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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Eighteen years at the Village Cafe

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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 re-fresh ready for their next adventure.

Both were born and bred in rural New Zealand. Chris in Eketahuna and Bruce in Eltham, so their love of small towns is no surprise  … Continue Reading

Farewell Bob

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I had noticed that Bob Petelin’s house was for sale. Seeing him later I asked where he was going . “to heaven I hope” he replied. Bob has a terminal illness. In the meantime he is ‘going home’, in his case to Trieste, Italy. 

Bob came to Martinborough in the second wave of vineyard developers establishing a vineyard on Huangarua Road which he called The Rooster Vineyard. The vineyard produced both red and white wines with his flagship being a very good red labelled ‘Rooster’s Blood’ . The vineyard is now Shubert’s Wines.

A printer by trade, Bob also set up a printing press in his garage where he did a lot of printing for local companies and organisations: labels, dockets,  advertising etc. He also printed several books including the book on the Fire Brigade’s history published to mark it’s centenary and the book recalling Wharekaka’s history.  … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

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Spiced pan fried Terakihi


500gr Terakihi fillets 

150 gr quinoa 

100gr pumpkin cut to 2cm cubes

1 aubergine cut into 2 cm slices

1 tsp ground cumin 

Small pinch chilli flakes … Continue Reading

Councillor comments

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Over the last several months councillors and staff have been busy completing the annual plan. As a councillor I was stoked to have the amount of submissions from residents and rate payers to the annual plan. This reinforces to me that we have a community that cares about their district. As you will be aware there is a rate increase. While we have tried to keep the increase as low as possible there are some major issues that we cannot ignore. Safe drinking water is at the top of the list and one that will have a big impact on the finances. 

The spatial plan has kicked off and I urge you to get involved in the creation of this plan. After all it will form the future of our district and towns. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to have your say. We will advertise through every means possible about upcoming consultation meetings. Please get involved early.  … 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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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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