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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From the Acting Mayor

By Melissa Sadler-Futter

It’s great to be able to connect with you through The Star as your Acting Mayor again this month, during Martin’s continued leave of absence. 

If we haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, “hi, I am Melissa”, I am normally the Deputy Mayor and I live in Featherston with my family. I’m here to address any questions or concerns you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at

I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with a number of you during April at community workshops, the Hinekura Road opening, community meetings in Ngawi and Tora/Tuturumui as well as councillor drop-in sessions bright and early at Kitcheners. It is these opportunities for conversation with the community that make the work of councillors more accessible, meaningful and informed. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and feedback with us.

This month I am keen to focus on one important topic – consultation for the Enhanced Annual Plan that is currently open until May 5. 

We are inviting our community to provide feedback to the proposals which are included in the document. You do not need to be a local government expert or to have taken part in council consultation before, you simply need to care about your community and I know we all do!

I know councils spend a lot of time talking about plans – Combined District Plan, Spatial Plan, Long Term Plan, Annual Plan and now an Enhanced Annual Plan but what is it all about and what does it really mean?  … Continue Reading


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Vineyard gas guns 

Dear Ed:

We moved here two years and the bird guns were going off as we viewed the house. 

We have no problem with the noise as it is part of living in the country our other permanent neighbours feel the same as us.

I find Hilton Doherty’s reaction extreme to say the least as he too would have known about the guns when he purchased his property.

It is like people who buy next to a bar then complain about the noise or those who bought by Western Springs raceway and complain.

I’m sure the guns do annoy him and also sure if they were being used outside the best practice rules the SWDC would do something.

Paul Sara, Ferry Road.

Dear Ed,

I read with amusement the front page article about bird scarers. It was certainly a fine effort at an April Fools. Congratulations.

We also live rurally, not far from a wool shed. It is quite shocking the country and farm noises we have to put up with. The generator is one thing, I can just about cope with being woken up early 2 days on the trot, twice a year, but the shearers radio really does spoil my afternoon snooze.

When it comes to weaning of the sheep and cattle I have to walk around with my ear muffs on. I’ve suggested putting the animals on tranquilizers,

Oh, and lets not forget the barking dogs, the mooing cows, the bleating lambs and the low- flying top dresser airplane that does low level fly buys (sic) once a year. It is so low that for one day a year I have to wear clothes in my garden, and make love at midnight. A dreadful hardship.

The travails of living in the countryside and having to put up with the normal and expected noises of our very good neighbours earning a living are not difficult, especially when we are always told when the farm sounds will change. It gives us the opportunity to go away, but we don’t want to, we live in a working environment and it’s wonderful.

Congratulations on a great wheeze!

Richard Le Mare

Editor replies:

Richard, hi. You saw through the jape! Oh, making love at midnight should always be on the calendar – or sofa.

Martinborough Community Noticeboard

This new Noticeboard is to list Martinborough community groups and activities. The goal: provide a location where people can find what is happening and participate. This project is part of Martinborough Lion’s Club contribution to progressing Martinborough. If you’d like your group or activity added, please contact:

Martinborough Community Groups

Bingo for Seniors

Description: A chance to enjoy others’ company over a cup of tea and games of Bingo.

Location: Wharekaka Hub, 20 Oxford Street

When: Monday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Matt: 022 5686 352

Information: Gold coin donation to cover costs

Board Game Club

Description: For those who love board games, cardboard squares and dice

Location: Yet to be established

When: Yet to be agreed

Contact: Sergio


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Rapaki Farm lifestyle project shovel ready

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From Shooting Butts Road to Te Muna Road, an enhanced walking track passes 39 lifestyle blocks.

Plans for a 39-lifestyle block subdivision behind Martinborough golf links are “shovel ready” _ with the contract to begin roading on the block signed and sealed, developer Murray Cole told The Star.

Power supply for the development has “also been contracted,” but the lifestyle blocks will not have water or sewerage connnections – “these are lifestyle blocks.” 

The project will include a “Te Muna Road – to town walk” which will link into the Rapaki Hillside Walk _ already listed as one of the country’s Top 10 leisure walks.

The plan is to sell the 39 rural lots for $1.2 million each, he said, with the project’s focus on complementing and enhancing the natural landscape.

Cole said an initial stage of the development will see 11 four-hectare blocks accessed from Shooting Butts Road go on the market in early spring – with four already pre-sold.

“They’re mostly four hectares with a few bigger ones up the top (of the landholding)  where there may be a luxury tree-top hotel,” he added.

“A big thing in Rapaki is we’re hoping to make the (public leisure) walk better … so you’ll be able to walk from Te Muna Road right down to Shooting Bucks Road (and) to the town – or you can ride your electric bike. 

“There’ll also be a cicuit so you can take your little dog and walk around … without impacting on the privacy of the homes.” … 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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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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