South Taranaki Star

Birth options considered

Some Central Taranaki women are considering having homebirths after the sudden closure of Stratford's maternity unit, Te Whare Whanau, on Sunday.

Cancer diary book to help others

Mother who watched her 7-year-old daughter die of cancer turns her diary into a book to help other families.

Youth, employers get radio advice on jobs

A new Access Radio show is answering the big questions about youth employment.

Troops feel welcome

Operation Kiwi Koru in effect

New Zealand forces are providing peacekeeping services to the people of Taranaki on exercises this month.

Dental care job up for grabs

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Raising the profile of Maori health in the community is the main aim of a six-month dental cadetship based in Hawera.

Dual awards recognise long service

Abigail Johns

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The desire to be better than the rest has seen a Stratford woman awarded both her Queen's Guide and Queen's Scout awards.

Mountaineer memories

Robert Snowdon

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Robert Snowdon first climbed to the summit of Mt Taranaki as a 7-year-old boy.

Famous yet 'unknown'

Broken Hallelujah

He blends in around Stratford and may pass unnoticed but most residents have probably seen him on screen.

Honouring 100 years

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Stratford Plunket is celebrating 100 years of caring for the community's babies and mothers.

Rose-tinted reading Special specs improve ability to see

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Harrison Downs wears pink-tinted glasses when he reads.

Hawera 'kid' in spotlight

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From a "fat Maori kid trying to act starving" to award-winning script writer, a former Hawera resident is making a name for himself in the Auckland theatre scene.

Awards are a boost for jobs

Peter Heard

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The second annual Youth to Work awards have been held, in which young achievers, education and training providers, employers and inspiring people have been honoured for their efforts in youth employment.

D-Day for desexing bus

Shannon Schofield.

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The SPCA's mobile desexing unit is due to roll into town next month but it could be the last time.

Dave and Goliath trike-umphant

Dave Hunger

Dave Hunger won't be setting any speed records in his latest pedalled contraption, but he hopes a lot of youngsters will enjoy riding it.

Youth space offers unity

David Auty

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After months of anticipation, Hawera's youth can finally enjoy the space developed just for them.

Marae whananga on law

CATHERINE GROENESTEIN- TARANAKI STAR - Taranaki

Central and South Taranaki young people are invited to a whananga on youth law at the Whakaahurangi Marae, Stratford, on October 31.

Stratford RSA joins branches boycott

Kevin Holley

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Widespread dissatisfaction with the national RSA body is behind a dispute between it and the Stratford and Districts RSA.

Every birthday extra special

Cystic fibrosis makes life that bit tougher

Liam Neil

For his fifth birthday, Liam Neil is having a pizza and fizzy party.

'Life-saver' bracelets offer hope to worried teenagers

Toni Ryan

Toni Ryan is throwing life preservers out to every teen she can.

Women's Centre finds new home

STWC

South Taranaki Women's Centre has expanded into a new home.