Horowhenua Mail

Drug protest not so nice for store

Legal high protests Levin

Two groups of protesters took their message against legal highs to the streets of Levin last week, temporarily closing the only store selling the products.

Man's injuries 'disturbing'


Levin police attending a man bashed repeatedly in the head and face were astounded the victim refused assistance.

Easter show blends old and new

Kapiti Easter Show

A new Easter show adds another art and craft event to the Horowhenua-Kapiti calendar, and brings together the old and the new.

Balloonists hoping for good weather

Lift of Levin

Lift Off Levin organisers are anxiously watching the weather ahead of this weekend's hot air balloon event.

Power outages

More than 700 home without power as widespread storm damage cuts supply.

Car hits pedestrian and cafe


A car hit a woman walking along Levin's main street before crashing through the window of a cafe at morning tea time.

Otaki teen world's best trick skier


Otaki teen Georgia Groen has defended her title as the world's best women's trick skier.

Horowhenua College strong, departing heads says

Departing principal pleased with 12 years of change


Retiring Horowhenua College principal Brenda Burns says the school is in a strong position and she is proud of changes made during her 12 years in charge.

Manakau Hotel back after bust-up


After closing amid rumours and controversy the Manakau Hotel is being relaunched under new management.

Fish lands man in hot water

Foxton crash driver distracted by fish and chips, police say.


Friday fish and chips led to a crash and an electrifying escape after a driver drove into a paddock on the outskirts of Foxton.

Big field for Great Forest run

Another record-breaking field looks set to start next week's 17th Great Forest Events in the Waitarere Forest.

Thefts from cars up tenfold


A recent spate of petty thefts has shot theft from car statistics up more than tenfold in Levin.

Scholar engineers for global change

A Horowhenua teen determined to help change the world has been given a serious leg up towards his goal.

Activist on the run from police


Lake Horowhenua activist Philip Taueki was still in hiding yesterday after he fled police who had arrested him for burglary.

Grandiose event untamed

Levin man's global adventures to screen at glitzy premiere



Gridiron star from Levin makes an impact


Levin woman Bonnie Gillespie has roared onto Aussie television sets as a star of a new gridiron league that is as much spectacle as it is sport.

Driver led lengthy police chase


Police gave a driver the key to a stolen vehicle before he led them on a 29km chase, its owner says.

Kayaking pupils rescued

Kayak rescue

Seven teenagers have been rescued after they got in trouble kayaking in Wellington Harbour.

Woman killed in crash


An elderly woman has died and a man has been injured following a crash in Horowhenua.

Locals called on to find couple lost in car

Police are searching for a couple who say they are lost - possibly in Horowhenua. 

Truck driver charged

SH1 fatal crash on SH1 between Sanson and Foxton

Truck driver will face charges over horror three-vehicle smash that killed a mother and son near Sanson.

New pub opened in old Oxford


A young couple who have reopened the old Oxford pub fell in love with it and shifted to Levin a week after first seeing it.

Arsonist sought after fires


Police are concerned an arsonist is targeting properties in Levin, after three fires were lit in three days.

Cop's impact on community awarded


A Levin police officer whose work has changed a community, has scooped a prestigious Australasian award.

Grey Power dispute rates

Horowhenua Mail

Rates are proposed to rise by an average of 9.92 per cent this year in Horowhenua, with the "targeting" of lower socio- economic areas angering Grey Power.

Farmer fired up for gruelling finals


KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

This year's Taranaki/Manawatu Regional Young Farmer is headed to the national finals with a spring in his step.

Sundance of the south


The stars will be out in Otaki later this month at a new film festival that promises to attract some big names in film-making.

Fire licks edge of dry pine forest


A series of fires north of Otaki came within metres of a pine forest, which would could have sparked a major blaze, a firefighter says.

Horowhenua figures in diesel rail plans

A diesel-powered rail service running to Horowhenua could link to Wellington's Tranz Metro, it was revealed yesterday.

Libraries gifted site to nurture young dreams


Levin and Foxton people have heard how a boyhood dream to help young people has inspired a celebrity-laden website that directs them to the right places and gives tips for success.

Levin burglars more daring

police car

Levin burglars are watching people in their homes before entering, and police are concerned their actions could lead to violence.

Lost Levin buildings on show in exhibition

Carnegie ST

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

An exhibition of paintings by a Levin artist depicts many beautiful buildings from the town, some long gone.

Home lost in suspicious fire

Levin house fire

Two young Levin flatmates lost their home in a fierce fire last Thursday night that police are investigating.

Second fire at panelbeater's yard


Fire service and police are investigating a second suspicious fire in a Levin panelbeater's yard.

Lake clean-up fund a 'turning point'

Lake Horowhenua

A $1.27 million fund established for the clean-up of Lake Horowhenua has been described as a "turning point" in the waterway's history.

New clubrooms on the cards for surf lifesaving club

Surf life saving

Waitarere's surf life saving clubroom is a step closer to catching up with its increasingly distant beachfront.

A whiff of a heist

CCTV levin chemist

Police have released CCTV footage of a small scale heist to try to nab an alleged shoplifter with a penchant for scent. 

Competitive pair evenly matched


JIM CHIPP - Horowhenua Mail

Davey Hughes may have got the better of colleague Sharee Harper last Saturday but said he couldn't claim any bragging rights.

'Grebblies' in the water


KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

What's the price of clean drinking water to Foxton Beach residents?

Broken blade puts windmill out of action


The Foxton windmill is out of commission after one of the 12.5-metre blades nearly came apart close to viewers.

Safety exercise turns into rescue op

Surf life saving

A surf life saving exercise using hand signals for communication turned into a rescue after five swimmers were dragged out to sea.

Hurricanes blow into Levin

Canes in Levin

Some of rugby's finest helped pull a Horowhenua-Kapiti record crowd on Friday, and stayed to share the love on Valentines Day.

Reindeer theft threatens Christmas display


KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A thief who stole a small flock of Christmas reindeer has left a Levin man so upset he's considering cancelling his usual Christmas lights show.

$10 for ABs feast

Richie McCaw

RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

Richie McCaw will be among an unprecedented 27 All Blacks to take the field tomorrow afternoon in Levin.

Drugs, assets seized

Levin drugs bust

Forty-two cannabis plants, a loaded gun and almost $500,000 in assets were seized in a police raid on a Levin house yesterday.

Battles rage in Levin


Sword-wielding armour-clad warriors raged around the Horowhenua Showgrounds on Saturday.

Knights on a quest at medieval market


JOEL MAXWELL - Horowhenua Mail

Youngsters can enjoy shooting arrows at human targets Hunger Games-style as part of fun at the Manakau Medieval Market on Saturday.

New youth radio station at Te Takere


KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Levin youth are now wired for sound and sending their music and messages out to the world.

Rollercoaster ride ahead for secondary school rolls

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Horowhenua secondary schools are reporting similar or increased rolls this year, but lower numbers are forecast for coming years.

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