Local News

Baarack from the brink: Wild sheep rescued in Australia shorn of 35 kg fleece

A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilogrammes – nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo – after being shorn for the first time in many a year.

February 25, 2021

Sunday Sesh

Come join this Sunday Sesh! Kicking off at 1 pm, with have live music from Martinborough locals; The Noods! Enjoy an afternoon of Escarpment wines, gin cocktails, lawn games, live music and sunshine.

February 23, 2021

Pickers far and few

While Wairarapa vineyards battle to find workers for the upcoming harvest, a Masterton recruitment agency says the industry is not unique in its struggle.

February 21, 2021

Silver monolith torched in Congo after mysterious appearance

The latest in a series of mystery monoliths to capture the imagination of science-fiction fans around the world met a fiery end in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday when it was torched at a roundabout in the capital.

February 18, 2021

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival

The festival will be held at the beautiful, sheltered riverside setting locally known as ‘The Cliffs’ on the banks of the Ruamahunga River at the end of Dakins Road in rural Wairarapa. Its remoteness and vineyard setting is part of its appeal while still being close to public transport.

February 17, 2021

Castle Hill’s potential for 200 new jobs

A project to build up to 286 turbines at Castle Hill may yet get wind in its sails as Genesis Energy assesses its renewable generation options.

February 15, 2021

COVID maths: All the virus in the world would fit in a coke can

All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused by minuscule viral particles.

February 11, 2021

Slow … in the name of safety

As primary pupils returned to school last week, new variable electronic signs reduced the speed of motorists outside several Masterton schools in the name of safety.

February 10, 2021

Golden Shears 2021

The world’s premier shearing, wool handling & wool pressing championship. Over 400 competitors, National & International, will converge on Masterton for the three days of competition.

February 7, 2021

Scientists finally figure out why wombats poop cubes

An international study into how wombats produce their distinctive cube-shaped poo has shed further light on the physics behind this biological puzzle.

February 3, 2021

Survive & Thrive in 2021

Please join for a series of monthly workshops designed to empower you to action, merging creative energies with practical, proven know-how presented by Paul Kewene-Hite.

February 1, 2021

Lobster shell patterns make concrete stronger: Australian researcher

Inspired by the natural, twisting patterns of a lobster shell, Australian researchers say they have found a way, using 3D printing technology, to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture.

January 28, 2021

Hospital heat labelled a ‘risk’

Wairarapa Hospital staff and patients at risk of heat-related incidents can expect no breath of fresh air, as ventilation units for some areas have been deemed too expensive.

January 26, 2021

Van Gogh Day – Family Day

There will be various workshops including mosaic, sculpting, face painting and activities for kids. Visitors can enjoy delicious food on site.

January 24, 2021

Magicians mark 100 years of sawing people in half

He came, he sawed, he conquered. One hundred years ago on Sunday, illusionist P.T. Selbit put a woman in a box on the stage of London’s Finsbury Park Empire and sawed right through the wood, creating a magical classic.

January 21, 2021

Hot spot declared, restrictions begin

A restricted fire season meant a fire permit would be needed if someone wanted to light an outdoor fire in Wairarapa.

January 20, 2021

Hunters terrified as bear joins them in tree

This crazy video captured in May last year shows the moment two hunters sitting in a tree stand were unexpectedly joined by a bear…

January 15, 2021

La Nina not living up to expectations

Warmer temperatures than usual for summer and periodic heavy rainfall creating flooding are on the cards for Wairarapa.

January 12, 2021

Forest Bathing in the Wairarapa

The walk supports people to connect their senses – eye sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell – with what is naturally observed along the way for the purpose of experiencing a deep sense of relaxation.

January 10, 2021

Quote of the Day

“The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.”

– Publilius Syrus

January 8, 2021

Malaysian team transforms pineapple leaves into drones

It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s a drone – made partly from pineapple leaves.

January 6, 2021

Bridge barriers pulled out

The footbridge at Lake Wairarapa Reserve had new metal barriers concreted in at the entrance on Christmas Eve, but they were pulled out on the weekend.

January 5, 2021

German pilot makes point with syringe in the sky

German pilot Samy Kramer has traced a giant syringe in the sky, flying 200 kilometers to remind people about the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Europe.

December 28, 2020

Quote of the Day

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

December 27, 2020

A painful skin disease is killing dolphins worldwide — scientists just found out why

Ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 with its Category 5 strength, dolphins that called those coastal waters home have been dying from a painful skin disease.

December 23, 2020

Vintage railcars back on track

All three iconic Silver Fern railcars finally arrived at their new home in Pahiatua on Fridfay, at the Pahiatua Railcar Society’s yards west of the town.

December 22, 2020

Wearing someone else’s face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan

A year into the coronavirus epidemic, a Japanese retailer has come up with a new take on the theme of facial camouflage – a hyper-realistic mask that models a stranger’s features in three dimensions.

December 17, 2020

Buyers eye up Carterton

Carterton median house prices reached a record high at $650,000 in November.

December 15, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

– Buddha

December 13, 2020

Solo sauna a hot favourite in Tokyo as coronavirus cases rise

The spread of the novel coronavirus may have slowed economies and closed many businesses worldwide, but it hasn’t been a damper on a newly opened Tokyo sauna that caters to solo customers.

December 10, 2020

‘It’s destroying us’

Locals stand up to council over nursery decisions GWRC open to contract change.

December 9, 2020

Wild Flower Festival

An exciting programme of workshops is planned to nurture, connect, heal and restore on an individual and community level. The Tin Hut will be offering an array of music and food to complement events.

December 8, 2020

Battle over 25m2 home

A ‘glammed-up’ shed on a modest piece of central Martinborough land sold at auction for just under $600,000 on Wednesday.

December 3, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

December 3, 2020

Wairarapa – Christmas Lunch

Bring a friend, family member or neighbour and encourage them to get involved in the Dairy Women’s Network Wairarapa Regional Group.

December 1, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

November 30, 2020

Singapore activist faces fine over one-man smiley face sign protest

Singapore is set to charge an activist with staging a one-man protest without a permit over an incident in which he held up a sign bearing a crudely drawn smiley face outside a police station.

November 27, 2020

Rent: All-time high

Average rents have reached an all-time high in Carterton and South Wairarapa, at $440 and $433 a week respectively for October.

November 27, 2020

Quote of the Day

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

– Robert Frost

November 26, 2020

Hospice Wairarapa Christmas Fete

Hospice Wairarapa is thrilled to announce that our incredibly successful Christmas Fete will be back.

November 23, 2020

Clever rat sails to freedom on a piece of wood

This is the astonishing moment an intelligent rat escaped deadly floodwaters by using a piece of wood as a raft.

November 18, 2020

Archaeologists uncover 1,000-year-old Viking ship burial site

Archaeologists in Norway have uncovered a unique Viking burial site, hidden deep underground, dating back over 1,000 years ago. Using only a radar, researchers identified a feast hall, cult house, farmhouse and the remnants of a ship.

November 12, 2020

Artisan Food Fair with Wairarapa producers

This will be a perfect opportunity to taste the delights from the Wairarapa and get Christmas shopping done early!

November 10, 2020

Astronomers discover extreme planet which rains rocks, has lava seas and 3,000 mph winds

Astronomers have discovered the most inhospitable planet ever that rains rocks, with 60 mile deep lava seas and winds of more than 3,000 mph.

November 6, 2020

Water nearly compliant

Drinking water in South Wairarapa is almost fully compliant after failing on nearly every Drinking Water Safety New Zealand standard in 2018.

November 4, 2020

Indian doctor duped into buying ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for $41,600

The men had reportedly wanted more than $200,000 for the lamp but settled for a down payment of $41,600.

November 3, 2020

Creative business booming in south

Featherston has a new creative addition in the works with Mario Gregor and Ceara Lile opening their two joined businesses, Konstantin, a fine art tattoo studio, and Perpetua, an eco-fashion studio.

October 30, 2020

Tourist, 12, and guide lose limbs in shark attack at Sharm El-Sheikh

A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide lost a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said on Tuesday.

October 28, 2020

Annual Plant Sale 2020 – Carterton Farmers’ Market

The Annual Plant Sale returns to Carterton Farmers’ Market once-more. We will have around 30 stalls with a diverse range of plants, trees and shrubs available to buy

October 26, 2020

Man’s response to unexpected surprise while delivering package

A delivery driver’s adorable reaction to a woman’s kind gesture has melted hearts across the world.

October 23, 2020