Top Brass Delight Wairarapa Schools

A requirement of the funding Martinborough Music Festival received from the SWDC Creative Community Fund was to implement an education programme for the students of the District. This year, Martinborough School, Kuranui College and Wairarapa College were treated to the musical skills of Matthew Allison (trombone), Mark Carter (trumpet) and …

Cycling without age is here in Martinborough – no excuses now!

Through the kind donations of Tom Bunny and Graeme Thomson and the support of local company Green Jersey Explorer Tours Ltd, Martinborough now has a purpose designed electric assist trishaw to support its “Cycling Without Age” endeavours. Together with John Blundell and Simon Daly they currently constitute the Wharekaka Cycling …

It’s the 125th Birthday of this Charming Heritage Cottage

Open Days at the Museum The museum will be open for extended hours over Labour Weekend so come in and check us out. See how people lived a 100 years ago Visit the special exhibition on the history of the Natusch-designed building Become part of history yourself – put an …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating the night sky. Our home, the Milky Way Galaxy is always worth looking at. The Milky Way has always fascinated throughout time and amongst all cultures. The term Milky Way relates to a story from …

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Council News

October 14, 2019 October 2019 No Comments

Permanent chlorination for safe water

Council has formally approved permanent chlorination of Martinborough’s water supply. The decision was made on 18 September, with Council concluding that chlorination was the only option to ensure safe, secure, clean and clear water for the town for the long-term. Chief Executive Harry Wilson led community engagement, meeting with a number of community groups, individuals and businesses, before the decision was made.

 A manganese removal plant will be installed later this year. Manganese removal will address the water discolouration issue caused by chlorination. Further information will be released to the community regarding the water conservation measures that may be required during summer prior to manganese removal plant being operational. More information – 2019

Update on Pain Farm Estate

The Martinborough Community Board held an extraordinary meeting about the Pain Farm Estate on 19 September. The board recommended that Council officers prepare a maintenance schedule for the homestead, cottage and surrounding land in time for the next full community board meeting. The board requested maintenance progress updates every six weeks until the work is complete, and after this, officers report on the condition of the property every six months. 

Bringing the homestead and cottage up to an acceptable standard for rental purposes has been set as the priority, followed by the painting of the homestead. The board also recommended that Council carry out a review of the overhead administrative costs allocated to the estate, for property management, governance, and financial services. The Board deferred making any longer term recommendations about the homestead, gardens and surrounding land to the new community board. … Continue Reading

Viv Napier

September 23, 2019 September 2019 No Comments

During my time as Mayor, I’m proud that South Wairarapa has continued to grow, our wonderful towns and rural areas are thriving and new business start-ups, exciting new tourism projects and community events are all underway. The recently announced Wairarapa Business Award finalists include seven South Wairarapa businesses in the five categories.

Our school rolls have increased, and more and more young families and creative entrepreneurs are choosing to make the South Wairarapa their home. There are new ventures in the pipeline that will cater for our senior citizens and expand medical services in the South Wairarapa. All these initiatives help to improve the liveability of our district.

Importantly, Council is making progress on our infrastructure needs, including new wastewater management across our three main towns. Proposals to maximise the use of council facilities have been implemented and we now have free swimming in our pools and reduced fees for library users.

The new Waihinga Centre has seen the return of local productions and festivals to the Town Hall. The Centre is now the heart of Martinborough with locals and visitors alike using the new facility. … Continue Reading

Alex Beijen

September 23, 2019 September 2019 No Comments


I am standing for Mayor of South Wairarapa to bring back common sense and transparency to our fantastic community.

I’ve lived in the Wairarapa for 20 years, with my wife of 26 years and 3 children, and live on a farm in the South Wairarapa. My relevant work experience includes as an engineering general manager for the past 5 years and 2 years as a Senior Advisor to the Wellington City Council. Furthermore, I worked for the i-site in Martinborough for many years gaining valuable insight into the South Wairarapa community. 

Waste water treatment methodology, drinking water quality and processes and waste recycling are the main areas of concern as what is done today will impact what will be in the future for many generations to come. Actions such as monitoring and reviewing both waste water and drinking water will allow for appropriate exploration of alternatives so we can get it done once and done right. Additionally, exploring the potential for a community-run waste management program could reduce landfill tonnage to 30% of delivered waste and actually take responsibility for our waste, rather than send it to another region. … Continue Reading

Graeme Farr

September 23, 2019 September 2019 No Comments


How have we not managed to build a road tunnel through the Remutaka’s in 50 years? Sixty-five years ago, we could build a 9km tunnel for rail so why can’t build one a third of the length now? Countries like Norway, with a similar population to NZ, has 1000 road tunnels – one is 24km long! 

I am standing for Mayor for all three Wairarapa councils to get people thinking about it.

There have been reports and plans done in 1967, 1995 and 2008. The latest 2008 report simply stated the only option was $800M and therefore unaffordable. Yet Norway, and even Iceland with less people than Wellington, see to be able to build tunnels with ease and at very low cost. 

What is surprising is the short length of the tunnel required. Although the new route would be 9km – down from 14km over the hill – the tunnel need only be about 2km long and take around two minutes to drive through. Ideal is a twin tunnel like the two recent Auckland projects, but a lower speed single two-way one like the similar length 1964 built one in Lyttelton would be far better than any improvements to the hill road. Lyttelton cost $90 million in todays money and was not damaged by the earthquakes. Their hill road took 8 years to reopen.  … 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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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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