Wellington band Lost Bird. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Gladstonebury: Back to grassroots

By Emily Norman [email protected] Remember watching a famous band up close and personal before they hit the big time? Wairarapa musician Nikki King remembers, and she hopes to revive that grassroots excitement in Wairarapa with a music and arts festival at the... read more
Ajay Bhati and his wife Jen who is a cancer survivor. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN

Family’s cancer battle

By Emily Norman [email protected] It’s been a rough 18 months for cancer battler Jen Bhati. The young Featherston mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year, the latest in a string of cancer diagnoses in her family. She will be representing... read more
Eketahuna Camping Ground. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN

Eketahuna draws in tourists

By Emily Norman [email protected] Eketahuna is quickly gaining traction as a rural hospitality hotspot among overseas visitors. A “phenomenal” 750 guest nights were recorded at the Eketahuna Camping Ground in January, with more than 400 of these being stays from... read more

‘Hope is a huge thing’

Mother wins battle for lifesaving drug   By Emily Norman [email protected] Allyson Lock never gave up hope. Not when her lifesaving drug trial was cancelled. Not when she had to travel to Brisbane every fortnight for treatment. And not when a fellow Pompe... read more
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