Police seek greater Pacific presence

George Fa'alogo

Young Pacific Islanders with a penchant for crime-fighting TV shows are being urged to consider becoming real-life detectives.

'Menace' in custody


A gang associate described by police as a "menace" has been remanded in custody on violence charges.

Fans in for a Super showdown

The Super Rugby showdown between the Chiefs and Hurricanes at Yarrow Stadium next year is being hailed as Taranaki's version of the State of Origin.

Rongonui's nine-year jail term to be appealed

A case which exposed the seedier side of the Taranaki underworld is set to have a sequel.

Special welcome for new doctors

Taranaki has been recognised for the warm welcome it gives overseas medical staff moving to the province.

Prostate cancer as bad as breast cancer

It's a man thing - the risk of a man getting prostate cancer is only 2 per cent less that the risk of a woman getting breast cancer.

NZ not immune to Ebola

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in New Zealand is very unlikely, but definitely possible, a Manawatu Ebola expert says.

Fear of the future

Council weighs the options for housing


Some of New Plymouth's most vulnerable are living in daily fear because of the uncertainty over the future of their homes.

The 'suits' get sweaty for charity

Abbie Tebbutt, of Staples Rodway

It was a sweaty finish as New Plymouth lawyers and accountants battled it out to raise funds for CanTeen's annual appeal yesterday.

Sand beach buildup pushed back to sea

Hundreds of metres of sand have been hauled into the sea as Opunake battles to reclaim its beachfront.

Offender sent back to prison

A convicted child sex offender has been sent back to prison after pleading guilty to breaching his extended supervision order.

Round-world charity motorcyclist hits town

Taranaki Triumph motorcycle lovers will gather this weekend to welcome one of their own.

Jail for repeat offender with computer porn

A repeat offender has been jailed for two years for possessing 500 pornographic images.

Big Ferdie back from breakdown

Big Ferdie's breakdown


Taranaki's Big Ferdie the bull is back in action for next Friday's game against Auckland.

Taking Strawberry Blonde to town

Taking Strawberry Blonde to town

Jesse Sigurdsson

Mike's Organic Brewery is celebrating its 25th birthday in style as a feature brewer at Wellington's 2014 Oktoberfest.

Residents confused about move

Michelle Field

Cook St residents have been left unhappy and confused, saying HNZ has done a poor job of explaining why they may need to shift.

Health just takes Two Ticks

Anne Berrie


Finding the best core foods for health is easier than ever with the introduction of an extra Heart Foundation Tick.

Breast check saves a life

Karanga Morgan


It took Karanga Morgan three years to convince herself to have a mammogram - the procedure saved her life.

Mad about running

Dean Pratt


Hawera's own marathon man is halfway towards reaching both his goals.

Training all arranged for kids' triathlon


A triathlon is being planned in Stratford on November 23 for primary school-aged youngsters with organisers seeking sponsors as well as competitors.

From silence to a wonderful world of sound

Student journalist Brad Roberts tells how a tiny hearing device changed his life.

Paperwork saved farmers from job scam


A farming family has discovered the value of a signed contract over a handshake.

Time for an electoral law shake up

john key

OPINION: Electioneering law in this country continues to cause mystification.

Schools celebrate milky milestone

Gemma Walsh

It was the first birthday of Fonterra's Milk in Schools programme yesterday and time for a new carton-folding competition.

Council under fire over trees

pohutukawa tree

Residents and TRC are at loggerheads over Waitara's pohutukawa trees, with row reaching a new low.

Little on quicksand as Labour sinks

Labour MP Andrew Little strap

New Plymouth Labour MP hopeful Andrew Little is fighting for his political life.

Cochlear implants make school possible for Tom

Cochlear Implant

Tom Wilkinson was once a stranger to the sounds of the world, but an implant has changed all that.

Benefit frauds horrify judge


A Taranaki judge says a staggering sum of money is "going out through the doors" through benefit fraud.

Brewskis fizzing for challenge

Off to Oktoberfest


New Plymouth's brass band is cutting its numbers so it can contest the Bavarian Band Championships.

Dairy owner strikes back, chases robber

Pran Sharma

A would-be robber got more than he bargained for when he pointed a knife at a dairy owner in Waitara.

Seniors warn of race poll

grey power

Grey Power New Plymouth says it will force an $80,000 referendum on the issue of Maori wards.

Rat's tail for the chop

Hadleigh Cox

Hadleigh Cox has been attached to his spectacular rat's tail in more ways than one; now he's set to exterminate it.

Police hunt dairy robber


Police are hunting a man who attempted to rob a dairy in Raleigh St in Waitara at 2pm this afternoon armed with a knife.

Driver accepts jail likely

The story of one man's long-term battle with the bottle played out in court yesterday.

Southern towns want to tap trust

Moves to have Patea, Waverley and Waitotara included within the lucrative funding boundary of the TSB Community Trust are nearing an outcome.

Nine-year prison term for attack

A violent encounter that shone a light on Taranaki's underworld has ended in a jail sentence.

Community gets behind cleanup campaign

Volunteers doing their bit to keep NZ beautiful

cleaning rubbish

New Plymouth residents and organisations are getting behind the "Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week" campaign in an effort to keep beaches and pathways clean.

Farmer was 'generous to a fault'

William Glen Williamson

A Normanby farmer and former transport operator who was the first Kiwi to undergo a revolutionary heart procedure has died.

Homes could be demolished in Marfell Park plan

State houses in Marfell could soon be knocked down by the New Plymouth District Council.

Niceties a struggle in debate

The hardest task was saved for last at the final candidates debate in New Plymouth.

Hospice raises concerns about bill

The election roadshow continued yesterday with National MP Jo Goodhew visiting the Hospice Shop in New Plymouth and raising a collectible, if empty, glass to the volunteers.

RSA reopening but members needed

RSA reopening but members needed


Stratford's RSA Club has been saved and is set to reopen with a new restaurant.

Fast food bus on the menu for KFC


A colonel's road trip to Hawera is being organised to help New Plymouth fried chicken fans satisfy their cravings.

Police combat public sex acts near beach

Woodend Beach

An area near New Plymouth's Back Beach has been termed "Gay Bay" because of the increased homosexual activity there.

Compliments a hard task in debate


The hardest task was saved for last at the final candidates debate in New Plymouth last night.

Flat Race 2014: Cunliffe or Key, or someone else?

Flat Race web series

Wellington actor comes up with novel way to get young Kiwis interested in voting, by profiling political party leaders in a flat setting.

Anzac play likely to move audience

Te Kohe Tuhaka

Clive Cullen doesn't want the audience to clap at the end of his next show - he wants them to cry.

Auroa students scoop robotics award


Dancing robots made by South Taranaki primary school students have won gold in a robotics competition.

The teeth have it for Sasha

Sasha Antunovic is following in her father David’s footsteps

When Sasha Antunovic was a little girl the last thing she wanted to do when she grew up was be a dentist.

Starship, athlete gain in long run

Hawera's own marathon man is halfway towards reaching both of his goals.
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