Writing poetry on a cool overcast day on New Plymouth's Coastal walkway are, Bella, 13, left, and mum Min White.

Stormy weather adds to poetry

Brooding weather over New Plymouth's coastline added to the drama of poetry and chalk.

High-speed chase

Taranaki Sergeant Pat Duffy was "dumbfounded" when a mother-of-three allegedly skipped a booze bus and sped off at 120kmph with her children and someone else's riding passenger.

Veteran officer 'dumbfounded' at drink-driving mum.

Church talk splits town

Abandoned plans to invite sex offender Graham Capill to speak at a church divided a community.

Is 113-year-old porthole yours? gallery

Claims of ownership are being sought for artifacts salvaged from a historic NZ shipwreck.

Car crash blocks SH3 video

A girl, 9, and a woman, 56, remain seriously injured after crash on SH3.

Heavy rain for Taranaki

It's set to be a wet weekend around NZ, with severe weather warnings for some parts.

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News

Whistling tics a 'Thums' up

Australian beat boxer Tom Thum playing at the Taranaki Arts festival.

You may not think a 30-year-old man sticking a whistle up his nose would be so entertaining.

Farm debt mediators necessary

Farm debt mediation is back in the national spotlight, and not a moment too soon.

Mum rushes home to fire

Dinner shout for struggling sharemilkers

Sport

Tysons class above Old Boys

Tysons goal defence Jess Tuki looks for someone to pass to during Saturday's Taranaki premier one netball grand final in New Plymouth.

Tysons were in a class of their own - and almost a game of their own - as the powered to an easy win over New Plymouth Old Boys in the Taranaki premier one netball grand final in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Taranaki fall to Otago at home

Beauden Barrett makes a line break in horrible conditions at Yarrow Stadium.

Homecoming of Beauden Barrett was not enough to help Taranaki to first win of NPC season.

Kawi too good in Makfi Stakes

Kawi swoops past Ryan Mark to win the Makfi Stakes at Hastings on Saturday.

Allan Sharrock-trained horse storms away to win first Group I race of the season at Hastings.

Kawi improved further by most recent outing

Allan Sharrock

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock's confidence in Kawi's chances today's $200,000 Makfi Stakes didn't take a hit when the horse drew barrier 16 of 20 accpetors in the Group I feature race.

Defence the focus for development team

Pomare Samupo returns for the Taranaki development team to play Auckland under-23 in the northern regions competition.

Improving their defence remains the major focal point for the Taranaki development team as they face an Auckland under-23 side in a northern regions competition match at Western Springs on Saturday.

opinion

Answering that inane question

A conversational experiment has Jacqui Paterson questioning how to answer the internally inane "how are you?".

OPINION: Is anything other than "I'm fine" worth the effort?

Flag change another National disaster

Protesters carry the New Zealand flag at a TPPA demonstration.

OPINION: This flag debate feels like it’s been going on forever – but what have we achieved?

Garner: The important lesson for cheaters

The Ashley Madison data dump included more than 90,000 New Zealand email addresses.

OPINION: Oh what a tangled worldwide web some people weave when they're planning to deceive.

Changing mind on changing flag

Variations on a theme - one of the 40 possible flag designs.

OPINION: I have to admit some months ago when the changes to the national flag were proposed I was horrified. Why change it?

Lifestyle

Doctor discusses Gallipoli at Arts Festival

Dr Damien Fenton.

Taranaki International Arts Festival

Lady Rizo rolls out the unexpected

Lady Rizo performed in the Spiegeltent during the Taranaki Arts Festival.

Taranaki International Arts Festival

Puppy puppeteer steals hearts

Actor Rick Conte performs The Man Who Planted Trees at New Plymouth's TSB Showplace.

A bundle of hessian was brought to live in the Taranaki International Arts Festival performance of The Man Who Planted Trees.

One-man sound machine

Beat Boxer Tom  Thum is a one man sound machine.

As a hyperactive teenager Tom Thum started putting his restless energy into beat boxing.

Smaller towns sell out their arts festival shows

The Modern Maori Quartet have delighted audiences around Taranaki

Taranaki's rural towns have come out in full force to support a series of shows that have been touring the region.

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