21042015 News Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  Val West from New Plymouth has a picture frame of four WWI photos that were hung on her grandda's wall. He didn't go to war and the photos aren't of his family, the RSA can't identify anyone either she is keen to see if there is a Taranaki connection.

Who are these men?

Val West inherited photos of four soldiers, but has no idea who they are.

Cheers as son walks 

Brendon Lee Charles Bell.

Cries of jubilation rang out when a man was discharged without conviction after the death of his dad.

Driving up debt

Door-to-door truck shops are a "temptation on wheels" for poor and vulnerable people.

Bouncing off the walls at tramp park

Couple hope their new trampoline venture will have people jumping for joy.

Marae project aims for zero waste

The challenge to have zero waste on site within five years has been taken up by some Taranaki marae.

Letter from King rediscovered

A personal WWI letter written by a British monarch has been found in an old long box.

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Turning the tide on Maori offending

Inspector Clifford Brown has been appointed as the Maori responsiveness manager for the central region, which includes Taranaki.

A top cop has been appointed to address Maori offending rates in Taranaki.

Stratford swimmers do well

Joshua Gilbert, 13, of CMK Stratford Flyers represented New Zealand at the Australian Age Group championships in Sydney recently.

Physio says farewell after 26 years

The darling of Dixie


Future champions selected

Olivia Eaton

Six talented athletes have been selected for Sport Taranaki's 2015 Future Champions programme.

Thunder fades away

Taranaki Thunder opened with a bang and then faded away at the opening round of the national women's basketball competition.

Stratford Flyers swimmer Joshua Gilbert was in record-breaking form at the Australian ageS group championships in Sydney.

Golden glow to Gilbert's Sydney trip

Stratford's Joshua Gilbert bagged one New Zealand record and five Taranaki records at the Australian age group swimming championships in Sydney last week.


Your letters: Nice one council

12122014 News Photo: Grant Matthew/Fairfax NZ

Rural delivery letterbox


A happy NPDC customer and more words on trail bike safety feature in our latest batch of letters.

The mother of all dilemmas

OPINION: My wife's three-month break from paid work ends on Monday – and she can't wait.

05112014 news photo: Viv Posselt/Fairfax NZ: POPPY: poppy pic for Armistice Day. generic

Faith in Taranaki: God and war

OPINION: ''To expect God to prohibit war from occurring is to ask him to prohibit the consequence of human behaviour''.


Magic and illusion

Arts festival coordinator Cleo Wood is looking forward to Band of Magicians as the headline act for this year's Taranaki International Arts Festival.

Audience members won't be shut in a box and sliced in half, but they will be pulled into a world of deception and illusion. 

Trees and Tarata

Standfirst: A Tarata gardener loves looking upwards. Writer Virginia Winder meets a woman in love with tall trees.

Puke Ariki's manager of heritage collections, Andrew Moffat at the Bringing it Home, Taranaki and World War One exhibition, which is about to open.

Anzac exhibition opens

Uruti's Jack Rea knew he was too young to enlist for World War I so he stowed away on a ship to take him all the way to Europe. 

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