New UCOL graduate Neal Mijares alongside his tutor Richard Sexton. PHOTO/CHELSEA BOYLE

Carpenter building a career

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] Neal Mijares was one of the many beaming faces among the hordes of students graduating from UCOL on Tuesday. Originally from Kapiti, Mr Mijares moved to Masterton three years ago keen to develop a skill set in building. On... read more
Lucas Thomsen, Jan Eagle and artist Niko Thomsen on the day the sculpture was installed. PHOTO/CHELSEA BOYLE

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... read more
Taratahi's top graduates show off their awards. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

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... read more
A Masterton family have narrowly avoided deportation. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

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... read more
Principal Dick Brown surrounded by a bunch of new entrants. PHOTO/CHELSEA BOYLE

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... read more
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