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Moving away from oil

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Thirteen countries has voted to stop making and ban the importing of petrol or oil fuelled vehicles. The ban will take affect in Norway in 2025, China, Denmark, France, Ireland, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Costa Rica and Sri Lanka in 2030 and Britain in 2040. 

The New Zealand government considered such a ban  however decided against it. Auckland city decided on implementing such a ban from 2030 – however there’s no indication how this would work.

Vehicle sales in New Zealand, along with Australia and America continue to be in favour of larger capacity motors. In New Zealand the Ford Ranger ute has been the best selling vehicle for the last three years. Last year 10,000 Rangers were sold, closely followed by Toyota Hilux of which 8,000 were sold.  

Book Review

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A Communist in the family – Searching for Rewi Alley.

The author, Elspeth Sandys, is Rewi Alley’s niece and a member of a twenty strong group of Alley’s relations on tour visiting the places where Alley worked. This book is both the story of this tour and of Alley’s life and work. The result is an impressive sixty one chapter tome, four hundred pages of small type. 

Alley served in the First World War and was subsequently balloted one of the ill fated farm blocks in the hill country behind Whanganui. After toiling there unsuccessfully for twelve years, he, along with  the other farmers walked off. He had heard much about the turmoil in China and decided to go and have a look, working his passage on a tramp steamer. … Continue Reading

Christmas greetings

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Wishing our readers all the joys of this Festive Season – the company of family and friends, fine food and children’s excitement. 

A special thanks to the Star advertisers who make this paper possible. And to the wonderful delivery folk who pop the Star into you letter box.

Lindie, Chris, David and the two Mikes

Painting: Nativity by Ghirlandaio Domenico 1449 – 94 (Fitzwilliam Museum University of Cambridge)

 Christmas poem 

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Three wise birds are on their way

To Bethlehem to sing and pray

And welcome in the holy day 

When peace on earth will come to stay

And they will try and try again

To sing some love back into men

This old and weary mother hen

This tui and a tiny wren



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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