We’re pleased to announce the Martinborough Top 10 Holiday Park is our first Dark Sky Friendly certified business!
Congratulations to Lisa & Frank who have been a strong supporter of the Dark Sky Reserve plans since day one.
Visitors will now be able to stay in their cozy apartments all year round and also camp in the summer while enjoying fabulous views of the night sky only a few minutes walk from the centre of Martinborough.
Media announcement is here http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1807/S00710/dark-sky-friendly.htm
The Martinborough Dark Sky Society has developed a new Responsible Lighting Guide to provide an easy to use reference for choosing Dark Sky Friendly lighting.
Many thanks to our initial sponsor P&K Martinborough and Mitre 10 Martinborough for helping fund and distributing these to the local community. You’ll be able to find them in the lighting aisle in Mitre 10 Martinborough.
This leaflet was developed based on resources from the International Dark Sky Association (darksky.org) and Mark Gee (theartofnight.com)
The Martinborough Dark Sky Society welcomed Dr John Barentine from the International Dark Sky Association to the Martinborough region on May 4th & 5th 2018
Dr Barentine was welcomed with a insightful pōwhiri in Martinborough on the Friday, followed by a meeting with South Wairarapa District Council to assist them with planning for the proposed International Dark Sky Reserve.
On Saturday morning Dr Barentine headed out to Lake Ferry / Lake Onoke to view a potential location for the proposed Māori Star Compass / Astronomy Centre on the Saturday morning.
On Saturday afternoon Dr Barentine attended the Space & Science Festival at Greytown school, and the in the evening was the keynote speaker at a sold-out set of talks called ‘Dark Skies & the Science of Light’ in Carteron Events Centre.
We’re incredibly grateful to Dr Barentine for taking the time to visit the area as we develop our plans to become an International Dark Sky Reserve.
The Martinborough Dark Sky Society are pleased to announce the IDA (International Dark Sky Association) have officially recognised Martinborough a the first 3K City in NZ.
This is our first crucial step in helping us prepare our application to be recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve
New Zealand Night Sky Enthusiasts Protect the Dark
The Martinborough Star has published an article on our efforts to create a Dark Sky Reserve in the South Wairarapa around Martinborough.
Click here to read article
The Wairarapa Times-Age kindly wrote an article on our efforts here
Showing off our night skies
This newspaper article was published on October 5th 2017 in both the Wairarapa News and Dominion Post.
We’re proud to announce that the Martinborough Dark Sky Society was formed at a meeting in the Lions Club in Martinborough on Tuesday 28th November 2017, and our first committee has been elected.
Much work to do!