Fonterra denies stinky milk dump charges

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

Fonterra has pleaded not guilty to dumping of millions of litres of milk byproduct.

Parole delayed for 'Beast of Blenheim'

Stewart Murray Wilson

Stewart Murray Wilson, the 'Beast of Blenheim', remains in jail until at least December 12.

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Freedom Shopping


The desire to help others retain their freedom has spurred one Hawera woman to do something for herself.

Well-used loos get makeover



There's a lot of activity at Patea's public ablution block.

New pharmacy for Hawera

A flurry of activity on Hawera's Victoria St signals the construction of a new pharmacy for the town.

More robbery, fewer crimes in Taranaki region

Robbery and extortion have doubled in the Taranaki region in the past year, according to figures released yesterday.

Driver charged over death of Taranaki jogger

A Hawera man has been charged over the death of jogger DeAnne Cooper earlier this year.

Oil, gas sector told to improve communication

The oil and gas sector needs to improve the way it communicates to help put an end to its negative image, industry bosses say.

New Plymouth trainer up against world's best

From 'fat chance' to New York

Fiona Ross

Taranaki personal trainer Fiona Ross is among the best in the world.

Isaac Kettle setting the bar at Back Beach

Isaac Kettle

Isaac Kettle won his heat with a score combined two-wave heat total of 14.23 out of a possible 20.00 at the National Scholastic Surfing Championships at Back Beach.

Lifesaving Kiwi bikers hailed as heroes in USA

Maurice Doyle and Rhys Humphries

Two Kiwis haul an elderly man from a car seconds before it exploded.

Trust set up to run Americarna car event

Taranaki's gas-guzzling Americarna festival has finally been handed to a charitable trust but founder John Rae will cover any losses the 2015 event incurs.

Selling car for scrap behind bashing, court hears

A tale of violent retribution and divided family loyalties played out in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday.

Fireman Ian Drewery's honour one for the ages

"I don't feel old."

Ian Drewery

Firefighter Ian Drewery didn't want his story in the paper.

Departing principal in praise of school pride

Departing for the capital

Rose Sawaya-Baxter

Rose Sawaya-Baxter is ready for new challenges after seven years in charge at New Plymouth's Sacred Heart Girls' College.

Charges over jogger's death


Police have charged a Hawera man following the death of jogger Deanne Cooper in May.

Taranaki pair save man from burning car

Taranaki men in US save man from burning car before it explodes.

Security not tight enough at oil summit


Seven protesters burst into the New Zealand Petroleum Summit this morning.

Girl burglars nabbed


A group of teenage girls, including a 12-year-old, have been caught after a daylight burglary of a Patea home on Monday.

Tackling skills grab vandals

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The quick actions of a Taranaki rugby player has helped stop two late-night vandals in their tracks.

Drink-driver failed to stop at checkpoint, police tell court

A recidivist drink driver caught three times over the legal limit has been jailed.

Kind act halts Tyreque's tears

Tyreque Ormsby

A random act of kindness between strangers will help a 6-year-old reclaim his school holidays after a roaming dog killed his pet goat.

Expressing unlimited movement

Flips and jumps as duo prepare for performance

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Cameron Barnes and Gregory Murray gave life the big flip-off at New Plymouth's Ngamotu Beach yesterday.

Herald's possible clash

Taranaki's run of rugby success could throw a spanner in the works of this month's Taranaki Herald reunion.

Time to manage a Witt degree

Taranaki school leavers wanting to study for an applied management degree may not have to look any further than their own backyard.

Wait for ambulance under investigation

St John's Ambulance

An elderly man who fell ill in a New Plymouth cafe was forced to wait 45 minutes for an ambulance.

Blyde wharf important port of call

Blyde descendants tour legacy

Robert Blyde

As a kid Pukearuhe dairy farmer Robert Blyde managed only one or two visits to the Taranaki wharf that bears his family's name.

David Cunliffe's wife in Twitter potshots

David Cunliffe and Karen Price

Karen Price, wife of dumped Labour leader, behind Twitter account taking aim at rivals and critics. | Labour 'out until 2020' | Analysis: NZ Votes

Mice-fattened trout await anglers


Never mind the mouse plague, the trout are set to be monstrous this season.

Cricket chiefs bounce NP for Twenty20 games

Cricket snub for Pukekura Park

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Taranaki's Pukekura Park has been snubbed as a venue for this summer's domestic cricket competition.

Morris to Mrs B in fundraiser


Mrs Brown, played by Morris West, will be at the Karaoke Takes to the Stage event.

A dog’s life printed for posterity


Lizzie the dog is such a character, she's the subject of a new children's book.

Hit-and-run nearly fatal for biker


A motorcyclist could have easily died in a late night hit and run in Whanganui, police say.

Kayaker shares his experiences

 Kayaker Scott Donaldson

Trans-Tasman kayaker Scott Donaldson thanked the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust supporters and crew at a special morning tea yesterday.

Boy watched dog kill his pet goat

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A six-year-old boy watched in horror as a roaming dog killed his new pet goat on the weekend.

Crash reveals forgotten history

A historic lava rock fell foul of a car after the vehicle spun into it yesterday afternoon.

Grey Power sets referendum target on wards

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The senior citizen group trying to force a binding referendum on New Plymouth's Maori ward aspirations aims to have the 2749 signatures it needs by Christmas.

Mental health group's funding cut


A leading Taranaki mental health organisation's future is looking grim after it suffered a major cut to its budget.

RoboCup team world champs

Arriving to a big welcome at New Plymouth airport last night are, from left,  Auroa School students Lucas Feek, 12,  Tom Le Fleming, 13, James Cram and Michael McCarty, both 12,  with teacher Louise Knapman

A group of Taranaki's youths are paving their way in the future of robotics after winning an international championship.

Council hopefuls eye new chance

John McLeod

Race to replace John McLeod has definite starter and several high-profile 2013 candidates lining up.

Teen admits robbery involvement


A New Plymouth teen came clean with police over the weekend about his involvement in the attempted armed robbery of an Opunake dairy.

Teenager charged with arson for pool shed fire

Inglewood fire

Teen charged with arson after fire at Inglewood swimming pool that caused $100,000 in damage.

Confidence in regions drops

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Falling dairy prices and rising interest rates are knocking confidence in some regions.

Bones of contention: they glow in the dark

Fiona Wallis wants to know what turned two cuts of dog meat into a free light show.

Microbiologist believes she may have the explanation for glowing dog tucker.

Pirate prattle proving popul-arr


Ever wanted to talk like a pirate with other pirate lovers? Apparently there's a festival for that.

Should they stay or should they go?

 New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd is urging his councillors to resign now if they have any serious doubts about their job.

Taranaki residents first to get fast net

Taranaki residents are the first in the country to be offered internet speeds of one gigabit a second.

'Buzz' uses his secret to gain silver


A Westown butcher has won silver for his traditional cured middle bacon.

Lightning Bolt top dog on race day

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The quickest jack russell of the bunch at Pukekura Raceway on Saturday was aptly named Bolt.

All creatures great and small


Guinea pigs, puppies, cats and even a lamb made Taranaki Cathedral their home for the annual St Francis blessing of the animals.
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