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.

Think Local, Go Local, Go Stratford

Back our local businesses, and our economy.

Get behind the Go Local, Go Taranaki movement and put your wallet where your home is. 

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Feedback on DRAFT Communications and Engagement Strategy

We'd like to hear from you on our draft Communications and Engagement Strategy.

The draft strategy provides a framework to support communications and engagement between Council and the community.

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Council services during Alert Level 3

Following the Government’s announcement that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April, Stratford District Council is making some changes to its services. 

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Feedback on the DRAFT Annual Plan 2020/21

Councillors have carefully reviewed the 2020/21 Annual Plan.

In light of the current challenges caused by COVID-19, they have considered expenditure reductions that won’t add further pain to the local economy or negatively impact the services provided.

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Stratford Library click and collect service

The move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April will mean Stratford readers can again access physical books from Stratford Library via a new “click and collect” contactless system.  

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Council invites you to #StandAtDawn this Anzac Day

For the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled due to COVID-19. In the Stratford district, we’re supporting the RSA and New Zealand Defence Force campaign #StandAtDawn to remember those who gave their lives for our country.  

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Business as usual for councillors, but from a distance

Since Alert Level 4 commenced, Councillors and staff have been getting on with business, while adapting to a new way of connecting. 

District Mayor Neil Volzke says the last couple of weeks of video conferencing with his peers and council officers has been a real learning curve for all, but something we’ve adapted to quickly.

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Water restrictions lifted - 14 April 2020

As of Tuesday 14 April the water restrictons that were in place in Stratford, Midhirst and Toko have been lifted. 

Recent rainfall means that river levels have returned to an acceptable level, and the odds and evens system is no longer in place.

Thank you for your cooperation in conserving water during this time.

Support for small-medium businesses in the Stratford district

Stratford District Council is supporting an initiative that assists small-medium sized businesses in the Stratford district through the implications of COVID-19.

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Message from Stratford District Mayor Neil Volzke

As we settle in to the routine associated with the Level 4 Covid-19 Alert, it seems in general people are adjusting well to the new rules. Please remember, the most important message for us all is stay at home and save lives.

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Temporary changes to rubbish and recycling collection

Temporary changes to rubbish and recycling collection
Because we’re at Alert Level 4 due to COVID-19 there is a slight change to our rubbish and recycling collection.

Your general waste (red lid) collection remains the same, and will be collected every Monday as normal.

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Core services continue

In response to COVID-19 the Government moved the country to Alert Level 3 on Monday, and announced that from 11.59pm, Wednesday 25 March it would then be raised to Alert Level 4. 

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COVID-19 Update - 23 March 2020

In response to the Government’s announcement on Monday 23 March 2020 Stratford District Council closed its facilities, including the Stratford Library, Stratford i-SITE, TSB Pool Complex, and Council’s Service Centre.

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Facilities remain open for Stratford District

Stratford District Council have been actively monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 situation this week.  

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Water restrictions start for Stratford District - March 2020

The Stratford District Council has imposed a total ban on all outdoor water use following the continuous hot and dry weather conditions.

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Creative Communities Funding - Applications Open

Funding for round two of the 2019/20 Stratford District Creative Communities Scheme (CSS) is now open and closes Thursday 9 April.

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Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund - Round Two Open Now

The latest funding round of the Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund for people in the Stratford district is now open and closes Friday 20 March.

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Celebrate Parks Week with us!

Parks Week 2020 is on from 7 to 15 March and to celebrate Stratford District Council is encouraging the community to get outside and enjoy what the district has to offer. 

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SH43 funding another win for economic and tourism growth

This morning Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones announced that a further $13.4 million will be spent on improving State Highway 43 (SH43) the ‘Forgotten World Highway’.

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Celebrate Children's Day with a free swim

Stratford district will be celebrating all our tamariki this Children’s Day with a free pool party at TSB Pool Complex, Sunday 1 March from 1pm to 3pm. 

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