Probus celebrates 30 years

Probus celebrates 30 years

Five of the original members of the Masterton Probus club, from left, Joan Wooler, Alex Neale, Barbara Anderson, Bill Hamilton and Ewen Cameron. PHOTO/EMMA BROWN EMMA BROWN emma.brown@age.co.nz There were smiles all around as Masterton Probus club celebrated its 30th...

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A fundraiser with a lot of heart

A fundraiser with a lot of heart

Heart Kids family support worker Annie Cunningham and parent Bex Garthwaite hold a sign featuring four Wairarapa heart kids. PHOTO/ELI HLL ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz For Wairarapa mums Bex Garthwaite and Rebecca Thurston Heart Kids national awareness week, which...

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Inventor on the move

Inventor on the move

The Urban Sled. PHOTOS/STEVE RENDLE Sled is a ‘buzz to ride’ Masterton inventor William Rowland reckons he might be on to something with a unique form of transport writes Emma Brown. William Rowland’s Urban Sled is part wheelbarrow, part sled, part mobility scooter....

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Plea for halt on carbon farming

Plea for halt on carbon farming

William Beetham. PHOTO/FILE Analysis sought on forestry impacts PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz More than 150 people at a meeting in Masterton organised by Federated Farmers were united in imploring the government to “stop and think before you destroy our communities”...

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High bed use opens up lively discussion

High bed use opens up lively discussion

PHOTO/PEXELS.COM ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz An increase in the number of beds in Wairarapa Hospital’s medical surgical ward was pondered at this week’s Wairarapa District Health Board meeting. Board members were viewing a graph on patients’ length of stay in the...

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Drama filled weekend

Drama filled weekend

[From left] Kuranui College teacher Juanita McLellan and thespians, Florence Carter, Hayden Tankersley and Isabella Walker are part of the college’s largest-ever contingent to the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. PHOTOS/EMMA BROWN EMMA BROWN...

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Matariki of 100,000 lights

Matariki of 100,000 lights

Crew working hard to set up for Tirama Matariki Light Glow which began at Queen Elizabeth Park last night. PHOTO/EMMA BROWN EMMA BROWN emma.brown@age.co.nz One hundred thousands fairy lights lit up Queen Elizabeth Park island last night to usher in the arrival of...

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Schools closed for strike action

Schools closed for strike action

Teachers push their cause in Masterton’s town square on Wednesday morning. PHOTO/ELI HILL Close to 100 teachers from primary and secondary schools around Wairarapa ditched their classrooms and picked up picket signs when they gathered in Masterton’s Town Square on...

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One-man burglary spree halted

One-man burglary spree halted

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz Police say a burglary spike in the region is trending downwards after an arrest. Detective Senior Sergeant Haley Ryan said a man was apprehended and taken into custody on burglary charges. “There was a...

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Car crash leads to fight

Car crash leads to fight

PHOTO/FILE Man in serious condition STAFF REPORTERS It was a dangerous day on Wairarapa roads on Wednesday, with several crashes, one of which was followed by a fight which ended with a man being flown by Life Flight to Wellington Hospital. He was listed in a serious...

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Community groups make case to council for money

Community groups make case to council for money

A meeting considered liquidating the Wairarapa Free Budget Advisory Service but it survived. PHOTO/FILE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Wairarapa Free Budget Advisory Service was on Wednesday to make a bid for $20,000 of funding from Masterton District Council’s...

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Henley wood doing good

Henley wood doing good

Tom Ward, chairman of Henley Lake Trust out cutting wood for winter. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Wood sourced from around Henley Lake is keeping Wairarapa families warm this winter, with 43 loads of firewood already sold. Masterton District Council regularly calls in contractors...

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Upgrade under way for tired BMX park

Upgrade under way for tired BMX park

Diggers arrived on Tuesday to begin work upgrading the Masterton BMX track. PHOTO/GIANINA SCHWANECKE GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz The diggers have rolled in and work is under way at the Masterton BMX track, in its first major upgrade since the late...

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Shelter needed for town’s homeless

Shelter needed for town’s homeless

Homelessness is not just a city problem. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES Call goes out for suitable CBD building GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz The state of homelessness in Masterton has prompted a group of citizens to put the call out for a building owner to come...

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Good turnout for lagoon planting

Good turnout for lagoon planting

Community planting at Okorewa Lagoon. PHOTOS/OLIVER VETTER STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz A strong turnout at Saturday’s public planting session at Okorewa Lagoon at Lake Ferry had around 1800 native plants added to vegetation at the wetland. The project was a...

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