Photographer ripped off online

280715. Photo:Loren Dougan/Fairfax nz. Photo of Jade Cvetkov at her home in masterton, who paid for a camera lens online but the lens never turned up.

She thought money willed to her would fulfil a dream, but it bought only heartbreak.

Not guilty pleas: $30m gaming charges

Pokie machines.

Four men have pleaded not guilty to allegations of $30 million in gaming fraud.

Woolly thinking could win $80k

Wairarapa designer Emma Warren's "Bound by 8" glueless woollen shoes, built around wool's inherent felting properties, have scored her a spot in the finals of the international Dyson design awards.

She grew up on a Wairarapa sheep farm, now she's rebooting fashionable shoes.

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.

Death in hospital car park

A man has died in this car park at Wairarapa Hospital in Masterton after having a heart attack in his parked car.

A doctor finishing a night shift found a body close to the hospital’s A&E entrance.

Fatal crash case to proceed

Eamonn Woods, 29, in Masterton District Court earlier this year, denies causing the death of his girlfriend Laura Jessop, 19, in an accident last year.

Whether the accused was driving or not will be decided at trial, judge rules.

Trashed hut better than ever

Tararua Tramping Club members Colin Cook and Ken Fraser help with repair work and a new wood-shed at Cone Hut.

Vandals who trashed a back-country hut have failed to get its guardians to give up on it.

Toddler abuser found guilty

Jason Sutherland was found guilty of two charges at the Wellington District Court on Friday.

Masterton man Jason Mark Sutherland has been found guilty of seriously harming a toddler.

KFC feed costs man $100

The counterfeit $50 notes used by Masterton man Wiremu Carroll to buy KFC in Wellington in March.

He thought he was getting free KFC - but his scam cost him $100, and his freedom.

Jury out in injured boy case

Jason Mark Sutherland in the Wellington District Court charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a two-year-old boy and assaulting an eight-year-old.

Jason Sutherland's lawyer says injuries were "dramatic and appalling" accident.

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''.

Good deed rebounds on police

Police gave a missing man with mental health problems a ride over the Rimutaka Hill during chilly conditions on Tuesday morning, but then let him carry on hitching north.

They gave him a ride and now he is in a mental health unit. His family blame police.

'Remember love, not war'

The spaces between the columns in Paul Dibble's design for a sculpture commemorating the Featherston Military Camp are powerful, the trust behind the project says. "The spaces will allow viewers to interact with the monument and become part of what it signifies – as did the people of Featherston a century ago."

Army camp sculpture should also remember those left behind, soldier's widow says.

Accused 'unconcerned' for toddler

Jason Sutherland said he fell on to a two-year-old boy who suffered a life-threatening head injury.

As boy lay seriously ill in hospital, Jason Sutherland seemed not to care, court told.

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.

Boy 'launched' with a thump

Jason Sutherland is charged with assaulting a schoolboy and seriously injuring a toddler.

Teacher tells court of seeing boy given a thump that "sort of launched him off his feet".

Featherston murder appeals fail

Glen Jones, of Featherston, died after being beaten at his home in January 2013.

Trio lose appeals over convictions for brutal, fatal bashing of Featherston man.

Injured toddler 'was a whiner'

Jason Mark Sutherland says a two-year-old he was carrying was crushed when he slipped on a wet bathroom floor.

Accused said he was sick of looking after 2-year-old, witness tells court.

Kiwi baby dies in Australia

Israel Rimene died in unexplained circumstances.

Israel Rimene's family don't know who to blame for his unexplained death.

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.

Mount Aspiring? No, Masterton

Masterton professional photographer Pete Nikolaison's shot of the Wairarapa commuter train heading over the Waingawa River south of Masterton toward Wellington on Monday morning, framed by snowy Tararua peaks, has generated a buzz among the region's rail users.

The train trip to Wairarapa is a massive, missed marketing opportunity, campaigners say.

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.

Dump wrecks eco-house dream

Some of the 13 stolen cars dumped onto land belonging to David and Marion Pawson near Featherston.

A couple got a shock when they explored their new, seemingly-idyllic bush section.

Kidney donor waits weeks for support

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Hal Jones donated his kidney to his brother but it took five weeks for financial support to come through.

Hal Jones had one of his kidneys cut out, then came the hard part.

Sculpture provokes controversy

The Wind-Grass sculpture in Featherston, by former Wellingtonian Kon Dimopoulos.

A memorial to the site of a wartime camp and notorious riot is causing debate.

Snow triggers mass gaiety on Rimutakas

Snow excitement turned to traffic chaos as a thousand cars choked the Rimutaka summit in July 1939.

Snow sent thousands mad on the Rimutaka Hill in 1939, triggering traffic nightmares and snowball fights.

Tent sex assault-accused named

Castlepoint, a popular holiday spot, was the scene of an alleged sexual assault last New Year's Eve.

A man who pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a teen in her tent has lost name suppression.

The flu season is nigh

Flu rates are starting to rise, particularly in the Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay.

The flu season is under way and the public has been warned it could be nasty.

Big freeze on way

Rimutaka Hill road was closed to snow on July 22, 2014 - and a repeat is likely this week.

North Island faces bitterly cold week, with temperatures close to zero and snow in places.

Backyards trashed by fleeing car

A worker repairs a fence smashed by a man fleeing police in Masterton on Thursday afternoon.

One man arrested and another being hunted after car chase smashes fences, gardens and lawns.

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