Horowhenua Mail

Caught red-handed: chase lasts 20km

Even after his vehicle was allegedly rammed three times, a home owner chased two men for more than 20km. 

Man faces indecency charges

Charges have been laid after a man tried to entice children into his car.

Inspirational cyclist farewelled

Cyclists formed a guard of honour for Kapiti athlete Stu Downs' final journey.

Rain eases but roads risky

Heavy rain which caused flooding in the Kapiti Coast, Horowhenua and Manawatu ease but some roads are still affected.

Forecast puts wind up kiters

Anything short of a hurricane at Foxton Beach this weekend would keep Glen Butcher happy.

Bees leave cricketers ducking for cover

Cricketers were abuzz at Manawatu College when they found themselves in a swarm of bees.

Rock-thrower's appeal dismissed

Court has ruled a Levin man's decision to throw rocks at a rower was not a case of self defence.

Police seek silver 4WD

Police are appealing for sightings of a silver 4WD that fled the scene of a crash near Foxton.

Decile highs and lows

Three of Palmerston North's largest high schools have dropped in decile ratings, so will get a funding boost.

Grisly sacks on walkway

Sheep rustlers have left a grisly find for walkers on a popular walkway as theft numbers spike from Otaki to Foxton.

Man tries to lure kids

More children have reported being approached by a stranger who tried to coax them into his car in Horowhenua.

Forest fire frenzy

Wild winds whip fire away from houses

Residents are relieved a bush fire that came dangerously close to their Horowhenua homes left them unscathed.

Mission turns to plastic

Wellington City Mission is using eftpos machines to collect donations leading up to Christmas and hopes the initiative will raise an extra $100,000.

Rail link to Waikanae proposed

Palmerston North City councillor offers an alternative to saving the Capital Connection.

Barista to face charges

Police have charged a Kapiti barista for stealing nearly $3000 and falsely reporting a robbery.

Another chance at the Shield

Horowhenua-Kapiti will get another crack at the prized Ranfurly Shield next year.

Bridge replacement options released

Four options have been revealed for the replacement of the Whirokino Trestle and Manawatu River bridge between Foxton and Levin.

Aiming for bullseye

Ready for excitement on the world stage

Mark "Cowboy" McGrath has been selected as the New Zealand representative for the world's biggest darts championship.

Man tries to get girl in car

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Man tried to coax a 13-year-old girl into his car in Levin, in what police describe as a ''sinister incident''.

Garden was combust-a-bull

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Mark Dornbusch never expected to have five police cars and a bomb squad visit for a piece of "garden art".

Following dad - finally

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Daniel Sawyer will continue a proud family tradition when he joins the ranks at Levin police station on Monday.

NZ top six target for young rider

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Levin show jumper Shanae McKay has clinched a double, winning both the mini prix and grand prix events on different ponies in Carterton.

Help surf club win a boat

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Otaki surf lifesavers are calling for online help as they try to win a new boat and put their aging inflatable craft out to pasture.

Finding the skills to fill trade gap

A Levin teacher is hoping he has part of the answer to a shortage of engineering labour in Horowhenua.

Economic agency grilled over centre's failure

Clean tech

The head of the region's economic growth agency was scorched by councillors as he fronted on Thursday over Kapiti's clean tech failure.

PostShop 'fracas' investigated

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Police are reviewing CCTV footage of an alleged gang brawl in Levin last week.

Fatal crash witnesses sought

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Police are seeking witnesses to a fatal crash in Levin. 

Youngster bolts into win at pony grand prix

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It was double clear all the way for Shanae McKay and Guthrie, who took the top honours in the pony grand prix.

Slow progress after brain injury

Cambridge’s Greg James

Foxton Beach man hit by freight train can't talk, walk or eat on his own - but still has a sense of humour.

Hunter still missing

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Police have found a backpack and rifle in their search for a man missing in the Tararua Ranges.

Workers in short supply

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Horowhenua employers say they cannot find workers to fill jobs, despite relatively high unemployment in the district.

Romantic portrait prized at show

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RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

Two Horowhenua artists won awards at the weekend's Kapiti Observer Rotary Art Show.

Rare chance to join birds

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Conservation Week will be marked in Horowhenua with a water safari to an isolated spot on the Manawatu River.

Wonderful art among asparagus

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Founders of a spring art and asparagus event hope the annual celebration is sprouting into a Horowhenua spring festival.

Te Horo retail complex to stay

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Hyde Park will be renamed Hyde Park Village and run as an expanded retail development with family attractions, its new owner says.

Crushed glass used in road-sealing first

An innovative glass-crushing business in Otaki has, for the first time, tarsealed a road using crushed glass and bitumen.

Cafe sellers hope music will play on

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The departing owners of Tokomaru's Bent Horseshoe Cafe hope a buyer will carry on their legacy as a popular live music venue.

Out to kill Connection?

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JANINE RANKIN AND JOEL MAXWELL - Horowhenua Mail

Fare hikes on the Capital Connection from the beginning of November are a blatant attempt by KiwiRail to kill the Palmerston North to Wellington commuter train service, a Labour MP says.

Educating young Kiwis

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Working at secondary schools during the most formative time in young people's lives is a privilege, the new principal of Horowhenua College says.

Where are the doctors?

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A lack of doctors has left patients at a new $2 million health centre waiting several weeks for appointments.

Gardening business awarded

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A Horowhenua growing company has come up roses in the Electra Business Awards.

World War I soldiers' stories told

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A new book detailing the 188 Horowhenua men who died serving in World War I aims to bring the stories of their service and heroism back to light.

Trucks crush calves

Dairy cows

Ten calves are dead after being skittled by two trucks on State Highway 1 north of Wellington.

Wildlife centre for Foxton?

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A group is pitching the idea of a million dollar wildlife centre aimed at luring tourists into Foxton.

Kindy chook killed

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A kindergarten chook beaten to death was so tame it may have allowed the killer to pick it up.

Barista 'made up' theft

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Barista who claimed she was forced to floor in a coffee cart robbery made the incident up, police say.

Barista hurt in cart robbery

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The Horowhenua owner of an Otaki coffee cart robbed on Sunday is baffled by the incident, which left a staff member traumatised.

Let there be light

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Diwali is a colourful annual festival everyone can join in and celebrate together, members of Horowhenua's Indian community say.

Wild winds wreak havoc over region

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Strong winds battered Horowhenua on Monday, lifting roofs, damaging property and causing power cuts.

Teens thrilled by opera

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A youth worker given 30 tickets to the opera says his young guests were "buzzing" at the new experience.

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