First Church’s Monster Bookfair

The First Church’s annual book sale certainly deserved its title,  Monster Bookfair.   Maybe it was the COVID effect or perhaps it was the decluttering craze earlier in the year, but donations of books were way above normal both in quantity and quality.   As a result sales also broke …

Green Jersey looking towards site development

The proprietors of the Green Jersey Explorer Tours Limited are Joe and Pam Howells, Lucia Zanmonti, Stuart Edwards with Stuart’s parents Allan and Myra Edwards as investors in the property. They are now looking at the options to develop the old Council Yards site of 0.34 Hectare (0.84 acre) on …

 A Quiet Restoration of Veterans’ Graves at Martinborough Public Cemetery 

Over the past year, a quiet change has been happening at Martinborough Public Cemetery.  Volunteers of the New Zealand Remembrance Army, with support and guidance from the South Wairarapa District Council, have been restoring the graves of New Zealanders who served their country during times of military conflict. Now, the …

Toast to generate needed boost

Toast Martinborough is set to kick start a summer season that looks promising for the South Wairarapa economy. With over 75% of tickets sold already in just 2 weeks, Toast 2020 looks set to break records. The flow-on economic impact benefits the entire region.  Airbnb’s and rental cottages have been …

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Sixty years together celebrated

August 7, 2020 August 2020 Comments Off on 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 Joy and Tim and their families along with friends at Parehua.  Jane, in Perth, and Andrew, in Papua New Guinea were unable to attend. Mate commented “we were treated most royally”. This including the Maynard twins singing songs such as Blue Smoke which bought back many precious memories.  … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Tramping Club  –  Local Q E II Bush Covenants

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This trip was intended to be a bike and walk occasion, but due to the rain, only 3 hardy souls chose the biking option!

On Kemptons Line, the landowner told us of the history of this bush area, 1.5ha of mainly 200 year old kahikitea, and wetland. It was fenced to keep stock out in 1973, and 10 years later, after involvement with DOC and the Wellington Regional Council, the area was covenanted under the Q E II scheme. Those organisations plus the Wairarapa Biodiversity Group assist with spraying blackberry, and planting. Despite the wetland drying out in summer, the rare mudfish survive in wet ground beneath the clay surface. … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

August 7, 2020 August 2020 Comments Off on Under The Martinborough Stars

When I was 10, my favourite movie was the Clash of The Titans; an extremely cheesy film about Perseus and his pet talking clockwork owl trying to save Princess Andromeda (spoiler alert) from an evil sea dragon.

Watching it now, it is pretty terrible, a cult classic perhaps. The story is based on a Greek classic legend that still can be found amongst the stars. Each character has a constellation named for them, the hero Perseus and Princess Andromeda, Cepheus and Cassiopeia who are the Princess’s parents and even the sea monster Cetus. … Continue Reading

Wairarapa Fabric Fair 2020

August 7, 2020 August 2020 Comments Off on Wairarapa Fabric Fair 2020

Great News!

All sewers, knitters, crafters get out your diary and keep the 5th of September free, for this year’s Wairarapa Fabric Fair is just over a month away!  Once again we are holding the event at South End School Hall, High Street South, Carterton, from 10 am to 2pm.  

Time to clear out that stash you have been meaning to get around to and donate it to our charity table or hire a table and sell it on the day!  King Street Artworks, which helps support people Wairarapa wide, will receive the profits from the sales tables, donated goods table and cafe!   … 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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