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South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group (SWBG)

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The community group SWBG has been going for more than 10 years now, with the main activity in recent times being planting natives on public land.  Planting is an annual event at Ōkorewa Lagoon near Lake Ferry.  Other Lake Ferry projects have included planting along the foreshore, and on SWDC greywater land on the plateau above the village.

SWBG also provides administrative support to Predator Free Martinborough (PFM).  PFM has a trap library and las loaned rat traps of various types to people living in Martinborough over the last few years.  These traps were supplied by DOC Masterton and the South Wairarapa Rotary Club.

PFM holds events from time to time where we can learn from experienced trappers.  We find out where they trap, what lures they use, and about their successes and failures.

This year with a Wellington Zoo Local Conservation Grant and support from Greater Wellington Regional Council, we are in a position to do more trapping of mustelids, especially stoats.  We will use these extra resources to set up trap lines in areas where very young Kārearea/NZ falcon have been seen recently, on the assumption that the falcon nest (called a “scrape”) is not far away.  Kārearea lay their eggs on the ground and so are very vulnerable to predation.  … Continue Reading


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The Star will be providing space in the September issue for candidates to introduce themselves and their aims and hopes. Four hundred words Mayor, and 300 words for Council, 

Candidates plus a headshot photo.

Candidates please send your email address to: beckett36@gmail.com so that we can provide space for your piece. 

Share your skill

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There are a huge range of skills in the district and every three years people with such skills are asked to consider sharing them for the greater good of the community as a District Councillor.  The greater the range of skills around the council table the greater the likelihood of good sensible decisions. If you have experience in accountancy, farming, business, a trade, teaching or any of hundreds of other skilled occupations please give some thought to putting your name forward. 

Nominations close on August 12th so time for making a decision is fast running out.

Recycling days

Wednesday 10th August Glass

Wednesday 17th August Wheelie bin

Wednesday 24th August Glass

Wednesday 31st August Wheelie bin 


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Featherston Wrestling Club

June saw the start of Regional & National wrestling tournaments.  The Wellington Regional Championships is back on the national calendar after 31 years.  This illustrates the growth in the Wellington region clubs – Featherston, Tawa and Waikanae.  The club also had a team travel to Hamilton in July to attend …

Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Regular Features

How Well Do We know People in our Community?

Reid and Reid, or otherwise Chris and Stewart are the owners of the Gin distillery …

Recycling days

Wednesday 10th August Glass Wednesday 17th August Wheelie bin Wednesday 24th August Glass Wednesday 31st …


While Covid has kept many of us home over the last month, our services have …

Martinborough Golf Club Report

We have certainly had a lot of rain over the last few weeks, so much …

Martinborough Community Garden

Well, weather like we have had recently makes one understand the frustration of the animals …

Martinborough Business Association

We  don’t always get it right…. In last month’s article our focus was on the …


Gosh time flies, another month rolls around. The Brigade has been keeping well occupied with …

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