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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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Herbicide concerns grow

Herbicide concerns grow

Clematis vitalba [old man’s beard], a noxious weed, smothering large areas along the railway track at Mauriceville settlement. PHOTO/FILE A call for more information about the use of herbicide glyphosate has been made by the Environmental Protection Authority after...

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Street art draws on climate

Street art draws on climate

Kirsty Porter with some of her Street Art. PHOTO/SUE TEODORO SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz In the tradition of street protest artists such as Banksy and Keith Haring, central Masterton is being plastered in images to raise awareness of climate change. ‘It’s...

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Dog trialists are a breed apart

Dog trialists are a breed apart

Lloyd Smith and his dogs. PHOTOS/SUE TEODORO Heading dogs, huntaways, owners, spectators and other dog lovers are all in Masterton for one of the year’s signature dog trials this week. More than 500 sheepdogs and 400 fans headed to the steep hills above Caves Rd, just...

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Rescue choppers in holiday hustle

Rescue choppers in holiday hustle

A patient is carried from scene of a motor vehicle incident in Pirinoa. PHOTOS/ LIFE FLIGHT TRUST SOUMYA BHAMIDIPATI soumya.bhamidipati@age.co.nz Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter was kept busy during the ANZAC weekend with 15 callouts, half of which were in...

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Community rallies to bring new oven

Community rallies to bring new oven

Niki Knight [Laser Plumbing], Emma Wrightson, Selina Griggs [Smiths City], Miri Callister [CE & R Ltd] and Bev Jack around the new oven delivered to Wairarapa Community Kitchen. PHOTO/BRENT GARE JOHN LAZO-RON john.lazo-ron@age.co.nz A call from the Wairarapa...

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Rideshare to run you about town

Rideshare to run you about town

Natalie Dalziel will launch an Uber-like rideshare service on Queen's Birthday Weekend. PHOTO/JOHN LAZO-RON It’s been talked about, it’s been cried out for, and it’s been brought up numerous times on social media pages. And now, the community’s call for a rideshare...

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Off the rails

Off the rails

A man was arrested for walking through the Remutaka railway tunnel on Tuesday. PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Disgruntled passenger causes lengthy delays There was no light at the end of the Remutaka rail tunnel for a man arrested on Tuesday evening, after he walked 9km...

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Book On The Move

Book On The Move

Publisher Ian Grant [left] and author Neil Frances [far right] with representatives of the New Zealand Army. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED About 100 people attended the launch of the diary of a Masterton World War II soldier on Saturday ahead of ANZAC Day. The diary, called On The...

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Pet food supplies miss by a whisker

Pet food supplies miss by a whisker

PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Pet food shortage offers opportunity, say vets TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz Pet owners may have noticed gaps on supermarket shelves in place of their preferred pet food brands in past weeks. However, a Wairarapa veterinary surgeon says this is...

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Road in ruin

Road in ruin

Residents are concerned about the condition of Ruakokoputuna Rd. PHOTOS/SUE TEODORO ‘A fatality waiting to happen’ Risky road’s future not sealed SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz Potholes, rutted surfaces, precipitous drops to the river below, hairpin bends, broken...

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