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By Seamus Boyer

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There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing the words, “I would have thought you would have written an article on ”.

Especially when we didn’t know about it.

The Times-Age hears about a lot of things, and finds out about a lot of stories, but there’s always stuff that we miss.

So much goes on in our region that there will be great stories going unreported every single day.

When someone says to us “Why didn’t you report on so-and-so?”, often it’s because we simply didn’t know about it.

Which is such a shame, and frustrating for both us and the reader.

Our response is always the same, and we try and tell as many people as possible: ‘Tell us what’s going on’.

If we don’t know about it, we can’t write about it.

We’re always happy to hear from you, and we would much rather be told more than once than not at all.

The easiest way to do this is to pick up the phone and give us a bell.

Our main office number is 378 9999, then dial 1 for the editorial team.

We’ll be more than happy to hear from you.



As the full extent of the damage caused by Monday’s earthquake becomes clearer, the more remarkable Wairarapa’s escape from it appears.

There has been huge disruption in north Canterbury caused by slips and tears to roads, and several buildings in Wellington are looking likely to need some serious repair work.

One of those may collapse.

Obviously there are no buildings of that size in Wairarapa, but the fact that there appears to be very little damage anywhere – except a bit of roading damage out towards White Rock – is incredible.

The same happened with Tuesday’s weather, that left Wellington reeling from flooding and slips, but did little more than give our farmers a decent chunk of rain leading into summer.

Without wishing misfortune on others, we can be thankful it wasn’t us.

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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