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Drunken, naked beachgoer rescued

A drunk beachgoer is stripped of his togs and his dignity but is rescued by lifeguards.

Auction for special needs school

Funds raised from an autographed Taranaki rugby jersey will go towards starting a special needs school.

Chorister Judith Bennett bows out for place in pews

St Joseph's Church choir's Judith Bennett will soon hand in her songsheet after 57 years.

Bottle shop green light in spite of local anger

Stratford residents have lost a fight to stop another bottle store opening in their town.

All I want for Christmas is . . .

Santa's mailbag bursting

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One Taranaki kid hopes a reciprocating saw might be in his stocking.

Mary Barnard: New Plymouth Maori wards 'divisive'

A political hopeful has come out swinging against Maori wards in New Plymouth.

New Plymouth power cut disrupts Christmas shopping

A power cut in New Plymouth's cbd left Christmas shoppers in the dark.

Taranaki beaches on web water quality list

Nine Taranaki beaches are part of a list of swimming spots that can be checked for water quality.

Late tree buyers will be stumped

Traditionally Christmas trees weren't put up until Christmas Eve, but these days they appear earlier.

Hopes for fair share of roads financing

Taranaki's roading committee is pinning its hopes on getting a "fair share" of a $38.7bn investment.

Tiny plane with big past back in family

Three generations witness historic flight

A tiny plane made a homecoming to New Plymouth on Saturday 67 years after it first landed here.

There's so much more to the walkway . . .

The new extension to New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway proved popular at the weekend.

'Incredibly generous' people make kids smile

An opportunity to put a "smile on the dial" of hundreds of vulnerable children this Christmas has been embraced by Fonterra staff.

Mt Cook: Does reaching summit outweigh risks?

Despite claiming its 234th life this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry. . .

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

Rerouting to assist emergency services

New Plymouth's Waiwhakaiho intersection will be changed next year in to help emergency services.

Standover tactics put pair in jail

Two men who invaded the home of their victim and gave him a set of pruning shears to cut off his own fingers have been jailed.

Auction support for family

Woman sets up charity to help cancer victim

Elise Manton's battle with cancer has touched a New Plymouth woman so much that she has set up a charity auction to raise $10,000 for the family.

Barker set for another council bid

A third candidate has thrown a hat in the ring for the New Plymouth by-election.

Clean sweep for Hawera, Stratford

Taranaki police believe motorists are getting the message about new alcohol limits.

A fine and long-lasting romance

A couple married for almost seven decades died only 12 days apart from each other.

Christmas hot - but wet for us

It's shaping up as a hot, sunny Christmas Day - but Taranaki could see some rain.

Sex trial judge is scathing of teens

A judge has slated the state of youth culture at the sentencing of a teenager accused of videoing an intimate sexual moment.

Forever Amber - book it for Christmas

Forever Amber

A commemorative book celebrating Taranaki's historic National Provincial Championship win details how the side defied predictions.

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Sex-video teen groper may escape conviction

Teen accused of filming groping will escape conviction if he gives a speech to schools.

Single-car crash in Awakino Gorge

A man has been taken to hospital after crashing his car in the Awakino Gorge this morning.

Migrant family blown away by Taranaki

Moving to a new country with a new culture can be challenging for anyone.

Inglewood's Z is pumped for action

Inglewood residents get their petrol pumps back today after surviving four months without a service station.

Street families create a twinkling fantasy

Wills Place a winter wonderland

Ten South Taranaki families have turned a quiet cul-de-sac into a Christmas wonderland.

Council botch-up 'exposes racist law'

An embarrassing council botch-up has exposed a racist New Zealand law, councillor Howie Tamati says.

F1 mechanic years remembered

Pulling a dead driver from a car is the most harrowing thing Max Rutherford experienced during his time as a F1 mechanic.

Stratford women fight for services

Central Taranaki mothers are steeling themselves for a fight to keep their maternity services intact.

Veteran mountain guide loses Taranaki concession

McAlpine's permit revoked

Veteran mountain guide Ian McAlpine has had his permit to operate on Mt Taranaki cancelled.

Car break-ins rife before Xmas

Spate of broken windows and thefts of valuables from cars parked in CBD.

Road safety campaign on social media

Two fatal crashes have marred the start of a week when a campaign aimed at eliminating deaths on Taranaki's roads this summer stepped up a gear.

Workers block customer's car parks

A Manaia shop owner is furious a car park set aside for his business is being used by Yarrow workers.

Old soldier, new guard spar at cuts

Forget the infighting, the New Plymouth District Council's latest battle featured a former councillor against a current one.

MPs agree northern route needs haste

Work to improve Taranaki's main route north needs to be accelerated, New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young and Labour leader Andrew Little say.

Forest & Bird take NPDC to court

The New Plymouth District Council is being taken to the Environment Court over claims it is failing to uphold its end of a bargain to do with significant natural areas.

Inflatable theme park goes down a treat

A Bounce-Inflatable Theme Park opened at TSB Stadium this week.

Len Lye Centre's entry fee on hold

The Len Lye Centre has been given a reprieve, with a possible entry fee put on ice for at least a year.

Fifa mascot Wooliam visits kids in hospital

Wooliam goes to hospital

Fifa Under-20 World Cup mascot Wooliam the black sheep stopped by Taranaki Base Hospital's children's ward to spread some Christmas cheer yesterday.

Gift page gives hand-ups not outs

Facebook page for the needy

New Plymouth woman Michelle Ramage is hoping her social media initiative will help lift families out of poverty.

Classic kiwiana attracting bidder interest

Rare toys worth $40 to $2000 to go on sale

A private Fun Ho! collection being offered up by a Hawera auction house includes some rare toys still in their original boxes and worth thousands.

Pressure for water charges

New Plymouth councillors have called for an investigation into charging for water.

Four 'suspected suicides'

A spike in suicides over the past week has support groups encouraging troubled people to reach out for help.

Kick the habit with e-cigarettes

Using nicotine-containing e-cigarettes can help smokers kick the habit, according to new research.

Letters: No respect

So to rub salt into the wound the heavy metal band Bulletbelt issue "limited edition T-shirt features a likeness of Seekers singer Judith Durham crying tears of blood while another band member attempts to fend off the Grim Reaper with a ukulele".

Truckie graduate breaks the mould

Comfortable in a truck and frock

Michelle Bennett is as comfortable driving a truck as she is slipping into a frock for her graduation ceremony.
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