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Being a member of the NZDA isn’t only about shooting deer

Last Sunday the 28th October, 2012, saw eight Senior Members of the Bush Branch, N.Z.D.A. meet at the Car Park, South of MT Bruce, to await their mode of transport, Jason Diedrichs’ Hughes 500, which was going to ferry them into the ‘Roaring Stag’ hut for a maintenance working B, and a bit of R […]

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Fire rips through Wairarapa forest

Wairarapa Times Age An early morning fire that raged through a pine forest in coastal Wairarapa yesterday prompted a massive response from firefighters. About 7 hectares of trees were destroyed by the blaze while a further 130ha were threatened but saved. The fire was thought to have been caused by a tree-top falling onto powerlines. […]

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Carterton pair survive bush ordeal

Wairarapa Times Age Two Carterton men on a Sunday trout fishing expedition ended up spending a cold, miserable and hungry night in the bush, sparking a helicopter search. Police reported the 35-year-old and the 19-year-old shared a quad bike to drive up the Mangatarere Valley in the afternoon, reaching the Carrington Creek entrance to the […]

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SAR Report

RCCNZ received an alert for an unregistered PLB in position 40 43.87S 175 23.79E (17nm NW of Masterton). The Westpac Rescue helicopter was tasked to locate the beacon. They were later stood down when low cloud and severe winds hampered the progress. The Wairarapa Land SAR team has been tasked to assist. The LandSAR team […]

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Lost tramper feared for his life

by Nathan Crombie A first-time tramper was airlifted from the Tararua Ranges on Sunday after a snap decision to wander left him lost in pouring rain without bearings, heat or food. Californian landscaper Marty Richards, 45, said yesterday that Masterton friends with whom he was staying had dropped him off at Mt Holdsworth on Thursday […]

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Man and his rock rescued by helicopter

Dominion Post via Stuff.co.nz A man needed to be rescued from the Tararua Range by helicopter, along with a 10-kilogram rock he had found. Sergeant Noel Bigwood of Otaki said the man, in his 40s, headed into the range from Poads Rd, Levin, on Saturday on a mission to collect a rock for the new […]

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Last gasp rescue from Wairarapa seas

by Nathan Crombie, Nov 14, Wairarapa Times-Age A man swept from the reef at Castlepoint Beach was hauled bleeding and exhausted from huge seas after battling for an hour to reach the shore on Saturday. Rescue boats could not reach the 23-year-old man from Nelson, who had been eventually carried by the tide through The […]

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Police warn trampers to be prepared before heading into bush

Police are warning trampers to be prepared, well-equipped and sensible when it comes to heading into the outdoors at this time of the year, following a search which concluded yesterday afternoon. Search and Rescue Coordinator Sergeant Peter Rix of Masterton Police says on Tuesday 26 April, Police became concerned about the whereabouts and safety of […]

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Trout fisherman airlifted after fall

Wairarapa Times-Age Thursday, March 13, 2008 A Featherston man was airlifted form the Tararua Rangers after injuring his shoulder in a fall yesterday afternoon. Wairarapa Ambulance Service manager Shaun Camp said the man was airlifted aboard a Carterton based Amalgamated Helicopters machine form the Tutuwai Hut in the Tauherenikau River valley soon after 3pm yesterday. […]

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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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