Jane Chapman, with her kitten Artimus, was overwhelmed the council had her dead cat, Rupert's body so she could farewell it.

Closure for cat lover

8:11 AM  She got to say goodbye to her moggy because the pound still had it in the freezer.

Easter trading is here

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STAND ALONE: Chocolate Easter eggs,and Easter bunnies.

Forgot to buy your Easter eggs and hot cross buns by Easter Sunday? Now you can buy them on the day.

The red, white and 'oohs' video

The 10th anniversary of a classic car event will "make New Plymouth America, again".

Groomed for sex

A man who groomed a 15-year-old babysitter for sex was stopped when his wife found text messages between them.

Man or magpie?

He's climbed Mt Taranaki 743 times and collected a bag full of junk on each trip.

Fluoride back in court

The battle to fluoridate the water supply of two small towns has already cost $320,000. 

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Motorcycle safety encouraged

Sergeant Rob Keen wants motorcyclists to be safe on Taranaki roads now the weather had warmed up.

 "Drivers bend panels when they crash, motorcyclists lose limbs."

Sentencing for toddler's manslaughter

Philip Murray Kinraid pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his young daughter, which took place in the family home.

Rise of the paddleboarders

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Keane's departure could be one of many

Chiefs assistant coach Kieran Keane is embarking on a new challenge, taking up the head coaching role at Irish club Connacht.

OPINION: There's a strong chance there will be a complete wipe-out of all the Chiefs' coaches heading into 2018, writes Aaron Goile.

82 and still winning swimming

Ron Edgcombe doesn't say he has 'countless medals', but he has a lot.

An 82-year-old has added five more gold medals to his plentiful collection following the New Zealand Masters Games in Wanganui on February 7 and 8.

Christie in Chiefs contention

Finlay Christie joined the Chiefs after impressing for Tasman.

Young halfback can't believe he could potentially be lacing up for his Super Rugby debut against the Highlanders.

Coast to Coast with little experience

Liz Jones competed in the Coast to Coast 2017 event for the first time ever.

A South Taranaki woman has completed the Coast to Coast event in a swollen river a mere eight months after learning to kayak.

Can Rennie, Cruden go out in style?

Aaron Cruden and Dave Rennie have formed a quality partnership at the Chiefs, with this year to be the end of an era.

In their final year in charge, Chiefs coach and co-captain look to recreate title-winning feeling.


Barrie talks back for Fonterra

Semi-retired farmer Barrie Smith thinks Fonterra is doing just fine, thank you very much.

Semi-retired farmer Barrie Smith has a few things he wants you to know.

And the race is on

OPINION: The Whanganui electorate is in a unique situation with the selection of candidates for the two biggest political parties running concurrently and it being such a long time since the last selections for either party.

Most freedom campers care about our country

Many freedom campers young foreigners wanting to see the world at a cost they can afford.

A pickle of a situation

This skyscraper in London is affectionately called the gherkin. If you leave a real gherkin on the vine for a couple of ...

If you want a happy life you should think about saying no to gherkins.


John Sargeant: A nutty legacy

John Sargeant has looked after South Taranaki's parks for 22 years. Now he's calling it a day.

For John Sargeant it's all about the walnuts.

What's on in Taranaki

Bindu Rajendrenhas been performed at previous extravaganzas.

There's a dangerous circus show, a hundred mugs and a multi-ethnic parade coming to town.

Faith in Taranaki

There are two sides to every story.

There is a proverb that is at least 3000 years old and is found in the Book of Proverbs (18:17) in the Christian Bible.

A love 32 years in the making

Andréa and James Urbina first met in Taranaki in 1982, when they were Rotary exchange students. Then they lost contact.

They were young exchange students in NZ. Decades later, they're back – on honeymoon.

Enthusiasm and pride

Rebecca and Grant Farquhar aren't perturbed by the maintenance required on the property or their newness to gardening.

Becklands was a new entrant in last year's Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival.  Sarah Foy visits the Inglewood property to chat with its owners – gardening and festival novices.

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