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To Spring

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on To Spring

Thank God. At Last! Spring is coming

I hear the bees inside me humming

The mind becomes a flower bed 

A nest is being built upon my head

The spirit rises from it’s tomb

The weary soul is coming into bloom

We’ve made it through. We will survive

The soil is sweet and love still alive

The bell of happiness is ringing 

A little bird inside your heart is singing 



November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on TUHIRANGI JAB RUGBY

The 2019 Tuhirangi JAB rugby season has come to an end but we have had a great year.  We had approx. 45 children registered and they played across 6 different teams ranging from Under 6 Rippa through to the Under 13’s.

This year we had two Tuhirangi Under 6 Rippa teams and a Tuhirangi Under 8s team, but the rest of our players had to combine with other clubs to make up the numbers.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Featherston and Martinborough Rugby Clubs for letting us combine with them to ensure all our JAB players could play in the appropriate grades.

Our Under 11 and Under 13 teams both had successful seasons and made the semi-finals in each of those grades.   … Continue Reading

Under The Martinborough Stars

November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Under The Martinborough Stars

I was at a local school’s stargazing event recently when a lady came up to me and said those dreaded words, “I saw something weird in the sky last night, what was it?”

My first thought was “Venus!” Most of the time when people see something odd in the sky, it’s Venus. It is one of the two innermost planets and appears brightly around dusk and dawn. We only see it if we look towards the Sun, as its orbit is smaller than ours so only appears as we spin into sunset or sunrise.

However, this was a problem as Venus was visible in the morning and not the evening.

Probing further, she described the objects as high in the sky, near the Milky Way and looked like two ‘commas’ in the sky.  “Ah ha!” I thought, I knew exactly what she was describing. The two satellite galaxies, the Magellanic clouds / Te Reporepo.

The Magellanic Clouds are two fuzzy cloud like objects close to the Southern Cross / Te Punga. They occur near the Southern Celestial Pole so they are seen all year round. They never set if you’re looking up in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

They are named after Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who circumnavigated the world in the early 1500s. Of course, these galaxies were known by cultures in the Southern Hemisphere before then but came to be known as the Magellanic Clouds after he arrived home. … Continue Reading

Ventana Creative Collective

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November Art Workshops

Friday 8 th. 7 – 9 pm

PAINT A MASTERPIECE Watercolour class at Luna Estate

Saturday 9 th 10pm -1pm


Thursday 14 th 7 – 8.30 PM


Saturday 23 rd 10am -1 pm


Kid’s workshops 

Thursdays 3.15 – 4pm Big Kids

Fridays 3.15 – 4 pm Little kids

($10 for materials for these workshops) 


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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From the mayor

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