Horowhenua Mail

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.

Out to kill Connection?

Capital Connection


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


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?


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

Gardening business awarded


KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

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

World War I soldiers' stories told


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?

Foxton aquarium

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

Kindy chook killed


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

Barista 'made up' theft

Streetwise theft

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

Barista hurt in cart robbery


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


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


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

Teens thrilled by opera


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

Chance for hip-hop hopefuls


A leading hip-hop singer and DJ will both support a new music competition starting in Levin on Saturday.

Safety rails bowled over


Community pressure will see boosted safety measures at a pedestrian refuge - the site of four smashes on a busy stretch of Kapiti highway.

Region shows strength as employment rises


Horowhenua's economy shows signs of recovery, and unemployment figures have fallen to their lowest since 2009.

Gardens open as class fundraiser


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


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


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

Police seek thief's identity

Kapiti pharmacy theft

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

Swazi hit in latest theft

Swazi New Zealand logo

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

Speed cuts welcomed

Amy Soo

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

Barrier risk 'small'


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

How they stand on the issues

Otaki seat

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

Green candidate could make history


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


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

Hospital corridor, generic

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

What are their hopes for Kapiti and Mana?

Otaki seat

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

Driver spots serious fire


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

Daffy about spring bulbs


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

Boosting soil health proves a winner


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

Be wary of condoms


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

Scooter parking etiquette debated

mobility scooter

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


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

Aiding nurses' path

Training gap being filled


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


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


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

Noel Bigwood

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

Rugby team blows whistle on thieves

rugby ball generic

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


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


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


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


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


JOEL MAXWELL - Kapiti Observer

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

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