South Taranaki Star

Council buys farm

Stratford District Council property assets manager Vicki Jagersma and chief executive Matt O'Mara check out  the council's newly purchased farm on Flint Rd.

Stratford District Council property assets manager Vicki Jagersma and chief executive Matt O'Mara check out  the council's newly purchased farm on Flint Rd. .Photo: Catherine Groenestein/ FairfaxNZ

Cardboard city gives students insight

Hawera High School students, from left, Kersti Ward, 17, Yani Remoto, 13, and Cory Oldfield, 17, in the cardboard house they called home during a fundraising exercise on May 22.

Hawera High School students fought for the chance to spend a night in the freezing cold without shelter.

From dux to doctor

Dr Joseph Towers BSc(Hon) Phd(Otago) received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Dunedin on May 9, 2015

Dr Joseph Towers has gone from being the top of his school to completing a doctorate.

Kura signs for award

Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Ruanui principal Mama Kumeroa and new entrant students share their sign language skills.

Kids at a South Taranaki kura kaupapa learn sign language and Maori.

Kiwi author Robin Robilliard delights with stories of her life

Golden Bay author Robin Robilliard reads an excerpt from her memoir A Hard Country during a visit at the Stratford District Library recently.

Knowing nods and appreciative chuckles from the audience accompanied author Robin Robilliard's talk about her life at Stratford District Library.

Hawera preparing to host indoor BMX

Hawera BMX Club president Graeme Schimanski and a team of volunteers and contractors have been preparing for the Indoor BMX championships.

Thrills and spills are assured when riders take to the course for the 20th annual indoor BMX championships in Hawera this weekend.

Woodchopping on Egmont A&P Show calendar

NZ's Adam Lowe competes  at the world championship wood chopping, in the NZ vs Aussie test match, at the 2013 Egmont A&P Show.

Hawera's Egmont A&P Show will host some of the best woodchoppers at this year's event.

Taranaki trail of arts on display

Michaela Stoneman with her printing press in her studio in Patea.

A weekend-long event is providing a unique opportunity to see inside private creative studio's.

Coastguard's daring rescue near Patea leads to award

South Taranaki Coastguard members, from left, Robert Northcott, Gareth Read, Warren Pickles, John Lovell and Aletta Lovell.

The daring rescue of two boaties tipped out of their boat when it capsized off Patea Beach has resulted in another recognition award for South Taranaki Coastguard.

Hawera hosting netball match to remember

Hayley Litt, left, and the late DeAnne Cooper.

An avid sportswoman will be honoured when two netball teams take to the courts on Saturday May 24.

Students teach teachers

Members of Stratford High School's student council prepared and served this morning tea to school staff last week as a fundraiser for those left homeless by the earthquakes  in Nepal.

Roles were reversed at Stratford High School last week as students led a lesson for the teachers .

Students ready to get to work

Students starting work soon on a build-a-bach project at Stratford High School view their building site along with Warwick Foy of Taranaki Futures, programme tutor Robbie Ryan and WITT's Corina Crawford.

Ten students from Stratford, Hawera and Patea High Schools started work last week on the latest Build A Bach project.

Forum will discuss death and dying

Rose Whitaker from Hospice Taranaki.

A forum to get people talking about dying and death is being held in Stratford on May 20, as part of Hospice Awareness Week next week.

Hawera schoolgirl's hot dogs aid Nepal

Emma Hobman, 8, Hawera, raised $500 for Nepalese cleanup efforts by selling hot dogs at her school.

A Hawera schoolgirl's initiative raised $500 towards the Nepalese clean-up efforts, using outside-the-square thinking.

Hawera theatre's curtain call

The Hawera Memorial Theatre auditorium has been identified as an earthquake prone and closed.

The curtain has closed on performances at Hawera's Memorial Theatre, with the building labelled earthquake prone.

Study for 'Slave' wins Hawera art award

Lysaght Watt Art Awards evening, Self-Portrait theme, 2015 at Lysaght Watt gallery, Hawera.
Awards judge Gaelen Macdonald and the winning item, Meredith Marsone's Study for 'Slave'.

A small and yet powerful painting has won first prize at the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Awards.

Demand grows for free school lunches

Koha Shed creator Rochelle Steer with some of the children's packed lunches.

Hungry tummies are being satisfied with a big helping of community caring every school day.

New chef adds to Swiss-Kiwi flavour

Sera and Markus Hojdelewicz and chef Fiona Phillips, left, are the welcoming team at the Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge and Cafe

There is more than a touch of Swiss to the hospitality at the Dawson Falls Lodge.

Touched by Suicide re-established

A group supporting families and friends, Touched By Suicide, is restarting in Hawera.

A support group for those dealing with the suicide of a loved one has been re-established in Hawera.

Small town prospers

There's only one empty shop between the roundabouts in Stratford now, unlike a year ago.

Stratford's main street is bustling with business, a far cry from a year ago.

Latta talks raising good kids

Psychologist Nigel Latta.

Navigating the complicated teenage world and its landscape is the subject of a talk by a nationally recognised parenting guru.

Sweet results for Social Sector Trial

South Taranaki Social Sector Trial manager Melanie Loft.

A programme to help South Taranaki's young people has been extended by a year.

Acknowledgment of Alton Anzacs

Alton Coronation Hall committee secretary/treasurer Jacq Dwyer and chairman Harvey Gibbs with the new memorial boards.

Two rolls of honour finally hang in Alton's Coronation Hall, commemorating the lives of South Taranaki community's soldiers.

Brave Stratford Guide still inspiring others

Denise Wicksteed with her parents Denis and Sheena on the day she received her medal in 1961.

A young Stratford girl's courage is inspiring people more than 50 years after her death.

Rolling stone gathers plenty of moss

One of the Gooch's Bedford buses from the 1970s.

When Alan Gooch was a young man working on his father's farm near Midhirst, a neighbour told him: ''A rolling stone gathers no moss."

New supermarket boosts Stratford jobs

Feats lead facilitator Helen Cook and Countdown Stratford manager Shaun Wall with some of the learners on  a course that may net them a job in the new Countdown supermarket.

More than 80 jobs are being created in Stratford and a similar number in New Plymouth by  two new Countdown supermarkets.

Immunisation week success

Six week-old Kymarnee Thompson-Wilson, held by his mother Tina Thompson, is immunised by a Ngati Ruanui Healthcare nurse.

Kymarnee and his twin brother Ricco were two of the 35 people who were immunised at Hawera's Ngati Ruanui Healthcare on Thursday March 23 as part of their annual Immunisation week promotion.

Sharing the love

From left, Tisha Weston, 8, Constable Rebecca Dearing, Piki Weston, 10, and Mike Seaver.

A Hawera girl has paid forward kindness after her dreams came true.

Hawera athletes to compete at Oceania champs

Hawera Athletics Club members from left, Ed Fern, Ashleigh Bennett, Greg Werder, Arnold Fage and Jason Cressingham.

Five athletes will represent Hawera and New Zealand at a major international event early next month.

Students raise funds for Marshall memorial shelter

Hawera High School teacher Pauline Hurley with a photograph of Lee Marshall at a school cross country.

Students will use their athletic abilities to power a fundraising effort at Hawera High School  this year.

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