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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Tell Maxx: plastic tag relief may be coming

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Life-long metal dog tags are under evaluation by South Wairarapa council staff, as an option to both save time and reduce plastic pollution by replacing the current annual coloured tags.

For Councillor Martin Bosley, the idea is “a solution looking for a problem,” particularly as the initial experiments in districts like Carterton found the metal used for the tags “is not that great.”

But for Mayor Martin Connelly the metal dog discs would mean savings in staff time _ not giving out a new tag to the 4,000 dog-owners every year _ and lower pollution impacts. … Continue Reading

Tell the pets: short ban on sickies

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With an 11-day gap between Martinborough’s vet clinic closing and its new premises opening its door in Greytown, it may be a time for family pets to stay healthy.

The Martinborough clinic closes on 7 March, the new clinic opens 18 March in Greytown.

 In a note to “Dear Valued Clients of South Wairarapa Veterinary Services” at it leaves town, the group offers a crutch, if needed: “”we are fully prepared to support you and your pets during this transition period”  with a “dedicated team” ready in the Caterton and Masterton clinics to ensure “the best possible care.”

The new Greytown clinic will provide modern, sustainable veterinary services and allow the group to maintain a high standard of service in the South Wairarapa, Aidan Smith, managing director of South Wairarapa Veterinary Services, said in an earlier statement. … Continue Reading

Wairarapa Library fuels book clubs

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Reading needn’t be a solitary activity. 

Neither does the pleasure have to end when you turn over the last page. Every book we’ve enjoyed can be relished anew when we talk about them (ok, gush) with someone else. 

What’s even better is to embark on the same reading adventure with a group of friends. 

Whether you’re already part of a book club, or keen to start your own, Wairarapa Library Service has curated a selection of literary dazzlers to satisfy every taste. You can now also borrow book club sets from other SMART libraries. 

Each book club set contains ten copies of the same title with some notes and questions to help get the discussion going. 

To search for, and reserve, these sets, simply type in book club set and you will see what is available for borrowing. 

For more information, please visit, email or pop into your nearest library. 

Happy reading! 


Toast eaten by Foley Wines

March 12, 2024 March 2024 Comments Off on Toast eaten by Foley Wines

U.S.-based Foley Wines has taken over Toast Martinborough, ingesting the long-running festival into its growing portfolio of wine, food and hospitality activities across New Zealand. 

After a cash-raising effort by the Toast Martinborough board failed to raise enough capital to cover the shortfall from the 2023 Toast Martinborough event, Foley stepped in. 

Its offer “to buy out shareholders and provide the necessary funds to settle outstanding debts with suppliers” was accepted by Toast’s board.  

Foley Wines described the 30-year-old annual festival as “iconic” when it announced the take over. … 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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