A third of pools fail inspections

A third of pools fail inspections

The outdoor pool in Masterton. PHOTO/FILE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Nearly 30 per cent of private swimming pools in Wairarapa are failing inspections required under new safety regulations – but the owners face dramatically different council inspection costs...

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No cheap option for pools

No cheap option for pools

Carterton Swimming Club’s facilities on Pembroke St need urgent replacement or rehabilitation. PHOTO/FILE ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz A solution for Carterton’s deteriorating indoor swimming pool could see the end of free outdoor swimming and cost up to...

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Bench living inside

Bench living inside

Makoura College students Nate Hefferan, left, Cole Hodson, Jack McIsaac, and Lee Bolsted, with the bench they made for Gladstone Women’s Institute for presentation to the Gladstone Sports Complex. PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz What started out...

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Protest fails to stir ANZ

Protest fails to stir ANZ

HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz A last-ditch attempt to save the only remaining bank in South Wairarapa fell on deaf ears on Tuesday, as ANZ announced it would be closing its Martinborough branch. More than 100 residents held hands in protest around...

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Damage remains for farmers

Damage remains for farmers

A large slip along Te Parae Rd, near Masterton, closed the road on Thursday. PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Most farmers will be doing it “pretty tough” after the devastation caused by last week’s adverse weather, Federated Farmers Wairarapa...

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United with hope

United with hope

About 50 supporters turned out to Sunday's Hope Walk in Featherston. PHOTO/BECKIE WILSON Bereaved: ‘One thing we are not lacking is hope’ BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz It has been seven years since Toni Ryan last saw her son smile. She lost her son, Sam Ryan,...

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Adios asbestos

Adios asbestos

The Empire Lodge on Queen St has asbestos in its roof. PHOTO/FILE Dump not accepting asbestos CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Ongoing costs to bring the landfill up to code means anyone handling asbestos will have to head out of town if they want to dispose of it...

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Gallipoli through a father’s eyes

Gallipoli through a father’s eyes

Hugo Manson with a photograph of his father Cecil in uniform. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Gallipoli holds a special place in the history of New Zealand. Masterton’s Hugo Manson heard first-hand from his father what it was like to be there. STEVE RENDLE talked to him about how...

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‘Top pub’ sets sights on national competition

‘Top pub’ sets sights on national competition

Tony Murphy serving up a top pint. PHOTO/CAL ROBERTS CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz A Greytown publican is Auckland-bound, going head-to-head with the nation’s best in the semi-finals of Heineken’s Star Serve competition this week. Tony Murphy and his wife, Ursula,...

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Proposed trails face DoC scrutiny

Proposed trails face DoC scrutiny

New bike trails could boost tourism in the region, if the Department of Conservation approves. PHOTO/ FILE CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Proposed mountain bike trails could bring more riders to Wairarapa, if they can get the Department of Conservation onside. The...

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Dump cat seeks home

Dump cat seeks home

Penny, one month after being rescued. PHOTO/CAL ROBERTS CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Last month, the Times-Age brought you the story of Penny, a kitten left to die in a rat trap, surrounded by filth at Masterton’s landfill. She was rescued after a member of the...

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Flu season kicking in

Flu season kicking in

St Patrick’s School in Masterton. PHOTO/FILE Flu strikes fast in Wairarapa schools BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Primary schools across the region have been hit with the flu, with large numbers of children away sick. Wairarapa Hospital is also seeing an...

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