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Under The Martinborough Stars

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Matariki, the Maramataka and the Winter Solstice

Set your alarm clock. Put a pot of coffee on. Wrap up warm. Morning stargazing in Winter rewards you with viewing the beautiful Matariki cluster.

Recently, New Zealand has begun to reinstate the Māori seasonal calendar over the last decade or so, and now most towns, cities and communities celebrate Matariki in Mid-Winter in some form or another.

Last month, the Winter Solstice occurred on June the 22nd; the shortest day and the longest night. The Southern Hemisphere is tilted at its furthest point away from the Sun, so the South Pole is in constant darkness and won’t see sunlight again for another 3 months.  … Continue Reading

Why Alex and I are taking a petition for Shirley Nightingale to the public

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We believe Shirley is being unjustly removed from her job as Martinborough Librarian by the SWDC.

We also believe Shirley is a great librarian and is the right person to run our library.

We hate to see injustice and I, having sighted earlier the letter SWDC sent to Shirley, believe they are being unreasonable and petty.

She is a caring, generous person and expresses our community values. We could name people who have been incapacitated and Shirley has delivered books to them in her own time, but more than this she has always gone the extra mile to help in any way she can.   … Continue Reading

Your Invitation to “Misbehave”

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Jazz in Martinborough is back in the Town Hall in 2019 and we have some fabulous shows for you to experience!

“The Saturday night show this year features a tribute to the Great American Songbook from the fabulous, entertaining and exciting Zak Pack,” says Lee Quayle, Festival Music Director.

The Zak Pack is a five-piece jazz combo that have captivated audiences around New Zealand with their tight arrangements and smooth sound.  This show titled “Let’s Misbehave” is a tribute to the Great American Songbook, also known as the American Standards. … Continue Reading

Martinborough Junior Hockey Update

July 23, 2019 July2019 No Comments

We are almost half-way through the hockey season and well into the first round of primary 6-aside and 11-aside games following completion of all the grading games.  A record number of 60 children are registered with Martinborough Junior Hockey, and a further 15 children are participating in the Funsticks programme.

This year, we have two 11-aside teams playing in the A and B grades, one 6-aside team playing in the very popular half-field competition on Fridays, and three 6-aside teams playing in the Tuesday afternoon competition.  We are very lucky to have a group of committed and talented coaches and managers working with our teams, and we thank them all for their time and effort with the children at practices and games.  There are no official results available from the competition yet, but our 1st XI team are unbeaten in the A grade to date.  This bodes well for later in the season if they can retain their good form.   … Continue Reading