Two-year-old Tauranga boy missing ... more soon
Karen Mischke is operating a catering company with a Bavarian influence out of a shed in Urenui in North Taranaki.

Urenui's Bavarian secret

9:35 AM  A one-woman catering company is operating from an unlikely Urenui base.

Royals coming to town

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will visit Nelson as part of a royal visit.

Charles and Camilla will be coming to New Plymouth during their November trip.

Beach slowly washing away

9:24 AM  The New Plymouth District Council is only at the beginning of the fight against an eroding Waitara coastline.¬†

Staff cuts aid $1.24m surplus

Restructuring savings helped the New Plymouth District Council's books finish in the black.

Farms not yet sold

Reports that the NPDC-owned Tasmanian farms have been sold are untrue.

Blaze engulfs Hawera school video

Police will  investigate the fire at Hawera Intermediate will begin as soon area is safe.

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Choppers working on powerlines

A helicopter is being used to clean powerlines near Port Taranaki.

Transpower will be using low flying helicopters tomorrow to clean powerlines around the port and and near Centennial drive.

Flag nicked from fence

A Welsh rugby supporter can no longer fly her team's flag - it's been pinched from her fence.

Car down a bank

Taste of history for Taranaki


McGrath 'beaten up' in Hawaii ironman

New Plymouth's Jeff McGrath on the run leg at the world ironman champs in Kona, Hawaii.

New Plymouth's Jeff McGrath made it to the finish line at the world ironman championships in Kona, Hawaii, but was well off his best time.

National motocross titles on the line

New Plymouth's David Furze, sure to be a title contender this weekend.

Champions of the past, present and future come out to play in Taranaki this weekend.

Peters wins overall snow sports award

New Plymouth's Corey Peters wins overall award at Snow Sports annual awards night.

New Plymouth's Corey Peters has been named overall athlete of the year at the annual Snow Sports New Zealand awards night in Wanaka last Saturday.

Cole bags medals at kayak champs

Former Taranaki kayaker Rebecca Cole on her way to victory in the K1 200m at canoe racing's Blue Lakes 1 regatta in Rotorua on Sunday.

Rebecca Cole bagged a fistful of open titles from the first canoe racing regatta of the season.

Central Vipers run out of puff

Akarana Falcons player Trent Schaumkel in full flight against the Central Vipers in a national championships rugby league match at Waitara's Clifton Park on Saturday.

The Central Vipers national premiership rugby league season came to an end on Saturday with another loss.


Morality a la the Kardashians

Our Kardashian guided society would do well to take a selfie to see what happened to our values, Gordon Burnside writes.

OPINION: We need a societal selfie to see what happened to our values, Gordon Burnside writes.

Garner: Do you worry about crime?

A new crime survey this week suggests assaults, robberies and burglaries are trending down.

So if crime is dropping how much safer do you really feel?

Dairy interests dominate regional councils

Dairy interests dominate New Zealand's regional councils says Rachel Stewart.

Opinion: It's always struck me as odd that regional councils versus district/city councils generally escape much scrutiny from their ratepayers.

Opening the economic accelerator

Liam Davis, then 4 and half, checks out a 1950s model BSA Bantam motorbike. John Sargeant recalls the thrill of driving one as a younger man.

OPINION: Like a good motorbike, the country goes smoother when it veers to the Right.


A 'magical treasure hunt' of DNA

Jane Andrews' production company has taken her all around the world.

Former Waitara High School student Jane Andrews is the brains behind TV One's latest series, The DNA Detectives.

A trio of budding chefs

Three NPBHS old boys who have all gone on to become chefs, from left, Josh McAsey, 19, Sam Scott, 20, Dylan De Bruyn, 21.

Three young chefs return to their old school to talk food and the hospitality industry.

What's on in Taranaki

Folk rock band Hobnail will play in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Check out what's happening in Taranaki at the weekend.

Arts snippets

Rodger Fox will play in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Concerts, exhibitions and the much-loved Wattie's Can's Film Festival is coming up in Taranaki.

New garden festival kicks off

Keen Oakura gardeners Will and Emma Thorp with their boys Eddie, 4, left, and Angus, 3.

Thirteen Taranaki gardeners will show off their sustainable gardens in a new garden festival this year.

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