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.

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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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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