Master­ton NZ’s most beau­ti­ful city?

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE -

Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful re­leased their fi­nal­ists for the Most Beau­ti­ful Awards last week and the in­clu­sion of Master­ton in the Most Beau­ti­ful Cities cat­e­gory gen­er­ated a tidal wave of com­ment on­line.

Un­for­tu­nately for Master­ton, most of it was not com­pli­men­tary to­ward Wairarapa’s big­gest town.

To give the coun­cil credit, they put in a great ap­pli­ca­tion which in­cluded a video which puts a com­pelling case for­ward for why Master­ton is a great place to live with lots of beau­ti­ful places.

Here are some of the re­sponse on Neigh­bourly, the Wairarapa News Face­book page and Stuff:

As a lo­cal I think Master­ton is in des­per­ate need of a huge up­date/makeover. I am­sur­prised to see that it is in the run­ning for most beau­ti­ful city.’’

Smith - Ta­nia

‘‘I was born in Master­ton & though it sad­dens me to say it’s any­thing but beau­ti­ful. Feels like noth­ing much has changed in 50 years apart from too many young folk with noth­ing to do.

Maybe I’m be­ing un­fair but there’s work to be done be­fore it can claim that ti­tle. In gen­eral the Wairarapa is a beau­ti­ful area, lots to of­fer.’’

- Liz Price

‘‘Couldn’t re­ally agree with the beau­ti­ful tag. Too much money be­ing wasted on some wages and per­sonal mon­u­ments. Main town area in bad need of a makeover.’’

Phil and Theresa Robert­son -

‘‘Liv­ing in Lon­don, and hav­ing grown up in Master­ton for some of my life, I’m good with this.’’

- Ge­off Walker

‘‘If Feild­ing was a pre­vi­ous win­ner then maybe my home­town has got the goods. The most beau­ti­ful of our town are the peo­ple. Our com­mu­nity is beau­ti­ful and that’s a fact!’’

- Max­ine Hemi

‘‘I sus­pect that the big­gest prob­lem Master­ton has is that the peo­ple who live there don’t re­alise how lucky they are.’’

- Ricky Rogers

‘‘Grey­town, Mart­in­bor­ough, Rivers­dale, Castle­point. Four of the pret­ti­est parts of the Wairarapa area.

It would be won­der­ful if the town­ships of Master­ton, Feather­ston and Carter­ton joined in, but at the mo­ment they’re more like farm-cen­tric vil­lages and haven’t re­ally tried to make them­selves at­trac­tive.’’

- JWC1

‘‘ I lived in Master­ton for a very long time and have many happy mem­o­ries. But beau­ti­ful? Not re­ally. I live in Tau­ranga now and the harbour and ocean views are ex­cep­tion­ally beau­ti­ful.’’

- Beryl Thom­son

‘‘Good god! ‘‘Most beau­ti­ful city’’?? Have all the other cities in NZ been blown up and Master­ton is the only one left? Have you even BEEN there?!’’

- Ju­lia Peters

‘‘It’s only a large town by kiwi stan­dards, but I loved liv­ing on the west side of Master­ton, Perry St.

Ahuriri (Napier) has a nice wa­ter­front, but the shops didn’t look that great, I can’t speak for Tau­ranga, never been there. I agree with ear­lier com­ment about stop­ping dis­charge of sew­er­age into Ruama­hanga.

I still love Whakao­ri­ori, our iwi have been there for many many hun­dreds of years.’’

- Peter Am­mun­son WRITE TO US

Do you feel strongly about an is­sue in your com­mu­nity or have some­thing to say about your town? Con­tact us: piers.fuller@fair­fax­me­ or PO Box 902, Master­ton. Please use your full name and con­tact num­ber, no anony­mous let­ters will be ac­cepted.


Aside from a few char­ac­ter build­ings Master­ton’s CBD is noth­ing to write home about.

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