Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine - Autumn 2011

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Lifestyle ISSN 1178-4806

AUTUMN 2011 - ISSUE #21

Featherston & Coast • Martinborough • Greytown • Carterton • Gladstone • Masterton & Coast

The hues of Autumn

Take the time to sit and watch the leaves turn

Life & Leisure in the Wairarapa

Balloons over Wairarapa Autumn Events - festivals, fairs, fun runs Pukaha Mt Bruce - new kiwi house opens People Profiles - artists, architects, designers plus lots more...

Wairarapa Wedding 24 pages featuring venues, menus, beauty, Guide photographers, giftware, celebrants plus lots more...

Your FREE guide to take home


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hat a fantastic summer we have had with temperatures often in the 30’s and consistently in the mid to high 20’s. The garden has grown out of control after days of hot weather followed by the odd rainfall. It’s been very busy in the Wairarapa since early summer and there are still plenty of events taking place over the Autumn season. The Sunny Boy ballon, a favourite in 2004, is returning to our skies when Balloons over Wairarapa takes off in March. The annual Wairarapa Harvest Festival, an annual favourite, held on the banks of the Ruamahunga River, provides an opportunity for town and country to come together and sample local food and wine. This issue we feature a 24 page section, Wairarapa Weddings, showcasing the region as the ideal place to be married . It’s a ‘must read’ for those planning a wedding, and the vast array of venues and professionsals are guaranteed to make the day very special. Again we feature enterprising people involved in various professions and the arts, who call Wairarapa home and make it such a unique place to live. Sincere thanks to all the advertisers and contributors who continue to support the magazine - without them it would not be possible to publish this and future issues. I hope you enjoy this issue and will see you in Winter. Cheers Raewyn. Editor.


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Trust House Balloons over Wairarapa Autumn Events Snippets Wines from Martinborough Directory Olive Oil Directory North Wairarapa Wines Directory What’s new at Aratoi Moon over Martinborough blog Mary Biggs Helen Mitchell-Shand Victoria Reed Man’o Manolo - Shoe fetish Len Cheeseman Matt Guild Sam Ludden and Janine Ogg Catherine Rossiter-Stead Tunnel House Project Pukaha Mt Bruce WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE - Venues - Wedding Feast - Photographers - Beauty - Wedding gifts - Details, details Andres Mendes da Costa Autumn Dining Guide Wairarapa Lifestyle Directory Advertisers’ Directory Maps, Events

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For all Advertising enquiries Cover Photography: Main photo - Mike Heydon Writers: Katie Farman, Jared Gulian, Anne Taylor, Julie Kidd, Lisa Carruthers. Photography: Peter Singleton, Anne Taylor, Jared Gulian, Julie Kidd, Sharisse Eberlien, Darlya Redfern

WINTER Issue Lifestyle Magazine #22 JUNE - AUGUST 2011

Published by Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine Limited www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz Editor & Creative Director: Raewyn Watson Ph: 027 308 6071 or e-mail: raewyn@wairarapalifestyle.co.nz Production: Nic Hicks Ph: 027 308 6043 or e-mail: nic@wairarapalifestyle.co.nz To SUBSCRIBE to the magazine email: info@wairarapalifestyle.co.nz Printed by PMP Print

Contact Raewyn Watson Ph: 027 308 6071 E: raewyn@wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

Trust House Balloons Over Wairarapa Thursday 17 March – Sunday 20 March

Peter Singleton


he heat is on for this year’s amazing ascension of some 20 hot air balloons, from all over the world, into the Wairarapa skies. Event organisers, who have extended the festival from three to four days – due to popular demand from pilots, sponsors and spectators – are busy putting the finishing touches to the 13th Balloons Over Wairarapa festival. And what a treat it’s going to be. The return of Sunny Boy, the 43 metre high, bright yellow, sun shape from Ohio, USA, will be one of the main attractions. Piloted by Carol Weiner, who last flew the balloon here in 2004, this crowd favourite is making an exclusive appearance at the event. Another highlight is the Trust House Night Glow, which promises a magical evening for all the family with a choreographed musical display of tethered balloons lighting up the night sky. The fiery Burner Parade through Carterton’s town centre is another spectacle that few will want to miss. Here balloon pilots will parade through the main street firing up their balloon baskets and burners. The festival kicks off early on Day One with a mass rise into the air from Masterton’s Colombo Road Rugby Grounds, allowing the balloons to float over the town for all to see before heading out to the countryside. Day Two is Carterton’s turn to gaze upwards before work and school with an early morning lift off from several locations close to the town. Day Three sees the impossible to imagine Splash’n’Dash at Henley Lake, where the balloons launch upwind of the lake and attempt to splash their baskets into the water to score points. Day Four concludes with another early flight over Masterton as pilots find the best wind conditions to fly to the Hood Aerodrome. For more details about the full, fun-filled, four day programme - as well as event confirmation, changes or (dare we say it) cancellations. go to www.nzballoons.co.nz

Mark your Calendar There’s plenty happening over the next few months in the Wairarapa, so don’t forget to mark your calendar and participate in the following fun-filled events.

International Golden Shears - MASTERTON



Watch the world’s best, shearing sheep at lightening speed, also wool pressing and handling, held at the Genesis Energy Recreation Centre Stadium. A fantastic cultural experience featuring a unique section of New Zealand’s rural community.

Martinborough Fair - MARTINBOROUGH



Held in the picturesque Martinborough Square, the fair, reportedly the largest of its type in Australasia, comprises over 480 stalls selling artwork, crafts, clothing, food and a host of other top quality products.

Sculpture in the Country - GLADSTONE

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The third biennial Sculpture in the Country event will be held at Gladstone Vineyard. The event founder and organiser Andrea Johnson says Gladstone Vineyard will be an exciting destination for Sculpture in the Country 2011 as it has a lot of beautiful spaces for the exhibits, with great vistas.

Balloons Over Wairarapa



Balloons from around New Zealand take part in this four-day balloon extravaganza - one of New Zealand’s most spectacular events! Balloons launch each day at around 7.15am in a breathtaking display.

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival 2011 - GLADSTONE



This event is endorsed by the all the valley’s wineries - and is a showcase for the region’s best food as wel,with local producers supplying their finest to premium restaurants for matching to the winemakers’ pride and joy.

Round the Vines - MARTINBOROUGH



Take in stunnning views of the terrace edge and vineyards surrounding Martinborough. Enter as individuals, a family or a team. The course ends back at the Square where you have lunch and enjoy more live entertainment.

All events on page 67 For more information go to www.wairarapanz.com 4 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine AUTUMN 2011 Issue #21


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ianne Harpham has brought her business into martinborough after outgrowing the family home. She has opened her own Art/Gift style boutique, Scarlet, where she can create and display her work. Handcrafting hearts, crosses, flowers and feminine sculptures from wire and mesh. She is also selling her eclectic range of cushions and French inspired homewares. At the door there is a selection of Buxus plants all formally topiaried into stylish shapes to enhance any home. Lianne has been creating for a number of years, selling her work in designer galleries around New Zealand and has sold at the NZ Art Show for the last two years. At Scarlet she is also selling work by other talented artists– Jeannie Hancock’s fabulous paper mache torso’s, Kim Christina’s groovy jewellery, vibrant skirts by Linda Buick Design, vintage purses by Cat Taylor and wool baby blankets by Sarah Erikson, to name a few. See advertisement page 64.

Conservation Commitment

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mporos in Greytown is pleased to offer the work of Tony Sly, one of New Zealand’s most respected studio potters. Shortly after they met with Tony in March 2010, at his studio in the idyllic setting of Raglan wharf, it was burned down and everything was destroyed. Thankfully no lives were lost and the pottery is up and running again. Emporos received the much anticipated order in January 2011 and it has been well worth the wait. Tony Sly has spent over 20 years mastering his art and from his Raglan-based studio creates distinctively styled domestic wares reminiscent of French provincial ceramics. Platters, jugs and bowls are richly glazed and the shapes are rustic and modest, tactile and aesthetically pleasing. All the pieces are handmade in small batch runs and each one is unique. A particular quality of Tony’s work is that his wares are timeless. They look amazing whether your home is traditional or contemporary and there are colours to appeal to all preferences from cool white and vanilla to rich aqua, ochre and green. Functionality is important too and while each piece has decorative appeal they are really lovely to use every day. Wares from the ‘Classic’ range are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. Tony Sly pottery is available in only a few selected stores in New Zealand, and Emporos is very proud to be selected as a stockist.


ponsorship from Palliser Estate Wines is supporting the Department of Conservation to restore Wairarapa’s Onoke Spit, home to threatened plants and animals. A 3 km bar lying at the foot of Lake Onoke, where the Ruamahanga River enters the ocean at the head of Palliser Bay, Onoke Spit forms an uncommon coastal ecosystem of exposed sand and gravel beach. It hosts the black-fronted and caspian tern, sand tussock, pingao/golden sedge, Notoreas “Wellington” moth, and sand daphne. The spit mouth was opened in 1892 for flood control which allowed more land to be farmed and ultimately vineyards being developed. “Our commitment is to environmental sustainability and sponsoring this project is part of that,” says Pip Goodwin of Palliser Estate. The spit is located between the Pencarrow heads to the south and Palliser Bay to the North – the two labels of Palliser Estate. “Despite a relatively sparse community in the locality, a community care group - Friends of Onoke Spit - and local businesses have drawn recognition to the spit’s special nature and are passionate about protecting, enhancing and enjoying it,” says Bruce Vander Lee, DOC programme manager, biodiversity. The ongoing Palliser’s annual sponsorship will help with vegetation restoration, pest control and signage. DOC is committed to supporting and including all groups as an integral part of the restoration process.


Enviro Gold


airarapa’s Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park has joined a prestigious group of top tourism operators after being awarded a Qualmark Enviro-Gold award. Copthorne Solway Park, which is located in Masterton, was awarded the gold honours after achieving top standards across the five key action areas of energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation, community activities and conservation initiatives. It comes just weeks after being awarded a Four Star Plus accreditation by Qualmark - New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance system. Jerry Crump, General Manager of the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, says he is proud to achieve the gold award, which reflects his team’s philosophy of having a sustainable business and being a responsible tourism operator.

Long Lunch supports kiwi and other local birds

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iners at the second annual Breadcraft Long Lunch, held on 3 April 2011 from 12.30 until 5pm, will be supporting local wildlife sanctuary Pukaha Mount Bruce while listening to local songbird, Tess O’Hara. Held under the big marquee at Copthorne Resort Solway Park, High Street, Masterton, Tess will be joined by the charming crooner Frankie Stevens. Lunch will feature five courses, developed by star chef Paul Condron, with local wines to accompany. A charity auction of irresistible items rounds off the day. Funds raised will go toward the ongoing forest restoration and pest eradication programmes that help keep our native birds safe. The elegant event sold out its inaugural year last year. Tables of 10 are $1200.00. Individual tickets are $125. Book your table now by phoning John Gilberthorpe on 06 304 9698.

“We’re thrilled to receive the Enviro-Gold and Four Star Plus accreditation in recognition of the extensive refurbishment that we began to implement two years ago and for the many ‘green’ processes and practices we’ve put in place,” says Mr Crump. “Qualmark has always been the sign of quality in New Zealand tourism, so now we’ve been recognised, it will help both international and domestic tourists make informed decisions about where they choose to visit.” Mr Crump says the business took several steps in order to achieve the Enviro Gold award. For instance a Green Team was established to help drive major projects including one recycling initiative which saw team members personally take recycling to the recycling centre and sort it. “This way we know absolutely that our waste is recycled responsibly,” says Green Team member and Business Development executive Caroline de Lautour. Staff from Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park also worked closely with the Sustainable Tourism Advisor in Regions (STAR) Programme advisor John Gilberthorpe, who provided mentoring assistance to help them develop sustainability initiatives within their business. The STAR programme is a Ministry of Tourism funded initiative to provide tourism operators with guidance and the tools to enhance their environmental performance. Destination Wairarapa obtained the contract to deliver this programme within the region in 2008. Qualmark is jointly owned by Tourism New Zealand and the New Zealand Automobile Association. The programme is run as an industry service, on a not-for-profit basis, and is the way the industry directs travellers to quality assured products and services.

uilt in the 1880's on a site given by Donald Sinclair with funds collected locally, the significant contributors to Burnside Church were J. Purvis Russell and Angus McMaster. Sinclair's daughter Ann, who never married, inherited the adjacent Burnside Farm and looked after the church until her Travelling on the Martinborough to Lake Ferry Road, death in 1958 aged 96. you’ll see Burnside Church (NZHPT Registered Category II). A stipulation at the time of the church's construction was that collections should never be taken up during a service, a tradition that was upheld until 1980. The building is a simple Gothic country church design with entry porch, side porch and thin spire. The end gable has a double Gothic window while the side walls have single windows. The church may be the work of Thomas Turnbull as the window details are similar to those at St. Marks in Carterton. Built by James Tweedale, it stands much as it always has with only the former shingle roof now covered in corrugated iron. A plaque was unveiled in 1990 by Governor General Sir Paul Reeves to mark 155 years since its dedication in 1875 by the Reverend J. McKee. Wairarapa Buildings by David Kernohan.

Wairarapa Award Winners


isa Carruthers talks to the first winners of the WairarapaWon Awards and finds out what this new initiative means for the Wairarapa. Give service with a smile. Go the extra mile. These are the messages of the Wairarapa Development Group’s new monthly award scheme that recognises and rewards excellence in customer service. And ‘go the extra’ is exactly what Yvonne Wood, Manager of Masterton’s Liquor King, did. When a customer from Auckland rang the store to order a case of wine for his brother in Masterton, Yvonne was happy to help. She recommended a selection of Wairarapa wines and arranged a wholesale price. Then, when the customer asked if she could deliver, she put the case in her car and took it to the address on her way home from work. Liquor King doesn’t normally deliver goods but Yvonne likes to be helpful and it wasn’t far out of her way. The house number had changed but it didn’t take her long to find the right one. The customer was so impressed with Yvonne’s exceptional customer service

that he nominated her for a WairarapaWon Award. And she won. Yvonne was rapt. “I was just really happy to win this award. I’m still stoked by it all. The recognition is great. “ The second winners of the newly introduced awards – Masterton-based Taylors Dry Cleaners – were equally thrilled. Celia and Maria Millar and the team were nominated after a customer experienced their top quality service when she left a very expensive item of clothing in their care. “It’s always nice to get positive customer feedback,” says Celia, “and this award just says it all. We’re delighted.” News of the awards is spreading like wildfire with over 50 nominations, for people and businesses across a wide range of industries, since the initiative was launched in November last year. Wairarapa Development Group spokeswoman Wendy Morrison, says the idea has really caught on and hopes that it will inspire companies and individuals to raise the bar of their own customer service levels. “WairarapaWon aims to celebrate great service providers and acknowledge them for a job well done. We hope it will


help lift the awareness of service levels offered to locals and visitors to the region, as well as provide a platform from which local businesses can grow and focus on improvement,” she says. “Exceptional customers service means greater returns, higher profit margins and hopefully increased GDP across all industry types.” WairarapaWon is supported by the Wairarapa Development Group – a team of local business men and women dedicated to bringing a new era of prosperity to the region – together with the Wairarapa Times Age, Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce, Scoop Enterprises, Destination Wairarapa, Air NZ Travel Brokers, Media Works, Tui Breweries and Westpac. To nominate someone you think has provided exceptional service go to www.wairarapawon.co.nz or pick up a nomination form from Wairarapa Times Age office or the Masterton and Martinborough i-SITES.

Wairarapa Development Group members

Martinborough Vineyard Celebrates 30 Years


he quest for world-class wines, especially the delicate Pinot Noir, can be said to be a journey rather than a destination. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Martinborough Vineyard. From humble beginnings in 1980 to the highly regarded vineyard of today, it has been a long and spectacular path spanning over 30 years. the vineyard has steadily accumulated an impressive list of wine awards across all of their varieties both in New Zealand and overseas. If you are fortunate enough to visit Martinborough Vineyard today you will find more than a wine producing operation. Passion to craft the very best wines is instilled within the company and over the years we are proud to have stayed small, consistent and quality driven. In September 2010 Decanter magazine rated Martinborough Vineyard as one of the Top 20 New Zealand wineries. The Cellar Door tasting room at Martinborough Vineyard is nestled alongside the vines and offers visitors a warm and intimate introduction to their superb wines. Open daily from 11am – 5pm for wine tasting and bottle sales. Groups are welcome and can be pre-booked by emailing winery@martinborough-vineyard.co.nz or call 06 306 9955. Tasting is $5 per person but if you purchase a bottle of wine to take home, your tasting fee will cheerfully refunded. www.martinborough-vineyard.co.nz 8 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine AUTUMN 2011 Issue #21

Treat yourself to Eketahuna


itting half way between Wellington and Napier, Eketahuna has more to offer than first meets the eye. Basing yourself at Brookfields Lodge is a great way to experience the area and with self-catering or bed and breakfast rooms available the choice is yours. Starting at Eketahuna’s golf course is a great way to see a slice of the wonderful Tararuas. Top it off with a visit to the newly opened and very hip Herberts Gallery or take in Mark Dimock’s internationally acclaimed sculptures at his studio. For the young at heart Pukaha Mount Bruce allows you to get close and personal with the original 40 mile bush while enjoying native birds and eel feeding. At Cymglyn farmhouse cheese, Biddy produces cheese from her herd of two. Her husband Colin very efficiently runs the Middleton Model Railway on the same site and is always pleased to show off his points and junctions. As you leave Eketahuna heading south past these delights you will find more unique accommodation available, from huts in the hills to cosy cottages at the back of farms and as you go why not stop at the Wee Red Barn or the many boutique wineries on SH2 to try the produce of the area. For more information and help booking your amazing break in the Tararuas please contact Terry or Corinna at Brookfields Lodge‚ T: 06 375 8686 www.brookfieldslodge.co.nz

Vintage Martinborough


intage now means more than wine in Martinborough, the lovely Wairarapa wine village. There are four unique vintage shops all within a short stroll around the Square, offering gorgeous and interesting items along with interior design, craft, kitchen, and haberdashery specialties. If you are looking for crystal glasses, a reliable retro egg whisk, some Victorian china, quirky 50’s vases or vintage fabric and buttons – you’ll find it along with a friendly welcome. Gertrude Snyder Vintage Treasure is located in the old Postmaster’s House and has five rooms packed full of beautiful and


H a n d c r a f t e d E x c e l l e n c e i n Wi n e Visit our cellar door and taste our flagship Pinot Noir along with a selection of our other varieties. Bottle sales available including limited edition wines

Cellar Door Open 7 days from 11am – 5pm

Voted one of the Top 20 New Zealand Wineries by Decanter Magazine 2010

Martinborough Vineyard 57 Princess Street, Martinborough Ph: 06 306 9955 Email: winery@martinborough-vineyard.co.nz Shop online at www.martinborough-vineyard.co.nz

wonderful items from the past. The wide selection of glass, china, jewellery, linen and cutlery is collected by Daphne from all over New Zealand and abroad. The Heritage Shop has been a landmark for many years and has the most elegant and beautiful handiwork in silk linens and lace. Basket and wooden items add to the variety. Mint is well known as the place to shop for everything culinary, but did you know that Sue also has a great collection of kitchenalia. Amongst the beautiful antique kimonos, you’ll find classics from your grandmother’s kitchen.

hope & glory, the eclectic lifestyle boutique, has everything you need to create a uniquely individual home, plus gorgeous items for you to enjoy. Vanya uses her interior design skills to bring together a wonderful mix of vintage, modern and handcrafted items. Her vintage and retro finds are easy to add to a modern lifestyle. Visit all four shops, meet the women who share a passion for all things vintage, get your Vintage Martinborough brochure signed at each shop, and go into a monthly draw for a $25 gift voucher to be spent at the shop of your choice.

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Wines from Martinborough directory If you would like to be part of this directory please contact Raewyn Watson 027 308 6071

MARGRAIN VINEYARD 7 Cnr Princess St and Huangaroa Rd, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9202 Email: wine@margrainvineyard.co.nz Web: margrainvineyard.co.nz. Open weekends and public holidays throughout the year. Onsite picturesque Vineyard Villas, conference facilities and Old Winery Café.




BRODIE ESTATE 16 142 Dublin Street Martinborough Ph: 06 3068835 Email: Enquiries@brodieestate.co.nz Web: brodieestate.co.nz Vineyard with winery, olive grove and art. Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Sage Cottage for Olive Grove accommodation. Cellar door weekends some weekdays and by appointment.


ATA RANGI Puruatanga Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9570 Email: wines@atarangi.co.nz Web: atarangi.co.nz Not to drop by Ata Rangi on a visit to Martinborough would be akin to visiting the Louvre and missing the Mona Lisa. One of New Zealand’s finest wineries - Gourmet Wine Traveller.

17 CONEY WINES -TRIO CAFÉ Dry River Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 8345 Email: info@coneywines.co.nz Web: coneywines.co.nz The quintessential vineyard experience, dining amongst the vines. Delicious café cuisine matched with award-winning Coney wines.

3 CROFT WINES 59 Kitchener Street, Martinborough. Ph: 0508 4 CROFT Email: sales@croft.co.nz Web: croft.co.nz Call by and meet the owners and enjoy the ambience of our Home Block Tasting Room, savour our full range of carefully handcrafted wines. 14 ESCARPMENT VINEYARD Te Muna Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 8305 E S CA R P M E N T Email: info@escarpment.co.nz Web: escarpment.co.nz Established by Larry McKenna and Robert Kirby to create tomorrow’s definitive new world Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. M A R T I N B O R O U G H


MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARD 5 57 Princess St, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9955 Email: winery@martinborough-vineyard.co.nz Web: martinborough-vineyard.co.nz Established in 1980, Martinborough Vineyard is a pioneer of the region and of New Zealand Pinot Noir. Cellar door open 7 days

19 MURDOCH JAMES ESTATE Dry River Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9165 Email: info@murdoch-james.co.nz Web: murdochjames.co.nz Described as Martinboroughs best cellar door experience by many visitors. Enjoy our hospitality - wine sales, café, tours, picnics and functions all available. Wine tasting and sales every day between 11.00 and 5pm. Summer dining 10.30am-3.30pm Wednesday-Monday. PALLISER WINES Kitchener Street, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9019 Email: palliser@palliser.co.nz Web: palliser.co.nz For a top-of-the-range cellar experience sample our premium wines in the new underground cellar.


SCHUBERT WINES 8 57 Cambridge Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 8505 Email: info@schubert.co.nz Web: schubert.co.nz A world search brought Kai Schubert to the Wairarapa. The unique climate produces low yields. Internationally award winning wines with intense and complex character.

HAYTHORNTHWAITE WINES 45 Omarere Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9889 Email: info@haythornthwaite.co.nz Web: haythornthwaite.co.nz it Boutique family-owned vineyard located on the river terraces, offering the opportunity to taste Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Vineyard cottage to stay in.

TE KAIRANGA 13 Martins Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9122 Email: cellardoor@tekairanga.co.nz Open 7 days for Wine tastings and sales. Taste our gorgeous wines with a selection of cheeses or bring your own picnic, relax and enjoy our friendly surroundings.

18 HAMDEN ESTATE 214 Dry River Road, Martinborough Ph 027 4848439 Email: hamdenestate@gmail.com Visit our new cellar door on the Dry River Terraces to taste our range of white wines and Pinot Noir. We are open most weekends and public holidays or by appointment for tastings and sales.

TIROHANA ESTATE Puruatanga Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9933 Email: info@tirohanaestate.com Web: tirohanaestate.com Atmospheric Cellar Door, award winning handcrafted wines, picturesque location, Tirohana Cellars restaurant, hampers, special events, weddings, 5 star Qualmark rated vinestay, 7 days, year round.

20 HUDSON VINEYARD RD 1 Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 8044 Email: peter@hudsonwine.co.nz Web: hudsonwine.co.nz Located on the site of Wharekaka, NZ’s first sheep station, is Peter and Jude Hudson’s Dry River flats vineyard. Sales at local outlets and online.

VYNFIELDS 11 22 Omarere Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9901 Email: info@vynfields.com Web: vynfields.com Join us for delicious gourmet platters, homemade soups and wine tasting. The only certified organic vineyard in the Wairarapa/Wellington region. Taste the difference.


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15 JULICHER 301 Te Muna Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 8575 Email: julicher@ihug.co.nz Web: julicher.co.nz Our Pinot Noir 2006 was judged Champion Wine at the NZ International Wine Show this year. Our 20 hectares also produce Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay.


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93 Cromarty Drive, Martinborough. Phone: 06 306 8822 Email: ruthfg@attglobal.net From guiding star to liquid gold! Atutahi produces delicious award- winning extra virgin olive oil from its grove set in a uniquely landscaped property designed with astronomy in mind. Open by appointment only - please call first.

45 Oxford St. Ph: 06 3066377 Web: www.mad.org.nz Inspiring Art. Gorgeous grove. Luscious fruit. Award-winning Olive Oil bursting with the finest flavours. Mad Extra Virgin Olive Oil is available online and when the open sign is up. We are happy for you to phone and arrange a pick up, or we can send it to you by post or courier.

Molive Gold

Fantail Grove Sevilo, 179 Bidwills Cutting Road, RD 1, Greytown. Ph: 06 304 7166 or 027 269 6428 Email: info@fantailgrove.co.nz Web: www.fantailgrove.co.nz We welcome visitors to the grove during the weekends when the OPEN sign is out - usually between 10am and 4pm. We are happy to open at other times too - please phone, text or e-mail to make an appointment. Family-run grove with single varietal oils to taste and compare, with optional grove/orchard tours. We also grow hazelnuts & table grapes so try these too, when in season.

Olivo 10 136 Hinakura Road, RD4, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9074 Email: helen.meehan@xtra.co.nz. Web: www.olivo.co.nz Visit the oldest commercial olive grove in Martinborough and taste our award-winning extra virgin and hand crafted infused olive oils in the purpose-built tasting room. Learn how to make good food great from the owners. Open Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Other times by appointment.

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Verdale, 101 Cromarty Drive, Martinborough Ph: 06 306 8596 Email: verdale@xtra.co.nz. Web: www.molive.co.nz Nineteen awards in the last five seasons including three overseas. Talks and tastings for one to 60 possible most days but phoning prior to arrival is essential. Grove situated behind the golf course, 1.3kms off the Hinakura Road.

State Highway Tauherenikau. Ph:021 2806510 Email: info@juno-olives.co.nz. Family owned producing award-winning extra virgin olive oil. Our 17 acres are planted with classic Mediterranean varieties. Join us for tastings in our olive shop. Open weekends and holidays, or weekdays by appointment.



No.1 Line, Tauherenikau. Ph: 021 379319. Web: www.olive2oil.co.nz Limited volumes of premium, award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil available at select outlets. Visit our website for detailed information and online sales. Visits currently by appointment only.

Leafyridge 13 244 Daikins Rd, Carterton Ph: 04 528 7836 Extra Virgin olive oils. Grove tours/sales by appointment only. Web: www.leafyridge.co.nz



224 State Highway 53, Featherston Email: info@oriwa.co.nz Web:oriwa.co.nz Behind shelter trees and not easy to see from the highway the grove was planted in 2001. The current blend, produced from four varieties – Frantoio, Leccino, Pendilino and Piqual - has received prestigious quality certification from Olives New Zealand to signify that it has passed testing for both chemical analysis and taste excellence. Visit by appointment only.

Left Field 11 168B Hinakura Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 8976 /021 461 640 Email: cdhadley@paradise.net.nz Award winning extra virgin olive oils, wonderfully fresh and aromatic. Grove visits welcomed - please ring first.



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4 Stone Valley 1800 State Highway 2 ,Tauherenikau ,Greytown. Ph: 06 304 9334. Email: odell@stonevalley.co.nz Web: stonevalley.co.nz Oils crafted the traditional way, try our award-winning Extra Virgin and infused olive oils. Superb Olive Oil soap also available. Open by appointment - please call first.

12 River Grove Olives 138 Gordon Street, Masterton Ph/Fax: 06 370 3722. W: www.rivergrove.co.nz Open seven days. Please phone first. No eftpos/credit. Our beautiful grove lies beside the Ruamahunga River. We offer award-winning, ONZ Certified, extra-virgin olive oils for sale. We also have two-bedroom, self-contained accommodation available.


Olea Estate 185, Boundary Road, Featherston Ph: 06 308 8007 Mob: 027 442 9065 Email: info@oleaestate.com Web: www.oleaestate.com Olea Naturae is a premium quality, award-winning Extra Virgin olive oil. It is grown, pressed and bottled on Olea Estate, a picturesque grove situated in the town of Featherston in South Wairarapa. Open for guided tours of the grove and olive press by appointment - please phone us first.

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Shop open weekends and public holidays Tour groups welcome by appointment 1931 SH2 Greytown PO Box 38 Tel: 06 304 8895 or 021 280 6510 www.juno-olives.co.nz email:info@juno-olives.co.nz ww www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz ww. w.wa wair irarap irar pal alif lif ifes esty tyyle l .c .co. o.n o. nz

Olivo, RD4, Hinakura Road, Martinborough Visit www.olivo.co.nz for more information

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Gladstone Road, RD 2 Carterton. Ph: 06 379 8563 E: info@gladstonevineyard.co.nz W: gladstonevineyard.co.nz Gladstone Vineyard is proud of its history as the first and foremost vineyard in Gladstone. Gladstone Vineyard is nestled in the heart of the Wairarapa, and is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful vineyards. Enjoy award-winning wine and delicious food all year round either inside by the cozy fire in winter or outside by the vines enjoying the sun in the summer. Cellar door open Tuesday - Sunday.

Johner Estate


359 Dakins Road, Gladstone. Ph: 027 230 3008 E: johner@wise.net.nz W: johner-estate.com One of the exciting new boutique wineries in picturesque surroundings next to the Ruamahanga River. Enjoy handcrafted Burgundy style wine in a panoramic tasting room.

Joseph Ryan


715 East Taratahi Road, Gladstone Ph: (0) 6 378 8831 W: www.josephryan.co.nz E:joe@josephryan.co.nz The youngest and northern-most vineyard along the Gladstone strip, this family-owned vineyard produces mainly Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, along with smaller amounts of Viognier and Riesling. Available from Wairarapa Wine Cellar.

Wee Red Barn


505 State Highway 2 (5 mins north of Masterton) RD11 Opaki Ph: 06 377 73 55 Mobile: 027 727 87 21 E: dot@weeredbarn.co.nz W: www.weeredbarn.co.nz You need to try our unique hand harvested wines. Made by awardwinning winemakers. Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Wee White, Cabernet Sauvignon and our great fruit wines, Strawberry and Blueberry. Shop hours: open seven days, 8am-6pm.



99, East Taratahi Road, Gladstone. Ph: 06 370 1935 E: info@urlar.co.nz W: urlar.co.nz Urlar is a 30 hectare vineyard utilising organic and biodynamic practices. Our passion is to produce wines of structure, texture and complexity which speak of their origins.

Cellar Door Call first, open by appointment only

Loopline Vineyard


Loopline,Opaki, Masterton. Ph: 06 377 3353 E: info@loopline.co.nz W:loopline.co.nz A “boutique winery” situated on the Opaki Plains just off State Highway 2 north of Masterton. We produce handcrafted award-winning wines in our small winery.

Matahiwi Estate


286 Paierau Road, RD1, Masterton. Ph: 06 370 1000 E: jane.cooper@matahiwi.co.nz W: matahiwi.co.nz Specialising in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, look out for Matahiwi Estate wines throughout the region or visit our website for information and mail order.

Paulownia Estate Vineyard


243b Manaia Road, RD 5 Masterton 5885 Phone: 06 370 1170 / 027 240 6772 E: paulownia@paradise.net.nz Paulownia Estate is situated only a few minutes from Masterton and has been established on fertile alluvial soils overlaying ancient Ruamahunga River gravels. The establishment of the vineyard has been a labour of love and it is now our pleasure to share with you the fruits of that labour. Owners Christine and Vaughan Paul.

Paper Road


7 Wingate Road, Opaki, RD11, Masterton. Ph: 06 377-1745 M: 0274 572 422 W: www.paperroad.co.nz Our vineyard, developed from bare land in 2004, is family-owned with the old man building the winery, wine press and cellar door. We are located 5km north of Masterton on the right, past Opaki School at the corner of SH2 and Wingate Road. Our Paper Road Pinot Noir ($25/bottle/case) and Sauvignon Blanc ($17/bottle/case) are available at our cellar door (open most days 9am-6pm).

Blairpatrick Estate

10 290C Dakins Road, Gladstone. Ph 06 370 1555 E: wine@blairpatrick.co.nz W: blairpatrick.co.nz Small boutique Pinot Noir vineyard. Family owned and operated, this vineyard is producing a range of pinot noir and rose wines for your enjoyment. We look forward to seeing all visitors. Door sales – most weekends 10am-4pm or by appointment.

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What’s new to view at Aratoi Don’t count on your conventional gallery experience when you walk into Aratoi over the next few months. First off, you may be confronted by a glittering Hot Rod, as part of Art of the Hot Rod - an exhibition of sketches, prints, oils and airbrushing featuring some of the top names in American ‘garage art’, and some Kiwi practitioners as well. This will get car lovers’ engines revving! WAIRARAPA MOANA: he pataka kai, he pataka korero stories about a lake and its people is a show that’s got people talking in the region, and beyond. Suitable for the whole family, this exhibition includes a stunning 14m waka that once plied the Lake’s waters; history; ecology, and all you ever needed to know about the eels (‘tuna’ in Maori) that live in Lake Wairarapa. There are free public events happening right through to May. Go to the Aratoi website for more information. Peter Quest is showing new work in March. A merit award winner in the Wairarapa Review VI in 2009, Peter is a tutor at the creative space King Street Artworks, in Masterton, and this will be the first solo show of his highly individual work, at Aratoi. Carol Banner’s pastel and pencil award-winning artworks are stunning in their intricacy and she describes them as ‘natural fantasies’. Inspired by nature, she also finds beauty in dead and decaying forms, often overlooked by others. You’d usually have to travel the length of Wairarapa to see all 13 MainARTery Trail artists, but they are showing together here until April. The group includes painters, printmakers, a jeweller, furniture and stained glass artisans.

And three contemporary artists create a multimedia ‘gallery within a gallery’ in April. The Seek artists are James Ormsby, Dion Hitchens and Bill Riley. Represented by Gisborne’s Paulnache Gallery, they have devised this immersive experience especially for Aratoi.

Left: A drawing by James Oarmbsy. Below: Jan Eagle, Family Reflection series

What’s On at Aratoi Mar - May + 6 ) = 8 3 ; 2

Wairarapa Moana He pataka kai, he pataka korero Stories about a lake and its people (till 7 May) Carol Banner Pencil & pastel drawings of organic forms (25 Mar - 1 May) Zoned - MainARTery A group exhibition featuring painting, jewellery, furniture & stained glass (19 Feb - 24 Apr) Seek - Bill Riley, Dion Hitchens, James Ormsby A collaborative exhibition of drawing and sculpture (29 Apr -19 Jun)


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I Love Lucy A blog by Jared Gulian - www.moonovermartinborough.co.nz

“You want a what?” I said. Rick smiled. “A pet pig. A kunekune.” I paused, then laughed. “For a second I thought you were serious.” Rick looked at me blankly. “I am serious,” he said. Suddenly his voice changed pitch, like he was talking to a baby. “They’re just so darn cute.” I knew I was in trouble then.


aori originally farmed the pigs because kunekunes graze on grass and produce a lot of meat and fat from very little food. The word ‘kunekune’ means ‘fat and round’ in Maori. As pigs go, kunekunes are generally good-natured, like human contact, and aren’t prone to wandering. As a result, some mad pig lovers say kunekunes make good pets.I immediately sat Rick down. Anyone could see we needed some kind of intervention. “Rick, you’re a city boy,” I said. “Remember? Think about Chicago. Think about Tokyo. Think about the packed trains and the noisy streets. You loved that. So did I. It’s embarrassing enough that we’ve actually become fond of our chickens, but now here you are actually wanting a pet pig? What is happening to us?! This has got to stop.” Rick just stared at the ground and shrugged. I sighed. “Clearly we’re both in need of a good dose of Chicago bus exhaust. All of these clean-living, rural Kiwis around us are a very, very bad influence.” In fact, at the time our friends Leelee and The Wolf had a pet kunekune sow named Squiggles and another neighbor has a boy pig named Sammy. When we first met young Squiggles and Sammy, Rick fell in love with them instantly. Sadly, Squiggles died after only a year of life due to a congenital respiratory problem. After that terrible tragedy, I thought maybe Rick would forget all about pet pigs. Instead of abandoning his porcine delusions, however, after the death of poor Squiggles Rick slowly transformed into a man obsessed. He started telling everyone he wanted a pet kunekune – friends, neighbors, even strangers in cafés. But the worst thing was when I caught him secretly eyeing unsavory, seedy websites such as Pig Breeders and the New Zealand Kunekune Association. At night he’d say romantic things like, “I want a cute, little kunekune pig – don’t you?.” Over and over I tried to talk some sense into him. “Those nasty beasts are by no means cute and little when they grow up,” I’d say. “They are big, fat, and ugly. And they’ll eat you alive if you trip in front of them.” “That’s not true,” Rick insisted. “That’s just blatant pig-phobia. I’m surprised at you.” After that, I tried taking a different approach. “Raising a baby pig is a lot of work,” I would say. “They have to be fed with a bottle on a regular basis. With our day jobs and our commute into the city for work, we’re not home enough for a baby pig.” Rick nodded slowly. “You’re right. Baby pigs are a lot of work.” Finally he was listening to common sense. “So we’re not getting a pet pig,” I said. “And that’s final.” About nine months after Rick first mentioned wanting a pet kunekune, he came home from his day job in Wellington with the most horrifying news I have ever heard in my entire life. “I found us a kunekune pig,” he said. “We agreed we can’t take care of a baby pig,” I said. 16 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine AUTUMN 2011 Issue #21

Jared with Old Lady Lucy.

Rick smiled broadly. “This one’s not a baby.” It turns out that Rick’s manager’s manager, Grant, had a 12-year-old pet kunekune named Lucy. She was a childhood pet for Grant’s two young sons years ago, along with another pig named Lily. But the boys were grown and gone now, and Lucy’s pig-friend Lily had died as well. Old Lady Lucy was sad and lonely. “Grant said we can have Lucy,” Rick said proudly. “We just have to go over and pick her up. Since she’s old, she’s calm and docile. She’s perfect for us.” Two months later he was still rattling on about it, and I finally broke down. It was like some kind of bizarre psychological torture, and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. “Okay, okay. You can have your damn pig, but you have to take care of her. And there’s one unbreakable rule. No pigs in the house.” Rick smiled. “Patricia down the road lets her little pig Sammy come inside by the fire when it’s cold outside.” “No. Absolutely not. Never. I swear to God if I ever see that pig in our house, I’ll call the homekill guy and have her turned into bacon.” “Well, you don’t have to get nasty about it,” Rick said. “We’re picking her up next Saturday.” “What? You already scheduled it?” “I knew you’d give in,” he said. He’d arranged for us to meet our pig loving friends, Leelee and the Wolf, at their house at 10am. They were more than happy to help Rick in his quest for pig parenting. They had a truck with a large trailer that would hold a 12-year-old pig. “Lucy lives over on the Kapiti Coast,” Rick said. “I can’t wait to go get her.” I resigned myself to the fact that soon, whether I liked it or not, our top paddock would be home to a very large, hairy pig.

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Mad about Mary...

Chefs prefer Lavender’s Green It seems our top chefs are mad about Mary. Her preserved lemons in particular. Julie Kidd discovers their magic.


used in a special occasion dish, and then never used again. op chef, cookbook writer and TV personality Al Brown recently A tragic waste. Noting this sensitivity, Mary has produced a ‘how visited Mary and the team at Lavender’s Green while shooting to use’ card. It is brilliant. Simple, everyday uses – in the cavity of his latest series Get Fresh. In the series, he visits farmer’s markets a chicken before you roast it (imagine the gravy, oh yum) or as part and country producers of fine food, cooking up a storm in the cab of the stuffing for the chicken or turkey. Even more simply, finely of his battered Hilux – complete with built-in kitchen. Lavender’s diced and mixed through mashed potatoes. (Go to her website at Green will feature this season. www.lavendersgreen.co.nz to join her Al joins a throng of Kiwi chefs who recipe club and find out more). So there choose Mary’s lemon-based pantryis no reason for your gourmet purchase products over others – the preserved to languish in the fridge door after that lemons in particular. Recently chefone extravagant use. patron (and multiple winner in Cuisine Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year) owever, it is Lavender’s Green’s Mark Limacher, of Wellington’s recipe for a family favourite – stunning Ortega Fish Shack, named Kedgeree – that wins this household her preserved lemon in a Middle East over and keeps us well stocked in inspired couscous and date salad. preserved lemons. Kedgeree started In fact it is not only our leading chefs life in India, as a dish of lentils and rice, buying preserved lemons, Lavender’s and then translated into the kitchens of Green had record-breaking sales of English colonials at the time of the Raj the gourmet product over summer to become an eggy, golden pile of lightly – a time when fresh lemons are in curried rice punctuated with slabby plentiful supply. It appears to be the chunks of smoked fish. For brunch on a fastest growing must-have pantry item cool autumn Sunday, it is sublime. Mary in Lavender’s Green’s extensive range generously shares her recipes with her which has led to a very strong year for customers and I am delighted to share them in New Zealand. Business has her recipe with you now. Super simple strengthened considerably in Australia - our 12-year-old son made it recently. too. Their cordials are sold through The preserved lemon takes it to whole David Jones stores and their curds, new level. A gorgeous Wairarapa chutneys and lemons to a network of Riesling complements the subtle lemon upmarket organic artisan stores. They taste perfectly. Mary with son Nicolas. recently had enquires from Japan and I am sure Al and Mark and all the the US market is firmly on the horizon. other chefs would agree. Break out the Mary likens the impact of using preserved lemons to that of gourmet condiments and use them willingly and lovingly, every whether you use salt or not – they make such a difference to the day. Bon appetite. dish. She recommends their use when you are after a real ‘hit’ of lemon, salt and spice. And as for why the chefs use Mary’s over Lavender’s Green Speedy Kedgeree the others? Hers are organic, juicy and preserved the day they Serves 4. Doubles easily. are picked. Handled gently and therefore blemish free, they are immediately immersed in a spice-rich salt brew that will keep Finely chop 2 small leeks, 3 stalks of celery, 1 clove of garlic them perfect for years. and 1 long, thin green deseeded chilli. Gently sweat all of this in 1 tablespoon of oil in large covered saucepan – about 5 to 10 ost commonly associated with North African cuisine – and minutes. Moroccan in particular – preserved lemons have in fact been When soft, but not coloured, add 2 teaspoons curry powder and used all over the world. A delightful discovery of a 221-year-old 1 teaspoon turmeric. Stir through and cook another minute then recipe was particularly interesting. Elizabeth Raffald (an English add juice of 1 lemon. housekeeper and cook) published “The Experienced Housekeeper. Cook 1 cup of Basmati rice. Add 1 finely chopped Lavender’s Green For the use and ease of ladies, housekeeper, cooks etc. Written Preserved Lemon (skin only, discard pulp) and stir through along purely from practice” in 1782 it was dedicated to her mistress, the with 1 small bunch of coriander. Honourable Lady Elizabeth Warburton. In the early chapters she Flake 1 fillet of smoked Hoki into the saucepan with leeks, then stir features preserved lemons made with ingredients similar to those in rice into fish and leek mixture. Mix lightly but well. Add 1 cup oven today’s recipes. The method, however, would make your toes curl. dried tomatoes seasoned with basil and garlic (this is optional). Cambodian, Indian, North African and Moroccan cuisine To serve: Pile kedgeree onto plates. Add chopped hard boiled free features heavily when searching for recipes that include preserved range eggs – 1 per person. Serve with extra chopped parsley, basil, lemon. They are all delicious, if not a tad long in the ingredient list coriander to taste. – especially for a has-to-be-fewer-than-10-ingredients cook like me. There is also the danger that a gourmet item is purchased,



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strong, elegant and stylish Greytown’s Iron Lady Helen Mitchell-Shand chats to Julie Kidd about love, life and living creatively


discovery that her great-grandmother was born in Morrisons all, stylish elegant. This could be said of Enchanted Iron’s Bush and lived, surviving 2 husbands, in South Wairarapa before creator, Helen Mitchell-Shand, as much as the gorgeous iron eventually returning to Wellington. art she creates for gardens, walls and gates. Regular travel overseas saw Helen visit Europe, Britain, Asia We promised each other the interview would be at ‘wine and Morocco. Galleries, local art, sculpture, food and wine were o’clock’. Turns out, that is 2pm on a Friday. Perfect. the focus of her forays. The landscape sculpture in Italy prompted Over a luscious, peachy chardonnay Helen chats about her her to start sketching ideas for sculpture in her own garden. upbringing. Small town New Zealand, ‘gypsy’ father who loved to try new ventures; home-loving, creative and capable mother eciding to do things properly she enrolled in Roger Thompson’s who could make any habitat they ended up in a warm, welcoming, art class. Based in Greytown, Roger is a leading sculptor and colourful home. Finished school, fell into office work and took off teacher and Helen acknowledges his fantastic support. Because to Sydney at the tender age of 18. Had a ball. Married a Kiwi and she had a project in mind, Roger encouraged her to think big. The back to New Zealand where she and her husband raised three result is a 1.8m garden goddess sculpture; towering, gracious and kids. To supplement their income, Helen turned her creative protective. This led to enquiries from friends and neighbours and, hand to dressmaking including creating again with Roger’s help, Helen designed stunning wedding dresses for the 1980’s a complete range of garden art and Regular travel overseas saw Helen visit blushing brides of Waikato. By night sculpture, gates and screens. Just two Europe, Britain, Asia and Morrocco. Galleries, years down the track, she has been invited she worked as nurse aid. Over time, her local art, sculpture, food and wine were the interest in mental health and particularly to exhibit at the upcoming Sculpture in the focus of her forays. The landscape sculpture drug and alcohol addiction was sparked Country exhibition at Gladstone Vineyard and she trained as a counsellor and on 12 and 13 March 2011. in Italy prompted her to start sketching ended up managing a drug and alcohol Constructed of 4mm mild steel, her ideas for sculpture in her own garden. service in Hamilton. Busy times; kids elegant yet robust designs are inspired grew and flew. by New Zealand flora and fauna. Helen In 1993 Helen decided to return to her comments that all her works have been home town of Wellington excited by the range of entertainment, commissions, allowing her to work closely with her customers. art and theatre the city offered. She took up project management Designs are drawn, dimensions taken and then approved prior to work in health, completed post graduate study and spent many manufacture. Helen oversees the manufacture and installation rewarding hours at Inverlochy Art School gaining skills in process to exacting standards. Highly visual and creative screening printing, woodcuts, and clay sculpture. themselves, her customers rave over the work she has produced for them. owever the frustration of trying to develop a garden on Following our wine, we popped in to see some in situ – a set bedrock eventually encouraged her to look over the hill for of gates and beautiful, huge flax screens. Each sit in perfect a place to call home. Early in 2000 she fell in love with a cottage harmony with their surroundings and are strong, elegant and on the outskirts of Greytown. She began re-designing the garden stylish – like their creator. the same day. After three years commuting at weekends she Go to www.enchantediron.co.nz eventually moved over permanently. She made the delightful



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Architectural Air Lisa Carruthers talks to Martinborough’s Victoria Read about her passion for creating modern, airy and light-filled living spaces for families – spaces that reflect the Wairarapa landscape and respond to the unique climate here.


ou don’t need to have the biggest house,” Victoria Read tells me, “you just have to have the best designed house to suit your wants, needs and lifestyle.” And she should know. Victoria has been designing houses ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. As a little girl she used to spend hours drawing and re-drawing her dream home. Becoming an architect was always on the cards (or should I say in the plans), but after designing, building and renovating several homes in and around Wellington, Victoria took a slight career detour. Victoria is originally from the Tora Coast, daughter of late South Wairarapa Mayor, John Read, she moved to Martinborough towards the end of the 1990s and set up Rocket Farm, an organic salad business. “The business did really well,” she says, “and, at the time, I was also working hard on the renovations of our own home and designing new houses for clients. So I was able to combine two of the things I love best – growing plants and architectural design.” ogether with partner Tim Martin (owner of Martinborough’s Circus Cinema and a direct descendant of the original Martin family), Victoria transformed an ancient, run-down barn into a light and bright modern home with five bedrooms, two offices, two bathrooms, a statuesque spiral staircase in the kitchen – and plenty of living space for her large family. The house is on the site of an old abattoir and dates back to the 1860’s – before Tim’s family arrived in the area, named the town and brought Martinborough to life. “We wanted to create a modern, family home,” she says, “but we


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also wanted to preserve the sense of history of the site and the structure. This meant that wherever possible we kept original features and used natural materials to compliment the old design. We also wanted the look and feel of the house to be in keeping with the surrounding Wairarapa countryside.” Rocket Farm was passed onto new owners several years ago but Victoria still dabbles in market gardening in her kitchen veggie plot – with her two youngest sons Johnny and Louie – but says her focus is now on further developing her architecture business, Victoria Read Architectural Design. She currently has a mix of clients, residents from the region, local businesses as well as Wellingtonians looking to move to the Wairarapa for the lifestyle.

Victoria and some samples of her work.

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Man ‘o Manolo

“On a woman’s leg, a shoe is like a piece of jewellery” Manolo Blahnik, shoe designer

Julie Kidd discusses the love of shoes with local shoe aficionados


was shaking as I handed over the £95. My entire week’s wages on a pair of Italian, black leather riding-style boots. Purchased at Russell and Bromley on Oxford Street, London, winter 1979. I reasoned I could eat soup at the pub and survive on my wits until next payday. Let’s face it. We have all done it. Thrown ourselves head first into temporary poverty for the sake of a pair of must-have shoes. The fact that we do it knowingly, willingly and happily is a sure sign of a true shoe-lover says Cushla Reed, shoe designer and manufacturer of the gorgeous Minx brand. Her style has taken Kiwi shoe couture to dizzy new heights, particularly since the launch of her new brand, Cushla Reed: The Minx. Available in Greytown, her shoes are beautifully styled and incredibly comfortable. And with sizes going up to 46 (size thirteen), there truly is a shoe for every woman. Cushla is very connected to her Minx customer describing her as a ‘princess with a professional twist’. “Wow”, I say breathlessly (hoping I fit the bill). “And, um, how many pairs of shoes do you actually own?” “Oh” she ponders, “about 130”. I nearly curtsied. racie Donald of Saunders Shoes recalls the first pair of shoes she fell in love with – black patent Mary Janes. She was three. Looking back on her teens, she is now so very grateful shoe styling has come such a long way. She recalls pinched toes, raw heels and the insane burning of the balls of her feet from ill-fitting but oh-so-fashionable shoes. “The gorgeous soft, buttery leather of today’s shoes from Spain and Italy are testament to the fact that you can enjoy stunning style as well as great comfort,” she sighs. Her mantra - borrowed from the great Bette Midler – “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” came to light when she stepped out on a limb and purchased Saunders Shoes in Masterton two years ago. Business is thriving and she manages to keep her personal collection on the low side as she wears each season’s latest styles. I guess you could call that an occupational hazard. One I would dearly love to be burdened with. To fill the gap in the market for stylish, affordable shoes and handbags, Andrea Britton imports an exclusive range of Europeandesigned shoes and sells them from her signature store, Chick


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Pea, in Petone and outlet store in Masterton. I have three pairs and counting. Her personal collection is a healthy 129. Excellent, I thought. I can’t wait to tell my husband. I have a meager 54 pairs – not counting golf shoes (4), jandals (numerous) and gumboots (2). Phew. Head over heels for over the top heels “On a woman’s leg, a shoe is like a piece of jewellery”, Manolo Blahnik, shoe designer ou only had to watch one episode of Sex in the City to realise the ‘Manolos’ were not characters in the show, but a super-sexy pair of shoes. So often referred to, the shoe became synonymous with the show. In an interesting twist however, shoe design supremo Manolo Blahnik had humble beginnings – growing up on a banana plantation in the Canary Islands - and has been heard to comment that he “struggles with the US culture”, finding it too shallow. Crikey. His shoe journey began when he watched local cobblers make his mother’s stunning espadrilles – copied out of US Vogue and Glamour magazines, that would arrive from Cuba and Argentina months after their publication. Now 68 years old with a multimillion dollar empire, he still single-handedly designs and crafts each pair of heels. In accordance with traditional cobbler rules, he keeps one of the first pair of every shoe he makes. Always the left. These now number 2700. Aren’t you just dying to know what he does with all the right foots?


Do you have your Jimmy’s? nother brand thrown about by fashionistas is Jimmy Choo. Regarded as a fashion staple, the expression ‘a pair of Jimmys’ appears often in the press, television and film. Hailing from a humble family of shoemakers in his native Malaysia, Jimmy Choo made his first pair of shoes at age 11. He paid his way through the London College of Fashion by working as a cleaner in a shoe factory. He made beautiful shoes, but only a handful at a time. Fortunately, his fashion student neighbour knew the girls at Vogue magazine and he ended up with an unprecedented eight page spread. Before long Princess Diana summoned him to Kensington Palace and a pair of pink pumps was ordered. The rest, of course, is history. Selling his 50% stake for a cool $US10m in 2001 has helped him realise another dream – opening a design school in his native land for budding shoe and fashion designers. My gorgeous Italian boots have served me well. Re-soled and re-heeled at least a dozen times, they are as beautiful today as they were 30-something years ago. I love them, wear them every winter and will not part with them. The last word on shoes sits with our esteemed editor, Raewyn Watson. She swanned into an editorial meeting in the swankiest gumboots imaginable. Bear in mind dear readers, it was early summer and a tad hot for said footwear. We couldn’t do anything else but ask – where did you get those? Eyebrows raised, “These?” Yes, those! “Bought in David Jones in Sydney for a stunning $AUD%#*!.00. Armani darling”. We all threw our heads back and howled with joy. So gals, as we have been saying to our husbands all along, quality pays and there is no such thing as too many shoes. And that includes gumboots.



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Designs fon Living There’s a sleek black Retrovelo bicycle parked on the deck of Len Cheeseman’s immaculately renovated 50s home in Greytown. It’s no surprise given this awardwinning typographer, designer and creative director has built his career on lateral thinking and an unerring visual sense. By Anne Taylor.


t’s my response to the lycra brigade,” says Len, who dons a classic straw hat for short trips into Greytown, and would like to see the emerging global trend of ‘slow bicycling’ adopted for an event in the town – accompanied by a long, slow lunch. What is surprising is that this stylish cycle regularly chews up many miles of Wairarapa asphalt, including the circuit from Moreton Road, Carterton, to Martinborough and back. It has also carried Len up the gravel road to the Waiohine Gorge, apparently quite comfortably. Originally from Kent, Len studied commercial design at Camberwell School of Arts, London, during the 1970’s, then worked as Type Director for some of the noted advertising agencies of the 1980’s. He moved to New Zealand in 1992 to take up the position of Type Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, Wellington. During this ‘boom time’ the agency was considered one of the top 10 in the world. Here Len had many successes and became known for arresting campaigns based on creative typography such as the Frida Kahlo ‘Vida la Viva’ and Parihaka exhibitions for City Gallery Wellington. He departed the “Saatchi machine” in 2004, and has in the past two years scaled back his work and relocated to Greytown with wife Pauline. His daughters had grown up and he’d got “sick of gardening on a hillside”. e recently set up a small Wellington-based design company called Ornament with a number of former colleagues, and young designers, and developed the eye-catching branding for the major exhibition Wairarapa Moana, showing at Aratoi, Masterton until May. Len, together with his principal assistant, Amanda Oliver, researched an historic book on Maori carving at Te Papa and briefed the young Taiwanese designer Luke Fan. The result is a striking blend of abstract design and realistic spiraling eels. It’s clear the senior designer enjoyed watching this young Whanganui graduate develop the project, and feels that it’s great to be giving at least one aspiring designer some valuable work experience. “It will all be useful in this changed digital world as so much work


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moves online,” he says. “But there will always be a place for beautiful, precious books, and bespoke items like the piece of film I worked on as part of the creative team last year for the NZ Book Council.” Called Going West, this uses amazing stop frame papercut animation (check it out on YouTube), and won many awards last year including two gold awards at Cannes. long with biking, which was a way to commute (via the train) to his office near the waterfront, Len has been able to thoroughly indulge his passion for gardening in Greytown. Predictably this has been all about creating beautiful design in three dimensions. The lawn-less, grid layout leads to a stunning back garden, with the focal point a large Paul Dibble sculpture called Huia Feather and Celestial Ball. “A book I bought last year Plant Driven Design by Scott Ogden is informing the approach quite a lot, and I’m a big fan of Carol Klein’s series Life in a Cottage Garden,” says Len. He has a few gripes about living in Greytown, including the “draconian” ban on dogs in Kuratawhiti Street’s Memorial Park, and being turned away at Woodside Station due to lack of space for bikes on the train: “In Europe they have bike pumps actually in the carriages. It’s another world and we are not embracing it.” It’s the lack of imaginative problem-solving that rankles even more than the personal inconvenience to him and his two Sealyham terriers. Other than that, there have never been too many regrets about moving to New Zealand. And with a glass of wine in hand and the sun dipping over to the west, it would be hard to design a better way of life than what he’s found in Greytown. For more info on how cycling is being embraced in cities globally: www.copenhagenize.com.


A moment in time that will last forever Lisa Carruthers pauses for a peek at Red Barn Art - Martinborough’s newest gallery


att Guild is a wholesome kind of Kiwi guy. He’s inspired by family life and rustic simplicity. He loves New Zealand. He loves the countryside. He’s happy in the rural setting of his Martinborough home and he’s thrilled that work on his new studio and art gallery is now all finished. “Completing the Red Barn Art studio and gallery means I can work comfortably from home, drawing on my surroundings for inspiration. And I can now share my work with others,” says Matt. Matt’s art is bold and solid. His paintings seem, somehow, decent, honest, reliable even. And there’s something deeply satisfying about looking at an image of a familiar object – a WeetBix box…a can of Watties Tomato Sauce…a five dollar bill…an empty Jaffa wrapper. There’s also a hint of Andy Warhol here – think Campbell’s vegetable soup. Matt has the extraordinary ability of finding a dimension to every day objects that would pass most of us by. His art captures the essence of typical New Zealand life – and shows us this in little snapshots. “Realism painting for me is about experiences or simple amusements that extract memories and forgotten moments,” says Matt. “Time stands still for a short while when you place these objects out of the context. “This sense of timelessness is what links us all together,” Matt explains. “My aim is to jog memories and jolt emotions. I want the viewer to re-experience reality by looking at these seemingly mundane objects in a different light. I want people to see the beauty in things that are quite ordinary and, perhaps, feel a sense of Kiwi pride.“ Certainly, these still life images are so full of Kiwi goodness that you do feel a warm glow inside. Matt says he loves capturing these everyday bits and pieces which, he believes, are the reality of living. “I love the way a certain object looks in a moment of time. And I love how these frozen moments help us remember where we have come from and where we have been.” Red Barn Art studio gallery is open to the public weekdays and every second weekend. Private viewings can be arranged.

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connected to the land and history Working alone in a garret was never going to suit Masterton ceramic artist Sam Ludden: “It’s just not part of my personality,” he says. Now he and partner Janine Ogg are combining their art, development and business skills to engage with the local community and raise awareness about Wairarapa rivers along the way.


aitangi Day saw Sam and Janine at Queen Elizabeth Park launching a series of T-shirts to raise awareness of the plight of the Ruamahanga River. Screen-printed by Shannon Gibbs, their near neighbour in historic Victoria St, the T-shirts feature native eels (‘tuna’ in Maori) and the giant spotted kopoku, and bear the slogan ‘Ruamahunga River, To Tatou Awa – Our river, our responsibility’. The catalyst for the couple was realizing how much the Wairarapa waterways had changed in the few short years they were away in Europe and China. “The worst aspect is that the Ruamahanga has been used as a drain rather than a habitat, with effluent from farming, industry and treated sewerage still flowing into it,” says Sam. The 130km long river, which starts in the Tararuas and runs to Cook Strait via Lake Wairarapa, has been straightened and manipulated over the decades to counter seasonal flooding. This alters water flow and oxygen levels, affecting the species living there. Sam has more understanding than most about local waterways having grown up “mucking around on the water”, and working as a commercial eeler in the 1990s alongside local Matt Paku and his whanau. He had an unusual upbringing for a Pakeha – his parents taught at the Kohanga Reo – and this gave him a strong affinity for Wairarapa and the natural environment. “When you grow up in the Maori world, you are always being told that you are the future,” says Sam. In those days, eels thrived in local waterways, but have since become severely depleted. Eels have since become a recurring form in his ceramics, symbolizing for him the health of our environment. “Whenever people see my ceramic eels, they immediately want to tell me about their own river encounters with eels, their experiences on rivers,” he says. This happened at the park, where Sam set up his pottery wheel in the sweltering heat and started talking to fascinated children and adults about what he was doing and why. Seeing the value in these stories, Janine and a group of local river enthusiasts are recording them on video for posterity. Joining Sustainable Wairarapa was an important move for the couple when they returned to New Zealand. They helped plant 6000 natives at the Makoura Stream restoration project, and seeing what could be done there decided to focus on the Ruamahanga. Cue the T-shirts. Janine also set up www.wainotgogreen.org, a hub of information about the Ruamahanga work, buying T-shirts, ethical shopping, building, and local green events: “We wanted to provide a place where people living in Wairarapa or moving back here could go to find out what was happening.”

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Janine with baby Isabella, Sam and Shannon, wearing the Ruamahanga T-shirts at their Waitangi Day stall. It all seems to tie in neatly with her own business www. loveyoursmallbusiness.com, set up with Jo Foster to help other women align their business with their life goals, passions and values. In fact, just what Sam and Janine are doing themselves. They plan to team up with other artists in Victoria St to market a network of open studios as a visitor destination. Sam will be working with educator Warren Field at Papawai, Greytown, as part of the Enviroschools programme. And they are both raising their baby daughter Isabella. “People say you can’t do anything about what’s happening to our environment, but it is becoming easier to get involved. Find something you are passionate about and you can make a difference,” says Sam. It could be very simple, says Janine: “If you haven’t been down to your local river recently go down and take a look for yourself, visit www.wainotgogreen.org and get involved with a local river or environmental initiative”. Amongst all of this, Sam’s creativity seems undiminished. In fact, meeting Janine and combining their skills has given a greater impetus to his work: “You never run out of inspiration when you are connected to the land and your history,” he says. Free public events on the ecology and history of Lake Wairarapa and local waterways are running through to May. Go to www.aratoi.co.nz.

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Rugby on her mind Greytown’s Catherine Rossiter-Stead has been appointed as the Wairarapa’s Rugby World Cup organiser. Here she tells Katie Farman how the region can help make the tournament an outstanding success. By Katie Farman,


ou can’t accuse Catherine RossiterStead of clock watching. With less than seven months to go to the start of the New Zealand hosted Rugby World Cup (RWC), the Wairarapa RWC organiser is busy formulating plans that will help the region showcase its arts, food and wine, heritage and culture with a series of experiences, exhibitions, outdoor events and a week-long festival. “Every community in New Zealand will have a part to play in RWC 2011 and the Wairarapa is no different,” says Catherine. “We’ll have all sorts of projects going on in the region as we prepare to host the Georgian team and a number of international visitors. There are lots of ways people can get involved, whether it’s as a school, club or as a business and I’m working to co-ordinate all these groups so we can create a spectacular series of events here. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and my role is to enhance the event for the people of the Wairarapa.” Catherine has already spent the past few months doing everything from recruiting volunteers, meeting groups and businesses who want to contribute and even searching for a fluent Georgian interpreter to aid communication between the people of the Wairarapa and the team which the region plays host to. She recently met with the Georgian assistant coach and put forward a number of exciting Wairarapa actvities for the team to take part in. A website www.projectgeorgia.net has also been specifically set up to encourage Wairarapa students to adopt Georgia as their second team.

U16 teams. Catherine made headlines back in her native England in 2001 when she became a mum to her second daughter Amy in the same week that she became the first woman in the Midlands (and the second nationally) to achieve the RFU’s elite adult level two rugby coaching award. “It was a big deal at the time, as when Amy came into this world I was also delivered my senior coaching certificate, which was the culmination of years of hard work both on and off the field.” Catherine is also no stranger to the RWC, having been inspired to play after watching the 1991 tournament and then being appointed as ‘promoting the game officer’ in the build-up to the 1999 showpiece. By this stage she had already made her mark as the first ever woman to be appointed to the North Midlands executive committee. Since relocating to New Zealand in 2006 with her husband Sam, who juggles his time as commercial manager for the Wellington Rugby Union and the Hurricanes; communications manager for the NZI Sevens and Chairman of the National Basketball League, Catherine says she can think of nowhere better to live. She enjoys taking her three young children out walking in the Tararuas, plays hockey for Gladstone, touch rugby for More FM and spends her ‘spare’ time tramping or cycling around the countryside. Catherine can be contacted on 027 438 8075 or catherine@wairarapanz.com

“Every community in New Zealand will have a part to play in RWC 2011 and the Wairarapa is no different,” says Catherine. “We’ll have all sorts of projects going on in the region as we prepare to host the Georgian team and a number of international visitors.”


espite being new to the role, Catherine is certainly no stranger to rugby. In fact the Kuranui College maths teacher is a former regional representative player in the UK. She was selected as centre for both London and the Midlands and completed successful stints at Wasps and London Welsh. From playing she moved seamlessly into refereeing and coaching, and started up a new women’s club in Bridgnorth, which is still thriving. She was the player / coach for that team and also looked after the Shropshire senior and

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The tunnel house project Experiencing the ups and downs of gardening in the tunnel house, each season Raewyn Watson tries to learn by her mistakes.


t’s a jungle in there! It was the tomatoes that took over the tunnel house this summer. Kilo upon kilo of sweet, mouth watering fruit, all different shapes and sizes. But there is one thing I have learnt - ONLY one plant per 200cms. Yet again I made the mistake of overplanting as I planted one at the front and another at the back! These plants are now over 2meters high and it’s difficult to easily access the fruit at the back without performing some strange contortions. Brushing against the plants, the smell seeps into my skin, so heady and reminiscent of summer. As a young girl I would help mum bottle fruit and other preserves but I had never done it by myself before, so armed with the Edmonds cookbook I meticulously followed the instructions: clean jars in boiling water, sterilise, make sauce. Grown in the tunnel house the San Marzano tomato, with its pungent flesh, is ideal for making sauce and relishes as it is very meaty and full of intoxicating flavours. Now my pantry proudly boasts several rows of tomato sauce ready to use over the coming year. And there’s still several more kilos waiting to ripen on the vines, especially the beef steak that are just starting to redden, the plants groaning with the weight of the fruit. The peppers - red, green, cayenne and cabernet in the tunnel house - are doing very well and we have had a constant supply over summer for use in salads and other dishes, with plenty still on the plants. The eggplants are doing OK but have had a hard time as the chickens got into the tunnel house and seemed to enjoy the soft soil around the plants, scratching in the dirt and uprooting some of them. Speaking of chickens, yes well there’s something to be said for free range but when they infringe on my territory they’re in trouble! One day I came out to the garden and there they were, scratching around in the raised beds outside and eating all of the Pak Choi and lettuces. Gone, my beautiful lettuces that had fed us for weeks. So I called in reinforcements. Kelly, our blue heeler, is a pretty smart cookie and now I have trained him to herd up the chickens when they approach the garden. ‘Round them up’ is the command and he quickly starts chasing them out of the garden and back into their space. Very effective if you can handle the barking. I am starting off some seedlings so once the plants inside the tunnel house have finished they can be planted out, but learning from my mistakes last year, I am going to be more prudent about how much I plant inside. Outside things are booming with the wonderful warm weather we have had over summer. Some of the potatoes are still in the ground as I read that if you leave them until the plant naturally withers this toughens them up and they will last longer over the winter. The freezer is full of beans, broad beans, cauliflower,

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broccoli, peas, while the pantry is stocked with potatoes, pumpkin, onions and garlic. So it’s been a bountiful summer. The task ahead for autumn is to prepare the ground for the winter crops once the plants have died down. Again I will plant green manure crops such as mustard and lupin in the potato plot as this puts nitrogen back into the soil. Organic farming relies on soil health and cycling of nutrients through the soil using natural processes. For those of you with excess tomatoes here is my tried and tested recipe for tomato sauce. Hope you enjoy it and good gardening this autumn. CLASSIC TOMATO SAUCE (adjust quantities to suit the number of tomatoes) 12 tomatoes 1tbsp oil 1 clove garlic 2 onions chopped 1 cup red wine 2 tbsps chopped oregano, basil or marjoram Pepper and salt 1. Place tomatoes in boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Drain, peel skins and chop tomatoes. 2. heat oil in pan and add garlic and onion and cook unitl soft. 3. Add tomato, wine, herbs, pepper and salt and bring to boil. 4. Simmer sauce for 35 - 40 mintes. Refrigerate for up to 3 days and either preserve in jars or freeze in portion sizes.

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Pukaha Mount Bruce opens its beautifully renovated kiwi house.

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Julie Kidd swoops in and checks it out.

t is an easy 20 minute drive to Pukaha Mount Bruce from Masterton. With a car load of kids, it is made more peaceful with the purchase of a generously scooped ice-cream from Renall Street Dairy. Dear reader take note; make sure you only ask for the kiddie cone. Recently Prime Minister John Key was stumped with their normal ‘double cone’. His four enormous scoops of icy confection very quickly made its way down the cone and hand and on to his immaculate cuff. Uh oh. Have plenty of napkins on hand in the car. Wiping our faces and hands, we clambered out of the car and went into reception. Although bursting to see the new kiwi house, we find it impossible to walk past the fantastic interactive gallery. I am always drawn to the wonderful display of the extinct huia, which shows what it looked like and how it sounded. It was a great pity that when the Duke and Duchess of York visited Rotorua in 1902 the host chief presented him with a huia feather, much prized for its beauty and rarity. The Duke placed it in the band of his bowler hat, immediately making a fashion statement that increased the demand a hundredfold. The birds were extinct within five years. The feathers remain high in value. Just last year a huia feather was sold at auction in Auckland for $8400, a world-breaking price for a feather. I fear we have all paid a much higher price for its loss. In the next room the kids are captivated discovering forest facts and figures using the latest touch screen digital technology. Superb. However, it was the newly renovated kiwi house we were here to visit so we made our way down the path and entered through the smart new welcome pavilion and boardwalk. Costing approximately $1.2m, the upgrade is spectacular with beautiful natural wood walls, highly accessible displays, cool colours and dimmed lights. The two existing kiwi enclosures have been completely renovated and fitted out with replica forests. There is great viewing of both pairs of kiwi from the high, wide windows. A terrific new feature is the behind-the-scenes view into the incubation room and nursery where kiwi chicks hatch and are cared for until they are returned to the forest. There is a two-way intercom so visitors can chat to the rangers as they go about their work. We were enthralled by the three movies showing in the Kiwi Theatre, a comfortable, 50-seat theatre with a huge screen. The movies vary in length, between five and 10 minutes, and feature the Flight of the Kiwi (how 30 kiwi were trans-located from Little Barrier Island to Pukaha last year), Whatonga (the relationship between forest and people with an emphasis on local iwi) and Restoring the Balance, a unique peep in to what the dedicated rangers do at Pukaha on a day-to-day basis. All superbly produced and completely engaging; our kids were glued.

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Add to this a terrific new display of forest and stream critters to help us understand the part each and every creepycrawly, eel or mudfish plays in the eco-system of a thriving forest. And we cannot forget our favourite living dinosaur, the tuatara, in his new abode. We lingered in the wonderful building for well over an hour, searching, seeking and spotting new and fun things. An amazing day out. Given Pukaha Mount Bruce’s forest was completely silent just 10 years ago the dedicated team has done a fantastic job restoring the forest, returning the birdsong and developing a world-class must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Entrance prices are a song as a family can visit for less than a visit to the movies and annual membership provides incredible value for money as you can visit as often as you like. You can join up when you visit and the price of your entrance that day is included in the yearly pass. On the return trip home the kids prattled on about what they had seen and learned that day, wistfully glancing over their shoulders as we passed the infamous icecream dairy.

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Destination Wairarapa Lisa Carruthers profiles two couples who decided to marry in the BRACKENRIDGE Wairarapa and the reasons why they chose their special locations. hen Rosie Hunt and Adam Moore got engaged, they knew that they didn’t have to put too much thought into where they were going to get married. The Wairarapa was top of their list. The couple - Rosie originally from Wellington but now living in Adam’s hometown of Melbourne - both agreed that a rural location for their special day would be perfect. “We love the Wairarapa, we love the scenery, the peace and quiet and the climate,” says Rosie. “It was an obvious choice for our wedding, we just had to narrow down the venue.” Rosie, and mum Janet, took a short tiki tour around and quickly settled on Brackenridge, set within 14 acres of rich farmland within minutes of picturesque Martinborough. “We loved the setting immediately and were so impressed with the facilities there – particularly the THE LANDING accommodation which we knew would suit our 90+ guests down en years ago, Kirsit Mouatt had no idea that a weekend trip to to the ground. We just felt confident that the team there would the Wairarapa from Wellington, organised by a friend, would make sure everything went to plan.” lead her to her future husband and a wedding that was truly one And, of course, it did. The wedding, just a few weeks ago, of the best days of their lives. went off as smooth as smooth could be. “It was amazing,” said Kirsti’s future husband Simon Douglas was amongst the Rosie, still beaming after her big day. “Brackenridge took care group of young professionals taking a trip over the hill. The two of everything. Adam and I hardly had to do anything at all, just hit it off immediately and were soon making wedding plans. relax, enjoy and get married. The only slight hiccup was a spot of “Because we met here, we thought it would be really nice to summer rain just as the ceremony started but Cathie Morison and get married here,” says Wellington office manager, and mum of the staff at Brackenridge swiftly brought everyone inside with no two Kirsti. fuss, just pure professionalism.” Kirsti and Simon chose The Landing, at Homebush just outside Keen snowboarders, who met on the slopes in Canada, Rosie Masterton as their venue. and Adam are now honeymooning somewhere in the snowfields “I remember feeling nervous about the huge responsibility of of Japan. planning a wedding. But The Landing made it easy. They gave me all the contact details of everyone I needed to talk to and were always there to help me whenever I got stuck. And what a setting,” Kirsti recalls. “The landscaped grounds were fantastic and a great backdrop for our wedding photos. The atmosphere was romantic, we had a string quartet playing and the day was just perfect. What more could you want?” The Wairarapa will always hold a special place in the hearts and lives of the Douglas family and they often pop over for a weekend of country air – only now with the kids.



Above Rosie and Adam Hunt with family at Brackenridge. Left: Kirsit Mouatt and Simon Douglas at The Landing.

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The right place at the right time The Wairarapa is an unforgettable place for a wedding. Not only does it have wonderful natural elements to use as a backdrop, like mountain views, endless skies and vines heavy with fruit but also an array of venue and accommodation options. From country churches, gracious gardens and stately homes to rustic barns, vineyards and smart hotels, there are choices galore.

COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT SOLWAY PARK For a unique and personal wedding, you must consider the picturesque and practical setting at Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Wairarapa. With new menus catering for as few as 10 guests to as many as 500, the Copthorne has not only the most flexible facilities but also 24 acres of landscaped parklands and native bush, including a wedding garden for outside occasions, marquees and plenty of wet weather options. Another advantage of this newly refurbished resort is its ability to accommodate your entire guest list, while a suite for the bride and groom is complimentary. Their exceptional team arranges weddings to suit all budgets and can assist with all aspects of planning a magical day to remember.


WHAREKAUHAU Wharekauhau Country Estate is best known for its world-class accommodation, and the estate is also available as the perfect wedding location. The lodge itself has a number of places where a ceremony can be held, from the lovely gardens in the courtyard, to the sprawling front lawn with Palliser Bay as a backdrop, or even in front of a roaring fire in one of the gorgeously appointed lounges. The Edwardian mansion, which is at the heart of the property, boasts a number of rooms which can be used for the event. In fact, you get the exclusive use of the property when your wedding is at Wharekauhau Country Estate, with the staff, grounds, and cottages all to yourself and your party, if you wish. The staff is used to taking care of its guests and it shows, with recent awards ranging from the Conde Nast Gold List in 2009, to the Conde Nast Readers’ Choice award from 2008, and a Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence in both 2008 & 2009.

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WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE The menu for the day will be designed by you and the Wharekauhau chef to ensure every requirement is met, and the award-winning Texel lamb, reared on the property, is a definite crowd pleaser. Wharekauhau is an exquisitely decorated backdrop for your special day, without the need for you to do anything. Your day will be worry free with the professionals at Wharekauhau helping you plan every detail. BRACKENRIDGE Eleven years after first opening its doors and nearly 350 weddings later, Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa is going strong. Arguably Wairarapa’s leading wedding destination, Brackenridge was conceived and built as a flexible, multi-purpose venue in Martinborough. At the same time, no other local business was willing or able to provide a comprehensive wedding package. Managing Director Cathie Morison regards it as a privilege, along with her committed staff, to guide a bride and groom through planning their special day. Her experience and knowledge means she can direct a couple to local photographers, florists, musicians and caterers who best fit their requirements. Over the years, Brackenridge has also formed a close relationship with Providore Food & Catering and the two teams work seamlessly together. Brackenridge’s self-contained cottages and studios, which are dotted around the grounds, its gym and saltwater lap pool which is available to onsite guests, and the option of the bridal party having their makeup applied in the luxurious spa facilities all combine to create a ‘holiday village’ atmosphere. Some of the most memorable occasions in recent years have been the increasingly popular fire-side winter weddings – maybe that’s because of the special winter rates and the option of bringing your own beverages!

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WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE THE LANDING It has been very busy at The Landing (formerly Toads Landing) with extensive refurbishment and upgrading of the premises including a new commercial kitchen. The venue seats 70 people comfortably and there is the choice of a marquee that can be erected on the lawn for any number. There is the facility for BYO and you can choose your own caterer or use one of their recommended caterers. The venue can be hired for weddings, hen nights, cooking demonstrations, product launches, conferences, art exhibitions, garden parties, high teas and cocktail parties. In the house there are four double bedrooms each with private bathroom or ensuite and two further double rooms available at a neighbouring French style property a short stroll across the lawn. For girl’s weekends, hen parties or groups having a country break, The Landing is the place to stay when visiting the Wairarapa’s vineyards. Relax by the pool or play a game of tennis in these beautiful surroundings. Hosts Robin and Marianne Hercock aim to provide a splendid canvas for you to have a wedding or celebration that’s uniquely yours. Self-catering is also an option, with hireage available. POUNUI HOMESTEAD Pounui Homestead is one of Wairarapa’s premier wedding venues. Set in 33 acres of park-like grounds and native bush there are numerous options for your ceremony and wonderful backdrops for your photos. The Barn is a simple space that can be decorated to suit and seats up to a maximum of 120 people - and don’t worry about the weather - it won’t blow down or leak! You can choose your caterer or we are happy to recommend one of our local ones. You can also have a pre or post wedding celebration or both over your weekend. The cottage and bunkroom can accommodate up to 17 people and local accommodation abounds. We specialise in weekend weddings - make Pounui your place for the weekend, and have your wedding the way you want it!!

An Elegant Country Conference and Wedding Venue with Boutique Accommodation Enjoy a beautiful countrystyle wedding in a venue set amongst established, shady oaks. There is a choice of caterer/chef to complement your unique celebration

Robin & Marianne Hercock Pokohiwi Rd, Homebush, Masterton Ph: 06 370 2428 www.thelanding.net.nz • E: info@thelanding.net.nz

TAUHERENIKAU Surrounded by elegant trees, Tauherenikau is an ideal venue for your wedding whether it is big or small, formal or casual, winter or summer. It has atmosphere, it has ambience and is located in beautiful surroundings. The venue is a versatile space which can be used for your ceremony, photos and reception. Choose your own caterer or ask the experienced staff for advice or recommendations. Tauherenikau has budget accommodation available for up to 40 guests. FESTIVAL HIRE For eight years now Steve and Jan Hinton have provided a service that has consistently exceeded their customers’ expectations. Our experience enables us to work with you to create and deliver solutions for your wedding - we know what will work. Our unique access to vast ranges of equipment, high quality product and unique furnishings enables us to bring a distinctive www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

edge to every aspect of your wedding. We will ensure you get the results that will impress your guests. When it comes to a marquee wedding, at any of the popular Wairarapa venues, it is hard to find a local provider that can deliver everything you need. The crew at Festival Hire works alongside the caterer of your choice to give the bride and groom a hassle-free day. Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine AUTUMN 2011 Issue #21 - 39

GATEWAY MOTOR INN An elegant country restaurant and lodge with a modern twist, Gateway Motor Inn in Masterton is an appealing wedding venue, accommodating up to 90 seated guests. You can expect fabulous food and wine, professional and friendly country service. Gateway Motor Inn offers an open fire, dance floor, a full bar facility and fresh, stylish decor, opening onto a sunny afternoon courtyard - the perfect setting for your ceremony or pre dinner drinks. The team will work with you to create almost any style of ceremony and reception. Luxury accommodation for the bridal party and their guests is available. Their limousines are available for hire to go anywhere you like. Licensed to carry up to nine passengers plus the driver, the rates, per person, are often less than a normal taxi. Their superior service and luxurious vehicles make them the preferred chauffeured service for weddings, parties, evenings on the town, formal occasions and much more. The team at Gateway Limousine is committed to providing exceptional service.

The perfect wedding at Peppers Martinborough Hotel is an intimate, romantic event for up to 95 guests. With its beautifully decorated reception areas, rose-filled gardens and courtyard, individually designed guest rooms and romantic honeymoon suite, the historic Peppers Martinborough Hotel is more like a country home than a hotel. For more information contact Deb Morris on 06 306 9350 or visit us at www.peppers.co.nz


AWAITI GARDENS There’s something very ‘Secret Gardeny’ about Awaiti. Named for the meandering brook on the homestead property, there are six acres of tranquil garden paradise to discover, and many wonderful spots in which to make your vows. Awaiti Gardens is hidden from the road, giving visitors a wonderful surprise when they arrive and is complemented by the Awaiti Gift shop where you can purchase that special gift. Awaiti is a labour of love for hosts Jeanette and Allan Gates and is run as a family business with help from their daughter Katrina Jordan.Awaiti boasts an exquisite giftshop, art gallery and the Homestead Tearooms, which enhance the visitor experience.

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WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE The Tearoom, set in an historic 120-year-old building with magnificent views from every window, is a favourite place for visitors to come for morning or afternoon tea and a meander around the gardens. PEPPERS MARTINBOROUGH HOTEL Peppers Martinborough Hotel is a stylish, historic wedding venue dating back to 1882, right at the heart of New Zealand’s most celebrated wine village. This 16 room boutique hotel, which sits on the picturesque leafy village Square, mixes the ambience of a grand country home with personal and unobtrusive service. Over the years, many wedding guests have enjoyed the beautifully decorated reception areas, the rose-filled garden and courtyard, the individually designed guestrooms and the fine food and wine for which the hotel is renowned. Peppers Martinborough Hotel is a memorable and elegant setting for celebrations ranging from the casual and intimate to more formal events for up to 95 guests. ASSISI GARDENS Assisi is an idyllic wedding venue and has been recognised as a Garden of National Significance. Situated high on the hills at Gladstone this site is available for marriage ceremonies and offersextensive mountain views and lawns available for marquees with unrestricted guest numbers. Assisi occupies a stunning site on a steep hillside reached by a 1.5 kilometre drive. The house was architecturally designed and has spectacular views over the Wairarapa landscape with mountains beyond. Assisi is planted out with numerous different species. Tree Lucerne being used as a pioneer plant to good effect while native

For special occasions, big or small, enjoy the heartland elegance at Te Whiti Homestead

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The perfect venue for your wedding Wairarapa’s premium fully licensed cabaret venue, combining the charm of an old stable building with a modern twist. Offering 10 beautifully appointed luxury suites, Two genuine Hollywood Lincoln Limousines, Two air conditioned Lounge Bars fantastic music.

290 High Street Masterton • Telephone (06) 378 8795 Email: info@gatewayinn.co.nz • www.gatewayinn.co.nz www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

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TAUHERENIKAU Beautiful Tauherenikau is set in 110 acres of native bush and magnificent trees. A peaceful picturesque and ideal location for your wedding.

Call 06 308-9026 or after hours call Ginni Thurston 027 2000 663 Email: wairarapa.racing@xtra.co.nz visit our website: www.tauherenikau.co.nz

WeddingVenue ‘A Garden of Love’ The perfect romantic location for your wedding, such as the formal garden, pond backdrop, bridges, promenade or a wide selection of lush garden areas, complemented by the Awaiti Gift shop where you can purchase that special gift

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grasses and flax are a key component . Mass plantings of cabbage trees, rienga rienga, dianella, red flowing manuka and wild flowers have proved effective, as have Portuguese laurels, making it the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. THE OLD MANSE The owners, Sandra and John Hargrave, are delighted to welcome you to their dream, the creation of a grand home they call the ‘Old Manse’. The venue is suitable for marquee weddings of up to 150 guests. They offer flexible service, allowing for venue and accommodation hire only, or they can fully coordinate the event. In keeping with their vision of the restoration of a grand home, they chose one of the founding homes of the historic township of Martinborough in one of New Zealand’s finest wine growing regions. The Old Manse is the original home of the Presbyterian ministers for the region. The vision and reality have become one, and they have created a beautiful home with enchanted English style garden settings that nestle up to and buttress the surrounding vineyards. Their home exudes all the tranquility, charm and opulence of a bygone era and they believe it is something special. Sandra and John endeavour to make the guests’ stay with them as pleasant and relaxing as possible. The feedback from their many guests has reinforced their own sentiments, and they have been thrilled with the positive tributes that have flowed.

WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE CONEY WINES At Coney wines’ Trio Café every escapist gets the quintessential vineyard experience: succulent cuisine from the kitchen of committed foodie Margaret Coney, matched with the awardwinning Coney wines. A sweeping vineyard vista and the ambience that goes with dining amongst the vines in the elegant courtyard. Informative and amusing tastings at the table or the bar from Coney Wines’ irrepressible owner. In short, when you combine memorable food and wines with the perfect vineyard setting you have, quite simply “the perfect accompaniment”. With its marquee-style canopy and beautiful vineyard setting the courtyard at Trio Café is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate junkets, birthday dinners and other special celebrations. Whether you are planning a smaller celebration or a larger ‘affair’ Coney Wines is the ideal place to create the memories.

A Unique Wairarapa garden suitable for marquee weddings and garden ceremonies Assisi is located in a beautiful rural setting in Gladstone, sitting high up on the hills with majestic views of the Tararuas and surrounding countryside. Marquee weddings with a difference, amongst the olives, with a ceremony in a garden of national significance

LANSDOWNE HOUSE “I was standing in our kitchen last Sunday very early in the morning talking to Pip, the mother of a lovely bride who was still slumbering upstairs in the honeymoon suite. We were laughing how mother nature always has the last say and that against all odds it had rained in January and so at the last minute we had been forced to reorganize the wedding ceremony to inside – thank God for Plan B! “ said Kadia Merralls, owner of Lansdowne House. “Pip said they were thrilled with everything from the staff to the table settings with all the little extra touches of homemade chocolate Grace and Favours, red and white candles with Gardens open all year by appointment only For all enquiries contact Andrew & Cec Buchanan P: 06 372 7661 M: 027 243 5820 E: assisinz@orcon.net.nz www.assisigardens.co.nz

Lansdowne House grand, original, unique!

Whether your wedding is a large spectacular, a more intimate soiree or a themed theatrical, we will work with you to create something absolutely unique and one of a kind.

The perfect wedding venue For further enquiries: Tel: 06 306 8345 Compliments of Penny Towns

Richard & Kadia Merralls, 15 Keir Crescent, Masterton P: 06 378 2097 E: enquiries@lansdownehouse.co.nz www.lansdownehouse.co.nz www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

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183 Upper Plain Rd, RD8, Masterton, Tel / Fax 64-6 378-6628 E: llandaff@xtra.co.nz W: www.llandaff.co.nz

LLandaff Country Residence is an ideal venue for your wedding ceremony, reception or function




In the heart of Martinborough, The Village Café is a stunning wedding venue with seating for 150 inside or 110 in the sunny courtyard. Specialising in unique wedding cakes made to order 6 Kitchener Street, Martinborough Wine Village, South Wairarapa T: 06 306 8814

F: 06 306 8819 mailto: info@thevillagecafe.co.nz

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matching flowers, as well as the sumptuous array of wonderful food and the absolutely unique venue. I asked her why they chose Lansdowne House and she said that because the bride was going to be away working right up to a few days before the wedding, they needed somewhere that could take care of all the wedding details for them. While Lansdowne House was special and the grounds gorgeous the deciding factor was that Richard and I had given them the confidence to know that we would deliver on our promises. “And you did” she said!” TARUREKA ESTATE Tarureka Estate, with its beautiful historic buildings and gardens, is the perfect setting for a country wedding or special event. The two-storey, 140-year-old Loft, with its totara-lined walls and original barn windows, has been sensitively restored and renovated and can comfortably cater, from its modern commercial kitchen, for 120 seated guests. The Loft’s romantic fire provides a cosy venue for winter weddings and the magical ‘wedding grove’ presents an alternative setting for a summer ceremony. Couples planning their wedding are also offered a whole ‘wedding weekend’, which includes use of the Loft for the ceremony and reception, and accommodation for 22 guests in the luxurious homestead and adjoining cottage. The wedding party has use of the entire five acre estate from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening, providing plenty of opportunity to enjoy the stunning gardens, play on the tennis and petanque courts and hold a next-day function. LLANDAFF HOUSE Set on beautiful grounds, the majestic, historic Llandaff Country Residence is an ideal venue for a country garden wedding. Say your vows in the pavilion, with the small historic church nearby, at the Homestead or under the 120-year-old trees and then enjoy a fabulous wedding banquet in the filtered shade, in a marquee on the expansive oval lawn or in a covered shed where horse drawn farm machinery is stored. Gorgeous photo opportunities are everywhere. Llandaff also provides a horse and carriage or vintage car service, and boutique bed and breakfast accommodation. VILLAGE CAFE Located in the heart of Martinborough wine village, The Village Café is a wonderful character property for staging Wine Country weddings. The café has the capacity to accommodate up to 150 guests inside (making it the largest venue in the village). The stunning adjoining courtyard has the capacity to seat 110 guests and can be completely covered with a marquee to optimise use. At the time of its construction (1919) this historic building was New Zealand’s largest timber single span building thanks to its enormous Oregon pine beams. When the building was renovated in 2001, those beams were restored to their original condition and they have now become an outstanding feature of the café. Having hosted many weddings at The Village Café, theirexperienced team will be pleased to assist you in locating ministers, florists, hairdressers, photographers, wedding cakes, musicians, accommodation, limousines and even a horse and carriage! Additional to the venue they offer an exclusive and unique specialty cake service. Their cakes are all tailor-made to suit and are a talking point at most occasions.


Wedding Feast It’s your wedding, and you want the food and the wine to be perfect. For fresh, locally grown and locally produced ingredients, world-beating wines, and people who are simply passionate about food, look no further. This is what we live for.

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ENTICE Imagine your wedding day being calm and stress-free, with time to relax and enjoy the fun of friends and family celebrating your special day with you. When you have the right professionals around you, this is how it will be, and with over twelve years experience in catering for weddings and other functions, Jennie Smith and Alice Buchanan of Entice Catering will make sure you don’t need to think of a thing. The Entice team will meet with you months beforehand to discuss your ideas for your perfect day, and help put together a plan to make sure it happens. From individually tailored fabulous menus to suit both your tastes and your budget, to ideas on timing and other details, and advice on other quality providers, they have a wealth of experience which can be invaluable when planning for a seamless event. On the day they will take care of all the details, and deal with anything unexpected which comes up, so you can relax in the knowledge that everything is under control. To choose a stressfree wedding, and enjoy seeing your plans for your perfect day become reality, call Alice and Jennie at Entice, on 06 377 3166.

ALICE BUCHANAN & JENNIE SMITH For all your catering requirements from Conference catering, large weddings to intimate parties. Make your event stress free

On Site Catering Buffet a la carte BBQ Spit Roast Set Menu

All menus are individually designed and priced to suit your needs and budget No job too small or too big Your place or one of ours Phone/Fax (06) 308 8469 Mobile (027) 312 1373 info@g-a-catering.co.nz www.g-a-catering.co.nz www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

Corner Bruce & Dixon St, Masterton T: 06 377 3166 E: info@entice.co.nz www.entice.co.nz

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GUTEN APETIT CATERING Award-winning chef Ulli Reinartz of Guten Appetit Catering is a man of experience, with literally hundreds of weddings under his belt. Using the venue of your choice, Guten Appetit will cater everything, from the tiniest private dinner or cocktail party to the grandest and most elegant of weddings. With a commitment to sensible costs and to using the plentiful fresh produce of the Wairarapa—local fruit and vegetables, seafood, meats and wines - Ulli will consult with you to provide a menu suited to your tastes and budget. He can also advise you about details like marquees, photographers, entertainers, florists, and arrange for the perfect celebration cake. CHEF ON DEMAND Wairarapa caterers, Chef on Demand are led by award winning Chef, Zane Saba. Zane will create a memorable food experience and indulge your guests desire for great tasting cusine that utilises the best produce the Wairarapa has to offer. They take the stress away! Zane appreciates that no two events are the same and will design a personalised menu for your next function. Chef on Demand can cater for large events and weddings to small gatherings and intimate dinner parties. Zane leads the dedicated Chef on Demand team who will deliver all your function food requirements with excellent service and professionalism. Chef on Demand has a great team of experienced industry professionals to work with and call on. Being Wairarapa born, Zane has local knowledge and networks, so he can recommend photographers, florists, celebrants and even graphic designers. Zane works closely with Carmen’s Cakes to create personally designed cakes for every occasion. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used as it’s very important that your cake looks good, but it must taste incredible as well!



he Wellington Wedding Show has been helping couples successfully plan their weddings for the past 14 years. The show has grown from strength to strength with the extremely capable team of Angela Vinaccia and new team member Paula Bevege. Both Angela and Paula have a huge passion for weddings not only helping engaged couples but also encouraging and supporting the wedding industry. The Wellington Wedding Show is all about creating “Happy Couples”. Weddings can be stressful for some with emotions running high or financial restraints. But Angela and Paula strongly believe weddings can and should be the best day of your life. So what is the secret recipe for a successful and stress free day? It is choosing the right suppliers! Involving the right people in your event is the magic key to happiness. The Wellington Wedding Show believes that brides are often encouraged to take on the DIY option for their weddings. What better way is there to make those informed decisions than speaking with over 180 wedding suppliers on one day in one space? Weddings can be a time consuming affair for busy couples and The Wellington Wedding Show offers the perfect opportunity for couples in the planning process. In one day you can speak to and possibly book all of your suppliers. Many couples who have been to the show say they really appreciated being able to speak to and compare so many different suppliers. The exhibitors will be offering helpful advice and information as well as samples, displays and even tastings and live entertainment. If you want to see what’s new, hot and must haves for weddings The Wellington Wedding Show is the place be! Come along and you are sure to be a “Happy Couple”. The 2011 show will be held at the TSB Arena on Sunday 15 May, entry fee $15.

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An everlasting memory


Surrounded by family and friends, it is very important to capture the images of your special day. The award-winning photographers featured will ensure that you will have unique and enduring memories to reflect on. MIKE HEYDON Photographer Mike Heydon has a diverse portfolio spanning weddings, commercial assignments, advertising and editorial for magazines. The mix sharpens his skills and gives him a crisp and individual approach. Some images are loaded with drama and punch while others are dreamy, beautiful and subtle. He captures the scenes that everyone sees, but few notice - a delightful perspective that evokes the special memories of a wedding day. Mike has earned seven Kodak Awards and three NZIPP IRIS awards and is also a two time Qantas Media Award winner. Recently he was the highest placed New Zealand professional photographer, earning runner-up in a category in the prestigious International Spider Awards. SHARISSE EBERLEIN PHOTOGRAPHY Sharisse Eberlein Photography - natural, relaxed, beautiful photography. Their friendly and easy going approach to photography enables them to capture real emotion, laughs, smiles and tears – the moments that you will take you right back to your wedding day for years to come.


They have two photographers on board who work together to tell your story. They allow you to relax and enjoy your day, capturing all the little details as they go. Capturing the essence of the day is the first step. The second step is to preserve your story for future generations. All of the wedding packages include a selection of your images presented in a stunning Queensberry album – designed to show your images at their best and tell your story, your way. MEL WAITE Mel Waite is a professional photographer specialising in wedding and portrait photography. Mel has a relaxed style with a focus on bringing out the personality of the subject and the feeling of the day. She also likes to focus on the details that make your wedding day unique. She knows that every wedding is different and special to the couple getting married and that it’s important to have the right photographer for you. She prides herself on being a photographer who is flexible and able to incorporate her ideas, experience and

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photographic knowledge with your ideas and needs, to capture the memories that last a lifetime. Rather than offering set packages Mel likes to tailor her photography to your needs and budget, to provide the perfect photographs, tailored just for you.

Capture the moment forever

Darlya & Ron Redfern 06 377 7235 * 027 336 1581 darlyaredfern@yahoo.co.nz

LISA WILSON Lisa Wilson Photography provides a fresh, relaxed and contemporary feel to your special day. “My approach is to find something that no one else can see and create a unique image for your enjoyment for years to come,”says Lisa. “I know that you put so much thought into the small things that make your day personal, be it shoes, table settings or the colour of the flowers. So, my aim is to capture the moments’ emotions ...the slight nervousness before the ceremony, the bridesmaids doing their last minute preparations, the groom waiting anxiously, through to the evenings’ glow and relaxed celebrations. So, along with the traditional images, for me, capturing the details sometimes evokes the happiest memories when looking back over your wedding album or portrait.” REDFERN PHOTOGRAPHICS Redfern Photographics is a Masterton based photography business offering quality and affordability in wedding, commercial and portrait photography. Redfern Photographics is a father and daughter team committed and passionate about photography. Ron Redfern is an award-winning photographer and past president of The New Zealand institute of Professional Photographers with 40 years experience. Having worked as a makeup artist for many years she knows how excited a bride can be on her wedding day, and loves the fact she is now behind the camera capturing those moments. We specialise in creating superb images that capture the romance and individuality of your special day. JEFF BARBER Jeff Barber freelanced as a promotional photographer in Canada for 20 years. He has photographed such celebrities as Olivia Newton-John, Gene Hackman and John Travolta. He was the official photographer for the Royal Visit to the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada. Jeff has been working as a wedding photographer in Martinborough for the last 7 years after coming here with his family to set up Pond Paddock Vineyard. AMANDA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda McLeod wedding photography offers you a calm and professional approach for you on your wedding day. Photographing in a quiet, friendly and unobtrusive manner to create a relaxed atmosphere to capture those special and spontaneous moments as well as the varied emotions that will occur during your day. Photography documenting the whole day, especially the ceremony and bridal party portraits, as well as including your unique details such as flowers, shoes, cufflinks, table setting themes , and of course family and friends enjoying themselves. Affordable and personalised wedding packages for each couple. Your wedding day is one of those very special days in your life and it is exciting to be involved and produce quality images that you can treasure for years to come. ELLA TROTTER PHOTOGRAPHY Ella Trotter is a Wellington based photographer with a creative perspective. With an honours degree in Photographic Design, Ella has spent the past four years creating beautiful pictures and

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making a name for herself as an award winning documentary, landscape and extreme sport photographer. Her style reflects contemporary techniques with a hint of traditional nostalgia. Ella specialises in wedding photography and capturing those fleeting special moments. By creating a relaxed and stress free environment for her clients, Ella is able to capture the true essence of her subject whilst remaining unobtrusive throughout their special day. Please contact Ella for a free consultation today, or follow her on Facebook at Ella Trotter Photography. GABRIELLE DRUMMOND Gabrielle Drummond specialises in capturing natural and narrative images that express the story of your wedding day. After studying photography for three years Gabrielle returned home

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Pamper Yourself Part of the secret to looking fabulous on the big day is to be relaxed. And if you’ve spent all day rushing in traffic to get your hair and makeup done, that won’t be easy. Fortunately, the Wairarapa’s laid-back atmosphere will keep things cool and the beauty professionals of the region will make sure everyone looks fabulous.

to the Wairarapa where she has developed a broad portfolio of wedding, advertising and fine art images. “My aim is to capture the spirit and personality of your day in a series of romantic and individual images that will endure with time.” “I love being able to capture a moment in time, being able to look at the images now and in the future, rekindling the memories and emotions that were felt at that time. This is why I love shooting weddings, what better day is there to remember.” Gabrielle likes to work with her clients to tailor packages to their individual requirements. Packages can include images presented in exquisite hand-made wedding albums from local artist Anthea Birch.

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LORNA POTTER Lorna Potter says it’s the little things that count when catering for a bridal party at her Masterton beauty therapy business. Whether it’s the bottle of bubbly chilling in the fridge, the fresh fruit platter or developing a flawless hair and makeup schedule, Lorna says that after 25 years in the business she has come to anticipate every bridal party’s needs. “A bride’s wedding day is very precious and it’s important for me to make them feel pampered,” she says. “From the moment they walk in here I want them to know they are somewhere special and that we will go the extra mile for them.” Located directly above New Image hairdressers in Jackson St means everything is under the one roof, eliminating any unnecessary stress. With a team of eight hairdressers, four beauty therapists and premises large enough for family and friends to share the day, Lorna can cater for big and small wedding groups. HIL COOK Hil Cook was born and raised in the Wairarapa, trained in London and is now back in New Zealand after working all over the world as a hair and makeup artist. Kylie Minogue and Cate Blanchette are among the many international stars Hil has worked with. Hil’s extensive experience includes film, TV, cat walk, magazine photo shoots, billboards, bridal and balls. Professionally equipped to the highest standard for both makeup and hair, Hil provides a completely mobile service nationwide. Hil was also a part of two award-winning makeup teams - their work on Lord of the Rings won Weta Workshop both an Oscar™ and a Bafta for The Return of the King in 2003. Most recently Hil has been working on Dancing with the Stars, TV and films, travelling throughout NZ for weddings, working with NZ’s top designers and has been busy training an elite team of makeup and hair artists. Hil has an amazing eye for detail and her background in art is reflected in her work with the use of beautiful colours and textures.

WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE THE VILLA BEAUTY The team at The Villa will enhance your natural beauty and create the perfect look for you for your special day. Their team can travel to you on the day of your wedding and supply all the makeup, using only the highest quality professional mineral makeup that lasts well into the night. Prior to your special day, The Villa can offer a wide range of services to ensure you are ready for your day. Using only professional products, from St Tropez tans to medical grade microdermabrasion, pedicures and tinting, just to name a few, call the professional team at The Villa Beauty Therapy for more details on services: 06 370 4561, or have a look at their website: www.thevillabeauty.co.nz, to help you plan your special day. SHALARI LINGERIE When all eyes are on you it’s time to do things right! What you wear underneath any outfit has the ability to make or break your appearance. From the centre of attention - the bride, her bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and each lady specially invited, take no chance and visit Shalari’s specialist fitters. Remove the guess work, be stunning, confident and bring out the best in your proportions to make the most of any special occassion. Brides - hot lingerie tips to remember when choosing your gown: 1. Never presume finding the best lingerie for your dress design will be easy. Take the time before choosing your outfit to research what is available in your size. 2. Your lingerie will create the foundation of your shape and should fit you like a glove. We recommend you wear the right lingerie everyday - and especially when looking for your dream outfit. 3. When the bra, bustier or “Bridgette Jones” shapewear is a must, don’t panic! Splash out on the most devine bottoms you can find and all will be fine.

The World’s Quickest Makeover Be lifted, centered and separated to bring out the best in your figure, just the way you are. Quality, beautiful lingerie that will keep you in shape and give your confidence in your appearance everyday. Our targeted brands are the best and specialise in superb fit for all sizes A to K. Let Tina use her fitting experience and passion for lingerie take away the guess work and help you understand exactly what your lingerie should do for you. You will also find stunning silk nightwear and camisole / tops that add a touch of beauty to any collection. Visit and experience how buying your lingerie is something you will always look forward to.

Award winning internationally qualified beauty therapists “When results are required” • maintenance treatments • electrolysis • red vein, milia or skin tag removal • alkaline wash • manicures and pedicures • Danne montague king facials • skin deep facials • make up • aromatherapy massage • hot stone massage • IPL/Laser clinic • Microdermabrasion and Enzyme facials

“It’s what’s underneath that matters” Shalari Boutique Lingerie 102a Main Street, Greytown Ph: 06 304 7170 (beside Greytown Health & Fitness Studio) www.shalari.co.nz www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

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The perfect gift Take the headache out of trying to find that perfect gift and explore the huge variety of giftware shops in the Wairarapa. From kinky to quirky to just practical, you will be spoilt for choice LENNOX DESIGN Let wedding stylist Stella Lennox help design your wedding decor in style. Whether you have a theme in mind or something more traditional, Stella will help create a visual masterpiece and bring your wedding to life! Parasols have become increasingly popular for weddings, especially for those held outdoors, and with our selection of delicate handmade paper for the sun, and waxed cotton for the sun or the rain, you really are covered for the big day. Lennox Design Studio is also the perfect place for that gorgeous wedding gift. The Studio is oozing with gift ideas - an assortment of homeware and designer items that will give your gift a point of difference. The studio also has a Wedding Gift Registry service - their service proves very popular during the wedding season and with the service now being online, guests from overseas can enjoy choosing the perfect gift. Visit our website www.lennoxdesign.co.nz for more details on our Gift Registry service. And to top it all off – our gifts come beautifully wrapped in true Lennox Design style.

ADORNE If you’re planning a wedding then first on your list must be a visit to Adorne in Greytown. Brides can choose from the extensive selection of earrings (pierced and clip-on), bracelets, necklaces, tiaras, hair accessories, fascinators, brooches, wraps and scarves in both modern and nostalgic styles. Stockists of Privé Wedding Jewellery or choose from the boutique range of Red Petal Jewellery. Red Petal Jewellery is exclusively produced and sold at Adorne specially designed by Susanne Bird. She specialises in custom orders so whether you are the bride, bridesmaid, mother of the bride/groom or any member of the wedding party there is something to suit every taste, budget and style to fit with the theme of your special day. Susanne’s friendly, relaxed manner, close attention to detail, use of quality materials including fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals are always guaranteed. Adorne also offers many great wedding accessories for flower girls and gift ideas. From guest books to wedding pen sets, cufflinks, garters, cake servers, gorgeous flower lights, evenings bags to name just a few. Choosing something for your special day from Adorne is a truly unique way to ensure your memories last forever . COOKWARE ESSENTIALS Cookware Essentials is the place to shop for cookware and accessories. And beautiful wedding gifts. Cookware Essentials is the Wairarapa’s only specialty cookware store and owners Pamela and Brian have been rushed off their feet and they couldn’t be happier! Cookware Essentials has operated as an online store for two years now with the store being the recent addition and it’s proving to be a real winner with locals and visitors alike.

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• Bridal party accessories & wedding mementos • Red Petal Jewellery ~ designed exclusively for you • Great range of scarves & wraps • Personal fashion accessories for everyday, evening & special occasions • Gift Vouchers available

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WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE “We are now getting visitors coming in especially from Wellington, the Hawke’s Bay and even Auckland!” says Pamela. “Customers tell us there is nothing as nice as this in Wellington and that we have such a great selection at reasonable prices, so we know we are doing things right” Cookware Essentials is the perfect place to find quality wedding and engagement gifts and Pamela is more than happy to gift wrap using imported papers and ribbon. EMPOROS Emporos, which means merchant or trader, continues to bring quality and style to the heart of Greytown’s heritage precinct. They opened over 13 years ago in the former Bank of New Zealand building where the main focus was mid to high end antique country furniture and decorative accessories, sourced in rural areas of the UK and France. Their regular customers became interested in the fabrics they were buying in France to use with the antiques and their well loved home textile importing enterprise was born. Today, based in the former St Andrews church which was relocated to Greytown from Fordell, the store is a miniature Emporium selling useful and decorative wares primarily for the home [they have a passion for cooking, so lots of goodies for the kitchen]. Their ranges are extensive and they are customer orientated and flexible. Working with you on a wedding register or helping you to choose a special little something for your friends and family is what you can expect, whatever your budget. In 2011 Emporos look forward to welcoming you to the reopening of the former bank building which includes a new fabric showroom and some of their special and individual collections. Emporos are now proud to be selling the domestic wares of New Zealand potter Tony Sly which will be featured along side the work of Greytown’s favorite artist Gary Tricker. Expect to find vintage and antique pieces, their jewellery collections and more.

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Fairmont & Main “Little Red Dot” Sophisticated and under-stated, this elegant tableware just doesn’t need to shout And as we know, breeding and pedigree always shows. For quality wedding gifts, cookware, cooks tools, KitchenAid appliances and beautiful tableware and homeware, visit us in store or online at www.cookwareessentials.co.nz

440 Queen Street Kuripuni Village Masterton Ph: 06 377 2317 Open Mon- Fri 9am – 5pm Saturdays 10am - 3pm

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Cnr King & Chapel St, Masterton. Phone 06 378 6060 Email: carl@countrylife.co.nz www.countrylife.co..nz MINT AT MARTINBOROUGH Mint at Martinborough is a destination store set in a wonderful old church full of character and stocked with a cache of culinary tools, accessories and home-wares. Mint is the perfect place to find unique wedding gifts for the enthusiastic cook, baker and for beautiful home-ware accessories. For the keen baker Mint is well stocked with fabulous mixing bowls, vintage kitchen scales, special cake moulds by Nordic Ware, the famous Apple Peeling Machines and more. At Mint we compliment our kitchen department with a beautifully stocked French Armoire drapped with soft cushions, beautiful Swedish throw rugs and table-runners by Klippan. We also have a constantly changing selection of Vintage Kimonos, which highlight any space as an amazing wall-hanging or can be worn as a luxurious dressing gown. For the more contemporary wedding gift we stock a beautiful range by Melbourne Designer Jennifer Dumet, including vases, bowls, candleholders and platters. Whatever your Wedding Gift requirements, Mint’s friendly staff are on hand to give friendly and informative service to help you find that unique and perfect wedding present!

Details, Details There are dozens of elements brought together in a wedding —planning, flowers, jewellery, suits, hireage, transport, celebrant. It can be stressful. The secret to making it all work is to communicate your wishes clearly and to work with experienced professionals who will make it easy. ALEX MCLEOD Alex McLeod’s menswear and womenswear store in the Wairarapa town of Carterton have hundreds of business suits, dinner suits and hire suits in store from leading brands such as Rembrandt and Cambridge. When it comes to suit hire Alex works with Van Meer Suit Hire, based in Palmerston North, and clients can order suits then pick up and drop off from his store in Carterton. Alex and his team can help you achieve just the right fit. They are trained and experienced, and know the products that they offer “inside out”. MINT WEDDING PLANNING The Mint Wedding Planning and Design Team will work with you to plan as little or as much of your wedding day that you require. They have knowledge and experience of local wedding suppliers which gives you reassurance on your special day. A wedding planner takes the stress out of your wedding day, and lets you enjoy your engagement. You can expect a professional, dedicated service which your wedding consultant will work alongside you, using all of your ideas and creating the day you have always wanted. From small, intimate weddings to large, lavish events, they can offer help and advice for a perfect day.

COUNTRY LIFE Country Life has an enviable reputation for quality furniture, with that look of sophistication and with that something a little special to suit every budget. The team at Country Life Furniture can complete the total look of your room with furniture, curtaining, blinds, soft furnishings and accessories including cushions, rugs, lamps, mirrors and art. Country Life can also set up a wedding registry as an extra service for wedding guests to obtain those exquisite wedding gifts. You can be sure of a great selection of quality stylish furniture that will look good in your home for years to come.


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WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE Whether you are based in the Wairarapa, elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas, Mint Wedding Planning and Design can research, book and confirm some or all aspects of your wedding to make it a stress free, enjoyable experience for you and your guests. Choose from one of their co-ordination packages or have Mint tailor a package to suit your requirements. MARCH HARE CYCLE & MARQUEE HIRE Planning a hens party? March Hare Cycling is a great option! Cycling is something that everyone can do – from your old uni mate who you haven’t seen in ten years through to your future mother in law; it’s an interactive experience that everyone enjoys. Plus most people prefer to take their mother in law cycling rather than to take her nightclubbing! Wairarapa’s newest (and most gorgeous) marquee hire company. If you’re looking for a stunning white clipframe marquee for your event, then you’ve come to the right place! Our marquee is brand, sparkling new and undisputedly the nicest in the Wairarapa and doesn’t have a centre pole ensuring maximum use of space and nobody ever gets seated behind a pole. Gretchen is an experienced event manager with great attention to detail and will take the time to chat & make sure you’ve got everything you need HEAVEN SCENT FLORIST Heaven Scent Florist caters for all your wedding needs and works closely with brides to understand exactly is required for your special day. Come in or make an appointment with Liz and her professional and friendly team to discuss your floral needs, whether it be for the bridal party, the church or the venue. Heaven Scent pride themselves on their communication and organisation skills, they have the knowledge and expertise to match up flowers with the material of the bridal party and can offer suggestions on which colours will best complement your special day. Going to the flower markets regularly they can make suggestions and advise brides onthose small touches that will bring long lasting memories. GRAHAM SMALL Having officiated over the years at many weddings, the common factor to them all is the personal aspect; each couple wishes their ceremony, and the promises they make to each other, to be unique and like no other. That of course, is how it should be. That is how I help the couple design and craft their service. A complete copy of the uniquely prepared wedding ceremony enclosed with the wedding certificate is handed to the couple at the conclusion of the service. Suggestions from the couple are listened too, as well as suggestions offered, and questions answered. JOHNER WINES Falling in love with the beauty of the region, its climate and wonderful conditions to grow stunning Pinot Noir was the main reason why Karl and Irene Johner established their second estate on the absolutely opposite side of the world. Karl, his wife Irene and son Patrick have a well known winery in Germany where they were one of the first to adapt a quality regime and focus on great burgundy style wines. With the vision in mind to also create great Pinot Noir in New Zealand, the focus of the wines is not set to upfront fruit. They just love complexity. Wines that reveal new delicate flavours while drinking, show great depth and a lingering finish. The perfect wine to serve at your wedding. MOONFLOWER Moonflower offers a complete wedding flower service including seasonal flower and design advice, fresh wedding bouquets and accessories, table arrangements, flowers for churches and venues, silk flower arrangements and pedestals for hire. Moonflower has a reputation for creating stunning flowers for weddings and special www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

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events and can offer advice on all aspects of flowers for your wedding day from the bridal party flowers through to decoration of the church and reception venue. Moonflower have wide experience in working with most of the venues in the Wairarapa and are familiar with their requirements. Their recommendations will take into account your theme, seasonal availability of flowers and their lasting qualities. All the flowers are sourced from the Wellington flower markets, to ensure the best possible selection and quality. ABSOLUTE LIMOUSINE We always associate limousines with luxury, style and glamour. These beautiful vehicles have been always used by wealthy people for their transportation. And it is a common wish for us to include this sense of luxury and royalty to our travelling on different occasions. Realising this, Absolute Limousine created a possibility for all people to hire limos for their needs. Now they can add style and glamour of a limo to your special occasions by hiring a limousine from Absolute Limousine. PICK A LILY FLORIST CARTERTON Pick a Lily Florist could be described as a family affair…. When sisters, Megan and Rebecca were seeking a business challenge, It was older sister Jayne Dickson’s floristry talents that captured their imagination. Situated in the heart of Carterton, Pick a Lily’s manager Jayne has 25 years experience in floristry. Working in Auckland, Wellington and Australia, and owning Valley Flowers in Greytown for 10yrs. All three sisters grew up in the South Wairarapa and have a strong sense of supporting their local community. Clients from further afield can be assured of a welcoming friendly service too. Jayne’s passion for flowers makes her a pleasure to deal with,

weddings are a speciality. Jayne gets to use her creativity to it’s fullest extent. Pick a Lily provides top quality fresh flowers for all occasions in the Wairarapa, nationally and abroad. Pick a Lily was proud to have their wedding bouquets featured on the cover and inside Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine’s Autumn 2010 issue. MORTGAGE LINK Sharon, Beth and Steve at Mortgage Link Wairarapa are experts at ensuring their clients receive the very best mortgage package from banks. A mortgage adviser’s role is to save the client money by taking advantage of the most competitive interest rates, fees and legal contributions available. The mortgage market can change daily. Inevitably there will be lenders who want more business and will price mortgage offers very sharply, and their job is to know which lender has the best offer on any particular day. “On a $200000 mortgage, a 0.25%pa saving on the interest rate saves the client $500 per year, that money is better in our clients pocket than in the banks” say Beth, Sharon and Steve who have over 25 years of combined experience in the mortgage market. Mortgage Link Wairarapa has a ‘one stop shop’ approach, and are able to arrange house, contents, vehicle and risk insurance for clients also. DAWN MCCALLUM - CELEBRANT Trained as a Celebrant six years ago Dawn became registered for both civil marriages and civil unions at the time. She find this a most rewarding and interesting vocation for the opportunities it gives her to take part in those very special moments in peoples’ lives and she enjoys meeting couples and helping them plan a ceremony which is meaningful to them. There are many wonderful wedding venues in the Wairarapa at which she has done weddings; from the

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WAIRARAPA WEDDING GUIDE ultra casual on the verandah of the local backpackers to the formal sophistication on the lawn at Brackenridge Country Retreat. Each ceremony is as new and exciting for her as it is for the couple, it is a pleasure to be involved in such an important, intimate event and she is committed to helping make each one special. DENNY AND THE DYNAMOS Denny and the Dynamos are four experienced musicians who enjoy playing music classified as ‘timeless’. Timeless, because most of what they play comes from the 60’s era, much of it has since been revived, and it’s enjoyed equally by young and old. In November the Dynamos played in succession for a 65th birthday, a 40th birthday, a special Twist and Rock and Roll event, and then a wedding for a couple in their early 30’s. Denny said that at each event the guests sang and danced from ‘whoa-to-go’ with songs from the Beatles, Elvis, Neil Diamond, the Bee Gees being the most popular. The Dynamos are perfect to dance and sing along with and perform lively music but Denny insists they are not a 'loud band' and this makes them ideal for private functions and weddings. The line up is keyboards, rhythm, bass guitar and vocals. ADRIENNE STAPLES - CELEBRANT Your wedding celebration should be one of the happiest milestones in your life and my aim as a celebrant is to help make it so. Whether you want a simple low key ceremony or something more lavish, the occasion should reflect who you are and what you mean to each other. Working with you, I can put together a service that does just this. Whether you wish to marry on a mountain or somewhere more traditional, you have a special theme or colour scheme, I can cater for most requirements. Whatever mood is right for you, romantic, serious, wacky or anything in between, I will be happy to help you create your perfect day.

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xcellent playing! Beautiful!” Without pausing in his rendition of Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine, award-winning pianist Andre Mendes da Costa looked up from the keyboard of the Steinway concert grand piano and saw the smiling face of Sir Howard Morrison, who had risen from his seat to applaud Andre’s performance. The occasion was the Kaumatua Ball, Masterton Town Hall, May 2009. Later in the evening, Andre asked the veteran performer whether he would be performing later. Sir Howard replied, “Yes, and I brought along a backing track—but then I didn’t know they had someone like you playing!” Such comments are typical of the reactions Andre receives after an evening’s performance on piano. Whether he is performing for an intimate evening with friends or at a corporate function, the Wairarapa-based pianist receives extremely favourable reviews. Born in the Southland town of Gore, Andre’s family moved to Whitianga while he was still very young, and it was there on the Coromandel peninsula where he grew up, spending most of his childhood at Thames, where at the age of seven he began learning the piano. It was discovered very quickly that Andre had a gift for music when he would start playing songs after only hearing them. It perhaps comes as no surprise to learn that Andre is a close relative of well-known New Zealand musician and former TVNZ arranger Garth Young. From Cole Porter to Bic Runga and almost everything in between, Andre pulls songs out of the air with ease. His subtle ability to read the crowd and play accordingly has made 58 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine AUTUMN 2011 Issue #21

From Dubai, South East Asia, Wellington to Masterton, Andre Mendes da Costa has astounded audiences with his ability to get inside the music and capture the heart of the pieces.

him a popular choice for those who want music to suit a wide variety of age groups. Andre’s former high school teacher, UK-based musician John Mullon, recently observed: “I have known Andre since he was 11. He had something special as a musician then and this has continued to where he is now. His skill and empathy with the music whatever the genre shows his ability to get inside the music and capture the heart of the piece. People who know him know that this is what sums up Andre – the person and the musician.” In 2003 Andre and his family moved from Wellington to Masterton, and in recent years he has been extended opportunities to take up positions on cruise ships and the luxury hotel circuit in places like Dubai and South East Asia. However, for personal and family reasons he prefers to keep his feet on home base, at least for the time being. In 2009 and 2010 Andre was winner at the Corporate Events Guide ‘People’s Choice Awards’ and he continues to be sought after for weddings and events where discreet live background music is appreciated. If you are looking for intimate background music for your wedding, Andre’s playing will help your guests relax and enjoy their surroundings as they arrive, while at the same time lending an understated elegance to the occasion that only an experienced musician can provide. For more information go to www.mendesdacosta.com


Autumn Temptations - a dining guide Summer brings with it long warm days and a desire for lighter fare. The Wairarapa region provides abundant fresh, tender produce, succulent seafood and delectable wines. It’s time to indulge and taste what’s on the menu at our local eateries.

The Tin Hut dates from 1857 and has a colourful history as a local pub. For 151 years the Tin Hut has serviced travellers, visitors and the local South Wairarapa community. The Tin Hut was named in 1923 when the original pub, The Tauherenikau Hotel, burnt down. A temporary premise, a corrugated iron hut, was constructed and the locals affectionately named it The Tin Hut. In 2004 Marcus Darley bought the Tin Hut with the view to developing an environment which could be soothing and reflective for visitors, a focal point for the South Wairarapa district and meet the needs of families. Located on the main road between Greytown and Featherston, The Tin Hut provides a chic, informal dining area, a comfortable and warm bar to ease winter chills, and a beautiful garden to while away lazy sunny days. ‘The Famous Tin Hut Weekend Roast are the best value in the district! Often imitated but never bettered, a Tin Hut Roast is a full 3-course meal served in our warm and cosy dining room. Add a glass or two of one of our great value local wines and you will be back week after week after week. Available Saturday & Sunday, lunch and dinner”, says Marcus.

Bloom Restaurant and Terrace is located at Murdoch James Estate just outside Martinborough village and is set amongst the beautiful surroundings of the working vineyard. Enjoy a quiet cup of coffee on the terrace or a meal accompanied by wines from Murdoch James Estate. The menu is fresh and seasonal and the clean flavours match the wines from the vineyard. The professional yet friendly service perfectly complements the beautifully styled and inviting interior. Taking full advantage of Bloom’s terrace overlooking the estate provides you with a unique and beautiful Martinborough experience that should not be missed. The benefit of the adjacent cellar door allows a wonderful opportunity to take a reminder of your visit with you. Bloom is open five days a week, Thursday to Monday, from 11am with the nights set aside for private gatherings such as weddings, corporate or business events and large groups. While everyone is always welcome, reservations are recommended for the weekends which can become particularly busy. The philosophy of Bloom is that your time with them is to be enjoyed and they work hard to make sure that this is achieved.

Our place is your place - that’s the way Marcus and the team

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us to do. Without us, you’d be stuck for somewhere to go for the best in food, refreshment, entertainment and hospitality. If you want

We believe in an ethical, healthy and sustainable way of life. As much as possible our meat is free range, our fish sustainably caught and our vegetables organic. Open 5 days a week from 11.00am with the nights set aside for private gatherings.

All bookings and enquiries Bloom Restaurant and Terrace Murdoch James Estate, Dry River Road, Martinborough E: info@bloom.net.nz P: (06) 306 9165 www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz


Restaurant & Terrace Martinborough

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Local Hospitality • Fine Food • Wines & Ales

Autumn hours Tuesday - Sunday, lunch & dinner, Closed Mondays. SH2 Tauherenikau, just north of Featherston

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The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. ~George Miller Taste Vin Café & Wine Bar is thrilled to provide the ultimate vineyard dining experience. Located on the Margrain Vineyard the wine is fabulous and the Wairarapa produce-driven bistro style menu is both tasty and accessible. With yummy bits starting at $6 ranging through delectable sandwiches, homemade paté, tender squid and more, through to a share ‘Taste Plate’ at only $25 which can be shared over a glass or two of Margrain wine. Taste Vin Café & Wine Bar has something to satisfy everyone. Should you have a puppy or a wee person they too are looked after at Taste Vin with a gorgeous grassy dining area to allow everyone to enjoy their dining experience. There is also ‘The Terrace’, with uninterrupted views of the ranges over the Margrain Vines awaiting you. The friendly helpful staff at Taste Vin Café & Wine Bar looks forward to meeting you!

• 10-bay golf driving range • Full café menu including a fun kids’ menu • Wide range of wines & beers • Indoor-outdoor dining • Music, art & magazines • Children’s playground Open 7 Days , 10am - 8pm

Behind Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park High Street, Masterton Tel: 06 370 0511

The Left Bank Music Café is just north of Greytown at the site of the previous Café Trends and is open daily from 9am to 3.30pm serving a new lunch menu. The new owner, Pat McKenna, has included all the old favourites like lambs fry but added the daily roast and a choice of two fresh soups which are proving to be very popular with locals and visitors alike. Pat prefers to serve Peoples Coffee, the organic Fairtrade coffee, as an opportunity to support a more ethical and socially responsible model of international trade, allowing you to make a difference about how the world should be. Come along to a great day on St. Patrick’s day with all your friends and enjoy foot tapping sounds from local musicians. Most Wednesdays there will be a ‘musos’ jam session. So be sure to call Pat on 06 304 8550 to find out what's on and when, in the all new Left Bank Music Café in Greytown.

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Tirohana Cellars is an award-winning restaurant (recent accolades include the Hallmark of Excellence in the New Zealand Beef and Lamb awards). With an evocative ambience, impeccable service and an individually crafted menu utilising local and seasonal produce, Tirohana Cellars offers a memorable dining experience be it for a casual lunch or intimate dinner. The Estate is also a favourite choice for special occasions, celebrations and events. International dishes feature on the menu but for those with more conservative tastes there is plenty of choice, including outdoor BBQ (weather permitting) and al fresco dining, as well as a light bite menu available on the terraces overlooking the photogenic vines.

Left Bank Music Café - (Previously Café Trends) Open 9am - 3.30pm daily & evenings by arrangement Lunch Café with new menu plus regulars, Come to our St. PAtrick’s Day Event People organic fair trade coffee Main Highway, Greytown Ph: 06 304 8550

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One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti

TASTE - A DINING GUIDE Enjoy the last of those warming autumn rays on the deck or snuggle up beside the fire with a warm bowl of homemade soup. Enjoy a peaceful country setting and rural views of the Tararua Ranges while the children play on the kids’ playground or let off some steam on Wairarapa’s only driving range. Clubs for both children and adults are available for use, as well as drivers. Café Solway is a relaxed indoor/outdoor all-day dining experience for the whole family. The new menu features a tempting range of delicious cabinet or blackboard meals and salads to compliment local beers and wines – and of course great coffee! Treat the kids to a tasty meal from the fun kids menu which features games and puzzles to keep them entertained. Come and practise your swing or challenge the kids! Café Solway and Golf Driving Range is open 7 days a week, 10am – 8pm. High Street, Masterton (06) 370 0511.

• Casual and Fine Dining • Open for Lunch and Dinner

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• Outdoor BBQ’s weather permitting • Light bites al fresco menu • Available for private dining, birthday celebrations,

It’s harvest time at Gladstone Vineyard, and while we’re busy as ever, the Gladstone Vineyard Café is still the place to come to get away from it all. Enjoy a leisurely lunch outside in the autumn sun, or indoors fireside, and sample some of our award-winning Gladstone Vineyard and 12,000 Miles wines while the new vintage begins to take shape in the winery. Chef Zane Saba and his team prepare fresh seasonal dishes from local Wairarapa produce, each designed with a wine in mind. Our long lazy lunches continue throughout autumn with live music every third Sunday of the month. Check the website www. gladstonevineyard.co.nz for dates and details. The Café is open from Thursdays to Sundays 11am to 3pm and is also available after hours for private functions and corporate events. Contact us for further details on 06 379 8563 or email cafe@gladstonevineyard.co.nz.

weddings, anniversaries and all other special events. • Special themed seasons celebrating the world of cuisine Phone: 06 306 9933 info@tirohanaestate.com www.tirohanaestate.com Puruatanga Road, Martinborough

“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” Hippocrates

Located within the beautiful Margrain Vineyard is Taste Vin Café & Wine Bar. Come and enjoy the gorgeous surrounds or our toasty open fire cellar, the fabulous wine and local produce driven menu. Casual dining in the vines at its best, located on the corner of Ponatahi and Huangarua Roads, Martinborough Phone 06 306 8333 Cnr Ponatahi & Huangarua Rds Martinborough Open from 11am Thursday to Monday


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Brookfi elds More than just a restaurant

Wild Oats Café is well known for country-sized servings of fresh baked breads and cakes, quiche, lasagne, filo wraps and grill plate special corn wheels, but also offers Greek and pasta salads, roast veggies and the famous Carterton Breakfast which is available from as early as 5am. It’s also a favoured meeting place for car, motorcycle and cycle club day outings, with a private dining area upstairs for 1040 guests or family members. The staff is proud to offer clean facilities and excellent service with a smile.

Hidden just off SH2, Brookfields has an enviable position, with peace and tranquillity in abundance. Enjoy good food and wine amongst friends in our candle lit restaurant, or take advantage of our en suite accommodation for that perfect romantic break. Discover for yourself the secret that is Brookfields.

Terry and Corinna Carew 31 Alfredton Road, Eketahuna 4900 Ph: 06 375 8686 Mob: 0211455947 www.brookfieldslodge.co.nz E-mail terry@brookfieldslodge.co.nz


The last year has been difficult for many and it meant tightening our belts but New Zealand’s had a great summer and we’ve got the Rugby World Cup to look forward to, so it’s time to catch up with friends and family and have a fantastic night at Brookfields. There’s something wonderful about meeting up with friends and catching up on their news. Brookfields believe you need a little fun in your life too. So pick out your best clothes, grab a babysitter and treat the one you love to a night out at Brookfields or go one better and book dinner and accommodation in our luxury ensuite rooms. Grab a round of golf, visit the kiwis at Pukaha Mount Bruce or find some unique piece at Mark Dimock’s Gallery. What better place to start with the cheese maker who changed the law, Biddy Fraser at Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheeses and while you’re there they might let you drive the model trains. Let’s get back into the habit of having fun. Brookfields is a great way to lift your spirits and give autumn a real zing with a whole new menu and special nights planned. Call today to discover the secret that is Brookfields. “Food

for all is a necessity. Food should not be a

merchandise, to be bought and sold as jewels are bought and sold by those who have the money to buy. Food is a human necessity, like water and air, it should be available.” Pearl Buck (1892-1973) NEW ZEALAND’S GREATEST BAKERY, CAFÉ AND DELI • Dine in or take away • Ample vehicle and coach parking • Seating for 150 customers • 5 star restrooms • Fully licensed • Guaranteed fast service • Best food selection in the country • 40 seat private room available • Indoor outdoor and garden seating O P E N 7 DAY S A W E E K 2003 CHARLES ROOKING ‘CARTERTON ACHIEVERS AWARD’ WINNER

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The Horseshoe Restaurant & Bar is now open every day from 10am. With home baked cabinet food, muffins, slices and fresh salads, as well as their fantastic menu, the Horseshoe really is the place to go for summer! Try one of the ‘Seriously Awesome Steaks’ using Prime Hereford beef from nearby Maungahina Farm, or their popular beer battered fish or maybe a lighter cous cous salad. The restaurant can accommodate up to 100 people, depending on the table plan required, and can cater for everything from buffets to multiple course set menu options. Whether out in the courtyard, or in the air-conditioned restaurant, your dining experience will be second to none.

This season, we are celebrating cool traditional and contemporary food combinations incorporating carefullygrilled classics in our latest menu for you to enjoy. With continued emphasis on serving the finest and freshest local produce, the inhouse vegetable garden is brimming with offerings for The Grill’s new a la carte, lunch and dessert menus, available now. Alongside

TASTE - A DINING GUIDE the new menu is a superb selection of award-winning wines from the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. The Grill at Solway Park is open all day, every day from 6.30am ‘til late, serving breakfast, all day dining, high tea and it’s everpopular Solway Sunday Buffet – the local favourite. Enjoy elegant indoor and outdoor dining in the main restaurant or beside the fire on the deck, perfect for any season and any occasion. The Grill at Solway Park welcomes children and offers a special children’s menu and prices – look out for our Kid’s High Tea Parties during the School Holidays.

Successfully established as Wairarapa’s most elegant dining concept, ‘The Grill at Solway Park’ spoils you for choice with an excellent a la carte menu, featuring fresh local produce and a superb selection of finest wines from the Wairarapa and neighbouring regions Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. Open all day every day from 6.30am, serving breakfast, all-day

Café Mirabelle has just celebrated its third birthday and owner/chef Megan Rochery says it’s been a rollercoaster ride that has taken her and French husband Olivier by surprise. When they opened in late 2007 the plan was for daytime trading with breakfasts and lunches, plus of course fine French pastries, baking and good coffee. As business grew, Café Mirabelle’s many regular patrons started enquiring about evening bookings and so the opening hours expanded. Now Friday and Saturday evenings are the bistrostyle café’s busiest times. Megan’s enthusiasm for authentic country style French dishes ensures a regularly changing a la carte menu and once a month she and Olivier host special regional evenings with a set menu focussing on a particular region of France. Favourite dishes? Customers seem to love Megan’s Cassoulet, a classic southwest France dish of slow cooked white beans and confits of pork, duck and lamb. But then of course there’s the Coq au Vin, the Boeuf Bourguignon, or the Magret de Canard avec Sauce Cassis. . . you’d better get along and decide for yourself!

dining, high tea, and the region’s best seasonal dinner menu.

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“Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost; united and well matched they are as body and soul, living partners.” Andre Simon (1877-1970

BON APPÉTIT!! French, Continental & local foods, handmade on premises Light meals, fresh baking etc. Dish of the Day Regular French Regional evenings Catering - Weddings, Birthdays, Group bookings, restaurant seats up to 40

Tues to Fri 8am - 4pm Sat 10am - 2pm French Bistrôt Friday & Saturday from 6.30pm French Regional Dinners Phone 06 379 7247 as advertised Email:mirabelle31@xtra.co.nz 31 High St North, Carterton www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

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