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Service ceases suddenly

Service ceases suddenly

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES Orthopaedic services cut All orthopaedic acute surgery patients to be sent out of region Wairarapa Hospital has closed its acute orthopaedic service after a failure to recruit specialist surgeons to the region. Residents presenting with acute...

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Egg and Spoon in race for award

Egg and Spoon in race for award

Greytown illustrator Giselle Clarkson with Egg and Spoon: An Illustrated Cookbook, shortlisted this morning for a book award. PHOTO/TOM TAYLOR A cookbook with a local flavour is in the running for a national book award. From a pool of 166 entries, 28 finalists for the...

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Real ice for cool Carterton festival

Real ice for cool Carterton festival

CDC sales and marketing co-ordinator Jenni Hall, WBS business development manager Sharon Pearce, WBS chief executive officer Paul Bywater, Mayor Greg Lang and event manager Jenny Gasson launching the Heart of Winter Festival. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED Carterton’s annual...

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Meter rollout in catch-up

Meter rollout in catch-up

Water meter being installed in Masterton. PHOTO/SUPPLIED GRACE PRIOR grace.prior@age.co.nz Masterton’s water meter rollout is nine months behind schedule, and council staff have discovered water leaks at up to 15 per cent of households where meters had been installed....

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‘Underpaid and understaffed’

‘Underpaid and understaffed’

Nurses marched through Masterton on Wednesday stopping outside the Wairarapa Times-Age. PHOTO/GRACE PRIOR Nurses on strike SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz “If we’re out here, there’s something wrong in there.” That was the sentiment shared by one of the hundreds of...

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Travel to another time

Travel to another time

The exterior view of the historic homestead. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED A coastal venture has weathered the storms of a covid-hit tourism sector better than most, SHEA TURNER writes. At the end of Ica Rd, as you drive through a tunnel of trees to Ica Homestead, you could be...

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MDC opens up land at Panama

MDC opens up land at Panama

Panama Village, Ngaumutawa Rd, Masterton. PHOTO/FILE Masterton District Council has voted to make vacant land at Panama Village available for more public housing, but get someone else to do the building. Council will work with the government through Kainga Ora,...

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Housing the homeless

Housing the homeless

Elizabeth St in Masterton. PHOTO/SUE TEODORO But residents fear the worst A project welcomed by many as part of a solution to Masterton’s homelessness crisis is causing anxiety for some residents. People in Elizabeth St are worried the new house for homeless will...

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Our Bob has a busy life all in order

Our Bob has a busy life all in order

Former Masterton Mayor Bob Francis has been appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. PHOTO/SOUMYA BHAMIDIPATI Queen’s Birthday 2021 honours Robert [Bob] Charles Francis, QSO, MBE, JP, was the Mayor of the Masterton District Council from 1989 until...

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Kapa haka group wins big

Kapa haka group wins big

Te Whare Tapere o Manukura win Youth Award. PHOTO/SUPPLIED SUE TEODORO sue.teodoro@age.co.nz The contribution of a Wairarapa community-based kapa haka group has been recognised by Masterton District Council with the group winning a prestigious youth award. Nominated...

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Young artists outside the square

Young artists outside the square

Central Martinborough part of Innovating Streets programme. PHOTOS/SUE TEODORO Martinborough’s children have designed art to help turn areas in The Square into living spaces, but some residents have reservations. The children have submitted more than 40 colourful...

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Pride shows in language and dance

Pride shows in language and dance

Masterton Intermediate School’s performance. PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR The streets of Masterton were busy on Wednesday night with crowds flocking to a Fiafia Night in celebration of Samoan Language Week. Cultural group ‘Siva with Vanz’ hosted the event at Crossway Church...

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Sunia: From truant to fluent

Sunia: From truant to fluent

Sunia Kohitolu won the Cardinal McKeefry Memorial Cup for oratory in this year’s O’Shea Shield competition. PHOTO/TOM TAYLOR Sunia Kohitolu used to skip as many days of school as he attended. Now the Year 13 head boy of Chanel College and has just won a coveted cup...

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Trap set in playground injures child

Trap set in playground injures child

Martinborough Square, near the vandalised playground. PHOTO/SUE TEODORO In an act described by police as “spiteful”, a child recently suffered a cut foot after soft drink bottles were cut up and the broken pieces buried in the bark of a popular Wairarapa playground....

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