Difficult Haurangi rescue

Joe Bannister and his friend Dave were in the Haurangi Forest Park. After a long day out in the bush, Joe was heading down a steep hill when the ground gave way and sent him sliding down a cliff face. He fell six metres, badly injuring his leg in the …

Waihinga Centre

Fundraising Success Fundraising efforts are go and so far it has been lots of fun! The Square of Gold kept on rolling until a total of 50 ½ metres had been snapped up, bringing us to a total of $2020. Quite mind blowing given this was only meant as a …

A Very Special Event

Most opera lovers’ commitment to the art form involves buying tickets to public performances.  Winifred Bull and her husband David decided to take their love of opera a whole lot further.  They designed a new home with enough space to stage concerts for more than 100 people.  They particularly wanted …

Under The Martinborough Stars

By Becky Bateman My house is north facing and I get people telling me all the time how good my tomatoes must be. On face value that seems a perfectly fine and normal comment but, thinking deeper, it shows how much the sky affects our lives. The more I thought …

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March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Letters

It has taken me courage to write about the loss of my Beautiful Garry.  My grief has been more harrowing, than any of you, except his family. He was my husband.  I believe in his darkest moment, he took his life, to be near me.  I can understand the outpouring of grief from the community, but not for them searching to blame someone, for his choice of passing.

On the day of the funeral, there was, very vicious gossip, I had threats to my home and safety.  I was fragile, and did not want to be in this world either, on medication myself.  The Reverend Andy addressed this gossip as “brutal”.  In spite of this, gossip did not stop.  Those who did, had no facts, and made the rest up!!

Here are some facts.  Garry did not leave a note, and he was NEVER alone.  Best man Ricky, and Marie helped me care for him.  I did not take Gary off his medication.  He had been happy with me, and his Doctor agreed to start reducing his medication.  Garry was on a high with the wedding and honeymoon, and showed signs of slipping around 4th December.  He had a funeral of a friend, driving a bus, working for others, building plans, and other personal worries.  (NOT ME)

Garry and I did not socialize a lot. Our treat, was, out in the Nash for a drink.  Nobody knew us in a relationship, but for their information, we were very happy.  I am accused of treating this man, whom I cherished, badly.  (By Who??) Garry loved me.  We had a wonderful happy and fun wedding. … Continue Reading

Library News

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Library News

Rejoice, rejoice we now have our overnight drop box for books.  You have all been so patient continuing to drop books off at the old library but now you no longer need to do that.  Situated to the rear of the building is a little slot in the back door with a cunningly crafted locked box to capture your book.

 Of course and as usual, my thanks to the Martinborough Mens Shed for their willingness to help us and for making and fitting the box into place.  I do not know where we would be without them.  Unfortunately they can’t help with copper cabling which we are still waiting for Chorus to fit into the building.  Without that we cannot run our free access computers and robust Wifi through Aotearoa People’s Network.   … Continue Reading

Life-Enriching Experiences in Martinborough

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Life-Enriching Experiences in Martinborough

In just over three decades, Martinborough has gone from sleepy rural outpost to bustling tourist town. Grateful to the wine industry for Martinborough’s resurrection, local businesses and other enterprises are buoyant, particularly during the summer months. From artisan producers and creatives to world-class hospitality, Martinborough is indeed a desirable place to visit. Now a new tourism product places focus on keeping visitors visiting – and staying – during the mid-winter period.

Life Enriched Holidays launched earlier this year, are designed to grow mid-week, mid-winter tourism for the benefit of Martinborough’s local providers and authentic producers. Combining short, 16-20-hour learning programmes over 3 days, with select meals, additional activities and heritage accommodation included, Life Enriched Holidays are the first, curated, edu-holiday packages of their kind in New Zealand. … Continue Reading

Like to join our team?

March 15, 2019 March 2019 Comments Off on Like to join our team?

There are two groups who are crucial to the Star’s publication; our advertisers who make the production and printing of the paper possible and the  delivery team who ensure that the papers arrive in your mail box.

The latter are nineteen volunteers who in most cases each cover a block or street, on average around fifty papers. Some of  these good people have been doing it since the Star’s inception twelve years ago and are now approaching a well earned retirement. So it is expected that there will be some gaps to fill in the  team in the nearing future.

We also now require a person who can fill in on a round when a regular is unable to do it due to sickness or being away on holiday. This occurs two or three times a year.

If you can help in either of these positions we would love to hear from you. Please contact: Mike Beckett beckett36@gmail.com or phone 3089 978