Wairarapa News

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.

Sandoval cans NZ women's tour for men's

New Zealand Cycle Classic race director Jorge Sandoval with 2015 stage one winner Joseph Cooper.

Promoter Jorge Sandoval cans NZ women's tour to concentrate on men's version.

Heli flight ticked off bucket list video

Hospice Wairarapa arranged for palliative care patient Ken Weir to be given a ride in an Amalgamated Helicopters helicopter as one of his bucket list wishes. I

Ken Weir loves anything that leaves the ground so being taken for a joyride over the Wairarapa by helicopter was a special experience to be ticked off his bucket list.

Wairarapa's late trains 'to improve'

Regional councillor Paul Swain said the performance of trains was not good enough.

Only 74 per cent of Wairarapa trains were within five minutes of being on time in the last year.

Movie giant takes on small fry

The Codfather Takeaways owners Danielle Stuart and her dad Lochie have been asked by Paramount Pictures to change the signage on the shop.

A Martinborough chip shop is defying The Godfather's maker with Brando-like branding.

Call for free parking in Masterton

Hold onto those coins a little longer with 15-minute free parking spots in select locations close to the CBD.

Masterton retailers are calling for the council to allow one hour of free parking in the town centre.

Trial after leg amputation

Police investigators comb Miriam St, Masterton in March after a gang confrontation.

Two people face trial after a woman hit with a car during a gang clash had her leg amputated.

DHB staff not taking leave

Wairarapa Hospital Masterton Hospital A&E Accident and Emergency DHB Ambulance

For many of Wairarapa health board's 500 staff it is a case of all work and no play.

Sculpture to take pride of place

An artist's impression of Neil Dawson's sculpture, Ascension, planned for the northern entrance to Masterton.

A ten metre high sculpture, suspended five metres above the ground is to be installed at the northern end of Masterton.

Breeder pieces together romney jigsaw puzzle

At the age of 87, Holmes Warren of south Wairarapa is still working on the farm.

Holmes Warren is regarded as the ''father of the modern romney''.

City slickers buy up in Wairarapa

The Wairarapa property market is shifting towards a sellers' market as the region attracts interest from Auckland and abroad. Pictured, Masterton Town Square.

Aucklanders scared of the red hot property market are seeking houses in Wairarapa.

NZ's best pie announced video

More than 510 pies were entered in the competition.

The winner of the 2015 New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards has been announced - and it's a Kiwi favourite.

Equestrian airlifted to hospital

Paramedics lifted a woman to hospital after her horse bucked her off on the Wairarapa Coast.

A woman was airlifted to Masterton Hospital after a horse-riding accident.

Mementos of dead son stolen

Three special mementos of Belinda Moloney's brother Dwane, who died, aged 22, in 1996, were stolen during a burglary at his mother's Greytown home.

Thieves have taken items treasured by the mother of a man who died nearly 20 years ago.

Physics Kickstart Scraps to Steam

Like a Road Warrior Lego set, Scraps lets you customise your Mad Motor vehicle for combat readiness.

Kiwi creator Bill Borman's Kickstarted car-smasher Scraps is Steaming into the early access store.

Southern lights reach north gallery

The Aurora Australis against the backdrop of the Milky Way lit up Lake Wairarapa this week.

A crystal clear night proved perfect conditions to view the aurora.

Thames back on the beat video

Constable Mike Wakefield of Wairarapa Police with famous police dog Thames at Makoura Ealy Childhood Centre in Masterton. Pictured with Lachie Coulson.

Thames the police dog is back on the beat after surviving a week in the wild in May.

Hunt on for oldest undies

Josie Bidwill, Thunderpants Director is on a quest to find the oldest pair of Thunderpants.

Thunderpants calls for people's oldest smalls, with a 20-year supply of knickers on the line.

Junior Rangers take home conservation message video

Pukaha Mt Bruce

Junior Rangers at Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre in Wairarapa learn conservation values for life.

Science camp at Solway a hit with the girls

Intermediate age girls from many Wairarapa schools attended a science camp at Solway College this week

Science camp in Masterton in the first week of the school holidays was a chance for Wairarapa girls to learn about everything from microbiology to coding.

Students tackle Masterton graffiti video

Makoura College students help clean up graffiti in Masterton.

Masterton college students muck-in to tackle town's graffiti.

Farmer welcomes river access

Ali Gordon, Mia Gordon, Alistair Gibb and daughter Emma on a pony trek on the track across farmland to a scenic section of the Ruamahanga River near Gladstone.

Alistair Gibb says he would like to see better public access across farmland - and he is showing the lead.

$3000 art prize - that's tinny

Spaghetti Open Can, which took Guild about 80 hours to complete.

You usually slap it on a bit of toast, but Wairarapa artist Matt Guild had a different idea.

Dairy factory state-of-the-art gallery

Project Engineer Graeme Walker in the new storage and distribution centre, which is the equivalent size of three rugby fields.

Fonterra's $235 million redevelopment of it is Pahiatua dairy factory is a celebration of the industry's technological innovation.

Pub prospects a cheer for Eketahuna

Eketahuna Commerical Hotel managers Phil Ryan and Kaye Brotherton.

Temporarily a no-pub town, Eketahuna could soon see beer flowing again.

Fitness studio in pole position video

A one hour pole fitness session is hard work and includes “cardio, strength, laughter, poise and grace”.

A small provincial New Zealand town has taken a liking to pole dancing.

NZ developer creates hit racing game

Swing Racers is like playing with Micro Machines in a pinball machine.

Where to develop a racing game in that's top-rated in 120 countries? Yep, Carterton.

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