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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Dentists provide reason to smile

Dentists provide reason to smile

Dr Akash Kota, ready to help low-income patients for free. PHOTO/ CAL ROBERTS CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz A Masterton dentist is clearing his schedule on September 11 to work on patients who need care but can’t afford to pay. ‘Smile New Zealand’ is a joint...

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School in lockdown after student threatened

School in lockdown after student threatened

A Wairarapa College student was threatened with a screwdriver this morning after they caught a man trying to break into a car. The school went into lockdown while police investigated the incident. At around 10.15am, the student saw a person attempting to break in to a...

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More than a face for radio

More than a face for radio

More FM Breakfast host Brent Gare. PHOTO/FILE HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Wairarapa radio breakfast show host Brent Gare has been nominated for the country’s “hottest radio hunk” contest. The 39-year-old More FM presenter is one of 10 radio stars...

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Pruning his way to the top

Pruning his way to the top

Scott Lanceley, right, competing in the pruning category before judges Marcus Wickham, who won the competition in its inaugural year, and Emma Taylor, the first woman to win the title. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz It’s the last...

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Shocking speeding

Shocking speeding

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES Reckless driver hits twice speed limit BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz Sunday afternoon strollers on Greytown’s Main St were left in shock after a car sped through town at twice the speed limit. Senior Sergeant Mike Sutton said a brief police...

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Cohen’s ‘amazing’ fundraising effort

Cohen’s ‘amazing’ fundraising effort

Kahutara pupil Cohen Walford hands a cheque to Wairarapa Cancer Society manager Jacinta Buchanan, supported by his buddy Devyn Urlich. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz Daffodil Day came early for the Cancer Society this year when...

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Alarm raised before fires

Alarm raised before fires

A NZ Fire Service investigator inspects the remains of a house in Mauriceville burnt down by a woman detained as a special patient last week. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz Police and district health board mental health services were warned...

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Woolshed safety targeted

Woolshed safety targeted

Safety in the woolshed is the focus of a series of videos involving Wairarapa farmers. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES JULIET YOUNG Wairarapa farmers feature in a series of videos being rolled out around the country for farmers and shearers, to reduce injuries in and around the...

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First quake notices issued

First quake notices issued

Quake notices to be checked on Friday STEVE RENDLE steve.rendle@age.co.nz Up to 16 buildings in Masterton’s central business district will be deemed earthquake-prone this week after the owners failed to respond to a request from Masterton District Council a year ago...

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From Wairarapa to WOW with love

From Wairarapa to WOW with love

Brita DellaBarca from Masterton is a finalist in the avante-garde section of the World of WearableArts this year. PHOTO/SUPPLIED It’s not easy getting into the World of WearableArt. PAM GRAHAM talks to a Wairarapa designer who’s made the move from Swedish heavy metal...

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Decades of service fighting crime

Decades of service fighting crime

Inspector Scott Miller, Wairarapa’s new Area Commander. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV After 34 years in the police force, Scott Miller has seen his fair share of action. HAYLEY GASTMEIER caught up with Wairarapa’s newly-appointed Area Commander to find out why he loves his job....

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Polish head meets Pahiatua ‘kids’

Polish head meets Pahiatua ‘kids’

Polish children of Pahiatua with the president on Wellington’s waterfront. PHOTO/PETER DOMANSKI PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The Polish children of Pahiatua, including 88-year-old Witold [Vic] Domanski from Masterton, have met the president of the country they were...

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