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'Huge ball of fire': Neighbours rush to help after vehicle crashes into power transformer

Mairangi Bay resident Carmen Thorton was cooking in the home kitchen when she heard a loud bang.She rushed out to see a vehicle had crashed into a neighbouring property and was on fire.A black ute collided with a power transformer...

Source: - National | 27 Nov 2022 | 12:48 pm

Local Focus: 8000 wine lovers enjoy Best Sunday Ever in Toast Martinborough

"Red, red wine!" sang the crowds last weekend at Toast Martinborough.After a three-year hiatus, Toast Martinborough was back with thousands of people from all over New Zealand enjoying the Best Sunday Ever. And just like the old...

Source: - National | 25 Nov 2022 | 3:00 pm

Local Focus: SPCA Masterton is having kittens

Gavin might be the largest goat to have ever set foot in Wairarapa, but if you want to witness the sheer scale of this horse-sized bovid, you're too late. The benevolent cloven hooved beast has already found a home through SPCA Masterton....

Source: - National | 25 Nov 2022 | 12:29 pm

Local Focus: Red Clay Tennis arriving in New Zealand

Wairarapa's Red Clay Tennis currently stands one love against all other tennis courts.Using red clay imported all the way from Italy, construction is underway to create two European club-style courts in the heart of Martinborough.While...

Source: - National | 25 Nov 2022 | 10:07 am

Local Focus: Building Academy adds tools to students' belts

When Lytton High school was approached by the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education, and Kāinga Ora about establishing a building academy at the school, principal Wiremu Elliot said "yes"!"The values that...

Source: - National | 24 Nov 2022 | 3:35 pm

Facial recognition technology being trialled by supermarkets giant Foodstuffs following soaring crime

Supermarkets giant Foodstuffs is trialling facial recognition technology across its North Island stores as the rates of theft, burglary, robbery and other crimes in supermarkets continue to soar.The chain said the move was an attempt...

Source: - National | 23 Nov 2022 | 3:42 pm

'Cynical, manipulative and damaging': Malaysian national found guilty over false asylum claims

A Malaysian national who made up refugee stories and lied to Immigration in claims for asylum has been convicted on immigration fraud charges at the Auckland District Court.Nurul Syahirah Binti Noor Azman, 30, was found guilty...

Source: - National | 23 Nov 2022 | 11:27 am

Local Focus: The doors are still closed, but Rotorua Museum is open to suggestions

The planning stage of Rotorua Museum's seismic strengthening and redevelopment is almost over and staff are looking forward to the future, asking locals what they want to see when the museum re-opens. "We're at a really exciting...

Source: - National | 22 Nov 2022 | 1:48 pm

Local Focus: Rising stars face the music at the NZ Aria Awards in Rotorua

"The quality of singers we have in New Zealand is just amazing" says Jo-Anne La Grouw, event co-ordinator and chair of the Lockwood New Zealand Aria Competition. She was excited about the return of Rotorua's prestigious singing...

Source: - National | 21 Nov 2022 | 9:41 pm

Patient suffers voice problems after consenting to surgery while affected by sedation

A passionate kapa haka performer who has ongoing voice problems from surgery she consented to while under sedation, says she has lost her mana.The woman was treated at a public hospital in 2019 and 2020 by an ear, nose, and throat...

Source: - National | 21 Nov 2022 | 12:47 pm



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