Bottling up The Blistered Fingers

The Blistered Fingers are turning an artspace into an album launch on Friday, May 29, at New Plymouth's JD Reid Gallery. From left: Kerr Sharpe-Young (guitar), Ash Gesterkamp (drums), Jimmy Hick (bass) and Karl Raubenheimer (guitar/vocals).

With a name that promises they'll play to they bleed, The Blistered Fingers are bottling up their sound to sell on repeat. Hannah Lee talks with the New Plymouth band about the switch from stage to studio, for the making of their debut album. 

What's on this weekend

Rehearsal of the stage play Meeting Karpovsky, starring Helen Moulder and Sir Jon Trimmer.

Cakes, crafts and country markets are just a few of the things on in Taranaki this weekend.

What's happening in Taranaki

The Gables.

Exhibitions, concerts and a lesson on the history of a hymn are all coming up in Taranaki.

Moved to Taranaki for love

Dave Pope and his team Midnight Commando Squad created a sitcom-within-a-film for the Taranaki leg of the Rialto Channel 48 Hour Film Festival.

Taranaki has become the place of true love and creativity for Dave Pope, who moved here 18 months ago from London.

One man's life and one sister's love

A headstone for Warwick Hapeta (Hoeta) was unveiled at a ceremony this month.

For years, Tania Hoeta-Bevan didn't know where her brother was.

The greatest code breaker

A code-breaking machine used at Bletchley Park during World War II.

The Greatest Code Breaker

A brush with Dorothy's garden

Artist and  gardener Dorothy Andrews at her Inglewood home.

An Inglewood woman loves working inside and out. Writer Virginia Winder talks with an artistic gardener with a big heart.

It's all Greek to Theo

Theo Newbold with his mustard and herb crusted lamb with roast veges.

Top hospitality student Theo Newbold talks about how his Greek heritage has inspired his love of food.

Hyundai Genesis treads softly, softly

Hyundai Genesis, the Korean brand's first luxury offering in New Zealand.

Hyundai's luxury offering, the big Genesis sedan, is causing some debate in New Zealand.

New venture filling the lunchbox gap

Olive's Lunch Box owners Shirley and Warren Smith outside their new Glover Road, Hawera, premises.

The chance to re-open their beloved Hawera cafe with a tweaked recipe has proven a winner for its owners.

Literary awards judges visit Taranaki

Ronald Hugh Morrieson Award judges Mandy Hager, left, and Sue Wootton, right,  ran several workshops at South and Central Taranaki libraries to encourage and support this year's entrants.

Authentically-voiced writing that moves its reader will draw the eyes of this year's Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards judges.

Renovations before honeymoons

Taranaki Bride of the year competition 2015 Supreme winner Sara Coward (McKenna), left, and Runner-up Fay Rice (Emeny).

Home renovations take precedence over honeymoons for Taranaki's modern brides. 

Art imitating life for Taranaki Shorty star

Before appearing on Shortland Street, Karlos Drinkwater worked as a health care assistant at a private New Plymouth hospital.

New Plymouth's Karlos Drinkwater talks about famous family and the work that prepared him for the role.

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.

Can you help us?

Last week:

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.

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