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Praise for Mayor Judd in Maori ward dance

Andrew Judd

Depending who you ask, New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd's support for a Maori ward makes him a hero or zero.

Scholarship helps student into the game

Falaetua Malili reckons the best part about studying journalism at Witt has been meeting new people.

Mayor Andrew Judd hands control to Thailand

Andrew Judd relinquished his mayoral chains yesterday - but only for 10 minutes.

Call for Te Kuiti safety fence following death

Waitomo's mayor is demanding KiwiRail erect a safety fence along Te Kuiti's main trunk line.

Tea ceremony marks mountain deaths

Nicole Sutton and Hiroki Ogawa

It has been a year since the tragedy which claimed the lives of Nicole Sutton and Dr Hiroki Ogawa.

Artists open their studios to the public

Richard Landers

Art enthusiasts are granted the licence to have a little nosy into the studios of various Taranaki artists this weekend.

Cloak gift recognises founder's work

Clive Tongaaw’ikau

The Waitara man responsible for setting up a popular kapa haka festival has been recognised for his achievements.

Council urged to keep units for elderly

New Plymouth's housing for the elderly could soon be run by a nationwide property management company.

Supermarkets' liquor handling under review

The Taranaki District Health Board is scanning all supermarkets in the region to ensure they are complying with the law when displaying and promoting alcohol.

Taranaki dentists reflect on teething problems

100 years of toothy work

Chris Taylor

A century of fixing Taranaki smiles began when a wave of soldiers with rotten teeth tried to leave for World War I.

Dollars and scents as garden festivals bloom

Rebecca Law

Garden lovers will again be spoilt for choice this year as two of the country's premier festivals begin in Taranaki today.

Medical mishaps increase


Baby left brain damaged after meningitis missed - among 454 medical mishaps in last year.

Medical mistakes nearly triple

The number of serious medical mistakes in Taranaki during the 2013/14 year has almost tripled.

Our most famous unknown actor

Broken Hallelujah


He blends in around Stratford and may pass unnoticed but most residents have probably seen Roussel Dubois on screen many times.

Honouring 100 years



Stratford Plunket is celebrating 100 years of caring for the community's babies and mothers.

Rose-tinted reading Special specs improve ability to see



Harrison Downs wears pink-tinted glasses when he reads.

Hawera 'kid' in spotlight



From a "fat Maori kid trying to act starving" to award-winning script writer, a former Hawera resident is making a name for himself in the Auckland theatre scene.

Man jailed to 'protect partner from herself'


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Some women needed protection from themselves, which was why a violent man would be jailed despite his partner's insistence he was a good person, Judge Allan Roberts ruled yesterday.

Prison sentence for man involved in service station armed robbery


One of the men involved in the armed robbery of a New Plymouth service station has been sent to prison.

Waitara kaumatua keeping connected

A project aimed at keeping kaumatua linked into their community is paying off in more ways than one.

Shoppers increase spending

Shoppers spent more than half a billion dollars in Taranaki in the first half of the year.

Judd tells of agony over ward decision

Andrew Judd

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd faces possibility backing of Maori wards may prove political suicide.

Military exercise invades Taranaki

Major military exercise featuring NZ soldiers working with US Marine Corps held in Taranaki next month.

Middle East not so scary: Allum


Trip to Iran left councillor Keith Allum wanting to dispel some myths about the country.

Breakfast cafe built on crepe memories


A husband and wife's memories of eating delightfully delicate crepes by the seaside in France have supplied the inspiration for a breakfast treat in Taranaki.

That's just the cat's whiskers . . .

A 30-minute transformation

taryn utiger

It takes only 30 minutes, a palette of paint and a smattering of glitter to turn anyone into a psychedelic tiger.

Bringing the countryside inside

The Falling Garden

rebecca law

A roomful of roses are blooming away in time for Taranaki's annual garden festival.

Whipped into following a chocolate frenzy


Even in Taranaki, Lewis Road Creamery's fresh choc milk causes people to lose their heads.

Glowing meat to stay a doggone mystery

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

Scientists failed to identify the bacteria which made a Taranaki woman's dog meat glow in the dark.

Sexual predator released

Corrections officer, uniform

Convicted child sex offender has been released from prison but has not returned to Vogeltown.

Plane hit by lightning


A plane bound for New Plymouth was forced to do a U-turn this morning after being hit by lightning.

Dog attack pair to keep rottweilers

The owners of two rottweilers that attacked a bichon frise have been allowed to keep their dogs.

Parents want to slow traffic past school

Father fears fatal accident is waiting to happen

Tom Weston

A child is going to be hit by a car if the Mimi School road is not widened and the speed limit reduced, a father says.

Fans get a chance to pose with 'our' trophy

There'll be no parade but Taranaki rugby fans will get the chance to pose with the NPC Premiership trophy and winning team on Saturday.

Jail for breaking sister's nose


A Hawera man who broke his sister's nose during an argument has been jailed for nine months.

TT ace encourages teens to follow their dreams

Motorcycle champion Shaun Harris talked to a group of youngsters at New Waves yesterday as a way of giving back to the community.

High school students farewell their much-loved PE teacher

David ‘‘Lee’’ Marshall

David "Lee" Marshall was an encyclopedia of knowledge and a much-loved and highly-respected teacher at Hawera High School for 30 years.

Collaboration a key to better decisions

Collaboration could be the key to better decision-making, but it isn't easy, says Australian leadership expert Geoff Aigner.

New supermarket dispute resolved

The dispute over a new Stratford supermarket has been settled, saving the council tens of thousands in legal fees.

Odours linked to illness - report


People suffered from migraines, depression and fatigue after Fonterra dumped milk byproducts at a waste water plant, a report states.

American doctor back at work


The American doctor who lost his job in Opunake is now working in Hawera.

Len Lye Centre to benefit from art tour

$1800 to see New Plymouth's art


Expensive tickets for a luxury tour of New Plymouth's art and architecture are already being snapped up.

Rain, gales usher in working week

Windy hair strap

Showers forecast for many areas, with severe gales picked to develop from tonight in parts of both islands.

Puanga festival a people's celebration of potential

An aspirational festival designed to tap into people's potential celebrates its 10th birthday this week.

Yachties come about for jubilee

It was all happening on the water at the weekend as the New Plymouth Yacht Club celebrated 75 years.

Festival celebrates forces of nature

Artworks inspired by the forces of nature were celebrated in New Plymouth on Saturday night.

Runner ready to take on Antarctica's ice

'It just comes down to sheer determination'

Megan Stewart

Antarctica is the final frontier for Taranaki ultra-distance runner Megan Stewart, who has completed three ultra-marathons across three of the world's great deserts.

Memories made at Ruanui gathering

Top-notch facilities in Hawera helped make Ngati Ruanui's festival the success it was.

Surf business shaping up

"I started fixing dings in mum's backyard."

Gavin Upson

Gavin Upson is good example of a small-town Taranaki boy who made it big.
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