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Under the Martinborough Stars

‘Ophiuchus’ from “The Box of Stars” by Catherine Tennant.

By Becky Bateman

I took a stargazing group recently at Peppers Parehua; it was a stunningly dark night with no moon. “What’s your Star Sign Becky?” was one of the very first questions I got asked when I Introduced myself as their star gazing guide for the night. 

This isn’t the first time.  Normally I get asked about aliens, but most common of all, why Pluto isn’t a planet anymore. It’s been 13 years since Pluto was reclassified as a Dwarf Planet but there is a lot of love for that little ball of ice.

‘Star Signs’ form a belt of 12 constellations around the Earth; you always see at least 6 of these constellations along the ecliptic on any given night. The ecliptic is the path of the Sun, which makes these signs even more important. Historically, these 12 signs can be used as a time piece so depending on where particular signs were, you knew the time of year.

Virgo, the maiden holding an ear of wheat in her hand, rises in the East in Autumn, reminding us to collect in the harvest. Scorpius sets in the West in mid Spring, its tail vertical in the sky from the horizon. Māori know this sign as Te Matau a Maui, and it ‘pulls’ the Milky Way/ the great Waka down towards the horizon ready for Summer or voyaging weather. … Continue Reading

Waihinga Centre

Playground Progress

The playground construction is progressing well and is on schedule and on budget. Thank you to Infinite Landscapes for donating some of the project materials. The weather has been kind and the areas of play can now be identified in the ground works. By the time you read this the concrete pads will have been poured. 

There will be a short period of time, when work moves to the existing play area, when the park is completely inaccessible. We will keep you informed and will be working hard to make sure this time is kept to a minimum. 

The team have talked to the original Martinborough Tree Committee with Kowhai, Flowering Cherry and Ornamental Pear trees to be planted. Our thanks go to M & N Thomas, H Kirk, J & P Kirkup, Down to Earth Gardening Group, Wairarapa Building Society, Kebbell Family, M & S Guscott, J & A Brodie, M & D Hill and J Paterson for your tree donations. We would also love to add some Chinese Elms into the mix if we receive any more tree donations (see our website: waihingacentre.nz for more information). Gardens will be a mix of native grasses, small shrubs and perennials. All of these new trees and gardens will be served by an irrigation system. 

The overflow from the water play hand pump and the drinking fountain will go in to a reed garden which will filter the water and sits over a soak pit. It is exciting to see some of these details coming together. … Continue Reading

South Wairarapa Rebus Club

At our next meeting on Friday 27 September members will hear from John Reeve who spent his professional life as a regulatory toxicologist and risk assessor in NZ Government service. Risk assessment covers pesticides, veterinary medicines, human exposure to foreign chemicals that find their way into food and natural toxins such as those produced by plants and marine species. He was accepted onto the WHO roster of expert toxicologists in 2011 and was leader of the New Zealand delegation to the Codex committee on contaminants of food from its inception in 2007. This committee establishes food standards for toxins in foods in international trade. His talk will include some tales from his working life including toxins in honey and some food additive concerns together with some insights into what went on to combat a blackmail threat to put compound 1080 into infant formula.

At our August meeting Trudie Jones, Manager/Coordinator at the Wairarapa Resource Centre in Masterton, fascinated members with stories from her seven years with the Centre since it started. Now in King Street, Masterton, the Centre has a three pronged mission: reducing waste going to landfill, providing inexpensive secondhand goods for sale and preparing their volunteer staff for employment. As evidence of her success in the latter role we learned that a total of 66 volunteers had progressed from training in the Centre to paid employment, 65 of whom were still in their jobs. That is a noble contribution to the Wairarapa community. Volunteers learn skills in the shop. Volunteers assist with estate disposals on site. Volunteers are used to disassemble old small appliances and electronic equipment to recover and recycle valuable parts and materials. Copper is salvaged from old electric cords. The shop itself is full of bargains, not the least of these is Trudie herself. Her enthusiasm was magnetic.

The South Wairarapa Rebus Club meets in Greytown at the South Wairarapa Working Men’s Club on the fourth Friday of each month. Anyone in the retired age group who may be interested in our activities is welcome to come along to a meeting as a visitor.  Contact David Woodhams 06 306 8319.

News from First Church

Springtime and the Kirk Fair

September has brought us noticeably longer days and we are enjoying again the fresh new growth of the trees and flowers. 

There are changes too in our activities this month – having enjoyed the openness of our café style meetings in the hall over the winter months where we could chat easily with each other, and have had some great discussions, our Sunday morning services resume in the church this month.  

However – the last Sunday each month will be a café style meeting in the hall.

Looking ahead – but really only a few weeks’ away: the traditional First Church     Kirk Fair will take place on Saturday 12 October in the church hall on Weld Street. This popular event has been held every year for so many years (60+?) that we can’t readily date its origins! All the usual popular stalls will be running – especially our justly celebrated baking and preserves and produce. Bring your own bags for all the great and delicious bargains!

These days we are increasingly aware of the importance of living less wasteful and careless lives. At First Church we sometimes use a modern version of The Lord’s Prayer and in place of the familiar “Give us this day our daily bread….” we say these words:

Let us be simple in our needs,

Showing kindness and compassion for our neighbour, 

Sharing generously what we have,

Letting go our anger, resentment, hurts and fears.

Amen

Sports

Martinborough Junior Hockey – 2019 Results and Prizegiving

Our 1st XI team came so close to victory in their final of the A-grade competition against rivals, MIS Falcons.  Martinborough scored an early goal in the first half of the game and held their defence until MIS scored a late goal in the final 3 minutes to draw 1-1 …

Kahutara School Hockey Wrap-up

Kahutara School managed to enter a total of three teams in various Wairarapa Hockey Association junior grades played at Clareville Hockey Stadium this season, a mean feat for a school of our size.  The Kahutara Blue team played Tuesday nights in the 6 Aside quarter field grade. The team did …

Junior Rugby

Our 2019 JAB season has come to an end, we have had an another amazing season with some awesome results. 2019 saw MRFC have around 75 registered players each year our numbers continue to grow and we have some huge things in the pipeline for 2020. Congratulations to all players …

Regular Features

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News from Wharekaka

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Under The Martinborough Stars

Take a look up tonight and you’ll see a sparkling silver band of stars dominating …

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