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.

Get your SCARE on!

Stratford District Youth Council (SDYC) is looking for unique personalities to bring to life the greatest show of lost souls, as ‘A Scary Night’ returns to Taranaki Pioneer Village with ‘Carnival’. 

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Stratford District voters get a choice this Election

Twenty one people have put their hands up to stand as a candidate in the Stratford District Council elections this October. 

This is a record high number for nominations through Council since the existence of the urban and rural wards in 2007.

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Creative Communities Scheme funding now open

The first of two funding rounds for the 2019/20 Stratford District Creative Communities Scheme (CSS) is now open.

Stratford District Council Director Community Services, Kate Whareaitu said these grants aim to increase the participation, range and diversity of arts and cultural activities within the Stratford district.

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Time running out to take a stand in the 2019 Election

With nominations for the October elections closing in less than two weeks, Stratford District Council Chief Executive Sven Hanne is urging those interested in standing to get their nominations in early before the deadline. 

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Chunuk Bair commemorations - Thursday 8 August 2019

The annual ceremony to honour the anniversary of the battle of Chunuk Bair will be held at the Malone Memorial Gates, Portia Street, Stratford on Thursday 8 August 2019 from 9.30am until 9.45am.

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Be the VOICE of Stratford!

Are you our next Romeo, Juliet or Narrator?

Stratford District Council and the Stratford Business Association are looking for young people aged 13 years and over to audition to be the new voices of Stratford’s daily Glockenspiel performance. 

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Nominations now open for local government elections

If you see yourself as a potential leader and are passionate about your district then now is your chance to give local politics a go and to have a say in your community’s future.

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Stratford district acknowledges local champions

The Stratford District Council Citizens Awards are held each year to formally recognise those individuals that give significant amounts of their time and energy to the community.

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Local elections candidate information day in Stratford

Candidate information meetings for people considering standing in the local authority and District Health Board elections are being held on Saturday 20 July 2019.

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Help design Stratford Library’s reusable book bag!

As part of Plastic Free July, we need your help to design a reusable tote bag.  

This design competition is open to all ages and closes at 1pm on Wednesday 31 July.  

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

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July School Holiday Programme

Get involved with fun "Plastic Free July" activities and much more these winter holidays. 

Registration is needed for all activities. 

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Plastic Bag Ban from 1 July 2019

After 1 July 2019 it will be illegal for businesses to hand out most plastic bags with handles to customers, whether they are sold or given for free. 

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Reflect, learn, share and celebrate Puanga in Stratford

Stratford residents and visitors to the district are invited to come together for a community celebration for Puanga – The Māori New Year. 

From 22 to 29 June 2019, people can get involved with free activities in the Stratford district to reflect, learn, share and celebrate Puanga.

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2019/20 Annual Plan for Stratford district adopted

Stratford District Council adopted it’s 2019/20 Annual Plan at its Ordinary Meeting yesterday, Tuesday 11 June. 

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Dog owners can now renew registrations online

If you have a dog in the Stratford district, now is the time to renew their registration for 2019/20. You can now do it online and you could be in to win too! 

One of three $150 gift vouchers are available for Stratford district dog owners who renew their dog’s registration online before 30 June 2019.

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New computers at Stratford library offer more services

Visitors to Stratford Library can now benefit from an increased number of computers and services associated with them.

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Beat the winter blues at Stratford's TSB Pool Complex

Did you know the TSB Pool Complex in Stratford has group fitness classes? Did you know they aren’t all water based?

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Service contracts from 1 July 2019 for the Stratford district

Stratford District Council is pleased to announce the following successful contracts for Council public services from 1 July 2019:

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Stratford District Youth Council applications are now open

Youth Councils around New Zealand are making a difference for the future of youth and Stratford’s Youth Council is right up there with the best! Now it’s your chance to be involved.

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