2412015 NEWS photo: Sam Scannell/Fairfax New Plymouth CBD.

City lagging behind regional rivals

Deena Coster on the future of New Plymouth's CBD and the potential risks if nothing changes.

Taranaki top in Iraq

04092015 News Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  Abu Azrael, ?Iraq?s Rambo?, the most renown fighter in Iraq.  One of his followers was spotted in a Tenderlink Taranaki rugby polo shirt.

A Taranaki rugby jersey has been spotted on a militia member in war-torn Baghdad

Cop car in crash

Emergency services called to a car crash involving an undercover police car.

Several changes to Taranaki team

The annual trek to Whangarei is on again as Taranaki prepare to face Northland on Sunday.

Cobbers get together for cop role

When Fern Sutherland got cast as a detective in a murder mystery, she asked an old school friend for insight into the world of crime fighting.

T20 bowls into town

The best of NZ's Twenty20 cricket is returning to New Plymouth after it was knocked out of the region.

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News

Wanted man caught at pub

A man has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for the aggravated robbery of a Waitara service station.

A man on the run after failing to appear in court for sentencing was caught by police at a Taranaki pub.

The bigger the better

Jenny Johansen is appealing for bras to send to the women of Fiji.

Rugby's champions for cheaper tickets

Caring couple still smiling

Sport

Several changes to Taranaki team to face Northland

Marty McKenzie should be jumping to get back into action for Taranaki against Northland.

The annual trek to Whangarei is on again as Taranaki prepare to face Northland on Sunday.

Team Taranaki chase promotion

Team Taranaki goalkeeper Nick Hayward punches the ball away from the goal in a Federation League game  and returns Hayward is back from injury for the first playoff game. mouth.  Taranaki goal keeper Nick Hayward punches the ball awayin a Federation League game this season and is expected to pull on the keeping gloves in the first of the playoff games.

It will be the clash of the heavyweights in their respective leagues when Team Taranaki and Wellington United go head-to-head at the Merrilands Domain in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Batman not fazed by Betham challenge

James "Batman" Langton was too good for Scott Talialui last month and he's picking he'll be too good for Monty Betham.

Facing up to former Warriors league star Monty Betham does not send a single shudder up James "Batman" Langton's back.

T20 cricket bowling into town

T20 cricket will return to New Plymouth and will play at Pukekura Park and Yarrow Stadium.

The best of New Zealand's Twenty20 cricket is returning to New Plymouth after the game was knocked out of the region for a year.

Counties Manukau will be tough opponent

David Ormrod will start for the development side against Counties Manukau at Yarrow Stadium.

The chances of the Taranaki development rugby side finishing in the top four of the northern regions competition could very well depend on them beating Counties Manukau on Saturday.

opinion

Garner: Modern family dilemmas

Duncan Garner and his wife have a total of six children in their lives.

OPINION: Life in a blended family can have its ups and downs.

Solving a ticking time bomb

Teaching kids about money before the financial horse bolts is a wise move.

They say money talks – mine mostly says ‘goodbye’.

Money Week pointless for poor

Financial literacy is a laudable goal but for many it's an irrelevance.

Financial literacy is a laudable goal but for many it's an irrelevance.

Guns, phones and a Filipino jail

Life inside a Filipino jail throws up some interesting encounters.

A tale from a South East Asian jail.

Lifestyle

Cobbers get together to master cop role

Season two of The Brokenwood Mysteries will be coming to Prime this month and the two leading stars came to New Plymouth to thank the constables who taught them how to be cops. From left, constable Julie Douglas, constable Catherine Preston, and actors Fern Sutherland and Neill Rea.

When Fern Sutherland got cast as a detective in a New Zealand murder mystery, she asked an old school friend for insight into the world of crime fighting.

Beautiful blooms a family affair

Don Slater, co-owner of Slater's Orchids at Bell Block,  says the orchid industry is completely opposite to the dairy industry.

Orchids fit for a royal visit are being grown at a family nursery in Bell Block.

Arts snippets

Ron Trigg, owner of Mike's Organic Brewery, Andre Manella, of Sonic Delusion, and brewer Jesse Sigurdsson.

A beer and album launch, a special organ recital and a display about suicide awareness are a few events happening around the region this week.

New Plymouth's art scene inspires

Katherine Swain will hold her first exhibition next weekend.

Katherine Swain is swapping her stethoscope for a paint brush.

Examining the asteroid peril

It's hard to plan for an asteroid strike and worryingly, some are just a complete surprise.

It's hard to plan for an asteroid strike and worryingly, some are just a complete surprise.

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