Conserve Water Notice

Message from Horowhenua District Council:

Levin, Shannon and Tokomaru residents urged to conserve water

Horowhenua residents connected to the Levin, Shannon and Tokomaru water supplies are urged to use water sparingly until further notice.

Significant rainfall in the Tararua Ranges is forecast between today and Thursday.  One of the consequences of heavy rainfall is muddy water (turbidity) in the rivers from where the water is sourced.

This muddy water places extra demand on the water treatment plants, so conservation helps the plants to manage this process and ensure normal supply is maintained.

There is also a possibility of surface flooding, so it is requested that residents check stormwater sumps and grates, on or outside their properties, and clear away any debris to help stormwater escape off the road.

Horowhenua District Council’s Customer and Community Services Manager Monique Davidson says that Council contractors and staff are out checking drains and clearing grates, but if residents can also assist it is greatly appreciated.

Mrs Davidson says that Council’s Civil Defence Emergency Management managers and staff are closely monitoring the weather situation and effects and are planning and responding accordingly.

“We are mindful about the amount of rain that is forecast over the next 48 hours, with a particular focus on between now and midday tomorrow (Wednesday) where between 200mm and 250mm of rainfall is expected to accumulate, with peak intensities of 20mm – 30mm per hour,’ she said.

Mrs Davidson says the Council appreciates residents’ understanding and cooperation during this time.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Council on 06 366 0999 or


Lacey Wilson
Communications Lead • Kaihautū Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero

Growth Mindset

At Fairfield School, we have a strong belief in the concept of a Growth Mindset. This term was developed by Dr Carol Dweck and we have spent a lot of time understanding and applying the notion of a growth mindset.

A growth mindset is about:

  • perseverance
  • learning from failure
  • seeing challenge as learning
  • not giving up
  • effort = success
  • taking feedback, using it and improving next time.
  • setting goals and meeting challenges
  • praising the process, not just the end result
  • that we have the capacity to grow our brains and make new connections

Our classes regularly talk about and implement what it is to have a growth mindset. With this, we also celebrate mistakes and that real learning is when something is hard and we persevere to work through it. You can read more about Dweck’s Mindset HERE.

At our recent assembly, Room 8 shared this inspirational video with us, celebrating people, who when faced with criticism or failure, didn’t give up, but worked hard to achieve success. People who followed their passion and worked through adversity.

This is a fantastic video, which is a must watch:


ePro8 Winners

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.11.31 pmThe EPro8 Challenge is a competition, an engineering and problem solving race.

Teams compete to:

  • build large sized structures
  • solve practical problems
  • engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles
  • invent machines that can complete simple tasks
  • undertake unusual and fun experiments.
  • construct basic electronic circuits.
  • solve interesting problems using practical maths

We entered two Year 7/8 teams, e=mc2 and Little Einsteins, in the Horowhenua Year 7/8 Competition held at Levin Intermediate School.

Congratulations to Italy, Cody, Paloma and Nikau of e=mc2 who won the competition! Fantastic!

These children will now represent our school and area at the regional finals.

We also entered two Year 5/6 teams, Fairfield Fixits and Fairfield Figure Its, in the Horowhenua Year 5/6 Competition held at Levin Intermediate School.

Congratulations to Callum, James, Emma and Lachie of Fairfield Figure Its who got fourth, which qualified them to go through to the regional finals, well done!

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