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Taranaki Stories

These stories capture the very essence of Taranaki – the people and the landscape.
They record the achievements of those who live here, the struggles of the first settlers, the determination to overcome challenges, those who have made their mark on not only their own, but also future generations.
But the stories are not just about hardship – they are also inspiring, thrilling, mystifying, enlightening and entertaining.


Taranaki Stories

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Park Plays Many Leading Roles

by Virginia Winder on 09 December 2009

Pukekura Park has turned on its beauty for Hollywood actors, royalty and botanical stars. And when the Tom Cruise-led movie, The Last Samurai, opened in December 2003, the park was able to be appreciated by a worldwide audience.    Members of the British Royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II and the late Queen Mother, have all wandered around the New Plymouth park. In fact, the fountain...

Flickering Dreams – Garnet Saunders and the New Plymouth Theatre Industry

by Sorrel Hoskin on 09 December 2009

A black and white movie flickers silently on a large screen. The audience perch on the edge of their seats in suspense as the hero rushes to save a damsel in distress. Below the screen an enthusiastic trio of musicians add dramatic sound effects - cymbals crash, a piano thumps - will the hero save his heroine?   Silent movies hadn't long been in New Zealand when Garnet Saunders introduced New...

A Movie of Our Own

by Rhonda Bartle on 09 December 2009

Forget the Last Samurai - Taranaki's first real ‘on location’ movie was filmed more than 70 years before.   It was a typical 1920s storyline - an innocent school teacher is kidnapped by a dastardly journalist, a cowboy chase ensues, before the hero saves the day.    But this wasn't some flick straight from the sets of Hollywood. This was New Plymouth's first ever movie, using local scenes and...

Lights, Camera, Action – The Battle of Waireka

by Sorrel Hoskin on 02 December 2009

Holed up in a farm house, fast running out of ammunition, the ‘enemy’ closing in... it's a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie.   But to the volunteer militia stuck in the farmhouse, finding themselves in the middle of the Battle of Waireka must have been a nightmare.    Luckily a ‘hero’ did come along - but whether he saved the day is open to debate. Rewind In the movies you'll find...

Came A Hot Friday in Eltham

by Virginia Winder on 04 November 2009

Getting extras for a race-meeting scene in Came A Hot Friday was a gamble in keeping with the theme of the 1984-made movie. Kiwi actor, writer and moviemaker Ian Mune says between 250 and 500 extras were needed to fill the stands of the Waverley Race Course. "There's no way we could afford to pay those people extras' rates," he says, explaining how, at $50 a day per person, it would've blown...