Wairarapa Business Award for Under the Stars

For “Under the Stars” astro-tourism guide Becky Bateman it was a shock to win the Wairarapa “Emerging Business” award in mid-October for her fledgling star-gazing venture. Running the only “nomadic” star-gazing/guiding business in Wairarapa is literally that: running from location to location to help people understand and interpret the wondrous …

New Council sworn in 

It’s official, we have a new Mayor, Alex Beijen. The Mayor, Councillors and Community Board Members were sworn in at a ceremony on 30 October at the Waihinga Centre. There is no change to the Councillors elected from the Martinborough Ward – Pip Maynard, Pam Colenso and Brian Jephson (Jeppy) held …

Meet your Mayor

Alex grew up in Christchurch, the youngest of five children. His father, a pilot, died in a helicopter crash when Alex was only two. Bringing up the family of five was difficult for his Mum, “ I know the ups and downs of a childhood under these circumstances” he comments. …

Sun Shines on Jazz Festival

The sun shone brightly to compliment the brilliant atmosphere around Martinborough during the 9th edition of New Zealand’s coolest little jazz festival, Jazz in Martinborough last weekend. “It just shows that a warm, sunny weekend adds mightily to the enjoyment of festival goers,” says festival producer Ted Preston. “Somehow the …

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Martinborough Business Assn.

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The purpose of the Martinborough Business Association is to provide a platform to promote and support local business and growth development, to align and collaborate with Martinborough and other centres in the Wairarapa as well as tourist and visitor promotion organisations and advocate for the business community with our council and other service organisations.

We have completed a long standing project with the CCTV camera initiative, and are currently on the final stages of the website development. This will then mean we can step forward into new projects. 

Strong collaborations with the Dark Sky Association mean we have new exciting opportunities to market the region and Martinborough. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Golf Round

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With October under our belt and summer-like temperatures tempting us out onto the golf course it’s well and truly time to dust off your trundler and enjoy/endure following a little white ball on a mystery journey!

At the beginning of October, the men’s 36 and 54-hole tournament was played; Saturday was a wash-out, but Sunday was a cracker of a day. 54-hole best gross: 1st Owen Lloyd, 2nd Troy Shaw, 3rd Cameron Elers. 36-hole best gross: 1st Thomas Spearman-Burn, 2nd Peter Spearman-Burn, 3rd Josh Kahui. Best Nett: 1st Dean Schaef, 2nd Mike Charteris, 3rd Robert Kahui.  Numerous nearest the pins and twos – thanks to sponsors Trust House for making the event a huge success.

The 9-holers have had a busy month; club champs results: A Div: Jaquee Reid; runner up Debbie Coom.  B Div: Tingay Davidson, runner Up, Mary Herrick. A Plate: Sue Dalton runner Up; Sandy Burgess. They also held their 9 Hole Open Day at the end of the month and had a field of 68 from 9 Clubs attending. The weather was kind and made for pleasant playing conditions, sadly none of the Martinborough contingent made the podium, however massive congratulations to Pat Wood who was national winner of the Sue Bunt Salver – Home Links Competition for this year.

Grumpies have been rained off and have had an away day out at Ngawi, but when they did get a game in winners have included Nick Allen and Rob McCreary. … Continue Reading

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren     

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For grandparents and whanau kin caregivers raising grandchildren please know , you are not alone as the GRG (Charitable) Trust NZ is there to help you be empowered and supported. GRG services are all available free of charge to these full-time carers  who become GRG members.

These family members take on the children’s full-time care  because of a sudden or unexpected family breakdown.  There may be substance abuse , physical or mental illness , the death or imprisonment of a parent and in these situations the children may have experienced trauma and/or neglect.

There can then be a significant change in lifestyle and future plans bringing stress, feelings of loss, grief , anger ,anxiety , financial worries and uncertainty for all  . It is then very important to seek help and support  quickly.

About GRG Trust NZ : helping out since 1999 New Zealand wide providing these services  … Continue Reading

Martinborough Music Festival Sold Out

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“Here was a festival of chamber music made in heaven” Lindis Taylor, Music Critic, Middle C.

The Musicians who gave so much pleasure; L-R: Yuka Eguchi, Michael Houstoun, Alan Molina, Vesa-Matti Leppequation.pdfnen,  Amy Brookman, Wilma Smith, Ken Ichninose, Matthias Balzat, Christopher Moore. Absent Jenny Wollerman.  Photo courtesy Sam Cameron

Sports

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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Letters

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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