Rainbow of colour saturates Considine Park

Considine Park was filled with colour tossers on Sunday 10 March, as the sun shone down to make it a perfect afternoon for family fun. It is the second time a “colour run” event has been hosted in Martinborough as a colourful way to raise funds for a community project, …

Fifty long years of Wairarapa’s Consumer Advice Bureau

A spirited introduction by Masterton Intermediate School’s Kapa Haka group signaled an impassioned start to the 50-year celebrations of the Masterton-based WaiCAB. As John Bunny, MC for the occasion, said: “These children represent the New Zealand of tomorrow. If their parents or caregivers need support from the CAB and can …

How Well Do We Know People in Our Community?

Susan Stephen Definitely a Wairarapa girl, Susan’s childhood began in Pirinoa, before attending St Matthews College in Masterton, as a boarder.  “Boarding was a totally different experience then. You didn’t go home for the weekends. In fact, we were only allowed to go home every third weekend. After leaving school …

Vineyard gas gun disturbs neighbours, but not the council

A vineyard gas gun bird scarer is exercising, annoying and upsetting a vineyard’s neighbours on Ferry Road – with one council official recommending they consider private legal action in the absence of council enforcing its gas gun rules. “Her (Council CEO Janice Smith) officers seem to be shielding the growers …

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Bottle of wine for rates champion

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Quiz: Pick the size of the coming year’s rates rise from South Wairarapa District Council (last year 20.8 percent) and win a bottle of wine from The Star.

Already some punters are talking 20 percent (again), with the council’s water woes the pretext for another major rating hike.

The quiz question to answer:

How much will the SWDC component of your annual rates bill increase for 2024 – 2025 year?

Entries by no later than 14 June to: themartinboroughstar@gmail.com 

For the winner: a celebratory bottle of wine.

Winner announced in The Star August edition _ after rates bills are mailed in July.

Editor’s decision is final!  



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From The Acting Mayor – April 2024

By Melissa Sadler-Futter

I’m thrilled to connect with you through The Star as your Acting Mayor this month, during

Martin’s leave of absence. 

If we haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, “hi”, my name is Melissa, and I live in Featherston with my family. I’m here to address any questions or concerns you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at melissa.sadlerfutter@swdc.govt.nz

Throughout the summer months, Martinborough has witnessed some good progress on several key

projects. Among these advancements, the enhancement of lighting at the square’s crossings stands

out as a positive step in the right direction.  … Continue Reading

Protecting and preserving the International Dark Sky

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International Dark Sky Week, April 2 – 8, is upon us worldwide. It is a week of world-wide celebration of the dark and natural night, co-ordinated by DarkSky International. 

Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve is the volunteer group accredited by DarkSky International to help  preserve, protect, enhance and promote the region’s beautiful dark night sky. 

Wairarapa reserve is one of about a dozen groups working across the nation to protect and preserve the night sky from light pollution.

The week-long global celebration of the night began on April 2 and culminates on April 8, to coincide with 2024’s total solar eclipse.

DarkSky International notes:

“For many, the dark night is often misunderstood, unfamiliar and even frightening. But the natural night is filled with wonder and awe, and is critical to the heal;th and wellbeing of the planet and its many creautres and life-forms.

“Join DarkSky International to discover the night together, learn about the harmful effects of light pollution and what we can do to embrace the dark and save the night.

“Check out the official International Dark Sky Week website to learn more about this one-of-a-kind celebration and actions you can take to fight light pollution – such as taking the DarkSky Pledge to protect the night!”

For more information, visit idsw.darksky.org


Vineyard gas gun disturbs neighbours, but not the council

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A vineyard gas gun bird scarer is exercising, annoying and upsetting a vineyard’s neighbours on Ferry Road – with one council official recommending they consider private legal action in the absence of council enforcing its gas gun rules.

“Her (Council CEO Janice Smith) officers seem to be shielding the growers around Martinborough,” an exasperated Hilton Doherty told The Star, responding to an article (OK Boomer: it’s bird scarer time) in the March edition. 

That item noted: “the clincher: how to lodge a noise complaint so council’s environmental health and noise control staffers can be alerted.”

Doherty has been doing that for two years, while another neighbour wrote to the council to raise “the issue of excessive gas gun use back in January 2022 with Rick (Mead, manager environmental services), and agree with Hilton about the disappointing response from SWDC about this on-going issue.”  … Continue Reading


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New golf clubhouse build, fund-raising up and running

Martinborough golf’s new clubhouse build is well under way _ as are fundraising efforts. It doesn’t seem long since we watched the demolition of the old clubhouse and now the frames for half the new building are in place with scaffolding up ready for the roof timbers. Everything is going …

Golf pro-am success _ without clubhouse

By Karen Stephens A record field of 172 players, including 43 professionals from New Zealand and Australia, battled light winds, warm temperatures and even light early-morning fog at Martinborough golf’s 2024 CER Electrical and Holmes Construction pro-am on February 1. At least that was the range of excuses for some …

Featherston wrestlers go offshore

Two members of Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club’s senior class have again been asked to join a New Zealand team overseas.  Wairangi Sargent and Angus Read will take part in the Journeymen Tournament and Training Camp over Easter in New York state.  Over the week they are there they will be …

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 Many folk imagine that going to church is a bit of an ordeal, a waste …


By Martin Connelly In February the local Lions Club invited me for dinner and asked …

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