Wairarapa’s magic green oil

Wairarapa’s magic green oil

Loopline Olives grove. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Extra virgin olive oil is made to be sloshed not drizzled and Wairarapa’s award-winning producers want more Kiwis to get the message after the region’s continuing success in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards. BECKIE WILSON...

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Fire still burning for Garry and Dianna

Fire still burning for Garry and Dianna

Martinborough firefighter Garry Jackson and Dianna Dallimore are madly in love and are tying the knot at their "open wedding" on Labour weekend. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Before he had even popped the question, Garry Jackson...

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Ex-St Joseph’s brother faces sex charges

A former Catholic brother and staff member of St Joseph's College for Boys in Masterton has appeared in Napier District Court on four charges relating to alleged child sex offences in the 1970s. Kevin Healy, a former Marist brother known as Brother Gordon, has pleaded...

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Days may be numbered for Opaki water race

Days may be numbered for Opaki water race

STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz The future of Opaki water race north of Masterton is in doubt because of Fish and Game opposition to continued use of water from the Ruamahanga River. Water from the race is essential to at least two vineyards and stock on many of...

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Party time at the Block

Party time at the Block

Businesses and tenants along Masterton’s Queen St are doing their part to make this Weekend's Block Party a hit, with something for everyone to enjoy. This Saturday October 20, northern Queen St between King and Park Streets will be off-limits to vehicles, as...

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Scott puts winery up for sale

Scott puts winery up for sale

Matahiwi Estate. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott is selling his Masterton vineyard, but says his future plans will likely include reinvesting in the region. Scott has owned Matahiwi Estate on Paierau Rd...

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Simply the best olive oil

Simply the best olive oil

Kate and Mark Bunny of Loopline Olives showing off the awards they won at the New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Awards on Saturday night in Masterton. PHOTO/BECKIE WILSON Wairarapa producers dominate olive oil awards BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Masterton olive...

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Shock closure of Pahiatua Ford dealership

Shock closure of Pahiatua Ford dealership

Ford vehicles are loaded up and shipped out of the dealership in Pahiatua yesterday. PHOTO/BUSH TELEGRAPH PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The closure of Hoffman Ford dealership in Pahiatua after more than a century of trading is another knock for the Tarurua town and...

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Wild Suzy 15kgs lights

Wild Suzy 15kgs lights

Suzy the feral sheep, after being shorn by shearer Peter Casserly, right, with Amie Ritchie, left, and Carla Clark, who captured the ewe. PHOTO/BECKIE WILSON HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz A haircut that took eight minutes and 16 seconds resulted in...

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Taking ethical wool to the world

Taking ethical wool to the world

Palliser Ridge farm manger Kurt Portas in a Marks and Spencer blazer made with lambs wool from the farm. PHOTO/SUPPLIED BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz A South Wairarapa farm has become the first New Zealand grower to supply wool to global clothing giant,...

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Ploughing on with a long-standing tradition

Ploughing on with a long-standing tradition

The beginning of the Wairarapa ploughing match on Sunday. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV Ploughing transformed New Zealand’s agricultural industry and it lives on today as one of the country’s oldest sports and traditions.  There is a combination of precision and passion in play...

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Rolling gaps in doctor roster

Rolling gaps in doctor roster

CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz An absent obstetrician left Wairarapa Hospital without a secondary care expert for mothers in labour for two 24-hour periods in the last week. Wairarapa DHB's communications manager, Anna Cardno, confirmed there was no local obstetric...

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More train seats for peak times

More train seats for peak times

BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz More seats for the Wairarapa train's peak services will be coming next year, but in the meantime commuters have been given the choice between extra seats or more tables to solve the capacity issues. A successful nine-carriage...

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Green carpet premiere for She Shears

Green carpet premiere for She Shears

Masterton's Jills Angus Burney, left, with She Shears director Jack Nicol, and Waikato shearer Emily Welch at the film's premiere at Regent 3 Cinemas last night. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz A green carpet film premier in Masterton on...

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All eyes on Wairarapa seabed fault

All eyes on Wairarapa seabed fault

An international team of scientists and engineers preparing highly specialized instruments to be deployed on the seafloor offshore the North Island's east coast. (from left), Pete LIljegren (Columbia University), Laura Wallace (GNS Science), Neville Palmer (GNS...

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