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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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Read Walks Into NZ Hearts

by Virginia Winder on 16 December 2009

Norman Read is sleepwalking.   Not wandering like a zombie through the night, but walking in his sleep. It is just a few nights before the ‘Pommie Kiwi’ is to compete in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and he is dreaming... Norm is bearing down on Russian Yevgeny Maskinskov, the man leading the 50-kilometre walking race. With L-bent arms swinging, head up, eyes forward, hips swivelling, the...

Olympic Hosts

by Sorrel Hoskin on 16 December 2009

Taranaki athletes Harry Kerr, Stan Lay, Norman Read and Peter Snell have all excelled at international sport, including the Olympic Games.   Here is a list of where and when the Modern Summer Olympics have been held:     1896: Athens, Greece 1900: Paris, France 1904: St. Louis, United States 1906: Athens, Greece 1908: London, Great Britain 1910: Athens, Greece - It was planned...

Nadine Stanton – Sharp Shooter

by Rhonda Bartle on 16 December 2009

Nadine Stanton, sharp shooter, was living in New Plymouth when she won both gold and silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.    She moved to Hamilton for one reason – to make training for the 2004 Olympics easier.   “I still wish I lived in New Plymouth,” she says. “I only moved to Hamilton to make the training easier for the Olympic Games.  It was getting tough driving to Hamilton every...

Harriers Follow Path of History

by Virginia Winder on 16 December 2009

It's difficult to keep up with Howard Wilson. He talks fast, thinks even quicker, with yarns and quips flowing as easily as the legs on a long-distance runner. His stories all relate to the New Plymouth Harrier Club, of which he is a life member. The 71-year-old wrote the history to coincide with the club's diamond jubilee. The club, now called the Energy City Harriers, celebrated its...

Inglewood’s Greatest Show On Earth

by Virginia Winder on 09 December 2009

Step right up, roll right up, and head to The Greatest Show On Earth! That was the irresistible call that drew Taranaki people to Inglewood in their tens of thousands on the last Saturday of September from 1952 to 1972. Huge parades, athletics stars, circus acts, escapologists, food stalls, quick-fire raffles, musicians, and woodchoppers were some of the attractions that helped the event...