Carolina Vargas-Gonzalez of Nidito tell us all about her new venture...Nidito, spanish for “little nest” is the name of my brand and that’s what I’m all about, everything I make is handcrafted with love in small batches and often one-of-a-kind pieces to make someone ...
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Palliser Ridge Farm in Pirinoa, twenty minutes South of Martinborough isn’t your run of the mill Sheep and Beef Farm. The core farming business is run by Manager Kurt Portas, but recent developments have seen the Palliser Ridge brand extend to much more....
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How thousands of flightless birds met their end

Fossilised bird grave sites are common in New Zealand, but one particular cave in Martinborough has revealed thousands of bones of flightless birds who plunged to their deaths. Curator of vertebrates Alan Tennyson describes how over thousands of years rare and extinct birds ...
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CREATED BY TWO FRIENDS WITH A PASSION FOR COMFY, STYLISH LINEN CLOTHING

17blonde is the newest local fashion label in town, with a linen feel we love! This uber cool brand has been created by two friends with a passion for comfy but stylish linen clothing, both ladies wanting to support a New Zealand made range. For Lianne it was a natural ...
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SWEET AS!

October 8, 2017
Do you remember It’s Quite Cool on the corner near the Fire Station back in 2010? What about meeting us when we had our little Gelato shoppe on Kitchener Street ? Or maybe you’ve seen us parked at Te Kairanga for their Farmers Market or the many years we were there for T...
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A BALLOONING BLOG, IN 3 PUFFS

September 24, 2017

PUFF ONE: IN WHICH A TEENAGER DISCOVERS THE MEANING OF HAPPINESS AT CLOWN SCHOOL

The year was nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and not being a ‘popular’ teenager I spent many an anxious afternoon considering how to occupy oneself during the upcoming and infinite period of the school holiday. My well-soiled Duran Duran LP was becoming a ghost of fanta...
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Robert Brown Fire Fighter

September 16, 2017

I JOINED THE FIRE BRIGADE AS A WAY OF CONTRIBUTING TO MY NEW COMMUNITY

Martinborough Fire Fighter Rob Brown is about to leave town and head to Rotorua to embark on a 12 week training course at the National Training Centre for Fire and Emergency, in order to become a permanent Fire Fighter. The career recruit course begins on the 25th of Septemb...
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VENTANA MURAL WALK FOR KOKOMAI

September 11, 2017

IT'S BEEN INSPIRING AND MOTIVATING FOR US AT VENTANA

It’s hard to believe that just over one year ago Ventana opened its doors to the Wairarapa and began a story about creativity in the community.  It’s been wonderful to learn about our region and all of the incredible talents living in our midst.  We are very gr...
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THE KEY POINT I DISCOVERED, LIFE IS A BLANK CANVAS AND ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

I grew up in a culture where asking directly for the things you want in life or in general was considered rude. However, I soon learnt that the problem with waiting for someone to notice you, meant that you could be waiting a long time, perhaps It was best to put myself out ...
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Facing Giants Crossfit

August 28, 2017

IT'S A DAVID & GOLIATH THING, TO MANY PEOPLE EXERCISE CAN BE A GIANT, TOO BIG TO FACE. BUT WE MUST FACE OUR GIANTS IN ORDER TO GROW, DEVELOP, TO BECOME OUR BETTER SELVES - MATT & LYDIA GUILD

You've heard of CrossFit - but what is it?   'A high-intensity fitness programme incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise' -  Matt and Lydia Guild have their own boutique CrossFit box/gym "Facing Giants" situated on White Rock Road, Martinbo...
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