Spooner’s seventh title

Spooner’s seventh title

The Wairarapa Closed Championships (senior) were held on Friday and Saturday, being completed in heavy conditions at the Masterton Tennis Centre. Due to lack of entries there was no women's events held, but a couple of Regional One women slotted into the Regional Two...

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Our 17,000 emergencies

Our 17,000 emergencies

By Emily Norman [email protected] Whether you’ve come down with a nasty stomach bug, broken your arm, or have managed to injure yourself with a chainsaw, Wairarapa Hospital’s emergency staff have seen it all. There were almost 17,000 admissions to Wairarapa’s...

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Greytown’s new sculpture

Greytown’s new sculpture

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] Greytown’s Stella Bull Park gained a new arty addition in the early hours of Friday morning when a massive steel sculpture of the iconic cabbage tree was erected on the Main St frontage of the park. Carterton sculptor Niko...

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Taratahi grads take centre stage

Taratahi grads take centre stage

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] Karamu High School old boy Wesley Pearse has taken out the top spot for best student at Taratahi’s recent graduation in Wairarapa. Among seven accolades, Mr Pearse took home an award for dog handling skills, sheep and beef...

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Giants win two titles

Giants win two titles

By Jake Beleski [email protected] Kuripuni Sports Bar Giants won two titles on Saturday, but only one team had to work for it. Both the premier three and President grade men’s teams turned up for finals day at Fraser Park, and both were due to play Wainuiomata....

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Sims’ stunning swimming effort

Sims’ stunning swimming effort

Masterton Swimming Club’s Kate Sims has finished in the top 10 in New Zealand in all five of her events and won a bronze relay medal at the New Zealand Age Group Championships held in Wellington last week. Sims, 15, was the sole representative from Masterton at the...

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Masterton family avoids deportation

Masterton family avoids deportation

By Don Farmer [email protected] An eleventh-hour stay of execution has saved a Masterton family from being split apart, at least for the time being. Immigration officers swooped on the Samoan family’s home after dark on Monday last week with a warrant to deport the...

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Douglas Park principal retires

Douglas Park principal retires

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] The man who steadied the helm during a Masterton school merger is about to step down as principal. Douglas Park School principal Dick Brown is retiring at the end of term 2 to spend more time doing the little things he wishes...

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Spitfires up and running

Spitfires up and running

It’s official, Wairarapa’s new baseball club has been founded. Last Sunday marked a memorable day for baseball enthusiasts in the region, as the Wairarapa Spitfires Baseball Club was officially set up. Shane Fawdray of Greytown was the man driving the operation, and...

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Winemakers on weather watch

Winemakers on weather watch

By Hayley Gastmeier and Jake Beleski Despite a summer which some say was non-existent, winemakers in the region are optimistic this year's vintage will still stand up. But with the harvesting season rolling out, the weather forecast is far from favourable, with more...

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Accolade for Parkinson’s pioneer

Accolade for Parkinson’s pioneer

By Emily Norman [email protected] It was only after being bowled over by a bull in a cattle yard that Masterton’s Bruce Cutfield went to his doctor and asked about an ongoing minor tremor. As it turned out, the then 42-year-old had Parkinson’s. It was 1993 when...

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Our twenty new Kiwis

Our twenty new Kiwis

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] Masterton gained 20 new Kiwis yesterday, when people from all different backgrounds came together at Te Rangimarie Marae for a citizenship ceremony. Eight Samoans, six South Africans, three Brits, two Americans and a French...

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Wairarapa’s winning cheeses

Wairarapa’s winning cheeses

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] Two Wairarapa cheese producers have shone in the New Zealand Cheese Awards, with both The Drunken Nanny and Kingsmeade getting nods from the judges. It was a case of déjà vu for the Martinborough couple behind The Drunken...

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Pakistan claim series in frenetic finish

Pakistan claim series in frenetic finish

By Jake Beleski [email protected] New Zealand 1 Pakistan 1 A draw was all they needed, and that's exactly what Pakistan got in the fifth and final test against the Black Sticks at Clareville last night. Pakistan's two games to one lead in the series meant last...

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World champs silver for Harris

World champs silver for Harris

Masterton athlete Andrea Harris has won a silver medal in the women's 45yrs 3000m at the World Masters indoor athletics championships in Daegu, Korea. Harris was ranked fourth in the field of nine and based upon form was always considered an outside chance for a medal...

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