A rebuild in the Philippines

Steve Bowkett, right, helped by two of the locals, nails a plywood floor down on one of the houses.

Work continues in the Philippines' Tacloban City to help rebuild homes destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Justin Butler writes about his visit with a team of volunteers from New Plymouth.

Toyota unveils new Hilux

The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux due in New Zealand later this year.

Toyota NZ ramping pressure on Ford Ranger with news of nine new Hilux models to join current 12 varieties.

Real Tart art gallery closes

New Plymouth's Real Tart community gallery has closed.

Taranaki's community gallery Real Tart has shut up shop and an alternative gallery space on offer is getting a luke warm response from established artists.

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Help the team at Puke Ariki put names to faces

The life of Bernard Aris

Bernard Aris, who features in the Taranaki Daily News series `a matter of life and death'.
Photo: supplied

            Graeme Duckett looks at the life of Bernard Aris                                                      

Technology to a simple man

Len Old - pictured  outside his home in Pratt Street, was a man who could tell a story to two.

 Graeme Duckett recalls introducing `hi-tech' to an old friend.

What's on this weekend

The Taranaki Bride of the Year competition is on this weekend.

Trinity Roots, Battle of the Bands and Bride of the Year are some of the things on in Taranaki this weekend.

Art in a hidden microclimate

Ceramic artist Anthea Stayt: I'm very lucky to have tihs psace.

New Plymouth artist Anthea Stayt has an enviable spot to live and work, tucked away and right in town. Sonja Slinger finds beauty and light in a secret spot.

A wizard with a camera

New Plymouth photographer Derek Hughes in his Lemon St gardens.

A garden in central New Plymouth tells stories of horticultural roots and photography. Writer Virginia Winder talks to a man who loves growing plants, shooting the breeze and nature.

Sisters in town for show

Happily Ever After is on at 4th Wall Theatre in New Plymouth this weekend

Wairarapa sisters Georgia and Francesca Emms have come a long way since the days of hitting the dress-up box and putting on plays in their living room.

Stories hidden in matchbox art

A collection of miniature art works in matchboxes, made by lots of different people, including artists and politicians.

Amanda Hewlett's house is filling up with artwork contained in one of a kind matchboxes.

Renault Megane RS275 a true hottie

The Renault Megane RS275 Trophee, offering 10 more horsepower than before.

Renault's hot hatch the Megane RS has been made even hotter via more grunt from its turbocharged engine.

Arts snippets: Coming up

Helen Moulder and Jon Trimmer in Meeting Karpovsky.

Musical theatre shows, art exhibitions and a concert with cigar box guitars are just a few of the things coming up in Taranaki.

Six60 coming to town

New Zealand band Six60 will perform in New Plymouth this month.

The popular New Zealand band Six60 is on a whirlwind tour around New Zealand, and New Plymouth is on the list.

Good foods, fewer colds

Risoni and Bean Soup.

Sara Knowles does the A, B, Cs of healthy food.

Facelift-fest for Toyota fleet

Avensis wagon is one of several Toyotas to be facelifted later this year.

Several well-known Toyota models are to be facelifted this year.

Stop the press - one last time video

The men behind the newspaper.  When everyone else had gone to bed Chris Carter, Stephen Munro, Joe Zimmerman, Gary Barker, Graham Arthur, Joe Mundt and Kieron Evans and the Uniman press were responsible for making sure all the stories of the day made it onto paper.

The Taranaki Daily News' massive Uniman press went whump, whump, whump for a final time last night. What stories it has told.

von Hochstetter an important early geologist

An artist's rendition of Christian Gottlieb Ferdinand von Hochstetter.

OPINION: Christian Gottlieb Ferdinand von Hochstetter's contribution to the understanding of New Zealand's geology is immense.

50 years ago today

TV was blamed for a drop in the number of books issued by Hawera library.

A look back at the pages of the Taranaki Daily News.

Orchestra concert a 'delight'

Conductor Adam Jasinski leads the New Plymouth Orchestra in rehearsals.

The New Plymouth Orchestra's change of venue to St Andrew's Church proved highly successful.

'Enterprising' Chamber Music concert

Chamber Music review

Allan Purdy reviews the Composer Connections concert presented by Chamber Music New Zealand at the Theatre Royal on Monday evening.

Arts snippets: Coming up in Taranaki

Trinity Roots will play in Oakura on May 23

Trinity Roots is heading to Oakura, a swing and blues band is in town this weekend and Christopher Luke will be playing some Bach next week.

What's on in Taranaki this weekend

Singer song writer Mel Parsons is to perform in New Plymouth

There's a lot to do in Taranaki this weekend. Check it out.

Honda Odyssey L is leather luxury

The Honda Odyssey L - similar on the outside to its sibling the S - but all leather and luxury on the inside.

Luxury is the simple difference between the two versions of Honda's latest Odyssey people-mover available in NZ.

Hey ute owners! Want a Demilitarised Zone Special?

See it? A SsangYong Actyon militarised ute, resplendent in its camo paint.

If you thought you'd seen everything on the ute market in New Zealand, SsangYong will have thinking again.

New Tivoli set to raise SsangYong profile

The new SsangYong Tivoli is ready for battle in New Zealand's compact SUV market.

A new entrant in NZ's baby SUV market has real potential.

Hello Sailor's good fortune

Band members from Hello Sailor pictured in Graham Brazier's bookshop on Dominion Road, Auckland. From left, Harry Lyon, the late Dave McArtney and Brazier.

One of New Zealand's most legendary bands has landed the theme song for the highly anticipated prequel to Outrageous Fortune.

An autumn apple treat

Joseph Pui, 16 is ready to bake his apple pie.

Each fortnight we showcase the culinary skills of students at two Taranaki schools. Spotswood College and New Plymouth Boys’ High School take turns about as they prepare healthy and exciting meals. This week the budding chefs at Spotswood College take centre stage.

Not bugged by creepy crawlies

While some people shy away from weta, Jo Fitness finds them so fascinating that she is doing a PhD in cave weta.

Behind closed doors at Puke Ariki is a treasure trove of creepy crawlies, skeletons and taxidermied animals.

Dig and ye shall find

Carolyn Brough  in her huge garden on Durham Ave. Garden Feature

A Taranaki environmentalist relishes the towering and the tiny parts of nature.

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