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With much relief, safe drinking water was restored to the Martinborough township late on Friday 17 May. Thank you once again to all those who were inconvenienced by the boil water notice; your support and co-operation throughout the period has been much-appreciated.

Council made the decision to temporarily chlorinate the water to give time for a permanent solution is found, which may end up being chlorination on a permanent basis. Taking this kind of multi-barrier approach to protecting drinking water was one of the recommendations of the Havelock North Inquiry. Council officials are working with Wellington Water to investigate all the options for Martinborough, taking into account the water’s high manganese levels and other features of the water supply arrangements.

Over winter it is possible to meet the town’s water demand from just one bore, the one with the lowest level of manganese, therefore avoiding the discolouration that can occur when chlorine and manganese react. Part of investigating all the options for the permanent water solution includes modelling future demand. For future chlorination, on a permanent or as required basis beyond the end of winter, it is likely that the manganese extraction plant will need to be in place. When we are ready with all the information and the options, there will be a discussion with the community to determine the best way forward. … Continue Reading

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

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.

Waihinga Centre

May 15, 2019 May 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Waihinga Centre

The fundraising action is go!

The Square of Gold was our kick start event and we had great support from local businesses taking up the chance to buy a metre of gold in the run up to the event. Unfortunately with the wet weather the Meander over Martinborough didn’t happen and we had a very soggy start, I was there, but not many others gave up the comfort of home and chocolate eggs. 

However a positive turn of events meant people still got involved, deciding to pledge money to buy gold on our Give a Little page. As the hours went by the metres of gold were snapped up and this continued all weekend. So we are so keen to see how far we can get we are going to keep the Square of Gold challenge open. You can buy a Metre for $40 or even go for half a metre at $20, all you need to do is pledge money at the Give a Little page and comment metre of gold and we will add you to the mix. Once we have enough to complete we will head to the square and display all the donors and map out the Square of Gold. So join the gold rush and watch this space and Facebook for updates.

But next…..It is all about the Moon and the Stars….it is time to get your Glow on! Join us on May 11th for a fabulous family event exploring the world above us.

If you’re keen to join in the fun making things happen contact me, Charlotte on 021 949 049 or email nzlottie@hotmail.com. Watch this space for what’s happening and how we are progressing and don’t forget the Give a Little page where you can donate directly: www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/waihingacentre”. … Continue Reading