Bottom grope leads to court

Zach Andrew Charles Bellringer touched his friend's bottom while drinking alcohol at New Plymouth bar El Fuego at Our ...

The man told police he had done it before and the victim didn't mind it.

Water restrictions in central Taranaki

Water restrictions are now in place in two of the three Taranaki districts. (File photo)

Water restrictions are now in place for the Stratford district until further notice.

Drug dealer caught with $20k of meth sentenced

In New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday, he was sentenced to 10 months' home detention in relation to the offending.

His criminal and drug-taking activity dates back decades, but John Barry Bevin says he's now cleaned up his act.

Taranaki school principal leaving

Taranaki Diocesan School's principal of eight years Fiona Green has left the region and moved to Christchurch to care ...

A Taranaki school once known for its "Harry Potter"-looking cloak has a new uniform thanks to its former principal.

Kiwi takes on Aussie cooking comp

Jeff Poole thinks he's the only person in Taranaki featured on Netflix.

The Taranaki cook wants to add MKR to his list as well.

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Catching an inner city rat

New Plymouth school children check rat traps in the school grounds as part of the Towards Predator Free Taranaki project.

Retired oil and gas worker Dave Watson has turned his time to successfully trapping rats in urban New Plymouth.

Father and three sons bowling combo

Former Taranaki Open champion Geoff Hawken (second from right) with his three sons (from left) David, Peter, and Mark Hawken.

Former Taranaki Open Fours champion Geoff Hawken is back with his three sons to try and win the title again.

Farmer's 100-metre fall

Before his accident, Taranaki man Jeff Collingwood was a fit and healthy farmer with a passion for fishing and hunting.

Trekking along a ridgeline, the ground gave way under Jeff Collingwood who plummeted 100 metres.

$2m railway crossing upgrades

Flowers were attached to the Weymouth St crossing earlier this month in memory of Matthew Meijer, who was killed in 2016.

Four New Plymouth crossings will get automatically-closing gates.

Taranaki boxer sets sights on second title

Tarn 'The Terminator' Reid trains with her coach Hare Ruwhiu ahead of her PBCNZ Super Lightweight title bout at the end ...

Tarn Reid is returning to Thailand to prepare of a shot at a New Zealand boxing title next month.

Macca's comes to Bell Block

McDonald's New Plymouth franchise owner Lauren McAuslin is the youngest franchisee in NZ, and will soon take on the Bell ...

By the end of the year, people looking for their Big Mac fix outside of New Plymouth will be in luck.

Rescued off Mt Taranaki

A woman in her 20s had to be winched off Mt Taranaki after getting stuck on her way down from the summit.

"She's got stuck and she's made a very brave call to ask for help - please don't hesitate to call."

Investigation into man's death closed

WorkSafe NZ had finished its investigation into the death of a man working on a farm at Omata, in September, saying it ...

The death of a 33-year-old Taranaki man on a farm has been referred to the coroner.

Unsuccessful candidate's complaint thrown out

The Auditor General has responded to a complaint taken by an unsuccessful candidate who sought election onto the ...

Alan Murray believed pre-election advertising for a sitting councillor was unfair.

WWII veteran farewelled

Alan Lepper, of New Plymouth, has died, aged 96.

Alan Lepper was one of the last remaining Legion of Frontiersmen who had served 50 years.


Water getting low at North Egmont

Water is getting low at the North Egmont Visitor Centre, but it often happens in summer.

People are being asked to bring their own water and self-contained campers encouraged to use their own supply.

'She only worried about leaving us'

As Emily Foreman battled the aggressive cancer taking over her entire body, she worried about how her family would cope without her.

Cat shot near Oakura

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I've resolved to do my bit for our communities and planet in 2020

New Year's resolutions like losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, or eating more healthily, seem more about ...

New Year comes at different times of the year and is celebrated in many different ways.

A funny man of one word

Jim Tucker first heard of comedian Billy Connolly in the 1970s.

OPINION: Jim Tucker recommends reading comedian Billy Connolly's memoirs.

In a 24/7 industry, I struggled to switch off

I had saved up my best story ideas for the job transition and they paid off. I hit the front page on my first week and ...

Those two years for me were the best of times and the worst of times. I loved and hated it.

A new approach for the future of South Island recreational fisheries

Dr Randall Bess.

OPINION: I would like to clarify some matters regarding Stuff's recent article 'Hook, line, and sinker: Two approaches to the future of recreational fishing' published January 8, 2020. 


Father and three sons bowling combo

Former Taranaki Open champion Geoff Hawken (second from right) with his three sons (from left) David, Peter, and Mark Hawken.

Former Taranaki Open Fours champion Geoff Hawken is back with his three sons to try and win the title again.

Garden inspires romance gallery video

Wayne and Judith Gilmer’s Taranaki villa and gardens have all the ingredients for romance, making it an ideal wedding ...

A couple’s love affair with flowers and colour has seen this old garden thrive once more.

A very fishy country video

Snapper is New Zealand's most popular recreational target species. They are one of the more abundant fish in the ...

Fishing has New Zealanders caught hook, line and sinker. It's even more popular than rugby.

Make a small garden look bigger video

A tapestry of colour cloaks a cleverly positioned mound separating the garden into intimate spaces. Abutilon x hybridum ...

Layer up your plants, create palettes of colour and texture, and don't be afraid to cut back.

A guide to last-minute NYE plans video

Thousands of young festival goers have travel to the Cardrona Valley just south of Wanaka, each year, for Rhythm and Alps.

Looking for something to do on New Year's Eve? Look no further.

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