$10,000 goal well surpassed 

A great night was had by all at the P&K ‘Quiz for Life’ at the Village Cafe on the 23rd of February. The P&K team had set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for Relay for Life, with funds going to The Wairarapa Cancer Society. Over $4,000 had already been raised …

The three centenarians

At the last census there were 558 centenarians in New Zealand.   What is amazing that three of them live right here in Martinborough, at Wharekaka.   I decided to ask each to tell me the most exciting thing that had happened in their long lives. Gladys Stephen, the oldest …

Ventana three years on

It’s hard to believe it’s approaching the three year mark since Ventana opened its doors 7th of June 2016.  I’m proud to look back on several full years of sparking creativity and joy for our community as well as creating a platform for small artisan businesses local and abroad.  We’re …

“A lawn clipping sandwich please”

It was the early 60s and Noeline Thomas’s three children, Grant, Jackie and Brent were entering their teens.  She wondered what new interest she might take up now they were more independent.   Noel, in the way of husbands in those days, had his own views on this.   He …

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Featherston Art Sale 2019

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Featherston Art Sale 2019

WHEN: 9-12 May 2019  WHERE: Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield St Featherston WHO: Local artists from Featherston and the Wairarapa WHY: Get to see and purchase great local art, mingle with the artists and support the Community Centre!  WHAT: Featherston Art Sale, a fundraiser for the Featherston Community Centre

It’s time for the fourth annual Featherston Art Sale!

This will be a gala exhibition and sale event fundraising for the Featherston Community Centre. There will be an eclectic collection of art pieces available, made by local Wairarapa artists, who will also be on hand to share their insights and inspirations at the opening night on 9 May from 6pm.  … Continue Reading

Star’s Founder found.

February 11, 2019 February 2019 Comments Off on Star’s Founder found.

Following Mate Higginson’s article on long time Star Editor Fred Michell we have been contacted by the grandson of the founder, Neil Closey. The founder was James Henry Claridge. This remarkable person had spent his working life establishing newspapers, thirteen in all, which once established he sold  and moved on to the next town which he considered ready for one. James’ son and daughter wrote a book on their father’s experiences which his granddaughter published. Neil  sent the Star a copy of the chapter on Martinbrough, which follows:

James Henry Claridge visited Martinborough first to see what reaction came to the idea of starting a paper in the town.  He was received coolly when he visited business men to support him with advertising.  Martinborough was then, as it is now, inclined to be conservative; farming made the town, and business supported the farmers, traditionally conservative and slow to change.  They read the papers printed in Greytown and Carterton, and The New Zealand Times from Wellington.  Why should they have as well a local paper.  Because it is local, answered James.   … Continue Reading

Martinborough now has a resident bicycle mechanic!

February 11, 2019 February 2019 Comments Off on Martinborough now has a resident bicycle mechanic!

Emily and Alex Clark along with baby daughter Celeste and Alex’s 10-year-old son Jasper recently chose Martinborough as their new home town, and are now planning a new build just out of town.  It just so happens Alex is a fully trained bicycle mechanic, so, when he popped into the Green Jersey bike shed to see if there was any work, he was greeted with “open arms”. 

Whilst the Green Jersey fleet keep Alex busy, he is also available to service our local’s bikes. Local biker David Blake is a regular visitor, both for technical advice, a chat and bike maintenance and parts. David said “it’s a great step up for the town to have our own resident bike mechanic, we all need to support this service and make it permanent”.

Museum News

February 11, 2019 February 2019 Comments Off on Museum News

The museum has been busy over the summer with visitor numbers for December up on the previous year.  More than 200 people visiting during the month.  January numbers have not yet been compiled but are also likely to be even higher given the museum has been open every day.

New Acquisitions

Martin Lawrence has gifted are a number of vintage items that belonged to his mother Nancy Lawrence (nee Martin).  This includes a wrought iron “park bench” which will be set up on the north side of the museum to provide a sunny sitting area for visitors.  The Mens Shed will be helping with this.  The gift also includes other antique decorative items.

Interested in Local History?

We are looking for more people to meet and greet visitors and also to support the work that the museum does.   If you have an interest in people or would like to be involved in preserving, displaying, researching or in other ways supporting local history then give us a call.    Derek Wilson 306 9722, Chris Cassels 306 8286 or Jo Guscott 306 8240.