Water clarity a must for businesses

Water clarity a must for businesses

FILE/PHOTO MP says councils need to support dam construction ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz A closed-door meeting about Wairarapa’s water woes has been hailed as the first step towards creating more certainty for key businesses. Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott said...

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Local referees make their presence felt

Local referees make their presence felt

Wairarapa football referees Alex Dahlberg, left, and David Lynn, with their respective trophies. PHOTO/JAKE BELESKI FOOTBALL JAKE BELESKI jake.beleski@age.co.nz Two of Wairarapa’s top football referees are making their mark at a local and regional level. David Lynn...

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Aged care facing funding crisis

Aged care facing funding crisis

FILE/PHOTO Better model of funding is required EMILY IRELAND emily.ireland@age.co.nz Community-owned resthomes are struggling to stay afloat as they pick up the tab of last year’s pay equity settlement for care and support workers. Residents of Martinborough’s...

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Keeping a close eye on whitebait

Keeping a close eye on whitebait

Van Rozing, Daniel Walker and Xanthe Carrig check on the inanga, resident in their classroom fish tank at St Teresa’s School in Featherston. PHOTO/SUPPLIED WALT DICKSON For a family of whitebaiters, ‘catch and not-eat’ was always going to be hard to stomach. It’s not...

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End of an era for Kuripuni

End of an era for Kuripuni

Anne Faulknor, who is closing her Kuripuni Bookshop after 22 years. Among the shop’s offerings are cake tins for hire. PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The doors are wide open at Kuripuni Bookshop and the regulars walk in to find a gift that’s a bit...

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Strike threat hangs over district court

Strike threat hangs over district court

FILE/PHOTO HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Masterton District Court employees may walk off the job today if demands for better working conditions and pay aren’t met by the Ministry of Justice. The half-day strike was to be decided by a ballot among Public...

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Bringing the whanau home

Bringing the whanau home

Crowds gathered in the rain to celebrate the opening of a social housing development at Gladstone’s Hurunui-o-rangi Marae. PHOTOS/JADE CVETKOV EMILY IRELAND emily.ireland@age.co.nz Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those celebrating the opening of a unique social...

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Pou provide safe routes to school

Pou provide safe routes to school

Douglas Park Enviro Team members with one of their creations. Back row, from left, Maia Kahui, Sandra Niu, Juliet Wearing, Penelope Lategan, Caroline Leslie; front Row Shelby Ball, Dylan Burdan, Olivia Sinclair with one of four pou made to promote safe walking routes...

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Girl, 8, dies in crash

Girl, 8, dies in crash

Friday’s crash on Upper Waingawa Rd. PHOTO/STEVE RENDLE Emily Ireland emily.ireland@age.co.nz An 8-year-old girl died at the scene of Friday night’s crash at Kaituna, near Masterton, police have confirmed. The single-vehicle crash occurred at 6.20pm on Friday on Upper...

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Boundary change U-turn

Boundary change U-turn

Tauherenikau (the home of Wairarapa racing) and Kahutara were to be classed part of Featherston, instead of Greytown and Martinborough respectively, but the South Wairarapa District Council has U-turned on their earlier decision. PHOTO/FILE HAYLEY GASTMEIER...

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Becoming one with the earth

Becoming one with the earth

The site reserved for 50 natural burial plots at Clareville Cemetery. Returning to nature is a dying wish which can now be granted thanks to the team at Clareville Cemetery who have successfully carried out two natural burials so far this year. ELISA VORSTER looks at...

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New fire station for Tinui

New fire station for Tinui

Tinui’s new purpose-built fire station was opened on Saturday with a special ceremony attended by the community and dignitaries. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz A sense of achievement was in the Tinui air on Friday as the township...

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No ordinary conservation career

No ordinary conservation career

Joe Hansen sitting at the front of the Te Kopi Homestead where he worked for 25 years for the Forest Service and the Department of Conservation. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Joe Hansen retired on Friday after a colourful 50 years with DOC Murder case involvement crucial STEVE...

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Young eels called home

Young eels called home

Tina Te Tau, left, Lena Mataiha, and Raumahora Waata lead the welcome of young longfin eels to Lake Onoke. PHOTO/SUPPLIED A group of native eel enthusiasts has made what it hopes will become an annual trip to welcome returning young tuna, the endemic New Zealand...

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Pool fix keeps swim club above water

Pool fix keeps swim club above water

Students from Ponatahi Christian School enjoying swimming lessons at the Carterton Indoor Pool on Thursday. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Students from Ponatahi Christian School were making a splash on Thursday after a quick fix at the...

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