Difficult Haurangi rescue

Joe Bannister and his friend Dave were in the Haurangi Forest Park. After a long day out in the bush, Joe was heading down a steep hill when the ground gave way and sent him sliding down a cliff face. He fell six metres, badly injuring his leg in the …

Waihinga Centre

Fundraising Success Fundraising efforts are go and so far it has been lots of fun! The Square of Gold kept on rolling until a total of 50 ½ metres had been snapped up, bringing us to a total of $2020. Quite mind blowing given this was only meant as a …

A Very Special Event

Most opera lovers’ commitment to the art form involves buying tickets to public performances.  Winifred Bull and her husband David decided to take their love of opera a whole lot further.  They designed a new home with enough space to stage concerts for more than 100 people.  They particularly wanted …

Under The Martinborough Stars

By Becky Bateman My house is north facing and I get people telling me all the time how good my tomatoes must be. On face value that seems a perfectly fine and normal comment but, thinking deeper, it shows how much the sky affects our lives. The more I thought …

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May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on WHAT’S UP WITH THE RED CROSS?

The short answer to that is … plenty. Red Cross has been much in the news recently with the revelation that one of its nurses working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria, has been missing since 2013. Louisa Akavi with six of her companions had been abducted then, and this sad situation is made all the worse for us because she is a New Zealander. NZ Red Cross Secretary General Niamh Lawless in an online release to members said: ‘Louisa has dedicated her life to those affected by war and violence, and she went to Syria because people needed her. She wanted to use her skills to make a difference for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.’ An experienced nurse and midwife, Louisa has been working with the organisation since 1987 when she was deployed to Malaysia to help Vietnamese refugees. Syria was her 17th field mission, and she has always been well aware of the risks and dangers faced in the interests of helping people in need. 

Her story is just one of many examples of people who belong to the Red Cross. In Martinborough the Group members, although not facing such danger or extreme circumstances, are still united in their wish to help people. 

Red Cross activities have changed and increased radically since its inception in the 1860s; inspired by a vision of Genevan born Jean Henri Dunant; who was appalled by the sufferings of wounded soldiers in the Battle of Solferino, and afterwards dedicated his life to ensure they would never occur again. In 1862, he wrote a book entitled “A Memory of Solferino”, which outlined his idea to foster the creation of a world-wide society for the relief of the military wounded. And so the ‘Red Cross’ was born. Each year, the Society all over the world use Dunant’s birthday (8th May) to have a birthday of its own. Here in town, we do too; and will be having a mini celebration outside Pain & Kershaw’s store. Look out for our balloons and festive table and have a piece of delicious cake. We are not requesting donations, by the way; it’s a party and a way of remembering our mission statement ‘Always Needed, Always There’. The date is WEDNESDAY 8th MAY, from about 10a.m. See you there!

Maree Roy (Co-ordinator)

ph 3069319/0274329634

email maree.greenfrog@gmail.com.

Wharekaka News

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on Wharekaka News

Who knew that coffee and scones could miraculously turn into a wheelchair??

This doesn’t actually happen, but the profits from the Wharekaka Auxiliary Pop Up Cafe at the recent Martinborough Fair , are being put towards the purchase of a new all -terrain wheelchair for use by residents.

Most of you will know of the very successful tea rooms that the local Lions have run for many years at the fairs. Last year and this, they have very generously given Wharekaka the opportunity to run one of these, in order to generate much needed funds.

This year we operated our Pop up Cafe at the March fair and were thrilled with the amount realised.

We have previously purchased an all terrain wheelchair and this has proved to be so useful that we have ordered a second larger version for some of our taller residents.

Once again we are extremely grateful to the Lions for giving us this opportunity. It is wonderful to see charitable organisations working together for the good of the community.

So next time you eat a scone, just imagine it turning into a wheelchair taking an elderly person somewhere they couldn’t normally go.

Under the Martinborough Stars

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on Under the Martinborough Stars

This month’s image is ‘Jupiter Marble’ courtesy of NASA.

“Small pieces of glass”

By Becky Bateman

Around 1610, a middle-aged man gazed up at the heavens with a new-fangled piece of equipment up to his eye. What he saw, no one had ever seen before and led to a whole new way of thinking about our Solar System. 

That man was Galileo Galilei, and the new-fangled equipment was a simple telescope. He was gazing at the planet Jupiter, the largest of the Solar System planets. He noticed Jupiter had seemingly small bright points of light on either side that moved around the planet regularly over time. 

Galileo had found the first objects to orbit another planet and began the revolution that showed the Universe wasn’t quite what we had thought. Galileo turned the scientific and religious beliefs of the age upside down.

Poor Galileo was rather controversial in his time and spent most of the rest of his life under house arrest, questioned by the Spanish Inquisition and called a heretic. 

The “points of light” on either side of Jupiter are now, in his honour, known as the Galilean moons: Io, Europa, Callisto and Ganymede.

These Galilean Moons are the four largest moons of Jupiter, and you can see them easily with binoculars or a small telescope. Ganymede is the largest moon in the whole Solar System, and even larger than the planet Mercury.  … Continue Reading

The Tudor Consort

May 15, 2019 May 2019 Comments Off on The Tudor Consort

L – R: Megan Hurnard, Mathew Painter, John Beaglehole, Melanie Newfield, David Houston, Nicola Holt,  Jeffrey Chang, Erin King, Brian Hesketh, Michelle Harrison.

Martinborough Town Hall, Waihinga Centre, 31 March, 2019

The title of the Tudor Consort programme was Chansons d’Armour – Songs of Love. When I first read this, the 1976 recording, Chanson d’Armour, by Manhatten Transfer came to mind. That is where any comparison ends. Chanson D’Amour, one song of love, was composed in the late fifties and reached the Top Ten never to be heard again. The Tudor Consort, a Wellington Choir, specialise in songs of the Renaissance. These compositions have endured and are still sung today. 

The Tudor Consort did not use the stage; the group performed in the auditorium. Much of their repertoire was written in the style of music composed for the high vaulted ceilings of renaissance cathedrals. With its high ceiling and bright acoustic the auditorium was particularly suited to The Tudor Consort programme. Their voices soared majestically upward and filled the auditorium with a sound that would not have been too dissimilar to that when this music was first performed centuries ago. They sounded glorious.

A choir for mixed voices, the group were beautifully balanced. They sang unaccompanied. I wondered which pitch perfect singer would give the starting note. No-one did. Instead, out came a smart phone and the internet did the rest. … Continue Reading