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.
Third time lucky for Bob Wise as he takes another crack at the Solo Tasman Challenge.
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.
It's one of NZ's most significant historical sites. So how did it turn into a dump?
He is the most controversial man you've probably never heard of.
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago on April 5. Bernard Zuel asks if, with just three studio albums, his band's repertoire truly stands the test of time.
The royal tour will cost us at least $1 million. Philip Matthews asks if it is value for money.
In 1916 Albert Einstein had predicted the existence of gravitational waves and they had never been detected, until now.
Leaving your cares and work behind may be the aim of most holidays, but how about your clothes?
The Exocet missile had made a mockery of any attempts by the British defence systems to protect the ship.
Everyday Housewife Harriet Wakefield shares her thoughts on the week past, as relayed by satirist Steve Braunias .
They're one of this country's great family success stories: Gareth Morgan, the outspoken economist and his publicity-shy son, wunderkind Sam, who made $227 million selling Trade Me.
STORIES FROM THE PAST
The sunken forest on Waitara's Airedale reef, north along the east beach, has fascinated me from childhood.
Armed offenders squad members, clad head to toe in black, cut an imposing figure.
PEOPLE OF THE PAST
"Arthur Gillies, who was he? There isn't a street named after him nor is there a park. I have never heard of him."
John Borrell burns his bridges
As an 18-year-old cadet reporter John Borrell managed to get fired from the Daily News in just seven months. Lucky for him.
People who want to know more about what they eat soon come up against a wall of jargon, an example is fats.
No firm commitment beyond 2016 for Womad festival.
Daisy Noble is steps away from finalising a multi-million dollar settlement for her South Taranaki iwi Ngaruahine.
Life cannot survive without liquid water and yet we are still not sure where the Earth's water came from.
Everything you need to know and various things that aren't even that useful. Matt Rilkoff takes you through the A to Z of Womad.
ROGER HANSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsSometimes a numerical pattern or sequence has the allure of hinting at a deeper insight into the workings of the universe.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsHardest thing about taking over as co-coaches of Spotswood United is the pressure.
TONY BIRD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThey face sleep deprivation in a 500km slog over all types of terrain.
It's our very own public holiday but what is Taranaki Anniversary Day all about and should we be celebrating it anyway?
Rugby is New Zealand's obsession but in small town Taranaki soccer is taking over.
Everyday housewife Harriet Wakefield shares her thoughts on the week past, as relayed by satirist Steve Braunias.
I often wonder what life would have been like in another era. Taranaki in the 1890s was prospering after 50 years of breaking in the land, and the building of the new colony.
It was probably the first and last time a reporter would hitch a ride with a policeman in his restored Dodge Challenger from Whangamomona to New Plymouth.
Is increasing New Zealand's minimum hourly wage by 50 cents really going to make anything better?
PEOPLE OF THE PAST
It all changed in December 1904.
Four months ago being a cop in Taranaki became an embarrassment.
Things will be done a bit differently under the watch of new Sport Taranaki chairwoman.
The death of a couple in a fatal crash raises serious issues about the trucking industry and its rules.
Michele Ong talks to Taranaki businesses about their experiences with the Chinese powerhouse.
Forever stranded just short of safe harbour.
It remains a mystery. A ship captained by an experienced sailor, who knew Taranaki's tricky coastal waters, wrecked just a couple of miles from home.
Lyn Humphreys talks to a Taranaki family working hard to keep a son's killers in jail.
A school of killer whales was seen off Ngamotu Beach by members of the New Plymouth Underwater Club who were on board the trawler Norman McLeod and the club secretary, Mrs T A Hines, said the sharks came within 50 yards of the trawler.
Maui pipeline under increasing danger of failing again
Taranaki's ageing Maui pipeline, essential to our gas supply, is facing increasing risk of failure.
Watching the 400-kilogram male seals dozing on the beach conjures up a picture of indulgent idleness and ease, but nothing could be further from the truth.
In this series, Like Minds Taranaki manager and journalist Virginia Winder shares stories to foster understanding and openness about mental health.
STORIES FROM THE PAST
Ican't but help think of Madeleine McCann when I think of the abduction of Caroline (Queenie) Perrot from Manutahi, near Lepperton.
"Don't poke a tiger with a stick."
After Liam Davies died from methanol poisoning, his parents launched an investigation into the liquor trade in Indonesia.
A history of hunting
Our colonial forebears loved their shooting and fishing, two pastimes that many of them would have been unable to pursue in their home counties of the British Isles.
The Miss Taranaki contest has changed from being a major event to a more low-key event.
OREN OAARIKI - © Fairfax NZ NewsRecord breaking swimmer only took up swimming because his parents purchased a boat.
In the 2003 movie The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise plays an American military hero who finds himself captured by and then fighting for Japanese Samurai warriors.
MATT RILKOFF - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt was the hottest year on record and New Plymouth was bathed in more sun than anywhere.
Taranaki Daily News reporter Leighton Keith talks to those in the know to find out what's happening with elite athletes.
New Zealand has been something of a spectator during this age of big company hardware and software producers - until now, that is.
Do you think state schools should conduct religious instruction for primary-aged children?