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Pantry Challenge brings inspiration to food parcel ingredients

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When chef Ant North’s Greytown-based business, Ant North Catering, shuddered to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it was easy for him to transfer his time and energy to cooking for his family at home. But the pandemic made him think. “I was cooking for my family, but I could easily have cooked for the whole street! Lockdown Level 4 me realise just how stressful food can be – when you don’t have enough of it or when you are too stressed to know what to do with it when you have it”. 

In response, Ant developed The Pantry Challenge – a series of 14 cooking demo videos on YouTube and Facebook creating quick, easy and nutritious meals using common food parcel ingredients, accompanied by recipe cards to go into Foodbank food parcels in Wairarapa. … Continue Reading

News from First Church

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We give thanks for everything that changes and challenges us

for surprises and holidays, the unexpected meeting with a friend,

the chance to do something different

and for new people and new ideas in our lives … Continue Reading

Maree’s musings 

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  2021 is well under way, and I wonder how your New Year Resolutions are going? My only one is to not make any. It’s easy to keep and saves uncertainty about success, which plagues most of the more conventional ones. Generally they involve personal improvements. Lose weight, get fit etc., maybe ‘Be more organised’ Or perhaps ‘Get more sleep’? 

I discovered we spend about 112 hours per week awake and one-third of those working, which proves tiring. Work is not a subject I want to (ahem!) labour on about, but doing the maths, that’s about 56 hours in bed, possibly, asleep. Sleep is a fascinating subject, so was worth a column I surmised. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Lions got into the Christmas Spirit

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Martinborough Lions Club wound up the year by partnering with the Foodbank to fund, assemble and deliver some nice Christmas Hampers of goodies to all the Foodbank participants in Martinborough. Foodbank reported that there were lots of people with smiley faces picking up their hampers, also some tears and hugs. For many people it’s been a tough year.  

            Martinborough Lions realised this and planned and did something about it  for Christmas. Let’s keep that momentum up and look out for each other, particularly those in our village who are on their own or find themselves in difficult circumstances this festive season. … 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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