Tauherenikau racing safe

Tauherenikau racing safe

Families have been attending the Wairarapa Racing Club New Year meeting at Tauherenikau Racecourse for generations. PHOTO/FILE HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Iconic Tauherenikau racecourse is safe from closure after a massive shakeup of New Zealand’s...

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$193 million for trains

$193 million for trains

PHOTO/FILE New funds for rail service welcomed BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz A $193.7 million injection to improve the rail link between Wairarapa and Wellington, announced on Friday, is a potential game-changer for the region, leaders say. The money comes...

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Hello, you’re on the air

Hello, you’re on the air

The cardboard cut-out promoting Brent Gare, right, a finalist in the Woman's Day's Hottest Radio Hunk contest, with his nominator, Mediaworks promotions coordinator Saphron Yaxley. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER   Brent Gare’s journey onto the airwaves began when he was just...

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Golf club land goes on sale

Golf club land goes on sale

Featherston Golf Club. PHOTO/SUPPLIED PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Featherston Golf Club is for sale, with agents Property Brokers suggesting it could either stay as a golf course, or become a farm or a lifestyle block. The course covers 32.82 hectares a few...

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Stepping up to the plate

Stepping up to the plate

Contestants Matthew Payton, right, and Matthew Dotrice present their pizzas to judge Damien Peiti. Watching is Abbey-Jade Gunn, left. PHOTO/ CAL ROBERTS CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Secondary school students from across the region were plating up and wiping down...

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Drive for American tourists

Drive for American tourists

US Ambassador Scott Brown, taking wife, Gail, and Labour MP Kieran McAnulty on a ride on Thursday. Green Jersey Cycle Tour’s Stuart Edwards is on the left. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown had...

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Lawn mower race all for a good cause

Lawn mower race all for a good cause

Alan Gray trying out the track for today’s Eketahuna Mower Race. PHOTO/BECKIE WILSON BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Eketahuna’s Alan Gray organised a ride-on lawn mower race in his front paddock last year as something “comical” for his wife to enjoy as she...

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Poet shares secret he couldn’t keep

Poet shares secret he couldn’t keep

Sculptor and poet Sam Duckor-Jones. PHOTO/ EBONY LAMB CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz A Featherston sculptor is embracing his “other” artistic side this weekend, as he shares poems from his first book. Sam Duckor-Jones will share work from his first published book...

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Balanced workplace wins

Balanced workplace wins

Masterton husband-and-wife team Tim and Carissa Fairbrother, of Rival Wealth. PHOTO/FILE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz A flexible approach to work had Masterton investment firm, Rival Wealth, named a winner at the Diversity Awards in Auckland on Wednesday night. At...

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School locked down

School locked down

Police at Wairarapa College on Wednesday. PHOTO/PAM GRAHAM Thief threatens passer-by with screwdriver PAM GRAHAM and HAYLEY GASTMEIER Wairarapa College went into lockdown on Wednesday morning after a man breaking into a car outside the school threatened a member of...

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Making a big difference sustainably

Making a big difference sustainably

Makoura College’s winning ‘Make a difference’ team – Imogen van der Raaij, left, Aislin Maugatai, Beatrice van der Raaij, Xanthe Hutchby-Way, with their sustainable cladding design. PHOTO/GRACE NELSON ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Makoura College classrooms...

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Second voice for region unlikely

Second voice for region unlikely

Adrienne Staples. PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz The possibility of stronger Wairarapa representation on the Greater Wellington Regional Council looks unlikely after the GWRC proposed to keep the status quo of just one representative at a recent...

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Jazz – a breath of fresh air

Jazz – a breath of fresh air

Carterton’s Kate Marshall, a regular at Jazz in Martinborough. PHOTO/SUPPLIED HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz For Kate Marshall, music is in her veins. She’s been dabbling in it ever since she was a toddler, and flute, piano, violin, and guitar are just a...

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Grants down as buildings fixed

Grants down as buildings fixed

Waiata House. PHOTO/FILE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Grants from the Masterton Trust Lands Trust are down, and have stopped to small community groups, while it fixes near-new buildings and tries to claw back the cost in the courts. In 2016, 11 commercial buildings...

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Pea growing ban forces closure

Pea growing ban forces closure

PHOTO/FILE BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz A long-standing Wairarapa seed processing plant will shut in December with its directors blaming collateral damage from the lengthy region-wide pea growing ban for its demise. The directors of Masterton Vegetable Seed...

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