Inaugural Martinborough Music Festival

The newly launched Martinborough Music Festival, held from September 29- October 1, brought together two musical treasures: the beautiful, warm-toned Schimmel grand piano bequeathed to the Martinborough community by the late Cherry van Kranen, and Michael Houstoun New Zealand’s pre-eminent concert pianist. “Without an instrument of this calibre we would …

Have you seen the murals yet?

If you haven’t already seen them the town’s eight murals are really worth a look. The production of the murals was arranged by Ventana who are to be warmly thanked for their initiative and then produced by local artists. The murals are at four local businesses: Thunderpants, P&K, Ohio Street …

A new local publication

Most people in town will know Jill Fraser through her involvement in setting up Murdoch James Estate in 1986, the expansion of the business at the current Murdoch James Estate site in 1997, the refurbishment of Luna Estate which opened in January this year and her tour company Martinborough Wine …

JIM 2017: A Fitting Tribute

The first weekend of Spring saw the 7th edition of Jazz in Martinborough. “It was by far our best ever festival in terms of tickets sold and attendance at gigs,” says festival music director Lee Quayle. “It was a startlingly successful event that our recently departed founder Ian Cresswell would …

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November 16, 2017 November 2017 Comments Off on Correction

In last month’s Star the item ‘ Women’s Institute has history’ stated that the Kahutara Women’s Institute had gone into recess. This is incorrect the Kahutara Institute is still fully functioning.


November 16, 2017 November 2017 Comments Off on MARTINBOROUGH RUGBY CLUB AGM

– Wednesday 29 November 7.00pm
At the Rugby Clubrooms.  All Club members and supporters are welcome to attend.  This is a chance to get involved in the future of our Club.
Thank you to everyone that helped with our annual Spring Clean – Working Bee!  Many hands make light work and we definitely achieved a lot!!  The Gym, clubrooms, changing shed, and gear shed were all tackled, with our new sponsors signs up.  Thanks to our new sponsors who have come on board, we appreciate your support.
A huge thank you to Mitre 10 Martinborough…next season our reserve players for both Senior teams will be nice and warm in their “sleeping bag” jackets, our coaches & managers of ALL teams (Rippa through to Premiers) will have coaches jackets….AND for our supporters (and especially the ladies in the kitchen!!) a scoreboard on the no2 field! Thanks for your ongoing support!
Our Social Touch Competition returns on the 10 November, if you haven’t entered your team contact Rachael 0276932960.  $30 per team (max 12 per team, 6 on the field).  Teams must have 3 people on the field at all times that are either female, aged under 13 or aged 45+.
COMMUNITY GYM – keep up to date with whats going on in our gym by following the Facebook page (Martinborough Community Gym), we have some exciting group fitness classes coming our way soon!  We have some fun Hooping classes starting on the 23 November, check out the details on Facebook or go to

Regional Council notes

November 16, 2017 November 2017 Comments Off on Regional Council notes

Thirteen years ago when I was the newly elected mayor of South Wairarapa I was strongly opposed to changes in the structure of local government in any shape or form. It was assumed that any amalgamation of councils would see control shifted to Masterton and local decision making would be lost.
Also, if I’m totally honest, as a newly elected mayor I wasn’t too keen on seeing my recently acquired position disestablished, especially when support for amalgamation was virtually non-existent in the south at the time.
During the four terms I served as Mayor I was actively involved in the many, many hours of work, across the three Wairarapa councils, which went into investigating what local government should look like over here. During this time the waters were muddied by the Wellington Super City debate and while I was totally opposed to Wairarapa being an annex of Wellington, I fully now support the concept of a Combined Wairarapa Council.
So what’s changed you might ask? It’s simple really. Twelve years of being inside the tent has shown me the shortcomings of all three councils and their lack of critical mass. It’s highlighted the fact that all three use the same legislation and a Combined District Plan yet come out with different interpretations almost on a daily basis. … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017 November 2017 Comments Off on SOUTH WAIRARAPA TRAMPING CLUB

DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE NEW YEAR to think about taking on something different: get started NOW so that when the New Year dawns you’ll already be at the starting line of your new activity and ready to roll.
South Wairarapa Tramping Club provides a friendly and safe environment for newcomers looking to do something different with their weekend leisure time. Trip leaders and others in the group are experienced in the outdoor environment and operate within the recognised safety code.
The advantages of group participation in walking and tramping are numerous. For starters, the safety in numbers factor ensures that you are not on your own in an unfamiliar environment. Add to this the benefits of exhilarating physical exercise in the open air, the companionship of people who share a common interest in walking/tramping and the sense of achievement and wellbeing at the end of a day’s outing with the club.
From the trip list which is printed in the monthly SWTC newsletter, you choose the type of activity that interests you. Trips are classified according to the level of fitness required. For example:
VE/Very Easy: A stroll suitable for the youngest, oldest and least fit of people. 
E/Easy: up to four hours walk. May involve some uphill. Lots of stops.
M/Moderate fitness: 4-6 hours walk per day. Lunch and smoko breaks.
F/More fitness: Some experience needed. May go off tracks. 6-8 hours walk per day.
FE/Fitness Extreme: 8-18 hours walk, fast. Heaps of climbing. Stops are hurried. (May take up to a week to recover!)
For upcoming trip details please phone Barry Kempton (304 9353), or for information relating to the South Wairarapa Tramping Club phone Carol Major (304 8210). Website: 
Our club night is held at 7.30pm on the 2nd Tuesday monthly in the St John Hall, Main Street, Greytown. Do come and join us!



The season is over for the Premier and Senior Reserve teams, and what a season it was! Our Premier team made it to the Tui Cup Final, our first final in 24 year years…the last time we won was 26 years ago! Unfortunately it was not to be the fairy …

Junior Sport

U13 Boys Hockey The 2017 Wairarapa U13 Hatch Cup representative hockey team performed well at its first mini tournament in Stratford on the 12 and 13 August, securing wins over Manawatu, Wanganui and Horowhenua. The team is well represented by the South Wairarapa this year with Jarrod Yee, Hamish Kill, …


Two down and one to go, we are on the home straight with the season of Winter and for the first time in many years the dams and tanks are fill and the water tables have well and truly reached above the ground. you guessed, we’re ready for Spring! The …

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