Featherston’s Booktown  – more than just books

Featherston’s Booktown – more than just books

CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Calling all readers, writers, browsers and cover judges: Featherston is set to host the fourth annual Booktown festival in a month’s time. About 30 events make up this year’s festival as well as a massive book sale on May 11-13, which...

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Council grilled at public meeting

HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Correct te reo Maori pronunciation, road speeds, and a councillor’s resignation were among topics raised at a public meeting in Featherston on Tuesday. It was the first of three meetings held by South Wairarapa District...

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Review of process sought

Review of process sought

Chairman Ian Perry. STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz Elections for the Ngati Kahungunu Settlement Trust have led to most incumbent trustees being returned to office, but at least two unsuccessful candidates are planning to seek reviews of the process. In voting for...

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The town with no doctor

The town with no doctor

Eketahuna . . . has been without a doctor for six months. PHOTO/FILE Eketahuna feeling the brunt of lack of doctors BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Eketahuna has been without a doctor for six months and the community is getting worried. Up until September last...

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$3.6m, 24km waste pipe mooted

$3.6m, 24km waste pipe mooted

The Eketahuna wastewater treatment plant could be bypassed by a pipe to Pahiatua. PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz An ambitious project to build a 24km, $3.6m sewage pipe from Eketahuna to Pahiatua would save ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars...

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Flu season could be ‘a bad one’

Flu season could be ‘a bad one’

Carterton Medical Centre practice nurse Corina Ngatai with Masterton resident Mere Kerehi. PHOTO/SUPPLIED It’s that time of year again. Wairarapa doctors have begun urging people to book in for a flu vaccination to help stay well this winter. Medical centres and some...

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Council boss fails in bid to keep job

Council boss fails in bid to keep job

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson, right, has thanked chief executive Pim Borren for his four years of service. PHOTO/FILE CAL ROBERTS and SEAMUS BOYER cal.roberts@age.co.nz Masterton councillors have decided their council boss is not part of the district’s long-term...

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Feathy ‘has lost a big voice’

Feathy ‘has lost a big voice’

Dayle Harwood. PHOTO/FILE HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The shock resignation of South Wairarapa councillor Dayle Harwood has other elected members saying “a breath of fresh air” has walked out the door. Elected to the Featherston Ward in 2016, Mr...

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Memories  still raw

Memories still raw

Ken Wilton showing his wife’s lifejacket from the Wahine in a 1998 photo. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA ARCHIVE Fifty years on, the horror of the day the Wahine sank on April 10, 1968, is still raw for Masterton woman Diane Wilton who escaped the wreck in the last life boat, HAYLEY...

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‘It was a day like no other’

‘It was a day like no other’

Hapeta ‘Hoppy’ Hodges was on the beach dragging life boats ashore during the Wahine disaster. PHOTO/ CAL ROBERTS CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz It may have happened 50 years ago, but former police officer Hapeta ‘Hoppy’ Hodges remembers the day of the Wahine...

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Critics fear ‘wishy-washy’ rates bills

ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Proposed changes to the law governing how councils deliver their services has critics worried ratepayer money will be wasted on “wishy-washy” projects. But councils are supporting the move, saying that removing cost as the main...

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Dancing her way to health and charity

Dancing her way to health and charity

ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Masterton’s Marama Fox is determined to get more votes than ACT leader David Seymour, but this time the showdown will take place on the dancefloor. “My goal is to beat that boy,” Ms Fox said with a laugh. The political rivals are...

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Councillor quits, cites bullying

Councillor quits, cites bullying

HAYLEY GASTMEIER Hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz A South Wairarapa councillor has resigned, citing "no confidence" in the mayor and district council's chief executive. Dayle Harwood emailed South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier and his former fellow councillors yesterday with...

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Pet bird rescues relived

Pet bird rescues relived

Brothers Melvin Pike, left, and Kevin were upset after the storm damaged their aviary, killing majority of their pet birds - photo ran on April 11, 1968. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA ARCHIVE Many Masterton residents will remember the destructive storm that swept through the town...

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