St Joseph's wins Brainiac Cup

The Mind Masters team, from left, Thomas Watson, Tara Stevens, Jackson Corlett, Oliver Cayley and Zak Mockett.

St Joseph's New Plymouth have proved they are the brainiest of them all.

Mischievous dog subject of book

Corinne Crowe holds her new book.

Lizzy the dog causes chaos at the kennels in Corinne Crowe's new book.

Cancer Society welcomes volunteers

Jan Mason wants to hear from crafts people who have a talent they'd like to share.

All volunteers are welcome at the Cancer Society's Taranaki Centre.

Marley seeks a home

Marley the SPCA cat enjoys spending his days in the garden.

Marley the cat is now ready for adoption.

New aero club takes off

North Taranaki Aero Club president Chris Morrison with the ZK-ELH Cessna 172N 180hp available for hire.

Plans to establish a new North Taranaki Aero Club are no longer up in the air.

Cookie Time Christmas buckets now on sale

Cookie Time Christmas Cookie-bucket sellers Maddie Hamel, left, and Alex Barrett.

It's time to buy a Cookie Time Christmas Cookie-bucket. For the next few weeks, Cookie Time will take orders for the buckets of bite-size cookies.

Passion for job pays dividends

Chairman of ETC Graham Wells, left, with Taranaki's top apprentice Christian Gavison-Moratti, centre, and chairman of ETC training committee Steve Day, right.

Ice Electrical apprentice Christian Gavisan-Moratti was named Taranaki's top apprentice at last week's Engineering Taranaki Consortium Apprenticeship Awards.

Rain ruins sporting fixtures

Rain is not the big problem to golfers as it is to cricketers and tennis players

This last weekend has certainly reminded us of the frailty of our traditionally recognised summer sports of cricket and tennis. Now I know many will put forward other sports, even my year-round golf, but cricket and tennis remain the big two … for now.

Speed limit ignored

Tranzit Orbiter bus driver Richard Thompson accepts passengers in front of Highlands Intermediate School.

Authorities are concerned about driver speed past stationary school buses. Reporter Yvette Batten was invited on a school bus run to witness the speeds.

Asia-Rose shares birthday with food bank

Asia-Rose Blowfield with the food she collected for the New Plymouth Community Food Bank.

Asia-Rose Blowfield didn't want presents at her birthday celebrations.

Kokako plight topic of new book

Linley Wellington and Rebecca Beyer with their new book Tamanui, The Brave Kokako of Taranaki.

A book written by two New Plymouth authors is helping to bring back the Kokako bird to Taranaki.

Santa run for KidsCan

Marise Barrett gets into the groove of The Great KidsCan Santa Run.

People could be forgiven for thinking all their Christmas' had come at once when lots of people dressed in santa suits run along East End and Fitzroy Beach.

Hotelier shows his heart

Terry Parkes and Bry Kopu are working together to provide entertaining events that raise money for a new angiography machine and suite.

New Plymouth's Terry Parkes keeps offering fun and festivities to help raise money towards a new $3.6 million angiography machine and suite for the people of Taranaki.

Fun relay helps fight domestic violence

Megan White from team YMCA ran in last year's White Ribbon Relay held on Devon Street in New Plymouth.

By Callum Williamson, Taranaki Safe Families Trust.

Cheats prosper, fans miss out

Activists from the All India Democratic Youth Organisation set fire to the cardboard replica of a cricket bat during a protest against the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament and spot fixing in Kolkata May 26, 2013.

Cheating seems to be taking so much of the sports headlines at present, mostly of course because of the court case against Chris Cairns.

More funds equals more activities at CanTeen

CanTeen Taranaki's Alex Nash wants people to donate when they see these collection buckets in businesses.

CanTeen Taranaki has a new youth worker. 

Koru hairstyle for Kawana

Kawana Erueti and his mother Karmin Erueti-Thatcher look forward to the hair cutting event for Little Fighters Trust.

A New Plymouth five-year-old, who has never had his hair cut, is about to take the plunge for charities.

Interest in conductive education for Taranaki grows

Conductive Education Taranaki Trust chairman Craig Nielsen and his son Zak exchange a cheeky grin.

Taranaki people are urged to get behind a bid to bring conductive education here.

Getting in on the act

Choreographer Alannah Matthews is part of the creative team producing Sister Act.

New Plymouth Operatic is gearing up for its 2016 production, Sister Act.

Red Cross gets a hand up from retirement villages

Jean Sandel Retirement Village resident Gwen Chapman with her New Plymouth Volunteer Service Award for years of service with the Red Cross.

Red Cross is the recipient of Ryman Healthcare's fundraising for the next year.

Snap up a bargain at the SPCA market day

Getting in the spirit for the Xmas Market Day and Car Boot sale SPCA Op Shop manager Jess Sinclair, left, holds Wilfred Shimmin and Debra Taylor holds Snowy the dog.

SPCA is holding an Xmas Market Day and Car Boot sale on Sunday November 29 at the op shop on Devon St. It will run from 10am to 2pm with deals galore inside and outside the shop.

Teacher learns in sister city

St Pius X School teacher and deputy principal Pat Swanson learning origami at Nakazatonishi Junior High School in Japan.

Creating more leadership opportunities for pupils is something on which teacher Pat Swanson wants to place an emphasis after a trip to Japan.

Camilla pawses to meet Rica gallery

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, reaches down to shake the paw of Rica from the Kotuku Foundation Assistance Animals Aotearoa.

As the royal fever reached fever pitch during their visit to New Plymouth one woman and her dog sat among the crowd at Brooklands Park patiently waiting.

Pens support youth in need

Behind the counter at The Warehouse Bell Block are, from left, acting assistant store manager Jodie Rayner, 0800 What's Up national manager Karen Billings and checkout operator Diane Aspden.

Barnardos and The Warehouse teamed up to help young people in need.

Red Cross random act of kindness campaign hits Blennz

Red Cross Taranaki continues its Random Act of Kindness campaign by dropping off stationary supplies to Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand group making tactile learning resources.

Children with special needs will have more tactile or larger learning resources thanks to a random act of kindness from Red Cross.

Americans flock to cricket

Fans react during a Cricket All-Star exhibition match at Citi Field in New York, November 7, 2015. The event was the first of three games to be played for the first time in American baseball parks.

Now that we've held the cup for more than a week it's time to start thinking about other sports.

Mentors lead the way

New Horizons Aotearoa mentor Tim Costelloe from ITL works with Devon Intermediate School pupils Phoenix Vedder, centre, and Aaron Casey.

One of the things highlighted by the New Horizons Aotearoa project is the importance of having great mentors.

Legs For Elizabubble takes its gratitude a step further

Stacey Millen, left, from Legs For Elizabubble presents a cheque to Sarah Silver, centre, from the Little Fighters Trust with Elizabeth Millen, front and her father Ralph and brother Ivan.

One good turn deserved another for the Millen Family.

Fitzroy Care and Craft Centre welcomes new members

Having fun painting at the Fitzroy Care and Craft Centre are Erica O'Keefe, left, and Beth George.

Fitzroy Care and Craft Centre is holding an open day for potential guests and people who want to share their skills.

Fair day at Rhapsody

Ultimate Care Rhapsody resident Polly Jackson with some of the succulent baskets made for the fair.

Residents at Ultimate Care Rhapsody have tuned into their creative talents for the fair day to be held on November 12.

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