WBS Landmarks – Kuripuni
As WBS celebrates 150 years, we reflect on some of the significant Wairarapa landmarks we’ve been involved in. Another fine example is the major development project which saw the revamp of Kuripuni Village, at the south end of Masterton’s business district.
In the 2010s, the Kuripuni commercial precinct was in need of a refresh. Well-regarded local developer David Borman saw this and aspired to create ‘the Ponsonby of the Wairarapa’. We at WBS also saw this potential. The rejunvenation project promised gourmet dining and boutique shopping for visitors to the retail centre. Through this period, demand for businesses wanting to come to Wairarapa was strong. Borman recognised the number of retailers and restauranteurs seeking quality commercial space, and Kuripuni Village offered an ideal location.
A tasteful refurbishment of the commercial spaces included sophisticated transformation of the building facades to the stylish, recognisable common period theme. All details were carefully considered, incorporating cream and green weatherboards, traditional street lamps and signage.
Over the years, further buildings have been erected and new businesses attracted to the popular area. Two Victorian-era buildings from Vivian Street and Oriental Parade were even subsequently relocated to complement the existing suite of buildings. To this, attractive paving, alfresco dining and additional parking also added convenience and appeal.
In 2015, locals were treated to a special opening of a combined café/restaurant and picture theatre. The Screening Room Boutique Cinema & Eatery featured two theatres with the most up-to-date technology, and indoor/outdoor seating for 120 diners. This plush new venue meant Masterton had two movie theatres again following the closure of the State theatre decades earlier.
WBS were thrilled to be part of this major development of our region, which has brought significant benefits to businesses and local residents alike.