Sharks' brawler sentenced

CCTV New Plymouth pub brawl

A Southland Sharks basketball player has been sentenced to community detention for his part in an attack outside a New Plymouth bar.

Fire guts Waitara house

Fire Service firefighters generic

Firefighters from Waitara and New Plymouth spent more than two hours putting out a house fire early this morning.

Wooden pallets stolen


Thieves have been stealing wooden pallets from businesses in New Plymouth and Waitara.

Wild, windy weekend ahead

Rain on the way


Despite a warmer week, a grim forecast of gales and heavy rain for the next few days is set to blight weekend plans for people around the country.

All the fun of the science fair


The 2014 Taranaki Science & Technology Fair was held in New Plymouth this week. Sam Boon took his video camera along.

Hapu feel let down by Treaty settlement

Members of three Te Atiawa hapu are disappointed concerns about the iwi's pending Treaty settlement appear to have been ignored.

Novopay takeover surprises principals

The Government's move to take over the beleaguered Novopay payroll system has taken some Taranaki principals by surprise.

Passenger forgives airline for big delay

Despite being "herded like animals" while stranded for three days in Hawaii, a New Plymouth woman says she would fly with Air New Zealand again.

Woman jumped on uncle's car bonnet to save herself

A young woman says she was forced to leap on to the car bonnet of her uncle's car when he tried to force his way into her family's property.

Funding promised

Labour is vowing to breathe life back into Taranaki's adult and community education (ACE) sector if elected to power.

Parade to mark Great War effort

Current and former servicemen and women will take to New Plymouth streets on Sunday to mark 100 years since the start of World War I.

Three charged over spate of burglaries

Three people charged in connection with several South Taranaki burglaries appeared in the Hawera District Court this week.

Hype almighty as Dotcom hits town

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The Internet Mana Party roadshow came to New Plymouth last night with a call for change.

Mum: 8-hour hospital wait not on

Suzanne Phillips

A Patea woman who feared her toddler was suffering respiratory problems stormed out after enduring an eight-hour wait at Hawera Hospital.

Hanna geared up for court time

Sponsor for wheelchair basketballers

Hanna Moore

Hanna Moore likes wheelchair basketball for the freedom it gives her.

Leaseholders may get chance to buy


Hundreds of Waitara leaseholders may soon be a step closer to owning the land they live on.

Whittakers recall chocolate slabs

whittakers almond slab

Whittakers recalls a batch of mini slabs after blue plastic was found in some bars.

Check the neck and ask the wearer about Scouts

Matapu Scouts


Neckerchiefs will be out in force tomorrow as people celebrate the inaugural National Scout Scarf Day.

Band brassed off

Building full of borer

Hawera Brass

Hawera's Brass Band is refusing to go quietly into the night after a seismic report found significant deficiencies in its building.

Fringe festival comes of age



A festival that began as a reaction to rejection has blossomed into a cherished tradition.

Driver fined after sun strike crash


A first offender was fined in the Hawera District Court this week after he pleaded guilty to causing a car accident which injured a man.

Roigard inquiry ongoing

Aaron Roigard

Inquiries into the disappearance of Opunake man Aaron Roigard are continuing this week.

Whyte stands by race-based law comment

James Gray

ACT Party leader Jamie Whyte wasn't surprised at the furore caused by his speaking out against what he called "race based laws".

Ship's captain finds his place of berth

Born here but never been back

Elliot Jenkins

Finding the place of berth took another form for a navy ship's captain yesterday when he returned to Taranaki for the first time since his own birth.

Meeting called to address iwi concerns

Disgruntled members of Taranaki's Te Atiawa iwi will meet with the Government's chief Treaty negotiator today.

Puppy love's the name of the game

Pregnant dog dropped at pound

Cathy and Russell Klenner with Tessa and five of her puppies,

An old, heavily pregnant dog was left in the pound drop-off box just days out from giving birth.

Tireless community stalwart remembered

Staying out until midnight and patrolling the streets was something Barry Watt did until the week he died.

Houwers questions adviser's roading submission

Questions are already being raised about how mayor Andrew Judd is choosing to use his adviser.

New Plymouth council manager heads south

Simon Pickford

New Plymouth council manager Simon Pickford moves south in October to take up a role with the Dunedin City Council.

Greens' pledge for Maui's dolphins

maui dolphin

The Greens would ban set-net fishing, trawling and gas and oil exploration in reserves home to the Maui's dolphin.

Conviction for false rape claim


An Eltham woman who claimed she had been raped was sentenced in court this week for making a false complaint to police.

Five-tonne truck rolls


A truck rolled near Mt Messenger on State Highway 3 in north Taranaki this morning.

Crash damages vehicles


Emergency services were called to a two-vehicle crash in Lepperton this morning.

'Chewbacca' court defence fails


A New Plymouth jury did not believe a man who appeared to use the O J Simpson "Chewbacca defence".

Staff on front line at hospital's Te Puna Waiora

Taranaki Base Hospital

Staff are the victims of over half of assaults at Taranaki Base Hospital's mental health unit.

Giving iwi a say back on agenda

Andrew Judd is progressing with his plan to give one iwi member the right to vote on council issues.

Prison for drink driver with 'appalling' history

A man caught drink driving soon after being sentenced for shoplifting has been jailed.

Learning to speak in silence

Dee and Brooke Jury wanted to learn a new language so they signed up for a NZ sign language course.

Brass band building 'unsafe'

The future of Hawera's Brass Band is on a knife edge after a seismic report found significant deficiencies in its building.

Goldfish gone, but the eels are thriving

Pukekura Park

Pukekura Park's feral goldfish population is missing in action but recent work on the garden's two lakes has revealed a thriving eel community.

Big flu toll at Hawera schools


Staff and students at two South Taranaki schools are "dropping like flies" after being hit by the flu.

Budding scientists impress judges

Thinking caps on

Rick Wood

Taranaki's eager scientists have had their thinking caps on while delving into the world of science.

Jobs go as supermarket gets the chop

new world

New World Hawera will close its doors for the last time next month, leaving over 50 unemployed.

Knife no match for note-pad


A woman who had a knife pulled on her in New Plymouth last night scared the would-be car-jacker off by hitting him with a pad.

'Chewbacca' blamed for abusive texts


A New Plymouth man blamed for a violent attack on an Eltham man has told a jury his uncle - now deceased - and his mate called Chewbacca must have done the damage.

Cloud, rain forecast


Taranaki's stretch of sunny winter weather is about to come to an end with the MetService forecasting cloud and rain.

Hearing defect missed


A New Plymouth family wants to start a support group for parents and patients suffering from auditory processing disorder.

Fish to fill youngsters


Something fishy is going on at New Waves.

The new Hobbit trailer is here

Hobbit / Battle

The first brief look at the final instalment in The Hobbit movie trilogy has been released - and it's grim.

Dairy farms rigorously monitored

Dairy cows

Taranaki dairy farmers are under one of the strictest environmental monitoring regimes in the country.
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