Wairarapa News

Wairarapa air link fails to take off

Attempts to re-establish air services in Wairarapa remain grounded.

Coastal festival attracts top musical talent

A three-day music festival on Wairarapa's remote coast has attracted top musical talent from throughout the country.

Driving home the safety message

Young drivers are getting the safety message following a series of educational activities in Masterton.

Woman critical after quad bike flips

A farm worker who fell so hard from a quad bike she cracked her helmet is now in critical condition in hospital.

Club final abandoned over abuse

A senior club cricket match was called off after players alleged "intolerable personal abuse".

Off super-city radar

Wairarapa's rural voice would get drowned out if it was forced to join a super-city, two of its mayors say.

Questions raised over water-storage scheme

Questions are being raised about the viability of a proposed water-storage scheme in Wairarapa.

Powershop expands

Powershop is enlarging its Wairarapa service centre potentially adding 70 new jobs over the next few years.

Businesses weigh in on super-city

Wellington super-city logo

Surveys show Wellington region's businesses are generally in favour of changing local government.

Chopper lands in Wairarapa tree

A Robinson helicopter pilot made forced landing, days after another of the brand's models was grounded after a fatal crash.

Thunder, flood warning

Time to batten down the hatches

MetService warns severe thunderstorms and flash floods likely to hit greater Wellington and Wairarapa.

Dry year highlights dam benefits

Wairarapa Water Use Project chairman Bob Francis says the dry conditions highlight benefits of large-scale water storage.

Quake fears over dam location

Dam Free Mangatarere Society are not against the Wairarapa irrigation project, they just want their river excluded.

Former naysayer says super-city 'only way'

Super-city sceptics have been given a wake-up call from high-profile former naysayer Sir Bob Harvey.

Tour de Admiral tough ride for charity

Organisers of Huri Huri Wairarapa's Bike Festival will attempt to create their own version of an iconic stage of the Tour de France this Saturday.

Wairarapa peddling pedal power

Wairarapa has a key role in helping Kiwis get over rugby and cricket, a cycling organiser believes.

Wairarapa cyclists warned to behave

Cycling generic.

Cycle racing in Wairarapa could be put at risk if rider behaviour does not improve.

Wairarapa a popular destination

International visitors are flocking to Wairarapa, where they are spending up large.

State houses on block

The Government's push to off-load some state housing is good news for Wairarapa's largest community trust, but it remains to be seen whether the assets will be offered at the right price.

Top music acts stop in at winery

Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan are performing at a Martinborough winery later this month.

Winds to hammer region

Gale force winds are expected to shake Wellington this afternoon.

Electric fence crawl

"We think that's what kept him alive – the shocks," says friend of man who crashed 100m down a steep bank.

Lab services shake-up

Plans to mass-privatise lab testing in Wellington are in disarray and patients may pay the price.

Good pre-season start bodes well for Hurricanes

Blade Thomson's mohawk wasn't the only reason he, and the Hurricanes, stood out at Eketahuna.

Artist returns favour for fiery rescue

Artist Zelda Bruce had suffered life-threatening burns.

Former American pro gets a taste of grassroots

A golfer who spent years amid the glamour of the PGA Tour is about to experience the sport's sheep-nibbled grassroots.

Wairarapa won't leave Central Districts

The Wairarapa Cricket Association would leave Central Districts if the price was right and will host Wellington games, regardless.

Hot exhaust sparks grass fire

A large grass fire which threatened 46 beehives this afternoon is thought to have been sparked by a hot exhaust pipe touching long, dry grass.

Farmers hoping for end of big dry

Farmers have been caught out by the speed with which the severe dry conditions have arrived, says one Wairarapa farmer.

Overseas interest in Wairarapa forests

More than 2000 hectares of Wairarapa forests are being sold to overseas buyers because nobody in New Zealand wants it, according to the vendors.

Quad bike victim named

Abigail Jane Schmal-Singleton is understood to be the six-year-old ​killed while riding a quad bike in Masterton.

Wairarapa scrub fire doused

A scrub fire that covered at least 20 hectares at Cape Palliser in Wairarapa has been put out.

High-speed chase

At least three police cars were involved in a high-speed chase of a vehicle in Hamilton this evening.

Bin now a thing of beauty

To the madness of unsustainable corporate waste, a Wairarapa couple are quietly introducing a bit of method.

Balloon disaster photos released

Many victims' families in support

Carterton balloon is seen burning and falling in photos that can now be shown.

Train crush amid staff shortage

Train passengers were forced to cram into fewer carriages after staffing issue on a Wgtn-Masterton service.

History in your hand

Greytown brothers built model business

Tiny toy soldiers have been big international business for Ian and Allan Farley.

Park's $2.2m upgrade under way

Work is under way on transforming the home of Wairarapa-Bush rugby into a multi-purpose sports facility.

Wairarapa house prices stagnate

Wairarapa home owners who have seen their biggest asset fall in value, are being cautioned not to panic.

Opposition to Wairarapa dam grows

Anglers and conservationists are backing residents in opposing the proposed Mangatarere Valley dam in the Wairarapa.

The dog ate the parcel

A courier driver was threatened with having her wages docked after dogs ate a parcel she delivered.

'Support' air link

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

Irrigation scheme a windfall for dairy farming

Scheme has big benefits for Wairarapa


WALT DICKSON - Wairarapa News

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

Proud Kiwis gaining Facebook fans

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

Challenge to employers over Living Wage


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.

Channelling that delta blues magic


PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

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

Huia Festival flies


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

John Booth

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


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


Wairarapa News

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

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