Wairarapa News

Challenge to employers over Living Wage

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

A social organisation has become the first in Wairarapa to become a Living Wage employer and is putting the challenge out to other employers.

Irrigation scheme a windfall for dairy farming

Scheme has big benefits for Wairarapa

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

Dairy farming in the Wairarapa valley would be the bigger winner if a proposed irrigation scheme goes ahead.

'Support' air link

Backers say there's still hope for Wairarapa air link to Auckland despite the company going into liquidation.

Proud Kiwis gaining Facebook fans

A Facebook page for Kiwis abroad, set up by a former Masterton woman, has built a huge following.

Channelling that delta blues magic

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

King Hokum himself is set to grace the stage at King Street Live next week.

Huia Festival flies

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Wairarapa News

As if Wairarapa didn't already have enough banner events on its spring-summer calendar, it looks like another winner has just been created.

Carterton welcomes new mayor

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John Booth has been named Carterton's mayor following departure of Ron Mark, who stepped down after becoming an MP.

Eketahuna to host Hurricanes match

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In true No 8 wire Kiwi style, Tui Brewery is bringing the big game of Super Rugby back to the small town - Eketahuna.

Bumper Labour Weekend awaits

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Wairarapa News

If ever there was a time to have a few days away from Wairarapa, it won't be next weekend.

Masterton East Side project humming

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Recognising its importance as a vibrant community facility which promotes the values of learning, socialisation and cohesion, the Te Awhina Cameron Community House in Masterton has recently appointed a new co-ordinator and other key roles to ensure its continued success.

Awful season for Wairarapa-Bush

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Out-muscled and out-passioned Wairarapa-Bush were lambs to the slaughter in the 2014 Heartland Rugby Championship.

Wairarapa pedals new tourism boom

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

Lycra could soon become the preferred fabric for visitors to Wairarapa with cycle tourism gaining momentum.

Hard pressed to find better olives

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Wairarapa can proudly lay claim to being New Zealand's dominant olive growing territory, for the past year at least.

Wairarapa burglaries up 10%

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The number of burglaries in Wairarapa is continuing to rise, up nearly 10 per cent on last year.

Legally blind, on the ball

"Opposition teams wouldn't know he's blind"

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With his can-do attitude, 30 per cent vision is not going to keep Shane Haskell off the rugby field.

Waka first in 175 years

Sailing to retrace ancient coastal sea paths

Double-hulled ocean Waka

Double-hulled ocean-going waka Te Matau a Maui will be the first such craft to visit Wairarapa in 175 years.

Exciting days for Wairarapa Cricket

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Wairarapa News

It's exciting times for Wairarapa Cricket, with a new high profile director of cricket, a new operations and development manager, a new captain, a new constitution and a new management board determined to raise participation and playing standards throughout the region.

Rare white Kiwi undergoes surgery

Wairarapa News

The third white Kiwi hatched at Pukaha Mount Bruce has had eye surgery at Massey University's Wildbase Hospital.

Footballer makes World Cup squad

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

The road to football stardom has just got a little longer for Liam Hare.

Economic focus for new MP

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Retaining the hospital and its services and promoting economic development are the new Wairarapa MP's priorities.

Wairarapa lodge one of the world's best

Wharekauhau Lodge

A luxury hideaway lodge in Wairarapa has been named as one of the world's best by a leading travel guide.

Mark's win means costly by-election

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Ron Mark is expected to resign as Carterton mayor today, forcing a by-election to take place.

Bully-free song to open festival

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Being creative and having a conscience are two attributes that may help a Wairarapa student get their turn in the spotlight at a new Wairarapa music event.

If it's good for Maori, it's good for NZ

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

"There are lies, damn lies and statistics," wrote Mark Twain. And so the same could be said for elections: "Polls, those damn polls, and finally an actual election."

Masterton's Memorial Park gets makeover

Wairarapa is set to become the envy of provincial rugby with the development of Masterton's Memorial Park.

Three-horse race in Wairarapa

Wairarapa candidates meeting

The Wairarapa electorate has become a three-horse race, and the result could be tight.

Wairarapa candidates step it up a notch

Wairarapa candidates meeting

Election candidates make their final push to grab the attention of voters as Wairarapa promises to be an important seat.

Real buzz over truck crash

Honey transport lands in sticky situation

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A rural Carterton road was buzzing after a truck carrying beehives crashed and lost its load.

Stonehenge will echo to Zep songs

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Wairarapa News

Thanks to the success of February's Pink Floyd spectacular at Stonehenge in Carterton, organisers NPL and Up With People will be doing it again next year, paying homage to one of the world's greatest rock bands - the mighty Led Zeppelin.

Beauty queen but different

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

It's a cliche but this beauty queen is more than just a pretty face. In fact, one of the driving motivations for Miss Universe New Zealand contestant Louise Nelson's aspirations for pageant glory is the chance to raise the profile of her mentoring programme for young women.

Siblings stand for Maori

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Community spirit and the importance of local Maori stories passed on from their mother are key drivers behind why two Wairarapa siblings are putting their hand up these elections.

No end to this man's giving

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WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

In a day and age where peoples' lives are busy, Craig Cooper has never given a second thought to saying yes when asked to help.

WFA's new poster boy

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

It is a fair bet that Thomas Morland knows more than any other child in Wairarapa what the inside of an ambulance is like.

Carterton has got balance

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PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Carterton's placemaking guru proved he is more than just an ideas man when he installed a new seating area and play feature on High St recently.

Haul of stolen property uncovered in Masterton

Masterton police have uncovered what they believe to be is a significant amount of ''stolen property''.

Mt Bruce's $1.1m aviary takes flight

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A new $1.1 million walk-through aviary will treat visitors to a new experience at the Mount Bruce wildlife centre.

Air Chathams ready for take-off

The resumption of a Masterton-Auckland air link could take off as soon as next month.

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

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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

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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.