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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Rainbow of colour saturates Considine Park

April 5, 2024 April 2024 Comments Off on Rainbow of colour saturates Considine Park

Considine Park was filled with colour tossers on Sunday 10 March, as the sun shone down to make it a perfect afternoon for family fun.

It is the second time a “colour run” event has been hosted in Martinborough as a colourful way to raise funds for a community project, this one for the Pump Track venue at the park.

The first was a fundraiser for the Waihinga Centre park upgrade. … Continue Reading


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Average rates rise nationwide at 15 percent – April 2024

By Councillor Aidan Ellims

I’m writing this column on 20 March and over the last few days it has definitely had an

autumnal feel with cooler temperatures overnight and dew in the mornings. We’ve had a few showers of rain, however, not yet really enough to change the colour of the hills from brown to green.

Last month, Pain Estate was a hot topic of discussion and since then, council has obtained a new legal opinion, which has been included into a report detailing the Pain Farm History, Legality and Consultation for the Treated Waste Water Disposal. 

This report was presented at the Council meeting on 27 March and is available on the council website, under the agenda for that meeting. By the time this edition of The Martinborough Star has been published, we will all know how the Council meeting progressed. … Continue Reading

“Welcome to Marty” gets some Lions, Community Board work

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Martinborough Lions Club has decided to step up its efforts to support the community’s new arrivals.

Following a recent article in The Star about “Welcoming Newcomers,” Martinborough Lions has decided to sponsor a section in The Star dedicated to promoting community activities. 

The initial article highlighted a common issue: many people are unaware of the activities available in our community unless they know someone involved. 

To bridge this gap, Lions are introducing the Community Activities Noticeboard in The


“We are thinking of the noticeboard having three parts,” Lions member Ashley Mudford said. … Continue Reading

Fifty long years of Wairarapa’s Consumer Advice Bureau

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A spirited introduction by Masterton Intermediate School’s Kapa Haka group signaled an impassioned start to the 50-year celebrations of the Masterton-based WaiCAB.

As John Bunny, MC for the occasion, said: “These children represent the New Zealand of tomorrow. If their parents or caregivers need support from the CAB and can gain assistance, then New Zealand will be a better place.”

Gary Caffell Mayor of Masterton, Mike Butterwick MP for Wairarapa, and Kerry Dalton the Chief Executive of The Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand were warmly welcomed.

Judy Evans, chair of the Masterton Branch, commented on the major contribution of the volunteers who gladly give four hours of their time every week to helping others.

She recalled the inaugural opening of the CAB in 1974 where they began with just two volunteers. Today 28 Masterton volunteers provide a weekly service from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

WaiCAB is based in the Masonic United Lodge Rooms at 43 Perry Street. … 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 …

ARATOI: Jane Sinclair – Quiet Observations

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

The Star Book Review

By Brenda Channer In 2020, during lockdown, did you drag a chair to the end …

News from First Church

If you should find yourself driving semi-aimlessly up the east coast on the Ponatahi or …

Martinborough fire season still controlled

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

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