One of New Zealand’s best to design and coach in Wairarapa

The name Blyth Tait is synonymous with eventing – the elite equestrian sport spanning three very different phases of riding, comprising dressage, showjumping and cross country. An Olympian many times over and with multiple World Games under his belt, Tait is known across the globe as a force to be …

High speed country internet

A curse of modern country living has been slow and intermittent Internet access.  The advantages of the online world have been largely denied to many in the rural sector. That’s where Stuart Campbell, who came to Martinborough in 1999, saw the opportunity to apply his network engineering skills to create …

Nga Waka pops up on election day

Nga Waka has always been a winery of firsts. It is one of the first two wineries on the drive into Martinborough village and was one of the first six wineries in the region in 1988, but this year it clocks up a slightly unusual first by opening a pop …

Fundraising for Wharekaka off to a great start

Almost $12,000 has already been raised  for Wharekaka Aged Care Community through The Oak Tree Community – a fundraising initiative launched just last month. Set up by the Wharekaka Board with David Kershaw as Patron, The Oak Tree Community allows you to donate a set amount per month or annually. …

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From the mayor

October 15, 2020 October 2020 No Comments

Spring is here with a vengeance, and if you are like me, we are struggling to keep up with mowing the lawns.

It was great to grab the opportunity and arrange an open day at the Pain Estate recently. Work has been extensive and well managed to a good standard, and will be kept in good condition into the future.

It is a shame Toast Martinborough has been cancelled, however I am working with a number of organisations to replace the event with smaller initiatives to give visitors options during this peak weekend. The sponsor of Toast, Tommy’s Real Estate, has generously offered to divert their sponsorship to this initiative. Keep an eye out for a calendar of events later this month. … Continue Reading

Fundraising for Wharekaka off to a great start

October 15, 2020 October 2020 No Comments

Almost $12,000 has already been raised  for Wharekaka Aged Care Community through The Oak Tree Community – a fundraising initiative launched just last month. Set up by the Wharekaka Board with David Kershaw as Patron, The Oak Tree Community allows you to donate a set amount per month or annually.

“Since it was set up 50 years ago Wharekaka has been a wonderful asset. It’s just a short walk to the shops and cafes so while they are able, residents can still be involved in the life of the village. It’s easy for friends and families to visit; and having hospital-level care available for residents when they need it provides another level of support,” says David. … Continue Reading

Golf Club News

October 15, 2020 October 2020 No Comments

The past month seems to have passed by in a flash!!!  Grumpies on a Tuesday have been getting good numbers out playing and the winners over the last month have been Lachie McLeod (but we won’t mention what happened the following week), Brian Russo, Guy Walmsley and Malcolm Bridge.  Two’s have gone to Malcolm Bridge, Brent Mortensen and Chris Hanson.

The Ladies on a Wednesday have not been quite so lucky with the weather but recent winners have been Honor Clark, Jan Ferguson, Jenny Wilkie and Ju Allen.  Two’s have gone to Bindy McLeod, Ann Hume, Sylvia Beavis and Jenny Wilkie who had 2 in one round. … Continue Reading

Help us stop the spread of this pest plant before it becomes a problem

October 15, 2020 October 2020 No Comments

The Greater Wellington Biosecurity team needs your help to prevent the spread blue passionflower, which is becoming more established in the Wairarapa area. 

Blue passion flower Passiflora caerulea

How do I identify blue passionflower?

Evergreen climbing vine that can grow up to 10 metres high Leaves: Dark green to purple shiny leaves with many fingers, usually between 3 and 9 … Continue Reading

Sports

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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Letters

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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