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Cyclists fear becoming 'road pizza' video

Masterton commuters Kirsty McKenzie and Clive Peters say new crash protection just south of the town leaves cyclists ...

They're concerned new safety barriers could kill someone, and they say the NZTA's ignoring the danger.

'Fact Man' opens up on radio video

Sheldon Betteridge, at home in the ArrowFM studio in Masterton.

When he was a toddler, his parents were told he would never speak. Now, he has his own radio show.

'Feathy Belly' fears over foul water

Featherston residents Emma Jackson and Des Pugh are concerned the town's water supply not only tastes bad, but could be ...

Town's water tastes so bad, cafe owner can't bear to serve it.

Judge's son dies in river crash video

Ben Young, who died on Saturday.

Ben Young was thrown from his car when it crashed through a wire fence, hit a bridge and plunged into the river.

Noisy new neighbours raise smiles video

A kakariki (NZ parakeet) seems to contemplate its new home in Pukaha Mt Bruce's new aviary.

Rugby World Cup experience inspires a unique conservation initiative in the Wairarapa.

Horse not shot, vet says

Louise Sharp with Duggie, who died of natural causes last week. She, and police, initially believed he was shot.

 Police confirm wound appeared to be a gunshot, but wasn't.

Bid to correct gender imbalance

Lyn Patterson will be seeking a second term as mayor of Masterton in the upcoming Local Body Election.

Lyn Patterson to stand for second term as Masterton mayor; spike in females running for council.

Horse shooting 'like murder'

Louise Sharp with Duggie, who was shot and killed last week. She believes he was shot from a road near his paddock ...

GRAPHIC CONTENT: The owner doesn't know who's responsible, but thinks they may have done it to hurt her.

Man on the run

Dwayne Neihana Mikaera, 35, is wanted by Wairarapa police,

Police appeal for sightings, but warn Dwayne Mikaera should not be approached.

'Noddy Town' tower yours for $15k

Masterton's Centrepoint tower was disparagingly known as "Noddy Town" for its quirky, modernist design.

The tip of a futuristic tower that once bemused 1970s Masterton is on the market.

UCOL staff cuts proposed

UCOL staffing cuts have been proposed in a restructure of services.

More than 40 jobs could be cut in a proposed restructure of UCOL's services.

Clean out on South Wairarapa council

Long serving South Wairarapa District Councillor Viv Napier (left) is standing for the mayoralty.

With only two councillors confirmed to be returning South Wairarapa may be facing a shortage of experience as they are about to enter a pivotal term.

Pukaha beefs up predator control

Ferrets are a major threat to kiwis.

Ferrets in the firing line following kiwi deaths at Pukaha Mt Bruce.

'Let's leave those dark years behind'

Rangitane elder Manahi Paewai, in his home marae near Dannevirke, says the iwi's Treaty of Waitangi settlement will ...

Treaty settlement's progress gives Wairarapa and Tararua iwi a "place to stand".

Kiwi tuktuks hit the road video

New Zealand made KiwiGoa tuktuk in Kuripuni, Masterton. Commissioned by Mike McMaster and built by Magoos Street Rods.

Auckland-based entrepreneur and Masterton business join forces to put 'Kiwi tuktuks" on NZ roads.

Treaty settlement celebrated

Singing at the settlement in principle signing ceremony on Saturday is Maori Party MP Marama Fox (right), Ngati ...

Mixed emotions among people of Ngāti Kahungunu as treaty settlement moves a step closer.

More schools fail to balance books

Former Pomare School principal Chris Worsley with some of his charges before he left last year, after which the school ...

Funding flaws cause increase in schools with money woes, principals believe.

Iwi appointees win council voice

PJ Devonshire, general manager of Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, says giving Maori more of a voice on Masterton District ...

Ensuring Maori have a voice in local government is real democracy, council told.

Marae DIY comes to Masterton

Drone cameras were used to capture unique angles during the four days of filming at the Cole St marae.

Marae makeover strikes a chord with Masterton community.

Cancer drug needs funding

Melanoma survivor Bob Hill of Masterton.

Cancer sufferer who benefited from a drug trial with melanoma busting drug Keytruda says Pharmac needs to explain its decisions.

Bikes lead to missing kids

The missing children were found near a bridge about five minutes drive from the centre of Masterton.

A runaway brother and sister missing since Sunday night have been found near a bridge.

Landlord gifts loyal Masterton tenant

Wishing Masterton resident Patricia Williams a happy 60 year birthday in her house recently are, Trust House Ltd chief ...

This Masterton resident has been renting the same house for 60 years and has never once thought about moving.

Masterton: top of the world?

Masterton shows off some of its charms during the Wairarapa balloon festival. But is it really "the best town on Earth"?

Wairarapa marketing campaign raises smiles, but townsfolk get the last laugh.

Justice for T-boned teacher

Paul and Joella Andersen with two of their four children, Hana, 2, and Kahu, 4, and their damaged family car.

Family relieved after insurance battle over car wrecked by tourist ends happily.

Tiny village's special Anzac legacy video

Bugler Linda Morgan, 12, plays the last post at Tinui's Anzac service.

Vicar's compassion for grieving Wairarapa village results in century of Anzac tradition.

Pioneers' pain summed up in Anzac bridge

The Anzac Memorial Bridge at Kaiparoro near Eketahuna is the country's only bridge built specifically as an Anzac memorial.

Bridge links pioneering community to rich wartime history, including dad's quaint gift to daughter he never met.

First in penguin safety

Sally Bain is hoping that dogs Bell can be taught to leave Eastbourne's penguins alone.

A New Zealand first to protect penguins.

Weak whale euthanised and buried

A five-metre Cuvier's beaked whale was euthanised at Whangaimoana beach, South Wairarapa after attempts to refloat it ...

Despite several attempts to refloat a stranded whale the animal was too weak to swim and had to be put down.

The changing face of Anzac Day

A New Zealand-style Anzac poppy.

With the number of WWII veterans dwindling, authorities are looking at Anzac Day's future.

Whale rescue effort abandoned video

Residents and DOC staff caring for a whale beached at Whangaimoana, south of Martinborough on Thursday.

Rescuers have had to give up attempts to save a whale stranded on a Wairarapa beach.

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