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.
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.
Michele Ong talks to Taranaki businesses about their experiences with the Chinese powerhouse.
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.
After six years of breath holding and belt tightening, the economy looks to be on the mend.
Desire for speed and thrills strong in Taranaki.
GRAEME DUCKETT - © Fairfax NZ NewsHow New Plymouth's new speedway track got locals really revved up.
Trinkets, treasures, skulls and skeletons adorn Dale Copeland's studio, and each has its own story.
Betty Leung is an expert when it comes to showing off Taranaki's attractions.
Renowned as an artist, Puniho's Dale Copeland has just published a new and quite unexpected book: Complex Numbers in Graphs.
PEOPLE OF THE PAST
The history of Taranaki is largely that of wooden buildings roofed with sheets of corrugated iron, the ideal building materials of a quickly developing province.
The 2014 carnival will not be run by the New Plymouth Old Boys' Surf Club
Its fate was in the balance a few months ago, but the Oakura Beach Carnival will go ahead
Five years after closing its doors on secondary education a New Plymouth Maori immersion school will begin offering year 8 tuition again in 2014.
As scarlet splashes gradually intensify among the leaves of the capital's many pohutukawa, shoppers and radio listeners are apparently beginning to see red in other ways.
VICKI ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsSusan Boyle will spend Christmas at her mother's council house in Blackburn, West Lothian, in Scotland.
The relationship between Waikato and Taranaki is born of blood. Lots of it.
After years of trying to be part of Super Rugby, Taranaki finally got its wish this week when its partnership with the Chiefs was ratified.
With the help of Drug Free Aotearoa a New Plymouth woman is training to help others caught in the grip of drug use.
Taranaki Futures has been set up to provide pathways for people to find meaningful employment in Taranaki.
Lee-Anne Cartier became a self- appointed detective in her quest to find the truth about her brother's death, a jury has been told.
Michael Hardy grew up in white South Africa, a time when as a kid, he thought of Nelson Mandela as nothing but a terrorist.
Taranaki Rugby chief executive Michael Collins remains passionate about his home province
Nelson Mandela charmed New Zealanders with his mana, smile and messages of thanks during his only visit here as president of South Africa.
Throughout history women have achieved great things and remain forever etched in the pages of history.
DEENA COSTER - © Fairfax NZ NewsA one-of-a-kind marae catering course in New Plymouth that offers Maori a pathway into the hospitality industry is appealing to young and old
An electric current in a conductor such as a wire in a circuit, is a flow of electrons.
He wrote music for the town's 50th birthday
"I remember him coming to high school when Rosemary and I were there," said Brian Barkla, when asked if he knew about Frank Hutchens.
Dick Tayler takes a look back on his time as a long distance runner
Does hiking the price of booze deter people from drinking alcohol? Not if Cup Week was anything to go by.
Gene Martin will be among 230 elite tattooists exhibiting at the New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival this weekend. Tara Shaskey asks the award-winning New Plymouth artist how he got into the ink trade.
An intrepid group of mountain bikers are hooked on the good times and high adventure.
Do you think state schools should conduct religious instruction for primary-aged children?