Steam-powered barrel of a time

Steam-powered barrel of a time

Geoff Smith, director of Steamtech Systems, steam cleaning some barrels. PHOTO/SUPPLIED PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Steam is making a comeback and this time it’s not to drive trains but to clean barrels at wineries and breweries in the region. The barrels at...

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Vickery scores landslide win

Vickery scores landslide win

Ross Vickery. PHOTO/FILE HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz In the end, it was a landslide win for Ross Vickery, Featherston’s newest district councillor. The lawyer and former air force navigator was elected to the South Wairarapa District Council in a...

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Making a holiday splash

Making a holiday splash

PHOTOS/JADE CVETKOV Campervan rolls into Henley Lake HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz It took a few seconds on Tuesday night to ruin an Aussie family’s visit to Masterton, but most of Wednesday to retrieve their sodden campervan from the middle of Henley...

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Supermarket to celebrate new look

Supermarket to celebrate new look

Section heads outside the refurbished Countdown in Masterton. PHOTO/CAL ROBERTS After more than a year under wraps, Masterton’s Countdown supermarket is looking refreshed. Construction and refurbishment of the building began in March 2017 and 16 months later, the...

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Talks begin on new village

Talks begin on new village

Murphy’s Orchard which will be developed into a retirement village. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Community consultation has begun on a proposed retirement village for Greytown. Developer Craig Percy said the first step would be...

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Closure for victims of hit-and-run

Closure for victims of hit-and-run

HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz A year after Masterton woman Stacey Kyle was severely injured in a hit-and-run, a judge has finally delivered a measure of relief to the family. On June 20 last year, the mother-of-two was crossing Te Ore Ore Rd in Masterton...

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Mayors chained to job for hours

Mayors chained to job for hours

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson, Carterton Mayor John Booth, and South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier. PHOTOS/FILE CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz If you want to have a crack at being mayor for a day, be prepared to pull a long shift. The region’s mayors say they wouldn’t...

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Hadlow fondly farewells Mercer

Hadlow fondly farewells Mercer

Michael Mercer, enjoying his farewell gift on Monday. PHOTO/ANNA KINVIG ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Hadlow School pupils, teachers and parents came together last week to farewell their principal of 22 years, Michael Mercer. There were plenty of smiles coming...

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Cancer screening ‘a must’

Cancer screening ‘a must’

Robert Brader. PHOTO/FILE CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz New Zealand men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer later in life, and with a higher grade of the disease than men in the United States, a recently-released study shows. Prostate cancer is the most...

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Campervan lands in Henley Lake

Campervan lands in Henley Lake

Australian holiday makers made a splash at Henley Lake last night. A father and four children, one aged just three years old, were rescued from a campervan which ended up stuck 25m into the lake in Masterton last night. The incident happened at around 8pm, when the...

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Cattle cull empties farms

Cattle cull empties farms

PHOTO/FILE Farmers ‘take hit’ as infected animal slaughter wraps up BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz A Wairarapa farm infected with cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis yesterday sent off its last load of 65 bulls to be culled. Bideford farmer Bryce Stevenson said he...

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Change a constant for hotel boss

Change a constant for hotel boss

Turkey Red owner Marilla Rankin is looking to retire at the end of the year, but for now it’s business as usual. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV PAMGRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Adapting to the seasons, the ups and downs of the economy, and the ever-changing circumstances of...

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Taste of the tropics, with a goal

Taste of the tropics, with a goal

Fiji-bound Rathkeale College and St Matthew’s Collegiate biology pupils, from left, Alana Barns, teacher Ben Clausen, Briar Tonkin, Briana Smith, Frankie Finn Reason, Amelia Gordon, Zach Dewhurst, Pelle Slothouwer, and Cameron Tyson. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER ELISA VORSTER...

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Lifetime of service to RSA recognised

Lifetime of service to RSA recognised

Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association national president BJ Clark, Wairarapa district president Maitland Manning, Joan O’Neill, and national vice-president Bob [Bukit] Hill. PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE When it comes to long service, two stalwarts of the Masterton...

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Smoke alarms the saviours

Smoke alarms the saviours

The kitchen of a 100-year-old Greytown villa damaged by fire on Saturday night. PHOTO/SUPPLED HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz A rude awakening at midnight on Saturday saved the lives of Greytown’s Kaye Patterson and her 10-year-old daughter, Ella. The...

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