Fabulous views of sea and mountain


A lifestyle block, a beautiful home and views to die for - that is what the lucky buyer of 629 South Rd, Omata will enjoy.

Young star in 'remarkable' group


While other young girls are stringing together loom bands, emerging musician Mercy Jones is threading through a Beethoven piece on a grand piano.

Clearing the way for City to Vickers project

Motorists travelling north of New Plymouth city tomorrow should allow more time to get to their destinations.

Family upset, Selby gets 10 years

Relatives yelled expletives when Steven John Selby was given 10 years in jail for the rape and sexual abuse of an intellectually disabled teenager.

It's a maths double

Maths is easy as 1,2,3 for Spotswood College's young mathematicians.

Hawera brings kapahaka to life

A chance to see Taranaki school children shine on the kapahaka stage was on offer at a cultural festival held in Hawera yesterday.

Teens get look at army life

Cody Rothwell, 15, left, with schoolmate Colby Wall

Colby Wall has had his eyes set on joining the army since he was a child.

Big tally of hopefuls in Taranaki

The number of candidates standing in Taranaki's four electorates has risen to 22.

Running us around the mountain

Kura Denness enjoys a relatively low profile, but you're probably living with the consequences of her decisions.

Fire terror victim grateful to saviours

''It was very traumatic.''

Eileen Thomas will never be able to thank Taranaki's firefighters enough for pulling her to safety from the burning balcony of her Ngamotu Rd home.

Steel net to stop rocks

Joy Thompson

A 1600 square metre steel net will be anchored into a section of the Mangaotaki Bluffs above State Highway 3 near Pio Pio to prevent rock falls.

Death from meningitis


A 34-year-old woman died of meningococcal disease at Taranaki Hospital yesterday.

Party candidates' debate declared a draw


Grey Power's traditionally influential New Plymouth candidate debate largely avoided political sniping and served up a thoughtful but dry discussion of the burning issues.

Resident worried by Fonterra stink

The Eltham wastewater treatment plant pond where Fonterra has dumped buttermilk byproduct that is creating a stink with nearby residents.

Resident affected by the stench of millions of litres of rotting buttermilk now fears another community might be lumped with the putrid problem.

Burglary highlights code issues

Changing security codes after an employee leaves should be standard practice for businesses, a Taranaki security specialist says.

Herd of Mustangs answer dreams


A man with terminal cancer was brought to tears when 20 mustangs arrived on his doorstep.

Mosen not guilty of burglary

A jury has found an oil worker not guilty of aiding Adam Morehu to burgle Mag and Tyre Direct.

Fourth time's a charm for couple

It was love at fourth sight for Ernie and Shirley Wilmshurst.

Sculptor denies assault


Revelations of Taranaki's drug underworld suitable for an episode of TV's Breaking Bad unfolded in court yesterday.

Retailers unhappy with new liquor sales hours

Some Stratford liquor retailers are frustrated with proposed changes to alcohol trading hours.

Illegal dumpers caught in act


Big Brother has helped bag a handful of fly-tippers as Taranaki's four councils begin to turn the screws on illegal dumping.

Heidi Klum's Hawera connection

Sean Kelly dresses Klum

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum wore a promising Taranaki designer's dress on the Emmy Award's red carpet this week.

Laurie's always a lifesaver

Laurie Baker

Laurie Baker's willingness to battle rough seas and strong winds to save lives has been recognised.

Stolen property looking for owners

Cops: "They are an important lead for us"


Taranaki police are hoping the public will help solve dozens of South Taranaki burglaries.

National pledges faster cancer treatment

John Key

National have pledged extra funding for arthritis, back pain, cancer treatment and joint problems.

Police handling of 'out of control' parties investigated

Jakob Christie

Review of police handling of "out of control" parties shows officers overstep the mark at times, but brings clarification of their powers.

Ella's world opens up

Ella Gavin


The first time Ella Gavin heard the world, she turned her head towards the sound.

French connection

French connection.


Eleven Taranaki artists will be travelling to Paris in November with about 150 works by local.

Aiming for top at 81

Daphne Keighley.


An octogenarian is breaking down barriers and paving new pathways.

Police alarmed at theft of weapons


Firearms and ammunition were stolen when a rural Okaiawa property was burgled in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Mystery compere adds to question night

A mystery adjudicator will this year be thrown into the mix at the Taranaki Daily News New Plymouth candidates' debate.

Stratford gives bum's rush to all legal highs

Stratford councillors have fully supported a policy to keep psychoactive substances out of their town.

Driver's alcohol level twice the limit

A woman almost twice over the legal alcohol limit was fined for her second drink-driving conviction when she appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday.

Tractors pulling crowds

New sport taking off


Tractor pulling is taking off in Taranaki and organisers of the next event hope to pull a large crowd this weekend.

Author back to her roots

"It's wonderful raising our kids in a bus"

ngahuia murphy

Ngahuia Murphy was instantly at home when she stepped on Taranaki soil to launch her book yesterday.

Seven years for robbery


The main offender in a vicious street robbery has been jailed for seven years.

Morehu was suicidal prior to shooting


Adam Morehu was suicidal in the months before he was shot by police, a jury in the New Plymouth District Court was told yesterday.

Shearer laments high cost of power

David Shearer

Labour's David Shearer laughed yesterday when asked if he was glad he was not leading the party into the election.

Taranaki man recalls crash landing

 Moturoa resident Barrie Slyfield

A wartime plane crash maybe missing from local records but not from the memory of one Moturoa resident.

Flyers warn of sex abuser


Vogeltown residents are shocked a sex offender has been released into their neighbourhood.

Apprentice Luke a true bright sparkie

Luke Day

Luke Day tried his hand at a few odd jobs before he found his niche as an electrician.

Scott Donaldson's lost kayak washes up


The kayak that Scott Donaldson used in his failed trans-Tasman attempt in July has made landfall.

Guilty plea for strangling


A Hawera man who grabbed his partner around the neck during an argument has been sentenced to community work.

Winter wanes with warm week

Sun, sunny, hot day, heat wave

The central region is due for a spell of warmer weather for the rest of the week.

New archive and training centre

A new Taranaki Maori archive research and training centre is set to become a base for Maori.

Tikorangi speed limit: new round of talks starts

Round two of the battle over Tikorangi's speed limit is about to begin.

Green teen snaps up a prize for tips

MICHELE ONG - Taranaki Daily News

An Oakura youth's photojournalistic efforts have won him a trip to Cyprus to boost his reporting skills.

Thanks for saving me

Arthur Lester

Arthur Lester says he owes his life to those who cared for him after he was attacked by a seal on New Plymouth's foreshore.

Four years for family house fire


A recidivist arsonist who burnt a house down after arguing with his girlfriend has been jailed for four years.

Court told of life of drugs and burglaries

A Waitara man has told a jury of his life of heavy drug use and burglaries with his best mate.
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