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Harvest Festival yields a big day

The Wairarapa Harvest Festival was cut short by the floods, but today will be “all go”.

The first day of the Wairarapa Harvest Festival was cancelled due to Cyclone Gabrielle.

The two-day event was due to begin yesterday, but was cut back to one day after the heavy rain and flooding delayed the set-up. The wine, food and entertainment festival at Gladstone attracts people from all over the lower North Island.

A spokesperson said they were “gutted” not to have the first day of the festival.

“This was such a hard decision to make, and everyone involved is incredibly disappointed.”

However, today will be “all go”.

“We want you to rest assured that the delivery of the Saturday schedule is still going according to plan, and we are looking forward to having you join us for some amazing wine, food and entertainment.”

    11am today at The Cliffs on the banks of the Ruamahunga River at the end of Dakins Road in rural Wairarapa.

Unicycle show

A touring unicyclist is treating Masterton to a free performance tomorrow.

Sylvain Oulala is a French circus performer making his way around New Zealand with his unicycle and juggling pins.

Throughout his career, the street performer has toured over 25 countries, most recently Estonia, Germany, India and Australia.

    The show will begin at 1pm at Queen Elizabeth Park between the skatepark and the playground.


Despite the heavy rain, Stardate, a stargazing event is still going ahead this weekend.

There will be a variety of presentations, including planetary imaging in Wairarapa with Paul Mallinson, using geoscience to understand habitability in the solar system and beyond presentation with Kay Leather, and ancient tales and a guided tour of Stonehenge Aotearoa with Richard Hall.

Stonehenge Aotearoa was closed for the past two days due to flooding.

Co-owner Richard Hall said they decided to go ahead, despite the surrounding land resembling a harbour on Thursday.

“You can’t predict what the weather will do these days, but we’re pleased Stardate will go ahead. We have got a lot of speakers coming from Wellington for it.”

    The three-day event at Stonehenge Aotearoa began yesterday and runs until midday tomorrow.

Helen Holt
Helen Holt
Helen Holt is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age and enjoys reporting on a variety of topics, regularly covering Wairarapa events, tourism, local businesses, and the occasional health story.

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