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 …

20 Year Service Medal for Maureen Thurlow

Maureen Thurlow was presented with the Red Cross Twenty Years Service Medal by Branch President Brian Love at the branch’s volunteer Christmas morning tea. Geoff Cave of Carterton received an Award for ten  years service.   Brian thanked members for volunteering for Red Cross and welcomed a very special guest speaker …

Wairarapa Dark Sky part of major world-wide research project 

The South Wairarapa’s night sky is being monitored round the clock in Spain and contributing to a world-wide dark sky database,  thanks to a European research team. The move follows Chairman of the Martinborough Dark Sky Society, Lee Mauger, making a  connection via Twitter with fellow Dark Sky enthusiast Carlos …

Community Garden News 

“ Gardens are not made by singing” oh, how beautiful’ and sitting in the shade”-  Rudyard Kipling Well here we are HOT; still going, and a little over 12 months  since our first produce was harvested. Like everyone , at the moment the garden is suffering from intense heat, and …

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From the Mayor

December 19, 2018 December 2019 Comments Off on From the Mayor

It’s hard to believe it’s December already. Where has 2018 gone? And where is summer? Hopefully it’s just around the corner, but if the last few weeks of rain are anything to go by, it leaves you wondering what the summer holds. It’s strange to think that this time last year, we were in drought.

Our rivers are wonderful places to visit and enjoy but when we receive extreme rain, as we did, it can cause us a few problems. We are very grateful to the team at Fulton Hogan who were out the other night in the cold and wet managing the traffic at the Waihenga Bridge to ensure drivers stayed safe. I hope people were not too inconvenienced by the flooding. From what I saw on social media, people did a great looking after each other and sharing road closure updates. It showed the wonderful community spirit that exists here in Martinborough. In these situations, at the Council, we do our best to share road closure information during office hours. NZTA takes the lead to provide the most authoritative, up-to-date information on road closures around the clock. … Continue Reading

It’s Quiz time!

December 19, 2018 December 2019 Comments Off on It’s Quiz time!

  • Who started The Crippled Children’s Society in New Zealand?
  • Who built the first Karitane Hospital?
  • Who organised the first mobile TB clinic?
  • Who started Milk in Schools?
  • Who began the first Health Camps?
  • Who brought Defensive Driving Courses to New Zealand?
  • Who built the first women’s public toilet facility in New Zealand??
  • Who began the National Kidney Foundation
  • Who began the Riding for Disabled Association
  • Who began the Asthma Society
  • Who began the National Children’s Health Research Foundation?

If you answered ‘Rotary’ to each of these questions, you would be right.

But wait, there’s more! … Continue Reading

Know your town

December 19, 2018 December 2019, Regular Features Comments Off on Know your town

The Anglican Church

On the  J D Bair 1870 plan of Waihinga four section were set aside for churches section 18 Catholic, 28 Scottish, 37 English and 40 Wesleyan. However only the Presbyterians  took up the offer. The Anglican opted for a section in the new town of Martinborough, as did the Catholics, the Wesleyans did not come in numbers but did build a church in Featherston.

At first the Anglicans gathered for worship at Mr Bright’s Weld Street forge  shed. When the new school was opened in 1875 they used this for their monthly, then fortnightly, Service. It is recorded that in 1881 the Minister asked permission to ring the school bell a quarter of an hour before the 3.30pm Service to remind his parishioner to hurry along.

To begin with Martinborough was a part of the Greytown parish and it was through this that in 1882 the Bishop made a grant of thirty pounds ( 2018 = $5,312 ) towards  building a church in Martinborough. A building committee comprising the Rev H White, J Badland and  T F Evans was formed and tenders called. The tenders were opened at Mr Evans’ shop with the W Benton’s tender of  one hundred and eighty five pounds ( 2018 = $32,415) being accepted. The church was completed in 1883 ad officially consecrated in 1885, although still as an outpost of Greytown. … Continue Reading

Kuranui Girl’s Football’s great season

December 19, 2018 December 2019, Sports Comments Off on Kuranui Girl’s Football’s great season

The Kuranui Girl’s First Eleven football team has enjoyed a very successful season winning their competition for the second year in a row and also completing the season undefeated. The team was also named as the Kuranui Team of the Year at the College’s Awards Evening . 

A highlight was competing at the New Zealand Secondary Schools football competition for the Grant Jarvis Trophy which was held held over four days at Whanganui.  This competition attracts the best teams from colleges all over New Zealand with a total of twenty four teams taking part. Kuranui reached the semi finals to come in fourth place.  Given that Kuranui team is from a small college compared with most of the other competing teams this was a very meritorious placing.

Coach Chris James commented that in his considerable coaching experience he had never come across a friendlier or more dedicated group. 

The team is really grateful to have such an experienced coach as Chris whose training expertise was certainly a factor in their success.  Also a big thanks to their manager Wendy Turton  who looked after the organisational side of things to ensure that everything ran smoothly.