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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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Educating Peter

by Virginia Winder on 16 December 2009

More than 40 years on from winning his first Olympic gold medal, Peter Snell is still getting fan mail. "I get about two letters a week, mainly from Europe, from people that are wanting signatures and so on," says New Zealand's Athlete of the 20th Century. The written affirmations remind Peter of his achievements, of his gold medals and his world records. The Opunake-born man finds...

Houston, we Have Lift-off! – Lee Wilson, Space Cadet

by Rhonda Bartle on 16 December 2009

Imagine being asked to design a moon base to support the first manned mission to Mars. How big should it be? How long should it take to build? How much should it cost? What will be the dangers?   These are all questions New Plymouth's Lee Wilson (16) needed to answer during his time at the International Space School (ISS) in Houston, Texas, this year.   For two and a half remarkable weeks...

From New Plymouth to NASA – Kate Goddard, Space Convert

by Rhonda Bartle on 16 December 2009

When Kate Goddard (16) was told she'd won a place at the International Space School (ISS) in Houston, Texas, she wasn't sure she really wanted to go.   "I thought everyone there would be super smart and I'm like a drama student! I rang Mum up and told her I'd been chosen and she said, 'But you don't like space!'   "No, I never made craters out of my mashed potatoes," laughs Kate, who studies...

Elsie Andrews – The Making of a Feminist

by Virginia Winder on 14 December 2009

Education turned an apathetic Taranaki farm girl into a champion for women's rights. But the evolution of Elsie Euphemia Andrews was no blinding flash from ignorance to insight - it was a long, slow journey, with knowledge gathered up like golden apples. The fruits of her learning made Elsie outspoken in her beliefs. She sought equality for women, peace not war, education reforms, pay equity...

Old Rules for Teachers

by Rhonda Bartle on 09 December 2009

We all know there are rules for pupils, but have you ever wondered what the Board of Education rules were like for teachers in the good old days?   Try some of these on for size.   From the Pembroke School Centennial Booklet:   Rules for Teachers - 1872 Each teacher will fill lamps, clean windows. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's...

A Grand Day Out At Pembroke School

by Rhonda Bartle on 09 December 2009

It's a great day, a proud day, a sunny day not to be missed, when the calves, lambs and assorted pets line up at Pembroke School.   In a lush green playground, 8kms from Stratford, the mountain rises in the background as pupils parade their perfectly groomed animals around the grounds. It's not often lambs and calves get their hair brushed to go out in public, but every year the combs come...

An Interview with Alaric Wilson

by Rhonda Bartle on 07 December 2009

Alaric Wilson was born in New Plymouth and has lived in three different houses on Frank Wilson Terrace, which was named after his father when family land was subdivided.   His current house is just eight years old, with a wide wooden deck built out into lush mature bush. It's hard to imagine he lives in the city, with rimu and puriri trees growing so close to the balustrades.   Yet,...

A Place To Be Proud Of

by Rhonda Bartle on 07 December 2009

In July 2006, the New Plymouth Technical School building turned 100 years old. The forerunner to the Taranaki Polytechnic, now Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT), it was set up by men of foresight and was once a place to be particularly proud of.   When the Polytechnic opened in 1972, it was built on the sturdy foundations of New Plymouth's Technical School.   The word...

Best Laid Plans - The Grey Institute Trust

by Rhonda Bartle on 02 December 2009

In 1839, two Christian teachers, Wiremu Nera Te Awatua and Hohaia were posted to Ngamotu by the Welseyan Mission at Kawhia.   Charles Creed and his wife arrived here in January 1941 and by September a chapel was operating.    After the Creeds left in 1843, Henry Turton and his wife Susanna carried on the good work. They planned a mission school for Maori pupils, with an agricultural bent....

Ups and Downs of rural schools

by Amelia Bury on 05 November 2009

Don Taylor's teaching career began with a hiss, but no roar at Auroa School. "It was a four-teacher school, but we didn't have any kids," he says. At the end of 1947, Don's last year at Teachers Training College in Epsom, Auckland, a polio epidemic struck New Zealand. With fears that the crippling and contagious disease could spread, schools nationwide were closed until April 1948....

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