Creative Directory

This directory has been compiled by Toi Wairarapa but is by no means exhaustive. If you would like to be included please contact us. Use the search facility on the right or click on a Directory Category to narrow your search.


Kokomai Creative Festival – 16 – 25 October 2015

Kokomai is the Wairarapa’s very own world class arts festival, held biennially over 10 days in October, right across our region.
Our festival showcases high quality, local, national and international Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual Art, Film and Literature.
Heidi Holbrook
Festival Director

021 665 593

The Martinborough Fairs are held on the first Saturdays of both February and March each year. Established by the South Wairarapa Rotary Club in 1977, the Fairs now attract over 25000 and feature hundreds of craft and food stalls.

06 304 9933

The Matagi E Fa Cultural Festival (which translates into 'the four winds'), aims to encourage all ethnic groups within the Wairarapa to be involved in a celebration of Pacific culture through food and performance.

06 378 6074
New Zealand Pacific Studio

NZ Pacific Studio is an international centre in Mount Bruce where environmentalists, researchers, and creative people focus on a project of their design. About 500 residents have lived and worked at the centre since it opened in 2001.

The five-acre facility is based in an historic villa built in 1911 and restored in 2001. There are seven workspaces, with studios of various sizes, a library of more than 2,000 books, an art collection, four fireplaces/woodstoves, a sauna, gardens designed by Hannah Zwartz, and more. The centre is a private retreat and is open to the public on Open Studio Days.

A non-profit institution, NZ Pacific Studio raises funds to offer 5-7 supported residencies each year; otherwise, residencies are self-funded. Residencies are flexible -- as short as one weekend or as long as three months. Residents have complimentary access to Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

06 375 8441

The Wairarapa Environmental Oversew Fashion Awards – the only upcycled fashion awards event in New Zealand - originating in Carterton.

Sandra Wong

Sandra celebrates the beauty of New Zealand's wildlife and natural environment in her acrylic paintings on canvas and board. Vibrant paintings of local flora and fauna; owls and abstract portraits.
Treeline, new paintings by Sandra 25th September - 31st October 2015.  Baobab Cafe, 152 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington.

027 671 83 88

"Supertonic is a choir for Wellingtonians in their 20s and 30s that places equal emphasis on musical excellence, collaboration and a vibrant social environment. The choir is in its second year, with 56 talented and passionate singers, a new name and an exciting series of performances scheduled. Supertonic can be seen performing frequently within Central Wellington, and makes regular visits to the beautiful Wairarapa as well."

Toast Martinborough - a celebration of wine, food and music, set within a charming wine village atmosphere. Held annually in November.

06 306 9183

Wairarapa's four day annual Festival of ballooning with displays, challenges for balloonists and community events such as the popular Night Glow.

027 448 6645
Wairarapa Ki Uta, Wairarapa ki Tai
06 377 1379