

Mulled Wine Concerts will present Lorelle McNaughton in Featherston’s ANZAC HALL  on Friday August 12 from 6-7 PM. Lorelle has been particularly commended for her inspired interpretation of the Spanish piano repertoire.

She lived in Spain for three years and completed a Master of Spanish Music in Barcelona gaining an invaluable insight into the works of the great Spanish composers. An aficionado of the vibrant and passionate art form of flamenco which emerged from the gypsy quarters of Southern Spain, she says “during my time in Spain teachers thought I must’ve been a gypsy in a former life!” … Continue Reading


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A shout out 

Recently had the dreaded Covid and being fully vaccinated + booster I think it got me through relatively unscathed. At 4.45 on a Friday afternoon the medical centre swung into action along with the pharmacy to procure anti viral medication.  DHB phoned next 2 days to check on me. Wonderful service from all and greatly appreciated.

Jan Barrett 

Future of Wharekaka – Preliminary Plan

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Wharekaka commenced in 1972, as a day centre for older people, run by volunteers.  

 Our mission is 

  • To provide holistic, comprehensive, and dedicated care for our community while promoting the independence of older people in a warm and friendly home environment. 

Until early 2022 the Trust Board fulfilled its objectives and mission through:

  • the operation of a 20-bed rest home and hospital
  • operation of a small retirement village of 12 units for independent living
  • provision of a meals on wheels service to Martinborough, Featherston and Greytown

For many years the funding for residential care, provided by Government, has not covered costs. Wharekaka, like other small, community owned aged care facilities experienced growing financial operating deficits.   Like others, we found that construction and turnover of a few villas does not provide an income stream sufficiently reliable, regular, or large enough to cover the ongoing operating deficit.  … Continue Reading


Gosh time flies, another month rolls around. The Brigade has been keeping well occupied with both fire and medical responses, including responding the recent Hinakura house fire that unfortunately resulted in a total loss of the building.

The Fire Station is unattended, for advice or to contact us,  you can phone Chief Jake Hawkins on 0272-559-440.

Our fire safety message this month is about the ” This winter, see a fire before it starts “. There are multiple hazards that are easily controlled by a few simple steps –

  • Heaters have at least a metre of clear space surrounding them while in use
  • Clothing and other items are not left to dry on top of heaters
  • Fresh air is coming into the house when a Gas heater is in use
  • Clothes dryers are often forgotten so check the lint filter is cleaned before every use, check the dryer isn’t overloaded, and use the full cycle including cool down
  • Open fireplaces need a fireguard or spark guard when the fire is lit
  • Ashes are left to cool before disposing of them, ensure ashes/ashtray are emptied into a metal bin and store them on concrete or grass.

We have had a good response from interested people but as usual if you are interested in becoming a Firefighter or a dedicated Medical Responder (you can be both if you want !) please contact our Chief Jake Hawkins directly by emailing – or pop on down and have a chat on Tuesday Training nights to meet us.

We are particularly looking for daytime/weekday Firefighters and Medical Responders, even if you can do it just while the kids are at school, and you don’t have to be available all the time, you will be fully equipped, trained and get to work in a fantastic team.


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Featherston Wrestling Club

June saw the start of Regional & National wrestling tournaments.  The Wellington Regional Championships is back on the national calendar after 31 years.  This illustrates the growth in the Wellington region clubs – Featherston, Tawa and Waikanae.  The club also had a team travel to Hamilton in July to attend …

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 …

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