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Learn to keep Maori language alive


Developing new avenues where te reo can be spoken is one way to keep the language alive, according to one Taranaki expert in the field.

Maori language: use it or lose it


Reclaiming a missing part of her identity is something one Waitara woman will be forever thankful for.

Learning Maori a life path


A decision to learn Maori almost 20 years ago changed the course of Archie Hurunu's life forever.

A path to success

Showing kids they have a bright future

Eli Waikawa

Eli Waikawa has gone from a tough start to a bright future, and hopes to help others do the same.

Maori language week kicks off


Haimona Maruera remembers his first day at primary school vividly.


Auroa School


A quartet of robotics students have proven themselves unshakeable in competition.

Bus service scores well


Taranaki's Connector bus service is proving even more successful than predicted.

Makeover on target

Turuturu Mokai

A new wall of flaxes, grasses and cabbage trees is improving the scenery at Hawera's Turuturu Mokai redoubt.

Police see red at lights



Police and the New Plymouth District Council are working together to tackle the problem of people running red lights.

Recycled paper turns into trees


Bell Block School is now 27 native plants richer.

Kaponga goes all out American


Kaponga became the 51st state of America for a couple of hours on Friday night as the town celebrated Independence Day.

Polo on wheels is taking off

Bike polo

Hawera is the newest home of the sport of princes, push-bike polo.

Focus on football, not booze


Stratford soccer club has stopped selling alcohol at its clubrooms as part of a focus on its younger members.

Heads 'no' to new job

Air New Zealand generic

Taranaki principals are baulking at the idea of being in charge of nine other schools.

Dogged Jim steps down


After wrestling pigs and standing on wasp nests, animal control officer Jim Aitken is retiring.

Small bikes turn into a big job


Sam Ekenasio's mini motorbike was built with plenty of elbow grease and a good dollop of motor oil.

Living at one with nature


VIRGINIA WINDER - Taranaki Daily News

Rachael and Jason Ruakere and their boys are living a simple life at Puniho Pa.

Head praises bus-crash students


A principal has praised the actions of his pupils following a bus crash in rural South Taranaki.

Rare tree to anchor hotel

Construction worker/ Hard hat

A heritage-protected ombu tree is getting best guest treatment at the site of a new hotel.

Experience wins futsal


Futsal at the court under New Plymouth's Wind Wand was in full swing yesterday.

Four achieve chief scout award

Capable young people


Four Taranaki scouts have received the organisation's highest accolade, breaking a five-year drought.

Smoking debate heats up

Banging on about it doesn't help

cigarette butt

OPINION: As New Zealand moves towards the Government's stated goal of being smoke-free by 2025, stories such as those that appeared on Tuesday's front page will become more frequent.

China buyers in talks over farms


Chinese buyers look to be back in the running to buy the controversial multimillion-dollar Tasmanian Farms.

Airport's $11m upgrade

New Plymouth airport.

TARYN UTIGER - Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki's airport has become a victim of its own success and is losing money as a result.

A kids' sleepout to dream about

New technology challenge

 Finn van Bergen

Finn van Bergen's dream sleepout is a safari park with green fields and animal print chairs.

Region says its farewells

Eric Major

Taranaki has lost two of its centenarians in two days.

Age range in firefighters 'beneficial'


Grey-haired firefighters are nothing to worry about, Taranaki area commander Pat Fitzell says.

Security cameras OK

But education still key


Security cameras may help prevent bullying, but education is still key, principals say.

Don't fret the small stuff

Art of the matter


ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily News

A ukulele teacher's brave venture into holding classes results in fun times and some friendly rivalry

Curbs unfair - smokers

Bruce Morgan and Jane Moodie

Outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants and you'll lose patrons, smokers say.

Big poo problem

Restaurant manager Jass Kaur

Retailers say they are fed up with birds doing what birds do - leaving their signature over cars, footpaths and restaurant tables in New Plymouth's Devon St.

Inspiring engineer says bye


It is time for new adventures for Willie Vance after 18 years at the helm of the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology.

Kuklinski has some body to love

Bodybuilder Phil Kuklinski

Inglewood man has taken out the Mr Universe body-building masters title in Korea.

Results of crashes shown

'Today has been quite a big eye opener'

Nikita Kolose

A 60-strong group was given the chance to feel the effects of their actions on Saturday.

Kirstie's new challenge

Outward Bound - on wheels


MICHELE ONG - Taranaki Daily News

Kirstie Fairhurst refuses to allow her physical limitations to prevent her enjoying a full life.

Candidate signs Dotcom line

"I never really liked politics"

Grant Keinzley

Taranaki's Internet Party candidate has been revealed.

Seabed mining rejected

tdn sand strap

Plans to mine millions of tonnes of ironsand from the South Taranaki seabed have been scuttled after a landmark hearing.

NZ honour for magnolia breeder

Getting something good into gardens

Vance Hooper

Magnolias Genie and Cleopatra have earned Waitara plant breeder Vance Hooper a prestigious award.

Pams in a jam over glass in jar

pam's jam

A mother's attempt to make school lunches ended with a crunch when she discovered glass in the jam jar.

Schools' leaky dramas


A legion of leaky Taranaki schools could cost the Government millions as it grapples to plug a billion-dollar hole.

New year dawns

Puanga is a special time of year


Puanga is a special time of year for Puna Te Aroha Wharehoka.

Taranaki hold on

Team Taranaki

Team Taranaki made hard work of it but kept their spot at the top of the table.

Sharing bonsai secrets

Glenys Jackson

Glenys Jackson loves nothing better than turning her plants into magnificent works of art.

Creative gems on trail

Taranaki celebrates diverse art scene

Melissa Wright

The Taranaki Arts Trail was a chance to visit the region's artists.

Smoking ban push

Bus stops and taxi ranks next


Bus stops and taxi ranks in New Plymouth could be the next places to be ruled smokefree.

Now she's Madam President

From a library assistant to chief of the chiefs


After finishing her degree in English and history Barbara McKerrow considered a career in journalism.

Chong tied up by code

"I really, really, don't like ties."


A first-term councillor got a dressing down for his state of attire in council chambers this week.

Just a phone call away

Loneliness detrimental to health

Shelly Spurling

Age Concern has started a service in New Plymouth to visit the elderly.

Now for the next 'w'

More different wild weather on its way

new plymouth rain

The weather forecasters are warning us to brace for a blast of wind.

The ascent of Brew Mountain


A new boutique brewery opens in New Plymouth this month.

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