Heritage funding to protect Taranaki landmarks

A $11,750 government grant will help earthquake strengthen the 110-year-old Messenger Building in Inglewood.

12:35 PM  Two Taranaki heritage buildings designed by architect Frank Messenger have been given funding for seismic strengthening.

Taranaki to host Māori surf champs

The Aotearoa Māori Surfing titles will be held in Taranaki from October 26-27. In 2018, Bachelor Tipene took out the ...

A chance to compete for a wildcard entry into a World Surf League event is up for grabs in Taranaki this weekend.

Voters choose three women

For the first time in 24 years, three women have been selected on the Stratford District Council.  From left, Gloria ...

A trio of women are bringing gender and age balance to Stratford District Council

In by three votes

Newly elected NPDC councillor Dave Bublitz with the family dog Hazel.

David Bublitz came to terms with losing the election, then found out he'd won after all.

Quakes jolt New Plymouth

Two small earthquakes jolted New Plymouth early Monday morning

Two small earthquakes were felt in New Plymouth on Monday morning

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The $300m hospital bonanza

The new wing is stage two in the hospital's four stage redevelopment.

Tradies love a pie and soon Taranaki builders, plumbers, electricians will get a chance to take a bite of a $300m one.

Fifty years ago -

Hawera Hospital was making the news 50 years ago. Here is a view of the site from a good few years before - 1915, to be ...

Waitara man George Wills turned 101.

Cool stores plans still in train

Developers say the proposal to transform New Plymouth's former Fonterra cool stores into apartments, offices, shops and ...

For Lease signs have gone up on the former Fonterra Cool Stores but ambitious plans for a redevelopment are still very much in the pipeline.

Capitalising on an ice cream obsession

Pottles of Little Liberty will be sold around the region and an ice cream shop will be open Friday-Sunday in Inglewood.

When Melissa Young realised her children had a dairy intolerance she became obsessed with making vegan ice cream - now she's selling it.

Bublitz in, Quinney out

David Bublitz had a nervous wait to find out if he was a councillor, having just missed out under preliminary results.

First Phil Quinney was in, now he's out and David Bublitz is in.

Two house fires in 24 hours

Police guarded the scene of the Waitara house, which was damaged in a suspicious fire, on Friday.

There was no-one in the home so the cause of the blaze was "potentially suspicious", police said.

Can you help us?

"In 1987 the Kuklinski's had their family portrait taken at Bernard Woods' New Plymouth photography studio. They are all ...

Do you know who these people are?

Fire brigade hit by scammers

Scammers are calling people saying they are looking for donations for Hāwera Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Hāwera chief fire officer Mike Fairweather is annoyed a scammer is taking advantage of them and vulnerable people in the community. 

Forgotten World Highway section closed

Tourists travelling on SH43 to Taumarunui, or Stratford, now need to detour through Ohura and Matiere due to a big slip.

Another major tourist route through the central North Island is disrupted after a big slip on SH43.

How late is too late

These thank you notes have been sitting on my coffee table collecting dust for six months.

They sit in my house taunting me and have done for six months.

local body elections

A drive-thru vote

Brendon Taylor and his daughter Emma used the drive-thru voting station on Saturday.

They didn't get fries but there were other benefits to New Plymouth District Council's drive-thru polling station.

A better way to punish councils

Jim Tucker says it's 'daft' that one council to prosecutes another.

Jim Tucker wonders if one council prosecuting another is a waste of taxpayers money.

Missed meetings in Stratford

Stratford District Council meeting attendance from the last three years has been collated. (File photo)

The numbers are out, and they're not looking good for some Stratford councillors.

Go on - get out and vote

NPDC external relations manager Jacqueline Baker with the poo emoji, which is part of a $30,000 council campaign to ...

OPINION: Wouldn't it be nice if people cared as much about voting as they did about a free bar of chocolate?

Rank the candidates

The next people to sit around the New Plymouth District Council table will be decided by the STV voting system.

OPINION: STV may stand for simple to vote, but it's not simple to figure out how it works.


New faces on Venture Taranaki Trust

Worley New Zealand ceo Gillian Cagney has been appointed as a director on the Venture Taranaki Trust.

Taranaki's regional development agency has new faces appointed on to board.

Stolen car flees 240km from home

Car stolen from New Plymouth wound up in police chase three hours away in Hamilton.

Deja-brew for craft beer winner

Hospitality awards reborn


Kindness hidden under the radar

Jim Tucker talks about kindness and Mike Merrick.

Jim Tucker talks about kindess and Mike Merrick.

A beginners bin guide

Not everyone is 100 per cent certain about New Plymouth's new bin system, but they really want to get it right says ...

Getting used to the new rubbish system in New Plymouth is easier if you follow this guide.

First stimulate interest

Voter turnout at this month's local body elections were low. Unsuccessful New Plymouth District Council candidate Sarah ...

OPINION: Here's some ideas to stimulate interest in local government elections.

How to be Christian without being religious

A woman holds up a poster of the planet Earth with a thermometer in its mouth during a worldwide protest demanding ...

Religion has a pretty bad press these days. For many it smacks of religiosity rather than faith, of extremism more than a love of all people.


Drax Project's summer tour

Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

Wellington jazz-pop band Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

'It started with a tub of surf wax'

Daisy started surfing because The Beach Boys made it sound fun.

Arch Arthur and Daisy Day live in New Plymouth, and spend as much of their time in the sea as possible.

Port Taranaki prepares to host Queen Elizabeth

The Dutch-registered Maasdam will re-visit Port Taranaki on January 25.

Port Taranaki will host two cruise ships this summer - before the big one, Queen Elizabeth, docks in 2021.

Brooke Barrett judging fashion event

Taranaki fashion designer Brooke Barrett is judging the Flora and Fauna gala event at the Taranaki Garden Festival.

A prominent Kiwi fashion designer has been announced as a judge at a Taranaki Garden Festival fashion event.

Night Sky for October 2019

There will be a full moon on Saturday, October 14.

There's plenty to see if you look up at the night sky in October - including meteors

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