Jacqueline and Robin Blackwell have a friendly rivalry.

High steaks for cattle breeders

It's just as much about bragging rights at home as it is about national recognition for the Blackwell family.

NZ's first virtual medical centre

Dr Lance O'Sullivan is running the pilot project in Patea.

Patea's only doctor left, so the small town is now embracing new virtual technology to find a solution to its vacancy.

Author writes for herself

"I like to write what I like to read, and I figure if I'd like to read it than other people will want to read it as well."

Light pole hit-and-run

The pole was left blocking an intersection.

Terrier looking for a friend

Mocha is looking for a new walking companion after losing her best friend.

Farewells not the focus

Any game now could be the last for several stalwarts, but the Chiefs aren't using departures as motivation.

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Sport

Sleep tight, tight five

The Chiefs were below their best but it was enough.

Below their best but through, jetlagged Chiefs forwards face a mighty battle against Crusaders.

Valuable win for Team Taranaki

Wairarapa United's Paul Ifill misses the ball as Team Taranaki's Dom Squatriti looks to make contact with it.

There were plenty of goals and cards to both sides during the match.

Defending champ does business in Opunake Cup

Jockey Johnathan Parkes aboard Longchamp wins the Opunake Cup for the second successive year.

Longchamp digs in deep to make it back-to-back Opunake Cups.

Rosewood blooms on favourite track

Apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury had a good day at New Plymouth winning on Rosewood and Lectio Divinia.

Filly goes three from three on her favourite track.

Horse chiropractor visit pays off for Katie McKeen

Katie McKeen broiught up win No 10.

New Plymouth trainer delighted with win.

opinion

The beauty of simplicity

Are the All Blacks always excited or can they just not be bothered thinking of better ways to express themselves?

OPINION: Forget the buzzwords. Jim Tucker knows simplicity is the best way to say what you mean.

Those dam problems

The Blue Nile flows into Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam in Guba Woreda, some 40 km from Ethiopia's border with Sudan.

OPINION: A dammed river is a good source of hydro electricity. It can also be a good source of conflict.

A big woolly issue

Wool carpets are making a political comeback.

OPINION: Should we all be using wool carpet as a matter of patriotism?

Guided by curiosity

Dennis Ngawhare delves into some of the history around the migration of people through the Pacific.

OPINION: Dennis Ngawhare traces the heritage of peoples guided by their curiosity.

Lifestyle

Terrier looking for a friend

Mocha, a highland terrier/poodle cross, loves going on walks and would love another dog to walk with.

Mocha is looking for a new walking companion after losing her best friend.

Skills for a healthy future

Carol Wham PhD NZRD
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Massey

Does your intermediate child know how to cook a basic, healthy meal? And why does it matter.

Contented in Tikorangi

The cave had mysterious myths abut it but turned out to be a simple earth-moving creation.

This garden is a treasure as are the people who created it.

A very musical Hawera

HMS Pinafore was first performed in Hawera in the late 1800s.

How nation-wide employers helped Hawera's musical awakening.

50 years ago today

Dogs on the loose drove  211 sheep off a bluff into the Waingongoro River 50 years ago.

Fifty years ago Cardiff farmer, Mr J E Cave lost 211 of his sheep after dogs chased them over a bluff into the Waingongoro River.

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