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AN APPRECIATION of Ineke’s life and involvement in the community will be in the next issue of the Star.

 THE AMERICAN  gun lobby (the NRA) paid its PR firm Ackerman-McQueen forty million (US) dollars in 2018. The firm has been contracted to the NRA for two decades of promoting the lobby’s high powered messages. 

‘WHAT GOOD is the warmth of summer with out the cold of winter to give it sweetness?’ – John Steinbeck

KIWI RAIL is adding a third more log wagons to it’s Wairarapa line operation. This will have rail carrying the equivalent of 6,000 road logging trucks a year through the tunnel rather than over the hill by road.  

BY INPRISONING 220 people per hundred thousand of population New Zealand has the dubious distinction of joining the high jailing countries USA, Turkey, Chile and Israel. Japan by contrast has only 45 people per hundred thousand in prison and Germany only 78. 

‘IF YOU want to win friends and influence people , be prompt’ – Dale Carnegie 

ALTHOUGH THE USE of cheques is declining New Zealanders still signed  eighteen million last year. Persian banks  issued traveller’s cheques as far back as the third century. The first printed cheques were issued  by the Bank of England in 1717.  … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

June 18, 2019 June 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Cooking corner

Morrocan Pumpkin soup


     1/2 medium pumpkin, peeled, seeded and diced

     1/4 cup oil 

  1.  onions, diced
  2. 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  3. 1 tbsp ground cumin
  4. 1 tbsp paprika
  5. 5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  6. 3 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Heat oven to 225°C.
  2. Toss pumpkin with half of the oil and place in a roasting dish, roast in oven until browned and cooked through. Once cooked remove from oven.
  3. Meanwhile place remaining oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onion over low heat until translucent.
  4. Add garlic and spices and continue to cook for a further minute or two.
  5. Add stock, lemon juice and roasted pumpkin to the saucepan and cook slowly for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and blend until smooth.


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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