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

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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Plastics Wairarapa

Accord Plastics

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Plastic packaging solutions, delivering products and services throughout New Zealand.


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Kenray Roofing

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Family business covering greater Wellington since 1950


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Septic Tanks Wairarapa

GT Environmental Services Ltd

www.gtenvironmental.co.nz

Your total on site waste water specialists Wairarapa wide.


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23rd August, 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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Auto Repairs Wairarapa

Advanced Auto Mechanical

www.mastertonmechanic.co.nz

Services for the Electrical and Mechanical repairs in the Region of Wairarapa


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21st August, 2016 - Wairarapa
Painters Wairarapa

Kate McLaren

www.katemclaren.com

Breathtaking sceneries and countryside landscapes.


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Catering Wairarapa

Guten Appetit Catering

www.cateringwairarapa.co.nz

Exceptional catering and venue from the Wairarapa catering company that you can depend on.


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AccommodationRestaurant/CafeTour companiesWine Wairarapa

Murdoch James Estate

www.murdochjames.co.nz

The finest wine experience in New Zealand


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Hairdressing Wairarapa

Tonik Hair Salon

www.tonikhair.co.nz

Tonik is a modern eclectic vibrant salon based in Kuripuni, Masterton. Precision hair cutting, styling and hair coloring is our focus.


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Food products National

Ken Wilson Meats

www.kenwilsonmeats.co.nz

A customer focused meat company supplying quality products & delivering personalised service.


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Fire ExtinguishersSafety Equipment National

Stock Aid

www.stockaid.co.nz

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


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Book Sellers National

Spinal Publications

www.spinalpublications.co.nz

Effective, affordable self treatment for life


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26th August, 2016 - National
Furniture National

Simply Youneek

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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Safety Equipment National

Action Safety

www.actionsafety.co.nz

Owned and operated in New Zealand. Our online store provides safety equipment, safety boots and workwear


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Cleaners National

Paramount Services

www.service-is-paramount.co.nz

Our 24/7 call center. 0800 cleaner (253 263)


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Personal products and service National

The Yarn Queen

www.theyarnqueen.co.nz

Online knitting store in New Zealand


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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 August, 2016 - National
Bakers National

Purebread

www.purebread.co.nz

Great taste. Good health.


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Shoe Clinic

www.shoeclinic.co.nz

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


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Training and Education National

Cellfield New Zealand

www.cellfield.co.nz

Helping dyslexic readers throughout New Zealand with our proven computer based reading programme.


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23rd August, 2016 - National
Awnings National

Shade Systems

www.shadesystems.co.nz

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


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Food products National

Purebread

www.glutenfreegoodies.co.nz

Baking powder, gluten-free mixes, recipes and more...


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Natural Health National

Velvet Energy

www.deervelvetnewzealand.co.nz

Velvet Energy manufacture and sell natural NZ deer velvet products for good health and vitality.


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22nd August, 2016 - National
Printing National

Banerect

www.banerect.co.nz

Amazing portable display systems for your presentations and shows.


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21st August, 2016 - National
Safety Equipment National

Gaprie Ltd

www.gaprie.co.nz

Supplying safety nets and Worksafe NZ required safety net training approved by FASET


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20th August, 2016 - National
Personal products and service National

Stay Well Pharmacy

www.staywell.co.nz

Your holistic pharmacy for healthy living, delivery anywhere in NZ. Spend $80 or more and standard delivery is FREE.


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19th August, 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 August, 2016 - National
Transport National

KAM Transport

www.kam.net.nz

The specialist transportation company you can rely on for all your product delivery needs in NZ.


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Clothing National

Zebrano

www.zebrano.co.nz

Casual essential designer 14+


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18th August, 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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Local Business Of the Month

Carpet Cleaning Wairarapa

Chemdry Wairarapa

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Keep your home free of harmful germs with specialist carpet and upholstery cleaning from Chemdry Wairarapa.

Clean carpets and furniture in your property means a healthy home environment for you and your family - and Chemdry Wairarapa can ensure a professional, thorough clean each and every time.

Contact one of our experienced professionals at Chemdry Wairarapa, for more about our flood restoration, upholstery and carpet cleaning services.

Floor cleaning services
 
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Whether in the home or office, carpets can trap airborne allergens and act like a filter - therefore, a regular carpet clean will promote a dry and healthy environment. 
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Restore that old musty furniture to its original vibrant state with professional upholstery cleaning services from Chemdry Wairarapa. Your furniture will be looking and smelling like the day it was made in its shiny new condition!Flood Restoration!  
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Experiencing any sort of flood in your home or office can be a stressful time for any property owner...but don't panic! The team here at Chemdry Wairarapa are here to help, taking care of the entire process to ensure your carpets and building structure are dry again in no time.

www.chemdrywairarapa.co.nz

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


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Home services Wairarapa

Modeliving

http://www.securatel.co.nz/home-security-wellington

Installation and customised design of your home entertainment, lighting and security systems

Audio Visual.  Click here.

Improve your lifestyle with custom-made audio visual systemsLighting Fixtures.  Click here.

Lighting for all events including smart home automation of lightingSecurity Access.  Click here.

Protect your home or business with effective security

www.securatel.co.nz

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


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National Business Of the Month

Food products National

Mexican Supplies Limited

http://www.mexicano.co.nz/

The Mexicano Corn Chip company offer delicious Mexican style corn chips, and with Gluten Free options there is something for everyone and every occasion.

We stock a large number of supermarket outlets in New Zealand, along with having the capacity to export our products worldwide.

Mexicano is run by Mexican Supplies Limited, they can also provide an excellent range of other authentic Mexican food products.

 Who are Mexican Supplies Ltd?

Proudly New Zealand owned and operated, Mexican Supplies Ltd is the manufacturer of the quality Mexicano Corn Chips. What's the range?

Apart from NZ's tastiest, home grown GM free corn chips, we also make a wide range of other Mexican foods. Want to know more?
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Want to stock Mexicano corn chips in your store? Get in touch with us today and we can guide you through the process.

www.mexicano.co.nz

Worldwide distributorship of New Zealand grown, GM free corn chips


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Business products and services National

Arrow Hygiene

http://www.arrowhygiene.co.nz/page50363a177b7de11f75274388

Arrow Hygiene supplies a variety of cleaning and hygiene products for any situation, at affordable prices and top quality.

At Arrow Hygiene our extensive collection of products is bound to impress, and with a variety of major brands, you're certain to find the solution for you.

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

Leading Provider of Cleaning Supplies and Hygiene Products
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You're bound to notice our helpful service and informative staff always remain professional while they discuss all your cleaning product needs and questions.Reach out to us now for more on the greatest hygiene products around.?  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
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Providing quality products for affordable prices eventually had our customers asking for more, so we replied by widening our range to include cleaning products and brands from NZ's best importers.

www.arrowhygiene.co.nz

Arrow Hygiene: Supplying New Zealand with cleaning and hygiene products


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Personal products and service National

Better Send Off

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During this difficult time, Better Send Off want to make the funeral planning process not only stress and hassle free for you, but cost effective.

With our services, we let the client personalise their loved one's send off in a way that best commemorates them personally.

If you need informative advice and practical help on planning a funeral for a loved one, contact Better Send Off.

Funeral Planning FAQ?  Click here.

As you and your family are ready to begin the funeral planning process, you will have a number of questions that you need answered, so you can start making informed decisions.Options for handling the ashes.  Click here.

Funeral Directors will usually personally hand the ashes back to you, otherwise the cremated remains of your loved one will often be available to collect within a full day of the cremation. DIY funerals discussed in media
 
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It can be hard for families to plan DIY funeral services, and because of this Gail McJorrow of Better Send Off looks forward to when coffins will one day be sold in stores nation wide.

www.bettersendoff.co.nz

Everything you need to know to give your loved one the best send off. A funeral is your legacy, your last footprint on this earth.


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Gifts and Souvenirs National

Smoooch

http://www.smoooch.co.nz/massage-oil-nz

Coconut oil based products can dramatically improve the condition of your skin, hair, scalp and body.

Smoooch products are designed to suit everyone - all ages, all genders and all skin types.

Whether you want skin care treatments, an exfoliating coconut scrub or sensual massage oil, Smoooch has you covered.

Get great gifts from Smoooch online
 http://www.smoooch.co.nz/birthday-present-ideas

Perfect for a Valentines gift, birthday present or just about any other occasion, Smoooch products make an excellent choice for your partner, family or even friends and that hard to buy for person.Interested in buying wholesale
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If you like the look of Smoooch products and want them on the shelves in your store, then give us a call or contact us online about buying wholesale.The world is full of rubbish...
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At Smoooch, we strive to reduce the waste in the world, and so we make an effort to offer our products in recyclable yet appealing packaging, with shredded paper protection.

www.smoooch.co.nz

Treat yourself, or someone close to you with our range of natural coconut oil products from Smoooch.


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Real Estate National

Flight Cars

http://www.flightcars.co.nz/chauffeur-driver-wellington

The qualified drivers of Flight Cars offer a safe and elegant way to travel in a luxury car.

From limousines and executive cars to Wellington airport taxis, Flight Cars offers a range of travel options that balance convenience and luxury.

Flight Cars offers a range of chauffeur services around Wellington and the Wairarapa.

Airport transfers and corporate transport?  Click here.

When you need a Wellington airport taxi, choose Flight Cars because our combination of comfortable and stylish executive cars and professional drivers will make your journey smooth and hassle free. Let Flight Cars chauffeur you to your special occasion

For wedding, graduation parties and other big events, talk to Flight Cars to arrange a chauffeur for the special occasion. We also offer limousines and luxury cars for weddings.Take a trip around our wonderful capital
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For Wellington City executive tours in a luxurious car, contact Flight Cars. If you don't have an itinerary planned, we can make one for you on your trip around the capital.

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


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