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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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The Swainson Collection

by Sorrel Hoskin on 07 December 2009

Polli Marriner looks at the image on her computer screensaver and smiles. "It reminds me of why we are here, what this project is about." The image of a young soldier with his dog pulls at the heart strings - the boy looks far too young to be sent to war, and there is the lingering question - what became of him?   Polli and colleagues Kristy Woodruffe, Paul Brobbel and Cameron Curd form a team...

Joe Swainson – a snapshot

by Sorrel Hoskin on 07 December 2009

Back in the middle of last century it would have been difficult to find a New Plymouth home that didn't have a Swainson's Studio photograph hanging proudly on its walls.     Over the years thousands of families, sports teams, servicemen and wedding parties would make the journey up in the rattley old lift to Joseph (Joe) Swainson's studios on the first floor of the King's Building.   The New...

Shooting up the Mokau River

by Virginia Winder on 05 November 2009

With a snort and a roar a protective mother charges at teacher Robert Wells. In his hands he is holding a rifle and a camera. He has a split second to drop one and run for his life. "With no wish to be mauled or savaged by an angry old sow determined to defend her litter, there was no time to do anything except drop the rifle, which she could not damage, and to scramble madly, one handed for...

Robert Well’s Dazzling Dozen

by Virgina Winder on 05 November 2009

The New Plymouth-based photographer, born in 1905, has had his pictures reproduced on 2.25 million postcards. Robert has won numerous amateur photography awards in New Zealand and overseas. In 1974, he was commissioned to take photos of the Newmans bus-tour route of the South Island. Six of Robert's landscape photographs have appeared on New Zealand stamps - three from the North Island and...

A Life-time Legacy in Pictures

by Virginia Winder on 05 November 2009

If every picture tells a story, then Robert Wells has thousands upon thousands of tales to tell. With the turning pages of his folios and albums, the 98-year-old's life pours out in torrents, just like the many rivers he has captured on film. From 1919 until 1996, Robert photographed the beauty of New Zealand, a hobby he was born to embrace.   His pictures continue to appear in glossy...

Profound Photography

by Rhonda Bartle on 05 November 2009

Sand shifts with every passing tide. People come and go more slowly but the land endures, right? Well, not always. Soft cliffs and strong seas along the north Taranaki Bight make for a coastline that is always in a state of galloping retreat...     Pat Greenfield   Camerawoman on a cliff Pat Greenfield aims her lens at a coastline in a state of strife. She clicks her shutter and captures...

In focus: Samual Feaver, coastal photographer

by Rhonda Bartle on 04 November 2009

By all accounts Sam Feaver was a kind and considerate man, often putting the needs of others, including animals, before himself.  He was also man of unlimited patience - a very good trait in a photographer.   A chemist, vet, optician, insurance agent and professional shutterbug, Samuel was known for his rhyming doggerel which was often published in the Opunake Times.        'A short time ago,...