02072015 News photo: Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ. Ian Charlton from Pest Away talks about the current rat problem in Taranaki and the best ways to deal with them.

Rats as big as Chihuahuas

Rats as big as small dogs are plaguing Taranaki homes in record numbers.

Standoff standdown video

The house on Mould St where armed police fired 17 canisters of tear gas.

2:16 PM  Police fired 17 canisters of tear gas while conducting a search warrant for stolen firearms in Taranaki.

Accused trio in court

1:46 PM  Three men charged with manslaughter of Christine Fairweather appear in court.

June rain high, more to come

1:32 PM  Rain that caused flooding made up half of rainfall in June and more is on the way.

A smashing sisterhood

The Taranaki roller derby league are looking for some "fresh meat" to break in.

Death costing twice as much

The cost of death has almost doubled in the district of New Plymouth.

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News

Climbing their way to good health

Getting ready for the Taranaki District Health Board Stair challenge are, from left, social worker Lydia Rae, occupational therapist Sophie Munro, communications advisor Greer Lean and dieticians Brenda Szabo and Maggie Radich.

1:45 PM  Taranaki DHB and the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust have teamed up to promote health and wellbeing via a Stair Challenge. 

Bike kitchen ready to start 'cooking'

New Plymouth's Bike Kitchen will open on Saturday, July 11.

Inglewood's Cue Theatre bursting with talent

More support needed or Hawera SPACE could fold

Sport

Rumbold available to play crucial match for Team Taranaki

Leigh Rumbold (left) close to scoring with a header for Team Taranaki  in a match against PNBHS this winter.

17 min ago  Team Taranaki have retained the services of overseas import Leigh Rumbold for its crucial match against Havelock North at Pukekura Park on Sunday.

Taranaki Rugby looks to US

1:53 PM  Taranaki Rugby has announced a new partnership with USA Rugby to provide international opportunities for both.

Sponsorship deal ironed out for Taranaki Open.

New golf sponsor teed up for Taranaki Open

2:10 PM  Taranaki Golf has teed up a naming rights sponsor for its major event, the Taranaki Open.

Opinion

Boom and bust cycles

Auckland's housing bubble will inevitably burst, says Roger Hanson.

OPINION: The meteoric increase in Auckland house prices is an economic bubble and bubbles, “always, always burst”.

The parable of the geese

OPINION: Lessons mankind can learn from geese.

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.

Landlords want healthy rentals too

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.

Lifestyle

Preaching the miracles of hemp

Greg Flavall says the inner woody core of hemp makes great mulch, especially between vegetables like this broccoli.

A cousin to marijuana is believed by many to be a wonder crop.

Art Snippets

The king of rock and roll, brass bands and lip sync battles are just a few of the events coming up in Taranaki.

Jeremy Corbett will be at New Plymouth's Basement Bar on Saturday night.

Check out what's happening in Taranaki this weekend

Check out what's happening in Taranaki this weekend

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