Wairarapa

Netball 'a victim of sexism'

Netball players at Masterton's Colombo Rd courts are putting up with substandard facilities while male-dominated sports enjoy lavish upgrades, a Wairarapa netball administrator says.

While male sports get upgrades, Wairarapa's netballers play on a dark court known as The Dungeon.

Partner mourns "ray of sunshine"

Shirley Mareikura, 44, of Masterton, was killed in a car crash at Mt Bruce north of Masterton on Wednesday night.

Partner of crash victim Shirley Mareikura had premonition of tragedy when siren sounded.

Woman dead in Wairarapa crash

A woman has been killed in a car crash in northern Wairarapa.

Passenger is killed as she is thrown from car in crash near Mt Bruce.

'Evil' predator kills seven kiwi

This rare white kiwi chick and one other are among seven North Island brown kiwi killed at Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre, north of Masterton in the last three months.

Young kiwi are "dying at an incredible rate", expert says, as reserve loses seven in three months - including two rare white ones.

Searchers at home in the hills

From left, search and rescue volunteer Don French, police constable Mike Wakefield (partly obscured), volunteer John McCann and police sergeant Peter Rix at Totara Flats Hut during the search for Wakefield's lost police dog Thames in the Tararua Range last week.

Searching rugged hills for lost people teaches you a lot about life, two veteran volunteers say.

Man injured in Wairarapa crash

Wellington's Westpac rescue helicopter flew a man to Wellington Hospital after he was injured in a crash in the Wairarapa.

A Wairarapa road became a helipad for a rescue helicopter sent to collect an injured man.

Thames enjoys spotlight and cuddles video

Constable Mike Wakefield explains how his police dog Thames, lost for a week in the Tararua Range, was cleared by a vet today as none the worse for his adventures and ready for a fortnight resting, eating and playing with Wakefield's wife and teenage sons.

Lost police dog Thames emerged from bush just in time as weather deteriorated, handler says.

The moment a police dog and his handler reunited video

Constable Mike Wakefield and Thames, safe at last in the Mt Holdsworth car park.

Handler hopes Thames has learned his lesson after long week lost in tough terrain.

Lost police dog found alive video

Constable Mike Wakefield with his rescued police dog Thames who was found after a week lost in the Tararua Ranges.

"One happy dog" comes home with his police handler after seven days missing in the bush.

Police dog Thames: 1 week missing

Police dog Thames, who is missing in the Tararua Ranges.

Six police staff have spent the night in the bush in the hope they will find Thames.

Dog handler still has hope video

Police dog Thames has been missing in the Tararua Range since Sunday.

Police officer continues his relentless search for his crime-fighting partner.

Lost dog's survival chances

Police dog Thames, who is missing in the Tararua Range.

Off-duty cops keep searching for lost police dog, as official search scaled back.

Lucky escape after car rolls

Three people were hurt when a car rolled in Wairarapa this morning.

Police blame young driver's inexperience for crash that wrecked car.

Licensing trust candidates examine strategy

As Wairarapa's largest community-owned enterprise Trust House Ltd's future is important to us all and the two candidates vying for a position on its controlling body have varying opinions about its direction.

College sells forest stake to Chinese

Repair work at Christ's College in 2014.

Christ's College, one of the country's most expensive private schools, has sold assets to the Chinese.

Is it Rimutaka or Remutaka? Pass

An aerial view of the Rimutaka Hill Road.

We could end up with a Remutaka Pass on the Rimutaka Hill Road.

Flooding woes far from over gallery video

Mud covers Wright St in Wellington's Mt Cook.

Heavy downpours overwhelm some homes and infrastructure in the capital.

New turf lights up action

Blade Rapira passes the ball to his Marist team-mate Malatai Malatai during the Wairarapa-Bush senior-A club match against Gladstone on the new artificial turf at Trust House Memorial Park in Masterton.

It may have been on an artificial surface but there was nothing fake about the action at Trust House Memorial Park.

Trust House gearing up for profitability

The Greytown Hotel has been sold by Trust House to private owners.

Sale of prominent business marks end of an important phase for community-owned enterprise.

'Let her death not be in vain' video

Alexis Still

Families of Carterton tragedy welcome coroner's findings.

Balloon deaths 'preventable' gallery

The site of the fatal balloon accident in Carterton, Wairarapa, in which 11 people were killed.

Coroner recommends law change to prevent another such tragedy.

Carterton balloon disaster findings

The site of the fatal balloon accident in Carterton, north of Wellington, that killed 11 people.

Families and friends of victims hope findings will shed more light on why 11 died on trip.

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.

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