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.

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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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.  

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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!

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Spring into the October school holidays!

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

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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!

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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.

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New digital noticeboard for Stratford

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

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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’. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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