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Another great Fair

This year the Martinborough Fair celebrated its 44th consecutive year! The Fair has evolved from a modest 35 stalls and produce trucks to over 500 stalls from around New Zealand selling a wide range of quality items and attended by over 40,000 people over the two days. Food was popular …

Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

New Zealand’s first – and still surviving – amateur observatory, built by Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek in 1867, may be granted Category 1 Heritage status within the region’s proposed Dark Sky Reserve,  according to Heritage NZ. A 45-page report recommending the South Wairarapa’s Carkeek Observatory’s entry onto the New …

Lazy sneakers

By day Kate Throp’s in charge of Margrain’s tasting room but she’s also great lover of shoes.  Perhaps that’s why a TV1 story about Lazy Sneakers first caught her eye.   Lazy Sneakers was started in Wellington by 12 year old Maia Mariner who realised that not everyone at her …

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Here’s the good news from neuroscientists.

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Small intakes of alcohol will protect you against dementia.

How do they know?

Scientists in the UK analysed data from 23 studies looking for any relationship between cognitive decline and memory loss in older adults.

Their surprise finding? ‘Low to moderate alcohol use is associated with a 38% reduced risk of dementia, and a 32% reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. [1]

Of course, common sense rules! … Continue Reading

Inner Wheel Club of South Wairarapa

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As happens every year, we start with a hiss and a roar. There is nothing like catering for the Rotarians at the Martinborough Fair for Inner Wheelers to be re-acquainted with the fact that fundraising for charities takes a lot of volunteers, work, dedication and energy. Thanks to all our members who helped one way or another on the day.

Sadly we farewelled one of our valued foundation members, Helen Morison, who passed away on 27 January 2020. She was at home and surrounded by her loving family. Her funeral was very well attended and Robyn Draper, Rosemary Newton and Ali Rankin, as Foundation, Past and Present Presidents during Helen’s time in Inner Wheel spoke very fondly of her. She will be sadly missed.

The Shared Pantry is working well and serving our community as intended. Please continue to donate food as you are able, or take what you need. Fresh Choice along with other community group and individual donors continue to supply regular products which is really appreciated. So well done Greytown.

We are all thinking about our Australian friends over the ditch who have suffered from the terrible fires. As well as making a monetary donation, Inner Wheel New Zealand is sending over hand-knitted blankets by June. So we are getting our knitting needles out.

It’s in the bag

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It’s no bad thing that buying or binning plastic is becoming the new smoking or drink driving , but too much plastic zealotry could be counter productive. Yes, single use plastic bags  have become an environmental menace and the reuse of plastic items is urgently to be championed but it essential to consider the counterfactuals. 

Even the detested flimsy supermarket bag may do less environmental damage than the seemingly virtuous cotton tote bag. Britain’s Environmental Agency calculated that a cotton bag would have to be used  at least 131 times  before its contribution to global warming fell below that of a single supermarket bag*. … Continue Reading

Know your town

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Andrew O’Loughlin Considine J.P. 

Andrew Considine was born in Burren County Clare Ireland in January 1849. He emigrated with his parents as a nine year old to South Australia and for the next seventeen years followed farming pursuits in the area. He came to New Zealand in February 1877 to work at Huangarua as a carter for George Waterhouse. By October he had branched out in his own carrying business at Waihinga.

The tale is told of one of his contracts, using three horses Andrew was pulling a steam traction engine to Featherston. At the toll gate an extra five shillings was demanded – the toll for all vehicles propelled by steam. He protested that it was not being so propelled, he was pulling it. To no avail. He paid, vowing to take the matter up with the County Council. 

He always took a keen interest in the advancement of the district, over time he was on numerous committees and boards including the Licencing , School, Hospital, Ambulance, Railway, Cemetery and Library’s . He was also Chairman of the  Featherston County Council.  … 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 …

Regular Features


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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