Your Taranaki

Empowering the family

Persistence has paid off for Marfell Community School and the Marfell Community Trust.

Artists offered potluck sessions

For some Taranaki artists sharing is caring.

Animals ready to offer therapy

An animal farm aimed at providing therapy for both young and old has opened its gates for the first time.

Urenui Pa holds open day

A celebration of all things Ngati Mutunga was celebrated over the weekend.

New kitchen for kindy

Fitzroy Kindergarten is celebrating its new $30,000 kitchen that has replaced the aging 60-year-old original.

Changing direction? Consider Hospice

Hospice Taranaki needs more volunteers.

Seamless road to health

Streamlining health care for the over-65s has led to a co-ordinated and seamless one-stop service.

Poetry is everywhere

After 20 years of writing, Stratford poet Hamish McFarlane has just published his first book of poems.

TET to get its money back

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

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

Community rallies around

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

Race to the top

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

Volunteers wanted as spotters

Taranaki Air Patrol needs more volunteers to become eyes in the skies.

Ruse pays off for school

On the gate, a large sign warns people the laden fruit trees at Manukorihi Intermediate, Waitara, are sprayed with toxic chemicals.

Midwife delighted to be back

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

Americarna on its way

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

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.

Family connections lead to art and fundraising

Looking at art could benefit Taranaki CanTeen.

Pet rescue fund needs topping up

Can you help Beau, a three-month-old kitten, see clearly?

Heart attack at 39

'I still didn't know I was having a heart attack'

Just weeks after tying the knot, Jacqui Holdt suffered a massive heart attack.

Deadly overbridge to go

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

It's farewell to Fat Cow Cafe

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

Call fire engine valves at rural homes

Taranaki fire authorities want rural residents to consider putting fire appliance valves on their water tanks.

Soprano's thank you to fans

New Plymouth's soprano Bryony Williams will give a special one-off concert to thank her many Taranaki supporters and fans.

Tech tips to enrich a blind person

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

Teddies with a mission

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

Toy library seeks books

Taranaki Toy Library is seeking donations for its secondhand book market for children.

Stretching out to help charities

Now people can stretch out for a good cause.

Group aims to unite artists

There's a new art group in Taranaki.

Nature helps foster play

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

'Army' looks southwards

The YMCA's Community Army is one of New Plymouth's best-kept secrets, but that could be about to change.

More light shed on model railway

Miniature tracks, structures and people are lit up after a major project at the New Plymouth Model Railway Club.

Help for pet refugees

Refugees at the North Taranaki SPCA are having a happy New Year.

Our community champion

Helen TeWake, more affectionately known as "Mumzie", is this year's Midweek Person of the Year.

Walkway new option

Instead of making a commute through the Northgate bottleneck, people from Bell Block can take the Coastal Walkway.

Desperately seeking new homes

A starving abandoned dog survived living wild on the banks of a Taranaki river for six months and even brought up two pups.

Pukeiti reaches new heights

The ambitious multi-million dollar modernisation of Pukeiti gardens is well under way and due to move into an extensive building phase in just two months.

Fundraiser will help beat bordeom

The boredom of cancer treatment in hospital inspired New Plymouth girl Gabby Devine to start a charity to help others battling the disease.

Have faith in Adopt-a-Family

Families are again being asked to reach into their pockets and help out someone less fortunate this Christmas as the Salvation Army prepares for its annual "Adopt-a-Family" scheme.

Two friends off to King's College

Two of Hawera's future sporting greats have scholarships at one of the country's leading secondary schools.

Recovery's long, hard road

Taking a short cut at work on a quad bike changed Andrew Fleming's life forever.

Kitten nearly crushed by machines

Lucky Luna saved by staff

Staff save kitten from being killed by tonnes of machinery in rubbish pit.

Stratford's attractions highlight toilet walls

Stratford artist Joni Smith has a prime spot for her work - the walls of the new Tudor-style public toilets on Broadway.

Nurse practitioner sees need for more

Nurses treating and prescribing for patients could be the answer to Taranaki's GP shortage according to a local nurse practitioner - but more need to step up to the plate.

Seagar shares tales from nursing days

Cook extraordinaire Jo Seagar was on her first day on the job as a trainee nurse, when she underwent a life-changing experience: her elderly patient died.

Marfell School riding high

Marfell Community School can boast it is the first in Taranaki to have a cycle track.

T-shirts prove Tiger Town has it all

A lover of all things Tiger Town, Phil Gayton has designed a T-shirt depicting the tough waterside village where he grew up.

Living with a slow death

Man diagnosed with motor neurone disease advised to do everything he wanted to do before he got sick.

Suspect leaves a trail of art

Philip Jones, also known as Suspect, has left his mark on Central and South America.

Discovery course helps Tailor turn his life around

Tailor Flay has just got back from a course that changed his life.