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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