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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  Soprano Jenny Wollerman  and Pianist Emma Sayers in Concert

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Greytown Music Group has not presented a concert with a vocalist since a programme of German Romantic Duos in 2009, so it is high time for a change. Soprano Jenny Wollerman will pair up with Pianist Emma Sayers on Sunday 27 June, with a selection of their favourite Spanish/Catalan and Aotearoa NZ works. The concert will include music by Ross Harris, Jenny McLeod, Enrique Granados, Federico Mompou, Mario Castelnouvo-Tedesco, and others – mostly songs but also piano solos.  … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

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For a really long time, we thought our planet, the Earth, was slap bang in the centre of the whole Universe. Everything we could see above us in the sky had us in the centre. It was a pretty nice feeling.

However, Galilleo and Copernicus a few hundred years ago worked out it was actually the Sun that was in the centre of our Solar System and not us and that we were a mere crumb of rock orbiting it. … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Rotary Farewells its President – Brian Baxter

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Last week South Wairarapa Rotary farewelled their President for 2020/21, Brian Baxter.  Brian had been with the South Wairarapa Rotary for ?? years and was voted in as President for the annual term of one year.  Brian and his wife, Jane Davis, have moved to Christchurch where Jane has been appointed to the Christchurch City Council.  

Brian left six weeks before the end of his term as President, so Past President Paul Mason takes over the role until incoming President Anne Atkinson takes over on 1 July. A special evening will be held to welcome Anne into her role as President for 2021/22. … Continue Reading

From the Mayor

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I have been watching the painting of the Martinborough Museum over the past few weeks, and have been amazed at how smart it now looks.  ‘Flash as Slim Dusty’ as my mother used to say. Well done! 

Consultation on the Long Term Plan and Spatial Plan has concluded and we’re now very familiar with the Waihinga Supper Room, having spent many days closeted in it while we heard submissions and deliberated. There were an incredible number of submissions – over 800. The calibre of the submissions was high and the views put forward during oral submissions were heartfelt. We can be proud that the public are having their say on what happens in the community. … 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 …

Cooking corner

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

Did You Know

THE AVERAGE cost of a hospital stay for a Covid patient is between $68,000 and …


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 …


Prisoners of Geography This book is sub titled; ‘Ten maps which tell you everything you …

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