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Snared fur seal has happy ending

The Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal caught in netting.

A net-bound seal stranded on the Taranaki coast found his happy ending.

Pick up rubbish and save animal life

The Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal caught in netting.

People are urged to pick up any rubbish they see on the beach.

Wow-factor acts wanted at Bowl

Christmas at the Bowl artistic director Jordan McFadyen and his daughter Elodie get into the spirit of the festive season.

It may only be July, but preparations are already well underway for this year's Christmas at the Bowl.

Donation makes more care packages

Forever Present co-founder Catherine Hewson, left, holds some hand painted memory boxes with artist Brenda Cash in her studio.

Warea mother Catherine Hewson has turned personal tragedy into an avenue to help others.

Climbing their way to good health

Getting ready for the Taranaki District Health Board Stair challenge are, from left, social worker Lydia Rae, occupational therapist Sophie Munro, communications advisor Greer Lean and dieticians Brenda Szabo and Maggie Radich.

Taranaki DHB and the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust have teamed up to promote health and wellbeing via a Stair Challenge. 

Bike kitchen ready to start 'cooking'

Liang Chen inside the Bike Kitchen.

New Plymouth's Bike Kitchen will open on Saturday, July 11.

Inglewood's Cue Theatre bursting with talent

The cast of Cue Theatre's Last Tango in Little Grimley, from left, Linda Meehan, John Butler, Alex Ballantyne and Velda Hinz.

Cue Theatre is mixing it up this winter season.

Francis Douglas students take inspiration from Gabby Devine

Francis Douglas Memorial College leaders, from left, Vanshay Bindra, Logan Walsh, Tyler Paterson and Louis Poole with some of the donations to be auctioned or raffled off at the Starlit HOPE Charity Dinner and Dance.

 The legacy of Gabby Devine lives on. The 13-year-old died in May from bone cancer and now Francis Douglas Memorial College is holding a major fundraiser to further her wish to help people in Taranaki Base Hospital's children ward.

Stop at pedestrian crossings or risk a fine

Children wait at the busy Vogeltown School crossing.

Screeching tyres is a common thing to hear while on road patrol duty at Vogeltown School.

Vogeltown School marks centenary

All the children and teachers at Vogeltown School gathered for this photo, captured by drone.

Hand-made party hats, cake and ice-cream were the order of the day at Vogeltown School when it celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Huirangi goes from hay to sand

At Huirangi School are, from left, Taranaki Vintage Machinery Club members Dave Hunger, Peter and Brenda Honnor, pupils Brooke Honnor and Anika Williams with principal Michelle Cronin.

A celebration of vintage machinery will lead to a new sandpit at Huirangi School.

Donated food makes its way to charities

Box Office Boxing head coach Jacob Rapira among the donations.

Box Office Boxing Club clients have punched above their weight in a charity food drive.

Switch to three wheels pays off

Stephen Hills on his trike.

 Stephen Hills' gamble has paid off. The New Plymouth cyclist, who suffers right-side paralysis and seizures, switched from competing on a two-wheeled bike to a trike in a bid to create more opportunity for success.

Fond memories celebrated on plaque wall

Behind the new Vogeltown Junior School wall are, from left, assistant principal Lee Newland, pupils Ella Ansell and Cooper Stockman-Gedye and principal Jeremy Ogle.

People can now leave their mark on Vogeltown School.

Egmont Lions seeks past members

Fred Cox, left, and Max Reesby with the founding charter document from the New Plymouth Egmont Lions Club.

Max Reesby and Fred Cox were there when the New Plymouth Egmont Lions Club was chartered 40 years ago.

Olivia gets orthotic walking frame

Altogether with Olivia Dore, centre, are, back row from left, Lions club members Trish Marx, Faye Dravitski and Barbara Harris, middle row from left, Joy Hine and Shirley Livingstone and Olivia's parents Fraser and Pip.

Olivia Dore is now able to stand alone and even take tentative steps forward in her new Hart Walker.

Lowe leads the way in propagation

Aden Lowe inside the New Start Gardens hot house with some of the plants he's propagated for his project.

Aden Lowe wants to propagate 1000 trees for the community.

Dementia-friendly way of the future

The University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research clinical research nurse Karen Smith.

New Zealand has a long way to go before becoming fully dementia-friendly. 

Free pole lessons for actresses

New Plymouth Little Theatre production The Naked Truth's director Chris Watson with pole consultant April Krijger.

New Plymouth Little Theatre is looking for wouldbe pole dancers.

Hanging gib board - all in a day's work for MP

Taranaki King Country MP Barbara Kuriger puts up her first piece of gib board, watched by Habitat for Humanity Taranaki licensed building practitioner Mark Wells, front, and volunteer Tahi Wikohika.

Third time was a charm for Barbara Kuriger.

Unique coloured lamb mystery solved

Jesus holding the oddly coloured lamb in a window at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

When archdeacon Jacqui Paterson held her first communion in Holy Trinity Church she was stopped short by a peculiar sight.

Turtle still at kindergarten

Devon Kindergarten head teacher Liz Day holds Tahi the turtle for pupil Savannah Hanscombe a pat.

There's one soul at Devon Kindergarten that has had a perfect attendance record for more than 30 years.

One in three will die from heart disease

Heart Foundation medical director Dr Gerry Delvin.

Heart expert Dr Gerry Devlin believes introducing a sugar tax on items that are unhealthy is one step in the right direction in combating the high obesity rates in New Zealand.

Cyclone Pam aid on its way

People hunt for a bargain during the Monster Garage Sale to raise funds for Cyclone Pam relief in Vanuatu.

Hundreds of people gathered to snap up a bargain at the Monster Garage Sale.

Historical society wants to share its treasures

Fauna McNair, Taranaki Hospital Historical Society president, with the skeleton.

Taranaki Hospital Historical Society has something you don't see every day.

A change of direction for Bell Block club

Bell Block Rugby Sports and Community Club treasurer Lance Mepham.

Bell Block Rugby Sports and Community Club is inviting groups and teams to use its premises.

One song leads to decade of music

Singer Songwriters New Plymouth regular performer Missie Moffat.

A one-time performance turned into an attachment that has lasted 10 years for musician Missie Moffat.

Cosy coats for kindergarten kids

Rotary Club of New Plymouth West members Mark Wilson and Vicki Ingles help Ngamotu Kindergarten pupil Bella Owens-Thomason into a raincoat.

No matter the weather, the children at Ngamotu Kindergarten can stay warm and dry while in the elements.

Toy library needs books to sell

Taranaki Toy Library co-ordinator Jana Dunnet loads her car with boxes for donated books.

Taranaki Toy Library is hoping to find funding within the pages of books. 

Writer 'pins courage to the mast'

Author Mark Chamberlain has cold feet about sharing his story.

Mark O'Rourke Chamberlain, formerly of New Plymouth, is reluctant to release his new book.

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