Dead driver named


An teenage driver killed in a head-on crash in Tararua has been named.

Snow falling on Rimutakas

Summit Rd snow

Snow starts to fall on Rimutakas, and Wellington suburbs such as Karori and Wilton may also get flurries.

Crash driver 'snoozing'

speedo car driving

Man claims he was actually catching 40 winks when he got behind the wheel and allegedly drove drunk.

Suspected chemical spill


Rolled truck in rural Wairarapa prompts fears of chemical spill after chlorine smell detected, Fire Service says.

What country boys do

Donald brothers

It was just an ordinary day out fishing for two teenage brothers. But this time, they never returned.

$2m upgrade for Masterton sports field


Memorial Park in Masterton is to get an artificial turf and floodlights as park multi-million dollar makeover.

Sex abuse accused's identity revealed

Godfrey Ball

Suppression has been removed for a former scout master on historic sex abuse charges.

Rewriting aviation history

Wings Over Wairarapa airshow director Tom Williams

Historians might need to rewrite the books if a reproduction of a Kiwi-built 1903 plane achieves lift-off at the 2015 Wings Over Wairarapa airshow.

Farmer's prank ends in skull surgery

Darren Bryant

A farmer's prank went horribly wrong when a mate wound up in a hospital with a fractured skull.

Farmhouse destroyed by fire


A family home in Eketahuna has been destroyed by fire.

Director adds landmark to empire

James Cameron

James Cameron has snapped up one of Wairarapa's oldest buildings, and a prehistoric bird.

Medical centre not returning to former site

Masterton Medical centre

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Masterton Medical is not moving back to its former premises on Lincoln Rd.

Cameron's buy-up continues

James Cameron

Hollywood director James Cameron has added two more properties to his Wairarapa portfolio.

Addict let off debt


Judge tells drug addict who fleeced woman out of more than $34,000 he doesn't have to repay her.

Kickboxer beating the odds

Cody Tomuri

A kick-boxing champion says his near-death-encounter after a brain aneurysm was without a doubt "the hardest fight of my life".

Francis receives top IRB ref award

Bob Francis ref

The man who let rugby's "match of the century" flow has been given the international games' top award.

Police seek historic sex-victims

Arrest, arrested, handcuffs

Ex-scout master charged with historic sexual offences as police appeal for more victims to come forward.

No jail for sex with 14yo

Baby milk, bottle

Man who fathered a son with 14-year-old daughter of the woman he was seeing escapes jail time.

Chathams airline eyes Wairarapa route

Air Chathams

Air Chathams could be flying the Masterton to Auckland route within a few months.

Mum's 'worst nightmare'

Sean Robinson

The family of a teen left in a coma after an alleged assault are taking his recovery 'hour by hour'.

Man critical after 'fight'

Police officer generic 2

A young man is in intensive care with a serious head injury after an "incident" in a Masterton car park.

Safety changes trip

duck shooting

When one of a group of friends shot his mate while duck hunting, their annual trip changed forever.

Hunter in court over shooting mate

Duck hunting season opens in Canterbury today.

A duck-hunting trip to Masterton changed a group of friends forever when one man shot his mate.

Upping the pace


A spectacular stretch of coast strolled by thousands will be raced over for the first time.

Contracts put before life

Meegan Lange

A suspected heart attack patient waited 40 minutes for an ambulance while another vehicle sat in a nearby garage.

Warning not to approach fugitive


A man wanted on two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm is sought by police.

Tramp ends in tragedy


Keen tramper who loved helping people died on a perfect day, despite friend's efforts to save him.

Victim was no rapist

Glen Jones

A disabled Featherston man was cleared of rape allegations as his killers were jailed today.

Hard yards pay off

Don McCreary and Anna Johnston

A sheep and beef farm that can compete with dairy for return on investment - now, there's a rare beast.

Wairarapa 'in the back seat'

Ron Mark

Wairarapa's industries would be 'ignored' under a new super-agency say councillors.

Road to ratepayer pain

Rimutaka Hill Road

Changes in funding subsidies for the region's roads will hurt many provincial ratepayers in the pocket.

French giant eyes transport network

matangi train

A global transport giant is looking to take over Wellington's passenger rail network.

Flier 'fuels hatred'


Fliers have been distributed warning of a man convicted of possessing child sex abuse images living near a school.

Wairarapa, Tararua power back on

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole

Power has been restored to all but 60 homes in Tararua and Wairarapa following the weekend's storm.

Wind batters region


Powerlines were downed and roofing iron lifted as gusts hit 148kmh in Wellington overnight.

Gusts, rain . . . snow

bluff oyster festival

Rain is expected to turn to snow overnight as much of the country is battered by a storm.

Storm cuts power

bluff oyster festival

Strong winds and hail down trees in the central North Island, leaving 2000 homes without electricity.

Protest over town hall upgrade

Town Hall protest

Agroup of Featherston resident say their town is being neglected and they want the council to halt the Martinborough Town Hall upgrade.

76 ha gifted for new Rimutaka Hill reserve

Rimutaka Hil

Land around Rimutaka Hill gifted to the regional council will be designated scenic reserve.

Microlight 'completely destroyed'


Pilot "lucky" to walk away with minor injuries after his microlight crashed and burst into flames.

Balloon anguish laid bare

alexis still

Weeping families have shared stories of lives shattered by the Carterton hot air balloon tragedy.

US company gets forestry contract


Cutting rights to 12 forests in the Wellington and Wairarapa region have been sold to a US-based company.

Man admits indecent assault on girl


A man has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl, but denies sexually grooming her.

Screams, then silence

Carterton balloon crash

The ground crew chief of a balloon flight watched passengers panic as the basket erupted in flames.

Man inhales poisonous gas

Emergency services were called to a South Wairarapa property after a man inhaled a dangerous gas.

Carterton "too tidy"


Carterton suffers from "tidy town syndrome" and needs to create its own identity to make it more inviting.

Lighting up Sydney

Masterton team gets creative across The Ditch

Sydney light show

A multicoloured lighting installation created by a Wairarapa family will feature in one of Sydney's most popular events.

New lobby group backs super-city

Super city map

Super-city advocates have welcomed the formation of a new group championing the amalgamation of Wellington.

Parties agree on 1080 drop


Big 1080 poison drop going ahead thanks to the collaboration of groups that have traditionally been at loggerheads.

Pilot likely failed to see power lines

Carterton balloon crash

Once a balloon carrying 11 people hit powerlines, survival was impossible, a UK expert says.

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