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

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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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Obituary: Maree’s passing a sad los

February 13, 2024 February 2024 Comments Off on Obituary: Maree’s passing a sad los

By The Star Crew

Sadly, from this edition of The Star there will be no more Maree’s Musings as our much-loved columnist Maree Roy died in Dunedin Hospital on 18 January 2024. 

Following some elective surgery, Maree experienced a devastating medical event and died two weeks later.

Maree was a very loyal and consistent columnist for The Star. This is never more obvious when we learned she had broken her left shoulder in a November fall. Not to let The Star down Maree, with her left arm and shoulder strapped up, full of pain killers, wrote her last December column with her right hand only.

Maree had lived in Martinborough for over 40 years and four years ago moved to Dunedin to be nearer her daughter, Melyssa, a doctor, and grandchildren Jaiden and Emily.

She was born and schooled in Auckland and went to Otago University, graduating with a Bathelor of Science degree majoring in biochemistry.

Maree and husband Don came to live in Martinborough in the early seventies. Tragedy struck when Don was killed in a car accident just out of Martinborough which Maree and 3-month-old Melyssa survived; but both had long recoveries in Wellington hospital.

Maree continued to live in Martinborough and became very much a local. She taught science and biology at Kuranui College. … Continue Reading

“Over the Hill” tennis tourney (not the players)

February 13, 2024 February 2024, Sports Comments Off on “Over the Hill” tennis tourney (not the players)

Runners-up of the Men’s Doubles Gold (L to R): Jacob Emery & Ed Wilkie and winners Jason Canning & Marc Paulik.

Over the scorching weekend of 13 – 14 January 2024, Martinborough Lawn Tennis Club hosted its annual “Over the Hill” tournament. 

The Men’s and Women’s doubles on Saturday and mixed doubles on Sunday provided a riveting display of skill, with the draw efficiently managed by Jacob Emery from Dry River Tennis Centre, ensuring a seamlessly run event. The draw had to be split into tiers to accommodate the overwhelming number of entries and complete games within daylight hours!

Amid the competitive matches, participants and spectators enjoyed a delicious lunch and sizzling BBQ, fostering a sense of community. 

The hot weather on Saturday added to the summer vibe, while Sunday brought a challenge with the wind picking up during the mixed doubles.

The tournament’s success was a collective effort, not only from the players but also thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the incredible generosity of sponsors. 

These sponsors, showcasing the best of Martinborough, provided gifts and vouchers. A heartfelt thanks goes out to all sponsors and volunteers, whose commitment played a vital role in making the “Over the Hill” tournament a memorable success for the Martinborough tennis community. Congratulations to all the winners as anticipation builds for another fantastic event next year!

How Well Do We Know People In Our Community?

February 13, 2024 February 2024, Regular Features Comments Off on How Well Do We Know People In Our Community?

Keryn Banks

Keryn was brought up at Mangatoetoe, an exceedingly small settlement east of Ngawi. The coast was a playground, perfect for motorbikes, with the added delight of a waterhole which lay below the ford. If it was too shallow a bulldozer would ensure it was safe for swimming.

“The school bus would pick us up from Ngawi and take us to Pirinoa School. Then I attended Wairarapa College as a boarder, before going to Victoria University where I took a double degree in Commerce and Tourism.

“After working for a year in The Beehive for Hon George Hawkins, the of Minister Internal Affairs and Police, I went overseas.

“London was not my city of choice. Manchester was the first port of call. I lasted a year. In Manchester there were few green spaces, and a sea of endless concrete. 

“Seeking fresh air and outdoor spaces I moved to Glasgow, working firstly for the Royal Bank of Scotland before taking a job with Christian Aid, where after a period of time I took on a Funding Management position. Opportunities came to travel to see projects in action, in India, Malawi, Zambia, Bangladesh. My role was to check on the progress of development, provide support with finance and compliance, and report back to the donors.

“In Malawi, the project was twofold. The aim was to improve the maternal health of women, educate them about HIV and encourage livelihood farming. Access to fresh water was another prerogative. With a changing climate food production needed to encompass new practices. Rice production worked well.

“In India, the project we were supporting was in an extremely remote area, East Odisha. The community was marginalised as Untouchables. Women undertook the farming. … Continue Reading

Junior golf in Martinborough going strong

February 13, 2024 February 2024, Sports Comments Off on Junior golf in Martinborough going strong

Sunday 14 January saw 34 adult and child teams competing in a two person ambrose. It was a hugely successful day, with not only Martinborough teams but also from Masterton and Wellington. It was also wonderful to see so many families out to support the kids, creating a great family day out.

The event was run over two competitions, 10 holes for the more experienced and 8 holes for the beginners. The 10 hole winners were Mike and Riley Lambert,  the 8 hole winners Aaron and Archie White.

Debbie Donaldson and Josh Hawkins organised the event and were extremely grateful for the very generous support from great local sponsors, with P & K providing the BBQ, sausages and bread.  Royal Wellington Golf Course provided a voucher for four to play there (which was won in a random prize draw by Josh Hawkins – so a very popular winner for that!)

There were also 24 kids who took part in a golf coaching holiday programme run by the professionals from Masterton Golf Club. These two events have shown there is high interest in Junior golf around the club and the aim is to build on this success.

The next big event at the club is the pro am which will take place on Thursday 1 st February.

This annual event is the highlight of the club year with around 40 professionals playing alongside teams of three amateurs. There are always amazing prizes provided by local sponsors and some from further afield. A full roundup of the event will be in the March edition of The Star.

2024 is shaping up to be an amazing year for the club and its members. If you’d like any  information on joining or about junior golf please get in touch with the office.

Karen Stephens


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Golf clubhouse fundraising builds up

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