Star’s Founder found.

Following Mate Higginson’s article on long time Star Editor Fred Michell we have been contacted by the grandson of the founder, Neil Closey. The founder was James Henry Claridge. This remarkable person had spent his working life establishing newspapers, thirteen in all, which once established he sold  and moved on …

20 Year Service Medal for Maureen Thurlow

Maureen Thurlow was presented with the Red Cross Twenty Years Service Medal by Branch President Brian Love at the branch’s volunteer Christmas morning tea. Geoff Cave of Carterton received an Award for ten  years service.   Brian thanked members for volunteering for Red Cross and welcomed a very special guest speaker …

Wairarapa Dark Sky part of major world-wide research project 

The South Wairarapa’s night sky is being monitored round the clock in Spain and contributing to a world-wide dark sky database,  thanks to a European research team. The move follows Chairman of the Martinborough Dark Sky Society, Lee Mauger, making a  connection via Twitter with fellow Dark Sky enthusiast Carlos …

Community Garden News 

“ Gardens are not made by singing” oh, how beautiful’ and sitting in the shade”-  Rudyard Kipling Well here we are HOT; still going, and a little over 12 months  since our first produce was harvested. Like everyone , at the moment the garden is suffering from intense heat, and …

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A solution to Auckland’s land shortage?

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Auckland’s golf courses are huge tracts of heavily subsidised central Auckland land lying vacant in the middle of a housing crisis. There are 39 golf courses, 14 of them publicly owned. Many Auckland Council-owned golf courses – including Remuera and Waitemata – are paying $1 a year in rent, despite charging annual fees in excess of $3000 and $1300 respectively. Both are taking up tens of millions of dollars of prime housing land in central suburbs near major transport links.

Alpha for All

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Starting on Wednesday 13th February St Andrew’s Anglican church will be running an Alpha Course at St Andrew’s Church hall over a period of nine weeks.  Alpha is free for anyone in Martinborough to attend and I would be grateful if you would run a news story in your February edition of the Martinborough Star.  I’ve outlined some details below:

Alpha will start on Wednesday 13th February at 6:30pm at St Andrew’s church hall, 41 Dublin Street, Martinborough.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.


Alpha will start with a meal because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other. … Continue Reading

As the crow flies

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“As the crow flies” goes the phrase

For that least indirect of ways

That travellers hypothetically

Transport themselves from A to B.

(Or make a beeline, some might say

Like bees that buzz to B from A.) … Continue Reading

Book Review

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The Spy and the Traitor

The blurb on the  cover of this just published book is a quote from John Le Carre ; “The best true spy story I have ever read.” Praise indeed, but not unwarranted. This book is really fascinating.

Set during the  height of the Cold War with Thatcher, Regan and Gorbachev in untrusting power and each having vast spy networks operating. While each country’s secret service was extremely good at  spying they strangely failed spectacularly when it came to monitoring their own members. Erroneously preferring to believe that their rigorous recruitment processes ensured trustworthy staff. The result being that each had highly placed super traitors working quite freely within. 

Along with this the British and American  services  were competitive rather than co-operative and neither trusted their European counterparts. This lack of co-operation had disastrous consequences.  … Continue Reading