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.

Urgent water shut down - 19 April 2021

Update: Water was turned back on at 11pm once work was completed. Some households may need to clear air or discolouration from the water, if so please run your taps for 5 minutes. 
Thank you for your patience while this fix was underway.
Due to a burst water main, contractors have shut off the water to properties on Celia Street between Swansea Road and Cordelia Street while they work to fix this.
It is estimated that this could take up to five hours to repair.

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Spend the April School Holidays in Stratford!

School holidays are fast approaching, and this April there's plenty of choice to keep the kids busy, including a Shakespearean Market Day on Saturday 24 April. 

Download the full activity booklet here.

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Celebrate Shakespeare during April

You’re invited to be involved in and celebrate the month for matters Shakespearean!

The Stratford Shakespeare Trust with support from Council, Stratford Business Association and local businesses are celebrating Stratford’s connection to William Shakespeare with a Shakespearean Market Day on Saturday 24 April 2021.

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Making payments in a cheque-free future

Banks across New Zealand are moving towards a cheque-free future.

We know many of our customers, ratepayers and community residents are using cheques for day to day transactions.

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2021 Easter Holiday Opening Hours

Find out when Council's facilities are open this Easter holiday.

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Stratford - have your say on the Long Term Plan 2021-31

Stratford District Council’s proposed activity for the Long Term Plan 2021-2031 (LTP), outlined in its consultation document and supporting information was adopted for public consultation at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday 23 March 2021.

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Water shutdown - Stratford

Water supply on Miranda Street from Celia Street to Romeo Street including Romeo Street from Miranda Street to Broadway will be shut down tonight, 23 March 2021 from 9pm until approximately 11.30pm.

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Have you got what it takes to become a Lifeguard?

Sign up to the TSB Pool Complex Lifeguard Course, running these April holidays.

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Community centres get much needed makeovers

Renovations to community facilities in the Stratford District have been completed, making much needed improvements to eight community assets in total.

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Library & i-SITE late opening on Tuesday 16 March

Next Tuesday, 16 March 2021 our Library and i-SITE will be having new furniture installed. The facility will be closed for the morning to allow for installation and set up.

The Library, i-SITE and AA Express services will open at 12noon.

If you have any questions please contact the team on 06 765 5403.

Stratford water restrictions now lifted

As from Thursday 11 March the water restrictions that were in place in Stratford, Midhirst and Toko have been lifted.

Recent rain means that river levels have now increased to an acceptable level, and the odds and evens system that was in place has now been lifted.

Thank you for your cooperation during these restrictions.

Meet your 2021 Stratford District Youth Councillors

On Tuesday night four new Stratford District Youth Councillors were officially sworn in by District Mayor Neil Volzke.

Brooke Hereora, Ciara Staines-Huley, Taylyn Kelsen and Victoria Payne have joined Connor Giblin (Co-Chair), Harmony Hanover (Co-Chair), Achim Hanne, Alena Hojdelewicz, Emma Steele, Keisya Gunawan and Taleesha Kelsen to make up the full 11 members of the Stratford District Youth Council.

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Water shutdown - Midhirst 2 March 2021 - complete

Update, 4pm 2 March 2021:

This work is now complete and the water supply is back up and running in Midhirst. 

Following this repair, you may experience discolouration or cloudy water. The water is still safe to drink but we encourage you to run your taps until the water runs clear. 

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New pool site blessed

The site of the new aquatic centre in Stratford was blessed today by Koro Sandy Parata and representatives from Ngāruahine, Ngāti Maru and Ngāti Ruanui.

Stratford District Mayor Neil Volzke turned the first sod and gave thanks to everyone who had been involved in getting the project to this point, including the Stratford Cricket Club who have been accommodating in giving up their cricket wicket for the project to go ahead.

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Alert Level 1 - 18 February 2021

At 11:59pm on Wednesday 17 February Auckland moved to Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1.

This means our Council facilities can provide services without the restrictions of Level 2. 

However Alert Level 1 does not mean Alert Level 'none'.

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Water restrictions in place for Stratford

The recent dry weather in Central Taranaki has finally taken its toll on the Stratford water supply.

Stratford District Council have imposed water restrictions from today, Wednesday 3 February 2021.

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Shaun Preston set to take the stage at Summer Nights

Stratford District Council is excited to announce that Summer Nights will be back on the events calendar for its 11th year – scheduled across two weekends this February 2021.

You’re invited to enjoy the musical talents of Aotearoa’s most sought after piano man, Shaun Preston, on Saturday 13 February 2021 for Summer Nights concert in the Ted McCullough Rhododendron Dell, King Edward Park.

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Councillors back around the table for 2021

This week elected members had their first meeting for 2021, providing an opportunity to reflect on the last couple of months of 2020 and get stuck in to policy and bylaw reviews as they look ahead to the future of the Stratford district.

District Mayor Neil Volzke says, "With the disruptions of 2020 now behind us, we are looking ahead to a busy and much brighter year in 2021."

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MTFJ Workforce Programme exceeds 100 youth registrations

Congratulations to Emily Armistead who was the lucky winner of a Bluetooth speaker as part of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Workforce Programme prize draw which was drawn once registrations reached 100.

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Stratford District Youth Council applications open now

Applications are now open for the Stratford District Youth Council (SDYC) 2021/22 year.

This is your chance to be a part of an awesome group of youth making a difference in our community.

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