Iwi occupy Wairarapa farm

Protesters and supporters at the south Wairarapa dairy farm they have occupied. The land was gifted to Maori by its Pakeha owner in 1962, but has now been sold.

Protesters say selling land gifted by a Pakeha farmer is Maori taking from Maori.

Lack of sponsor sidelines Mason gallery

Masterton Rally drivers Richard and Sara Mason

Rally champion Richard Mason missed the opening round of 2015 championship.

Special guests at ceremony gallery

Steve Edge of Derby England is laying a wreath on behalf of the British Legion at the Masterton Cenotaph at the Anzac Day dawn ceremony.

Englishman to lay British Legion wreath at the Masterton cenotaph on Anzac Day.

Wairarapa's painkiller data scrutinised

A Best Practice New Zealand  study found  21,000 dispensings in Wairarapa, but DHB clinical leader Dr Tony Becker questioned the findings, saying there were fewer than 90 known methadone users.

Wairarapa opioid prescriptions are the highest in New Zealand, but local health authorities are questioning the figures.

Bare paddock undergoes transformation

Dennis and Helen Ordish are the  winners of the 2015 Akura Conservation Centre Lifestyle Farm/Small Block Award, sponsored by Ballance Agri-nutrients.

A Wairarapa couple fill in a blank country canvas.

'Sleep-driver' pleads guilty

Darryl Donald James Cox appearing in the Masterton District Court on drugs charges in 2008.

A man who initially claimed he was "sleep-driving" has pleaded guilty to drink driving while suspended.

Guilty plea in fireman bashing case

Milton Haira has pleaded guilty to wounding Martinborough volunteer firefighter Peter Fisher.

Milton Haira pleads guilty to smashing the face of volunteer fireman Peter Fisher whose face had to be reconstructed.

Slip hampers Saddle Rd repairs

NZTA Operations Manager John Jones checks out the slip in Manawatu Gorge.

The latest Manawatu Gorge slip comes during a $4.5m upgrade to the alternative Saddle Rd route.

WWI descendants come forward gallery

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Soldiers at Featherston military training camp during WWI.

Descendants of World War I veterans are signing up for a memorial march over the Rimutaka Hill.

Man missing three days

Brendan Caleb Nepe, 24, is missing after he was last seen leaving his home in Masterton about 10.30pm on Tuesday April 7.

Masterton man Brendan Nepe has been missing for three days, and police want help.

Quad bike victim safety conscious

Carterton farmer Hamish McLennan was killed in a quad bike accident.

Friends pay tribute to farmer whose quad bike rolled and killed him.

Wairarapa crime rates rise

Crime rates in Wairarapa were up 7.5 per cent from 2013 to 2014.

Wairarapa is battling a 7.5 per cent rise in crime rates, in particular violent crime and burglaries.

Featherston 'loses out'

How the Martinborough development is proposed to look.

A $5.2m town hall upgrade for Martinborough has neighbouring Featherston worried.

Veterans' families 'gutted' by event loss

Masterton's Lynette Juno at the town's Cenotaph honouring WWI soldiers, including two of her great-uncles.

Organisers are blaming Kiwi apathy after an event to honour Gallipoli veterans was canned.

Cameron snaps up organic empire

James Cameron says the release of the next Avatar film will be one year behind schedule.

James Cameron has further distanced himself from dairy farming, adding an organic vegetable venture to his Wairarapa portfolio.

Suspected gang clash

Police investigators comb the area outside a Miriam St, Masterton address were a confrontation between people associated with the Mongrel Mob and Black Power gangs ended with a woman being hit by a car and hospitalised with serious injuries.

Police seek driver of after a woman was seriously injured in Masterton.

Woman injured as gang tensions rise

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Police at crash between a car and empty truck on the Richmond Deviation.

A woman has been seriously injured in a suspected altercation between rival gangs in Masterton.

Beehive bacon gas leak

A refrigerant gas leak at Carterton's Beehive bacon has left two workers injured.

Five workers were taken to hospital this morning after a gas leak at a Carterton bacon factory.

Neighbour stumped by creeping roots

Clive Peters says roots and suckers are still appearing on his property, even after Hadlow School removed poplar trees.

Clive Peters thought he had the perfect neighbour – until the school's trees tore up his driveway.

Little in common

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett.

Mayor of Porirua Nick Leggett says Wairarapa could hold the rest of a Wellington super-city back.

DHB to get own health boss

210812 Hutt News/Simon Edwards.  Big ask:  Hutt Valley DHB chair Virginia Hope and chief executive Graham Dyer chat to Dr Peter Tobin, Hutt Hospital?s clinical head of anaethesia and the ICU at last week?s ceremony to celebrate cuts to surgery waiting lists.

Wairarapa will have its own health boss again, after claims an experiment with a part-timer was a flop.

Wairarapa, Hutt DHBs go it alone

Outgoing Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs chief executive Graham Dyer.

Wairarapa and Hutt DHBs will again have their own chief executives after three 'disaster' years.

Featherston couple top dairy awards

WINNERS: Featherson couple Matt and Tracey Honeysett

Featherston couple win 2015 Hawke's Bay/Wairarapa sharemilker/equity farmers of the year, landing $11,200 in prizes.

'Wairarapa needs collective approach'

Super stalwart: Former Masterton mayor and international rugby referee Bob Francis backed Wairarapa's inclusion in a super-city at a hearing in Masterton on Thursday.

It's probably not the first time Sir Brian Lochore has found himself on the wrong side of a referee.

Specialists slam labs privatisation

Service integration and development unit director for the three health boards Ashley Bloomfield.

Specialists say privatisation of Wellington lab services lacks "robust financial analysis".

AB tackles super-city

WAIRARAPA TO THE CORE: Sir Brian Lochore opposes Wairarapa's inclusion in a Wellington-based super-city. "There is a totally different culture on this side of the Rimutakas," he says.

All Blacks great Sir Brian Lochore has condemned what he calls a "bullying" plan for a region-wide Wellington super-city.

Off super-city radar

STAYING ON THE RADAR: South Wairarapa Mayor Adrienne Staples.

Wairarapa's rural voice would get drowned out if it was forced to join a super-city, two of its mayors say.

'Broken leg' death inquiry challenged

Foster Percy, 73, died in Wairarapa Hospital after being admitted with a broken leg. His family say his death was caused by an unacceptably long, 4-day wait for surgery and a failure to keep administering anti blood-clot medicine while he waited.

Family of man who died after breaking his leg say hospital's woes remain - more than three years later.

Balloon fest takes off video

At sunrise over the launch site at Yarramundi Reach.

"The fact you're sitting in a washing basket, farting into a duvet and trying to fly - it's so absurd, but it works."

Giant parrot takes flight

Avast, me hearties: The 27-meter-tall "Peg Leg Pete the Pirate Parrot" balloon is the star attraction of the 2015 Wairarapa Balloon Festival, starting on Thursday and running until Sunday.

Was it a parrot, an optical illusion or a nightmare in Carterton in the early morning hours?

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