Spring 2017

“Serendipitous” is the word Louise Ballinger used to describe how she and her partner Russell Cameron came to take over the reins of popular Greytown café Two Short Whites.

“With Salute our philosophy is if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” says Ken Miller, who now co-owns and runs one of the Wairarapa’s most loved restaurants, with his partner Jason Brumbaugh. By Katherine Robinson.

Sometimes all we need is encouragement from the right person at the right time to unleash latent talent and turn it into a business.  By Katherine Robinson.

Artist and knitting supremo Kate Caie talks to Katherine Robinson, about the stand-out appeal of giant knitting.

A desire to swap a fast-paced city existence for a more relaxed lifestyle was the primary motivator for the Ransoms’ move to the Wairarapa …but they also discovered an exciting business opportunity lay here for them in the world of tourism.

Prominent Auckland painter Adrian Jackman now calls Carterton home. 

It’s Wairarapa’s gain, but we might have Whanganui to thank for it. Simon Burt explains.

Collaborating on ‘The Look of Martinborough’ book, local historian Mate Higginson and writer/publisher John MacGibbon worked in John’s office as they sourced and assembled 170 pages of words and pictures. How appropriate, as the room was Mate’s childhood bedroom. Susan McLeary finds out more.

Tucked away across a pothole-pocked vacant lot and with little obvious signage, the Regent 58 Brewery & Ale House might hint at a sly grog shop. But, as Simon Burt discovers, it’s the real deal.

Three Wairarapa photographers achieved success at this year’s NZIPP Iris awards held recently in Wellington.

The Shadbolt name is well known in New Zealand so it’s good to get the question out of the way early. “Yes, it’s my husband’s name – his father is first cousin to both Tim and Maurice.” Right, moving on then ... By Simon Burt.

Martinborough is used to seeing people on bikes, but when Dave Frow cycles through the village heads swing and eyes widen in surprise and delight. That’s because his bike is an eye-catching Penny-farthing. Susan McLeary reports.

One thing Steve and Louisa Portman of Clareville Nursery have learned about the Wairarapa Garden Tour is that afterwards there will always be a rush on a certain plant – they just can’t predict what it will be. By Katherine Robinson.