Wairarapa News

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.

Trust House in subsidy limbo

Most existing low-income tenants in Wairarapa have been denied the Government's rental subisdy.

Wairarapa social housing tenants are mostly ineligible for a rental subsidy, with new rents kept low.

Granny on the mend

Margaret Hannon with her Granny's Basket full of games, books and picture cards to help children with learning difficulties. The Masterton grandmother is in hospital after being struck by a vehicle at a pedestrian crossing.

A Masterton grandmother faces a long recovery after being struck by a vehicle at a pedestrian crossing in Timaru.

Victory for democracy video

South Wairarapa MAyor Adrienne Staples and Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson celebrate after the Local Government Commission's supercity proposal was thrown out.

Wairarapa leaders are hailing the decision to dump the proposed Wellington super city as a victory for democracy and common sense.

Potential for a two-wheel economy

The main paleton during a stage of the Trust House Women's Cycle Tour 2015 weaves through the Wairarapa country-side

Cycling has the potential to be a windfall for tourism in Wairarapa, something that the three councils are being encouraged to leverage.

Halafaxa hungry for success

Smokefreerockquest Wairarapa finals best band winners Halafaxa. (From Left) Sarah Saunders (St Matthew's Collegiate), Luka Francis-Murray (Kuranui), Frank Dickson (Wairarapa College) and Sebastian Vallance (Rathkeale College). Finals were held at King St Live in Masterton Saturday 6 June.

Everyone one was a winner at the Smokefreerockquest Wairarapa regional finals on Saturday night with the top band Halafaxa representing four secondary schools.

Super-city plan cut

Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester believes a super-city for Wellington has been sent back to drawing board.

A super-city plan for Wellington and Wairarapa is thought to have been sent back to the drawing board.

Sex charges for chiropractor, 78

Napier courthouse.

A retired Masterton chiropractor is facing four historic sex charges.

Common sense will prevail on super city

Masterton District Council ceo Dr Pim Borren is predicting a U-turn on the super city proposal.

On the eve of the Local Government Commission's much-anticipated announcement on the proposed super city Dr Pim Borren is hoping common sense will prevail.

Winter welcome to Wairarapa

The Midwinter Affair night market in Martinborough. Photo by Pete Monk Photographer

Winter may have just set in but efforts to entice people to Wairarapa are ramping up as tourism promoters and councils roll out the welcome mat.

Rays to oust Kitts from lagoon

Frank Kitts Lagoon in Wellington could soon have a new name.

Frank Kitts Lagoon has never had an official name. That could all soon change.

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