Te Ara Hiko, December 2009

Shows and field days

Prize-winning bulls in the Grand Parade, axes and chips flying in wood-chopping contests, show-jumping, shooting galleries, candy floss and merry-go-rounds – New Zealand’s country shows…Continue

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‘The garden of New Zealand’

Taranaki, with its dominating mountain and grassy plains, is a distinctive landscape. During its rich history it has seen major conflicts of the New Zealand wars, including Parihaka in 1881. For culture nuts, it’s got the Govett-Brewster, Puke Ariki and Tāwhiti Museum. You’ll find all this and more in our latest Places entry, written by Taranaki historian Ron Lambert. It was launched by local MP Jonathan Young at the New Plymouth Civic Centre on 11 December.

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Don’t miss…

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  • New Sea-land

    Just in time for New Zealand Book Month (and early Christmas shopping), Te Ara’s new book, New Zealanders and the sea, has hit the shops. Read more

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