Welcome to Stokes Valley News Online
- March 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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This Month!

March'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 we bring you the following news and features:

Village Fair Successful
The Village Fair organised by the Cosmopolitan Club was a fun day for all! We bring you a report and plenty of pictures.
Stokes Valley History Part 3
The third in a series of articles briefly examining the history of Stokes Valley. This month we see that by the close of the Nineteenth Century, Stokes Valley was beginning to organise itself and find its place within the rapidly developing Hutt District.
Stokes Valley News in Brief
This new section is especially for those smaller tidbits of news that may not warrant a full page all on their own. This month - a Brazen Burglar, some disastrous flooding, and a quick wrap up of how Irene van Dyk did in the Sportswoman of the Year Award
Northern Ward Committee
We update you on what occurred at the first meeting of the new Northern Ward Committee, including the surprising resignation of Tata Parata, and just why were seconders so hard to find?
Northern Ward Chair Resigns
The first Northern Ward Committee Meeting got off to a shaky start with the announcement that Tata Parata had resigned. Why did he do that, and what effect will this have?
New World Food Safety Audit
Our own local New World Supermarket is up for an important food safety audit. We all have the basic right to purchase clean and healthy food. This article looks at what sorts of things will be audited.
McManaway Park Named for Tom James
McManaway Grove Reserve is to be renamed "Tom James Park." But just who was Tom James?
Stokes Valley Community Centre
Co-ordinator Janet Te Huia gives her usual cheerful and detailed summary of recent and up and coming events

www.rankin.co.nzOur Comments section includes the following:

Stokes Valley's Great Community Spirit!
View from the Terris
Mayor John Terris writes about our city's heritage, Dudley Cottage in particular.
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 local council activities and speaks strongly about recent events,
Rev Heather Macdonald
Rev Heather Macdonald of St Philips Anglican Church provides spiritual comment.
Community Constable
Keith Wright, the Community Constable for Stokes Valley reports on local crime statistics.
Letters to the Editor
See what others have had to say. 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.
Real Estate
Thank you too, to Campbell realty MREINZ for their monthly Real Estate Report
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
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.