Shocked seamstress changes mind

Lee Mancer has made New Plymouth her home and will keep her business open.

"It was the initial shock of it all that you just lose it for a moment."

A wooden ear for sound

Rob Ju sands an orchestral woodblock in his workshop.

Rob Ju can find the beat in in all sorts of wood.

Duckett's fishy tales of old

Did you hear the story about the marlin caught by a kayaker? Graeme Duckett did.

An eel so big it ate a hare and other fishy tales from Graeme Duckett.

50 years ago today

Jerry Lee Lewis was starring in That Funny Feeling, playing at the Stratford Plaza.

Former All Black T P O'Sullivan played his 100th game for Taranaki. But what else was happening?

The gigs are up

With a transition to the internet age, New Zealand pushes for more fibre connections.

Kiwis are surfing more with an increasing need for speed.

What's on this weekend

The Laughing Samoans Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai are coming to New Plymouth.

Start planning your weekend.

Arts snippets: The news from Taranaki's entertainment scene

Frank Sinatra arrives in Sydney in 1961. His songs will be onstage in New Plymouth this Christmas.

There's a lot happening in Taranaki.

Review: Singing is life

Singing is Life, directed by  Christopher Luke, featured the Ars Nova Choir, Jubilate Choir, The Tenners, Juliet Woller ...

"The mass was very well sung by both choirs and the two soloists and was a delight to listen to."

Media office on the move - again

The home of South Taranaki journalism is on the move after just over 100 years.

A look at the past as the next chapter begins for Fairfax's South Taranaki staff.

Fifty years ago

Former Taranaki Daily News editor Denis Garcia takes readers on a trip through the pages of the past.

Take a look at Taranaki's headlines from half a century ago.

What's the secret?

Sharren Read is the director of Secret Bridesmaids' Business currently on at New Plymouth's Repertory theatre.

Review: It's a secret that puts everyone in the stink.

Choose your disability video

Danielle Reid, 19, may not have been able to hear with earmuffs on but she was able to guide Sophia Offen, 20, who was ...

Could you walk around town while blindfolded?

Review: Ziggy appears in tribute

The Ultimate Bowie Tribute show is touring New Zealand.

"Imagine coming all this way to be crap."

"New Zealand has changed me in such a small amount of time"

Katerina Smoldyreva with her work, which is on show at the JD Reid Gallery, as a part of the New Plymouth Potters annual ...

Russian artist Katerina Smoldyreva says clay is a very sensual material.

Stars shine in special concert

The Student Stars concert featured, from left to right: Olivia Burns, David Codd, Reuben Chan, Danny Jones, Lenora ...

"The dedicated, supportive parents and teachers of these wonderful young performers deserve high praise."

What's on this weekend

Taranaki wedding celebrant Sharren Read is directing a play about weddings called Secret Bridesmaids Business.

Start planning your weekend right here.

Breakfast Club NP style

Nick Cathie, Ethan Hughes and Liam Younger get ready to tuck into some french toast and baked tomatos with poached eggs.

Everyone's day is better when it starts with breakfast.

Arts snippets: Choirs and concerts

The Taranaki Male Choir is helping out a choir from Whanganui.

Check out what's coming up in Taranaki's entertainment scene.

'Elvis took my sideburns'

'King of Romance' Engelbert Humperdink will perform in six cities around New Zealand. The singer is best known on our ...

He's sold 150 million albums in a 50-year career - and despite turning 80, Englebert Humperdinck still isn't finished.

Craft market grows gallery

"Taranaki Bubble Man" John Pollard lets the wind do the work in creating long streams of colourful bubbles.

"There was a demand for some these products, so we brought it here."

Oh What a Night it's going to be

Oh What a Night is coming to New Plymouth on August 31.

"It's like coming to a great party every night."

Q&A with Mark Hadlow

The Complete History of the Royal New Zealand Navy (abridged), is on stage in New Plymouth in September.

Mark Hadlow is never too far from his beloved Lycra, or a Navy uniform.

Mighty Mekong cruising video

The intricate towers of Angkor Wat are both a marvel and an uplifiting way to finish the cruise.

A river that refuses to be civilised? Let's find out.

Cancer won't close store video

Paul Gundesen says he will take care of his 14-year-old granddaughter Jessie (left), as both his daughter Melissa and ...

The owner of the Waitara Bin Inn is fighting to keep his shop open while his wife and daughter fight cancer.

Pubs under pressure

Food is outselling alcohol at some pubs and bars around Taranaki.

As drinking culture changes and rates in NZ drop off, bar owners struggle to survive.

New gardens keep festival fresh

Coast Haven garden on Stent Rd is planted to withstand windy salt-laden conditions.

"Come here and you will have something to surprise you."

And the loser is... us

Parents and kids feeding the ducks at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth.

We are the species that thoughtlessly demolishes entire ecosystems to make room for itself.

Houston, we have a problem

Belinda Davids was supposed to be the star of the Whitney Houston tribute show.

They'd been saving all their love for a Whitney Houston tribute concert, but when they arrived the doors were shut.

Interpreting Pukeiti

Pukeiti flies the flag for rhododendrons.

Rhodo mecca in the midst of its $4.1m facelift.

Remembering the 'good old days'

Car ownership was far less common in the 'good old days'.

Longing for 'hand me downs', beating the feet, and Sunday roasts with the aunties.

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