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Place branding

THE FUEL OF LOCAL PROSPERITY While destination marketing is sparking imagination worldwide - Wairarapa is already on fire. ... Read More...

There to Here

Wairarapa attracts many highly skilled imports - shaping the professional landscape with their innovation and imagination. Erin Kava... Read More...

Titipounamu

TINY, PRACTICALLY SILENT AND OLDER THAN THE HILLS Blink and you may miss the titipounamu - New Zealand’s smallest ende... Read More...
NZFS huts

Starting with Nature

In the heart of the Tararua range some 50 years ago, 17-year-old novice deer culler Chris Peterson learnt to navigate, hunt and cook bread i... Read More...
Janine Price

Skates On

Janine Price glides high on her white boot roller skates, striking out across the basketball court at Featherston’s indoor stadium. She ... Read More...

Wairarapa Wildlife

shrubby tororaro

SHRUBBY TORORARO

There are those who delight in comparing shrubby tororaro to a heap of rusty wire netting. In fact, this deciduous endemic plant could outla... Read More...
puriri moth

The Puriri Moth

The puriri moth is our resident stealth bomber, flying silently under the forest canopy on a mission to drop its cargo: eggs, not explosives... Read More...
Wairarapa wildlife Rata

Rata a rakau rangatira

Northern rata is one of our most recognisable trees. In the scientific world, it is known as Metrosideros Robusta - meaning “stout i... Read More...
Buller's Gull

Buller’s Gull

Most people think finding severely threatened birds means days in the wilderness, sleeping rough and spending hours, usually in pouring rain... Read More...

Food and Wine

MESITA WINE BAR

All about Mesita Wine Bar with Alice Bourdôt and Hayden Gibbes. Tell us a little about yourselves. We moved to Featherston almost tw... Read More...

NECTAR OF THE GODS

Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, dessert wines offer an experience that leaves you feeling favoured by the gods. Celestial j... Read More...

Wilco Lam – Winemaker

"Immersing myself in the rural New Zealand lifestyle was like sliding into a warm bath - and then finding all your bath toys under the foam.... Read More...

Design and Living

Modern rebuild

Susie and James Mackie pictured with their daughters Lucy, 3, and Emma, 15 months, run Mackit Architectural Design and Construction in Greyt... Read More...

There to Here

There to Here

Wairarapa attracts many highly skilled imports - shaping the professional landscape with their innovation and imagination. Erin Kava... Read More...
Healing words Ann Hughes

Healing words

Anne Jackson knows words can heal. Whether it’s been showing bulky ex-thugs riddled with bullet wounds how to write their name ... Read More...

People and History of Wairarapa

Pickle Pierce

Wairarapa War Heroines

Ambulances, eating off the floor, and keeping cheerful and courageous. In the century since World War I, New Zealanders have heard countle... Read More...

The Saddle Builder

Pete Carlisle makes trees. Not the living, growing kind. Carved from wood and wrapped in rawhide, these trees are the backbones of h... Read More...