New P&K Supermarket

It’s official!   The Resource Consent stage of the redevelopment of Pain and Kershaw’s buildings has been given the green light by SWDC. The next step is Building Consent approval and then the radical makeover can begin. The project will not only mitigate the earthquake risk and enhance The Square …

Martinborough Mid-Winter Monster Book Fair Presents:   

If we don’t tell our stories.,,.who will?   A talk by Ted Preston Lockdown might seem a distant memory now but it helped Carol Hawkins find her speaker for the Mid-Winter Monster Book Fair Launch on August 21st.  Carol and her Dublin Street neighbours would meet outside Phil and Jacqui …

Sixty years together celebrated

Mate and Elizabeth Higginson were married by the Rev. Breb Stevenson on a clear, frosty thirteenth of August morning sixty years ago. Their reception was held in the Martinborough School Assembly Hall. Followed by spending their honeymoon in the South Island.  Mate and Elizabeth celebrated their special anniversary with children …

Eighteen years at the Village Cafe

It is back to the farm for some well deserved R&R for Chris Petersen and Bruce Laurence after eighteen years at the helm of The Village Café in the heart of Martinborough.  Following the recent sale of the café  these talented hospitality legends want  to  take  time to re-focus and …

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Martinborough Business Assn

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At the end of last month we hosted our AGM and celebrated the achievements of the past year. Chair Allan Hogg will continue in the role and so now it’s time to look forward and the year ahead, and we are starting with Spring.

Just weeks away now and we hope to continue the buzz that has been keeping many members rushed off their feet!

We are excited to be working with Jazz Martinborough who made the decision not to run the usual festival year due to Covid 19 but to keep momentum going and it being such a hot spot on the calendar of events we are pulling it into a series of events to make sure we Spring into Action and keep up the Love local vibes. … Continue Reading

  August Recycling collection 

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Wednesday 5 th – wheelie bin

Wednesday 12 th – Glass

Wednesday 19 th – Wheelie Bin 

Wednesday 26 th – Glass

Community Board Notes

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Tēna koutou kātoa

A big hello and Kia ora to everyone within our region, from your new Martinborough Community Board. We thank Mike Beckett for arranging this space for us in each months Martinborough Star, so that we can keep you all updated on your Boards activities, over the next triennium. We will be rotating writing this column each month so that you will hear from each of your Boards members.

First, we would like to acknowledge and thank the people of our district for their amazing community spirit and care for one another during the Covid-19 epidemic. We thank the Anglican Church, WaiWaste Wairarapa and Ngāti Kahungunu for providing and distributing food and care packages to our local whānau, elderly and people in need over this time. To our essential workers and those local businesses which kept our community going – Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa! We thank you all and we couldn’t have made it through without you. … Continue Reading

An afternoon with 20 languages

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More than 20 residents of Wairarapa will offer kōrero, songs and poems in more than 20 languages on the same afternoon.

Kaumatua Mike Kawana will open the event.

“Wairarapa Worlds” will feature te reo, Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Indian, Irish, Japanese, Kiribati, Latvian, Polish, Samoan, Scots, Spanish, Tagalog and maybe a few more! 

Wairarapa Worlds was initiated by writer and photographer Madeleine Slavick, who reached out to Wairarapa Archive, Wairarapa Word, Aratoi and Masterton Creative Communities for support. … Continue Reading


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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