A welcome sign celebrating the Patea Maori Club's iconic song greets visitors to Patea.

Digital doctor double-up

Patea now has two virtual services offering medical help while the hunt for new GPs carries on.

No relief for teachers

The relief teaching shortage is affecting classroom learning, according to Kim Manukonga of SyncEd.

Getting hold of a substitute teacher isn't getting any easier.

Saved with minutes to spare

Two tourists are alive because of a huge team effort to rescue them on Mt Taranaki.

Ombudsman weighs in

Driving trainer says he wants $100,000 compensation from Government department.

Maori Land Court date for hapu

Ngati Te Whiti hapu members will appear before a Maori Land Court judge next month.

Conductive education arrives 

Taranaki children with neuro-motor disorders will soon be able to access specialist education right here in Taranaki.

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News

Axe attacker sent to prison

Terry Mathew Dean, 52, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the attack and for smashing a TV.

He hit his wife on the head with an axe, but she still said he wouldn't intentionally hurt her.

Birds mess with water quality

A wet summer made swimming unpleasant in some Taranaki rivers and beaches.

Regions need help with infrastructure

Pine trees turning red

Sport

Chiefs' short lock stands tall

Mitchell Brown (right, foreground) is one of the shorter locks in Super Rugby, certainly not as tall as team-mates ...

He's not the tallest man at lock, but Mitchell Brown has muscled his way into the Chiefs' starting pack.

Malaysia's three-point show sinks HoopNation

Local lad Emmerson Potts-Broughton was a crowd favourite when HoopNation took on Malaysia in Hawera.

Malaysia were on fire from deep against HoopNation in Hawera.

AB's props inspire Gawler

Chris Gawler got a taste of NPC rugby last season for Canterbury and is hungry for more.

All Blacks bookends providing loosehead lessons for promising Canterbury prop Chris Gawler.

Semifinal hopes still alive for Francis Douglas

Francis Douglas Memorial College's Jacob Kneepkens splits the St John's College defence.

Kneepkens scores hat-trick for Francis Douglas.

Chiefs confident in travel plan

Aaron Cruden and his Chiefs side have got very used to the sight of buses and planes lately and are determined to ...

Needing to combat a hectic schedule, the Chiefs have gone right down to the nitty-gritty details.

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

The march of competition

Arthur Chadwick and Gerry Fowler standing behind Charlie Kingstone and Fred Barnard, in 1948 at Waitara's first FCOS.

OPINION: The once mighty local department stores are a thing of the past, laments Graeme Duckett.

Learning to poach properly

Sauce is drizzled over the pears.

Most can poach an egg but the method of cooking is not used well in the kitchen, a teacher says.

What's on in Taranaki

Hawera photographer Kevin Bone's recent work is on display at Lysaght Watt gallery.

Check out what's coming up around the region in the arts community.

Top tenor horn player charms audience

Acclaimed tenor horn player Sheona White.

The renowned Sheona White gave only one other concert in the country.

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.

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