A wizard with watercolours

Jacky Pearson

Artist Jacky Pearon likens watercolour painting to raising teenagers.

Pecha Kucha debuts in Wairarapa

Wairarapa News

Anyone who has suffered sitting through presentations that go on and on will welcome the rapid fire format of a new event that is coming to Carterton for the first time.

Dame Malvina for Alana


Wairarapa News

A regular venue for some big name rock music acts, Alana Estate will next year host one of the world's top opera singers.

George Nepia kicks off Kokomai festival


Award winning play I, George Npia has wowed audiences over New Zealand including performances during the Rugby World Cup and recently this month's Christchurch Arts Festival.

Formulaic rom-com lacks piquance

Movie review: WE'RE THE MILLERS


BRENDAN O'CONNOR - Wairarapa News

It is becoming patently obvious that script-writers of American rom-coms must work to a very specific formula.

A way, way back to adulthood



REVIEW: Summertime coming of age films hit their heyday in the 1980s with classics like Stand By Me and Dirty Dancing, and even the extreme distillation, Wet Hot American Summer.

Sian's big move in show biz

sian douglas

Wairarapa News

Choreographing the twists and spins of more than 60 actors does not phase Wairarapa College dancer Sian Douglas.

Up with live music scene


PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

The live music scene in Wairarapa has been going through a renaissance lately thanks to the dedication of two people.

Ok, fellas this is our time


Watch out for cream pies, splurge guns, wisecracks, bad guys and gangsters in the 1920s musical Bugsy Malone which opens at Wairarapa College on Wednesday, August 21.

Capturing South East Asia on camera

marcu adams photograph

Marcus Adams is excited about debuting his outdoor photography exhibition during the inaugural Kokomai Creative Festival.

Revved about playing Wairarapa


PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

One of New Zealand's premier hard rock bands is coming to Masterton for the first time in early September.

Velvety sounds from the past

john couch

Wairarapa News

Wairarapa people who fancy taking a step back in time to a lounge with the valve radio playing, or a smoky bar with the lights down low, won't want to miss Operatunity's latest concert offering The Great Crooners.

Rising sun set Wolverine


TOBIAS BROCKIE - Wairarapa News

REVIEW: What is a superhero without his powers? That's a question facing Hugh Jackman, returning as Wolverine for the fifth time.

Lighting up the Floyd

Wairarapa News

Fans of Pink Floyd are in for a treat when the Eclipse tribute show rolls into Masterton's King Street Live on November 9.

Comedians back on tour


Wairarapa News

New Zealand's longest serving living mayor is off on his holidays with an old mate for a good old laugh.

Torrid love story at times disturbing



BRENDAN O'CONNOR - Wairarapa News

For far too long I nurtured an erroneous affection for French films, especially the ones that reinforced the stereotypical image of a picturesque, charming country.

Youngsters to explore arts

kids art

Wairarapa News

Wairarapa REAP has partnered with the Wairarapa Arts Festival Trust to create the Kokomai Creative Festival Schools' programme, which will be sent out to local schools this week.

Band's shot at teaming up

Shot band

Wairarapa News

The Shot Band is teaming up with West Coast singer-song writer Katie Thompson for a performance in Masterton.

Depp's Tonto saves the day

MOVIE REVIEW: The Lone Ranger


BRENDAN O'CONNOR - Wairarapa News

One of my favourite cartoons was of the Lone Ranger and Tonto being surrounded by a group of American Indians who appeared to be not in good humour.

Warratahs fire up for winter tour

Wairarapa News

After almost three decades of playing their mix of country rock and roll with a New Zealand twist, The Warratahs have carved out a place in Kiwi music history.