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Matariki and family key to Aratoi winter exhibits

June 13, 2024 June 2024, Regular Features Comments Off on Matariki and family key to Aratoi winter exhibits

Aratoi’s fix on family and Matariki. Did Buzzy fly too close to the stars?

This season, Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History has a group of exhibitions that reflect the concept of Matariki and encourage spending time with family over the coldest months. 

The Main Gallery exhibition Thresholds brings together artworks from the Aratoi Collection as well as significant pieces loaned from across the North Island, including artworks that connect the past, present, and future.

In the Social History Gallery is the exhibition In Recognition, which celebrates people’s achievements, in the way they help others, in competition and in playfulness.  In recognition of an event, for a service, or of a visit, one party will often give a physical item to another to mark the occasion and many of these items are on display. 

In the Wesley Wing, families can take a trip down memory lane and explore toys and games from the last 150 years with the hands-on exhibition Pastimes: Toys and Games.

Supported by Ohnyx IT Solutions and Deco Precasters, this exhibition displays some classic old favourite toys and games as well as introduces some new toys from today.

Popular Wairarapa watercolour artist Jacky Pearson completes the Winter schedule. Going with the Flow is an exhibition of her new watercolour works in the Windows Gallery. 

So come out from the cold, take some time to reconnect to family and reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead at Aratoi.

Winter Exhibitions:

Thresholds:  June – 28 July 

Pastimes: Toys and Games 1 June – 8 September

Jacky Pearson: Going with the Flow 22 June – 18 August

In Recognition 11 May- 28 July

Whiriwhiri: Taonga from the Collection 11 May- 28 July


June 13, 2024 June 2024, Regular Features Comments Off on THE STAR BOOK REVIEW

By Brenda Channer

– Martinborough BookShop

“Why Do Horses Run?”

There is a maxim among journalists and writers (so I am told) which goes, “Show, don’t tell.”  

The book for review this month is a good example of this.  “Why Do Horses Run” is Cameron Stewart’s debut novel although his previous writing of short fiction and a screen play has been recognised with multiple awards.  

Set in Australia in the present, the novel is told from multiple points of view, but it is primarily from Ingvar’s mind that the story is told.  It is a dark, tormented, traumatised mind that propels him to move, to walk and to deny himself any semblance of comfort.  In the way that spending a lot of time in solitude increases the awareness of small things, small sounds, small events, so too does the story focus of that which looms large in Ingvar’s world but which a person such as you or I would barely notice.

When Ingvar does eventually stop walking, the kindness of strangers, which he doesn’t want and can barely accept, and the sudden lack of momentum allows his back story to slowly unfold.

I thought it was beautiful, thoughtful writing that in spite of the palpable grief expressed within its pages was like reading a calming balm.  There is something about the pacing of the story that is just right.  I never wanted to hurry the story up and at its brutal ending I didn’t need to know anymore.

If you would like something a little out of the ordinary but incredibly good, take a look at this book.  Available at your local bookshop.

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News from First Church

June 13, 2024 June 2024, Regular Features Comments Off on News from First Church

First Church is putting its fund-raising best foot forward with a triple dip of events catering for all Martinborough tastes.

First up: the wide-ranging and engaging First Church Winter Book Fair:

The fair is set to run over two days: Saturday 22 June (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)  and Sunday 23 June  (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at Martinborough Town Hall (Waihinga Centre).

If you would like to donate adults and children’s books, jigsaws, board games, etc. please contact Veronica Hawkins – 0274586257 or Graham – 0274474082.

Next: Martinborough Cookbook Reprint – sponsorship update:

Many thanks to those who have donated sponsorship towards the reprint of the Martinborough Cookbook. Work is proceeding well and we are in talks with the original printers, Lamb Peters, who are excited to get started on the project. 

We are pleased to announce there has been a positive reaction from the community and pre-sales are going well. To those who have pledged sponsorship we look forward to receiving your donation as soon as you are able – the cut-off date is 20 July 2024. … Continue Reading


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Matariki and family key to Aratoi winter exhibits

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