Blueberries - a super food

Scott Powell drizzles blueberry balsamic vinaigrette over a colourful summer salad.

Blueberries are more than just a shirt stainer. They're healthy too.

Resthome residents all aflutter

Rochelle Norton, diversional therapist, at Molly Ryan chats to Noel Walton, a bird enthusiast and gardener who's growing swan plants on his small terrace.

In the library at Molly Ryan retirement village over a dozen green chrysalis are taped to a bookshelf.

South Taranaki on stage

Stage productions have a long history in South Taranaki. Pictured here, from The Wizard of Oz in 2013 are Tinman (Bergen Raikes), Scarecrow (Jym Shaman), Cowardly Lion (Grayson Richards), Dorothy (Rebecca Pratt).

Arthur Fryer explores the history of stage productions in South Taranaki.

Tiny Ruins' massive talent

Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins will be onstage at Womad New Zealand.

New Zealand Songwriter Hollie Fullbrook from Tiny Ruins speaks about her music ahead of her gig at Womad New Zealand.

Opera at 4th Wall

It's not the first time Georgia Jamieson Emms, left, has starred in a production of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.

Cosi Fan Tutte is coming to town.

Weekend entertainment diary

Xavier Rudd is returning to Taranaki.

Start planning your weekend by checking out Taranaki's entertainment diary

Arts snippets

Disney's 1951 animated adaption of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland won't be staged in New Plymouth, but The Val Deakin Dance Theatre Trust is putting on a version of the classic.

Exhibitions and auditions are just a few of the things coming up in Taranaki.

Finding treasure in Taranaki gallery video

Keen Taranaki geocacher Peter Wood has found 785 caches since March 2014.

There's treasure hidden in many nooks and crannies around Taranaki. Two keen geocachers took reporter Taryn Utiger on a hunt to find it.

A garden with soul

Oriental lilies by the pool at Redwood Dell in New Plymouth.

Virginia Winder discovers the delights of a large garden edged by native bush which is a haven for a couple with busy lives.

The science of nutrition

Healthy food can make for a healthy body.

It makes sense to ensure that we eat good quality raw materials for use in the repair, growth and maintenance of our bodies.

Circus school coming gallery video

Taranaki Circus Community members Brendon Whitmore and Fanny Rexa show off their skills on the silks at Air-Zone trampoline Park in New Plymouth.

Imagine doing circus tricks in the air, but being afraid of heights. That's what Fanny Rexa does every single day.

Taranaki's arts and entertainment tidbits

English banjo player Dan Walsh.

Check out some of the things on offer in Taranaki's entertainment scene.

Entertainment diary: Festival of Lights finishing

It's the last weekend of the TSB Bank Festival of Lights for this summer.

This week is the final week of the TSB Bank Festival of Lights for this summer.

Summer's a great time for a dip

Onion dip and basil pesto are two popular summer dips. But which is better for you?

Dietitian Jill Nicholls inspects two popular summer dips to see how healthy they are.

Swap detoxes for dietary changes

Kumara salad with cranberries and onion.

Dietitian Maggie Radich explains why detoxes and cleanses aren't the quick fix they seem to be.

Can do attitude for Womad group

The Jerry Cans are fast-becoming one of Canada's most popular folk bands.

The countdown to Womad New Zealand has begun and The Jerry Cans are ready to go.

Here comes the Mexican sci-fi cinematic jazz

Carnivorous Plant Society play Mexican sci-fi cinematic jazz.

One band's name was so strange it sparked the imagination of reporter Taryn Utiger, so she sent Carnivorous Plant Society some questions ahead of their next gig.

More than meets the bonsai video

New Plymouth Bonsai Club president Glenys Jackson's Totara forest bonsai has been over 30 years in the making

New Plymouth's bonsai club is all about growing trees that make an average person feel like a giant.

The rising cost of fur children gallery video

Tania Russell gives New Plymouth schnoodle, Harry the full treatment.

They're not human but we're increasingly treating them that way - welcome to pet ownership in 2016.

New Plymouth to hold Australasian premiere of Sister Act

New Plymouth's Robyn Tate, left, Angie Trigger, centre, and Carolyn Johnston are already getting into character for Sister Act.

The first New Zealand cast of Sister Act is only weeks away from being selected. Hallelujah.

Food 'feeds the soul'

This kookoo sabzi is described as a Persian omelette stuffed with herbs.

For a taste of Womad Virginia Winder talks to artists from the United States and Iran.

Coming up in Taranaki

The Andrew London Trio, from left, Nils Olsen, Kirsten London and Andrew London, will be back in New Plymouth next month.

Check out some of the things coming up in the Taranaki arts scene.

Womad to screen new peace project

Womad New Zealand will be at New Plymouth's TSB Bowl of Brooklands from March 18 to 20.

No Man's Land brings together the descendants of opposing forces in World War I and reunites them.

What's On in Taranaki this weekend

The Original Gypsy Fair, will be in Hawera this weekend.

There's markets, music and gypsy fairs appearing in Taranaki this weekend.

Buying into blueberries

Blueberries need to be rolled off the bush, not squeezed and pulled.

Christine and Christof Frey's blueberry garden is a haven of edibles.

The art of cool

Street-art enthusiast Noah Ferguson-Dudding taking photos in downtown New Plymouth.

Discover the arty side of life in New Plymouth.

'Mongolian grunge' at Womad

Tulegur is coming to New Zealand for the first time.

Ahead of their performance at Womad New Zealand, Tulegur talked to us about life, music and inspiration.

Taranaki's entertainment diary

Taranaki classical guitar summer school co-ordinator Dominique Blatti (middle) with students (left to right) Hamish Goodhue, 13, and Isabel Goodhue, 16.

Fun in the sun continues for Taranaki as a night market, a gypsy fair and two beach festivals hit the region this weekend.

Tomatoes - not just for sauce

Chef Andrew Brooking is cooking with tomatoes.

Andrew Brooking, the new hospitality programmes manager at Witt, looks at how to get the best from your tomatoes this summer.

Soft beauty on a harsh landscape

The house and gardens have elements of softness and beauty, even in the often harsh Timaru Rd environment.

This Taranaki house has been cleverly designed to fit within the dunes it sits on.

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