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Seamus O’Sullivan  With a name like Seamus O’Sullivan there must be an Irish connection. Yes. His father emigrated from Cork to NZ. At age 16, I found myself a job as a porter carrying suitcases to the Southerner”. I remember that my mother cried when she heard what I had …

The Men’s Shed

After modest beginnings in the Old Council yards where The Green Cycles are today, the Men’s Shed is now sited in the old Courthouse.  The Council donated a new roof. Members refurbished the inside of the building. They repainted, rewired, and installed workbenches. They fixed panels of fluorescent lights to …

Martinborough School reunion 

The School Reunion. The Martinborough School has been operating for 150 years in the district, under many Names. The first. The Scottish Church Sunday School in the 1st. Waihinga Church. End of year 1871 and early 1872. The next Name, Wharekaka School, Waihinga School, Martinborough School, Martinborough District High, [that …

Homecoming – A Salon Concert with an Historical Theme

This year marks a century since New Zealand-born soprano Rosina Buckman undertook an epic homecoming tour, after her farewell concert in London to an audience of 10,000 in the Royal Albert Hall. In Rosina’s entourage were cellist Adelina Leon and pianist-composer Percy Kahn. They performed more than 110 concerts to …

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Sweet science

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Dark chocolate makes your gut happy according to a new study published by the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.  Participants in a clinical trial who were randomly assigned to eat very dark chocolate containing 85% cocoa had positive changes in mood  and higher levels of blauia – a type of gut bacteria known  to be present in greater volumes in healthy people 

Under The Martinborough Stars 

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, 

How I wonder what you are,

Up above the World so high,

Like a Diamond in the sky

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

How I wonder what you are … Continue Reading

Martinborough Business Association

April 7, 2022 April 2022 Comments Off on Martinborough Business Association

Its that time of the year again when the daylight hours start to shorten, the weather a little cooler and the colours a little more dynamic. This season this is happening against a backdrop of NZ and Martinbotough opening up to international visitors and the dropping off of some of the public health rules and orders.

One of the big  problems we experienced  during the pandemic was getting labour for the many hospo jobs that our members had. … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Tramping Club:  NZ’s Largest Rata – the Karapoti Rata

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The Karapoti Rata is estimated as being 1000 to 1500 years old, was discovered in 2008, and is hidden deep in the Akatarawa Forest.

5 trampers from Greytown joined up with 6 from Eastbourne, led by Peter who had located the tree, and had devised routes to it, partly along existing tracks, logging routes, and stream beds, with new sections of route as necessary. Our route took us up a steep slope and through dense bush. There were many tracks, some quite indistinct, but Peter knew every turning. … Continue Reading


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Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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Recycling days

Thursday      June 9th     Wheelie bin Wednesday  June 15th  Glass Wednesday June …

Letter to the Editor

It’s been more than 2 years now since COVID hit NZ.   Since then we’ve …

From the Mayor

This month, the Star management have asked for an overview on 3Waters, and what I …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Another glorious summer is here! I’m saying this while sitting my cold office listening to …

Recycling dates

Thursday 10th February glass Wednesday 16th February wheelie bin  Wednesday 23rd February glass


Just prior to Christmas the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade advised that we were starting our …

Maree’s musings

ANOTHER YEAR … I’m hoping, like me, that you looked forward to the return of …

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