Laid up but still smiling

Laid up but still smiling

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Grace Yeats’ spirits have not been diminished despite being laid up in Starship Hospital. The 14-year-old from Carterton was flown to the Auckland children’s hospital on Tuesday afternoon, following an unusually high...

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Miniature train opening on track

Miniature train opening on track

By Jake Beleski jake.beleski@age.co.nz One of Masterton’s most beloved attractions is set to re-open for the summer holidays, with the possibility of a surprise addition. The miniature train that has run around an island in Queen Elizabeth Park since 1972 is on...

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Women’s cricket strides ahead

Women’s cricket strides ahead

By Gary Caffell The giant strides already made in the development of women's cricket in the Wairarapa this season are about to get even bigger. Following on from the inclusion of the Wairarapa Korus in the Central Districts senior women's inter-provincial competition...

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Surf club on track for Summer

Surf club on track for Summer

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The Riversdale Beach Surf Lifesaving Club would have been in “a big, dark hole” had a Masterton business not come to the rescue. Langlands Motorcycles has pledged a second-hand quad bike to the club for summer use. This...

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The real Christmas deal

The real Christmas deal

By Beckie Wilson beckie.wilson@age.co.nz There’s no better way to celebrate the festive season than with a real Christmas tree. Greytown couple Paul and Monica Mallinson, have been providing the essential Christmas decoration to families in the region for the past 13...

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Stroke no setback for yogi

Stroke no setback for yogi

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz It will take more than a stroke to hold back Andy Bearpark. The former chief of staff to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is forging ahead with plans to open a yoga retreat at his Featherston home, after it was...

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998-hectares of rural Masterton sold

998-hectares of rural Masterton sold

By Beckie Wilson beckie.wilson@age.co.nz A prime piece of rural Masterton land has been sold to a Kinloch farmer for an undisclosed sum. Bramerton Station on Castlepoint Rd 14km from Masterton, is a 998-hectare sheep and beef station. The rateable value of the station...

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Rare patu returns home from LA

Rare patu returns home from LA

A patu has returned to Wairarapa from Los Angeles, after a journey across the world that lasted more than a century. Carved by Te Atiawa master carver Jacob Heberley the patu, called a wahaika, once belonged to Tamahau Mahupuku of Greytown. The item is unique in the...

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Theatre wardrobe’s new, familiar faces

Theatre wardrobe’s new, familiar faces

By Chelsea Boyle Chelsea.boyle@age.co.nz Greytown’s favourite wardrobe department is under new management, as one entertainer passes the torch to another. Jean Mullany retired from her post just over a month ago, leaving the responsibility of looking after the...

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Red Star Squash shining light

Red Star Squash shining light

By Gary Caffell Red Star Squash Club is on a roll. At the recent Wellington regional squad awards they celebrated success in the men's inter-club division three and seven competitions and the women's inter-club division one and two competitions. Taking out the women's...

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Mahoney up for national award

Mahoney up for national award

By Gary Caffell Wairarapa-Bush's Rebecca Mahoney is one of three finalists for the Referee of the Year trophy at the New Zealand rugby awards to be held in Auckland on December 15. Her selection alongside last year's winner Glenn Jackson (Bay of Plenty) and Richard...

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South Featherston roll call

South Featherston roll call

It was a big day for Featherston on May 24, 1975, when South Featherston School celebrated its 75th Jubilee. As is the practice for school reunions official photographs were taken of the former pupils according to the decade in which they attended. The Times-Age has...

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Driving into work

Driving into work

By Jake Beleski Jake.beleski@age.co.nz A community programme aimed at helping disadvantaged learner drivers and opening up career pathways has had one of its first graduates find work. The Community Driver Mentor Programme is helping students attain their restricted...

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Key decision surprised even our MP

Key decision surprised even our MP

By Don Farmer Don.farmer@age.co.nz The decision by John Key to quit as the country’s prime minister took everyone by surprise including Wairarapa MP Alistair Scott and his fellow back benchers. Speaking in the immediate aftermath of Mr Key’s announcement he was...

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Pupils prep for college futures

Pupils prep for college futures

By Chelsea Boyle chelsea.boyle@age.co.nz A former All Black and a former tennis professional were amongst the diverse range of leaders on hand to lend some advice to pupils that are about to head into secondary school. More than a hundred Year 8 pupils from across...

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