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Book Review

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Pearly Gates

I happened to hear  a chapter of Pearly Gates read on morning radio. It seemed like a very well written story and I was pleased to see that there were copies available from the library. On reading Pearly Gates the impression I had taken from the radio reading was confirmed that this is a very enjoyable book.  

Pearly – he had been called this since school days and nobody can remember his real name – was a partner in the busy Real Estate firm of Rawleigh and Gates. He was also Mayor of the good sized town, Pearly liked to be busy.  While the town was not named descriptions along the way suggested Timaru. He had a good marriage with two, now grown up, children. … Continue Reading

Complacency can be a real threat! 

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Let’s flatten the curve 

Top of mind for the Martinborough Business Association is COVID-19 and how we support our Association members’ businesses and community.

The Committee held a special meeting to consider this.  The first point made was that this is real – it’s not a drill or a movie. It will be impactful and we are all in it together. We are a small town made up of small businesses in the main. We know our employees very well, often they are our friends.  We know our neighbours well too so let’s make sure that we look after one another during these times

Discourage panic buying, there is no need for it. While we need to adapt the way we go about living we must retain as much of our normality as possible. This will end so let’s look forward, positively to 2021.

There will be a on line session on the next steps being taken by WellingtonNZ to include support and funding options for small businesses.

As mentioned earlier we are all in this together so we all have personal and business responsibilities to keep out community safe. 

Martinborough Business Association 

Councillor comment/notes

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Council meeting

Our council meeting on the 18th March covered a number of items and I am going to summarise some of these below.

Recommendation from the Martinborough Community Board that the Pain Farm House and the cottage are rented out separately from the end of the current lease.  This was passed at and will take affect from the new lease/rent arrangements.

On the 25th March at the emergency meeting of Council we appointed the Emergency Committee of the Mayor and all councillors and agreed the TOR for this committee to operate during Alert levels 3 and 4 of the COVID-19 emergency. We also noted that Local Government is reviewing quorums for these meeting in light of the numbers of councillors able to attend meetings. … Continue Reading

Cooking Corner

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Baked potatoes

Perhaps the ultimate comfort food: a potato roasted in the oven for so long that it is almost forgotten, until its skin blisters and cracks open, mouth-burning steam pours out and the soft insides then slathered with butter and almost anything else you can get your hands on. 

Before baking, spike it with a fork as this makes it bake quicker and all the way through; you want it to be tender and fluffy with a crisp skin. Then top how you like.

Here are some people’s favourite toppings; 

Baked potatoes are delicious with ratatouille, chilli or cottage cheese and pickle. … Continue Reading


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

Regular Features

From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

Catering for a vegetarian this Christmas? Here’s the Vegan Society’s Nut Roast recipe Ingredients  1 …

Councillor comment

Here we are the last Star for the year and what a year it has …

Did you know

I’M DREAMING of a white Christmas. But if the white runs out I’ll drink the …

Recyling calendar

December Wednesday 2nd glass Wednesday 9th wheelie bin Wednesday 16th glass Saturday 26th wheelie bin …

Regional Council notes

Time to start thinking Older residents in our region may well remember the massive flooding …

News from First Church

May these be the gifts your Christmas brings – Peace, Gladness, Good Health   and …

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