South Taranaki Star

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.

Special gifts for flood-hit kids

South Taranaki District Council community development adviser Glen Hansen with 4 the Kidz volunteers Elana Ogden, Karen Mackle and Kim Clement.

Children affected by flooding in Taranaki's backblocks get gift packs from 4 the Kidz charity.

Gallery celebrates 10 years since creation

Lysaght Watt Gallery exhibition co-ordinator Margaret Springett has been hard at work preparing for their special next show. Here she holds Gaby Mulholland's Decade Brush.

Hawera's only art gallery is celebrating a decade since creation with an exhibition of works by dedicated supporters.

Nerida Cortese teaching Taranaki dance talent

Dancing with the Stars  2015 cast members:
Shane Cameron & Nerida Cortese

Budding ballroom box-stepper's will be able to learn from New Zealand's dancing dynamite during a one-off workshop in Hawera.

Prosthetics, bandages and volunteers sought for youth training

St John Hawera division youth members Joshua Hobman, 11, and Emma Hobman, 9, practise first aid on their mother Leigh.

Bottles of fake blood, prosthetics, bandages and a bunch of willing volunteers are needed for this weekend's annual St John youth competition day.

Hawera man to shoot for gold

Hawera's Paul Tidswell with the gun he will use to shoot at the world competitions in Ohio.

A Hawera man will shoot for gold at an international rifle competition.

Big Latch On aims to break record

Breastfed babies Dylan Finer, 9 months, and Chloe Field, 2 years, are hoping they will have lots of new friends on World Breastfeeding Day.

A group of women supporting each other to raise their children are hoping to help break a world breastfeeding record.

Walter receives citizen's award

Douglas resident and Stratford Citizens Award recipient David Walter.

A former mayor is one of the latest recipients of Stratford's annual citizen's awards.

Indie film festival to be held in Stratford

From left, Emma Burton, Kim Southey and Janelle Rooyakkers are looking for entrants for the Under the Mountain film competition.

An independent film festival specifically for Taranaki residents is to be held in Stratford.

Stratford's Neil Smillie rewarded for community service

Citizen's Award winner Neil Smillie and his wife Margaret.

Neil Smillie has spent more years on the golf course than many professional players, but his focus has been the turf rather than the tee.

Stratford pool makeover worth the wait says council

Mikayla Lehmann , left, and Nicole Davis having fun at Stratford’s TSB Pool these school holidays.

Stratford swimmers will have to exercise on dry land for seven weeks while the town's pool complex undergoes a $500,000  upgrade.

Cake artists show skills

Lilly Morris, centre, won a first prize with her whale cake and sisters Sarah, left, and Emma, right, were ready to taste test it, watched by mum Sue Morris

Almost 20 decorated cakes were carried through sleet and snow to the Stratford Library in time for judging.

Soda syphon search leads Kapiti man to Taranaki

Natasha, 12, and Dave Smithson are on the hunt for the soda syphons hidden in sheds, cupboards or gathering dust in Taranaki homes.

An impulse purchase in a small antique shop has lead to a lifelong hobby for one man.

Glass Boat to play in Hawera for first time

The trio from the Glass Boat are from left, Missie Moffat, Matt Herrett and Diamuid Cahill, will sing at Hawera's Tairoa Lodge.

A three-piece band is hoping listeners will drift away with the silky tones of their first performance in Hawera.

Pilot on cloud nine

Hawera Aero Club chief flying instructor Wayne Harrison in the club's hangar.

A Hawera flight instructor is on cloud nine after receiving a number of esteemed awards.

Hospital staff climb steps for health

Hawera Hospital staff, from back left, ward clerk Judi Whittington, midwife Teressa Lindsey, nurse Karen Hill, maternity nurse Faye Symes and midwife Vicki Dundas take on the stairs at the Hawera Water Tower.

Hawera Hospital staff are climbing the stairway to health as part of a Taranaki District Health Board campaign.

Polio survivor self-publishes book about disease

South Taranaki District Council acting branch librarian Ann-Louise Vonk with author Shirley Hazlewood.

A survivor and awareness campaigner has published a book detailing the lives of some of Taranaki's polio sufferers.

Art of loneliness revealed in Bone exhibition

Hawera photographer Kevin Bone with one of his regular models, his daughter, Bridget, 4.

A Hawera photographer has captured the beauty of loneliness for his latest exhibition.

Dog fees different on same street

Felix and Tangy live in rural Stratford but their owner must pay urban registration fees their home is deemed to be in a town.

The rural-urban divide is getting better defined in central Taranaki - for dogs at least.

Hawera Rural Women celebrate milestone

Hawera Rural Women president Nancy Riddick holds the birthday cake at the organisation's 90th birthday celebration. With her, from left, are national president Wendy McGowan, past national president Val Tarrant and Hawera branch treasurer Barbara Rogers.

Hawera has the oldest branch of Rural Women NZ still operating in the country and celebrated its 90th birthday with a big party.

Zion Towers eyes rugby league stardom

Hawera Hawks League player Zion Towers, 15.

A promising rugby league star is making his mark in the sport everywhere he can.

More support needed or Hawera SPACE could fold

Fletcher Boyd, 8 months, attended his first rather relaxed graduation last week. Fletcher graduated from the Hawera SPACE programme.

There are so many gaps at SPACE that the parenting support programme may not run next term.

Puanga ki te Rangi exhibits broad range of weaving

Harakeke Kete Whakairo by Tracey Patete at Hawera's Lysaght Watt gallery is part of a weaving exhibition curated by Viv Hohaia.

An exhibition that "straddles the worlds" of tradition and modern style weaving is on show at Hawera's Lysaght Watt Gallery.

Keshia Grant special guest for Eltham scone bake-off

Eltham Business Association president Joycelyn Carter, left, and committee member Wendy Barry are looking forward to the annual Great Eltham Scone Night.

Bakers are being asked to rise to the challenge and create Eltham's best scone.

Hawera Arabica Cafe owner's plate is now full

Bizlink Hawera executive committee Gary Brown (Brownie) in his cafe Arabica.

His wife won't let him retire so Gary Brown has added even more to his plate.

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