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Patea's big day out

The Patea Maori Club were a crowd favourite at the Pae Pae in the Park in Patea on Waitangi Day.

Music and good food, rather than politics, were centrestage during Pae Pae in the Park at Patea to celebrate Waitangi Day.

Fatal motorcycle crash

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In wet conditions, a man lost control of his motorbike and died of his injuries.

After-hours care for surf club

Doctors and Oakura locals Angela Veric and Trent Cutts are just two of the community members in Oakura who will be given keys to New Plymouth Old Boys surf club's new medical facility for after-hours emergencies.

Even if lifeguards aren't on duty, key community members in Oakura will now be able to access medical facilities.

Cheese store comes to NP

Jasmine Timu is set to sell quality cheese

She couldn't have a cafe so Jasmine Timu is opening a cheese chop.

Paritutu fire suspicious

Beck Helicopters were called in to extinguish hot-spots after a fire on Paritutu rock on Friday night.

A helicopter was called in to dampen down flare-ups after a fire on Paritutu rock on Friday night.

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Fire engulfed the summit of Paritutu Rock in New Plymouth on Friday night.

Police say they are treating a fire that engulfed landmark Paritutu rock as suspicious.

Museum makeover not for everyone gallery

Mokau museum committee Ian Whittaker and Jan Brown are ecstatic with the Tainui Historical Society Museum's new look.

Mokau's museum has had a serious makeover - but not everybody likes it.

Substance spill in Bell Block

Police and the fire service's Hazardous Materials Team have shut down the Bell Block off-ramp.

Police and the fire service's Hazardous Materials Team are investigating a blue substance spill at Bell Block.

Duck eggs hatch into growing business video

What started out with three ducks has hatched into a growing business from Dawn Bendall as the benefits of duck eggs continue to amaze her.

Are duck eggs the next super-food? Dawn and Glen Bendall think so.

Less rain, more sun

South Taranaki's coastal strip was one of few areas in New Zealand that got less rain than usual in January.

New Plymouth was named sunniest spot in NZ over January, while South Taranaki was one of few areas to get less rain than predicted.

Loneliness a problem for older people

Age Concern executive officer Gillian Goble with Phyllis Robertson and visiting service coordinator Aylene Hall.

When Phyllis Robertson's husband Ray died in 2013 she became lonely and isolated from other people.

Golf tournament for Disney trip

Melissa Long's father Terry Long organises an annual golf tournament to fundraise for the trust set up in her memory.

They may have turned up at a golf club, but golf took a back seat for those who turned out for the Mellowpuff Foundations 10th fundraiser.

Santa to lose beard

Murray Heal's 35 year old beard gets the chop from his wife Sandra to raise money for cancer.

Murray Heal has a year to grow his beard back or Christmas won't have its Santa.

Raroa's $60 million upgrade

The Raroa is getting a $60 million make over.

The Raroa is getting a $60 million make over to "future proof" it for 10 years.

Dump stinks and needs improvement

Colson Rd landfill has received 20 complaints for odour from 2014-2015 but the district council is working on the problem.

Taranaki's regional dump is in trouble for making a stink.

Schools budgeting for free education

Ramanui School students Ariana Graham, 8, Owen Ngaia-Hall, 6, and Ayla Cadwallader, 5, got their new school books for free.

Genuine no cost education available at two South Taranaki schools.

New fence divides town

New Plymouth District Councillor Richard Jordan is one of many Inglewood locals who have questions regarding a new safety fence installed by KiwiRail

Heard of the Berlin Wall? Well now there's the Inglewood fence.

A process of healing

Around 100 people turned out for the Walk of Peace in New Plymouth to begin Treaty of Waitangi commemorations in Taranaki on Friday.

On the eve of Waitangi Day, a journey of silent contemplation outlined New Zealand's healing process was far from done. 

Man ordered to pay TSB Bank $22k

The Supreme Court of New Zealand declined a leave to appeal a case against TSB Bank.

A man ordered to pay the TSB Bank nearly $23,000 in loan arrears has been denied the chance to appeal the judgement in the Supreme Court.

South Taranaki trio join charity ride

Nicola Luxton, Ernie Blom and Jo Gibbs will cycle 1358 kms with the Joe's Garage Charity Cycle Riders.

Cyclists breaking down barriers and building up charities with annual cross-country ride.

Brothers' on winning streak

Ajay, 8, and Davi, 11, Jordan are storming through the New Zealand youth motocross events.

Hawera's Jordan brothers are battling for top dog status in competitive motocross circuits.

Scholarships making a difference

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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.

Police investigating assault

Two men were taken to hospital after an assault In New Plymouth on New Year's Eve.

New Plymouth police are investigating an assault that saw three men beaten up by a group of people on New Year's Eve.

National fan shortage leaves Kiwis hot and bothered

If you've managed to buy a fan this summer, you are one of the lucky ones.

If you're looking for a fan to help you get through a muggy February, you're fresh out of luck.

Benefit fraud earns conviction

A South Taranaki man admitted benefit fraud worth nearly $12,000.

"The real victims of your offending are the taxpayers of New Zealand and also other beneficiaries who receive their benefits properly."

Taranaki's unemployment rate drops to 4.1 per cent

Labour leader Andrew Little said Taranaki's unemployment rate has only dropped because people are leaving the workforce.

Taranaki's unemployment rates are the lowest they have been in four years.

Turtle reunited with owner

Alison Reed, of New Plymouth, has been reunited with her pet turtle Speedy after it was handed into the North Taranaki SPCA.

The found red-eared slider turtle has made his way home.

Fish species at risk

Five species of whitebait have been identified as at risk species by the Taranaki Regional Council.

Dwindling juvenile fish numbers have sparked moves to protect their habitats.

Kaponga girl heads university union

Former Kaponga student Linsey Higgins is the new National President of the NZUSA, The New Zealand Union of Students' Associations.

Former Kaponga student Linsey Higgins is following in Andrew Little's footsteps.

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