Rare plants, shoes and ed­u­ca­tion for vis­i­tors

South Taranaki Star - - STARS PAST - JANE MATTHEWS

Lynda Hooker is a self-con­fessed plant-a-holic on a mis­sion - she’s rais­ing money for a Taranaki char­ity.

With a love for old-fash­ioned rare plants, and a ha­tred for tak­ing money from peo­ple, Lynda Hooker cre­ated an or­gan­i­sa­tion she called Plants for Parafed Taranaki.

She sells seeds, bulbs, dec­o­rated shoe pots and more with 100 per cent of her in­come go­ing to Parafed Taranaki - a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion with a vi­sion to ‘in­spire peo­ple with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, to achieve a equal­ity, ex­cel­lence and well­be­ing through sport and recre­ation’.

‘‘It’s just to try and in­crease peo­ple’s aware­ness and it’s an op­por­tu­nity to give some­thing back,’’ Lynda said.

‘‘My fa­ther was a tetraplegic for about 12 and a half years and I just think it’s a fan­tas­tic or­gan­i­sa­tion and I’m able bod­ied so I can raise money for them.’’

Lynda sells her plants all year round, but raises a large por­tion of her funds at a stall dur­ing the Taranaki Fringe Gar­den Fes­ti­val.

‘‘I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about old-fash­ioned plants that you can’t buy in the gar­den cen­tre any­more,’’ she said. ’’I hated tak­ing money from peo­ple so this to me was like a log­i­cal step.’’

As well as sell­ing plants, Lynda ed­u­cates peo­ple at the same time.

‘‘It’s a two-fold pur­pose, it helps the char­ity but it also keeps all these old fash­ioned va­ri­eties of plants alive,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s an op­por­tu­nity to give some­thing back.’’

Lynda called her­self a planta-holic with a gar­den that tells sto­ries.

‘‘My gar­den has al­ways been made up of cut­tings that peo­ple have given me so my gar­den has a story about where ev­ery plant has come from,’’ she said. ‘‘I never re­alised that a lot of the va­ri­eties I had, you could no longer buy at a gar­den cen­tre any­more.

‘‘A lot of the new va­ri­eties that come out now that peo­ple de­sign, they’re not hardy, whereas these va­ri­eties I’ve got are tested for Taranaki con­di­tions and they’re go­ing to last and they’re not go­ing to die in your gar­den.’’

Be­cause of this, Lynda has a lot of re­peat cus­tomers, ‘‘be­cause they know the plants are go­ing to sur­vive’’.

She will be based at 275 Glover Road, Ha¯ wera from 8.30am to 5.30pm, dur­ing the fringe fes­ti­val un­til Novem­ber 5. If you’re in­ter­ested in find­ing out more see Plants for Parafed Taranaki on Face­book. Killed in ac­tion some­where in

France, Mon­tague Darcy, third son of Frank and Emma Ju­lian of Pi­hama aged 22 years – His duty done.

Word was re­ceived that WF Mor­ris­sey for­merly of Welsh & McCarthy’s of­fice was wounded and gassed.

Pri­vate Michael John Lav­ery of Tokaora was killed in ac­tion. He was part of the New Zealand Ri­fle Bri­gade.

Pri­vate Jasper Rid­dle of Nor­manby died of wounds. A few years ago he was one of Taranaki’s lead­ing rugby foot­ballers and rep­re­sented his prov­ince on more than one oc­ca­sion.

Pri­vate Beeby of Haw­era, a young soldier who farmed with his brother on Skeet Rd and also at Ka­puni was killed in ac­tion.

At the Movies: Opera House – The Bat­tle of the An­cre and The Tanker in Ac­tion. This film gives the in­sight of the grim re­al­i­ties of modern war­fare and the tri­als of our men at the front.

Eight South Taranaki peo­ple to fol­low the All Blacks on tour to the UK were: WF Ben­nett; KJ Grylls; LA Hol­loway from Haw­era; D Dwyer; J Ker­risk; BL Newell and C Wills from Patea.

Haw­era-born and ed­u­cated Mr RR Trot­ter (40) be­came the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Wright Stephen­son and Co Ltd.

Cricket: Haw­era High School beat Nor­manby out­right. High School had to score 21 runs in their sec­ond in­nings with the Tay­lor brothers scor­ing the runs giv­ing them a win by 10 wick­ets.

At the Movies: The Re­gent – Easy Come Easy Go star­ring Elvis Pres­ley.

Haw­era ap­pren­tice jockey Johnny Har­ris was win­ner of the ap­pren­tice of the year award and run­ner-up was MR Camp­bell.

The cham­pion calf at the Ra­manui School was awarded to Suzanne Hen­der­son

Births: Bay­ley to Bar­bara and Bruce a son; Ryan to Lor­raine and Max a son; By­croft to Valma and Mur­ray a daugh­ter

For­mer Haw­era Woman – Kim Gourlay (nee Dou­glas) was se­lected for the New Zealand com­bined ser­vices rep­re­sen­ta­tive touch rugby side. The 24-year-old has been in the New Zealand Navy since 1987 and was a stu­dent at Haw­era High School.

Nique Kawana was cho­sen from 200 ap­pli­cants to at­tend a two-year course at the New Zealand Drama School in Welling­ton.

South Taranaki had a strong team in the Taranaki Body­build­ing champs held in Haw­era, they were: Dave Ron­gonui, Mered­ith Wi­ley, Dale Collins, Pauline Hawkins, Pauline Brooks and Mar­shall Min­hin­nick.

Jonathon Luke of Haw­era was named Taranaki Rugby League School­boy of the Year, cover­ing all grades.

Aroha Terry won the Haw­era High School Michael Jack­son Lip Sync­ing com­pe­ti­tion.


Lynda will be sell­ing seeds, bulbs, dec­o­ra­tive shoe pots and more to raise money for Parafed Taranaki.

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