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Rescue from Totara Flats

Amalgamated Helicopters was involved in a rescue from Totara Flats yesterday and we received this email of thanks. Hello Jason I know that John Ashby has passed on my thanks for yesterday’s operation at Totara Flats, but I just wanted to contact you personally to say how grateful I am for the skill and professionalism […]

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Archive of old Newsletters

Hi everyone, well what have we been up to over the last wee while…quite a lot actually! I know most of you will be wanting to know how the Roar went this year and I will get to that shortly, but first just a quick recap on other goings on. AHNZL had its annual CAA […]

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The Bucket List and Three “F’s” – By Vic Jacobson

With two of the three “F’s” here (Fat, F**ked and Fifty), and the other one less than twelve months away, I take every opportunity to sneak away for a hunting trip and have a chance to fulfil the only thing left on my bucket list. Typically the time rocks around quickly and being self-employed you […]

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Volunteer rural firemen train at Masterton

Report and photography by Clive Wilkinson. Firemen in their teams of four fill a monsoon bucket beneath pilot Jason Diedrichs. Last month the people of Masterton were able to witness a training day of the region’s volunteer rural firemen, held at popular Henley Lake. With the rural area of the Wairarapa covering almost 600,000ha and […]

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Kime Hut to Judd Ridge poling

Noel Bigwood, Horowhenua Land Search and Rescue On Saturday 9th November 2013 a team of 4 Horowhenua Land SAR volunteers put 37 new reflectorised 2 meter high snow poles along the route from the new Kime Hut to Judd Ridge (the route to Field Hut and Otaki forks). The operation was supported by the Department […]

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Fire rages along coast

Firefighters and helicopters with monsoon buckets battled a scrub fire near the Putangirua Pinnacles, which the Department of Conservation (DoC) says could have been “10 times worse”. Fire authorities were alerted to the blaze on Cape Palliser Rd, on the South Wairarapa coast, just before 8am yesterday. About 20 firefighters from Martinborough, Lake Ferry, Ngawi, […]

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Fire risk remains despite rain

Source: ONE News Firefighters are warning Kiwis to remain fire vigilant despite rain falling on some parts of the country over the weekend. The Fire Service is battling one of the most extreme seasons it has faced in recent times with the dry conditions causing more fires than usual. A fire today on the outskirts […]

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Trip Report – Branch Subsidised Fly-In Hunting Trip in Carkeek, Tararuas

Richard O’Driscoll, Phil Gray, Steve Elgar – Author: Richard O’Driscoll It was snowing on Mt Ruapehu as we drove south from our annual ‘summer’ holiday at Turangi. The weather didn’t look flash and I thought for sure that it would be my third cancelled DA fly-in trip. Even though there was a phone message from […]

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Lost runner feared he would die

Nathan Crombie – Wairarapa Times Age Mr Shelton was reunited with wife, Juliane Jutz, and his daughters Clara, 11 months, and Luisa, 3, at Hood Aerodrome yesterday morning. Also at the base were his brother Dougal, sister Harriet and father Roger Shelton, and mother Rachel McCahon. The family thanked police and search volunteers. Mr Shelton’s […]

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Ill-prepared tourist winched from Tararuas

Wairarapa Times Age – Tessa Johnstone An ill-prepared Chilean tourist who got lost while tramping in Mt Holdsworth would have died if he had not had a mobile phone with him, say search and rescue volunteers. Ignacio Falk, 29, walked to the summit of Mt Holdsworth on Wednesday but, coming back via the East Holdsworth […]

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