Booktown creates writer residency

Booktown creates writer residency

Featherston Booktown patron Joy Cowley takes a children’s workshop. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV GRANT HARDING grant.harding@age.co.nz A highlight of Featherston Booktown, which concluded on Sunday, was the announcement of the establishment of a residency open to all New...

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Tractors, trucks, but no topdresser

Tractors, trucks, but no topdresser

GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz As a young man, Dion Kilmister dreamed of running his own farm, complete with tractors, trucks and even a plane. He wanted to be a farmer, truck driver and a butcher – why choose when you can be all three? The Bideford...

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Loopline achieves olive oil greatness

Loopline achieves olive oil greatness

PHOTO/SUPPLIED Juno and Dali also succeed GRANT HARDING grant.harding@age.co.nz It’s official – Wairarapa’s Loopline Olives are one of the world’s elite olive oil makers. On Saturday [NZ time] the Masterton company learned that its Loopline Picholine had been awarded...

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Chlorination under way

Chlorination under way

Water being flushed from Martinborough’s water mains last week, ahead of temporary chlorination which started yesterday. The black colour of the water was an indication the cleaning process has been successful, South Wairarapa District Council says. PHOTO/SUPPLIED...

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The Interview: This Week Peter Biggs

The Interview: This Week Peter Biggs

Prologue Peter Biggs and Mary, his wife of 35 years, came to see Grant Harding last year to enthuse him about Featherston Booktown, held at the weekend. Peter is the chairman, and Mary the operations manager [driving force]. ‘Biggsy’, as he’s known was in a classy...

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Carterton resident leads major Te Papa revamp

Carterton resident leads major Te Papa revamp

Te Papa’s new Te Taiao Nature exhibition, designed by Carterton’s . PHOTO/MAARTEN HOLL – TE PAPA SAM TATTERSFIELD sam.tattersfield@age.co.nz Jen Craddock’s job is to make Te Papa exhibitions the best they can be. “Making it accessible, making it memorable, and also...

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Award-winning home a family affair

Award-winning home a family affair

PHOTO/SUPPLIED STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz They say building a house is one of the most stressful things you can do in life . . . but what if two brothers are doing the job for their parents? For some families this would be a recipe for disaster, but for the...

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Food charities tell story of increasing hardship

Food charities tell story of increasing hardship

Foodbank in Masterton has used up all of the food donated in November’s annual food drive. PHOTO/FILE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The Foodbank in Masterton has used up all the food donated in the annual food drive in November and will buy what it needs for the...

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Hit and run over car purchase

Hit and run over car purchase

PHOTO/FILE ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz A man was taken to Wairarapa Hospital on Thursday with moderate injuries after a hit and run involving a car. Wairarapa Police response manager Senior Sergeant Jennifer Hansen said the incident was initially a civil matter over...

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Bare earth to get makeover

Bare earth to get makeover

Then: Masterton’s annual flower beds of the past. PHOTO/FILE ‘Pops of colour’ on the way, but with a difference Steve Rendle steve.rendle@age.co.nz Flowers are returning to traffic islands at Masterton’s northern entrance – but not as you knew them. After a summer of...

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Pupils collect for Christchurch

Pupils collect for Christchurch

Saint Mary’s School year four pupils Tyla Morrison, Molly O’Dwyer, Emily Mullany, Honor Norris-Baber and Macy Sargent each holding a donated soft toy. PHOTO/ELI HILL ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz A lesson in giving can be found at Saint Mary’s School in Carterton where...

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Waihinga Centre wins

Waihinga Centre wins

The $5.33 million Waihinga Centre was eight years in the making. PHOTO/ANDY SPAIN $5.3 million centre a ‘huge endeavour’ GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz Martinborough’s new multipurpose Waihinga Centre was on Wednesday night named one of five Public...

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First-home buyers in with a shout

First-home buyers in with a shout

There are a range of lot sizes in the plans for a huge Lansdowne subdivision. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED New subdivision to feature mix of prices Work set to begin this week PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz New houses that first-home buyers can afford have been promised in the...

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