How Well do we Know People in our Community?

Phillip Percy. Phillip Percy and his wife Sarah came to live permanently in Martinborough in 2006, deciding “Over the Hill” with its blue skies and sunshine was the best place to call home. An Honours Degree in Resource Management and Environmental Planning from Massey University paved the way for a …

Community Planting Days

Join the South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group for our community planting days this winter. These events are a great opportunity to connect with nature, enhance our native biodiversity, off-set carbon emissions and meet new people in your community. Martinborough Planting Day Where: Martinborough Golf Course, corner of Todds Road and New …

Electric Vehicles ‘Plugging In’

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 …

Wharekaka welcomes cars with a past!

Recently Wharekaka residents were treated to a rare sight. A line up of very special cars on their front lawn. This wonderful event had been organised by the Wharekaka Auxiliary. And if these cars could talk… they are part of our local history that the residents would identify with.

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Ageing With Attitude 

June 9, 2021 June 2021 No Comments

An Anglo-Irish writer named Oliver Goldsmith said “I love everything that’s old, – old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.” He was around from 1728 – 1774 and I am enchanted by the idea that everything I love today was also special 250 years ago.

My grandfather, John Paluck, lived until he was 94. He was special to me for many reasons including our joint love of books. I used to call him every week or two, from wherever I was in the world, and after check-ins on health and current affairs, we would share highlights of what we were currently reading. The year after my Grandma died, Gramps downsized the family home they had lived in for over 50 years. I was in Canada at the time and helped him pack up his books for the move. We were the wrong people for this job, because each book had a story and I revelled in his telling of them. Packing up took us many, many days. … Continue Reading

Book review

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A sort of Conscience. The Wakefields.

This is not a new book, however it is available from the library and with the current discussion on revision of how our history will be taught a timely one to read, or re-read.  Philip Temple’s  history of the Wakefield family is in all likelihood the definitive book on this family who had so much to do with  the early pākehā settlement. … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars 

May 10, 2021 May 2021 Comments Off on Under The Martinborough Stars 

“You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” 

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Space is massive, it is hard to even think about how big Space is, let alone comprehend it. How can we even begin to measure the size of the Universe when it is so enormous? … Continue Reading


May 10, 2021 May 2021 Comments Off on Poem



on Anzac Day 2021

Skinned of their skin and bled of their blood, … 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 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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