Summer 2018

When you sell your business then buy a new one in the same week, it’s easy to think it was meant to be. By Leigh Parker

Making the most of Tauherenikau, Rose & Smith offers a new venue for weddings and corporate events. By Simon Burt.

An endless quest for sourcing fabrics and objects has led to the opening of Jet in Greytown.

How does it feel to loop the loop in a Tiger Moth, take flight in a helicopter or skydive from 12,000 feet? Katherine Robinson asks serial, aerial adventurers Amanda and Ricardo Borgo.

Give someone an activity as a present, and they’ll get the gift twice over – once as a surprise, and later when they take part. And it’s a memory shared if you get a group together to help celebrate. Here’s a sample, including some to stretch the comfort zone.

Every edition we will profile local winemakers, in this issue: Poppy and Shayne Hammond who are celebrating five years at Poppies Martinborough

“You know I used to sit in on the bottling line during my previous employment. I would wonder, is this bottle going to a twenty-first or a wedding or is it going to be a gift. I’d think, ‘where are you going?’” says Poppy.

In one way or another story-telling has been a theme throughout the Delmonte’s life discovers Katie Farman.

Warwick Delmonte can remember being surrounded by books from a young age. His father owned a book, stationery and toy store in Auckland called Papakura Stationers, from the mid-1960s till the late 1970s. It was a place he’d visit and get lost in the titles.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee takes Marvin Guerrero right back to his childhood in Honduras where he lived on the family coffee farm. Now, he’s fulfilling a dream by bringing a little bit of Central America to Masterton.

“I’ve had a long relationship with Martinborough, although I have only lived here a short time as a resident,” says Celia Jenkins, owner of The Grocer, the village’s new deli.

Enter through the red door of a former pressed steel ceiling factory in Newtown, and you are in the world of artist Elizabeth Thomson, currently exhibiting at Aratoi. First, pass rows of packing crates and boxes that transport diverse objects to galleries around New Zealand and overseas – from fragile, attenuated glass tubes to hundreds of hand-sculpted leaves and moths. Once inside, under the soaring match-lined matai roof, you get a sense of the true scale of Elizabeth’s creative industry. By Anne Taylor.

Elisa Romani is bringing some Mediterranean sunshine to Featherston with her new venture, Sweet and Salty. But it flows both ways as Elisa says New Zealand in general and Wairarapa in particular has a special place in her heart. By Anne Taylor

Got a subject you want to vent, enthuse or wax lyrical about? Good news – you can fold a sheet of paper into eight equal parts and express yourself via a ‘zine’, a cheaply made, cheaply reproduced self-published work that can be about absolutely anything. Anne Taylor met Featherston’s own zine maven Sam Dew aka Murtle Chickpea, to find out more. Illustration by Anne Taylor.