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Bouncy castle bounces off

Two children were hurt when winds lifted a bouncy castle at the Hawera A&P show.

Tough rescue in rain

Wet weather and awkward terrain hampered emergency services' efforts to free a man trapped in his car after a crash.

Police chase teen through town

Teen allegedly reached speeds of 114km along streets in New Plymouth when chased by police.

Hear our anthem, we entreat

Tom Hunt looks back 37 years to the time when God Defend New Zealand became our homegrown national anthem.

Tragic texts for help revealed

Text messages crying for help from two climbers killed on Mt Taranaki were revealed in a coroner's report into their death released yesterday.

Chance for ownership edges closer

Hundreds of Waitara leaseholders may soon be able to buy the land they live on.

Lee's hobby horse fundraising for charity

Horses can often be a sure fire way to lose money, but one New Plymouth man hopes to raise some cash by selling off his equine creation.

Stand by your town

Is there a problem in Opunake?

There is no bad side of the tracks in Opunake.

School cycle tracks a thrill for pupils

 Mayor Andrew Judd

One little Taranaki school might just be the first in the region to have its own cycle tracks.

Kids down on the farm at A&P show

Kids get taste of country life

A group of schoolchildren from Hawera had the chance to experience a day on the farm firsthand at the annual Egmont A&P Association show yesterday.

Marae fire risk worries guardians

The threat of priceless taonga going up in smoke is something both marae guardians and fire officers are keen to avoid.

Broke marathon runner has 'lived the dream'

She may be broke now but Taranaki ultra-distance runner Megan Stewart reckons she's lived the dream.

Batucada beating the drums for Womad

The Wellington Batucada band could be drumming and whistling their way to next year's Womad festival.

Missing man's father charged with murder

Aaron Roigard went missing in June. Now his father has appeared in court over his death.

Gallery set to buy the Golden Bearing

Glitter tree to glow in GBAG

A sparkling golden tree has captured the imagination of thousands and is set to spring up again.

Man escapes crash

The driver of a car which crashed into a power pole on a rural road in Waitara early this morning managed to escape with minor injuries.

Car and truck crash

Police are investigating a collision between a car and truck near Stratford this morning.

Retailers sad to see troops leave Taranaki

'They have done a fantastic public relations job'

An army exercise has turned into big bucks for south and central Taranaki retailers.

Barretts in running for awards

The Barrett family is in for a big weekend on both sides of the world.

Social issues the same everywhere

A group of social workers from Europe are finding out social issues are the same all over the world.

No High Court for ACC battler

A man fighting to get ACC cover for alleged dioxin poisoning has been denied the right to appeal.

Teaching body offers hope to Witt graduate

The Teacher's Council says a Taranaki woman may not lose her job, despite having her qualification scrapped.

Sacred Heart role excites principal

A big promotion is taking Inglewood High School deputy principal Paula Wells to another level.

Teen's drunken mac attack

A New Plymouth teenager has been sentenced to community work after a drunken attack on a McDonald's staff member.

Cancer diary becomes a book to help others

Mother who watched her 7-year-old daughter die of cancer turns her diary into a book to help other families.

Youth, employers get radio advice on jobs

A new Access Radio show is answering the big questions about youth employment.

Lights out for public parks

Councils nationwide are getting rid of lights in parks to deter people from using them at night.

Antarctica doco blows audience away

A movie directed by a Hawera man about a cold, harsh environment got a warm reception at its premiere.

Coward rides again to raise funds for trust

Grant Coward will break an oath he made 10 years ago when he tackles the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

Police apology fails to appease beneficiary

Complaints from a man who said police officers pointed a Taser at him and pepper-sprayed his dog have been referred to the IPCA.

Teacher fears Witt diploma 'useless'

A Taranaki teacher fears she may lose her job because her qualification is worthless.

Pioneering Celtic bar marks 21st

When Bertie Burleigh opened Peggy Gordon's in 1993, there were plenty of doubters, but after 21 years they've been silenced.

Turei, Peters in ward debate

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei will join Winston Peters in a debate about New Plymouth's Maori ward.

Concern for future as firms cut staff

At least 240 jobs have been lost in the Taranaki engineering industry in the past year.

Coffee with priest leads teacher to guidance role

A cup of coffee and biscuits turned into a life-changing career for Vivienne Zsigovits.

Nurse addicted to drugs jailed for 'huge breach of trust'

A nurse who systematically stole dozens of medical-grade painkillers to feed her addiction has been jailed.

Bins overflow with trash that doesn't belong there

'Disappointing' rubbish dumping

A pensioner has launched a one-man campaign to stop slobs dumping their household trash in overflowing bins at New Plymouth beaches.

Guilty driver 'as much a victim'

A man who has pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death is "as much a victim of the stupidity" which led to a Hawera woman's death, her family says.

Dairy auction prices drop again

PM John Key signals the dairy slump is almost over, but economists are not so optimistic after the latest global dairy auction.

Shipwreck of SS Ventnor and its dead finally found

Wreckage found of a ship that disappeared 112 years ago, carrying 499 dead Chinese miners.

Pub stabbing denied

A man has denied attacking a group of people with a knife in an Opunake Bar.

Suspect leaves a trail of art

Philip Jones, also known as Suspect, has left his mark on Central and South America.

Hey dads, it's time to get involved

New Plymouth's Dave Owens is on a mission to get more fathers involved in their newborn baby's upbringing.

Discovery course helps Tailor turn his life around

Tailor Flay has just got back from a course that changed his life.

Horse's box up for grabs

Nominations for candidates standing in the New Plymouth District Council by-election to replace councillor John McLeod are open.

Centre high on wish list

A new community centre and getting the housing situation sorted were high on the agenda at a "community conversation" in Marfell on Monday night.

Spring takes sour turn

Wellington and Wairarapa get a taste of the wet side of spring – rain and wind, with a teaser of sun.

Suspicious fire damages house

A car fire that spread to a Whanganui house is being treated a suspicious.

Groser promises fresh talks with China

OPINION: Australians are braying that their country's framework for a free trade agreement with China is bigger and/or better than New Zealand's with regard to dairy products.

Hero suffers stroke

New Plymouth's Colin Muggeridge suffered a massive stroke just two days before being recognised as one of New Zealand's Local Heroes.
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