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.

Children's Bike Park getting underway

The location of the new Children’s Bike Park in Stratford was blessed last week by matua Herewini Nopera of Whakaahurangi Marae in a ceremony supported by Council staff, elected members and local pre-schools. Construction work now getting underway and is due to be completed by April 2021.

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Gift donations called for in Stratford district

Christmas is fast approaching and Stratford District Council is once again asking residents to donate gifts and bring a little extra joy to some of our local families in need.

The Mayoral Christmas Gift Appeal is a tradition in Stratford encouraging local residents to donate new or pre-loved toys and gifts in good condition.

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2019/20 Annual Report and Summary available online

Stratford District Council adopted its 2019/20 Annual Report at its Ordinary Meeting in October 2020. A four page summary and the full report can be viewed online here. 

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Scarecrow winners announced

Stratford district’s annual Scarecrow Trail is coming to an end this Friday 13 November, but there’s still time to jump on the trail and check out the scarecrows including our category winners! 

If you haven’t already, grab a map from the Stratford i-SITE or online here.

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Funding creates two new roles for Stratford Library

Stratford District Council has been successful in receiving funding from the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme, allowing the creation of two community focused positions within the Stratford Library.

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Congratulations to Stratford's Trade Graduates

On Thursday 5 November, Stratford District Council celebrated the hard work and effort that goes into achieving a qualification and skills training. The 2020 Trade Graduation Ceremony held in Council’s Chambers congratulated 20 local people who had recently completed a trade certificate.

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Stratford Positive Ageing - November Forum

Stratford Positive Ageing forums provide an opportunity to hear from speakers on topics important to you and connect with likeminded people.

Come along to the next Stratford Positive Ageing forum on Thursday 19 November, 10.30am to 12noon in the Stratford War Memorial Centre.

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Stratford's Scarecrow Trail

Stratford district’s famous Scarecrow Trail has kicked off and finishes Friday 13 November 2020. 

You’re invited to hit the trail with friends and family to see how many scarecrows you can find. It’s a fun, free activity for everyone to do, with prizes up for grabs for those who play.  

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Successful Creative Community Scheme Applicants

Congratulations to all art and cultural activities in the Stratford district that have been awarded funding in the last round of the Creative Communities Scheme (CSS).

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Introducing Lisa, Workforce Coordinator

Meet Lisa, she's passionate about getting young people working!

Lisa Holland has joined Stratford District Council as the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ), Workforce Coordinator.

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Water shutdown - Miranda Street, 20 October 2020

Due to a water main break on Miranda Street between Celia Street and Romeo Street, we've had to shut down water supply to residents in this area. 
 
Contractors are on site to repair and water is expected to be back on around 2am, Wednesday 21 October.
 
Thank you for your patience while this is resolved. 

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Free WiFi coming to downtown Stratford

Stratford District Council is pleased to announce a partnership with local internet provider Primo, offering access to free WiFi along Broadway, Stratford.

Through this partnership, WiFi will be provided free of charge to users between the northern and southern roundabouts along Broadway from 7:00am to 7:00pm daily.

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Stratford's white Pīwakawaka honoured in new artwork

A new piece of artwork on Fenton Street in Stratford pays homage to the rare white Pīwakawaka which has graced the parks and gardens of Stratford in 2020.

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Whangamomona to benefit from tourism fund

Council has been successful in receiving funding from the Tourism Facilities Development Grant (TFDG) to make improvements to Whangamomona's camping facilities in the lead up to summer.

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Stratford Water Shutdown – 18 October 2020

Update: 9.40am 19 October. Thank you for your patience while repairs were undertaken. This is now complete. 
 
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A fault in the water trunk main means an urgent water shutdown will take place tonight, Sunday 18 October at 9.00pm for repairs to be made.

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Have you recently completed your trade certificate?

A Trade Graduation Ceremony is being held in Stratford on Thursday 5 November to celebrate local people completing their chosen training.

The ceremony is part of the Mayors Task Force for Jobs initiative and is a chance to recognise members within the community who have recently finished their trade certificates.

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Stratford A&P Association Proposal

Council is seeking your feedback on a proposal from the Stratford Agricultural and Pastoral Association (“A&P Association”). 

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Term Four Computer Classes at the Library

Throughout the next school term there are a number of free computer classes you can benefit from. 

Check the full timetables below:

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Term One Computer Classes at the Library

Throughout the next school term there are a number of free computer classes you can benefit from. 

Check the full timetables below:

  • The Stepping Up programme has four courses running on a Wednesday starting 10 February 2021. The classes cover smart phones, basic photo editing, digital banking and RealMe and MyMSD accounts.

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Latest Computer Classes at the Library - March/April 2021

Learn some computer basics in our range of free computer classes. 

See the table below for what is available March, 2021. Held at the Stratford Library.

View the March and April Timetable for free computer classes at Stratford Library.

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