NATIONAL AWARD FOR BOUTIQUE VINEYARD

Every year, renowned New Zealand winewriter Michael Cooper brings out his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and this year’s edition has a very special meaning for one boutique Martinborough vineyard. On the same day that they were advised they had won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at …

Technicolour fun

If you are a kid it’s not often that adults tell you to mess up your clothes.   Perhaps that’s why the Colour Run at Considine park last month was such a hit.  You started with a clean white t-shirt and ended up with your own unique rainbow coloured top. …

Looking after the Kororā

People love penguins.  They’re amused by their waddling walk and their smart little “jackets”.  But life is getting hard for these birds.  The Kororā  (or Little Penguin) is the smallest in the world and found all around the coastline of New Zealand.   Although fishing vessels report seeing them at …

Martinborough Community Choir.

The choir is looking forward to our last concert for the year, before we take an extended break over the holiday season. In our December concerts we’ve traditionally performed a wide variety of songs we’ve enjoyed singing throughout the year and we’ve featured small groups – in recent years from …

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Cooking Corner

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Strawberry Santa Hats 

Ingredients 500 grams strawberries
Ingredients 110 grams good quality white chocolate
1 teaspoon canola oil
1⁄2 cup desiccated coconut
15 – 20 mini marshmallows (half the number of strawberries you have) 

Method:

Cut the top off the strawberries so as to make a flat base. When     choosing strawberries, try for packs that have similar sized strawberries. Really large strawberries don’t tend to work as well.  … Continue Reading

Councillor notes 

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It has been a very busy month for Councillors, starting off with two Induction workshops and 3 Council meetings.

Our first workshop to adopt the annual report was covered last month, our second induction workshop covered the Code of Conduct, Standing Orders, Conflicts of Interest, Public Protection and requesting and writing reports, pretty dry topics but very necessary to set the basis for our meetings going forward.  

We then moved into the more nitty gritty stuff RMA & District Plan, Spatial Plan project, Roading, Climate Change and then we were very lucky to have Dame Margaret Bazley & Marie-Claire Andrews who gave an overview of the Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy and talked about some of the projects, such as the Dark Sky Society receiving support and funding from the Provincial Growth fund. … Continue Reading

Did you Know

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DIGITAL SENIORS holds a free weekly coaching session for those over 65 every Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30  at St Andrews Church.  Bring your phone, lap top or any device that is  causing frustration and we will help answer your questions.  No query is too small.

MARTINBOROUGH RED CROSS would like to thank the large number of people who turned up at the meeting to discuss the branch’s future. The show of strong interest has ensured the branch will continue to serve the district. See item in this Star.  

PROTESTS ERUPTED in Iran, hours after it was announced the price of petrol would rise to 15,000 rials a litre (12 US cents) from 10,000 for the first 60 litres and to 30,000 rials for any extra fuel bought after that each month.

CELLPHONE PHOTOS are not always up to scratch. A check by Avast Security of over three billion photos held on Avast Security user’s phones found that 22% were either blurry, poorly lit or oversaturated. NZ was lumped in with Australia for the survey, here the incidence of sub standard Photos was 28%.  … Continue Reading

Digital Seniors Pilot a Success 

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Digital Seniors has just finished a successful 6 month pilot in the Wairarapa. We have helped 1015 seniors, spent 1081 hours with seniors, resolved 720 technology concerns and covered 1399 learning topics. We would like to thank the Digital Seniors coaches who have provided hours of their support to seniors for free.

Most seniors haven’t had the opportunity to learn about digital technology at work or at school. Technology is changing all aspects of society yet many seniors cannot fully participate in its social, wellness and economic benefits. This digital divide for seniors is ever increasing as technology advances. … Continue Reading

Sports

Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

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Letters

Plenty of issues Our current mayor seems to think the council had a hand in …

Did you know

‘YOU WILL NEVER reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog …

Cooking corner – Potato rendang

INGREDIENTS 8 small potatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 185 …

Know your town – Soldiers’ Memorial Park

Originally the Square was called Martin Square and the North – South and East – …

 Community Garden News

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret …

News from Wharekaka

The AGM was held on 19 September.  Attendees heard that Wharekaka is in good heart …

Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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