Masterton / Wairarapa Sustainable Living Info

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Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa Districts first joined in 2016. This page will carries shared local information relevant to sustainable living.

Natasha Tomic ( is the Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change and Environment for Masterton District Council and Mélanie Barthe ( is the Climate Change Advisor for Carterton and South Wairarapa District Councils.

Suggestions about local page content to Rhys Taylor at SLET:  and/or to Mélanie Barthe (

Register to use the free learning guides from this website, on eight topics.

Councils' sustainability pages

South Wairarapa District


Garden and backyard

Join a community garden group and share produce if you have no private garden or to learn more about food growing:

Oxford Street Community Garden Masterton.

Carterton Community Garden

Martinborough community garden

Featherston Growers

There is a seed bank in Featherston Information Centre – 70-72 Fitzherbert Street.

Gardening learning guides (parts 1 and 2) are free to download at this Future Living Skills website.  Register here if not already logged in.

Additional info: a PDF download planting calendar, with geographic climate zones, from Tui.

Wairarapa biodiversity  (includes links for local projects across three districts). Gardens have a role in providing space for nature.

Download the Future Living Skills learning guide on home gardening (in two parts)


Food choices

Beyond the supermarkets, consider:

Wairarapa Farmers Market  9am to 1pm every Saturday, Farriers carpark Masterton

Carterton Farmer’s Market  9am to 12.30 pm every Sunday at Memorial Square, Carterton 

Featherston Weekly Market  8am to 2 pm every Saturday at 33 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston 

Greytown Country Market  9am to 1 pm every third Sunday of each month at Stella Bull Park, Greytown -

Te Kairanga Farmer’s Market  10 am to 2 pm the first Sunday of the summer months at Te Kairanga Estate, Martinborough

Carterton Community Fruit & Veg Stand

The Future Living Skills food learning guide looks at food labelling, shopping criteria, food storage and preservation and impacts of food choices.

Minimising Waste

Zero Waste Wairarapa

Let's Sort Waste

Info for schools - Zero waste education

Reduce waste at events

Compost collective

Download the Future Living Skills learning guide on Waste Minimisation


Resilience and Emergency Responses

Interactive maps of the risks  (e.g. river flood, tsunami etc.)

Masterton District Council civil defence

Carterton District Council emergency management

South Wairarapa District Council emergency management

Get prepared in case of emergencies: Get ready & Get thru 

Download the Future Living Skills Community resilienece learning guide.

Energy efficiency & power bills

Energy Wise by EECA (Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority) includes videos

Check if your home is warm, safe and dry with Homefit 

Check how your home compares (as healthy, warm, safe and efficient) with Homestar

Info on insulation for homes to make them warmer and drier - and any grants or subsidies available.

Download the Future Living Skills energy learning guide.


Water supply, use and wastewater

Wairarapa water supply network (download poster)

Wastewater treatment process described

Masterton drinking water supply

Masterton wastewater

Carterton drinking water supply

Carterton wastewater

South Wairarapa water supply sources

South Wairarapa water supply treatment

South Wairarapa wastewater

Download the Future Living Skills learning guide on water use and protecting streams.

Getting around the Wairarapa

Commute by car pooling?

Metlink Rail timetable

Metlink Bus 200 (Masterton - Greytown – Featherston – Martinborough) timetable

Metlink Bus 201 (Masterton – Masterton West - Masterton) timetable

Metlink Bus 202 (Masterton – Masterton South - Masterton) timetable

Metlink Bus 203 (Masterton – Masterton North - Masterton) timetable

Metlink Bus 204 (Greytown – Woodside) timetable

Metlink Bus 206 (Masterton – Masterton East - Masterton) timetable

Intercity bus info.

Masterton street map from YellowPages

Download the Future Living Skills learning guide on travel choices, to help tackle carbon emissions.

Extra info sources

Masterton Safe and Healthy Community Council  06 3788900 

Wellington region's Enviroschools 

Masterton Library catalogue and online access

Access the Learning Materials

Click here to access our online learning materials.

Become a Course Facilitator

Click here to apply to become a Sustainable Living course facilitator.

Existing course facilitators, log in here

Tip: Summer Veges 365!
Drying, freezing and bottling foods will preserve summer's garden harvest. Guide available at our Food guide.