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.

Wairarapa candidates step it up a notch

Wairarapa candidates meeting

Election candidates make their final push to grab the attention of voters as Wairarapa promises to be an important seat.

Lawyer dies after aneurysm

louise elder

Lawyer described as representative for downtrodden dies after emergency brain surgery.

Right wife the biggest win


A punter who turned $5 into more than $110,000 says his biggest win was "to select the right wife".

Real buzz over truck crash

Honey transport lands in sticky situation


A rural Carterton road was buzzing after a truck carrying beehives crashed and lost its load.

Ex-pro cyclist now peddling wine

Mark Langlands

He used to be a pro cyclist - then he discovered French wine.

Fire guts shed at egg producer

Fire generic

A fire at the country's largest cage-free egg producer has destroyed a workshop.

Draft policy cuts alcohol sale hours

Supermarkets and liquor stores would have to stop selling alcohol an hour earlier under a local alcohol policy proposed in Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa.

Tech school to become 'tex' eatery

Masterton cbd

An ambitious restoration project is turning a piece of Masterton's colonial history into a slice of the Wild West.

Mark will quit as mayor if elected

Ron Mark

Ron Mark will run for NZ First in the Wairarapa and says he will likely step aside as Carterton mayor if he wins.

Friends save trapped kayaker

Sam Ludden

A kayaker thought he was "fish food" as the Hutt River pinned him against a submerged tree.

Stolen property haul

stolen goods

Police hunt burglars who may have fled to Auckland after uncovering a cache of stolen goods.

Mt Bruce's $1.1m aviary takes flight

Aviary strap

A new $1.1 million walk-through aviary will treat visitors to a new experience at the Mount Bruce wildlife centre.

Trust House tenants gain access to subsidy

Wairarapa housing

A scheme launched in Wairarapa will allow low-income earners to access a housing subsidy previously denied to them.

Fine over lost finger


Meat company fined and ordered to pay reparation to worker who lost a finger in a meat-slicer accident.

Air Chathams ready for take-off

The resumption of a Masterton-Auckland air link could take off as soon as next month.

Feud leads to pub's closure

Manakau Hotel

The Manakau Hotel has closed again after becoming the pub with no beer for the second time in a year.

Power cut disrupts Masterton firms

Megan Gowans

Shoplifters wooped and cafes turned away customers as a power cut hit Masterton's businesses.

Search teams find trapped trampers

tramping boots

A mother and daughter missing in the Tararua ranges overnight have been found.

Floods blight southern Wairarapa

car submerged wairarapa

Wild weather made itself felt in the region at the weekend - followed by warnings that it could return this week.

Flooding in Wairarapa

Farmland and roads are under water

car submerged wairarapa

Heavy rains in the Tararua Ranges have flooded roads in South Wairarapa today.

Balloon families welcome details

Carterton balloon crash

Families of the Carterton balloon crash victims have been left shocked by the inquest into the disaster - but they say it has been worth it.

Lamb and kumara pie wins

lamb and kumara pie

The succulent taste trumped a record 4831 entries to win the highly-coveted NZ's best pie contest.

Ron Mark eyes return to parliament

Ron Mark

Former NZ First MP Ron Mark in not ruling out a return to Parliament.

CAA knew about drugs

Des and Ann Dean

Inquest into Carterton balloon crash told that the CAA knew of pilot's alleged drug use and dishonesty.

Sleepouts dangerous, fire service says


Lack of smoke alarms in caravans and garages led to three deaths in the last year.

'No conflict' over balloon deaths

Carterton balloon crash

Co-owner of a balloon which crashed, killing 11 people, was also responsible for safety checks.

Father and son die

Cheyenne Ihaka

16-year-old killed in a fatal crash on Wednesday lost his father in a car accident under two months ago.

Dead driver named


An teenage driver killed in a head-on crash in Tararua has been named.

Snow falling on Rimutakas

Summit Rd snow

Snow starts to fall on Rimutakas, and Wellington suburbs such as Karori and Wilton may also get flurries.

Crash driver 'snoozing'

speedo car driving

Man claims he was actually catching 40 winks when he got behind the wheel and allegedly drove drunk.

Suspected chemical spill


Rolled truck in rural Wairarapa prompts fears of chemical spill after chlorine smell detected, Fire Service says.

What country boys do

Donald brothers

It was just an ordinary day out fishing for two teenage brothers. But this time, they never returned.

$2m upgrade for Masterton sports field


Memorial Park in Masterton is to get an artificial turf and floodlights as park multi-million dollar makeover.

Sex abuse accused's identity revealed

Godfrey Ball

Suppression has been removed for a former scout master on historic sex abuse charges.

Rewriting aviation history

Wings Over Wairarapa airshow director Tom Williams

Historians might need to rewrite the books if a reproduction of a Kiwi-built 1903 plane achieves lift-off at the 2015 Wings Over Wairarapa airshow.

Farmer's prank ends in skull surgery

Darren Bryant

A farmer's prank went horribly wrong when a mate wound up in a hospital with a fractured skull.

Farmhouse destroyed by fire


A family home in Eketahuna has been destroyed by fire.

Director adds landmark to empire

James Cameron

James Cameron has snapped up one of Wairarapa's oldest buildings, and a prehistoric bird.

Medical centre not returning to former site

Masterton Medical centre

PIERS FULLER - Wairarapa News

Masterton Medical is not moving back to its former premises on Lincoln Rd.

Cameron's buy-up continues

James Cameron

Hollywood director James Cameron has added two more properties to his Wairarapa portfolio.

Addict let off debt


Judge tells drug addict who fleeced woman out of more than $34,000 he doesn't have to repay her.

Kickboxer beating the odds

Cody Tomuri

A kick-boxing champion says his near-death-encounter after a brain aneurysm was without a doubt "the hardest fight of my life".

Francis receives top IRB ref award

Bob Francis ref

The man who let rugby's "match of the century" flow has been given the international games' top award.

Police seek historic sex-victims

Arrest, arrested, handcuffs

Ex-scout master charged with historic sexual offences as police appeal for more victims to come forward.

No jail for sex with 14yo

Baby milk, bottle

Man who fathered a son with 14-year-old daughter of the woman he was seeing escapes jail time.

Chathams airline eyes Wairarapa route

Air Chathams

Air Chathams could be flying the Masterton to Auckland route within a few months.

Mum's 'worst nightmare'

Sean Robinson

The family of a teen left in a coma after an alleged assault are taking his recovery 'hour by hour'.

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