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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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Seven Holes in Every Shell – Painter Margaret Scott

by Rhonda Bartle on 04 November 2009

Coastal artist Margaret Scott sits in her custom-built studio in Oakura, which includes a light, bright space where she teaches art to willing students, surrounded by blue rock pools and iconic paua shells.   On another wall hangs her new autumn-toned work - a series of luminous beach paintings that catch the mood of the old wreck that rests on rocks in the curve of Timaru Bay.   “The seashore...

Art for fun – Harry Fryer

by Sorrel Hoskin on 04 November 2009

Harry Fryer's art studio is barely big enough to wield a paintbrush - never mind swinging a cat. So when a local women's group wanted to come and view where the New Plymouth artist worked - he had to put them off. "Can you imagine 20 women in here?" he laughs, drawing aside the curtain to his cubby hole and revealing just enough space for a small desk, a multitude of paint brushes, a few pictures,...

Mentored by the Mountain Man

by Rhonda Bartle on 03 November 2009

When Tom Priest was aged around 14 and living in New Plymouth, he took a stroll through Pukekura Park, where he chanced upon a man painting by the lake.  The man, whom Priest describes as 'not a big chap' was standing in front of the band rotunda with a brush in his hand, applying paint to a square of hardboard on an easel. ”He was a very pleasant little man,” Priest says from his Hawera home....

A Man Mad on Mountains – Bernard Aris

by Rhonda Bartle on 03 November 2009

Bernard Aris was said to be rich in spirit and humble in a way that lifted him above the common man.  He poured out a steady stream of paintings that graced many New Zealand homes. Born in Sussex, England, Aris came to New Zealand in his early 20s in 1908, after a doctor told him his heart was twice the size it should be and warned him he was unlikely to live much longer.  “I believed doctors in...