South Taranaki Star

Playing the pipes is in his blood

Robert Colville is now a life member of the Hawera Pipe Band.

A Hawera man's devotion to Highland music has been rewarded with life membership to his local club.

Small stature with a big future

Eltham's Elizabeth Maindonald, 5, won Whanganui's Muddy River Country Music Awards littlies section.

A young Eltham girl is on the right path to becoming country music's next big thing.

Crash rescuers aiming for global title

Hawera volunteer fire brigade world crash rescue team members, from left, Stephen Hopkinson, Julian Godderidge, leader Michael Palmer, Clive Lennox and Jake Leicester are looking forward to heading to their upcoming competition. Absent, Rohan Kui.

Hawera's award-winning road crash rescue team is taking another tilt at the world title.

Scone queen swaps kitchen for secondhand goods

Annette McGregor is enjoying new challenges at the Salvation Army store in Hawera.

Eltham's former queen of the kitchen has swapped scones for bric-a-brac as she takes on the cut-throat world of retail op shops.

Tawhiti Museum a traveler's treasure

Tawhiti Museum owner Nigel Ogle examines some of the figurines he is creating for an upcoming display, the recreation of images of troops traveling from Whanganui up the Waingongoro River in 1865 as painted by officer Edward Arthur Williams.

Hawera's premier museum has proven itself popular on the world stage.

Retiring principal looks forward to reading and gardening

Outgoing Ramanui School principal Liz Harrison with students on her last day before retiring.

Finishing novels, gardening and travelling are top priorities for one of South Taranaki's retiring principals.

Mock crash makes big impact

Hawera Volunteer Fire Brigade and St John Ambulance workers dismantle a car at Hawera High School to teach students about the effects of dangerous driving.
Hawera Fire Brigade and St John ambulance officers lift Brigid Fraser, 18, from the vehicle.

Hundreds of students watched in awe, despite the cold and rain, as the three students were cut from the vehicle and loaded into ambulances at Hawera High School.

Book tackles difficult subject naturally

Kapuni's Erin Feasey has published a book for children about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Dinosaur Mac's Discovery.

The search for a natural way to teach her child about a devastating neuromuscular condition led a South Taranaki mother to write a new children's book.

Roof shout rewards Skills Squad members

Friends and family celebrate with members of Stratford High School's Skills Squad.

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Victim Support hunting new volunteers

Victim Support help those affected by serious crime, death and trauma.

An organisation that helps those in need is looking for more support.

Needed a chapel, bought a church

Stratford funeral directors Brian Darth and daughter Pamela  have bought a church for use as a chapel for funerals.

A former Stratford church is being given a new life - as a funeral chapel.

Surgery could help girl walk

Kim Makea and Chaye Luke with their daughter Alexus Makea, 5, at her home in Hawera. Alexus lives with cerebral palsy.

A $100,000 operation in America is the goal for Alexus Makea's Hawera family.

Koha Shed paying kindness forward

Hawera Koha Shed volunteer Sherisse Thompson and creator Rochelle Steer prepare for this Saturday's egg and spoon race.

Thanking the community that supports them is top priority for one Hawera charity.

Timeless competitions have modern edge

Hawera's Sinead Clancy performs during the ballet classical barefoot 8 and under 10 years section at the Hawera Competitions.

Hawera's only annual performing arts competition is just three weeks away.

Kindy kids growing minds with sunflowers

Dylan Mellow, 4, Nicky Tuck-Butler, 4, and Jareth Hooker, 4, of Tawhiti Kindergarten, Hawera, proudly show off the sunflowers they are growing at the centre.

Raising sunflowers at preschool is one way a group of South Taranaki children are learning to care for their environment. 

Tucker Bag brings new flavour to A&P Show

Hawera's Lincoln McCrea, Celine Filbee and Cherol Filbee will be vying for the top Taranaki Tucker Bag Awards cook at the annual Hawera AutoCourt Egmont A&P Show in November.

Peanut butter, wild pork sausages and crackers will all be dished up at the 2015 Egmont A&P Show as home-cooks vie for a special new award.

Legal Tender live in Hawera

The Legal Tender trio Ian Campbell and Carylann Martin will perform at Hawera's Tairoa Lodge on Saturday, September 12.

A 'mainstream' folk band is heading to Hawera to perform.

Sharing life as amputee

Amputee Society of Taranaki secretary Christine Windle is ready to deliver speeches about life-without-a-limb.

A Patea woman is ready to share her life-without-a-limb with the rest of the world.

Boars have right to be wild

This 73.4kg boar won  Darryl Katene of Eltham the heaviest boar prize at the recent Whangamomona pig hunt.

It was enough to make anyone wild, particularly the boars, when the Whangamomona Pig Hunting Club held its recent Pre Lamb Wild Boar Hunting competiton.

Dearth of pet mice to put in new cage

She has a lovely new cage but a dearth of pet mice in Taranaki means Symone Price of Stratford has to wait for some to arrive from the Manawatu in a few weeks.

Taranaki is suffering a drought of pet mice.

Odd Shoes promotes quality camp for cancer kids

Hawera's Phoebe Kerr will be wearing odd shoes to school on Friday September 11 to help raise the profile of the charity Camp Quality.

A Hawera teenager will merrily attend school wearing Odd Shoes on Friday September 11.

MOA Kluster changing education, technology

Opunake Primary school student Sayen Kahukaka, 11, an engineering group member, examines a plasma globe.

A "cutting edge" approach to education using technology is having a big impact in four rural Taranaki schools.

'Nutters 'stepping out for cerebral palsy

Cassandra Dunn, Sallie Barr and Laura Barr are taking 10,000 steps a day for the month of September in a bid to raise $1000 for cerebral palsy research. They are in a team with Hamilton-based Donna Hoyle.

Two office workers, a high school student and a stay-at-home mum are walking 10,000 steps every September day in a bid to help those who cant.

Kind gift brings new life

Cameron Tong, 6, at his Okaiawa home with his new friend Charlotte the bear.

A plush, cuddly bear marks the start of a new life away from the cold sterility of hospitals and cancer treatment for one Okaiawa boy.

Former Eltham students reunited for 60th birthdays

Former Eltham Primary School students back from left, Ken Butler, Glynn Shaw, Pam Fergus, Max Whitehead, Jo Campbell  Colin Clince, Russell Joblin, Brian Sykes, centre from left Stephen Cox, Jacquelyn Sinclair, Gaye Riddle (Teacher: Miss Smith) and front from left Marion Selby, Leigh Hucker, Dave Markham, John Cameron.    

Late arrival Avis Laursen.

Sixteen former classmates celebrated their 60th birthdays with a night-to-remember.

Artists divided over art

Waituhi is one of the pieces by Midhirst-based artist Wharehoka Smith in his exhibition Maarama at the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford.

Two different ways of telling a story were unveiled at the Percy Thomson Gallery on Friday.

Stratford build-a-bach student job training project nears completion

Student builders Gage Drummond and Caleb Ngataierua, with Tane Leberidge (on scaffold) at work on the build-a-bach project at Stratford High School

A roof "shout" will soon be held to celebrate the progress on Stratford's build-a-bach project.

Darcy the escapist rabbit has a hopping good time

Neive, 5, and Ashlyn, 9, Rayner of Kaponga with a firm grip on their rascally pet rabbit Darcy.

It seems white rabbits can vanish and reappear without the help of a magician.

Fresh clean water finally on tap

Opunake Primary School student Brydee Hunt, 12, pours a glass of fresh and clear filtered water.

Cool, clear, quality water is finally on tap at Manaia and Opunake Primary Schools.

Lake Rotokare halo provides safety net

Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust sanctuary manager Simon Collins with some of the predator traps that will be set up as part of the halo project.

Plans to protect the vulnerable wildlife species living at Lake Rotokare by creating a safe zone around the sanctuary are under way.

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