South Taranaki Star

Rare peace award

Friendly force: Hawera's Jocelyn Terry.

The lure of exotic friendships and an opportunity to change the world led to an award for Joceyln Terry of Hawera.

Parishioners provide new church

Renovation team: Pastor Bruce Mason with some of the team from the Stratford Seventh Day Adventist Church who are renovating a building on Paige St in Stratford for use as a church and community drop-in centre.

The Stratford Seventh day Adventist Church will soon have a new home after months of work.

Rookie ironmen 'ordinary people'

Ironmen: Ben Ritchie, Justine Stewart, Liz Jones, Tracey Bourke and John Kahu all completed the gruelling New Zealand Ironman event recently.

New Zealand's gruelling Ironman event proved to be just the ticket for a group of South Taranaki athletes.

Trust struggles to give money away

Hawera's Selwyn Metcalfe is chairman of the NZ Community Trust regional advisory committee.

An untapped pool of funding is waiting for the right beneficiaries to wade in.

Shirley's done her bit

Moving forward: Kaponga's Shirley Hazlewood, QSM.

Kaponga's tireless volunteer is pulling back from a busy life of campaigning to put her own health first.

Chavez picked for NZ team

One of the best: Patea Area School student Chavez Broughton has been chosen for the New Zealand under 15 mixed touch team.

Patea Area School student Chavez Broughton has been chosen for the New Zealand under-15 mixed touch team.

A body worth showing

Gun show: Eltham resident Thomas Boyes has been working hard to prepare for this weekend's Taranaki body building competition.

A carefully managed diet, six cardio sessions a week and a projected 5 per cent body fat has an Eltham man hoping he can take out the top spot this weekend.

Thanks for prompt treatment

Giving thanks: Graham and Christine Chatterton are grateful for the support and care they received at Hawera Hospital's emergency department recently.

A couple are singing the praises of Hawera Hospital's ED after experiencing a life-threatening situation.

Poetry is everywhere

Published poet: Hamish McFarlane of Stratford with his recently published book of poems, Ethereality .

Stratford poet Hamish McFarlane has just published his first volume of the poems that he's been writing for 20 years.

TET to get its money back

Companies with the most buybacks are beating the market.

The Taranaki Electricity Trust is to sell the Maryann rest home complex to Age Care Central for $6.3 million, recouping all the money it has invested in the home and the dementia unit.

Donations give kids chance to learn

Strong start: Manaia School students Isaac Symes-Simpson,  Kapri Robinson-Woodhead, and Kahlesha Tiplady, all 5, with PTA chairwoman Bonny Ranfurly and their new school books.

A new initiative that provides school books to all students is leveling the playing field at Manaia School.

Pupils learn by growing

Growing a future: Hawera High School student Lilly Titter, 14, is in year 11 and learning to grow plants from seeds.

A secondary school training programme is planting the seeds for a solid future in the primary sector.

Community rallies around

Grateful: Ryan, Phil and Leroy Gwynn on an outing last weekend.

An outpouring of support and kindness has a Kakaramea family giving thanks for small communities.

Race to the top

Making the grade - Roy Barber in action in his Fiat 127 at the 2013 Ngawhini Hill Climb.

It's promising to be a big weekend for Taranaki's petrol-heads.

Stratford kicks off fundraiser

Bry Kopu (Taranaki Health Foundation GM),  Michael Joyce (Taranaki Health Foundation Chairperson),  Brian Ropitini (NZ Director of Manufacturing at Methanex), Vanessa James (Methanex Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Logistics) celebrate the launch of 'We Heart Taranaki' fundraising campaign in Stratford.

A community fundraiser to bring state-of-the-art angiograph equipment to Taranaki was launched in Stratford last week.

Volunteers get high-tech help

At an advantage: Kaponga Fire Brigade station officer Warren Goodall and Fonterra staff member Raymond Eynon test out the station's new thermal imaging camera. They are watched by  Ballance Agri-nutrients shift engineer Darren Bolger, Kaponga Lions Club president Trevor Hurley and Shell Todd Oil Services team leader Andrew Rangiwhananga.

Kaponga's volunteer fire brigade has never been better equipped, thanks to the acquisition of a top-of-the-line thermal imaging camera.

Midwife delighted to be back

Taking patients: Hawera's newest midwife Teresa Lindsey is hoping to take on a caseload of expectant mothers.

Hawera's newest midwife is hoping to breathe new life into the town's maternity services.

Americarna on its way

Taranaki's Americarna festival visits Inglewood.

The thrum of horse power and the stench of motor oil will be strong next week as Americarna rolls into two South Taranaki towns.

Harvests of past being re-enacted

Old and new: Vintage machinery enthusiast Dave Hunger has a variety of haymaking options on hand, with a replica of Henry Ford's first tractor and a 1940 hay baler. Both machines will be on show at the vintage hay day show this weekend in Brixton.

A live museum of harvesting and farm life from early last century, including equipment from Central Taranaki, will be in action at Brixton this weekend for vintage hay day.

Deadly overbridge to go

Traffic delays on the Northern Motorway south bound due to the excavator collision with the Onewa Road Overbridge, Northern Motorway, Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, October 03, 2008, traffic, generic, motorway, highway, blocked,

Normanby's killer overbridge is finally for the chop after years of campaigns, broken promises and political posturing.

X-treme rivalry hits Ohawe

READY TO RACE: South Taranaki District Council events and TSB Hub administrator Jody Bloor at the location of the 2015 X-Race, Hawera's Ohawe Beach.

A small beach settlement will be transformed into the scene of an epic rivalry next weekend.

It's farewell to Fat Cow Cafe

GOODBYE: From left,  Jennifer Russell, Baillie Lenny, Angela Pennefather, Shirley, and Warren Smith, pose with the cow outside their work in Hawera.

South Taranaki's only bovine-themed cafe is closing its doors.

Hearse run helps hospice

ODD RACE: South Taranaki Hospice volunteer co-ordinator Karen Scott and Clegg's Funeral Services funeral director and embalmer Glenn Rogers, front, are preparing for the great hearse caper. South Taranaki Hospice committee member Margaret Robinson-Davies and Clegg's staff member Susan Clegg watch on.

A Taranaki fundraiser will stare death in face in order to raise money for a local hospice.

Flick opens up its spot market power pricing

Richard Wills: Consumer choice limited

A former Hawera High School head boy is making waves in the electricity market, co-founding a company that aims to do things differently.

Eltham realises skate park dream

Taya Wilson, 11, on her scooter.

Eltham's youth have a new $100,000 hangout space - the town's skate park.

Family grateful for Christmas gifts

Something special: Destiny, 11, Cassidy, 9, and Julie-ann Baker with Mr Volzke at Stratford’s King Edward Park.

A teddy bear has been bestowed with the name of Stratford's mayor.

Tech tips to enrich a blind person

A woman's touch. Many apps have been developed by women.

Gene Gibson loves technology - it's a vital part of his daily life.

Teddies with a mission

Tedz for Kidz organiser Carolyn Cragg.

Tireless campaigner against child abuse Carolyn Cragg is the Taranaki Star's Central Taranaki person of the Year for 2014.

Nature helps foster play

Making the most: Four year-old Kage Bull enjoys the rock garden surrounding the Okaiawa Preschool at Matapu sandpit.

A mud pit, rocks and bushy trees are keeping 45 pre-school children entertained.

Jumpers pick own tunes for Euro-style event

In Hawera Athletics Club's Jump to Music  event athletes triple jump and high jump to their own music choices. Arnold Fage from Hawera in the triple jump.

Top Australian and New Zealand high jumpers will put their moves to the beat at Hawera's Jumps to Music event tomorrow night.

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