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Cruising into harbour

The Dutch-registered Maasdam berthed at Port Taranaki on Thursday for a one-day visit during a two week voyage around ...

There are growing opportunities for tourism in Taranaki from more cruise ship visits.

Ship's captain found drunk

Saurabh Kumar Singh, captain of SG Pegasus, was found to be drunk while aboard the vessel moments before it was due to ...

The captain's "bad day" got a whole lot worse after he was found drunk in charge of a methanol tanker and subsequently lost his job.

Crash took out power to hundreds

About 900 properties lost power when Kevin Francis Henare Moore crashed his ute into a power pole on Mouatt St, Waitara, ...

About 900 properties lost electricity after a car went into a power pole and snapped it.

Real-life away in a manger

It's a way of painting the picture of the first Christmas in a realistic way, Hunger said.

"This is about creating an outdoor nativity scene with real animals and a real stable and a bit of poo on the ground."

Staff assaulted in Te Puna Waiora

Five staff at the mental health ward at Taranaki Base Hospital were assaulted.

Five staff members at Taranaki's mental health ward have been assaulted.

A mysterious dwarf planet

Roger Hanson throws some light on a dwarf planet that is so far out in the solar system the sun would seem like a tiny dot.

On Haumea, a dwarf planet that orbits the sun, a day is just 3.9 hours long.

Leaseholders need justice

The New Plymouth District Council hearing from leaseholders on the Waitara Lands Bill.

Opinion: The Waitara Lands Bill won't solve the leaseholders problems Jim Tucker says.

From WINZ to work

The employment programme has helped students get into work and off the benefit. 
L-R Barista tutor Smriti Anand, tutor ...

An employment programme is helping to get people off the benefit. 

Panelbeating theft reparation paid

Reparation has been paid to a Taranaki panelbeater by a former employee who stole from the business. (File photo).

The panelbeater whose former employee used stolen money for Friday beers has been repaid.

Taranaki sevens sides ready for nationals

Jesse Parete has returned for the region's sevens side ahead of the nationals.

Taranaki's sevens sides have been busy preparing for the national tournament this weekend.

Shop owner admits assault

Allaetin Can at the Hawera District Court in 2010 on trial for assaulting his wife, which he claimed was simply a ...

A takeaway shop owner could not dance out of his conviction for assault.

Truck crashes into fence

A St John ambulance worker climbs from the cab of the truck. The driver was trapped inside and emergency services staff ...

The driver of a fertiliser truck that crashed into a fence has been taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Picnic raises safe sleep awareness

Beki Madden, with eight-month-old son Dexter, was blown away by the number of people who attended the National Safe ...

 

"Roar!" went one group. "Argh!" went the other.

These kindy kids know how to verbalise their frustrations. They work hard to solve problems.

This week I spent a morning as 'mother help' at my son's kindergarten.

Gas leak on main street

Stratford deputy fire chief Kevan Old said the gas leak was a "major". (File photo)

Stratford's library, bank and a cafe were evacuated after contractors severed a gas pipe causing a "major" gas leak.

Booze bus changes name

Members of the Taranki police Impairment Prevention Team, from left, Constable Brad Chapman, Constable Gary Toa, Senior ...

While the name has changed the goal of police targeting impaired drivers remains the same.

Land bill passes third reading

A multi-million fund created from sales of land will be used on projects like restoring the Waitara river.

Land bill which will freehold land stolen off Māori is set to become law.

Angus and Julia Stone head to NZ

Angus and Julia Stone are known for their hits Big Jet Plane, Chateau, and Heart Beats Slow and will play three New ...

Australian folk stars Angus and Julia Stone will make their way to our shores next year for a series of concerts around the country.

Kitchen fire in Spotswood

Firefighters attended a call out to a Spotswood home after cooking was left unattended on Wednesday night. (file photo)

Firefighters reinforcing safety message "keep looking while you're cooking" after pot ignites in kitchen.

Tears flow at vigil

Vigil co-organiser Anneka Carlson (right) with her mother Lynda Matthews.

Tears were shed as the community rallied at a vigil to end violence by men towards women.

Fatal healthcare errors highlighted

There were nine adverse events at Taranaki hospitals during the 2016/17 years.

Health board reports nine serious adverse medical events.

Reparation offer to Millane family

A court defendant's empathy for murdered woman Grace Millane led him to offer his reparation payment to her family.

A man in court for stabbing another man has offered a $1000 reparation payment to the family of murdered British tourist Grace Millane.

Guilty pleas to critical crash video

Monique Matthews was critically injured and four others were seriously hurt in a collision on State Highway 3, north of ...

A 73-year-old has pleaded guilty to causing a serious crash.

Report highlights rental woes

A report into the state of rental housing in Taranaki has highlighted the link between poor quality dwellings and ailing ...

Tenants share worry that kids will suffer lifelong effects after living in cold, damp housing and ending up in hospital.

A tractor called a Power Pony

Graeme Duckett's friend Gary Sarten's shed is full of bikes and a Power Pony or two.

Graeme Duckett reminisces about Power Pony Tractors and a motorcycle called a mountain goat.

New Year's Eve gig for festival

An invited audience was given a preview of the TSB Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth.

A New Year's Eve party in the park has been added to New Plymouth's Festival of Lights.

Faith in Taranaki: Beginning to believe

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born.

Every day we are invited to be utterly loved and adored by our Creator

Motocross titles for Taranaki teen

Josh Houghton, 13, has won the New Zealand Cross Country Series and the Grand National Cross County Series.

A fourth generation motorbike rider has taken out two New Zealand titles before getting his driver's licence.

'Gruesome' killer paroled

Jailed as a teenager, Edward McElroy, a man convicted of offending the Parole Board described as "gruesome" is getting ...

His brutal violence ended the lives of a mother and her baby and kept him behind bars for 25 years.

Mixed reaction to medicinal pot news

The passing of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill has been welcomed, but one campaigner said it ...

Changes to medicinal cannabis law welcomed by fledgling company, but campaigner says it doesn't go far enough.

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