Thomas Boniface a champion in cadet karts

Thomas Boniface

New Plymouth's Thomas Boniface won the cadet title at the New Zealand karting championships in Blenheim last weekend.

Dad surprised by community support

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Some hardcore Crossfit fans spent Easter raising money for two needy kids.

Boys' High fight back to draw

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New Plymouth Boys' High School had to battle back twice to secure a hard-fought 3-3 draw with Francis Douglas Memorial College.

Bird-brain attack let off lightly Nasty incident worth send-off


Sanzar have shown its moral responsibility around possible brain injuries is as carefree as referee Garratt Williamson.

Points bagged but scrappy effort from McGrath's men

Two late goals gave Team Taranaki a flattering 3-1 win over Feilding in a Federation League football match at New Plymouth's Merrilands Domain yesterday.

Rahman out to make a big statement

Hasim Rahman

He might be one of the toughest men on the planet, but that doesn't stop Hasim Rahman from also being one of the most charming.

Stratford fall short of dream result

Inglewood spoil the party

Ben Leng and Robin Kivell

Inglewood managed to spoil Stratford's 125th party on Saturday, but only just.

Master stroke

Waitara's Jason Matthews

Waitara's Jason Matthews shows his class during the first day of the Fisher and Paykel Taranaki Easter Masters surf competition held at Arawhata on Friday.  

Naumai use fitness to pull away for victory

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Naumai kickstarted their season with a 54-42 win over Raukura in Taranaki premier one netball in New Plymouth.

We can't ease off, says Team Taranaki coach

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Two games, two wins in the Federation League for Team Taranaki.

Spotswood rebound to deal to Southern

Warwick Lahmert

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Spotswood United bounced back to thump defending champions Southern.

Basics go begging for Taranaki Mountain Airs

Adrian Oliver

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When you are playing with a depleted roster you generally have to do the basics right.

Win over Inglewood would cap Stratford party

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Brendan Haami might be the only former player not enjoying the build-up to Stratford's 125th jubilee celebrations.

End-to-end action in feature premier match


The topsy-turvy nature of this year's premier rugby continued yesterday, leaving Inglewood as the only unbeaten team.

Up-and-coming golfers to play in Marton

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Taranaki Golf's up-and-coming players compete in the junior development quadrangular at the Marton Golf Club next week.

Smarts, ticker get Francis Douglas home

Enele Fidow

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If there is one thing we have come to expect from Francis Douglas Memorial College over the last few seasons it's that size doesn't really matter.

Drubbing turns up the pressure on Clifton

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Clifton did not have to look too hard during the review of their big loss to New Plymouth Old Boys to figure out where they need to improve.

Taranaki face Giant challenge without captain

Brad Anderson

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The Taranaki Mountain Airs face an uphill battle against the Nelson Giants.

Snook: Sharks the big fish as SA sides struggle

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OPINION: Which Super Rugby franchise has found itself one of the bottom two teams in the competition an alarming 11 times?

Tough at top for Sacred Heart Girls' College

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It's been a tough introduction to premier one netball for New Plymouth's Sacred Heart Girls' College.

Smarts, ticker get boys home


Francis Douglas Memorial College show that size doesn't really matter in rugby.

Elliott the past, present and future in bowls

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Neville Elliott will become the first person in the history of Taranaki bowls to have held down the three most powerful administration roles.

Rhys Marshall learning to stand tall with Chiefs

Rhys Marshall

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Rhys Marshall has figured a few things out as the 2014 Super Rugby season progresses.

Henderson quits as boss of Central Districts

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A wretched season on the field has ended with Central Districts boss Hugh Henderson calling it quits.

Top two New Plymouth colleges get ready

The top two secondary school sides in Taranaki are about to battle it out as in their traditional fixtures for the season.

Smith on course for three in a row

Mokau's Adrian Smith is on the verge of making New Zealand cross-country motorcycle racing history and, if he can keep a clear head and stay out of trouble, he'll possibly do just that next month.

Bears rip Hawks apart with 14 tries

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The Waitara Bears mauled the Hawera Hawks 70-4 in a Taranaki premier rugby league club match in Hawera on Saturday.

College side makes winning start

Close marking: Francis Douglas Memorial College player Ryan Hawken, left, gets tangled up with Inglewood’s Shaun Bracegirdle during their premier men’s football match at Inglewood’s Karo Park on Saturday.

FDMC open their premier football season with a convincing 4-1 win against Inglewood.

Inglewood out-dour Spotswood

AT A GLANCE NPOB 52 Clifton 20

Old Boys stamp class on competition

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New Plymouth Old Boys made it two from two in premier club rugby on Saturday when thrashing Clifton 52-20.

Hard-man Hoeata signs off on illustrious innings


The last of the old Taranaki rugby crew has left.

Fresh fields for top players

Andre Taylor

Taranaki are on the cusp of losing two of their most influential players ahead of the national provincial championship.

Aussies underline open water supremacy

New Plymouth's Charlotte Webby had to settle for second overall in the open water swim series behind Australian champion Melissa Gorman.

Team Taranaki runs through Red Sox

Team Taranaki got off to a fast start against Palmerston North side Red Sox in New Plymouth yesterday.

Pistons outperform Mountain Airs

Waikato Pistons

Aaron Bailey-Nowell's 200th National Basketball League match wasn't meant to end like this - a hefty 84-62 loss to the Waikato Pistons in Hamilton yesterday.

Taranaki weekend rugby

New Plymouth Old Boys made a statement in just the second week of Taranaki premier rugby, thumping Clifton 55-20 at Vogeltown Park on Saturday.

Taranaki rugby loses hard man.

Jarrad Hoeata

One of Taranaki rugby's hard men is leaving the side to play with the Cardiff Blues in Wales.

Phillips to oversee Taranaki's under-19 talent

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Jono Phillips will head a three-man coaching panel for the new Taranaki under-19 team.

Season already heating up for NPBHS first XI

High heat and humidity await a group of New Plymouth Boys' High School students as they embark on a hockey tour of Asia.

Team Taranaki up for Manawatu challenge

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Team Taranaki coach Ian McGrath is wary of his side's chances against a new-look Red Sox team from Palmerston North in tomorrow's Federation League football match at New Plymouth's Onuku Taipari Domain.

Drew Farnworth's big chance at academy

Talented teenage New Plymouth Boys' High School football player Drew Farnsworth left yesterday for a two-week trip with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.

Unbeaten sides clash for chance to stay winners

Warwick Lahmert

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Four is likely to become two this afternoon in just the second round of the Taranaki premier club competition.

Mountain Airs will man up in double-header

Adrian Oliver

Things don't get any easier for the Mountain Airs with a doubleheader on the road.

Chiefs doing their best to gain Taranaki favour

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The Chiefs have all but finalised the itinerary for their first "home" game at Yarrow Stadium.

Girls' High side have the talent to dominate

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New Plymouth Girls' High School looks the team to beat in the Taranaki premier two netball competition this year.

Provincial swim records tumble at nationals

Several Taranaki swimmers set personal bests and provincial records on day two of the New Zealand Open championships in Henderson.

Old Boys in first round romp over Naumai

Grace Major

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New Plymouth Old Boys made it clear they were title contenders with an emphatic 53-29 win over Naumai in the opening round of Taranaki premier one netball.

McLean: Hammett true to form does it his way

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OPINION: Outgoing Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has never stuck to the conventional path. Not that of your stereotypical NZ coach.

It's a case of back to the future with Liverpool


I t was pretty tough growing up in Tokoroa.

'The Good Life' with young surfer Daniel Farr

Daniel Farr

The Good Life this month features talented young surfer Daniel Farr.
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