An hour’s scenic drive from New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, the Wairarapa region is located in the south-eastern corner of the country’s North Island. Wairarapa, named for its largest lake, means ‘glistening waters’; the name was reportedly given to the area by the early Maori explorer Huanui who glimpsed the lake and surrounding rivers from the ranges to the west. The region was settled by Maori beginning in the 14th century, and Europeans arrived in the 1840s. Wairarapa remained a peaceful farming region even during the tumultuous New Zealand Wars, and even people head there from the cities to enjoy a quieter pace of life.

Wairarapa is largely rural, a wide sprawl of open space stretching from the rugged, bush-clad Tararua Range to the east and south coasts. Masterton is the region’s main town; others include Carterton, Greytown, Martinborough and Featherston. Each town has a unique character: Carterton is regarded as an arts hub; Masterton plays host to the annual Golden Shear sheep-shearing contest; Greytown is known for its architectural charm and beautiful trees; Featherston is a mecca for railway and military buffs; and Martinborough is famous for its wineries.

The Wairarapa is a small wine region, with just 3% of New Zealand’s total land under vine and 1% of its total production. However, despite its size, Wairarapa wine country is home to some of the most iconic and sought after wineries including Te Kairanga and Craggy Range. There are 20 wineries around Martinborough, most of which can be reached on foot or by bicycle from the Martinborough’s village square. Each November, the Toast Martinborough festival celebrates the region’s wines and showcases Wairarapa’s boutique wine and food producers. The festival brings 10,000 people to the town, which has a permanent population of just 1300.

Perhaps unsurprisingly due to its rural character, Wairarapa’s economy is centred on agricultural industries. Forestry and sheep, beef and dairy farming are major land users. The move into viticulture in the 1980s brought diversity and prosperity to the sector. Tourism is a growth area today, with Wairarapa marketing itself as ‘New Zealand’s Capital Country,’ pitched at Wellington visitors seeking a country experience with city comforts. A number of regional festivals and fairs attract thousands to the area, and lifestyle blocks and weekend holiday homes are sought after by Wellingtonians seeking peace and quiet not far from the city.

Wairarapa is the birthplace of numerous notable New Zealanders, including comedians Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Raybon Kan, and champion golfer Sir Bob Charles. Wairarapa was also the site of a major political milestone, when in 1995 Georgina Beyer was elected mayor of Carterton, making her the world’s first transsexual mayor. She went on to become the Wairarapa’s Member of Parliament in 1999, making her the world’s first transsexual MP.

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How to Taste Wine - Toast Martinborough Weekend

A lively, tutored tasting to help you unlock your senses of sight, smell and taste and experience more of the wine.
October 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines." - Robert H. Schuller
October 26, 2016

Fluoride free water on tap

Masterton people now have access to fluoride-free water with the installation of a tap on Manuka Street, but some are calling for more drastic change.
October 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." - Oscar Wilde
October 20, 2016

Warning after images shared online

A Wairarapa college is urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of sharing images after an “explicit” video of a student was posted online.
October 18, 2016

More positive comments for Chemdry Wairarapa

"Very considerate re: carpet which had been laid one week prior to them coming. I was very impressed. Happy to recommend service." - J Scott
October 16, 2016

Vegas Wedding Chapel Launch Party

You're invited to enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, family & friends under the warm glow of the newly complete Vegas Wedding Chapel - outdoor DJ booth & entertainment hub.
October 16, 2016

The end of homework?

Some Wairarapa schools have no homework, some have plenty.
October 13, 2016

Greytown Country Market

The goal is to provide a gathering place for our community that celebrates the diversity and creativity of Wairarapa and Wellington.
October 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'" - Erich Fromm
October 10, 2016

Monotype Print Making Workshop

Learn to make a monotype print of your own with visiting Ventana resident artist Mark Johnsen, who will guide you every step of the way.
October 6, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time." - Arnold H. Glasow
October 4, 2016

Smoking areas in retreat

Smoking has been on the run in Wairarapa for years with towns gradually tightening the screw on puffers.
October 2, 2016

Quote of the Day

"What you do today can improve all your tomorrows." - Ralph Marston
September 29, 2016

Showgrounds land sold to developer

A large chunk of Solway Showgrounds in Masterton has been sold to a developer, and is thought to be earmarked for new housing.
September 28, 2016

Saluté Annual Burger and Beer Festival

Now into its third year, the Saluté Burger and Beer festival is back again for 10 days in October.
September 26, 2016

Awesome comments for Kate McLaren

"That is so cool! I'm going to print it out and hang it up at home. Thanks Kate, I really enjoyed the painting workshop." - TA-C
September 22, 2016

Rental Crisis

There is a chronic shortage of rental homes in Masterton, with a buoyant property market meaning rentals are being sold to first home buyers.
September 22, 2016

Introduction to Upholstery Skills

Graham & Sons is a small firm founded in 1952, specializing in high quality upholstery for both residential and commercial clients, in the Wairarapa and Wellington regions.
September 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Francis of Assisi
September 18, 2016

Colour Your Own Lorien Zoo

In celebration of the newest Thunderpants "Lorien Zoo" print, designed by Ventana artist Lorien Stern, we are hosting a Free Workshop (with Thunderpants purchase) from 1 pm onward, come anytime before 3:30 pm.
September 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." - Confucius
September 14, 2016

Little school in survival mode

The board and principal of a little Wairarapa school are determined to find a way round funding cuts expected to impact on small schools throughout the country.
September 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

"I believe in living today. Not in yesterday, nor in tomorrow." - Loretta Young
September 8, 2016

More buildings fail design standards

A further five near-new commercial buildings owned by Lands Trust Masterton (LTM) have been identified as potentially failing seismic design standards.
September 6, 2016

Carterton Daffodil Festival

Located in the heart of the Wairarapa, Carterton's popular Festival offers an abundance of activities ranging from the famous Daffodil picking at Middlerun, Street Markets, Horse Drawn Surrey Rides, the Big Wai Art Sale in the Events Centre and loads more.
September 4, 2016

Mum’s warning over meds

Carterton toddler James Brady was nearly poisoned when he swallowed several Panadol tablets.
September 1, 2016

Decode Your Diva

Learn the secrets of being a powerful, happy woman. This night is not about clothes - this is a night of motivation for women who want to love their lives. Lisa O’Neill is coming to Carterton to bring out your inner Diva!
August 31, 2016

Quote of the Day

"'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
August 30, 2016

Decode Your Diva

Learn the secrets of being a powerful, happy woman. This night is not about clothes - this is a night of motivation for women who want to love their lives. Lisa O’Neill is coming to Carterton to bring out your inner Diva!
August 25, 2016

Illegal dumpers beware

The days are numbered for people using laybys to dump their household rubbish, with one vigilant councillor taking it upon herself to monitor the mess.
August 23, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss
August 21, 2016

Winter’s sting on the run

Wairarapa people are optimistic blue skies this week linked with revved up warmth from the sun is heralding an end to winter and the arrival of sustained better weather ahead.
August 18, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence." - Colin Powell
August 17, 2016

A Taste of Greytown

Residents of a small New Plymouth street fear someone will die if fire hydrants are not installed near their homes.
August 15, 2016

More positive comments for Cellfield New Zealand

"Our Cellfield experience with Jessie, was well above my expectations and exceeded what you suggested. So yes, I'm a great fan, money well spent from my point of view." - Martin
August 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." - Benjamin Disraeli
August 11, 2016

Wairarapa SPCA Bake Sale

Pop into the Wairarapa SPCA Op Shop and support our amazing volunteers and their Cupcake Day bake sale!
August 9, 2016

More positive comments for Master Glaziers

"All the mirrors are in and looking good. The installers were great, and there was plenty of good phone contact to say what was happening - rare in a building exercise I have found out." - Jos
August 7, 2016

Rainbow fence causes ‘ruckus’

Painting a playground fence rainbow should be quite a straightforward project, but the idea has ruffled a few feathers in Eketahuna.
August 7, 2016

Quote of the Day

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." - David Viscott
August 4, 2016

Worried farmers in crisis over weevil threat

Increasingly worried pea crop farmers have been given alternatives to help escape the “crisis” brought on by the discovery of the pea weevil in Wairarapa.
August 3, 2016

Heartland Classics

Our Heartland Classics tour features two irresistible programmes including finely crafted quartets by Haydn and Mozart; Schubert’s brief but intense Quartettsatz; two of Dvorak’s short, descriptive Cypresses; Mendelssohn’s exuberant Quartet no 3 in D; and Dvorak’s optimistic American quartet.
August 1, 2016

Fair deal sought for migrant workers

Low skilled migrant workers from the Solomon Islands employed in horticulture and viticulture in Wairarapa are struggling on many fronts to get a fair deal.
July 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

"If you can't convince them, confuse them." - Harry S Truman
July 26, 2016

Natural Solutions Class

Learn about natural solutions and healthy living with essential oils. Freebies and spot prizes up for grabs plus yummy food, tea and coffee. Bring your friends and make a night of it.
July 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

"People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining." - Stephen Hawking
July 21, 2016

Another excellent review for GT Environmental Services Ltd

"In building our house we used GT Environmental Services to supply and install all our draining and septic waste needs and also water pump supply. The service was excellent and it all went according to plan, including email photographic copies of drainage layout for future reference. Workmanship was efficient and to a high standard and on time. We have since used Graham and GT Environmental Services for drainage work and septic work at our coastal property and again nothing was a problem and innovative planning to suit coastal requirements was implemented with precision. We would not hesitate to recommend this very professional business to anyone requiring waste or septic expertise and services." - Jeanette
July 20, 2016

Introduction to Upholstery Skills

This one day class will give you an introduction to all of the basic skills and techniques of upholstery, through making your own footstool. You’ll also gain an insight into those ‘tricks of the trade’ which achieve a professional finish.
July 20, 2016

Close shave in roundabout crash

A Carterton hairdressers had a close shave yesterday morning when a vehicle careered into the shop's window, leaving staff "pretty shaken up".
July 18, 2016

Greytown votes no confidence in flood protection proposal

About 100 Greytown people "unanimously" cast a vote of no confidence in Greater Wellington Regional Council's flood protection plans for the town at a meeting on Monday.
July 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." - Auguste Rodin
July 10, 2016

Pop-up Doggy Deli

Right in the heart of the Wairarapa you'll discover an artisan deli for dogs. Treat your pooch to gourmet, grain free, free range doggytreats. Made with only the freshest, locally sourced, human-grade ingredients and proudly handmade in the Wairarapa.
July 7, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Laughter is an instant vacation." - Milton Berle
July 6, 2016

Shock as new trust buildings fail quake standards

Six near-new commercial buildings in Masterton, all owned by Lands Trust Masterton, have failed to meet new building standards and are potential earthquake risks.
July 4, 2016

Another excellent review for Kapiti Hypnotherapy

Anne-Marie is a wonderful, caring and extremely competent professional. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her as a trainer and colleague. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She is passionate about what she does. She has the skills, energy and vision to assist people towards their desired outcomes. I believe that any client of Anne-Marie's should consider themselves lucky to have her help and be truly excited about the possibilities. - Ed
June 30, 2016

Batik Style Silk Scarf Workshop

In this three hour course you will learn to design and paint your own silk scarf in whatever colourful arrangement and design you desire. Expert textile artist Leanne Taylor of Ramari Textiles will provide you with the steps using a modern and mess less resist painting technique that functions much like the traditional Batik style of wax painting.
June 30, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Correction does much, but encouragement does more." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
June 28, 2016

Youths rounded up by locals and car seized

Six youths who might have thought a country town would be the ideal location to do burn-offs were swiftly brought down to earth after being told off by locals and having their car seized by police.
June 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

"God is in the details." - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
June 23, 2016

Thieves target tobacco

Wairarapa police were kept on their toes this week, arresting burglars in Masterton, Martinborough and Featherston and dealing with the aftermath of vandalism.
June 22, 2016

Matariki Celebrations

Matariki is a community festival that revives the Māori tradition of marking the passage of time and celebrating the Māori harvest within a modern context.
June 20, 2016

Clampdown on illegal fires

Masterton is facing a winter air pollution crisis that could lead to a clampdown on woodburners and fines being imposed on people breaching the outdoor fire ban.
June 16, 2016

Good things being said about Accord Plastics

"We have been dealing with Accord Plastics for over a decade now and have always found them prompt and reliable in delivery. Their products have always been excellent quality at a competitive price." - Charlie
June 14, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack." - Sun Tzu
June 14, 2016

WorldVision Charity Concert

This year for WorldVision, some Masterton Colleges are hosting a charity concert to fundraise for Syrian children. Come join us for an evening of student talent such as singing, dancing, Shakespeare and more! The schools involved are Solway College, St Mathews Collegiate, Rathkeale College and Wairarapa College. Special guests will also be performing on the night- more updates to come!
June 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton
June 9, 2016

Time to talk Eketahuna wastewater

Public submissions on Tararua District Council's 20-year consent application for Eketahuna's wastewater will be discussed next Wednesday at a pre-hearing meeting at Caccia Birch in Palmerston North.
June 8, 2016

WorldVision Charity Concert

This year for WorldVision, some Masterton Colleges are hosting a charity concert to fundraise for Syrian children. Come join us for an evening of student talent such as singing, dancing, Shakespeare and more! The schools currently involved are Solway College, St Mathews Collegiate, and Rathkeale College. Special guests will also be performing on the night- more updates to come!
June 6, 2016

Masterton Town Hall an earthquake risk

Masterton Town Hall's auditorium has been declared off-limits after an engineering report found it does not meet required earthquake standards.
June 2, 2016

Pick Your Own Pickling Olives and Demo

Pick your own Kalamata, South Australian Verdale or Manzanillo olives. Watch a demonstration of pickling so you can try your hand at home.
May 31, 2016

More positive comments for Chemdry Wairarapa

"Very considerate re: carpet which had been laid one week prior to them coming. I was very impressed. Happy to recommend service." - J Scott
May 26, 2016

Wairarapa DHB gets $3m funding boost

Carterton District Council's newest manager is bringing a wealth of building experience to his new role.
May 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." - William Butler Yeats
May 25, 2016

The Oversew Fashion Awards 2016

This show promotes 'upcycled' fashion by recognising talented, aspiring designers who recreate, revamp and redesign pre-loved clothing into sustainable fashion garments.
May 23, 2016

Wairarapa councils back smokefree plan

A Compass Health smoke-free promotion has gained the support of all three Wairarapa district councils.
May 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

"The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
May 17, 2016

Great feedback for Thermawood Wairarapa

We have enjoyed the company and professional expertise of Jim and Kevin to replace sash and other windows in our house. We highly recommend their services to people contemplating the advantages of double glazing. - Brian
May 15, 2016

Joy Cowley Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Legendary writer of New Zealand literature for children, Joy Cowley, shares her insights and experience in this one-off creative writing workshops for adults.
May 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

"We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know." -W. H. Auden
May 12, 2016

Wairarapa Young Farmers Dames and Gangsters Ball

t's that time of year again folks! The Wairarapa and South Wairarapa Young Farmers are proud to present 1930s Dames and Gangsters as our theme for 2016.
May 11, 2016

Drug thieves fight for privacy

A MAN and a woman who stole an anaesthetic drug from Wairarapa Hospital are continuing their fight to keep their names secret.
May 9, 2016


The Lord Lackbeards are returning to Gladstone!
May 5, 2016

Quote of the Day

"I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed." -Robert H. Schuller
May 4, 2016

Big dry worrying for Wairarapa farmers

Wairarapa farmers are fearful of worsening drought conditions in the region as unseasonal dry conditions continue into May.
May 2, 2016

25th Anniversary Wairarapa Green Dollar Market

Join Green Dollar members at Carterton's Senior Citizens Hall as they celebrate 25 years as a community group. There will be a range of stalls that will feature a variety of arts and crafts, delicacies to stock your pantry and hot food and drink to tempt your taste buds.
April 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

"But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated." -Ernest Hemingway
April 26, 2016

Eel deaths blamed on aphid invasion

An infestation of giant aphids clinging to the willows along the Whangaehu stream is ringing alarm bells for a Longbush resident, who scooped out more than 40 dead eels from the stream.
April 24, 2016

Farewell Zealandia Concert Series

The Farewell Zealandia Concert Series runs alongside the "Farewell Zealandia - Forgotten Kiwi Songs of WW1" Exhibition
April 21, 2016

Lake drowning blamed on gear

A coroner has identified wrong rescue gear, the wearing of waders and possible impairment by a lifejacket as being contributing factors in the death of a Greytown whitebaiter swept out to sea at Lake Ferry last August.
April 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly." -Richard Bach
April 18, 2016

Pick Your Own Grapes

Come along to Fantail Grove and pick some of our yummy table grapes. They're the old-fashioned kind that have pips - and loads of taste. We provide everything you need to pick (bucket, scissors or secateurs). We know you're likely to eat a few as you pick and that's just fine.
April 14, 2016

Masterton call for parking rules clarity

A Masterton man is calling for better signs to identify council-owned carparks after learning a $40 fine could be imposed for parking nose-out in an off-road diagonal park.
April 12, 2016

Ambulance service under threat

With an earthquake risk to Eketahuna's St John ambulance bay and the town facing low volunteer interest, the community will soon be asked whether retaining the service is a viable option.
April 4, 2016

French Country Fair

Held at the beautiful Tauherenikau Racecourse where stalls and musicians weave in and out of the old rustic buildings and under the big chestnut trees.
March 31, 2016

Quote of the Day

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." -Virginia Woolf
March 29, 2016

Vow to fix gem of a lake

Persistent problems with water flow at Henley Lake which have bugged Masterton District Council for years has led to a determined bid to overcome them once and for all.
March 27, 2016

Easter Fully catered 3 Day - Whareama Coastal Walk

The Whareama Coastal Walk is a fantastic walking experience over private farmland and isolated Wairarapa coastline.
March 22, 2016

Wairarapa call for forestry export change

A call for government to crackdown on the hidden costs faced by exporters has the backing of a leading Wairarapa businessman.
March 21, 2016

Wairarapa dam grant irks critics

Opponents of a Wairarapa irrigation scheme are continuing to speak out in the wake of last week's $804,000 grant from the Government.
March 13, 2016

Quote of the Day

"If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be. " -Yogi Berra
March 9, 2016

Carterton Farmers' Market

Carterton Farmers’ Market is on Sundays weekly 9am-12.30pm, Carterton Events Centre during June - August and Memorial Square next to the roundabout throughout the rest of the year (September-May).
March 3, 2016

Report clears council of bullying

A lack of proof into alleged abuse and bullying at Tararua District Council has meant an external review has declared council's process fit for purpose.
March 1, 2016

Quote of the Day

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it. " -Yogi Berra
February 28, 2016

Swim standards slammed as 'appalling'

HELP NEEDED: Kids being helped across the pool during last year's Multisports triathlon.
February 25, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends." -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
February 24, 2016

La Fiesta

a Fiesta is the coolest little festival in Aotearoa New Zealand celebrating women and community. More proof that all the best stuff happens in Whanganui!
February 22, 2016

Residents ask: What's the problem?

If it ain't broke don't fix it, was one Carterton man's advice to the Local Government Commission (LGC).
February 18, 2016

Martinborough Summer Pix Competition

Martinborough Village presents the Summer Pix Competition 2016. Send us your images of Martinborough in summertime, wineries, restaurants, camping, the coast, river, walking, tramping, cycling, sunrises, sunsets, everything! What does summer in our beautiful region mean to you?
February 16, 2016

Quote of the Day

"If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I." -Michel de Montaigne
February 14, 2016

Wairarapa Farmers' Market

The Wairarapa Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 9am to 1pm (rain or shine!) at its new location, under cover at The Farriers Bar and Eatery, 4 Queen St North, Masterton. Entry is on the north end of Chapel and Queen Streets, SH2 (opposite the Fire Station). There is plenty of car parking and a bicycle rack.
February 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." -Joseph Campbell
February 10, 2016

5.7 South Island quake felt throughout New Zealand

The 1.38pm quake was 35km south-east of St Arnaud, Nelson, at a depth of 65km.
February 8, 2016

Waitangi Alert

Elevating forthright voices of liberation "Waitangi Alert 2016" is the antithesis of the many celebratory public events held on Waitangi Day that are given over to the misleading promulgation of Aotearoa as a multi-cultural paradise.
February 4, 2016

Rotary Martinborough Fair

he Roitary Martinborough Fair is held in the picturesque Martinborough Square. This iconic fair, reportedly the largest in Australasia, comprises over 480 stalls selling artwork, crafts, clothing, food and other quality products. Free entry to the public.
February 4, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Don't forget to love yourself."
February 2, 2016

Police urge drivers not to flee

Speaking at a press conference at Masterton police station in the wake of the deaths yesterday, Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Bysouth urged drivers not to try to flee from police.
January 31, 2016

Cruise Martinborough Vintage Market

Run in conjunction with Cruise Martinborough, a vintage and retro market with vintage, upcycled, and recycled goods for sale. Lots of variety and genuine vintage goods.
January 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Go for it now. The future is promised to no one."
January 27, 2016

Angry wasps attack Wairarapa hunter

A man who was stung more than 40 times by wasps has been airlifted to Wairarapa Hospital.
January 25, 2016

Huri Huri: Wairarapa's Bike Festival

Wairarapa is the place to get on your bike over Wellington Anniversary weekend!
January 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
January 19, 2016

Blitz on expired regos in Wairarapa

Police are reminding drivers to check their car registrations this summer after checkpoints found higher than usual numbers of cars with lapsed registrations.
January 17, 2016

Martinborough Summer Pix Competition

Martinborough Village presents the Summer Pix Competition 2016. Send us your images of Martinborough in summertime, wineries, restaurants, camping, the coast, river, walking, tramping, cycling, sunrises, sunsets, everything! What does summer in our beautiful region mean to you?
January 14, 2016

Quote of the Day

"When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred."
January 13, 2016

Legal fight over Greytown works

A GREYTOWN pressure group is preparing for a legal battle with the South Wairarapa District Council for proposed works in the town's historic heritage precinct.
January 12, 2016

Wairarapa Farmers' Market

The Wairarapa Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 9am to 1pm (rain or shine!) at its new location, under cover at The Farriers Bar and Eatery, 4 Queen St North, Masterton. Entry is on the north end of Chapel and Queen Streets, SH2 (opposite the Fire Station). There is plenty of car parking and a bicycle rack.
January 7, 2016

Rural fire risk warning

WAIRARAPA has endured its worst start to the rural fire season on record with a major blaze at Whareama still at risk of reigniting.
January 5, 2016

Quote of the Day

"After all is said and done, more is said than done."
January 3, 2016

12 Nights of Christmas

The Twelve Nights of Christmas is back for another year. Every night from Sunday 13th December through to Thursday 24th September there will be local acts and events happening in the town square.
December 22, 2015

Quote of the Day

"A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves."
December 21, 2015

Scares spark alarm reminder

Extra guests over Christmas may mean extra smoke alarms are needed, Masterton Fire Service has warned - especially in sleepouts and caravans.
December 20, 2015

Martinborough Christmas Parade

The annual Martinborough Christmas Parade is coming!
December 18, 2015

Worker joins fight for equal pay rates

A Masterton woman has joined a group of education workers fighting for equal pay.
December 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
December 14, 2015

Featherston Christmas Market

The featherston main street will once again display a distinct european flavour, with christmas decorations, unique street displays, and market stalls along the venue.
December 10, 2015

Quote of the Day

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness."
December 8, 2015

Water restrictions kicking in across the region

Water restrictions are just beginning to kick in across Wairarapa, according to information provided by district council and regional councils -- as Niwa declares the region's soils to be "severely drier than normal".
December 6, 2015

New Rags Market Christmas Night Market

Our wonderful night market is here again, bringing you an array of the best craft, art and vintage for you Christmas shopping.
December 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories." -Sun Tzu
December 1, 2015

Scam websites fooling farmers

The "click to buy" instinct for online shopping this Christmas is best left to toys rather than tractors, warns one farming machinery association.
November 30, 2015

Carterton's Annual Christmas Parade

The Rotary Club of Carterton is delighted to organise this Annual Event and to introduce Santa Clause to his first official function in the Wairarapa. Lots and lots of floats, with handouts of sweets and balloons given to children watching the parade. A Pipe Band, a Brass Band and a New Orleans style Brass Band, vintage cars.
November 26, 2015

Quote of the Day

"They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything."
November 25, 2015

Spell check for Mangaakuta road sign

A Masterton landowner from a Maori family that for hundreds of years has lived at the same site near the town - Mangaakuta - is still pushing to correct a wrongly-spelt road sign pointing the way to his ancestral home.
November 23, 2015

St Andrews Christmas Gala

Christmas gala with a big variety of stalls.
November 19, 2015

Quote of the Day

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
November 17, 2015

Rathkeale Christmas Fete

The Rathkeale Christmas Fete is a Christmas Market featuring live entertainment, shopping, food stalls and much more.With over 60 stalls and set in the beautiful Rathkeale College grounds, this is one not to be missed!A great opportunity to start on the Christmas shopping. Gold coin entry.
November 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
November 10, 2015

Gorge plunge for Masterton girl

A Masterton teenager who plummeted down a steep slope from the top of the Manawatu Gorge on Saturday was plucked to safety by rescue helicopter after narrowly avoiding a 300m fall to the road below.
November 8, 2015

Quote of the Day

"The mountains are calling and I must go." -John Muir
November 5, 2015

Gigantic Gala and Garage Sale

The most amazing array of quality sale goods - home wares, baby gear, clothing, books, DVD's, toys.
November 4, 2015

Everyone was screaming, he was smashing around' - Boy thought he was going to die on gravity ride

A 12-year-old boy told his mother he thought he was going to die after he came adrift and was thrown around inside an amusement ride in Clareville over the weekend.
November 2, 2015

Herb Federation of New Zealand 15th Biennial Conference

The Wairarapa Herb Society is proud to host the 15th HFNZ Conference "Celebrating The Olive". The olive (Olea europaea) is a tree with a rich history recording its diversity. Today recognition of the many culinary and health benefits have seen a proliferation of olive groves, many found in the Wairarapa region of the North Island of New Zealand.
October 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." -Edwin Markham
October 27, 2015

Big dry predicted for this summer

The "big dry" summer forecast for Wairarapa is coming to pass, according to latest figures from Niwa and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
October 25, 2015

Alice In Wonderland - All Day Events

Parents and kids - Dress up as your favourite Alice in Wonderland character and join us down the rabbit hole for a family fun day of games, face painting, movie and a Mad Hatters Tea Party you’ll want to remember. There will be cake and biscuit making competitions, costume and colouring in competitions – pick up your entry forms from Mitre 10 Mega or Mitre 10 Martinborough.
October 22, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Our work is the presentation of our capabilities."
October 21, 2015

Police seek monster slide owner

The owner of the Monster Slide that collapsed in Masterton this year has been found guilty of obstructing a health and safety inspector - and police are looking to arrest him.
October 19, 2015

Leo - A Physical Theatre Event

What would happen if the laws of gravity were to suddenly change? Jaws will drop as Leo takes ‘off the wall’ to a whole new level.
October 15, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Man is what he reads."
October 13, 2015

$12m child support debt in Wairarapa

Wairarapa parents owed more than $12million in child support at the end of the financial year.
October 11, 2015

Strange Vibes Tour

If Frank Sinatra and Barnaby Weir went on a drug fuelled night out and created a super-powered love child, that would be Strangely Arousing.
October 8, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
October 7, 2015

El Nino prompts fresh fire warning

A warning has been sounded about rural fire dangers on the heels of a blaze that ignited in high winds among a stand of trees near Martinborough on Sunday.
October 5, 2015

14Forty - LAN Event

Masterton's very own 24hr LAN event set up to raise money for Lakeview Schools PTA.
October 1, 2015

Quote of the Day

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca
September 29, 2015

Masterton cops probe killer blaze

Masterton police are investigating an unexplained fire that gutted a house within 300 metres of the police station and suffocated a pet dog.
September 27, 2015

SQUEALER presents the AC/DC experience

Squealer are coming to King street live on Saturday the 26th of September
September 25, 2015

Quote of the Day

"You must do the things you think you cannot do."
September 23, 2015

El Nino worsens regional fire risk

The worst rural fire risk in nearly two decades is likely this summer for Wairarapa, say firefighters.
September 21, 2015

Storytelling Guided Tours

We recommend visitors attend one of our guided tours which provides a complete experience and is tailored to the weather conditions. Our central theme is ancient starlore which includes tales fro antiquity of the solstices, equinoxes, and the signs of the zodiac.
September 17, 2015

Quote of the Day

"We're all working together; that's the secret."
September 15, 2015

Crash halts traffic

A two-car collision between a ute and a car caused major headaches for drivers heading over the hill after Carterton's Daffodil Festival yesterday afternoon.
September 13, 2015

Sarah Spicer & Stevie Tonks - Up Close & Live Tour

Sarah Spicer & Stevie Tonks recently impressed New Zealand and generated thousands of new fans in the 2015 season of X Factor. These are two of the best top 10 acts as voted by the public, and its now an opportunity to see them perform live and up close in these specially selected venues around the country.
September 10, 2015

Wairarapa set to home refugees

If New Zealand steps up its refugee quota, Wairarapa has the welcome mat out.
September 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day."
September 7, 2015

Simon Thacker's Ritmata

The debut New Zealand tour by award winning UK quartet Simon Thacker's Ritmata, performing exhilarating music by the visionary Scottish guitar virtuoso, distilling the essence of his pioneering intercultural musical experiences and lifelong absorption in some of the most powerful sounds from across continents and epochs.
September 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

"There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tell 'em."
September 1, 2015

Poems & Blues - When Poetry Comes to Town

Wairarapa Word presents a balance of live poems and live music to end National Poetry Day 2015 in the Wairarapa.
August 27, 2015

More traffic complaints noted

Complaints about traffic offences in Wairarapa's police district increased last financial year on the previous one but a Wairarapa police officer puts the rise down to improved reporting.
August 26, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down."
August 24, 2015

Bride of the Year Contest - Entries Open Now

Entries open now for the contest to be held on Friday 21 August 2015 at 8pm. The contest, presented by Masterton Plunket, is open to brides who were married between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015; married in the Wairarapa, have lived or are living in the Wairarapa, or whose husband has lived in the Wairarapa.
August 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Courage is knowing what not to fear."
August 19, 2015

Trapped driver cut free after crash

A passer-by comforted a trapped and critically injured woman at a crash scene near Masterton yesterday after watching as her car was almost torn in half during a high-speed collision with a milk tanker.
August 17, 2015

Once on Chunuk Bair

This play pays tribute to the young men of Wellington Battalion who fought and died during the capture of Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli.
August 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination."
August 11, 2015

Retro Music Party

It's Sally's 50th birthday and she's asked us to play in the Thurley Lounge at the Cossie Club this Friday. The "Party" is open to all for a small cover charge of $10 and the music will be for dancing with some quieter listenable-to songs earlier.
August 6, 2015

Crazy Fact!

New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they have too high of a BMI and there has been cases of people rejected because of their weight.
August 5, 2015

Wairarapa draws Aussie, UK migrants

Wairarapa is a popular destination among migrants from Australia and the United Kingdom.
August 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.
July 30, 2015

Alpha Course Invitation Night

Is there a life after death? Are you really free and happy with your lot in life? What does it really mean to be a Christian?
July 28, 2015

Livestock transport - going the distance

Is livestock transport in need of a shake-up? CATHERINE GAFFANEY investigates the merit of suggested improvements to the industry.
July 26, 2015

Quote of the Day

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
July 23, 2015

Chimney fire alert in Wairarapa

Your chimney could be on fire and you wouldn't know it.
July 22, 2015

Crazy Facts

The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named ‘Number 16 Bus Shelter’.
July 20, 2015

The Warratahs

The Warratahs return with Runaway Days - their first new studio album in nine years.
July 16, 2015

Ram raiders escape on stolen quad

hieves making off with equipment stolen from a Masterton school have used a stolen quad bike to ram their way through a fence in an early-morning burglary.
July 15, 2015

Qoute Of the Day

I like guys who have a plan or a dream. A good sense of humor is also a must. I can be weird with my humor and say things that are random. You need to understand that I'm really goofy and go with it.
July 15, 2015


Aluminium Joinery Wairarapa

Hollings First Aluminium


Exceptionally crafted aluminium joinery, windows, entrance doors and garage doors from tilt to roller.

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Septic Tanks Wairarapa

GT Environmental Services Ltd


Your total on site waste water specialists Wairarapa wide.

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Carpet Cleaning Wairarapa

Chemdry Wairarapa


Around the clock services for flood restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning in Wairarapa.

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22nd October, 2016 - Wairarapa

Deco Precasters


Wellington's team of precast concrete specialists, selling tilt slabs, paving, water troughs, pots and more...

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AccommodationRestaurant/CafeTour companiesWine Wairarapa

Murdoch James Estate


The finest wine experience in New Zealand

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Home services Wairarapa



Custom design of audio visual home entertainment, security, lighting and communication systems.

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Roofing and Roof Coatings Wairarapa

Kenray Roofing


Wellington’s long-time partner in roofing services since 1950.

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Wine National

Pheasant Creek Wines


Rangitikei's very own wine in New Zealand

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Gifts and Souvenirs National

Artworks of New Zealand



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Printing National

Display Tactix Ltd


Creating display stands and banners, signage, awards and trophies.

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Training and Education National

Cellfield New Zealand


A proven computer based reading programme for dyslexic readers throughout New Zealand.

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26th October, 2016 - National

Shoe Clinic


Nationwide delivery for NZ's number one choice of apparel and footwear suppliers.

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26th October, 2016 - National
Financial Advice National

JRE Business Solutions


Supporting local New Zealand businesses progress with our Kapiti based expert services.

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Training and Education National

Employment Law Training


Providing specialized training for businesses and employment law seminars for companies throughout NZ.

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Paving National

West Stone Quality landscape Products


House Bricks, Patio & Driveway Paving, Retaining Walls, Schist Stone, Decorative Stones, Sandstone Products and many more...

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Transport National

KAM Transport


Transporting goods from place to place around the country, we're a Wellington based company you can trust.

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25th October, 2016 - National
Pest Control National

Pied Piper Products


Supplying quality rat bait stations, suitable to the countries environment throughout New Zealand as a wholesaler.

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24th October, 2016 - National
Storage National



Storage technology and shelving systems for every business purpose. New Zealand based with global distribution.

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24th October, 2016 - National
Furniture National

Simply Youneek


With a variety of fantastic products and gifts available in our Ponsonby store and online, get all the products you need at Simply Youneek.

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Food products National

Mexican Supplies Limited


Worldwide distributors of NZ grown, GM free corn chips and other Mexican food products

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Accountants National

My Tax Rentals


Making the rental property accounting process simple with speedy service, flat fees and online applications.

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Bakers National



Great taste. Good health.

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Natural Health National

Velvet Energy


Our NZ deer velvet products are available online to improve well-being with their many health benefits.

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Business products and services National



Nationwide delivery provided overnight for our range of print finishing supplies and products.

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Safety Equipment National

Action Safety


Welcome to our online store, New Zealand owned and operated. Safety equipment, safety boots and work wear

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20th October, 2016 - National
Music Teaching National

NZ Modern School of Music


Play your instrument like a professional with superb music tutoring for adults and kids.

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20th October, 2016 - National
Storage National



Representing New Zealand Cold Storage & Logistics Businesses

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Fire ExtinguishersSafety Equipment National

Stock Aid


Quality First Aid, Safety, Hygiene and Protective Products in New Zealand

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Glazier National

Master Glaziers


New Zealand wide commercial glass installation, repair and replacement experts.

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Local Business Of the Month

Glazier Wairarapa

Thermawood Wairarapa


Contact the double glazing retrofit specialists if you want a home that is quieter, more comfortable and with less condensation.

Ensuring you get the best retrofit for your windows and doors is our top priority, which is why we utilize our unique dry glazing system.

Perfect for any arrangement or composition, our system has a flexible and adaptable design to fit all wooden joinery.


Not sure about the benefits of double glazing? Find out more on our website on ho our dual glazing technology can improve your home and property. Contact us at Thermawood Wairarapa for a in home demonstration absolutely free.Decade long guarantee on double glazed windows

View our testimonials page for information from past clients who all enjoy the benefits of retrofit double glazed windows. If you want a drier, more comfortable home, then call the experts and enquire more about double glazing your existing windows today. INSULATING WINDOWS & DOORS FROM WELLINGTON TO PALMERSTON NORTH

Whether you’re looking to double glaze your living room’s timber windows or the whole house, talk to Thermawood Wairarapa and ask about our gradual window retrofitting options.


Make your home a drier, more comfortable place with your local experts in retrofit double glazing.

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National Business Of the Month

Cleaners National

Paramount Services


Being one of New Zealand leading cleaning companies we are at the forefront of property maintenance, home cleaning and commercial! Offering our customers the best clean there is to offer!

Awarded with the prestigious Westpac New Zealand Supreme Franchiser of the Year award on 2008 and the Snap Printing Business Services Franchiser of the Year on 2009 and 2010 simultaneously, we also guarantee award-giving services to our clients.

For all commercial cleaning we are at the forefront!. office park cleaning, retail, malls and shops, warehouses, sports facilities and parks motels and entertainment parks.

Industrial cleaning services

The main idea of this company is to custom make a cleaning service for you! By demanding the best from our workers we can guaranty our work will be top of the line!. Property care and conservation

Through our strong partnership with Accredited Trades Limited, it let us provide several other services such as building, painting, electrical, plumbing, and others through our always one phone call away Customer Service Centre. Home Services

Some of us just have to much going on to take care of the small things. We offer a great range of domestic packages to help your life run smother!. from cleaning the house to picking up food from the store.


All day, all night, 24/7 customer service care. 0800 cleaner (253 263)

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Personal products and service National

Stay Well Pharmacy


Learn which vitamins will boost your immune system, reduce stress and help yourself feel great.

Feel better in your own skin, with weight loss/management products to help you achieve your goals.

Make sure you keep your body and mind healthy, with our variety of great health care products on sale.

 Stay well and prevent illness

The superb selection of healthcare products and supplements we offer at Stay Well Pharmacy, are targeted prevention, rather than catching the disease or flu causing it to affect you.Feel better than before with our helpful advice and products

If you're worried about certain allergies or conditions that may affect you, just talk to our friendly experts first. We'll ensure to find the right solution with the products that suit you best. Feel better in your own skin

Whether you suffer from skin conditions, allergies or anything else similar that may affect the products you need to use, Stay Well Pharmacy can help you! We'll ensure that you find the product that works right without the nasty side effects.


The online pharmacy and local pharmacists for all your health care products, with standard delivery free when your total cost exceeds $79.99.

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Paving National

West Stone Quality landscape Products


Durable House bricks

Durable, low maintenance house bricks - available in a range of stylish coloursDriveway pavers

We offer quality, drycast driveway pavers that are available in many styles and colorsPatio Pavers Services!  Click here.

We offer timeless, wetcast patio pavers that are available in a wide array of colors and styles


House Bricks, Patio & Driveway Paving, Retaining Walls, Schist Stone, Decorative Stones, Sandstone Products and many more...

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Awnings National

Shade Systems


At Shade Systems, we strive to reduce the risk of skin cancer by designing and installing safe shade structures that protect local communities from the sun.

Our shade structures are specially designed with plenty of headroom and minimal framework so you won’t feel shut in when you’re spending time under them.

Contact our team of shade experts to find out how we can help you improve YOUR outdoor area and lifestyle today!

Caring for the current and next generations.  Click here.

The struggle of having to constantly be wary of the sun, wearing hats and applying sunscreen can be difficult... But with Shade Systems, we create safe sun solutions that keep you and the family outdoors while reducing the risk. From concept to solution

Our fabric sun shade system solutions are more than simple products, but safeguard against the harms of the sun. You can enjoy time outdoors and remain safe with our sun shades at Shade Systems NZ.Our Mission.  Click here.

The sun shades we offer at Shade Systems not only look great, but will reduce the risk of melanoma keep current and future generations safe while they enjoy the outdoors.


Safe shade structures, from design to manufacture to installation and servicing.

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Printing National

Flag & Banner


Convenient advertising has never been more accessible than with our custom made flags and banners.

Flag and Banner specialises in advertising flags, corporate banners and large format printing.

We attract attention to your business and brand with our aesthetically pleasing designs, as we have done for local businesses since our establishment in 1996.

Visually appealing flags for advertising.  Click here.

Invest in high visibility flags with stand-out design to cost-effectively advertise your brand. All advertising flags, custom flags and feather flags are proudly New Zealand made.  Quality banner displays

Using the latest cutting-edge techniques and high-quality products Flag and Banner can create competitively priced banner display stands for your business. Exhibition display

Specializing in large format prints of all kinds, get the banner, flag or exhibition display your business needs with Flag & Banner. When your company needs a good design, you know who to call.


Advertise your New Zealand business with an exceptionally designed format print, flag or banner.

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Safety Equipment National

Gaprie Ltd


Do you know how your business will be affected by the changing site safety regulations?

FREE SEMINAR: The Changing Face of the NZ Building Industry: What the new site safety regulations mean for your business.

Gaprie's Gary Priestley can discuss and explain the legislation changes and the effects on businesses involved.

Training with safety nets !  Click here.

If your business is roofing, cladding or steel erection you will know just how important it is to protect your employees working at height from falls, and those working below from falling debris and tools.Industrial, sports and shade nets

We get our supply from renown and respected family owned European firm, Rombull Ronet. They provide a broad range of options for safety netting and are innovative in supplying protective safety nets worldwide.Training- Cranes, EWPs, Forklifts

Gary Priestly is Gaprie Ltd's approved trainer and assessor for all kinds of heavy machinery including forklifts, cranes and EWPs. He is currently a Gold Card trainer for HIANZ and approved as a trainer for Skills Organisation, AMS Group and Competenz


Safety net supplier, FASET approved safety net training as required by Worksafe NZ

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Business products and services National

Arrow Hygiene


If you're looking for a website to find all your cleaning supplies and hygiene products online, then Arrow Hygiene could be the place for you.

With a wide range of products, across all the major brands, the friendly team at Arrow Hygiene are bound to have the perfect solution to meet your cleaning needs.

At Arrow Hygiene, the business is family owned and operated, so we ensure that we are consistent with providing excellent customer service.

 Providing New Zealand with the best hygiene products and cleaning supplies

You're bound to notice our helpful service and informative staff always remain professional while they discuss all your cleaning product needs and questions.Get in Touch for the Best Hygiene Products in New Zealand.  Click here.

With our unparalleled range of household and office cleaning products, we're sure we have the answer to any cleaning problem you may face. Our tight-knit, friendly team of cleaning professionals are always on hand to offer expert advice or help you make any cleaning product orders. Years of experience working with Cleaning businesses

After starting out selling mats, we began to source cleaning and hygiene products from New Zealand's best importers, after receiving requests to widen our range.


Welcome to Arrow Hygiene - Expert Providers of Cleaning Supplies

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