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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Hot, cool and high quality vintage in 2024

March 12, 2024 March 2024 Comments Off on Hot, cool and high quality vintage in 2024

By Joelle Thomson

Vintage is a loaded word in any wine region at this time of the year, let alone one that is having

an exciting lead up to harvest after two challengingly rainy years.

“It feels like we can be more in control of this harvest, which feels very much like 2016 and 2020

where we had great power and concentration in the wines,” says winemaker Wilco Lam, chair of the Wairarapa Wine Region.

Lam predicts an early harvest with the first picking to begin between 8 and 10 March.

“We will probably look at picking Pinot Noir in the next 12 days or so,” he said, when interviewed for this story on 29 February. … Continue Reading

Fire and Emergency says powerless over long grass hazard

March 12, 2024 March 2024 Comments Off on Fire and Emergency says powerless over long grass hazard

By Ray Lilley 

Long grass is a key feature in incidental fires which have sparked across the dry, dusty, drought-hit Wairarapa since before Christmas.

Despite repeated warnings late last year, and a current fire ban, some locals warn that uncut long grass poses a huge fire danger – and the fire service is apparently powerless to take action against landowners with such grass. 

Why? No proof of an “ignition source,” a key requirement for the brigade to legally step forward.

With tinder dry conditions continuing across the region, there are reports of rural locals deeply concerned about uncut long grass.

One farmer, who did not want to be named, reported that despite several neighbours trying for over a decade to get a neighbour to cut their long grass, it remains a full one metre high, including on boundaries and around buildings.  … Continue Reading

How Well Do We Know People in our Community?

March 12, 2024 March 2024, Regular Features Comments Off on How Well Do We Know People in our Community?

Michael Bing talks to Lyle Griffiths

Michael was raised in Auckland, attending St Peters College where he loved playing both

cricket in the summer months, and rugby in the winter.

But there were always connections to Martinborough. 

“My father had relatives here, and as children we used to return frequently to help Robert Bing with the fruit and vegetable store and the Fish and Chip shop. 

As children we thought there was little about Martinborough that was enticing. But we did enjoy roller blading down the main street.

When I was about to marry Chloe, a position for a pharmacist opened up in Martinborough.

Chloe flew down, was interviewed, and won the position. Our wedding took place shortly

after, and for our honeymoon we cruised the Baltic sea visiting Russia, and Scandinavia. It

was magical. … Continue Reading

Featherston wrestlers go offshore

March 12, 2024 March 2024, Sports Comments Off on Featherston wrestlers go offshore

Two members of Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club’s senior class have again been asked to join a New Zealand team overseas. 

Wairangi Sargent and Angus Read will take part in the Journeymen Tournament and Training Camp over Easter in New York state. 

Over the week they are there they will be coached by coaches from around the world and compete against wrestlers from Mongolia to Italy and all the wrestling countries in between.

Check out the fundraising on our Facebook page or get in touch if you would like to support. … 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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