Centenary of Martinborough’s historic memorial gates remembered 

A small, socially distanced ceremony on Saturday did not let the centenary of Martinborough’s Soldiers’ Memorial Gates go unnoticed. One hundred years to the day the gates were erected, locals gathered to mark the occasion and remember why they were installed. A familiar sight in Martinborough, the wrought iron gates …

 How Well Do We Know People In Our Community?

Attilio Bergamaschi With a slightly different background from our usual residents, Attilio comes from Lodi in Northern Italy, South of Milan. Like many other European towns, it has the Square at its heart. In the old days the Square was the marketplace where people traded cattle and produce.  Now although …


Given the uncertainty of events due to Covid, this year the Wharekaka Auxiliary has gone slightly “high-tech” and is running their Annual Christmas Baking Stall online rather than at the T.K Market. In order that you don’t miss out on all their wonderful Christmas goodies, and to allow the Auxiliary …


WORTH a TIN OF FISH Well, it’s November already and another Martinborough Star to peruse with our morning coffee. My concerted effort to avoid any mention of current Covid issues (OOPS! snuck in) resulted in this month’s welcome diversion. I eat a lot of fish. My pantry, a term derived …

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June 9, 2021 June 2021 Comments Off on FIRE BRIGADE REPORT

The Brigade has been very steady with calls recently including our response to a tragic house fire, the Brigade extends our sympathies to the family at this difficult time.

We have started the Medical First Responder training for our Brigade members, and are still looking for more people :

  • MEDICAL RESPONDERS – If you have a Nursing, Emergency Medicine,  Paramedic or similar background (you may qualify for a short familiarisation course), and want to contribute to your community, we would love to hear from you . We anticipate you would only spend 2 – 3 days a month on call along with a single night a month training. 

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Regional Council Notes

June 9, 2021 June 2021 Comments Off on Regional Council Notes

Back in 1991 the Resource Management Act was passed by Parliament.  It was a significant piece of legislation that repealed 78 statutes and regulations to provide a single piece of legislation for the management of land, water, soil and air throughout New Zealand.

At the time it was deemed to be ground breaking and soundly welcomed by many, as the Town and Country Planning Act it replaced was not providing the planning framework the country needed and was in urgent need of review.

Over the years however, the RMA too has failed to keep abreast with changing times as government after government tinkered with it but avoided tackling its limitations head on. … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Tramping Club  –  Farm Walk in the Gladstone hills

June 9, 2021 June 2021 Comments Off on South Wairarapa Tramping Club  –  Farm Walk in the Gladstone hills

After meeting in Greytown, we set off in 3 cars to a farm up Admirals Hill Road, Gladstone. The skies were very overcast, and once at our destination, the cold southerly wind made us put on all our layers, plus woolly hats and gloves.

We followed a track to the top point on the farm, at 568m, with transmitter aerials. The 360 degree views out to Lake Wairarapa and the South Island would have been magnificent had they not been hidden by clouds! We ate morning tea sheltering in the lea of a concrete shed. … Continue Reading

 Want to stay youthful?   Then keep on learning.

June 9, 2021 June 2021 Comments Off on  Want to stay youthful?   Then keep on learning.

U3A is a volunteer organisation that offers life-long learning for those who are retired or semi-retired. It’s a chance to keep your  brain active and enjoy the company of like-minded people. There are no qualifications needed to join and no degrees  or certificates awarded because the aim is to study and learn for the fun of it. … Continue Reading


Martinborough Golf Club Report

Life is relatively normal out on the Golf Course with usual weekly competitions being played along with a couple of tournaments.  The course is looking amazing at the moment with lots of visitors commenting on how good it is playing. Thursday Club has been getting good turnouts with recent winners …

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 …

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 How Well Do We Know People In Our Community?

Attilio Bergamaschi With a slightly different background from our usual residents, Attilio comes from Lodi …

From the Mayor

Spring is nearly summer now, and the town looks amazing – the Town Square in …

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Asparagus lunch Ingredients.  One bunch asparagus 2 large eggs Olive oil Lettuce or rocket Hard …

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Congratulations to Sophie Shipperbottom, our latest Firefighter to complete the Recruits Course (actually she topped …

Community Garden News

Great spring harvests over the last couple of weeks as the artichokes seem to have …


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