44 jobs threatened

44 jobs threatened

Webstar chief executive Bernie Roberts. PHOTO/ELI HILL Job cuts the latest 'blow' to the region MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Up to 44 jobs have been put at risk after a major printing firm announced plans to halve its Masterton staff numbers. Webstar chief...

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Max back home

Max back home

Kiri and Dick Smith with Dave Partner celebrating the return of Max at the Featherston Memorial RSA on Friday night. PHOTO/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Nine-year-old fox terrier Max is back home in Featherston with his owner Dick Smith after...

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Masterton A and P no-show

Masterton A and P no-show

The Masterton A and P Show was quieter than previous years. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Masterton A and P Show organisers will review the event after a disappointing turnout on the weekend. Scenes at Saturday’s show contrasted sharply with...

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Trains late 40 per cent of the time

Trains late 40 per cent of the time

PHOTO/FILE Punctuality problems KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Wairarapa trains were late 40 per cent of the time from July to December last year. And commuters should prepare for more disruptions over the next few years as upgrades are made to the line,...

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Meters popped in

Meters popped in

Project engineer Enrique Orellana putting in a water meter on Andrew St, Masterton for Murray Patterson. PHOTOS/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz The first of Masterton’s water meters were installed last week, and 9000 will follow in the next six...

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$1 million upgrade a rental reprieve

$1 million upgrade a rental reprieve

Artist’s impression of the Abbeyfield expansion. IMAGE/SUPPLIED KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz A $1 million upgrade and construction of four new rooms for over 65-year-olds in hardship is expected to get under way at Abbeyfield Masterton in a few months....

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Troubled bridge over toxic water

Troubled bridge over toxic water

The bridge over the Waipoua River in Masterton has been closed. PHOTO/ELI HILL The Waipoua River bridge in Masterton was closed on Friday after walkers reported its boards were “moving”. Masterton District Council closed the bridge for the weekend ahead of an...

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Vine workers’ housing struggle

Vine workers’ housing struggle

Joel Watson winemaker at Luna Estate in Martinborough. PHOTO/NZME Increasing property prices and demand for holiday accommodation is making it harder for Martinborough wineries to find worker accommodation, GIANINA SCHWANECKE reports. Joel Watson from Luna Estate said...

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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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