Saturday's rain radar shows heavy rain hotspots on the western side of the country

Heavy rain for Taranaki

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

Church talk splits town

Graham Capill  arrives in court on historic sex charges in 2005. He has been invited to speak at a Taranaki Church.

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

9 min ago  A collision between a four wheel drive and a truck closes lane of SH2 on Friday.

Ngamotu house fire

She had an upsetting wait before she could see her son after their family home caught fire.

Shout for struggling sharemilkers

A New Plymouth man who knows first hand how farmers do it tough is helping out the best he can.

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Stormy weather adds to poetry

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

12:47 PM  Brooding weather over New Plymouth's coastline added to the drama of poetry and chalk.

Whistling tics a 'Thums' up

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

Farm debt mediators necessary

Science takes student around the world

Sport

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.

Cracroft-Wilson to captain NZ team

New Plymouth's Paul Cracroft-Wilson to lead New Zealand team.

Putting the pressure on his Aussie competitors in the flag races is high on the agenda for Fitzroy's Paul Cracroft-Wilson when he pulls on the silver fern at next week's International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC).

Airs coaching job up for grabs

Daryn Shaw calling the shots for the Taranaki Mountain Airs in 2015.

Daryn Shaw wants to stay on as coach of the Taranaki Mountain Airs in the National Basketball League competition.

McKenzie injury means a swap for Barrett

Beauden Barrett says he is as passionate as ever to play for Taranaki.

Hometown hero Beauden Barrett admits the opportunity to turn out for Taranaki is a welcome distraction from the All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad announcement on Sunday.

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

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.

A night of dazzling deception

L to R Adam Mada, Brett Loudermilk, Ben Hanlin,  James Galea of the Band of Magicians.

Four dapper performers hoodwinked a near full house at the TSB Showplace.

Director's 'sleeping super power'

Taranaki International Arts Festival technical director Bonnie Burrill inside the TSB Showplace.

Arts festival technical director Bonnie Burrill's can take a nap almost anywhere - even during sound check.

New engine to boost Prado

The facelifted Toyota Prado.

Shhhh - don't yell it to the rooftops, but one of Toyota's most popular SUVs has gone all whisper-quiet.

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