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Electric Vehicles ‘Plugging In’

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The Climate Change Commission has recently recommended that battery powered vehicles be widely adopted. It is, they believe, the key to New Zealand reducing emissions sufficiently to play our part in avoiding catastrophic climate change, particularly considering a third of our emissions come from either petrol or diesel. 

There is some negativity towards electric cars. One of the most frequently mentioned issues relates to the production of the batteries, which it is argued comes at the expense of environmental and human damage and creates toxic waste. There is no denying this fact.  Laptops, phones, tablets, scooters, and electric bikes also require the same elements.   … Continue Reading

Councillor Comment

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LTP and Spatial Plan

It is a busy time within Council as we have just completed three days hearing those residents, business and interested parties speaking to their submissions on both the Long-Term Plan and the Spatial Plan and then Council’s deliberations on these submissions.  

There were a total of 1078 submissions and we thank all those people who took the time to put in their thoughts and suggestions.  At the time of going to print, all councillors will have read the submissions and deliberated on the issues but a final decision on this will not be made until our meeting on the 30th June.  So more on this next month. … Continue Reading

A small advertising rates increase

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The Star team is reluctantly making a small increase in the advertising rates. The current rates were set in 2012 and over the intervening nine years several increases in both printing and freight rates have been absorbed. However further increases have made it necessary for a small increase to ensure that costs are covered.

One of our founding objects was to provide local businesses with an attractive, affordable advertising medium, this was still very much in mind when reviewing the rates. 

The other object was to provide a platform for local news and items of interest. The two are, of course, intrinsically linked. Without our loyal advertisers there would be no Star. 

Community Garden News 

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Well, winter has certainly reared it head over the past few days! 

At the Community Garden we are still harvesting Jerusalem artichokes, broccoli, silver beet, and the last of the beetroot and lettuce. Brassicas are coming along and cauliflower florets have formed and are developing well. We have planted a good -sized crop of peas after last year’s success and they are just poking their heads out through the pea straw, … Continue Reading



It is a hive of activity at the course today – lots of men with rakes, leaf blowers and leaf suckers tidying up around the clubhouse and squash club.  The course is looking good and the greens have come back well after being cored early last month. There have been …

Junior sport

Winter  is the time for a considerable number of organised winter sports. Coaches are invited to give their sport and it’s player some publicity through the Star’s Junior Sport section. Just send your   copy to beckett36@gmail.com by the last Wednesday of the month. A clear high resolution photo is …

Wrestling Club news

Training nights are back again and it’s great again to see new faces! Training nights are Wednesdays at theFeatherston gym. . Under ten years from 5.30 and over ten years from 6.30 . North Island Championships are being held in Katikati on 27 June and attendance is encouraged.  This is …

Regular Features

How Well do we Know People in our Community?

Phillip Percy. Phillip Percy and his wife Sarah came to live permanently in Martinborough in …

Martinborough Community Garden news

Some of you may have seen the article in the Mid-Week, where we hosted the …

Maree’s musings 

ENTITLED It’s been a few weeks now since Prince Philip, husband of the Queen, and …

Did you know 

ONLY THE  British could colonise the world and then leave the EU because they don’t …

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 …

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