May 27, 2012

Transit of Venus, June 6, 2012

Transit of Venus, June 6, 2012

On June 6, 2012, Venus will be transiting across the sun, from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

Transits of Venus are rare, occurring in pairs, eight years apart, with over a century between pairs. The first part of this pair, in 2004, was not able to be seen in New Zealand.

The next transit of Venus able to be seen from New Zealand won’t be until 2117, so no-one we know now will still be living to witness it.

James Cook travelled to the Pacific in 1769 to witness the transit of Venus and made landfall in Tairawhiti. So there is an historical context to witnessing the transit (seeing the same spectacle as James Cook as he discovered New Zealand).

The Kauri Museum at Matakohe will be providing a telescope with a sun filter for viewing the transit. It will be set up in the tennis courts to the left of the museum. Everyone will be welcome to take a look as the transit progresses throughout the day. The best viewing time (when Venus will be at the high point of it’s arc across the bottom of the sun) will be at between 1 and 1.30pm.

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PLEASE NOTE: If the Weather Forecast is for cloud cover, we won’t be able to see through the telescope, but will try to set up to view the netcast in the Volunteer’s Hall in the Museum.

Sourced: Media Release The Kauri Museum

May 3, 2012

Otamatea Hawks vs Hikurangi at Kaiwaka Saturday 28th April

Otamatea Hawks vs Hikurangi @ Kaiwaka Saturday 28th April

Hikurangi 49
Otamatea 31

Once again it was Otamatea's inability to put together an 80 minute performance that lost the game. After a initially strong start Otamatea. allowed the Hikurangi pack to run at them and ultimately let in a number of try's around the ruck.

Mike Tovine salvaging the first half with an intercept try on the stroke of half-time. Hikurangi continued the same strategy in the second half and it wasn't until the last 20 minutes that Otamatea moved the ball scoring three tries and finishing strongly.

John-Luke Whitehead scored off his uncle Tommy King's chip kick, Mike Tovine ran 70 metres after a great inside ball from Olly Newton and Fono dotted down under the posts to finish the day. Prop Michael Batters was rushed to hospital with a suspected neck injury but thankfully is all right, he was diagnosed with some ligament damage and will be out for at least 3 weeks. Players of the day: Mike Tovine, Adam Exler,

The reserves had a fantastic game winning there second of the year 28-18. Thomas Tee Paa, Lincoln Paikea and Willie Garnett all instrumental in the win. However it was quoted as being 'a real team effort' by many players after the game. A fantastic moral booster for a team who have already improved significantly since last year. Players of the day: Aaron Kemp, Willie Garnett.

Report by Tamati Dick