Thousands toast fine wine and good friends

Thousands toast fine wine and good friends

Jess Gooding, left, enjoys a front row seat to the Warratahs with her mum, Rachael Gooding, of Featherston, and Liam Burgess, who is originally from Wairarapa but now lives in Texas with his wife, Tabitha, right. PHOTOS/ HAYLEY GASTMEIER Another day to remember HAYLEY...

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Crammed school cooks up solution

Crammed school cooks up solution

The Masterton Primary School enviro kitchen turned into a classroom. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER Confusion over ministry regulations ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Masterton Primary School’s roll has exploded to the point staff have resorted to teaching some of its...

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Civic honour for Eke champion

Civic honour for Eke champion

Eketahuna’s Charlie Death, left, his wife Rena Tyler and Tararua District Mayor Tracey Collis at the presentation of his Tararua District Civic Honour for Voluntary Service. PHOTO/CHRISTINE McKAY BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz After 30 years giving his time to...

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From eyesore to bike track

From eyesore to bike track

Project organiser Richard Butler, left, and Mike Tatham sitting on the digger which will convert the “eyesore” land into a bike track. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz A Solway Primary School old boy is calling in decades of owed favours to...

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Popular pools out for summer

Popular pools out for summer

PHOTO/FILE Council planning for cool solutions PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Masterton’s outdoor lido and toddlers’ swimming pools are out of action for summer and Masterton District Council is talking to schools to see if they can use their facilities. The council...

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Festive cards for the lonely

Festive cards for the lonely

Haydee Allanson, 9, from St Patrick’s School in Masterton at the library drop-off box. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Last year, Hannah Rodgers’ Christmas card list had 32,000 people on it. This year, Rodgers and her son, Jayden, are hoping...

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Almost 8000 already confirmed for ‘Toast’

Almost 8000 already confirmed for ‘Toast’

Toast Martinborough is the place to be on Sunday. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Whether you’ve booked the $3995 Cottage Suite package for the weekend at Wharekauhau Country Estate or are staying in a campervan at Tauherenikau Racecourse,...

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Treaty deal backed but counter claims remain

Treaty deal backed but counter claims remain

Robin Potangaroa. PHOTO/FILE STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz A 71.7 per cent vote in favour of accepting a $93 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement has been hailed as “strong support” by Ngati Kahungunu’s Settlement Trust, but the deal remains a contentious issue...

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Driving for full tummies

Driving for full tummies

St Matthew’s students stepped up to help, Kate Seymour, left, 16, Amanda Harris, 16, Claire McFetridge, 16, Amy Wood, 16, and Charlotte Hewitt, 15. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Masterton Fire Station was a hub of activity for the...

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Synthetic cannabis taken off our streets

Synthetic cannabis taken off our streets

Synthetic cannabis seized from a Masterton property on Thursday. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER Man and woman arrested HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Synthetic cannabis with a potential street value of about $18,000 was seized from a Masterton property on...

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Property market stabilises

Property market stabilises

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The Wairarapa property market remains strong but there is more talk of stability rather than craziness. It’s a tough call though, because a two-bedroom 80m2 house in Martinborough  sold for $550,000, according to one...

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Ram sale comes up trumps

Ram sale comes up trumps

The Mana Stud on-farm ram sale on Tuesday. PHOTOS/BECKIE WILSON BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Offering up their 30 elite Romney rams at the annual on-farm auction shows Malcolm and Selina Wyeth of Mana Stud really back the stud’s genetics. Tuesday's sale...

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Business future safe in graduates’ hands

Business future safe in graduates’ hands

[From front to back] Jamie Griggs (mentor), Matai Byl (foreman), Jayden Carter (building apprentice), Kawiti Paewhenua (building apprentice) at last night’s graduation and awards. PHOTO/ELI HILL Apprenticeships give youth more opportunities ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz...

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Action over asbestos dump

Action over asbestos dump

Asbestos contaminated wall cladding wrapped up for safe disposal after being dumped at Kokotau Reserve. PHOTO/SUPPLIED ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz A surge in fly tipping incidents in recent months has led Carterton District Council officers to resort to new...

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Waka ama a new classroom tool

Waka ama a new classroom tool

A new waka ama will be a learning tool for Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Wairarapa students both outside the classroom as well as inside, says principal Hohepa Campbell, right. PHOTO/SUPPLIED WALT DICKSON While the resurgence of waka ama in recent years has been in the...

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