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Branch fall a close call

A metre-wide tree branch came crashing down onto a caravan at the Horahora Domain last week, narrowly missing the sleeping occupants inside. “If it (the caravan) had just been another foot forward we would have…

Photo IDs stolen bike

On Monday 14 December 11-year-old Matthew Peters biked to Leamington Primary School.  Unfortunately, on this particular day Matthew failed to lock his bike up securely and someone stole it. As luck would have it, however,…

Local blockchain innovator

A Cambridge-based advanced software company, Nyriad, has partnered with Spark-owned cloud provider Revera to pave the way for the New Zealand government to manage sensitive data using Blockchain technology. Three years in the making, a…

Tamahere Twilight Market a hit

Thousands of shoppers poured into the hugely successful Tamahere Twilight Market last Saturday afternoon to enjoy the sunshine, food and craft stalls. With visitors packed in elbow to elbow in places and pedestrian traffic moving…

Stewart Island calling

Leamington School teacher Alison Fitzsimons was browsing Facebook in October when an advertisement popped up that changed her life. It was for a 12-month teaching contract at Halfmoon Bay School on Stewart Island. “I wasn’t…

St Stephen’s Christmas Festival could be last

St Stephen’s Church Hall in Tamahere is decked to the nines in the Christmas spirit this week as they celebrate their annual Christmas Festival, running each day up to December 16. But this could be…

Rouge Café changes hands

The MacKays are widely regarded as being among the town’s young power couples. Even as they toiled tirelessly over the past eight plus years to build Rouge from zero to hero, they also redirected a…

Local named as 2018 Ambassador Chef

A local chef was recently made one of NZ Beef & Lamb’s Ambassador Chefs for 2018. Harry Williams, Head Chef at Alpha Street Kitchen, was awarded the title on Tuesday as part of the 2018…

Moxon Centre officially open

The Moxon Centre at St Andrew’s retirement village was officially opened on Friday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the occasion. On hand to cut the ribbon was…

Horahora’s morning of books, grandies and speeches

Horahora School kids were in celebratory mood last week. For a few hours, they shared their love of books with their grandparents and other family members and demonstrated their new-found skill at public speaking. The…

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