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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Did you know

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FUNDS received for hosting the Te Kairanga Farmer’s Market, held on the first Sunday of each month, will go towards the Waihinga Centre project.
BETWEEN 1996 and 2016 dairy exports rose from 16% to 25% of total exports. In the same period fish dropped from 6% to 3%, and wool from 6% to only 1%. Meat and wood remained stable at between 11% and 12%. Wine from not even registering in 1996 has risen to 2%.
THE FIRST touch screen was developed by Eric Arthur Johnson at the England Royal Radar Establishment in 1965. The screen was developed for use in airport flight control systems.
THE MINISTRY of Primary Industries has increased it’s mail Border Security staff as packages from China have trebled in the last two years. A total of sixty one million packages a year now arrive in New Zealand.
‘GOOD judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment’ –Will Rogers
THAILAND is by far the most dangerous holiday destination for Austalians. External Affairs figures showed that in the 2016/17 financial year 203 Australians died while on holiday there and 893 were hospitalised due to food poisoning, —- caught and accidents. … Continue Reading

Amalgamation – Status Quo or a Combined Wairarapa Council???

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As everyone will be aware the Local Government Commission received a petition asking for a poll on the proposed amalgamation. Local Government Commission has advised that a postal vote will be held with the closing date of the 12th December 2017.
It is very important that every eligible person votes, as this will determine whether we have a Combined Wairarapa Council or continue with the status quo. I know that this debate has seemed to go on forever but this is the deciding factor – if you don’t vote, then it is very hard to grumble about not getting what you want.
So please, when the papers arrive – vote and have your say.
If more than 50% of the returned voting papers oppose the proposal then it will not go ahead, if more than 50% support the proposal then it will go ahead and the Local Government Commission will start the process to set up the new Wairarapa Council.
IT IS YOUR CHOICE … Continue Reading

Library News

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I cannot quite believe that this is the penultimate Star article for the year.  Christmas is fast approaching – oh dear.  Our Summer Reading Programme will be underway for the children very soon.  Enrolments begin from 20th November with the programme officially starting on the 4th December. 
It is a good idea to get enrolled and reading early before going away for the holidays.  If you haven’t done one before then the programme is open for 2 years and up although obviously under 5s will need help with the reading!  Read a book, come in and talk to your librarian about the book and receive a sticker and a prize. 
Completing 4 or more will earn you entry to the finale party and another prize!  This year the theme is Wild about reading?  This is an important way for children to keep in touch with their reading over the months they are away from school so their literacy level is less likely to drop.  We are so fortunate that the Eastern & Central Community Trust sponsors the programme and our thanks go to them. 
We also have an entertainer coming along during the holidays and will let you know what, who and where closer to the time.  There will also be some holiday activities for children similar to those run in the last holiday time.  … Continue Reading

Cooking Corner

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Stir fry chicken noodles
250 g 
dried egg noodles
25 ml 
vegetable oil
3 eggs
350 g 
chopped vegetables such as cabbage, carrot, bean sprout
150 g 
grilled chicken breast, diced
soy sauce

Boil noodles in pot of water
Drain well when cooked
Lightly beat eggs
Heat a wok or large frying pan with  half of the oil
Add eggs and cook until lightly scrambled
Remove eggs and roughly chop
Add rest of oil to wok or frying pan
Add vegetables and stir fry with soy sauce until just cooked
Add noodles, egg and chicken
Continue to cook until all cooked and hot through



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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Cooking Corner

Stir fry chicken noodles Ingredients 250 g 
dried egg noodles 25 ml 
vegetable oil 3 eggs …

Waihinga Centre

____________________________________________ A White Square on a White Field One of Mondrian’s most famous paintings, “A …

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Martinborough Picture Theatre 1913 – 1964 The first movie theatre proprietors were Garland and Stewart …

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Welcome to Summer! What a welcome sight and feel all that sunshine is after the …

Fire Brigade

The amalgamation of the NZ Fire Service with 39 rural fire authorities on the 1st …

Waihinga Centre

Open to Change If you are just walking or driving past the Town Hall it …

News from First Church

We are pleased we decided to hold our weekly meetings during July and August in …

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