Troublesome Hinekura Road formally re-opened – for now

By Ray Lilley Hinekura Road _ a 23-kilometer stretch of mostly narrow, winding, hilly and massively poor condition access road to rural farmlands east of Martinborough _ formally reopened on April 18, with a red ribbon cut to mark the event. Some 25 people, including the acting mayor, three councillors, …

Electrifying comes to Marty town centre

The Wairarapa’s first EV (electric) delivery van will shortly be trundling P&K orders round the streets of Martinborough. It will be followed by the installation of two EV fast charging stations at the shopping carpark off the Square. Until now, no formal plans for EV charging stations have surfaced for …

Palestine war vigil attracts toots, waves in Square

By Ray Lilley A protest group holding Palestinian flags, posters reading “Toot for Gaza,” “Genocide” and “Free Palestine” is winning solid support – with tooting, waves and thumbs-up from passing motorists and, notably, younger tourists who stop to add to the gathering of between 12 and 20 locals. Some join …

Skyline Challenge “roaring” success for Lions

After last year’s cyclonic washout, this year’s Lions’ Club Skyline Challenge was a “roaring” success, with around 250 participants turning up to mountain bike ride, run and walk over the challenging hills north of town to enjoy the fabulous views and perfect weather conditions. “It was such a disappointment last …

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New golf clubhouse build, fund-raising up and running

April 5, 2024 April 2024, Sports Comments Off on New golf clubhouse build, fund-raising up and running

Martinborough golf’s new clubhouse build is well under way _ as are fundraising efforts.

It doesn’t seem long since we watched the demolition of the old clubhouse and now the frames for half the new building are in place with scaffolding up ready for the roof timbers.

Everything is going to plan – let’s keep fingers crossed for a dryish autumn so that the building can be watertight ready for winter.

Project manager John Thompson said while things are going well there are always a few hitches along the way, like finding an old septic tank which must have been buried for more than 50 years!

Fundraising is the main focus of the club currently with members putting hands in pockets to help as well as a number of funding applications in progress _ including one to the Pain Estate. Given the multi use of the facility for meetings, functions and as a civil defence community hub it is hoped that funders will look favourably on the applications.

More will be needed though and a number of events are planned.  … Continue Reading

Stop button hit on three-way amalgamation

April 5, 2024 April 2024 Comments Off on Stop button hit on three-way amalgamation

Then there was one. 

Carterton Mayor Ron Mark is the last one standing after first South Wairarapa hit pause, then Masterton bailed on talks about merging governance of the three districts.

The councils to the north and south of Carterton were both careful in their wording as they stepped away from the merger discussions, now on and off for the past 36 years.

South Wairarapa’s lead at the talks, now Acting Mayor Melissa Sadler-Futter, was quoted saying the south had “no appetite” to spend time and money on the project “until” there was evidence  amalgamation would provide better services and value.

Masterton Mayor Gary Caffell said in early March that his council was not going to continue “diverting valuable time, energy and resources away from critical priorities.” … Continue Reading

Local digital seniors cosy up to Heartland Hub

April 5, 2024 April 2024 Comments Off on Local digital seniors cosy up to Heartland Hub

After 15 years working from a church hall, Digital Seniors Martinborough has moved to the Heartland Services hub in Jellicoe St.

The Digital Seniors coaches have been based at St Andrews Church Hall since 2009.

Coach Roger Fraser said the team will continue its free one-on-one support for digital devices on Thursdays, between 9.30 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.

Volunteer coaches Roger, John MacGibbon and Louise Lyster help locals _ aged 65 and over _ to  use mobile phones, tablets and laptops.  … Continue Reading

Martinborough “3 Waters” fix-up costs and time-frames grow longer

April 5, 2024 April 2024 Comments Off on Martinborough “3 Waters” fix-up costs and time-frames grow longer

Multiple non-compliance issues, multiple time-frames and multiple costs at multiple South Wairarapa water treatment plants _ that’s part of the picture painted by Wellington Water at its most recent update meeting for the region’s three councils.

“In South Wairarapa, the (sewerage) treatment plants are either out of consent or in breach of consent,” Wellington Water CEO Tonia Haskell told the committee. 

She noted Martinborough’s waste water treatment plant “is not compliant” with the legal requirements, while Lake Ferry, Featherston and Greytown are “compliant but with noted issues.”

The Martinborough the waste-water discharge rate and quality to both river and land is currently exceeding consent conditions.

Other SWDC waste-water plants in Featherston (needs additional improvements) Lake Ferry (extra funding), and Greytown (major investment to avoid a non-compliance notice) all require urgent attention.

It was noted that “most of the (drinking) water treatment plants” in South Wairarapa are also “not compliant.” … Continue Reading

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Golf clubhouse fundraising builds up

An amazing fundraising day for the new clubhouse was held on April 19 when 34 teams took to the course in an ambrose tournament. The winners on the day with net 54.87 were Taylor Dewis, Robbie Robinson, Tom de Groen and Liam Richardson.  The longest drive for men went to …

Women’s football team in Green, Black and … Pink strip

Martinborough Football Club has unveiled a vibrant new palette of green, black and pink with the introduction of a women’s team, marking a significant milestone for the club. The rise of interest in women’s football, fueled by events like the FIFA Women’s World Cup, highlighted the demand for local opportunities. …

New golf clubhouse build, fund-raising up and running

Martinborough golf’s new clubhouse build is well under way _ as are fundraising efforts. It doesn’t seem long since we watched the demolition of the old clubhouse and now the frames for half the new building are in place with scaffolding up ready for the roof timbers. Everything is going …

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Pain Farm Estate Future Public Meeting hosted by: Martinborough Community Board  Date: Wednesday 15 May  …

From the Acting Mayor

By Melissa Sadler-Futter It’s great to be able to connect with you through The Star …

Martinborough Community Noticeboard

This new Noticeboard is to list Martinborough community groups and activities. The goal: provide a location …

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Masterton painter Jane Sinclair has finally finished painting new works for her upcoming exhibition Quiet …

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Martinborough fire season still controlled

The FIRE SEASON has moved to RESTRICTED, meaning a permit is required for most fires …

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