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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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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...