Castlepoint dune restoration

Castlepoint dune restoration

Fred Tai, 15, of Masterton, who is involved in the land-based training programme at Nga Kanohi Marae in Masterton. PHOTO/JIM FLACK The restoration of one of Wairarapa’s scenic reserves is under way after a community planting day saw 1500 plants given life in the sand...

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Tot steals the spotlight

Tot steals the spotlight

Masterton mum Rachel Hansen of Freedom Kids with her 13-month-old Timon. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Pam Graham pam.graham@age.co.nz A Masterton mum and businesswoman who found herself torn between attending to her crying toddler and addressing a big crowd at an awards ceremony in...

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Shearer makes most of final days

Shearer makes most of final days

Darryl and Ann Hart have travelled the country in their bus. PHOTO/BECKIE WILSON   End of the line for ‘Golden’ shearer   Even before he was given just months to live, Darryl Hart was already living the good life. BECKIE WILSON reports.   Darryl Hart is determined to...

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Health centre’s 30-year journey

Health centre’s 30-year journey

The Eketahuna Health Centre’s receptionist and community co-ordinator Everlyne Chase with the committee chairwoman Adrienne Dempsey. PHOTOS/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz The Eketahuna Health Centre is just as unique as the town itself, and on Saturdday it...

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Fading camp  history restored by public art

Fading camp history restored by public art

The Featherston Camp Sculpture. Photo/HAYLEY GASTMEIER During World War I, New Zealand’s small population of around a million meant almost every Kiwi knew someone who trained at Featherston’s military camp. Now, fading from memory, the camp is being commemorated with...

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Forging ahead in tech

Forging ahead in tech

Robotics programmes at Masterton District Library help children learn to code. PHOTOS/ SUPPLIED From making robotics fun to open-source fabrication, and agricultural applications, Wairarapa technies are working hard not only to catch up, but to master the equipment...

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Pole-axed

Pole-axed

PHOTOS/FILE One power pole downed every three weeks Power pole damage hits $165,000 in two years CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Drivers are taking out one power pole every three weeks on average in Wairarapa. In the past 24 months, 33 power poles were struck by...

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Council’s new policy on  dogs not for everyone

Council’s new policy on dogs not for everyone

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz So far 20 people have signed up for the Masterton District Council’s responsible dog owner policy, the council said this week. Information about Masterton’s new responsible dog owner policy was mailed out with dog...

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Winter wonderland arrives

Winter wonderland arrives

Children having fun in the snow dome. PHOTO/SUPPLIED ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Carterton’s Heart of Winter Festival isn’t set to begin until tonight, but has already racked up so much attention that punters can expect to wait in line for a turn on the...

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More traffic woes on narrow road

More traffic woes on narrow road

A view of Cotter St. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER Residents want Greytown street blocked off HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz A planned 56-lot Greytown subdivision has Cotter St residents worried their narrow road, already congested with traffic, will be a main...

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$40m down the river

$40m down the river

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES Region’s leaders predicting economic, social disaster BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Farmers will be driven out of business, and Wairarapa’s economy stripped of $40 million every year, if proposed water allocation restrictions go ahead,...

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Costly avos off the menu

Costly avos off the menu

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES JESSICA MORRIS Smashed avo on toast fans may be in for a long winter, with avocados disappearing off restaurant menus in Wairarapa. Avocado prices have shot to new heights, forcing restaurant and cafe owners to pull them from their menus completely....

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Hopes of another voice for region

Hopes of another voice for region

Adrienne Staples: There is an enormous amount of work that is delivered in Wairarapa by the regional council . . . there is an extraordinary reason why we need two representatives. PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Wairarapa’s sole regional councillor...

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‘Hands tied’ on water plan changes

‘Hands tied’ on water plan changes

PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz After months of public meetings discussing the finer details of the Ruamahanga Whaitua Committee’s freshwater proposals, the first draft has been released. But business owners and farmers who voiced their concerns about...

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