Snow forecast for Rimutakas

Snow is set to fall to 400m on the Rimutaka hill overnight Saturday, which could cause headaches for motorists this weekend.

A wintry chill hits the capital this weekend as an icy front looms from the south

Bouncy slide owner charged

The giant slide was closed after the February accident while police and a Worksafe NZ inspector interviewed witnesses and workers.

Owner of a "mammoth slide" which collapsed in Masterton charged with obstructing a health and safety inspector.

All Blacks thrill fans video

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All Blacks Ma'a Nonu, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Victor Vito with children from Greytown Early Years childcare centre this morning.

A whole town was in the palm of three All Blacks' large mitts this morning - then it painted them.

School abuzz for ABs video

Carterton School pupils, from left, Lyon Rodger, Kayne Allanson, Jeordie Fennell, Harry Russell and Georgie-Leigh Te Rangi are thrilled to be meeting three of the All Blacks.

All Blacks' trek around the smaller centres has two Wairarapa towns excited.

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.

NZ 'left behind' on drug funding video

Masterton's Allyson Lock feels as if the government said "you're not worth it" when she applied for expensive treatment to fight rare, painful and potentially fatal Pompe disease.

Rare disease sufferer tired of Government's "buck-passing" over her potentially fatal condition.

High hopes site will add verve to town

Locals hope the sale of a bare section on Featherston's main road will improve the town.

Vacant lot in Featherston's main street finally hits the market.

Burglars make themselves at home video

Rowena Patterson said her maternal instincts kicked in when she realised burglars had wandered around her home, possibly while she was reading bedtime stories to her children.

Theft of laptop with film-makers' creations is the worst loss in home invasion.

SH2 reopens after crash

State Highway 2 is closed between Upper Hutt and Featherston after a crash.

State Highway 2 at Te Marua in Upper Hutt has reopened after it was closed because of a crash.

El Nino to give farmers rough ride

Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton, during the last dry spell in March.

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

Satellite map user hits roadblock

Motorcyclist Mike Ames inspects a 50-metre pile of forestry spoil dumped earlier this month by forestry company Juken on Fernglen Rd, a public road in the Ngaumu Forest east of Masterton.

Timber firm's roadblock a sign of emerging tensions over smartphone maps.

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.

Supervision for child sex offender

A child sex offender soon to be freed is due to be supervised for up to 10 years.

Child sex offender soon to be released from prison has a judge's good wishes for his rehabilitation.

Bruised, but buoyed by kindness video

Laurence Pedersen is staying positive despite his run of rotten luck.

Thieves took his scooter, then he fell off a replacement. Now his luck has changed.

Tributes to drowned whitebaiter

Les Wong was described in online tributes as "an energetic, loving gentleman", and a "much respected man".

Retired market gardener Les Wong was much respected, and always had a smile.

Council chief's $25,000 pay rise

Masterton District Council chief executive Pim Borren.

New Masterton council boss's 12 per cent salary hike labelled "exorbitant".

Lost whitebaiter a 'gentle soul' video

Police, fire and ambulance staff performed CPR on the man for about 40 minutes, before he was pronounced dead.

Friends of man swept away praise fellow fisher who raced to try to rescue him.

'A human doesn't look like a deer'

Cam McDonald hunting in South Wairarapa, about three hours before he was killed.

Parents of man shot while hunting fail in their plea to ban killers from shooting again.

Car almost split in two video

A woman was flown to hospital with serious injuries after the car and milk tank collided.

A woman is critically injured after a highway crash involving a milk tanker.

Drug link to scooter thefts video

Laurence Pedersen is stuck at home after his mobility scooter was stolen on Wednesday night.

Cannabis growers are targeting mobility scooter batteries, police say.

Seven years for injuring toddler

Jason Mark Sutherland at his sentencing for intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to a 2-year-old.

Jail term too short for the man who did extreme violence to boy with a bowel condition, says father.

From big rig to elegant bar video

By mid-morning, it had been transformed into a 70-seat wine bar.

Thirty-tonne truck unfolds into city winebar in just a couple of hours.

Fraudster 'like a sister' to victims

Ron Warby, 84, was ripped off by a budget advisory service worker.

A victim of a woman who stole from vulnerable clients calls her actions "despicable".

Composer tunes up for march

Masterton music teacher Angie Cook has composed a piece of brass band marching music to debut at the summit of the Rimutaka Hill during a re-enactment of the marches by up to 60,000 soldiers over the hill in World War I.

Uplifting notes blend with sombre tones in new musical tribute to WWI marchers.

Gun club upsets neighbours

Josje Neerincx and Frank Van Steensel on their Wairarapa organic farm.

Award-winning organic farmers angry as shooting club moves in next door.

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.

Last train over the Rimutakas

Two railwaymen mark the final train trip over the Rimutakas in October 1955. On the right is first class engine driver Daniel Kennelly.

A festival atmosphere marked the final rail journey over the Rimutaka hills.

Gale force winds on the way

The MetService has issued a gale force warning for Wellington and the Wairarapa.

Gale force winds are set to rip through Wellington and the Wairarapa.

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