How Well do we Know People in our Community?

Phillip Percy. Phillip Percy and his wife Sarah came to live permanently in Martinborough in 2006, deciding “Over the Hill” with its blue skies and sunshine was the best place to call home. An Honours Degree in Resource Management and Environmental Planning from Massey University paved the way for a …

Community Planting Days

Join the South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group for our community planting days this winter. These events are a great opportunity to connect with nature, enhance our native biodiversity, off-set carbon emissions and meet new people in your community. Martinborough Planting Day Where: Martinborough Golf Course, corner of Todds Road and New …

Electric Vehicles ‘Plugging In’

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 …

Wharekaka welcomes cars with a past!

Recently Wharekaka residents were treated to a rare sight. A line up of very special cars on their front lawn. This wonderful event had been organised by the Wharekaka Auxiliary. And if these cars could talk… they are part of our local history that the residents would identify with.

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April 12, 2021 April 2021 Comments Off on DID YOU KNOW

A  SINGLE transaction of bitcoin has the same carbon footprint as 680,000 Visa transactions or 51,210 hours of watching YouTube, according to the site.

‘THE PEOPLE who hanker loudest for some nostalgic golden time of yesteryear usually drive new cars’- Russell Baker

CORELOGIC DATA show that over the last three months Wellington house prices rose $5,772 per week.

NEW ZEALAND WINE exports hit $2 billion . Every second about eighty glasses on New Zealand wine are consumed around the world. … Continue Reading

Red Cross Events

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Annual Appeal

The Red Cross Annual Appeal will be held on Friday 19th March from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.Our great team of volunteers will be outside Kitcheners from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm and then at the entrance to P&K on Jellicoe Street from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

COVID got in the way last year and this is the only major fund-raising event that we hold during the year.  We hope to see you on the 19th

Neighbours Day

The New Zealand Red Cross are a proud partner of Neighbours Day Aotearoa.

The kaupapa of Neighbours Day Aotearoa is to encourage people to get to know their neighbours better.  This year’s theme is The Great Plant Swap as we want neighbourhoods to grow stronger together.  … Continue Reading

Historic cemetary now has a Lychgate

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The original, historic Martinborough Cemetery on the corner of Dublin and Roberts Street, where many early residents are buried,  now has a beautiful lychgate or covered entrance.

As local historian Mate Higginson said, “This is a truly fitting gateway to our ancestors and the past .  It helps create a park-like setting for them to rest in eternal peace.”

The lychgate was made possible with the support of Bryce Neems, SWDC Amenities Manager, and Roger Smith who did a fantastic job of building it.   Mary and John Doyle, connoisseurs of heritage roses, contributed their expertise to the landscaping.

Why not make a visit now?  … Continue Reading

Regional Council notes

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Value our rivers

Wairarapa rivers are popular places in the summer.  All our main waterways have places where traditionally people have been able to access the water either for a swim, to fish or just enjoy the scenery.  Some are quiet nooks on private land and others immensely popular public access spots teaming with people on a hot day.

We’ve always taken our rivers for granted and it’s come as a bit of a shock to many that the water quality in several of them is not in great shape, especially in this warmer weather.

There is a variety of reasons for this and it is pointless finger-pointing over it.  Whether it is discharge from urban waste water, agricultural run-off or heavy metals from stormwater off our roads, all historically ended up in our water ways and have contributed to the decline over the years.   … Continue Reading



It is a hive of activity at the course today – lots of men with rakes, leaf blowers and leaf suckers tidying up around the clubhouse and squash club.  The course is looking good and the greens have come back well after being cored early last month. There have been …

Junior sport

Winter  is the time for a considerable number of organised winter sports. Coaches are invited to give their sport and it’s player some publicity through the Star’s Junior Sport section. Just send your   copy to by the last Wednesday of the month. A clear high resolution photo is …

Wrestling Club news

Training nights are back again and it’s great again to see new faces! Training nights are Wednesdays at theFeatherston gym. . Under ten years from 5.30 and over ten years from 6.30 . North Island Championships are being held in Katikati on 27 June and attendance is encouraged.  This is …

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How Well do we Know People in our Community?

Phillip Percy. Phillip Percy and his wife Sarah came to live permanently in Martinborough in …

Martinborough Community Garden news

Some of you may have seen the article in the Mid-Week, where we hosted the …

Maree’s musings 

ENTITLED It’s been a few weeks now since Prince Philip, husband of the Queen, and …

Did you know 

ONLY THE  British could colonise the world and then leave the EU because they don’t …

From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

Catering for a vegetarian this Christmas? Here’s the Vegan Society’s Nut Roast recipe Ingredients  1 …

Councillor comment

Here we are the last Star for the year and what a year it has …

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