Destination Wairarapa has created a go-to guide for accommodation providers in the reserve to share with guests to highlight the reserve, how to enjoy it and a little bit of inspiration on protection.It's a great way for hosts to educate themselves so we can all be Wair...
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 As part of their annual plan Masterton District Council (MDC) committed to commencing the process to become accredited as part of the Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve. The International Dark Skies Association has confirmed that Masterton just needs to apply to extend the exi...
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It was the mid-1980’s when astronomy historians located the remains of the star-gazers’ observatory built by Stephen Carkeek in 1868 on his farm near Featherston – and now one of the potential jewels in the crown of Wairarapa’s Dark Sky Reserve.Since the rediscovery ...
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Each year Business Wairarapa Awards two TRIBUTES to those people that go above and beyond for their business community and contribution to Economic Development in Wairarapa, this year Viv Napier received this Award.The first of our two tributes is awarded to someone who has ...
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Dark Sky info evening

July 30, 2023
The Wairarapa Dark Sky Association invites you to an information evening on the newly appointed Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve. We will cover what the Dark Sky Reserve means, what opportunities it brings, and how you can be involved.When: Wednesday 9 August, 6-7pmWhere: Waimeha ...
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Celebrate Matariki

July 30, 2023
Celebrate Matariki at one of the many community-led events planned around the district.Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars, that rises in midwinter and for many Māori, heralds the start of the new year. Matariki is a time to celebrate, review the old year, ...
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Southern Wairarapa has been confirmed as the world’s newest Dark Sky Reserve known as the “gold standard” of dark sky places by a decision of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).Five years after deciding the pristine dark skies of the region should be preserve...
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