Switch off to drive safely

Switch off to drive safely

PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM In the second of a five-part series on Wairarapa’s road to zero fatal crashes, GIANINA SCHWANECKE examines the dangers of distracted driving and using mobile phones in the car. It’s an issue which has only arisen in the past decade but one that...

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New medical centre opening

New medical centre opening

Donna Campbell, left, Trish Wilkinson, and Josie Savage of First Health and Wellness Centre. PHOTOS/ALEYNA MARTINEZ Centre aims to take pressure off ED ALEYNA MARTINEZ aleyna.martinez@age.co.nz First Health and Wellness Centre is a new and permanent urgent care...

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Featherston residents say: Nope to dope ad

Featherston residents say: Nope to dope ad

Featherston’s Kia Ora Dairy in its present location. PHOTO/ARTHUR HAWKES Owner of dairy left disappointed ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz The famous Kia Ora Dairy, a long-time Featherston landmark, has been used in an anti-cannabis advertisement without the...

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Bee a hero this month

Bee a hero this month

The Wairarapa Hobby Beekeepers Club is a great place to learn more about what’s involved. PHOTO/TERESA DIXON September is Bee Aware month so rural reporter GIANINA SCHWANECKE decided to tackle her fear of insects and learn more about the black and yellow bugs that...

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Wairarapa teen parents pull through as winners

Wairarapa teen parents pull through as winners

Wairarapa’s Teen Parent Unit won its Wellington regional tournament by one point. PHOTO/SUPPLIED ALEYNA MARTINEZ aleyna.martinez@age.co.nz The Wairarapa’s Teen Parent Unit won its netball tournament by one point in the last minute over the weekend. The TPU had been...

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Runaways raise concerns

Runaways raise concerns

Police officers outside a Johnstone St property in Masterton where a teenager crashed after a pursuit last year. PHOTO/FILE Ditched pursuits rising In the first of a five-part series on Wairarapa’s road to zero fatal crashes, GIANINA SCHWANECKE takes a look at the...

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40 days of work done in one night on hill road

40 days of work done in one night on hill road

Barrier inspections across the Remutaka Hill. PHOTO/SUPPLIED ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz A month’s worth of essential roadworks were carried out on the Remutaka Hill road overnight on Sunday, having been postponed earlier in the year due to extreme weather....

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170kmh gusts batter region, close Remutakas

170kmh gusts batter region, close Remutakas

Large gum tree branches were snapped by the wind at Gordon St in Lansdowne. PHOTO/ALEYNA MARTINEZ Wild winds down trees ARTHUR HAWKES and ALEYNA MARTINEZ Northwesterly gusts of up to 170kmh have wreaked havoc across Wairarapa, closing the Remutaka Hill road and...

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No quick cure for doctor shortage

No quick cure for doctor shortage

GRAPHIC/TIMES-AGE Wairarapa needs more GPs to meet standard ALEYNA MARTINEZ aleyna.martinez@age.co.nz One of Wairarapa’s medical centres has closed its books to new enrolments. Meanwhile, others are taking limited enrolments due to swelling patient loads and a small...

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Seniors ‘meeting the candidates’ on Zoom

Seniors ‘meeting the candidates’ on Zoom

Digital Seniors will be hosting two Wairarapa candidates at their weekly Thursday Zoom session. PHOTO/SUPPLIED ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz Digital Seniors is a charity committed to getting older folk connected to the digital realm, and they’ll be hosting two...

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Interest in te reo ‘encouraging’

Interest in te reo ‘encouraging’

A launch day for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori [Māori Language Week] at Hau Ariki Marae, Martinborough. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Māori Language Week During Te Wiki o te Reo Māori [Māori Language Week], the Wairarapa Times-Age is publishing a story a day highlighting the language’s...

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Strong winds wreak havoc in town

Strong winds wreak havoc in town

The winds brought a tree down on to a footpath in Carterton. PHOTO/ERIN COLLINS GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz Spring has officially sprung, and strong winds have returned to batter the region and cause chaos around the countryside. Firefighters in...

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Tourism spending best in country

Tourism spending best in country

People shopping on Queen St, Masterton. PHOTO/FILE Better support on the way for events ARTHUR HAWKES arthur.hawkes@age.co.nz New figures made public by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show Destination Wairarapa was the only Regional Tourism...

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Gas ram raid

Gas ram raid

Teens crashed into Gas Eketahuna last Thursday night. PHOTO/ALEYNA MARTINEZ Teens’ destructive joyride Teens arrested, police still seeking a third offender after crime spree ALEYNA MARTINEZ aleyna.matinez@age.co.nz Two teenagers were found hiding on the roof of...

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