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Shiny new Len Lye Centre unveiled

The mirror-like surface on New Plymouth's multi million-dollar Len Lye Centre is being uncovered today.

US driver injures elderly couple, totals vintage coupe

Americarna car destroyed

An elderly couple on their way home from Taranaki's Americarna festival have suffered horrific injuries in a crash caused by a tourist driver.

Rolling out with a sense of occasion

Vintage vehicle enthusiasts fwill converge on the Stratford showgrounds this weekend.

Charity cheats emptying foodbanks

South Taranaki's foodbanks are making big changes to stop people double dipping.

No Taranaki takers for school condom handout

Taranaki high schools have no plans to follow an Auckland school by handing out condoms.

Supermarket animal cards to help SPCA raise funds

Card craze to help SPCA

The lastest supermarket collectibles craze will eventually help the SPCA give unwanted animals a new home.

Kickboxing replaces nightclubbing

Those with an appreciation of the body beautiful are now doubly well served in what was once a New Plymouth night spot.

Warrior back in the fray

OPINION: NZ First leader Winston Peters disclosed on Waitangi Day he was considering running for the vacant Northland seat at the by-election on March 28.

Solid Energy lenders could see more losses

TSB, which has written off a $53.9m loan, and other banks look at a package to keep miner afloat.

Artists raiding harakeke

Pretty panels set for Womad

Tatyana Glassie is the youngest of a group of artists who have been raiding harakeke bushes around Taranaki.

New proprietor keen to lift profile

The new owners of the White Hart Hotel in Hawera have big dreams.

Court for man accused of stabbing

Man will appear in court after allegedly stabbing another man in Normanby last night.

Steiner group looks to move

A Rudolf Steiner based playgroup is looking for a new home.

Waitara residents group wants to go it alone

A group of Waitara residents wants the town to form its own council.

Taranaki Regional Council rate rise kept below 1pc

The amount ratepayers pay \next year will depend on the district they live in.

Councillor working to improve youth engagement

Shaun Biesiek, 41, hopes to make his way onto a national young leaders committee.

Firms say rates take unfairly divvied

An overhaul of how rates are divvied up in the district has been called for by Taranaki businesses.

Good place to be on a hot day

Good place to be on a hot day

New Plymouth users of the controversial Monster Slide NZ came away mostly happy and injury-free yesterday.

Man rescued from Mt Taranaki after being stuck overnight

Man rescued from Mt Taranaki after he got stuck climbing down from the summit yesterday.

Americarna could return to Taranaki next year

Americarna could be back on Taranaki roads sooner than expected, event organisers say.

Okato buzzing for 150th jubilee

Forged from military might, Okato has become the pinnacle of rural prosperity.

Lady's book based on ancestor Robert Reid Parris' life

Lady Beverley Reeves wanted to find out what kind of man her great-great-grandfather Robert Reid Parris really was.

Mustang replica comes to Stratford

Local flying enthusiasts got a chance to check out the new World War II replica P51 Mustang aircraft.

Foster carers can't wait for that first smile

Wendy and Peter Niederberger have provided shelter for children in state care for about 10 years.

Flying the flags for Americarna

'Everyone's having a good time'

Hundreds line Devon St to enjoy lively atmosphere and shiny Americarna convoy.

Charitable trust funds extra defibrillators

Taranaki has 10 more defibrillators thanks to the Department of Medicine Charitable Trust.

'It's not a quick fix, it's a journey'

Taranaki Cathedral will become New Zealand's first active participant in the worldwide Cross of Nails movement.

Marfell's makeover divides New Plymouth council

Want or need?

Cost-cutting councillors told to back off from slashing spending in poor area.

20,000 Aucklanders fail driving test

Taranaki and Auckland drivers struggle to pass restricted licence test while Otago-Southland drivers find success.

Andrew Little says Carmel Sepuloni's questions 'appropriate'

Andrew Little says MP did not know her mother faced charges when lodging questions on welfare cheating.

Footpath delays anger Bell Block residents

Bell Block residents are frustrated at what they see as "stall tactics" from businessman.

Americarna festival: 'Expensive' rebuilt truck is a jail bird

Nearly 600 American cars come to Inglewood's for first big party of festival.

Collaboration theme of New Plymouth's BDO Business Expo

 Anna Guenther

A day out of the office was put to good use for Taranaki business people.

Iwi leader Toka Walden joins Trans-Tasman Resources executives

Chairman of the Taranaki Iwi Trust has a new job at a controversial mining company.

Toddler has heart surgery, suffers stroke

Toddler suffers stroke

Two-year-old Keara Fraser had open heart surgery and suffered a stroke.

Rugby club scores its own dairy farm

After buying a dairy herd and leasing dairy farms for several years, a forward-thinking Taranaki rugby club has taken the next step.

Mother of Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni remanded to face fraud charges

Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni's mother appeared in court today and will face a judge next week.

Bank staff bolster Sallies' coffers

While bank staff are used to dealing with money, it's their kindness they have been doling out lately.

Nappies creating real stink

Dirty nappies dumped by freedom campers are sullying the idyllic bach community of Tongaporutu.

Learner drivers not ready for tests

New Plymouth learner drivers are no worse than their counterparts in other regions, but many are woefully unprepared for their tests, a driving instructor says.

Quarter horse show brings riders from all over country

Taranaki riders are ready to compete in the national American Quarter Horse National Show this week.

Govett-Brewster to fund its own artwork purchases

Ratepayers will no longer be paying for new artworks for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

Americarna takes motoring style up a gear

'They don't make cars like this today'

Couple with shared love of American cars heads to New Plymouth in 1961 Chevrolet Corvette for Americarna Festival.

Fast food rewards 'send bad message'

Dietician wants time-out on practice of giving children junk food as a reward for playing sport.

Residents object to sludge proposal

Neighbours of New Plymouth's wastewater plant object to council plan to spread sludge onto land.

Orcas return to Taranaki waters

It is orca spotting season in Taranaki, and DOC is asking people to record their sightings.

MP stood down as mother faces benefit fraud charges

Labour leader Andrew Little stands down his welfare spokeswoman after her mother was accused of benefit fraud.

Medals prompt search for mystery NZ war hero

Medals belonging to a World War I soldier have a Napier woman on the hunt for his relatives.

Trio who stole lights soon caught

The power of social media was demonstrated when the three men responsible for ripping out lights from trees outside The Devon Hotel in New Plymouth were identified within 48 hours.

Tourist's head-on torments driver Maria Tairawhiti

As a car on the wrong side of the road came towards her, Maria Tairawhiti was terrified for the safety of her children sitting behind her.
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