Juniors on centre stage with CD

Juniors on centre stage with CD

By Gary Caffell Wairarapa's junior cricketers have been making a huge impact on a higher stage. Six of them were part an invitation team -- an amalgam of Wairarapa and Wellington players -- who won the Twenty20 section of the Wellington year nine zonal tournament,...

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Welcome mat out for familiar faces

Welcome mat out for familiar faces

By Gary Caffell Wairarapa United football fans will be celebrating the news that two familiar faces will be part of the club's Central League squad in 2017. Seule Soromon is returning to the premier team after spending last season with fellow CL side Palmerston North...

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Clues to the past found in wall

Clues to the past found in wall

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] Masterton resident Myra Coley was renovating her family's Cockburn St home when she unearthed a message from the past hidden in the walls. Neatly tucked away in a secret alcove was a copy of a Times-Age newspaper from 1979...

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Country music magic on show

Country music magic on show

The Wairarapa Country Music Festival drew in some great crowds to the Tauherenikau Racecourse this weekend. Event organiser Matt Sherry said the headlining act, the Topp Twins, were “simply outstanding” and crowd participation was “superb”. Other acts included crowd...

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Plea for more park security

Plea for more park security

By Emily Norman [email protected] The victim of a weekend burglary at Queen Elizabeth park is calling for a higher level of security there to “catch vandals and thugs”. When Peter Douglas was told the boat shed at Queen Elizabeth Park had been broken into, for...

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$90k more for Waihinga Centre

$90k more for Waihinga Centre

By Emily Norman [email protected] A final price tag has been put on the Waihinga Centre for South Wairarapa, but not all ratepayers are happy with the bill. The proposed Martinborough community centre and town hall project has been given a final pricing of about...

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The perfect Kiwi barbecue

The perfect Kiwi barbecue

Despite what the summer weather has been like in Wairarapa so far this year it is nevertheless the season for barbecues and we all like to think we are competent barbecue cooks.   Reporter Jake Beleski made it his mission last week to seek out the best advice for...

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Tiny living in Wairarapa

Tiny living in Wairarapa

The average house size in New Zealand is 149m2. But for one Wairarapa couple, they’re happy with just 10 per cent of that. Emily Norman reports.   Matt Bain and his partner Jodie Williams spent last year building a humble abode measuring just 7m long by 2.5m...

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Costly clean-up for Sallies

Costly clean-up for Sallies

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] Leaving goods outside the Salvation Army store overnight may seem like the easy option – but many do not realise how costly it can be for the store. On one day alone in early January, it cost $500 in tip fees just to clear the...

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DOC: Give seals space

DOC: Give seals space

By Emily Norman [email protected] People and pet dogs getting too close to seals at Cape Palliser have sparked a warning from the Department of  Conservation. Hayden Barrett, acting DOC operations manager for Wairarapa said there had been a series of reports over...

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Grass fire ‘bloody stupid’

Grass fire ‘bloody stupid’

By Beckie Wilson [email protected] A rural fire officer has described the actions of a man who lit a rubbish fire on Friday as “bloody stupid”. The rubbish fire on Hikunui Rd near Kahutara got out of control and spread through surrounding dry grass on...

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Masterton cat shot twice

Masterton cat shot twice

By Emily Norman [email protected] A Masterton cat had to drag itself home with two broken legs after it was shot. Missy, a 3-year-old Maine Coon from Upper Plain Rd, was shot twice this week -- shattering her front leg into 22 pieces and breaking the tibia and...

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Rec centre operator loses contract

Rec centre operator loses contract

By Don Farmer [email protected] The company which has run Masterton’s Genesis Recreation Centre since it opened 13 years ago has lost the contract to continue doing so. Community Leisure Management (CLM), a private company with its administrative base in Auckland,...

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Gone, not forgotten

Gone, not forgotten

By Jake Beleski [email protected] The controversial Warehouse pop-up store in Greytown has gone, but there is every chance it could be back in the future. The store opened to largely positive reactions on October 19, and closed as planned on January 2. Warehouse...

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Bird Park attraction coming to Carterton

Bird Park attraction coming to Carterton

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] A new neighbourhood park is coming to Carterton and public consultation is now open for design ideas. The park, named Bird Park, will be a new feather in the cap for Frederick St and Charles St. It’s a space Carterton District...

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