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Wairarapa’s World-renowned Wetlands Project Damaged

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 3:58 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Further damage to restorative planting on the banks of Wairarapa Moana/Lake Wairarapa could see offenders face fines and banning orders. Earlier this month, volunteers on the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands project discovered uprooted plants and damage across ... More >>

Council “cagey” About Eels As School Boosts Wetlands

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 11:03 am | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Wairarapa's water critters were getting pampered this week. The NZ longfin eel pictured near the gabion cages installed in Makoura Stream. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Three gabion cages will provide a safe habitat for eels in Masterton's Makoura waterway. Further downstream, ... More >>

Million-dollar Skate Park “great For Community”

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:56 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

The $1million-plus budget for Masterton’s skate park is not unusual, and the upgrade will be “great for the community” says the designer behind the plans. Richard Smith, who owns the RICH Landscapes architectural design company, says the “shovel ... More >>

Return For Pahiatua’s Iconic Flagpole?

Monday, 20 July 2020, 11:12 am | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

The next phase of the $8.3 million project to revamp Pahiatua's town centre moves over-ground this month, and it could ultimately see the return of the iconic Sedcole flagpole. An artist's impression of the finalised Pahiatua town centre. PHOTO/TARARUA ... More >>

Last Anzac Project Reveals World War II Mystery

Monday, 13 July 2020, 4:40 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

The recent restoration project on Masterton’s Last Anzac statue has revived an eight-decade old mystery. Restorers working on the Wairarapa Soldiers Memorial last week found a British World War II medal at the statue’s feet. Carolina Izzo, a ... More >>

Rural Councils Job Scheme Extended

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:03 am | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

A successful pilot scheme to bring jobs to Wairarapa in the wake of the covid-19 lockdown has been expanded and extended. The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs [MTFJ] Community Recovery Programme, a collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development [MSD], ... More >>

Cash Boost For Wairarapa Waterways

Monday, 6 July 2020, 9:17 am | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

A multi-million programme for environmental work across Wairarapa's waterways got the green light yesterday [Sunday]. Funding in Wairarapa Moana from regional and central government may boost jobs and the lake's conservation status. PHOTO/FILE ... More >>

Tararua Rates Hike Slashed

Friday, 26 June 2020, 4:11 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Tararua District councillor Peter Johns said he hoped to see a focus on the regions as New Zealand recovers from the covid-19 lockdown. Representatives in the district, which covers parts of northern Wairarapa and inland Hawke’s Bay, confirmed an average ... More >>

Survey Says Carterton Residents Not Getting Bang For Rates Buck

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:49 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Almost two thirds of Carterton residents quizzed in a recent district survey said they did not feel they were getting value for money from the council. Carterton councillors and senior staffers will discuss ways to win back public sentiment at a meeting tomorrow. ... More >>

Covid-19: Wairarapa Could Lead Way Out Of Level 3 – Expert

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 11:18 am | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Epidemiologist Roger Morris was asked about covid-19 in Wairarapa during the Masterton District Council's online annual plan hearings. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE World-renowned epidemiologist Roger Morris has said Wairarapa could be in a position to move to ... More >>

Wairarapa Council Staffers Back On The Job

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 4:44 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Masterton District Council's Alastair McDonald, left, and Kevin Pilbrow of Westwood Property, at a site inspection at The Plains, Masterton. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Wairarapa council staffers have returned to a busy backlog of work with the introduction of ... More >>

Lockdown Dog Incidents On The Rise

Friday, 3 April 2020, 3:49 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

An increase in dog attacks in Masterton since the covid-19 lockdown has led to a call for "common sense" from the district council's environmental leader. Three people have suffered attacks from dogs in the last two weeks, and one dog has ... More >>

First Carterton District Mayor Dies

Friday, 3 April 2020, 3:26 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Barry Keys, who died on Tuesday aged 82, will be remembered as the glue that kept Carterton District Council together at its foundation. Keys was the district council’s first leader after local government reforms in 1989. Alongside the new councillors ... More >>

Airport Spend Adds To Rate Rise

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:51 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Masterton District Council has proposed significant investment at the town's Hood Aerodrome. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE/FILE Council-led development of Masterton Airport will improve Wairarapa’s resilience and its bid for a return to commuter flights, ... More >>

Whitebaiters Wait On Survey

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:21 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Diane Laing says the ongoing whitebait consultation needed better timing and more communication. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA-TIMES-AGE/FILE Lifelong Wairarapa whitebaiters are waiting to hear the results of a long-running consultation on the future of the catch ... More >>

SWDC Takes Short Term Pain For Farm Gain

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 4:23 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Repairs to a major South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] property asset have taken a bite out of the estate’s profits. Work on upgrades to Pain Farm near Martinborough has limited the income generated by its tenancy. The estate is the single, most-valuable ... More >>

Districts Step Up Virus Plans

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 4:16 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

As central government confirmed a second case of coronavirus in New Zealand, Carterton and Masterton District Councils have taken further steps to manage a potential pandemic. Local authorities, major event organisers, and other organisations are monitoring ... More >>

Nixon Welcomes People Power

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 4:09 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Tina Nixon says Masterton District Council’s forthcoming consultation on its big issues offers a chance for people power. The Masterton public will get a chance to comment on its annual plan later this month. The big-ticket items will be the future ... More >>

Leaky Pipes Worsen MDC Water Woes

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 11:29 am | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Masterton's Waingawa River has been running low this summer. PHOTO/WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE/EMMA BROWN As the on/off water bans continue in Masterton, a national water body says the district’s infrastructure is still way below standard. Masterton District Council ... More >>

SWDC “out of time” for May hearing

Friday, 28 February 2020, 1:44 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] ran out of time to hit a May deadline for its proposal for upgrades to sewage treatment in Featherston, says chief executive Harry Wilson. More >>