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Greytown hopefuls speak

Greytown hopefuls speak

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Over 120 potential voters crammed into the Greytown Town Centre function room on Wednesday night to meet their council candidates. Organised by the Greytown Lions, ratepayers heard from those fighting to represent...

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Another win for Wai-Bush

Another win for Wai-Bush

By Gary Caffell Wairarapa-Bush leap frogged into the top four on the points table with their 38-22 Heartland championship rugby win over North Otago at Oamaru on Saturday. Going into the match Wairarapa-Bush was fifth and North Otago fourth but such is the closeness...

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Wairarapa-Bush wins battle royal

Wairarapa-Bush wins battle royal

By Gary Caffell There was nothing easy about Wairarapa-Bush’s 28-18 win over Thames Valley in the Heartland rugby championship match played at Memorial Park, Masterton, on Saturday. The passion displayed by both teams over the full 80 minutes provided a classic...

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Solid support for lakeside walk

Solid support for lakeside walk

By Geoff Vause geoff.vause@age.co.nz Damp conditions did not deter hundreds of people turning out for Liz Anderson’s MND Walk at Lakeview School and Henley Lake yesterday. Maya Champion, 15, said it was worthwhile “getting dragged out of bed on a Sunday morning” to...

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1955 Tragedy aligns pair

1955 Tragedy aligns pair

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The sequel to a tragedy in New Caledonia 60 years ago played out for Masterton woman Rosamunde Mills this week. Six decades ago Rosamunde watched a man die on the side of a road in Noumea after a car crash. Rosamunde was...

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Lakeside walkers show support

Lakeside walkers show support

The debilitating Motor Neuron Disease (MND) was the focus for a fundraising walk and charity auction at Masterton on Sunday, with more than $30,000 raised in an astounding effort by hundreds of local people. The walk was one of 14 staged around the country on the same...

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Cossie stalwarts count the days

Cossie stalwarts count the days

By Hayley Gastmeier and Geoff Vause Clubs around the country are facing challenges to survive, and Masterton is no different. The Cosmopolitan Club opened its doors in 1972 with huge support after a public meeting. Two men, Lewis Thompson-Milne and Alan Stewart,...

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A Love Affair With Gothenburg

A Love Affair With Gothenburg

By Isabella McClymont Gothenburg is a city you can fall in love with in a matter of hours. It’s a city for the locals. You won’t find clamouring hordes with their cameras spilling into the streets, just the ineffably cool Swedes going about their everyday life. Ten...

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Schools on stranger danger alert

Schools on stranger danger alert

By Geoff Vause geoff.vause@age.co.nz School students are keeping their eyes open for ‘stranger danger’ around several Masterton schools. There have been at least two incidents of students being offered rides by a man resembling Sideshow Bob from the...

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Rental Crisis

Rental Crisis

More than 100 on rental waiting list Buoyant market fuelling sales “Masterton is in dire need of rental homes right now.” By Geoff Vause geoff.vause@age.co.nz There is a chronic shortage of rental homes in Masterton, with a buoyant property market meaning...

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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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