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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MARTIN LEWIS, MARKETING MANAGER OF JAZZ IN MARTINBOROUGH TELLS US WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS FESTIVAL

"Spring is in the air - and so is jazz! Just like the buds on our apple trees that are almost ready to burst, our 7th annual festival of Jazz In Martinborough will blossom into view on 31 August and bring joy to all those who are lucky enough to be there. I love listening to...
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IT WAS LIKE HAVING A CRAPPY JOB THAT I HAD TO TURN UP FOR EVERY WEEK BUT NEVER GOT PAID FOR!

Life does not always work out the way we plan, having Breast Cancer at the age of 33 with three young children to look after was not part of where I saw my life heading. But this was my reality in 2015 and for the following 18 months’ hospital visits became a huge part of ...
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Building Self Esteem, Inspiring Inner Confidence

"I don't just give people a tattoo, I help give them back their self esteem."  Passionate about her work - Paramedical and Cosmetic Tattoo artist Rebecca operates from her private clinic on a beautiful lifestyle property based just south of Masterton . Her story is lif...
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The ultimate goal to see Martinborough plastic bag free

"The goal is one bag for every person in Martinborough, that's a target of 600 bags", Carolyn Irwin, one of the founders of this eco-initiative doesn't think small. Neither does co-founder Amanda Ra, these women mean business in the war against plastic pollution, the ultim...
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Overall winner "Quad bike fishermen at Lake Ferry" Rebecca Kempton

"This is a stunning image that summarises evenings/summer at the lake, with the skyline making it distinctly Wairarapa. Thousands of people visit lake ferry every year and this image reflects this with a warm, peaceful tranquility. Beautiful composition - and the treatment g...
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BLURRING THE LINES BETWEEN PHOTOGRAPHY & MIXED MEDIA

More than straight shooting photography, Esther Bunning takes you on a spectacular journey with her portraiture and conceptual photographic art. Ethereal, magical, timeless....Esther's portfolio captures the imagination, telling tales of people, families and moments to be...
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