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Robert Brown Fire Fighter

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 September 2017 and will give him the opportunity to do what he loves, on a daily basis. Rob joined the Martinborough Fire Brigade as a volunteer when he moved to town two years ago. His reason for joining? - "from a sense of curiosi...

September 16, 2017

VENTANA MURAL WALK FOR KOKOMAI

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 gratified to see that there are others who share an appreciation of high quality art that is both unique and made by dedicated small business-owning artists.   We’ve received really great feedback so far, which has ...

September 11, 2017

In the Neighbourhood, Dudley's story

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 there, be assertive and maybe asking was not such a bad thing. The key point I discovered was that we all have wants and needs in life and that life is a blank canvas, anything is possible and sometimes in order to achieve, w...

September 2, 2017

Facing Giants Crossfit

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, Martinborough which they established 4 years ago. You will find these extremely talented athletes training and teaching every day. Matt & Lydia have competed in numerous CrossFit competitions, and continue to train to the highest lev...

August 28, 2017

Spring is in the air, and so is Jazz!

"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 jazz. I read recently that evidence suggests our brains bind us to the music we heard as teenagers more tightly than anything we hear as an adult, and that this link doesn’t weaken as we age. Consider me as 'Exhi...

August 21, 2017

Jasmine Griffith, The Promise Of A Brighter Future

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 my weekly routine. It was like having a crappy job that I had to turn up to every week but never got paid for. Going through the struggle of endless rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgeries I stumbled across somethi...

August 13, 2017

Rebecca Fisher Micropigmentation

"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 life changing....having faced a sudden diagnosis of breast cancer in early 2015, she has been through a huge personal journey which led her to her training as a micropigmentation specialist. Rebecca wanted to use her own experie...

July 27, 2017

Boom, Boom, Boomerang!

"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 ultimate goal to see Martinborough plastic bag free. The first batch of 150 bags has been released & can be found at Kitchener's, Pain & Kershaw, Wine Merchants & Neighbourhood coffee. "People are embracing the i...

May 6, 2017

WINNERS! MARTINBOROUGH VILLAGE SUMMER PIX COMPETITION 2017

"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 gives an added art quality, reminiscent of etching. This is unique, creative and emotive". Rebecca is the lucky winner of: Two nights for two in a lakeside cottage at Peppers Parehua with buffet breakfasts for two adults and...

March 19, 2017

Esther Bunning Portrait Artist, Her Story

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 treasured. One of New Zealand's leading portrait artists, winner of multiple awards, Grand Master NZIPP and Nikon ambassador for New Zealand, Esther thrives on the challenge of creating, "I love working with colours and text...

August 12, 2016

LADY OF THE RINGS

Creating exquisite jewellery is Mary Wall's passion and her work is exceptional. "I love working with people, all my artistic flair has gone into creating these pieces. Getting to know a client, what suits them, finding a piece that reflects their character in a meaningful way, accentuating their individuality - that's so important to me." Mary's designs are more than just a fashion item to buy off the shelf, they are cleverly sculpted small pieces of art. Something to wear every day but so be...

July 17, 2016

THE STORY OF HALL

Like blood coursing through the veins, fabric, design and a passion for both is deeply woven into Lorraine Halls story. From an early age she developed a love for the rag trade, with her Mother a dressmaker and parents who owned Masterton store Halls fabrics - "it runs in the blood, we're a creative family!" she tells me. Lorraine grew up totally immersed in fashion and took to design with obvious flair, starting to sew her own garments from age 11 - " out of frustration, I could never find p...

July 12, 2016

WINTER IN OUR PERFECT REGION

Discover the brilliant escape of South Wairarapa, just a short drive from Wellington City you'll find our beautiful region of wine, olive oil, artisan producers, artistic talent, boutique shopping (forget the big malls!), wide open spaces relaxing events and venues. Take time to chill out, walk, bike around the wineries and olive groves, go tramping, head out to the coast to witness first hand the brilliance of Cape Palliser (on a fine day you can see the South Island!) or just spend the weeke...

July 2, 2016

LA PETITE MANOUCHE AT THE VILLAGE CAFE MARTINBOROUGH

Inspiring and uplifting - La Petite Manouche delivered a flawless performance to a packed out enthusiastic crowd at the Village Cafe last Friday night. Joined by Luke Smillie on percussion, Gypsy Jazz guitar duo Burke Goffe and Robbie Averill enticed and entertained with a mix of Gypsy Jazz standards interspersed with their own clever compositions. This Christchurch based duo - touted as one of New Zealand's hottest Gypsy Jazz acts confirmed this reputation with a powerful performance - i...

June 19, 2016

Booktown NZ

Featherston is definitely the Wairarapa's rising star - and Booktown the jewel in its crown. The 2nd annual Booktown event was held in Featherston this May and we went along to enjoy, literate, participate and totally immerse in this incredible cultural event - the ONLY one of its kind in NZ and part of an international organisation of Booktowns Nestled at the base of the Rimutakas, (only an hours drive from Wellington) you'll find the town of Featherston - home of Booktown and first stop in...

June 10, 2016

Country Cooking School with Mary Biggs

On a beautiful Autumn Sunday in May, we visited the Country Cooking School of Mary Biggs at Te Puhi in Featherston, Wairarapa. Just 50 minutes from Wellington New Zealand lies this idyllic country food farm with a historic colonial homestead - set on 35 acres of established gardens and mature trees. Mary Biggs has a passionate connection to food, having trained in 1983 as a Cordon Bleu chef she has also enjoyed cooking for her family and friends over the years as well as developing Lavender's ...

May 14, 2016

Mother's Day in Martinborough

We love this time of year, celebrating Mum's is akin to celebrating life and we have some amazing offers for you to share with your special lady....

April 27, 2016

Winners! Martinborough Summer Pix 2016

Summer is nothing without people enjoying it, and for that reason, this scoops the judge's top award. Whilst colour is so often a part of our summer landscape, the choice here of black and white adds enormously to the whole: beautiful textures to the bath, fence, blurred landscape beyond - and bringing clarity and focus to the pure enjoyment captured in this summer time image. Delightfully real, fun, and a simply lovely representation of summer in our region. Michelle is the lucky winner of a ...

March 19, 2016

Martinborough in Summertime - The Insiders Guide

Martinborough in summertime is not to be missed, the climate, people and activities are incredible and unique, a world famous wine village now buzzing with so much to see and do, we've put together an insiders guide to take you through summer and beyond. We're sure you'll enjoy our gorgeous little village as much as we do!...

December 14, 2015

Helen Meehan - Olivo olives and life in Martinborough

If you ask Helen Meehan to describe the ethic of Olivo olive oil you will most likely catch the phrase "boutique, artisan and gorgeous". This has been the underlying philosophy of Olivo since Helen & husband John took the helm in 2003. It was a lifestyle change for the couple who saw Olivo, fell in love with the property & decided to buy it. " I was approaching a significant birthday," Helen tells us "so wanted something different to focus on". Having previously worked in IT and telecomm...

November 24, 2015

Julia Deans, Alice in Wonderland and Footnotes dance show - Kokomai continues to thrill and entertain us

Friday night we were privileged to witness a true & pure talent, Julia Deans & band "Both sides now" show,performing Joni Mitchell's songbook at Carterton events centre, another triumph for the Kokomai creative festival 2015. "This is not a tribute show, I'm not wearing a blonde wig.....or smoking a heap of cigarettes...it's just these guys & me with our interpretation of Joni's beautiful songs" says Julia as she eases into the set, a stellar performance which takes us back to the ...

October 25, 2015

Books, Irishmen, Singers & Magic - Kokomai Creative Festival update

On Saturday we headed over to Featherston Booktown & were delighted to find a town abuzz with creative energy, all centred around books. We started at the quirky emporium Mr Feather's Den & worked our way around town from Anzac Hall - full to the brim with book sellers & book lovers - to St Theresa's school where we witnessed a range of activities, including paper marbling & book binding. There were stations of activity set up at various point around the town, historical talks, ...

October 21, 2015

Dance Bites - Kokomai Creative Festival 2015

Tonight we were thrilled to attend "Dance Bites" a performance by students from the NZ school of dance to open the Kokomai Creative Festival. Held at the Carterton Events Centre, a sell out show this was an exhilarating start to the Festival - a privilege to witness such incredible talent. A selection of small dances, aptly named "Dance Bites" each performer told their short but poignant story so beautifully - Part 1 showcasing a range of traditional dances like "Sleeping Beauty", "Les Sylphides...

October 17, 2015

Martinborough Village Wedding Competition winners!

We love the magical beauty of this image, the love between the happy couple, the ethereal lighting, golden grass, the majestic cliffs of our beautiful South Wairarapa coast, the rugged landrover adding another dimension - a complete package. This is a perfect showcase of our region as a wedding destination.....simply magical. Daniel & Sarah win two nights at Altitude Apartments beautiful Studio apartment, a romantic dinner for two at Cafe Medici & a bottle of Margrain bubbles complimen...

September 20, 2015

Perfect Puddings with Ruth Pretty, Olivo Olive Oil & Lavenders Green

Last week we headed out of Martinborough to attend the Perfect Puddings event at Match wine bar. Part of the Wellington on a plate annual food festival, this event was a collaboration between well known Wellington caterer Ruth Pretty, Helen Meehan of Olivo Olive Oil & Mary Biggs of Lavenders Green. The goal to create perfectly delicious puddings using Ruth's expertise as a chef, Olivo's infused olive oils & Lavenders Green preserved lemons. "Not a tall order" says Ruth who is experience...

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