Community News

We’re proud to be part of our community. Over the past 150 years we’ve been giving grassroots support to hundreds of organisations who care for the region like we do.

On this page you’ll find news about the wonderful initiatives and organisations we support, as well as interesting updates from our team.

WBS Big Switch to kick-start Greytown Festival of Christmas on 1 July

WBS Big Switch to kick-start Greytown Festival of Christmas on 1 July

July is set to sparkle brighter than ever, with snow in the forecast for this years’ mid-winter Festival of Christmas in Greytown. The annual event will once again see Greytown transformed into a winter wonderland for the entire month, with a jam-packed programme of events, workshops, food, live music and family fun, as well as a special Matariki programme.

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WBS sponsors emerging track & field athlete – Liam Lamb

WBS sponsors emerging track & field athlete – Liam Lamb

WBS is very proud to be getting behind phenomenal young talent Liam Lamb, as he leaves the running tracks of New Zealand to hit the famed athletics circuits of Europe. Indeed, we should all be watching on with interest as we could be seeing Wairarapa’s next Olympian in the making.

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WBS partners with The Wairarapa Awards

WBS partners with The Wairarapa Awards

It is with great pride we share that WBS has been unveiled as the naming rights sponsor of this year’s Wairarapa Awards, in an exciting new partnership with the region’s local Chamber of Commerce, Business Wairarapa. The event will become a feature of WBS’ 150th anniversary celebrations, reinforcing our strong commitment to supporting residents and businesses in the region.

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Wairarapa Film Festival 2023

Wairarapa Film Festival 2023

WBS is truly delighted to be a major sponsor of the 2023 Wairarapa Film Festival, to be held in Masterton 25 – 28 May. The four-day festival is a special celebration of local film and film-makers, including inspirational stories, book signings, film workshops and fabulous guest speakers.

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WBS announces additional $150,000 investment into Wairarapa community

WBS announces additional $150,000 investment into Wairarapa community

This month marks an impressive 150 years since WBS began business, and with this, its long term support for Wairarapa businesses, locals, and the community. In recognition of this milestone, WBS through the WBS Charitable Trust have announced they will commit an investment in the region of $150,000 from now until the end of 2024.

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Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Awards 2023

Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Awards 2023

Is there anything more exciting than the anticipation, the nerves and excited cheers from the many busy side lines of our Wairarapa sports grounds? If there is one way to bring our community together, it is through our love of sport.

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Golden Shears

Golden Shears

WBS is thrilled to be once again supporting the world-renowned Golden Shears competition, being held in Masterton from Thursday 2nd March to Saturday 4th March 2023.

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WBS ratings stay strong

WBS ratings stay strong

WBS credit rating has been reaffirmed by international credit rating agency Fitch Ratings, at BB+ (Stable), a rating we’ve maintained for close to 15 years, confirming our position as a robust and credible alternative for Wairarapa investors and borrowers.

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Local hockey club punching above its weight

Local hockey club punching above its weight

Back in 2014 Dalefield Hockey Club had a big problem to solve. Players who had come up through the club were leaving to go to Victoria University and naturally joining Wellington teams. The club needed them back.

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WBS proud to be supporting our local food banks

WBS proud to be supporting our local food banks

Our local food banks do a fantastic job in helping those in need across our communities.

Already under pressure to meet the demand for their services, all our local food banks have seen an increased need for food parcels during COVID-19.

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