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Solar bins to save money

Solar bins to save money

One of Tararua District Council’s new solar-powered bins. PHOTO/SUPPLIED TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz Solar-powered waste bins will compact rubbish and save money throughout the Tararua District. Tararua District Council had bought four bins so far and intended to...

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Our troubled waters

Our troubled waters

Ruamahanga Bridge on SH53 was closed early Monday due to high water levels. PHOTO/ALEX BEIJEN Drenched, damaged in heavy downpour Wairarapa drenched and damaged in heavy downpour SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz Wild weather across Wairarapa closed roads and bridges,...

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Women win community awards

Women win community awards

The five winners: Esther Dijkstra, Liz Pollock, Larissa O’Brien, Jan Farr, and Sharon Aston. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Members of the Carterton community came together to celebrate some of the district’s incredible people on Saturday evening for the Charles Rooking Carter...

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Small school staffing struggles

Small school staffing struggles

Mauriceville School pupils [top from left] Matthew, Year 6; Jessica, Year 6; Alexander, Year 3; Ahniya, Year 4; Jacob, Year 5; and [bottom] Keira, Year 5. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR Primary school principals and teachers across the country are stressed and stretched to the...

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Women lead cohousing solution

Women lead cohousing solution

Earthsong cohousing development in Auckland. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED Wairarapa women concerned about the housing crisis have met like-minded others in Taupo to discuss solutions, led by pioneer cohousing exponent Robin Allison. Allison is an architect who was the development...

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Vaccine numbers tumble

Vaccine numbers tumble

Wairarapa’s covid-19 vaccination numbers are the most behind schedule in New Zealand. PHOTO/FILE Despite being close to target for the covid-19 vaccination rollout plan a week earlier, Wairarapa is now the most behind schedule in New Zealand. Ministry of Health...

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‘Farterton’: The big stink

‘Farterton’: The big stink

The Carterton wastewater treatment ponds off Dalefield Rd. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR Carterton keen for bad smell to go Carterton residents have put up with a week-long stench as their wastewater treatment ponds undergo treatment of their own. As reporter TOM TAYLOR...

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Shock walkout at SWDC meeting

Shock walkout at SWDC meeting

Teresa Aporo, Amber Craig, Tirau Te Tau, and Carlene Te Tau. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz Frustrations about the quality of representation available to Maori through local authority structures have spilled over with a member abruptly...

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Winter warmers for the woofers

Winter warmers for the woofers

The SPCA wants owners to keep their dogs warm this winter. PHOTO/JO MOORE TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz As humans start hauling out their winter clothes, the SPCA is calling on them to keep their four-legged friends warm too. SPCA Masterton has added its voice to a...

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Ramp raises some doubts

Ramp raises some doubts

Ralph Birkitt next to the blocked mobility ramp. PHOTO/SUE TEODORO SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz A Masterton resident is worried people with mobility issues will be unable to use an offramp to a redesigned central car park. But Masterton District Council [MDC]...

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Poison drop on Holdsworth puts dog-owners off

Poison drop on Holdsworth puts dog-owners off

Tararua Forest Park. PHOTO/FILE SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz A 1080 drop at Mount Holdsworth last weekend has prompted a wave of concern from worried dog walkers, with reports of the poison pellets on public walking tracks. A woman who asked to remain anonymous...

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The end of an era

The end of an era

Solway School pupils boarding their Tranzit bus at the end of the school day. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR Tranzit’s school bus routes stop after 73 years In a “devastating” blow, coach company Tranzit has lost its Wairarapa school bus routes to an Australian-owned operator....

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Power to the EV people

Power to the EV people

Electric vehicle charging stations at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR Electric vehicle drivers will be able to recharge in Eketahuna by the Christmas holidays, with a new charging station planned for the town centre. At an Eketahuna Community Board...

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Off-peak train passengers will go by bus

Off-peak train passengers will go by bus

Bus replacements for off-peak Wairarapa train services will continue for the next two years while upgrades are made to the train line. PHOTO/FILE Wairarapa commuters wanting to use off-peak train services for up to the next two years can expect a seat on a bus...

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Waiting lists grow as GPs say no more

Waiting lists grow as GPs say no more

Masterton Medical was expected to reopen enrolments in July, when it hoped to have a new general practitioner. PHOTO/FILE Five of Wairarapa’s seven general practices have closed their books to new patients, leaving just two open for enrolments. Martinborough Health...

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