Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


De Molen shines bright colours on Matariki stargazers

Media Release: Wednesday 19 June 2019

De Molen shines bright colours on Matariki stargazers

Foxton’s Water Tower casts its impressive multi-coloured lightshow far into the distance, every night of the week, greeting the cars on State Highway One that zoom past town.

On Thursday 27 June, windmill De Molen will put on a similarly brilliant show – welcoming a group of stargazers from the Horowhenua Astronomical Society who will gather at its base, to celebrate Matariki.

“We want to make it a special night, for the enthusiasts who come to check out the twinkling stars of the night sky,” says Johnny Langen, the Miller of De Molen. “This will be a first, for us and the stargazers.”

“By splashing some morphing reds, blues and purples onto a shiny windmill, we’ll give the entire scene some brightly festive hues.”

The stargazing event starts at 7pm, in the Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park.

“Matariki is a great occasion to bring people together, throughout Horowhenua,” says Civic & Community Events Coordinator Melissa Steedman, from Horowhenua District Council.

“We organised this night in Foxton to mark the midwinter point, and celebrate the Māori start of the New Year. To keep everybody nice and warm, we will serve hot chocolate with marshmallows. And we’re inviting all the stargazers out there to come and join us and bring their telescopes.”

Council has also organised a number of other activities to mark Matariki, including:

• Saturday 22 June: Master carver Heemi Te Peeti demonstrates traditional Ta Moko and carving. In Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, from 2pm-4pm.

• Sunday 23 June: The movie Moana in Te Reo Māori.
In Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, at midday.

• Friday 28 June: Concert by the Modern Māori Quartet.
In Levin’s Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are $20 from any Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō in Levin, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton, or the Shannon Library. Tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite.

For further information and more Matariki events, visit www.tetakere.org.nz/Events-Activities and www.teawahou.com/Whats-On.

PLEASE NOTE: In case of an overcast sky – the event may be postponed


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Changes Hitting The Economy, Work, And The Benefit System

The economy may be falling like a rock but it hasn’t hit the bottom of the well yet, here or anywhere else. Time is so stretched – early March feels like a distant country – that planning rationally for what the economy might look like in two, three, six months or a year feels more like an exercise in science fantasy. Treasury projections have never been particularly reliable (too rosy by far, usually) but they’re what we’ve got right now. In the foreseeable… will unemployment really be in double figures and/or up to one third of the entire work force? Yes, quite possibly... More>>


Government: Seeking Infrastructure Projects

The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say...More>>


Police Commissioner: Christchurch Terrorist Pleads Guilty

Police acknowledge the guilty pleas in the Christchurch Mosque attacks prosecution that were entered in the Christchurch High Court today. The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist ... More>>


Transport: $54 billion Investment In Draft GPS 2021

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National's Regulation Crusade

Lets step back in time now, to simpler days and to simple-minded solutions. So…. if National gets elected, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants at will, raise rents anytime they like, and ignore the need to install a healthy standard of heating in the homes they put out to rent. This promised ‘bonfire of regulations’ is being done in the name of cutting red tape... More>>


SMC - Expert Reaction: PF2050 Strategy

DOC has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets and weasels... More>>






InfoPages News Channels