Wairarapa News

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.

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 rugby's financial turnaround

Wairarap Bush Rugby

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

Gaga over the good looking


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


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.

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.

Girl power to the fore


Not only are girls outshining boys in the classroom, they are showing them up on the farm as well.

Wairarapa teen smoking highest in NZ


Wairarapa has some of the worst youth smoking rates in the country.

Ancestor's tale one of a colourful tyrant

Barrie Allom

The life an early setter who was referred to as "Dear Tyrant" by his wife is focus of a book by a Wairarapa author.

Martinborough town hall makeover concept aired

Martinborough Town Hall

A proposal to transform Martinborough Town Hall into a modern events and community centre was unveiled last week.

Nats expecting a battle

Peter Goodfellow

The National Party won't be taking anything for granted in the upcoming General Election, according to party president Peter Goodfellow. That's despite still not having confirmed their candidate to stand in Wairarapa.

Road safety crash course hitting home

road safety class

This week nearly all year 12 college students in Wairarapa had a crash course is road safety - literally.

Carpet versatility diners delight


WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

OPINION: I'm not going to get all philosophical on you but I really do believe that living by the "glass half full" maxim is a better option to the "half empty" alternative.

Trials aim to reduce truancy, crime

social sector trial

A scheme to link Wairarapa social agencies has been launched with the aim to reduce youth crime, truancy and risky behaviour among young people.

New chief executive has 'always loved Masterton'

Pim Borren

Dr Pim Borren is the new chief executive officer of Masterton District Council, replacing Wes ten Hove who has been in the role since 1997.

Rates rises lower than expected


Wairarapa News

Rates are going up in Masterton, but not as much as the council had planned.

A grand gesture


Considering the scale of their land loss all those years ago, it is a grand gesture of Rangitane to give one of Wairarapa's natural treasures back to the country.

Brand change at supermarket


The new 900 square-metre Featherston supermarket will adopt the SuperValue brand when it opens in July this year.

Hart confident numbers could spell poll success

John Hart

Wairarapa Green Party candidate John Hart reckons he has a shot at getting into Parliament.

Free SW radio workshops

Arrow FM

ArrowFM is radio for the people in the truest sense and a couple of free workshops in South Wairarapa are the perfect way to dip your toe in the broadcasting water.

Lookout gets touch-up Tracks to be improved

Rimutaka Hil

Modest improvements to the viewing area and land at the summit of Rimutaka Hill Rd are continuing to take place.

Disgraced Hauora head welcomed back for help

Tai Gemmell

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Although the resignation of the disgraced head of an addiction agency has been accepted, the board has invited the former boss back into the fold for treatment.

Young stars light up championships

Dallas Swanveld

The country's young swimmers produced outstanding performances in the Wairarapa Primary Schools Swimming Championships,

100 years of girls' education

St Matthews Collegiate

Looking back over the past hundred years of one of St Matthew's Collegiate it is easy to see how times have changed.

Party pooper cyclone stays away

Wairarapa harvest festival

Wairarapa News

More than 2000 revellers had plenty of reason to celebrate at the annual Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival on Saturday.

Walking the coast of NZ

walk the coast

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

For a young guy with a short attention span, Brando Yelavich has certainly shown he has truckloads of perseverance.

German brings viking chess


PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

A golfing hitchhiker travelling around New Zealand has brought with him a love of "Viking Chess" and a lot of enthusiasm.

Economy best in North Island

South Wairarapa booming

South Wairarapa has the fourth- best-performing ecomony in New Zealand and the best in the North Island, according to an economic performance report.

Old time hits big time


PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

The man who is partly responsible for a resurgence in early jazz and ragtime blues in the United States is set to get Masterton swinging.

Medical Centre heads to old hospital


Masterton Medical is on the move again. After shifting to temporary premises in the Work and Income building on Lincoln Rd in the wake of a fire on February 25, the centre is preparing to move to the old AT&R building at the old Masterton hospital next Monday.

Wairarapa ready for big events weekend

DOM Wairarapa Balloons strap

Celebrating the start of the grape harvest, watching hot air balloons drift through the sky and walking among Martinborough's vineyards will be top of mind for visitors to the Wairarapa this weekend.

Gigatown crown losing its lustre

BITS AND BOBS: Gigatown competition seeks the first town in the Southern hemisphere to access one gigabit per second internet connection.

A competition viewed by some as unfair has seen Masterton drop out of the top five in the race to become New Zealand's first "Gigatown", which has prompted town leaders to consider how to best move toward a digital future.

Cancer Society team wins on water

Cancer Soc Wairarapa

The Cancer Society Wairarapa Women's team won gold at the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival on the weekend.

What's brewing in wine country?

Panhead Ales

To beer or not to beer will be the question in Martinborough this weekend.

Medical clinic eyes hospital site

Masterton Medical centre has lined up a new base at the hospital in the wake of the fire that destroyed its site.

Airline plan has wings

masterton airline

A locally-owned airline is "very likely" to begin operating out of Masterton soon.

Medical clinic sets up 'across the road'


Masterton Medical has shifted across the road to to the WINZ Building following Tuesday night’s fire.

Competitors campaign for air route

Air Chathams

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Two small airlines are in the running to take over the Masterton- Auckland route axed by Air New Zealand last month.

International interests put NZ in the spotlight

John Hayes

Wairarapa MP John Hayes visited the Antarctic earlier this month to see New Zealand's interests in the Ross Dependency.

New chapter for historic building

Lonestar wairarapa

Wairarapa News

Masterton's most historic community-owned building is to be strengthened and restored.

A & P show a crowd pleaser

Masterton A & P

The Masterton A&P Show had its biggest revamp in decade, which has paid off with the biggest crowd in years.

Rescue chopper kept busy

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Wairarapa News

The Life Flight rescue helicopter was kept busy in Wairarapa over the weekend making four callouts.

Butting out of the Golden Shears

Golden Shears

This year's Golden Shears will be completely smoke-free and anyone caught smoking will be pinged.

New Masterton to Auckland air service closer to take off


The establishment of a new Masterton to Auckland air service is closer to getting off the ground.

Heartland Wairarapa onto a winner


Wairarapa News

Midway through their first season of national competition, Heartland Wairarapa chief executive Sam Rossiter-Stead is happy with the team's progress on and off the field in the ASB Youth League.

Drag track opens with bang


KEVIN BALL - Wairarapa News

Bring on the brass band, the dancing girls, the banners. Add in thousands of cheering fans, the thunder of big V8 engines, the howl and smoke of burnt rubber and you have a heady brew.

Cricket scores Wright man for fundraiser


WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

The group charged with fundraising for the upgrade of the Queen Elizabeth Park Oval grandstand in Masterton take a major step forward to achieving their goal next week.

Are we a nation of morons?


WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

OPINION: Contrary to ordinary thinking, the weekend can not end soon enough. It seems that nowhere are we more at risk of getting injured than in the safety of our own home. For some folk the 48 hours that follow Friday are fraught with risk-taking - even near-death experiences.

Wairarapa looks for conferences

Wairarapa News

A new collaborative approach between Destination Wairarapa, the regional tourism organisation (RTO), and Tourism New Zealand is tapping into the profitable international conference business.

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