Aylan's story retold in Hawera

Alison Wright directed Hawera High School's winning entry in this year's regional secondary schools stage challenge.

"If you had of told me 15 years ago that I'd be living on a farm in Taranaki and teaching I would have laughed."

'She made a mistake'

Cindy Waldron, 46, attended university in Hamilton.

''She wasn't a careless person," says Kiwi expat's friend after deadly crocodile attack in Australia.

Local rivalry reignites

New Plymouth Boys' High School replacement Hiwawa Kahu is bundled into touch by Francis Douglas Memorial College ...

Francis Douglas play hosts to Boys' High on Wednesday in the annual first XV showdown.

In Season: Brilliant beetroot

Witt chef tutor Craig Ludlow adds the final touch to his beetroot seed slaw.

It stains your shirts and it's found in any good Kiwi burger - introducing beetroot.

Pre-trial issues discussed

Pre-trial issues were dealt with in the High Court at New Plymouth in the case of Nigel Nelson who faces trial in August ...

Taranaki man to face trial on 87 sex charges.

Boys' High claim title

Isaiah Priddey from Hamilton Boys' High School leads Angus White from New Plymouth Boy' High School in the senior boys' race.

After finishing in second for the past three years, New Plymouth Boys' High School have finally reclaimed the Super 8 cross-country title.

She screamed: 'A croc has got me' video

Former Hamilton woman Cindy Waldron is feared dead after a crocodile attack.

As Cindy Waldron was dragged away by the crocodile, her friend Leeann Mitchell desperately tried to save her.

Thieves stole family's dream video

Nathan and Victoria Whayman, with their children Jai, 6, and Isla, 8 months, were halfway through renovating their house ...

They're trying to renovate their own home to get ahead, but now it's back to square one.

T plate for tourist drivers?

Francis Douglas Memorial College students Prathik Rajasingh, Alex Lightbody, Patrick Back, Bailey Wensor, Flyn Wise and ...

A group of students have turned the controversy around tourist drivers into a business opportunity.

Donations help fund SPCA

South Taranaki SPCA manager Shannon Langridge is delighted the centre's animals will benefit from Veolia's recent donation.

 A corporate health and safety initiative has injected some much-needed cash into the South Taranaki SPCA.

Search and rescue requires dedication

Sergeant Bruce Irvine back behind his desk after a recent stint as a trainer at the National Police SAR course in the ...

If you love the outdoors and getting up in the middle of the night, the police search and rescue squad could be for you.

Dickson on leaderboard

Graeme Dickson and his huntaway Bell are competing in the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Championships at Omarama. Dickson ...

Whangamomona's Rachel Dobson and heading dog Rowdy made the leaderboard of the straight hunt at the first call of the championships after 29 contestants had competed on Monday. 

The Cure cafe stubs out ciggies

The Cure Coffee manager Mieke Verschoor says smoking will no longer be allowed in the cafe's outside area on David St, ...

Lighting up is out at New Plymouth's Cure Cafe.  

Rangers score three to move past Western

FC Western's Jonnie Orrell tries to stop the run of New Plymouth Rangers' Max Middleton.

New Plymouth Rangers were able to come away with three valuable points at the weekend, beating FC Western in soggy conditions.

Iwi housing project expands

Te Atiawa Kaumatua Housing Trust members, left to right, Murray Bidois, Ollie Bailey, Alice Doorbar and Tiri Bailey. ...

"This is for the betterment of all our people and for the community"

Art carries weighty message

Opunake-based artist Claire Jensen in her at home studio.

Beach provides plenty of plastic for art.

Funeral directors aim to save lives

Cleggs Funeral Services and Monuments funeral directors, from left Glenn Rogers, Susan Clegg and Andrew Blanche are ...

How do you avoid death at a funeral?

Toy library membership like regular birthday

Kiddylandz toy library chairwoman Eleanor Sutherland is hoping the stocked shelves will look empty soon.

 "It's almost like a birthday every two weeks when you get a new toy," Eleanor Sutherland, Kiddylandz Toy Library chairwoman.

Come-and-try days at Hawera green

Hawera Bowling Club members Eddie Berry, Bill Norris and Arthur Fryer are hoping to see some new people playing on the ...

 A community bowling club's hardy winter green is being used to entice shy new bowlers to try the sport.

Bird havens now deathtraps

A  cat has caught a titmouse for a supper to the kittens.

Cat curfew would save native birds.

Talking about health and safety

Health and Safety will be the subject of a meeting in New Plymouth on Wednesday.

Organisers hoped for an audience of 35, but are getting about 60.

Bull-dust radar on high alert

Maryan Street,  former Labour list MP and minister of housing talks to a mother and her five children living in a garage.

More questions need to be asked of the homeless.

Dragons scorch Cobras

Coastal centre Tui Karena spots a gap against the Bell Block Marist Dragons.

A hat-trick to centre Jaron Schischka saw the Bell Block Marist Dragons get revenge over the Coastal Cobras.

Artist Milarky becomes a nomad

The artist known as Milarky, Damin Radford-Scott stands in front of his latest New Plymouth work 'Reforestation', on ...

It's not really possible to be a nomad in New Zealand, New Plymouth artist Damin Radford-Scott says.

Brides buck tradition at comp

Taranaki Bride of the Year 2016 Supreme Winner Jasmine Wipatene with husband Mark.

Judges had the hard task of choosing the most beautiful bride out of 28 married models.

Backs get chance in All Blacks

Taranaki's Waisake Naholo, playing for the Highlanders, runs the ball during the Super Rugby match between the ...

Historically, Taranaki's strength upfront.

Lumina a blend of light and dance

Lumina Dance Group

The New Zealand Dance Company's performance of Lumina was a show worth seeing.

Hurdling horses go hurtling video

Niall Quinn and Yipson go head-to-head with Puddle Alley and Emma Goodinson in the battle for the early lead in the open ...

Six jockeys hit the deck in a dramatic race in Hawera as horses come down hard in a hurdle crash.

Unattended cooking sparks fire

Nadia Lidderd, 14 and her eight-year-old sister Lindie-Lee, nieces of the house owner Paul Laberts, inside the charred ...

Six South Taranaki crews attended blaze but house could not be saved.

Ivor Wesley honored

Firefighters, current and former, form a guard of honour for Ivor Charles Wesley at the Taranaki Crematorium on Saturday.

"He was a very loving family man."

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