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'Neglected' trees in square dying

The majority of the 42 trees in Masterton Town Square are dying

What should be a picture postcard setting Masterton Town's Square is in danger of becoming an "embarrassment".

'Aggressive' Wairarapa forest fire escalates video

A helicopter dumps water on shooting flames in a pine forest at Whareama east of Masterton on Friday afternoon.

Strong winds are fanning a dangerous blaze racing through a Wairarapa forestry block.

Book recalls huge change in Masterton

Bob Francis outside the Genesis Recreation Centre in Masterton, one of the many success stories from his time as mayor.

People who want to make a difference in their community need to "roll up their sleeves" and get stuck in.

Barriers a danger says cyclist

Veteran cyclists Brian Lambert says the new barriers that are going up on the main road between Masterton and Carterton are making the situation more dangerous for cyclists rather than safer.

New crash barriers on State Highway 2 increase risk to cyclists and are a missed opportunity to make roads safer, a cycling advocate says.

Trampers upset by bike event

A decision to open up Atiwhakatu Track to mountain bikers for a one-off event has riled trampers.

Trampers are upset that the Department of Conservation is ignoring its own policies and allowing mountain bikers on its tracks- albeit for a one-off event.

Clash closes Farmers' Market

The Buckhorn says the market has been impacting their trade.

The Carterton Farmers' Market has closed down because they do not want to operate under restrictions imposed by the council due to a complaint from a local business.

Frozen burritos hit the spot

Philips and Jason Philips of Cartel Food Company in Martinborough, producer of burritos and quesadillas.

A Martinborough couple's frozen burrito business is taking New Zealand by storm.

Band hits the right note

Masterton Intermediate School band members Adrenaline Rush, winners of the Wellington Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands Competition. (Front, from left) Tom Cardno, Thorin Williams, Abby Hammersley, Diamond Karaitiana, Sean Preston, (middle), Maddie Stewart, Charlee Gooding, Luke Bird, (back) Elton Halford (music teacher) and Matai Ammunson

A nine piece band from Masterton Intermediate school has won the Wellington regional Battle of the Bands competition.

$30M retirement village

A retirement village planned for Masterton will include 56 villas, 30 apartments and a 19 bed high-dependency unit.

Work on a new $30 million retirement village in Masterton set to start in the New Year

Waihinga centre knock-back prompts rethink

The planned Waihinga Centre in Martinborough may not look like this after plans are reconsidered in the wake of a ratepayer backlash over funding a shortfall.

Martinborough's ambitious Waihinga Centre has received a knock-back as Council rejects a targeted rate to fund a shortfall but a modified plan is still a possibility.

Super Rugby back in Eketahuna

Brad Shield leads out the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby pre-season match in Eketahuna earlier this year.

Hurricanes and Blues set to do battle in Eketahuna

Centre hangs on public's views

The fate of the proposed Waihinga Centre in Martinborough hangs in the balance as residents' submissions flood in on whether they should pay a targeted rate to finance the final portion of the cost.

The weight of a new town centre is resting on the shoulders of Martinborough council as submissions from residents flood in.

Shooting threat to college

Police are investigating an online threat of a possible shooting at Rathkeale College in Masterton.

A Masterton college has received an online threat of a possible shooting, but remains open.

Jesse Ryder to pad up for Wairarapa

Former Black Cap Jesse Ryder is to play for Wairarapa in the Chapple Cup ahead of a return to the Central Districts Stags.

Former Black Cap Jesse Ryder to train and play for Wairarapa ahead of return to Central Districts Stags.

Second movie theatre for Masterton

Masterton currently has only one movie theatre, the Regent 3 Cinema on Queen Street.

Wairarapa movie lovers may soon have another option as a prominent Masterton developer eyes a boutique theatre project in town. Rumours have been circulating that David Borman has plans to build a brand new theatre complex and he confirms that it is under consideration though he is not sure where he would put it.

The Olive Press expanding

Bruce McCallum at the Olive Press, showing off a few of the oils that will be available from the company.

The expansion of Wairarapa's local olive press aims to boost the industry.

College told to cut enrolments

The Ministry of Education has told St Matthew's Collegiate in Masterton to rebalance its boarder-day girl ratio.

A Masterton college is told it needs to get more boarders to fulfill its Integration Agreement with the Ministry of Education.

From super-city to super-splitty

150114. Photo Maarten Holl/Fairfax Media, The Dominion Post.
Wellington city, CBD

Wairarapa's days as part of the Wellington region appear to be numbered.

Large village development for Carterton

Ashmore Park VIllas in Carterton will feature houses like this.

A proposed 74-house subdivision in Carterton is the latest in a string of developments helping to make it New Zealand's fastest growing district.

NZ history of violence published

War Writing co-editors Harry Ricketts, left, and Gavin McLean.

Harry Ricketts’ and Gavin McLean’s War Writing collection combines fictional and historical works to paint a complete picture.

Under fire Taratahi needs our support

Taratahi Agricultural Trainining Centre, north of Carterton, is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Local politicians are rallying behind the beleaguered Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre.

Stopbanks in Masterton's QE Park

Stopbanks could be built through Queen Elizabeth Park as an option to provide greater flood protection to Masterton.

Flooding a large section of a park and sports fields is one of four options being explored to protect Masterton in the event of a 1-in-100 year flood.

Ministry to sort out college's finances

Wairarapa College in Masterton has been placed under Limited Statutory Management to sort out its financial woes.

A financial gun for hire has been brought in to tackle Wairarapa's largest school's financial woes.

Marty McFly hits Masterton

Kokomai Creative Festival spokeswoman Jenny Gasson and promoter Mark Rogers are looking forward to 4.29pm on October 21, when Marty McFly will, in a world first, arrive back to the future - at Masterton's Regent cinema.

Hover-boards are not yet popular in Masterton, but the town has scored a time-travelling first.

Anger over rates for project

The proposed $6.4 million Waihinga Centre is causing dissent in Martinborough as some ratepayers balk at paying for the shortfall.

Martinborough residents are angry they are being asked to stump up to fund part of a new town hall centre.

'Hungry for better connectivity'

Premier Beehive financial controller Clive Bodington, left, Carterton mayor John Booth, communications minister Amy Adams, Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott, South Wairarapa mayor Adrienne Staples and Masterton mayor Lyn Patterson in Carterton for the announcement of the UFB long list.

Southern Wairarapa towns to get ultra fast broadband as Government kicks off next phase of fibre roll-out.

Wairarapa shaken by 4.4 quake

A 4-4-magnitude quake was centred near Eketahuna

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake near Eketahuna has rattled the lower North Island.

Town hall project in doubt

A funding shortfall could put a halt to the proposed Waihinga Centre in Martinborough.

A $1 million shortfall could mean Martinborough's planned new community centre is scrapped.

From waste land to wetland

Hamiora Robinson, Shiloh Cayless, Charli Capper, Cyrus Karaitiana, Andy Duncan, Mariyah Namana and Addison Burland at Carterton District COuncil planting south of the waste water plant.

Planting of 2000 plants is the first step in turning Wairarapa waste land into a wetland area.

Council takes hit on forestry

Log price slump hits Carterton District Council's harvest revenue.

Carterton District Council has lost nearly $10k on its forestry harvest.

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