Farmers say time for a change

Farmers say time for a change

Jamie Falloon with his sons Joe, left, and John when he was elected president in 2012. PHOTO/FILE When Jamie Falloon took on the role as Federated Farmers Wairarapa president, he was told to remember the three ‘F’s – family, farm, and feds. But somewhere along the...

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Martinborough marae getting DIY makeover

Martinborough marae getting DIY makeover

Hau Ariki Marae spokesman Kevin Haunui says the DIY-project has been a great opportunity for people to reconnect with the marae. PHOTO/SUPPLIED A marae’s role as a focal point for the community took on added meaning at Martinborough’s Hau Ariki Marae last week with...

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Wild weather cuts power

Wild weather cuts power

Wild wind split a tree in two on Loop Line earlier today. PHOTO/CAL ROBERTS   Power has been cut to hundreds of properties throughout Wairarapa and fire crews are being rushed off their feet, with trees down and garden structures blowing away. Wind gusts reached...

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Drugs, rifle found at farm school

Drugs, rifle found at farm school

STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz A Taratahi agricultural student has been stood down after drugs and a rifle were found in their car, but police were not alerted to the incident. Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre chief executive Arthur Graves admitted on Friday...

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Budget 2018

Budget 2018

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES Health focus pleases DHB chairman CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Wairarapa District Health Board chairman Sir Paul Collins says he is heartened by the Government’s decision to focus on health. In Thursday’s Budget, the Government pledged an extra...

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Breaking down  the Budget

Breaking down the Budget

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz If you thought Wairarapa was invisible in Thursday’s Budget, you’re not alone. Labour list MP Kieran McAnulty accepts the first Labour-led budget for a decade didn’t provide much in the way of regional specifics,...

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Commuters tracking up

Commuters tracking up

Growing number of commuters using rail service. PHOTO/FILE CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Three out of four trains leave on time, with more people on or waiting for them than last year. More people were switching to public transport GWRC manager of rail operations,...

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Stepping up to a big test

Stepping up to a big test

Martinborough volunteer firefighter Emily Abbot, 20, is taking on a lot of stairs to raise money for blood cancer. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz By day, 20-year-old Emily Abbot is a receptionist at Martinborough Health Centre. But...

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Councillors rally to  back mayor

Councillors rally to back mayor

Viv Napier. PHOTO/FILE HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age .co.nz South Wairarapa councillors have moved to publicly rally around the district’s mayor. Wednesday’s South Wairarapa District Council meeting was the first time the council had met after the withdrawal...

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$20m could ‘cure’ region’s rental crisis

$20m could ‘cure’ region’s rental crisis

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES The number of Wairarapa families forced to live in cold and overcrowded conditions this winter is still not being accurately reflected in official figures, some of the region’s key players are saying. The latest figures from the Ministry of Social...

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Rebuilding the marae community

Rebuilding the marae community

A papakainga social housing development is being built at Gladstone’s Hurunui-o-rangi marae. PHOTO/THOMAS CROSKERY THOMAS CROSKERY Social housing and marae redevelopment are going ahead hand-in-hand in rural Wairarapa. Helped by a Te Puni Kokiri grant, Ngati Kahungunu...

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Not your average daycare

Not your average daycare

Barbara Jackson commanding her Mini Mutt clients. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Barbara Jackson was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired – so she quit her job and transformed her Featherston home into a doggy daycare centre. Three years...

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Aussie company snaps up Gladstone winery

Aussie company snaps up Gladstone winery

Cheers . . . Christine Kernohan is celebrating the sale of Gladstone Vineyard. PHOTO/FILE CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Australian food television personality and award-winning winemaker Eddie McDougall has taken a shine to Wairarapa wine, purchasing a vineyard he...

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Show us the money

Show us the money

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES Countdown to Budget 2018 Time for Govt to make good on regional promises WE SAY Seamus Boyer Today is D-Day. At 2pm, Finance Minister Grant Robertson will deliver his first Budget – the first Labour-led Budget for a decade. While there’s a budget...

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Sugrue surges to dominant win

Sugrue surges to dominant win

Brent Sugrue, right, has been in great form in recent months. PHOTO/FILE JAKE BELESKI jake.beleski@age.co.nz Three fighters from The Fortitude Gym in Masterton made their presence felt at the Capital Punishment 42 muay Thai event in Porirua on Saturday. Novice Jacob...

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