Company makes theatrical magic look easy


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I don't think there is an avid theatregoer, practitioner or critic that does not have a soft spot for the glorious work of Indian Ink.

Musical talent is generational gift


ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily News

Jocelyn Smith's father couldn't afford to buy her a piano - it was the Great Depression.

Don't fret the small stuff

Art of the matter


ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily News

A ukulele teacher's brave venture into holding classes results in fun times and some friendly rivalry

Pottery - respite from life's stress


In a new episode of Art of the Matter, Isobel Ewing tries her hand at humankind's oldest handicraft, and finds out who's keeping it alive.

Monkeying about but it's a true story

Jacob Rajan of Indian Ink theatre company laughs as he relays the cultural difference between performing in his home state of Kerala, South India and New Zealand.

Cornerstone Roots worthy of Womad


Cornerstone Roots certainly didn't do any damage to their ambition of playing Taranaki's Womad festival, on Saturday night at New Plymouth's Mayfair bar.

Word pictures are bread and butter


Cecilia Russell's art gallery has an historical difference.

Black dogs help beat dark days


Deborah French's artwork is a story of conquering depression and coming to grips with ageing.

Window on the world of shadows


Govett-Brewster's Open Window has transformed again - this time into an abstract sundial.

Art becomes more recondite


Isobel Ewing talks to artist John McLean at his beautiful, secluded Mimi Farm home.

Te Kanawa here to sing, not chat

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's mellifluous tones will grace the ears of classical music devotees in Taranaki tonight.

'Getting on' with art


Skulls are always smiling, that's what Jenny Bielawski likes about them.

Belly dancing brings fulfilment



Isobel Ewing samples the ancient fertility rite of belly dancing, and finds out why women do it.

A laugh-your-socks-off production

The Grumpy Old Women are returning to New Plymouth and they plan to knock some sense back into the nation.

Kids' stories come alive

Six of acclaimed children's author Pamela Allen's stories are to be brought to life on stage and New Plymouth audiences can enjoy seeing them in June.

Tour quarter century in the making

As the old bloke in the cheese ad says: "These things take time you know." And for two musicians planning to tour together it has certainly taken a while to happen - 25 years in fact.

Off the beaten trail

Peculiar secrets hiding away in Opunake


In Opunake an artist dyes tapestries with blood, and a jewellery maker working in a derelict dairy factory.

Quiz: Famous nicknames

This week's quiz is called "Famous Nicknames" and has some famous alternative names of people from the sporting, music and business world. Good luck.

Creative duo swap ideas


ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily News

Artists Karen and Tony Waterson work at their lavender farm on the Forgotten World Highway.

Bob Hoskins movies quiz

He may be gone but he won’t be forgotten. How well do you know Bob Hoskins movies? Try our quiz this week.


The British royals left Taranaki off their itinerary when they visited NZ - or did they?

Colour fuels the imagination

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ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily News

Over the next six weeks in the lead-up to the Taranaki Arts Trail, the Taranaki Daily News will travel around the province talking to artists involved. This week, Isobel Ewing catches up with an artist from Oakura.

Making people laugh tops in Darby's List

ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily News

Terry Darby's favourite thing about directing a comedy is watching the positive effect of laughter on his audience.

Songs of the old country

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Taranaki Daily News

The "wild west" of New Zealand is brought to exuberant life with wonderful musicianship.

Quiz: British Royalty

The Duke and Duchess have left our shores but how well do you really know Prince William's family history. 

Clip of the week: Walking race

Here's a cool and funny clip which could contain the next big thing in global trends. You saw it here first.

Lounge full of Noel & Cole

New Plymouth's 4th Wall Theatre invites you into their lounge to enjoy the wonderful music of two legendary musical masters, Noel Coward and Cole Porter.

Opunake muso home to celebrate success

It's a homecoming for Graeme Woller when he performs this Saturday at Opunake's Lakeside Playhouse as part of the music group Into the East.

Huge variety of work

Hawera's Lysaght Watt Gallery has received art work from all over the country for its 2014 annual art award exhibition which opens on Friday.


The next Lunchtime Organ Recital at the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary will take place on Thursday, May 15, at 12.15pm.

Souf f le and dinosaur love

Ahead of his national tour, the big questions were put to Chopper.

A part of our life force

Katie Rudd

To dance is to be human, says the creative director of dance tour arriving in New Plymouth next month.

Jones quitting Labour the best news in a long time

Everyday Housewife Harriet Wakefield shares her thoughts on the week past, as relayed by satirist Steve Braunias.


Sticking with liars and bastards we turn to a New Plymouth watering hole of a comfy and warm nature.

Clip of the week: Still life

"Still Life" is a short film that seeks to find connection between creativity and everyday moments, set against the backdrop of New York City. It was shot guerrilla style with the Phantom Miro and Red Epic.

It's time to order four flat whites, Kiwi-style

Taranaki Daily News

Roger Hall has a gift for not just writing funny comedies, but comedies that reflect Kiwi life and mannerisms.

Recital becomes circus

Taranaki Daily News

A hilarious work centred on, in, under and around one of the most magnificent of all musical instruments, the grand piano, is to be staged in New Plymouth next month.

Engineering, art fusion

ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily News

Combining engineering design and movement into an eye- catching kinetic art form has inspired a former winner to re-enter the Kinetika festival.

On the beat with policewomen

Taranaki Daily News

Even when she was knee high to a grasshopper, Sergeant Caroline Martin always told her parents and friends she was going to be a policewoman.

World famous in NZ

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ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily News

Comedian Rhys Darby is returning to New Plymouth where he's looking forward to hanging out by "that big needle by the waterfront".

Art on show

Peter Lambert

A chance to get a glimpse at some Okato art work is on offer this weekend.

Schools turn out polished Shakespeare productions

All the world's a stage and students were merely players at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

Quiz: Rabbits

Its Easter time and I thought a quiz called "Rabbits" might be a bit of fun.

Len Lye centre takes shape in structural work of art

Len Lye Centre

New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre is beginning to tower above the heart of the city.

Clip of the week: Goldfish salvation

Here is a cool little clip for you arty types.

Swamp Thing back at Butlers

Former drummer for The John Butler Trio Michael Barker is bringing his duo blues roots act Swamp Thing back to Taranaki.

Ready to rumble

The rumble of thunder will be heard Down Under when the Manpower Australia storm heads to New Plymouth.

A new patch for popular Purple Paddocks

Taranaki's biggest party on Easter weekend is in its sixth year and is set to be bigger than ever.

Circus combines comedy and acrobatics

Comedy and acrobatics combine in a circus show arriving in New Plymouth this week.

Director leaves thriving gallery

"It's funny how things happen"

Sue Morton

Sue Morton has exhibited everything from Rembrandts to flower shows.
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