Horowhenua Mail

Officer mauled

Police officer allegedly punched by man, then mauled by dog in Foxton this morning.

No sign of Manukau here

NZTA makes urgent roadsign correction

What's in a letter? Quite a bit, as the NZTA quickly discovered when it mixed up a small town and a city.

Hunter shot in leg

A hunter shot in the leg has been airlifted from the Tararua Ranges in a night time rescue. 

Fundraiser brings injured DJ home

A Kiwi who was stranded in Bali with massive injuries after a scooter accident has flown home with help from donors.

Telephone scammer steals $20,000

An elderly Waikanae man is fleeced scammers who claimed to be phone technicians.

Spade attack

A man is seriously injured after being attacked with a spade, police say.

Ministry to govern school

A Horowhenua primary school has called for government help after a ripple of resignations caused the board of trustees to break down.

A meeting of the minds

Patea Maori Club meets Otaki-Maori Racing Club

The strains of Poi E will ring out at the Otaki-Maori Racing Club when the Patea Maori Club performs there this weekend.

Power lines get the chop

Power lines at the centre of a decade long legal battle in Kapiti will be pulled down.

Riding the wave of success

Surf's up for Otaki beach business

A summer of groundswells and gentle weather has boosted the first season of a Kapiti small business drawing people region-wide to surf Otaki.

Passenger injured in beach roll

A person has suspected spinal injuries after a station wagon they were in rolled on a Horowhenua beach.

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

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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

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

Following dad - finally

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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

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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

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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.

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