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Caffeine, good and bad

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Although caffeine can trigger  headaches, either as a symptom of withdrawal or as a result of dehydration from overconsumption, it can also stop them.

Before the pain of a headache sets in the blood vessels enlarge. Caffeine has vascoconstrictive properties which narrow the  blood vessels and reduce swelling . When caffeine is consumed as drink or as pain relief headache pain is reduced by 40%.

For a quick remedy , plunger coffee has a higher amount of caffeine that instant or espresso – but enjoy in moderation. 

Community Board appointments 

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Martinborough                 Chair                      Mel Maynard

Deputy                 Aidan Ellims

Councillors          Pip Maynard & Pam Colenso


Featherston                       Chair                      Mark Shepherd

Deputy                 Indigo Freya

Councillors          Ross Vickery & Garrick Emms


Greytown                           Chair                      Anne Rainford

Deputy              Vacant until election has been held.

Councillors          Rebecca Fox & Alistair Plimmer


Community Garden News 

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“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.”
Laurie Colwin, ‘Home Cooking’

This is the time of year we are all a bit obsessed with tomato planting: whether we are “hardening them off” for planting out; or have given into temptation and planted early; or are utterly confused at the variety  available so have yet to make choices. 

This year at the Community Garden we have held back until well past the Labour weekend planting tradition, in an effort to avoid winds and frosts, as neither are conditions enjoyed by the tender tomato. This year we have decided to plant our tomatoes in pots, as the recovery time for the soil, post tomatoes can be a number of months, and we would rather have our plant boxes available for other produce.

A few tips for you and your tomatoes  … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

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Asparagus with Beurre Blanc


500 grs Asparagus


¼ cup white wine

¼ cup white wine vinegar

2 shallots, very finely chopped … 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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