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.

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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2018/19 Annual Report

Stratford District Council adopted its 2018/19 Annual Report at the first meeting of Council on Tuesday 29 October 2019. A three page summary and the full report can both be viewed online here.

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Last week to search for scarecrows - and see the winners!

Stratford district’s Scarecrow Trail is in its last week, with all Scarecrows due to retire from the limelight after Sunday 17 November. 

This means you still have time to jump on the trail, see how many scarecrows you can find, and go in the draw to win prizes.

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Demolition to old ANZ Bank building to start this week

Stratford District Council has confirmed that contractors will begin work on the demolition of the ANZ Bank Building from Wednesday 13 November 2019 if weather permits.

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How #Compleating our food saves waste, money and time – and tastes delicious!

Did you know one of the biggest environmental challenges we face is food waste? If it were a country, food waste would be third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. 

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The hunt is on! Stratford's Scarecrow Trail starts today

Stratford district’s sensational Scarecrow Trail has kicked off from today and finishes Sunday 17 November 2019. 

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New subdivision to open

Stratford District Council is excited to announce the opening of tenders for the residential subdivision off Pembroke Road, Stratford.

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1895 love letters found at Council, can you help us?

We have discovered a collection of letters stored in our archives room. These are written by Harry (located in Stratford) to his wife Gracie (located in Dunedin) dated in 1895. 

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High voter turnout gives clear support for elected members

Stratford District Council is getting ready to welcome new and returning councillors to the table after an election that recorded a number of (legal) highs. 

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Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund now open

The latest funding round of the Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund for people in the Stratford district opens today, Monday 14 October and closes Friday 8 November. 

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2019 Election results

The final election results are in.

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Last week to make your vote count

With only five days left to have a say on who sits around the Stratford District Council table, voters are reminded to get a move on or risk their vote not being counted. 

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Recently completed a trade?

A Trade Graduation Ceremony is being held in Stratford on Thursday 7 November.

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Stratford gets set to host scarecrows

Calling all Scarecrows in the Stratford district! Entries are open for our upcoming Scarecrow Trail.

Register your Scarecrow entries for the trail below or pick up a form from the Stratford District Library or Stratford i-SITE.

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