Pink and Pretty

Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa transformed overnight for the Pink Ribbon breakfast held on Friday 1st July. It was a wonderland of roses and a tribute to the organisers of the event. Fine china teacups decorated the tables. Pink champagne was poured, and Trestle and Mortar provided a decadent breakfast …

Spring Jazz Celebration

After a couple of tricky years, including calling off the last festival with just two weeks to go, Jazz in Martinborough (JiM) is back, albeit in a new form.“We’re calling it a Spring Jazz Celebration,” says JiM producer Ted Preston. The festival has suffered the ravages of covid including the …

“Storylines” visits Martinborough School

With digital technology often displacing the enjoyment of reading, the impact of groups such as Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust play a vital role in encouraging children to want to read books and write their own stories.  As part of their annual National Story Tours, “Storylines” recently came to visit …

Uncovering an astonishing musical talent

MARTINBOROUGH MUSIC FESTIVAL 23-25 SEPTEMBER, MARTINBOROUGH TOWN HALL “I’ve always had a natural attraction to the violin. It fascinated me as a kid, the way the bow would pull sound out of the strings, the beautiful design of the whole instrument”-Toloa Faraimo. Toloa Faraimo was born into a musical family …

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Featherston Wrestling Club

August 2, 2022 August 2022, Sports No Comments

June saw the start of Regional & National wrestling tournaments.  The Wellington Regional Championships is back on the national calendar after 31 years.  This illustrates the growth in the Wellington region clubs – Featherston, Tawa and Waikanae. 

The club also had a team travel to Hamilton in July to attend the North Island Championships earning 8 medals.  Martinborough local Nate George was in the medals at both tournaments.

North Island Champs tournament team

Senior team members were then able to attend a national training camp at Lake Karapiro for 2 days of intensive training with the national coaching team.  

A special thanks to Adamsons Mobil Service Station in Featherston for their help with travel costs to all these tournaments. Their support means our coaches and kids can travel, often long distances, to compete. … Continue Reading

Excitement builds as bridge project nears completion

August 2, 2022 August 2022 No Comments

Work on a new 150m long suspension bridge spanning the Tauherenikau River is progressing well, with bridge builders Abseil Access expected to finish the build shortly. Work on the trails and signage on either side of the river is underway, including boardwalks, picnic area and trails from carparks. When finished, it will be one of the longest walk and cycle suspension bridges in the country.

The Tauherenikau Bridge will connect Featherston and Greytown, and is the first milestone in the Five Towns Trail Network Project.

South Wairarapa District Council chief executive Harry Wilson said the bridge, when opened, would be an enormous asset to the district.  “It’ll pave the way for a wonderful recreational trail and judging by the success of trails elsewhere, it will have long-term economic benefits for our region. 

“Cyclists and walkers will be able to travel between Featherston and Greytown in a direct and scenic way while avoiding the state highway. We are thankful to government stimulus funding for enabling the project to progress so fast.”

The bridge is part of an ambitious plan for approximately 200km of off-road recreational trails throughout Wairarapa.  Signature trails will connect the five Wairarapa towns, with a series of loops and experience trails and local trails for communities and visitors to enjoy. In its entirety, the Five Towns Trail Network is expected to cost over $30 million, including the infrastructure to cross multiple rivers. … Continue Reading

Did you know

JAZZ IN MARTINBOROUGH returns after covid’s forced last year cancellation. JaM will be on ‘Retro pack plays’ on  Friday 2nd September and ‘ Cool Jazz/West Coast on Saturday 3rd September . See details in this Star issue.

ALSO RETURNING  is Toast Martinborough which will be held on Sunday Nov 20th. Early Bird tickets are on sale via iTICKET. Once Early Bird allocation has sold out, General Admission will go on sale immediately and stay on sale until sell out.

SEVENS RUGBY began more than a century ago when some Scottish small village rugby clubs were having difficulty making up teams of 15. Ned Haig an innovative Melrose butcher suggested that their village host a rugby tournament made up of smaller teams. A number was decided on and the rules modified to suit the new format. The first games were held on 28th April 1883

THE RESULTS of the Australian five yearly census have been released. There are now 25,500,000 people living in Australia, half of who have a parent born overseas. People with Indian ancestors have overtaken China and New Zealand to become the third largest place of birth, behind Australia and English born.  

‘IT HAS BEEN my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues’ Abraham Lincoln  … Continue Reading

Cryptic crossword

August 2, 2022 August 2022 No Comments

Local crossword producer Andrew Horwood has offered to provide the Star with a cryptic crossword for each issue. We are happy to produce this and would like to have some feedback to gauge the enthusiasm for crosswords both standard and cryptic. (I am useless at crosswords myself and so in no position to judge).

For your entertainment , or perplexation, here is  crossword no 1. 


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Featherston Wrestling Club

June saw the start of Regional & National wrestling tournaments.  The Wellington Regional Championships is back on the national calendar after 31 years.  This illustrates the growth in the Wellington region clubs – Featherston, Tawa and Waikanae.  The club also had a team travel to Hamilton in July to attend …

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 …

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