The origin of NZ's sandbars

Eight people died last month after the Francie capsized attempting to cross the Kaipara bar.

Sandbars are part of what makes the New Zealand coast line so dangerous. But where do they come from?

Picture perfect tourism

Early morning moos. McMurray has a knack for capturing salmon-coloured light bouncing off clouds, Markham says.

OPINION: Great images, used well, on social media, can be a real tourism driver.

'Cuzzies, support your marae'

Owae Marae is one of Taranaki's most recognised.

Once upon a time, a hui at the pā would be attended by hundreds of people.

Time to seek some sense

A footpath, a mayor, some trees and a powerline all add up to a problem no one is taking responsibility for.

Time for tough talking is done. Let's get this footpath done.

The pie graph behind our 'worsening' world

All human groups can be divided up into three kinds of people, a security boss once said.

EDITORIAL: A life lesson at the hands of a grizzled ex-cop.

A lead-rubber quake solution?

Parliament's retro fitted Lead Rubber Bearings have been credited with its smooth ride during the Kaikoura quake.

Could lead rubber base isolators be the answer to our earthquake fears? Roger Hanson thinks so.

A real family Christmas letter

December is the month of the family report letter. Bear in mind 90 per cent of what is written is exaggerated, the other ...

Truth is a matter of perspective, especially in Christmas letters.

Merger makes sense

Journalists and editors are about as easy to marshall towards a single viewpoint as the proverbial herding of cats, ...

OPINION: Respected journo Jim Tucker puts forward arguments for a New Zealand media merger.

Earthquakes, Trump and nasty weather

The Kaikoura earthquake was a reminder to us all that we in New Zealand do live on a fault line and it's among the risks ...

OPINION: Barrie Smith's take on the big events of recent weeks.

Family violence nothing to joke about

Students from Manaia Primary School placed their painted hand prints on a banner as a pledge against domestic violence.

Family violence taints society and is an indictment on us all.

Faith in Taranaki

One book is cited both to condemn and to absolve, says the Revd Jamie Allen.

I remember with perfect clarity sitting with the young surgeon who would, the next morning, perform a resection – a chopping out – of the primary tumour in my daughter (Carrie's) arm.

The cost of seeing unicorns

When an optometrist says you need glasses, you may be in for a shock.

OPINION: A $700 pair of glasses is absurd, unless they clean your bathroom, too.

Right and wrong not always clear cut

Roderique Hope Trust botched their plans to open a home on New Plymouth's Tainui St.

EDITORIAL: Anxiety and fear are the first things to fill an information vacuum.

Pilgrimage to higher ground

Greenpeace doesn't just occupy drilling ships. It has the moral high ground too, says Jim Tucker.

There is one place in the world Jim wants to go. Fat chance he has of getting there.

The big marriage question

Brad Markham is an award-winning journalist-turned dairy farmer.

It's been eight years since my partner Matt popped the question. Then we couldn't marry. Now, I wonder has it been too long?

It ain't easy being an MP

Whanganui MP Chester Borrows has been part of the Waitara lands bill hearing at Novotel Hotel in New Plymouth.

MP for Whanganui Chester Borrows outlines the thorny issues around the Waitara Lands Bill.

Paying the price for success

A police focus on burglaries may come back to haunt Taranaki.

EDITORIAL: The reasons Taranaki faces a cut in small town and rural police numbers.

A moral choice

"It's ludicrous to say that anyone who uses dirty energy doesn't have the right to fight for something better."

OPINION: Greenpeace responds to Barrie Smith's criticisms.

What not to do in the big one

How the earthquake played out in the Tucker household.

OPINION: How the earthquake played out in the Tucker household.

The upside of earthquakes

Earthquakes are the earth cracking up.

Starting to take life too seriously? You need an earthquake.

Uncertainties in our oceans

The 66 square kilometres off the South Taranaki coast where Trans Tasman Resources have applied to mine iron ore.

OPINION: Will it be third time lucky for mining applications in New Zealand's exclusive economic zone?

Try a positive attitude

Oil and gas has been with us many years and will be with us for more to come, says Barrie Smith.

OPINION: "I'm a retired dairy farmer from Cardiff, and a realist."

Going 100kmh won't change your life

Drivers have signalled their willingness for an increase in open road speed limits to 110kmh on safe motorways in an AA ...

The speed limit on some roads could soon be 110kmh. Yawn.

Keeping order in the 'hood

Any good neighbourhood vetting committee would straight away ban anyone with a small dog, says Jim Tucker.

Without wishing to enflame things, I want to suggest the good folk of Tainui St are on to something important.

Fifty years ago

Former Taranaki Daily News editor Denis Garcia takes readers on a trip through the pages of the past.

A look at Taranaki's headlines from November, 1966.

American (humble) pie

Supporters of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react at her election night rally in Manhattan, New York.

Taranaki Daily News reporter BRITTANY BAKER - who hails from America - gives her verdict on the election. It's not pretty.

The night mower is back

Lawn mowers dominate the sound of the suburbs in the weekend.

Embracing the night mower is the only way forward.

Taranaki has great opportunity to attract visitors

Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Person of the Year Nigel Ogle owner and operator of Tawhiti Museum.

When the news came out that the world's most definitive global travel guide, Lonely Planet has recognised Taranaki as the world's second best province to visit, it really was a great boost to the whole region and surrounding areas, probably at least as far as the eye can see from the top of the majestic mountain.

Awards improve performance

Alistair Abbott, chairman of Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards Trust. The competition's deadline has been ...

OPINION: If you know your weaknesses, you can do something about them.

The peace of compromise

Even a large heated towel rail will soon be strictly divided into designated spaces.

Sometimes you just have to accept your place on the heated towel rail of life. Sometimes you don't.

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