Pink and Pretty

Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa transformed overnight for the Pink Ribbon breakfast held on Friday 1st July. It was a wonderland of roses and a tribute to the organisers of the event. Fine china teacups decorated the tables. Pink champagne was poured, and Trestle and Mortar provided a decadent breakfast …

Spring Jazz Celebration

After a couple of tricky years, including calling off the last festival with just two weeks to go, Jazz in Martinborough (JiM) is back, albeit in a new form.“We’re calling it a Spring Jazz Celebration,” says JiM producer Ted Preston. The festival has suffered the ravages of covid including the …

“Storylines” visits Martinborough School

With digital technology often displacing the enjoyment of reading, the impact of groups such as Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust play a vital role in encouraging children to want to read books and write their own stories.  As part of their annual National Story Tours, “Storylines” recently came to visit …

Uncovering an astonishing musical talent

MARTINBOROUGH MUSIC FESTIVAL 23-25 SEPTEMBER, MARTINBOROUGH TOWN HALL “I’ve always had a natural attraction to the violin. It fascinated me as a kid, the way the bow would pull sound out of the strings, the beautiful design of the whole instrument”-Toloa Faraimo. Toloa Faraimo was born into a musical family …

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Cooking corner – Creamy tuna mornay


  • 60g butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 2 celery sticks diced
  • 1 red capsicum diced
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 440g canned corn drained
  • 425g canned tuna in springwater
  • 375ml can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup tasty cheese grated
  • 2 tbs fresh curly parsley chopped
  • 1 tbs wholegrain mustard* to taste
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper *to taste
  • Method
  • Melt butter in large saucepan, add onion, carrot, celery and capsicum and cook gently until softened.Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  • Return to heat and stir until thickened. Add tuna and springwater, corn, cheese, parsley and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until heated through and cheese has melted.

Community workshops

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Divine River is a local charity whose aim is to nurture sustainable personal care choices through delivery of a range of workshops and the development of an online portal.  Our objective is to provide a way for whole communities to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the environmental and wellbeing impacts of their personal care choices and enable them to provide solutions for themselves.

We know that sustainability and climate change is a critical issue for our society and a key concern for all.  Developing korero around this topic via our workshops and website helps enable individuals to make a difference for themselves, their whanau and their community.We provide a region wide programme of community and in-school workshops that nurture sustainable personal care choices and enable communities to find practical solutions to make a difference individually and collectively.

These community workshops are funding my Tindal Foundation and Tararua REAP. Divine River will be holding ‘How to Make Eco Period Pads’ from 9:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. at:

Thunderpants on Saturday mornings from 30th July to 5th September.

Please email: for enquiries.

Community Korero with Siv Fjaerestad

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On 1 July South Wairarapa District Council announced its membership of the Immigration New Zealand (INZ)’s Welcoming Communities programme – Te Waharoa ki Ngā Hapori. 

South Wairarapa is one of 26 Councils now signed up to the scheme, which helps communities create welcoming environments for newcomers including migrants, former refugees and international students, and people moving from elsewhere in Aotearoa.

The Welcoming Communities approach creates inclusive communities by promoting and building strong connections between the receiving community and newcomers, practicing Whanaungatanga and Manaakitanga (a sense of belonging and hospitality). It actively involves members of the receiving community in welcoming activities. 

This approach was tested as a two-year pilot programme from July 2017 to June 2019, led by INZ in a joint approach with Councils, local communities and the Office of Ethnic Communities.  … Continue Reading

Chief Executive’s column

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Climate change is definitely among us, as the recent downpours and flooding have proved. 

So it’s very relevant that Councillors have been attending workshops with our Climate Change Advisor Melanie Barthe, who has devised a two-pronged strategy around mitigation (reducing our greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation (adapting to the effects of climate change). 

The Ruamāhanga Strategy and action plan gives the Council ways to reduce its own corporate emissions and to help the community to do so too. We as a Council are only too aware of the climate-related risks we are facing and we must adapt by identifying all our risks and how best to mitigate them. 

We are also not alone; we are working collaboratively with other Councils in the region and the Regional Council. You’ll find more information on Council’s climate change work on our Climate Change Wairarapa webpage. … Continue Reading


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Featherston Wrestling Club

June saw the start of Regional & National wrestling tournaments.  The Wellington Regional Championships is back on the national calendar after 31 years.  This illustrates the growth in the Wellington region clubs – Featherston, Tawa and Waikanae.  The club also had a team travel to Hamilton in July to attend …

Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

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