A recent visit to the Wairarapa proved to be especially eventful in terms of construction activity, according to Whats On reporter Ella Trotter. One needn’t deviate far from the State Highway to find the beginnings of a new supermarket in Greytown, the opening of an Events Centre in Carterton, and a refurbishment underway at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park. Here’s the juicy detail of what’s happening in Wairarapa...


The word ‘community’ springs to mind when one talks about the new Carterton Events Centre. The $6million dollar development, which has been in planning for several years and 100% supported by its local community, has finally reached its grand opening ceremony on 29 October 2011. Whats On Report was lucky enough to get a sneak peak ahead of opening with a tour from Holmes Constructions’ Cedric Carter and Tim Asby from Opus International consultants (picture below).

There were several impressive interior features that stuck out immediately during the walk through of the new facility. The foyer acts as an exhibition space, featuring an intricate woven blue river design which wraps around areas of the building and symbolises community togetherness. A mountain-to-sea theme is evident throughout, which was helped through consultation with local iwi over the designs. Whole walls are covered with printed photo art from local photographer Pete Nikolaison (shown in photo background).

The new Events Centre has been under construction for a year and the project included the refurbishment of existing buildings on site to create a truly multi-purpose facility. The existing library was extended and refurbished, following on from what is the newly upgraded scout hall. There is also an adjoining auditorium and meeting rooms, all flowing seamlessly together and operating as one (but can be closed off into separate spaces by the shutting of doors). This feature was on top of the architects minds throughout the design process, according to Tim Asby, so that the finished product would be able to cater to a variety of cultural and community events, including shows and activities, all under one roof. Now that this versatile centre is up and running, with its library, scout hall, youth centre, and Plunket rooms, more than 70 voluntary organisations and the greater community will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

For a detailed outline of the new Carterton Events Centre, refer to WOR listing J38641.

Pictures left: Tim Asby & Cedric Carter going over last minute details in the newly refurbished library. Right: Tim Asby & Lorraine Gittlings in the new Auditorium.



Supermarket giant Progressive Enterprises Ltd and local developer Venture Consulting  have teamed up for a Greytown first – a new Fresh Choice supermarket. Construction has just started on the old Bouzaid & Ballaben factory so Whats On Report decided to stop in and check it out. Headed by Concept Construction 2010, Managing Director Russell Hall, pictured left front, and three of his builders, Jamie Godden, Tom Hegimbotham and Mathew Rickman, are to do the majority of the build, with various sub-contractors to be appointed along the way. Mr Hall said that the 2000 square meters of the existing building was slightly too small for the supermarket to be developed into a Countdown and instead was chosen to become a Fresh Choice. Completion is expected mid-2012. Follow WOR J118256 for progress.


It’s all go at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park in Masterton, with an upgrade to the recreation centre and driving range underway and another project in the pipeline for the end of this year. Whats On Report got an inside look at the project, thanks to Managing Director of Rigg Zschokke, Chris Hurrell. Construction is in full swing at the hotel, which will boast a newly-tiled swimming pool area, refurbished squash courts, toilets, gym, cafe and driving range bays along with new car parks just in time for the busy tourist season this summer. See project details at WOR J118314.


Pictures left: Rigg Zschokke Managing Director Chris Hurrell in the soon to be complete swimming pool area. Right: Chris Hurrell outside the recreation centre.


  Reporter and photographer: Ella Trotter

Editor: Hannah Dunn


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