Wairarapa News

Labour candidate walking the talk

McAnulty out to win the "old-fashioned way"

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

With a 7000 majority to reel in, most punters would put long odds on Labour Party candidate Kieran McAnulty taking the Wairarapa seat from National.

Ron Mark eyes return to parliament

Ron Mark

Former NZ First MP Ron Mark in not ruling out a return to Parliament.

One-child policy proposed as geese numbers rocket

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Masterton District Council is considering a "one child" policy to deal with the Canada Geese problem at Henley Lake.

Park deer killed with arrows

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Hunting animals with a bow and arrow is not so macho when the animals are behind a fence in a public park.

Shopkeepers mad at wee issue

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

The good work of Carterton retailers trying to make their main street more appealing is being undermined by piddlers in the night.

Blacks Seeds to rock new festival

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The Black Seeds will be headlining a new street festival in the Wairarapa over Labour Weekend.

Wharekauhau pitching for local business

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

The playground for the rich is being made accessible to the rest of us - sort of.

Masterton-Auckland air link set to resume

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

A bid to resume the Masterton to Auckland airlink is gaining momentum.

Two teens killed in road crash

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Two young men aged 15 and 19 died after their four-wheel-drive vehicle crashed into a tree about 2.10pm in South Wairarapa yesterday (Thursday).

$2m upgrade for Masterton sports field

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Memorial Park in Masterton is to get an artificial turf and floodlights as park multi-million dollar makeover.

Carterton Med Centre celebrates revamp

Carterton med centre

Carterton Medical Centre had a grand opening as an Integrated Family Health Care Centre on Saturday. The High Street centre invited dignitaries, health professionals and various local people to the official opening where Mayor of Carterton Ron Mark cut the ribbon at the recently revamped premises.

Miracle man speaks out

Standing up for the disabled

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

There is no level of humiliation that Peter Knighton has not endured.

Super City decision delayed till after election

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Wairarapa councils face a longer period of uncertainty now that a local government reorganisation proposal has been pushed back again.

Medical centre not returning to former site

Masterton Medical centre

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Masterton Medical is not moving back to its former premises on Lincoln Rd.

Sean beats odds after induced coma

Sean Robinson

Rising rugby star Sean Robinson is making a "remarkable recovery" from a serious head injury after an alleged assault.

Log-price slump could cost jobs

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The bottom has dropped out of the Chinese timber market, which is seriously affecting the logging industry in Wairarapa.

Greens slam irrigation plan

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The Greens are joining forces with opponents of the Wairarapa Water Use Project (WWUP) saying that a large scale irrigation project will only further degrade environmental values and it is not the best way to achieve economic growth.

Chathams airline eyes Wairarapa route

Air Chathams

Air Chathams could be flying the Masterton to Auckland route within a few months.

Park awaits funding call

A key funding announcement on a multi-purpose sports facility at Trust House Memorial Park in Masterton is expected any day.

Hunt's distinctive delivery endures

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

It's for good reason that Sam Hunt is looking forward to performing in Masterton this weekend.

Feral cats cause SPCA headache

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The SPCA is being inundated with stray and feral cats and wants councils to pull their weight in covering their disposal cost.

New home for Farmers' Market

Masterton's north end will receive a new vibe when Wairarapa's Farmers' Market relocates there later this year, alongside a new hospitality venue that is currently under construction.

Castlepoint Beach one of best

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It might not be the warmest beach to take a dip but according to a recent survey Castlepoint Beach is one of the best.

Tongue piercing enrages mother

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A Masterton mum is furious after her 14-year-old daughter had her tongue pierced without her consent.

Call for shake up of CBD

Masterton cbd

Masterton needs to wake up and reinvigorate itself if it wants to be competitive in a changing world, according to its business community and residents.

Road to ratepayer pain

Rimutaka Hill Road

Changes in funding subsidies for the region's roads will hurt many provincial ratepayers in the pocket.

Little Bushman on the road again

Trinity Roots

Very much of the earth yet more than capable of connecting with the cosmos, there is a heady appeal to the music of Little Bushman who return to King St Live in Masterton on June 6.

More cost for Masterton dog owners

Disgruntled Masterton dog owners could soon be further out of pocket if the council gives the go-ahead to two proposed dog exercise areas.

Leave this pair alone!

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OPINION: Why is it that chopping off a dog's tail will earn the wrath of animal welfare and even land you in court, yet cutting off his testicles is encouraged.

Protest over town hall upgrade

Town Hall protest

Agroup of Featherston resident say their town is being neglected and they want the council to halt the Martinborough Town Hall upgrade.

76 ha gifted for new Rimutaka Hill reserve

Rimutaka Hil

Land around Rimutaka Hill gifted to the regional council will be designated scenic reserve.

Carterton "too tidy"

Carterton

Carterton suffers from "tidy town syndrome" and needs to create its own identity to make it more inviting.

Lighting up Sydney

Masterton team gets creative across The Ditch

Sydney light show

A multicoloured lighting installation created by a Wairarapa family will feature in one of Sydney's most popular events.

New lobby group backs super-city

Super city map

Super-city advocates have welcomed the formation of a new group championing the amalgamation of Wellington.

Parties agree on 1080 drop

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Big 1080 poison drop going ahead thanks to the collaboration of groups that have traditionally been at loggerheads.

Dire to dazzler - Makoura's star rises

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

Threatened with closure six years ago, Makoura College's remarkable turnaround is not going unnoticed.

19-year-old crash victim named

Police

A 19-year-old woman who died following a car crash in the Wairarapa has been named by police.

Auto fest interest cranks up

Auburn Speedster

Interest in hot rods, muscle and classic cars is driving interest for a huge Wairarapa auto festival.

Dog registration up 8 per cent

Masterton dog fees

Masterton dog owners are facing an 8 per cent rise in the cost of registering their canine companions.

Carterton faces 4% rates rise

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A "modest" proposed annual plan for Carterton district sees residents facing a 4 per cent rates rise in the coming year.

Ambulance launched in a heartbeat

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Kuranui College students were compressing fake chests to a disco beat as part of a resuscitation exercise at the launch of South Wairarapa's new ambulance last week.

Looking after all creatures great and small

John McLaren

"Old school" veterinarian John McLaren is bowing out after four decades serving the district.

Remutaka correct spelling: iwi

Rimutaka Hil

It's only one letter, but it's likely to inflame passions on both sides of the Remutaka hill.

Gaga over the good looking

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

OPINION: Let's not kid ourselves - the reason we like these royals is unbelievably superficial. Kate's pretty, George is cute and Will seems like a thoroughly nice chap.

Sounds of the valley rock Carterton

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Wairarapa News

One of New Zealand's premier choral groups, The Wellington Male Voice Choir is just one of the many attractions at A Festival Of Voices, at Carterton Events Centre, over Anzac weekend.

Wairarapa rugby's financial turnaround

Wairarap Bush Rugby

Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union has been praised for a dramatic turnaround in its off-field performance.

Upswing in Wairarapa property

Sale sign

A spike in residential property sales and long-term growth in mortgage uptake indicates a lift in the Wairarapa market.

Wairarapa project to honour fallen soldiers

Wairarapa anzac project

A personalised white cross for each soldier from the region who died in World War I will be laid on Anzac Day next year.

Wings to spread over more days

Wings over Wairarapa

Organisers of the biennial Wings Over Wairarapa air show are looking to extend the event to three or four days.

E coli found in Wairarapa water supplies

water supply

Three of the five Wairarapa town water supplies were found to have tested positive for E coli bacteria over the past two years, but retesting found no evidence of ongoing contamination.

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