South Taranaki Star

Exhibition showcases previously unseen images

From left, South Taranaki District mayor Ross Dunlop, Science and Innovation minister Steven Joyce and Whanganui MP Chester Borrows examine photographs at Aotea Utanganui- Museum of South Taranaki.

A debut photographic exhibition in small-town South Taranaki is giving one parlimentary MP a new insight into his family.

No volunteers in sight

Blind Foundation regional service manager Hayley Stewart, member Mathew Young and his dog Bella, and retiring member support group co-ordinator Jan Ashby.

Blind Foundation volunteers no longer providing services in Hawera and South Taranaki.

TDHB health targets surpassed

Weight can impact a person's likelihood of developing heart disease or diabetes.

Positive heart and diabetes check statistics reported as TDHB moves focus to childhood obesity.

Coding in spotlight

District children's and young adults librarian Pam Jones, Leiah, 6, and Angel-Lee, 7, Neilson check out a coding website at the Hawera LibraryPlus.

South Taranaki libraries join computer programming challenge aimed at educating kids.

Plans to buy carpark, rebuild supermarket

The proposed development site, Victoria Street Hawera.

Hawera may soon be down a public carpark and up a sparkling new Countdown supermarket.

Street festival, parade in Hawera

Daisy, 6, Jed, 5, and Billie, 3, Bourke are all ready for the upcoming Bizlink Christmas street festival and parade.

Hawera's annual street festival and Christmas parade expands to entertain families.

"Miracle boy battles epilepsy with food

Harry, 4, and Ben, 6, Savage at their Hawera home. The boys live with a life-threatening illness.

A four year-old Hawera boy and his six year-old brother are living proof that miracles do happen.

Waverley's annual day in sun

Harry Dickie, 7, and his lamb Bella check out the exhibits as they wait for their class to start.

Taranaki's annual A&P show season has started. One down and two to go.

Langton steps into Hawera ring

Little Fighters Trust member Sarah Silver and boxer James Langton are looking for a South Taranaki child to support at the Hawera Rumble on Saturday December 12.

South Taranaki's leading fighter James Langton is looking for a little battler to support.

Auction will raise funds

Opunake fight night. James Langton v Monty Filimaea. Langton won.

Sponsorship is needed for James Langton's upcoming boxing match in Hawera.

Buying bricks refreshes spaces

Trinity Home and Hospital residents, from left, Betty Stent, Joy Brett and Len Rei enjoy relaxing in the new garden.

Community is helping  rebuild rooms and a garden brick by brick at a Hawera rest home.

Pen promotion helps fund charities

The Warehouse Hawera service team leader Andrew Smith, checkout supervisor Melody Hikaka and team member Kylee Salisbury are delighted with how well supported fundraising pen sales were in the store.

Month-long fundraising campaign sells 9000 pens nationwide as a support for charity.

Manaia's lasting memorial

Manaia's David Self blesses the new grove at the Manaia Golf Course on Armistice Day, November 11 2015.

A copse at the Manaia Golf Course has been dedicated at 2015 Armistice Day commemorations.

Hawera Hospital manager resigns

Former Hawera Hospital manager Virginia Ekdahl.

Hawera Hospital's manager has resigned but the Taranaki District Health Board is making moves to assure the community that it won't affect residents.

Being gifted can be a curse

Early childhood teacher Katrina Fraser has just completed her post-graduate diploma of education, early years, and focused some of her research on gifted individuals on Ronald Hugh Morrieson.

An early childhood teacher's research has found Ronald Hugh Morrieson✓ may have been a gifted yet troubled under-achiever.

Opunake stacks up in bid for world record

Crystal Jordan, 7, and Holly Gulliver, 6, stack cups at St Josephs School Opunake as part of a global Guinness World Record breaking attempt on Thursday November 12.

Opunake children join an attempt to break a global cup stacking record on Guinness World Records Day.

Dame cancels concert

Dame Malvina Major was to play a final concert with pianist and friend Gladys Armstrong.

Theatre closure delays Repertory show

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

Cinderella's happy ending will have to wait, she's waiting on more than just her glass slipper.

Patient safety focus at hospitals

Hawera Hospital manager Virginia Ekdahl, clinical nurse specialist Sue Barrett, Health Quality Safety Commission partners in care director Chris Walsh and Hawera Hospital support services coordinator Linda Smith with some of the feedback received.

Annual patient safety week promotions are encouraging converstations and communication at hospitals around the country.

Shop gifting profits to help school rebuild

Saint Vincent De Paul society president Annette Orchard is hoping the shop will have a busy month.

The bid to support a school's rebuild will see one store hand over a month's profit.

Technology students hunting for Moa

Opunake Primary School students, from left, Jaimee Siciliano, 13, Lucy Shegedin, 13, and Brydee Hunt, 12, are hoping their film "The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful" is good enough to win the best short movie category at the annual MOA awards. The girls filmed their movie at Stratford's Pioneer Village.

Students at four rural Taranaki schools are hoping they've caught the elusive Moa in the lead up to this year's annual awards.

Scarecrow festival provides new competition for kids

Normanby School student Luca Dobson, 9, with his scarecrow Jimmy. Luca has spent two weeks building Jimmy in preparation for the upcoming competition.

There will be no magpies in Normanby during the first annual Scarecrow festival.

Free outdoor gym makes fitness accessible for all

Hawera TSB Hub team leader Mark Mekalick checks out the newly installed outdoor gym equipment.

A brand new $72,0000 outdoor gym is providing Hawera residents with the opportunity to workout for free.

Boy gets a new 3D hand video

Hawera's Lochlan Prestidge, 10, is learning to use his new 3D printed left hand. The mechanisms that open and close the fingers work with movement of the elbow.

For the first time in his life, Lochlan Prestidge has two hands.

Stadium undergoes annual art transformation

Taranaki Art Awards chairwoman Leigh Awahou and secretary Clare Moss with some of this year's entries.

Taranaki's national art awards event is more popular than ever before.

Sharemilker shines at youth to work awards

South Taranaki deputy mayor Ian Armstrong, Amanda Foggarty- Outward Bound, Jayden Harvey- contract milker, Opunake and winner Young Achievers Award and Cheree Menzies -  award sponsor Feats.

Over 200 people attended South Taranaki's 2015 Youth to Work Awards.

Glee club needs kids to sing at Christmas concert

Current Upbeat Glee Club Hawera members back from left, Trinity Cuthbert, 9, Erina Frearson, 7, Noah Horvarth, 10, and front from left, Jethro Williamson, 6, Rhiaana Thompson, 6, Eden Harvie, 6, and Kaia Prince, 4, practise for their upcoming performance.

A new Hawera-based singing group has a unique opportunity to represent South Taranaki in front of thousands of people.

Change is constant in Puketarata

The Horner grandchildren have fun in this Michael Smither playhouse.

Change is the constant in Jennifer and Ken Horner's Hawera garden, Puketarata.

Narrator entertains children around NZ

Stig Wemyss performed to a crowd of 600 South Taranaki school children at Hawera's TSB Hub on Tuesday.

Australian narrator Stig Wemyss is entertaining hundreds of Kiwi kids as he promotes audio book borrowing.

Art auction to fund operation for Alexus

Alexus Makea, 5, with one of the stunning paintings donated to her charity art auction.The proceeds will help fund a potentially life-changing procedure for Alexus.

Arts and crafts will be auctioned in the latest bid to raise money for a Taranaki child needing a life-changing operation.

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