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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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A.H Messenger - an artist with a passion for Pukearuhe

by Sorrel Hoskin on 17 December 2009

Artist A.H Messenger had a passion for Pukearuhe. A childhood spent playing in the bush around his family's home, 40 kilometres north of New Plymouth, was the catalyst to a life-long love of art and environmental protection.   A bush playground Arthur Herbert was the sixth son of Captain William and Arabella Messenger. Arthur was born in November 1877 and raised in the bush around the military...

A Singular Depth and Vision - Artist John McLean

by Rhonda Bartle on 04 November 2009

First impression: He's a paradox, ordinary but not commonplace. High on a long-legged stool, tattoos covering both arms and shoulders, dressed in a paint-splattered singlet and pair of well-worn pants, he might well be elevated, but he's far from acting elite, though the words that drop from his mouth often seem to be snatched from a higher plane.   John McLean, award-winning artist of Urenui,...

Oranga Whenua – the flax and film art of Jo Tito

by Rhonda Bartle on 04 November 2009

High against the Taranaki bush line, not too far from New Plymouth, Jo Tito makes flax paper to print her photographs on. She has lived on the upper reaches of Carrington Road, in a rustic yellow cottage, for almost four years.   It's a wonderful environment, she says, a link to life and art, where even the weather becomes an integral part of her wild artistic landscape.   "My inspiration is...

New Zealand Grown – Edith Stanway Halcombe

by Polly Catlin-Maybury on 04 November 2009

Artist, farmer, nurse, mother and community leader… Edith Stanway Halcombe was a woman who took pioneer life in her stride.   One of the first true New Zealand artists, Edith Swainson was born on 27 April 1844 in the Hutt Valley, Wellington. She was the seventh child of William Swainson, the naturalist and artist, and the second child of his second wife Anne Grasby.   Edith's childhood was...