Tonganui Corridores

An impressive project Imagine this. You’re walking through the forest in the lower Ruamāhanga valley, somewhere near Wairarapa Moana. It’s 1821. Your ears are tuned to the calls of kōkako, kākāriki, kererū and whio. Kākā, kiwi, kārearea, and tīeke thrive here too.. The water in the river is teeming with …

There is life in the old dog yet

If you go down to the vets today, you are sure of a big surprise.  For every dog that ever there was will gather there for certain because, amongst other things, it’s a great place to work! The rehoming team at Retired Working Dogs (RWD) often get asked how well …

Red Cross News

Good & Ready The Good & Ready event held at the Waihinga Centre on 7 November was a huge success.  , Along with the team from the Red Cross Masterton Service Centre, our local Martinborough Red Cross Group, the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and Neighbourhood Support, the Good …

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Maree’s musings

December 23, 2020 December 2020 Comments Off on Maree’s musings


  It’s that time of the year when we are prone to those ‘at last’ moments, and this one really takes the cake. For many of us, never before have we needed to feel so united. It wasn’t easy however. Lockdown forced us into disunition – I made that up! – but I’m sure you know what I mean. 

I discovered that the Collins Dictionary adopted ‘lockdown’ as its 2020 word of the year. In 2019, its usage was recorded as 4000; and with a 6000% increase it went viral to more than ¼ million. OOPS … ¼ million and one! I promise to avoid it in future.  We could be sure that unprecedented was snapping at its heels wanting to be part of the action and I’ll bet OMG is on the list too. Incidentally, those hard-working dictionary staff have registered 4.5billion words used altogether: I reckon they’ll be hankering to get together after work for a staff do, suitably socially distanced of course.

For us now, approaching the year’s end, we are united in hoping it is All Over. The thought of warbling Auld Lang Syne at the New Year’s Eve party while keeping a modest distance doesn’t pop any corks, for sure. … Continue Reading

Many thanks

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As another year draws to a close we would like to give huge THANK YOU to all who help to make the Star possible:

 The loyal advertisers without whose financial support the Star would not be possible.

Likewise to the regular contributors whose articles keep the Star informative and interesting.

Last but, certainly not least, the delivery team, town wise and rural delivery, who go out in all weather to pop one of the 2,500 Star copies printed into  the district’s boxes.  

It is all you people’s regular support and input which enables us to regularly produce the paper which we are told so regularly by readers how they look forward to its monthly arrival.

We would like all of you who contribute in one of these ways to know that the people of Martinborough certainly appreciate your input. 

The Star production team  

Know your town

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Disasters and floods

There was a disastrous flood in the 1800s which covered Wharekaka, Waihinga  and the Pukio basin creating  a large lake in some places. The water covered homes and sheds , two men were left up a tree for two days before being recued. Floods in 1910 washed out the bridge at the top of Grey and Jellicoe Streets (then —-  ) 

Fire accounted a great number of homesteads: W Martin’s,  John Martin Junior’s Huangarua, The Smith’s Puruatanga in which a maid died. Both the T F Evans and Edward Harris homesteads were destroyed by fire. 

Many businesses also suffered, In 1872 and ’73 the Swan and Wharekaka hotels were burned to the ground, with the with the Ferry Inn  and Backwater Hotels going up in flames ten years later.  1886 the business area at Waihinga and Lower Valley road was burnt down. In 1908  six dwellings owned by one person were destroyed within just a few months. In 1913 The McLeod Boot and polish factor in Radium Street burnt down. The Catholic Church was destroyed by fire in 1918 In 1926 the buildings on the land now covered by Provider and Tom Wilson Motors were destroyed. … Continue Reading

Know your town

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The changes in the formation of Martinborough

When William Colenso visited the area in 1843 the Chief, Nga Iro, was at Haungarua pa. At the time the pa was strong with 75 residents and anumber of whares and large gardens. 3 acres maize, 9 acres potatoes  and acres of other veges, 36 domesticated pigs. In 1844 under Colenso’s leadership they also built a Beautiful church.

The early land deals were made at Huangarua. Both the Pa and Captain William  Mein Smith’s  homestead were places for events and gathering such as the 1st Cavalry Troop meeting in 1859.

Waihinga and Kaupekahinga on the Ruamahanga River were other places of permanent Mãori settlements of gardens, whares and animals. In 1859 the local Māori built a large whare 70 feet long by 20 feet wide where they put on a three day banquet for both Māori and settlers, thus were more encouraged  to the District. They had a race course at Waihinga, a Ferry crossing and Inn. The little river boats  went up past there to the cliffs at Moiki to deliver goods and take back wool  and goods. This until the large January 1855 earthquake change the river bed. … Continue Reading


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

Regular Features

From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

Catering for a vegetarian this Christmas? Here’s the Vegan Society’s Nut Roast recipe Ingredients  1 …

Councillor comment

Here we are the last Star for the year and what a year it has …

Did you know

I’M DREAMING of a white Christmas. But if the white runs out I’ll drink the …

Recyling calendar

December Wednesday 2nd glass Wednesday 9th wheelie bin Wednesday 16th glass Saturday 26th wheelie bin …

Regional Council notes

Time to start thinking Older residents in our region may well remember the massive flooding …

News from First Church

May these be the gifts your Christmas brings – Peace, Gladness, Good Health   and …

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