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A car stolen from Wairoa was destroyed by fire in Dannevirke early yesterday. 

Fire & Emergency NZ were called to the fire on Otanga Road just after 3am. 

A Police spokesperson said the vehicle had been stolen from Wairoa sometime after 8pm on Sunday. 


The Mayors of Tararua and Wairoa say a study to look at the effects of forestry on their communities is not “anti-forestry”. 

Last week the Forest Owners Association said the two Mayors had written to fellow Mayors throughout New Zealand wanting money to fund a report designed to show that forestry is negative and ought to be restricted. 

President Phil Taylor said the proposed anti-forestry coalition of local bodies is a prejudiced step backwards in time and destructive for their communities both environmentally and economically. 

Farm Forestry Association President, Graham West, said the terms of referenace the Wairoa and Tararua mayors have set out for their report, are fixated on forestry and don’t look at the diverse and long-term interests of their constituency.  

Craig Little said the study is not anti-forestry, and the biggest thing is to get something to the Government to work with and change policies. 

Tracey Collis said her district had always had a mix of pastoral farming and forestry, but there is concern in both the community and form fire service volunteers. 

She said wireless internet services to rural communities are also being disrupted. 


Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty is selling his trusty Mazda ute. 

The MP said the ute has served him well, but the time has come to upgrade. 

He said proceeds from the sale would go to the Rural Support Trusts in Wairarapa, Tararua District and Central Hawke's Bay. 

Mr McAnulty is selling the “well-loved” ute on TradeMe, “as is”. 

It has been serviced every 5000km’s, but does have some faults, including no back door on the canopy, it is really slow up hill, and the radio sometimes pops out while driving.