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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 Community Garden News 

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Well summer is now here and with it comes zucchinis growing into marrows, heaps of tomatoes, finally turning red, cucumbers, peppers and delicious beans. As requested in our survey, we have planted chillies, which are just forming and aubergine…also forming, so not too far away. The corn is about to be harvested and at last our kumaras are looking hopeful. 

We have had a good supply of lettuce, but unfortunately with gardeners on holiday etc. we lost a few of our last rotation…they really do need frequent and deep watering, and somehow we just slipped up at the crucial moment. However, fear not…we have another planter full going in this week! We have had good secondary growth from our broccoli: not large heads, but nice little bunches, ideal for salalds. … Continue Reading

Councillor comments

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Happy new year to you all

The beginning of a new decade, a new council a new Mayor and a lot of new challenges ahead of us, water being only one of the many. It’s going to be full on for the next few years. Councillors and the Mayor have been busy settling into their new roles, with induction courses on what is expected of us as councillors under the Local Government Act. Though very time consuming they are necessary not only for our own development but to help us to be more effective councillors. 

We are now into our second year of the new committee structure. These committee meeting are open to the public and it is disappointing that we don’t have more ratepayers attending; after all it was adopted so the ratepayer could be more informed on the many issues that we face. 

Needless to say they are working as intended, with a bit more fine tuning we will be onto a better way of governance. As the outgoing chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee I’m pleased that the new committee has acted on my suggestion to appoint an independent member onto this committee. Once again this gives you the ratepayer confidence that all is as it should be. … Continue Reading


February 17, 2020 February 2020 No Comments

This month already the Brigade has responded to a call every second day on average. The PROHIBITED Fire season is in place affecting both Rural and Urban properties (visit : www.checkitsalright.nz before lighting any outdoor fire) most fire are NOT Allowed.

THE FIRE RISK IS : VERY HIGH  … Continue Reading

First railway, first fatality

February 17, 2020 February 2020 No Comments

The opening of the first intercity railway between Liverpool and Manchester in 1830 also recorded the first railway death. The former President of the Board of Trade William Huskisson was carelessly standing on the tracks chatting to the Duke of Wellington when Stephenson’s Rocket came hurtling along turning the world’s first trainspotter into the world’s first railway casualty.

Despite this slight PR setback railway mania soon gripped the country and by 1843 there were two thousand miles of track linking industrial centres. 


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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