School back, mystery lingers

School back, mystery lingers

Emergency services respond to the incident at South End School on Friday. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Police will be back at South End School in Carterton today trying to find the source of the mystery vapour that triggered one of biggest...

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Seat belts law being flouted

Seat belts law being flouted

A driver spotted not wearing a seat belt in Masterton, while eating a kebab. PHOTO/WTA HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Police are cracking down on drivers not following basic safety rules, and there’s plenty to crack down on. Official police statistics...

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Lighthouse puts spotlight on cancer

Lighthouse puts spotlight on cancer

Castlepoint’s lighthouse. PHOTO/FILE CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Castlepoint’s John Keen was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, but he’s found inspiration close to home to throw light on the subject for others. “When I was diagnosed, I was sort of in the...

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Boost for ambulance service

Boost for ambulance service

Jeff Burkett of Rural Contractors, left, with Nigel Watson, area manager of Wellington Free Ambulance. PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE A donation of precisely $33,545.70 from Rural Contractors NZ to Wellington Free Ambulance will contribute towards the service’s People’s Ambulance...

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School in lockdown after chemical drop

School in lockdown after chemical drop

Emergency services have locked down South End School in Carterton, Wairarapa, after a mystery chemical fell from an aircraft. Fire, ambulance and police responded to incident at 2.30pm and a rescue helicopter was dispatched from Wellington just after 3pm. One student...

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South End School in lockdown

South End School in lockdown

Emergency services are heading to South End School in Carterton after a number of students have fallen sick. The school said a strong smell was discovered in the playground at about 1pm and several students have reported feeling dizzy and unwell. One student told...

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World-class tool offers climate clues

World-class tool offers climate clues

Wairarapa experienced drought-like conditions in 2007. PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Severe weather changes predicted for the region until the end century can now be mapped out by farmers and communities looking to prepare and adjust. An...

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Man charged with murder of baby

Man charged with murder of baby

A 25-year-old man has been charged at Masterton District Court with the alleged murder of an eight-month-old girl in Whanganui in 2016. He appeared in Masterton District Court today and has been remanded in custody. Bella Richardson died at a property in Whanganui on...

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NZ Post dumps postmarks ‘by stealth’

NZ Post dumps postmarks ‘by stealth’

CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Postage stamps are no longer being physically postmarked by New Zealand Post, frustrating stamp collectors and raising the prospect of stamps being re-used. NZ Post insists it has ways of detecting if a stamp had been used before,...

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Tuturumuri School to remain open

Tuturumuri School to remain open

Tuturumuri School, which only has eight Students, was earmarked for closure in June. HAYLEY GASTMEIER and ELISA VORSTER Tuturumuri School pupils cheered yesterday at news their tiny country school was, against all odds, safe from closure. Education Minister Chris...

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Push for warmer, healthier homes

Push for warmer, healthier homes

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz A new home insulation programme hinges on Bob Francis being able to get Carterton and South Wairarapa councils, Trust House and the Wairarapa DHB to put skin in the game. Previously, these authorities all helped fund...

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Barack’s long run comes to an end

Barack’s long run comes to an end

Equestrian Jenny Champion with Barack Obama. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV Wairarapa endurance horse Barack Obama has been put down in the United States with kidney complications after a chaotic endurance ride at the World Equestrian Games in the United States last week....

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Popular hut off-limits for six months

Popular hut off-limits for six months

Powell hut will be demolished, with a new hut built in in its place. PHOTO/SUPPLIED CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Tararua Forest Park’s most popular hut will be demolished and off-limits for trampers for six months over summer. Powell Hut will be closed to all...

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