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.

Bitten by the solo bug

Bob Wise

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

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

Years of neglect have taken their toll at Turuturu Mokai.

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

There's something about Bill

Bill Simpson

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

Just teen spirit?

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.

A princely sum goes into royal red carpet

The royal tour will cost us at least $1 million. Philip Matthews asks if it is value for money.

Einstein proved right by new find


In 1916 Albert Einstein had predicted the existence of gravitational waves and they had never been detected, until now.

Back to nature

Leaving your cares and work behind may be the aim of most holidays, but how about your clothes?

Missiles proof of French maths genius


The Exocet missile had made a mockery of any attempts by the British defence systems to protect the ship.

I drew a line, it was all yellow

Everyday Housewife Harriet Wakefield shares her thoughts on the week past, as relayed by satirist Steve Braunias .

Did you hear about the Morgans?

Sam Morgan

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.

Our volcanic past exposed


The sunken forest on Waitara's Airedale reef, north along the east beach, has fascinated me from childhood.

Out to get their man

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Armed offenders squad members, clad head to toe in black, cut an imposing figure.

The man behind Hawera's tower


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"Arthur Gillies, who was he? There isn't a street named after him nor is there a park. I have never heard of him."

Job loss led to life of adventure

John Borrell burns his bridges

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As an 18-year-old cadet reporter John Borrell managed to get fired from the Daily News in just seven months. Lucky for him.

The good, the bad and trans fats


People who want to know more about what they eat soon come up against a wall of jargon, an example is fats.

Festival gives city its soul

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No firm commitment beyond 2016 for Womad festival.

Daisy is no wallflower

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Daisy Noble is steps away from finalising a multi-million dollar settlement for her South Taranaki iwi Ngaruahine.

In the beginning there was water


Life cannot survive without liquid water and yet we are still not sure where the Earth's water came from.

Womad A to Z

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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.

Golden ratio continues to intrigue mathematicians


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Sometimes a numerical pattern or sequence has the allure of hinting at a deeper insight into the workings of the universe.

New coaches feel the pressure Pair ready for crack at senior level

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Hardest thing about taking over as co-coaches of Spotswood United is the pressure.

Taranaki quartet break new ground

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They face sleep deprivation in a 500km slog over all types of terrain.

OUR day

Mt Taranaki

It's our very own public holiday but what is Taranaki Anniversary Day all about and should we be celebrating it anyway?

Soccer challenges rugby dominance

Rugby is New Zealand's obsession but in small town Taranaki soccer is taking over.

Sharing common experiences

Everyday housewife Harriet Wakefield shares her thoughts on the week past, as relayed by satirist Steve Braunias.

Life in the roaring nineties

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.

All American appeal

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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.

The minimum we can do


Is increasing New Zealand's minimum hourly wage by 50 cents really going to make anything better?

The age of the automobile


It all changed in December 1904.

New call centre system slammed


Four months ago being a cop in Taranaki became an embarrassment.

Gellen hoping to lift the Taranaki region's game

Jennie Gellen

Things will be done a bit differently under the watch of new Sport Taranaki chairwoman.

Family carries a heavy load


The death of a couple in a fatal crash raises serious issues about the trucking industry and its rules.

What Chinese wall?

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Michele Ong talks to Taranaki businesses about their experiences with the Chinese powerhouse.

Airedale exposed by low tides

Forever stranded just short of safe harbour.

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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.

Sad legacy of gang's execution

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Lyn Humphreys talks to a Taranaki family working hard to keep a son's killers in jail.

Killer whales ahoy

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 on the edge

Maui pipeline under increasing danger of failing again

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Taranaki's ageing Maui pipeline, essential to our gas supply, is facing increasing risk of failure.

Life's a battle for endangered NZ sea lion


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.

Wise breathing helped woman ease her mind

In this series, Like Minds Taranaki manager and journalist Virginia Winder shares stories to foster understanding and openness about mental health.

Little girl lost


Ican't but help think of Madeleine McCann when I think of the abduction of Caroline (Queenie) Perrot from Manutahi, near Lepperton.

Grieving parents warned to back off

"Don't poke a tiger with a stick."

Liam Davies

After Liam Davies died from methanol poisoning, his parents launched an investigation into the liquor trade in Indonesia.

Colonials loved shooting birds

A history of hunting

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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.

Homegrown heroines

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The Miss Taranaki contest has changed from being a major event to a more low-key event.

Swimmer Johnson proves to be a natural

Chris Johnson

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Record breaking swimmer only took up swimming because his parents purchased a boat.

Kimble Bent the Pakeha-Maori

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.

Let there be light

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It was the hottest year on record and New Plymouth was bathed in more sun than anywhere.

Under pressure

Russell Packer

Taranaki Daily News reporter Leighton Keith talks to those in the know to find out what's happening with elite athletes.

Software darling Xero poised for global domination


New Zealand has been something of a spectator during this age of big company hardware and software producers - until now, that is.
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