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Local musical talent on show

Published August 08, 2018

Local students Aster Danenhauer pictured top right and Kim De Vantier pictured bottom right have been chosen to perform with the Taranaki Symphony Orchestras concert on 1st September.

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Basement is home to boutique brewery

Published May 16, 2018

In the heart of Oakura, below the cozy home life of a family of five, a basement brewery has sprung to life. The brewery is called Three Sisters Brewery and began with a small home brew kit put together by Joe and a couple of friends, Charlie and Ben. The group enjoyed hanging out together with their families and partaking of the latest batch of freshly brewed beer.

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The Most FM Broadcasting in Oakura

Published November 15, 2017

The Most 100.4FM radio station has been on the local airwaves since 1993 and recently began broadcasting in Oakura on a new frequency - 107.4FM.  The station has also upgraded their stream to 3X the quality for enhanced bass - all good news for listeners who like a ‘richly’ local content.

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Oakura Arts Trail

Published October 16, 2017

The Oakura Arts Trail has preparations well in hand for this year’s open studios event. This very popular trail coincides with the Taranaki Powerco Garden Festival / Fringe Festival and is held on the weekends of the 28th and 29th of October and the 4th and 5th of November. Open hours are from 10 to 4pm.

Last year there were over 5000 visits where guests enjoyed seeing the environment where artists work. The artists involved in 2017 are Kris White, Richard Landers, Deborah Hoare, Fay Looney, Linda McFetridge, Margaret Scott, Brenda Cash, Jill Shearer, Linda Barbour, Sally Laing, Rosie Moyes, Suzanne Bloch –Jorgensen, Rob Wright, Susan Imhasley , Brenda Cash, and Steve Molloy. We are excited that 3 of these artists Linda McFetridge, Rosie Moyes and Sally Laing have returned to be part of the trail this year. Also we are very lucky to have Jill Shearer join our trail, as she is a well-known Taranaki artist who has been painting for over 40 years, specialising in seascapes and the many moods of Taranaki. Jill mainly paints in oils but also uses water colours and acrylics.
Sarah Smither will open her home as a Place of Interest and will be showing recent prints and work from her private collection of Michael Smither. Although he no longer lives in Taranaki, Smither has always been regarded as one of our major and much loved artists who was born and lived in New Plymouth for most of his life. 

The Arts Trail Exhibition with a sample of work from all the artists on our trail will be at the Molloy Gallery in the old Tataraimaka Factory. This will be open daily during the festival and is a way to help plan your visit to see the artists involved in the Trail.

 Brochures on the trail can be found at all studios, the Information Centre, the Crafty fox and on the notice board next to the chemist. Look out for the large yellow and the turquoise flags which will help to guide you to the artist studio. For details on the artist and the location of their studios go to www.oakuraartstrail.co.nz or join us on Facebook.

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Stony Hotel Christkindl

Published September 03, 2017

What a great success the first ever Christkindl market was at Stony River Hotel recently - cold and busy with Santa a crowd favourite along with the Taranaki Harmony Chorus.

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House to Rent

Published August 18, 2017

House To Rent, fully furnished, 3bedrooms, private, beautiful views, Sky tv, wifi, close to Oakura , 10mins to NP CBD. Available from mid Jan 2018 till end of March. Ph Deb 027 2489614 or 752 7222.

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FIBA U17 Champs for Oscar

Published July 10, 2017

Oakura student Oscar Robertson is off to Guam this week to compete in the FIBA Oceania U17 basketball championship. The U17’s will compete against Tahiti, the Marshall Islands and Guam. The team is looking to finish in the top two to secure a spot in the 2018 U18 Asia basketball championship which then leads on to the U19 world championships. 

Nine other New Zealand young men as well as Oscar were named in the U18 New Zealand squad to train in Hangzhou, China in June along with NZ head coach Miles Pearce. In total 73 athletes from Australia, China, India, Korea and NZ took part in the camp and Miles Pearce says the quality of talent was amazing.  
New Zealanders attending:
Cooper Boyce-Towler| Forward | Basketball Manawatu
Iaac Tama Faamausili | Guard | Basketball Manawatu
Tom Higgins | Guard / Forward | Basketball Auckland
James Moors | Forward | Harbour Basketball
Oscar Oswald | Guard | Basketball Manawatu
Kruz Perrott-Hunt | Guard | North Harbour Basketball
Oscar Robertson | Guard | New Plymouth Basketball
Cameron Trethewey | Forward | New Plymouth Basketball
Max de Geest | Guard | Canterbury Basketball
Matthew O'Connell | Guard | New Plymouth Basketball

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The "Good Guys" hand on the baton at Butlers

Published June 09, 2017

The Friday night unofficial social club at Butlers Hotel has seen the changing of the guard with Norton Moller and Bert Seamark handing on ‘official’ book keeping duties to the younger generation. The two Jimmy’s - Jim Lawn and Jim Duff are now taking care of the groups’ finances.

The group of locals who have gone by many names over the years including the ‘cabinet meeting’  have been gathering together at Butlers for decades. It’s not an opportunity to get drunk but more to (as one patron puts it) talk “butterfat and bullshit”  and many of the local males gather for a natter, where age is no barrier, nor religion, vocation, politics or preference of beer.  They set the world to rights with their deliberations then go off home satisfied they have done their bit for the world.  Each Friday will see up to a dozen or more gather at Butlers, buy their beers and a ticket which goes into the draw at the end of the session and a lucky member gets a free beer or two. It is a bone fide group with its own fundraising.  These funds are used once a year to take the ladies out for dinner either at Butlers or some other establishment.
Norton and Bert have been the custodian of these funds up until recently and by all accounts have done a fine job.  The group honoured these stalwarts with a ceremonial cap at a recent dinner and I’m sure they will both wear these caps with pride.

Long may the tradition continue.
by Kim Ferens

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Kaitake Farm Gets Growing

Published March 11, 2017

On the warm verdant slopes of the Kaitake Ranges a growing project is evolving. The sustainably managed plot of land is the brainchild of two ambitious young men – Toby Dixon and Ryan Gut. They have called their project Kaitake Farm – the name being significant because Kaitake means ‘source or abundance of food’ and this is what they hope to produce – an abundance of food for the community.

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