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Archbishop John Dew appointed as Cardinal

The Messenger wishes to offer its congratulations to Archbishop John and wishes him well for his new position.


Marist exhibits paintings presenting the beauty of creation

New Zealand artist and ecologist Fr Peter Healy SM, says his paintings are like a spiritual prayer presenting the beauty of creation.

healypaintingHe was speaking at the opening of an exhibition of some of his paintings at the Mahara Gallery in Waikanae.

Peter said his paintings were his way of capturing the truth of nature and expressing the hope that it would not be destroyed by some of the forces that today do not respect nature and the balance of our world.

Peter has four works there with the overall title ‘Tararua Landscapes’.

They are works from 2013 and 2014.

His works are presented alongside two other artists, the late John Foster, who has produced some large works, including the sadness of war, and another local artist, Adrienne Spratt, with works of Māori weaving and art.

The exhibition opened  7 February and exhibition runs until 22 March.

Mission Estate among world’s top wine destinations


missionestateHawkes Bay has been listed by Wine Enthusiast among ten of the top wine destinations in the world and Mission Estate named among the top places to taste.

Listed as the number three wine destination in the world, ‘The Bay’ is the only New Zealand wine region mentioned by the publication.

The region is also praised for the range and variety of restaurants and scenic spots.

“This bucolic region excels at classic Bordeaux varieties, while syrah is angling to become the areas’s flagship wine. Beyond the bottle, however, the landscape, food and people are, as the country’s marketing slogan campaign says, 100 per cent pure New Zealand,” wrote Lauren Mowery.

As well as Mission Estate, the publication mentioned Craggy Range, Elephant Hill, Te Mata Estate and Clearview as wineries to visit.

Wine Enthusiast is a New York publication describing itself as “a prominent multichannel marketer of a growing line of products that satisfy, inform, enrich, entertain and inspire”.

A 30 year old business, Wine Enthusiast company claims to be the number one source for information, education, events and travel.

Mission Estate is New Zealand’s oldest established winery. Established by the French Marist Fathers and Brothers in 1851 it grew grapes for sacramental purposes, but also for table wine.

Today, surpluses from the sale of Mission Wine are spent in New Zealand and contribute to the charitable works and purpose of the Society of Mary in New Zealand.

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