Footloose and Fancy Free, Celebrating 25 years Round the Vines

While 2020 and Covid dampened the dreams of those who were looking forward to walking or running around the vines, 2021 came up trumps, the 25th year of brilliant organisation and commitment from the Martinborough School Committee and the community.  In the words of Charlies Angel’s, Beth, Anna, Jeremy, and …

Write your memories next month at Martinborough Library

Library also welcomes a big shipment of new books—come find your next read! We’re all full of memories, big and small—everything from ‘That was the year I fell in love’ all the way down to ‘Tuesday lunch was a ham-and-cheese toastie.’ The memoirist’s trick is finding a way to weave …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Have you ever wondered where the constellations came from? Do you know your Crux from your Musca? Or Scorpius from Pavo? Who got to name them? Humans are very good at seeing patterns in just about anything. Clouds. Toast. Rocky outcrops on Mars. Wherever we look we see a shape, …

Aroha String Quartet with Clarinettist Rachel Vernon

After a disappointing cancellation of their June concert due to level 2 lockdown, the Greytown Music Group is hoping all will be well for their next concert, on Sunday 22 August, when the Aroha Quartet will join forces with Rachel Vernon on clarinet. The Aroha String Quartet was formed in …

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Electric Vehicles ‘Plugging In’

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The Climate Change Commission has recently recommended that battery powered vehicles be widely adopted. It is, they believe, the key to New Zealand reducing emissions sufficiently to play our part in avoiding catastrophic climate change, particularly considering a third of our emissions come from either petrol or diesel. 

There is some negativity towards electric cars. One of the most frequently mentioned issues relates to the production of the batteries, which it is argued comes at the expense of environmental and human damage and creates toxic waste. There is no denying this fact.  Laptops, phones, tablets, scooters, and electric bikes also require the same elements.   … Continue Reading

Councillor Comment

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LTP and Spatial Plan

It is a busy time within Council as we have just completed three days hearing those residents, business and interested parties speaking to their submissions on both the Long-Term Plan and the Spatial Plan and then Council’s deliberations on these submissions.  

There were a total of 1078 submissions and we thank all those people who took the time to put in their thoughts and suggestions.  At the time of going to print, all councillors will have read the submissions and deliberated on the issues but a final decision on this will not be made until our meeting on the 30th June.  So more on this next month. … Continue Reading

A small advertising rates increase

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The Star team is reluctantly making a small increase in the advertising rates. The current rates were set in 2012 and over the intervening nine years several increases in both printing and freight rates have been absorbed. However further increases have made it necessary for a small increase to ensure that costs are covered.

One of our founding objects was to provide local businesses with an attractive, affordable advertising medium, this was still very much in mind when reviewing the rates. 

The other object was to provide a platform for local news and items of interest. The two are, of course, intrinsically linked. Without our loyal advertisers there would be no Star. 

Community Garden News 

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Well, winter has certainly reared it head over the past few days! 

At the Community Garden we are still harvesting Jerusalem artichokes, broccoli, silver beet, and the last of the beetroot and lettuce. Brassicas are coming along and cauliflower florets have formed and are developing well. We have planted a good -sized crop of peas after last year’s success and they are just poking their heads out through the pea straw, … Continue Reading


Watch out Cobra Kai!  Local karate club takes out Champion Dojo Trophy

On Saturday 12 June, Wairarapa’s Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate (OGKWI) club competed against karate clubs from across the lower North Island to win the overall Kāpiti Karate Academy Championships.    13 karate students from South Wairarapa travelled to Kāpiti to compete against students from 12 other karate clubs in kata (technique), …

Bruce Henderson – LIFE MEMBER

At the recent Club Day of MRFC Bruce Henderson was awarded Life Membership to the Club, a well deserving recipient. Bruce started playing rugby in the JAB grade and played right through to a Senior, where he played 3 seasons (this was cut short as his son Nigel was very …

Junior Football

Martinborough Junior Football Club is halfway through the 2021 season, so it is a good opportunity to provide an update. The Club is made up of two parts – Juniors (4 to 13 year olds) and Seniors. All of our teams play in competitions run by Capital Football. Capital Football …

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“Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink”.  This well-known line from ‘The Rime …

Recycling collections

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News from First Church

Through winter cold, through bitter wind and biting frost the silent seeds of spring wll …

Maree’s musings

FROM OUT THERE … Space travel’s been in the news lately. Of course, it’s nothing …

Letters – Community Boards

Recently my husband and I took up the invite from the Mayor, June edition of …

Letters – Secretive decisions

2019 election Mayor Beijen stated: “I am standing for South Wairarapa Mayor to bring back …

How well do we know people in our community

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