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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Burnouts, skids, donuts doing major Palliser damage

March 12, 2024 March 2024 Comments Off on Burnouts, skids, donuts doing major Palliser damage

By Ray Lilley

“It’s absolutely shameful the damage that has been done to our land” by 4WD, quad bikes and other vehicles being used to do burnouts, skids and donuts on tangata whenua properties east of Cape Palliser lighthouse on the southern coast.

“It’s indiscriminate, all over the place, as they (drivers) think they have the right to go anywhere, doing donuts and wheelies in the paddocks,” Haami Te Whaiti, chair of the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-a-Rua Settlement Trust told The Star.  

Drone footage of some of the damage has been collected by the landowners.

“There are lot of those in the drone footage … driving backwards and forwards when it was quite wet and going through the wheel ruts. We want that stopped.”

“We can identify some of the vehicle number plates” from drone footage, he said. … Continue Reading

Catalogue of heavy traffic bypass woes for Council

March 12, 2024 March 2024 Comments Off on Catalogue of heavy traffic bypass woes for Council

Heavy trucks, particularly log carriers, are causing more water leaks, more noise, more surface damage and a menace to child safety as they travel through the Dublin St heavy traffic bypass past Martinborough School, South Wairarapa councillors were told at their recent meeting.

Submitter John MacGibbon ran through a catalogue of noise cacophany, a list of persistent water leaks (“some water leaks have been repaired four times”), and noted “double wheel trucks are wrecking the new (street tarmac) surface already” _ only months after it was patched.  

His main focus was on speed, already reduced to 40 kmh past the school area. … Continue Reading


March 12, 2024 March 2024, Regular Features Comments Off on BOOK REVIEWS FOR HOT SUMMER DAYS

By Brenda Channer – Martinborough Bookshop

“Whether Violent or Natural” by Natasha Calder

This debut novel was published late last year from a young author known for her short fiction. It is narrated by the 20-something protagonist Kit, who is living on an island with a slightly older male Crevan, after the human population of the world has been decimated by plastic eating bacteria which has been loosed upon the environment. … Continue Reading

Booktown global meet ready to roll

March 12, 2024 March 2024 Comments Off on Booktown global meet ready to roll

By Denver Grenell, Marketing Coordinator Featherston Booktown

Delegates from Booktowns around the globe will visit Featherston and the region as the town 

hosts the International Organisation of Booktowns Global Conference 14 – 18 March, which  coincides with the 2024 Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival launch on Friday 15 March.

Kia ora booklovers! 

The global meeting will cover four days of events and sightseeing.  … 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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