South Taranaki Star

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.

Debt recovery agents

Effective Debt Recovery directors Grant Coward and Sue Ashton.

"We find people that owe money generally don't want to be found," Taranaki private eye says.

Mobile app connecting youth with council and region

South Taranaki District Council community development advisor Cushla Fevre shows off the new "youth direct" app recently launched.

A new mobile directory is connecting youth with information about the South Taranaki region.

Hawera brass welcomes new director

Hawera Brass Band's new musical director Mat Johnston.

A crush on a cute girl led the Hawera Brass Band's new musical director into a life-long love of music.

Stratford writer captures memories and recipes of older rural people

Stratford-based history writer Hilary Jane with her new book and her signature sponge cake.

Stratford writer Hilary Jane has a signature that's more popular than most - an old-fashioned sponge filled with cream and jam.

Hawera man collects beer can tabs to help Kidney Kids

Hawera's Bruce Wright is collecting beer can tabs that can be traded for cash. The money goes to Starship Hospital to help pay for children's treatment.

A Hawera man has spent years collecting thousands of beer can tabs in a bid to pay for just 24 hours of one child's medical treatment.

Hawera SPACE in a much better space

Quinn Pick, 3 months, relaxes at a Hawera SPACE session as she is massaged by her mother Meredith Pick.

There's still plenty of spaces at SPACE but the parenting programme has found a more stable ground.

Batterie 100 perform to own drum beat

Strike Percussion member Tim Whitta and Ramanui and Hawera Christian School students back from left: Kynan Hiora, 9, Thomas Kereti, 9, Rawiri Otene, 10, Ezra Cornish, 11, Rachel Mileham, 11, Rangimarie Rio-Hori, 9, Lewis Mapp, 8, Liam Chisnall, 10, Kayley Cook, 10, Bonnie Mapp, 10 and Shaniah Anas, 9.

The beat of a hundred drums played by Taranaki children pulsated through the region during two special Batterie 100 performances.

Stratford student Jordan Wood wins citizens' award

Jordan Wood of Stratford received a Youth Citizens' Award recently from the Stratford District Council.

Learning about cross-cultural communication is a long way from swimming races but Jordan Wood has proved skilled at both.

Liam's diamond and gold-studded dreams

Liam Neil, 5, in his St Joseph's School Hawera classroom, room 7.

Liam Neil is spoilt rotten. He loves pizza and, when he grows up, he's going to mine for gold and diamonds.

Quake prone buildings shut for shore-up

South Taranaki District Council engineering services group manager Brent Manning at the Hawera Water Tower grounds.

Six prominent buildings are about to get a shake up as earthquake strengthening work is carried out in South Taranaki.

Surgeon breaking ceilings in medicine attended Taranaki schools

Doctor Elizabeth Dennett is breaking glass ceilings in the medical world.

A former Taranaki woman is breaking glass ceilings in the medical world.

Boucher drops in on sports awards

Dillon Boucher will speak at the Paddy Manu sports awards in Hawera. he is pictured during investitures at government house presented by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Former Tall Black Dillon Boucher will bounce into Hawera on a whirlwind visit.

Lone pines at Manaia honour Anzac dead

Manaia and District Returned and Services Association president John Graham, welfare officer David Self and vice-president Arnold Megaw with one of three fledgling turkish red pines that will grow into a copse at the Manaia Golf Course.

A copse in Manaia honours the men who fell during the battle of Gallipoli.

Forgotten stories of old Taranaki preserved

Hawera's Arthur Fryer with copies of the "untold Tales of Taranaki".

The final discs detailing the forgotten stories of old Taranaki have been released for future generations.

Waverley golfer wins US golf scholarship

Waverley resident Celeste McLean is moving to New Jersey this week to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University with a golf scholarship.

Playing golf in the United States is going to feel pretty luxurious for a Waverley teenager.

Near death experience inspires Waverley community

Waverley's Bridget Alexander saved a man's life when she performed CPR on him at the town's 4Square store until a first response unit arrived.

The worst experience of a Waverley woman's life has inspired her to return to school.

Charity fighting for Taranaki families

Little Fighters Trust deputy chairwoman Sarah Silver, left, and new volunteer Teresa Greenhill.

A Taranaki charity is looking for volunteers to help them ensure families never have to fight illness alone.

Shoulder boulder-holders drop

Lena Gibbs feeds her daughter Zola, 1, at Hawera's Latch On event.

Over the shoulder boulder-holders dropped for a good cause during Hawera's Latch On✓ event.

Hawera golfer wins scholarship

Hawera's Sam Jones is heading to the University of West Georgia on a golfing scholarship.

A Hawera golfer is hoping his golf-swing will open doors as he heads overseas with a university golfing scholarship.

New course steers students into successful waters

Waka Ama programme coordinator Charmaine Matiaha has been busy trying to find students for a new course based in Patea.

A free new course is launching students up the Patea River and steering a course towards success. 

Toolkit empowers public to speak out

Fiona Nicholson used the TDHB's "Toolkit for making submissions on alcohol licence applications" when dealing with a potential new retail outlet in the same area as her store.

Taranaki residents have access to a unique toolkit that enables the public to create objections to alcohol licence applications.

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