Rural women tackling isolation

Rural women tackling isolation

The Wairarapa Rural Women’s Initiative on its trip to Marlborough earlier this year. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Rural isolation is not limited to how far out of town you live, but also where to turn when the pressures within farming life get...

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Onesies out with wallets for a day

Onesies out with wallets for a day

Children from Martinborough’s Bell St Early Learning Centre, with South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier and Wellington Free Ambulance Wairarapa area manager Nigel Watson last year. PHOTO/FILE Wearing pyjamas out of the house will get you some odd looks most days. But...

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Protest planned to save bank

Protest planned to save bank

Tuesday’s meeting about the proposed ANZ bank closure in Martinborough attracted 107 people to The Village Cafe. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Many elderly don’t use automated teller machines HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Martinborough residents will mount one last...

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The lavender smell of success

The lavender smell of success

Jan and Stuart Abernethy visiting lavender fields in Provence, France. PHOTO/LAVENDER ABBEY Emily Ireland emily.ireland@age.co.nz When Jan and Stu Abernethy first bought their Dalefield property 10 years ago, they never imagined the empire they would soon build. The...

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Nice weather for spring ducklings

Nice weather for spring ducklings

A flooded paddock on Colombo Rd on Tuesday. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Mother Nature has been having its own spring clean this week, with a MetService spokesperson labelling it “a pretty wet start to the week”. The region is directly in...

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Father’s Day gift goes viral

Father’s Day gift goes viral

Namu Lopa playing guitar for his daughter, Lynnal, 10, who sang to him as a Father’s Day gift. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz It was hard for Masterton’s Namu Lopa to keep his eyes dry on Father’s Day when his 10-year-old daughter...

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Hotel idea returns

Hotel idea returns

Ideas are in for what to do to Masterton’s town hall and municipal building. PHOTO/FILE Council town hall wish list grows Construction to start January 2020 PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz A hotel and apartments have popped up as options to be included in the...

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Clear air, getting there

Clear air, getting there

PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Experts are happy to see Masterton’s air quality improved this winter, despite still exceeding both national and international guidelines for healthy air. Masterton’s air is notorious for exceeding air quality standards...

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Local troupe aims to rule at theatre nationals

Local troupe aims to rule at theatre nationals

The cast of King John are headed for the National TheatreFest finals. PHOTO/ SUPPLIED CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Masterton’s Harlequin Youth Theatre is a national finalist in a competition designed to grow young talent, and with each performance moves from...

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Fox apologises ‘unreservedly’

Fox apologises ‘unreservedly’

Marama Fox. PHOTO/FILE Former Maori Party MP and co-leader Marama Fox says she is devastated that the consultancy company she set up less than a year ago owes at least $70,000 to creditors after it was put into liquidation. Marama Fox Consultancy Group Tapui Ltd has...

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‘Bad mistake … bad timing’

‘Bad mistake … bad timing’

The scene of the fatal Featherston crash. PHOTOS/FILE Wife accepts husband to blame for fatal crash BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz The widow of a Martinborough motorcyclist who died attempting to overtake a turning logging truck with failed indicator lights,...

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Carterton’s Dew garden unveiled

Carterton’s Dew garden unveiled

Carterton Mayor John Booth cuts the ribbon on the sustainable garden created by Helen Dew (at right) and friends. PHOTOS/JADE CVETKOV ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Carterton’s Helen Dew revealed her new sustainable garden at the weekend with those in the...

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It’s all about classic cars

It’s all about classic cars

Greytown’s Kerry Williams with his 1947 Ford V8 coupe. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The sky was a dull grey, but Masterton streets were bright with hot rods, classics, vintage and rare cars at the inaugural Father’s Day Show and Shine...

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Bride of the Year: ‘Pressure was on’

Bride of the Year: ‘Pressure was on’

Wairarapa Bride of the Year winner Charlotte Osborne (on left), with runner-up Chloe Frederiksen, third-placed Emily Ireland, and fourth-placed Jessica Terry. HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Charlotte Osborne’s wedding party spent a portion of her special...

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Masterton expertise aids tourists

Masterton expertise aids tourists

Lead developer for the Alipay solution, Tim Brook, left, and general manager of Coca-Cola Amatil vending system services, Andy Kerr, with the Alipay compatible vending machine. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER Catering to Chinese visitor market elisa vorster...

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