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Archive for February, 2008

Hinakura inferno wipes out 25ha of pine forest

Wairarapa Times-age Article 27.02.08 by Jo Mior Fourteen fire crews and four helicopters fought a pine forest inferno into the night yesterday that left at least 25 hectares of trees destroyed and a firefighter injured. About 90,000 three-year-old pine trees were destroyed in a summer blaze eight years ago at the same Kaikuri Station site […]

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Volunteers refurbish Dorset Ridge Hut in the Tararuas

A group of volunteers have worked hard over the past month to transform the Department of Conservation’s Dorset Ridge Hut in the Tararua Forest Park. A building crew from Horowhenua and Wairarapa teamed up with local business Amalgamated Helicopters to upgrade the hut’s facilities, replacing everything from the kitchen bench to the fireplace. DOC programme […]

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Almost Rescue on Lake

A dinghy carrying a Wairarapa father and his three children narrowly avoided a helicopter rescue when they got into trouble in high seas at Western lake on Saturday. The family, who were checking a net in the lake, made it back to shore safely without any help from search and rescue despite the strong winds […]

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Dam water used to douse fire

Water worries hampered firefighters on Te Parae Road, Masterton, yesterday as they battled a bushfire at Te Parae while trucks ferried water several kilometres. A helicopter fetched water from a nearby dam to douse the fire, which may have been caused by a fallen power line, while firetrucks pumped from two other nearby dams or […]

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Story Published in Wairarapa Times Age

By Gerald Ford A helicopter dampens a grass fire that threatened baches at the mouth of the Whareama River on Saturday, one of a record number of rural fire callouts this year. – Photo supplied by Amalgamated Helicopters. Mowed and watered lawns saved holiday baches at the mouth of the Whareama River from a runaway […]

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