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Stunning piece of Wairarapa history.
Oil painting by Jean Holliday, 1990 - this was chosen as the cover of the Wairarapa Phone book in 1991. It measures ~67cm by 49.5cm.

Abstract, cubism print of the iconic Roger Walker designed Centrepoint building

The 1973 Centrepoint shopping centre, in the main street of Masterton, may have been one of the seven wonders of the Wairarapa. Sadly it wasn’t gravity that got it, but the wrecker’s ball.
Walker admits to being of the view that Martinborough is the most pleasant town in the Wairarapa, because it has a centre a ‘town square’, which tells even the wandering cows, that they have arrived at a ‘place’. Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and penultimately, Masterton have no discernable arrival place.

They are, what is described in planning terms, as ribbon developments.

As a frisky young practitioner in 1974, Walker's obvious gesture was to define the intersection of Bannister and Chapel Streets, as the centre of Masterton, by raising a tower.

Hence its name.

As well as a visual marker, the tower, with its public viewing platform gave splendid views over the town and the surrounding countryside.

Unfortunately local vandals didn’t appreciate this idea and quickly proceeded to trash the entire interior, which led to its being shut off for public access.

This sort of made the whole exercise Centrepointless.

Having been reduced to the status of a folly, it was then demolished .

This iconic painting has a silver frame, and has deservedly gained a highly commended award - winning the prestigious honour of gracing the Wairarapa Telephone directory in 1991.
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