Winter 2017

Architect Nick Bevin with his family’s “permanent tent” in the Tararua foothills. An architect who likes to escape the rat race has built what he describes as a “permanent tent” in a secluded clearing off Carterton’s Norfolk Road.

Marc Soper, executive chef at Wharekauhau Lodge in South Wairarapa, has been named in the newly formed NZChefs’ High Performance Squad.

Martinborough has changed beyond recognition since veterinarian Liz Hancock arrived in the late 1970s, but her enjoyment of being “an everything vet” has not. Susan McLeary reports as Liz looks back after retiring.

Emma Snelgrove is the latest in her family to join Tranzit Coachlines, the Masterton based company which operates nationally and has been going for over 90 years. By Katie Farman.

If you want happy pigs, you need to treat them with respect, says Longbush Pork farmer Naya Brangenberg.

Given the fact that the year the cover photo was taken I was a pregnant hippie with baby brain, I could be forgiven for not remembering this particular AB’s tour (or any at all for that matter!), however as soon as I saw this image I thought Sid .. that’s Sid Going, the man! Iconic!!

Not only are there several activities planned to celebrate all things to do with rugby for both locals and visitors, but many are designed to celebrate the Wairarapa’s proud and rich rugby history and its position as one of new Zealand’s top wine and food destinations.

Storytelling is king at Stonehenge Aotearoa.  Leading astronomer Richard Hall is passionate about bringing the old stories back to life and sharing his passion for the stars to those who visit the full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge in England, but built on the rolling hills in the Wairarapa countryside, a 10 minute drive from Carterton.

“There’s fear in their eyes,” says Peter Bush as he recalls his powerful photograph taken of the All Blacks in Belfast, in 1972/73. There had been a threat that one player from each team would be shot and as they walked onto the field at Ravenhill, armed soldiers with guns flanked them. Ready.

Tucked away in a quiet Featherston street, Chris Adams creates unique pieces of jewellery. The precision of his soldering flame is echoed in the delicacy of his rings, necklaces and custom-made pieces he designs and creates. Susan McLeary reports.

The work of William Mason, arguably the most important wallpaper designer and manufacturer in New Zealand history, is being brought back to life in a small Wairarapa wine village.

WBS Martinborough FC Senior team kicked off for the first time this season - it’s already had some success on the field.