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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Wharekaka benefits from delightful musical soirée

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One reason Martinborough is such a great place to live is the amazing range of amenities we have, many of which are no longer available in other small New Zealand towns.
Wharekaka Rest Home, run by locals for locals, is one of those treasures. With the recent upgrade to hospital-level care, it can now provide a place for older members of the community to live in supported care for the rest of their lives. They no longer have to move out of town, away from family and friends, when their care needs increase.
But the survival of such a facility is never guaranteed and the government funding model is particularly challenging for a smaller operation like Wharekaka. To remain viable and provide more than just basic services to residents, it requires ongoing fundraising.
What better way to raise money than by organising a concert that brings some of Martinborough’s talented musicians together with its community of music lovers. So, on Sunday, 6 August, Trish Logan, Chair of the Wharekaka Trust Board, and her husband Robert hosted 80 people at their beautiful rural home to hear a musical programme ranging from Handel to Gershwin. … Continue Reading

Veronica McKee nominated.

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Members of the Martinborough Women’s Institute have nominated Veronica McKee for an Institute Good Service Award. Veronica joined the Women’s Institute in May 1980 and has held the position of secretary and been a committee member for most of her time in the Institute.
Veronica turned ninety in 2016 and she is disadvantaged with a permanent stiff leg and now chronic arthritis and so needs a walking frame and two sticks to get about. She has had her car boot set up so that she can open it and still get her walker out by herself. She is a loyal and active member entering most competitions and contributing to meeting procedure.
Veronica is the Institute Phone Steward, a vital means of keeping our members informed. She contacts the President to find the procedure for the meeting ahead of time, then phones members to inform them.
Fellow members admire and are amazed at what she manages: a well kept garden and, with help and her effort, to come to each meeting.
The Martinborough members have strongly recommended Veronica to receive the Good Service Award she so richly deserves.
Nolene White

Star on line – and an offer.

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The Martinborough Star team have always been confident that their Star on line was being well read. Figures provided by Google for the twelve months August 20016 to August 2017 prove this confidence to be well founded. In the period 5,145* people visited the Star on line website reading a total 12,249 pages.
79% of the readers were returning for a second time and spent considerably more time during the second visit .
It was no surprise that 77% of the visits were from within New Zealand – 4.939 during the period.
The largest number of overseas visits to the site were from the United States with 331. This interest ties in with Tourism NZ figures which show a 26% increase in tourists from America in the last twelve months. Australia was next greatest number at 262, then UK 151, Canada 68, Germany 50, Italy 40 and India 31.
A reasonable assumption is that if people go to the trouble of looking up information on a recognised tourist destination they are most likely considering a visit.
As a service to local businesses providing for tourists the Star team is offering advertising spots on the website for the princely sum of $25 a year! The advert can include photo and text.
The offer is open to accommodation providers, restaurants, vineyards, gift shops, cycle hire, indeed any business reliant on visitors.
At $25 a year why would you not be in? Interested? just contact David Kershaw : phone 021 625 327 or:

* Google filters ensure the figures are free of spam visits.


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We had a very interesting insight into Andy’s varied career from being a Personal Secretary and Chief of Staff to Margaret Thatcher through several other incarnations and now about to open his Yoga meditation centre in Featherston.
Andy recently published a small booklet – your first impression is of a black covered book with the word “Rules” in large letters. However on a second glance you notice the word “Serendipity” above the word “Rules”. I think this description of Serendipity Rules pretty much sums up Andy’s life as a lot of decisions or changes of direction appear to have come out of times in his life when he was trying to make a good decision of what to do next or what direction to follow. … Continue Reading



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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