Eco bag exchange set up for Masterton shoppers

Eco bag exchange set up for Masterton shoppers

The reusable jute shopping bags that will be available in exchange for five plastic bags at Masterton supermarkets on June 29. PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE JESSICA MORRIS Supermarket shoppers in Masterton will be able to exchange their old plastic supermarket bags for reusable...

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Sell schools and hospital – Scott

Sell schools and hospital – Scott

Alastair Scott: We should be thinking about what [government’s] purpose is. Is it to own buildings? I say no, absolutely not. Wairarapa MP says government should not own buildings PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott has been attacked by the...

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Oldest Kiwi dies, aged 111

Oldest Kiwi dies, aged 111

Madeline Anderson with Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson and New Zealand First MP Ron Mark on her 111th birthday. PHOTO/ EMILY IRELAND CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Weeks after her 111th birthday, Madeline Anderson has died. Thought to be New Zealand’s oldest person,...

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Schools of rock ready to roll

Schools of rock ready to roll

Snokel. PHOTOS/JESSICA MORRIS The region’s budding secondary school rock stars are tuning their instruments and warming up their vocal chords in the countdown to the Smokefree Rockquest regional finals tomorrow reports Jessica Morris and Gianina Schwanecke. This year,...

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Bikeathon boost for Cancer Society

Bikeathon boost for Cancer Society

Kahutara School’s Cohen Walford, right, 11, riding with his best mate, Devyn Urlich. PHOTOS/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The sun dried out Kahutara School’s soggy ground just in time on Wednesday, as pupils hit the BMX track for a good...

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Health sector’s ‘great loss’

Health sector’s ‘great loss’

Helen Kjestrup in 2011. PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Wairarapa lost a prominent community health leader with the death of Helen Kjestrup at the weekend. It is understood Kjestrup, 61, died after a fall while in Wellington. She worked at Masterton...

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Battle over energy drinks

Battle over energy drinks

PHOTO/GETTY/IMAGES ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Battle lines are being drawn about young people’s access to energy drinks. Wairarapa fitness coach Allan French is horrified at the number of pupils he sees leaving supermarkets at 8am with 500ml cans of energy...

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Junior coasties on the rise

Junior coasties on the rise

Jane Shelton in action for East Coast. PHOTOS/KJ PHOTOGRAPHIC RUGBY JAKE BELESKI jake.beleski@age.co.nz Four years ago you would not have seen a junior rugby team running around at the East Coast Rugby Football Club, but now the JAB programme is thriving. In that time...

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Hart healthy for Hansells

Hart healthy for Hansells

Executive chairman of Hansells Masterton, Alan Stewart. PHOTO/FILE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Kiwi billionaire Graeme Hart started with the purchase of Government Print in Masterton and made his fortune, and now his son is working to turnaround a food company...

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Mixed reviews for lights

Mixed reviews for lights

One of the new LED lights on Essex St, Masterton, looking towards Chapel St, where the older sodium street lights remain. PHOTO/CAL ROBERTS HAYLEY GASTMEIER and CAL ROBERTS New street lighting in Wairarapa is getting mixed reviews, with some people calling for them to...

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Time to celebrate shortest day

Time to celebrate shortest day

Stonehenge Aotearoa. PHOTO/FILE JESSICA MORRIS With the shortest day of the year today, we can look forward to longer days ahead, as well as the promise of warmer weather to come – but it may take a little time. Stonehenge Aotearoa manager Richard Hall says while...

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Seal bites woman

Seal bites woman

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES GIANINA SCHWANECKE Visitors to the coast are being reminded to be wary of seals concealed behind rocks after a woman was bitten at Castlepoint. The woman was treated for the seal bite at Wairarapa Hospital on Sunday, and it is understood she was...

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Wet firewood a  burning issue

Wet firewood a burning issue

The load of wet firewood that was delivered to Hakepa Haeata. PHOTO/SUPPLIED PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Beneficiaries are getting stuck with wet firewood in winter and the system needs a fix. That’s the view of a man who helps Work and Income NZ clients to...

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The art of pyrography

The art of pyrography

A collection of one-off wood and glass designs by Ngaire Kearney. PHOTOS/ELISA VORSTER ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz A skill she first saw demonstrated by her grandmother has seen Ngaire Kearney turn unwanted op-shop items into custom-made works of art. The...

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Last local threads contest

Last local threads contest

St Matthew’s Collegiate soft materials teacher Ruth Bucknell working with her Year 12 pupils. PHOTO/GIANINA SCHWANECKE GIANINA SCHWANECKE It began in Wairarapa six years ago, but entries for the region’s last Oversew Fashion Award show closed last week with only one...

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