Womad could be lost unless the council can prove the festival is in the public good.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThis is a banded, colourful brand of people, who like dancing, eating ethnic food and recycling their trash.
17,573 ticket-holders put a smile on the face of the organisers
The party's over, the park's still in good nick and the attendance numbers were pleasing.
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's a bit of a dirty secret but I'll admit it; I was a Womad virgin.
JOHN ANTHONY - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew Plymouth's streets were jam packed on Friday as Womaders geared up for the big weekend.
More than 30,000 people were treated to 400 artists at Womad on the weekend
Injured performer back on stage
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsLATEST: Quick thinking from bystanders helped save a Womad performer from serious injuries.
NATALIE FINNIGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsBaaba Maal, a lmulti-instrumentalist, is a superstar in his home country, and has been wowing Womad punters for years.
EDITORIAL - © Fairfax NZ NewsIn the past couple of days Womad has once again given us all a refreshing reminder of just what a unique festival it is.
Womad magic never fades.
Womad fever knows no age boundaries, nor does its magic fade over time.
A performer was burnt during a cooking demonstration at the festival's opening.
It's a rare moment in the week before Womad - Michael Keat is sitting down. And he's enjoying the brief respite as Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl is transformed into a World of Music Arts and Dance.
Four busloads of Womad artists welcomed
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt was the best of Taranaki meeting the cultural diversity of the world.
Pre-festival events start swinging
Music lovers are starting to get into the groove ahead of Womad this weekend.
Arts and entertainment reporter Kate Saunders gave community leaders and those in the music know the difficult task of picking just three must-see top acts at Womad.
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsMasterChef Jax Hamilton is keen to see forks thrown around and gravy dribbling down chins at Womad later this week.
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsA preview of four headline acts headed our way for Womad this weekend.
The first time you stand in front of a Womad Zero Waste refuse station holding your dinner trash it's like doing an IQ test.
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsShe's got all the compilation CDs, has attended every Womad festival in New Plymouth and never books a holiday in March.
SARAH FOY - © Fairfax NZ NewsPic's handmade peanut butter is the best. Larry's Jamaican jerk chicken isn't something to be scared of. Will's gourmet bangers come with a touch of the Big Apple.
SARAH FOY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThree mothers, seeking part-time work, bake the Hungarian bread puffs devoured each year by festival-goers.
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's Maori showband gone to Jamaica. That's how trombonist Joe Lindsay describes the sound from his band The Yoots - one of just a few New Zealand acts at Womad this weekend.
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsTwo artforms will converge at Womad this weekend when Taranaki's top stone carvings are showcased alongside a variety of music genres.
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsOne of Denis Wadsworth's favourite sounds at Womad is the roar of generators as the festival cranks into action.
© Fairfax NZ NewsWellington reggae ensemble The Black Seeds think it is high time they made it to Womad.
NATALIE FINNIGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsAuckland ensemble Batucada Sound Machine (BSM) are back at Womad, seven years after their first performance in 2005.
HANNAH FLEMING - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki students will soon have their artwork flying on the streets to promote Womad.
KATE SAUNDERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsAustralian singer Mama Kin reckons that when her time's up on Earth, she would be happy to go at a Womad festival.
The musicians who helped bring the sound of The Sopranos to the world are headed for Womad.
She survived weeks of gruelling MasterChef cook-offs and a tense final notable for sliding macaroons, but heading to Womad 2012 makes her a little nervous.