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.

Vote 2019

Voting open for 2019 elections

With voting papers being delivered from today, Stratford District Council Chief Executive Sven Hanne is urging Stratford district voters to have their say and vote before 12 October 2019.  

Read more ...

Youth Council Get On The Bus - Bowlarama

Stratford District Youth Council's GET ON THE BUS is back on Friday 25 October. 

Enjoy tenpin bowling, mini golf, FREE PIZZA and spot prizes with your friends at Bowlarama!

Read more ...

Spring into the October school holidays!

School holidays are fast approaching, and this October there's plenty of choice to keep the kids busy. 

Read more ...

Roll up, roll up, to the greatest show of lost souls!

Stratford District Youth Council presents... A SCARY NIGHT: CARNIVAL

It's a twisted dream to make you scream! One night only, Saturday 28 September!

Read more ...

Chorus Cabinet Art Project 2019

Keep New Zealand Beautiful has partnered with Chorus to beautify telecommunication cabinets throughout the country with its Cabinet Art Project.

Applications are now open for the Stratford Cabinet Art Project.

Read more ...

New digital noticeboard for Stratford

Stratford District Council has installed a digital community noticeboard to profile local events and activities for the district. 

Read more ...

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’. 

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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. 

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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. 

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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.  

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

July School Holiday Programme

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

Registration is needed for all activities. 

Read more ...

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. 

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...