Screen-time making life miserable

Screen-time making life miserable

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES Young people urged to take time to switch off ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Wairarapa teens and pre-teens are being urged to ditch their devices for the sake of their mental health. Principals around the region are speaking out on the effect...

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The Interview: Peter Jetson

The Interview: Peter Jetson

When Grant Harding asked Peter Jetson if he would be The Interview this week, he responded that he was “tickled pink” to be asked. He knew it was the result of the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (Peter) influence the...

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Tree decision  divides town

Tree decision divides town

Alan Fielding is against the St Andrew’s Union Church’s decision to fell a healthy oak in Featherston. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The decision to fell a healthy oak tree in Featherston is being met with protest. Tree expert Alan...

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Pitch transformation under way

Pitch transformation under way

Farmer Kerry Fergus, left, and Nick Rogers from Tui Brewery assess the Mangatainoka pitch ahead of the Hurricanes match on February 9. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Rain has brought a huge smile to the face of rugby-mad Mangatainoka farmer Kerry Fergus. He has already begun...

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When is a house not a house?

When is a house not a house?

There is a question mark as to whether Daphne Geisler’s property on Kansas St, Martinborough, can be residentially occupied as it is zoned commercial. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER A zoning dispute between South Wairarapa District Council and a homeowner is proving to be a...

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Truck goes off bank, into river

Truck goes off bank, into river

PHOTO/GRANT HARDING A truck driver was seriously injured after a truck went off a bank and landed in a stream about 12km along Masterton Stronvar Rd at around 6pm on Thursday night. It appeared the truck failed to negotiate a left-hand bend and crossed the road,...

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Passion turns to gold for Castlepoint mechanic

Passion turns to gold for Castlepoint mechanic

Private Roger Laing. PHOTO/SUPPLIED With his father a mechanic, Roger Laing was always around when vehicles were being repaired. A country kid raised in Castlepoint, he grew up with grease on his hands, progressing from “torch holder” to “spanner grabber” as he became...

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Young mum works for her dreams

Young mum works for her dreams

Mere Kawana, 19, recipient of a Kia Manawanui award. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND EMILY IRELAND Emily.ireland@age.co.nz As a graduate of the Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit, Mere Kawana will be fulfilling her dreams next year as she launches into tertiary study to become a...

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Sewage spill ‘disgusts’

Sewage spill ‘disgusts’

Last week’s rain caused wastewater and some sewage to pool in Cockburn St backyards. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz Last week’s severe weather warning and heavy downpour brought more than wastewater network issues to the surface for...

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Bump on head costly for tree

Bump on head costly for tree

PHOTO/GIANINA SCHWANECKE GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz The mystery Eketahuna lumberjack who cut off the branches of an iconic tree along the Cliff Walk path has been found. An investigation into who removed three of the 100-year-old tree’s low...

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Reducing poverty

Reducing poverty

Looking south along Dixon St, Masterton. PHOTO/FILE Masterton’s wide difference between rich and poor PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz A constant stream of stories about rising house prices in the Masterton District Council region fail to highlight a wide difference...

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School damaged during flooding

School damaged during flooding

A bridge near Gladstone School shows water damage. PHOTO/ELI HILL ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz Gladstone School has a long clean-up ahead of it after a flash flood swept through on Monday night. At around 6pm, the Gladstone area was hit by heavy rainfall that took out...

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Crash causes power outage

Crash causes power outage

The car that crashed into a ute [on far side of road] which then hit a power pole on Upper Plain Rd, cutting power to 800 houses on Monday night. PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE Around 800 houses were left without power for up to eight hours on Monday night after two cars crashed...

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Third person faces attempted murder charge

Third person faces attempted murder charge

PHOTO/FILE A third person has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a Masterton woman, who was shot on Dixon St in Kuripuni on Sunday night. The victim, a woman in her 20s, suffered serious leg injuries. She was discharged from Wellington Hospital on...

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Rare ‘weather bomb’ causes chaos

Rare ‘weather bomb’ causes chaos

David and Jirayu Brennan, with two-year-old Maeve, at a slip near their Bucks Rd property. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz An out-of-the-blue weather bomb that washed out roads and caused widespread flooding and property damage in...

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