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Dribble Sheets keep track of dementia

Brian Richards at his computer getting the next Dribble Sheet ready.

Brian Richards considers himself the president of the New Plymouth Lower Biting Lip Club.

Knitted coats still wanted at SPCA shelter

These fashion forward puppies at the SPCA hold still just long enough to get a snap of their knitted coats.

Five years ago Taranaki knitters got behind a Knit World charity drive to make canine couture for SPCA puppies.

New Zealand could do better with refugee quota

Amnesty International Taranaki co-ordinator Sam Hagmann.

Amnesty International is focusing on refugees.

Couple take plunge in On Golden Pond

On the New Plymouth Repertory Society set of On Golden Pond are director Nicci Smith, back, and Sharon Robinson and her husband David Rohe.

For David Rohe, participating in New Plymouth Repertory Society's production On Golden Pond has been an act of pure dedication.

Read the fine print on gym contracts

Take note of what's affordable, repercussions for missed payments, and if property is listed as security before running with a new gym contract.

A consumer watchdog urges people to go into gym contracts with their eyes wide open.

Waitara walkway gets makeover

Gathered at the tunnel between Mace St and Hamua Pl are, from left, Waitara High School student Dougal Hannam-Williams, Waitara Central School pupil Wairua Harrison-Love, Waitara East pupil Ane Pasefika, artist Philip Jones, and Manukorihi Intermediate pupil Harry Marquand.

Waitara has a new mural telling the story of how the town got its name.

More people go for iPad training at SeniorNet New Plymouth

Learning how to use their iPads at SeniorNet New Plymouth are, from left, Diane Gamlin, Zarina Deobhakta and Carol Oakes.

SeniorNet is helping people get more comfortable with technology.

SPCA Cupcake Day is its sweetest fundraiser

One of the SPCA refugees tucks into baking by Cupcake Day supporter AnnieKim's Cafe.

People can add a little sweetness into the life of an unwanted animal by participating in the SPCA's annual Cupcake Day.

Brainiac Cup gives clever kids the chance to shine

With the Brainiac Cup are, from left, Chere Bailey from Deluxe Diner, Helen Griffiths from the Rumpus Room and Fiona Young from Taranaki Tutors.

Taranaki has a new competition for children who prefer books to ballet, and surfing online to surfing waves.

Fulfilling the fashion fix to aid furry friends

Model Melany Hunt and Maggie the dog get in the spirit of the North Taranaki SPCA Op Shop Fabulous Fashion Show and Auction.

Models on two legs and four legs will stride the catwalk to help animals.

Sausage sizzle to thank community

Kauri Fowell, left, accepts a free sausage from Pat Julian of the Inglewood Lions Club.

Inglewood people enjoyed a free feed on the Lions.

Taranaki Toy Library book sale takes off

Getting ready for the Taranaki Toy Library's book sale are, from left, Karen Manning holding her daughter Hayley, and Caitlin Hocken with her son Harrison.

Parents can stock up on books for winter at the Taranaki Toy Library's sale.

Rest home residents knit for premature babies

Assembling the care packs for Taranaki Neonatal Parents Support Group are, from left, Dorothy Lawrence, Margaret Stevens, Rose Jackson, activities officer Sheryl Smith, Rita Whitehead, Pat Topless, and Myra Kirkby.

Once a month, women at Rhapsody Rest Home gather to create care-pouches for Taranaki families affected by premature babies.

Let's Go keeps momentum despite funding cut

Cyclists on the Coastal Walkway in New Plymouth.

New Plymouth may be a model community for active transport, but the programme that facilitates the movement has its funding slashed.

Dorothy goes the extra mile for premature babies

Rhapsody Rest Home resident Dorothy Lawrence is doing her bit to help babies who come a little earlier than expected and their families.

Memory Walk in Taranaki boosted

Distinguished professor of anatomy and Brain Research New Zealand co-director Richard Faull joins coastal walk to raise dementia awareness.

Working with community a highlight

Children enjoying the Scooter-licious walkway ride last year. New Plymouth holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest kick scooter parade with 489 people.

Five years after starting the Let's Go programme, walking, cycling, and catching the bus has never been so attractive in New Plymouth.

Students prepare for science fair

Devon Intermediate School pupil Jason McGrath, 12, with his science experiment Power of Light.

Jason McGrath was going to do a science experiment on foods that make people fart until a light bulb went off in his head.

New Plymouth history revealed in park

Botanist Lynn Bublitz, right, leads a Friends of Pukekura Park walk.

People who want to know more about New Plymouth's history just need to take a wander around Pukekura Park. 

Camera loving pets wanted

North Taranaki SPCA shelter refugees Scratch, front, and Felix get a good look at previous years' calendars.

North Taranaki SPCA is looking for poster pets.

Alzheimers Taranaki support service expanding to Thursdays

Alzheimers Taranaki Friday Club volunteer Isabell Shimmin, centre, with club members Gay Wallace, left, and Joy Peckham.

A service designed to support people in the early stages of dementia and give their carers a break is expanding.

Mangaotuku Walkway extension complete

The new segment of the Mangaotuku Walkway is complete.

One of New Plymouth's lesser known gems, the Mangaotuku Walkway, has been extended. 

Linking people with Cancer Society services

Taranaki Cancer Society's new support co-ordinator Janine Luke-Taamaru.

Janine Luke-Taamaru wants to help cancer sufferers and their supporters.

Donation keeps rescue helicopter whirring

Having fun in the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter are, from left, St John paramedic Megan Stewart and crewman Ben Wallbank with lower North Island Rotary district governor Simon Manning on the stretcher and New Plymouth West Rotary club member Vicki Ingles.

The combined Rotary Clubs of Taranaki held a fundraising dinner and bottle auction in June with paramedic and ultra marathon runner Megan Stewart as a guest speaker.

No Limits programme baking segment on a roll

Enjoying the muffins they made are, from left, Brodie Kane, Jahana Tearoa and Alaya Pickering-Casey.

As part of the Red Cross' No Limits winter programme about 30 children spent several hours making muffins, pies and filled rolls.

Cheap hot drinks for active transport users

Escape staff, from left, Jeremy Maxwell, Marlise Gieni and Logan Gieni, are supporting Walk to Work Wednesdays during August.

People can warm up after cycling, walking or taking the bus to work with a hot drink on Wednesdays during August. 

Curiosity leads artist to exhibition

Artist John Schumacher with one of the pieces he'll show in his exhibition In The Shape Of Things.

A fascination with science has led New Plymouth artist John Schumacher to create a whole exhibition full of work.

Working for community is Rodel's swansong

Taranaki Cancer Society's new centre manager Meg Rodel.

Meg Rodel wanted her last job before retirement to be something special. 

Performers get boost to keep going and going

Before the recent Country Commotion show are Performing Arts Collective chairwoman Keri Elvin, left, with singer and dancer Gemma Evans, who will perform at Santa's Choice.

Performing Arts Collective was given a boost to keep spreading positive energy in Taranaki.

Tempany Paola takes top spot in dancing competition

Tempany Paola on stage at the New Plymouth Competitions.

Tempany Paola has danced her way to the top in Taranaki.

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