United advance to quarter-finals

United advance to quarter-finals

Wairarapa United's Alex Ridsdale rounds Miramar Rangers keeper Phil Imray on his way to scoring his team's first goal. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV By Gary Caffell Wairarapa United are through to the quarter-finals of the national Chatham Cup football competition. In an...

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Gin trap claims cat’s leg

Gin trap claims cat’s leg

Ruby Fisher's cat Jeffrey after having his leg amputated. PHOTO/SUPPLIED By Jake Beleski [email protected] Clareville woman Ruby Fisher describes finding her injured cat in an illegal gin trap as the "worst thing I've ever seen". Ruby's cat, Jeffrey, had been...

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Kitchen heats up for young chef

Kitchen heats up for young chef

CAPTION: Erica Gash, 19, has entered the national Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Chefs competition to ‘give it a go’. PHOTO/SUPPLED By Beckie Wilson [email protected] For the first time for 10 years, a chef from Wairarapa will be entering a national culinary...

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Saving goals should be realistic

Saving goals should be realistic

CAPTION: Budget advisor Grant Howard said retirement saving guidelines are “ideal” but “unrealistic” PHOTO/FILE By Beckie Wilson [email protected] A couple who want to live a comfortable retirement in provincial New Zealand, such as Wairarapa, will need to have...

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Wild weather – what you need to know

Wild weather – what you need to know

Surface flooding on Jones Place in Masterton. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV The rain and wind battering Wairarapa is expected to continue until tomorrow, a Metservice Meteorologist says. "There's been a lot of rain, and that will continue for the next 24 hours. "Severe rain will...

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GE-free stance sets example for the world

GE-free stance sets example for the world

Professor Don Huber, a plant pathologist, at a workshop in Wairarapa on Monday. PHOTO/SUPPLIED By Hayley Gastmeier [email protected] An American plant pathologist says New Zealand is setting a positive example on the world stage for its GE free stance. Don...

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Students relishing senior roles

Students relishing senior roles

Solway College head girl, Anna Rossiter-Stead. PHOTO/SUPPLIED By Jake Beleski [email protected] Being thrust into a leadership role can be a challenging and daunting task at times, but some of Wairarapa's young leaders have been embracing their extra...

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Pollution a burning issue

Pollution a burning issue

CAPTION: Robert Notley says his emphysema is badly affected by smog in urban Masterton. PHOTO/BECKIE WILSON By Beckie Wilson [email protected] Robert Notley lives on the outskirts of Masterton where the air is clean and he can breathe easy. But when he makes a...

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Young talent a positive sign

Young talent a positive sign

Soli Malatai, promising newcomer in Wairarapa-Bush Heartland squad. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV By Gary Caffell Wairarapa-Bush head coach Joe Harwood is excited at the amount of young talent included in the 30-man squad selected to prepare for the 2017 Heartland rugby...

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Ifill doubtful for Chatham Cup match

Ifill doubtful for Chatham Cup match

Paul Ifill (right), very doubtful starter for Chatham Cup match. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV By Gary Caffell Wairarapa United have been struck a possible hammer blow leading into their Chatham Cup men's football last 16 match with Miramar Rangers at Memorial Park, Masterton...

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Shots fired in Masterton

Shots fired in Masterton

By Emily Norman [email protected] Two gunshots were fired at different locations in Masterton on Saturday night. But each incident sparked just one call to emergency services, which a senior police officer says is concerning. Just before 9pm, a parked ute in a...

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Arsenic levels too high

Arsenic levels too high

By Hayley Gastmeier [email protected] A block of Greytown land has been found to have soil arsenic levels four times that of the national health standard. The section, on the corner of Mole St and Wood St, falls under an area of land earmarked for housing...

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Sisters know how it is done

Sisters know how it is done

CAPTION: Liz Barnes (left) and her sister Cheryl Hughson with Flash, one of the male alpacas PHOTO/BECKIE WILSON By Beckie Wilson [email protected] If someone told sisters Cheryl and Liz 16 years ago that they would be living together and running an alpaca farm,...

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United keep league hopes alive

United keep league hopes alive

Sam Mason-Smith beats a Napier City Rovers defender. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV By Gary Caffell Wairarapa United kept their hopes for a first ever Central League men's football title alive when they scored a 3-1 win over Napier City Rovers at Memorial Park, Masterton on...

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