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Jubilation as son walks free

Brendon Lee Charles Bell.

Cries of jubilation rang out when a young man was discharged without conviction following the death of his father.

Who are these men?

New Plymouth woman Val West inherited a frame from her grandfather containing the photos of four soldiers and she wants to find out who they were.

Val West inherited photos of four soldiers, but has no idea who they are.

Bouncing off the walls at tramp park

A plan of the layout of New Plymouth's Air-Zone Indoor Trampoline Park which is due to open  in June.

A New Plymouth couple hope their new venture will have people jumping for joy.

Marae project aims for zero waste

Mike Ure is one of those jumping on board with Oakura Pa's challenge to have zero waste by 2020.

The challenge to have zero waste on site within five years has been taken up by some Taranaki marae.

Turning the tide on Maori offending

Inspector Clifford Brown has been appointed as the Maori responsiveness manager for the central region, which includes Taranaki.

A top cop has been appointed to address Maori offending rates in Taranaki.

Driving up debt

Food Bank manager Mike Merrick says door-to-door shopping trucks are leaving vulnerable people in deep debt.

Door-to-door truck shops are a "temptation on wheels" for poor and vulnerable people.

Stratford swimmers do well

Joshua Gilbert, second from right, excelled at the swimming championships in Sydney

Joshua Gilbert, 13, of CMK Stratford Flyers represented New Zealand at the Australian Age Group championships in Sydney recently.

Physio says farewell after 26 years

Stratford Physiotherapist Marie Moir is retiring after 26 years.

Friday is Stratford physiotherapist Marie Moir's last day in the role she's held for 26 years.

The darling of Dixie

A new baby Monkey has been born at Brooklands Zoo in New Plymouth.

Mum Dixie is very protective of Brooklands Zoo's new baby capuchin monkey.

Letter from King rediscovered

Rita Frost found a letter from King George acknowledging her father-in-law Albert Frost service in World War One

A personal WWI letter written by a British monarch has been found in an old long box.

Trio to appeal TRC costs

Fiona Clark

A trio of Waitara residents have appealed a decision that ordered them to pay thousands to the Taranaki Regional Council.

New headmaster ready to learn

A powhiri was held at NPBHS to officially welcome former head boy Paul Veric, as the school's new headmaster.

Former head boy Paul Veric is ready to take on the role of being headmaster for his old school.

Festival a delight for beer aficionados

Logan Fisher-Murray and Shannon Shaw travelled from Hamilton to attend Saturday's Mountain Ales Craft Beer Festival.

It was a selection of ales, pilsners and lagers which did the talking at a beer festival this weekend.

Admits killing mum, but no recall

Gwen Blake

David Blake pleads guilty to murdering his mother, despite his lawyer saying he has no memory of it.

Collectors love "the thrill of the chase"

Sydney man Val Sobol travelled to New Plymouth in the hope of adding to his collection of rugby union cards.

Boxes and folders crammed with cards  are a potential goldmine for someone who knows what they're looking for.

Laying the pipes for success

Apprentice plumber, Chris Baylis, of Houghton's Plumbing, Heating and Gas.

A Hawera apprentice is laying the pipework for a successful career, winning the New Zealand's top future plumber's award.

Hawera's A&P Show changes

Egmont A&P Show committee president Wayne Bigham at the grounds.

Children rejoice, the iconic annual Egmont A&P Show parade is back.

Owner sought for taonga

A carving washed up on a Manaia beach in January is similar to the form shown in these salt and pepper shaker designs according to Puke Ariki's Glen Skipper.

A Government-led search for owners of taonga found washed up on South Taranaki beaches is underway.

Attempted robbery foiled

Generic Z pic

Police have released CCTV camera footage of an attempted robbery in a bid to try and identify those involved.

Seven decade letter returned

Jenny Greenhill with a letter her father wrote on the ship before it left Auckland for World War II.

A forgotten letter about World War II has found its way home after being thrown overboard.

Diagnosis delayed three years video

Waitara resident Judith Holswich has received compensation for a delayed cancer diagnoses.

Cancer patient Judith Holswich had to wait so long for doctors to diagnose her lung cancer that she now only has months left to live. 

Call for trail ride safety standards

On the road: Check out India on a motorcycle.

Safety standards for trail rides could be hard to enforce, Motorcycle New Zealand president Glen Williams says.

ED staff pin down crazed druggies

Psychedelic drug 'N-Bomb' comes in sheets of blotter tabs and bears similarities to LSD or "acid." Police seized this sheet of Beatles-imprinted N-Bomb tabs from Wellington university student who ordered it off a Silk Road like website in 2014.

Police take four violent patients to Wellington Hospital for sedation after they tripped out on fake acid.

Police release name of dead man

Police are investigating a fatal crash in New Plymouth, after a car plunged off a inner-city bridge.

Police have released the name of a man who died after plunging over a bridge in central New Plymouth.  

Better footpaths for New Plymouth

Footpaths in King St are about to get a makeover

Three blocks of footpaths in New Plymouth's CBD will be replaced in coming weeks.

Partnership to recognise excellence

TSB Bank chief executive Kevin Murphy, left, and Richard Williams of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce.

A deal has been struck which will help promote business excellence across Taranaki.

Oldest church in Taranaki celebrates

Anne Francis in front of the 170-year-old Holy Trinity Church with her family history book.

New Plymouth's Holy Trinity Church has come a long way since smelly black beetles fell from the thatched roof on to parish members.

Trapped by storm's rising waters

Wet weather was expected to give way to thunderstorms later in the day.

An elderly man was trapped in his car today as heavy rain and thunderstorms hit the North Island.

Give to a millionaire

Millionaire John Matthews is refusing to allow the council to build the pathway until power cables are buried at a cost of $300,000.

Len Houwers is offering to help out a struggling millionaire.

$3m saved by shutting police stations

Police Association president Greg O'Connor.

Police station closures might see more police on the streets but is symptomatic of a much bigger problem, says the Police Association.

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