Welcome to Stokes Valley News Online
- June 2002

Stokes Valley News Online is brought to you on the first of every month by WPS, a publishing company with an interest in local community affairs, as well as local community newspapers.

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June's stories and other features are all linked to from the navigation frame on the left. Simply click the story of your choice to move from one to another.

This Month!

This month we bring you the following news and features:

Stokes Valley History Part 6
We continue with the sixth in our series of short articles on the history of Stokes Valley.  This month we include lots of pictures in our short piece on early Stokes Valley houses.
Stokes Valley's Own Crumpy?
This month we profile Gene Lambert, our Valley's own self-appointed yarn-spinner and story teller. We also give you a sneak peek at one of his short stories.
Stokes Valley Crime Report
Community Constable Keith Wright updates us on the latest crime figures for Stokes Valley.
Valley Graced by Crazy Man Race
Approximately 180 possibly quite crazy men competed in this year's Crazy Man Race.
Locals Call for Rates Exemption
A group of concerned Taita, Pomare and Stokes Valley ratepayers has recently made a submission to the Hutt City Council calling for the Northern Ward to be exempt from planned Council rate rises.
Balloons Over the Hutt River
If you've been driving through the Hutt Valley recently, you may have noticed spherical objects dangling in the sky. No, these are not aliens or spy satellites.
Stokes Valley News in Brief
Stokes Valley Nuclear Family Going to Vienna. Local Boy Wins Dating Cruise. Here are a few smaller stories. They're important enough, but didn't have sufficient detail to warrant a page all of their own.
The Lions Invade Taupo
Julie-Ann Lennon reports on our local lions' forays up north.
WRC Launches Hutt Bus Review
Residents of the Hutt Valley, Wainuiomata and Eastbourne can have their say on public bus services in a review beginning on Monday 13th of May says the Wellington Regional Council
Stokes Valley Tennis News
The season may be over but there are still plenty of opportunities to play.
Northern Ward Committee Meeting Review
Notes fomr the Northern Ward Committee Meeting held 29 April at the Taita RSA
Stokes Valley Youth Awareness Weekend
The Stokes Valley Youth Awareness Weekend begins on Friday 14 June at 6pm going through to Sunday 16th 10am - To be held at Taita College Marae.

Our Comments section includes the following:

At Least It's a Start. We give our views on this bussing business.
View from the Terris
Mayor John Terris writes on crime and recent events in the city.
Hon. Paul Swain
The Hon. Paul Swain M.P. provides comment from Labour's perspective on a number of political issues.
Cr Julie Engelbretsen
Cr Julie Engelbretsen writes about her local council activities
Rev Heather Macdonald
Rev Heather Macdonald of St Philips Anglican Church provides spiritual comment.
Letters to the Editor
See what others have had to say. There have been quite a few this month. Use the online form to write a letter yourself.

Our Other Regular Features include:

Use this section to sell your items in Stokes Valley. It's free! Click the link in the banner bar above for the Submit Classifieds online form.
Stokes Valley Weather
We are grateful to Derek Chapman of Stokes Valley for providing us with up-to-the-minute weather reports and forecasts.
Stokes Valley Library Report
Coralie Walton provides recent news from the Stokes Valley Library.
Stokes Valley Community Centre
Co-ordinator Janet Te Huia gives her usual cheerful and detailed summary of recent and up and coming events.
Check our up and coming events! Use the online form to submit publicity about your event - ideal for sports clubs and charities.
Business Directory
An online collection of Stokes Valley business addresses and phone numbers. New this month is an Online Business Page for Leaders Real Estate.
Community Information
An online collection of Community Information, including schools, clubs, health services and more
Stokes Valley Pictorial
A small section of Stokes Valley images - We'd be interested in receiving your special photos for publication. We make every effort to update this section each month.
Stokes Valley Links
A small selection of links to other sites of interest to Stokes Valley residents. We're open for suggestions for inclusion.
SVN Archives
Each issue of Stokes Valley News Online will be archived here.

So that's it for this month. Once again we hope you will enjoy Stokes Valley News Online and we look forward to receiving your comments or suggestions.