Horowhenua Mail

Region shows strength as employment rises

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Economic conditions in Horowhenua show signs of recovery, and the district's unemployment figures have fallen to their lowest since March 2009, an Infometrics economic report says.

Gardens open as class fundraiser

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Opening nine Horowhenua gardens to the public will help a Waiopehu College class journey halfway around the world.

Faberge egg-inspired outfit a treat on stage

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A Horowhenua woman whose World of Wearable Arts costume wowed the audience says it was a thrill to see it modelled as part of the spectacular production.

Smoking stinks - time to quit

Angela Johnston first picked up a cigarette as a 13-year-old in the 80s, a decade, she says, when smoking was considered "glamorous".

Loaded gun stashed

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Man charged after he shows police where he stashed a stolen gun and booze.

Police seek thief's identity

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Police call for help identifying man caught on security footage after two daylight thefts.

Swazi hit in latest theft

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Thieves snatched armloads of adventure clothing at Levin's Swazi Apparel early this morning.

Speed cuts welcomed

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Residents and business owners say planned speed cuts through Manakau and Ohau are desperately needed.

Barrier risk 'small'

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Delaying a fix for "unsafe" roadside highway barriers has put road users at risk, a Levin cyclist says.

How they stand on the issues

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Otaki candidates' views on health, youth and public transport.

Green candidate could make history

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History could be made after Saturday's election, if Jack McDonald, 21, ascends from chairing the Paekakariki Community Board to a seat in parliament.

Working for the kids

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A Horowhenua-Otaki group is leading the way in a national project to establish teams of experts working to help children at risk of abuse or neglect.

Firefighter still in coma

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Two Otaki volunteer firefighters remain in hospital, one in a coma, after a crash last week.

What are their hopes for Kapiti and Mana?

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Kapiti and Mana election candidates talk about the pressing issues for the area.

Driver spots serious fire

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An early morning newspaper deliverer helped raise the alarm to a serious house fire in Levin this morning.

Daffy about spring bulbs

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Hundreds of people are expected to pour into the district for this month's national daffodil show.

Boosting soil health proves a winner

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A Levin farmer has been recognised for two decades of work to develop and apply alternative growing practices.

Be wary of condoms

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Police warn lovers in Levin to check use-by dates after a condom thief made off with expired stock.

Scooter parking etiquette debated

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Mobility scooter riders should not be taking up car parks in Levin, a support group says, as debate simmers on parking "etiquette".

Fire crews find colleagues in crash

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'Worst nightmare' for fire crew finding colleagues trapped during serious road crash.

Aiding nurses' path

Training gap being filled

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A Levin healthcare facility has sunk $250,000 into helping plug a controversial gap in New Zealand's ability to develop experienced nurses.

Jotham has the final word

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RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

Horowhenua College student Jotham Harris has again booked himself a place in the national spelling bee final.

Levin hosts space guru

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JOEL MAXWELL - Horowhenua Mail

The universe's accelerating expansion due to mysterious dark energy will be explored in Levin.

Quad bike goes on walkabout

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

An Otaki Beach man was shocked to hear his quad bike being driven away just minutes after he arrived home with it on a trailer.

Back on the beat... sort of

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A retired Kapiti policeman has returned to the beat in the back of an unmarked speed camera van.

Rugby team blows whistle on thieves

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Police uncovered stash of items at a Levin house, after a rugby team tracked down the culprits who stole their gear.

Survivor gives back

Coffee merchant thanks community

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A Levin man who suffered a serious stroke has not only managed to work through a tough rehabilitation to get back on his feet, but has helped provide equipment so others can do the same.

Pull of home irresistible

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RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

Artwork by Piri-Hira Tukapua is dotted across Horowhenua, and while she might not be widely known outside the district, her work has been seen by millions worldwide.

Oxford scholarship offers huge chance

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A former Horowhenua man has won a place and a partial scholarship at Oxford University and hopes to use the opportunity to learn how to change the world.

Home invasion probe

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Police searching for a man connected to a home invasion and attempted dairy robbery in Levin last week are keeping an open mind for any connection to four earlier armed robberies.

Youth jobs page unexpected hit

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Horowhenua youth are so keen to find work they're taking action with a Facebook page designed to connect young job seekers with employers.

Plan shows way to lake health

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MATHEW GROCOTT - Horowhenua Mail

A year after agreeing on their aims, the members of the Lake Horowhenua Accord have released their plan for restoring one of New Zealand's most polluted waterways.

Trailer found 11 years on

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A Levin couple were amazed when they spotted a trailer stolen from them more than a decade ago being driven around the town.

Money system in candidate's sights

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JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

A Horowhenua-Kapiti SPCA vet has joined September's election race as an independent candidate.

Feud leads to pub's closure

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The Manakau Hotel has closed again after becoming the pub with no beer for the second time in a year.

War portraits of survival and courage

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Images of over 40 World War II veterans who now live in Levin, Otaki and Waikanae are to be displayed in an exhibition.

Levin woman working in 'war zone'

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A Levin woman working for the Red Cross in Gaza said the chaos was worse than any other hot spot she had been in.

Ruins to riches

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A vandalised, derelict storage area has been transformed into a serious workshop by a group of blokes who like hanging out in sheds.

Principal remembers positive changes

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retiring principal escaped a career huddled away in laboratories to step up to the blackboard.

Proud principal to leave on a high

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Escaping a career huddled away in laboratories to step up to the blackboard and later run schools is a choice retiring Waiopehu College principal Barry Petherick has never looked back from.

Autobody artist finds new canvas

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JOEL MAXWELL - Horowhenua Mail

Art combining a cast from a cancer survivor's torso, and candy- apple red automobile paint has been created for a good cause.

Toy dog show on move

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

The Toy Dog Fair drew good numbers of visitors and entrants to the Horowhenua Events Centre, but the venue is too expensive and the fair will not be back next year, an organiser says.

Ageing area no burden

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KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Authorities could struggle to maintain crucial infrastructure in Horowhenua, according to future population projections, a new report says, but Horowhenua officials are divided about the findings.

Biker had no helmet

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

Fundraiser to aid with rugby injury

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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.

Armed robberies alarming

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

Selling process proves expensive

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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.

Thaddeus groomed to succeed

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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.

Police find firearms, drugs

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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

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