South Taranaki Star

Pressed into action once more

Chris Rickards uses a rope to help lift the press and ease it through the door.

How many retired printers does it take to get a vintage printing press into a shed? The answer is five, plus a tractor

Stratford verandahs unsafe

Piet Robertle of Central Butchery

Many verandahs on buildings in Stratford's CBD are so rotten they are unsafe, a business owner claims.

Book theme highlights Stratford cake competition

Children's librarian Sally Caskey is waiting for some cake while the Stratford Library cake-decorating competition draws near.

Stratford homes will bask in the aroma of baking cakes and icing artistry while contestants prepare their entries for a book-themed cake-decorating competition.

Toys gathering dust at Hawera toy library

Hawera Toy Library wants more members..

Hundreds of toys are trapped in storage instead of making children happy because membership of Hawera's toy library is dwindling.

Stratford welcomes another supermarket

Gary Coxhead and Irene Prestney of Stratford race to be the first shopper in the door when Countdown opened in Stratford on Tuesday.

Stratford's long-awaited second supermarket was welcomed to town with song and speeches on Tuesday.

Patea art auction raises thousands

Patea-based artist Bianca Mitchell with her painting Mana Bay that sold at a Patea Kindergarten auction for $1850.

Patea Kindergarten is $9000 closer to making ends meet after holding a successful art auction fundraiser.

Kindy plans to cash in the chips

Koromiko Kindergarten is  hosting a casino night as a fundraiser. James Stein is running the poker table.

A Hawera kindergarten is cashing in the chips in a bid to raise enough funds to pay their bills.

Family pet lucky to escape death

Reporter Catherine Groenestein with Aslan, the cat who came home dragging an illegal gin trap on his paw.

Photo: Catherine Groenestein/FairfaxNZ

Manaia comes first in academic contest

Manaia Primary School students, from left, Kellie Hazeldine, 10, Nganeko Luke, 12, Ashleigh George, 13, Liam Craig, 12, Xzealeah Eustace, 12, and Jack Gallie, 12.

Manaia School students won the Mountain to Surf Schools Academic Trophy for the second consecutive year.

Wine, cheese, grout and a mosaic bust

Mosaics workshop organisers, from left, Dale Yarwood and Jillian Kalin.

Grout and wine will be provided at South Taranaki's first mosaic art class.

More exciting than royal tour

Rowan Slater of Toko School tries a kick, watched by Beauden Barrett, at Stratford Primary School on Friday.

A visit by three members of the Hurricanes team generated more excitement than a royal tour, at Stratford Primary School last week.

Keeping emergency for emergencies is crucial

Hawera Hospital manager Virginia Ekdahl with the cards being handed out to non-urgent patients that visit the emergency department.

Patient's clogging up Hawera Hospital's emergency department with non-urgent ailments will be re-directed to their GP under a new DHB programme.

Teachers and parents unite for children

Incredible Years parenting programme tutors Fran Smith and Clare Blackman.

A Hawera primary school is working to unite parents and teachers in their disciplinary approaches through a new parenting programme.

Celebrating 65 years of fun

Three year-old Lucy Crowley plays in the slime at Normanby Playcentre.

Normanby Playcentre are celebrating 65 years of family-focused fun with a public open day. The group has recently finished a long list of renovations to the current premises including a new bathroom and covered deck area.

Youth offer their perspective

Chris James is chairman of Stratford District Council's youth council.

A new organisation that could be the "Grey Power " of young people is being set up in Taranaki.

Stage experience helps novice win

Hawera High School student Rebecca Pratt.

A speech-making novice will represent the lower North Island at a national speech-making competition this year.

Family fun with guns

Members of the Taranaki Airsoft Regiment in their camouflage garb during a recent game at Midhurst.

It's the perfect father-son bonding activity – go  out  and shoot at each other.

New Hospiceshop opens in Stratford

Stratford Hopiceshop volunteers Val Ford, Maureen Rowe and Wilma Semple take a break after a hectic first day in their new premises.

Money poured into Stratford's Hospiceshop on Monday.

Mundane life inspires fascinating art

Opunake-based artist Viv Davy at home in her studios.

Focusing on the mundane has been a fascinating project for an Opunake-based arts student.

Whenuakura residents watch for thieves

Whenuakura School board member Holly Harrison and principal Mark Parsons at the newly secured entrance to their community.

A small South Taranaki settlement plagued by theft for the last 10 years is getting a security camera.

Women's Centre wants housemates

South Taranaki Women's Centre co-ordinator Nicky Baker.

An eleventh hour reprieve has saved the South Taranaki Women's Centre from again becoming homeless.

Charity challenges building owners to modernise

CCS Disability Action regional manager Richard Ousey and Arthur Brown managing director Graeme Champion with the remnants of the CCS premises. Watching the work is the group of local advisory committee members.

CCS Disability Action's Princes Street, Hawera, building was demolished last week to make way for a new $400,000 complex.

Beautiful beads by the thousand

Nia Chesswas, aka the Bead Queen, has reopened her previously Auckland-based business in Stratford.

Queen Bead has reopened her former Auckland-based business in Stratford.

Rave reviews for Dawson Falls

Sera and Markus Hojdelewicz and chef Fiona Phillips (left) are the welcoming team at the Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge and Cafe.

Dawson Falls Lodge has just received accolades from two different travel booking websites,  thanks to great feedback from its guests.

Auckland home-buyers eye Stratford

Peter McDonald notes growing outside interest in Stratford properties.

Surging house prices are driving many Aucklanders to explore further afield and some are discovering Stratford.

Patea youth get involved

Youth Week arm wrestling competition at Patea Area School.
Patea Area School student Jachai Graham puts all of his strength into an arm-wrestling battle with community member Ray Stark.

Connection and culture were encouraged using competition during youth week festivites at one South Taranaki school.

Special chairs make craft comfy

Hawera Baptist Church community craft group co-ordinators Lesley Perrett and Yvonne Evans.

Tindall Foundation funding makes Hawera craft group meetings a lot more comfortable for five members.

New venture filling the lunchbox gap

Olive's Lunch Box owners Shirley and Warren Smith outside their new Glover Road, Hawera, premises.

The chance to re-open their beloved Hawera cafe with a tweaked recipe has proven a winner for its owners.

Providing employment links

Hawera High School student Jacob Lister, 17, milks a wooden cow at the interactive Taratahi display at the Connect15 event at Hawera's TSB Hub.

A new event connected more than 1400 prospective employees with employers and training providers.

Literary awards judges visit Taranaki

Ronald Hugh Morrieson Award judges Mandy Hager, left, and Sue Wootton, right,  ran several workshops at South and Central Taranaki libraries to encourage and support this year's entrants.

Authentically-voiced writing that moves its reader will draw the eyes of this year's Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards judges.

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