Martinborough Music Festival

Teddy Tahu Rhodes – Bass Baritone Martinborough Music Festival Friday 23 – 25 September Martinborough Town Hall This year’s Festival will feature another classical singer as part of the programme of concerts – NZ Bass Baritone, Teddy Tahu Rhodes. (The previous singer to feature was soprano, Jenny Wollerman in 2019).  …

 Blue and Yellow Cupcakes for Ukraine.

After watching the news on Ukraine and seeing the soldiers desperately trying to protect their homeland, Willow Kershaw wanted to do something to help. The idea of a lunchtime BBQ with a sausage sizzle and selling baking on the last day of school was put into action. Willow approached Mr …

A Community led project

The Waiohine River Plan is a document that should draw the attention of anyone that has even a slight interest in local government wherever their location. Recently adopted by Greater Wellington Regional Council on 7 April, this plan has its roots back in the late 1990s when investigations on the …

Trial may ease coastal community’s battle against erosion         

Cape Palliser Road winds its way along one of the wildest stretches of coast in the world. A dramatic rise in severe weather conditions in recent years have also increased the number of road closures at the Cape, cutting off residents and creating expensive damage.  It’s an ideal environment for …

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Maree’s musings

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Our roads and footpaths: we can’t live without them these days. And because they are in constant use, they need continuing ongoing repairs. This is complicated by what lurks beneath: our essential services involving water supply, phone lines, gas pipes, sewer pipes, sundry cables, and more. It’s a relief that these work well, but if anything goes wrong, the problem has to be located and fixed.  … Continue Reading


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The season has changed and we are now having lovely autumn nights with those crisper evenings, the firewood is in and no doubt the first fire has been lit. 

Have you had your chimney swept ?? A major contributor to house fires are chimneys and many insurance companies require you to have an annual sweep to maintain cover. 

The other really important chore you should have completed is checking your smoke alarm works and changing the battery if it is an older style one. If you are elderly we can help you do this, just contact Chief Jake Hawkins – 0272-559-440 if you need us to do this for you. … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

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For this month, The Star have asked for an overview of ‘what the hell they all do in there’  – a good question if you don’t occasionally pop into our meetings.

Your Council is a governance overview of what the South Wairarapa District Council is doing – assessing progress, giving direction to Council officers, and making decisions on projects, funding and revenue.

It’s important to note we are not able nor allowed to be involved in day-to-day decisions on potholes, consents, trees, etc; however, in a small Council like ours, we tend to be more involved than a larger Council may be. … Continue Reading

 Martinborough Wine and Food Society

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The Wine and Food society of Martinborough has been operating here since the late 1980’s. We meet monthly and appreciate good food and wine. We might have a tasting one month a meal at a local restaurant another, a guest from a culinary operation or winery or bring along dishes chosen with a particular theme.

We have a cellar of wines that members buy into and there is a small fee for each meeting. At our April meeting we were lucky enough to have Christine Burki of B.wines to present six wines to us. Raphael and Christine are a Swiss couple who produce classically made cool climate wines combining the new world with the old. … Continue Reading


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Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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Under The Martinborough Stars

Another glorious summer is here! I’m saying this while sitting my cold office listening to …

Recycling dates

Thursday 10th February glass Wednesday 16th February wheelie bin  Wednesday 23rd February glass


Just prior to Christmas the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade advised that we were starting our …

Maree’s musings

ANOTHER YEAR … I’m hoping, like me, that you looked forward to the return of …

Library news

Library debuts Click-and-Collect service Need something to read, and can’t make it into a library? …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

Outward Bound Korowai Course 2021 Celebrations South Wairarapa Inner Wheel Club donated $500 towards this …

From the Mayor

Following a fantastic summer, with bouts of rain to keep things greener than normal, it …

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