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Gun buyback is back

This New Plymouth event will run for three days, starting on October 3. (File photo)

While the central districts have seen more than 2000 firearms handed back, New Plymouth will play host to another amnesty and buy-back event next month.

Record-breaking pirate numbers

Dan Brighurst, Josh Huta and Bjon Judd took part in New Plymouth's 15th annual Pirate Pub Crawl.

Pirates donned their best attire, shined their pistols and sailed from all over for New Plymouth's 15th annual Pirate Pub Crawl.

Man missing for 10 days

Taranaki man Michael Tippett has been missing since September 12 and his family is becoming increasingly worried about him.

Public urged to call police if they have any information on the whereabouts of Michael Tippett.

Locked in a cycle of offending

Hamuwera Mokaraka was facing a jail sentence when he appeared in New Plymouth District Court on Friday but that has been ...

A man facing a long jail lag has been given a chance to break the cycle of offending.

Zac Reid wins massive award

Zac Reid's contribution to the Lifesaving World Championships has landed him another award. (File photo)

The Taranaki athlete won Surf Life Saving NZ's International Performance of the Year.

Decision made to disestablish trust

The Taranaki Māori Trust Board is set to be disestablished, after more than a decade of talks about its future. (File Photo)

Next up on the agenda is how its assets, including $20m from a recent settlement, will be divvied up.

Plans for possible Mt Taranaki eruption

Mt Ruapehu erupting in 1995.

There is a 50 per cent chance Mt Taranaki will erupt in 50 years, causing widespread disruption.

Swapping fines for advice

Taranaki police snapped drivers on their phones on Friday and Saturday but, as part of Operation Bluetooth, didn't ...

Distracted drivers normally get an $80 fine and 20 demerit points. Instead they got bluetooth advice and a sausage.

Art gallery's success

Feedback on the gallery space has been 100 per cent positive.

A small, collaborative New Plymouth art gallery is making waves for emerging artists in the region.

Early morning assault

One person was taken to hospital with moderate injuries following an assault near the Icons Sports Bar and Cafe in New ...

A man was arrested after an assault outside a New Plymouth bar in the early hours of Saturday.

The challenge of the macron

Jim Tucker gets to grip with macrons.

Jim Tucker has been mulling over macrons.

A 'cloud of dust' and a promise

Craig Eaton was only 52 when he died from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

The final words shared between a terminally ill man and his eldest daughter weren't those of love - they were talk of pain and promises.

Life as an influencer

Instagram influencer Sally Jo Hickey talks about the realities of her job.

When the clock strikes 11am, the good lighting starts coming in for Sally Jo Hickey to shoot her content for Instagram.

Air ambulance operator sues trust for $750,000

Court proceedings involving the Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust are brewing with claims of a contract breach. (File Photo)

A contractual disagreement between the owner and the operator of Taranaki's air ambulance service is heading to court.

'Hiding from Stevie Nicks'

The Eastern's line-up, pictured in 2010: Jess Shanks (banjo), Adam McGrath (guitar and lead vocals), Jono Hopley (double ...

As the Fleetwood Mac star arrived in 2009, Kiwi musician Adam McGrath had to hide quickly - in a hedge.

Climate change deniers few, far and in-between

Successful elected candidates for Taranaki's four councils will be known by October 23.

There were surprising results from a national Stuff survey on Taranaki council candidates views on climate change.

Recap: Hawke’s Bay v Taranaki

Hawkes Bay's Brendon O'Connor passes the ball during last week's 27-24 win over Waikato in Hamilton.

The high-flying Magpies see off the Bulls in a Mitre 10 Cup clash at Napier's McLean Park.

Age comes into play

Urabn councillor Gloria Webby told the audience at Stratford's meet the candidates night that age is just a state of mind.

The future of Stratford, and if councillors would live long enough to see it, was a recurring topic at the central Taranaki meet the candidate evening.

Voting campaign creates a stir

NPDC external relations manager Jacqueline Baker with the poo emoji, which is part of a $30,000 council campaign to ...

New Plymouth District Council has used the poo emoji to encourage younger voters.

Strategies to get young people voting

New Plymouth District Council external relations manager Jacqueline Baker holding the poo emoji it is using as part of a ...

New Plymouth District's voting turnout currently sits at 47 per cent - so where are our young people? 

40 years for MS Volunteer

Mary Needs has been involved with MS Taranaki for nearly 40 years.

New Plymouth's Mary Needs has been volunteering for MS for nearly 40 years.

Puke Ariki displays All Blacks jerseys

Puke Ariki Social History Curator Megan Wells and Vivienne Brown with Handley Brown's All Blacks jersey from The ...

Jerseys belonging to three Taranaki All Blacks legends will be on display at Puke Ariki.

Fifty years ago today

Fifty years ago discussions were underway about reorganising the railway system in the heart of New Plymouth.

All the news that made Taranaki headlines 50 years ago.

Can you help us?

"The Neuman's had their family portrait taken in the 1970s. Do you know any members of this young family? If so, please ...

Do you know who these people are?

Sunshine forecast for the weekend

A family of ducks out enjoying the sunshine at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth this week.

This weekend is going to be sunny, so enjoy it, because next week the rain returns.    

Running with the Bulls

Taranaki Bulls and TSB are running an exclusive rugby training session for 150 children on October 4. (File Photo)

Taranaki children will get to match it with the region's best rugby players during the school holidays.

Victims hear unfolding burglary

Tracey Ann Maru has admitted three counts of burglary, as well as two charges of driving while disqualified.

When the homeowners heard noises coming from downstairs they immediately phoned police.

Students take on enviro challenge

Garrett Kendall, 9, and Charlie Keller,10, admire the school's sea turtle made out of single-use plastic.

Programme teaches children what they can do to help take care of the environment.

Salaries rise at NPDC

New Plymouth District Council has released its 2018/19 annual report.

Sixty-three of the 403 full-time staff earn six-figure salaries.

A letter to my granddad on World Alzheimer's Day video

Nelson Mitchell was my grandad and one of tens of thousands of Kiwis that lived with dementia.

I wasn't at your funeral, you weren't at my wedding. So I guess we're even.

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