Space & Science Festival comes to the Wairarapa

After inspiring more than 10,000 people in Wellington over the last two years, the “Space & Science Festival” is coming to the Wairarapa. Space & Science Festival, a mix of spectacular science displays, science talks and classroom activity, is a not-for-profit charity created by a group of volunteer parents, teachers, …

A busy start to the year

With the new year now under way at Wharekaka we have had some lovely trips out to the Pinnacles and Lake Ferry. At times the heat has been hard and ice creams and fans have been the only way to go. Wharekaka Auxiliary held a beautiful picnic for the residents …

Why have the Martinborough Fair?

The idea of a country fair came from Bill Fetch, who became a Rotarian in 1972. Bill had travelled to Germany and was impressed with the village markets there. He felt the Martinborough town square, with its open space and lovely shade trees would make an ideal venue for a …

Hammers & Horsehair – Concert for Soprano, Square Piano and Cello

The Greytown Music Group’s  first concert for this year will be Hammers & Horsehair, at 4pm Sunday 22 April, at 57 Wood Street, Greytown – an innovative performance by Douglas Mews on square piano, Robert Ibell on cello, and soprano Rowena Simpson of music from 19th century Germany, Austria and …

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Community garden 

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On Sunday 25th March a group of gardeners participated in our latest workshop ‘Getting a Garden Started.’ The focus was on demonstrating simple ways to start your own garden as there is nothing quite like picking freshly grown produce and cooking it for dinner. Preparation of beds, planting and maintenance were covered and the community garden now has a fresh new bed planted with broad beans, cauliflower, winter lettuce and spring onions …be sure to look out for these over the coming months at the larder and thank you to everyone who attended.

Coming up in the garden on Sunday 8th April from 10am – noon is our first harvest celebration. Along with fresh harvests to sample from the garden, there will be baking and preserves and activities for the kids. The garden has now been underway for 6 months and the harvest celebration is a great opportunity to come down and see what the community has achieved in this time.  … Continue Reading

Councillor Comment

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Street Naming:

The Martinborough Ward Councillors, along with Martinborough Community Board and the Maori Standing Committee, are seeking names for proposed or yet to be proposed new streets or roads in our district. It is very important that we have as many names as possible so that anyone proposing a new subdivision or a new road, has a selection of names and their meanings/relevance, to chose from.

It is also important to remember our heritage when submitting your selection. The list will then be provided to Council for their approval.   If you come up with any names, these can be advised by phone or email to a Community Board member, Pip or myself.

Consultation Document:

I am sorry to keep on about this, but by now everyone will have a copy of the Council Long Term Plan Consultation Document – It is important that everyone read this and fill out and return the questionnaire on the last 2 pages.  This will give Council your direction on the following topics and enable Councillors to make informed decisions regarding our future. … Continue Reading

Did you know

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DUE TO net fishing the Maui Dolphin number is now down to 110, a huge reduction from a surveyed estimate of 30,000 in 1970. These dolphins live around twenty years  during which time they only produce two or three young. Even  with  net bans it will take  two hundred years for the population to recover from its current threatened extinction.

SIXTEEN POINT THREE million cups of coffee are consumed every day in Australia. Some of the beans are supplied by the thirty Australian coffee plantations which have over 8500,000 coffee trees

‘IN THIRTY YEARS of healthcare I have always addressed my patients as ‘Good boy’ or ‘Good girl’ or even sometimes even as ‘gorgeous’. This has always been well received – Nottingham Vet  John Oleshko 

ALMOST 60% of Spain’s electricity is provided by wind power. In Denmark  over 42% of the electricity comes from wind turbines. Meanwhile the  UK Royal Society fro the Protection of Birds (yes such an organisation does exist) surveys have shown that  wind farms have negligible  impact on birds.

‘POLITNESS is the art of choosing among your thoughts’ –Germaine de Grain. … Continue Reading

Everybody Welcome

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In 1998 Hau Ariki Marae officially opened its Meeting House and other buildings for the well-being of the Maori community of Martinborough and the general public of New Zealand. The marae has hosted many functions that have included tangihanga (funerals), wananga (learning / educational forums) for primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions, local authority meetings, iwi and whanau meetings, community events (such as MADCAPS Martinborough), and celebrations ranging from Matariki (Maori New Year) to social functions

On Thursday 17th, Friday 18th Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May … Continue Reading


Golf news

November came and went pretty much without rain, finally the Course has dried out and that little dimpled ball is back running down the fairway, bringing a cheer to many who thought that the rain might never stop. The highlight of the month was the Women winning the Teams Stableford …

Martinborough Netball Club

Indeed while this year is almost over and this article slightly late, just to let you know what the season has been like for the Martinborough Netball Club. The Netball Premier Team moved up a grade this netball season from previous years having played in the Premier 2 grade. We …

Walking is a man’s best medicine. (Hippocrates)

SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB While crossing a busy intersection in Christchurch last week I spotted a banner sporting the message: WALK2freeTHE.MIND. This surely captures in a catch-phrase a credible philosophy. Throughout the decades numerous walking quotes have been recorded, many of which portray the physical and mental benefits of a …

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From the Mayor

Martinborough is now on the international Dark Sky map with the recognition of the International …

Waihinga Centre

Seasonal Greetings The Waihinga Charitable Trust, the Fundraising Team and the Communications Team would like …

News from First Church

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Maree’s musings

JOIN the PARTY … Relax … this is not a political message; for now, that’s …

Library news

The Summer Reading Programme for the children has started and Roz informs me it is …


The Community Board has almost reached the end of a busy year, with its final …

Dear Dr Jane

Dear Dr Jane My husband is a farmer and I am worried that he is …

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