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June 18, 2019 June 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Did you know

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.