Eyewitnesses left shocked

Eyewitnesses left shocked

Emergency services beyond the cordon on Hughes Line. PHOTOS/ELI HILL ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz Witnesses have described the “terrible” moment two light planes collided in mid-air on Sunday south of Masterton before falling to the ground and catching fire. Carolyn...

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Two dead as planes collide

Two dead as planes collide

Detective Inspector Scott Miller and Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson at Sunday’s media briefing. PHOTO/ELI HILL Mid-air crash under clear blue skies ‘Very close-knit aviation community’ hit hard ELI HILL and GIANINA SCHWANEKE Two pilots are dead after their planes...

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Decades of service recognised

Decades of service recognised

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Haley Ryan, Area Commander Inspector Scott Miller, Sergeant Kevin Basher and Constable Mark Brown. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz Four Wairarapa police officers with more than 100 years of service...

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Kaiwhata dam gone in rush of water

Kaiwhata dam gone in rush of water

The dam on the Kaiwhata River which gave out on Thursday night. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz The suspense is over after the dam formed by a landslide along the Kaiwhata River, east of Gladstone, broke on Thursday night, sending an...

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Radio waves humming at Dalefield School

Radio waves humming at Dalefield School

Announcers at Dalefield School’s 107.5 DFM Jamie Pedersen,13, and Zane Buchanan, 10. PHOTOS MAZZ SCANNELL Fundraising team keeps station on air MAZZ SCANNELL The first live broadcast from pupil radio station 107.5 DFM streamed worldwide on Friday from a small room at...

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Air Chathams eyeing up new service

Air Chathams eyeing up new service

The former Masterton airport terminal at Hood Aerodrome. PHOTO/FILE ‘Very early’ discussions under way PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Air Chathams is interested in operating air passenger services from Masterton Airport but will only do so if there is significant...

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Fly-tipping angers councillor

Fly-tipping angers councillor

A carcass dumped on Bennington St on Monday. PHOTO/PAM GRAHAM PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The illegal dumping of 22 bags of rubbish on Kibblewhite Rd in Masterton prompted Masterton distict councillor John Dalziell to highlight the issue of fly-tipping at an...

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Waiting game on dammed Kaiwhata

Waiting game on dammed Kaiwhata

The lake formed by the dammed Kaiwhata River remains largely unchanged since Monday. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz There’s been little change at the lake formed after a large landslide damned the Kaiwhata River almost two weeks ago....

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Facelift planned for military graves

Facelift planned for military graves

Military headstones in the Archer St cemetery. PHOTO/ELI HILL MAZZ SCANNELL The 800 military headstones in Masterton’s Archer St cemetery will be the first in the region to be restored to Commonwealth War Graves standard, as part of the New Zealand Remembrance Army...

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‘Difficult customers’ disrupt library

‘Difficult customers’ disrupt library

PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE Security boosted amid staff concerns about behaviour Agitated customers a regular occurrence for staff MAZZ SCANNELL “Difficult customers” are disrupting Masterton Library, as people struggling with government agencies seek computer access and help....

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Flight of the falcons

Flight of the falcons

Quentin after release. PHOTOS/PETE MONK Call for sightings of soaring karearea pairs EMMA BROWN emma.brown@age.co.nz The Martinborough Karearea/Bush Falcon Project is calling for sightings of the native birds of prey. Martinborough’s Jane Lenting and the bush falcon...

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Deal done on flood plan

Deal done on flood plan

The Ruamahanga River. PHOTO/FILE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Tricky issues about how much money will be spent on stopbanks to protect Masterton from floods have been put to one side and will be worked on by a new group including community members. This has allowed...

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Pools to close for upgrade

Pools to close for upgrade

Masterton water babies may miss out on their afternoon swim for a couple of weeks as Masterton District Council closes lane pools in the Trust House Recreation Centre for casual swimming. Options for competitive swimmers will remain, however, and the pools will reopen...

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