Wairarapa News

Junior Rangers take home conservation message video

Pukaha Mt Bruce

Junior Rangers at Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre in Wairarapa learn conservation values for life.

Science camp at Solway a hit with the girls

Intermediate age girls from many Wairarapa schools attended a science camp at Solway College this week

Science camp in Masterton in the first week of the school holidays was a chance for Wairarapa girls to learn about everything from microbiology to coding.

Students tackle Masterton graffiti video

Makoura College students help clean up graffiti in Masterton.

Masterton college students muck-in to tackle town's graffiti.

Farmer welcomes river access

Ali Gordon, Mia Gordon, Alistair Gibb and daughter Emma on a pony trek on the track across farmland to a scenic section of the Ruamahanga River near Gladstone.

Alistair Gibb says he would like to see better public access across farmland - and he is showing the lead.

$3000 art prize - that's tinny

Spaghetti Open Can, which took Guild about 80 hours to complete.

You usually slap it on a bit of toast, but Wairarapa artist Matt Guild had a different idea.

Dairy factory state-of-the-art gallery

Project Engineer Graeme Walker in the new storage and distribution centre, which is the equivalent size of three rugby fields.

Fonterra's $235 million redevelopment of it is Pahiatua dairy factory is a celebration of the industry's technological innovation.

Pub prospects a cheer for Eketahuna

Eketahuna Commerical Hotel managers Phil Ryan and Kaye Brotherton.

Temporarily a no-pub town, Eketahuna could soon see beer flowing again.

Fitness studio in pole position video

A one hour pole fitness session is hard work and includes “cardio, strength, laughter, poise and grace”.

A small provincial New Zealand town has taken a liking to pole dancing.

NZ developer creates hit racing game

Swing Racers is like playing with Micro Machines in a pinball machine.

Where to develop a racing game in that's top-rated in 120 countries? Yep, Carterton.

Trust House in subsidy limbo

Most existing low-income tenants in Wairarapa have been denied the Government's rental subisdy.

Wairarapa social housing tenants are mostly ineligible for a rental subsidy, with new rents kept low.

Granny on the mend

Margaret Hannon with her Granny's Basket full of games, books and picture cards to help children with learning difficulties. The Masterton grandmother is in hospital after being struck by a vehicle at a pedestrian crossing.

A Masterton grandmother faces a long recovery after being struck by a vehicle at a pedestrian crossing in Timaru.

Victory for democracy video

South Wairarapa MAyor Adrienne Staples and Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson celebrate after the Local Government Commission's supercity proposal was thrown out.

Wairarapa leaders are hailing the decision to dump the proposed Wellington super city as a victory for democracy and common sense.

Potential for a two-wheel economy

The main paleton during a stage of the Trust House Women's Cycle Tour 2015 weaves through the Wairarapa country-side

Cycling has the potential to be a windfall for tourism in Wairarapa, something that the three councils are being encouraged to leverage.

Halafaxa hungry for success

Smokefreerockquest Wairarapa finals best band winners Halafaxa. (From Left) Sarah Saunders (St Matthew's Collegiate), Luka Francis-Murray (Kuranui), Frank Dickson (Wairarapa College) and Sebastian Vallance (Rathkeale College). Finals were held at King St Live in Masterton Saturday 6 June.

Everyone one was a winner at the Smokefreerockquest Wairarapa regional finals on Saturday night with the top band Halafaxa representing four secondary schools.

Super-city plan cut

Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester believes a super-city for Wellington has been sent back to drawing board.

A super-city plan for Wellington and Wairarapa is thought to have been sent back to the drawing board.

Sex charges for chiropractor, 78

Napier courthouse.

A retired Masterton chiropractor is facing four historic sex charges.

Common sense will prevail on super city

Masterton District Council ceo Dr Pim Borren is predicting a U-turn on the super city proposal.

On the eve of the Local Government Commission's much-anticipated announcement on the proposed super city Dr Pim Borren is hoping common sense will prevail.

Winter welcome to Wairarapa

The Midwinter Affair night market in Martinborough. Photo by Pete Monk Photographer

Winter may have just set in but efforts to entice people to Wairarapa are ramping up as tourism promoters and councils roll out the welcome mat.

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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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.

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