Horowhenua Mail

Robber cleans out pub

Police are investigating an armed robbery at The Jolly pub in Paraparaumu.

An armed robber is still at large after cleaning out the takings from a Paraparaumu pub.

Regional sevens, Hurricanes coming to Levin

The Hurricanes at an open training session in Shannon earlier this year.

The mercury is rising, the barbecue is being dusted off and the beach cricket sets are out, but rugby stops for none of that. 

Call for Youth Voices for 2016

Youth Voice members painting a mural in an alleyway running from Carlisle to Forth St in Levin, in March.

A 2015 Youth Voice member is encouraging other young people to seize a valuable opportunity, and to help contribute to the community.

Coastal Energy co-operative launches

Coastal Energy director Phil Malpas with equipment used to perform an energy audit on a property.

The director of a new Kapiti and Horowhenua energy co-operative says there is plenty of scope for residents to be using energy more efficiently. 

Christchurch flights to end

Air New Zealand is dropping flights between Christchurch and Kapiti.

Air NZ cuts flights between Christchurch and Kapiti, but adds more Kapiti to Auckland flights.

Volunteer contributions to the community awarded

The Horowhenua District Council Civic Honours Awards took place on Tuesday night. From left Civic Honour and 50 Years Service Medal recipient Colin Lawrie, Civic Honour recipient Carroll Cumming, Civic Honour and 50 Years Service Medal recipient Betty Guy, Civic Honour recipient Joan Cumming, and Horowhenua District Mayor Brendan Duffy.

Twelve volunteers who have contributed significantly to the Horowhenua community were recognised at the 2015 Civic Honours Awards on Tuesday night.

Garage sale to pump up Wheels fund

Horowhenua District Council staff Azeem Mohammed and Meredith Blackler with some of the items to be sold in a Wheels for Elias fundraising garage sale this Saturday

Horowhenua District Council staff are holding a huge garage sale this Saturday, to help boost fundraising for a mobility vehicle for Elias Ruruku-Hunt.

Best possible quarry environmental protection sought

Otaki resident Janet Macdonald wants to be sure a new quarry will be as quiet, clean and environmentally friendly as possible.

Otaki residents want councils to impose the best possible environmental protection conditions on a new gravel quarry.

The Shed Project Kapiti takes Wellington Airport award

The Shed Project Kapiti members and volunteers with their award and some of their own projects.

About five years ago Denis Wood founded The Shed Project, a Paraparaumu-based initiative aimed at teaching disabled men life skills. 

Gliding from Kapiti to the Wairarapa

Scenes such as this Wellington Gliding Club craft soaring over Kapiti could become rarer when the club moves operations to south Wairarapa.

Wellington Gliding Club will move its operations centre from Paraparaumu Airport to Wairarapa next year.

World Cup victory 'a dream'

Dane Coles with the Webb Ellis Cup after winning the Rugby World Cup Final.

Proud and exhausted after winning rugby's holy grail, Dane Coles is happy to be back home being a dad.

Hearing looms for controversial animal shelter

The SH1 site, south of Manakau village, where application has been sought to establish a HUHA animal shelter.

Work has begun to set up an animal shelter at a controversial site in Manakau, with a resource consent hearing scheduled for later this month. In September last year HUHA (Helping People Help Animals) purchased a 7.3 hectare block of land south of the settlement, on State Highway 1.

Kapiti soldiers who lost their lives in WWI remembered with memorial

Scott Walker, a cadet in the New Zealand Air Training Corps, stands by the flagpole at the opening of the Kapiti field of remembrance on Wednesday.

For the next three years, 100 crosses will stand in Kapiti, in recognition of those from the district who lost their lives in World War I.

Arts Trail reception mixed

Alan Wehipeihana at his Paekakariki studio during the 2015 Kapiti Arts Trail.

The Kapiti Coast District Council says this year's Kapiti Arts Trail was popular with visitors and locals, but not all artists agree. 

Brophy's frightening flick now showing

A still from The Dead Room featuring stars Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas and Laura Petersen.

Kapiti actor Jed Brophy is promising a few scares in his latest film.

Murder accused appears in court

Levin boy Alex Fisher, right, with his brother Eric McIsaac.

Police guarded the doors of court as the half-brother of Alex Fisher appeared, charged with murder.

Chapman makes history at Asia Pacific Deaf Games

Santana Chapman, right, with one of her bronze medals.

After the elements delayed her return, New Zealand's first Asia Pacific Deaf Games medallist has arrived back in the country. 

Christmas market to return for festive day

A stall-holder at last year's Christmas Market, which organisers said was a success, even with a shift indoors part-way through due to bad weather.

Te Takere's Christmas Market is returning the day of the Christmas parade, and stallholders and crafters are being sought.

Kapiti Grey Power chairman named Kapiti Elder Person of the Year

Trevor Daniell accepts his award from last year's winner, Betty van Gaalen.

A Kapiti man who sits on five committees in the region has been named its Elder Person of the Year.

A beer-y strange collection

Opiki man Dave Collis displays about 8000 beer cans in a shed on his property, including the 1937 coronation brew, left, and two olive drab cans.

Opiki man Dave Collis's motives were questioned when he had a shed with no doors or windows, and a power station in the middle, put onto his property 12 years ago.

Fire destroys Levin flat

A Levin family were left with only the clothes they stood in, after a fire destroyed their Queenwood Rd flat yesterday morning.

A fire that tore through a Levin flat triggered a scrambled evacuation, but left a family with no possessions or home.

Shooting injury

Armed police were called out to Shannon, with police blocking off Julyan St in the Horowhenua town.

Man in hospital following shooting at home in Shannon.

Youth development centre site announced

Kapiti Mayor Ross Church and Zeal Kapiti manager David Orchard with members of Zeal Kapiti's volunteer team outside 130 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.

The site at 130 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu, has been announced as the base for a new youth development centre facility in Kapiti.

Petition to stop aerial herbicide spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park

Raumati resident Nike Morton has started a petition to ban aerial spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park.

A Raumati resident has formed a petition, asking the Greater Wellington Regional Council to stop aerial herbicide spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park. 

All Blacks Coles, Taylor arrive home

Dane Coles with the Webb Ellis trophy.

The All Blacks have arrived back in the country with the World Cup trophy in tow, with Paraparaumu's Dane Coles and Levin-born Codie Taylor among them.

HUHA team members recognised

HUHA founder Carolyn Press-McKenzie, left, with foster dog Puggly, and Otaki HUHA shelter manager Claire Thornton, and her own greyhound, Indie.

Two animal welfare volunteers working with HUHA have picked up notable nods for their work.

Pop-up gallery to show weaving

Foxton weaver Margaret Hill, with two of her 3D woven masks; an "anxious crab" and "stay-at-home" godwit, from a play she has co-written.

A pop-up gallery on State Highway 1 in Foxton will give a local weaver the chance to show some of her award-winning work.

Council happy with Kapiti Arts Trail's first weekend

Peter Augustin at his studio in Peka Peka.

The Kapiti Coast District Council is happy with the response to the Kapiti Arts Trail's first weekend. 

Three arrested after aggravated robbery

Generic police

Three arrests have been made after a home invasion in Levin.

Bridge buckles in flood

Stranded residents take a look at the damaged bridge.

A slumping bridge cuts off a community as flooding causes havoc in the lower North Island.

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