For Estella Van Der Lee, acting is a way of putting on a new persona.

Student off to study Shakespeare

"I'm going into this thing where everyone is going to be 'thou art' and 'my pantaloons are descending', so yeah, I'm terrified."

Council porn problem

The domain name is perilously close to that of PornHub.

One wrong move getting to this council's website and you'll end up somewhere not suitable for work.

Accused grilled in court

Accused made up escort business to "get people to take their clothes off" - prosecutor.

Further custody remand for accused

Man accused of setting fire to his own house has yet to enter a plea to the charge.

Farmers seek $7.5m

Farming partnership suing ANZ for $7.5 million for losses incurred from interest rate swaps.

The reststop that's still a dump

A fence built to stop rubbish being thrown down a bank isn't high enough to work.

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Police seek info

Isaac Coleman is wanted by Taranaki Police.

Isaac Coleman has warrants out for his arrest and police want to hear from anyone who knows where he is.

Math + Art = Pi-scraper gallery video

Students have a slice of Pi in an annual maths fair.

Fishing ban called for

A one-man crime wave


Inglewood eliminate Old Boys'

Inglewood's Lauren Burgess looks for a passing option.

The top two teams after round robin play will meet in the Taranaki premier one grand final.

Different looking backline to face Hawke's Bay

Beaudein Waaka will start for Taranaki in the unaccustomed position of wing against Hawke's Bay.

Changes a plenty in Taranaki backline to face Hawke's Bay.

Mourinho not prepared to give Arsenal a leg up

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho refuses to give the thumbs up to selling defender Phil Jones.

No way will Manchester United boss help his rival.

Hoops in O'Connell's future

Caitlin O'Connell wants to go as far as possible in basketball.

She's represented Taranaki. She's represented New Zealand. Now, Caitlin O'Connell wants more.

Mourie still calling shots, 40 years on

The late Leo Walsh will be remembered at the reunion of the 1976 Taranaki rugby team's reunion.

The 1976 Taranaki rugby team about to get together again.


Call me 'pom', you're allowed.

Mark Richardson called Danny Willett a Pommy Git and apparently that's fine.

Opinion: Danny Willett and me are pommy gits, and that's perfectly acceptable, apparently.

Independent the way to stay

It was Invercargill city Mayor Tim Shadbolt who got Stratford's Barrie Smith thinking about just how he wants local ...

OPINION: Merge Taranaki's four councils? No way, says Barrie Smith.

Farewell to Avogeddon

Avogeddon is over and Avoplenty is here.

OPINION: Rejoice, the season of Avoplenty is finally upon us after months of misery.

Sparing the interest doesn't spoil the child

Interest free student loans may cost a lot but they aren't without benefits.

Interest free loans have other benefits outside of making education affordable.


50 years ago today

Jerry Lee Lewis was starring in That Funny Feeling, playing at the Stratford Plaza.

Former All Black T P O'Sullivan played his 100th game for Taranaki. But what else was happening?

The gigs are up

With a transition to the internet age, New Zealand pushes for more fibre connections.

Kiwis are surfing more with an increasing need for speed.

What's on this weekend

The Laughing Samoans Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai are coming to New Plymouth.

Start planning your weekend.

Arts snippets: The news from Taranaki's entertainment scene

Frank Sinatra arrives in Sydney in 1961. His songs will be onstage in New Plymouth this Christmas.

There's a lot happening in Taranaki.

Review: Singing is life

Singing is Life, directed by  Christopher Luke, featured the Ars Nova Choir, Jubilate Choir, The Tenners, Juliet Woller ...

"The mass was very well sung by both choirs and the two soloists and was a delight to listen to."

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