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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‘STAND UP for what you believe in. Get off Facebook. Work hard. Make scones. Be kind’ – Dame Jools Topp

GERMANY  has launched the world’s first passenger trains that run on hydrogen. Unlike here in Wairarapa where the trains  run on occasions.

IN NEW ZEALAND  sixty five utes are being sold for every electric car being purchased

“ WHEN YOU are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity’ –Albert Einstein 

A REPORT show that half the people called for jury service get off. Last year 126 got off because they were dead. The report confirmed that ‘it was usually relatives of the deceased who notified the court why the jury service  would be missed’. 

GOING ON a Cruise is like being in prison, with the added danger of drowning. 

THE CALIFORNIAN city of Lancaster has become the first  zero carbon  city in the world with its solar farm producing more electricity that it can use. The Australian city of Lismore is following suit planning to be electricity self sufficient by the year 2023. 

JAPAN has the most powerful passports, this based on the number of countries which will allow a holder Visa free entry. Japanese holders are allowed into 190 countries unhindered. Singapore comes second with 189 and Germany, South Korea and French holders third being able to access 188 countries without visa.

“ CEATIVITY IS allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”- Scott Adams

IN THE 1800s every New Zealand settlement worth its name had its own hand set and printed newspaper.  By 1864 there were already eighty seven titled papers in production.

THERE ARE over ninety cities with free public transport. Fifty seven in Europe, two in Russia, and nine in Brazil. Public transport has  been free since 1997 in the Belgium city of Hasselt. 

‘OPPORTUNITY is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work’ Thomas Edison

A DESKTOP computer running at peak capacity draws 175 watts of energy. A standard compact light bulb draws 15 Watts. 

ATLANTA’S Hartfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport processing 275,000 passengers every day. The airport employs a staff of 63,000 people

The deadline for the Christmas issue of the Star is 4pm Wednesday November 28th It is always helpful to receive both  advertising and editorial copy well before the deadline.


November 21, 2018 November 2018 Comments Off on ABOUT “ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY” TO PROTECT YOUR FUTURE

Life Can be Fragile . . . so arrange someone you trust and understands you to become your Attorney to make decisions for you , if you may become unable to decide for yourself . Important to choose your attorney carefully. 

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a legal document & protects you and what is precious to you. It will save your family the cost and stress of getting a court order to make decisions about you.

There Are Two Types of EPA . . . a/covers your PROPERTY ie. Your money & assets and can come into effect before you lose mental capacity   b/  covers your PERSONAL CARE & WELFARE and comes into effect only if a medical professional decides you have become “mentally incapable”.

Once an EPA comes into effect , your attorney (or attorneys) can make most decisions about your care and welfare and your property (including finances).

How Do You Get An EPA ?      When you’ve decided upon your attorney & what you want them to do , you need to arrange a lawyer, qualified legal executive or a trust corporation like the Public Trust to be your witness.   

You can change your EPA at any time you are mentally capable.

There are standard forms you must fill out to set up an EPA . You can get them from  or ask us at CAB to print them out .

At CAB we also have very good pamphlets full of easy to read, further helpful information , published by the Office for Seniors . We are happy to supply them to you – call in or we shall post out to you if you phone us . 

The pamphlets are “Protect Your Future with an Enduring Power of Attorney” for yourself, plus “ Enduring Power of Attorney – Being Someone’s Power of Attorney “ for the person/s you choose to be your attorney.   

If you use a computer , there is more help at  

Wairarapa Citizens Advice Bureau 43 Perry Street, Masterton. Phones 06 377 0078 or 0800 367 222 . email at Website

Equestrian team does well at  Solway

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Equestrian teams from Wairarapa, Wellington and Hutt Valley colleges competed at the recent Secondary Schools’ Dressage competitions held at Solway. The Kuranui College equestrian team came in as very credible Runner Up in a large field, with Lucy Marshall also winning her age group.

The Kuranui team: Sam Miller riding Queenie, Lucy Marshall on Benji, Samantha Levy with Eli and Piper Marshall on Ace.

“Clickety Click 66”

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If you had asked me to play Housie on a Saturday afternoon on a gorgeous, spring day in the Lions Den, I would have politely declined. That is until I saw the film Stray.

In Stray Jack , the main character, visits a small rural settlement and sees the lights on at the local Hall. Inside, a game of Housie is in progress. He is persuaded to join in. Memory Lane took me back to my childhood of the fifties when I lived in a similar settlement. In those days, the locals had to make their own entertainment; dances and films, Housie and Beetle nights…in the Tin Shed. Babysitters were practically non-existent so the children were often at these gatherings too. I was among the children who watched the adults enjoying playing Housie. During this scene in the film, I remembered those times with fondness.

When an invitation arrived from The Martinborough Branch of the New Zealand Red Cross to join an afternoon of Housie my childhood memory was stirred again. The floral border of the invitation was pure nostalgia conjuring up images of lace doilies, crossover curtains and of ladies-a-plate afternoon teas served on embroidered or crochet trimmed table cloths using fine china tea services. I was a member of the Junior Red Cross back then and learned to do figure of 8 bandaging and to tie slings. I accepted the invitation.

Val Johns was the Caller- “A House is when you have covered all the numbers on your card. A Line is when you have completed a single line of numbers. Both a House and a Line will see the winners selecting a prize from the Lucky Dip basket”. The calling began; “clickety click 66”, “on Its own number 9…” There was an anticipatory silence as the numbers were called. Some misheard and were disappointed to find they had not won a House or Line after all when asked to read out their covered numbers. As luck would have it, I won a Line much to the chagrin of Maree Roy who has played for many years and “never won a thing”.

The annual New Zealand Red Cross Spring Party and Housie Afternoon is a social service run for people on their own or who are isolated. Maree Roy and Liz Monaghan organised this year’s Party. Thirty -two people from our community were present and clearly enjoyed themselves. Several were in their 90s which made me feel positively youthful. Oh, and by the way, Dawn Hartnell’s feather-light Fielder’s cornflour chocolate sponges were to die for.