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Christmas Greetings

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Wishing all our readers the compliments of the Season, a very Happy Christmas and an enjoyable holiday break. Good company, nice food and some fine weather.

Lindie, Mike, David, Chris and Mike.

Picture: Adoration of the Maggi and Shepherds. Pordenone Giovanni Antonio 1484- 1539. 

Community Board 

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Victoria Read

It is with building excitement that I write this column. The library has begun packing up their books and the tenants are preparing to move in to the Waihinga Centre. 

We began this journey over 5 years ago… it has had its ups and downs, but we are nearly there and the centre is looking amazing. 

The Martinborough Community Board has played an active role in the project – the board has donated funds as well as facilitating the use of funds from Pain Estate for the project. We also have a nominated member on the Board of the Waihinga Charitable Trust. 

I want to re-iterate WHY we support this project. This centre is for our future. We see the co-location of community services as being an important facilitator of wellbeing in the community. As the old saying goes – it takes a village to raise a child… 

Our surroundings directly, and profoundly, impact us psychologically, physically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually. If we can deliver an inviting space for just one person who feels lonely or isolated in the community, one child who needs warm and comfortable place to do their homework or one young mother struggling with the demands of a new baby it will have been worth it. 

This building welcomes the visitor to the Wairarapa and lets them know who we are – an innovative, inspired, creative community who values our history, our natural environment and our people. 

Cooking corner

December 19, 2018 December 2019 Comments Off on Cooking corner

Alison Holst’s Christmas Cake 


432g can crushed pineapple in juice

1.5kg Fruitcake Mix 

3 cups high grade flour
1 tsp each cinnamon and mixed spice
½ tsp ground cloves
225g butter
1 cup sugar
½ tsp each vanilla, almond and lemon essences
6 large eggs
50g Blanched Almonds, to decorate (optional). … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018 December 2019 Comments Off on COUNCILLOR COMMENT

Gosh here we are again writing for the December issue of the Star – who can believe that a whole year,  has vanished into thin air….

I had great pleasure in representing Mayor Viv Napier and the whole South Wairarapa District at the Martinborough Fire Brigade Gold Star presentation to Peter Fisher for his 25 years with the Fire Service. On behalf of Council I presented a certificate recognising 25 years’ service to the Community. Pete is an absolute inspiration to everyone both in his achievements with the Fire Service and in his personal life.  It was a heart-warming moment when unexpectedly, Pete’s father, who is also in the Fire Service, was asked to present the Gold Star medal, for 25 years’ service, to Pete.

Pete, we wish you well for the future and look forward to hearing of your achievements over the next 25 years!!

Waste Minimalization is a topic dear to my heart and I have been fortunate to be able to attend a recent forum in Kapiti, along with Councillor Margaret Craig.  It is exceedingly interesting to learn of the initiatives people and businesses are taking to minimize the amount of waste going to our landfills.  We were able to visit Second Life Plastics in Levin and see huge amounts of plastic waste that is being recycled into very useable products that are in great demand in the business sector. … Continue Reading