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121 to rock Tauherenikau

121 to rock Tauherenikau

121 Festival planned for Tauherenikau. PHOTO/SUPPLIED In the spirit of the biggest music festivals, Tauherenikau Racecourse is getting ready to rock another three-day event this summer. Featuring music, art, installations, a market, food and drink and a wellness area,...

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Teen shines in big race debut

Teen shines in big race debut

Riders approach Alfredton in the first race of the Trust House Team Series on Sunday. PHOTOS/MARK JERLING CYCLING CHRIS COGDALE chris.cogdale@age.co.nz A 15-year-old debutant stole the show, stunning his more experienced rivals in the first race of the Trust House...

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Fundraising auction gets a leg up

Fundraising auction gets a leg up

Wellington Free Ambulance’s Camille Armstrong loads a stretcher. PHOTO/FILE SOUMYA BHAMIDIPATI soumya.bhamidipati@age.co.nz “If we want to have a world-class ambulance system, like we’ve got and it’s free, then we need to support it.” So said Greytown resident Martin...

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Farmer booted out of meeting

Farmer booted out of meeting

Jim Hedley. PHOTO/FILE GRACE PRIOR grace.prior@age.co.nz Featherston farmer Jim Hedley was removed from South Wairarapa District Council’s meeting on Wednesday after calling councilors a “flock of sheep”. Hedley was making a submission to the council about his removal...

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Young pick up language early

Young pick up language early

Lansdowne kindergarten children performing a waiata. PHOTO/TOM TAYLOR Age was no barrier for Wairarapa’s youngest learners to participate in a Māori language singalong for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Children at more than 100 Whānau Manaaki kindergartens across the lower...

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Maxwell’s organic te reo mission

Maxwell’s organic te reo mission

Warren Maxwell says the younger generation is paving the way for progress in the use of te reo Māori. PHOTO/FILE TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz Award-winning musician and passionate student of te reo Māori Warren Maxwell is optimistic about the future of the...

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Tramper’s Tararua ordeal

Tramper’s Tararua ordeal

The Land Search and Rescue team with rescued tramper Caleb Smith being picked up from the McGregor Bivouac. PHOTO/ NICOLE GRANGER Tramper flown out of Tararuas GRACE PRIOR grace.prior@age.co.nz A tramper stranded in the Tararua Ranges was helicoptered out early...

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Is SWDC out of its depth?

Is SWDC out of its depth?

Greytown residents Colin Wright [left], John Hayes and John Norton. PHOTO/SUE TEODORO SWDC sums questioned SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz Prominent South Wairarapa residents are questioning if South Wairarapa district councillors were fully aware of the size of the...

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Rent relief puts business first

Rent relief puts business first

Resene Colorshop Masterton was one of more than 40 tenants to receive rent relief from landlord Masterton Trust Lands Trust. PHOTO/TOM TAYLOR While many Wairarapa businesses grappled with reduced income during the lockdown, some commercial landlords gave their tenants...

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Mass murderer denied parole

Mass murderer denied parole

Raymond Ratima at the time of trial. PHOTOS/FILE GRACE PRIOR grace.prior@age.co.nz Masterton mass murderer Raymond Ratima has been denied parole again after telling the parole board he was now in a relationship with a woman. Ratima was jailed in 1992 when he was...

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Theatre seeks home for hundredth year

Theatre seeks home for hundredth year

Greytown Little Theatre wants to buy the St John Hall on Main St. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED. After spending the past three years homeless, a Wairarapa theatre company hopes to celebrate its centenary in a new permanent base. Greytown Little Theatre would submit a tender to buy...

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Unstable water supply causing concern

Unstable water supply causing concern

Water supply pipes crossing the Waingawa River near the popular Kaituna swimming hole. PHOTO/GRACE PRIOR The doors could be closing on one of Wairarapa’s biggest employers with the cancellation of the Wakamoekau Community Water Storage Scheme. Juken New Zealand Ltd...

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Māori language week

Māori language week

A launch day for last year’s Te Wiki o te reo Māori [Māori language week] at Hau Ariki Marae, Martinborough. PHOTOS/FILE Schools celebrate a momentous occasion Simultaneous celebration world record aimed using te reo Māori TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz Māori...

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Gale-force winds rip through region

Gale-force winds rip through region

Torn roofing iron at Solway Showgrounds. PHOTO/GRACE PRIOR GRACE PRIOR and SUE TEODORO grace.prior@age.co.nz/sue.teodoro@age.co.nz Galeforce winds caused havoc across Wairarapa on Friday with multiple trucks rolling, at least one power line down, power outages, and...

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