Wairarapa

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.

Latest News

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

Hamlet

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
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Wairarapa

Deco Precasters

www.decoprecasters.co.nz

Offering an array of precast concrete products in Wellington including pots, paving, tilt slabs and water troughs.


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Wairarapa

Bosworth Stone Ltd

www.bosworthstone.co.nz

Installation, restoration and repair of quality residential and commercial stonemasonry.


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25th September, 2016 - Wairarapa
Glazier Wairarapa

Thermawood Wairarapa

www.thermawoodwairarapa.co.nz

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


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24th September, 2016 - Wairarapa
Catering Wairarapa

Guten Appetit Catering

www.cateringwairarapa.co.nz

Rest assured you can trust the reliable event catering company from Wairarapa - Guten Appetit Catering.


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22nd September, 2016 - Wairarapa
Auto Repairs Wairarapa

Advanced Auto Mechanical

www.mastertonmechanic.co.nz

Offering electrical and mechanical maintanence repairs and servicing in the Wairarapa district.


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22nd September, 2016 - Wairarapa
Aluminium Joinery Wairarapa

Hollings First Aluminium

www.hollingsfirst.co.nz

Quality aluminium windows & doors, Garador sectional, roller & tilt garage doors for all purposes.


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19th September, 2016 - Wairarapa
Painters Wairarapa

Kate McLaren

www.katemclaren.com

Breathtaking sceneries and countryside landscapes.


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18th September, 2016 - Wairarapa
AccommodationRestaurant/CafeTour companiesWine Wairarapa

Murdoch James Estate

www.murdochjames.co.nz

New Zealand’s finest wine experience


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17th September, 2016 - Wairarapa
Carpet Cleaning Wairarapa

Chemdry Wairarapa

www.chemdrywairarapa.co.nz

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


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16th September, 2016 - Wairarapa
Roofing and Roof Coatings Wairarapa

Kenray Roofing

www.kenrayroofing.co.nz

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


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16th September, 2016 - Wairarapa
Food products National

Ken Wilson Meats

www.kenwilsonmeats.co.nz

Ken Wilson Meats provide a great range of meat products and superb customer service throughout NZ.


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25th September, 2016 - National
Computers, Supplies and Service National

iPOS

www.ipos.co.nz

Accounting Software Solutions & Point of Sale Installation, Sales and Support Developed in New Zealand for New Zealand retailers


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24th September, 2016 - National
Gifts and Souvenirs National

Artworks of New Zealand

www.artworksnz.co.nz

New Zealand gifts, memorabilia and souvenirs


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24th September, 2016 - National
Training and Education National

Cellfield New Zealand

www.cellfield.co.nz

New Zealand's leading proven computer based reading programme for dyslexic readers.


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23rd September, 2016 - National
Awnings National

Shade Systems

www.shadesystems.co.nz

Designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing sun shades around New Zealand.


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23rd September, 2016 - National
Auto Repairs National

Camco Industries

www.camcoindustries.co.nz

Vehicle Fitout Specialist Design & Manufacture of Rolaworx, Uteworx, Gullwing, Vanworx products


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23rd September, 2016 - National
Car Valet National

Mobile Hand

www.mobilehand.co.nz

Qualified mobile valet services available nationwide for 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.


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22nd September, 2016 - National
Pest Control National

Pied Piper Products

www.ratcontrol.co.nz

Wholesale and supply of New Zealand wide rat bait stations, made for the NZ environment and at affordable prices.


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21st September, 2016 - National
Air ConditioningHeat PumpsHeat Pumps National

Comfort Group

www.comfortgroup.co.nz

Air Conditioning, Ventilation, Refrigeration, Heat Pumps Residential, Commercial, Transport & Farming


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21st September, 2016 - National
National

Shoe Clinic

www.shoeclinic.co.nz

NZ’s leading chain of sports footwear & apparel stores with nationwide delivery.


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21st September, 2016 - National
Real Estate National

Flight Cars

www.freehouseprice.co.nz

Wellington's dependable chauffeur driver team and airport transfer professionals working throughout the area.


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20th September, 2016 - National
Gifts and Souvenirs National

Smoooch

www.smoooch.co.nz

Find the perfect gift for that special someone, or for yourself with Natural Coconut Oil products


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20th September, 2016 - National
Clothing National

Zebrano

www.zebrano.co.nz

For all + size designer clothing


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20th September, 2016 - National
Glazier National

Master Glaziers

www.masterglaziers.co.nz

Repairs, replacement and installation of glass for homes and businesses NZ wide.


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19th September, 2016 - National
Training and Education National

Employment Law Training

www.elt.co.nz

Employment Law Training offers employment law seminars and training for your business.


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19th September, 2016 - National
Personal products and service National

Stay Well Pharmacy

www.staywell.co.nz

New Zealand wide local pharmacists, with free delivery on all your vitamins, supplements and health care products when you spend over $80.


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18th September, 2016 - National
Personal products and service National

Aurora Psychic Readings

www.aurorapsychic.co.nz

Lara Brosnahan, NZ clairvoyant medium and psychic, phone readings, pet psychic, Tarot and angel card readings and mediumship and psychic readings on all life issues, call 0800300680 or 090030068


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18th September, 2016 - National
Food products National

Mexican Supplies Limited

www.mexicano.co.nz

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


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17th September, 2016 - National
Safety Equipment National

Action Safety

www.actionsafety.co.nz

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


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17th September, 2016 - National
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Local Business Of the Month

Hypnotherapy Wairarapa

Kapiti Hypnotherapy

http://www.thinkchange.co.nz/treatment-depression-masterton

Think of being able to make changes in your life...

Life can be hard, and we all find it tough at times. Through hypnotherapy, Anne-Marie Reast will help you make positive changes so you can live the life you want.

For everyone.

Anxiety & Stress!  Click here.

Sick of being on the edge without having peace of mind? Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural treatment for anxiety and stress. Self-confidence

Feel like you’ve never been confident? Feel like confidence has just been snapped away? Hypnotherapy will help you to genuinely build self confidenceSadness
 http://www.thinkchange.co.nz/treatment-depression-masterton

No more depression and anxiety. Hypnotherapy is a can help you solve your depression without drugs.

www.thinkchange.co.nz

Porirua, Kapiti & Horowhenua


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15th September, 2016 - Wairarapa

National Business Of the Month

Paving National

West Stone Quality landscape Products

http://www.weststone.co.nz/patio-pavers-garden

 Durable House bricks

Durable and high quality house bricks available in wide variety of stylish colors Driveway pavers

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

Timeless, wetcast patio pavers – available in a range of styles and colours

www.weststonechinese.co.nz

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


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15th September, 2016 - National
Storage National

NZCSA

http://www.coldstoragenz.org.nz/find-a-supplier.html

New Zealand Cold Storage Associations is a group of companies in the storage and transport of frozen meat, dairy, seafood and other products that require controlled temperature storage environments.

Membership is open for any companies or individuals involved with providing goods, services or technical expertise that harmonize the industry.

Membership Benefits plus Enquries
 http://www.coldstoragenz.org.nz/nzcsa-membership-benefits.html

Enquiries plus Benefits of Membership Find a Cold Storage Facility

 Seek for a Cold Storage Service Provider

NZ's membership organisation for cold storage and logistics businesses...

www.coldstoragenz.org.nz

Representing New Zealand Cold Storage & Logistics Businesses


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15th September, 2016 - National
Business products and services National

Paperquip

https://www.paperquip.co.nz/binding-machines-nz

We are a reliable print finishing company also supplying a range of display and document binding products.

Paperquip's online store is a convenient place to browse and purchase everything you need.

Call us now to discuss any requirements, large or small as we cater for every requirement.

The advantages of Paperquip
 https://www.paperquip.co.nz/binding-machines-nz

Your one-stop shop for supplies and consumables for print finishing, document binding, copy-shop, point of sale, packaging manufacturers, display & signage and adhesives & tapes.Leading supplier of print finishing
 https://www.paperquip.co.nz/binding-machines-nz

Paperquip is your one stop shop for binding, display and printing needs, whether you are a large company, a retailer or printing company or an individual looking for project supplies. Overnight delivery

Holding extensive stocks right here in New Zealand enables us to provide an amazing delivery service to all our customers large or small with same day or overnight delivery available depending on area.

www.paperquip.co.nz

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


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14th September, 2016 - National
Printing National

Display Tactix Ltd

http://www.displaytactix.co.nz/outdoor-display-poster

Give your business the biggest break of increasing its revenue…

If you are looking for need indoor and outdoor signs, awards and sports trophies, outdoor displays, brochure holders, as well as retail displays and other customised displays, Display Tactix are the professionals you need!

If you are locating the old webpage, visit www.display-solutions.co.nz for more information

 Signage

Made the way you wish… Awards

Give tribute to champions… with astonishing trophiesOut-of-doors Display.  Click here.

Sensible and stunning…

www.displaytactix.co.nz

Custom-made display stands, banners, awards and trophies to give, and signage.


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14th September, 2016 - National
Storage National

Novalok

http://www.novalok.co.nz/page4ffc54d0f2402d085978db59

Greater productivity - Greater return on investment

Shelving systems and storage solutions for every business needs

Your storage system should make it easier for you to manage your business. It needs to suit your business and fit perfectly with your logistic requirements.

Industrial storage
 http://www.novalok.co.nz/wide-aisle-pallet

Know our HEAVY DUTY INDUSTRIAL StorageLight and commercial industrial storage?  Click here.

See our COMMERCIAL and LIGHT INDUSTRIAL Shelving Education & Institution shelving

Introduction to EDUCATION and INSTITUTION Shelving

www.novalok.co.nz

Business storage technology and shelving systems. Based in New Zealand and offers nationwide distribution.


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14th September, 2016 - National
Furniture National

Simply Youneek

https://www.simplyyouneek.co.nz/furnishing-shop-ponsonby

At Simply Youneek, whether in our online store or in Auckland, you are sure to find all the homeware you need.

Can't make it to the store? Save time and energy by taking your shopping experience online with Simply Youneek.

From one small table decoration to the entire redecoration of a room, the online store at Simply Youneek can supply you with all the things you need.

Decor, homeware, fashion and gifts?  Click here.

As per the name we offer unique products with the wow factor and are continuously trying to bring to our store in Auckland home decor items and gorgeous gifts that are not normally available in New Zealand.Providing an extensive range of decor and gifts
 https://www.simplyyouneek.co.nz/online-gift-shop

Find yourself or a loved one the perfect piece of furniture or homeware at Simply Youneek. Order online for nationwide delivery, or stop by the store in Ponsonby, Auckland. Ponsonby's local decor and homeware store

No matter what room you want to decorate, whether you want a professional looking office or a bright, bubbly living room, at Simply Youneek we take care of all of your furnishing and decor needs.

www.simplyyouneek.co.nz

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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13th September, 2016 - National
Cleaners National

Paramount Services

http://www.service-is-paramount.co.nz/page611287.html

Paramount Services is a leading New Zealand franchise company providing commercial cleaning and property maintenance services for all types of private and public sector organisations and domestic services for discerning home owners.

We are the proud winners of the Westpac New Zealand Supreme Franchiser of the Year award 2008 and the Snap Printing Business Services Franchiser of the Year award 2009/2010.

We are reliable in terms of giving commercial cleaning and maintenance of you property such as your offices, warehouses, malls, office parks, retail shops, entertainment and sporting facilities, theaters, hotels and motels.

Industrial cleaning
 http://www.service-is-paramount.co.nz/commercial-cleaning.html

Our focus is on providing a quality, tailor-made commercial cleaning service for clients that demand the best. As well as taking care of your on-going cleaning needs.Managing your property!
 http://www.service-is-paramount.co.nz/page611287.html

As well as cleaning we can offer a huge range of property management options from plumbing to electrical! We can take care of it all with our industry networking so that you only need to call one number for all jobs.Domestic Services!  Click here.

For busy executives our domestic services franchisees offer a complete home cleaning and valet service from vacuuming and dusting, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens to dealing with household chores such as grocery shopping and dry cleaning.

www.service-is-paramount.co.nz

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


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