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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100yo house escapes demolition

100yo house escapes demolition

Elise Palmer removing old wallpaper. PHOTO/SUPPLIED  ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz A house believed to be more than 100 years old has been given a new lease on life, despite previously having had demolition on the cards. Laurence and Elise Palmer purchased the...

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Paua to the people

Paua to the people

From humble beginnings in a shed, a Wairarapa company has grown into a global supplier of paua products, and they’re not stopping there, writes EMILY IRELAND.   In 1979, Robert Muldoon was prime minister, the Sony Walkman was put on the market, and McDonalds...

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The day the weather won

The day the weather won

On April 10, 1968, 51 people lost their lives in the sinking of the wreck of the Wahine, in what is known as New Zealand’s worst modern-time maritime disaster. Fifty years later, ELISA VORSTER looks back on a tragedy that shook the nation.   The Lyttelton-Wellington...

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Hope for school as community fights closure

Hope for school as community fights closure

HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz   The Ministry of Education has not closed the doors to Tuturumuri School -- yet. The future of the small, rural South Wairarapa school looked dire after a consultation process into its viability was launched last month. The...

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