Horowhenua Mail

Kapiti road a top priority

Easing congestion along a Kapiti road is the top priority in Wellington's draft regional transport plan.

Total fire ban for Horowhenua

Dry conditions and the high risk of fires has led to a total fire ban for the Horowhenua district.

Expressway sound buffer being rebuilt

A length of giant, noise-reducing embankment along the Kapiti expressway will be pulled down and rebuilt after months of work.

Accused in drugs case out on bail

One of the people arrested as part of a Horowhenua methamphetamine sting has been given bail.

Subdivision washed up

Years of setbacks see developers give up on Himatangi beach's second-largest subdivision.

Injured, far from home

Mum of Kiwi injured in Bali accident remortgages home to pay for care.

Country comes to town

Suited and gumbooted: it's showtime

A&P shows are massive events for a simple reason - there's something for everyone, and even more if you love a good tractor.

Loom bands 'trapped' cat

'Pepper' adopted and safe again

Rescuers who recovered a kitten from a Levin garage were disgusted to find its throat wrapped in loom bands.

Weed harvester to help lake cleanup

A weed harvester has been purchased to aid with the cleanup of Lake Horowhenua.

Kapiti hot to trot for long weekend

Kapiti and Horowhenua businesses will reap the benefits of the Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club's meeting at Otaki Racecourse.

Feilding fraudster gets jail term

Jail for woman who defrauded taxpayers, stole cigarettes and nearly drove over partner.

Man critical after fight

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being seriously assaulted during a mass brawl.

Intoxicating fairy tale unfolds at motel

The tale of an unwanted hotel guest may be closer to Goldilocks, though police have nicknamed her Sleeping Beauty.

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


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

grenade P North

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

Following dad - finally


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


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


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

St John's Ambulance

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


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

Workers in short supply


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


RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

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

Rare chance to join birds


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


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

Hyde park retail complex

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


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

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