Cooking with 'fruit of the gods'

Joachim Ogden prepares persimmon cheesecake.

Protein shakes, glazes, face masks - get ready to ride the persimmon wave.

REVIEW: Chamber Music concert 'superb'

British clarinet virtuoso Julian Bliss is joined on the Chamber Music New Zealand tour by the NZ Trio.

 "I simply don't have words, or space, to convey the delights of this performance..."

REVIEW: The Madrigal Companie

The Madrigal Companie's l;atest show has impressed audiences in New Plymouth.

The Madrigal Companie wins praise.

REVIEW: Australasian premiere of Sister Act

Most of the nuns in Sister Act were named Mary, but each of them had their own characteristics and personality.

"If you only see one Catholic mass this season, let this be it."

50 Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago Elizabeth Taylor starred with Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride at Eltham's Civic theatre.

Dennis Garcia gives us a glimpse of Taranaki life as it was 50 years ago.

Janet's a tear jerker

Janet is a sweetheart who needs a new home.

Yes it's true - there are cats called Janet.

A notable Hawera home

The Joll House in Hawera. A two storey Califorian Bungalow featuring five bedrooms, a first floor sleeping porch, a ...

The Joll home in Hawera packed a lot into its two storeys.

A garden for pleasure

Stunning views from their Lepperton property were one of the attractions for Linda and Trevor Swan.

Finally Linda and Trevor get to create a garden they don't have to work in.

You get what you pay for

Jim Tucker has questions about cheap tools. We all do.

Cheap tools aren't always all they are cracked up to be.

Help the bees

Dr. Linda Newstrom-Lloyd spoke at the launch of the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular at the TSB Showplace on ...

Home gardens one of the most significant sources of good pollen and nectar for bees in early spring and autumn.

Big Night Out for the oldies

The Big Night Out organiser and artist Ray Hopkinson, left, is hoping to get a full house for the concert. Hospice ...

Ray Hopkinson is hoping to dance the night away, and raise $20,000 for the Hospice Taranaki.

Countdown to Sister Act begins

Sister Act is Fletcher Miles' second production with New Plymouth Operatic Society.

Fletcher Miles is set to play some heavenly tunes for Sister Act.

Upcycling doilies into dream catchers

Carly Edwards and her little girl Jasmine Kirk, 3, show off some of their homemade creations.

Carly Edwards has a vision for all of those doilies your grandma made.

Rilkoff Files: A step for the better

Online auctions can cause lead to stress and dissatisfaction with the world.

Getting off the Trademe train might just be the healthiest choice you ever make.

Arts snippets

Ars Nova Choir will perform with the Children's Choir in August.

Concerts, birthday parties and film screenings are happening in Taranaki.

Arts diary: What's on this weekend

Amy Hunt, left, Akina Edmonds, centre, and Krystal Leuthard, right, in rehearsal for Sister Act.

Start planning your weekend.

New Plymouth's bright star

Beatrice Tinsley, pictured here at Yale University, once dreamed of being a violinist.

She changed the way the world sees the universe.

Lamb burger deliciousness

Crowning the burger just right is a tricky operation.

Get the kids, get some lamb - time to burger.

Q&A with Angie Trigger

Every week Angie Trigger spends hours sorting through the New Plymouth Operatic Society's archives.

Angie Trigger has been involved with musical theatre since 1982, and she's done nearly every role imaginable.

Biggles saves the day

The cast of Hawera Repertory's latest show, Biggles Flies Undone. From left, Biggles (Pat Whyte) and Flight Lieutenant ...

 Wartime flying ace Biggles confronts a new challenge in Hawera Repertory's latest production.

Rambling in the garden

Michael Self on the indoor set of TV programme Garden Rambles.

Michael Self tells a whale of a tale, facts and fiction falling from his lips like bright treasures.

Killed like so many

Ronald Florence was killed during WWII.

Ronald Florence attended New Plymouth Boys High School, played for Tukapa and died in WWII.

Meet the spectacular Monty

Monty has a lot of love to give.

His name is Monty. What more do you need to know?

Feelings fuel dance student

Tessa Hall is rising to her full potential after being accepted into Bruxelles' Performing Arts Research and Training ...

She's chasing her dreams and dancing to her emotions.

Ten minute toys and back again

Ten minute toys used to be all the rage, says Graham Duckett.

Life is a bunch of cycles. The ones you ride and the ones that go full circle.

50 years ago Elvis stars

He was so bad people couldn't help but love Elvis.

Half a century ago Elvis and Bette Davies were stars of the silver screen.

Play conquers everest

Stephen Lovatt, left, as Sir John Hunt,  and Edwin Wright, as George Lowe, in Everest Untold, which is touring New Zealand.

Hillary and Tenzing - but who else took part in the 1953 conquest of Everest?

Pupils point toes to compete gallery video

Miya Ishihara, 12, leaps for distinction in highland dancing in the New Plymouth Championships on July 16.

"Leaps are my favourite because you can really 'wow' people."

Q&A with a nun

Melissa Peters plays one of the nuns in New Plymouth Operatic Society's production of Sister Act.

Melissa Peters is learning how to be a nun.

What's on this weekend

Sensing Murder psychic Kelvin Cruickshank is coming to town.

Sensing Murder psychic Kelvin Cruickshank is coming to town. Are you going to his show?

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