Westpac Rescue Helicopter named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity – 2018

Westpac Rescue Helicopter is New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity of 2018 according to the annual Reader’s Digest public poll. Westpac Rescue Helicopters service the four main New Zealand centres: Wellington, Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch; and from these bases cover the majority of New Zealand. These services are operated by the …

The bags have landed

In 2017 two motivated local women, Carolyn Irwin and Amanda Ritchie, introduced the Boomerang Bag model to Martinborough.  The community embraced the concept, donating fabric and countless sewing hours to create a wonderful array of over 1700 colourful bags for locals and visitors to use as an alternative to single …

Thank you Martinborough

Day two of DIY Marae. What an amazing community we have. Our whānau do us proud. I have never seen our trustees smile so much. The mahi continues, with returning and new whānau each becoming part of our marae and making their mark. If your local in Marty take a …

Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

The South Wairarapa Pony Club has completed a very successful season in which they provided four of the five riders in the Wairarapa- Wellington Team which won the NZPCA Mounted Games Teams National Title. This was capped by the team captain Jeremy Thurston being selected for a national team to …

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Inner Wheel Club of South Wairarapa

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Club Meeting

It was a ‘full house’ again at our April meeting, with yet another interesting speaker. Learning about conditions in Kenya and Malawi, especially around education and the lengths some children need to go to, in order to receive it, was a wake up call for most of us. We heard that some children walk 10-15km daily to receive their education, with many classes being held outside under a Baobab tree. Kay Harvey and her husband spent a year in Africa to learn about Development. The primary goal was to provide clean water for communities whose only water source was contaminated. The clean water goal was achieved for these communities.

17th International Inner Wheel Convention

Three of us recently attended the 17th International Inner Wheel Convention in Melbourne and a few of our highlights were shared on Club night. Our Australian neighbours were wonderful hosts and we had a great time at the Convention Centre on the South Bank of the Yarra River in that beautiful city! Being amongst the 1450 women from around the world, all with common goals, was certainly a great experience and many friendships were formed or rekindled. We had made the decision to attend this particular Convention as it was so close to us geographically. The next host country will be India in 2021 where the 18th International Convention will be held at Jaipur, the ‘pink city’ in Rajasthan. … Continue Reading

Lions’ Skyline Challenge Supports Local Youth

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Martinborough Lions recently held another successful edition of their iconic Skyline Challenge mountain bike ride (run and walk) on farmlands near the South Wairarapa township.  “We’re pleased to say that the event raised $2000, which will be going to the Wairarapa Whanau Trust,”says Martinborough Lions President Lee Quayle.

The Trust works to coordinate and engage social services for local youth in the Wairarapa region. They provide a safe place for youth to belong and learn new skills, and to work with community mentors.

“We had about 100 riders, runners and walkers this year on a fabulous autumn day,” says Lee.  “There’s definitely a challenge for those who want it, but many of the riders, walkers and runners were just out to enjoy a great day in the countryside, with great views.”

The event was dedicated to Lion Ric Geisler who took responsibility for organising the event until he passed away earlier in the year.

Fertility Advice

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Bex Henderson (nee Morison) grew up in Martinborough and recently settled back in the Wairarapa after ten years overseas. A Registered Nurse, Bex found her niche working in Women’s Health after graduating from Otago Polytechnic 15 years ago. She has since worked in fertility clinics in London, Melbourne and most recently Wellington.

Now settled in Greytown with her Scottish husband, she is enjoying the prospect of raising their two children in a more relaxed country environment with grandparents and close family nearby.

With her wealth of experience helping couples to conceive children, Bex has decided to offer a consultancy service to those who may need it. There is a lot that can be done naturally and Bex has been constantly surprised how little is known about natural cycles, tests and fertility treatment options that can be tried before resorting to the costly IVF process. 

   On average, women are having babies later in their ‘reproductive window’ and there is more urgency to become pregnant once that decision has been made.

Interestingly, because of extensive worldwide research into how to prevent pregnancies, some of that information has also been very useful in helping women to conceive.

Bex is working with the full support of local and Wellington GPs. Check out her website: www.seedfertility.co.nz, ph 027 541 6880

From the mayor

The Marae DIY crew rolled into Martinborough on the 16th of May set to transform Hau Ariki Marae as they had done on other Marae’s around New Zealand 99 times before. They were expecting the usual help from the community, food would be provided throughout their stay, people would arrive to help plant, dig, paint, hammer, the kuia would be whisked away to be pampered and by Sunday afternoon they would head out of Martinborough happy and excited that they had finished 100 Marae makeovers. 

What they didn’t appreciate until they arrived was how amazing the whole community response to this event would be. The crew had not appreciated that Hau Ariki is a real community Marae, it was built by the community for the community, is on community land, everyone in the community is welcome and the community rallies around it when things need to be done.

The Hau Ariki Marae Committee deserve huge recognition for taking this project on, pulling in the Martinborough community to help and getting through four days of hard, often back breaking work to transform the Marae into a stunning community facility. It was also wonderful to see the recognition of the three kuia, Missy Harper, Kurawari Panere and Esther Read. 

I want to thank the hundreds of people who helped in so many ways to ensure that the makeover was completed ahead of time and despite the awful change in the weather. Food kept arriving; people wandered in grabbed a spade, paint brush or a hammer and gave a few hours and more to help not only the Hau Ariki Marae but the Martinborough community as a whole. The transformation looks stunning. … Continue Reading


Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

The South Wairarapa Pony Club has completed a very successful season in which they provided four of the five riders in the Wairarapa- Wellington Team which won the NZPCA Mounted Games Teams National Title. This was capped by the team captain Jeremy Thurston being selected for a national team to …


It has been a while since I last wrote about the club and we have had a few changes – mainly with a newly formed committee to oversee both the Junior and Senior teams and ensure that moving forward we continue to grow as a Community based club. We have …


The 2019 is well underway for our Senior teams, we are enjoying some good rugby and look forward to the rest of the season.  With our Premiers and Reserves often playing at different places we often have at least one of them playing at home. Congratulations to Nikora Ewe,Tristan Flutey, Tipi Haira, James Pakoti and Christopher …

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