Second chance at love for animals

Marcia Cadle cuddles her kunekune pig Harry.

It's not only people that need love on Valentine's Day.

Sunflower seed brightens Gabby's memorial

Roland and Sarah Devine admire the sunflower over their daughter, Gabby's, memorial at Sacred Heart Girls' College.

Staff and students at Sacred Heart Girls' College started the school year with a sunny surprise.

Motor show welcomes all types

All Comers Charity Motor Show event co-ordinator Wayne Dougan sits on a custom-built chopper motorcycle in front of some of the other vehicles that will be on show.

It's time to show off your pride and joy.

Items stored carefully at Puke Ariki

Social History Collection curator Megan Wells in the temperature and humidity controlled storage area in Puke Ariki.

Reporter Yvette Batten is taking a peek at the less visible aspects of Puke Ariki. This week we speak with Social History Collection curator Megan Wells about the storage of items kept by Puke Ariki. 

Bike gods welcome in New Plymouth

Velo Deus 20 co-organisers Bianca Weston and Carl Avery.

Classic bikes will be put the test on Friday.

Scholarships making a difference

Joshua Makea and Cindy Leong Joshua Makea and Cindy Leong were presented with their Certificate in Trade Skills from WITT last month.

Joshua Makea and Cindy Leong created a bit of history when they were presented with their Certificate in Trade Skills from WITT last month.

Heart Foundation street appeal approaching

Heart Foundation health promotion co-ordinator Anne Berrie, left, and heart health advocate Elaine Jamieson with volunteer street collector Darrell Pearce.

Darrell Pearce urges people to look after their hearts.

Photos sought for book about 1960s

Kathryn Williams wants people to share their memories of growing up in Taranaki during the 1960s on the I Remember When - Growing up in the 60s in Taranaki Facebook page.

Kathryn Williams is about to release a book about growing up in the 1960s in Taranaki, but she needs a couple more things before it's published.

Pamphlets encourage safe driving

Parent Warren Dravitski and his son Lars accept a road safety pamphlet from New Plymouth Girls' High School student Juliette Wilson.

As bells began to ring in the new school year last week, Police, Roadsafe Taranaki and pupils from various high schools were out delivering safety messages to parents.

No Limits! on cooking skills

Children on the Red Cross No Limits! programme enjoy the mud run at Meeting of the Waters.

Whether it's running through the mud or participating in a Masterchef-style competition, the children on the No Limits! programme had opportunity after opportunity for personal growth.

Dodgy parking at schools monitored

A New Plymouth District Council parking officer tickets an unregistered, unwarranted car that is not only outside a parking zone, but across someone's driveway in front of Woodleigh School.

As children head back to school, the crackdown on parents parking poorly outside the gate continues.

Another black belt grade for Steve

Steve Drummond and his daughter Hannah Martin-Drummond demonstrate a roundhouse kick block.

In 2002 Steve Drummond was told he'd be in a wheelchair within the decade.

Horses changed Courtney Hamill's life

Adventure Healing Wellness Trust client Courtney Hamill has found the horse therapy helped with personal growth.

Courtney Hamill has turned her life around. About six months ago the 16-year-old was struggling with depression and hadn't attended school for almost two years.

Therapies with a horse, of course

Adventure Healing Wellness Trust adventure therapy co-ordinator Alex Nash, left, feeds her horses with client Courtney Hamill.

On Fridays and Saturdays Alex Nash travels into the back-blocks of Urenui where, with the aid of her horses, she helps troubled youth.

Items sought for Heritage Collection

Pictorial Collection curator Chanelle Carrick with the The young Archduke Maximilien-Franz of Austria tending to his cabbage patch (beneath a cabbage tree in Taranaki c1800) in readiness for making a year's supply of sauerkraut drawing by Graham Percy.

In the coming weeks reporter Yvette Batten is taking a peek at the less visible aspects of Puke Ariki. This week we speak with Heritage Collection Pictorial Collection curator Chanelle Carrick about the process for new acquisitions.

Flannagan Cup celebrates 100 years

Flannagan Cup 2015 winner Brett Rogers.

New Plymouth's premiere open water swim event is about to celebrate 100 years.

SPCA gets a $6500 boost

SPCA spokeswoman Jackie Poles Smith, left, and Mitre 10 MEGA checkout operator Jackie Tutaki-Doorbar play with kittens Kit, back, and Kat.

Financial pressure of taking care of cats and kittens at the North Taranaki SPCA shelter this summer has been eased. 

Puke Ariki curators preserve history

Puke Ariki Pictorial Collection curator Chanelle Carrick.

In the coming weeks reporter Yvette Batten is taking a peek at Puke Ariki. This week we speak with Heritage Collection lead Andrew Moffat about the team and its function.

Coastal cuts on offer

Senior hairdressers Courtney Jackson, left, and Jacqui Malcolm are organising the Cuts 4 Cause event.

People out for a Sunday stroll on the Coastal Walkway can have a pit stop and get a classy new hairdo at the Cuts 4 Cause event.

Weight training eases arthritis pain

Rockbodz Personal Trainer and body sculptor Maria Dunlop, left, with client Nadene Chapman.

Body building has helped Maria Dunlop live with rheumatoid arthritis.

Painting highlights humanitarian work

Monica Calvo Murray, left, with her painting The Path, and the Red Cross Taranaki Service Centre co-ordinator Jess Burrows.

A little bit of Africa has made its way to the walls of Red Cross' service centre in New Plymouth.

Kids' Market now at Highlands

Kids' Market organisers Trudi Neumann, left, and Louise Godfrey are looking forward to the first market of 2016 to be held at Highlands Intermediate School.

Kids' Market has a new home.

New cookbook for Bin Inn

Michelle Yandle with her new cookbook Beyond the Bin.

Michelle Yandle has released her second book in 12 months. 

A tea party with a twist

Getting into the spirit of the Mat Hatter's Tea Party are friends and family of the Conductive Education Taranaki Trust.

People can expect things to get a little crazy during The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, a fundraiser for Conductive Education Taranaki Trust.

Festive season no fun for many

Taranaki police responded t 12 incidents of family violence on Christmas Day.

Welcome back everyone as we start a new year.

Hospital made bearable with bears

Countach Neill, 7, cuddles his new friend he's called Paddington with, back  from left, Paula and Tayla Mortimore from the Calendar Club, and Taranaki District Health Board Child Adolescent Community Centre pediatrician Dr John Sanders and clinic co-ordinator Sue Tipler.

Children receiving treatment during the festive season were given a reason to smile from the Calendar Club in Centre City.

Mountain biking for women event

Jenn O'Connor Patterson is keen to share her love of mountain biking at the MTB Gals event.

Women are encouraged to have a go at mountain biking on the Mangamahoe trail.

Share with care on Coastal Walkway

One of the decal stickers urging New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway users to take their conversations to the side to allow other people enjoying the foreshore through.

As summer gets into full swing, users of New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway are reminded to be courteous to one another. 

Shitbox Rally comes to New Zealand

Adam Prestney gets into gear for the New Zealand Shitbox Rally.

Adam Prestney is is about to participate in a car rally, but he's not sure if he'll finish in the car he will start out with.

Linking into Starlit HOPE

Putting together their wishes for the rainbow chain at Rumpus Room are, from left, Alyssa Vanner, Helen Griffiths, Kyra Jensen, Sarah Devine, Niamh Quinn, Roland and Patrick Devine.

People can make a wish to benefit Starlit HOPE at Rumpus Room.

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