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New phase prompts food for thought

New phase prompts food for thought

Masterton Foodbank manager Jenna Matchett spent six weeks putting together a brand-new business case for the organisation. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz Masterton Foodbank is entering a new phase of life with a change to its management and a “total...

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Literature festival shares love of books

Literature festival shares love of books

Featherston Booktown patrons at the fish and chips supper event on Friday. PHOTOS/JOHN LAZO-RON JOHN LAZO-RON john.lazo-ron@age.co.nz A traditional serving of gourmet fish and chips, poetry royalty, and some non-traditional “outside the box” poetry officially kicked...

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711 days and counting

711 days and counting

Aerial view of the Daleton Farm site. PHOTO/FILE Wastewater project setbacks revealed Chief executive recommends independent review of project EMILY IRELAND emily.ireland@age.co.nz Just over 700 days have lapsed since stage two of Carterton’s wastewater treatment...

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Music in the family

Music in the family

Courtney Naera playing the piano in her home studio in Lansdowne. PHOTO/TOM TAYLOR It’s NZ Music Month, a celebration of Aotearoa’s music and the musicians who make it. In Wairarapa, that means a celebration of our songwriters and the original music they produce....

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Masterton skatepark project ramps up

Masterton skatepark project ramps up

Hunter Civil project engineer Jessica Baker, general manager Grant Ballinger, Masterton mayor Lyn Patterson, councillor Gary Caffell, and RICH Landscapes designer Richard Smith. PHOTO/SUPPLIED The tender for the revamp of Masterton skatepark has now been awarded, with...

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Choc craving is so strong it’s criminal

Choc craving is so strong it’s criminal

Police are looking for two males in relation to a candy crime at Gull Service Station last month. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Police are calling for information to help identify two males who stole confectionery from the Gull Petrol Station in Masterton last month. Wairarapa...

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Relevant education for young mums and dads

Relevant education for young mums and dads

Graduates of Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit’s parenting programme, from left to right: Brianna, Clarissa, Jordan, Tahlia, programme facilitator Sam Williams, Jade, and Aku. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Students celebrated their graduation from Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit’s parenting...

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Water way to go: A new farewell

Water way to go: A new farewell

Dr Heidi Ward-McGrath veterinary director at Vetcare. PHOTOS/SUE TEODORO SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz A Masterton vet and a funeral director have set up New Zealand’s first-ever water cremation option for pets as part of a gentle end-to-end bereavement service to...

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Fibre fury: 26 hours off the grid

Fibre fury: 26 hours off the grid

Rose Kessler and Megan Brown at the Kuripuni Lotto and Post Shop say the Spark outage meant a lot of people missed out on tickets for the Wednesday Lotto draw. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR Spark customers had to cope without internet for more than 24 hours after roadworks sliced...

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Trout in troubled waters

Trout in troubled waters

Ruamahanga River. PHOTO/FILE Masterton deputy mayor Graham McClymont says he is fed up with Greater Wellington Regional Council and Fish and Game after his submission to the Ruamahanga Whaitua Committee regarding trout issues appears to have disappeared. In his 2018...

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Crash and burn

Crash and burn

A ute and trailer ended up smashing into some trees on State Highway 2 in East Taratahi, Carterton, on Tuesday afternoon. PHOTO/JOHN LAZO-RON Three vehicle crashes and a caravan fire in busy 48 hours for emergency services JOHN LAZO-RON john.lazo-ron@age.co.nz...

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$1.5k bill for two nights in Masterton?

$1.5k bill for two nights in Masterton?

U Studios in Cornwall St, Masterton. PHOTOS/SUE TEODORO Massive bill for a short stay in Masterton A Masterton motel has invoiced the government more than $1500 for a woman and her daughter needing emergency housing, even though they stayed less than two days....

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Peers pick Kairome for programme’s big award

Peers pick Kairome for programme’s big award

Blue Light Peers’ Choice Award winner Kairome No’otai receiving his award from reviewing officer constable Allan McLean. PHOTO/SUPPLIED TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz A Masterton teenager came away from an Upper Hutt military camp with a top award to recognise his...

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Free lunches in a class of their own

Free lunches in a class of their own

The Ministry of Education’s healthy school lunches programme kicked off at six Wairarapa schools on Monday, including at St Teresa’s School. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR The start of Term 2 spelled the end of soggy sandwiches squashed in school bags for many students across the...

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Pukaha for the people

Pukaha for the people

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at the Pukaha ceremony. PHOTOS/JADE CVETKOV TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz In an act of generosity, the iwi of Rangitane o Tamaki-nui-a-Rua and Rangitane o Wairarapa gifted the forests of Pukaha to the people of Aotearoa at a...

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