Post box targeted by thief

nz post

A mail box outside the Featherston Post Office has been robbed.

Wairarapa rugby's financial turnaround

Wairarap Bush Rugby

Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union has been praised for a dramatic turnaround in its off-field performance.

Upswing in Wairarapa property

Sale sign

A spike in residential property sales and long-term growth in mortgage uptake indicates a lift in the Wairarapa market.

Wairarapa project to honour fallen soldiers

Wairarapa anzac project

A personalised white cross for each soldier from the region who died in World War I will be laid on Anzac Day next year.

Wings to spread over more days

Wings over Wairarapa

Organisers of the biennial Wings Over Wairarapa air show are looking to extend the event to three or four days.

E coli found in Wairarapa water supplies

water supply

Three of the five Wairarapa town water supplies were found to have tested positive for E coli bacteria over the past two years, but retesting found no evidence of ongoing contamination.

Brief lapse killed biker

Tony McKelvey

A distraught elderly widow had to be helped into court to be told how she caused the death of a motorcycling grandfather.

Services 'failing teens'

depression bullying suicide

Teenagers losing faith in official mental health services are turning to informal counselling with people who have lived through suicide of their children.

Particles of poo in drinking water

water generic

Faecal matter has been detected in drinking water supplies in the Wairarapa.

Hand-made helmet fit for prince


He has made headgear for Hollywood stars, Hobbits, and biker gangs - and now, a prince.

Wairarapa teen smoking highest in NZ


Wairarapa has some of the worst youth smoking rates in the country.

Dambuster pilot at Wings launch

Wings Over Wairarapa

The last surviving pilot from the famous Dambusters raid will help launch the next edition of a popular air show.

Martinborough town hall makeover concept aired

Martinborough Town Hall

A proposal to transform Martinborough Town Hall into a modern events and community centre was unveiled last week.

Seriously-hurt toddler heading home

Caleb Skinner

A toddler seriously injured in an alleged assault is "a bundle of joy" at the prospect of going home tomorrow.

Dam plan halts farmer's plans

Vicki Feast

A farmer says living in a potential dam site has cost her $170,000 and damaged her health and business.

Truck catches fire near Masterton


A truck caught fire this morning on State Highway 2 near Mt Bruce north of Masterton.

Trials aim to reduce truancy, crime

social sector trial

A scheme to link Wairarapa social agencies has been launched with the aim to reduce youth crime, truancy and risky behaviour among young people.

Rates rises lower than expected


Wairarapa News

Rates are going up in Masterton, but not as much as the council had planned.

Drug house 'should be on fire'

police with cannabis

Dangerous electrical work and a sawn-off shotgun were among finds at a cannabis operation in Masterton.

Reported crime down 9.9pc


Along with Auckland, Wellington has recorded NZ's largest reduction in reported crime, stats show.

Stars above, towns below

Photographer snaps Milky Way over Wairarapa

Wairarapa at night

A striking image of towns dotting a dark valley beneath the very centre of our galaxy is causing a stir on social media. 

Fake collectors ask after wealthy


Bogus charity collectors asking where "wealthy" people live have prompted a warning from police.

Five injured in two-car crash


Five people have been injured in a two-vehicle crash in Carterton this morning.

Earthquake response questioned

Wellington eathquake

Rural mayors say better communication is needed by Civil Defence when responding to quakes.

Vigilante-style murder

Glen Jones trial

Four people have been found guilty of murdering Glen Jones in a vigilante attack.

Four guilty of murder

LATEST: Four people have been found guilty of murdering Featherston man Glen Jones.

Rangitane Treaty settlement agreed

Treaty of Waitangi

The last remnant of what was once a mighty forest stretching from north of Dannevirke to Masterton will change hands as part of a Treaty settlement agreed on today.

Relative of accused threatened

Caleb Skinner

A relative of a man charged with assaulting a toddler says she has received death threats.

Jury's murder deliberation continues

A jury has gone home at the end of its first full day of deliberations in the Glen Jones murder case.

Brand change at supermarket


The new 900 square-metre Featherston supermarket will adopt the SuperValue brand when it opens in July this year.

Bashing accused named

Caleb Skinner

A man who allegedly assaulted toddler Caleb Skinner, leaving him with brain damage, has been named and charged with assaulting another child.

Tourist injured in quad bike crash

Quad bike

A Scottish tourist has possible back injuries and serious leg injuries after rolling a quad bike.

Power restored in Featherston

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole

Power has been restored to 400 homes in Featherston, Wairarapa, after much of the town spent the evening in darkness.

'Terrible mistake' may have cost life

Glen Jones

The belief about the alleged rape of a woman may have been a mistake that cost a Featherston man his life, a jury has been told.

Trial in fourth week

Glen Jones

Disabled Featherston man Glen Jones died from an "extremely violent and brutal attack", a Wellington jury has been told.

Dad inspires son's aged-care unit

Garry Wilson

Years spent seeing boys through the court has inspired a police prosecutor to dream up challenge for his own son.

They beat cancer, now they're unbeatable

Cancer Society Wairarapa

'Women of steel' put Wairarapa club on winning course, reports Caleb Harris.

Historic convent taking shape

The former Brigidine Sisters convent at Pahiatua

CALEB HARRIS - © Fairfax NZ News

A century-old convent's transformation into a gracious family home got a tick from perhaps the hardest people to please - the nuns who used to live there.

Tears as accused remembers body

Glen Jones

A man accused of murdering a Featherston resident became distressed telling police about seeing the body.

100 years of girls' education

St Matthews Collegiate

Looking back over the past hundred years of one of St Matthew's Collegiate it is easy to see how times have changed.

Walking the coast of NZ

walk the coast

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

For a young guy with a short attention span, Brando Yelavich has certainly shown he has truckloads of perseverance.

Assaulted toddler enters rehab

caleb skinner

A toddler badly hurt in an alleged assault will today make his latest step towards recovery.

Weapons taken 'only to look good'

Glen Jones

A man accused of murdering a Featherston shop employee says things "escalated".

Freight train hits cow, derails

Derailed train

A freight train derailed after hitting a cow on the Wairarapa train line this morning.

Teens raid film mogul's hemp

industrial hemp

Three teens jumped a fence into James Cameron's hemp plantation and stole some crop.

Scream heard by driver

A woman who drove people accused of a fatal vigilante attack told police she heard a blood curdling cry and someone saying "No".

Driver didn't expect violence

A woman who drove people accused of a vigilante attack on a man said she thought it would only involve scaring him.

Vineyards in demand

Generic wine glass

Several Wairarapa vineyards are changing hands.

Forget the forecast - let's party

	 waikato food and wine festival

Food and wine lovers were rewarded for braving a forecast cyclone at the annual Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival.

'Touch up' allegedly turned fatal

The woman accused of instigating the fatal beating of a Featherston man said she couldn't forget the victim's screams.

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