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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.

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 ...

Get ready to race, North Canterbury! Get ready to race, North Canterbury!

Lace up your running shoes and get ready for North Canterbury’s first adventure race on Saturday 29 August.  It’s a race against the clock to find as many checkpoints as possible at a mystery location revealed on Friday, somewhere south of the Waimakariri River. 120 teams of about 340 people from up and down the country, including Geraldine and Kaikoura, will be competing in separate race category groups, no more than 100 participants per group, starting ...

Victoria Park is set to burst into colour for Rangiora’s third multicultural multicolour event Victoria Park is set to burst into colour for Rangiora’s third multicultural multicolour event

‘5, 4 , 3, 2, 1’ is the sound of the countdown that appears and flashes on a LED screen. A large crowd gathers in front of the stage with anticipation and eager eyes. A mix of people from all different cultures stand together to be united by colour in this philosophy carried through the Indian celebration ‘Holi’. ‘Bang’ goes the colour canon shooting out colours hot pink, purple, orange and yellow into the air, blanketing ...

Keeping a Guide promise from home Keeping a Guide promise from home

Lockdown has not stopped Rangiora Girl Guides from keeping their Guide promise. Since the Government’s announcement on 23 March, Girl Guiding New Zealand stopped all face to face meetings and switched to doing fun activities over Zoom. Although there may not be any camps for a while, Brownies and Guides are busy completing badges from home. At Rangiora Girl Guides, 11 Brownies are completing their Be Creative, Techno World and Heritage badge, while 22 Rangiora Guides are ...

The Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade The Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade

The late morning rain did not dampen the Christmas spirit in Kaiapoi, as people attended the 2019 Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival on Saturday 7 December. The sugary scent of cinnamon donuts could be smelt as people made their way down the main vein of Kaiapoi, passing the 34 stalls on William Street run by local businesses and community groups. These stalls, along with another 75 and 18 separate food outlets decorating the east side of William Street ...

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