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Taranaki law branch president appointed

New Plymouth lawyer Alex Laurenson has been a partner at Govett Quilliam since 2008.

Govett Quilliam's Alex Laurenson takes on new legal role.

Car catches alight

Firefighters extinguish the flames under the bonnet of a car on New Plymouth's Leach St on Wednesday night.

Freak accident causes car to catch fire on New Plymouth's one way.

Married to a mammal

Tony Ratcliffe, who owned Whirling Bros Circus and is known as the Elephant Man, is in New Plymouth to talk to the local ...

Tony Ratcliffe's relationship with Jumbo the African elephant lasted longer than any of his previous three marriages.

Seabed mining second crack

23112013.Photo: Mike Scott/Fairfax Media.  Yannie Petzold, of Ragaln, stands covered in molasses to symolise oil during ...

Millions of tonnes of ironsand could be stripped from the South Taranaki seabed if Trans Tasman Resources' bid to mine it is approved.

'It didn't happen'

Nigel Allan Hauauru Nelson has started to give evidence in his own defence at his High Court  trial.

Man on trial for assaulting 15 young men denies accusations and says his allegedly fake escort business was real.

Tradition is a dish best served with sauerkraut video

Beef rouladen is a traditional German dish chef Sohnke Danger used to have on Sundays growing up in Kiel, north Germany.

One chef is hoping to prove German food is more than schnitzel and sausage.

Sir Edmund Hillary used to ride this bike

Cambridge man Tony Jecks with a bicycle that was ridden by Sir Edmond Hillary and his good friend Julian Godwin.

A bicycle ridden by Sir Edmund Hillary has made its way to the Waikato.

Car crashes off bridge

A person has been taken to hospital after the crash.

One person has been taken to hospital after a car crashed off a bridge in South Taranaki.

Fairy clever crafter

Tashi Sprite makes fairy wares, including scarves, belts, cloaks and light shades.

 "I'll see a dress or something in my dream world, when I'm sleeping, then when I wake I get on the sewing machine and create it."

Meth dealer re-sentenced

After spending  more than a month behind bars, drug offender Sarah Louise Howe is serving the rest of her sentence at home.

After more than a month in prison, a meth dealer will serve the rest of her sentence at home.

Search now recovery

The search for the missing 18-year-old has been scaled back but is ongoing.

Hope of finding an 18-year-old man missing at sea is fading and the search operation has now become a recovery operation.

Ex turns stalker

Police argued for jail but a man charged with breaching a protection order twice will get to stay in the community.

A woman was followed, filmed and threatened by her ex-partner while she picked up their toddler from daycare.

New chambers for Chamber

Chamber of Commerce CEO Richard Williams welcomes Taranaki businesses to their new location, which would offer more ...

The Taranaki Chamber of Commerce has found itself a new home.

Reserve joins nature scheme

Toyota Kiwi Guardians medals

Rotokare reserve joins scheme to get more kids involved in nature.

'Nigel' MacLeod remembered

Thomas "Nigel" MacLeod.

Tributes have been paid to Thomas "Nigel" MacLeod who died on Sunday and was recognised as one of Taranaki rugby's great administrators.

Earthquake works 'an opportunity'

Architect Jenny goddard and Dean of Taranaki, Peter Beck, outside the St Mary's Cathedral.

Earthquake work offers opportunity, architect says.

Jailed for violent attack

Heremia Rawhiti Ruru was jailed for two years after he attacked a woman in Stratford earlier this year.

Nursing serious injuries, a Stratford woman took the first opportunity she had to escape her violent relationship.

Should kids be free at Womad?

Dad Peter Caldwell reads to Everett, 4 months, Wren, 3 at the Parent Hub at Womad 2016. Organisers are reviewing how ...

Womad organisers say kids can only get in free with an adult three-day ticket.

New Plymouth library bus to be retired

The Puke Ariki mobile library visits the Urenui campground during the January school holidays each year. Sisters Bella, ...

The New Plymouth District Council is looking to replace its mobile library bus. 

Performers primed for kapahaka festival

Marfell Community School students perform at Te Huihuinga O Nga Tatarakihi O Taranaki festival in 2014.

Talent set to shine at Tatarakihi festival in Taranaki.

What's on this weekend

The Laughing Samoans Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai are coming to New Plymouth.

Start planning your weekend.

Motorcyclist charged after crash

Police have charged a New Plymouth motorcyclist with careless driving causing injury after he hit a pedestrian.

Motorcyclist to appear in court after hitting a pedestrian on the beach.

Ex-ranger worries for waterways

1080 has to be over two parts per billion in a water supply for the Ministry of Health to intervene.

Barry Ovenden reckons dropping 1080 by air is unnecessary and DOC should combat pests on foot.

Man injured in forest

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter was called to pick up a man from Te Wera forest.

A man was flown to Taranaki Base Hospital following a forestry accident in Te Wera forest.

Cattle in the river

Marie Amaru spotted cows grazing unchecked next to the Kaihihi Stream in Okato.

"Cows can do a lot of damage and I care, like most people, about our waterways."

'Great big wave' flipped boat gallery video

Rescuers are still searching the sea and the coast were an 18-year-old is missing.

After more than 30 hours of searching an 18-year-old is still missing in the sea off New Plymouth.

Family firmly in canvas

Darryl Dobson learnt to canvas from his father, who picked up the trade in WWII.

"I once made a body bag. I had to measure the body from shoulder to toe."

Arts snippets: The news from Taranaki's entertainment scene

Frank Sinatra arrives in Sydney in 1961. His songs will be onstage in New Plymouth this Christmas.

There's a lot happening in Taranaki.

Police probe missing $700k

Taranaki CIB  has been called on for help after company reports $700,000 fraud.

Police investigation launched after a suspected fraud picked up during audit of Taranaki company.

Whooping cough outbreak

The Taranaki District Health Board has confirmed two infants under six months old have caught whooping cough.

A total of 37 people in Taranaki have been diagnosed with whooping cough this year - the latest being two tiny babies.

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