Taranaki film maker Hendrikus De Vaan's character from his award-winning stop motion film, DISAPPEAR.

Director takes silver at festival

Hendrikus De Vaan's passion for the film industry has taken him far away from his home in Ratapiko, near Inglewood. 

Toddler death charges

Court judge's gavel generic.

A Taranaki man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a 2-year-old girl.

Four hours at hopper fire

3:53 PM  Firefighters spent four hours putting out a fire in a hopper at Timpack in Bell Block.

Barnes new coaching gig at Chiefs

New Chiefs assistant coach Neil Barnes expects it will take time to settle into a fulltime rugby job.

Driver tears up school field

Matapu School's efforts to keep their school grounds tidy has been flattened by a driver.

Electrical fault caused fire

Faulty light fitting to blame for house fire which burned 60 per cent of a man's body.

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Donated food makes its way to charities

Box Office Boxing head coach Jacob Rapira among the donations.

3 min ago  Box Office Boxing Club clients have punched above their weight in a charity food drive.

Marae to be 'iconic' landmark

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Stratford verandahs unsafe

Switch to three wheels pays off


Academy a helping hand for budding cricketers

Dion Ebrahim (left) oversees an academy coaching session involving registered members from left, Mitchell Proffit, Tyler Slingsby and Ryan Gilmour.

3:45 PM  Dion Ebrahim is busy passing on knowledge gleaned from more than 15 years as a professional sportsman.

Brooks lands deal to play college basketball in States

New Plymouth's Dane Brooks has landed a full scholarship to play college basketball in the United States. 

Charlie Ngatai celebrates scoring a try with Taranaki teammate Marty McKenzie in last year's ITM Cup grand final. The pair are among eight Taranaki players named in the Maori All Blacks squad.

Eight Taranaki players named in Maori All Blacks

Eight Taranaki players have been named in the 27-strong Maori All Blacks squad for games against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians this month.


Landlords want healthy rentals too

060814. News. PHOTO:LOREN DOUGAN/FAIRFAX NZ. Tuihana Babbington and her 2 daughters Tira Babbington-Paki and Meretini Babbington-Paki, in a state house, Masters Crescent in Masterton. Trust housing story.

OPINION: An uninformed bystander could be forgiven for thinking every rental property in New Zealand is in dire need of a 'warm and healthy' makeover.

Devices have stolen my life, my wife

OPINION: I start with a confession – I'm as guilty as sin on this one. My wife is too.

Geese and their interactions can have some powerful messages for mankind to take on board.

The parable of the geese

OPINION: Lessons mankind can learn from geese.


Orange goodness - It's no pulp fiction

Witt's Evan Michelson uses the whole orange when creating dishes with the citrus fruit.

Nothing goes to waste when Evan Michelson gets cooking with oranges.

Betty, a Golden Oldie no more

The curtain has fallen on Betty Dawson's time in the Golden Oldies singing group.

Dick and Joan Wills

A touch of the tropics in Taranaki gallery

A jam-packed New Plymouth garden is so rich in tropical planting it's created its own microclimate

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