Autumn 2017

The Martinborough Fair - March 4 

As far as markets go, the Martinborough Fair must be one of New Zealand’s prettiest and most popular.

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.

Raewyn Watson
Raewyn Watson - Publisher and Editor

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.

Cheers Raewyn.

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.

High Kitty, the lucky charm of hot air, the first special shape hot air balloon announced to take to the skies during the 2017 Wairarapa Balloon Festival. 

The 33 metre tall gigantic balloon, will travel down-under from her home in Dallas Texas, USA to New Zealand to attend the Festival being held across the region over Easter Weekend, from 13th to 17th April 2017. 

Wairarapa Wedding Guide 2017

We can all think of towns where rampant development has created a blot on the landscape but David Borman, born and bred in Wairarapa, is responsible for some of the most sympathetic buildings and heritage renovations in the region. He talked with Anne Taylor in Kuripuni, where an exciting new project is unfolding.

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.