Fire risk heats up

Despite rain in some parts of the Wellington region, fire warnings are in place as the hot weather continues.

Agriculture college chief hospitalised

Chief executive of the country’s largest agricultural training centre is in a critical condition in hospital.

Texans to make debut at airshow

Ohakea Air Force Base's new air trainers will make their debut at the Wings over Wairarapa airshow this weekend.

NZ trail in Lonely Planet's top list

The Rimutaka Cycle Trail has been named one of the world'd hottest travel experiences.

Scrub fire doused

Wairarapa scrub fire

Farmers have been warned about operating machinery in hot, dry conditions after a fire threatened two homes.

Introducing Dave & Danielle

It started with a proposal at the world's tallest building, and ended with a surprise ceremony.

Mum, daughter hurt in crash

Pair suffered chest injuries in a head-on smash in northern Wairarapa.

Toxic algae in Wairarapa waterway

Phormidium can kill animals, and in humans can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and skin irritations.

Making a splash

Gin-makers aim to light up US market

Hopes are high that the first shipment of Wairarapa-made Lighthouse Gin will make waves when it hits American shores.

Tramper found in Tararuas

An Austrian tramper missing in the Tararua Ranges is found.

History in your hand

Greytown brothers built model business

Tiny toy soldiers have been big international business for Ian and Allan Farley.

Park's $2.2m upgrade under way

Work is under way on transforming the home of Wairarapa-Bush rugby into a multi-purpose sports facility.

Wairarapa house prices stagnate

Wairarapa home owners who have seen their biggest asset fall in value, are being cautioned not to panic.

Opposition to Wairarapa dam grows

Anglers and conservationists are backing residents in opposing the proposed Mangatarere Valley dam in the Wairarapa.

Arson charges for man

Man charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to a home he owns with a former partner.

Ear lost in boozy attack

"They retained the bit of the ear but indications are that it couldn't be reattached."

Falling tree hits farmer

A farmer was injured when a tree he was chopping fell on him in the Wairarapa.

Diesel spill covers Hill Rd

Diesel spill covering the Rimutaka Hill Rd this morning has been cleared.

'Support' air link

Backers say there's still hope for Wairarapa air link to Auckland despite the company going into liquidation.

A blast from the past

Maurice Tipoki

A historic ferry service used by thirsty settlers walking around the coast could soon reopen.

Chainsaw grazes worker's head

A Wairarapa forestry worker has been "grazed" on his head with a chainsaw.

33 sheep killed after trailer tips

Dead and dying sheep and lambs were scattered across the road north of Masterton.

Proud Kiwis gaining Facebook fans

A Facebook page for Kiwis abroad, set up by a former Masterton woman, has built a huge following.

Balloon pics withheld

Geoff Walker

Photographer who captured Carterton balloon crash succeeds in delaying publication of his snaps.

Gladstone winery for sale

Award-winning homestead a juicy proposition

A pinot noir producing vineyard and award-wining homestead in the Wairarapa is up for sale.

A&P show goes slow mo

Video revels in rural charm of historic event

Axe A&P Wairarapa slow mo

Wairarapa's 137th A&P show has been given slow-motion treatment.

Baby brain-damaged

generic medical

Lack of proper care by senior doctors led to permanent disability of recently born baby.

Carterton welcomes new mayor

John Booth

John Booth has been named Carterton's mayor following departure of Ron Mark, who stepped down after becoming an MP.

Police find body in lake

 	 Police search and rescue

Police divers searching a lake for a missing Wellington man have found a body.

Cheesed off with red tape

Biddy Fraser-Davies feeling brunt of dairy industry

Biddy Fraser-Davies

A grandmother who hand-milks four cows is facing defeat at the hands of Ministry for Primary Industries food safety officers.

Back from the dead

Riki Te Tau

Man whose heart stopped after electric shock says lapse of concentration 'killed him' for several minutes.

Truck topples, blocks road

Freight truck flips

A freight truck has flipped south of Carterton, completely blocking the road.

Hard pressed to find better olives


Wairarapa can proudly lay claim to being New Zealand's dominant olive growing territory, for the past year at least.

Wairarapa burglaries up 10%


The number of burglaries in Wairarapa is continuing to rise, up nearly 10 per cent on last year.

Home invasion after 'police' claim


Two armed men staged a home invasion by claiming to be cops and then fired a rifle into a house, police say.

Balloon images in 'public interest'

Carterton balloon crash

Photos showing final moments of fatal Carterton balloon crash should be released to media, TVNZ argues at judicial review.

Eldery man missing


A search for a 71-year-old man is under way after his car was found abandoned near remote bush.

Waka first in 175 years

Sailing to retrace ancient coastal sea paths

Double-hulled ocean Waka

Double-hulled ocean-going waka Te Matau a Maui will be the first such craft to visit Wairarapa in 175 years.

Juken NZ fined $57K over injury


A forestry and timber company has been fined after a worker lost part of his finger in an accident.

Wairarapa lodge one of the world's best

Wharekauhau Lodge

A luxury hideaway lodge in Wairarapa has been named as one of the world's best by a leading travel guide.

Mark's win means costly by-election

Ron Marks

Ron Mark is expected to resign as Carterton mayor today, forcing a by-election to take place.

Heritage building gutted in revamp

Main St Greytown

Council planners are threatening legal action after a building in a heritage precinct was gutted.

Storm causes delays, cancellations

Gale-force winds

Train services between Wellington and Petone have been temporarily cancelled amid reports of water on the railway tracks.

Bittersweet return for Mark

Ron Marks

It’s a bittersweet return to Parliament for New Zealand First's Ron Mark.

Status quo in capital

Grant Robertson

Wellington's political landscape will remain unchanged for another three years.

National's Scott wins Wairarapa

Wairarapa at night

National newcomer Alastair Scott has won Wairarapa by a majority of 6228.

Historic Featherston hotel in liquidation

Royal Hotel Featherston

A historic pub has been put into liquidation after the death of the publican's partner.

Masterton's Memorial Park gets makeover

Wairarapa is set to become the envy of provincial rugby with the development of Masterton's Memorial Park.

Three-horse race in Wairarapa

Wairarapa candidates meeting

The Wairarapa electorate has become a three-horse race, and the result could be tight.

Hand nearly sliced in two

'I can just recall a big, soggy mess'

Stephen Boyce

A man whose hand was sliced nearly in two by a wood-splitter says the pain felt as if he had put his hand on concrete and got someone to hit it with an axe.

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