Issue #1 of this magazine was first published way back in 2006 and, strangely enough, that doesn’t seem that long ago until I think about all the changes in the region. Over the years, we’ve benefited greatly from an influx of people who have decided to make the Wairarapa their home, bringing their talent and enthusiasm with them.
Kate Mead is one such person, leaving her job at RNZ in Wellington to take over the espresso machine at Featherston’s Café Loco – a warm, welcoming space filled with books. And if that’s not enough, Kate is also the driving force behind Booktown, an annual event for book lovers.
Other newcomers include Dawn Lucia and partner Jessie, who left the turmoil of Auckland to find peace and healing in Greytown while establishing their new Acupuncture & Herbology Clinic. Local developer, David Borman, continues to ‘lift the level’ with inspiring projects, such as the boutique cinema/theatre complex in Kuripuni and renovations of the Edwardian-era Chilton Building in Masterton.
You’ll also find the Wedding Directory, featuring all the services that couples will need to make the Wairarapa their ultimate wedding destination. Now the weather is improving check out the Autumn Events on and be sure to bookmark your calendar.
Thanks to everyone for your support and look forward to bringing you the Winter 2017 Issue #44 due out in June.
Doing it yourself is part of the national DNA, so it’s not surprising that injecting a dash of DIY into a wedding has become a growing trend. Going the DIY route for a wedding is a bit like making a patchwork quilt. Yes, it’s easier to buy ready-made, but it can be so satisfying to put together something that’s uniquely yours. Not only can you do it your way but you can save money – the price tag for an average Kiwi wedding is now around $30,000. With a bit of imagination, you can trim back some of the costs or perhaps spend more on those things you think are important.
As the song says, the times they are a-changing. Toast Martinborough turned 25 in 2016 and a lot of thought went into refreshing the iconic event so it was “grown-up, safe and fun” for guests.
Heading into her third year in the role, event manager Anna Nielson is relaxed about event liquor laws and says that, with very few exceptions, guest feedback rated 2016 as “one of the best in years”.
In the bustle of Martinborough’s township, full of choice offerings from local café’s, unique items from boutique shops, the buzz and busyness of cycle tours and the many personable cellar doors open to the public, one might think that there is very little left to offer the discerning visitor.
Now in its 22nd year, Martinborough Round the Vines appeals to those wanting to activate their hamstrings and their taste buds. Whoever said running was boring has obviously never been to Round the Vines, an annual running and walking event in Martinborough.
Since Tim and Carissa Fairbrother first opened their doors for business in 2008, RIVAL Wealth has continued to flourish. They pride themselves on their business reputation as being one of the top places to work in the Wairarapa. Staff retention is very high, with the key being flexible working hours to fit in with family life. With the recent building extension of their head office now completed, they’re now on track to extend business growth, opening an office in Wellington.