Wairarapa News

Masterton: top of the world?

Masterton shows off some of its charms during the Wairarapa balloon festival. But is it really "the best town on Earth"?

Wairarapa marketing campaign raises smiles, but townsfolk get the last laugh.

Justice for T-boned teacher

Paul and Joella Andersen with two of their four children, Hana, 2, and Kahu, 4, and their damaged family car.

Family relieved after insurance battle over car wrecked by tourist ends happily.

Tiny village's special Anzac legacy video

Bugler Linda Morgan, 12, plays the last post at Tinui's Anzac service.

Vicar's compassion for grieving Wairarapa village results in century of Anzac tradition.

Pioneers' pain summed up in Anzac bridge

The Anzac Memorial Bridge at Kaiparoro near Eketahuna is the country's only bridge built specifically as an Anzac memorial.

Bridge links pioneering community to rich wartime history, including dad's quaint gift to daughter he never met.

First in penguin safety

Sally Bain is hoping that dogs Bell can be taught to leave Eastbourne's penguins alone.

A New Zealand first to protect penguins.

Weak whale euthanised and buried

A five-metre Cuvier's beaked whale was euthanised at Whangaimoana beach, South Wairarapa after attempts to refloat it ...

Despite several attempts to refloat a stranded whale the animal was too weak to swim and had to be put down.

The changing face of Anzac Day

A New Zealand-style Anzac poppy.

With the number of WWII veterans dwindling, authorities are looking at Anzac Day's future.

Whale rescue effort abandoned video

Residents and DOC staff caring for a whale beached at Whangaimoana, south of Martinborough on Thursday.

Rescuers have had to give up attempts to save a whale stranded on a Wairarapa beach.

Cat survives motor oil drenching

Vetcare clinical nurse manager Fleur Chapman with Catherine Lapinsky's cat Henry that is recovering from being covered ...

The owner of a Masterton cat believes it was intentionally covered in used motor oil.

Masterton business held to cyber ransom

Ransomware targets computers and threatens to wipe files if a ransom is not paid.

Wairarapa businesses and individuals are being specifically targeted by internet thieves.

SPCA needs to boost funding

Former SPCA Wairarapa manager, Val Ball.

Wairarapa risks losing SPCA if they don't get more support from the community.

Bike track "massive" for school

Commonwealth Games cycling gold medallist, Alison Shanks, and Pikimai Broughton cut the ribbon to officially mark the ...

Two wheels are now all the rage at a Masterton primary school following the official opening of a new Bikes in School track.

Old Roller relives glorious past

Martinborough's John Kennedy in his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Once he had fully restored it he drove it over the exact ...

Martinborough man's purchase of a 1913 Rolls-Royce sends him on an international detective hunt.

Starting school alone 'raises anxiety' video

From left, preschoolers Edward Payne, Alexandra Read, Harriet Doherty, Joe Edridge, and Lily Hooper are excited about ...

Should schools end the Kiwi tradition of kids starting one by one on 5th birthday?

After 155 years, bank takes farm

Alex Benton in 2004, back when his farm was debt-free.

Failed irrigation scheme puts debt-free farm $5 million in the red in just one decade.

At home in the Wairarapa sky gallery

Philip Makanna captures pilot Gene de Marco in a WWI B.E.12 reproduction over Masterton.

World famous American photographer feels right at home in the Wairarapa sky

Tararua hut getting new lease of life

Cattle Ridge Hut was built in the summer of 1960-61.

An old hut in the Tararua Ranges is getting refurbished after almost facing the chopping block.

New look Wairarapa United

Wairarapa United striker Sam Mason-Smith scores the opening goal against Lower Hutt City in Masterton on Saturday evening.

Wairarapa United pin Central League hopes on youth.

Cancer mum's stark warning

Carterton mum Brooke Malyon, with her 4 month old daughter Charile, is currently undergoing cancer treatment for a ...

The financial impact of a cancer diagnosis is "overwhelming"

Sea swallows coastal dream gallery

Tamar and Glenn Brinfield's bach on Cape Palliser Rd, south Wairarapa is slowly falling into the sea, and their insurer ...

Couple thought they had found the perfect bach, but now it's falling into the sea.

Shepherd takes on 'Mad Dog'

Lance Bryant, right, fights Israel Adesanya during the Super 8 fight night in Christchurch last year.

Lance Bryant knows all about rounding up sheep. Now he's trying to round up some boxing titles.

Roundabout projects stalled

Carterton and Masterton mayors John Booth and Lyn Patterson are frustrated roundabout projects have gone on the "backburner".

Highway safety improvements welcomed, but at what cost ask Wairarapa mayors?

Bins strictly for 'doggy doo'

Doggy doo bins in Masterton are being filled with domestic and household waste.

Increased patrols, CCTV surveillance, it's all part of a plan to catch doggy doo bin abusers in Masterton.

Farmers battle soldiers at Tinui gallery video

Tinui captain Sammy Johnston, Colonel Hugh McAslan and Lieutenant colonel Hamish Gibbons watch the afternoon session at ...

NZ Army soldiers were relationship-building with the Tinui community last week by having a friendly cricket match in an eastern Wairarapa paddock.

Baker's delight for young entrepreneur video

Corbin Davidson, 22, put university on hold to work in a bakery. Now he owns the business.

Business owner at 22 the envy of his mates

Flying trumpeter glides into Greytown video

Wairarapa Gliding Club instructor David Hirst looks over the territory the club will now share with the Wellington ...

New soaring centre represents 'huge' opportunities for region, pilots say.

Wairarapa College principal resigns

Wairarapa College in Masterton, the region's largest secondary school, is being managed by the Ministry of Education ...

Principal of troubled Wairarapa secondary school resigns.

Runner beats Antarctic wind gallery

Johnny Griffith from Wairarapa Team Antarctica completes the Antarctica Marathon.

Just one member of a team of runners from Wairarapa completed the arduous Antarctic marathon earlier this month as conditions worsened to the point that organisers had to call off the event.

All's fair in love and bridge video

The cut and thrust of play at the Masterton Bridge Club.

Bridge is seen as a sedate game enjoyed by older people, but the intellectual challenge and underlying rivalries make for an exciting pastime.

Man surrenders after firearm threat

Police are still searching for a man after a person was threatened with a firearm in Martinborough on Monday night.

Man hands himself in after alleged threats during a domestic incident in Wairarapa.

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