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Kaitake FC Top Soccer Club

Published September 15, 2019

As the soccer season comes to an end, local men’s football club, Kaitake fc, celebrates a successful season that was unexpected to say the least. As a newly formed team, the aim of this season was to have fun and field enough players each week to compete in the Taranaki Men’s Division 1 league. However, the club and its location enticed some top class players such as ex professional, Paul Cunningham (Oakura), who played most recently for Team Taranaki and striker, James Bevington (Okato), who was one of the regions top goal scorers in 2014 & 2015. Along with ex semi-pro coach Billy Charlton (Oakura), the team turned out to be unbeatable and have gone on to win the league and Challend Trophy. Not only that, they are also in the Cup semi-final looking to complete ‘the domestic treble’, which is 3 trophies - League, Nimmos Cup and Challenge Trophy.

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Robbie the kiwi chick

Published March 20, 2019

Robbie the kiwi chick is one of the many kiwi chicks sponsored by local community members through the Taranaki Kiwi Trust.
Robbie was uplifted from the back blocks of Taranaki a year ago and placed at Rotokare Scenic Reserve where has thrived and grown to a fine looking male with distinctive pale feathers. He has a new micro chip fitted and will when a bit bigger be placed on Mt Taranaki.

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Oakura Probus

Published January 03, 2019

We are part of the Probus South Pacific Ltd that was started on the Kapiti coast of N.Z in 1974 and has grown over the years since then. Its role is to serve the members of our local community. Our motto of Friendship, Fellowship and Fun are the core of probus.

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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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