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2008-09-30 15:00:36

By HILLS, Jo THE Rainmakers perform today at 8pm at Lepperton Bowling Club. This group comprises Jane Thompson and James Rigby (from acclaimed Australian folk group Blackwood) with their three daughters, Maggie, 15, Elsie, 13, and Naomi, 11. The Rainmakers' repertoire crosses many genres, from acapella originals and close harmony songs from the Pacific to songs of peace and justice from here and abroad. They play various instruments, from marimba and ukulele, to guitar, fiddle, melodica and...

2008-09-26 15:00:00

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn AN EXTENSIVE campaign calling for South Taranaki people to avoid the Hawera Hospital emergency department unless seriously ill is doomed to fail. Since August 1, changes to Hawera Hospital's emergency department have meant there are no longer GPs on duty to see non-acute patients. The Taranaki District Health Board was aware the changeover could cause problems for the emergency department and launched an extensive campaign. In letter drops and media advertising...

2008-09-05 15:00:14

By EVANS, Ryan FONTERRA has been told to improve the environmental performance of its Kapuni lactose factory by Taranaki's environmental watchdog. During the 2006-07 year, the Taranaki Regional Council investigated five incidents at the Kapuni plant where the company broke the conditions of its resource consents. The breaches related to treatment and discharge of waste water. In one instance Fonterra was fined $750 after an outbreak of sewage fungus in the Kaupokonui River caused by a...

2008-08-26 15:00:00

By WOODD, Richard WORK on an $8.5 million pipeline to rescue the Mangawhero Stream from wastewater pollution starts on September 1. The pipeline will transport Eltham effluent 22km to Hawera and has a target completion date of next June. Currently the Eltham wastewater treatment plant discharges into the Mangawhero Stream. The plant is overloaded by industrial waste from three factories, which are paying nearly half the project costs. It is said to be the last Taranaki stream...

2008-07-31 15:01:01

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn SOUTH TARANAKI people can expect to be bombarded with information about changes to their emergency and after-hours services this week. Anyone turning up for non-urgent care at Hawera Hospital's emergency department from Friday could be turned away or face a very long wait, the Taranaki District Health Board warned yesterday. GPs will no longer be based at the hospital's emergency department which will be staffed with rostered TDHB hospital doctors and nurses....

2008-07-30 15:00:49

By HILLS, Jo THE Taranaki Regional Committee of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, KCL Property and Pukekura Breakfast Rotary Club combine to present the 2008 Youth Performing Artists Showcase. Following last year's sell-out success, the event this year will run over two days with an evening show on Saturday, August 16, followed by a matinee on Sunday, August 17, both at the TSB Showplace Theatre Royal. Special guests are Dame Malvina Major and the Michael Taylor Jazz Combo. Michael is...

2008-07-22 15:00:45

By HILLS, Jo THE Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford will host Taranaki's first exhibition of Frances Hodgkin's paintings. There will be 42 works on show by this acclaimed New Zealand artist, her father William Mathew Hodgkins and sister Isabel Field. The exhibition is titled Frances Hodgkins: The Link With Kapiti. The works are from the Field Collection. Only Stratford and the Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre in Hastings will show the works before they go back into storage. The exhibition...

2008-07-21 15:01:02

By HUMPHREYS, Lyn ELDERLY Bill Green remains without a doctor amid clear signs that the community is fighting back over deepening concerns at the spreading GP crisis. The family of the 82-year-old amputee, a new resident of Stratford's Maryann Residential Care Home & Hospital, has been unable to find a GP for him, despite pleas to practices from Inglewood to Hawera. And now it is revealed Manaia has no doctor. Communities are starting to gather force to question what is...

2008-07-10 15:00:32

By ST GEORGE, Liz IT'S been quite a month for Neil Walker. The Hawera man has just been elected president of both the Dairy Industry Association of New Zealand (Dianz) and the dairy division of the NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology. At the organisation's conference in Rotorua a fortnight ago, Mr Walker was also made a fellow of the institute. He was presented with a certificate to note his 35 years of service with Fonterra and its predecessor, 800 Government grants, 13 years...

2008-07-08 15:00:56

By CLEARY, Greta MEDICAL services in Stratford will be strained this month due to a GP shortage in the area. Patients of Avon Medical Centre have been told not to expect over the next two weeks the rapid service they are used to, as the centre is facing a temporary crisis. Owner and senior doctor Brian Wood will be the only fulltime GP at the centre, with part-time assistance from another trying to cover the work of three GPs. Dr Chris Morrison left at the end of last year and his...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.