Our water problem 

Another summer and total water restriction in place again, this year earlier than ever. Living in the Wairarapa summer droughts and water shortages ever has it been and with climate change we can be sure that this ever will it be thus.  The initial reaction is to say it’s ‘The …

It’s in the Bag

This was the catchy title for a great idea: donating handbags filled with essential toiletries plus treats like perfume for the Women’s Refuge.  When the call went out the response was typical Martinborough.  More than 90 bags chocka with goodies were dropped off at the collection point at Kitcheners, to …

Know your town 

George Pain JP The city father of the town we now know as Martinborough.  The Pain family came to New Zealand on the ship Oriental arriving at Wellington in 1840, Mr Pain Snr, also George, was a bricklayer, George, their third son, was born in 1846. They lived at a …

An earlier Star deliverer 

We received an interesting letter from Val Johns’ brother in law Lloyd who lives in Australia. He wrote;  “In the 1950s I delivered Charlie Michelle’s Martinborough Star to around 40 or so residents each Wednesday after school for the princely sum of 2/6d.  ( 2020 = $8.72). On every Wednesday, …

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Fishing monopolies 

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An investigation by Greenpeace last year revealed that 29% of the UK’s fishing quota is owned by five families, all of whom feature on the Sunday Times Rich List. A single Dutch multinational, operating a vast fishing ship, holds a further 24% of the English quota. The smallest boats – less than 10 metres long – comprise 79% of the fleet, but are entitled to catch just 2% of the fish.

The same applies worldwide: huge ships from rich nations mop up the fish surrounding poor nations, depriving hundreds of millions of their major source of protein, while wiping out sharks, tuna, turtles, albatrosses, dolphins and much of the rest of the life of the seas. … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

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Welcome back – we are going to have a busy year.

First of all, I would like to pay tribute to the passing of a good friend, Graham Jacobson on 13 January. Additionally we lost Chris Buring, legend winemaker, in December.

Water continues to be an issue for us as we hit sweltering temperatures, so please follow the outdoor water restrictions and conserve wherever possible. Even with planned upgrades, summer water conservation will likely continue as it’s the right thing to do by the environment and to ensure there is enough essential water for everyone. If your garden is important to you, I strongly recommend installing rainwater tanks for gardening or grey water use. I have had this for 15 years now and it works well. … Continue Reading

Gone Home 

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Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in Partnership with Wellington’s City Art Gallery will present and exhibition showcasing photographs by Gavin Hipkins and Peter Peryer in a game of visual snap. 

The exhibition opening at Aratoi on Friday March 6th. Wellington City Gallery Director Robert Leonard will give a free public talk at Aratoi on Saturday 7th at 11 am. 

A centrepiece of the exhibition is the 80 photograph frieze The Homely 11 by Gavin Hipkins. This body of work was created over sixteen years from 2001 to 2016. The images are of New Zealand ( Hipkins’ home) and the United Kingdom (the homeland)

Hipkins describes the Homely 11 as a ‘Victorian melodrama’ with things utof place . A key image is The Homely Clandon (Hinemihi) a nineteenth century Mãori meeting house transposed into the English countryside.  … Continue Reading

Did you know

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“IT’S GOING to be bloody awkward when we all have to flee Australia on boats you know” Australian Jon Kudelka

THE CHINESE City of Chongqing has 2.58 million facial recognition cameras covering the city’s population  of 14.35 million .One camera for every six citizens. This is a higher number of cameras than Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen. 

COMMON sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense dancing. – Clive James

THE COST OF Australia’s new French designed submarines has risen  $21 billion dollars in a year. The estimated new total is $192 billion. This is more than  the total annual cost of  all Australia’s welfare and social  security. And twenty time more than it spends on climate change mitigation measures.  … 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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