Wairarapa News

College told to cut enrolments

The Ministry of Education has told St Matthew's Collegiate in Masterton to rebalance its boarder-day girl ratio.

A Masterton college is told it needs to get more boarders to fulfill its Integration Agreement with the Ministry of Education.

From super-city to super-splitty

150114. Photo Maarten Holl/Fairfax Media, The Dominion Post.
Wellington city, CBD

Wairarapa's days as part of the Wellington region appear to be numbered.

Large village development for Carterton

Ashmore Park VIllas in Carterton will feature houses like this.

A proposed 74-house subdivision in Carterton is the latest in a string of developments helping to make it New Zealand's fastest growing district.

NZ history of violence published

War Writing co-editors Harry Ricketts, left, and Gavin McLean.

Harry Ricketts’ and Gavin McLean’s War Writing collection combines fictional and historical works to paint a complete picture.

Under fire Taratahi needs our support

Taratahi Agricultural Trainining Centre, north of Carterton, is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Local politicians are rallying behind the beleaguered Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre.

Stopbanks in Masterton's QE Park

Stopbanks could be built through Queen Elizabeth Park as an option to provide greater flood protection to Masterton.

Flooding a large section of a park and sports fields is one of four options being explored to protect Masterton in the event of a 1-in-100 year flood.

Ministry to sort out college's finances

Wairarapa College in Masterton has been placed under Limited Statutory Management to sort out its financial woes.

A financial gun for hire has been brought in to tackle Wairarapa's largest school's financial woes.

Marty McFly hits Masterton

Kokomai Creative Festival spokeswoman Jenny Gasson and promoter Mark Rogers are looking forward to 4.29pm on October 21, when Marty McFly will, in a world first, arrive back to the future - at Masterton's Regent cinema.

Hover-boards are not yet popular in Masterton, but the town has scored a time-travelling first.

Anger over rates for project

The proposed $6.4 million Waihinga Centre is causing dissent in Martinborough as some ratepayers balk at paying for the shortfall.

Martinborough residents are angry they are being asked to stump up to fund part of a new town hall centre.

'Hungry for better connectivity'

Premier Beehive financial controller Clive Bodington, left, Carterton mayor John Booth, communications minister Amy Adams, Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott, South Wairarapa mayor Adrienne Staples and Masterton mayor Lyn Patterson in Carterton for the announcement of the UFB long list.

Southern Wairarapa towns to get ultra fast broadband as Government kicks off next phase of fibre roll-out.

Wairarapa shaken by 4.4 quake

A 4-4-magnitude quake was centred near Eketahuna

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake near Eketahuna has rattled the lower North Island.

Town hall project in doubt

A funding shortfall could put a halt to the proposed Waihinga Centre in Martinborough.

A $1 million shortfall could mean Martinborough's planned new community centre is scrapped.

From waste land to wetland

Hamiora Robinson, Shiloh Cayless, Charli Capper, Cyrus Karaitiana, Andy Duncan, Mariyah Namana and Addison Burland at Carterton District COuncil planting south of the waste water plant.

Planting of 2000 plants is the first step in turning Wairarapa waste land into a wetland area.

Council takes hit on forestry

Log price slump hits Carterton District Council's harvest revenue.

Carterton District Council has lost nearly $10k on its forestry harvest.

Sandoval cans NZ women's tour for men's

New Zealand Cycle Classic race director Jorge Sandoval with 2015 stage one winner Joseph Cooper.

Promoter Jorge Sandoval cans NZ women's tour to concentrate on men's version.

Heli flight ticked off bucket list video

Hospice Wairarapa arranged for palliative care patient Ken Weir to be given a ride in an Amalgamated Helicopters helicopter as one of his bucket list wishes. I

Ken Weir loves anything that leaves the ground so being taken for a joyride over the Wairarapa by helicopter was a special experience to be ticked off his bucket list.

Wairarapa's late trains 'to improve'

Regional councillor Paul Swain said the performance of trains was not good enough.

Only 74 per cent of Wairarapa trains were within five minutes of being on time in the last year.

Movie giant takes on small fry

The Codfather Takeaways owners Danielle Stuart and her dad Lochie have been asked by Paramount Pictures to change the signage on the shop.

A Martinborough chip shop is defying The Godfather's maker with Brando-like branding.

Call for free parking in Masterton

Hold onto those coins a little longer with 15-minute free parking spots in select locations close to the CBD.

Masterton retailers are calling for the council to allow one hour of free parking in the town centre.

Trial after leg amputation

Police investigators comb Miriam St, Masterton in March after a gang confrontation.

Two people face trial after a woman hit with a car during a gang clash had her leg amputated.

DHB staff not taking leave

Wairarapa Hospital Masterton Hospital A&E Accident and Emergency DHB Ambulance

For many of Wairarapa health board's 500 staff it is a case of all work and no play.

Sculpture to take pride of place

An artist's impression of Neil Dawson's sculpture, Ascension, planned for the northern entrance to Masterton.

A ten metre high sculpture, suspended five metres above the ground is to be installed at the northern end of Masterton.

Breeder pieces together romney jigsaw puzzle

At the age of 87, Holmes Warren of south Wairarapa is still working on the farm.

Holmes Warren is regarded as the ''father of the modern romney''.

City slickers buy up in Wairarapa

The Wairarapa property market is shifting towards a sellers' market as the region attracts interest from Auckland and abroad. Pictured, Masterton Town Square.

Aucklanders scared of the red hot property market are seeking houses in Wairarapa.

NZ's best pie announced video

More than 510 pies were entered in the competition.

The winner of the 2015 New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards has been announced - and it's a Kiwi favourite.

Equestrian airlifted to hospital

Paramedics lifted a woman to hospital after her horse bucked her off on the Wairarapa Coast.

A woman was airlifted to Masterton Hospital after a horse-riding accident.

Mementos of dead son stolen

Three special mementos of Belinda Moloney's brother Dwane, who died, aged 22, in 1996, were stolen during a burglary at his mother's Greytown home.

Thieves have taken items treasured by the mother of a man who died nearly 20 years ago.

Physics Kickstart Scraps to Steam

Like a Road Warrior Lego set, Scraps lets you customise your Mad Motor vehicle for combat readiness.

Kiwi creator Bill Borman's Kickstarted car-smasher Scraps is Steaming into the early access store.

Southern lights reach north gallery

The Aurora Australis against the backdrop of the Milky Way lit up Lake Wairarapa this week.

A crystal clear night proved perfect conditions to view the aurora.

Thames back on the beat video

Constable Mike Wakefield of Wairarapa Police with famous police dog Thames at Makoura Ealy Childhood Centre in Masterton. Pictured with Lachie Coulson.

Thames the police dog is back on the beat after surviving a week in the wild in May.

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