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Arts & Culture – “It is what humanises us” – Paula Barnett

October 15, 2020 October 2020 Comments Off on Arts & Culture – “It is what humanises us” – Paula Barnett

Martinborough resident, Paula Barnett, is passionate about arts and culture “it is the earliest expression of ideas without words, all embracing and very personal. It is an intrinsic part of our make- up”. Paula loves classical music.

With the Election only 3 weeks away at the time of writing, it is interesting to read the Arts and Culture Policies of the various Parties. Labour, National, New Zealand First, Act and the other minor parties do not have policies available. The Green Party has a comprehensive policy also seeing arts and culture as an intrinsic part of our society. They “recognise the value of community arts and community arts organisations through continued Creative Communities funding”. … Continue Reading


October 15, 2020 October 2020 Comments Off on BANKS PHASING OUT CHEQUE USE:

In New Zealand there is a big change coming for some bank customers –  those who use cheques for payment or obtaining cash.

All the mainstream banks have publicised that cheque use has “fallen off a cliff”  and that is accelerating. It is probably fair to say that younger generations have never used a cheque account/book but for the older generations, it has been common practice. 

The first mainstream bank to go “cheque free“ was Kiwibank on February 28th 2020, their rationale being that digital banking options are “easier, faster and cheaper” for customers.  … Continue Reading

A kindness film in the making.

October 15, 2020 October 2020 Comments Off on A kindness film in the making.

If you wandered through Martinborough Square on the weekend of 26/27 September, you may have wondered just what was going on.

Milk, a short film about kindness, was written in lockdown by Martinborough resident Celia Jaspers, one of the directors of Hyundai Country Calendar and House Hunters International.  With a fitting theme in today’s world, Celia’s vision for Milk was finally realised over the weekend as she directed the cast and crew on location in Martinborough. … Continue Reading

Cooking corner

October 15, 2020 October 2020 Comments Off on Cooking corner

Baked kumera


4 medium Kumera 

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 garlic clove, finely grated 

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup nonfat Greek-style yogurt

1 spring onion , white and green parts 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, …

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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

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Recyling calendar

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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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