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Ministry bread for durum wheat

Ministry bread for durum wheat

A field day in January exploring the options of durum wheat in Wairarapa. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED Kiwis could be tucking into artisan pasta, pizza, and bread made from durum wheat grown in Wairarapa if a new project indicates there’s a market for it. The Ministry for Primary...

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Hui hones in on water

Hui hones in on water

Speakers at Monday night’s Wairarapa Green’s Water Hui. From left to right; Amber Craig, Mike Birch, Ian Gunn, Eugenie Sage, Robyn Wells, Rawiri Smith. PHOTOS/GRACE PRIOR The Wairarapa community met on Monday night to discuss the future of water in our region at the...

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Travel disruptions ahead for State Highway 53

Travel disruptions ahead for State Highway 53

Four weeks of sealing works on State Highway 53 between Featherston and Martinborough got under way on Monday. PHOTO/SUE TEODORO Drivers who regularly use State Highway 53 should expect delays in the next four weeks as a road sealing daytime project starts on Monday....

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House prices through the roof

House prices through the roof

Property experts across the region said people were increasingly choosing to move to Wairarapa. PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Wairarapa property prices continue their relentless climb, with demand outstripping supply in all three districts as population increase puts pressure...

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Business leader is staying put

Business leader is staying put

Nicola Belsham says the role of Business Wairarapa is to act as an advocate for its members. PHOTO/TOM TAYLOR After a year of transformation for the board of Business Wairarapa, the organisation’s new general manager says she is keen to stay. Nicola Belsham stepped...

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New phase prompts food for thought

New phase prompts food for thought

Masterton Foodbank manager Jenna Matchett spent six weeks putting together a brand-new business case for the organisation. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR TOM TAYLOR tom.taylor@age.co.nz Masterton Foodbank is entering a new phase of life with a change to its management and a “total...

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Literature festival shares love of books

Literature festival shares love of books

Featherston Booktown patrons at the fish and chips supper event on Friday. PHOTOS/JOHN LAZO-RON JOHN LAZO-RON john.lazo-ron@age.co.nz A traditional serving of gourmet fish and chips, poetry royalty, and some non-traditional “outside the box” poetry officially kicked...

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711 days and counting

711 days and counting

Aerial view of the Daleton Farm site. PHOTO/FILE Wastewater project setbacks revealed Chief executive recommends independent review of project EMILY IRELAND emily.ireland@age.co.nz Just over 700 days have lapsed since stage two of Carterton’s wastewater treatment...

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Music in the family

Music in the family

Courtney Naera playing the piano in her home studio in Lansdowne. PHOTO/TOM TAYLOR It’s NZ Music Month, a celebration of Aotearoa’s music and the musicians who make it. In Wairarapa, that means a celebration of our songwriters and the original music they produce....

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Masterton skatepark project ramps up

Masterton skatepark project ramps up

Hunter Civil project engineer Jessica Baker, general manager Grant Ballinger, Masterton mayor Lyn Patterson, councillor Gary Caffell, and RICH Landscapes designer Richard Smith. PHOTO/SUPPLIED The tender for the revamp of Masterton skatepark has now been awarded, with...

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Choc craving is so strong it’s criminal

Choc craving is so strong it’s criminal

Police are looking for two males in relation to a candy crime at Gull Service Station last month. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Police are calling for information to help identify two males who stole confectionery from the Gull Petrol Station in Masterton last month. Wairarapa...

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Relevant education for young mums and dads

Relevant education for young mums and dads

Graduates of Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit’s parenting programme, from left to right: Brianna, Clarissa, Jordan, Tahlia, programme facilitator Sam Williams, Jade, and Aku. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Students celebrated their graduation from Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit’s parenting...

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Water way to go: A new farewell

Water way to go: A new farewell

Dr Heidi Ward-McGrath veterinary director at Vetcare. PHOTOS/SUE TEODORO SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz A Masterton vet and a funeral director have set up New Zealand’s first-ever water cremation option for pets as part of a gentle end-to-end bereavement service to...

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Fibre fury: 26 hours off the grid

Fibre fury: 26 hours off the grid

Rose Kessler and Megan Brown at the Kuripuni Lotto and Post Shop say the Spark outage meant a lot of people missed out on tickets for the Wednesday Lotto draw. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR Spark customers had to cope without internet for more than 24 hours after roadworks sliced...

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