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December 19, 2017 December 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on Waihinga Centre

The Waihinga Centre Park and Playground Diary 2018 will be a popular stocking filler this Christmas.

Seasonal Greetings
The Waihinga Charitable Trust, the Fundraising Team and the Communications Team would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season, a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2018. We are looking forward to seeing the doors on the Waihinga Centre open next year and will be continuing to work hard to deliver a Destination Playground and Park for our children to explore and enjoy.

If you are looking for gift ideas, our 2018 Diary is a great stocking filler and you could always donate a tree, bench or fence slat to the park or playground on behalf of those ‘hard to buy for’ relatives. Visit www.waihingacentre.nz to find out more.

Finally, a big thank you to all of our donors and supporters and to all of those who have given their time and energy to this project. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Waihinga Centre Park and Playground Diary 2018
The children of Martinborough, Pirinoa and Kahautara appeal to you to help them to build their dream playground at the Waihinga Centre. The price of new playground equipment is considerable so the Waihinga Centre diary is just one way in which the children have participated to ask for your help.

This diary is the perfect gift for family members whose children or grandchildren attend Martinborough, Pirinoa, or Kahautara Schools, Dot Kids, and Bell Street Childcare, Martinborough Kindergarten or Playcentre. Each month features a child or children playing.

Keep your diary by the phone to list the activities month by month, or gift it to your children to show them how to keep their own diary.

The cost of the diary is $20.00 and with limited numbers it would pay to get in early.

Diaries may be purchased through your school, kindergarten, playcentre or childcare centre, from the Library, P & K and the Village Café or call Lyle Griffiths on 06 306 8421. They will also be available for sale at the Te Kairanga Farmers Market 10am to 3pm on Sunday 3rd December. … Continue Reading

News from First Church

December 19, 2017 December 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on News from First Church

All good gifts around us are sent from Heaven above
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his love

It’s refreshing to think of these simple words from a popular 19th century hymn as we are bombarded with all the advertisements for buying at Christmas time. At First church we are delighted to be holding a relaxing concert of some classical Christmas music on Sunday 10 December at 3 pm. This will be an informal concert by the Martinborough Quartet and friends in the style of their successful Winter concert in May. You are warmly invited to join us and enjoy “time out” with some delightful music at this particularly busy time of year. … Continue Reading

Maree’s musings

December 19, 2017 December 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on Maree’s musings


Relax … this is not a political message; for now, that’s history. However, togetherness is here to stay.

Sticking together, making connections and collections – we all do it. Group behaviour ensures survival. Think ‘safety in numbers’, ‘united we stand’ etc. Over time, we’ve learned a plethora of tricks from the birds and the bees. Bees swarm and birds flock. And locusts? Some swarms weigh hundreds and thousands of tonnes with a total head count in the trillions. A veritable plague – like boils. When not swarming, bees live in a hive, like industry. In your bonnet? Not advisable. Ants form armies. Worms are in a can or farmed. Webs, tangled or otherwise, have spiders or deceits.

There’s (ahem) heaps of these terms. We call them ‘collectives’, to coin a phrase. Back to birds, for example. Rarely do we spy a solitary one, which gives rise to the saying ‘Birds of a feather etc’ It’s a parliament of owls, a watch of nightingales, a charm of hummingbirds, and a tidings of magpies – often associated with either bad or good news – ‘One for sorrow, two for joy, and so on’. Poet Denis Glover uses ‘qwardle’ instead. A flock of starlings flying in formation? A murmuration. More appropriately, ‘chatter’ or just ‘bloody nuisance’, maybe. A ‘murder of crows’ comes from the belief that these chaps circle in large numbers above predicted death sites. I prefer a ‘scare of crows’, myself. Of course, there’s the maritime ‘crow’s nest’, hopefully not populated by cuckoos. From a basket, clutch or nest of eggs: a counting of chickens, a box of fluffy ducks, a gliding of swans or ominously, with a coming of Christmases, a cooking of a hapless goose from a gaggle, or a stuffing of turkeys. … Continue Reading

Library news

December 19, 2017 December 2017, Regular Features Comments Off on Library news

The Summer Reading Programme for the children has started and Roz informs me it is ‘going to be just fabulous’ and I have no doubt she is right.  Emma and Roz are running the programme together this year as we no longer have the lovely Janet (she escaped to Masterton Library earlier in the year!).  This year the theme is ‘Wild about reading’ and as you can imagine the check-in pod will be alive with the mysteries and atmosphere of the jungle.  We have a limited number of places so register now to ensure your child can join in the fun. 

Carrying on reading over the summer does help to ensure that a child’s reading level doesn’t drop from one school year to the next.  Children from 2 to 13 can join although the little ones will need some help from an adult.  Other news is the wind up for this year of the preschool reading session will be on Tuesday 12th December. 

The Book Babies session will start at 10, as usual, and will have a special visitor around 10.30 and finish by 11.  So plan to be with us for a bit longer than usual to enjoy the wonderful morning Richmel has organised.  … Continue Reading