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Wargamers needed to help create Gallipoli diorama

The former head of the Defence Force is recruiting wargamers to create a complex Gallipoli diorama.

New Zealand passports targeted by criminals, terrorists

The reputation of a Kiwi passport makes it valuable for criminals and terrorists.

Sporting events mean profitable times ahead for Cambridge

A host of sporting events are providing an economic boost for Cambridge.

New Plymouth mayor not ready to extend Festival of Lights

Mayor Andrew Judd is noncommital on extending the Festival of Lights.

Pue Whakaruru's passing gets workmates up and running

Taking on Iron Maori triathlon

A much-loved father and workmate will be remembered at this year's Iron Maori in Hawera.

DOC reserve management doesn't cut it

Kevin Probyn is disgusted over management of the Meeting of the Waters reserve.

Tom Priest's family mourns the loss of 'great man'

Tom Priest was a master of all trades who ran the well-loved Omata grocery store.

New rescue vehicle for Opunake Beach lifesavers 'will save precious time'

New emergency vehicle motors across the beach

Donations from a trust allow the Opunake Surf Life Saving Club to upgrade.

Jill Helen Hannan faces jail threat after 8th drinking conviction

Woman reportedly said she intended to stay drunk until her next court appearance.

Sellers ditch online auction sites for social media

Kiwis are instead using social networking sites like Facebook for buying and selling.

Taranaki police cracking down on traffic offences near schools

Police are on the look out for traffic offences near Taranaki schools.

Man found in Whanganui river identified as Jayden Tilby

The body of a man found in the Whanganui River has been identified as Jayden Tilby.

Total fire ban in Taranaki

A Taranaki-wide total fire ban will come into effect at midnight tomorrow as the region continues to dry out.

Call for rural homes to install fire appliance valves

Taranaki fire authorities want rural residents to consider putting fire appliance valves on their water tanks.

New Plymouth resident angry over felled tree

A property owner is angry two massive trees on Housing New Zealand properties have been felled.

Keyed up cops give firefighters a public kicking

Police keep firefighters on their toes

New Plymouth's firefighters couldn't handle the heat when they took on a team of police officers in a futsal match yesterday.

Road closed after truck rolls

A woman escaped almost unscathed from a crash that injured her father at Awakino overnight.

Book helps children understand autism

A new book explains autism to children to make it easier for them to understand friends who have the disorder.

Family in crisis finally gets a home

Waitara man Cameron Allen is relieved after his family was offered a Housing New Zealand home.

Stratford maternity service 'challenging'

There are no quick solutions for Stratford's maternity unit, Taranaki DHB boss Tony Foulkes says.

Key set to air plan on state houses

John Key is poised to outline the possible sale of thousands of state houses to community groups.

Mixed reaction to lower fuel prices

Businesses are wondering what the benefit of lower petrol prices might be, while motorists rejoice.

Car lover lands the perfect job

New Plymouth car lover lands the perfect job

New Plymouth resident has not let dyslexia get in the way of finding a job that she loves.

Kupe test results look positive: NZOG

Partners in the Kupe gas and oil field may be able to get more out of existing reservoirs in the field and get into previously untapped gas reserves.

Man's body found in Whanganui River

Police have retrieved a man's body from the Whanganui River.

Recidivist dirty dairying farmer cops $66,000 fine

A recidivist polluter has been handed the biggest fine for dirty dairying in Taranaki history.

No conviction after air rifle used to scope out business acquisition

Man appears in court for aiming an air rifle at a dairy ... but he had no intention of shooting.

Taranaki woman, 79, has been baking the police treats for 21 years

21 years of baked treats

There's a good reason Jean Wright is a welcome sight at the Hawera police station.

South Taranaki water conservation urged

South Taranaki residents are being asked to conserve water as the district begins to dry up.

Mayor Judd: Consultant has no conflict of interest

Mayor denies "Samurai Sword" consultant has a conflict of interest.

Taranaki school fees, technology hit families

But Taranaki parents' bills might not be as big as new research suggests.

Councillor Shaun Biesiek calls for park to be lit up for longer

Councillor Shaun Biesiek wants the Festival of Lights event to be extended back to its former glory.

Extending Coastal Walkway one option for 'great ride' in Taranaki

An extended Coastal Walkway in New Plymouth could get the trail listed as a "great ride".

Obliging officers must stop breath testing

New Plymouth police have been rapped over the knuckles by HQ for helping out possible drink-drinkers.

Could New Plymouth become NZ's creative capital?

New Plymouth could be country’s creative capital, according to some.

Man falls from rocks at Mokau beach

A man was flown to hospital last night after falling from rocks at a beach in Taranaki. 

Event celebrates new parenting programme

Enriching the lives of struggling whanau is one of the main aims of a Taranaki Maori social support service.

Kina highlights 30 jewellers

An exhibition of fine jewellery you might find in Ponsonby has arrived in New Plymouth.

Teenage girl goes on 200-kilometre joy ride

A 14-year-old girl who stole her mother's car from Opunake address took it for a joy ride at the weekend was caught more than 200km away near Te Kuiti.

Consultant cost under attack

Political hopeful up in arms after the hiring of an expensive consultant to help restructure New Plymouth's council.

Mountain guide wants red-tape guidance

Guide Ian McAlpine is struggling to cope with the paperwork required by DOC to operate his guiding business.

New Plymouth pedalling its wares as country's best for biking

A campaign is under way to see New Plymouth ranked as the nation's favourite place to cycle.

King hit cowardly, says victim's mum

The mother of a New Plymouth man in hospital after a king hit has described the attack as "cowardly".

Cancer patient takes up another battle on behalf of friend

Special bed 'would make a world of difference'

In between her chemotherapy treatments terminally ill cancer patient Elise Manton is fundraising for a friend in need.

Fire ban a prospect for region

A total fire ban for the region is a possibility as Taranaki crews were kept busy battling two blazes in remote rural areas over the weekend.

Large Taranaki scrub fire still burning

A fire crew is battling a large scrub fire on a remote Stratford farm in Taranaki.

School pools under threat

The pool at Bainesse school in rural Manawatu sits empty and unused, drained to fight a bush blaze.

Teen's 200km joy ride

A 14-year-old girl stole her mother's car and took it for 200km joy ride before being caught.

Man airlifted from Mt Taranaki

A man was airlifted from the crater of Mt Taranaki and taken to hospital this morning after he slipped on ice and injured himself.

Police investigate threat to columnist Rachel Stewart

Columnist Rachel Stewart has received death and rape threats in her letterbox and social media.
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