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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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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Eketahuna lad quacks with the best

Eketahuna lad quacks with the best

Eketahuna duck caller Ben Schnell trained up to two hours daily before gaining a third place in the world championships. PHOTO/SUPPLIED ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz A Tararua College student quacked his way to third in the World Waterfowl Calling Championships in...

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Plan to cut down old oak tree creates angst

Plan to cut down old oak tree creates angst

An oak tree on Featherston’s main street survived plans to fell it on Tuesday. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Emotions were running high on Tuesday as an old oak tree on Featherston’s main street was set to be felled. It survived...

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Rail key to log jam

Rail key to log jam

At Waingawa’s log storage and rail yard: [back row, from left] Southern North Island Wood Council CEO Erica Kinder, C3 area manager Steve Chapple, Forest Enterprises CEO Bert Hughes, Labour MP Kieran McAnulty, Guy Farman of Farman Turkington Limited; [front row, from...

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Emerging artists heading home

Emerging artists heading home

Mild Orange: Josh Reid (standing), Tom Kelk, front, Josh Mehrtens and Jack Ferguson. PHOTO/RUPERT OLLIVIER Two high-performing bands with Wairarapa roots are coming back to the region to give hometown fans a taste of how far they’ve come. BECKIE WILSON...

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Cable duct no secret, says Chorus

Cable duct no secret, says Chorus

The land in Featherston, owned by South Wairarapa District Council, that features an easement over a cable duct vital to Chorus’ telecommunications infrastructure network. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Chorus says it’s doing all it...

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Tent theft devastates owner

Tent theft devastates owner

The stolen marquee. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Owner hoping for public assistance BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz A former Masterton man is gutted about the theft of a $12,000 marquee in his home town but hopes the community will help get it returned. Christchurch-based...

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Aviation centre cleared for takeoff

Aviation centre cleared for takeoff

Vintage Aviator Ltd, which is planned to feature as part of the aviation centre. PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz A multi-million-dollar vintage aviation centre and museum is at the heart of plans to boost tourism in the region. The development of a...

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Pen pals united at school

Pen pals united at school

Ian Hodge, right, showing Cody Purnell and Tane Jenkinson his medals. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz There may be an eight-decade age difference between some of the Opaki School students and their respective pen pals, but that did nothing to...

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