Horowhenua Mail

Green ribbons for Alex video

Alex Fisher, 10, who was found dead at Waitarere Beach on Thursday.

Friends and family remember 10-year-old at a touching service in Levin.

Foxton crash victim named

Scene of fatal crash near Whirokino bridge south of Foxton.

A Palmerston North woman has been identified as the motorcyclist who died in a crash near Foxton on Sunday.

Coffee break for four Kapiti Coast centenarians

Four Kapiti Coast centenarians, back, Thelma McLean and Evelyn Hutchins and front, Thelma Simpson and Mabel Conew, met for coffee at Waikanae Country Lodge on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Centenarians need a coffee break too, and earlier this week four on the Kapiti Coast got together for a chat.

'Tell kids the truth'

A picture of Alex sits on the desk at the Horowhenua Council building.

As Alex Fisher's classmates return to school, grief experts say honesty is the best policy.

Fishermen winched from sea off Kapiti

Paramedics deliver a rescued fisherman to Paraparaumu Beach after his boat capsized.

Two men were rescued by helicopter after abandoning their boat near Kapiti Island on Sunday.

Fatal accident blocks state highway

Scene of fatal crash near Whirokino bridge south of Foxton.

Motorcyclist dies in Foxton crash.

Training firm HLC takes top gong at Kapiti and Horowhenua business awards

A private training firm based in both Kapiti and Horowhenua has won the supreme award at the Kapiti and Horowhenua Business Awards. 

Tatana, O'Sullivan in business hall of fame

Johnston Mac Tatana accepts his nomination from Horowhenua mayor Brendan Duffy. Tatana's whanau performed a tribute to him on stage after his nomination.

A community leader and a retirement village entrepreneur are the two latest inductees into the Kapiti Horowhenua Business Hall of Fame. 

Community in shock video

The discovery of  the body of Alex Fisher, 10 on Waiterere Beach. 
Forensic teams search the area where the body was found.

Waitarere locals "heartbroken" following discovery of 10-year-old's body on Waitarere Beach.

'Have you had your mammogram?'

Breast cancer survivor Veronica Hirini says mammograms can potentially be a life-saver, and wants women to treat them as a must.

October is breast cancer month, and Levin cancer survivor Veronica Hirini says it is a reminder all women 40 and over should have mammograms.

Fleming, Levin masters ready to make a splash

Dave Fleming, 71, is the oldest Levin Masters Swimming Club member competing at the North Island Short Course Championships at the Levin Aquatic Centre on October 16 and 17.

The North Island Short Course Swimming Championships are coming to Levin, and the oldest hometown competitor cannot wait to get in the pool.

Haylock strikes gold with national selection, medal haul

Kapiti ten pin bowling siblings Corey and Dayna Haylock.

A Kapiti bowler has won selection for New Zealand in ten pin bowling, and will compete overseas in the coming months. 

Six big winners split prizes

Coastlands Lotto owner operator Iris Zhang is chuffed to have had six big winners last week. The store was well known for its luck, and for its lucky cat that sits on the counter. Customers often touch it with their tickets for luck, she said.

Nine Lotto players who bought tickets in Kapiti and Horowhenua are among the largest group ever to share a first division Lotto prize.

Arts Review proves popular

Paraparaumu Beach sculptor Kate Elder, with her work Borderline Series #1, which won the Open Award in the Mahara Arts Review 2015.

Crowds were so large at the 2015 Mahara Gallery Arts Review opening night that the awards ceremony had to be moved outside.

Cook a finalist in spec-tacular competition

Kapiti's Jess Cook is one of six finalists in the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

A Waikanae resident's decision to put her glasses back on has left her in the running to become New Zealand's most stylish and confident spec-wearer. 

Bags of evidence in search for boy video

Alexander Fisher has been missing since early on Tuesday.

Items of interest have been found in a forest where a 10-year-old is missing, police say.

Whanganui artist to be remembered by Raumati film-maker

An Edith Collier painting from 1915, 'Girl in the Sunshine'.

Little-known Kiwi artist Edith Collier is the subject of two films screening in Paekakariki this month.

Man shares goat with dog to survive

02102015 News. CAMERON BURNELL/FAIRFAX NZ. Hunter Tim Cleghorn with his dog Thor and American Staffordshire Terrier who were lost in the bush for 2 nights.

The goat that got a hunter lost near Wellington sustained him through two cold nights.

Club for elderly awarded for innovation

Bert Swney, front, and members of Club HMV, which has been recognised for its innovative programme.

An groundbreaking day programme for the elderly based in Levin has received a national award.

Levin old boy wins MasterChef 2015

2015 MasterChef winner Tim Read, at work on the 'Dome of Doom' dessert challenge during the final.

Latest MasterChef winner Tim Read, who hails from Levin, is still in shock but over the moon at the possibilities in front of him.

Couple stuck in home adjacent to expressway

Peter and Mary-Anne Smith at the back of their Milne Dr section, which sits adjacent to construction for the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway.

A Paraparaumu couple living next to the construction of the Mackays to Peka Peka (M2pp) Expressway is stuck in a house they are unable to sell.

Poplar Avenue construction continues

The Poplar Ave intersection as it appears now, minus the markings on the old Poplar Ave, left. Work will now begin on excavating the old street to make way for the bridge's south abutment.

Lane markings switching Poplar Ave to its new configuration were completed last weekend after being delayed by rain. 

Sopacua on the right trail

Fabienne Joni Sopacua with one of her paintings, depicting singer Rihanna.

It's been an unconventional journey, but one artist is confident she is on the right path heading into her first Kapiti Arts Trail.

Musical rocks Kiwi classics

Te Horo band Black Eyed Susie will belt out the Kiwi hits for Aotearoa; A Rock Musical. Amongst the set, which is being constructed, the band is, let to right, Willis Beckett, Ramon Oza, Susie Colien-Reid, Nick Van Dijk, and Troy Mathews.

A new musical featuring a playlist of favourite Kiwi pop songs will have a world-wide premiere in Levin.

Not guilty entered for petrol station attendant attacker

Nathan Robert Cord Bowden, 21, is charged with wounding petrol station attendant Leslie Frost with the intent to commit aggravated robbery, and robbing the service station on August 9, 2015.

A judge has entered not guilty pleas on behalf of the man accused of stabbing a service station attendant.

Levin RSA closing

The Levin RSA bar is set for one last fling on Saturday.

The Levin RSA will close tomorrow after attempts to save it failed.

Heavy rain pounds north

The Moutoa sluice gates, flood protection scheme for the Lower Manawatu River, were opened at 11am today after heavy rains.

Heavy rain slams North Island causing flooding, slips and swollen rivers.

Team united to help vulnerable children


A team set up as a national first to help vulnerable children by providing a "united front" between agencies has now dealt with 89 cases.

Crash family fights for help

Jared Carson is glad his family survived a horrific crash, but said the recovery had been a battle. "We are happy with what we're getting now, but we don't want it to happen to anybody else."

A family recovering from injuries received when their car collided with a truck are unhappy they were left with only two hours home help in two weeks.

Paekakariki residents want ticketing solution

Paekakariki Community Board member Sam Buchanan with his car parked on the Beach Rd median strip.

Paekakariki Community Board members want a definitive policy after tickets were issued to motorists who parked on the Beach Rd median strip.

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