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Hayley Tate

Journalist/youth reporter for the Waimak App. Freelance writer and journalist with an interest in writing community, feature and lifestyle stories. She has written stories for The Christchurch Star, Stuff.co.nz, Akaroa Mail, The Kaiapoi Advocate and Selwyn District Council. Graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury in 2019. She enjoys writing, reading, cosplaying, singing, and listening to music in her free time. To get in touch with Hayley or for story ideas email hayleymtate@gmail.com or phone 022 0831939.

Saying thank you, giving back to the Oxford community and superheroes! Saying thank you, giving back to the Oxford community and superheroes!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the superheroes of Oxford dressed up for the annual Oxford and Districts Lions Christmas parade on Sunday 20th December. The local community will line up along Bay Road awaiting the display of 20 festive floats; the Rangiora Pipe Band, vintage cars, a fire engine and preschool children in the back of trailers pulled by tractors. Prizes will be awarded for the best float and fancy dress, dressed to ...

Rangiora’s biggest Santa Parade set to bring Christmas joy Rangiora’s biggest Santa Parade set to bring Christmas joy

With this year’s cancellation of the Christchurch City Santa Parade, crowds will flock to Rangiora’s Toyota Santa Parade on Sunday 13 December - one of the biggest parades in the South Island outside of Christchurch! Among these people will be Alana and Glen, regulars at the Christchurch City and New Brighton Santa Parade, who decided this year to see what Rangiora’s Santa Parade has to offer. For Glen, it’s another chance to put smiles on ...

From farm animals to floats - Kaiapoi’s Christmas spirit returns to Williams Street once again! From farm animals to floats - Kaiapoi’s Christmas spirit returns to Williams Street once again!

On Saturday 5 December at 1:30pm, thousands will gather to watch 60+ Christmas floats parade down Williams Street. Going back 130 years ago, these floats looked, sounded and smelt a little different, but not in the way you would expect. According to Event Manager Tracy Inwood, the Kaiapoi Santa Parade started with the former mayor of Kaiapoi parading his sheep and cattle down Williams Street all dressed up in Santa hats and tinsel for Christmas! This year’s ...

Geoff’s 2020 vision Geoff’s 2020 vision

Rangiora’s Forrest Gump is on the run again! You can spot him running through Rangiora wearing a white and red Blind Foundation shirt. The runner is Geoff McMillan running 2020 kilometres to raise $2,020 for the Blind Low Vision NZ Foundation, formerly the Blind Foundation. Not everyone is fortunate to have 20/20 vision. Every day an average of six New Zealanders turn to Blind Low Vision for support with sight loss. That’s about 2190 New Zealanders needing ...

Beloved pets inspire early childhood teacher’s first children’s book Beloved pets inspire early childhood teacher’s first children’s book

Burwood Kindercare’s early childhood teacher and Kaiapoi resident, Shannon Barker decided in high school that one day she would write a children’s book.  Today she gathers her preschool kids in a circle and reads to them her book Shadow and Willow - The Mouse Hunt. Shannon admits it felt exciting and kind of weird to read her own book to the children she teaches, but says they enjoyed it, asking for the book to be read ...

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