Horowhenua Mail

Historic mall announces expansion

Concept design for an expanded  food court at Coastlands Shopping Centre.

Mall uses vacant space

RSA seeks way out of debt

The RSA has received requests to use the poppy three or four times a day for the last four weeks, more than any other year in recent memory.

Levin RSA properties are being put on the market to help stem the club's rising debt levels.

Arsons alarm police

This Stuckey St house in Levin has been twice hit by arson.

A second arson at a Levin house is "alarming", and put people's lives in danger, a detective says.

Church safe heist doesn't pay

The burglars who made off with the large safe were in for a disappointing discovery.

Thieves broke into an Otaki church and hauled away a large safe - but it only contained about $40.

Choke-point protest hits the rails

A group of student Capital Connection riders, including, centre from left, Melissa Riwaka and Brooke MacMillan, jumping to the Tranz Metro for a day.

Supporters of a near-extinct rail service have attempted to choke the peak hour Tranz Metro service on the Kapiti LIne.

Surface flooding in Levin

Surface flooding in Palmerston North.

Surface flooding had crews hard at work in Levin after intense rain swamped stormwater systems.

Mother's Day arson endangers family

An arson attempt on Mother's Day may have been the work of a serial fire lighter, and risked the lives of two children, seven family pets, and two adults, an outraged Levin mum says.

Dog tail cut off after 4WD hit, run

Benji playing at the Foxton Beach sand dunes, before he had a run in with a 4WD.

Owner of a dog apparently hit by a car on Foxton Beach calls for caution.

Horowhenua mayor abused

Horowhenua mayor Brendan Duffy at Levin's Anzac commemoration.

Legal threats and personal abuse sent a submissions hearing at Horowhenua District Council into disarray.

Local formula an online video hit

Vicki Makutu between shots, wth crew, from left, Shannon Leef, Q-the Kurstone, Huta Thomas and assistant Asaria Saili.

A new internet video sensation generating thousands of hits has come from the Horowhenua, and showcases our young talent. 

New ambulance base for Levin

St John's Noel Beavers, with goods donated to the organisation's op shop, which will help fund a new ambulance station for the town.

Levin is to get a $1.5m ambulance base to relieve pressures on St John staff and unify operations.

Pfeiler leads Kiwis to clean sweep

Jordyn Pfeiler, with ball, in action at last year's world championships in France.

A Kapiti canoe polo player has led New Zealand to victory in the Oceania championships.

Buried treasure found

The anchor, thought to date from as far back as the 1850s, which was unearthed from a Foxton riverbank.

A group of Foxton friends have literally stumbled onto buried treasure, uncovering an anchor that could date back to the mid 1800s.

Arrests after broken bottle threat

Two people have been arrested after a Singaporean family were robbed in Levin.

Pair charged after Singaporean tourists robbed in Levin supermarket car park.

38 years of fighting fires

Community stalwart Gary Stratford has retired as chief fire officer and volunteer fire fighter after 38 years.

In 1976 Gary Stratford joined the Foxton Fire Brigade, thinking he'd help out for a few years.

Capital Connection plan collapses

Funding to save the Capital Connection has dried up.

Capital Connection's future looks dire as regional council refuses to be left with the "$6 million baby".

Beer art among Trail selection

Levin painter Joan Keogh, whose works will be part of this year's Horowhenua Arts Trail.

Paintings created from beer are among the variety of art works to go on display in the annual Horowhenua Arts Trail this weekend.

Bard brings out dramatic talents

Horowhenua College's Paula Hau, left, and Michaela Stout, right, play Mistress Page and Ford, in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Students from four Horowhenua and Kapiti high schools delivered more than 20 performances as part of this year's regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

Mixed views on capital value

Generic housing photo. House houses real estate property

A proposal to change how rates are calculated by Horowhenua District Council has drawn more than 250 submissions.

SCL labs for three health boards

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, director of service integration and development for the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Capital and Coast district health boards.

Australian-owned diagnostic health service provider SCLLtd will take over Aotea Laboratories and provide Wellington laboratory services

Symphony of acts for Music Month

James Horne, 10, Eboney Taylor, and Paul King, are looking forward to Levin's NZ Music Month celebrations.

Horowhenua will be rocked by an acoustically packed intense four hours to round out New Zealand Music Month.

Near-fatality won't stop Sky climb

Levin fire fighter Dave McHattie, has battled back from a near-fatal car crash last year, to train for the Sky Tower challenge.

Dave McHattie was in a coma when his colleagues entered him in the Fire Fighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.

Narrow vision for Foxton

Foxton Town Centre.

Main St in Foxton could be narrowed as part of a planned CBD upgrade that may see the town's cenotaph relocated.

Foxton icon being pooped on

Pigeons sit along the blades at the deMolen windmill in Foxton.

Pooping pigeons have become an unexpected scourge at Foxton’s deMolen Dutch mill.

Burglars target small items

Sergeant Sarn Paroli said it was suspected the burglars were thought to be a group, and were targeting small items that were easy to carry.

Burglars have broken into six Levin homes while occupants were at home, police say.

Suspicious fire damages house

NZ fire engine

A Levin house been damaged by a fire that police say is suspicious.

Catering firm repaying debts

Other Australian councils are adopting Brisbane's  hygiene rating system for restaurants.

A Horowhenua duo are slowing paying back some of their catering company's debts.

Out-of control car hits gas main

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A minor prang turned dangerous when one driver left his car in reverse and was dragged along the road.

Mobility scooter death

It appeared the woman was waiting to cross the road on her mobility scooter.

Elderly woman dies in hospital after car crashes into her mobility scooter in Levin.

Night Glow reignited

Lift Off Levin hot air balloon fiesta's 'night glow' event at Donnelly Park, Levin, has been very popular in previous years.

A nighttime balloon event could take off again at the Lift off Levin festival thanks to community support.

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