Wairarapa News

Maori rugby showpiece in town soon

Former Wairarapa Rugby player of the year James Goodger is in the tournament side.

Masterton hosts some of Maori rugby's top talent in March.  

Masterton juniors swim success

Masterton has a fine group of young swimmers coming through who could well go on to great things in the sport.

Masterton junior swimmers excel at nationals.

Parting gift becomes an attraction

The piano will ultimately be housed at the new town hall though it will have to have a special storage compartment built ...

Music teacher's grand piano, bequeathed to Martinborough community, has enabled the creation of a new music festival.

Former WWI pilots' relatives meet

Michael Bell, left, and Cynthia Williams, right, in front of the  Vintage Aviator FE2B.  With them is Vintage Aviator  ...

Wings continues tradition of bringing aviation fans together.

Q&A: Bob Francis

Bob Francis

Since stepping down from the Masterton mayoralty in 2007 after 21 years in the job, Bob Francis has been at the centre of numerous Wairarapa and regional projects. He has been chairman of the district health board, and of the Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre for 10 years, an international rugby referee, and is chairman of Wings Over Wairarapa, which is on this weekend.

Wet weather clips wings video

Black Falcons aerobatic troupe will hopefully be seen in action tomorrow.

All Friday flights are cancelled due to the weather but at this stage Saturday's programme is still going ahead.

Sparking gliders take to sky

Aerosparx pilot Guy Westgate manoeuvres his Grob-109 next to Tim Dews' identical aircraft over Wairarapa.

 Watch out for UFOs over Wellington Harbour.

Culinary guru returns to his roots

Al Brown will be at the Masterton A&P Show on Saturday, February 18.

Former farm boy turned celebrity chef returns to give something back to his hometown.

Cyclists conquer Pioneer

The Pioneer takes riders through some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. Johnny Van Leeuwen is pictured taking ...

Former road racing team-mates blitz epic mountain bike stage race through the middle of the South Island.

Kevin's classic a ray of sunshine video

Kevin Blatchford and his Sunbeam Rapier 3A.

Kevin Blatchford is carrying on his dad's tradition of meticulously looking after his classic 1960s car.

Building plans to be reviewed

The Horowhenua District Council building was one of the projects Kevin O'Connor and Associates were involved with.

Palmerston North buildings chosen for a spot check on engineers' design work.

Capital's bummer summer rolls on

A worker helps restore power to about 1600 homes in Newlands on February 13.

Power has been restored and ferries are sailing again after strong winds affected the Wellington region.

Wairarapa police involved in two pursuits in 24 hours

Two chases in 24 hours kept Wairarapa police busy.

Two Wairarapa police chases ended in dramatic fashion on Thursday and Friday.

Disabled woman's housing nightmare

Sarai Moa says she has been made to feel like a burden to Work and Income, and has been saddened by the whole ordeal.

Five months after her rental was sold, paraplegic Sarai Moa still has no home.

Firm fined after bulldozer incident

Masterton District Court, where NZ Forest Logistics was fined on Thursday.

Early last year, a morning's work nearly turned deadly for a young Wairarapa forestry worker.

Wellington's playground booming

Wairarapa towns such as Greytown have become attractive destinations for domestic and international tourists.

Wairarapa has long been considered Wellington's playground but now the provincial heartland province is attracting more international visitors than ever before.

Firm to pay $138K over death

Silos at the Henergy egg farm, where a man was electrocuted last year.

A trainee electrocuted at an egg farm near Masterton shouldn't have been working unsupervised, judge says.

Man had $17,000 of stolen goods

The man's haul included passports, bank cards and a shotgun.

Police found shotgun, ammo, a Queen's Service Medal, passports and jewellery.

Wairarapa bridge still closed

The Tauherenikau Bridge, in Wairarapa, has been closed after a structural inspection.

Rain-damaged bridge on SH53 in Wairarapa will remain closed until Friday.

Tauherenikau bridge closed

The Tauherenikau Bridge has been closed after a structural inspection.

Wairarapa bridge has been shut for repairs after last week's heavy rain.

Back to back bowling success

Back to back Wairarapa open women's bowls champion Leanne Sweeney with Bowls Wairarapa chairman Richard Whitley.

Junior bowler wins Women's open title for second year running.

Makoura kids build transportable house

Makoura technology teacher Bill Taylor looks over plans of the small house his class will build this year.

Makoura College's technology class is set to to build an easily transportable modular house this year.

Incessant wind drives farmers mad

The hill country and coastal farmers are suffering the most from the wind, says Jamie Falloon of Federated Farmers.

It's been bloody unpleasant, say farmers of a season of consistently ferocious wind.

Black Falcons aerobatic debut gallery

Group Captain Nick Olney, base commander at Ohakea, said the Black Falcons were  keen to take to the air and show the ...

Wairarapa air show will feature Air Force's recently acquired aerobatic aircraft.

Dannevirke A&P gears up

The A&P Show in Dannevirke is expected to attract plenty of families for the three-day event.

Dannevirke's growing A&P show is back for a three-day bonanza of stock judging and entertainment.

Fence to deter charity dumpers

Marilyn McRae said dump fees for one particularly day cost the store $500.

Sallies frustrated at having to spend thousands on dumping other people's rubbish.

Three injured in crash


It's the second crash near Eketahuna in less than a week.

Maligned method doing the job

Masterton Waste Water Treatment Plant from the air.

Expensive waste water project bucks doubters.

Lifestyle attracts capital commuters

The Wairarapa commuter train heading over the Waingawa River, south of Masterton, towards Wellington.

Increasing numbers of people are choosing to live in Wairarapa while working in Wellington.

Wings over Wairarapa's night show expanded

Spectacular as they are, the AeroSPARX gliders will be just one of many acts for Wings Over Wairarapa's Saturday night show.

New acts announced for Wings of Wairarapa.

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