Masterton Sustainable Living Info

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The Masterton District has newly 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.

A new Sustainability Advisor at Masterton Council, Agnes Piatek-Bednarek, will be the main contact.  Suggestions about local page content to Agnes or to Rhys Taylor at SLET:

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

For cafes see


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.   

More from CAB on electricity costs.

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

Let's Carpool.

Cycling and walking journey planner   Cycling Strategy (pdf)

Tourism map & links 

Rail timetable - Wellington line (pdf)

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  - is also on Facebook.

Wellington region's Enviroschools 

Six environmental care groups in region

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

Citizens Advice Bureau

Living Economies Educational Trust (local money, time banks, etc)

Tip: Power bills out of control?
Actions and equipment that can reduce electricity costs at home are the focus of our Energy guide.