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Community commended for support of Lantern House Trust project

Andy Hay, chairman of the Lantern House Trust, helps with the build. The house is now finished.

What was once a dream has turned into a reality for the Lantern House Trust.

Mentors lead the way in New Horizons project

Mentor, Tim Costelloe from ITL, studies the skate ramp plans with pupils, from left, Ferris Ferris, Harmony Vedder, Phoenix Vedder and Billy Paul.

Pupils at Devon Intermediate School are building a bright future for themselves.

Mentor programme assisted by Inner Wheel donation

Inside the Big Brothers Big Sisters office are, from left, programme manager Paul Lampe, Inner Wheel Club of New Plymouth North members Bev Armstrong and Nell Probyn, programme case manager Nic Willis, and co-ordinator Warren Bain.

Children involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme now have funding to chase special interests.

Lantern House Trust gets its home

Lantern House Trust chairman Andy Hay in front of the finished house.

Andy and Sheri Hay will soon welcome their daughter Monique back to Taranaki. 

Staff versus students rugby match a reward for good behaviour

Teacher Jo Wilkinson is swamped by children during the Devon Intermediate School's staff versus student rugby match.

Laughter and playful tackles abounded at Devon Intermediate School's staff versus students rugby match.

Rash of number plate thefts

Chris Cockitt with the remaining number plate.

Chris Cockitt wants the thoughtless thieves who took her number plate to return it.

Ian McAlpine invites clients to contribute to his book

Taranaki mountaineer Ian McAlpine at North Taranaki Visitors Centre.

Mountaineer Ian McAlpine remembers the first time he climbed Mt Taranaki.

Book preserves history of eco-community

Dawn Treneary and her mother Sue Carter, who compiled The Katikara Community Experience book.

Sue Carter has compiled a book about Taranaki's eco-community Katikara.

Unleash the inner craft lover

Sorting the donated items for Fabric-a-brac are Carolyn Ward, left, and June Butt.

Fabric-aholics will be in their element at a fundraiser for Hospice Taranaki.

Foundation wants to research recreational fishing's value

Fishing boat at anchor off  Kaikoura, Marlborough.

Taranaki fisher folk are welcoming the a new study into the value of recreational fishing.

SPCA's fundraising Cupcake Day sweetens the purse strings

Devon Intermediate School pupils, from left, Daniel Deans, Phoenix Vedder, Baylee Abrams, Aaron Casey and Reuben Neilsen, sell their cupcakes in front of The Warehouse New Plymouth.

Participating in the SPCA's Cupcake Day celebrations has become a tradition at Devon Intermediate School.

Brooklands Park nature walk aimed at school students

Friends of Pukekura Park president Adrienne Tatham.

Plans are afoot to update the Brooklands Park Nature Walk and reintegrate it in schools.

There's always something new to learn on Friends of Pukekura Park walks

People enjoying the Friends of Pukekura Park public walk through Brooklands.

Points of historical interest and nature's treasures are uncovered during the Friends of Pukekura Park public walks.

Prince charming makes an appearance at Urenui School

Performing in Urenui School's production A Twisted Tale are, from left, Deavyn Hodgetts, Cameron Mattock and Jimijean Seed.

Fairy stories went from being fantastical to real for children at Urenui School when they presented their production A Twisted Tale.

A five dollar note helps eradicate polio worldwide

Raffle winner Graeme Weston, left, checks out his Sir Edmund Hillary signed $5 bank note, held by PolioPlus committee member Robin Aitken.

Graeme Weston has just won an exciting addition to his coin and stamp collection.

Sacred Heart Girls' College student cuts her teeth on New Zealand Fashion Week

Sacred Heart Girls' College student Adara Segedin, 18, will be a volunteer at New Zealand Fashion Week.

Adara Segedin will have her work cut out for her helping New Zealand fashion designers.

Waitara family combats stray cat issue

Stella Martin with Milo the cat, a stray which needed several operations to regain some of his sight.

When the Martin family were faced with a decision to give a stray kitten surgery or put it down the answer was clear.

New Plymouth teachers enthral children with ukulele music

Ukulele teacher Tony Hansen with the children at BestStart ABC New Plymouth.

Tropical sounds of ukuleles are warming the children at BestStart ABC New Plymouth this winter.

Marfell's breakfast programme gets children off to the right start

The Warehouse Bell Block store manager Michael Murray, back, and  Marfell's breakfast mentor programme co-ordinator Ray Tucker serve breakfast to Marfell School pupil Bethany McKibbin.

The most important meal of the day is taken care of at Marfell School.

August amnesty drive at New Plymouth Girls' High

With Amnesty International activism support manager Margaret Taylor, centre, are New Plymouth Girls' High School students, from left, Jasmine Mallinger, Angie Ramsdale, Tamara Osborne, Ekta Bagga, Nicole Thomson and Monique Oliver.

New Plymouth Girls' High School's Amnesty International committee held activities to coincide with activism support manager Margaret Taylor's visit.

Trip to Africa triggers humanitarian urge

Amnesty International activism support manager Margaret Taylor.

A trip to Africa in the early 1990s prompted Margaret Taylor to make a difference.

Let's Go Fresh Air Challenge ready to roll

Witt facilities manager Charlotte Dunning beside the bike rack.

The Let's Go Fresh Air Challenge is about to start and the gloves are already off.

Taranaki Toy Library book sale annual event

Taranaki Toy Library co-ordinator Jana Dunnet.

Taranaki Toy Library's held its first book sale earlier this month and raised more than $2000, which will go towards operational costs and toy replacement.

YMCA pick-me-up helps pulmonary patients

Volunteers, from left, Pat Broughan, Mary Wyss and Elizabeth Barrientos serve afternoon tea at the YMCA to Bev Chard and Kay Anderson.

Once a month, after an intensive exercise session at the YMCA gym, people with pulmonary problems enjoy a special afternoon tea put on by volunteers.

Start small on fitness to make big changes

Nutritionist to the Vodafone Warriors, Lee-Anne Wann.

People can easily alter their overall health in a big way by focusing on small things.

Lord of the Rings inspired piece wins top pottery award

New Plymouth Potters 42nd Annual Exhibition award winners, from left, Marlene Reinfelds, Graham Mulvay and Barbara Nicholls. The winning work inspired by the Lord of the Rings is the one in the middle.

A piece that was originally a bird bath won potter Graham Mulvay the top award in New Plymouth Potters annual exhibition

Five generations gather for 100th birthday

Olive Beu, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on August 19, with her daughter Chris Phillips.

Olive Beu remembers Joe Burke and Al Dubin's 1930 song I'm Dancing With Tears In My Eyes.

Taranaki gets fit with Lee-Anne

Health and fitness practitioner Lee-Anne Wann talks people through lunge exercises at a fitness workshop held at the YMCA.

Taranaki fitness bunnies may end up on TV after a free fitness workshop with Lee-Anne Wann.

Kindy seeks trivia champions

In the bathroom at Pukekura Kindergarten are, from left, Elliot and his brother Rowan Lord with Alice Quinn.

At Pukekura Kindergarten, funding from obscure knowledge is going down the toilet.

Chinese pagoda needs a little extra love in Taranaki climate

Friends of Pukekura Park president Adrienne Tatham with park curator Chris Connolly at the Kunming Garden pavilion.

Kunming Garden pagoda may stand proudly in Pukekura Park but Taranaki's wet climate is proving a challenge to the colourful structure. 

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