Masterton Sustainable Living Info

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The Masterton District  joined in 2016, bringing with it neighbouring councils South Wairarapa and Carterton, to provide free access for the whole Wairarapa population.  This page will carry local information relevant to sustainable living in the three districts.

Local course from 20 July 2019. Info at Facebook.

Sustainability Advisor at Masterton Council, Agnes Piatek-Bednarek, was the main contact but recently moved jobs - new contact to be notified.  Suggestions about local page content to Rhys Taylor at SLET:  or to Barbara Wilson at the Council Barbara Wilson 

Gardens and backyards

Wairarapa biodiversity  (includes links for local projects). 

Information for landowners.  (PDF from Masterton Council).


Food choices

Wairarapa farmers market (Saturday mornings, Solway Show Grounds, Fleet St, Masterton)   includes community gardens and map   See also Wellington based gardens network


Minimising Waste

Masterton Council rubbish and recycling page. (includes pdf download of brochure, and transfer station details)

Masterton District Council is part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to inspire and enable people to waste less food. For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit or find them on Facebook.

Resilience and Emergency Responses

Council civil defence and emergencies webpage. 

How to Get ready & Get thru 

Wairarapa news page (& links to AA roadwatch, Metservice weather, Pacific Tsunami warning centre, etc)


Energy efficiency & power bills

High Power Bill?  Ask Citizens Advice Bureau.   

Info on insulation for homes to make them warmer and drier - and any grants available:  Energy Smart and  Smart Energy Solutions

Sustainability Trust (in Wellington & mail order) for energy efficiency products.

Water use and impact on waterways

Water supply and treatment

Wastewater treatment locally.

Getting around the Wairarapa

Commute by car pooling?

Cycling and walking journey planner  

Rail timetable - Wellington line

Metlink 200: Featherston-Masterton bus timetable along H2.

Metlink 205: Martinborough-Featherston bus timetable on H53.

map of other Masterton services (206, 203, 2020, 201)

Intercity bus info.

Masterton street map from YellowPages

Extra info sources

Masterton Safe and Healthy Community Council  06 3788900 

Wellington region's Enviroschools 

Masterton Library catalogue and online access (uses pop-ups)

Tip: Petrol at over $2 a litre?
Time to become a fuel-efficient driver or try some other transport? Ideas available in our Travel guide.