D-Day for council building

D-Day for council building

An excavator begins to demolish the GWRC office buildings. PHOTO/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz A 30-tonne excavator smashed into a brick building on Chapel St, Masterton, with ease on Wednesday afternoon, making it look like it was made of ice...

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‘It’s sad for everybody’

‘It’s sad for everybody’

PHOTO/FILE Iconic show cancelled for first time in 143 years 2021 show will be ‘bigger and better’ GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz For the first time in 143 years, the iconic Wairarapa A and P Show held at Clareville will not be held because of ongoing...

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Students learn from migrant tales

Students learn from migrant tales

Ashton Valster [left], Zarn Beaver, Kelly Pawson, Nikora Tyacke and Ashton Pearson deliver the album they produced after interviewing teacher Nisha Marceles. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz International travel has come to a standstill,...

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Hotel restructure – 23 jobs gone

Hotel restructure – 23 jobs gone

Copthorne Solway. PHOTO/FILE KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz The sudden downsizing of Copthorne Hotel and Resort in Solway from a 102-bed hotel to a 50-bed hotel, and the closing of the lodge for conferences has forced a staff restructure, affecting 23 jobs. New...

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Musical vegetables enjoyed at centre

Musical vegetables enjoyed at centre

Zadie, 9, and Reva, 3, de Silva, with mum Sonali, checking out a drum machine powered by a carrot. PHOTO/SUPPLIED KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Playing a piano by banana via a computer programme, hooked up by an electrical circuit was proved possible at...

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Speeding drivers pay the price

Speeding drivers pay the price

PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Safe driving paramount GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz More than half of all police pursuits in Wairarapa over the past year were abandoned due to dangerous driving, but 16 per cent still ended in crashes, latest police data...

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Fee freeze attractive

Fee freeze attractive

Chantelle Tuanau at the Ucol campus this week. PHOTO/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz The government offer of two years of no fees for trades training is one reason Chantelle Tuanau has decided to embark on a six-month Wairarapa Ucol business...

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Voter turnout low for Maori roll

Voter turnout low for Maori roll

Meka Whaitiri, Labour Party candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti and incumbent MP. PHOTO/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Meka Whaitiri is passionate about the 2020 general election voter turnout because 11,700 people on the Ikaroa Rawhiti Maori roll didn’t...

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Hospice Shop a community miracle

Hospice Shop a community miracle

Tracey Harris, left, Wendy Turton, and Maureen Hodder stand in front of some of the artwork painted by Kuranui College students. PHOTO/ARTHUR HAWKES ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz Greytown’s new Hospice Shop opened its doors at 10am last Friday – by 9.30am...

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Tragedy on High St

Tragedy on High St

Police investigate the scene on High St, Masterton. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV Pedestrian dies after being hit by car Woman died near home ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz Masterton resident Helga Houlahan, an Austrian-born woman in her 80s, has died after being struck...

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Council, NZTA to discuss crossing

Council, NZTA to discuss crossing

The crossing on Carterton High St, which has seen residents suffer hits from vehicles in recent years. PHOTO/FILE MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Roading officials met in Carterton yesterday to discuss safety in the district, with the town's High St crossing...

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$10 million investment in regions waterways

$10 million investment in regions waterways

Funding for the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands from regional and central government may boost jobs and the lake's conservation status. PHOTO/STEVE BILL Marcus Anselm marcus.anselm@age.co.nz A multi-million dollar programme for environmental work across Wairarapa's waterways...

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Arbor Day, 130 years on

Arbor Day, 130 years on

Left to right, Leighton Stannard, Ariana Newton, Evelyn Mackie, and Baxter Rance plant the damson plum tree in Stella Bull Park for Arbor Day. PHOTO/SUPPLIED ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz On a cold, damp Thursday in Stella Bull Park, Greytown Kindergarten...

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Observatory replica a possibility

Observatory replica a possibility

The Carkeek Observatory in its present state. PHOTO/FILE ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz The Carkeek Observatory, built by retired statesman and Featherston sheep farmer Stephen Carkeek, has now been awarded Category 1 status by Heritage New Zealand, after a...

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No timeline for recovery

No timeline for recovery

A Givealittle page has been set up for Reece Lett’s family. PHOTO/GIVEALITTLE ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz Reece Lett, Wairarapa roofer and active member of Greytown Rugby Club, was involved in a serious car crash in Tokoroa on June 26, leaving him with a...

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