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Masterton’s Wairarapa Age had a complicated history. In 1881 the Wairarapa Star began in evening competition to the Wairarapa Daily, a staunchly conservative publication. It is possible, although difficult to confirm, that the paper was started by Joseph Ivess, ‘ragplanter’ extraordinaire. If he was involved, it was not a lengthy association because the Wairarapa Star was soon in the hands of printer J Smith and editor Alexander W Hogg. Smith and Hogg ran the paper until 1892. A W Renall, a prominent local businessman and politician, who shared Hogg’s liberal views, was also involved.

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