Horowhenua Mail

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.

Feud leads to pub's closure

Manakau Hotel

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


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'


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


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

Barry Petherick

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

Proud principal to leave on a high


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Selling process proves expensive


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


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


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


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

A prop with a history


JOEL MAXWELL - Horowhenua Mail

A World War I aircraft propeller, smuggled to Horowhenua by mail in 1919, has returned for a project to preserve its engineering history.

The game of his life


RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

He played in a golden era of Horowhenua rugby and after 40 years his passion for the union hasn't wavered.

Lake's boat washing pad nearly ready

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A washdown facility for boats at Lake Horowhenua should be usable in the next few weeks to help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants.

Out-of-town library fee on hold

library book

Kapiti's council is set to back down on a new library fee that has copped a backlash from borrowers.

Machete drawn in dairy robbery


When a masked man pulled a machete in a Levin dairy, the owner's first thought was for his customers' safety.

Concrete plant for expressway

Expressway concrete

Otaki has become a concreting base for the $650 million MacKays to Peka Peka expressway - and potentially Transmission Gully.

Teen's high-speed escape from police ends on spikes

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A teenager who attempted a joy ride to Auckland in a car stolen car in Wellington was stopped by road spikes near Foxton after reaching speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, police say.

Residents pipe up

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Horowhenua District Council has begun selective weekly water flushes of its main water supply pipeline in Foxton, but still says a flood of water quality complaints are mostly due to residents' own pipes.

Living the fashionable life in Levin


RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

A fashion stylist, event manager, motivational speaker and now fashion editor, most people assume Lisa O'Neill is from Auckland, but Levin has always been home and she's proud of it.

Thieves make off with hi-viz gear


High visibility clothing was taken during a ram raid on a Foxton safety wear wholesaler on Tuesday.

Second crash at capital tunnel

Mt Victoria tunnel

Traffic was slowed this afternoon by the second crash at the Mt Victoria tunnel today.

Gun at college 'idiotic'

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

A man seen carrying a gun on the grounds of Horowhenua College was likely playing with a BB gun, police say.

1920s engine fires


Horowhenua Mail

Levin turned out to be the mystery destination for Historic steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele's first outing with passengers.

Squad selection a huge opportunity for pair


RANDALL WALKER - Horowhenua Mail

Two Horowhenua students have been named among the top under-18 rugby players in the Hurricanes region.

Asian accolade in a strong market


Horowhenua's Ohau Wines have picked up a prestigious international wine award, an encore after winning the same award two years ago.

Vandals slash and burn

KAROLINE TUCKEY - Horowhenua Mail

Vandals have caused thousands of dollars of damage in two trails of destruction through Levin.

Labour pledges to fund rail link

Capital Connection

Labour says it would subsidise the Capital Connection rail link to keep it on track.

Police bust drug rings


Police raid in Wellington nets drugs, weapons and a carving stolen from Te Papa.

Dog numbers 'shocking' - advocate

Greymouth dog pound

Of 6000 dogs registered in Horowhenua at least 10 per cent are impounded each year, and about four a week are put down. These are shocking figures, a local animal advocate says. 

Child's scooter used in attack


An Otaki man faces several charges after allegedly attacking a police officer with a baton and a child's scooter.

Caught up in wrong way chase

Ellen Graham

Two women hit by a fleeing driver in a wrong-way police chase on State Highway 1 want answers.

History among rubbish


Tracing the early days of an almost century-old club's history can be a near-impossible task, but the job has been made easier for the Levin Racing Club.

Woman hit by truck named

Police have named the Levin woman who died after being hit by a delivery truck.

Truck hits, kills walker


A 74-year-old woman is dead after being run over by a 5-tonne delivery truck in Levin.

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