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Time to crank up the fundraising


CanTeen members are preparing to go hard at The Crank, a national fundraising event for CanTeen.

Murals take pride of place in garden


Welbourn School is a brighter place.

Men's shed aims to build numbers


North Taranaki Community Men's Shed wants to build its membership base.

Rainbow offers vital support

rainbow flag

Rainbow Taranaki wants more members.

Park strategy gets favourable reaction

KEP Stratford

Stratford's public gardens are looking extra spic and span, thanks to a dedicated gardening team.

Support for shaken band

Hawera Brass Band

The embattled Hawera Brass Band is losing its premises but gaining a new home, temporarily at least.

Tasty cupcakes aid SPCA


It's that time of year again; time to get out the apron, whip up a cupcake mix and conjure up creative icing ideas.

Metro mishap opens door to Paris

Huia Brown

Somewhere in Arras, France, are two little boys who can sing their colours in Maori, thanks to Eltham's Huia Brown.

Abuse survivor tells life story

Katrina breaks the cycle

Katrina Crews

As a scared little girl Katrina Crews was failed by every adult in her life, but she is lucky.

Walkway nears end


New Plymouth Huatoki Walkway is bound to become another jewel in New Plymouth's crown.

Pets play vital role


Nine years down the track and Norm Hewitt still enjoys delivering One of the Family to schools around the country.

Who's best man anyway?



New Plymouth Repertory Theatre's latest production Best Man Faller is sure to get people talking.

Band brassed off

Building full of borer

Hawera Brass

Hawera's Brass Band is refusing to go quietly into the night after a seismic report found significant deficiencies in its building.

Fringe festival comes of age


A festival that began as a reaction to rejection has blossomed into a cherished tradition.

Hearing defect missed


A New Plymouth family wants to start a support group for parents and patients suffering from auditory processing disorder.

Fish to fill youngsters


Something fishy is going on at New Waves.

Calendar cuties wanted


People can make their animal friends poster pets.

Gardeners get growing


A New Plymouth group is trying to re-establish the art of growing your own groceries.

Wano inspired by kapahaka


Te reo has always played a big part in Wharehoka Wano's life, both professionally and personally.

'Language nest' starts at home


A big part of parenting is providing children with values and life skills as they move into adulthood.

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.

No support for 40kph limit

Durham St traffic jam

New Plymouth District Council has received only two comments from the public about lowering the speed limit to 40 kilometres an hour.


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

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