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Regional Council Notes

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We are currently living in a very strange world indeed.  A world that no longer functions as we expect it to and denies us the right to the freedom that we all just take for granted.

We are in lockdown for four weeks.  No visiting friends and relatives; no coffee with the neighbours, no Sunday cycling groups.  It all seems a bit surreal and the constant messages telling us not to panic are always offset with news from abroad informing us of how many more people have died.  It’s no wonder some people are scared and are stocking the pantry with enough provisions to prepare for the apocalypse.  It’s a way of coping, staying in control of something when all other control has been removed. … Continue Reading

Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

March 31, 2020 April 2020 Comments Off on Ruined, authentic” Carkeek Observatory for heritage listing

New Zealand’s first – and still surviving – amateur observatory, built by Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek in 1867, may be granted Category 1 Heritage status within the region’s proposed Dark Sky Reserve,  according to Heritage NZ.

A 45-page report recommending the South Wairarapa’s Carkeek Observatory’s entry onto the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero, has just been circulated for comment by Heritage NZ.

“Amateur practitioners are critical not only in astronomy, but to the history of New Zealand science in general and there are few surviving places from the nineteenth century which tell that story,” the report notes. 

“This local and international exceptionalism affords the Carkeek Observatory outstanding importance as a rare historic place,” it adds in a note calling for public comment on the listing proposal.  

Stephen Carkeek’s descendants have strongly supported efforts by the Martinborough Dark Sky Society (now Wairarapa Dark Sky Association) to ensure protection and preservation of the 1867 timber and iron observatory structure – the oldest remaining observatory in the country. … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars 

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One of my mother’s favourite saying was “Spring Forward, Fall Back!” and it felt like when I was a child she said this more than twice a year. Of course, she only said it near the Equinoxes to remind herself and the household about Daylight Saving and the changes of the seasons. 

I was brought up in a household that was obsessed with the changes of the seasons and time. My mother was particularly switched on to this daily rhythm and would mention daily how much sooner the night draws in comparison to yesterday or if it was getting lighter in the evenings. 

The end of Daylight Saving and the equinox, shouldn’t be confused with ‘solstice’ which is the longest day (December 21st) and the shortest day (June 21st). 

As the Earth moves around the Sun, the tilt of the Earth (23.5 degrees) allows areas of the globe to get more direct light than other areas. The tilt always remains in the same direction.  … Continue Reading

Waihinga Anniversary

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Almost a decade before Martinborough was even glint in John Martin’s eye there was already a European settlement here.  It included a blacksmith, a post office, a Presyterian church, 70 sections and a road directly linking it to the ferry on the Ruamahanga.   Its name, Waihinga, lives on in the new community Centre but its location may be a mystery to many people.  That’s because it was eventually engulfed by it’s new neighbour, Martinborough. 

Its southern boundary was Ferry Road and Jellicoe Street (then called Lower Valley Road) ran along the eastern side.   The other two sides were bordered by Huangarua Station and Waihinga Farm.  Quite a few of the original houses are still there, creating a living link with the past.  … 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, …

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