Aratoi tells the stories of Wairarapa’s people and its past - and houses the region's most important cultural material. The collection includes work by some of New Zealand's best-loved artists. There’s always something new, from touring national shows to works by local painters, sculptors and photographers. Cnr Bruce and Dixon St, Masterton 06 370 0001.
HENLEY MEN’S SHED
Opened in 2009, this is “the place where blokes can be blokes together”. Currently has a membership of around 120, who are involved in a vast array of activities in their purpose-built facility at Henley Lake. Open Monday to Thursday 8.30am-2-30pm and Fridays 8.30am-noon. Contact John Bush on 0274 999 430 or email@example.com.
KING STREET ARTWORKS
A creative space for people who use, or have used mental health services and for their whanau and friends and for the whole community. It aims to promote well-being in the community through creative expression. Located in Queen Street, Masterton. Workshop hours are Monday-Friday 10am-3pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Friday is Women's only day, 06 378 9777.
MASTERTON ART CLUB
The Masterton Art Club’s history reaches back to 1921 when a meeting was called to set up a ‘sketch club’. Over 90 years later, the Club is still a fixture in the Wairarapa art scene, holding its Wednesday art sessions and running other activities from its clubrooms at 12 Victoria St. Make contact through Aratoi on 06 370 0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From one act plays to drama and comedy, Harlequin provides quality live performances from its Dixon Street theatre, the envy of many larger societies outside Wairarapa. With an eye to the future, the junior programme is an ideal breeding ground for children to develop stagecraft and performance skills. Contact email@example.com
Masterton Amateur Theatrical Society (MATS) stage two productions per year and welcome your involvement either on or off stage, front of house or back stage, as a cast member, part of the production team or audience member. Also, if you are after a dress-up, their Gaiety Hall at 37 Ngaumutawa Road runs a costume hire sevice, phone 06 377 3799.
The infectious enthusiasm and good-natured vibe of the Masterton Savage Club always translates into thoroughly entertaining shows. Always looking for new members, if you have any musical talents or just like to sing and act, contact Doreen Wakefield 06 370 4604 or Randal Mellish 06 377 0343. Rehearsal times are Monday and Friday mornings from 10am.