Horowhenua Mail

Thaddeus groomed to succeed


With a grand show name like Champion Notorious Watchout Iza Comin, and a previous Best in Show win, little Thaddeus, 3, from Shannon, will be an intimidating figure in competition at Levin's Toy Dog Fair this weekend.

Armed robberies alarming


Police are investigating a spate of armed robberies across Horowhenua in the last two weeks.

Fundraiser to aid with rugby injury


Shannon rugby supporters are being called on to get behind the family of a young player fighting to recover from serious injuries received in a game.

Biker had no helmet


A motorcyclist wearing no helmet is lucky to have survived a head-on crash with a car near Mangahao settlement, east of Shannon.

Selling process proves expensive


More than $1.5 million was spent to maintain the Kimberley Centre in Levin during a "ridiculous" eight-year sale process, figures released through the Official Information Act reveal.

Police find firearms, drugs


Two guns were seized after a car chase in Levin during which a police patrol car was allegedly rammed.

Car chase, guns seizure leads to court


Three people are due to appear in court in Levin following the seizure of firearms and cannabis.

A prop with a history


JOEL MAXWELL - Horowhenua Mail

A World War I aircraft propeller, smuggled to Horowhenua by mail in 1919, has returned for a project to preserve its engineering history.

The game of his life


RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

He played in a golden era of Horowhenua rugby and after 40 years his passion for the union hasn't wavered.

Lake's boat washing pad nearly ready

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A washdown facility for boats at Lake Horowhenua should be usable in the next few weeks to help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants.

Out-of-town library fee on hold

library book

Kapiti's council is set to back down on a new library fee that has copped a backlash from borrowers.

Machete drawn in dairy robbery


When a masked man pulled a machete in a Levin dairy, the owner's first thought was for his customers' safety.

Concrete plant for expressway

Expressway concrete

Otaki has become a concreting base for the $650 million MacKays to Peka Peka expressway - and potentially Transmission Gully.

Teen's high-speed escape from police ends on spikes

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A teenager who attempted a joy ride to Auckland in a car stolen car in Wellington was stopped by road spikes near Foxton after reaching speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, police say.

Residents pipe up

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Horowhenua District Council has begun selective weekly water flushes of its main water supply pipeline in Foxton, but still says a flood of water quality complaints are mostly due to residents' own pipes.

Living the fashionable life in Levin


RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

A fashion stylist, event manager, motivational speaker and now fashion editor, most people assume Lisa O'Neill is from Auckland, but Levin has always been home and she's proud of it.

Thieves make off with hi-viz gear


High visibility clothing was taken during a ram raid on a Foxton safety wear wholesaler on Tuesday.

Second crash at capital tunnel

Mt Victoria tunnel

Traffic was slowed this afternoon by the second crash at the Mt Victoria tunnel today.

Gun at college 'idiotic'

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A man seen carrying a gun on the grounds of Horowhenua College was likely playing with a BB gun, police say.

1920s engine fires


Horowhenua Mail

Levin turned out to be the mystery destination for Historic steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele's first outing with passengers.

Squad selection a huge opportunity for pair


RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

Two Horowhenua students have been named among the top under-18 rugby players in the Hurricanes region.

Asian accolade in a strong market


Horowhenua's Ohau Wines have picked up a prestigious international wine award, an encore after winning the same award two years ago.

Vandals slash and burn

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Vandals have caused thousands of dollars of damage in two trails of destruction through Levin.

Labour pledges to fund rail link

Capital Connection

Labour says it would subsidise the Capital Connection rail link to keep it on track.

Police bust drug rings


Police raid in Wellington nets drugs, weapons and a carving stolen from Te Papa.

Dog numbers 'shocking' - advocate

Greymouth dog pound

Of 6000 dogs registered in Horowhenua at least 10 per cent are impounded each year, and about four a week are put down. These are shocking figures, a local animal advocate says. 

Child's scooter used in attack


An Otaki man faces several charges after allegedly attacking a police officer with a baton and a child's scooter.

Caught up in wrong way chase

Ellen Graham

Two women hit by a fleeing driver in a wrong-way police chase on State Highway 1 want answers.

History among rubbish


Tracing the early days of an almost century-old club's history can be a near-impossible task, but the job has been made easier for the Levin Racing Club.

Woman hit by truck named

Police have named the Levin woman who died after being hit by a delivery truck.

Truck hits, kills walker


A 74-year-old woman is dead after being run over by a 5-tonne delivery truck in Levin.

Lindsay Rd washout repairs scheduled

Lindsay Rd ST

A 30 metre by 9m "mechanically stabilised earth wall" will be built to repair a slip which has closed a Levin road for the past three weeks.

Woman tried to set fire to boat

Horowhenua woman pleads guilty to attempted arson after pouring petrol on neighbour's boat.

Capital Connection ticket sharing mooted

capital connection

A proposal to allow Wellington commuters to use their Metlink tickets on the Capital Connection could be the boost the troubled service needs.

Godwits in flight forever


A new winged sculpture will soon welcome travellers at Foxton's southern entrance on State Highway 1, with earth already turned to make way for its installation.

Levin provides the good life

Former All Whites goalkeeper Michael Utting has settled in and is enjoying life.

Michael Utting

Former All Whites goalkeeper Michael Utting has traded open bottles for open homes. He talks to Jonathan Millmow about turning his life around and finding peace in Levin.

Trapped cat deluge swamps SPCA

Trapped cat

A zealous cat trapper has Horowhenua SPCA stretched to its limits, with many thought to be pets.

Challenging performance draws praise

Horowhenua College

Horowhenua College has again impressed judges by taking on a tricky issue in their Stage Challenge performance depicting human trafficking. 

Woman crushed by horse

A Levin woman has suffered serious upper-body injuries after falling from a horse, which then rolled over on her.

Caution over super-school proposal

Classroom, students, pupils, learning, high school, secondary school

A super-school has been proposed for Levin as part of an education review in the Horowhenua.

Bad girls on a roll


Seventeen roller derby teams from across the North Island will collide in Levin during Saturday's Sur5al tournament.

Hell must be freezing over

Former Foxton Community Board chairman Basil Vertongen once said "hell would freeze over" before he apologised for burning a photo of a couple who objected to a seawall project.

Neighbourhood police on bicycles


Cops on bikes are becoming a regular sight in the southern part of Levin.

High school merger mooted

Mayor Brendan Duffy has back- tracked after initially denying knowledge of any discussions surrounding a Levin "super school", or talk of further co-operation between the town's high schools.

Fraud charges admitted

Kerry Buddle

Former Kapiti mortgage broker Kerry Buddle broke down in tears as she plead guilty to 27 counts of fraud today.

Woman stabbed


Woman to appear in court after allegedly stabbing another woman in head.

All those years ago


It has been 70 years since US Marine Dean Ladd swept Nola Fullarton off her feet at the Wellington Officers' Club.

'Stupidity' stuns police

Levin police who encountered a driver doing a burnout were stunned at his "stupidity" when he continued the display in front of them.

Sharp eye puts halt to burglary

A Neighbourhood Support Group member has foiled a burglary that unfolded in front of him.

Submissions a marathon for council

With an average rates rise of close to 10 per cent, the Horowhenua District Council's draft Annual Plan was always going to draw feedback.

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