Westpac Rescue Helicopter named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity – 2018

Westpac Rescue Helicopter is New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity of 2018 according to the annual Reader’s Digest public poll. Westpac Rescue Helicopters service the four main New Zealand centres: Wellington, Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch; and from these bases cover the majority of New Zealand. These services are operated by the …

The bags have landed

In 2017 two motivated local women, Carolyn Irwin and Amanda Ritchie, introduced the Boomerang Bag model to Martinborough.  The community embraced the concept, donating fabric and countless sewing hours to create a wonderful array of over 1700 colourful bags for locals and visitors to use as an alternative to single …

Thank you Martinborough

Day two of DIY Marae. What an amazing community we have. Our whānau do us proud. I have never seen our trustees smile so much. The mahi continues, with returning and new whānau each becoming part of our marae and making their mark. If your local in Marty take a …

Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

The South Wairarapa Pony Club has completed a very successful season in which they provided four of the five riders in the Wairarapa- Wellington Team which won the NZPCA Mounted Games Teams National Title. This was capped by the team captain Jeremy Thurston being selected for a national team to …

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Toast Martinborough 2018 group tickets now on sale

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Group tickets are now on sale through Ticketek for Toast Martinborough 2018 – New Zealand’s iconic wine, food and music celebration.

Toast Martinborough general manager Anna Nielson said the 27th edition of the event, which weaves together the very best of wine, food and music to create an unforgettable day in the vines, is set to be the best in recent history.

“Good wine is always in vogue and Toast 2018 is no exception. This year we are showcasing nine vineyard sites and some of the best chefs in the business to offer wine and food matches of unrivaled flavour and sophistication, supported by a collection of musicians guaranteed to have everyone singing, dancing and laughing,” Ms Nielson said.

“We have a limited number of group packages available for groups of six or more, but only for those who get in quick.”

At $75 a ticket, (plus Ticketek fees) group bookings offer the best value for Toast Martinborough tickets. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Mens’ Shed

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The Martinborough Mens’ Shed is humming – the wood lathes are up and running! We have the wood, cutting tools, sharpening facilities and the safety gear. Besides the normal Shed opening hours, hands-on teaching of basic wood turning techniques is planned for Thursday mornings, by prior arrangement: contact Tim Maling 06 3069672, or Ted Colenso 06 3069503. We can get you turning confidently and safely, in time to produce all those Christmas presents!

If you are a member but haven’t made it down to the shed yet, or wondering about joining, come and suss out the gear you want for that job you’ve had in mind, or catch up on the several community and fund-raising projects – and if you know of someone with a spare lathe lurking in their shed please let us know!

The Men’s Shed Committee has chosen wood turning have a strong focus on in the knowledge that it will lead to benefits of various kinds, – for members and for the community. 

Recently, to launch the wood-turning programme, Terry Schischka, (see photo) a master wood turner from the Masterton Shed gave a thoroughly illuminating and enjoyable demonstration to a diverse group of members and others from the community. This was a highly successful continuation of the Shed’s speakers’ programme. 

For enquiries and/or suggestions, other than wood-turning, contact Mike on 027 2953051.

Now for some good news

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In general the media seem to prefer to feed us the bad news however despite what we are being constantly told, except for the very real climate change problem, the world  is not going to hell  in a hand basket. Nevertheless the constant media depiction of bad news has clearly coloured our thinking. 

A study in Britain showed that  only 10% of people thought poverty had decreased, an American survey only 5% knew that poverty had actually halved  in the past 60 years and in Sweden three quarters though that it had increased.

Oxford economist Max Roser pointed out that Newspapers could legitimately run a headline ’ Number of people in extreme poverty fell by 137,000 every day for the last 25 years’.  Yes, there are some very cheering facts out there if we care to look for them.

For starters we can expect to live  much longer . The early hunter gatherers could only look forward to between 20 and 30 years, even by 1800 this had only risen to 33. By 1850 it had risen to 36 years in Europe and a century later almost doubled to 68 years. The world average is now 71 and climbing. In New Zealand it is 84  years for women and 81 for men.

This improvement in life expectancy soon made itself felt in third world countries with the introduction of vaccinations,  insecticides and medicines. The risk of dying in childbirth  reduced from 6%to 2.8% in Africa and from 2.5% to .5% in Asia. … Continue Reading


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The choir has been enjoying learning a wide variety of songs so far this year, and we’ve decided to present a mid-winter concert, in St. Andrew’s, on Tuesday evening, July 17. There’ll be more info in next month’s Star.

We’ll sing songs from the 16th Century to the present day (including a waiata arranged for us in 2018), as well as songs from movies, and vintage pop songs. 

Choir members enjoyed the opportunity to sing in smaller groups as part of our December concert last year, so we’ve decided to make the ‘small groups set’ part of our regular concert programme.

This year we’ve been lucky to have had another ‘choir masterclass’ from our fantastic patron, Mark Dorrell, and we’re hoping he’ll have time to come back and see us again soon. Mark is a wonderful conductor, pianist and vocal coach, and has become a good friend of our choir.

We always welcome new members into the choir, no audition necessary. An ability to read music is an advantage, but not essential.

If you’re interested in joining us, please come along to our concert, and/or contact vicbjones@gmail.com


Pony Club enjoys a successful season.

The South Wairarapa Pony Club has completed a very successful season in which they provided four of the five riders in the Wairarapa- Wellington Team which won the NZPCA Mounted Games Teams National Title. This was capped by the team captain Jeremy Thurston being selected for a national team to …


It has been a while since I last wrote about the club and we have had a few changes – mainly with a newly formed committee to oversee both the Junior and Senior teams and ensure that moving forward we continue to grow as a Community based club. We have …


The 2019 is well underway for our Senior teams, we are enjoying some good rugby and look forward to the rest of the season.  With our Premiers and Reserves often playing at different places we often have at least one of them playing at home. Congratulations to Nikora Ewe,Tristan Flutey, Tipi Haira, James Pakoti and Christopher …

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