Media Releases

Stratford District Council produces a weekly newsletter in the Straford Press called Central Link which is full of snippets of Council and community information, which can be found here.

You are also welcome to look at our media releases, listed here with the newest at the top.

Speed limits changes in Stratford district from 1 February 2020

Last year Stratford District Council reviewed its Speed Limits Bylaw, proposing to amend some speed limits within Stratford, Midhirst, Toko and Whangamomona. 

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Water restrictions start for Stratford district

Central Taranaki’s continuous dry weather spell has resulted in water restrictions being imposed in the Stratford district from today.

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Stratford Library's new programme for under 2-year-olds

Stratford Library is excited to introduce a new weekly activity for under two year olds and their parents/caregivers.

Starting from 10 February 2020, Wā Pēpi Baby Time will be every Monday during school term time at 9:15am.

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Glockenspiel tours to start this Saturday

Ever wondered what makes the Stratford Glockenspiel tick? What Romeo and Juliet get up to when they're not reciting the famous balcony scene four times a day? 

Now you have the chance to see! 

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Recycling contamination

Stratford District's recycling bin contamination is very high at the moment,and we need to make a coordinated effort to reduce this.

Our contamination rate sits at 17.2%! This means that close to 20% of what goes in household recycling bins should end up elsewhere, like in the general waste bin. 

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10th year of Summer Nights a sunny success

Last weekend Stratford district celebrated 10 years of Summer Nights events with a free concert and movies in the Ted McCullough Rhododendron Dell, King Edward Park. 

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Stratford - the place to be this weekend!

On Saturday 18 January, Stratford will be the place to be as we celebrate 10 years of Summer Nights with a concert in King Edward Park and the Stratford Speedway hosts the Independent Wrap New Zealand Minisprint Championship! 

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Summer Nights music and movies this weekend!

This weekend Stratford district will be celebrating 10 years of Summer Nights, the district’s free community concert and movie events. 

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Water Conservation Tips

Our water is a taonga (‘a treasure’) and we all need to look after it.

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Thank you for your generosity

Thank you to everyone who donated towards the 2019 Mayoral Christmas Gift Appeal.

Council staff have been busy over the last two days sorting presents into their gift boxes ready for delivery, and on Thursday 19 December the gifts made their way to their new homes. 

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Midhirst water supply temporary shut down for Sunday 22 December.

Midhirst water supply will be impacted by an urgent power outage on Sunday 22 December.

We have been informed that Powerco Limited is planning to switch off the power supply in the Midhirst area on Sunday 22 December 2019 between 9.15am and 12noon for urgent maintenance/repairs. 

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Is your swimming pool safe for summer?

It's getting warmer, and that means more swimming to keep us cool.

Stratford District Council would like to remind all pool owners and occupiers that you have a responsibility to ensure your swimming pool fences meet the Building Code on restricting access to residential pools.

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Wishing you a happy and Zero Waste festive season!

Summer is here and it’s soon time to relax. It’s also time to sort out your Christmas presents and it’s a perfect time for some great Zero Waste summer tips to help you go green over the holidays.

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Summer Nights to celebrate 10 years on the community events calendar

Stratford district is set to celebrate the 10th year of the popular free community events fondly known as ‘Summer Nights’. 

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Christmas Hours 2019/20

Christmas and New Year holidays are fast approaching, and some of our Council facilities will be closed over the break. 

Check out what's open and when by viewing the below PDF. 

View the Christmas hours for all Council facilities here.


Sealing SH43, a step towards economic and tourism growth

Today, the Government announced its intention to fund $9.6m to seal the remaining unsealed section of State Highway 43 (SH43), after a successful application was submitted by Stratford District Council in conjunction with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

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Summer School Holiday Programme

Find out what fun family activities are on these summer school holidays in Stratford!

Download our School Holiday Programme booklet or pick up a hard copy from the Stratford i-SITE, Stratford Library, Council Service Centre or TSB Pool Complex.

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Love letters have happily ever after

Stratford District Council would like to thank everyone who has been in contact about the love letters found in our archives room. 

As a result of peoples’ time and effort to research this case, we have been able to identify our author Harry as Thomas Harry Penn writing to Grace Martin. 

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Walking and cycling is good for us AND the planet!

Stratford District Council want to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle around our awesome district and we need your help. 

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Gifts for good in the Stratford district

It’s that time of year when cheer is in the air, and Stratford District Council is once again asking residents to donate a gift for those less fortunate.

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