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Final four flag designs gallery

Final four flag designs have been chosen.

The final four contenders replacement flags have been revealed.

No rest for the Taft team

Taranaki Arts Festival Trust chief executive Suzanne Porter.

The team at Taft do not have time to relax when there are more festivals to plan.

Bottle shop to open near skatepark

A licence has been granted for a bottle store to open on the corner of High and Albion streets in Hawera.

An appeal to stop a liquor store from opening near a Taranaki skatepark has failed. 

Cashing in on Len Lye

New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre has been busy during its first month.

Nearly 30,000 visitors have walked through the doors of the multi million-dollar Len Lye Centre in less than five weeks.

No plea for drunk mum

Police car

A drunk mother who allegedly blasted through a checkpoint with four children in the car has her first day in court.

Bike, not bark, posties' enemy

Joy Ellison has made the switch from bike to buggy. Wendi Day, right, is New Plymouth's last bikie after 34 years in the job.

NZ Post employees fall victim to their bikes more than they do to dogs when it comes to work-related incidents. 

Couple charged with burglary

New Plymouth District Court.

A Waitara couple who took their children with them to burgle a house have been charged.

Iwi claim on whitebait under way

Ngaruahine leader  Daisy Noble.

South Taranaki hapu are trying to advance a claim to have customary rights to whitebait officially recognised by the Crown.

Thief hits dairy

Attempted robbery at New Plymouth dairy.

A male with his face covered jumped the counter at a New Plymouth dairy.

Kids had played with bomb found under house video

The smoke bomb found at a  Bell Block property on Monday.

"Hey what's that under my bum," insulation worker says after accidentally sitting on a bomb under a home.

Health concerns over sewage spills

The Taranaki District Health Board is concerned about the health effects of sewage spills in the region.

Sewage spills into Taranaki waterways are on the rise.

Witt opens campus down south

Food and beverage tutor Sarah Pene, left, and campus manager Peter Lang are ready to hit the ground running at Witt's new Hawera campus.

Taranaki's Western Institute of Technology is up and running in Hawera.

Avalanche training for SAR workers

Senior Constable Vaughan Smith gets equipment ready, inside the New Plymouth police station's SAR shed, for this weekend's avalanche training exercise on Mt Taranaki.

Search and rescue teams will scour Mt Taranaki for avalanche survivors this weekend, all in the name of training.

Okato man on a trifecta

An afternoon tea to celebrate John 'Steak' Goodin's achievements was hosted by Child Youth and Family at its New Plymouth office on Monday.

An Okato man is on what could be considered a trifecta.

Come eat at 'Our Table'

Fitzroy School in New Plymouth have produced a cookbook 'Our Table', to help fundraising efforts.  From left: Claire Wigley, Hudson Wigley, 2, Sharon Betts.

 A five-star fundraising project from a New Plymouth school has compiled the best of the community's cooking.

Healthy workers more productive

Sport Taranaki Health and safety adviser Kris Moller will be managing Sport Taranki's Workplace Health and Wellness Programme.

Helping staff get fitter and healthier has major benefits for the company, a fitness expert says.

Jetstar coming February

Aleisha Pelham and her daughter Kahurangi, 2, welcomed the news Jetstar would be including New Plymouth in its new regional destinations while at the airport on Monday.

Jetstar's announcement it would add Taranaki to its regional network from early next year has delighted travellers.

Fire under nightclub

Fire crew were called out to a fire at New Plymouth's old Mill building on Monday.

A small campfire under the old Mill nightclub in New Plymouth has smoked out the building.

'Calling card' left at school

Taranaki police are investigating half a dozen burglaries, including one in Inglewood where an offender defecated in the high school's gym

A pile of poo was left at the scene of a burglary in Inglewood at the weekend.

Woman shaves head for refugees

Kareen Hillenaar gets her head shaved by her boss Lou Smith on Sunday to raise money to travel to Thailand to work with Burmese refugees.

New Plymouth's Kareen Hillenaar had an unexpected advantage when she had her head shaved on Sunday.

Growth and employment take a hit

Taranaki's economy is feeling the pinch with less money going around following the dairy and oil downturns.

Taranaki is at the bottom of the economic heap according to new data released this month.

Filling the Real Tart void

Former Real Tart manager Jill White now runs a thriving community gallery located at Breakwater Bay.

Former Real Tart executive manager Jill White has opened a community art gallery at New Plymouth's Breakwater Bay.

MOA Kluster changing education, technology

Opunake Primary school student Sayen Kahukaka, 11, an engineering group member, examines a plasma globe.

A "cutting edge" approach to education using technology is having a big impact in four rural Taranaki schools.

Thieves steal booze

Thieves stole bottles of spirits and boxes of RTDs from Opunake's Soul Kitchen on Friday.

Thieves made off with eight bottles of spirits and boxes of RTDs after smashing glass in a side door at Opunake's Soul Kitchen over night on Friday.

Community space created

New Plymouth man Alex Rodger is getting ready to launch a community space in the city's Metro Plaza.

Dreams are starting to become a reality for a New Plymouth electrician.

Drones used on the farm

Drone Technologies NZ Ltd directors Ben Plummer and  Jordy Mullin are excited about the future of their business.

It's not just a case of boys and their toys for a Taranaki group, who believe the sky is the limit for their drone-based business.

Double banger for Steak

Okato's Steak Goodin receives his QSM from Sir Jerry Mateparae last week.

Steak Goodin had two very good reasons to celebrate big time last week.

Car crashes into house

A driver will appear in court after crashing through a fence and into a house on Cook St New Plymouth.

A man will appear in New Plymouth District Court this week after he smashed his car through a fence and into a house.

Woman drink-drives with kids

A woman accused of fleeing police at high speed with four children in her car in Hawera on Friday sits cuffed on the road.

Veteran officer "dumbfounded and astonished" at drink-driving mum.

Stormy weather adds to poetry

Writing poetry on a cool overcast day on New Plymouth's Coastal walkway are, Bella, 13, left, and mum Min White.

Brooding weather over New Plymouth's coastline added to the drama of poetry and chalk.

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