Wairarapa

Welcome to Dannevirke ... or is it?

Dannevirke has a pretty cool viking welcome sign, but that's not its official name.

Featherston isn't the only town without an official name. Turns out most of NZ is incognito.

Super musicians to hit Wairarapa

Otto and Astrid are tired of being compared to parody acts and have fired the manager who kept booking them on comedy stages.

German art rockers described as a sonic collision between the B52s, Kraftwerk and The Ramones.

Featherston's identity crisis

Featherston's war memorial. The fact that the town has no official name is "weird", Napier says. (File photo)

It's a town that doesn't officially have a name. Now that's about to change.

Wairarapa: home of the good oil video

Olives are seen in an olive tree field in La Rinconada, near the Andalusian capital of Seville September 24, 2012. ...

It's olive oil's new international hot spot after dominating NZ awards.

Tributes to quad bike victim

Quad bikes were at the centre of two deaths on Saturday. (File photo)

Willie Bengston, of Eketahuna, was "a hard worker and a good man", says widow.

Wairarapa SPCA reopens

SPCA Wairarapa shortly after its 2015 closure.

Nearly three years after its closure, centre is taking animal adoptions again.

Tourist death leads to review

American honeymooner Douglas Dietz died when his rental car slid off Shooting Butts Rd, near Martinborough, last September.

Honeymooner died while driving out to look at South Wairarapa's night sky.

Two dead in quad bike crashes

Police have been called to two separate fatal quad bike crashes in the North and South islands.

Quad bike crashes, just hours apart, in North and South Islands claim two lives.

Masterton: NZ's most beautiful city video

Henley Lake during the Wairarapa Balloon festival. Judges praised Masterton's "numerous community groups working hard to ...

Its shortlisting for the Beautiful Awards bemused even some of its own residents, but it won.

Wairarapa's unwanted burden

Sam Ryan and mum Toni in the last photo taken of him before he died.

Why does a region that seems to be thriving have such a high suicide rate?

Touring with the grandkids

Sue Russ' niece with her father. Russ says grandfathers are particularly encouraged to take part in the tours to connect ...

Sue Russ was very close with her grandmother - and she wants others to share those bonds.

Mass murderer declined parole

Raymond Ratima, centre, is escorted from court after his third appearance in July 1992.

Raymond Ratima, one of New Zealand's worst killers, will stay behind bars for at least four more years.

Dairy owner feels powerless

Police have charged  four youths after a robbery at the Roberts Rd dairy in Masterton in September.

Four 15-year-old boys have been charged after a September dairy robbery in Masterton.

McAnulty is playing the long game

Kieran McAnulty has always been interested in politics. He remembers declining an invitation to the Solway College ball ...

Young, hungry and with a head for political strategy, Kieran McAnulty is primed for Parliament.

Plays put spotlight on mental health

Robin Kelly wanted to focus on the hope, resolution and optimism shown by his grandmother.

Two shows in this years Kokomai festival are asking the audience to think hard about how they feel.

It came from outta junk

All the costumes were designed by Nicolson's wife Kirianne.

Low-budget Kiwi tribute to 60s sci-fi movies picks up international awards.

Mum's reason to keep fighting

Brooke Malyon, pictured last week, says: "I used to be a planner, but now I just go with the flow. If you focused on ...

When Brooke Malyon got her second cancer diagnosis, she had a newborn baby.

Farmer wants to bring back weka

Weka could be returning to the Lower North Island.

A TB eradication programme is making life easier for native birds.

Beloved dog munches false teeth video

Cheryl Daley-Noora's dog Monty is a constant companion so she said she couldn't be mad at him.

Cheryl Daley-Nooroa was half asleep when she heard a crunching sound.

Man in hospital after stabbing

Police at the scene of an early morning stabbing on Dee Place in Masterton.

26-year-old man in a stable condition after early morning attack in Masterton.

Rimutaka Hill road upgrade delayed

Safety improvements to the Rimutaka Hill road, north of Wellington, have been delayed.

Commuters will face delays on the SH2 route a while longer, NZTA says.

Bus boost for Rarotonga medics

The mobile medical centre will provide more accessible healthcare and also travel directly to schools to provide health ...

A bus fitted out as a medical clinic will bring a big upgrade in service and accessibility.

Wairarapa 'dark skies' plan video

The sky above Cape Palliser lighthouse, on the southern tip of the North Island.

Stargazers want to protect some of the darkest skies in the North Island.

Masterton the beautiful? video

Henley Lake in Masterton. The town has reached the final of Keep NZ Beautiful's most beautiful city award.

Eyebrows raised as Wairarapa town in running for NZ's most beautiful city.

Capital trains back on track

Buses replaced trains on most services on Wednesday due to a strike over rail workers' terms and conditions.

Services back to normal following worker strike which disrupted commuters.

Health fears over fare rises

A health service provider says proposed fare increases on Wellington's public transport could affect people's health.

Health officials say public transport price hike could make the low-paid sicker.

Kuranui adopts lessons in life

Students at Kuranui College, which will start its new curriculum for years 9 and 10 next year.

Wairarapa high school ditches individual subjects in radical curriculum overhaul.

Masterton council on the move

Waiata House, which will house the Masterton District Council from next year.

After a year scattered around town, civic leaders and staff have a new home.

Kids stoked to get dad back video

Nick and Danielle Perkins with, from left, Lachlan, 3, Thomas, 5, and 2-week-old Tilly.

MS sufferer Nick Perkins could only watch his kids play. After risky treatment, he can now join in.

Gallery loses key collection

Aratoi director Susanna Shadbolt stands in front of several pieces of art from the Rutherford Collection.

Works by Rita Angus, Dick Frizzell and Colin McCahon shift from Masterton to Auckland.

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