Couple cut off from their home

Wairarapa couple have spent two years cut off from their home, land and retirement dreams by a dam project.

Descendants to re-enact WWI march

Young soldiers who marched over Rimutaka Hill and never returned will be honoured in a special event.

Thunder, flood warning

Time to batten down the hatches

MetService warns severe thunderstorms and flash floods likely to hit greater Wellington and Wairarapa.

Open-minded yet sceptical on super-city

OPINION: I'm open to persuasion that amalgamation would be best for Wairarapa, but no one has convinced me yet.

Dry year highlights dam benefits

Wairarapa Water Use Project chairman Bob Francis says the dry conditions highlight benefits of large-scale water storage.

Quake fears over dam location

Dam Free Mangatarere Society are not against the Wairarapa irrigation project, they just want their river excluded.

Former naysayer says super-city 'only way'

Super-city sceptics have been given a wake-up call from high-profile former naysayer Sir Bob Harvey.

Tour de Admiral tough ride for charity

Organisers of Huri Huri Wairarapa's Bike Festival will attempt to create their own version of an iconic stage of the Tour de France this Saturday.

Wairarapa peddling pedal power

Wairarapa has a key role in helping Kiwis get over rugby and cricket, a cycling organiser believes.

Rain lifts spirits in farming regions

Farmers and forecasters say it is too soon to say the dry spell is over, but recent rain has elevated spirits.

Top shearer fighting fit

David Fagan is not a man of many words. He prefers to let his clippers do the talking.

Taking on a challenge

Pursuing a world first to complete a triathlon

For a woman who has overcome some huge physical and mental challenges, Catriona Williams personifies courage, commitment and sheer guts.

Hot exhaust sparks grass fire

A large grass fire which threatened 46 beehives this afternoon is thought to have been sparked by a hot exhaust pipe touching long, dry grass.

Overseas interest in Wairarapa forests

More than 2000 hectares of Wairarapa forests are being sold to overseas buyers because nobody in New Zealand wants it, according to the vendors.

Wairarapa scrub fire doused

A scrub fire that covered at least 20 hectares at Cape Palliser in Wairarapa has been put out.

Crews fight Wairarapa scrub fire

A scrub fire at Cape Palliser is being fought on land and in the air.

Kids, quads 'fatal mix'

The death of a 6-year-old girl shows any motorbike is too dangerous for children, says commissioner.

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.

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