A picnic area at the Lucy's Gully carpark has become popular with boy racers.

'Undesirable' gully

7:51 AM  There's towering redwoods, native ferns and birdsong whistling through the bush. But there's also a lot of old rubbish.

Blind biking challenge

Jan Tyson is helping Teena McEwen, who is blind, prepare for Taranaki Around The Mountain Cycle Challenge.

She can't see, but Teena McEwen is still gearing up for next year's Around the Mountain cycle challenge.

Heavy rain warning issued

7:53 AM  It's going to pour down on Mt Taranaki and gale force northwest winds could batter the region today.

New lattes: Novelty or nutritional?

Turmeric and beetroot lattes are trendy and tasty but aren't a miracle health cure.

'I want my pig back'

A suburban sow gone wild has been caught, but her owner will huff and puff for the return of the piggy, pig, pig.

Taranaki lifesavers scoop awards

Todd Velvin, DHL Instructor of the Year, says surf lifesaving is "pretty hard" to give up.

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Powerful words for wāhine

Patea Area School students Tasiah Marino, Te Anahera Maraki, Maruata Cribb, IronMaori founder Heather Skipworth ...

8:16 AM  Diversity is a cultural advantage in the marketplace and in society, a Columbian-born entrepreneur says.

Writing awards finalists announced

 The names of those who made the 2017 writing finals are out.

Gym's motto appeals to busy people

Planting scheme just the start

Sport

Narrow win not enough for development side

Taranaki Development captain Matthew Kissick was in plenty of action against North Harbour.

Taranaki Development make it two wins in a row.

Taranaki continue to move forward and up

Kane Thompson made his first start for Taranaki against Hawke's Bay.

Coach delighted to end four decades of misery.

Taranaki move up to second after comfortable win

Toa Halafihi was back scoring for Taranaki against Hawke's Bay.

Taranaki's longest losing streak over after they finally win in Napier.

Hype horses to deliver

Gingernuts is a much better chance on Saturday than he was in the Tarzino Trophy.

Don't believe the hype... well actually, we think you should in the Windsor Park Plate.

Good conditions would be foreign

Mike Kainga will return from a knee injury via the Taranaki Development side.

Taranaki Development hoping for a rare fine day.

opinion

Dennis Ngawhare: Getting back what you give

Greenstone jewllery.

I once walked the greenstone trail.

When it's good to be wrong

The Marsland Hill New Zealand Wars memorial is dedicated to just one side in the conflict but is valuable as a reminder ...

OPINION: They were right and now they're not so right. For that we should be thankful.

A holiday of eating well

If you go to Noosa and don't eat prawns are you really there at all?

OPINION: Getting through customs can be tricky if you want to eat well on holiday.

An election reporting recollection

Jim Tucker began his journalism career in Taranaki and soon got a taste of the 'power' a reporter had come election time.

OPINION: Jim Tucker began covering elections when he was 19. Even Muldoon couldn't put him off.

Lifestyle

Country festival comes to Taranaki

Lynn Crawford-Putt, Annie Crawford, Patty Flynn and Colleen Hall are all working on a country music festival that is ...

Taranaki's first big outdoor country music festival will arrive on Waitangi weekend.

Couple building up to success

Taranaki couple Brendon Lawrence and Nikayla Baker have pushed each other to the heights of body building, both coming ...

It takes dedication to get to the top in body building, so it helps to have a partner who is as into it as you are.

An arty makeover to love

A koru-shaped steel sculpture called Zepher by Gary Baynes is nestled in a garden bed.

It's a garden full of art but you have to look carefully to see it.

Top Irish musician coming to town

Declan O'Rourke will perform at the 4th Wall Theatre in New Plymouth next month.

 Last time he was in the country, the musician had a "spiritual experience" when he jammed with some Māori folk.

The gang's all here!

Gang shows,such as this one put on by the New Plymouth St Joseph's Scout group in 2006 have a proud tradition in ...

 When scouting 'Gang Shows" were all the rage.

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