Wellington and Lower Hutt ratepayers are being unfairly charged for expensive rail costs in the wider region according to independent research. FINN RAINGER talks to Tony Randle who has done the numbers and wants them changed.
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Ron Mark says getting 11% support in 10 days electioneering is just the start.
Alastair Scott’s message for undecided voters is to back the PM.
Door knocking suggests many National and Green voters will give him their electorate vote.
About a quarter of changing voters are clear about their new electorate candidate choice.
Severe southerly winds of 120km kept ferries tied up and closed roads in the capital.
Locals and visitors have written their personal stories for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui exhibition.
Wairarapa REAP has helped a group of women with their sewing skills and also their English.
Double bass player Vicki Jones has been on TV and won an award in the past month. She talks with LAUREN HERTZBERG.
Ex-mayor Frank Cody spoke up against regional council changes in a recent meeting.
Wairarapa artists Barry Saunders and Megan Campbell talk to LAUREN HERTZBERG about their move from city to country.
Water fluoridation and the waste water plans also raised in build-up to local body elections.
Featherston Community Board takes up local’s suggestion of pointing visitors in the right direction.
A group of South End School boys are off to Auckland next for a national chess competition.
Greytown School gets kids going with finance, environment, maths and literature.
New owners of The Tin Hut in Featherston add a “breakaway from the norm” as part of their revamp.
Council hopes to win shoppers from “ridiculously expensive” Wellington parking.
Wairarapa dogs Rosie and Spice are a part of Juanita McLellan’s earthquake plan. LAUREN HERTZBERG reports on tips for keeping pets calm.
You don’t need to be a psychic to see the value in Carteton Events Centre, but it helps
Kuranui College students doing all the jobs and performance for annual event.
Wairarapa endurance horse club gives motorbike riders the chance to get into the bush.
Skype date with Indonesian classroom one of their many digital experiences.
Konstantin Dimopoulos’ latest sculpture inspired by Wairarapa wildlife.
GUERILLA TACTICS are being employed by greenies in the Upper Hutt and Wairarapa, in order to spread a cheerful message this spring. Flower seeds rolled in organic compost and clay make up little “Happy bombs”, which volunteers throw into ugly vacant lots to create an explosion of bright wildflowers within a fortnight.
A SPECIAL breed of sheep found only in the Wairarapa is being used to make costume pieces for Peter Jackson’s latest film. Stansborough Textiles owns the one-of-a-kind Stansborough Grey, whose unique grey blue wool has been used by international designers like Donna Karan and David Jones.
A GARDEN tour around the Wairarapa this weekend is likely to raise over one hundred thousand dollars for Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Sanctuary. Co-organiser Jo Parker says they are expecting over 600 people to visit the 14 sites on the tour.
AN ARTIST in her seventies will present a huge seven by three-metre wall hanging to the Carterton Event Centre today , a year after it was supposed to be finished. Artist Rhonda Grieg says it took longer than expected to make because of the huge size of Perspex needed and also the difficulty to get the special art materials.
INTEREST IN Wairarapa history is rising as people want to investigate where they came from. District archivist Gareth Winter says over the past five years, enquiries to the Wairarapa archives have tripled.
LAKEVIEW SCHOOL in Masterton is planning to reconnect with the local pacific community by holding a Pasifika festival. Principal Ed Hodgkinson says the local residents lost their connection with the school when it merged nine years ago and it has taken a lot of effort to bridge the school back into the community.
CHILDREN’S EDUCATION is at risk if the merging of schools isn’t done right says a Wairarapa principal who has been through it. Lakeview School was established in Masterton when Hiona Intermediate, Lansdowne and Totara Drive schools merged in 2004.
RURAL ACCIDENTS are decreasing, despite one death and one near-fatal accident on Wairarapa farms recently. Local Federated Farmers president Jamie Falloon says farm accidents have decreased over the past five years as people have become more educated.
IF WAIRARAPA locals want to improve water quality they are best to do it themselves, says a Carterton rural ward councillor.
THOUSANDS OF people turned out to the Wairarapa A and P Show over the weekend to experience farming, lifestyle and entertainment.
Rural pet days might be a thing of the past as schools are struggling to motivate children to embrace the farming communities around them.
VIRTUAL PETS are taking over from the real things, as country children become distracted by electronic devices like playstation and computers.
THE CARTERTON community is taking action to improve the water quality of the Mangatarere stream, deemed one of the worst waterways in New Zealand.
Family thought they were $46,000 better off with bid hoax.
Expressions to hold first Wellington Regional Arts Review
Council organisers working in with A and P show weekend and iwi
Cars may be moving, but stock still worries Wairarapa farmers.
Innermost Gardens are cleverly restoring soil at old bowling club.
Carterton’s new mayor, Ron Mark, is not only bringing his ideas to the table – he is also giving the council a taste of Maori culture, reports AMIE HICKLAND.
AK Goss was part of many of Captain Cook birthdays, firing his cannons from the capital’s waterfront with his friends from the Wellington Cannon Society.
This Saturday will be a bit different, with a little of AK’s ashes going inside each of the cannons. GORDON BARRELL reports on a send-off with a difference.
New Zealander awarded for address to international audience.
The suggestion to change the spelling of Rimutaka – to Remutaka – is more to do with pronunciation than spelling, says the local iwi.
Mike Kawana, of Rangitane-O-Wairarapa, says Rimutaka, in fact, “means nothing”, reports OWEN WINTER.
Passengers will pay more but campaigners not giving up.
Last year’s recipient heading to Oxford University
Senior talent pool depleted as school-aged players leave
Wellington will host competition with a difference next year.
High cost to prevent Waiohine River wipe-out.
Council says all good for swimming – just not after rain.
Council’s free transport pledge may prove unrealistic.
Books donated by people in Wellington and the Wairarapa have arrived in Africa for grateful Ugandan children, reports JENNY MEYER.