Belgium honours consul Staples

Belgium honours consul Staples

Don Staples with wife Adrienne Staples after receiving the honour of Knight in the Order of the Crown for Belgium. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GRACE PRIOR grace.prior@age.co.nz Featherston man Don Staples has received Belgium’s second highest honour, the honour of Knight in the...

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Sharma labels McAnulty a bully

Sharma labels McAnulty a bully

Gaurav Sharma. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES MARY ARGUE mary.argue@age.co.nz Labour Party MP Gaurav Sharma has come out swinging in a scathing social media post labelling Kieran McAnulty a bully and accusing the Wairarapa MP of gaslighting and derogatory behaviour. The 2600-word...

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Prices drop, but don’t be alarmed

Prices drop, but don’t be alarmed

PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM PROPERTY MARKET MARY ARGUE mary.argue@age.co.nz For the first time in a decade, annual median house prices in New Zealand have tumbled. For some, it will be the first time in living memory that the inexorable price rise has halted. While one...

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Roadworks come to a sudden stop

Roadworks come to a sudden stop

The seventh crash near roadworks on SH2, taking the total to 15 cars wrecked in a week and a half. PHOTO/MARY ARGUE HELEN HOLT helen.holt@age.co.nz Waka Kotahi NZTA is halting roadworks on State Highway 2 after yet another crash in the area. Emergency services...

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Worst flooding in 18 years

Worst flooding in 18 years

Two men push a car out of floodwaters on Te Ore Ore-Bideford Rd. PHOTO/MARY ARGUE Floodwaters wreak havoc MARY ARGUE mary.argue@age.co.nz It’s the worst flooding in almost 20 years. More than 200 millimetres of rain fell in South Wairarapa in 30 hours, causing rivers...

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Six crashes in six days

Six crashes in six days

Variable message sign warning roadworks ahead. PHOTO/HELEN HOLT SH2 danger zone HELEN HOLT helen.holt@age.co.nz After six crashes near Clareville, a resident is concerned the stretch of State Highway 2 [SH2] is a death waiting to happen. Police were notified of six...

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Flooding hell

Flooding hell

Flooding on the outskirts of Martinborough. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED ... and there’s more rain to come A heavy rain watch remained in place for Wairarapa’s hill country yesterday after heavy flowing rivers closed access into Martinborough on Monday. MetService said rainfall...

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Demolition on the cards for renowned red barn

Demolition on the cards for renowned red barn

The derelict red barn on State Highway 2 north of Greytown. PHOTO/SUPPLIED MARY ARGUE mary.argue@age.co.nz The future is tenuous for the derelict red barn on the northern outskirts of Greytown. The dilapidated structure on State Highway 2, one of the most photographed...

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Chef shortage haunting hospitality

Chef shortage haunting hospitality

PHOTO/ADOBE.STOCK.COM MARY ARGUE mary.argue@age.co.nz The commute will no longer end with a cold craft brew at Masterton Train Station. Sup HQ Brewery poured its final pint last week, closing its doors after a year, citing chronic chef shortages and a crippling...

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Sheriffs threaten schools

Sheriffs threaten schools

A copy of the original document sent to a New Zealand school principal. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GEORGE SHIERS george.shiers@age.co.nz A self-proclaimed sheriff movement that began in Eketahuna continues to recruit members and increase activity. Police have confirmed they are...

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