Wairarapa News

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.

A town with no pub video

Eketahuna Commerical Hotel managers Phil Ryan and Kaye Brotherton.

Locals up in arms as last orders are called at Eketahuna's only pub.

Masterton leading economic growth

There is confidence building throughout the Masterton district says mayor Lyn Patterson.

Masterton had one of the star performing economies in the Wellington region last year.

Wellington below freezing

Snow fall on the State Highway 2 Rimutaka Hill Rd, between Wairarapa and Hutt Valley, this week.

Central New Zealand caught the coldest of the cold overnight with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Chatroom sex assailant sentenced

Kayne Storm McIntyre in Masterton District Court last year.

Man who indecently assaulted a girl he met online gets community detention.

Volunteer fireman's attacker jailed

Milton Haira at his sentencing in the Wellington District Court for wounding firefighter Peter Fisher.

Family tells court how Peter Fisher was left unrecognisable by the attack.

Bores and streams running dry

Warren Reiri, Steve Blakemore and Robin Hercock in a dried up stream bed. Homebush residents a blaming excessive gravel take from the Ruamahanga River for lowering water table levels and causing streams and bores to dry up

Removal of gravel from a Wairarapa river is being blamed for dropping water levels.

Sheep die in Tararua shed fire

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News: The New Zealand Shearing Championships. Sheep run through Te Kuiti.

Sheep have been burnt alive after the Tararua shed they were in caught fire.

Truck vs car in Wairarapa

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A person has been injured in a head-on collision between a car and truck in rural Wairarapa.

Aucklanders, come to Masterton

A two bedroom house in Sandringham, Auckland, $700,000 plus

Aucklanders are being invited to swap overpriced homes for a palace in Masterton.

Noel Hamilton House saved from closure

Noel Hamilton House in Greytown will remain open after finding more residents.

Last minute reprieve for Greytown-based care facility for physically and intellectually disabled people.

Top cycle tour comes home

After a four year absence the New Zealand Cycle Classic is heading back to Wairarapa.

Wairarapa will next year be home to both the men's and women's premier international cycle tours.

Origin players favoured over import

Matt Dalley, playing here for Feilding Old Boys in the Manawatu, is an ‘‘origin’’ player for Wairarapa-Bush.

Wairarapa-Bush coach Josh Syms is putting "origin" ahead of "import" in his efforts to cast the net wide for top rugby talent.

Vigilance urged to fight crime

A thief will break into a car for the price of a burger.

Police and neighbourhoods are joining forces to combat the ongoing scourge of burglary, thefts and vehicle crimes around Wairarapa.

Licensing trust candidates examine strategy

As Wairarapa's largest community-owned enterprise Trust House Ltd's future is important to us all and the two candidates vying for a position on its controlling body have varying opinions about its direction.

Hunt on for police search dog

New police Dog handlers, from left Constable Adam Thomas with Uso and Constable Lachy MacDonald with Zero out training at Sandy Point Otatara Invercargill

He may usually be the one doing the tracking but this time it's police search dog Thames who has gone missing.

Vineyard rapped for Toast drunks

Toast Martinborough punters swap their tickets for glasses on lanyards at the south Wairarapa wine village.

Top vineyard kept serving drunken, aggressive festival goers, authority finds.

New turf lights up action

Blade Rapira passes the ball to his Marist team-mate Malatai Malatai during the Wairarapa-Bush senior-A club match against Gladstone on the new artificial turf at Trust House Memorial Park in Masterton.

It may have been on an artificial surface but there was nothing fake about the action at Trust House Memorial Park.

Targeted with stones

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Vandals have been targeting trucks in Pahiatua and owners warn there could be consequences.

Trust House gearing up for profitability

The Greytown Hotel has been sold by Trust House to private owners.

Sale of prominent business marks end of an important phase for community-owned enterprise.

Walkway built to NZ's first Anzac memorial

The Anzac Day cross above Tinui township, a 40-minute drive east of Masterton,

Wairarapa farmers and landowners praised over the creation of a walkway across their land to the historic Tinui Anzac Cross.

Birthday bash at King St Live

Top Kiwi band Six60 is coming to King Street Live next month.

Something for everyone at King Street Live next month.

New turf a winner for Wairarapa stadium video

Trust House Memorial Park in Masterton is getting a major upgrade with the installation of artificial turf and lighting

Wairarapa's new state-of-the-art artificial sports turf the way of the future for provincial rugby and football.

Councils chasing digital cash video

Wairarapa mayors  Adrienne Staples, John Booth and Lyn Patterson gather in Greytown to promote the new joint broadband initiative WAIconnect. Greytown has notoriously poor mobile coverage.

Wairarapa's district councils combine to lobby for some of the government's $350m digital networks fund.

Scott sidesteps "anti-amalgamation" meeting

Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott has declined an invitation to attend a meeting at Carterton Events Centre on with various Parliamentary speakers talking about Local Government Reorganisation on Wednesday night.

A hui on local government reorganisation is being described as an anti-amalgamation forum and the pro-amalgamation Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott wants no part of it and questions the timing.

Photographer finds positives from tragedy

Kuranui College students have started a drive to collect materials to fill a container to give to a poor village in Uganda. The initiative was sparked by Greytown man Geoff Walker who has established several partnerships with Wairarapa groups and the Ugandan town of Ludok.

Greytown photographer Geoff Walker captured the last moments of the Carterton balloon tragedy. In his journey to forget he forges positive links with a Ugandan community.

Business booming for bus company


A family-owned Tranzit bus service celebrated its 91st birthday last week and is going from strength to strength.

Special guests at ceremony gallery

Steve Edge of Derby England is laying a wreath on behalf of the British Legion at the Masterton Cenotaph at the Anzac Day dawn ceremony.

Englishman to lay British Legion wreath at the Masterton cenotaph on Anzac Day.

Bra-vo! campaign truly uplifting video

Marquerite Vierstraete-Williams is collecting for Masterton Rotary's Bra-vo! appeal for the needy.

It's a garment many take for granted, but it's an item those in poorer countries can seldom afford.

Wairarapa's painkiller data scrutinised

A Best Practice New Zealand  study found  21,000 dispensings in Wairarapa, but DHB clinical leader Dr Tony Becker questioned the findings, saying there were fewer than 90 known methadone users.

Wairarapa opioid prescriptions are the highest in New Zealand, but local health authorities are questioning the figures.

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