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9 of 9 with Amanda Ritchie

1. What is something that you have achieved that you’re really proud of?The most recent thing is having the community support of Boomerang Bags, which has enabled us to take one massive leap towards becoming Plastic Bag Free!...

July 2, 2018

9 of 9 with Rowena Reay of Union Square

1. What is something that you have achieved that you’re really proud of?Bringing my 13 yo son up reasonably unscathed with a genuine appreciation for humanity and the world we live in....

June 5, 2018

9 of 9 with Melissa Philips of Cartel Food Co.

Quitting my corporate life in the city, downsizing and moving to Martinborough with my wee family.... best place ever to raise kids! Then starting our business the Cartel Food Co. I haven’t worked for anyone else for 4 years. ...

May 23, 2018

9 of 9 with Karina Hailwood

My 4 children Kayleigh (24), Madi (21), Lola (7) and wee Poppy (5)....

April 22, 2018

9 of 9 with Daniel Phillips

Becoming the vineyard manager at Luna Estate ...

April 14, 2018

9 of 9 with Michelle Hight

My 3 beautiful children are all strong minded and independent beings each with their own individual spirit....

April 8, 2018

9 of 9 with Shawn Brown from Muirlea Rise

My Daughter Rachel...

April 1, 2018

9 of 9 with Lisa Coney

Three healthy, happy children....

March 25, 2018

Summer Pix Competition 2018

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, without you this wouldnt happen!   It was a great turnout last night - wow!  Thank you so much to the Judges, Karen Gordy, Lance Redgwell, Fiona Couchman and Auriga Martin - They had a hard job but got there in the end!  Took them a couple of hours, had dinner (Thank you Fiona - Lamb Roast) then another two hours and a couple of bottles of wine later... presto we have our winners!  Their selections were fair and had no names or votes...

March 21, 2018

9 of 9 with Baptist Sieber - Colombo Winemakers

Having morals and standing by them, no matter the consequences....

March 11, 2018

9 of 9 with Rachel Priestley - Prodigal Daughter

Mastering the art of cured meats....

March 8, 2018

9 of 9 with Kurt Portas - Palliser Ridge

Buying a piece of land in Pirinoa....

March 1, 2018

9 of 9 with Jackie Woodhams from Micro Wine Bar

Making Micro a friendly local bar and managing to work with my husband 24/7 and still both have a sense of humour....

February 25, 2018

9 of 9 with Shelley Siemonek

Owning my own business. Has had many ups and downs but after 12 years, I am very content and I guess proud of what I have achieved. It is good to provide as such a service to Martinborough. I have met a lot of great people....

February 19, 2018

Bloomin' Lou does it again!

Just be one thing Oh the irony of me uttering the phrase ' just be one thing '. At this time of year we're all in serious debt to the sleep bank, Christmas, end of year at school, retail in overdrive - all of which conspire to make us... fairly foul.  At best. Driving over the hill to deliver Bloomin' Lou bunches to city folk (cue banjo strumming) gives me quite a bit of head space to ponder and self-reflect. These are not necessarily constructive actions. Too much of those and one tends to...

December 11, 2017

Bloomin' Lou by Louise Jolliffe

Bloomin' Lou is the product of an escape from Wellington, a love of whimsical flowers and objects --- and definitely procrastinating.  You won't find any Gerberas or succulents in my bunches but you will find natural scents, texture and occasionally the unexpected.  They're probably a pretty good reflection of how I've come to live in Marty and (slightly alarmingly) the personality of Bloomin' Lou! ...

November 28, 2017

Nidito, Spanish for "Little Nest"

Carolina Vargas-Gonzalez of Nidito tell us all about her new venture...Nidito, spanish for “little nest” is the name of my brand and that’s what I’m all about, everything I make is handcrafted with love in small batches and often one-of-a-kind pieces to make someone else’s little nest (home) cosy, warm, pretty…...

November 15, 2017

Palliser Ridge - Best kept secret...

Palliser Ridge Farm in Pirinoa, twenty minutes South of Martinborough isn’t your run of the mill Sheep and Beef Farm. The core farming business is run by Manager Kurt Portas, but recent developments have seen the Palliser Ridge brand extend to much more....

November 13, 2017

Martinborough’s Cave of Bones

Fossilised bird grave sites are common in New Zealand, but one particular cave in Martinborough has revealed thousands of bones of flightless birds who plunged to their deaths. Curator of vertebrates Alan Tennyson describes how over thousands of years rare and extinct birds such kakapo, kiwi, North Island takahe, and moa fell through the concealed entrance. Alan says “It might not look like a spectacular cave but this site has become the richest site in the whole of New Zealand for some specie...

November 3, 2017

'17blonde' The New Kid in Town

17blonde is the newest local fashion label in town, with a linen feel we love! This uber cool brand has been created by two friends with a passion for comfy but stylish linen clothing, both ladies wanting to support a New Zealand made range. For Lianne it was a natural extension to her Martinborough home-wares store ‘Scarlet’ for Debbie it was about potentially having a change of direction from her busy corporate life in Wellington and facing the sometimes tedious commute over the Rimut...

October 12, 2017

SWEET AS!

Do you remember It’s Quite Cool on the corner near the Fire Station back in 2010? What about meeting us when we had our little Gelato shoppe on Kitchener Street ? Or maybe you’ve seen us parked at Te Kairanga for their Farmers Market or the many years we were there for Toast Martinborough?  No doubt you’ve seen us lurking among the trees near the corners of the Square? Anybody come to that shipping container we tried last year near the Martinborough Brewery? I can just imagine people ...

October 8, 2017

A BALLOONING BLOG, IN 3 PUFFS

The year was nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and not being a ‘popular’ teenager I spent many an anxious afternoon considering how to occupy oneself during the upcoming and infinite period of the school holiday. My well-soiled Duran Duran LP was becoming a ghost of fantasies past, and I was starting to feel that there could in fact, be more to the world than my Wild Boys. Behold, the planets aligned, and struck by an epiphany of future callings, I decided to travel far from the air-horns of ...

September 24, 2017

Robert Brown Fire Fighter

Martinborough Fire Fighter Rob Brown is about to leave town and head to Rotorua to embark on a 12 week training course at the National Training Centre for Fire and Emergency, in order to become a permanent Fire Fighter. The career recruit course begins on the 25th of September 2017 and will give him the opportunity to do what he loves, on a daily basis. Rob joined the Martinborough Fire Brigade as a volunteer when he moved to town two years ago. His reason for joining? - "from a sense of curiosi...

September 16, 2017

VENTANA MURAL WALK FOR KOKOMAI

It’s hard to believe that just over one year ago Ventana opened its doors to the Wairarapa and began a story about creativity in the community.  It’s been wonderful to learn about our region and all of the incredible talents living in our midst.  We are very gratified to see that there are others who share an appreciation of high quality art that is both unique and made by dedicated small business-owning artists.   We’ve received really great feedback so far, which has ...

September 11, 2017

In the Neighbourhood, Dudley's story

I grew up in a culture where asking directly for the things you want in life or in general was considered rude. However, I soon learnt that the problem with waiting for someone to notice you, meant that you could be waiting a long time, perhaps It was best to put myself out there, be assertive and maybe asking was not such a bad thing. The key point I discovered was that we all have wants and needs in life and that life is a blank canvas, anything is possible and sometimes in order to achieve, w...

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