Wairarapa News : February 1st 2012
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At the races: Punters can soak up the country atmosphere during Waitangi Day's Tauherenikau Races, near Featherston. CONTINUED Page 4 With a multitude of events and entertainment there is no denying Wairarapa is fast becoming a playground for neighbouring Wellington and Manawatu. The visiting revellers bring a timely cash injection into the local economy. The other good news is that there are ample events to sat- isfy visitors and locals, with the upcoming long Waitangi weekend a case in point. Wairarapa hosts a growing number of events each summer celebrating the region s food and wine, great outdoors, and thriving arts and crafts scene. This Wai- tangi weekend is no different, with a huge variety of events on -- meaning there is something for everyone, according to Desti- nation Wairarapa marketing manager Barb Hyde. Kick starting the long weekend on Saturday is the popular Rotary Martinborough Fair. Over 450 stalls will radiate out from Mar- tinborough s famous town square, with many boasting handmade wares created by some of New Zealand s most talented craftspeople. There will be stalls selling clothing, art works, bric-a- brac, fresh local produce and gour- met foods. Music lovers are more than catered for this weekend with the boutique music festival Tora Tora Tora and the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour. Tora Tora Tora returns to the south Wairarapa coast and boasts an extensive line-up of past acts and some new ones. The festival s ethos is creating awareness of the environment and love for families and friends. The festival runs from February 4 to 6 and tickets are available through the website cosmicticketing.co.nz. On Sunday Martinborough will host the More FM Summer Vine- yard Tour featuring legendary Australian roots act John Butler Trio, American soul singer Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme, and Kiwi pop-sweetheart Annabel Fay. The outdoor concert will be held at Daisybank Farm, Dry River Rd starting at 5pm. Tickets are available through the website ticketek.co.nz The picturesque Tauherenikau Racecourse near Featherston offers a unique country horse- racing experience on Waitangi Day -- Monday. Visitors can picnic under Kahikatea and Totara trees and watch the racing unfold in front of them. Additional enter- tainment including a giant slide, bouncy castle, mini fell train, face- painting, a magician, merry-go- round and mini Ferris wheel make this a fun family day out. The inaugural Waitangi Day Festival is being held at Henley Lake in Masterton (see page 12). Classic car enthusiasts are also catered for with the MG Car Club Nationals in Masterton. The other big event on is the Castlepoint Annual Superfish Competition. The Castlepoint Battle of the Babes is the follow- ing weekend. After Waitangi Weekend the bumper events calendar continues throughout the month starting with Summer Shakespeare 2012 at Gladstone Vineyard on Febru- ary9to11. The same weekend offers a Super Rugby pre-season game between the Hurricanes and Crusaders at Mangatainoka, and the New Zealand Jetsprint Cham- pionships at Tauherenikau Race- course. Balloons set to fly over the Wairarapa again By KEVIN BALL CONTINUED Page 4 A rare event involving hot-air balloons will go ahead this week- end, despite the recent tragedy in which Lance Hopping and his 10 passengers lost their lives. Mr Hopping was to have headed a five-strong fleet of balloons in a Poker Flight, a feature of the MG Car Club s national convention, when up to 100 of the iconic British sports cars will converge on Masterton on Saturday. The Balloon Trail will be a first for New Zealand and has only ever been done three times before in the USA. Competitors will then follow the flight path of the five balloons and collect a playing card from each. The best poker hand wins. Rally convener Ross Armstrong says the tragedy last month had cast a pall over the event. Following discussion with some of the key people concerned with ballooning and the Wairarapa community, plus feedback from the families who lost members, we are planning on running the balloon trail. Following the 2002 Nationals which celebrated 50 years of MG clubs in New Zealand all agreed to have a biennial Nationals meeting to be held alternately in each island.
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