Spring after a winter break and it’s time for change, renewal and to refresh the look of the magazine with the new masthead and design, complemented by the inspiring photography of Esther Bunning and her team.

This November sees the 25th anniversary of Toast Martinborough, which always marks the beginning of spring in the heart of the Wairarapa wine growing region, and this year the locals will be pulling out all the stops.

The festival was the vision of Richard Riddiford who passed away in August and will be sadly missed. Richard had a huge influence on the wine industry both in Martinborough and in New Zealand, and was behind the success of Palliser Estate.

Due to the popularity of the magazine and the incredible support from advertisers, we have increased the print run for this issue to 10,000 copies which will be distributed throughout the region over the coming months.

Thanks again to all our supporters and hope you enjoy this issue. Cheers and see you in summertime.


Issue#40 - It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since we started the magazine and my thanks and appreciation go to the advertisers, contributors and readers who have supported us over the years. There have been ups and downs, like any other business, but we continue to publish and with the variety of interesting people andplaces, we will never be short of things to write about.

Over the past ten years I have seen the region change so much, and the people moving here are bringing with them creativity, knowledge and experience that they are using to establish some exciting businesses that we profile in this issue.

Check out the Events page and be sure to bookmark your calendar, as there are several events taking place over the next few months that are suitable for all ages.

Thanks to Esther Bunning and her team for the fantastic cover shot for the Wedding Guide issue, which showcases the region’s best venues, caterers, photographers, hair and beauty specialists. Wairarapa is an unforgettable place for a wedding.

The next issue will be coming out in September (Spring #41) as I am going to take a break over the winter period. I hope you enjoy the magazine and see you in Spring, cheers Raewyn.

Over the summer season there are so many events taking place including the Wairarapa Racing Club, Country Music Festival, Cruise Martinborough, the Martinborough Fair, Huri Huri Bike Festival, Wairarapa Balloon Festival and Brew Day. In March we are treated to the Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival, Golden Shears and The Castlepoint Beach Races.

So be sure to mark your calendar and enjoy the festivities and the beautiful summer days here in the Wairarapa.

When planning editorial for the next issue, the writing team get together and brainstorm over coffee and it never fails to impress me how many ideas we come up with, often accompanied with much hilarity. In this issue we profile some of the interesting people living here, from all walks of life, who are changing the face of the region with their talents, knowledge and expertise.

The next issue, Autumn #40, due out in March 2016, will be our 10th birthday and will feature
a special Wedding section to coincide with the Wellington Wedding Show.

I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the advertisers and readers who have supported the magazine and made publication possible. 

Enjoy the warm summer days and see you again in Autumn

Cheers Raewyn.

Fun, food, fashion and the arts! My winter break in Paris was fantastic, catching up with family and sharing good times with friends, including Shane from Mango in Greytown and Diane, his mum, from Sydney. 

We walked for miles and miles, absorbing the culture, people and architecture of this beautiful city, forced to take the occasional pit stop to rehydrate in the 39c+ temperature, but always with a smile on our faces.

Returning home rejuvenated, though a little chilly, it was time to get down to business and reality. Being away gave me a sense of how very lucky we are to live in such an amazing country, with fresh air, clear blue skies and green pastures - maybe not 100% pure but almost.

With the arrival of spring there’s a lot to look forward to besides warmer weather. This season sees the return of Kokomai Creative Festival in October, with an outstanding programme of theatre, concerts and events, catering to all tastes and ages.

In November we celebrate Toast Martinborough, now in its 24th year, an institution that brings 10,000 people to this picturesque village to sample local food, wine and music.


Simon Burt takes us on a journey in his retro caravan, Katie Farman is inspired by the Pukaha Wild Run Challenge and the Pukaha Garden Tour; Anne Taylor and Julia Mahony interview innovative people who have made Wairarapa their home, bringing with them an amazing assortment of skills and knowledge.

It’s nice to see the blossoms on the trees and I’m looking forward to the warmer weather and getting out in the garden again.

Thanks to you, the readers, advertisers and contributors, whose support makes this publication possible.

Hope you enjoy this issue and see you in summer, cheers Raewyn.

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