Maori language: use it or lose it


Reclaiming a missing part of her identity is something one Waitara woman will be forever thankful for.

Spate of crashes on icy roads

timaru icy roads

Police are warning motorists to "drive to the conditions" after a morning of crashes.

Whanau, music move language forward

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer

OPINION: Hearing Te Reo Maori today always makes me feel connected my koro and my heritage.

West Ham's very special guest

Alex Best is the envy of his football mates

Alex Best

Alex Best never had a choice.

Massive screen on way

Yarrow Stadium

A 70sqm, $500,000 big-screen scoreboard is planned for Yarrow Stadium in October.

Contest grows to get kids walking

Under their own steam

 Emma Gilliver

Council's Let's Go scheme rewards pupils from 12 schools for walking, biking and scootering to school.

Firefighters welcome largesse

Gary O'Keeffe

Two years of flawless safety at the Stratford power station has paid dividends for two local fire brigades.

Ski slopes extreme-ly inviting

Mt Taranaki

Stratford Mountain Club says Mt Taranaki ski fields have 'once in a decade conditions'.

Tania's language the missing piece

Tania Hodges-Paul

Reclaiming a missing part of her identity is something one Waitara woman will be forever thankful for.

Man avoids jail for child abuse images

Craig Wyber

A man busted with more than 1000 child sex abuse and bestiality images has avoided jail.

Grandma punched alleged rapist


A grandmother choked up telling a jury how she confronted and attacked the man she believed raped her intellectually disabled granddaughter.

Treaty deals await Crown decision


Iwi voters endorse two pending Treaty settlements but must wait for final go-ahead from the Crown.

Emergency services busy on Taranaki roads

St John's Ambulance

Ambulance staff kept busy as icy conditions cause seven crashes on Taranaki roads.

Learning Maori a life path


A decision to learn Maori almost 20 years ago changed the course of Archie Hurunu's life forever.

Taranaki has keepers of our language to pass it on

Tamzyn Pue

OPINION: The Taranaki Daily News celebrates Maori Language Week by rebranding our masthead, again.

Teens learn from journey to the un-comfort zone

Andrew Xiao

"Be comfortable being uncomfortable" was a piece of advice some teens got at a conference.

Man denies raping disabled teen


A Taranaki man raped an intellectually handicapped teenager, the Crown told a jury yesterday.

Sewerage project $3m under budget

Nz dollars

The long-awaited and controversial Waitara sewerage project is nearing completion.

Mayor in dispute over Maori protocol

Ross Dunlop

A spat over Maori protocol played out at the council's iwi liaison committee meeting last week.

Homes at mercy of the ocean

Mokau’s Point Rd

Rock wall at Mokau's point is no match for Tasman tides, as three more homes are at risk.

Friends sacrifice hair for good cause

Joan Rogers

Sue Tilby bought herself a beanie right before getting her hair shaved off yesterday.

Drunk dad left kids at home

Drink driving breath testing

Inglewood man was caught over the limit when he left his young children in bed to go get takeaways.

Efforts to learn te reo rewarding

maori language

A decision to learn Maori almost 20 years ago changed the course of Archie Hurunui's life

Parihaka marae opens its arms to toddlers

Family day out


Exposing children to the Maori culture at a young age is part of the kaupapa behind a special day out.

Adventurer takes on Kokoda trek

Vince Moores

Vince Moores has made up his mind not to waste any time getting through his bucket list.

Group seeks unity on partner violence

domestic abuse

Government's top-down policies failing on domestic abuse, says a new report

Signing tutor seeks to bridge silent divide

Lisa Masters wants to bridge the communication divide between the deaf and hearing communities.

Okato to tap new water supply

Okato residents are welcoming the district council's move to start drilling for a new water supply this summer.

Star winger's winning solution: if it ain't fixed, don't break it again

avon lewis

Inglewood wing Avon Lewis was not going to let a broken hand stop him from playing in the premier club rugby final.

Diagnosis puts girl on 'right track' to fix problems

Charlize Autridge

Charlize Autridge has been in hospital more than 20 times, but in the last few weeks has been well enough to go on her first sleepover.

Railway Hotel hits end of the line

Doors closing after 137 years

Owner Mike Smart by Inglewood’s Railway Hotel,

After 137 years, and coinciding with an Inglewood premier rugby victory, the Inglewood Railway Hotel closed its doors.

Counting on another deal

Te Ngutu o Te Manu Reserve.

The next chapter of a South Taranaki iwi's history is set to be written in the coming weeks.

Kidney donor offers advice to others considering it

graham arthur

Eight weeks after he donated one of his kidneys to an unknown recipient, Graham Arthur has offered advice to more than a dozen potential donors.

Architect left indelible mark on New Plymouth

John Bowering

The architect of several significant New Plymouth buildings, John Bowering, has died while on holiday in Australia.

Proposal meant taking the plunge

Regan makes a deep water proposal


A Taranaki couple's under water proposal has put them in contention to win a $60,000 wedding of their dreams.

Te reo opens many doors in career

Haimona Maruera remembers his first day at primary school vividly.

Maori language week kicks off


Haimona Maruera remembers his first day at primary school vividly.

Cheesed off mice bite into ACC claims


Mice can be quite savage when they're cheesed off, along with many other critters - and ACC pays.

Attacked over non-existent Lotto prize

Lotto ticket

A man attacked two staff at a Lotto shop with the false belief he was owed $1m prize money.

Organist surprised to receive award

Margaret Hurley

Margaret Hurley was overwhelmed to be given a Citizens' Award for her contribution to the New Plymouth community.

Te Atiawa invests in the future

Te Atiawa

Te Atiawa iwi will soon know if it has traded its tormented past for a brighter future.

Shop staff done for dodgy deal

theft, stealing

A shop assistant struck a deal with his mates to let them walk off with their arms full of gear in return for dope.

Citizens receive awards


Good citizens from throughout the region were awarded for their deeds last night.

Bob the Baker (can he mix it?)

Bob Bateman

Two months ago Bob Bateman began making pies again, and next week he will pit them against the country's best.

Close call for sparring councillors

boxing gloves

Shaun Biesiek won another poll last night . . . convincing two of the three judges that he had beaten Craig Williamson in the pair's Coastal Rumble boxing bash.

Devotion to rugby honoured

Les Bayly

The man known as "Mr Stratford Rugby" has received further recognition for his devotion to the sport.

Overloaded multibox sparks fire

Left with little more than the clothes he's wearing

James Hartwell

A 22-year-old man is feeling lucky after an overloaded multibox caused his Eltham home to be gutted by fire.

Police meeting to address marae visit


Children were photographed by police and made to hold out their hands during a police raid on a marae, elders say.

'Help find Aaron' - partner's plea

Aaron Roigard

A "great dad" and "perfect" partner has gone missing in a case the police call "complicated and difficult".

Logging truck rolls


The second trailer of a logging truck rolled at 5.45 this morning, blocking part of State Highway 3 near Bexley Station, in the Awakino area.
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