New ‘Robocop’

New ‘Robocop’

Wairarapa Police Area Commander Scott Miller at Featherston’s new Police Connect system. PHOTO/MARCUS ANSELM MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Featherston became home to Wairarapa’s first “Robocop” yesterday. New Zealand police opened a three-month pilot for their...

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Child run over in driveway

Child run over in driveway

A toddler was flown to Wellington Hospital after being hit by a car in a Carterton driveway. PHOTO/EMMA BROWN EMMA BROWN emma.brown@age.com It is every parent’s worst nightmare when parking a car. A mother is believed to have accidentally run over her toddler in a...

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Drugs seized

Drugs seized

PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Police net $2m worth of cannabis plants in raid Further arrests could be made MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Nine people were arrested and millions of dollars’ worth of cannabis, firearms, and thousands in cash were seized in South...

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Mini traffic lights for  Carterton

Mini traffic lights for Carterton

Carterton Lions president Paul Reid with club member and project lead Pascoe Reynolds, right. PHOTO/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz To help children learn the road rules, a set of mini traffic lights are going up in Carrington Park as part of the...

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Injured welder supported

Injured welder supported

Aiden Sayer, 20, was hospitalised after a workplace accident on Tuesday. PHOTO/FILE The community has pitched in to help the family of the Masterton man who was critically injured in a workplace accident on Tuesday morning. Aiden Sayer, 20, works as a welder at AGTEC...

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Job cuts will affect clients

Job cuts will affect clients

HealthCare New Zealand staff and supporters protesting a proposed restructure and job cuts on Chapel St on Wednesday. PHOTO/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz A loud protest was held in Masterton on Wednesday involving 25 HealthCare New Zealand...

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Tandem fire havoc

Tandem fire havoc

Firefighters working to put out a grass fire on Te Whiti Rd in Homebush. PHOTOS/EMMA BROWN Four grass fires in three hours Two power poles downed EMMA BROWN emma.brown@age.co.nz Four grass fires on Wednesday highlighted the risk of tinder dry conditions in Masterton,...

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Love woven into korowai

Love woven into korowai

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy with korowai designer and weaver Rose Bittle. PHOTOS/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz With a lot of love and some tears, Rose Bittle designed and wove the Pukaha National Wildlife Centre korowai [cloak]. After three...

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Health board battles staff vacancies

Health board battles staff vacancies

Wairarapa Hospital. PHOTO/FILE DHB focused on staff recruitment ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz On the back of an orthopaedic surgeon shortage at Wairarapa District Health Board, further vacancies have been confirmed. The Times-Age reported Wairarapa would soon only have...

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Dog and vehicle pinched

Dog and vehicle pinched

Max getting a tummy rub. PHOTO/SUPPLIED KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz While 78-year-old Dick Smith was in his office at the Featherston Community Centre on Monday afternoon, a man stole his vehicle and his dog Max. “I ran out and tried to stop him, but the guy...

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Critically injured

Critically injured

Emergency services at AGTEC on Tuesday morning. PHOTOS/EMMA BROWN Welder suffers head injury at work EMMA BROWN and GIANINA SCHWANECKE A Masterton man was flown to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition after a workplace incident at AGTEC Machinery in Solway on...

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Masterton water ban back

Masterton water ban back

Grass is tinder dry in Masterton. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Masterton’s outdoor water ban is back, but lower valley gardens will get some respite as Wairarapa’s district councils tackle the big dry in different ways. Councils across the...

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Village gives youths second chance

Village gives youths second chance

Each cabin cost $15,000. PHOTO/FACEBOOK KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Six Carterton cabins for six young people in need are ready for them to move into. As soon as Carterton Baptist Church leaders hold their meeting with neighbours to sign off the young...

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Native mussel desperate

Native mussel desperate

Volunteers were waist deep in the water during the annual kakahi monitoring survey day at Western Lake Reserve in Lake Wairarapa on Sunday. PHOTOS/PETE MONK. When your very survival is dependent on hitching a ride, it is critical that one is available. But, for the...

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Dry days far from over

Dry days far from over

Reports of dams drying up and farmers struggling are increasing. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Lowest monthly rainfall in 72 years, farmers facing hardship Fourth lowest monthly rainfall in 110 years GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz With the lowest rainfall readings...

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