The language of success

The language of success

Jack Montgomerie. PHOTO/SUPPLIED PM scholarships take Wairarapa people to China BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz You could say Jack Montgomerie has a knack for languages, having dabbled in a handful, but it was Chinese that really took his fancy. Montgomerie,...

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Inner Wheel turns for Outward Bound challenges

Inner Wheel turns for Outward Bound challenges

Beaming with the benefits of Outward Bound, from left, Makoura College pupil Kyra van Geffen, 16, and Kuranui College’s Puhi Te Whaiti, 19, and Olivia Edwards, 17. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GIANINA SCHWANECKE Pre-dawn starts, 3km runs, and a challenging two-day tramp have proved...

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MPI ‘listening’ to concerns

MPI ‘listening’ to concerns

PHOTO/FILE Neighbours of infected farms to be told Gianina Schwanecke The Ministry for Primary Industries has responded to farmers’ frustration by announcing they will publish a list of farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis and inform neighbouring properties directly....

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One more step to world stage

One more step to world stage

Rising Shakespearean actor AJ Southey, left, with Kuranui head of performing arts Juanita McLellan. PHOTO/ SUPPLIED CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Wairarapa is producing top-tier young actors who could soon take on London’s Globe Theatre. Kuranui College pupil AJ...

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Eco bag exchange set up for Masterton shoppers

Eco bag exchange set up for Masterton shoppers

The reusable jute shopping bags that will be available in exchange for five plastic bags at Masterton supermarkets on June 29. PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE JESSICA MORRIS Supermarket shoppers in Masterton will be able to exchange their old plastic supermarket bags for reusable...

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Sell schools and hospital – Scott

Sell schools and hospital – Scott

Alastair Scott: We should be thinking about what [government’s] purpose is. Is it to own buildings? I say no, absolutely not. Wairarapa MP says government should not own buildings PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott has been attacked by the...

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Oldest Kiwi dies, aged 111

Oldest Kiwi dies, aged 111

Madeline Anderson with Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson and New Zealand First MP Ron Mark on her 111th birthday. PHOTO/ EMILY IRELAND CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Weeks after her 111th birthday, Madeline Anderson has died. Thought to be New Zealand’s oldest person,...

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Schools of rock ready to roll

Schools of rock ready to roll

Snokel. PHOTOS/JESSICA MORRIS The region’s budding secondary school rock stars are tuning their instruments and warming up their vocal chords in the countdown to the Smokefree Rockquest regional finals tomorrow reports Jessica Morris and Gianina Schwanecke. This year,...

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Bikeathon boost for Cancer Society

Bikeathon boost for Cancer Society

Kahutara School’s Cohen Walford, right, 11, riding with his best mate, Devyn Urlich. PHOTOS/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The sun dried out Kahutara School’s soggy ground just in time on Wednesday, as pupils hit the BMX track for a good...

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Health sector’s ‘great loss’

Health sector’s ‘great loss’

Helen Kjestrup in 2011. PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Wairarapa lost a prominent community health leader with the death of Helen Kjestrup at the weekend. It is understood Kjestrup, 61, died after a fall while in Wellington. She worked at Masterton...

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Battle over energy drinks

Battle over energy drinks

PHOTO/GETTY/IMAGES ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Battle lines are being drawn about young people’s access to energy drinks. Wairarapa fitness coach Allan French is horrified at the number of pupils he sees leaving supermarkets at 8am with 500ml cans of energy...

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Junior coasties on the rise

Junior coasties on the rise

Jane Shelton in action for East Coast. PHOTOS/KJ PHOTOGRAPHIC RUGBY JAKE BELESKI jake.beleski@age.co.nz Four years ago you would not have seen a junior rugby team running around at the East Coast Rugby Football Club, but now the JAB programme is thriving. In that time...

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Hart healthy for Hansells

Hart healthy for Hansells

Executive chairman of Hansells Masterton, Alan Stewart. PHOTO/FILE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Kiwi billionaire Graeme Hart started with the purchase of Government Print in Masterton and made his fortune, and now his son is working to turnaround a food company...

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Mixed reviews for lights

Mixed reviews for lights

One of the new LED lights on Essex St, Masterton, looking towards Chapel St, where the older sodium street lights remain. PHOTO/CAL ROBERTS HAYLEY GASTMEIER and CAL ROBERTS New street lighting in Wairarapa is getting mixed reviews, with some people calling for them to...

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Time to celebrate shortest day

Time to celebrate shortest day

Stonehenge Aotearoa. PHOTO/FILE JESSICA MORRIS With the shortest day of the year today, we can look forward to longer days ahead, as well as the promise of warmer weather to come – but it may take a little time. Stonehenge Aotearoa manager Richard Hall says while...

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