House fire in Mauriceville. PHOTO/NICKY VEGAR

Double blaze

By Hayley Gastmeier [email protected] A Mauriceville family thought they were doing a good deed offering shelter to the owner of a house destroyed by fire on Wednesday night. But now they have lost everything after their own home was razed just hours later. A... read more
Ultimate Care Greytown is under threat of closing. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER

Closure looms

By Hayley Gastmeier [email protected] A Greytown rest home is facing closure, with the fate of 22 residents left hanging. Dwindling occupancy at Ultimate Care Greytown means the facility is no longer financially viable. A proposal to close the centre has been... read more
Last Tuesday members of the marae and community met to bless the land ahead of the construction PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Historic moment for Maori

By Beckie Wilson [email protected] The building of a new Maori community is underway on one of rural Wairarapa’s most prominent maraes. The six-house social housing papakainga development will be offered to descendants of the ancestors of Hurunui o Rangi Marae,... read more
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter lands at Riversdale Beach. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Unlucky break for fisherman

By Emily Norman [email protected] The saying “break a leg” took a very literal turn for the worse during a fishing competition between Pukemanu and Riversdale over the weekend. Barry Whitney, 72, of Greytown, was flown to hospital after slipping and snapping his... read more
Quad bike. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

Coroner: Helmet may have saved teen’s life

By Emily Norman [email protected] The death of a teenager in an off-road quad bike crash has prompted a coroner to recommend a law change requiring the wearing of a helmet when operating all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), including quad bikes. But the New Zealand... read more
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