Bob Wise

Bitten by the solo bug

Third time lucky for Bob Wise as he takes another crack at the Solo Tasman Challenge.

Pa site has rich history

I n the 1870s and 80s, when British colonists arrived in South Taranaki to take up land for farms, they found that underneath the high-growing bracken fern were old, abandoned village sites ringed by ditches.

Radiant glow worms amazingly efficient


Glow worms may be tiny and appear to be simple organisms, but every glow worm has a trick that no human scientist or engineer has come close to emulating.

A shameful whodunnit

It's one of NZ's most significant historical sites. So how did it turn into a dump?

Something about Bill

He is the most controversial man you've probably never heard of.

Spreading the eco-word

tdn main strap On a black and white screen we gaze at two bundles with small beaks. Nuzzling into each other, they twist as one.

Addressing homelessness

When there was a call by the Anglican Church to hold a Hikoi of Hope, social activist Stephanie McIntyre found herself at centre stage.

Hard labour

Stress out

On the fast track

Train travel "Breakfast in London, lunch in Paris, dinner in Barcelona." I read that as nothing short of a challenge.

Ride the rails

Don't let Europe's vast railroad system intimidate you. It's the best way to see the sights.

A taste of London

Jeepers peepers

Eat your way through Nashville

If you come here to eat first and line-dance second, you won't be the first.

Walk and talk

tdn date strap An hour-long walk with a complete stranger could have gone one of two ways.

Rural picnic a winner

Living in pastures green meant it wouldn't be long before gumboots featured on a Date.

Meet date number five

Romantic blokes needed

Dishing dirt on dating

Jo Moir has come to an end of Taranaki on a Date but before signing off she's dishing the goss on her romantic outings.

A river road tale

TDN river For 12 days reporter Matt Rilkoff and photographer Cameron Burnell discovered an adventure in their own back yard when they used the Patea and Waitara rivers to get from one coast of Taranaki to another. On a path taking them through some of the province's most isolated country they found they were never far from home.

The heart of hospitality

It's over. Cameron Burnell and Matt Rilkoff completed their river journey yesterday, and were welcome by children at Waitara. Here's Matt's final report from the field

Going, going, they're gone

Canoeists speed down river

Violent wind, friendly folk

It all looked certain to end in disaster. A violent wind blew up as Cameron Burnell and I pulled into the Patea boat ramp yesterday morning to start our river trip.

Living off the land life-changing

tdn matt strap Even before my chickens woke up my home was clouded with the aroma of curried goat

Big day arrives for feast

My last day of food gathering came down to a sack of mussels from Wai Iti.

Wallet makes a killing

A spot of eeling

First blood

The reality of living off the land wasn't quite what Matt Rilkoff expected

Milking lesson for farm girl

tdn hannah strap A day on the land would be a walk in the park for a girl who grew up on a farm, right?

Offenders learn skills

Breaking into a garden to do community service work would seem slightly ironic to most.

Stuffed rabbit (graphic content)

Following orders

'Brewing is 90 per cent cleaning'

The art of making beer is much like the art of cooking - clearly with a better result at the end.

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