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Cooking Corner

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Spicy beef, kiwifruit and avocado 


150 gr Beef fillet (in one piece) 

3 golden kiwifruit

1 ripe but firm avocado 1 tbs soy sauce

1 soft leafy lettuce

2 tbs olive oil

2tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp Tai hot chilli sauce 

8 – 10 large green olives

1 lime,  juice and zest

parsley to garnish 

salt and pepper to taste … Continue Reading

The 2019 Studio Italia Cinema Italiano Festival comes to Wairarapa

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My big Gay Italian wedding.

“La famiglia è il centro di noi” Family is at the heart of us

Wairarapa will host the Italian Film Festival from the 8 th to 15 th August at Circus Cinema in Martinborough, when it continues its seven month, 15 venue tour of New Zealand.

For the 2019 Festival, director and curator Paolo Rotondo has selected a lineup of comedies, dramas, documentaries and cherished classics that all have family at their core, infused with the myriad of forms of how ‘famiglia’ shapes everything in Italian culture.

“For millennia, family has been an important social construct in Italian society and this year’s Festival celebrates family in all its manifestations. It is perhaps my own perspective, or age and stage, that has allowed me to harvest this theme from so many films.”

“I believe that the attitudes and values around family remain one of the great cultural assets of Italian society. The curation this year, is a wonderful exploration of ‘famiglia’ in so many different ways.” … Continue Reading

Community of Cool

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“I think Martinborough is a cool place to have a jazz festival.  And it’s because we have a fantastic, supportive community that it happens every year,” says Jazz in Martinborough festival producer Ted Preston. “Hence the tag line this year Community of Cool.

Ted explains that each year the festival is supported by a large number of groups, individuals and businesses, many of whom go under-noticed or under-mentioned.

“We need these people in our community to help bring musicians to town, venues to play at, signs to go up etc,” he adds.  Support comes from the venues and musicians, the volunteers and supporters.  “We also get annual monetary and logistical support from the likes of Trust House, Creative Communities, South Wairarapa Rotary and Martinborough Lions – each representing a section of our community, contributing in their own way.”

The ninth spring festival of Jazz in Martinborough will see its main acts return to the newly refurbished Martinborough Town Hall.  “This too is a part of our community,” says Ted.  “The original festival was created to make more use of the Town Hall. It’s a great facility, that the community has invested in, and we need to have as many events there as possible,” he adds. … Continue Reading

Community Board notes

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We are approaching Local Government Elections and, as indicated in my April Star column I will not be seeking relection after six years in the hot seat. A seat which felt particularly hot at our last meeting following a report into the condition of Pain Estate, a property bequeathed to Martinborough Borough Council for “a sportsground for the residents of Martinborough and as a playground for the children”.

To be clear, Martinborough Community Board asked Council’s new Amenities Officer for a report into the Pain Farm and Buildings. We were concerned that this incredible bequest to our community had not been kept up to scratch and, despite asking, we had received no recent reports into its condition. With a new SWDC CEO and a new Amenities Manager we felt that the time was right to ask for the information again. 

Part of the role of Council Officers is to provide elected members with information and options. The preliminary report highlighted areas of concern and presented the Board with options including “Bring the house and cottage up to a standard we can be proud of” as well as the option that had generated such consternation: “Investigate whether selling the home and cottage and surrounding land designated to the Pain Farm house is feasible.” Those who spoke, during public participation, were angry and upset, with good reason, we agree that the state of the Farm and Buildings is unacceptable and passed a number of resolutions requesting answers for ourselves and our community. In addition we recommended to Council that $40,000 is released from Pain Estate funds for immediate maintenance to the house and cottage. … Continue Reading


Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

Regular Features


Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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