Armed police called to Hāwera

Police and the Armed Offenders Squad executed a search warrant in Hāwera, South Taranaki, on Wednesday morning.

8 min ago  A Hāwera property was raided by police with the support of AOS.

Council sewage spill heads to court

The sewage spill killed native fish and eels and prevented the collection of kaimoana for a month. (File Photo)

18 min ago  New Plymouth District Council is being taken to court over a sewage spill which killed native fish.

Elderly couple dice with death video

Heading for trouble an elderly woman is about to run a red light on New Plymouth's Courtenay St and plough into the side ...

10:18 AM  One moment's distraction while driving nearly cost this couple everything.

From punching O'Driscoll to preserving meats

Mikaera & Julie Te Whata lived in France for 14 years where Mikaera played professional rugby and learnt about french ...

9:00 AM  While living in France playing professional rugby, not only did Mikaera Te Whata famously punch Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll, he learnt the art of Charcuterie.

Younger election candidates share thoughts

Nine of the bright young candidates met their potential constituents at Shining Peak Brewery - from left, Elvisa Van Der ...

Which of the election candidates would you take on The Block NZ?

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Jail time slashed for DOC blackmailer

Following a successful appeal to the High Court, Gregory Ross Buchanan had his prison term slashed. (FIle Photo)

A hefty sentence for blackmail has almost been halved by the High Court.

Bluetooth advice instead of fine

Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers and Taranaki police are looking to put the brakes on them.

The boys in blue will be giving out free advice on Bluetooth in New Plymouth this weekend.

Hide and seek with books video

New Plymouth's Zach Ledgans, 12, is a dab hand at hiding books.

This might just be the new craze in hiding.

House fire under investigation

A police scene guard was posted at a Kent Rd address after a suspicious house fire on Saturday night.

Police and fire safety officers are investigating the cause of a house fire in rural Taranaki on Saturday night.

Serious crash north of New Plymouth

St John sent an ambulance and a first response vehicle, and a helicopter also attended.

Cyclist remains in critical condition after crash with truck on state highway.

Hoax call costs $20k plus

Crashes on the Awakino Gorge road are frequent.

While reports a car had crashed into a river turned out to be a hoax, the cost was no joke.

A man of vision

At home with Lance Girling-Butcher, his wife Ali and guide dog Yogi.

Lance Girling-Butcher went blind 13 years ago but that doesn't stop wife Ali from asking him to light the fire.

Tomorrow when I eat better

If you consider yourself a smart person but still struggle to eat right, you're not alone.

OPINION: What prevents highly capable people from caring more for themselves?

Drug switch could set life back gallery video

Nick Coulton needs Lamictal to control his epilepsy. He fears a funding change that will force him to take a new drug ...

For three years now a normal life has cost Nick Coulton $10 every three months. From October those same drugs to control his epilepsy will cost $500 - a sum he cannot afford.

Knife-wielding grandfather trespassed

Paul David Hine has admitted multiple charges in New Plymouth District Court after an attempt to see his grandchildren ...

After being trespassed from his grandchildren's address, Paul Hine pulled out a knife.

local body elections

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.

Running for council at 22

Christopher James is the youngest candidate running for any councils or boards in Taranaki this year.

Christopher James got involved in politics at 16 - but it was only seven years ago.

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.

Playing the local election name game

Candidate hoardings are popping up all over the Taranaki region.

Billboards are important in a local election but not enough to get the vote.

Yarrow - a stadium for all events

The $50 million Yarrow Stadium rebuild is not an election issue, Taranaki Regional councillor Tom Cloke said.

A long-serving Taranaki councillor is standing for a seventh term to help push through major projects for region.


Iwi encourage Maori to vote

Allie Hemara-Wahanui, pouhautū of Ngaruahine iwi, wants to see more Maori voting for their councils.

South Taranaki iwi are promoting voting.

Rough sleeper still in hospital

A South Taranaki man well known in the region for sleeping rough remains in hospital. 

Cyclist still critical

Taranaki rugby appeals Wainui suspension


The complex issues surrounding homelessness

"Behind every rough sleeper there is a set of circumstances that have led to their current situation. I would suggest ...

Circumstances are not necessarily the only challenge homeless people may face.

Farming our economy

"As an industry, dairy has invested over a billion dollars on environmental improvements over the last five years," ...

"I respect the climate is changing, but we cannot afford to move faster than the rest of the world in our response."

The exploitation gig

Tracking down and charging Lime e-scooters is another gig anyone can pick up.

OPINION: The gig economy is often presented as the path to freedom from the 9 to 5 drudgery most of us call a work day. But that's a lie.

Writing something for your funeral

In the late 1950s thousands turned out to see the Ranfurly Shield when it arrived in Taranaki and Jim Tucker remembers ...

OPINION: What words do you want on your tombstone?


Tomorrow when I eat better

If you consider yourself a smart person but still struggle to eat right, you're not alone.

OPINION: What prevents highly capable people from caring more for themselves?

Fuel yourself like a machine

Ironman competitors have a very specific "game day" diet to increase performance, but their diet leading up to the event ...

OPINION: My role within Taranaki Rugby, and now 'The Chiefs', is a 'Performance Nutritionist'. 

The insulin battle

A lot of women seek nutritional advice to help change their weight.  Depending on the age and stage of the woman the ...

OPINION: Women"s health, that"s what's up. I am a woman, I work with women, I surround myself with strong women and I want the best for women.

Getting ready to let go on the first day of school

I regret some of the ways I chose to spend my time with him in those early days, which I subconsciously believed would ...

Letting go is something mothers of sons need to start practicing from the moment they are born.

The wedding dress dilemma

Some women choose to have theirs on display, others choose to preserve them in a box and hold on to it for their daughter.

What to do with it after you've said your I dos.

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