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Recouping after works

Recouping after works

By Emily Norman emily.norman@age.co.nz Lansdowne’s First St businesses – one reported to have lost up to $20,000 in takings – will have their food licences reimbursed by the Masterton District Council following the shopping village upgrade....

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Carterton spoilt for choice

Carterton spoilt for choice

By Geoff Vause   There was almost a shortage of seats for voters wanting to hear what their council candidates had to say at Carterton this week. Around 160 people filled the auditorium at the Events Centre for the candidate speakfest organised by Carterton Town...

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Ifill replaced as United head coach

Ifill replaced as United head coach

By Gary Caffell Wairarapa United have replaced Paul Ifill as head coach of their Central League football squad. The former Wellington Phoenix star has been ousted after two seasons in the role which produced very different results. The first of them saw him guide...

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‘Hell, I hope I get away’

‘Hell, I hope I get away’

Friends told driver not to stop before fatal crash- report   By Geoff Vause geoff.vause@age.co.nz A teenage driver had no intention of stopping for police before two of his friends perished in a crash at Masterton earlier this year. Officers chased the stolen...

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Westpac makes withdrawal

Westpac makes withdrawal

By Geoff Vause geoff.vause@age.co.nz Westpac is closing its Carterton branch, and mayor John Booth wants the banking giant to put its money where its mouth is. “I’m gutted,” Mr Booth said. “It’s another rung kicked off the ladder for rural towns. “This affects...

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Aratoi asks for shorter deal with MDC

Aratoi asks for shorter deal with MDC

By Emily Norman emily.norman@age.co.nz Aratoi has confirmed it will reduce its opening hours and not fill the role of exhibition coordinator. Aratoi Regional Trust had asked for the reduction of its service agreement and Memorandum of Understanding with Masterton...

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Papawai host mayors final meeting

Papawai host mayors final meeting

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz South Wairarapa Mayor Adrienne Staples was allowed to break protocol and speak at the council’s final meeting hosted by Papawai Marae. Yesterday morning, Kuia Amiria Te Whaiti called the mayor, councillors and...

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Featherston candidates front up

Featherston candidates front up

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz It was Featherston’s turn to hear what local body candidates would do for the town, should they be elected onto the South Wairarapa District Council. Over 180 ratepayers were at Anzac Hall for the meeting, arranged...

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Burning car protest sparks police callout

Burning car protest sparks police callout

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Armed police were called to a rural South Wairarapa property after reports of gunshots which turned out to be a disgruntled man burning his own car. Maramamau Rd in Kahutara was locked down yesterday afternoon as the fire...

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Police cleared over crash deaths

Police cleared over crash deaths

Wairarapa police have been cleared by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) over a pursuit in which two teenagers died in Masterton earlier this year The IPCA report, released this morning, stated that both Masterton police officers involved in the incident...

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Development to lift town

Development to lift town

By Emily Norman emily.norman@age.co.nz An area once destined to be a carpark could be the answer to filling a much-needed retail gap in Featherston. Wairarapa Property Developer Marcus Darley has a grand vision for the section of land he has just purchased, between...

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Big farewell for much-loved team player

Big farewell for much-loved team player

By Geoff Vause geoff.vause@age.co.nz Wairarapa hockey lost a highly-regarded player and coach recently, and the community lost a valuable team player and family man. Paul Sargeant was farewelled yesterday at Clareville Hockey Pavilion by more than 400 people at a...

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Eb to flow at Aratoi

Eb to flow at Aratoi

By Emily Norman emily.norman@age.co.nz Country-infused New Zealand folk band Eb & Sparrow will be bringing music to the artistic mix at Aratoi Museum of Art and History this Sunday. A feast of warm melodies and impassioned ballads are on the agenda for Wairarapa...

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Bully report taken on board

Bully report taken on board

By Geoff Vause geoff.vause@age.co.nz The mother of a boy at the centre of bullying allegations at Greytown School removed her son on the eve of a report on the incidents. The alleged victim, aged 10, has been moved to another Wairarapa school, and the mother said she...

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Tears at Cossie Club closure

Tears at Cossie Club closure

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The cash-strapped Masterton Cosmopolitan Club is to close its doors for the final time at the end of December. The decision was made by members at a special meeting on Sunday and was confirmed yesterday by president Bruce...

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