Wairarapa News : July 20th 2011
2 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JULY 20, 2011 NEWS Editor Walt Dickson firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (06) 370-5690 Manager Lynette Juno email@example.com Fax (06) 370-5699 Web www.wairarapanews.co.nz Address 89 Chapel St, Masterton, PO Box 902 BOOKING DEADLINES Retail: 4pm Thursday Class: 11am Monday Except Public Holiday WN052748EM Community Access Radio 92 Queen Street Masterton Ph: (06) 378 0255 Full programme details at www.arrowfm.co.nz This Week On 92.7fm Sponsored by Carterton District Council This week's highlighted programme: Carterton Connections Monday 8.30 Canal Español, 10.00 Like Minds, Like Mine; 12.30 Echo Radio (R); 3.30 The Chris P Hour, 9.00 Democracy Now Tuesday 9.00 Health Network, 10.00 C.A.B. talk, 12.00 Country Luncheon, 9.00 This Way Out Wednesday 9.00 CanTalk; 10.00 Stand Up Now; 11.15 Born To Be Free; 12.30 Radio Rainbow, 1.00 Kids Own Show, 2.00 Wheels On Fire; 3.30 And Then with Hailey, 9.00 Democracy Now Thursday in Featherston 10.30 Adult Learning; 11.30 The Meryl 60 minutes; 12.30 Southern Exposure; 9.30 Pick and Mix, doco of the week Friday 8.30 Random Access Memory; 9.30 Carterton Connections; 10.30 Word Pictures; 1.00 WINGS -- Beyond The Money Paradigm, 4.00 Te Puutake; 5.00 Kiwi Café On Air; 7.00 Friday Night Blues; 8.00 Sixties Nostalgia Saturday 9.00 Health Network (R); 1.00 WINGS (R); 2.00 Paakiwaha; 6.30 AA On Air, 09.00 Democracy Now Sunday 11.00 Adult Learning (R); 12.30 Southern Exposure (R); 5.00 Echo Radio 2513761CT MASTERTON SEED & PETS Wairarapa'a largest pet 126 Dixon Street, Masterton. Ph 3850156AB t shop h: 06 377 4236 6 Open 6 days Two Beagle pups looking for a new home! Fully vaccinated & each puppy comes with a puppy pack (Get in quick!) $600each Shop placed third nationally for service Books and stationery store, Paper Plus Masterton has been named one of the top three bookstores in the country. For the first time in history, Paper Plus stores made up all of the finalists for the 2011 Thorpe- Bowker Group Bookshop of the Year awards. Paper Plus Masterton were the winners of the award last year, and just missed taking out the overall title for 2011. Despite just missing out on the top award this year Paper Plus Masterton owner Russell Carthew is tremendously proud of his staff and store. The fact that all finalists are Paper Plus stores is huge recog- nition for the group, although it made for some incredibly stiff competition,'' he says. We are one of the largest Paper Plus stores in New Zealand and it is great to be recognised for the huge efforts we make to meet the needs of our customers. We have always made a big effort to carry an extensive range, and have very competent staff that are extremely passionate about their books,'' says Russell. Paper Plus Masterton is very involved in the local community, sponsoring a number of local schools, as well as community events throughout the year. Rus- sell has been a member of the Rotary Club for 40 years and is involved with local food bank appeals throughout the year. We are very proud to be part of the Masterton community. The support we receive from our customers is outstanding, and it is great to be able to give back to those who support us,'' says Rus- sell. Paper Plus Group chief execu- tive, Rob Smith, says it is a real credit to the company that all three finalists came from within the group. Being recognised as the best in the industry highlights the com- mitment the staff of our Masterton store have to the local community,'' says Smith. The winner was announced last night at the 90th annual Booksellers New Zealand Confer- ence at Te Papa in Wellington. The awards aim to recognise excellence in all-round service. Rare ride through unique scenery Going up: A section of track on the historic Tora Station. Photo MIKE HEYDON A slice of historic coastal south Wairarapa farmland will be opened to the public from this spring thanks to a new tourism venture. ToraTora is a new mountain bike experi- ence found on the historic Tora Station, located 30 minutes from the wine village of Martinborough and a 1.5-hour drive northeast of Wellington. Professionally designed and purpose built, the 14 kilometre cross country mountain-bike trail weaves its way through 375 acres of spectacular native bush, via meandering creeks and breathtak- ing ridge-tops that dominate the skyline above the Tora coastline. ToraTora also offers visitors' sophisticated rural hospitality through its well appointed historic accommodation and an opportunity to enjoy delicious regional wine and food. ToraTora has been created by Tom and Kathryn Elworthy, who currently farm the 962 hectare sheep and beef farm. They say ToraTora is the culmination of a five-year dream of diversifying their existing business by creating a new venture that reflects their family's growing passion for the outdoors. Like many Kiwi farmers, we've been marred by drought and difficult seasons over the last few years but have always known we could diversify our business by creating a world class, private mountain- bike track on the farm using existing walk- ing trails, forestry trails and bushman trails,'' says Tom. After employing professional track buil- der Graeme Morgan, we've spent months creating a top-notch track that takes in some of the country's most spectacular scen- ery. Visitors are in for a treat.'' ToraTora's 14 kilometres of wide single track features exciting berms, table tops, moderate hill climbs, switchbacks and downhills that suit a variety of rider levels. The track is smooth and firm and takes an average mountain biker with moderate fitness levels 1.5 hours to complete, says Tom. There's an additional 4km ridge-top coastal track running over undulating farmland that eventually opens out to a wide ridge top where stunning coastal views can be found.'' Kathryn says this type of experience is new to the Wairarapa. Alongside Morgs, we've developed and established an experience unlike anything currently offered in New Zealand. At ToraTora visitors can experience first hand the unique characteristics that make up this coastal area, which is so close to Welling- ton,'' she says. Sitting alongside the new mountain bike trail are two separate walking trails. One is a 13km walk from the Tora Out- station, a 100-year-old musterers' hut, to the coast. The walk weaves through native bush and over farmland. The other trail is an easy 6km coastal walk via Manurewa Point's seal colony to the Opua shipwreck. Rural tourism is nothing new to Kathryn. In 2009, the mother of four was the joint recipient of the first Enterprising Rural Business Women Award, hosted by Rural Women New Zealand, following her work with the Tora Walk. Now after raising her family and renovat- ing the property and the 100-year-old Tora Outstation, which can accommodate up to 18 guests, she is committed to ToraTora. The couple believe that ToraTora is one of the country's first private mountain-bike tracks and the only one in the country that offers on-site accommodation. ToraTora opens on September 1. For more information on the track or the accommodation visit: toratora.co.nz.
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