‘Last straw’ for intersection

‘Last straw’ for intersection

East Taratahi resident Diane Laing wants action on the crash black spot. PHOTO/MARCUS ANSELM MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Taratahi residents want less talk and more action to improve safety at a crash blackspot along State Highway 2. One person has died, and...

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Local heroes celebrated

Local heroes celebrated

Masterton District Council Civic and Youth Awards winners with Masterton councillors and Mayor Lyn Patterson. PHOTO/BRITT LEVERIDGE Masterton people were celebrated for their voluntary contributions on Monday night. The 2020 Masterton District Council Civic and Youth...

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‘House’ it going?

‘House’ it going?

PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Hot summer for the Wairarapa property market ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz It’s been a hot summer for the Wairarapa property market. After a record-breaking December, house prices in January were well above where they were the previous year in...

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Pea ban lifted after four long years

Pea ban lifted after four long years

PHOTO/FILE Pea weevils have officially been eradicated in Wairarapa, lifting the four-year pea growing ban in the region. The Controlled Area Notice in Wairarapa was lifted on Monday in what the government is calling the “world first eradication of pea weevil”....

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Teen climbing ladder in real estate career

Teen climbing ladder in real estate career

Kishan Patel, 19, is one of the youngest real estate agents in the country. PHOTO/ELI HILL ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz At an age when many teenagers are leaving home, Kishan Patel has already sold his first house. Patel, 19, of Property Brokers Masterton, became a...

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44 jobs threatened

44 jobs threatened

Webstar chief executive Bernie Roberts. PHOTO/ELI HILL Job cuts the latest 'blow' to the region MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Up to 44 jobs have been put at risk after a major printing firm announced plans to halve its Masterton staff numbers. Webstar chief...

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Max back home

Max back home

Kiri and Dick Smith with Dave Partner celebrating the return of Max at the Featherston Memorial RSA on Friday night. PHOTO/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Nine-year-old fox terrier Max is back home in Featherston with his owner Dick Smith after...

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Masterton A and P no-show

Masterton A and P no-show

The Masterton A and P Show was quieter than previous years. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Masterton A and P Show organisers will review the event after a disappointing turnout on the weekend. Scenes at Saturday’s show contrasted sharply with...

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Trains late 40 per cent of the time

Trains late 40 per cent of the time

PHOTO/FILE Punctuality problems KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Wairarapa trains were late 40 per cent of the time from July to December last year. And commuters should prepare for more disruptions over the next few years as upgrades are made to the line,...

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Meters popped in

Meters popped in

Project engineer Enrique Orellana putting in a water meter on Andrew St, Masterton for Murray Patterson. PHOTOS/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz The first of Masterton’s water meters were installed last week, and 9000 will follow in the next six...

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$1 million upgrade a rental reprieve

$1 million upgrade a rental reprieve

Artist’s impression of the Abbeyfield expansion. IMAGE/SUPPLIED KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz A $1 million upgrade and construction of four new rooms for over 65-year-olds in hardship is expected to get under way at Abbeyfield Masterton in a few months....

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Troubled bridge over toxic water

Troubled bridge over toxic water

The bridge over the Waipoua River in Masterton has been closed. PHOTO/ELI HILL The Waipoua River bridge in Masterton was closed on Friday after walkers reported its boards were “moving”. Masterton District Council closed the bridge for the weekend ahead of an...

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Vine workers’ housing struggle

Vine workers’ housing struggle

Joel Watson winemaker at Luna Estate in Martinborough. PHOTO/NZME Increasing property prices and demand for holiday accommodation is making it harder for Martinborough wineries to find worker accommodation, GIANINA SCHWANECKE reports. Joel Watson from Luna Estate said...

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