Close calls at crossing

Close calls at crossing

By Hayley Gastmeier [email protected] Poor visibility and speeding drivers mean a zebra crossing on State Highway 2 is an accident waiting to happen, a Featherston business owner says. Numerous close calls and minor crashes have been witnessed at the...

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Chopper’s back with new gig

Chopper’s back with new gig

By Hayley Gastmeier [email protected] Chopper is back in the community and aiming to strengthen the mana of South Wairarapa children. After hanging up his hat from a 17-year career in the police force last year, Nathan Riwai-Couch is introducing a resilience...

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Burglary sparks hot pursuit

Burglary sparks hot pursuit

By Hayley Gastmeier [email protected] Two teenagers have been arrested following a burglary and a police pursuit that reached speeds of 140kmh and ended with a flaming finale. The South Wairarapa teens, aged 17 and 19, allegedly broke into the Martinborough...

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Missing dog gets death sentence

Missing dog gets death sentence

A judge has ordered the destruction of a dog that attacked an elderly border collie last year. Only problem is, nobody knows where it is. The pitbull cross, named Mister, was stolen from the Carterton pound in March last year, where it was being held after the...

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Newbie at ‘ark’

Newbie at ‘ark’

By Jake Beleski [email protected] Mawley Holiday Park owner Jelena Algie is affectionately being referred to as ‘the ark’ after many animals turned up at the park without reservations in recent times. The latest in the procession is a white rat, and Mrs Algie is...

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Room to wriggle on road subsidy

Room to wriggle on road subsidy

By Emily Norman [email protected] Masterton District Council will most probably not be using all its $4.27 million NZTA subsidy for roading this financial year. Assets and operations manager David Hopman confirmed MDC planned to spend $3.72 million of the subsidy...

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On a high selling Wairarapa wine

On a high selling Wairarapa wine

For a man who spends six months on the road selling wine, Martinborough’s Kai Schubert is remarkably full of energy. Seamus Boyer reports.   Kai Schubert can tell a great story, and the exuberant German winemaker has plenty of them to tell. For starters, there’s...

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Local healthcare wins high praise

Local healthcare wins high praise

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] Nola Fagg was visiting family in Carterton when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just two weeks before Christmas. The 84-year-old would never return to her home in Tauranga -- she died in Carterton on January 23. The...

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Lansdowne by one run in T20 final

Lansdowne by one run in T20 final

By Gary Caffell It was a gripping finish when Lansdowne edged out Greytown in the final of Wairarapa Cricket's The Rock Twenty20 senior men's cricket competition at Queen Elizabeth Park oval, Masterton on Saturday. Chasing 152 for victory Greytown needed 10 runs off...

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Donation kick-starts final push for netball courts

Donation kick-starts final push for netball courts

By Jake Beleski [email protected] A generous donation in the memory of two young Wairarapa women means the drive to rebuild the Colombo Rd netball courts is getting closer to realisation. Wairarapa resident June Edmonds has donated $10,000 to the rebuilding of...

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Company fined over bulldozer roll

Company fined over bulldozer roll

A forestry company has been ordered to pay almost $68,000 after an employee was seriously injured when the bulldozer he was driving rolled 65m down a bank. Dylan Terry suffered lacerations and a broken hip. He required 140 stitches and a five-hour operation after the...

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Bumper turnout expected for speed festival

Bumper turnout expected for speed festival

By Gary Caffell Masterton Motorplex Drag Racing Club officials have every reason to expect boomer crowds for their Auckland Invasion meeting this weekend. Last year's corresponding event was one of the most popular ever held by the club and if the line-up for the 2017...

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Company fined over worker’s death

Company fined over worker’s death

By Chelsea Boyle [email protected] A Wairarapa man electrocuted while working on an egg farm should never have been undertaking the work he was doing when he was killed, a court has heard. The 44-year-old electrician died while repairing a refrigeration unit at...

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“Slight pain” leads to heart surgery

“Slight pain” leads to heart surgery

By Jake Beleski [email protected] In September 2015 Anthony Eising experienced a slight pain in his chest while chopping wood, and a few days later he underwent eight hours of complicated heart surgery. Triple bypasses and quadruple bypasses are fairly common,...

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Highway to hole

Highway to hole

By Hayley Gastmeier and Gerald Ford   A large hole in a bridge has closed a section of State Highway 53. The bridge, which goes over the Tauherenikau River between Featherston and Martinborough, was shut just before 3pm on Wednesday. The hole is an estimated 75cm...

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