A trip of a lifetime

Brothers Joe and Chris Howells, now both in their 60’s, grew up in Cologne Street, Martinborough. In August this year they joined a group of 15 people who motorcycled over the world’s highest roads in the Himalaya Mountain Range. Joe and Chris joined a 2 week Motosaga Expedition which took …

NZTrio in Greytown

The NZTrio will conclude its 2018 touring year with the programme Twine, which they will perform in Greytown on Thursday 8 November, and also in Auckland, New Plymouth and Whitianga. Each concert this year has presented a fresh dynamic, with an impressive line-up of talented Kiwi guest musicians joining founding …

Old School is Back

We profiled our local butcher Scotty’s Meats in the May Martinborough Star of this year. Scotty was committed to finding a way to go plastic bag free. It was here we introduced the idea of bring a container to ‘fill them up’ in the act of reducing waste, reusing and …

International focus at South Wairarapa Rotary meetings

Ambassador Brown recently visited South Wairarapa Rotary as our guest speaker.  He gave a very lively and engaging speech, introducing himself in Maori.  Mr Brown said that when he was offered an ambassadorial post he chose New Zealand because of the All Blacks, the movie Lord of the Rings and …

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Kia ora koutou katoa! Nau mai haere mai! Welcome to Martinborough Playcentre!

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We are a small, friendly centre located in the heart of Martinborough. Our families are not just from Martinborough but from all over the South Wairarapa- from Featherston to Tora.

We provide unique and high quality learning experiences for young children and their families. Our sessions are mixed age and open to 0 – 6 year olds, with a focus on child initiated play. We offer great facilities, including a lovely wee garden and huge outdoor play area.

Martinborough Playcentre is a safe, supportive learning environment for children and adults alike, and is perfect for parents and whanau who wish to be involved in the early education of their child / children. Our children are supported to become confident, competent self-directed learners through play based around their interests. They gain knowledge through play, participation and positive guidance.

Our recent ERO (Education Review Office) report is available online at www.playcentre.org.nz  search: Martinborough. We are proud to be “well placed” to promote positive learning outcomes for children. 

Anyone is welcome to come and join us! Session times: Mon, Wed and Thu 9.00am – 12.00pm. 

38 Venice Street Martinborough. martinborough@playcentre.org.nz

Know your town 

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The original Martinborough Star

The first Martinborough Star news paper came off the old hand press on  Tuesday October 4th 1904. The proprietor, Mr J H Claridge, had previously started the Kimbolton paper. And so began the twice weekly Martinborough paper. Setting a paper in those times involved meticulously placing each lead letter onto the printing base. When the paper had been printed the process was reversed with the letters being returned to their  respective boxes leaving the  base ready for the next edition to be composed. 

In 1907 the Star was sold to Masterton man Mr Andrew C Nichol.

It by then become a thriving paper publishing three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

The Star’s impressive building was easily seen  on the right hand side as one entered Martinborough from Featherston (sited behind what is now Peonies). An article in a February 1908 Wairarapa Daily; ‘ Premises comprising of a large well lighted printing room, composing room , public and private offices  plus dwelling’.  The building was among the first fifty to be connected to the town’s new electricity supply.

The old hand press had  given place to a ‘modern’ Paynes and Son Otly D.D. Wharfdale printing machine driven by a Hercules gas engine. The new format Star was four pages  with seven columns on each page. Andrew Nichol was assisted by his son  and Mr J MacDonal of ‘The Gums’  in Dublin Street. 

In September 1915 Andrew Nichol sold the paper to Fred Michell of  Akoroa, Nichol went farming at Hinakura. Fred Michell kept the paper in the Ohio Street building until 1920 when he shifted it to Jellicoe street ( the building now a hairdressers). Fred Michell continued to produce a very interesting and up to date on local news paper until his death in 1944. With local help the paper continued to be published until Fred’s son Charles returned from the War.

Charles Michell continued his father’s good work publishing the local news,  particularly in reporting very accurately all the council and other local meetings. When the final Martinborough Star was delivered on Wednesday the fifteenth of August 1962 people realised what they were going to miss out on – The Wairarapa papers seldom reported events in Martinborough, unless there being a drama.

Mate Higginson 


Cooking corner

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Spring Vegetable Spaghetti


200gr whole wheat spaghetti 

1 tbsp olive oil

12 baby carrots

2 tbsp butter

½ cup water or chicken stock

9 spears  asparagus

4 spring onions

150gr feta cheese

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A Spring Fashion Show                 

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Stunning Models wearing sensational Spring lines from The General Store and 17blonde made for a great fundraiser hosted by the Rural Women New Zealand Martinborough Branch. The Spring Fashion Show was close to a sellout Friday 14th September and funds raised are going to the Wairarapa Hospice and our local rural community. 

Martinborough Golf Club very kindly allowed us to host the event there and manned the bar.  Philippa Kershaw from the General Store and Leanne Harpham & Deb Lewis from 17blonde presented their lines.

17blonde has been operating as an Online Business for over a year. Demand has dramatically increased for their New Zealand made clothes, and the expansion of their line meant Leanne and Deb decided it was time to open a Store in Martinborough.  The premises previously known as Scarlet is now home to 17blonde.

Philippa and Conor Kershaws’ vision of The General Store came to fruition 3 years ago. It carries a fantastic range of vibrant lines including local designers. Philippa & Conor are great supporters of the Community and we are very grateful to them and Deb & Leanne for supporting our fundraiser and offering discounts to our guests. … Continue Reading


Southern Netball

Southern Netball started the season named a finalist in the Wairarapa Sports Award Club of the Year and finished with the Southern Steel being named Netball Wairarapa Primary School team of the Year – Sportsmanship, Improvement and results with many fabulous achievements in between including the Storm winning grade 4 …


The 2018 Tuhirangi JAB rugby season has come to an end but we have had a great year.  We had approx. 45 children registered and they played across 6 different teams ranging from Under 6 Rippa through to the Under 13’s. This year we had our own Tuhirangi Under 6 …

Martinborough Golf Report

Spring sprang a leak early in September with many days being called off, and the course closing for a short time (for being underwater).  However the cold snap passed, the ground dried out and our intrepid golfers wiped down their trundlers, dried out their gloves and drove home some good …

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