Tonganui Corridores

An impressive project Imagine this. You’re walking through the forest in the lower Ruamāhanga valley, somewhere near Wairarapa Moana. It’s 1821. Your ears are tuned to the calls of kōkako, kākāriki, kererū and whio. Kākā, kiwi, kārearea, and tīeke thrive here too.. The water in the river is teeming with …

There is life in the old dog yet

If you go down to the vets today, you are sure of a big surprise.  For every dog that ever there was will gather there for certain because, amongst other things, it’s a great place to work! The rehoming team at Retired Working Dogs (RWD) often get asked how well …

Red Cross News

Good & Ready The Good & Ready event held at the Waihinga Centre on 7 November was a huge success.  , Along with the team from the Red Cross Masterton Service Centre, our local Martinborough Red Cross Group, the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and Neighbourhood Support, the Good …

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Community Garden News

December 23, 2020 December 2020, Regular Features Comments Off on Community Garden News

I guess that most final newsletters of 2020 are going to start with something like….” well, thank goodness that year is over, let us hope 2021 is an improvement” …and who would blame them? 

The Community Garden has been pretty lucky: we have managed to have a constant supply of vegies, although at times distributing them has been a bit of a challenge: we have done some “ contactless “ deliveries  and some “bubble”planting. We have had great support from the Community Board and are delighted to have received a very generous donation from funds raised at the Community Market over Labour weekend…many, many thanks to Daphne Geisler. Thanks too, to John Taylor for the use of his land: to those who have dropped off seedlings, horse pooh and coffee grinds for the compost: also to Nathan for his water supply, and of course to those who turn up regularly and garden, harvest , water , make compost and generally keep things ticking over. … Continue Reading

Change at Martinborough Automotive

December 23, 2020 December 2020 Comments Off on Change at Martinborough Automotive

There has been a change of ownership at Martinborough Automotive, although  most customers will probably be unaware of there being new owners as they have been working there since the mid 1990s. On the third of November owners Colin and Eva Fenwick handed the business over to their sons Nathan and Mathew. 

Colin and Eva purchased the garage from Bruce Palenski  in 1984 and in the ensuing thirty six years have made many improvements. The major being the renewing of the petrol storage tanks and major  rebuilding and additions including the new larger retail area and alaundry mat which were all completed by 2016. An additional expansion to display lawn mowers for sale and accessories is planned to be added next year.  … Continue Reading

Book review – Scrublands

December 23, 2020 December 2020, Regular Features Comments Off on Book review – Scrublands

The great majority of crime/mystery novels are by American, English or, more recently, Nordic authors. However there are also a number of lesser known Australian authors of the genre. As well as mostly being very well written they are set in places many New Zealanders will have visited and are easy to visualise. These authors deserve to be better known

A new Australian author, Chris Hammer, has recently joined the ranks. His first novel Scrublands has been set in a small country town with it’s dusty back roads and dried up water way. A town suffering from an extended drought which has bought the town’s commercial heart to its knees and the residents in fractious states of mind.

Their popular parish priest has been a pillar of strength whose calm manner had been a factor in keeping a lid on things. Until one Sunday that is when he steps from the church and shoots five of the parishioners who were gathering outside before Mass. He did not escape, being shot himself. … Continue Reading

Blooming Success

December 23, 2020 December 2020 Comments Off on Blooming Success

A rose named Stawberry Ice.

The recent inclement weather didn’t deter the commitment and enthusiasm for local rose and flower growers.  Stunning blooms filled the Town Hall for the annual Martinborough Rose and Flower Show.

The increase in entries reflecting the current keen interest of gardening activity in the community from both experienced and novice entrants.

The tradition of the Rose and Flower Show continues to be a success with the efforts behind the scene of the committee, the judges, helpers and the valued support of the sponsors to whom we say a huge “Thankyou” (Anne Marie Durkin – Ray White Real Estate. Mitre 10, Clareville Nursery, Margrain Winery & Palliser Wines) and all of you in our community for your attendance to view the exhibition. … 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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