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ver the summer season there are so many events taking place including the Wairarapa Racing Club, Country Music Festival, Cruise Martinborough, the Martinborough Fair, Huri Huri Bike Festival, Wairarapa Balloon Festival and Brew Day. In March we are treated to the Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival, Golden Shears and The Castlepoint Beach Races. So be sure to mark your calendar and enjoy the festivities and the beautiful summer days here in the Wairarapa. When planning editorial for the next issue, the writing team get together and brainstorm over coffee and it never fails to impress me how many ideas we come up with, often accompanied with much hilarity. In this issue we profile some of the interesting people living here, from all walks of life, who are changing the face of the region with their talents, knowledge and expertise. The next issue, Autumn #40, due out in March 2016, will be our 10th birthday and will feature a special Wedding section to coincide with the Wellington Wedding Show. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the advertisers and readers who have supported the magazine and made publication possible. Enjoy the warm summer days and see you again in Autumn Cheers Raewyn.

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Snippets An Eventful Summer Guide Featherston Camp Exhibition Barry Saunders New Zealand Festival The Olive Press Blackwell & Sons Alex Hutchings and Matt Calder Sam Williams Rachel Priestley Conor and Philippa Kershaw Rival Wealth The Old Manse David Hedley Paula Coulthard Opaki Cycle Trail King Street Live Royal Hotel Featherston Lucy Cooper Summer Dining Guide Wines from Martinborough Olive Oil Directory North Wairarapa Wines NZ Pacific Studio Event List Map

38 Published by Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine Limited www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz Writers and photographers: Katie Farman, Julia Mahony, Simon Burt, Anne Taylor, Susan McLeary

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My Eye in the Sky by Grant Sheehan

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fter toying for a year or so about doing a New Zealand from the Air book, using a camera drone, I was jolted into proceeding at pace after a drone photo I placed on the international drone site, Dronestagram, was picked up by The New York Times. The image showed 800 hundred sheep staring up, seemingly transfixed, at my hovering DJI Phantom drone. After the story ran, that photo attracted a great deal of attention here and internationally, inspiring me to get the book Eye in the Sky underway. In my photographic career, I have done a great deal of aerial photography for my various landscape books and client projects, shooting from both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. I often wished I could get lower than the legal limits allowed, so the idea of being able to film and photograph with a drone at very low altitudes and surfing over tree tops, around buildings, or just above ground level was very appealing. With the recent advent of a new generation of easy (ish) to fly, relatively inexpensive camera toting UAV’s arriving on the photographic scene, I was quick to acquire one and put it to the test and I was immediately hooked . In the Eye in the Sky book I have used the drone as a sort of extended tripod, as its ultra stable hovering ability enables quite slow shutter speeds and careful composition of the still photogaphs. Often, just a small amount of height, even just a few feet above the subject, is enough to present a fresh and interesting angle and perspective of urban and rural landscape vistas and objects. I continue to be amazed, and pleased, that no matter how many times I travel New Zealand in search of fresh photographic subject matter there always seems to be new places and sights to discover. As well as this, there are the familiar places, that can appear transformed by unusual light, the addition of man-made structures frombuildings to bridges or the constantly shifting climatic condtions of that wash across this island county. So to be able to add an variable elevated camera angle to this mix is an exciting and fortunate opportunity. The camera drone is certainly a valued part of my photographic toolbox. 4 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

ruise Martinborough returns with a new permanent slot of January 28-31, 2016. An annual event show casing classic vehicles, American muscle cars, hot rods and of course the growing trend of retro caravans. Entrants come from all over the country to attend the four day event which will once again include the Drive-in-Movie (now open to public), daily cruise destinations and of course the chance to win some great prizes. Last year a couple won a trip to Los Angeles, California! There are a few new editions to the schedule with a retro/ vintage market during the biggest day of the event which sees the Martinborough Square blocked to traffic with hundreds of cars on display. Local fashion store Jessica’s Living Room will also feature a fashion show on the same day. Event organisers have managed to fit a visit to private car collections and an afternoon at the local drag strip, which should satisfy all tastes. Don’t forget the great live entertainment lined up each day with the highlight being the all girl group the Hollywoods set to perform at The Pukemanu Tavern, Saturday January 30th, best of all the event is totally FREE to the public!


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obblestones Museum has opened its new shop which has been a number of months in the planning . “We wanted to offer visitors to Cobblestones a different experience and products that were not readily available in Greytown. We needed to cater to our visitors from the Wellington region, overseas visitors which account for 20% of all visitors and of course locals from the Wairarapa region,” says Leigh Hay, trustee in charge of retail. With no dedicated children’s shop in Greytown we saw an opportunity to bring a range of educational children’s toys and games and also cater for children’s party gifts. There is also an extensive range of local books dedicated to Wairarapa history and stories. The museum has had great support from The Greytown’s MENZ shed which has made a number of items to sell in the store. We have tried to place an emphasis on things made and produced by artists and craftspeople from Greytown. In addition there is a great range for adults and quirky, fun gifts. Cobblestones Museum is also developing its own range of products which will role out over time. “We have tried to keep prices affordable and our aim is for locals to consider Cobblestones Museum when they are looking for gifts,” says Mrs Hay. The new fitout includes items from the collection which have been used as props or to display items and the window display has also had a major change, giving visitors walking or driving by a hint of what’s on offer inside. With all profits going towards the upkeep and restoration of Cobblestones Museum they hope it will be become an important contribution towards the running of the Museum. Cobblestones is a regional museum set in park like grounds with six heritage listed buildings including a church, school, hospital and is set on the site of the original Hastwell stables. Open every day in summer from 10am-4pm. Prices $7 adult, Children $3. www.cobblestones.museum.or.nz

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pen the first Sunday of the month, 10am2pm, until April 2016, The Greytown Country Market’s goal is to provide a gathering place for the community that celebrates the diversity and creativity of Wairarapa and Wellington. We want to create a monthly event where you shop, meet friends, relax with your family and enjoy fine food. Come and discover beautiful things for the home, objets d’art, vintage items, fabulous tea towels, junk, treasure. Stock your kitchen with locally-produced cheese, honey, pies, vegetable and fruit produce, free-range pork, meats, fish, eggs, chestnuts, macadamias, home-made chutneys and pickles. Replenish your garden with plants and seedlings for the pottager, sculpture, garden pots. www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

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an and Stuart Abernethy moved to their 7.5 acre rural property in 2008 for a lifestyle change. On their Dalefield property they have a menagerie of animals that share their home. French ‘Grosso’ Lavender is lovingly tended throughout the year prior to harvest in February.  They then extract the lavender oil and use the oil and lavender flowers to make homemade and handmade products which are available for sale on the website www. lavenderabbey.co.nz and at the Carterton Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. Indulge yourself with a lavender and beeswax lip balm, a gorgeous smooth lavender hand cream, sleeping pillows filled with lavender rubbings and hops, moisturising soap, gorgeous lavender and magnesium sleep lotion and of course our beautiful Lavender Pure Essential Oil. The pets don’t miss out either, as they have a lavender and frankincense pet balm which is used on dogs for hot spots, flea bites, rashes, cracked paws, sunburnt noses and sores and grazes. For your home try the beeswax furniture polish. All their hard work finally paid off this year when The NZ Lavender Growers Association awarded them a Silver Award for the Lavender Pure Essential Oil 2015. Jan and Stuart have enjoyed their journey with lavender and look forward to November each year when the sight of little flowers and a mass of purple haze commences.  By December the lavender is in full bloom which is a lovely sight indeed.  The lavender field is open for two weekends in January for people to come and pick their own lavender to take home and enjoy. It’s a peaceful, quiet, relaxing “time-out” for you to just chill and enjoy the lavender experience. The dates for 2016 are 16, 17, 23, 24 January, 10am-3pm. Contact: Jan and Stuart Abernethy (06) 379-7073. See advertisement page 41. Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39 - 5


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It’s shaping up to be a very busy summer season with many events taking place over the coming months. For a full list of events go to page 50 or visit www.wairarapanz.com WAIRARAPA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL JANUARY 8TH – 10TH 2016 TAUHERENIKAU RACE COURSE www.tauherenikau.co.nz

HURI HURI: WAIRARAPA’S BIKE FESTIVAL JANUARY 20TH – 25TH 2016 www.hurihuri.co.nz

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ew Zealand country roots band The Warratahs will headline January’s Wairarapa Country Music Festival being held for the first time at the picturesque Tauherenikau Racecourse. The Warratahs will headline the familyfriendly three-day event beginning on Friday, January 8th 2016 and be joined by other leading musicians including: Eddie Low, Marian Burns, Gerry Lee, Joy Adams, The Miti Family, The Shenanigans, Jill Leighton, Gail Russell, and MC John De Burgh. Warratah’s vocalist and guitarist Barry Saunders is excited about performing songs – both old and new - in one of the Wairarapa’s most iconic settings. “To begin 2016 performing at The Wairarapa Country Music Festival will be a great chance to perform our unique sound to New Zealanders, who are really embracing all the different genres that country represents. The Tauherenikau Racecourse has such rich history and a beautiful setting, it will make a great back drop to perform our songs.” Event organiser Matthew Sherry says the festival will appeal to all generations. He says with plenty of motorhome and caravan parking on site, it’s great opportunity to park up for the weekend under beautiful English specimen and native trees and bush teeming with birdlife. There visitors can listen to terrific music and enjoy the company of great friends. Festival-goers can buy three-day or single day tickets while a variety of food stalls and refreshments will also be on site. The Warratahs will perform on Saturday, January 9th following a busy afternoon of back to back performances by the festival’s other acts. 6 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

amilies and serious cyclists can enjoy a variety of biking activities this January thanks to Huri Huri: Wairarapa’s Bike Festival. Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, the festival returns this summer with activities being held at various locations from January 20th – 25th. It also coincides with the New Zealand Cycle Classic, a UCI sanctioned 2.2 race featuring the world’s premier male road cyclists who will cover a distance of over 625km. Huri Huri Festival event manager Catherine Rossiter-Stead says many events are planned over Wellington Anniversary Weekend making it a great opportunity to stay in the region and she encourages people to bring their bike and join in the fun. “Summer in the Wairarapa is gorgeous and the region is just perfect for cycling,” she says. “From the rolling hills that lend themselves to superb road cycling, to a range of excellent cycle trails easily accessible to families, there is something for everyone. Huri Huri Bike Festival is a fun-filled excuse for people to get on their bikes and this year there’s also a one-off opportunity to mountainbike up the Atiwhakatu Valley in the Tararua Forest Park.” Festival events include a bike swap and market in the Martinborough Square, a trail ride along the banks of the Ruamahanga River to Lake Ferry, the Pedal for Parkinson’s road cycle challenge up Admiral Hill in Gladstone, Blackwell & Sons Pashley Picnic on the Greytown-Woodside Rail Trail, Town to Tide multisport race from Masterton to Riversdale, a kids’ criterium and the inaugural Atiwhakatu Trailblazer.

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he Wairarapa’s scenic, quiet and easy riding roads are continuing to attract cyclists from all around the world … and this summer will be no different. Pedal power never looked so good in the Wairarapa this summer with two major events returning to the calendar and the continued rise in popularity of the region’s cycle trails. The New Zealand Cycle Classic, a UCI 2.2 sanctioned international stage race, will be held entirely in the Wairarapa from January 20th – 24th 2016. It will coincide with Huri Huri: Wairarapa’s Bike Festival

that will see a variety of events and activities held across the region catering for all levels of involvement in biking. Huri Huri Festival event manager Catherine Rossiter-Stead says the two events will make the Wairarapa a must-visit destination in January, in particular over Wellington Anniversary Weekend, and she encourages everyone to bring their bikes along and enjoy the fun. Festival events range from a vintage-inspired familyfriendly Blackwell & Sons Pashley Picnic on the Greytown-Woodside Rail Trail to the Pedal for Parkinson’s road cycle challenge up Admiral Hill in Gladstone. New Zealand Cycle Classic race director Jorge Sandoval is looking forward to staging the 29th edition of the five-day


race in the region with some of the world’s top male riders. He says it will give people a chance to see them tackle challenges such as Admiral Hill and potentially catch “new talent” with previous Classic riders having gone on to win stages in the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and world championships. “Staging the Trust House women’s tour here earlier in the year confirmed to me how perfect the Wairarapa is to stage international cycling events. I had amazing support from the community, many local

businesses and the New Zealand Police while the feedback from riders about the quality of the race circuits here was positive,” says Mr Sandoval. “The New Zealand Cycle Classic circuit offer riders a variety of terrain that includes long straight flat, rolling hills and steep climbs. I’m really excited about bringing it back here and have no doubt it will make for exciting viewing for spectators.” Destination Wairarapa general manager David Hancock says hosting the men’s tour and Huri Huri will have huge benefits for the region. “The Wairarapa is gaining an international reputation as a cycling destination thanks to our relatively flat, scenic rural and meandering roads and developing infrastructure, such as bike hire, shuttles and accommodation businesses, which are popping up to support the cycling visitor. The types of elite road cycling races that Jorge is helping to bring here, combined with the

THE MARTINBOROUGH FAIR. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6TH AND MARCH 5TH www.martinboroughfair.org.nz As far as summer markets go, the Martinborough Fair must be one of New Zealand’s most popular and most pretty. Held annually on the first Saturday in February and again in March, visitors to the wine village can spend hours fossicking between the 450 stalls that radiate out from the Martinborough Town Square. Beautiful handmade clothing, upcycled creations and vintage wares can be bought as well as fresh local produce and gourmet foods. All bases are covered: from wood fired pizzas to Thai, Swiss, Dutch, Malaysian and Indian … there will be food to cater to all tastes. The Rotary Martinborough Fairs were the brainchild of members of the Greytown Rotary Club, and in 1977 the first fairs were staged in Martinborough with just 35 stalls. The basic philosophy behind the Fairs has changed little since their inception – with the objective to give craftspeople a chance to display and sell their wares whilst simultaneously providing the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa with funds to give to charities. Today such is the reputation of the Fairs that demand for stalls exceeds the space available, and more than 25,000 people flock to the world renowned wine growing region in the South Wairarapa.

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family-focussed festival events happening during Huri Huri will only reinforce that,” he says. Mr Hancock added that the events sit alongside the region’s other cycling activities and trails that operate all year round. These include cycling the vines, the Woodside Trail and the 115km Rimutaka Cycle Trail, one of the Great Rides on Nga Haerenga, that begins in Wellington and take riders through the Hutt Valley, through the Rimutaka Ranges via the historic railway route and along the stunning South Coast. There are also three touring routes that connect the regions of southern Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu with the Wairarapa. “We have a series of touring routes that make it easier and safer for cyclists to ride to the Wairarapa and then enable them to experience all the other activities on offer here … from cycling around the vines in Martinborough and Opaki to visiting our townships like Greytown where visitors can enjoy first class restaurants and boutique shopping,” he says.

HURRICANES VS BLUES, PRE-SEASON SUPER RUGBY EKETAHUNA RFC FEBRUARY 13TH 2016 www.hurricanes.co.nz or www.tui.co.nz Eketahuna will be the convergence point for two of Super Rugby’s greatest foes this summer – the Hurricanes and the Blues - when it hosts a pre-season game for the second year running. Following the outstanding success of the sold out 2015 game between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders, the Eketahuna RFC will once again host the Hurricanes when they face the Blues on Saturday, 13th February 2016. Club president Dennis “Doc” Dougherty is grateful that event organisers, Tui, have placed faith in the township to hold the game again. “This year’s game was a wonderful day out thanks largely to the positive response we received from the whole community who got in behind to support the day. There’s no doubt we will have the same level of support next year,” he says. Doc says having Hurricanes and Blues players take to the club’s field, particularly following the All Blacks success at the Rugby World Cup, can only benefit the game at a grass roots level. “Giving our kids the opportunity to see these top guys playing in their own backyard is priceless and I am confident will help boost our club’s player numbers and help motivate many young players to remain in the sport including those who play at a premier level,” says Doc. Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd is excited about the game as is Hurricanes new chief executive officer Avan Lee, who is looking forward to the unique grass roots experience for fans and players. Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39 - 7


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ince launching BrewDay in 2013 there has been a ground-swell of craft beer producers in the region and this summer up to 22 of them will serve their best offerings at the annual craft beer festival in Martinborough. “BrewDay was established to celebrate our craft brewers and to allow people to taste their beers on the one site and in a rustic, relaxing setting in Martinborough,” says BrewDay event manager Karen Aitken. “This summer we’ll be doing it all over again and the festival looks set to be our biggest yet with 22 brewers on site matched with our local food heroes.” Breweries confirmed so far for February’s event include Parrot Dog, Fork & Brewer, Black Dog, Baylands Brewery, Garage Project, PanHead Brewery, Funk Estate, Kereru Brewing, Choice Bros, Te Aro Brewery (Wellington); Tuatara, NorthEnd, Duncan’s Brewery (Kapiti); Martinborough Brewery, Peak Brewery and Regent 58 (Wairarapa). In addition Hardie Boys will provide low alcohol ginger beer and lemonade and Koast will offer up limoncello cocktails. There will also be a cider and a great selection of local non-alcoholic drinks. A few local wines will also be served.

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wlbert Eyenstein, the professor of hot air, is one of two special shaped hot air balloons to feature in the 2016 Wairarapa Balloon Festival. Owlbert will migrate south from his home in Arizona, USA for his first visit to New Zealand and will be joined by 24 other hot air balloons during the festival to be held at various venues throughout

Beers will be matched with food by Fork and Brewer, The Hop Garden, House of Dumplings, Scotty’s Meats, Zibibbo and a few more. BrewDay is a wonderful relaxed event to attend on a summer’s day with festival-goers sitting on hay bales or around tables sampling beers, eating delicious food and listening to live music. 11.30am – 6.30pm. Tickets www.brewday.co.nz

Wairarapa from February 25-29 2016. The 30.5 metre tall gigantic balloon, which was built in Brazil in 2014 and has an envelope weight of 250 kilograms, is sure to be an eye-catching sight above the region. The festival’s chairman, Jonathan Hooker, says he is looking forward to having two special shaped balloons at the festival. “This enormous, special-shaped balloon is going to excite the crowd,” said Mr Hooker. “Owlbert will certainly get noticed and he’ll capture the imagination

of everyone … his height makes him 43 times taller than a real life owl.” Owlbert will be joined by best friend and pilot Gary Moore, a certified commercial hot air balloon pilot with more than 1,400 hours of balloon flying experience in over 17 countries. Owlbert will be on display throughout the five day festival. The festival programme features a week of balloons, entertainment and fun for the whole family and includes the popular Trust House Night Glow on Saturday 27 February.

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ach year Masterton takes centre stage when it hosts the Golden Shears, the world’s premier sheep shearing and woolhandling championship. For three-days of high level competition, the Golden Shears attracts both national and international competitors. It’s an exciting event, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats until the last bit of fleece is swept away. The event encompasses novice, junior, intermediate, senior and open grades with competition fierce. For the shearers, the wool handlers and wool pressers, the dreams are still the same as those pioneers from the inaugural event held in 1961 – to strive, compete fairly, win your grade and become supreme champion. Like last year, 2016’s event will be streamed live with high definition on Golden Shears TV, on YouTube. It’s a great way to view the action if you can’t be there. Whilst in town it’s a great chance to visit The National Museum of Sheep and Shearing on Dixon St. It offers visitors a realistic look into an important part of New Zealand’s pioneering history tracing sheep farming in New Zealand and offering a taste of what a shearer’s life in the 19th and 20th centuries would’ve been like. It also tracks how shearing has evolved into an international sport and our top shearers into elite athletes.

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THE WAIRARAPA WINES HARVEST FESTIVAL MARCH 12TH 2016 www.wairarapaharvestfestival.co.nz   

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he annual Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival might not be the biggest, but it could just be one of the best wine and food festivals around. You’ll see everyone from the serious food and wine buffs to groups of friends and families all kicking back together under the trees enjoying the wide variety of background music provided by a number of different bands that play throughout the day.” “Harvest is a small festival that’s massive on atmosphere,” says Liz Pollock, event manager and host for Harvest since its inception. “Harvest started out as a celebration of our gorgeous local wines and food, in an astonishingly beautiful location. With such sound foundations, it could do nothing but mature with age. It’s our 10th anniversary in 2016, and with the tremendous support and enthusiasm that we get from our exhibitors and those attending, I believe the

formula established at the beginning is still clearly working.” Held at the stunning ‘Cliffs’ Riverside Reserve on the banks of the Ruamahanga River, on 12 March 2016, Harvest is held annually to celebrate the beginning of the grape harvest season. With some 25 carefully selected exhibitors comprising wineries from Masterton, Gladstone and Martinborough, and high profile and award winning local restaurants, food and wine matching is an important theme, and a ‘People’s Choice’ award for the best match is being introduced for the first time in 2016. “It’s a pretty special day out”, says Liz. “First-timers to the festival are consistently amazed to discover the wonderful ‘off the beaten track’ site with marquees tucked under magnificent, seriously old trees with picnic spots and umbrellaed tables scattered around. Our exhibitors also clearly love

CASTLEPOINT BEACH HORSE RACES MARCH 12TH 2016 www.wairarapanz.com

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ach summer – favourable beach conditions permitting – Castlepoint (a 50 minute drive from Masterton) hosts its annual beach horse races, which date back to 1872. In recent times they’ve become a unique family day out with the emphasis on entertainment and picnicking. Held each March, with the date decided by the best Saturday afternoon low tide, the event attracts a mixture of professional and casual jockeys who contest up to eight races held along the main beach. The prestigious Castlepoint Cup Open is always run when the tide is at its lowest and provides great excitement for the thousands of people who line the settlement’s sea wall or sit on the front lawns of the sea-side baches. Betting is allowed under an equalisator system meaning punters are randomly drawn a horse after buying a $2 ticket. It’s not unusual to see the usually quiet sea side settlement bustling with people carrying umbrellas, picnic hampers, deck chairs and chilly-bins all enjoying the day and the spectacular vista which includes the Castlepoint lighthouse, the imposing limestone rock formations and stunning lagoon. There are also fun events for children in between the horse races such as a three-leg race and sack race.

the chance to meet and talk to visitors, an opportunity made possible by the intimate style of the event. “Our aim is to make it an entirely effortless, easy and great fun day out for everyone involved and I do think we consistently achieve this.” There are excellent transport options from both Wellington, the Manawatu and within the Wairarapa via Transit NZ, so if you have not been before there’s no excuse not to give Harvest a go. There’ll be no turning back. Tickets are available through Ticketdirect and the Masterton and Martinborough i-sites. With just 2,000 tickets available, it pays to get in quickly. See advertisement page 13.

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oin us from 3.00 to 5.00 on Saturday afternoons for a glass of wine, a gourmet treat and the chance to sit on the grass, under the trees, in the shade or under an umbrella and enjoy great music with friends and partners. Fabulous lineup including The Andrew London Trio, Fiona Pears from Christchurch, The Tessa Quayle Trio, Steve Carlin and The Frank Burkitt Band. Jazz, folk rock and return to the 80s. Concluding with the Amici Ensemble (members of the NZSO) playing, Strauss, Ritchie, Boccherini and Brahms. Entry by ticket. Information available on the website: www.brodieestate.co.nz See advertisement page 31. JANUARY 2 Steve Carlin 9 Andrew London Trio 16 Fiona Pears 30 Frank Burkitt Band FEBRUARY 6 Sounds Familiar 13 Tessa Quayle Trio 20 Gypsy Jam Trio 27 Amici Ensemble FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ALL EVENTS OVER THE SUMMER SEASON VISIT www.wairarapanz.com

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FEATHERSTON CAMP CENTENARY EXHIBITION: 1916-2016 ARATOI WAIRARAPA MUSEUM OF ART AND HISTORY January 23 – July 31, 2016 ANZAC HALL, FEATHERSTON - March 2016

“Featherston Camp is perhaps the most important surviving First World War-related site in New Zealand...” From Featherston Military Training Camp and the First World War, 1915-27 by Tim Shoebridge

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n exhibition about Featherston Military Training Camp in the Wairarapa tells a story that is of national importance. An estimated 60,000 men trained at the camp between 1916 and 1918 – a majority of the roughly 100,000 New Zealanders who served overseas during World War One. It was the largest training camp in Australasia. The camp was a living embodiment of the New Zealand military establishment, charged with turning raw recruits into real soldiers. To that end camp authorities had the heavy responsibility of not only putting soldiers through a rigorous training regime, but of ensuring that they were cared for physically, mentally and spiritually. Hard lessons had been learned from the organisation of other camps such as Trentham. Keenly aware that the war was going to last much longer than previously thought, the military was eager to show New Zealand that it took the preparation of the nation’s soldiers seriously. Featherston Camp was a model of military organisation and efficiency, aiming to provide the best possible training for soldiers leaving to fight overseas. Behind the facts, figures and official information lie the soldiers’ tales and experiences. What was it like to live at Featherston Camp? How did camp life compare to home-life? What activities made camp life difficult or enjoyable? What became of some of those who passed through Featherston Camp on their way to war? What is the camp’s legacy and how can we remember it today? What part did Featherston Military Training Camp play in the life of your/my relative? The exhibition is planned to open on 23 January 2016 – 100 years since the camp became operational. Today Featherston Camp is a registered Heritage New Zealand Category 1 Historic Place and is part of a landscape of military training sites which extends from the Hutt Valley to the Wairarapa. Featherston Military Training Camp has outstanding importance as the site of one of New Zealand’s few military training camps 10 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

which, together with Trentham in Upper Hutt, trained the majority of embarked forces during World War One. The camp is also historically significant for the high number of deaths associated with the influenza pandemic of 1918, which was particularly devastating among soldiers accommodated in crowded military camps. The site has international significance as the primary training location of New Zealand soldiers who fought and died during the liberation of France and Belgium, and on account of the memorials dedicated to the lives of Japanese prisoners of war (1942-1945). There is high community esteem for this place which is historically important to the identity of Featherston, and has stimulated many publications and a variety of media. This exhibition has been made possible by generous support from Lands Trust Masterton, Wellington Regional Amenities Fund, Eastern & Central Community Trust, South Wairarapa District Council, Trust House, The Friends of Aratoi, Aratoi Foundation and Greytown Trust Lands Trust. Developed by Aratoi and Wairarapa Archive, Masterton.


View From Canvas Camp (Photograph: Commandant Col. Adams) Courtesy of William Adams Collection

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ONE STEP AHEAD The Warratah’s will headline January’s Wairarapa Country Music Festival. Lead vocalist Barry Saunders talks about his life in music and what’s coming up next. By Katie Farman

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t’s been a busy year for Barry Saunders. His band The Warratahs, which first entertained Wellingtonians at the Cricketers Arms Hotel with a unique style of country roots music in the 1980s, released their seventh studio album Runaway Days and followed it up with an extensive national tour. Barry then teamed up with rising musical talent Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams for The Church Tour, which saw the quartet playing to sold out audiences in cathedrals and churches from Auckland to Dunedin. Now, after a brief respite from being on the road he and band mates Nik Brown (violin, mandolin); Michael Knapp (drums) and Nick Theobald (bass, vocals) are preparing to headline January’s Wairarapa Country Music Festival, being held for the first time at the Tauherenikau Racecourse on January 8th, 9th and 10th 2016. It will be another chance for The Warratahs to perform songs from all seven albums, a few covers and of course, new hits from Runaway Days. “It’ll be my first time playing at Tauherenikau and I’m looking forward to it,” says Barry, who will be joined at the three-day festival by other musicians including: Eddie Low, Marian Burns, Gerry Lee, Joy Adams, The Miti Family, The Shenanigans, Jill Leighton, Gail Russell, and MC John De Burgh. “Tauherenikau has such rich history and a beautiful setting, it will make a great back drop to perform our songs.” Touring has always been a huge part of The Warratahs success and a great vehicle for connecting with people. Promoting Runaway 12 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

Days, an album recorded in two days at the Depot in Devonport, Auckland and mixed at Monkee Studios in Wellington, with a 10town tour was no different. “We were really happy with how it turned out, the recording and mixing process was good,” says Barry of the album, which received rave reviews and was embraced by fans and the wider public. “To put a record out there that’s been so well received has been really good. We’ve had emails from all over - it’s been so nice and we’re pleased with the response. As for the highlight, probably touring the album and people knowing the songs!” The touring continued for Barry, but this time as a solo artist in The Church with the trio of New Zealand musicians who are stamping their own mark on what is considered country music. The two tours couldn’t have been more different. “There were totally different venues, for one - performing in churches was a totally new experience for me, and my favourite venues were Holy Trinity in Auckland and the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch. It was just great to see churches full of people, there to listen to music,” he says. “In terms of what I learnt from them … it was really enjoyable singing with them, especially in an acoustic environment.” arry grew up in Taranaki and Canterbury with his love of country and folk music derived from his parents’ extensive record collection. However his love of performing and, in later years, song writing came when his father bought him his first guitar. He recalls his first live performance at a church hall in Lincoln where he sang lead vocals and played the harmonica. After playing gigs in Wellington, the UK and Australia in the late 70s and 80s, he returned to Wellington to form the The Warratahs, who’ve since built a remarkable legacy around their music and affecting lyrics. And that passion is something that’s not going away. “After the Wairarapa Country Music Festival there will be more songwriting and performing and yes, a bit of touring. Hopefully some painting, too!”

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New Zealand Festival heads ‘On The Road’ to Wairarapa Quizzical questions, tall tales, whimsical waiata and avid adventure form the dynamic programme of events making their way to Wairarapa as part of the New Zealand Festival, SchoolFest and Writers Week in March.

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airarapa is an important cultural hub of the Wellington region and we want to acknowledge that by bringing these world-class events to Greytown, Carterton and Masterton. The shows we’ve selected offer a variety of experiences for fans of theatre, dance, music and literature. So gather your friends, family, and colleagues, and book your seats for these exceptional events,” says Festival Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza. Mark the calendar for two funny, moving, family-friendly shows for anyone aged eight or over. Chalk About (Scotland), a lively performance played out on a giant chalkboard stage, and Waves (Australia/United Kingdom), the unofficial history of the invention of the “butterfly stroke”, both promise to be equally engaging for kids and adults. What makes us who we are? Is it where we are from? Or how we talk? And… doesn’t everyone like pizza? These are some of the questions posed in Chalk About where performers Christine Devaney and Niels Weijer take an old playground game and turn it into a spirited look at the make-up of our identities. “Chalk About is a charming and innovative way to encourage kids to explore ideas around individuality, identity and stereotypes,” says Shelagh. In Waves, Alice Mary Cooper relays the story of Elizabeth Moncello, who, growing up on Gabo Island, Australia, in the 1930s, invents the ‘dolphin’, more commonly known as the ‘butterfly’ stroke. Shelagh describes Waves as “a courageous and touching story of a lonely girl determined to achieve greatness”. For a night of good vibes, you can’t beat the cheeky and charming Modern Maori Quartet. The group mixes music with drama and the old with the new to perform a range of tunes – from Kiwi classics like Pakarekare Ana to their Te Reo version of Lorde’s Royals. Modern Maori Quartet, who refined their talent at Wellington’s Toi Whakaari drama school, have recently returned from performances in places as diverse as Uzbekistan, Singapore and Hawaii, and are quickly gaining international recognition. On the Writers Week programme is an insightful conversation with a master of discovery and the author of many popular history and travel bestsellers, Simon Winchester (United Kingdom). The writer, broadcaster, traveller and geologist has explored subjects 14 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

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Waves. Photo: Cristina Todaro such as the eruption of Krakatoa and the story behind the Oxford English Dictionary. Simon will discuss the geopolitics of our region as explored in his latest book, Pacific: The Ocean of the Future. helagh says that while the festival is pleased to be bringing shows right to your doorstep, she recommends a weekend in Wellington to get the full flavour of the festival. “There will be hundreds of other performances around the Wellington region during the festival, including free events such as the Contact Festival Playground, a fantastic family fairground at Frank Kitts Park. I’d recommend planning a weekend in the city to really take advantage of the vibrant three weeks of the New Zealand Festival.” The New Zealand Festival runs from 26 February to 20 March and is Aotearoa’s largest celebration of cutting-edge arts and culture. In 2016 the festival celebrates its 30-year anniversary with a programme designed to “kick up the arts!” The full programme can be found at festival.co.nz.

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VIRGIN LOVERS CHOOSE GREYTOWN Left: Operations manager Bill Hey processing another few tonnes of Wairarapa olives.

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A desire to become part of the Wairarapa tourist trail has seen The Olive Press set up shop in Greytown. The associated retail outlet purveys plenty of olive accessories along with its extra virgin offerings … By Simon Burt

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et up in 2000 as a co-operative by around 30 local growers, The Olive Press (TOP) was struggling when Wellington accountant Bruce McCallum took it under his wing a few years ago. Bruce and his wife Mary were in the process of moving permanently to their Ahiaruhe, Carterton property and Bruce’s business skills were gladly accepted by the remaining shareholders, as was his offer to buy several of them out. The original co-operative was not founded on a sustainable business model says Bruce, now TOP’s managing director and deputy chairman. “It’s a common enough dream – sitting on the verandah with a glass of pinot, the setting sun filtering through the olive grove, watching the oil drip off the fruit into bottles … That dream is never realised.” The olive industry in Wairarapa is no different from anywhere else in New Zealand – it’s a struggle, Bruce says. “The Press lurched from season to season as a service for the growers, only being used a few weeks a year. Noone was really driving it and many of the shareholders lost interest, even abandoning or ripping out their groves.” Now, with a solid core of the original group still on board and with the recent purchase of long-time operations manager Bill Hey’s contracting business, The Olive Press Ltd feels it has the ability to drive the local industry to its next phase. “The olive oil industry is currently where the New Zealand wine industry was 30 years ago,” Bruce reckons. “The public is not very well educated about the flavour and health benefits of the local product over the imported stuff. Also, the local oil is seen as expensive and the price differential has been too great – we’d like to drive it down and to do that we need to get the volume up.” To address the last point, TOP is actively seeking established groves it can source fruit from. TOP will structure a deal to suit the owner, either taking on a full lease of the grove or a management contract involving tree care and harvesting. “Many of those who planted 20 years ago are aging or have run out of steam – we can take away the worry and cost of maintaining their grove.” Another recent initiative to turn TOP into a year-round business was the setting up of a retail shop in the press’ new premises in Arbor 16 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

Grove, Greytown. Dubbed “The Olive Market @ The Olive Press”, the shop features top quality branded oil from its shareholders and press customers, many of whom have won significant awards for their products. TOP-pressed oil collected a raft of gold and silver plus four ‘best in class’ medals at this year’s Olives NZ national awards, while TOP itself was named ‘Best Processor’. he Olive Market is an extension of TOP’s intention to drive the local industry into serious competition for the imported product, particularly the common European oils which are seen as vastly inferior to what is produced here. In addition to the premium bottled oil, The Olive Market has a “fill your own” service for unbranded oil which has been pressed on the premises. Containers and dispensers are available for sale in the shop, along with other olive related products and merchandise including soaps and skin care, table olives, gift boxes, hardware and accessories. Free tastings of TOP shareholders’ products will always be available with a weekly roster of two or three brands and the producers will often be in attendance. The Olive Market factory shop is part of The Olive Press complex at 14 Arbor Place, off Bidwills Cutting Road (the road to Martinborough) at the south end of Greytown. www.theolivepress.co.nz

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Millie Jocelyn and Adam Blackwell heading up the driveway to their home in Greytown

Making your own romantic wishes come true Dreams of gliding down country lanes on handmade vintage-style bicycles with a well-stocked picnic basket, a special bottle of wine stowed on the bike and the love of your life by your side sounds like a romantic scene from Downton Abbey. For Millie Jocelyn and Adam Blackwell, it’s a story that comes to life with many scenes just like these and continues with the opening of Blackwell and Sons, a new cycling emporium in Greytown.

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ome of our international customers have described our store as the most beautiful bicycle shop in the world,” says Adam. “That’s what we set out to achieve in one of the most beautiful villages in New Zealand. It’s a good fit. We make the romantic dream of a relaxed cycling adventure to lovely destinations available to anyone who wants it to be their reality.” Millie and Adam bought their home in Greytown in 2012, and although their careers in advertising, software and digital presentations take them all over the world, it is Greytown they love returning to whenever they get the chance. Blackwell and Sons is the epitome of the lifestyle they make real with a huge focus on quality items like Scottish picnic blankets or Canadian leather accessories, designed to be appreciated for beauty and functionality. “We both feel strongly about the wasteful nature of a consumerist culture; buying something cheap to be discarded and replaced in a short time span isn’t good for personal economy or the planet,” says Millie. “We want to share the joy that comes with owning quality items designed to last a lifetime with our customers. I guess our thinking is best expressed with the idea of buying little, but buying the best; something you know is made with care, a strong sense of design and an uncompromising approach to quality.” Adam’s connection with Greytown starts with his great grandfather, Robert Hodgson, an early station master at Woodside (Greytown) railway station. “My nana grew up here, and I often think 18 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

of her enjoying the warmth of a Wairarapa summer when the town was in its infancy. My mum Alison said that nana - her name was Millie too - spent endless days as a child playing with her siblings in the trees and fields that surrounded the station master’s house. Sounds pretty idyllic to me!” says Adam. “My dad Bill assembles the bikes and maintains them, while my son Jack is the vice president of icecream sales from our special freezer tricycle. It’s a family business! And my good friend Daryl Watt helped design the store and keeps customers entertained with his sharp wit when Millie and I are travelling.” lackwell and Sons has been an instant success, with enquiries and orders for the extensive range of Pashley bicycles coming in from all over New Zealand from the opening week. “After Millie and I visited the Pashley factory in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, we knew the product lived up to the promise,“ says Adam. “The bicycles are hand crafted using the best components available. That’s quality you can feel when you ride.” And the most popular picnic accessory in the Blackwell and Sons range? “A leather wine bottle carrier for your bike,” says Millie. “We’re in wine country. It’s an essential.” Blackwell and Sons is open Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm, including public holidays (excluding Christmas) at 101 Main Street, Greytown. Their online store is always open at www. blackwellandsons.nz

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Starting up smart A new baby on the way, a start-up design business plus an interiors consultancy on the side….twenty-somethings Alex Hutchings and Matt Calder like to jump right in and make it happen. By Anne Taylor.

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tep inside Matt and Alex’s newly renovated Greytown house and you’d swear they’d spent a fortune on interior design. There are retro tiles and clean, industrial lines in the kitchen, and an airy living space leading onto a deck edged with manicured shrubs. A quirky light fitting sprouting greenery is a giveaway that they’re not afraid to break away from the herd. So what’s the secret to this 1950s weatherboard’s wow factor? “In fact it was all done on a shoestring,” says Alex, “It’s really all about smart buying and sourcing great pieces online. “For years we dreamed of working on our own house and even when we were renting, we were very house proud, wanting to make our space feel nice. We’ve always been on the same page with design, so there were zero arguments!” Matt and Alex both grew up in Masterton but work and study took them to Wellington. For Matt, this was into a career in sales that lately saw him managing a car dealership. Alex studied design at Massey before finding work as a media planner with an advertising agency. Then, like many of their contemporaries, they faced the prospect of renting or saving a huge deposit to buy in the capital. “We’ve got friends who say it’s cheaper to buy in Brisbane than Wellington!” says Matt. Thinking outside the square comes naturally so they decided to rent a place in Wairarapa, which they’d been enjoying as a weekend getaway. Months of commuting to Wellington sealed the deal for Matt. And Alex was also ready for a change, realizing while on maternity leave with her first child Indy that her heart wasn’t in the Wellington job as it had taken her away from her true love of designing. They moved a house from Masterton onto a section they’d bought, and set about transforming it. Setting up home in a provincial town, they knew it was down to them to create work opportunities. But they also knew there were plenty of others in the neighbourhood with entrepreneurial drive. “There are lots of people here who break out on their own and really get involved in the community,” says Matt. “Buying local is very prevalent here and we love that mentality of supporting the community.” 20 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

The idea was born for their joint company ALEX + MATT Creative Design, which teams Alex’s expertise in design with Matt’s marketing smarts. “We offer people a young, creative, fresh ways of looking at things,” says Matt of their business ethos. They have just completed a smart new rebranding for The White Swan and are working on a number of other projects both locally and in Wellington. “We’re finding people appreciate dealing with someone face-to-face in their area,” says Alex. “We keep in close contact with clients throughout the design process, listening closely to what they need at every stage.” att’s input is all about pushing clients’ brands into the foreground with clever marketing and social media. Also working as business development manager at Pinot Grove, Martinborough, he is utilizing these skills every day. Their flair for renovations is also getting noticed and this led them to set up ‘Sense of Place’, their interiors consultancy. “We wanted to bring interior design to those who may think it’s for folks with the big bucks. It isn’t,” says Alex. Drawing on what they’ve learnt from their own redesign, they’ve created a tailored service that suits a range of clients – from those who simply want to add a little magic to a room, to people planning big changes. “We’re all about clean, edgy, sharp design that doesn’t cost both your kidneys,” says Matt. Unsurprisingly, making friends in the town has been no problem. “We are quite social,” says Matt, “and we love the sunshine and having friends over.” Trips to Lake Ferry with their Hungarian Vizsla Ollie are a regular escape, and Alex enjoys the fact she can walk everywhere with Indy. It’s been a good move all round, especially now they’re expanding their family. “There were people at work who said we were mad to move over but the minute we get over the hill, no matter what time of day or night, it’s amazing the relaxation you get,” says Matt. “It feels like a holiday.”

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It’s All About Winning Race Horses Wander around the meticulously groomed grounds at LA Stud, a little east of Masterton, and you’ll meet about 300 horses. Bristling stallions, broody mares, frolicking foals – the producers and products of Sam and Catriona Williams’ hugely successful breeding enterprise. By Simon Burt

Sam Williams with some of the 300 horses enjoying life at LA Stud, Masterton. Photo by Simon Burt.

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am Williams has lived and breathed horses all his life. Sitting down for a chat with him, horsey facts and figures come tumbling out as though nothing else matters; information absorbed and gained from total immersion in the equine world. It’s clearly a true passion, and the basis of a successful family business. Sam has run LA Stud with his wife Catriona since 2005, succeeding his father Richard (called ‘Buzz’). The stud has its beginnings in 1940 at Te Parae, the Williams family farm, when Sam’s grandmother Nancy started with two broodmares – one a gift and the other bought for five pounds. Nancy Williams is said to have possessed “a superb eye for stock” and together with her husband Alister bred a long line of successful racers, the first major triumph being Melbourne Cup winner Straight Draw in 1957. Te Parae was farmed by Alister and Nancy, then their sons Buzz and Tom until 1996 when Buzz and his wife Susie moved most of the horses and their family into the ‘town’ property of Little Avondale, a former dairy farm which Alister and Nancy had bought and built on in the sixties. Tom and his family remained at Te Parae and they continue to be involved in horses as well as deer, sheep and beef and aviation. Sam grew up and earned his pocket money in the stables at Te Parae. He attended nearby Wainuioru School and at age nine was sent off to board at Huntley School in Rangitikei, then on to Wanganui Collegiate. A year at Sir Patrick Hogan’s renowned Cambridge Stud followed, after which he went off to Lincoln University. While studying farm management there, Sam worked holidays at Cambridge Stud and bought his first mare from Sir Patrick for $1,000 – Sir Patrick promptly gave him back $50 cash to buy a drink to celebrate. The mare produced Sam’s first major sale, in partnership with his mother – it reached $26,000 at Karaka. “That was it really – I was bitten by the breeding bug.” 22 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

Being outside for most of the day appeals greatly to Sam, as does working with horses. “They are always fascinating to be around, they have amazing temperaments and they don’t all follow one another around like sheep do.” The buying and selling of stock also generates plenty of excitement, as does foaling time. “Foaling gives me the biggest kick. I attend every birth on the property whatever the time, day or night. It gives me a real buzz seeing these little creatures come into the world, then three or four years later watching them win on the track.” And winning is what LA Stud is all about. “We’re big on winning. This place wouldn’t be what it is if our horses kept losing,” says Sam. Over 75 years the stud’s products have won Melbourne and Caulfield Cups, Derbys and Oaks and just last season LA Stud was a finalist in Breeder of the Year. “These things are what keeps your business going.” he couple have known each other since they were five years old and have now been married for 15 years. A riding accident a year after they wed has left Catriona in a wheelchair unable to walk, but that hasn’t stopped them cycling the road to Everest base camp, nor reaching the pinnacle of race horse breeding. Sam and Catriona race a number of horses themselves, mostly as part of syndicates with their friends. It’s much more fun, Sam says. “We can’t go to every race all our horses are involved in, so it’s great to have others who can. And celebrating a win is much more fun with others.” While the high-profile couple is the ‘face’ of Little Avondale, Sam is quick to acknowledge the hard work of the many people they employ in the business. People who care as much about horses as he does and who keep this perfect property, tucked away in a quiet corner of the Wairarapa, looking like a perennial international winner. www.lastud.co.nz

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The Prodigal Daughter returns Chef Rachel Priestley of The Prodigal Daughter brand has brought delicious cured meats and other Italian tastes to Greytown. Her restaurant, deli and wine bar La Pancetta, adds a fresh dimension to the Wairarapa food scene. By Julia Mahony.

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igs wing across the fence at La Pancetta; 16 metal swine point the way to an idyllic dining courtyard with kitchen garden. Rachel’s premises are at Wakelin House, an historic Greytown building known for its tranquil garden and character interior. Inside La Pancetta, the real thing is served up in meaty displays of Rachel’s specialist curing techniques. These were honed during 10 years in Italy, then back in New Zealand through her business Prodigal Daughter and the making of six types of cured meat. La Pancetta, which opened in Greytown in the spring, encourages sharing plates and even tables. Small groups are sometimes seated with others at a large central table indoors, while al fresco dining is all about enjoying Italian-inspired food under the Wairarapa sky. Front-of-house manager is the “charming, elegant and professional” Marcus Darley, well-known in Wellington and Wairarapa hospitality. During her decade in Italy, Rachel lived in a mountain town north of Milan, where locals made air dried cured beef called bresaola and ate cured pig fat with honey and rye bread. “Most families owned a pig and had a kill once a year, making cured meats and sausages. It was a ritual, bringing families together, rather like a shared harvest-time.’’ Arriving back in New Zealand almost five years ago, Rachel noticed the absence of good cured meats, so started making them. “Italian friends came for dinner and said `give up everything and just make this’. I didn’t give up anything, but I am now producing and selling cured meats as a part of the whole picture.’’ Rachel often dreams and thinks in Italian. She is focused and has a simple philosophy of creating and sharing good food in a good ambience. “I cook simply. I’m not a tweezer chef, putting tiny things on plates; it’s just good, honest food which I don’t play around with. If we don’t have an equivalent Italian product in New Zealand, I import authentic artisanal product such as dried pastas and truffle products.’’ Her nitrate-free and preservative-free coarsely ground sausages, 24 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

when cut into moist knobbly chunks, send thoughts of rubbery discs of cheap bangers right out the door. Varieties include pork `n fennel and spicy Sicilian. Here is a woman not afraid to champion meat, especially “tasty pig parts’’. “The flavour’s in the fat,’’ she says simply. “You can put meat with our wonderful vegetables – but fat is where flavour lies. People are becoming less afraid of fat, now they view sugar as the new evil. Though it really is all about moderation.’’ Red Devon beef produced by Rannoch Meats - less than five minutes from the restaurant - is where Rachel sources both steak for the restaurant menu and beef for curing; “not only for its incredible flavour, but because of a shared philosophy of animal welfare, sustainability and traceability. Longbush Pork, also free ranging locally, is where I source most of my cured product, with some free farmed in the South Island.’’ Rachel uses award-winning local extra-virgin olive oil from Leafyridge. “New Zealand produces top quality extra virgin olive oils, so I no longer import from Italy. I use South Island organic sea salt in my dishes. Why treat salt with chemicals to bleach it white when it isn’t in nature? It strips out the flavour. Real salt is tasty as well as salty.’’ At La Pancetta, Rachel hot smokes whole pork bellies in a barrel in the courtyard garden. This is the final stage in the process of making pancetta. Her knowledge of Italian cuisine is on offer through cooking classes by appointment. Rachel’s philosophy is clear: “It’s about free range and organic where possible, not throwing chemicals into the rivers or into our animals. It’s about sustainability, knowing where our food comes from, and good taste. Part of my philosophy is transparency - I have nothing to hide.’’ Bravissima. See advertisement in the Dining Guide page 43.


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Adding new life to a piece of local history Most pregnant women with two pre-schoolers would shudder at the thought of taking on a major retail development project. Philippa Kershaw delivered Martinborough’s P&K General Store on time, and baby Mae two months later. Susan McLeary reports.

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he re-branded P&K General Store updates the former shop, which was “stuck in a bit of a time warp”, say Philippa and Conor Kershaw. Conor is the fourth generation Kershaw at Pain & Kershaw. The first Mr Kershaw established the company as General Merchants and Storekeepers in 1873, and the General Store approach reflects that heritage. Conor’s grandfather Harry’s photo graces the store. “We wanted to pay respect to the history of Pain and Kershaw yet blend it with a more contemporary look. We can offer most of the services our local community wants, but at the same time appeal to the growing number of visitors to the town,” Philippa explains. She and Conor are a great team, sharing goals and ideas. Although studying in Dunedin at the same time, they actually met in London 12 years ago. After travelling extensively, Philippa acknowledges “London to small town New Zealand was a big jump. I was lucky it was Martinborough”, and they agree now there is “nowhere we’d rather be”. Mae has two big sisters, Luella (Lulu) is six and Willow four. Will any of them become the fifth generation Kershaw heading the family business? Their mother says “They all like being in the store and Lulu especially likes being behind the counter and helping. She doesn’t always understand why she can’t just take the toys home, though!” Philippa’s design degree from Otago University came in handy in creating the store’s fresh, open look, while Conor made many of the fittings himself at nights and weekends. “We’ve used a lot of recycled timber in the walls, counter and display cabinets, and some quirky touches. Everyone smiles when 26 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

they see the Haberdashery drawers, and there is steady demand for wools, stationery and all those small bits and pieces. “Forgetful wedding guests are a big part of the business at busy weekends. Cuff links, shirts, sunhats, cards and wrapping paper can be in heavy demand,” Philippa smiles. Streamlining the clothing brands was a major decision. “Realising we are the only day-to-day menswear supplier in the South Wairarapa, we gave a lot of thought to the men’s range, and are pleasantly surprised that men’s shirts are now one of our best sellers. “Good quality business shirts like the urban Passport range and casual shirts including Swanndris and the UK Ben Sherman range appeal to rural people. “Although our range of shoes and bag’s fairly limited they are going well, like the very popular German Reiker brand. We have added stylish contemporary womenswear brands like Mesop, Nineteen46, Lemontree and Julian Danger. “I have a real passion for really good children’s books and toys, so we have expanded that area a lot,” Philippa says. Buying patterns are emerging now the store has been open six months. The weekend market is 70 percent from outside the South Wairarapa, reflecting the need to cater to both locals and visitors to Martinborough. Philippa and Conor’s retail instincts are well on the right track. “Retail is a constantly changing world: it’s exciting and challenging, sometimes scary. We will keep evolving, but overall we are very pleased. We don’t know of another store like it,” Conor and Philippa conclude.


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Megan, Malcolm and The Old Manse

Mal had never been to the Wairarapa and Megan was last here as a child. Stopping at Bidwill’s Cutting lookout near Martinborough, they just said “wow”. A year later they live here, run The Old Manse B&B, and love village life. Susan McLeary explains.

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ooking back, Malcolm and Megan say it all began in Nelson. After attending Mal’s school reunion on the West Coast, they stayed with an old friend who ran a B&B in Nelson. “We could do this,” they thought, and changed their lives. Mal was just 50, and vaguely wanted to move out of his full-time building company. Megan wanted a break from full-time teaching demands. “With five adult children between us, we were perfectly free to make big changes,” said Megan, “and began a search all over New Zealand for the right location and property. “The Old Manse in Martinborough was actually the first we looked at online, and kept coming back to it while checking out other options. Number One requirement on our list was lifestyle – we wanted a large property in a beautiful place to live,” Mal explained. “That wow moment seeing Martinborough, and the sense of a growing village with a lovely vibe, ticked all our boxes. Being practical people, we also wanted to be able to get supplementary work locally if needed. “ In fact, Megan had a relieving teaching job within days of their arrival, laughing at taking 12 paces from home to Martinborough School. Mal has gone back to his early locksmith trade, setting up Locks’n’Keys. “The tourism business was new to us, and the help we got from Destination Wairarapa was outstanding,” Megan commented. “We wanted to put our own stamp on The Old Manse. Encouraged by Barbara and David from Destination Wairarapa, we decided to embrace technology and the international tourism market. “My son (a designer in New York) re-did the website, with instant online bookings, and we linked with overseas wholesalers. Although they take a commission, they have access to volumes of potential guests we simply don’t. The proof is our very good midweek bookings from self-drive overseas guests, with mainly Wellingtonians and www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

other New Zealanders at weekends. With five rooms, it’s well-suited to groups of friends or families. “Our international guests really enjoy the hosted experience we offer, especially mingling with other guests. “Mal cooks everyone breakfast, the guests eat and chat together. We serve evening drinks and nibbles, and guests love the Nga Waka Pinot Noir grown on the vines outside the window (and taking selfies among the grapes). Often they team up and go to dinner together” she said. The couple are clear about their market, and running as a business. Number One requirement “We put prices up and have no on our list was problem being the dearest B&B in Martinborough. We are proud lifestyle – we wanted to be No. 1 B&B on Trip Advisor, a large property in a and aiming for a good steady yearround business, not just summer beautiful place to live weekends,” explained Mal. “Our biggest group is Wellington couples aged 30-44. They love weekends away here, and judging from the shopping bags, are happy to spend. Our style is very sociable, and we are starting to see guests returning for another helping, which is hugely satisfying.” Although The Old Manse doesn’t do large marquee weddings any longer, Megan and Mal hosted their own mid-winter wedding there. “This photo was a finalist in the Martinborough Village wedding photo competition, which was a great tribute to our talented photographer Erina Wood. In a nice village-y touch, I have taught Erina’s daughter while relieving,” Megan smiled. The last word goes to a Trip Advisor guest review: “The room was comfy and warm, but it really is the lounge and hosts that are the heart and soul of this place.“ Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39 - 29


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Local bookseller David Hedley is once again in the thick of an international publishing success story – this time with the Ringo Starr book ‘Photograph’. By Simon Burt

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avid Hedley is no stranger to The Beatles – in fact he was able to count the late George Harrison as a friend. And no novice at selling books – he’s the third-generation owner of his eponymous Masterton store, “wrapping books when I was six and serving customers from about the age of 10.” So it was no surprise when he was asked to help with the global marketing of Ringo’s ‘Photograph’, the latest production from London’s Genesis Publications. David has worked with ‘limited edition’ specialists Genesis for years. They have collaborated on ventures as diverse as a book on the British Lions rugby team, the music biography ‘Concert For George’, and a lush photographic volume ‘Blinds & Shutters’, Michael Cooper’s insight into the Sixties which New York Today called “the most stupendous rock and roll picture book ever assembled.” Genesis books are works of art in themselves and are among the most sought-after in the world. A keen concert-goer and music supporter, David was quick to jump on board the Ringo roadshow for the original limited edition launch back in 2013. He set up ticketed events in theatres in Los Angeles and New York and with Ringo reluctant to talk about himself he went about finding people who would. Legendary rock ‘n’ roll photographer Henry Diltz agreed to talk about Ringo as a picture taker, while musicians Dave Grohl and Steve Gorman would discuss Ringo’s drumming style, by which they were both influenced. “Dave and Steve were gold,” David says. “Classy guys. When we’d put the whole package together we presented it to Ringo – he said ‘that sounds like fun, I think I’ll come’!” 30 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

International publisher David Hedley in his Masterton book shop with the latest global success story. (Photo Simon Burt) The recent ‘trade’ book launch has taken David to Canada, the U.S. and Australia where his lifetime’s experience with book shops would prove invaluable. ‘Miami’ Steve Van Zandt of The E Street Band introduced Ringo at The Strand book store in New York and talk show host Conan O’Brien was ‘in conversation’ with Ringo on stage at the El Ray theatre in Los Angeles (a 500 seat sell-out). David also arranged a major press event at Book Soup in Hollywood, where Ringo did two hours of interviews, and an upmarket function at The Core Club in Manhattan. Getting to know Ringo a little over the years has cemented David’s view that, contrary to some opinion, he was a key member of The Beatles. “He was probably the funniest of the group, and a shrewd businessman. I’ve come to realise that the group’s chemistry was in the collective, where Ringo was just as important as the others despite them being regarded as the superior musicians.” “He’s also a really warm human being, quite humble but with huge charisma, more than I’ve seen in any other musician.” Being launched almost in tandem with ‘Photograph’ is another Genesis rock ‘n’ roll book, Ronnie Wood’s diary of a life in music, ‘How Can It Be?’. Like ‘Photograph’, it has been published as a limited edition as well as the smaller ‘trade’ version and, also like ‘Photograph’, some of the images have been lifted from the books and released as high quality photographic prints in small, autographed numbers – only 25 of each globally. Although almost sold out, these prints are on show at Hedley’s Bookshop in Masterton from the beginning of December. While independent books shops like his are constantly under threat from the big chains, especially in the provinces, David Hedley is proving that thinking and acting globally can reap rewards locally. And those rewards can often be more than just the teeshirt and a photograph.


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The Red Peak, Koru and Silver Ferns (all three of them) can wait. Paula Coulthard has her hands full reinterpreting our existing flag, and her designs are being snapped up at galleries and shops throughout New Zealand. Anne Taylor met her at her new home at Rangitumau, north east of Masterton.

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aula Coulthard’s flags proclaim a sense of place – whether that’s a view of Mt Taranaki or the Grey Lynn skyline with its Norfolk Island Pines and rows of power lines. She’s hand-painted and stencilled dozens of flags this year, and it’s a full time job keeping up with demand. Looking for all the world like vintage flags, they’re actually made from scratch then hand distressed and painted to get the desired aged effect. “They have been a big hit with ex-pats who want to have a reminder of their favourite bach or the place where they grew up,” she says. Having lived in Auckland since graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Canterbury University, her place for now is Wairarapa. She and husband Simon, an arborist, have finally realised their dream of living in the country, among the green fields of Rangitumau. Daughter Lola has joined the Riversdale Surf Club and son Tadhg is loving his country school of Opaki, where Paula sometimes takes art classes. Scenes of Wairarapa Moana and Castlepoint are filtering through into the flags, which Paula also sells at Aratoi. “We’d always talked about having a piece of land and we could have ended up anywhere really but we thought it would be great to have family nearby, and the convenience of Masterton.” They’d spotted the 4.5 acre section for sale while on holiday from Auckland in 2011 and staying with Paula’s aunt and uncle, who live in nearby Kaiparoro. Paula grew up in rural Lincoln, Canterbury so moving to the country felt like returning to her roots, especially as her family are close by. 32 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

Their airy, ply interior and corrugated iron house was designed by Auckland architect and builder Michael O’Sullivan. “It reminds me of a meeting house that’s been skewed a bit. I love the big eaves and the way the golden light comes through in the evening.” After graduating, Paula had dived straight into the world of prop and costume-making for film and TV basing herself in Auckland. She worked on ‘Hercules and Xena’, and ‘The Last Samurai’ during those years of long hours and late nights. In 2003, she started her own label ‘Coulthard’ and showcased her work at the Pasifika Festival and Auckland Fashion Week. She made jackets from deconstructed blankets, found epaulets and other iconic motifs; along with handpainted skirts and bedspreads, drawing on a sense of history and our seafaring past. “I’ve always been interested in the pioneering spirit of our early settlers, both Maori and European. Our ancestors were generally rugged, strong, adventurous seafaring explorers and I feel proud to be part of that culture. I’m also interested in the merging of the peoples who make up New Zealand.” 2007 saw her taking out the supreme award in the WOW Art Awards with a memorable merino-inspired design called ‘Rattle Your Dags’, co-created with Ursula Dixon. But after 20 years in the big city she was ready for a change. “We get bored easily and we like to shake things up a bit”. The couple decamped to Simon’s hometown of Dublin for 15 months when their children were young. Wairarapa was the next big move. “There are fewer distractions here. In Auckland, there are constant demands on your attention. I’d hardly ever say no to invitations and openings because I didn’t want to miss out on possible opportunities. I find I have more time, living here,” says Paula. She now sources materials online and has items sent to her. She employs two local textile experts to help with the sewing and finishing of the flags and getting to work means climbing the ladder to her purpose-built mezzanine studio. The pace is still steady as orders for her flags keep rolling in. But when there’s a break, there’s plenty to see through her large north-facing window: wide open spaces and fields of green.


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OPAKI NEVER TASTED SO GOOD

Tasting the wines and fresh produce from Opaki just got a little easier thanks to a new tourism venture. By Katie Farman.

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rading a sheep and beef farm in Otorohanga for a northern Wairarapa vineyard has proved fruitful for Rachel Dillimore and Danny Morton. The couple along with their two girls, Eliza and Holly, moved into the 125 year-old Waipipi Homestead at Opaki, five minutes’ drive north of Masterton, in 2012 with a vision to breathe new life into the surrounding vineyard and make it their home. It had previously been owned by three generations of the Bunny family. “In my 20s I moved to the top of the South Island where I watched the progression of the grape industry in Marlborough. A lot of work I did revolved around horticulture in one form or another,” says Rachel. “So when this property came up it took us by surprise. We sold our farm and with the help of a friend in the wine industry changed our focus from putting blood, sweat and tears into animals to putting it into grapes. There’s a We know we live in a lot of cross over … Danny’s fertiliser beautiful area here knowledge and fencing and tractor skills have all come into play and and are surrounded interestingly he’s developed a good by amazing people palette when it comes to the wine.” The couple planted their 25 acres doing amazing things in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc with the land and Pinot Noir grape varieties and released their first vintage under the Opaki label this year including a Methode Traditionelle. They sell their wines online or from their tasting room – a refurbished 120-year school room. The grounds include a grass tennis court and a swimming pool, that has been recently added, complete with pool house that oozes character and provides shade in the hot summer and a cosy spot for family gatherings in the cooler months. 34 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

This summer, the couple will share their slice of Opaki life with visitors, having become a POP (Park over Property) affiliated with the NZ Motorhome Caravan Association and following the launch of Taste Opaki Cycle Trail. The self-guided trail includes bike and helmet hire (or people can bring their own) three wine tastings at different wineries, an olive oil tasting and a fresh fruit ice-cream. It covers 10km and typically takes riders 2-3 hours. Starting at Waipipi Homestead with a wine tasting, cyclists follow a trail between the vines and traverse through private land before coming out onto Loopline Road, making their way to the award winning Loopline Olives. The 1000 tree olive grove spread over 4 ha and made up of Leccino, Picual, Picholine and Frantoio varieties is owned by Mark and Kate Bunny, who for the last two years have featured heavily in the New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards. They won Best in Show with their Loopline Picholine in 2014. After enjoying a tasting, cyclists can swap their bikes for a golf club and enjoy a short game on a fun golf course that weaves through the picturesque grove. Next stop is Loopline Vineyard for a wine tasting with Ian and Jenny McGovern, who converted a calf-rearing shed into a unique and rustic cellar door. A short ride further north is Paper Road Winery & Bistro where riders can enjoy a sip in the sun at one of the shaded tables or stretch their legs out on the bean bags while enjoying pretty views north over the vines towards the Tararua Ranges. Ordering off the bistro menu is a great option for those wanting a substantial lunch or snack. Riders then finish up with a real fruit icecream at The Wee Red Barn, where Dot and Alan Bissett have established a berry farm and retail shop. Be welcomed by goats and see the rows of above ground tunnels where strawberries and raspberries are grown before returning back to Waipipi Homestead. “We know we live in a beautiful area here and are surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things with the land,” says Rachel. “Taste Opaki Cycle Trail will enable us to share this part of the world with others.” For more information visit www.opaki.co.nz


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Wild Honey Art is the local brainchild of friends Nikki McIvor and Marina Adams. The ecologically focussed brand reproduces Nikki’s art onto gift cards, fluffy organic tea towels and limited edition prints as well as cushions and t-shirts. The look and feel of Wild Honey has obviously struck the right chord with gift stores and galleries, and their goods are now stocked by 60 retailers around the country. This means that the Wild Honey girls can now focus on creating a work environment that supports their home and family life. “We’ll reduce the number of markets we do and focus on building solid relationships with our retailers. In a few years we hope to expand to Australia and further afield, but that’s just pie in sky at the moment!” The pair also produce elegant gift baskets with a focus on local, artisan producers. Nikki’s artwork meanwhile, continues to gain in profile. Her latest works are currently being exhibited in Off the Wall Gallery in Arrowtown, and one of her pieces was recently selected for the Art in Embassies Programme at the US Ambassador’s residence in Wellington. Wild Honey Art • www.wildhoneyart.co.nz • 021 394 475 | 021 063 0312 Wild Honey Art can be found at Village Art in Greytown, Mint in Martinborough, Wharekauhau Lodge at Ocean Beach and in the Aratoi Museum Shop in Masterton or online at www.wildhoneyart.co.nz

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SPECIAL WEDDING SECTION AUTUMN ISSUE #40 In the next issue of Wairarapa Lifestyle, #40 Autumn March - May 2016, we will have a special section on Weddings in Wairarapa. Featuring menus, venues, beauty and hair, photographers, jewellery, hire services and celebrants, plus lots more! Each advertiser will be given 150+ FREE words editorial to promote their business, which will run alongside the advertisement.

The magazine will be distributed at the Wellington Wedding Show in May 2016.

ADVERTISING For general and wedding advertising bookings contact Raewyn Watson Tel: 027 308 6071 Email enquiries: raewyn@wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

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New King Street Live venue operator Jason Ireland in the reconfigured, more intimate bar.

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King Street Alive and Well

After nearly three years of bringing more music to Masterton than the town saw for decades, King Street Live continues to attract the heavy hitters. Meanwhile, there have been changes … By Simon Burt

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stablished as a dedicated music venue by Masterton businessman Carl Schdroski and Trinity Roots/Fat Freddy’s Drop luminary Warren Maxwell in 2013, King Street Live (KSL) has been responsible for hosting major national and international acts hitherto unseen in these parts. Pokey LaFarge, Kelly Joe Phelps, Kim Richey, The Handsome Family, Six60, Devilskin, Don McGlashan, Anika Moa, The Warratahs, Dave Dobbyn, Jon Toogood, Katchafire and many, many more have graced the stage and enjoyed the acoustics and enthusiastic audiences of the purpose-built King Street venue. Without exception they have complimented the superior ‘green room’ (back stage area) and the great sound that both band and audience enjoys. Local impresario Mark Rogers, who has booked many of these acts, is full of praise for the venue, adding that the “vibe” of the place is also commented on by touring artists. “It’s like a top notch Auckland venue slapped in the middle of the Wairarapa. It punches well above its weight, not just in terms of the great facilities but the general ambience as well.” Rogers feels that KSL has been hugely influential in getting New Zealand artists to consider touring the provinces as well as the big cities when they’re out on the road. Always looking for ways to keep the facility fresh and inviting, KSL has recently made some changes to the food and drink offerings as well as reconfiguring the entrance and bar areas for when there’s no major act in the music room. A cosy bar atmosphere has been created and fans of craft beers and boutique wines will now find more on offer. There will usually be acoustic music on mid-week nights, provided by an eclectic range of local musicians. The business has also made some management changes, with a personable new venue operator in Jason Ireland. Jason enjoys a 36 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

chat and welcomes anyone in for a drink or a coffee, snack or meal from Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm. A Carterton native, Jason has studied contemporary music under Warren Maxwell at UCOL and also tutored drums and guitar at Kuranui College as well as playing in numerous local bands including “sunshine reggae” outfit Koia. Jason’s new digital mixing console has further enhanced the already state-of-the-art audio facility at KSL. “I can now mix the sound from anywhere in the building with an iPad, and automatically record any performance.” One of the ways Jason would like to expand the KSL business is to offer the venue as a rehearsal room and demo recording facility for bands or solo artists. romoter Mark Rogers is very impressed with the technical aspect of KSL and also with the venue’s willingness to give opportunities to the region’s up-and-comers. “Giving our younger musicians the opportunity to play in a proper, grown-up rock ‘n roll venue, rather than just the school hall, is massive. Decent lighting and sound can really raise a band’s game.” Guaranteeing live music three nights a week for the limited population of the Wairarapa has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride, Carl Schdroski confesses, but a ride that he is determined to tame. To that end Carl has brought on board a new financial partner, Angie Knowles. “Angie is as passionate as I am about music and about keeping the outstanding roster of national and international acts coming to Masterton.” Carl is also quick to point out that while KSL is primarily a music venue, their licensed facilities lend themselves perfectly to a variety of uses including corporate meetings and private functions, for which they are happy to bring in outside caterers if required. www.kingstreetlive.co.nz

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Exquisite Gardens with Gift Shop and Gallery Summer is here and what better time to visit our beautiful gardens with all the flowers in bloom. Picnics welcome

Gift shop & Gallery

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from September 1st - 30th April Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm Monday - Wednesday by appointment only. Open all public holidays except Christmas Day

Chester Road, Carterton PH: 06 379 8478 Mob: 027 333 2226 www.awaitigardens.co.nz

Artisan cheesemakers Miles and Janet King have created an exquisite range of handcrafted sheep and cow’s milk cheeses. Also available beautiful gift baskets with local products and international goodies sent nationwide for any occassion.

Contact Janet at Kingsmeade, 06 378 7178 8 First Street, Lansdowne, Masterton. or kingsmeade@contact.net.nz www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

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Julia Mahony

Renaissance of the Royal Hotel The Royal Hotel in Featherston is regal once more, with renovation and revival by Featherston couple Janelle Harrington and Rob Allen. Julia Mahony compares the Royal today with the premises of 120 years ago.

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ack in 1897, travellers arriving at Featherston’s Royal Hotel might have stabled their horses, taken a meal in the dining room and perhaps played some billiards before being shown to their small gas-lit bedroom. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand, a fascinating six-volume record of colonial New Zealand, listed the Royal Hotel in 1897 as containing “forty-five rooms, of which twenty-six are bedrooms…there are two bath-rooms, and no less than five lavatories all fitted up with hot and cold water’’. New owners Janelle and Rob have followed the plan of the Royal’s previous owners, who seven years ago gained consent to renovate the run-down upper storey. It now has a grand crown of eight ensuite rooms, including a suite with two bedrooms, and three small bedrooms. “There will be different grades of accommodation, from premium, to smaller rooms,’’ says Rob, who grew up in a similar small town in the Far North. The beautiful high stud of the ground floor is echoed upstairs and large sash windows frame views of hills to the east, or Featherston’s main street and the Tararuas to the west. There were plans to layer the walls of the main stairwell with pressed tin, making it a transstorey sweep of grandeur. “The billiard-room is lited with one of Allcock’s best tables, and the commercial-rooms, sample-rooms, etc., are all that the travelling public can desire,’’ the 1897 cyclopedia goes on. Today, an open plan area behind the ground floor bar is thought 38 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

to be where billiards was played. The large dining room and kitchen will be retained, showcasing the region’s fresh produce. The 1906 cyclopedia lists “several sitting rooms…The house is well furnished, the liquors and accommodation are of the best, and a good table is kept.’’ At that time, the proprietor was Mr James Crawford, a former mechanical engineer from Scotland and a member of the Druid’s Society social club. History graduate Janelle feels empathy towards early European settlers in South Wairarapa and admiration for local Maori of the time. The daughter of New Zealand missionaries, she was born in Indonesia and lived in an isolated area of south Sumatra, where her family were the only English speakers. Fully immersed in local culture and fluent in Indonesian, Janelle was then brought to the South Island for schooling – a culture shock indeed. anelle and Rob, both from professional consulting backgrounds, also own a South Wairarapa wedding venue, Lacewood at Tuhitarata Estate, once home of early settlers the McMasters, whose son Hugh was the first Paheka born in the area. The family leased land from chief Te Hiko Piata Tama-i-hikoia, lived under his protection and were buried alongside Maori. Hugh was known as Tuhitarata. “South Wairarapa has a fascinating history and people are beginning to take an interest,’’ Janelle says. Bringing Lacewood and the Royal Hotel into the same stable, the couple feel it is not just a business opportunity but a chance to preserve more of South Wairarapa’s history. “Featherston locals have been incredibly supportive and are obviously keen to see the Royal open again – we’ve even had people volunteering to help clean or paint,’’ Janelle says. The pair hope to support local craft beer and wine industries, making the Royal a popular destination for locals and commuters as well as visitors. “We will be showcasing local produce and beverages in the hotel,’’ Janelle says. “Wairarapa has a great reputation for wine and food.’’ “We feel Featherston could be like Wellington’s Cuba St,’’ adds Rob, in reference to the capital’s vibrant, bohemian strip. With the community behind them, it is full steam ahead for Janelle and Rob’s royal design.

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Masterton: Simply the Best By Tina Nixon

ur people strive to be the best and while we only have about 23,500 residents, we have a slew of international and national awards you would only expect from a far greater population. When it comes to places to work, Eastwood Motor Group has taken out the coveted ‘Kenexa Best Small Workplace in NZ’ and are the top Hyundai dealership in the country. Our climate and soil types mean we grow some of the best food in the country. Succulent Loopline Olives have taken out the premier award in the NZ Olive competitions. If it’s good wine you are after – while we doff our cap to the gorgeous wines of Wairarapa, it was Masterton’s Lansdowne Estate which won the prestigious Bouchard Finlayson Award for the top pinot noir in the world at the International Wines and Spirit Competition in London, and the journey to achieving this award is the stuff of movies. Clareville Bakery is just down the road and won last year’s national Best Pie Award and its sister bakery, Ten O’Clock Cookie Company, is one of the most awarded cafes in New Zealand. Both are extraordinary places where you can enjoy a sausage roll or an exquisite French cake and really, really good coffee.

We also do cheese real well. Kingsmeade Artisan Cheese has won a host of awards for its glorious sheep’s milk creations. Up the road a bit is Biddy Fraser-Davies heavenly Cymglyn cheese. Her carefully hand crafted Jersey milk cheeses, each variety named after a single cow, stunned the cheese world when they took out top honours at the World Cheese Awards in London. Agriculture is our biggest economic driver and we are privileged to have some of the best brains in the sector working here. Sully Alsop was recently named the best consultant in New Zealand, winning the Farmax Sheep and Beef Consultant of the Year Award. And he was runner up the Young Farmer of the Year and Chris Garland Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year. And we have one small business that can truly say it’s on the cutting edge. Did you know that New Zealand produces the best axes and saws in the world and they are made right here in Masterton? Tuatahi Saws and Axes have won more World Championship events worldwide than any other brand. Utter perfection. And our local Stihl Shop has been named best Stihl Shop in NZ many times. There are many, many more examples where we reign supreme. All these awards show that excellence, service, perfection, passion, innovation and hard work are core to our community. Masterton – where the best people in world choose to live.

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Just HOOP it! New Greytown resident Lucy Cooper is a resource management planner and community radio advocate by day, but by night she’s starting her own ‘Hoop Revolution’. With her first ‘Hoop-iversary’ looming, Anne Taylor decided to find out what the buzz is all about… t all started with some “knackered” hula hoops at Greytown’s Ladybird creche, which Lucy’s two children Isla and Florrie attend. Never one to hold back, Lucy picked one up and such was her enjoyment that she decided to invest in one of her own. Googling revealed that she’d stumbled on a global phenomenon with every imaginable permutation, from hooping to relax and hooping to put you in touch with the universe to – you guessed it - erotic, exotic hooping.  “There’s one guy who posts videos of himself on Instagram hooping naked. It’s all very tastefully done, which is quite an achievement given the amount he’s moving around! “I’ve come to the conclusion that hooping is whatever you need it to be,” she says. A year after her first whirl, she’s a qualified Hoop Love Coach and takes a weekly evening class at Kuranui College, running workshops and demos, and selling NZ-made Exerhoop Hula Hoops along the way. And while she’s a little more grounded than those crazy “cosmic hoopers” out there, she does believe hooping goes beyond just aerobic exercise and building core strength. And her students agree.  “Someone said to me recently ‘The great thing about hooping is I can’t think She feels proud of anything else’.”  A great antidote to self-doubt, you when overseas need “focus, grit and determination” to friends exclaim: progress beyond ‘waist hooping’ to hand work, tricks, transitions and 360 weaves. “You have “Most people can waist hoop by the end of mountains at the their first class,” says Lucy. “It teaches you end of your street!” to be comfortable with chaos and know that if you can’t do something straight off, you will be able to with practice.”  “That moment when you’re able to do one of the moves is exciting and we celebrate every achievement.” English-born Lucy came to New Zealand with partner and inveterate traveller and surfer Jez in 2007, settling first in the Wellington region before moving to Featherston. Her first winter there, pregnant with her eldest daughter, was something of a watershed. The transition from working as a busy town planner to becoming a mother in a new town, in a new country was tough.  “I’m a natural talker so I just started pushing the buggy around and trying to make connections.” She got invited onto the board of the local community centre but finding herself “hopeless on committees” she opted instead to host their local radio show ‘Southern Exposure’.  Before long she was making more connections than she knew what to do with, and her interest in radio, which had started with work experience at BBC Radio as a schoolgirl, was rekindled.  Lucy took the learnings from her ‘winter of discontent’ into all areas of her life. 40 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

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“I’d been waiting for things to fall into my lap and instead what I needed to do was go out and make things happen. Since coming to New Zealand, I have been meeting the people, making the kind of friends and doing the stuff that I always wanted to. “Through hooping, I’ve discovered what I can achieve and that I can enthuse other people as well. I’ve caught myself thinking in planning meetings ‘that sounds difficult but if I can chest hoop, I can do that too!’” She also has a part time job promoting community involvement in Wairarapa’s Arrow FM (part of the nationwide Community Access Radio group of stations) whose ethos is empowering local people to take their stories to the airwaves and make radio by, for and about their communities. Greytown’s Menz Shed and primary school are recent converts. “I know of people who have turned their lives around through doing live radio. You have to think on your feet and you’re doing all the technical stuff at the same time. It takes effort and time to master it, but it is incredibly rewarding.” Rather like hooping….  Lucy loves the sense of untapped potential here. “If you have an idea in England, there’s likely three million other people who were thinking it too, whereas in New Zealand so much more is possible.” She feels proud when overseas friends exclaim: “You have mountains at the end of your street!” And she’s sharing her love of the region by listing a section of her home - ‘Featherwood’ - as accommodation on the travel site Airbnb. Given Lucy’s first business venture was ‘Crease is the Word’, an ironing enterprise in Weymouth, England, was the ‘hooper’ / ‘Cooper’ rhyming effect a clincher? “I’ve got to admit the rhyming appealed to me, it made it seem like it was meant to be. “ And it still does. www.coopshoops.wordpress.com


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Come, relax and enjoy picking Lavender in sunny Carterton Immerse your senses in all thatʼs Lavender There will be homemade lavender products for sale on the day EFTPOS/Visa/Mastercard For further information contact Jan & Stuart Abernethy www.facebook.com/LavenderAbbey . www.lavenderabbey.co.nz lavenderabbey@xtra.co.nz . PH: 06 3797073 Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39 - 41


Taste of Summer - a Dining Guide Cafe Mirabelle is a little corner of France in the heart of the Wairarapa. Situated in the middle of Carterton on High St, this little family run restaurant has been delighting locals and visitors alike for the past seven years. During the day Mirabelle is a cafe with croissants and pastries, blackboard menu of light meals and French regional specialties and delicious cakes all made on the premises. On Friday and Saturday nights the cafe transforms into a little bistro, with candle light and table cloths and a menu of regional and French home cooking. A range of French and local wines is available and guests are able to BYO wine for a corkage fee of $10 per bottle. As the restaurant seats only around 35 people and is very popular, it is wise to book ahead in order to secure your table.Tel. 063797247 Iberia Restaurante is located in Queen Street, Masterton. With a cinema across the street and other cafes nearby, its location has become a busy little hub of town. Iberia encourages its visiors to utelise its large lounge style seting as their own, and is open 7 days a week, from early morning to late evening and can accommodate large groups easily. Always warm and comfortable in winter, and cool and fresh in summer with its doors wide open to the street, Iberia is a great place for coffee, brunch, lunch, dinner, or even for a catch up with friends over a glass of wine.

Its extensive modern european menu caters for everyone with vegetarian and gluten free options abundant, including its traditional and goumet pizza menus. Iberia Restaurante has a great range of Wairarapa wines, such as Paddy Borthwick, Johner Estate, Gladstone Vineyard, Loopline, Landsdowne Estate, Margrain, Paulownia Estate and many more and takes pride in serving their top quality local wines. With gorgeous cabinet treats during the day, as well as a brunch menu and dinner menu, fantastic Mojo coffee made by excellent trained baristas, and priding themselves on customer service, Iberia is simply a place you must visit

Right in the heart of Martinborough Wine Village is a wonderful café that’s busy nourishing the neighbourhood every single day of the week from 8am to 4pm. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch or lunch you’re after, The Village Café offers a wide range of tasty treats. Enjoy the country style surroundings of the café or relax in the courtyard and absorb the local atmosphere. Every Friday night from 6pm to 9pm there’s something special to look forward to – A candle-lit, elegant, enticing menu of pizza and home-made pasta with local wines available by the glass. Looking for a gorgeous venue, with an experienced team that can effortlessly host your perfect Wine Country Wedding? We’d love to hear from you.

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Open 7 Days & Nights Mon-Fri 8am-late Weekends 9am-late Come in and make our place yours... COFFEE.BRUNCH.LUNCH.PIZZA DINNER.WINE.DESSERT 229 Queen St, Masterton – info@iberia.co.nz For enquiries or bookings phone 06 370 9285 42 - Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39

Wednesday - Friday 9am - 4pm Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3pm Friday and Saturday nights dinner from 7pm

31 High St North, Carterton Licensed & BYO (wine only) Bookings recommended. PRIVATE FUNCTIONS CATERED FOR

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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 10-40 guests or family members. The staff is proud to offer clean facilities and excellent service with a smile.

The Gladstone Inn “The Gladdy” has been serving the local population since 1870, first as the ferry house for transfers across the Ruamahanga River, and since 1871 for accommodation, dining and tavern. Now going stronger than ever, the Gladdy continues to provide good old-fashioned country hospitality, local wines and meals prepared from fresh seasonal ingredients, homegrown or sourced locally where possible. Wood fired pizzas available Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday lunch. Groups and parties are a specialty.

La Pancetta offers you fine Italian food and wine as well as local wines and the best local produce. Most of all, they offer you the hosptality of Italy – where food, wine and conversation are as important as breathing the air. With skills learned in Italy, owner Rachael Priestley, produces traditional Italian-style salumi products (cured meats). Their Tasty Pig Parts are made from happy New Zealand pigs and the preserves are made from local organic products. If you don’t have “Italian time” to stop and eat with them, you can take something home from their deli selection.

La Pancetta - Wakelin House 123 Main Street Greytown 11am-late Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm Sundays P:(06) 304 8869 w: lapancetta.co.nz

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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 www. wildoatscafe.co.nz

127 HIGH STREET, CARTERTON PHONE: 06 379 5580 www.wairarapalifestyle.co.nz

Picturesque rural setting at the heart of the Wairarapa’s wine trail, featuring local wines, fresh seasonal menu and good old-fashioned country hospitality. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday and Monday lunch during December and January Wood fired pizzas available Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday lunch.

571 Gladstone Rd, Carterton Reservations recommended • Ph 06 372 7866 • www.gladstoneinn.co.nz Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39 - 43


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CAMBRIDGE ROAD VINEYARD 32 Cambridge Road, Martinborough Ph. 06 3068959/0275262069 Email: lance@cambridgeroad.co.nz “...a fast ascending star of Martinborough...” Meet the winemaker, sample gourmet produce and award winning bio-dynamic wines while enjoying our Summer courtyard. Open Fri-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment all year round. COLOMBO WINEGROWERS 107 Todds Road, Martinborough, Ph: 027 815 0200/ 027 848 3512 Email: info@colombo.co.nz Web: www.colombo.co.nz Winery and cellar door set amongst the vines. An intimate environment to taste our wines and enjoy Tapas style dishes, rain or shine. Available for small events. Cellar Door open most days and by appointment. 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. 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. ESCARPMENT VINEYARD 275 Te Muna Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 8305 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.

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HAMDEN ESTATE 214 Dry River Road, Martinborough. Ph 027 4848439 Email: info@hamdenestate.co.nz 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.

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MURDOCH JAMES ESTATE Dry River Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9165 Email: info@murdoch-james.co.nz Web: murdochjames.co.nz At Murdoch James Estate, Our philosophy is simple: Respect the old ways and use our hands to create wines long on flavour. Smooth textured wines, with a sense of place. Wine tasting and sales every day between 11.am and 5pm. Bloom Restaurant open for lunch Thu-Mon 11.30 am - 3.30pm POPPIES MARTINBOROUGH 91 Puruatanga Road, Martinborough. Ph 06 306 8473 Email: info@poppiesmartinborough.co.nz. Web: poppiesmartinborough.co.nz It’s very personal, Poppy makes the wine and Shayne manages the vines. It’s the only place you can find exclusive Poppies Martinborough wines. Relax in the stylish tasting room or under a pergola with wine and a platter of local seasonal foods, absorbing the peace and beauty of the Martinborough landscape. PALLISER WINES Kitchener Street, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9019 Email: palliser@palliser.co.nz Web: palliser.co.nz Palliser is one of the pioneers of the Martinborough region and consistently produces quality wines across their entire range. “If I had to pick one winery as a great all-rounder, I’d go with Martinborough’s Palliser Estate” – John Saker Visit our cellar door and enjoy the wines in our picturesque courtyard. Open 7 days. SCHUBERT WINES 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. “I would go as far to say Kai & Marion make some of the most profound Pinot Noir on this planet from their tiny vineyards in Martinborough, Wairarapa.” – Curtis Marsh, The Wandering Palate, Singapore

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

JULICHER 301 Te Muna Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 8575 Email: info@julicher.co.nz Web: julicher.co.nz Multi award winning boutique winery producing Pinot Noir and a range of white wines from our 20 hectare vineyard. Please phone first for tasting times.

MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARD 57 Princess St, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9955 Email: winery@martinborough-vineyard.co.nz Web: martinborough-vineyard.co.nz Cellar Door open 7 days. Voted the best Chardonnay in the World (outside Burgundy) in 2015

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MARGRAIN VINEYARD Cnr Princess St and Huangarua 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 The Vineyard Café.

TE KAIRANGA Martins Road, Martinborough. Ph: 06 306 9122 Email: Tk.cellardoor@ffw.co.nz Web: www.tkwine.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. Farmers’ Markets First Sunday of every month December April. TE KAI RANGA

STONECUTTER 139 Todds Road, Martinborough ph: 06 3066009 email:carole@stonecutter.co.nz web: stonecutter.co.nz At StoneCutter we use the same time and care that the ancient Maori used to fashion their stone treasures, to both fashion and treasure our wines. Visit our boutique winery with a newly opened cellar door for tastings and sales.

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Juno Olives State Highway Tauherenikau. Ph:021 2806510 Email: info@juno-olives.co.nz. Family owned, producing award-winning extra virgin olive oils, citrus oils and olives from our classic Mediterranean varieties. Shop and tasting bar open weekends and public holidays. Tour groups by appointment.

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Leafyridge 244 Dakins Road, RD7, Masterton, 5887 Ph: 06 370 2603 Visit the largest olive grove in the Wairarapa and taste our award winning extra virgin olive oils. You can also try our new range of delicious infused oils. Web: www.leafyridge.co.nz

Verdale, 101 Cromarty Drive, Martinborough Ph: 06 306 8596 Email: verdale@xtra.co.nz. Web: www.molive.co.nz Thirty seven awards, including five international, since we launched in 2004. Talks and tastings available most days but please phone prior to arrival. Grove is situated behind the golf course at the end of Cromarty Drive one kilometre off of the Hinakura Road.

Olivo 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.

Olive2oil No.1 Line, Tauherenikau. Ph 021 379319 Email: olive2oil@paradise.net.nz Web: www.olive2oil.co.nz Our family-owned grove is situated back from the road with the Tauherenikau Racecourse and River close by. We are thrilled to be consistently producing delicious tasting, Award Winning, premium Extra Virgin olive oil. All our oil is ONZ certified. Available for purchase at select outlets, locally at C’est Cheese, Featherston and by email. Visits can be arranged by contacting us.

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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.

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Oriwa 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.

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.

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OLIVE PRESS The Olive Market @ The Olive Press 14 Arbor Place (off Bidwills Cutting Road), Greytown. Ph. Mary 021 223 6405 www.theolivepress.co.nz Our specialist FACTORY SHOP stocks the most extensive range of award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the Wairarapa. All of the oils in our shop are pressed by us on the premises. We also sell table olives, bulk packs, soaps, skin care and other merchandise. We are “all about New Zealand Olives”.

91 Loop Line,Opaki,7 km north of Masterton,on wine trail. Ph: 06 370 3710 022 0104689 Email: sales@looplineolives.co.nz Web: www.looplineolives.co.nz Judged Best in Show at 2014 New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards. Open for sales Thursday, Friday and Saturday.3.00-6.00pm. Now on Opaki Cycle Trail.For trail ph 0272582066

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Award-winning olive oils and table olives Tasting bar and olive garden Grove tours by appointment Our products make wonderful corporate gifts or fillers for gift hampers Located on State Highway 2 just south of Greytown

OPEN FOR SALES Saturday & Sunday 10.30-4.30 1931 SH2 Greytown Wairarapa tel: 06 304 8895 or 021 280 6510 www.juno-olives.co.nz •E:info@juno-olives.co.nz

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2 359 Dakins Road, Gladstone Ph 06 370 8217 E: johner@wise.net.nz W. johner-estate.com Johner Estate is a leading boutique winery nestled on the cliffs of the scenic Ruamahanga river. Enjoy and taste handcrafted Burgundy style Johner wines. We also showcase a wide range of regional products and local wines. Open seven days 10am - 4.30pm. Wee Red Barn

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4 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. Loopline Vineyard

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

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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.

Blairpatrick Estate

8 E: wine@blairpatrick.co.nz W: blairpatrick.co.nz Small boutique Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vineyard. Family owned and operated, this vineyard is producing a range of pinot noir, pinot gris and rose wines for your enjoyment. INTERNET SALES ONLY. Lansdowne Estate

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208 Gordon Street, Masterton 5810 P: (06) 3701292 E: hagars@xtra.co.nz W: lansdownewine.co.nz Only 3 kilometres from the main streets of Masterton. On the original site of Wairarapa’s first vineyard circa 1880. Winner of twelve international awards in the last four years, for our pinot noir, pinot gris and syrah, including the Bouchard Finlayson Trophy for the best pinot noir in the IWSC competition. Cool climate, single vineyard, Burgundy style wines. No added sugars, fish or egg clarifiers. Visitors always welcome. Please phone ahead so that we can come up from the vineyard to greet you. Single bottle or mixed cases welcomed.


WAIRARAPA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET Located north of Pukaha National Wildlife Centre in Mount Bruce, and just south of ANZAC Memorial Bridge at Kaiparoro, New Zealand Pacific Studio is a little-known gem in the Northern Wairarapa. Celebrating its fifteenth year in 2016, NZPS is the country’s only year-round artists’ residency centre accepting international as well as national writers and artists of all kinds. By Chris Daniell.

Top right:Marian Hulshof’s exhibition in a castle, near Antwerp, 2015 (Photo: www.marianhulshof.nl) Above: Melbourne artist Sunshine Herbert at her easel (Photo: stuffbysunshine.com.au) Left: Main entrance, Normandell House / New Zealand Pacific Studio (Photo: Max Bellamy)

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on.... Everyone was very excited and supportive of what I was trying to do. ... The studio was so amazing I just wanted to take it home with me!” Bevan Shaw, a Wellington artist also selected for an arts residency in China: “NZPS gave me the time, space and resources to consider new landscape directions for my work and think deeply about my identity as a pakeha New Zealander. I also began investigating different ways of combining geometric abstraction with realism. My wife keeps asking me when we will be doing another NZPS residency.” Melanie Carter, American writer/poet and current house manager: “It’s such an ideal situation, to live and work in this beautiful home every day.” Don’t miss out on Wairarapa’s best-kept secret – browse the website www.artistresidency.org.nz, ‘like’ the Facebook page, and visit on an Open Day to absorb the buzz of artists creating, or simply soak up the unique NZPS environment. The next Open Day, December 13, 2-5 pm, will feature Melanie Carter, fresh from 11 years of teaching creative writing in Cairo; visual artist Kirsty Lillico, the only New Zealander in the recent Demented Architecture show at City Gallery, Wellington; Marian Hulshof, a painter and textile artist from the Netherlands who appreciates the character of old trees; New Zealand writer, journalist and former breakfast show host Brandy Scott; and members of the Swiss pop group, Anshelle (look them up on YouTube). Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine SUMMER 2016 Issue #39 - 49


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EVENTS DECEMBER 2015 - FEBRUARY 2016 For more information go to www.wairarapanz.com DECEMBER 5,6 - Central National Drag Racing Event at the Masterton Motorplex. www.mastertonmotorplex.co.nz

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JANUARY 2016 2 Horse racing at Tauherenikau Race Course, Featherston. www.tauherenikau.co.nz 2,3 FEDS Challenge, Dragstalgia event at the Masterton www.mastertonmotorplex.co.nz 8-10 Wairarapa Country Music Festival to be held at Tauherenikau Race course. 20 – 25 Huri Huri: Wairarap’s Bike festival www.wairarapanz.com 20 – 24 New Zealand Cycle Classic. www.cycletournz.com 23 Featherston Camp Centenary Exhibition at Aratoi www.aratoi.org.nz 24 Fat Freddy’s Drop play at Luna Estate in Martinborough 28 – 31 Cruise Martinborough. www.cruisemartinborough.co.nz

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FEBRUARY 2016 6 The Martinborough Fair. www.martinboroughfair.org.nz 6 Horse racing at Tauherenikau Race Course, Featherston. www.tauherenikau.co.nz 13 Hurricanes pre-season rugby game at the Eketahuna RFC 13, 14 IHRA Round of drag racing at the Masterton Motorplex. 20 The Masterton A&P Society Show. Solway Showgrounds. 20 NZ’s ultimate Pink Floyd show Stonehenge Aotearoa 25 – 29 Wairarapa Balloon Festivalwww.nzballoons.co.nz 27 Brew Day, craft beer festival in Martinborough. MARCH 2016 3-5 The Golden Shears. www.goldenshears.co.nz 3 As part of the New Zealand Festival: Waves will be performed at the Carterton Events Centre. 5 The Martinborough Fair. www.martinboroughfair.org.nz 8 As part of the New Zealand Festival Chalk About will be performed at Kuranui College. 9 As part of the New Zealand Festival Simon Winchester & The Pacific Ocean writer event will be performed at Aratoi in Masterton. 7pm. 12 Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival. www.wairarapaharvestfestival.co.nz 12 Castlepoint Beach Horse Races. 19 As part of the New Zealand Festival Modern Maori Quartet Masterton Town Hall. 7pm

• The Wairarapa Farmers’ Market is located at 4 Queen St, tucked behind the Farriers Bar and Eatery at the northern end of Masterton. The market is held every Saturday morning between 9am – 1pm. www.wairarapanz.com • The Wharekauhau Wine and Food Society Markets are held over the summer on the first Sunday of each month until April 2016. The region’s top producers all gather at Martinborough’s Te Kairanga Vineyard from 10am to 1pm. www.eventfinder.co.nz • The Carterton Farmers’ Market (Sunday 9am- 12.30pm) is held next to the Memorial Square on the roundabout. • The Greytown Country Market is held on the first Sunday of each month in Stella Bull Park nestled in the heart of Main Street shopping precinct. 10am – 2pm. www.greytowncountrymarket.com

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